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Josh Larsen

Host of Filmspotting
Josh Larsen is a author, editor and podcaster. Josh is the co-host of the radio show and podcast Filmspotting.
Recent episodes featuring Josh Larsen
#733: The Dead Don't Die / Last Black Man in San Francisco / Rocketman
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Jim Jarmusch has made a surreal, existential western ("Dead Man"), a Zen samurai/mobster movie ("Ghost Dog") and a meditation on art disguised as a vampire movie ("Only Lovers Left Alive"). And now... zombies. With his new THE DEAD DON'T DIE, Jarmusch again exploits genre conventions as a means to explore his fears and obsessions. And this time, those fears and obsessions are pretty explicitly America in the age of Trump. Also on the show, a conversation with Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails, the director and star of Sundance award-winner – and early Golden Brick frontrunner – THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO. Plus, Adam weighs in on ROCKETMAN.0:00 - Billboard1:20 - Review: "The Dead Don't Die"Bill Callahan, "Young Icarus"24:58 - Adam on "Rocketman"34:57 - Next Week / Notes / Madness 202046:46 - Massacre Theatre54:02 - Interview: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails1:28:02 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
#732: Fight Club at 20 / Top 5 David Fincher Scenes
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FIGHT CLUB, the third film in our 9 From '99 series was initially met with lukewarm critical and box office response but developed a cult following on home video and is now pretty widely considered one of the best films of the '90s. That reputation has a lot to do with David Fincher, who has spent the last couple of decades cementing his reputation as one of the best working directors. A skilled craftsman and legendary perfectionist, Fincher's films are always a pleasure to look at, but for their Top 5 Fincher Scenes, Adam and Josh focus on the ways in which the director's style – even at its flashiest – serves the story and his characters.0:00 - Billboard1:15 - 9 From '99: "Fight Club"Pixies, "Where Is My Mind"31:37 - Next week / Passes / Meetups / Notes48:32 - Polls56:26 - Top 5: David Fincher Scenes1:49:37 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
#731: Booksmart / Top 5 Female Friendships
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A raunchy/sweet comedy in the "Superbad" mold, Olivia Wilde's BOOKSMART mixes genre clichés and clever updates as it follows its high-achieving heroines on a one-night odyssey to shed their by-the-book images and make it to The Year's Biggest Party. Adam and Josh have lots of praise for leads Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever and the talented ensemble – and for some of the formal inventiveness that Wilde brings to her directing debut.And then Adam and Josh go on the run with Thelma and Louise for the Top 5, assembling an all-star crew of the movies' best female pals along the way.0:00 - Billboard1:20 - Review: "Booksmart"Leikeli47, "Bad Gyal Felx"26:01 - Next week / Notes34:58 - Massacre Theatre42:52 - Top 5: Female Friendships1:21:30 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
#730: Top 5 Films of 1979 / Alien
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Of the films celebrating 40th anniversaries in 2019, only Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" can really compete with ALIEN's critical stature and influence, but Adam and Josh make the case for several more films from '79 that deserve to be remembered with this week's Top 5 – including films from directors Andrei Tarkovsky, Carol Ballard, Woody Allen... and Jim Henson. Plus, a revisit of their 2016 Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's sci-fi/horror classic.  0:00 - Billboard1:21 - Top 5: Films of 1979Peter Allen, "Everything Old Is New Again" 1:03:08 - Next week / Notes1:07:19 - New Poll1:11:35 - Sacred Cow: "Alien"1:47:09 - Listener Feedback ("Alien")1:54:43 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
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3 weeks, 3 days