Filmspotting (weekly series)

Series produced by WBEZ

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"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film, including: movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Filmspotting is available on PRX by noon (CST) on Fridays. Promos are available on PRX earlier in the week.

"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film. Each week, hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen bring you movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune joins in once a month.

Special features include "Massacre Theatre," movie marathons and "sacred cow" discussions, in which Filmspotting looks back and reexamines films considered to be among the greatest of all time.

"Filmspotting" (formerly known as "Cinecast") began in March of 2005, and has cultivated a loyal and growing audience. It can currently be heard at www.filmspotting.net and on WBEZ, and other PRX stations. We hope your station will be next. Please feel free to contact us for more details.


170 Pieces

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Caption: 'This is Spinal Tap,' 'Purple Rain,' 'Stop Making Sense'
"Purple Rain" was one of the highest-grossing films of 1984, but Prince's semi-autobiographical screen debut hasn't aged as well as its music has. ...

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: The films of Christopher Nolan
Back in 2017, Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" made both Adam and Josh's Top 10 of the year. (It was Josh's #1.) For this revisit -- the final film in...

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  • Added: Jul 31, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: 'First Cow' / Kelly Reichardt
Kelly Reichardt's "First Cow" opened in limited release in March 2020—and less than two weeks later the COVID-19 pandemic shut theaters down. The f...

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' and Andy Samberg's 'Palm Springs'
In Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," Matthew McConaughey's Cooper battles the forces of quantum physics (and regular old physics) to save humanit...

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  • Added: Jul 17, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: 'Hamilton' hits the small screen
The biggest movie event of the summer isn't even a movie, but the debut -- 18 months ahead of schedule -- of Broadway phenomenon "Hamilton" on Disn...

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  • Added: Jul 10, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Top 5 Films of 2020 So Far
It's been an unusual year for movies – and for everything else – but there's been great stuff to see if you knew where to look. This week, Adam and...

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  • Added: Jul 03, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: John Hughes' 'The Breakfast Club'
If Josh is "the brain," is Adam... the vice principal Richard Vernon of Filmspotting? This week, they give John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club" a sac...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Roy Scheider in Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws' (1975)
A blowhard anti-science mayor ignoring the threat of a murderous invisible menace because it threatens the economy? What could "Jaws" possibly have...

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods,' and Denzel Washington in Lee's 'Malcolm X'
While it's true that there's never a bad time for a new Spike Lee joint, it just happens to be an especially good time to be getting a new film fro...

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  • Added: Jun 12, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: James Baldwin in 'I Am Not Your Negro' and Spike Lee in 'Do the Right Thing'
When a Minneapolis police officer killed unarmed black man George Floyd on May 25, 2020, protests broke out across the U.S. On this week's show, Ad...

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman in Christopher Nolan's 'The Prestige'
Made between "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" was only a modest success back in 2006, but the twisty feudi...

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  • Added: May 29, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Top 5 'Trip' Series Scenes
With Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon taking their fourth and final trip abroad with the new "Trip to Greece," Adam and Josh consider the series' most m...

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  • Added: May 22, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' Trilogy
After scoring $2B and change at the box office and near-universal praise from audiences and critics, the only black mark on Christopher Nolan's "Da...

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  • Added: May 15, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: 1984's 'Ghostbusters' vs 'Gremlins'
Back in '84, "Ghostbusters" was a bigger hit than "Gremlins" (#2 and #4 at the box office, respectively), and it's got the more memorable cast—and ...

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  • Added: May 08, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'
With movie theaters shuttered and many of us housebound, Adam and Josh look back over a lifetime of going to the movies with their Top 5 Moviegoing...

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  • Added: May 01, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: True History of the Kelly Gang, Blow the Man Down, Insomnia, Selah and the Spades
Expectations were high back in 2002 for Christopher Nolan's "Insomnia," the follow-up to his mind-bending breakthrough "Memento." But despite solid...

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Hayao Miyazaki's 'Family Time' and Bette Davis in 'Dark Victory'
With Adam and Josh cooped up at home and spending lots (and lots) of quality time with their families in front of the TV, this week's Top 5 is devo...

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  • Added: Apr 17, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Never Rarely Sometimes Always and Memento
Eliza Hittman's second feature, “Beach Rats,” got the director some attention in 2017, but her latest -- "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" -- came ou...

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2020
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Jeremy Theobald in 'Following' / Bette Davis in 'Jezebel'
Christopher Nolan’s films are events: smart, ambitious and original. But before he made "Interstellar," "Dunkirk" or his "Dark Knight" trilogy—even...

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  • Added: Apr 03, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: 'This is Spinal Tap,' 'Purple Rain,' 'Stop Making Sense'
"Purple Rain" was one of the highest-grossing films of 1984, but Prince's semi-autobiographical screen debut hasn't aged as well as its music has. ...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5