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.


190 Pieces

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Caption: Top 5 '70s Movie Moms
Sandwiched between the '60s sexual revolution and the reactionary conservatism of the '80s, the '70s was an anxious decade, and as that anxiety pla...

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  • Added: May 07, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: 'The Lady From Shanghai' (’40s Noir #5) / 'Together Together'
It's a pair of uneasy couples on this week's show: first up, comedian Patti Harrison as a 20-something surrogate mom to Ed Helms's single 40-someth...

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom / Mank
With the Academy Awards taking place this weekend, we revisit reviews of three films vying for the gold statue. David Fincher's big-screen explora...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Oscar Special
Will Oscar night 2021 see Chloé Zhao crowned Best Director for "Nomadland"? Does anyone have a chance against the late Chadwick Boseman for Best Ac...

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Rocky (7 From ’76) / Detour (’40s Noir #4)
Whatever backlash "Rocky" has received over the years for beating out the likes of "Taxi Driver," "All The President's Men" and "Network" for the ...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: The Originals: 'Godzilla' (’54) vs. 'Kong' (’33)
With the new "Godzilla vs. Kong" bringing some much-needed spectacle to long-suffering theater chains, Adam and Josh take the opportunity to settle...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Oscars Homework - 'The U.S. vs Billie Holiday' / 'Pieces of a Woman'
Adam and Josh skipped the harrowing "Pieces of a Woman" last fall in the lead-up to end-of-year awards, but with star Vanessa Kirby nabbing an Osc...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: 'Network' (7 From '76) / 'Laura' ('40s Noir #3)
A primal scream from the post-Watergate American malaise, "Network" is a movie entirely of its time that manages to speak directly to ours. Adam an...

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Top 5 Movie Meals
Inspired by the visually striking - and slyly funny - new documentary "The Truffle Hunters," Adam and Josh consider the greatest meals they've ever...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Taxi Driver (7 From ’76) / This Gun for Hire (40s Noir #2)
Set post-Vietnam in the Big Apple at its filthiest, Martin Scorsese's Best Picture-nominated "Taxi Driver" is very much of its time, but the film's...

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Top 5 Anthony Hopkins Performances
A five-time Oscar nominee, Anthony Hopkins has played a Pope, a psychopath and the most loyal of butlers. He's also killed vampires, fought a bear ...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Jodie Foster in 1991's 'Silence of the Lambs'
Based on Thomas Harris's grisly 1988 bestseller, Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs" was, on its February 1991 release, an immediate critic...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: 'Judas and the Black Messiah' / 'The Letter' (40s Noir #1)
The new Fred Hampton biopic "Judas and the Black Messiah" gives as much time to the FBI informant (Lakeith Stanfield) who infiltrates Hampton’s Bla...

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: All the President's Men (1976) / Malcolm & Marie
It doesn’t take the investigative powers of a Woodward or Bernstein to pick up on the giddiness that Adam and Josh bring to their review of "All th...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: 2021 Movie Preview
As goes Bond, so goes the rest of the movie year. With Bond 25 “No Time To Die” recently moving to October -- along with several other high-profile...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Best Scenes of 2020 / Golden Brick Winner
It goes without saying that the best movies also have their share of great movie moments, so this year’s Wrap Party allows Adam and Josh to share m...

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Gal Gadot in 'Wonder Woman 1984' and Tom Hanks in 'News of the World'
For the first proper show of the new year, The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips joins Josh for reviews of a couple of late-2020 releases: the Tom...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Oscar Isaac in 'Inside Llewyn Davis' (2013)
PTA. Wes. Malick. The Coens. Of course they made the cut. But who else? This week, Adam and Josh complete a task a decade in the making with their ...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Top 10 Films of the 2020 (Pt. 2)
Any other year that gave us new films from Kelly Reichardt and David Fincher, Sofia Coppola and Charlie Kaufman, two from Spike Lee and five from S...

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  • Added: Jan 01, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Top 10 Films of the 2020 (Pt. 1)
True to the year that kept us apart, the Filmspotting Top 10 roundtable did not meet in its usual configuration in 2020. However, the Chicago Tribu...

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  • Added: Dec 24, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6