Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s

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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
#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
#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.
73 min
#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.
74 min
#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
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
#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."
77 min
#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
75 min
#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
#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
#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
#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
92 min
#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
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.
36 min
#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