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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.
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Back in 1999, it was hard to watch EYES WIDE SHUT without thinking about Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a real-life married couple participating in some sadistic form of therapy. Twenty years later, it's maybe still a little distracting, but it's easier to see the pair's performances in the greater contexts of their respective careers – and, in particular, how effective the casting of the cocky, entitled Cruise is as Dr. Bill Harford, a man who sees his confidence reduced to rubble by the end of the film. For their 9 From '99 review of Kubrick's final, controversial masterpiece, Adam and Josh talk about the brilliance of Kidman's few, powerful scenes, and the film's subtle formal brilliance. And how about that orgy scene, huh?Plus, Adam finally gets to share his Top 5 Kubrick Scenes six years after a late-breaking case of dysphonia kept him from joining Josh and Michael Phillips for their Kubrick picks (back on episode #459).0:00 - Billboard1:17 - 9 From '99: "Eyes Wide Shut"Chris Isaak, "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing"54:36 - Next Week / Notes1:05:30 - Massacre Theatre1:12:11 - Donations1:13:56 - Top 5 Kubrick Scenes1:33:42 - Close  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adam and Josh left 2017's blockbuster IT at least mildly curious for more, but is the sequel film's almost three-hour running time and the addition of A-listers like Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader enough to satisfy that curiosity? This week, Filmspotting returns to Derry and to director Andy Muschietti's epic - or at least epic in length - IT CHAPTER TWO. Plus, the Fall Movie Preview in the form of Adam and Josh's Top 5 Questions About the Fall Movie Season.    0:00 - Billboard1:21 - Review: "It: Chapter 2"Bleached, "Hard to Kill"22:38 - Next Week / Notes30:02 - Polls [TIFF / Unlikely Space Movies]40:06 - Fall Movie Preview1:21:09 - Close / OuttakeLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 1999, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH marked the auspicious debut of two geniuses: screenwriter Charlie Kaufman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Synecdoche, NY") and director Spike Jonze ("Where the Wild Things Are," "Her"). 20 years later, the movie remains surprising and innovative, and its concerns - artistic fulfillment and artistic exploitation - feel as current as ever. Adam and Josh revisit MALKOVICH as part of their 9 From '99 series, and wrap up their Marlene Dietrich-Josef von Sternberg Marathon with 1934's (preposterous? preposterous on purpose?) THE SCARLET EMPRESS and the marathon awards, "The Boas."0:00 - Billboard1:26 - 9 From '99: "Being John Malkovich"Jay Som, "Nighttime Drive"35:16 - Next Week / Notes38:45 - Josh on "Honeyland" / Adam on "American Factory"47:19 - Massacre Theatre54:31 - Donations57:05 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg #4: "The Scarlet Empress"1:20:41 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg Awards1:44:09 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Initial critical response to Richard Linklater's WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE was not great, earning some of the worst reviews of his 30-year career. But Adam and Josh find plenty to recommend in both Linklater's direction and star Cate Blanchett's performance. Listener feedback has them crunching numbers to determine this decade's defining actress, plus a look ahead to September's Toronto International Film Festival and the third film in the Marlene Dietrich-Josef von Sternberg Marathon, 1932's SHANGHAI EXPRESS.0:00 - Billboard1:13 - Review: "Where'd You Go, Bernadette"Lillie Mae, "You Got Other Girls For That"27:39 - Next Week / Notes / Peter Fonda41:21 - Polls (Decade-Defining Actress / TIFF)56:40 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg #3: "Shanghai Express"1:23:02 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Making a film that details the violence – specifically, the sexual violence – that colonialism wrought in places like Tasmania in the early 19th century is an honorable endeavor that also makes for a very difficult viewing experience. Adam and Josh find lots to admire in Kent's THE NIGHTINGALE, but question whether the director's decision to make the film so explicit makes it a better one. That review, plus Dietrich in drag and some tough notes for a young Gary Cooper in 1930's MOROCCO, the second film in the Marlene Dietrich/Joseph von Sternberg Marathon.0:00 - Billboard1:04 - Review: "The Nightingale"Marlene Dietrich, "When Love Dies"33:40 - Next Week / Notes41:59 - Massacre Theatre50:01 - Dietrich/Von Sternberg Marathon #21:17:41 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Benefiting from an ingenious viral marketing campaign, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT wasn't just a massive hit at the box office in 1999, it was a cultural phenomenon – two things that made it difficult to reckon with as a work of art at the time. But 20 years later, the myth that shrouded the movie has lifted, and Adam and Josh discuss the merits of a film that relies on some of our most fundamental fears to generate its scares. That review part of the 9 From '99 series.Plus, the first film in our Marlene Dietrich/Josef von Sternberg Marathon: 1930's THE BLUE ANGEL, with Dietrich as a cabaret temptress, and silent movie veteran Emil Jannings as the scolding professor who falls for her.    0:00 - Billboard1:20 - 9 From '99: "The Blair Witch Project"Marlene Dietrich, "Falling in Love Again"43:54 - D.A. Pennebaker / Facets' Milos Stehlik48:52 - Next Week / Notes54:10 - Polls [MCU Phase 4 / Decade-Defining Actresses]1:06:00 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg #1: "The Blue Angel"1:38:02 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Fast & Furious franchise has come a long, long way since its street-racing origins, and its latest entry, HOBBS & SHAW (from "John Wick" co-director David Leitch), continues the series' evolution into a James Bond/Jason Bourne/Avengers hybrid. And Adam and Josh are mostly on board for Jason Statham's and Dwayne Johnson's comic bickering and Idris Elba's "Black Superman." But when the movie makes a play for sentimentality late in the film, one host feels the movie comes to a screeching halt and never recovers.That review, plus a revisit of 2015's Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments.0:00 - Billboard / Donations2:35 - Review: "Hobbs & Shaw"The Beths, "You Wouldn't Like Me"27:50 - AK Recommends: "Love, Antosha" and "Between Me and My Mind"32:32 - Next Week / Notes38:09 - Massacre Theatre44:59 - Top 5: Fast & Furious Moments1:27:03 - Close / Outtake       Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why am I Mr. Pink?Adam and Josh sift through the rogues' gallery of memorable QT creations for their Top 10 Tarantino Characters and discuss the director's latest, the surprisingly melancholic ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.0:00 - Billboard1:23 - Review: "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"Nancy Sinatra, "Bang Bang"36:07 - Next week / Notes46:45 - Poll results ("Favorite Tarantino") / New Poll ("MCU Phase 4")1:00:27 - Top 10: Tarantino Characters1:49:58 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE is director Riley Stearns' second film. His first - 2014's FAULTS - concerned a man (Leland Orser) hired to de-program a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) after she joins a cult. SELF-DEFENSE continues Stearns' fascination with groupthink and charismatic leaders by moving the action to a karate dojo led by Alessandro Nivola's eccentric sensei. Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots also star. Stearns talks about his own experience with martial arts and the importance of being able to laugh at yourself. And he submits to the Filmspotting 5, the interview-concluding Q&A.0:00 - Intro1:42 - Interview: Riley Stearns27:29 - OutroLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Guest critics Tasha Robinson (The Next Picture Show, The Verge) and Angelica Jade Bastién (Vulture) join Josh for a lively debate over of Ari Aster's MIDSOMMAR (or is that MidsommAR?) and the Top 5 Horror Movie Performances.  0:00 - Billboard1:44 - Review: "Midsommar"28:58 - "Midsommar" SpoilersMagnet, "Maypole"38:20 - Review: "The Farewell"43:52 - Next Week / Notes46:34 - Massacre Theatre53:56 - Next Picture Show / Best of the Year So Far 58:55 - Top 5: Horror Movie Performances1:45:29 - Close / Outtake ("Jag ar doden")Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Joe Ayers

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Jul 5th
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Victoria Bert

As a reviewer you could you try to be neutral and not slam a movie before you even see it.... Rocketman is a honest moving effort to entertain and provoke. I hope you’ve see it .. because it’s far batter than the trailer indicates.

Jun 14th
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R J

I would have thought Jessica rabbit, Gillian Anderson , Karen Gillan (Dr Who), Black Widow (Avengers), carice van Houten( game of thrones) would get honory mentions. Lastly the girl in 5th Element.

Apr 30th
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R J

Very hard choice of crackpots. Doc Brown is the most obvious choice. Willy Wonka a good choice. But my other choice might be more Mad scientist eg. Dr Strangelove, The guy in rocky horror show . Most of the James bond villains. Lex Luther, people thought Noah was crazy. Most of Jim carreys characters. John Goodman in cool runnings.

Apr 30th
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Victoria Bert

What kinda guy doesn’t like the Terminator.

Nov 3rd
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Fuck Fuckery

I liked it

Oct 8th
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Mintymoo

annoying when the female guest refers to everything as "uncomfortable". the virtue signaling is staggering.

Sep 20th
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Ben Murphy

get off the pretentious bandwagon. tedious boring unthrilling "thriller".

Sep 10th
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