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.


98 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Lupita Nyong'o, Evan Alex, and Shahadi Wright Joseph in Jordan Peele's 'Us'
Jordan Peele's "Get Out" was one of the defining films of 2017. A huge box office success early in the year, it went on to be nominated for Best Pi...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski in 'Transit'
German director Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix” was a “Vertigo”-inspired thriller set in the aftermath of the Holocaust. It received some of the best...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Brie Larson in 'Captain Marvel'
Marvel's first female-led feature is also one of its best. Indie duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson," "Sugar") were a surprising choice t...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
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64 films. Only one survives. Welcome to the Madness. In the 2018 edition of Filmspotting Madness -- Best of the 90s -- the championship round had ...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton in 'Ordinary People'
Worse than a coven of witches? The 'Burbs. "Suspiria" star Jessica Harper has appeared in over 20 films since the mid-'70s, but she's also had a c...

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: 'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part'
"The Lego Movie" was Josh's #1 film of 2014. Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" made Adam's Top 10 of the same year. Five years later, Emmet Brickowski an...

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Keanu Reeves in 'The Matrix' (1999)
For the second film in their "9 From '99" series, Adam and Josh reconsider the Wachowski Sisters' seminal sci-fi film, which, while a popular and c...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Bruce Willis in M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass'
On this week's show, a double-dose of divisive auteur M. Night Shyamalan, whose new film "Glass" is either "profoundly dumb" or "like opening a bra...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
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Adam and Josh look ahead to the new year with their Top 5 Questions about the 2019 Movie Year. Plus the good, the bad and the bewildering of this w...

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Tasha Robinson, Michael Phillips, Josh Larsen and Adam Kempenaar at the 2018 Live Wrap Party
Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson -- and a full house at Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts -- join Adam and Josh for the Live 2018 Wrap Party, ...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Constance Wu and Henry Golding in 'Crazy Rich Asians'
This week, we revisit this episode where Adam and Josh -- and fellow podcast veteran Dave Chen from the /Filmcast -- consider what a decade-plus of...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, we revisit interviews two big interviews from the past year. With the critical reappraisal of Ethan Hawke in full swing after a career-...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Top 10 Films of 2018 (Pt. 2)
You can't have consensus without a little misguided dissent. True of climate change research -- and of the films discussed on part two of Filmspott...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: KiKi Layne and Stephan James in Barry Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk'
This week, Filmspotting reviews "If Beale Street Could Talk," the latest from director Barry Jenkins. Along with that, Adam and Josh have a review ...

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Top 10 Films of 2018 (Pt. 1)
With guests Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Tasha Robinson (The Verge) filling out the round-table, Adam and Josh start their conversation a...

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Tim Blake Nelson in the Coen Brothers' 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'
When news first broke about the new Coen brothers project for Netflix, it looked like it wasn't going to be a proper film, but a limited-run series...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Alfonso Cuarón's Roma (2018)
Adam and Josh break out the high praise for their reviews of Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma" and Yorgos Lanthimos's "The Favourite" – both films in the con...

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  • Added: Dec 07, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Movies can entertain us, transport us and move us, but can they heal us? That’s the question Adam, Josh and Michael Phillips wrestled with as they ...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Kiere Johnson, Bing Liu and Zack Mulligan in the documentary 'Minding the Gap'
With year-end fast approaching, Adam and Josh talk through the current crop of nominees for the show's Golden Brick Award, which goes to the overlo...

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Viola Davis and Liam Neeson in 'Widows'
Oscar-winner Viola Davis heads the ace ensemble for Steve McQueen's ("12 Years A Slave") new Chicago-set heist thriller "Windows," writer Gillian F...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6