Filmspotting Podcast


A TV and Film podcast featuring Josh Larsen
 12 people rated this podcast

Best Episodes of Filmspotting

Mark All
Search Episodes...
#545: Top 5 Films of 2015 (So Far) / The Tribe / Love & Mercy
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 code FILMSPOTTING). :00-3:07 - Billboard / Harry's-MUBI 3:07-25:43 - Top 5: Films of 2015 (So Far) "Main Title," It Follows 26:29-28:32 - Sponsor: Harry's 28:32-35:55 - Massacre Theatre 35:55-45:58 - "Love & Mercy," "The Tribe" "Ava," Ex Machina 46:55-55:17 - Donations / SVU Promo 55:17-1:26:25 - Top 5: Films of 2015 cont. 1:26:25-1:30:12 - Close / Outtake NOTES - Farewell to The Dissolve! News that came down the morning after we taped this episode. - MT winner: Eric McConnell LINKS - Josh's "The Tribe" review - It Follows: Anatomy of a Scene - "Man From Reno" - A.V. Club's halftime superlatives - The Music of "Ex Machina" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#633: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / Summer Movie Preview
Summer used to have a monopoly on superheroes, fast cars and stuff you bring your kids to, but "Beauty and the Beast," "Fate of the Furious" and "Logan" have already come and made their millions. So what do we have to look forward to when we need to escape the heat? Well, first up, it's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2. Adam and Josh review the James Gunn-directed sequel, and preview their most anticipated movies of the season with their Top 5 Summer Movie Questions.0:00-2:01 - Billboard2:01-26:37 - Review: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"Sam Cooke, "Bring It On Home To Me"28:06-41:07 - Notes41:07-50:22 - PollsELO, "Mr. Blue Sky"47:08-1:24:51 - Summer Movie Preview1:24:51-1:28:52 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Kumail Nanjiani ("The Big Sick")
Kumail Nanjiani may be a familiar face to fans of HBO’s "Silicon Valley" or "Portlandia," but the very funny and surprisingly moving THE BIG SICK should make him a familiar face to many more. The film - co-written with Nanjiani's wife Emily V. Gordon - tells the story of their unusual courtship, which, along with family tensions and cultural differences, also included a life-threatening illness that struck Gordon while the two were dating. Nanjiani talks about the art of co-writing a screenplay with your spouse (spoiler: it helps to have Judd Apatow mentor you), the most difficult scene he's ever had to shoot, and he shares his Top 5 Most Influential Movies. Plus, he and Adam chat about their college days - that they nearly spent together and answers the Filmspotting Five. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ana Lily Amirpour ("The Bad Batch")
Ana Lily Amirpour got lots of attention for her 2014 Iran-set vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night." She's back this year with "The Bad Batch," a Sergio Leone-inspired western with cannibals and a double-amputee for a protagonist (Suki Waterhouse). The new movie features a cast that includes Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves and Jason Momoa. Adam and Amirpour talk the relativity of badness, the consequences of seeing inappropriate movies at an early age and their favorite Keanu performances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#534: While We're Young / Top 5 Midlife Crisis Movies
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 Prokopy about the upcoming Chicago Critics Film Festival, and the Filmspotting Madness champion is crowned. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.comand Shutterstock (code FILM415). :00-3:43 - Billboard / Shutterstock-MUBI 3:43-33:00 - Review: "While We're Young" Ron Sexsmith, "Before The Light Is Gone" 33:56-36:19 - Shutterstock 36:19-51:33 - Notes / Chicago Critics Fest 51:33-1:04:25 - Filmspotting Madness / Polls Music: Ron Sexsmith, "Getaway Car" 1:05:29-1:13:05 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:13:05-1:44:45 - Top 5: Midlife Crisis Movies 1:44:45-1:48:30 - Close MUSIC - Ron Sexsmith LINKS/NOTES - Josh on "While We're Young" - Chicago Critics Film Fest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#638: Wonder Woman / Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences / Trey Shults
As the first superhero movie directed by and starring a woman, WONDER WOMAN went into its opening weekend with more baggage than its male-centric peers. It came out of the weekend with critical raves and record box office - and at least one member of the Larsen household practicing Diana-inspired high-kicks. On this week's show, Adam and Josh - bound by the Lasso of Hestia - share their takes, then confess their Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences. Plus, Adam's conversation with "Krisha" director Trey Shults, whose new film "It Comes At Night" opens this weekend.0:00-1:56 - Billboard1:56-31:17 - Review: "Wonder Woman"Secret Sisters, "You Don't Own Me Anymore"34:06-46:43 - Notes / Massacre Theatre46:43-1:14:27 - Interview: Trey ShultsSecret Sisters, "Tennessee River Runs Deep"1:17:36-2:03:20 - Top 5: Movie Religious Experiences2:03:20-2:05:55 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#634: Top 5 Jonathan Demme Moments / Something Wild
When the great Jonathan Demme passed away in April, he left behind one of the most acclaimed and diverse filmographies in American cinema. Demme will always be remembered for the Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs," but his 1986 cult road trip comedy SOMETHING WILD may be an even better representative of what made him so special. This week, Adam and Josh catch up with that Demme blindspot and – with a little help from some friends – share their Top 5 Jonathan Demme Moments.    0:00-4:42 - Billboard4:42-32:23 - Blindspotting: "Something Wild"David Byrne, "Loco de Amor"34:06-53:41 - Notes / Massacre TheatreTalking Heads, "Once in a Lifetime"54:32-1:39:10 - Top 5: Demme Moments1:39:10-1:42:12 - Close  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#636: Top 5 Films of 1984 / The Terminator
1984 was a banner year for crane kicks, mogwais and bustin' ghosts, but it also saw the debut of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, better known as THE TERMINATOR. Adam and Josh give James Cameron's seminal sci-fi thriller the Sacred Cow treatment, resulting in a surprisingly heated review. Plus, the Top 5 Films of 1984. 0:00-1:35 - Billboard2:21-35:28 - Sacred Cow: "The Terminator"The Ramones, "Too Tough To Die"37:07-55:28 - Notes / Massacre Theatre55:28-1:01:43 - Listener FeedbackKenny Loggins, "Footloose"1:02:21-1:04:58 - Donations1:04:58-1:42:21 - Top 5 Films of 19841:42:21-1:44:43 - Close   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#756: The Phantom Menace at 20 / 9 From '99 Awards
A long-time defender of the Star Wars prequels, Josh has rarely been given a platform on the show to actually do the work of defending them. That changes this week as he and Adam revisit THE PHANTOM MENACE, the final film in the 9 From '99 series. Plus, Adam and Josh award "The Plastic Bags," their favorite performances, scenes and surprises from the series.0:00 - Billboard1:12 - Review: "Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace"John Williams, "Duel of Fates" 34:41 - Next Week/Notes47:58 - 9 From '99 Awards1:28:22 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#618: Paterson / Fences / Top 5 Denzel Performances (Revisited)
The Filmspotting New Year's 'Fix' show has featured some memorable battles over the years (2015's "Wolf of Wall Street" v "American Hustle"; 2016's "Hateful Eight" v "The Revenant"), but the 2017 edition is a friendlier affair, with positive reviews of recent releases from Jim Jarmusch (PATERSON) and Denzel Washington (FENCES). Plus, we revisit of one of the highlights of 2016 - comedian/activist W. Kamau Bell's Top 5 Denzel Washinton Performances. 0:00-2:36 - Billboard2:36-54:22 - "Paterson," Golden Brick Feedback, "Fences""Car Cleveland," John Lurie ("Stranger Than Paradise")56:16-1:28:48 - Top 5: Denzel Washinton Performances1:28:48-1:32:34 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Blade Runner 2049
Thirty-five years after the original “Blade Runner” brought its influential tech-noir vision of the future to movie screens, the highly anticipated sequel has finally arrived. Michael Phillips joins Josh for a review.0:00-3:58 - Billboard3:58-34:21 - Review: "Blade Runner: 2049"34:21-36:20 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
New Argentine Cinema #5 - Wild Tales
Damian Szifron's 2015 Oscar nominee "Wild Tales" proves to be a perfect - and entertaining - bookend to a marathon that started with Mariano Llinas' 2008 film "Extraordinary Stories." Though very different in style and tone, both films successfully juggle multiple narratives and show their young writer-directors to be promising talents to keep an eye on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#623: 2017 Oscar Picks with Michael Phillips
This year’s Oscar ceremony is bound to get political, but how might Oscar voters send a message with their ballots? Adam and guest host Michael Phillips try to stay above the political fray during their Oscar preview special: who will win, who should win - and who got snubbed. Plus, Massacre Theatre and Michael shares some thoughts on Jordan Peele's GET OUT.0:00-2:08 - Billboard3:33-29:35 - Oscar PicksGlen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, "Falling Slowly"32:23-47:33 - Notes / Massacre Theatre47:33-50:33 - Michael Recommends: "Get Out"55:45-1:24:58 - Oscar Picks, cont.1:24:58-1:30:46 - Close / Outtake  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
 #621: Top 5 Political Resistance Movies / The Battle of Algiers / Buñuel #5 - Tristana
With the opening weeks of the new administration marked by political protest, Adam and Josh invite critic Michael Sicinski to share his Top 5 Political Resistance Movies. Plus, they cross off a major shared blind spot – the seminal resistance film THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966) – and discuss the next film in their Luis Bunuel Marathon, TRISTANA.0:00-3:54 - Billboard3:54-39:29 - Top 5: Political Resistance MoviesSouad Massi, "Bima el'taaloul"40:30-52:56 - Notes / Massacre Theatre52:56-1:12:10 - Blindspotting: "The Battle of Algiers"Souad Massi, "Hadari"1:13:08-1:20:19 - Donations1:20:19-1:40:09 - Buñuel #5: "Tristana"1:40:09-1:52:55 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#649: mother! / Top 5 Aronofsky Scenes / Kogonada's FS Five
Since his startling 1998 debut "Pi," Darren Aronofsky has used his intense, visceral style to tell stories about damaged and obsessive characters. Even his foray into big-budget filmmaking was no exception - Russell Crowe’s Noah battles some of the same demons as Natalie Portman’s ballet dancer in “Black Swan” (or Mickey Rourke's broken warrior in "The Wrestler"). This week, Josh and guest host Michael Phillips review of Aronofsky’s latest, the Jennifer Lawrence-starring psychological thriller “mother!”. Then Adam drops back in for the Top 5 Aronofsky Scenes. Plus, the Filmspotting Five with "Columbus" director Kogonada.    0:00-1:41 - Billboard1:41-26:30 - Review: "mother!" (w/ Michael Phillips)Feist, "Any Party"28:17-44:41 - Next week / MT Music Fun / Crushing Linklater44:41-55:50 - Polls: Aronofsky / Tom Cruise55:50-1:03:43 - Filmspotting Five: KogonadaFeist, "Pleasure"1:05:15-1:06:55 - Donations1:06:55-1:46:11 - Top 5: Aronofsky Scenes1:46:11-1:48:34 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#647: Blade Runner / Top 5 Films of 1982
Attack ships on fire, glittering c-beams, an alien in a bike's basket passing over a full moon. We've seen some things, too, Roy Batty. The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi noir (we chose THE FINAL CUT," if you're curious) and the Top 5 Films of 1982. Plus, listeners weigh in on our '82 Death Match - Blade Runner vs E.T. - and Michael recalls seeing "An Officer and a Gentleman" with his college girlfriend (and her grandparents).0:00-1:51 - Billboard1:51-37:43 - Sacred Cow: "Blade Runner""End Credits", Vangelis (Blade Runner)38:42-39:32 - Donations39:32-45:10 - Brickspotting: "Lemon," "Brigsby Bear"45:10-55:38 - Next week / Argentine Marathon / Listener Feedback55:38-1:03:54 - Polls ("Blade Runner" v "E.T.")1:03:54-1:20:28 - Top 5: Films of 1982"Up Where We Belong," Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes1:21:23-2:00:20 - Top 5 cont.2:00:20-2:06:07 - Close / Hot Mics   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#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 Movies. Plus, a review of Danny Boyle's STEVE JOBS starring Filmspotting Madness Champion(tm) Michael Fassbender. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-3:17 - Billboard / MUBI 3:17-30:01 - Review: "Steve Jobs" Music: EL VY, "Paul is Alive" 31:02-31:57 - SVU Promo 31:57-42:18 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 42:18-51:55 - Top 5: Back-To-Back Movies Music: EL VY, "Return to the Moon" 42:18-51:55 - Donations 53:10-1:27:38 - Top 5 cont. 1:27:38-1:30:41 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - EL VY NOTES - MT winner: Bianca Soto LINKS - D.C. Immigration Film Fest - Dark Side of Disney - Lukas in Belgium's site - What Died At Altamont - Bergman's legacy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#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. Josh and Adam assess whether Shyamalan has changed his luck with the low-budget horror film THE VISIT. Plus, the Top 5 Movie House Guests and a few thoughts on THE MEND. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:04 - Billboard / MUBI 2:04-27:08 - Review: "The Visit" Keith Richards, "Amnesia" 28:30-47:47 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 47:47-52:29 - AK Recommends: "The Mend" Keith Richards, "Trouble" 53:25-59:49 - Donations / SVU Promo 59:40-1:26:08 - Top 5: House Guests 1:26:08-1:29:53 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Keith Richards LINKS - Josh's review of "The Visit" - "99 Homes" Passes - Slate Culture Gabfest in Chicago - Hands of Uncle Charlie Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#529: Buzzard / Filmspotting Madness / Top 5 Characters on the Fringe
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 tournament and share their Top 5: Characters on the Fringe. Plus, a review of BUZZARD, a new indie in which an unruly office temp fights the power while wearing a customized Power Glove. This episode is brought to you by and Shutterstock (code FILM315). :00-3:24 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:24-24:38 - Review: "Buzzard" Colleen Green, "TV" 25:45-28:40 - Shutterstock 28:40-35:10 - Notes 35:10-43:01 - Larsen (Doesn't) Rec: "Chappie" 43:01-1:00:12 - Filmspotting Madness Colleen Green, "I Can't Pay Attention" 1:01:24-1:07:23 - Donations 1:07:23-1:47:05 - Top 5: Characters on the Fringe 1:47:05-1:50:06 - Close MUSIC - Colleen Green NOTES - Joel Potrykus's Top 10 Fringe Character Movies (in alphabetical order): Basket Case, Breathless, Buffalo '66, Gummo, Made in Britain, Naked, Pickpocket, Repo Man, Stranger Than Paradise, Taxi Driver LINKS - Josh's review of "Buzzard" - Joel Potrykus at The Music Box - Chicago Critics Film Festival - Filmspotting Madness: Round 1 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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. 0-28:20 – Review: "The Music Room" NOTES - Were there really two different guys from Houston named Ben whose feedback was mentioned on the show? Nope... same Ben, which somehow Adam and Josh didn't catch. LINKS - Josh on "The Music Room" - Cinema Revival Festival - Forum reviews of Ray films Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#524: Jupiter Ascending / Top 5 Rescue Scenes / Sundance 2015
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 report from his trip to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Adam recommends THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY. This episode is brought to you by, Harry' (code FILMSPOTTING) and Squarespace (code FILM). :00-3:36 - Sponsors / Billboard 3:36-30:52 - Review: "Jupiter Ascending" alt-J, "Left Hand Free" 32:12-34:01 - Harry's 34:01-46:19 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 46:19-59:00 - Sundance / "Duke of Burgundy" alt-J, "Every Other Freckle" 1:00:23-1:04:01 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:04:01-1:35:06 - Top 5: Rescue Scenes 1:235:06-1:38:42 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - alt-J NOTES - MT winner: Jeff Haynes LINKS - Josh on"Jupiter Ascending" - Josh's 2015 Sundance ranked - Michael Sheen's infamous laugh Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM1114). :00-1:34 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:34-16:42 - "Blue Ruin" Music: Tweedy, "Low Key" 17:46-18:48 - Shutterstock 18:48-25:19 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 25:19-37:41 - John Michael McDonagh Music: Tweedy, "Flowering" 38:58-1:13:11 - "Starred Up" 1:13:11-1:15:34 - Close BONUS CONTENT - Nothing this week, sorry MUSIC - Tweedy LINKS - Golden Bricks Shortlist - MT winner: Sarah Blum Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#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 – review Bird's latest and share their Top 5 Streaming Sci-Fi Movies. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:27 - Billboard / MUBI 2:27-28:55 - Review: "Tomorrowland" Hot Chip, "Love is the Future" 30:13-45:50 - Cannes Recap 45:50-53:39 - Polls Hot Chip, "Huarache Lights" 54:50-1:37:31 - Top 5: Streaming Sci-Fi 1:37:31-1:41:40 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Hot Chip LINKS - Alison at Cannes - Pacific Northwest FS Meetup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#552: Mistress America / Top 5 Desert Island Directors (Revisited)
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 training his eye on 20-something millennials – first in 2012’s "Frances Ha" and with the new MISTRESS AMERICA. Adam and Josh review Baumbach and Gerwig's latest, and revisit their Top 5 Desert Island Directors. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (use code FILM). :00-2:35 - Billboard / MUBI 2:35-28:20 - Review: "Mistress America" The Staves, "Teeth White" 29:31-31:41 - Squarespace 31:41-46:29 - Notes / Polls The Staves, "Make It Holy" 47:48-58:35 - Donations 58:35-1:39:04 - Top 5: Desert Island Directors 1:39:04-1:41:38 - Close MUSIC - The Staves LINKS - Josh's "Mistress America" review - Michelle's Squarespace site - Ricardo's movie: "El Cumpleaños de Joaquín" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#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's latest and count down their Top 5 Movie Posters – with the help of design expert Sam Smith. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:40 - Billboard / MUBI 2:40-28:55 - Review: "Slow West" yMusic, "Bladed Stance" 30:11-37:23 - Polls / Notes 37:23-51:39 - Interview: Sam Smith yMusic, "Everness" 52:38-1:01:34 - Donations / SVU 1:01:34-1:37:57 - Top 5: Movie Posters 1:37:34-1:41:34 - Close MUSIC - yMusic NOTES/LINKS - Josh's review of "Slow West" - Top 5 Movie Posters - Sam Smith - Brandon Schaefer - The Poster Boys - Movie Poster of the Day - 'Making of Under The Skin Poster'  - Smith on Under The Skin poster - Ringwald/This American Life Ep. - Breakfast Club Oral History - Turan on Golden Age posters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Rate Podcast
Recommend This Podcast
Recommendation sent

Join Podchaser to...

  • Rate podcasts and episodes
  • Follow podcasts and creators
  • Create podcast and episode lists
  • & much more
Podcast Details
Jun 15th, 2012
Latest Episode
Jan 17th, 2020
Release Period
No. of Episodes
Avg. Episode Length
About 2 hours

Podcast Tags

Do you host or manage this podcast?
Claim and edit this page to your liking.
Are we missing an episode or update?
Use this to check the RSS feed immediately.