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Filmspotting

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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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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Interviews: Craig Zobel (Compliance) / Mike Bir...
Adam talks to writer/director Craig Zobel about his provocative new film "Compliance," and with comedian Mike Birbiglia about the semi-autobiographical new film he co-wrote, co-directed and stars in, "Sleepwalk With Me."
43 min
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#411: Fall Movie Preview / Cosmopolis / Mike Bi...
Adam and Josh stop their limo ride through downtown Chicago long enough to commend David Cronenberg's bizarre "Cosmopolis" and reveal their Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall Movies. Plus, interviews with two filmmakers - Mike Birbiglia ("Sleepwalk With Me") and
104 min
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#410 (Pt. 2): Top 10 Films of All Time
The Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time talk continues with guest Michael Phillips... Plus, writer/director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter") calls in to discuss his official (Paul Newman-heavy) Sight & Sound ballot.
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#410 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of All Time
Inspired by Sight & Sound's 2012 Greatest Films Poll, Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) joins Josh and Adam to discuss their Top 10 Films of All Time. Plus, a few special guests call in to share their #1 most 'essential' movie.
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#409: Top 5 Cinema Spies / Bourne Legacy / Fire...
Inexplicably, George Lazenby is overlooked as Filmspotting reveals its highly confidential Top 5 Cinema Spies (James Bond Memorial)... And don't forget to take your chems before listening to discussions of "The Bourne Legacy" and "Fireworks Wednesday," th
88 min
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Dark Knight Rises Spoiled
You've heard Filmspotting's take, now it's the listeners' turn to reckon with "The Dark Knight Rises" in this spoiler edition show.
41 min
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#408: Top 5 Play Adaptations / Killer Joe
Adam and Josh break a leg, avoid mention of 'The Scottish Play' and depend on the kindness of strangers to reveal their Top 5 Play Adaptations, inspired by William Friedkin's new film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Gothic crime thriller "Killer Joe."
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#407: Ruby Sparks / Top 5 Movies About Writers ...
We'll show you the life of the mind! Adam and Josh eloquently express affection for their Top 5 Movies About Writers, and discuss the new film written by and starring Zoe Kazan, "Ruby Sparks." Plus, Adam makes an amazing discovery with the fourth film in
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#406: Dark Knight Rises / Beasts of the Souther...
Which battle is more bloody and brutal: Batman vs. Bane or Michael Phillips vs. A.O. Scott? Adam and Josh discuss "The Dark Knight Rises," then enlist the help of the dynamic former At The Movies duo to debate "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Plus, the 'Tak
97 min
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#405: Amazing Spider-Man / Top 5 'Seemed Like a...
Sometimes a bad movie idea is just a bad movie idea. But sometimes it results in cinema excellence. Inspired by their discussion of Marc Webb's reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man, " Adam and Josh share their Top 5 'Seemed Like a Bad Idea' Movies.
74 min
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#404: Top 5 Performances of 2012 (So Far) / Ted
Adam confesses his love for a childhood doll -- and Josh promptly bashes him for it -- as they discuss Seth Macfarlane's feature directing debut "Ted." Plus, the Top 5 Performances of 2012 (So Far)... in which Adam successfully avoids saying Michael Fassb
80 min
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#403: Top 5 Films of 2012 (So Far) / Magic Mike
Filmspotting welcomes the Chicago Tribune's "Magic" Michael Phillips to the microphone to debate Channing Tatum's, um, talents on display in Steven Soderbergh's latest. Plus, the triumvirate looks back on the half year in cinema with a countdown of their
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#402: Brave / Top 5 Screen Redheads / Children ...
Think Julianne Moore is the first and last name in movie gingers? Think again. Josh and Adam reveal their Top 5 Screen Redheads and discuss Pixar's latest "Brave." Plus, the third film in the Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon, "Children of Heaven."
80 min
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Interviews: Mark Duplass / Lynn Shelton
Adam interviews actor-director Mark Duplass and learns how he and his brother discovered they weren't the next Coen Bros. Plus, writer/director Lynn Shelton reveals how directing an episode of "Mad Men" changed her filmmaking approach.
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#401: Top 5 Crackpots / Your Sister's Sister / ...
Adam and Josh countdown their Top 5 Movie Crackpots and celebrate Mark Duplass week with reviews of two new movies featuring everybody's favorite "Humpday" star: "Your Sister's Sister" and "Safety Not Guaranteed." Plus, interviews with the directors of th
104 min