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#498: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes / Top 5 Ac...
Are the days of treating franchise reboots as an inferior species of movie no more? Josh and Adam check in on the damned dirty apes of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the sequel to 2011's surprisingly successful — and surprisingly good — Apes
100 min
#497: Batman ('89) / Top 5 Films of 1989
Josh and Adam really carpe the diem this week: they find the holy grail, ask out Diane Cort and fake orgasms at the Carnegie Deli — all on the hottest day of the year in Bed-Stuy. Get a Sacred Cow review of Tim Burton's BATMAN, plus the Top 5 Films of 1
100 min
#496: Top 5 Films of 2014 (So Far) / The Rover
There are no instructions for building the perfect Top 5 Movies of the Year (So Far). You’ve got to do it yourself. At the midway point of the moviegoing year, Josh and Adam try their best to be master list builders. Plus, a review of David Michod's ble
90 min
#495: Night Moves / Top 5 Pacific Northwest Movies
Adam and Josh review Oregon director Kelly Reichardt’s NIGHT MOVES with Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning, and also do some location scouting for this week’s Top 5 — Pacific Northwest Movies — while having some pie and, excuse me, a damn fine cup
103 min
#494: The Immigrant / Top 5 Immigrant Movies
Josh and Michael Phillips — along with their respective gangs of New York — leave the Five Points for an exploration of immigration in the movies. They’ve got a review of James Gray’s THE IMMIGRANT, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard, a
91 min
#493: Maleficent / Top 5 Disney Villains
Josh and The Dissolve’s Tasha Robinson may have to wait until Prince Adam returns in a week or two to lift the curse Tasha just put on this week’s Top 5: Disney Villains. Plus, the hosts weigh in on Angelina Jolie's interpretation of one of those clas
69 min
#492: X-Men: Days of Future Past / Cannes Recap...
Josh and Michael put aside their petty differences for the good of humanity — and the show — when they share their Top 5 Movie Teams. Plus, Michael's report from Cannes and a review of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, a movie that begins in the future, mos
75 min
#491: Godzilla / Top 5 Movie Tattoos (That We'd...
Don’t tell their wives, but after taping this show, Josh and Adam split a bottle of Jack Daniels and got ink for all of the picks that made this week’s Top 5: Movie Tattoos (That We’d Get). Plus, Larsen Recommends THE DOUBLE starring Jesse Eisenberg
73 min
#490: Locke / Top 5 Car Scenes
Josh and Adam celebrate their Top 5 Car Scenes by lip syncing the entirety of Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody." Plus, a review of LOCKE starring Tom Hardy... and his SUV.
83 min
#489: 2014 Summer Movie Preview / Blue Ruin
Adam's Top Most Anticipated Summer Movies boasts a collective budget that might cover a week of catering on the set of "Transformers: Age of Extinction." Does Josh go for a little more mainstream fare? Plus, Steve Prokopy aka Capone from Ain't it Cool New
74 min
#488: Top 5 Films of 1991 / My Own Private Idah...
Adam bites his tongue to avoid making any "Hudson Hawk" jokes as he and Josh go back to their high school days for a countdown of the Top 5 Films of 1991, inspired by a Sacred Cow discussion of Gus Van Sant's Shakespeare-inspired MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO. Plu
92 min
#487: Only Lovers Left Alive / Top 5 Things Fro...
Filmspotting comes in peace, even if its Top 5 list does not. Your hosts consider their favorite cinematic Things From Space (That Came To Destroy Us). Plus, a review of Jim Jarmusch's latest starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as a centuries-old va
86 min
#486: Top 5 Performances by Non-Professionals /...
Filmspotting has been making radio for almost 10 years as amateurs, so Adam and Josh should have an insight or two on the folks who make their Top 5 Performances by Non-Professionals — people who made a prominent acting debut without the benefit of expe
96 min
#485: Top 5 Desert Island Directors / David Gor...
Adam feels a bit like he's returned from a desert island, which is exactly where he and Josh head for this week’s Top 5: Desert Island Directors. Which five directors’ filmographies would best distract them from a lifetime of isolation and solitude? P
116 min
#484: Nymphomaniac / Captain America: Winter So...
Michael and Josh try and avoid embarrassing flashbacks to their adolescence when they get into this week’s Top 5: Sex-Obsessed Characters, inspired by the new film from director Lars Von Trier — NYMPHOMANIAC —which comes to theaters in two parts and
75 min
#483: Noah / Top 5 Movie Boats
Hope you’ve got your sea legs for this week’s show as Josh and Michael Phillips count down their Top 5 Movie Boats, a list inspired by the first famous boat — Noah’s Ark, which returns to movie screens in Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH with Russell Cro
74 min
#482: Enemy / Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs / Mupp...
Jake Gyllenhaal tests his acting chops against… Jake Gyllenhaal, in this week's review of the new psychological thriller ENEMY, Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up to 2013's PRISONERS - and his second film in a row with Jake Gyllenhaal. Plus, Josh and Michae
77 min
#481: Grand Budapest Hotel / Top 5 Wes Anderson...
Wes Anderson takes such care with each frame that it would be easy to choose five favorite moments from any one of his films. But Josh and Michael Phillips gave given themselves a much bigger challenge: they strolled the grounds of Rushmore, walked the ha
87 min
#480: Groundhog Day / Top 5 Harold Ramis Moments
CADDYSHACK, STRIPES, GHOSTBUSTERS… as an actor, a writer and a director, Harold Ramis left an indelible mark on the last three decades of movie comedies. Josh and Michael Phillips honor the passing of the Chicago native with their Top 5 Ramis Moments. P
83 min
#479: 2014 Oscars Preview with Kyle Buchanan / ...
Filmspotting recruits Kyle Buchanan, senior editor at New York Magazine's Vulture, to get the inside scoop on this weekend's Academy Awards. Plus, Adam and Josh celebrate the 40th anniversary of BLAZING SADDLES with a ‘Stampeding’ Sacred Cow review --
96 min
#478: The Lego Movie / The Wind Rises / Top 5 M...
Josh and Adam head to Toontown to discuss THE LEGO MOVIE and the latest, and reportedly last, film from Japanese animator/genius Hayao Miyazaki, THE WIND RISES. Plus, the Top 5 Miyazaki Characters.
91 min
#477: Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute (Top 5 Sce...
Honest and unmerciful. Good advice for a budding rock critic. Also a fine description of the actor who spoke those lines. Filmspotting devotes this week's show to Philip Seymour Hoffman and his tragically short career as Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Ho
85 min
#476: Life Itself / Top 5 Movies About Fame wit...
Josh, Adam and guest Michael Phillips avoid turning into Norma Desmond's driveway for this week's Top 5: Movies About Fame (Non-Hollywood Edition). Plus, the trio offers some thoughts on the new Steve James documentary about Roger Ebert, LIFE ITSELF, and
98 min
#475: 2014 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Broken Circl...
Belgium: we have long loved you for your beer; we had no idea you were so into tattoos and bluegrass music. Or so Adam and Josh learned from watching THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, which recently earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Pl
97 min
#474: Wolf of Wall Street vs. American Hustle /...
Adam and Josh do a bit of looking behind -- and a bit of looking ahead this week. First, a showdown of sorts of two newly-minuted Best Picture nominees: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and AMERICAN HUSTLE. Plus, the Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014.
108 min
#473 Live: 2013 Wrap Party From Mayne Stage
With Filmspotting's best films of the year safely in the books - and, per tradition, etched in stone - Josh and Adam take a final look at the year in film, live from Mayne Stage in Chicago. Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune joins the panel to shar
103 min
FS Revisited: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Top 5 F...
With Josh and Adam off furiously prepping for their Jan. 11 live show, it's time for another Filmspotting Revisited featuring a Sacred Cow discussion of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and the Top 5 Films of 1981.
74 min
FS Fix: Her / Inside Llewyn Davis
Reviews of Spike Jonze's HER and the Coen Bros. latest, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.
56 min
#472 (Pt. 2): Top 10 Films of 2013
His name is Josh Larsen, and he believes in fitness. And Michael Bay. PAIN & GAIN and FRUITVALE STATION debates, plus HER love, dominate Pt. 2 of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2013 -- with guests Scott Tobias (The Dissolve) and Michael Phillips (Chicago
86 min
#472 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of 2013
4 critics, 20 picks, 79 minutes... it must be time for Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2013 roundtable with guests Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and Scott Tobias from The Dissolve.
79 min
#471: Top 5 2013 Surprises & Disappointments / ...
The year-end onslaught continues with Filmspotting's 2013 Surprises & Disappointments. Plus, a review of OUT OF THE FURNACE, with Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson... and the five finalists for the coveted Golden Brick Award.
86 min
#470: Oldboy / Top 5 2013 Discoveries / Korean ...
The last time Adam and Josh dedicated a Top 5 to their favorite up-and-coming actors, Elizabeth Olsen made both lists coming off her great performance in 2011's "Martha Marcy May Marlene." Time for a new batch of potential stars as they name their Top 5 D
90 min
2013 Golden Bricks Preview
It’s that time when Filmspotting starts looking back on the year in film... So this Thanksgiving weekend, Josh and Adam announce their initial candidates for the Golden Brick Award, and revisit reviews of some films that flew a little under the radar in
74 min
#469: Nebraska / Top 5 Movies With Places In th...
Josh and Adam travel through time and space to share their Top 5 Movies With Places In the Title. Yes, after almost 9 years, it seems they've officially run out of Top 5 ideas. Plus, a review of Alexander Payne’s latest, NEBRASKA, and the finale to the
77 min
#468: Dallas Buyers Club / Top 5 Actor Transfor...
Inspired by the ultra-slimmed down Matthew McConaughey and a transgendered Jared Leto, Josh and Adam review DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and share their Top 5 Actor Transformations.
74 min
#467: Blue Is the Warmest Color / Top 5 Sexual ...
What’s more awkward: Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin hooking up with Mrs. Robinson, or Josh and Adam tackling their Top 5 Sexual Awakening Movies? Plus, a review of this year’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner -- and sexually explicit coming-of-age movie -- BLU
76 min
#466: 12 Years a Slave / Top 5 Movies Set in th...
Michael Phillips steps in for Adam to review one of the year’s most acclaimed films - director Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE, the movie which inspired this week’s Top 5 Movies Set in the South... Plus, Adam and Josh discuss the fifth film in thei
113 min
#465: The Exorcist / The Chaser / Top 5 Terrify...
Josh and Adam get into the Halloween spirit with a Sacred Cow discussion of 1973’s THE EXORCIST. William Friedkin’s horror classic turns 40 this year. They also revisit their Top 5 Terrifying Characters from last fall, and continue their look at conte
82 min
#464: Captain Phillips / Top 5 Hostage Movies
Adam and Josh discuss CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, the new film from director Paul Greengrass, starring Tom Hanks. Plus, here's the deal: You give them your attention, they'll give you their Top 5 Hostage Movies.
73 min
#463: Gravity / Top 5 Movie Themes
Herrmann, Steiner, Williams, Morricone, Bernstein… musical heavyweights battle for top 5 primacy this week as Filmspotting shares their favorite Movie Themes. Joining Josh and Adam is movie score fanatic Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune. Plus,
93 min
#462: Chicago Film Fest Preview / I'm a Cyborg,...
Josh and Adam preview the Chicago International Film Festival, which begins Oct. 10, by sharing their Top 5 Most Anticipated CIFF Movies. Plus, the third film in Filmspotting's Korean Auteurs Marathon, I'M A CYBORG, BUT THAT'S OK, and Larsen Recommends: D
72 min
#461: Short Term 12 / Top 5 Films of 1993 / Wom...
Adam resists the urge to spend the whole show quoting "Tombstone" as he and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 1993, part of Filmspotting's year-by-year countdown series. Plus, a review of the new indie drama SHORT TERM 12, starring Brie Larson, and the Kore
104 min
#460: Sam Rockwell / 2001 Revisited / DVD Relea...
Sam Rockwell’s Chuck Barris may not have known how he felt about long-suffering girlfriend Penny, but listeners know exactly how they feel about Rockwell. Josh and Adam share results from their listener poll about their favorite Rockwell performance, pl
90 min
#459: 2001: A Space Odyssey / Top 5 Kubrick Scenes
Open the pod bay doors. Michael Phillips fills in for Adam on this week's mission: the Sacred Cow review of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Plus, the Top 5 Stanley Kubrick Scenes.
77 min
#458: Fall Movie Preview / The Grandmaster / 3-...
Josh and Adam turn their attention to the change of season with their Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall Movies. Plus, a review of the new martial arts biopic THE GRANDMASTER from director Wong Kar-wai, and the first film in Filmspotting's six-part Korean Auteur
91 min
#457: Top 5 Elmore Leonard Characters / The Wor...
Filmspotting honors a writer by talking about the movies adapted from his books. A writer's nightmare? Perhaps. Adam and Josh pay tribute to Elmore Leonard, whose work inspired some great movie adaptations including "Get Shorty" and "Out of Sight." Plus,
76 min
#456: Top 5 Nature Movies / Prince Avalanche / ...
Josh and Adam round up their banjos, bows and arrows and irrational fear of sadistic mountain men in order to pull off this week's Top 5: Nature Movies. Plus, a discussion of David Gordon Green's PRINCE AVALANCHE, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, and
81 min
Review: The Act of Killing
A standalone discussion of Joshua Oppenheimer's powerful new documentary "The Act of Killing," about Indonesian death squad leaders who re-stage their most infamous crimes as cinema.
21 min
#455: Elysium / Spectacular Now / Top 5 Dangero...
nspired by Matt Damon in Neill Blomkamp's ELYSIUM, Josh and Adam have one hour to complete their Top 5 Dangerous Missions, or else microscopic explosives will rupture their carotid arteries. Plus, Josh's take on the aptly named THE SPECTACULAR NOW.
91 min
FS Revisited: Josh vs. Adam
Take a not-so-friendly trip down Filmspotting memory lane... The Adam-Josh divide over "Prometheus" was fairly tame, but their first major disagreement set the table for the all-out blood feuds of "Argo" and "The Impossible."
54 min
#454: James Cromwell / Blue Jasmine / Top 5 Sup...
Mr. Lundegaard, we're just here to talk about this week's Top 5: Supporting Players in Lead Roles. The heck we mean? Like fer instance, Frances McDormand in FARGO. Plus, Adam’s chat with longtime supporting player James Cromwell about his starring role
114 min
#453: Pacific Rim / Top 5 Movie Robots
Adam tries to convince Josh that he has no knowledge of Sarah Connor’s whereabouts -- whatever it takes to stay alive in order to share this week’s Filmspotting Top 5: Movie Robots. Plus, it's Kaiju vs. Jaeger in Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" ...
97 min
#452: Only God Forgives / Top 5 Anthology Films...
Matt Singer and Alison Willmore fill in on Original Recipe and 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
70 min
#451: Top 5 Films of 2013 (So Far)
I got Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. In Greece... Adam does his best James Franco as he and Josh reveal their Top 5 Films of 2013 (So Far). Plus, the worst films of the year and more.
94 min
FS Revisited: Blaxploitation
Can you dig it? With the help of producer Sam Van Hallgren, Filmspotting revisits its recent six-week Blaxploitation Marathon, including discussions of "Shaft" and "Superfly."
68 min
#450: Man of Steel / Top 5 Christ Figures
Michael Phillips is Filmspotting's savior this week, sitting in for Adam for a discussion of "Man of Steel" and a countdown of the Top 5 Movie Christ Figures.
78 min
FS Revisited: Sight & Sound Top 10
With Adam and Josh taking a little summer time off, Filmspotting revisits its Aug. 2012 episode revealing the hosts' Top 10 Greatest Films, with the help of regular contributor Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune).
54 min
#449: Before Midnight / Top 5 Americans Abroad
On a whim, Josh and Adam stumble off a train together to see where things go with a (long) discussion of BEFORE MIDNIGHT. Then Filmspotting pops into a smoky Parisian cafe to share the Top 5 Americans Abroad.
95 min
Best Film You've Never Seen / Overlooked Movies
Adam talks to Chicago writer Robert K. Elder about his new book, "The Best Film You’ve Never Seen," featuring interviews with Richard Linklater, Edgar Wright and 33 other directors talking about the movies they adore that have been critically reviled, f
86 min
#448: Top 5 Contemporary B&W Movies / Frances Ha
In 1979, Diane Keaton was the quirky star of Woody Allen’s B&W love letter to New York City, "Manhattan." 35 years later, the city is the same -- and so is the black and white photography -- but the quirky star is Greta Gerwig, in director Noah Baumbach
78 min
#447: Star Trek Into Darkness / Top 5 Small Mom...
Despite the efforts of his old friend Khan, James T. Kirk is alive and well in the sequel to 2009’s successful relaunch of the Star Trek franchise. This week, Filmspotting boldly reviews "Star Trek Into Darkness". Plus, the Top 5 Small Moments in Big Mo
83 min
Stories We Tell
Filmspotting discusses Sarah Polley's autobiographical doc "Stories We Tell."
25 min
#446: The Great Gatsby / Top 5 Movies About the...
This week Adam and Josh have their minds on the money and money on their minds. Inspired by Jay Gatsby’s return to the silver screen, they share their Top 5 Movies About the Rich and discuss Baz Lurhmann’s uh, re-imagining, of the classic novel by F.
89 min
#445: Iron Man 3 / Top 5 Movie Geniuses
Inspired by the brilliant mind of Tony Stark, Filmspotting crunches the numbers to come up with the Top 5 Movie Geniuses. Plus, a review of co-writer/director Shane Black's "Iron Man 3" and more.
90 min
#444: 2013 Summer Movie Preview / Mud / Ophuls ...
In anticipation of the season’s first blockbusters, Josh and Adam reveal their Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer Movies. Plus, a review of "Mud," the latest from "Take Shelter" writer/director Jeff Nichols, and "The Dollies," recognizing the best of the Max
106 min
#443: Oblivion / Place Beyond the Pines / Top 5...
Tom Cruise is assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources... and Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson draw the plum gig of deciding whether "Oblivion" was worth all the resources put into it. Plus, your guest hosts weigh in on their Top 5 Futuristic Mo
83 min
#442: To the Wonder / Top 5 Malick Scenes / Lol...
This week's episode with Filmspotting's Top 5 Malick Scenes and a review of "To the Wonder" was recorded entirely at the magic hour. Plus, the final Max Ophuls Marathon movie, 1955's Lola Montes.
97 min
#441: Farewell Ebert / Trance / Top 5 Neo-Noirs...
Author Chris Harris ("The Big Clear") joins Adam and Josh for a trip to Chinatown and lots of other unsavory places for this week’s Filmspotting Top 5: Neo-Noirs. Plus, a review of Danny Boyle's art-world thriller "Trance" and a tribute to the late, gre
112 min
#440: Evil Dead ('81) / Top 5 Tracking Shots / ...
This week, Josh and Adam take the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips through the special kitchen entrance to the best seats in the house for the Filmspotting Top 5: Tracking Shots. Plus, a Sacred Cow review of Sam Raimi’s 1981 horror classic "The Evil
127 min
#439: Spring Breakers / Top 5 Turning Over a Ne...
Look at my episode! Look at my episode! I got... reviews of Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers." Hosts disagreeing. I got... Top 5 Turning Over a New Leaf Movies. Some are even better than "Scarface," which I got on repeat. Constantly, y'all. I even got co
103 min
#438: Top 5 Movie Religious Figures / Beyond th...
Filmspotting kisses the ring of their Top 5 Movie Religious Figures... And if "The Last Exorcism: Part II" didn’t satisfy your desire for religious horror, you won’t have to wait for Part III. Romania offers its own spin on the genre with "Beyond the
104 min
#437: Oz the Great and Powerful / Top 5 Movie L...
Filmspotting finds its happy places with this week’s Top 5: Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit. Plus, a review of director Sam Raimi’s latest trip over the rainbow, "Oz the Great and Powerful," and the first film in the Max Ophuls Maratho
99 min
#436: Top 5 Movie Mother-Daughters / Stoker
Adam tries to keep his telekinesis from ruining this year’s prom... er... this week’s Top 5: Movie Mother-Daughters -- a list not inspired by "Carrie," but by the new thriller "Stoker" from Korean auteur Park Chan-wook.
78 min
#435: Top 5 Unseen Characters / Like Someone In...
With the help of a six-foot bunny named Harvey, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Unseen Characters. Plus, a review of Abbas Kiarostami's latest puzzler, "Like Someone In Love," and the debut of Ask Filmspotting (post-Oscars edition).
96 min
#434 Extra: Marx Bros. Awards
Michael Phillips continues his comedy education of Filmspotting during "The Gookies," the Marx Bros. Marathon Awards including Best Groucho One-Liner, Gag and more.
18 min
#434: Oscar Picks / A Night at the Opera
Winning an Oscar, only slightly more glamorous than joining the 10 million mile club like Ryan Bingham in "Up in the Air"... The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a special Oscars edition of Filmspotting to discuss who will...
90 min
#433: Top 5 Romantic Gestures / Side Effects / ...
Cue up "In Your Eyes"... in honor of Valentine's Day, it's Filmspotting's Lloyd Dobler Memorial List of the screen's Top 5 Romantic Gestures. Plus, what may be Steven Soderbergh's final cinematic gesture -- "Side Effects," starring Rooney Mara and Jude L
95 min
#432: Top 5 Directors Who Need A Comeback / Cha...
Filmspotting may miss Ron Burgundy and his musk, but this week Adam and Josh focus on the filmmakers they've been missing with a countdown the Top 5 Directors Who Need a Comeback. Plus, a review of Roman Coppola's first film in 12 years, "A Glimpse...
96 min
#431: Top 5 Survival Movies / The Impossible / ...
Everybody knows the first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. But Filmspotting joins Tyler Durden in exploring their primal selves with a countdown of the Top 5 Survival Movies. Plus, Adam and Josh barely emerge unscathed from their d
99 min
#430: 2013 Movie Preview (Pt. 2 ) / Die Hard
In 1988, our action heroes looked like Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger... then we met a barefoot Bruce Willis. Adam and Josh find out if it really is a good day to "Die Hard" as they give the Sacred Cow treatment to the action classic that made Wil
78 min
#429: 2013 Movie Preview (Pt. 1) / Amour
Last year, two of Josh's most anticipated films didn’t even end up getting released. Find out who he cursed this year as he and Adam reveal their Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013. Plus, love hurts in Michael Haneke's "Amour."
80 min
#428 Live: 2012 Wrap Party
Live from Mayne Stage in Chicago, it's Filmspotting's 2012 Wrap Party sponsored by WBEZ! There was no dancing for dollar bills, but the show's own Magic Mike, Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, helped Adam and Josh reveal their favorite...
132 min
#427: Django Unchained / Edward Burns / Blaxplo...
Quentin Tarantino’s ode to Spaghetti Westerns "Django Unchained" brought Josh and Adam together over the holidays. Was it a fortuitous turn of events? Plus, a conversation with writer/director/actor Edward Burns about his new holiday release, and the Bl
88 min
#426 (Pt. 2): Top 10 Films of 2012
Filmspotting assembles the film critic Avengers -- Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Scott Tobias (A.V. Club) -- to finish off the Top 10 Films of 2012 countdown and reflect on the year in cinema.
91 min
#426 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of 2012
Josh and Adam didn't set out to meet their makers, but they do tackle the Promethean task of counting down their Top 10 Films of 2012 with the help of some special guest contributors.
57 min
#425: Zero Dark Thirty / The Hobbit / Golden Br...
The end-of-year onslaught begins with the announcement of Filmspotting's eight Golden Brick nominees for 2012. Plus, an unexpected journey with "The Hobbit" and an early review of "Zero Dark Thirty."
87 min
#424: Killing Them Softly / Top 5 Inept Crimina...
Like Nic Cage in "Raising Arizona," last night Josh had a dream... a dream he and Adam were going to discuss the H.I. McDonnough Memorial List of the Top 5 Inept Movie Criminals, inspired by the new Brad Pitt crime drama "Killing Them Softly." Plus, cut s
90 min
#423: Silver Linings Playbook / Skyfall / Top 5...
Is manic depression a frustrating mess, or a fascinating one? It's a November release round-up as Adam and Josh discuss "Silver Linings Playbook," plus "Skyfall" and "Anna Karenina." The guys also open up their 'little green bags' to cough in their lists
113 min
Golden Bricks Preview Special
Filmspotting celebrates Thanksgiving this week with a look back at some of the under-the-radar cinematic gems that Adam and Josh are most grateful for this year... movies that might just earn a spot among the nominees for Filmspotting's coveted Golden...
60 min
#422: Spielberg Spectacular! Lincoln / Close En...
We're gonna need a bigger show... Michael Phillips drops by to select the Top 5 Spielberg Scenes and review the director's latest, "Lincoln." Plus, cook up those mashed potatoes for a Sacred Cow discussion of one Spielberg classic -- 1977's "Close Encount
120 min
#421: Tim Heidecker / Top 5 Dramatic Performanc...
Filmspotting pays proper respect to the performers who decided they were no longer satisfied simply being clowns here to amuse with a countdown of the Top 5 Dramatic Performances by Comic Actors. Plus, Adam’s conversation with one such performer... Tim
84 min
#420: Cloud Atlas / Top 5 Multiple Role Perform...
Filmspotting crosses continents and generations in search of the true-true with a discussion of "Cloud Atlas." Plus, inspired the busy ensemble in "Atlas," a countdown of the Top 5 Multiple Role Performances... And oh "Super Fly," you’re gonna make your
88 min
#419: The Shining / Top 5 Terrifying Characters...
Heeeeere's Michael Phillips! From the spacious Overlook studio at WBEZ, Michael joins Filmspotting for a Sacred Cow discussion of "The Shining." Also on this special Halloween edition: theories about the theories in the new documentary "Room 237," which e
116 min
#418: Argo / Top 5 Movies Directed by Their Sta...
Filmspotting likes reviewing movies, but what the hosts really want to do is direct. Themselves. Inspired by their discussion of Ben Affleck's "Argo," Adam and Josh countdown the Top 5 Movies Directed by Their Stars. Plus, they answer the age-old question
91 min
#417: Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths) / Top...
On this fun, culture-filled edition of Filmspotting, Adam's conversation with writer/director Martin McDonagh about his latest dark comedy, "Seven Psychopaths," starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and a Shih Tzu named Bonny… the inspiration for t
89 min
#416: Looper / Top 5 Doppelganger Movies / Chic...
Adam tries to convince Judy, er, Josh, to change his hair for their Vertigo Memorial Top 5 Doppelganger Movies. Plus, a discussion of Rian Johnson's new time-travel thriller "Looper" and a preview of the upcoming Chicago International Film Festival.
84 min
#415: The Master / Top 5 Charismatic Leaders
"The Master" tells us that "Good science, by definition, allows for more than opinion." Adam and Josh mostly prove to be good scientists as they go in-depth on Paul Thomas Anderson's latest. Plus, the Top 5 Charismatic Movie Leaders and
94 min
#414: Top 5 L.A. Movies / End of Watch / Irania...
The sun shines and the land may be cheap, but if you’ve seen L.A. Confidential – or just about any movie set in the city of angels – you know it's a town with a dark side. This week's Filmspotting Top 5: Los Angeles Movies. Plus, a review of the new
84 min
#413: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Top 5 Films of ...
Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) plays the role of Belloq for this 'Sacred Cow' discussion of Steven Spielberg's action-adventure classic "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Plus, the Top 5 Films of 1981 and Michael's reflections on the 2012 Toronto Internationa
114 min
#412: Top 5 Dance Scenes / Alps / Offside
Hey Kitty Kat, don't be a... draws a square in the air... and be sure to download this show featuring the Pulp Fiction Memorial Top 5 Dance Scenes. Plus, Adam and Josh put down their $5 milkshakes to discuss "Alps," the new film from the director of "Dogt
87 min