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Do you enjoy listening to people talk about films? What about those films that may not show up at the local multiplex but are instead showing at the smaller specialty theater across town? Then "Footcandle Films" may be the show for you. Each month, the hosts discuss and review one "smaller" film in-depth, discuss upcoming film news, and give recommendations on films that you may not be aware of, ones that you haven't remembered in a while, or ones that are worth your time checking out. And all the while, the conversation never gets too "high-brow" or pretentious. Just two guys who enjoy talking about movies. Your Hosts: Alan Jackson and Chris Frye, founders of the Footcandle Film Society.
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Malcolm and Marie and Zappa

Malcolm and Marie and Zappa

2021-02-1701:23:05

Netflix dropped "Malcolm and Marie" starring John David Washington & Zendaya online recently. We've got a review of that film as well as the new documentary "Zappa" by director Alex Winter. Also featured on this episode: Sounds Like It Could Be Good?, Trailer Tapas, & Recommendation segments.Recommendations in this episode: "In & Of Itself" , "One Night in Miami"
Top Films of 2020

Top Films of 2020

2021-01-2801:13:21

Movie viewing in 2020 was a strange experience. Instead of catching new releases on the big screen our hosts often streamed films on the small screens of their laptops. Despite the less than ideal circumstances cinema managed to offer numerous memorable moments and performances. Alan & Chris each share their Top 5 films of 2020 along with their traditional bonus categories of "biggest disappointment" & "biggest surprise". After the look back to the year that was the hosts look to the future with some movie news. Last but not least the shows closes with recommendations of films to screen from the COVID free safety of your own home.Recommendations from this episode: "Tenet" , "The Twentieth Century"
Wonder Woman Another Round

Wonder Woman Another Round

2021-01-1501:13:11

Hosts Alan & Chris return to the MESH studios to record their first podcast episode of 2021. On the docket - reviews of "Wonder Woman 1984" and the rumored Oscar favorite for the best foreign film "Another Round". Following the reviews, each host shares a bit of movie news before delivering the tried and true final segment of movie recommendations you should check out.Reviews in this episode: "Wonder Woman 1984", "Another Round"Recommendations in this episode: "Mangrove", "Mank"
As 2020 draws to a close, films with hopes of Oscar nominations begin to surface. We've got reviews of two of them on this episode with "Sound of Metal" and "Promising Young Woman". Movie news and recommendations of films you might have missed round out what could likely be our last episode of the year. Enjoy & we'll see you in 2021!Recommendations: "While We're Young" , "S#!%house"Reviews: "Sound of Metal" , "Promising Young Woman"
Rags to riches stories. That's the theme of our movies reviewed in this episode. One is an adaptation of a beloved Charles Dickens novel with "The Personal History of David Copperfield" while the other is the true story of Ted Ngoy in "The Donut King". After the reviews, our hosts delve into a quick news tidbits segment before ending the episode with their recommendations of films they think you should give a chance.Reviews in this episode include: "The Personal History of David Copperfield", "The Donut King"Recommendations in this episode include: "The Vast of Night", "Scrooged"Thank you to our sponsor Time Genies
Sacha Baron Cohen decided to revive his fictional Kazakh television journalist for "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm". Our hosts Alan & Chris share their thoughts on this new release as well as Sofia Coppola's latest "On the Rocks" starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. In a Trailer Tapas segment our hosts discuss three upcoming movies and round out the episode with recommendations of films you might want to check out.Reviews: "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" , "On the Rocks"Recommendations: "Time" , "The Thing"Thank you to our sponsor Time Genies!
Indie writer/director Jim Cummings is back with a new movie "The Wolf of Snow Hollow". Alan and Chris share their thoughts on this film as well as spend some time discussing the foreign flick "Out Stealing Horses" starring Stellan Skarsgard. With a lack of news stories about film to discuss Alan and Chris ponder the future of movie theaters before closing out the show with their recommendations of films you might want to consider adding to your queue.Reviews: "The Wolf Of Snow Hollow" , "Out Stealing Horses"Recommendations: "The Girl With All The Gifts" , "Poltergeist"Thank you to our sponsor Time Genies!
Enola Holmes Antebellum

Enola Holmes Antebellum

2020-10-0701:08:15

Millie Bobbie Brown of "Stranger Things" stars in her first major film role as the title character in "Enola Holmes". Alan & Chris review this straight to Netflix feature as well as the thriller "Antebellum" starring Janelle Monáe. In addition to the usual segments of Trailer Tapas & Sounds Like It Could Be Good??? the hosts also recap the winners of the 2020 Footcandle Film Festival that just wrapped up at the end of September.Recommendations: "Class Action Park" , "Blaze"Reviews: "Enola Holmes" , "Antebellum"Thank you to our sponsor Time Genies!
I'm Thinking of Bill & Ted

I'm Thinking of Bill & Ted

2020-09-1701:21:53

2020 has been pretty strange. A third installment in the Bill & Ted series almost makes sense. Alan & Chris discuss the cinematic oddity as well as the new...well, yes odd - but in a completely different way - Charlie Kaufman film "I'm Thinking of Ending Things". For the trailer tapas section the hosts discuss the new "Dune" and "Freaky" trailers and then indulge in some extremely early Oscar prediction talk. As per the tried and true formula, they round out the episode with some film recommendations.Recommendations: "Wildlife" , "Crimson Tide"Reviews: "Bill & Ted Face the Music" , "I'm Thinking of Ending Things"The Footcandle Film Festival will be held online September 23rd-27th 2020!
Tesla Boys State

Tesla Boys State

2020-09-0901:11:11

Two new films...two new reviews. First up we talk about the documentary that was a hit at Sundance - "Boys State". For our second review we discuss the one-of-a-kind biopic "Tesla" starring Ethan Hawke. For our Trailer Tapas portion of the show we discuss "The Batman", "Spontaneous" and "On the Rocks". Last, but not least, we wrap with our recommendations of films you might want to revisit or check out for the first time.Reviews: "Boys State" , "Tesla"Recommendations: "Nobody Knows I'm Here" , "Interview with a Vampire"
In this episode of Footcandle Films Alan & Chris review two movies that reflect on the challenges of starting your own business and capitalism. One is director Kelly Reichardt's period drama "First Cow", the other is the comedy "An American Pickle" starring Seth Rogen in a dual role. After the reviews, Alan leads an "It Sounds Like It Could Be Good?" segment. The hosts close out the show with recommendations of films you might want to seek out.Reviews: "First Cow", "An American Pickle"Recommendations: "The Sweatbox", "Take Shelter"Also!Here are the trailers for the unreleased movies that Alan and Chris discuss on this episode:"Boys State""Judas and the Black Messiah"
The Rental Greyhound

The Rental Greyhound

2020-08-1201:13:15

Movie theaters might be closed but new films are still coming out and we've got reviews of two of them. First up is the AppleTV+ exclusive World War II action-drama "Greyhound" starring Tom Hanks. For our second review, we look at the much smaller-scale indie horror film "The Rental" starring Dan Stevens & Alison Brie. For our Trailer Tapas portion of the podcast, we focus on Charlie Kaufman's "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" and the new Seth Rogen vehicle "An American Pickle". Chris then shares two bits of silver screen news before the hosts wrap the episode with their recommendations of films you might have missed or should revisit.Reviews: "Greyhound" , "The Rental"Recommendations: "Border" , "Speed"
Eurovision Fire Saga Truth

Eurovision Fire Saga Truth

2020-07-1501:17:15

Looking for a few laughs? Alan and Chris review the latest Will Farrell film that just hit Netflix. Looking for a dramatic film with great performances? The hosts discuss "The Truth" from director Hirokazu Koreeda. Afterward, Chris shares some silver screen news and Alan jumps on his cinematic soapbox for a brief rant. Closing out the episode each host gives recommendations of films you might consider screening.Reviews: "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga", "The Truth"Recommendations: "Doctor Sleep" , "Middleditch & Schwartz"
You've made it through all the episodes of Tiger King and watched all the movies that HBO has to offer. Looking for something else to watch? Alan & Chris review two new arrivals "You Should Have Left" and "Shirley" that might be right up your alley. If they're not in your cinematic wheelhouse they each offer a recommendation of an older film that can be easily watched on an online service. Gazing into their crystal ball of movie news the hosts also discuss three upcoming films that sound promising in their "Sounds Like It Could Be Good?" segment.Reviews: "You Should Have Left" , "Shirley"Recommendations: "The American President" , "Groundhog Day"
In this episode, Alan & Chris review two comedies. Both relationship-based, both heavily dependent on the chemistry between the two leads...and both couldn't be more different in their style and execution. "The Trip to Greece" starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and "The Lovebirds" starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani. The hosts also discuss some movie news tidbits and wrap the show with recommendations of films you might want to check out. Reviews: "The Lovebirds" & "The Trip to Greece" Recommendations: "Good Boys", "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
Every now and then we really hit the cinematic extremes on the podcast.  This episode is a perfect example.  One film reviewed is a minimalist, harrowing tale of harassment in the workplace.  The other film is an almost joke-a-minute comedy starring Will Forte. Variety...it's the spice of life right?  Also featured on the episode are bits of movie news and recommendations of other films to check out. Recommendations: "Blind Melon - Letters from a Porcupine" , "Beastie Boys Story" Reviews: "The Assistant" , "Extra Ordinary"
Due to shuttered movie theaters, Universal Studios released one of their big films for 2020 direct to online rental. Chris & Alan use this opportunity to discuss "Trolls World Tour" and then spend some time talking about Ben Affleck's latest vehicle "The Way Back". Chris then plays a news anchor for some silver screen updates. Rounding out the episode, each host gives a film recommendation you can use to occupy some of your quarantine time. Recommendations: "Molly's Game" & "The Hudsucker Proxy" Reviews: "Trolls World Tour" & "The Way Back"
A promotional poster for the new film "The Hunt" called it the most talked about movie of the year that no one's actually seen.  Hosts Alan & Chris have had a chance to see it and share their thoughts.  For their second review they discuss "Vivarium" a new offbeat sci-fi thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg.  Rounding out the episode are some brief movie news tidbits and recommendations on films to check out while keeping socially distant on your couch. Recommendations: "Onward" , "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" Reviews: "The Hunt" , "Vivarium"
Practicing social distancing? So are Alan & Chris from their respective home offices...but that doesn't stop them from bringing you a new episode of Footcandle Films. Featured on this edition are reviews of "Emma." with Anya Taylor Joy and "Swallow" a thriller from relative newcomer director Carlo Mirabella-Davis. For their Trailer Tapas segment, the hosts view & share their thoughts on "Beastie Boys Story" and "Coffee & Kareem". Rounding out the episode are recommendations of films to consider seeking out and screening. Recommendations: "Broken Orchestra", "Urban Cowboy" Reviews: "Emma." , "Swallow"
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