Josh Larsen is a author, editor and podcaster. Josh is the co-host of the radio show and podcast Filmspotting.
For the first proper show of the new year, the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Josh for reviews of a couple of late-2020 releases: the Tom Hanks western NEWS OF THE WORLD and Patty Jenkins' WONDER WOMAN 1984. While Josh and Michael agree that neither film quite fulfills its potential, they both prove to be great fodder for debate. 0:00 - Billboard 1:27 - Review: "News of the World" The Previews, "Money For Nothing" 34:28 - Next Week/Notes 44:01 - Review: "Wonder Woman 1984" 54:40 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Any other year that gave us new films from Kelly Reichardt and David Fincher, Sofia Coppola and Charlie Kaufman, two from Spike Lee and five from Steve McQueen, would have been considered a great one. Alas, 2020 will forever be remembered as The Worst Year Ever—that also happened to be a great year for some of our best filmmakers. The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from Polygon and The Next Picture Show podcast re-join Adam and Josh for the second half of their conversation about the Top 10 films of the year, including their consensus pick for the best film (or films?) of 2020. 0:00 - Billboard  1:13 - Top 10 of 2020, Pt. 2  Janet Kay, "Silly Games" 51:05 - Top 10 of 2020, Pt. 2, cont. 2:17:58 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
True to the year that kept us apart, the Filmspotting Top 10 roundtable did not meet in its usual configuration in 2020. However, the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Next Picture Show's Tasha Robinson do make an appearance sharing their 10-6 picks before Zoom-ing into the ether with promises to return next week offering their #1 picks. In a part one heavy on docs, Adam and Josh also make room for films from veteran filmmakers such as Charlie Kaufman and David Fincher, as well as newcomers Kitty Green and Radha Blank. Plus, the finalists for this year's Golden Brick Award. 0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Top 10 of 2020, Pt. 1 Branford Marsalis, "Levee's Song" 1:06:08 - Golden Brick Finalists / Notes 1:11:21 - Top 10 of 2020, Pt. 1, cont. 1:33:47 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
With the deadline looming for Adam and Josh to submit their ballots for the 2020 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, they turned their homework into this week's show, sharing their favorite performances of the year - including Carrie Coon's delicious turn in Sean Durkin's "The Nest" and the final film performance from Chadwick Boseman ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") - along with picks for best editing, cinematography and more. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Best Supp. / Editing / Cinematography Bedouine, "Thirteen" 47:45 - Next Week/Notes 1:00:16 - Massacre Theatre 1:09:41 - Best Leads / Breakthrough Directors and Performers 1:41:30 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Chicago, IL, USA
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