Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit (SVU)

Filmspotting: SVU is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Alison Willmore and Matt Singer focusing on the world of online movies. Part of the Filmspotting family of podcasts.

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SVU #67: The Visitor / WTF Movies
You wanna get nuts? Let's get nuts! On the new SVU, Matt and Alison recommend some of the craziest, weirdest, most WTF movies you can watch at home right now. Plus, their Listeners Choice Review of the trippy sci-fi/horror oddity THE VISITOR. Then they wi
74 min
SVU #66: Southcliffe / Small Town Movies
Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world, listening to the new Filmspotting: SVU, as Matt and Alison recommend some movies set in small towns. Plus, a review of the Netflix miniseries SOUTHCLIFFE from "Martha Marcy May Marlene" director Sean Durki
81 min
SVU #65: Manhunter / Hannibal Lecter Onscreen
Hello, Clarice... and SVU listeners with other names. Matt and Alison review Michael Mann's MANHUNTER, and go film-by-film (and TV show) through the Hannibal Lecter franchise, picking their favorites that you can rent or stream at home while considering w
90 min
SVU #64: They Came Together / Spoofs
Surely they can't be serious: a whole episode about spoofs? They are serious--and don't call them Shirley. They're Matt and Alison, and on the latest episode of Filmspotting: SVU, they're recommending some spoofs you can watch at home right now, and revie
79 min
SVU #63: Under The Skin / Aliens Walk Among Us ...
Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Scotland looking for men in UNDER THE SKIN, this week's Listeners Choice pick on Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit. After reviewing the latest film from director Jonathan Glazer (and vowing never to get into a cre
76 min
SVU #62: Orange Is The New Black (Season 2) / N...
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Put down that prison shank you made out of a toothbrush! The new episode of Streaming Video Unit is here! Matt and Alison review the second season of Netflix's ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and recommend some other recent television shows you
88 min
SVU #61: The Big Chill / Friendship Movies / Ca...
You just call out Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit's name, and you know wherever you are, we will be there (assuming you've downloaded the podcast to your smartphone). On the new SVU, Matt and Allison review THE BIG CHILL and recommend some other movies
87 min
SVU #60: Crocodile Dundee / Fish-out-of-Water M...
Copy: That's not a podcast. THIS is a podcast. Matt and guest host Mike Ryan from review the 1980s comedy CROCODILE DUNDEE. And inspired by everyone's favorite Australian bushman, they also recommend some other fish-out-of-water movies tha
62 min
SVU #59: The Past / Marriage Movies
Matt and Alison review Asghar Farhadi's powerful domestic drama THE PAST. Plus, the SVU team recommends some more movies about marriage that you can rent or stream at home right now. If you're thinking about skipping this podcast, just remember that vow y
78 min
SVU #58: Alan Partridge / British Comedy
Alison and Matt get to know comedy alpha papa Steve Coogan as they review Alan Partridge. Inspired by the film, they'll also recommend some other British comedies from film and television you can rent or stream at home right now.
77 min
SVU #57: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai / Mo...
"The way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily." Also recommended: listening to Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit's review of Jim Jarmusch's GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI. On the new SVU, Matt and
69 min
SVU #56: Panic Room / Claustrophobic Movies
We're on lockdown on the new episode of Filmspotting: SVU, as Matt and Alison review PANIC ROOM. Plus, inspired by the David Fincher film, they'll recommend more claustrophobic movies you can rent or stream at home right now — and, if time permits, stab
76 min
SVU #55: The Counselor / Movies About Nameless ...
Matt and Alison, the most luscious podcasters in all of Internetdom, review Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's THE COUNSELOR. Plus, inspired by the movie's nameless protagonist, they'll recommend more movies about nameless characters you can rent or strea
70 min
SVU #54: House of Cards / Kevin Spacey Films
Welcome back to Washington, and to the second season of Netflix's HOUSE OF CARDS, the subject of Matt and Alison's Listeners Choice Review on the new episode of Filmspotting: SVU. Plus, they examine the career of actor Kevin Spacey, and recommend some of
81 min
SVU #53: Rush / Rivalry Movies
Buckle up, SVU listeners! On this episode, Alison and Matt review Ron Howard's racing movie RUSH. As they compete to determine who is the best podcaster in the world, they'll also recommend some movies about rivalries available for streaming and rental on
69 min
SVU #52: The Hunt / Wrongfully Accused Movies
Matt and Alison review Thomas Vinterberg's THE HUNT, an Oscar nominee this year for Best Foreign Language Film. Plus, the SVU team recommends some streaming and rental titles featuring characters who are accused of crimes they didn't commit.
76 min
SVU #51: Shoot The Piano Player / Hosts' Choice
Matt and Alison put on their berets, eat some baguettes and prove that they clearly know nothing about French culture beyond stereotypes from Pepe Le Pew cartoons as they review Francois Truffaut's SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER. Plus, some hosts' choice recommen
73 min
SVU #50: Prisoners / Best Films and TV of 2013 ...
This is 50! On this golden anniversary episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison celebrate the best of 2013 with the Second Annual SVUvie Awards. Plus, the Listeners' Choice Review of PRISONERS sparks one of the biggest disagreements
92 min
SVU #49: Spring Breakers / The Career of James ...
Spring break forever, y'all. On this dark tanning oil-soaked edition of SVU, Matt and Alison head to St. Petersburg for a little fun (and crime and maybe a Britney Spears cover or two) to review Harmony Korine's SPRING BREAKERS. Plus, their picks for othe
72 min
SVU #48: Frances Ha / 2013 Year-End Catch-up
Matt and Alison are making their year-end lists and checking them twice, and they're going to tell you which films you can watch online right now are worthing tracking down. Plus, their listener's choice review is Noah Baumbach's latest film, FRANCES HA.
75 min
SVU #47: Kaboom / Apocalyptic Movies
The end is nigh! Nigh means "on this week's Filmspotting: SVU" right? That's what I thought. With evil omens and portends of doom everywhere they look, Matt and Alison recommend some apocalyptic movies available on streaming and rental. Plus, their review
79 min
SVU #46: The Dirties / Found Footage Movies
On Nov. 3, 2013, film critics Matt Singer and Alison Willmore went into the studio to record a podcast. Two days later, this podcast was uploaded to their server. Out of respect for their families, it has not been altered in any way. Along with their disc
84 min
SVU #45: Carrie / Stephen King Movies
Let Matt and Alison be your prom dates (but make sure they're not bringing any buckets of pig's blood) during a Listeners' Choice review of Brian De Palma's Carrie. Plus, the Streaming Video Unit recommends other movies adapted from the work of author Ste
81 min
SVU #44: Paris Movies / The Lovers on the Bridge
Sacrebleu! This week the Streaming Video Unit investigators travel to The City of Light for a Paris-themed episode. Plus, Matt and Alison review "The Lovers on the Bridge," the cult film from "Holy Motors" director Leos Carax, and provide lots of streamin
76 min
SVU #43: All The Boys Love Mandy Lane / Shelf-S...
A podcast seven years in the making! On this episode of SVU, Matt and Alison discuss "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane," which premiered way back in 2006, but just came to on demand and digital earlier this month. In honor of Mandy Lane, they also discuss oth
74 min
SVU #42: This Is Martin Bonner / Starting Over ...
You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but it's never too late for podcasters -- or movie characters -- to start over. Inspired by the new indie movie THIS IS MARTIN BONNER, which is now streaming on Netflix Instant, Alison Willmore and Matt Singer recomm
76 min
SVU #41: Antiviral / Body Horror Movies
Long live the new flesh! Alison and Matt share an infectious conversation about the best body horror movies available to rent or stream online. Plus, a review of Brandon Cronenberg's ANTIVIRAL. Find out whether it's the germ of a great movie or something
75 min
SVU #40: Orange Is the New Black / Prison Movies
No touching! On this week's SVU, Alison Willmore and Matt Singer spend some quality time in the SHU while discussing the best prison movies available to rent or stream online. Plus, a long conversation about Netflix's new original series, "Orange Is the N
75 min
SVU #39: The Avengers / Comic Book Movies
Jordan Hoffman from ScreenCrush fills in for Alison to help Matt geek out and share some of their favorite comic book movies currently available via streaming and on demand... Plus, they revisit a little indie movie from last summer, "The Avengers."
76 min
SVU #38: Top 5 Anthology Movies / The ABCs of D...
Matt and Alison invite 10 filmmakers to make their own short movies about each one of their Top 5 Anthology Films (available online). Plus, a discussion of the horror anthology "The ABCs of Death," and a trip to Bangkok to review "Only God
77 min
SVU #37: New on VOD / Stoker
Alison and Matt examine murderous impulses and incestuous longings... you know, the normal coming-of-age stuff... as they discuss Park Chan-wook's "Stoker," starring Mia Wasikowska. Plus, much more from the world of streaming and on demand movies.
45 min
SVU #36: Cold War Movies / K-19: The Widowmaker
Alison and Matt engage in their deepest conversation yet... literally... as they discuss Kathryn Bigelow's K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER, and share their favorite Cold War Movies available via on demand and streaming.
73 min
SVU #35: Arrested Development / Cult Comedies
Matt and Alison have readied their chicken impressions and paid a visit to the Method One Acting Clinic in prep for their review of Netflix's new episodes of "Arrested Development." Plus, some of their favorite cult comedies currently available via stream
82 min
SVU #34: The Paperboy / Over-The-Top Acting
Matt and Alison put the, uh, streaming in Streaming Video Unit with a discussion of "The Paperboy," starring Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron. Plus, your hosts chew the scenery as they highlight some of their favorite movies that feature over-the-top acting an
73 min
SVU #33: Top of the Lake / New Zealand Films an...
SVU is on the case of a missing 12-year-old girl as they discuss the New Zealand filmed and set miniseries from co-creator Jane Campion, "Top of the Lake." Plus, a rundown of some of the best movies shot in New Zealand or made by Kiwi filmmakers that avai
77 min
SVU #32: It's Such a Beautiful Day / Animation ...
Matt and Alison were going to call the theme of this show 'animated adult films' but that just seemed wrong... So instead they'll hand-draw you their picks for some of their favorite animated movies currently available via streaming and on demand. Plus, t
73 min
SVU #31: 48 Hrs. / Streets of Fire / Eddie Murp...
Matt gets Alison out on a weekend pass for a Walter Hill double feature of "48 Hrs." and "Streets of Fire." Plus, a look at Eddie Murphy movies currently available via streaming and on demand.
74 min
SVU #30: Primer / Time Travel Movies
Alison fires up the Delorean powered by Doc Singer's flux capacitor and treks back to 2005 for a discussion Shane Carruth's "Primer" ... then the pair comes back to the present to share some of their favorite time travel movies currently available via str
77 min
SVU #29: Perks of Being From Pennsylvania Edition
From the streets of Philadelphia to the steel mills of Pittsburgh, Alison and Matt share their favorite movies set in Pennsylvania currently available via streaming and on demand -- inspired by their Listener's Choice review of "The Perks of Being a Wallf
66 min
SVU #28: Live From Videology Edition
No, that isn't a prank Skype caller... Live From Videology in Brookyln, Alison and Matt talk to "Compliance" writer/director Craig Zobel and star Pat Healy, plus share some interesting titles currently available via VOD and streaming.
77 min
SVU #27: We Love The '80s Edition
Matt plays Goose to Alison's Maverick -- or is it the other way around? -- as the SVU team takes a look at the '80s action classic "Top Gun." Plus, a look at some of their favorite '80s movies available via streaming and on demand.
69 min
SVU #26: When You Wish Upon a Star Edition
Grab your magic feather and make sure you're home by midnight: on this episode of SVU, Matt and Alison travel to the happiest place on earth for a look at the wide world of Disney movies available on streaming and VOD, plus a review of Disney's "Treasure
73 min
SVU #25: Lone Star Edition
Matt and Alison heard y'all talking about killing mama. They think it's a good idea... SVU investigates the sleazy world of William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" and shares some of their favorite 'Texas movies' available via streaming and VOD.
69 min
SVU #24: Inaugural SVUvie Awards
The end of 2012 means it's time for Matt and Alison's inaugural SVUvie Awards!
82 min
SVU #23: In a Mirror, Darkly Edition
Alison insists on dancing to pop music while stern taskmaster Matt refuses, leading to a lot of tension as SVU discusses the new film from the director of "Dogtooth" about an underground group that helps people mourn their lost loved ones by impersonating
60 min
SVU #22: December Cram Session Edition
With the final exam looming, Matt and Alison cram in some acclaimed 2012 releases currently available via streaming and VOD, including the documentary "The Imposter."
67 min
SVU #21: Give Us the Money and No One Gets Hurt...
Hey, maybe, we should've robbed your house. Did you ever think of that? ... It crossed SVU's mind as Matt and Alison discuss Wes Anderson's debut film "Bottle Rocket" and share some of their favorite heist movies currently available via on demand and stre
62 min
SVU #20: It's a Helluva Town Edition
Chapter One. Matt and Alison are as tough and romantic as the city they love.. New York was their town, and it always would be... This week, your SVU investigators share some of their favorite movies about their favorite city available via streaming. Plus
65 min
SVU #19: Only a Pwn in Their Game Edition
The Master Control Program has chosen Matt and Alison to serve their system on the Game Grid... prompting them to discuss the new documentary Indie Game: The Movie, and help you on your quest to find good movies influenced by video games that are availabl
62 min
SVU #18: Electric Boogaloo Edition
Damnit Jim, Matt and Alison are podcasters not doctors... and they're prepped for the Listener's Choice discussion of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." Plus, a conversation with "Hotel Noir" director Sebastian Gutierrez and a look at some 'Superior Seque
66 min
SVU Bonus: Sound of Damsels in Distress
Matt and Alison highlight four new titles available on demand, inclyding "Sound of My Voice" and Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress." Plus, is film dead?
26 min
SVU #17: Life, Love and Capachow Edition
Pootie Tang gots to say na nay no... but Matt and Alison say ya yay yes to the Listeners' Choice discussion of Louis C.K.'s ill-fated feature directing debut. Plus, great titles about stand-ups-turned filmmakers that are currently available via streaming
62 min
SVU #16: Going to the Dogs Edition
You know what grandma Singer always used to say? If you want to make God laugh... tell Him your plans. Matt and Alison follow through on their plan to discuss the Listener's Choice pick "Amores Perros," plus share some of their favorite 'connected' movies
66 min
SVU #15: Sights, Sounds and Personae Edition
"The important thing is the effort, not what we achieve"... And, well, Alison and Matt put a lot of effort into discussing Ingmar Bergman's "Persona." Plus, a look at some classic titles from the Sight & Sound Greatest Films Poll currently available via s
65 min
SVU #14: Not Another Teen Movie Podcast Edition
Alison and Matt finally learn the tough lesson that lthis isn't an opera, and we are not all supporting characters to the drama of their amazing lives, as they discuss Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret," stridently offer up some other great 'teen movies' curre
68 min
SVU #13: Beauty is in the Eye of the Podcaster ...
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it," Confucius says. Matt and Alison try to open your eyes to the wonders of some gorgeous films currently available now via streaming, discuss Wong Kar-wai's "Days of Being Wild" and much more.
65 min