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#604: Top 5 Oliver Stone Scenes w/ Matt Zoller ...
Writer and critic Matt Zoller Seitz joins Adam and Josh to talk about his new book "The Oliver Stone Experience" and share his Top 5 Stone Scenes. Plus, a Sacred Cow review of "Born on the Fourth of July."
110 min
#603: Sully / Nordic Cinema Marathon Awards
Adam and Josh take opposing sides for a debate on Clint Eastwood's latest SULLY, starring Tom Hanks. Plus, their Nordic Cinema Marathon Awards and more.
84 min
#602: Top 5 Comedies of the 21st Century / Youn...
Adam and Josh name their Top 5 Comedies of the 21st Century and honor the late Gene Wilder with a Sacred Cow review of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.
132 min
#601: Morris From America / Southside with You ...
Adam and Josh split on Sundance hit MORRIS FROM AMERICA, plus thoughts on DON'T BREATHE, LITTLE MEN and the Obama-first-date movie SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU.
100 min
#600 w/ Chuck Klosterman: Top 5 Movies Future H...
Top 5 Movies Future Historians Will Remember w/ Chuck Klosterman.
112 min
#599: Fall Movie Preview (2016) / Hell or High ...
Adam and Josh look ahead to the fall with their Top 5 Fall Movie Questions. Plus, reviews of HELL OR HIGH WATER and KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS.
97 min
#598: Hunt for the Wilderpeople / Top 5 Directo...
Adam and guest host Tasha Robinson (The Verge, Next Picture Show) review the charming indie HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE and imagine themselves a pair of billionaire benefactors with their Top 5 Directors We'd Bankroll.
109 min
#597: Suicide Squad / Top 5 Women Comic Book Ch...
Josh and guest host Angelica Bastién find a few nice things to say about SUICIDE SQUAD and share their Top 5 Women Comic Book Characters.
72 min
#596: The Fits / Star Trek Beyond / Le Havre
Adam and Josh review Sundance hit THE FITS, plus STAR TREK BEYOND, Michel Gondry's MICROBE & GASOLINE and more. Plus, Aki Kaurismaki's LE HAVRE.
114 min
#595: Ghostbusters / James Solomon Interview (T...
Adam and Josh review GHOSTBUSTERS (2016) and Susanne Bier's 2011 Oscar-winning IN A BETTER WORLD. Plus, Adam's conversation with James Solomon, director of THE WITNESS, a doc about the infamous Kitty Genovese murder.
110 min
Abbas Kiarostami: The Filmspotting Reviews
From the archives, Filmspotting's reviews of the late Abbas Kiarostami's "Taste of Cherry" "Certified Copy" "Close Up" and "Like Someone in Love."
61 min
#594: Top 5 Films of 2016 (So Far)
Adam, Josh and the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips share their five favorites from the first half of the year.
107 min
#593: Swiss Army Man / Kiarostami Tribute / Top...
Adam and Seattle Screen Scene's Melissa Tamminga review SWISS ARMY MAN and share their Top 5 'Body' Movies. Plus, a remembrance of the late Abbas Kiarostami.
140 min
#592: The BFG / Top 5 Children's Book Adaptations
Josh and guest host Tricia Bobeda from WBEZ's Nerdette Podcast review Spielberg's THE BFG and share their Top 5 Children's Book Adaptations.
88 min
#591: Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning / D...
A conversation with Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") and Elle Fanning ("Super 8"), the director and star of the new film THE NEON DEMON. Plus, a review of the new doc DE PALMA.
96 min
#590: Blindspotting - Body Double / You, The Li...
In anticipation of the new doc DE PALMA, Adam and Josh do some homework and catch up with the deranged 1984 erotic thriller BODY DOUBLE.
102 min
#589: The Royal Tenenbaums / Top 5 Non-Kids Mov...
Adam, Josh and Sam consider how THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS holds up 15 years after its release.
140 min
#588: Top 5 Movie Rivalries with Steven Hyden /...
What's the Beatles v Stones of movie rivalries? Adam and Josh propose a few answers with their Top 5 Movies Rivalries, plus a review of the latest from Terence Davies, the Scotland-set SUNSET SONG.
101 min
#587: The Lobster / Rebecca Miller / The Man Wi...
THE LOBSTER took so long to make it to theaters, Adam & Josh threatened to transform into crustaceans in protest. On this week's show, a review of the 2015 Cannes award-winner from DOGTOOTH's Yorgos Lanthimos and an interview w/director Rebecca Miller.
104 min
#586: The Nice Guys / Top 5 Films of 1987 / Las...
The buddy crime picture is a well-worn movie genre, but the right players can still make it seem fresh. Adam and Josh review Shane Black's latest, THE NICE GUYS, and relive the glory days of MANNEQUIN (and LETHAL WEAPON) with their Top 5 Films of '87.
94 min
#585: April and the Extraordinary World / Songs...
Comic artist Jacques Tardi is little known in the U.S but revered in his native France. His expressionistic, historical graphic novels are the inspiration for the new animated film APRIL & THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, which just opened in limited release. Ada
87 min
#584: Captain America: Civil War / 2016 Summer ...
Even if you’re a comic book fan, it’s possible that you’re feeling some Marvel movie fatigue. But one of the surprising things about the dozen or so films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that two of the best films in the mega-franchise are Capta
103 min
#583: Green Room / Top 5 Single Location Films
When they finally get around to making Filmspotting: The Movie, it will be eligible for a future revisit of this week’s Top 5: Single Location Films. Maybe Adam and Josh can convince Jeremy Saulnier to direct. Call it "Beige Studio." That top 5, plus a
88 min
#582: Alien / Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) / FS...
Fans celebrated Back to the Future Day on Oct. 21, 2015, the date Doc, Marty and Jennifer traveled to from 1985. In that same spirit, fans of the ALIEN franchise have marked a movie date of their own. Taking inspiration from LV-426, the ex-moon where the
97 min
#581: Everybody Wants Some!! / Top 5 Linklater ...
Richard Linlaker’s last film was an ambitious Best Picture nominee that landed on just about every critic's 2014 Top 10 list. That was BOYHOOD. The trailer for his latest would have you thinking that it's a dumb sex comedy (not that there's anything wro
89 min
Elaine May Marathon Awards - The Blind Camels
Josh and Adam got so long-winded sharing their favorite Elaine May duo, funniest moment, picture and more that it's coming to you as a separate podcast. May aficionado Peter Labuza also returns to offer his choices for "The Blind Camels."
36 min
#580: Midnight Special / May Marathon #4 - Isht...
Beloved by critics (including Adam and Josh), filmmaker Jeff Nichols made a bid for popular success in 2012 with MUD. But when MUD didn’t catch on with audiences, Nichols-watchers had to wait four long years for his return. Now he's back with MIDNIGHT S
95 min
Interview: Tom Hiddleston & Marc Abraham (I Saw...
Adam talks accuracy in true stories, finding a 'way in' as an actor and more with the star and writer/director of the Hank Williams biopic I SAW THE LIGHT.
20 min
#579: Batman v Superman / Top 5 Batman-Superman...
With Josh away this week, Adam made elaborate plans for a special Justice League-inspired episode. Minus one Wonder Woman, he almost pulled it off. Michael Phillips joins Adam for BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and sticks around to make a mockery of F
109 min
#578: 10 Cloverfield Lane / Top 5 Malick Images...
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE finds a woman holed up in a bunker with John Goodman. But is the monster inside or outside? Adam and Josh review, and try to get back on Terrence Malick's good side after their KNIGHT OF CUPS dismissal by sharing their Top 5 Malick Ima
119 min
#577: Knight of Cups / FS Madness / May Maratho...
Since returning in the late '90s with "The Thin Red Line," director Terrence Malick has spent the past couple of decades producing enigmatic masterpieces – or becoming a self-parody, depending who you ask. KNIGHT OF CUPS is Malick’s enigmatically-titl
96 min
#576: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of ...
Debuting last weekend on Netflix, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY has lost original director Ang Lee, but star Michelle Yeoh has returned, along with fight choreographer - and now director - Yuen Woo-Ping. Can they bring the magic back, t
85 min
#575: May Marathon #2 - The Heartbreak Kid / To...
On his honeymoon, a man falls for another woman. The marriage is a bust, but the movie isn't. It's Elaine May's THE HEARTBREAK KID. On this week's show, Adam and Josh continue their May Marathon with the 1972 comedy starring Charles Grodin and Cybill Shep
99 min
#574: The Witch / Deadpool / Top 5 Baffling Osc...
Filling in for Adam and Josh this week, the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from The Verge/Next Picture Show chat about the 17th century-set horror film THE WITCH and potty-mouthed superhero DEADPOOL – plus 2016's most baffling Osc
78 min
#573: Hail, Caesar! / Top 5 Coen Bros. Characters
‘Funny looking’ is a perfectly good way to describe, say, Steve Buscemi in FARGO – or countless other memorable characters that make up the Coen Bros. universe. With their latest, HAIL, CAESAR!, Josh and Adam consider the whole funny looking bunch a
96 min
#572: May Marathon #1 - A New Leaf / Top 5 Come...
After carbo-loading for weeks and buying a pair of matching running shorts, Adam and Josh set off on the latest Filmspotting Marathon: a four-part look at the work of comedy legend Elaine May – a director unfortunately best known for one of the biggest
107 min
#571: 45 Years / 2016 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / S...
It’s January and the movie year is full of promise. Full of promise – and questions. Questions like: Who wins in a battle between Batman and Superman? Or, Will the new Terrence Malick approach the greatness of "The Tree of Life?" What about Batman v.
112 min
#570: The Hateful Eight vs. The Revenant / 2016...
In the tradition of their Wolf of Wall Street vs. American Hustle battle a couple years back, Adam and Josh again find themselves on opposite sides of a pair of high-profile, late-year releases: Quentn Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT and Alejandro Gonzalez
109 min
#569: 2015 Wrap Party Live From Mayne Stage
Live from Mayne Stage in Chicago, it's Filmspotting’s 2015 Wrap Party presented by WBEZ! Adam, Josh and an All-Star roster of special guests share their favorite moments from the year in film. Plus, an epic musical edition of Massacre Theatre, improvise
116 min
Filmspotting Fix: Anomalisa
One of the most acclaimed movies of 2015 tells the story of an ordinary encounter between two strangers in an ordinary Cincinnati hotel room. Less ordinary? They’re puppets. ANOMALISA, written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman is an unusual – and amb
35 min
#568: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 2)
The 2015 box office has been dominated by the usual spectacle – JURASSIC WORLD, THE AVENGERS and now THE FORCE AWAKENS – but there is less consensus than usual on the best films of the year. And that includes our Top 10 Films of 2015 roundtable. For t
106 min
#567: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 1)
End of year movie talk is usually dominated by a few prestige pictures, but does anyone care about prestige with a new STAR WARS in theaters? Sure you do. Michael Phillips and Scott Tobias join Adam and Josh for the Top 10 Films of 2015 roundtable - and o
101 min
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Are you looking for "the most non-specific, superficial" review of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS? Then step on board the Millennium Falcon with Josh and Adam for a spoiler-free conversation – until the 22 minute mark, anyway.
30 min
#566: The Big Short / Top 5 Discoveries of 2015...
If a movie has you sticking around for the credits, chances are you’re looking for an answer to the question: who WAS that? Every year the movies introduce us to someone – or something – we’ve never seen before. Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Dis
93 min
#565: Top 5 Film Books / Kent Jones Interview (...
It may not be quite as momentous as Hitchcock and Truffaut getting together in 1962, but on this week's show, Adam speaks with HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT director Kent Jones about the legacy of Truffaut's seminal film book about the Master of Suspense. Plus, Adam
92 min
Blindspotting: The Wrong Man (1956)
Based on a true story and made in the same decade as Hitchcock masterpieces "Strangers on a Train," "Rear Window" and "Vertigo," 1956's THE WRONG MAN with Henry Fonda is an often overlooked title in the Hitchcock filmography – as it was until recently b
24 min
2015 Golden Brick Preview Special
We hope you haven’t had your fill of leftovers because on this week’s show Josh and Adam start their look back at the year in film with their annual Thanksgiving Golden Brick Preview. They revisit reviews for three of their favorite overlooked or unde
80 min
#564: Mockingjay – Part 2 / Top 5 Ensemble Movi...
The HUNGER GAMES series could have settled for pleasing its YA fan base, but its success at the box office – and (mostly) with critics – shows a greater ambition. Or at least really good judgment in the casting of Jennifer Lawrence. Adam and Josh have
91 min
#563: Spectre / Top 5 Bond Tropes
Daniel Craig’s James Bond is more serious, more human and more haunted than his predecessors. Does that make him the best? (Yes, actually it does.) Craig’s fourth and latest outing as Bond, SPECTRE, topped the box office in its opening weekend. Adam a
85 min
#562: The Assassin / Top 5 Cannes Best Director...
The Cannes Film Festival has awarded a Best Director Prize since the festival’s second year, 1946. For this week’s Top 5, Adam and Josh pick their favorite winners of the Prix de la mise en scène and review the film that won this year's prize, THE AS
84 min
#561: Edward Scissorhands / Top 5 Films of 1990
Twenty-five years ago, the movies gave us Schwarzenegger on Mars, “Best Director Kevin Costner,” and iconic performances like Kathy Bates’ Annie Wilkes, Julia Roberts’ Hooker with a Heart of Gold Vivian Ward, and of course Joe Pesci’s career-def
76 min
#560: Crimson Peak / Bridge of Spies / Top 5 Co...
Josh and guest host Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) are visited by the 'Ghost of Fights over Guillermo del Toro Movies Past' for their divisive review of CRIMSON PEAK. Plus, their takes on Steven Spielberg's BRIDGE OF SPIES and the Top 5 Cold War Movie
84 min
#559: Steve Jobs / Top 5 Back-To-Back Movies
How hard is it to make two great films in a row? Turns out, most legendary directors have done it. The show's recent Ridley Scott Death Match poll between "Alien" ('79) and "Blade Runner' ('82) was the inspiration for this week’s Top 5: Back-To-Back Mov
90 min
#558: The Martian / Chicago Film Festival Previ...
Telluride, Venice, Toronto, New York… they’ve had their fun. Now it'sChicago'ss turn, as the Fall film festival season sweeps into the Windy City for the 51st annual Chicago International Film Fest. Josh and Adam—with the help of Chicago filmmaker S
77 min
#557: Sicario / Top 5 Breaking Up the Boys' Clu...
Adam and Josh held out hope that Tasha Robinson and Dana Stevens might come crashing into the studio to share THEIR Top 5 Breaking Up the Boys' Club Movies. Alas, that didn't happen, but that didn't stop the guys from revealing their lists along with a re
88 min
#556: Black Mass / Top 5 Neighborhood Movies / ...
Master of Disguise Johnny Depp goes Southie as infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the new film BLACK MASS. Josh and Adam eat some chowdah and take some pitchez of the local cullah before reviewing "Mass" and sharing their Top 5 Neighborhood Movies.
91 min
#555: The Visit / Top 5 House Guests / The Mend
For a director who was once called “The Next Spielberg,” M. Night Shyamalan has fallen on hard times. In the decade since the success of THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKABLE and SIGNS, Shyamalan has seen diminishing returns at the box office and with critics.
89 min
#554: Queen of Earth / Top 5 Films of 1988
Live from the rooftop of Nakatomi Plaza, it's Filmspotting, where Adam and Josh welcome special guests Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, Prince Akeem of Zamunda and Chicago gang boss Jimmy Serrano. Yes, it's the Top 5 Films of 1988, plus Depp v Depp (v Depp
82 min
#553: Fall Movie Preview w/ Michael Phillips
If the summer and year-end movie seasons are all about expectation, fall… is all about surprises. Hopefully, good ones. The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips (and his trusty light saber) joins Adam and Josh for a double dose of Top 5s this week – Mos
96 min
#552: Mistress America / Top 5 Desert Island Di...
Of current actor-director combos, Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are significant for their writing partnership – and for Gerwig’s impact on Baumbach’s choice of subjects. Since hooking up with the 32 year-old Gerwig, Gen-Xer Baumbach has started tra
101 min
#551: The Look of Silence / Top 5 Haunted Past ...
With 2012's ACT OF KILLING, director Joshua Oppenheimer delivered one of the most acclaimed, innovative – and harrowing - documentaries in recent memory. His follow-up, THE LOOK OF SILENCE, is less formally ambitious, but returns Oppenheimer to familiar
95 min
#550: The End of the Tour / Top 5 Movies About ...
Since his death in 2008 at age 46, a kind of cult has developed around writer David Foster Wallace. For proof, look no further than the existence of THE END OF THE TOUR, the Sundance hit starring Jason Segel as Wallace, along with Jesse Eisenberg as Rolli
86 min
#549: Doctor Zhivago (Blindspotting) / Top 5 Sm...
Back in March, Adam and Josh celebrated Filmspotting's 10th anniversary with the Top 10 Blind Spots – significant oversights in their ongoing film educations. #3 on Adam's list was David Lean's 1965 epic DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, which gets a special "Blindspotti
105 min
#548: M:I - Rogue Nation / Top 5 Exciting Movie...
Former Dissolve Managing Editor Genevieve Koski joins Scott Tobias for week #2 of The Dissolve's Filmspotting residency. It's also week #2 of putting a positive spin on the end of their former online home... Scott and Genevieve get optimistic with their T
73 min
#547: Top 5 Things We Learned At The Dissolve /...
For two years, members of The Dissolve staff put blood, sweat and tears into running their great film site – and all you get is a lousy top 5 list. Dissolvers Scott Tobias and Keith Phipps fill in for Adam and Josh, sharing The Top 5 Things We Learned A
57 min
#546: Trainwreck / Top 5 Comedy Ensembles (Revi...
It-Girl Amy Schumer falls for potential Manic Pixie Dream Guy Bill Hader... but will Adam and Josh swoon for the Schumer-penned/Judd Apatow-directed TRAINWRECK? Plus, the movies' Top 5 Comedy Ensembles.
74 min
#545: Top 5 Films of 2015 (So Far) / The Tribe ...
With nothing but "Mission Impossible" sequels and a "Vacation" reboot ahead, Adam and Josh turn back and share their Top 5 Films of 2015 (So Far). Plus, a few thoughts on LOVE & MERCY and THE TRIBE. This episode is brought to you by MUBI / Harry's (use c
90 min
#544: Dope / Manglehorn / Top 5 Films of 1994 (...
DOPE was a hit with audiences at this year's Sundance Film Festival... Adam and Josh, not so much. Plus, a few thoughts on David Gordon Green's latest starring Al Pacino, MANGLEHORN... and grab your box of chocolates, some hakuna matata and a little hope
85 min
#543: Inside Out / Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs
Pixar has made heroes out of mute robots, anxious clown fish, a foodie rat and an irritable 80 year-old man. For their next mission, they go outside... in. Is the new INSIDE OUT a return to form for the once peerless animation studio? Josh and guest host
82 min
#542: Jurassic World / Spy / Top 5 Movie Locati...
It's been a couple decades since Steven Spielberg first choppered us to Isla Nublar, but Jurassic Park... is back open for business. The long-awaited fourth Jurassic installment comes along just in time for all hell to break loose. Josh and Adam review JU
86 min
#541: Say Anything... / Aloha / Top 5 Movies of...
Hawaii - the setting for Cameron Crowe’s ALOHA - is about 2,600 miles away from Seattle, which is the setting of his directorial debut, SAY ANYTHING... Is that also about how far apart the two films are in terms of quality? Josh and Adam answer that que
109 min
#540: Tomorrowland / Top 5 Streaming Sci-Fi Movies
Director Brad Bird has given us an Iron Giant, a Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, and a Rat Chef… what awaits in TOMORROWLAND? Subbing in for Josh and Adam, Screencrush's Matt Singer and Buzzfeed's Alison Willmore – also the hosts of Filmspotting: SVU – rev
101 min
#539: Mad Max: Fury Road / Pitch Perfect 2 / To...
The last time we saw “Mad” Max Rockatansky, he was played by Mel Gibson and battling a spectacularly-coiffed Tina Turner. Max is back with Tom Hardy as the new road warrior. "Relatively Rational" Adam and "Mildly Miffed" Josh review MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
98 min
#538: Top 5 Movie Posters / Slow West
A Grand Jury Prize winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, SLOW WEST has a lot to recommend: it’s beautifully shot, is occasionally darkly funny, and its star just might be the best actor in the business. Josh and Adam review Michael Fassbender'
101 min
#537: Avengers: Age of Ultron / 2015 Summer Mov...
Tasha Robinson (The Dissolve) sits in for Adam this week, playing the brilliant and quick-witted Tony Stark to Josh's earnest do-gooder Steve Rogers. The dynamic duo – not to be confused with that Dynamic Duo – review AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and share
74 min
#536: Reservoir Dogs (Sacred Cow) / Top 5 Films...
When RESERVOIR DOGS came out in 1992, Josh and Adam were movie geek teenagers – bound by their DNA to love it. But does Quentin Tarantino's debut hold up more than 20 years later? It's another Filmspotting Sacred Cow review... Plus, the Top 5 Films of 1
108 min
#535: Ex Machina / Top 5 Movie Houses
Hop aboard the Filmspotting double decker bus for a tour of the movies' most famous and beloved homes... beloved by the hosts, anyway. Inspired by their review of Alex Garland's directing debut EX MACHINA, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Movie Houses. Plu
94 min
#534: While We're Young / Top 5 Midlife Crisis ...
With Adam and Josh trading in their sensible family sedans for a pair of matching convertibles, their wives suggested they reveal their Top 5 Midlife Crisis Movies. Plus, a review of Noah Baumbach's latest, WHILE WE'RE YOUNG, a conversation with Steve Pro
108 min
#533: Furious 7 / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments
Having gone from Furious novices to completists in the past couple of weeks, Josh and Adam are all revved up to discuss the latest installment, FURIOUS 7, and share their Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments. Plus, the Filmspotting Madness championship round matc
108 min
#532: It Follows / Top 5 21st Century Horror Mo...
Coming to you from an old, abandoned orphanage... Adam and guest host Michael Phillips discuss IT FOLLOWS, the new indie horror movie that has garnered a lot of buzz for its handling of familiar material – sex, teens and a supernatural killer. Plus, the
107 min
Ray Marathon #5: The Lonely WIfe / The Mitras
Satyajit Ray rated 1964's THE LONELY WIFE as his best film. Josh and Adam disagree with the master director – but only a little. The final film in the remarkable Ray Marathon is up, plus The Mitras, Filmspotting's awards for the Best Picture, Shot and m
53 min
#531: The Breakfast Club / Top 5 Films of 1985
If Josh is "The Brain," what does that make Adam – Vice Principal Vernon? Filmspotting commemorates the 30th anniversary of John Hughes' classic THE BREAKFAST CLUB with a Sacred Cow discussion. Plus, the Elite Eight of Filmspotting Madness is revealed,
108 min
#530: Cinderella / Top 5 Movies About Royalty /...
As a director, Kenneth Branagh has done Shakespeare, Mary Shelley and Marvel. But how does he handle Disney? Josh and Adam discuss CINDERELLA with Lily James and Cate Blanchett, and share their Top 5 Movies About Royalty. Plus, the Sweet 16 matchups for F
109 min
Ray Marathon #4: The Big City
Another Ray film, another Ray masterpiece. Filmspotting's Satyajit Ray Marathon continues with a discussion of 1963's THE BIG CITY.
35 min
#529: Buzzard / Filmspotting Madness / Top 5 Ch...
Bill Murray vs. Tilda Swinton... Emma Stone vs. Sam Rockwell... Just a couple of the first-round matchups in Filmspotting Madness, a month-long battle royale to determine Filmspotting Nation’s favorite working actor. Adam and Josh kick off the tournamen
110 min
#528: 10th Anniversary Show / Maps to the Stars...
How do you celebrate 10 years of talking about movies? You talk about the ones you’re embarrassed you’ve never seen, of course. Adam and Josh confess their Top 5 (or 50) Blind Spots. Plus, a review of director David Cronenberg’s latest, MAPS TO THE
116 min
#527: Top 5 Mockumentary Moments / What We Do i...
With the release of the new mock documentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, about a trio of New Zealand Vampires, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Mockumentary Moments. Plus, a review of SHADOWS and a few thoughts on the Oscars.
86 min
Ray Marathon #3: The Music Room
Filmspotting continues its look at Satyajit Ray's work with a discussion of their first non-Apu film, 1958's THE MUSIC ROOM.
28 min
#526: Fifty Shades of Grey / Top 5 Movies We Ha...
Do Adam and Josh's "singular tastes" include an appreciation for the much-hyped adaptation of E.L. James' FIFTY SHADES OF GREY? Join them in the Filmspotting playroom to find out. Plus, the Top 5 Movies We Had To Review and two new recommended movies –
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#525: 2015 Oscar Picks / Sacred Cow: Unforgiven
With the divisive "American Sniper" a surprise awards season success, Filmspotting takes a trip back a couple of decades - back to the mythic Old West - for a Sacred Cow review of Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture-winning UNFORGIVEN. Plus, the Chicago Tribu
110 min
Ray Marathon #2: The Unvanquished / The World o...
Adam and Josh close out their look at Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" – but fortunately not their exploration of Ray's work – with a discussion of THE UNVANQUISHED (1957) and THE WORLD OF APU (1959).
33 min
#524: Jupiter Ascending / Top 5 Rescue Scenes /...
Holed up in the Canadian Ambassador's residence waiting for Ben Affleck to save them, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Rescue Scenes. Plus, a review of the Wachowski's latest sci-fi extravaganza (slash absurd future camp classic?) JUPITER ASCENDING, Josh's
98 min
#523: 2015 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Blackhat / G...
BLACKHAT is a bona fide critical and box office bomb... But its director, Michael Mann, made "Thief," "The Insider" and "Heat," so Josh and Adam are reviewing it anyway. Plus, Pt. 2 of Filmspotting's 2015 Movie Preview poses the biggest questions surround
87 min
Ray Marathon #1: Pather Panchali
Adam and Josh discuss the first film in their (long-awaited) Satyajit Ray Marathon – Ray's breathtaking and heartbreaking 1955 debut, PATHER PANCHALI.
22 min
#522: 2015 Movie Preview / American Sniper / Os...
It's a (woefully civil) showdown over Clint Eastwood's AMERICAN SNIPER, plus thoughts on the (woefully misguided) Oscar nominations, and Josh and Adam take their best shot at predicting what will eventually be their favorite films of the new year with the
87 min
#521: Selma / Top 5 Historic Event Movies
With the future of humanity depending on them, Josh and Adam recorded this episode from inside a time-traveling telephone booth in order to compile their Top 5 Historic Event Movies. Plus, your hosts have a dream of a biopic that doesn't worshipfully lion
97 min
#520: Top 5 Performances of 2014 / Mr. Turner
The Oscars are still more than a month away, but Filmspotting's ballots are in for the best performances of 2014. Plus, a review of Mike Leigh's MR TURNER.
96 min
#519: Top 10 Films of 2014 (Pt. 2)
Somehow "Left Behind" didn't make the cut in Pt. 1 of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2014. But there are five picks remaining and four critics – including Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Scott Tobias (The Dissolve) – who might just end the susp
86 min
#518: Top 10 Films of 2014 (Pt. 1)
- 10-9-8-7-6... It's part one of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2014 countdown, featuring special guests Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune and The Dissolve’s Scott Tobias. Plus, Mr. Brick himself, Rian Johnson, announces the winner of...
89 min
#517: Inherent Vice / Top 5 2014 "Best of the R...
What was the best shot of 2014? How about the best performances by actors we take granted? Filmspotting covers all its end-of-year bases with the Top 5 "Best of the Rest" – everything Josh and Adam loves about the year in movies... except the movies the
94 min