At their annual Wrap Party, Adam, Josh and some very special guests say farewell to 2016 with their favorite scenes of the year.
#618: Paterson / Fences / Top 5 Denzel Performa...
Adam and Josh ring in the new year with a couple of high-profile year-end releases: Jim Jarmusch's "Paterson" and Denzel Washington's August Wilson adaptation "Fences."
#617: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 2)
Adam, Josh and The Next Picture Show's Scott Tobias and Genevieve Koski wrap up the countdown of 2016's ten best with their 5-1 picks.
#616: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 1)
Adam, Josh and The Next Picture Show's Scott Tobias and Genevieve Koski start the countdown of 2016's ten best with their 6-10 picks.
#615: Rogue One / 2016's Best Performances and ...
Adam and Josh take on the potentially deadly mission of reviewing the new Star Wars installment "Rogue One." Plus, the year's best performances and more.
#614: La La Land / Top 5 Musical Numbers / Gold...
Adam and Josh review Damien Chazelle's LA LA LAND and guests Michael Phillips and Desiree Garcia drop by to share their Top 5 Movie Musical Numbers.
#613: The Edge of Seventeen / Top 5 Teen Girl M...
Adam and Josh talk teen girl movies by female filmmakers with TCM's Marya E. Gates. Plus, a review of "The Edge of Seventeen."
#612: Live at Chicago Podcast Festival / Top 5 ...
Recorded live at Schubas Tavern in Chicago, Adam, Josh and guest Michael Phillips share their Top 5 Movies That Console and Restore Hope.
2016 Golden Brick Preview Special
Adam and Josh break down the shortlist for Filmspotting's 2016 Golden Brick - the show's award for under-seen movie of the year.
#611: Loving / Arrival / Hacksaw Ridge
Josh and guest-host Michael Phillips review LOVING, ARRIVAL and HACKSAW RIDGE.
#610: Barry Jenkins and Naomie Harris (Moonligh...
Adam's interview with MOONLIGHT director Barry Jenkins and the film's co-star Naomie Harris. Plus, some thoughts on "Dr. Strange" and "Tower."
#609: Top 5 Childhood Movie Scares with Ti West...
Adam and Josh give the Sacred Cow treatment to 1984's "Nightmare on Elm Street" and along with special guest Ti West ("In a Valley of Violence") share their Top 5 Childhood Movie Scares.
#608: Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women) / CIFF Ro...
Adam and Josh praise Kelly Reichardt's latest "Certain Women," plus Adam's conversation with Reichardt and the Bunuel marathon continues.
#607: Conversation with Steve James
Adam's conversation with documentary filmmakers Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters") from June 2016.
#606: The Birth of a Nation / Chicago Film Fest...
Adam and Josh review the much-discussed THE BIRTH OF A NATION. Plus, a preview of the 52nd annual Chicago International Film Festival.
#605: Top 5 Denzel Performances with W. Kamau B...
Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell joins Adam and Josh for the Top 5 Denzel Washington Performances. Plus, a review of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.
#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."
#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.
#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.
#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.
#600 w/ Chuck Klosterman: Top 5 Movies Future H...
Writer Chuck Klosterman joins Adam and Josh for the Top 5 Movies Future Historians Will Remember. Plus, listeners share favorite memories from the show's first 599 episodes.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
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."
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#589: The Royal Tenenbaums / Top 5 Non-Kids Mov...
Back in 2001, Wes Anderson followed up his modest indie hit RUSHMORE with THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS. With its failed former prodigies and iconic soundtrack, it arguably remains Anderson's most beloved film. But how does TENENBAUMS hold up 15 years later?
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
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."
#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
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.
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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
#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
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
#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
#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
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.
#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
#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
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
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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
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
#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'
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
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
#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,
#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
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.
#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
#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
#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.
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.
#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 –
#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
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).
#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
#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
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.
#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
#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
#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.
#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
#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...
#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
#516: Top 5 Discoveries of 2014 / Foxcatcher / ...
Josh and Adam talk fake noses. And wrestling. And murder... with their review of FOXCATCHER starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. Plus, their Top 5 Discoveries of 2014 – actors, directors and others who made a fine first impression thi
FS Extra: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Filmspotting gets meta and gives Jennifer Lawrence the movie star treatment in this review of the first part of the last part of THE HUNGER GAMES series.
2014 Golden Bricks Preview
This Thanksgiving, be grateful for the movies you may have missed... Filmspotting revisits some of its favorite overlooked/underseen movies of 2014 and announces the shortlist of candidates for the coveted Golden Brick Award.
#515: Interstellar / Top 5 Movie Sacrifices
Josh and Adam actually recorded this way-too-friendly review of Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR three months ago – it just took a detour through a wormhole to get here. Plus, the Top 5 Movie Sacrifices.
#514: Top 5 Culture Clash Comedies / Dear White...
Josh encounters some awkward moments as he tries to reconcile his cultural differences with The Dissolve's Tasha Robinson. The pair reveal their Top 5 Culture Clash Comedies, and review the provocative new film DEAR WHITE PEOPLE.
#513: Nightcrawler / Top 5 Nocturnal Movies
Vampires aren't the only crazies who come out at night. Josh and Adam stay up late to share their Top 5 Nocturnal Movies, and discuss Jake Gyllenhaal's creepy turn in writer/director Dan Gilroy's NIGHTCRAWLER.
#512: Top 5 Movie Costumes (We'd Wear) / Birdman
Michael Phillips couldn't convince Adam and Josh to be the Chico and Harpo to his Groucho, but that didn't stop him from helping them share the Top 5 Movie Costumes they'd actually wear for Halloween. Plus, a review of BIRDMAN, starring Michael...
#511: Whiplash / Top 5 Mentor-Proteges
It's the inspirational tale of a couple down on their luck podcasters who make good with the help of a crusty old radio veteran. Josh and Adam share their Top Mentor-Proteges, and review a movie about a drummer driven to madness in his pursuit of musical
#510: Jason Schwartzman & Alex Ross Perry / Top...
Finally, a Top 5 that Adam and Josh can relate to: Movie Narcissists. Plus, a conversation with writer/director Alex Ross Perry and actor Jason Schwartzman about their new movie LISTEN UP PHILIP.
#509: Gone Girl / Top 5 Movie Missives
Before email, texts, Twitter and Snapchat, movie characters had to rely on ‘The Letter’ to communicate their most heartfelt feelings to one another — or to blackmail each other. Inspired by their discussion of director David Fincher's GONE GIRL, Ad
Gone Girl (Spoiled)
It's a Fimspotting spoiler special! Josh and Adam go long on director David Fincher's GONE GIRL. Spoilers begin around the 19 minute mark.
#508: Chicago Int'l Film Fest Preview / Top 5 C...
With the 50th annual Chicago International Film Festival kicking off Oct. 9, Josh and Adam highlight some of the films worth seeking out at the fest or putting on your radar, plus reflect on their Top 5 CIFF Discoveries.
#507: Tusk / Top 5 Movie Manimals
With Adam out for a week, Josh found a willing accomplice in Michael Phillips for a countdown of their Top 5 Movie Manimals, tying in with their review of Kevin Smith's TUSK. Plus, Michael's recap of the recent Toronto International Film Festival and more
#506: Top 5 David Lynch Scenes / Eraserhead / S...
It's Sociopath Week at the Filmspotting Lounge... half off Pabst Blue Ribbons and nitrous oxide chasers! The perfect combo to put you in the proper frame of mind for Josh and Adam's Top 5 David Lynch Scenes. Plus, a discussion of Lynch's creepy 1977 debut
#505: Top 5 Movie Prisoners / Starred Up
Josh and Adam head to the clink, the slammer, the Big House to name their Top 5 Movie Prisoners. Plus, a review of the acclaimed new UK prison drama STARRED UP... and Quentin Tarantino's new day job inspires another Filmspotting Poll Death Match.
#504: 2014 Fall Movie Preview / The One I Love,...
Time hurries on, and the leaves that are green turn to brown... Josh and Adam preview the fall movie season and offer an end-of-summer review roundup sparked by a clash over THE ONE I LOVE, starring Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss. Other movies covered in
#503: Top 5 Movie Bands / Frank / Sin City: A D...
Josh and Adam get to feel almost famous as they go on tour with their Top 5 (Fictional) Movie Bands. Plus, a review of FRANK starring Michael Fassbender, and find out if Larsen dares to recommend SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR.
#502: Top 5 Robin Williams Scenes / Dead Poets ...
O Captain! My Captain! if Robin Williams ever failed to seize the day, it wasn't on camera. Filmspotting celebrates the life of the late actor and comedian with a Sacred Cow review of 1989's DEAD POETS SOCIETY. Plus, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Robin
#501: Top 5 Pre-CGI Scenes / Calvary / John Mic...
Ray Harryhausen, Douglas Trumbull, Dick Smith... Michael Phillips joins Adam in praise of the old school effects guys with their Top 5 Pre-CGI Scenes. Plus, they confess their cinematic sins of omission to Father Brendan Gleeson in CALVARY, and spend a fe
FS Fix: Boyhood
Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD was twelve years in the making... Before departing for a little post-500th episode R&R, Josh and Adam gave it well more than 12 minutes for this Filmspotting Fix.
#500 Live: Rian Johnson / Top 5 Films of the Fi...
Nine years, four months and 20 days in the making... Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, Slate's Dana Stevens and — via Skype from San Francisco — the newly anointed writer/director of STAR WARS VIII, Rian Johnson, join Adam and Josh for this s
#499: Snowpiercer / Top 5 Magic Realism Moments...
If Filmspotting builds a Top 5 Magic Realism Moments in movies, will you come? With director Michel Gondry’s MOOD INDIGO currently in theatres and available on demand, Josh and Adam devote this week’s Top 5 to a subject that Gondry exploits to great e
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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 --
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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
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.
FS Fix: Her / Inside Llewyn Davis
Reviews of Spike Jonze's HER and the Coen Bros. latest, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.
#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
#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.
#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.
#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
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
#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
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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,
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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
#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,
#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
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.
#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.
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."
#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
#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" ...
#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
#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.
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."
#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.
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).
#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.
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
#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
#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
Stories We Tell
Filmspotting discusses Sarah Polley's autobiographical doc "Stories We Tell."
#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.
#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.
#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
#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
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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).
#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.
#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...
#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
#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...
#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
#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
#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."
#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...
#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
#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.
#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.
#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."
#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
#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
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...
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#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
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."
#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
#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.
#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.
#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
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.
#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."
#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
#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
#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.
#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
#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
#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."
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.
#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