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.


155 Pieces

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Caption: Ryan Gosling in 'First Man'
Wunderkind director Damien Chazelle follows up his Oscar-winning "La La Land" with "First Man," a Neil Armstrong biopic that avoids easy mythologiz...

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in 'A Star Is Born' (2018)
Bradley Cooper's "A Star is Born" is the fourth adaptation of the tale -- fifth if you count 1932's George Cukor-directed "What Price Hollywood?" T...

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Sofia Coppola's 'Lost in Translation'
In 2003, Sofia Coppola's sophomore effort was a surprise box office hit, making over $119 million worldwide. It was nominated for Best Picture and ...

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Scene from David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia'
A new 70mm print of David Lean's 1963 Best Picture-winning epic just wrapped up a run in Chicago. Having survived their recent "4D" screening (temp...

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: 'The Predator' (2018)
As long as there are people to remember Burt Reynolds, they’re most likely to recall the goofy, charismatic, hard-driving star of movies like "Smok...

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in 'Before Sunrise' (1995)
With the critical reappraisal of Ethan Hawke in full swing after a career-best performance in Paul Schrader's "First Reformed," Adam and Josh comme...

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Each year, Filmspotting offers up a humble nod to overlooked films with their Golden Brick Award. This week, they look at several Golden Brick nom...

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  • Added: Aug 31, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Constance Wu and Henry Golding in 'Crazy Rich Asians'
In anticipation of the show's 700th episode, Adam and Josh -- and fellow podcast veteran Dave Chen from the /Filmcast -- consider what a decade-plu...

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  • Added: Aug 24, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Adam Driver and John David Washington in Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman'
Master filmmaker, trickster, provocateur, Spike Lee has been making bold and timely films for over three decades now. And with his latest, "BlacKkK...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight' (2008)
"The Dark Knight" turns ten this summer and in the years since it won critical raves and dominated the 2008 box office, its reputation, influence a...

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  • Added: Aug 10, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout'
The "M:I" franchise is over 20 years old, with its sixth installment - "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" -- currently in theaters. But ageless star T...

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Ethan Hawke in Paul Schrader's 'First Reformed'
At the halfway point of the year in movies, Adam and Josh agree on their two favorite movies, but list some surprising and diverse picks to round o...

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Comedian & now filmmaker Bo Burnham & actor Elsie Fisher, star of 'Eight Grade'
When Bo Burnham's "Eighth Grade" debuted at Sundance in January, the response was mostly ecstatic -- but also a little perplexed. How had a 27 year...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Lakeith Stanfield in Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You'
Comedy, social satire, dystopian nightmare: rapper, producer, political activist Boots Riley's debut film "Sorry to Bother You" has a lot on its mi...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Arnold Schwarzenegger in James Cameron's 'The Terminator' (1984)
1984 was a banner year for crane kicks, mogwais and bustin' ghosts, but it also saw the debut of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, better known as "Th...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Mia Wasikowska and David Zellner in 'Damsel'
Sure, movie westerns are mostly about dudes on horseback quick-drawing pistols in small, dusty cow-towns, but some of the best films in the genre f...

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  • Added: Jun 29, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Chris Pratt in 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'
It isn't enough that we've been blessed with four hunky dudes named Chris, all with solid acting chops and charisma to spare -- we had to go ahead ...

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: 'Incredibles 2'
Pixar has done a lot of things right over the past 23 years (note the studio's 80% average Metacritic rating), but among its greatest accomplishmen...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies
Whether used ironically or to provide insight -- or just to make characters look really, really cool -- classic rock has been memorably employed by...

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  • Added: Jun 08, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Kate Hudson and Patrick Fugit in Cameron Crowe's 'Almost Famous'
With rock writer and cultural critic Steven Hyden dropping by to discuss his new book, "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock,...

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 5