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Filmspotting

A TV and Film podcast featuring Josh Larsen
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#733: The Dead Don't Die / Last Black Man in San Francisco / Rocketman
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, Jarmu…
#732: Fight Club at 20 / Top 5 David Fincher Scenes
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…
#731: Booksmart / Top 5 Female Friendships
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…
#730: Top 5 Films of 1979 / Alien
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 rem…
#729: Top 5 Keanu Moments / John Wick 3
The Tao of Whoa.Whether you love or hate the JOHN WICK franchise - or even if you're completely indifferent to it - it has given us all the chance to appreciate the particular genius of Keanu Reeves. For those of us who grew up watching him, the fo…
#728: Chicago Critics Film Festival  / Donen #4 - Two for the Road
May's week-long CCFF doubles as a shortlist for potential Golden Brick candidates. Now in its 7th year, the Chicago Critics Film Festival prides itself on bringing the best of the fest circuit to Chicago. With 15 or so features that have played the…
#727: Summer Movie Preview / Donen #3 - Charade
Spidey & Wick & Hobbs & Shaw. And Pikachu.Marvel burnout. "Booksmart" hype. Will Smith's genie. Detective Pikachu. And of course the astonishingly worded "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." These subjects and more all come up in Adam and Josh'…
#726: Avengers: Endgame / Beyoncé's Homecoming / Donen #2 - Funny Face
Can the MCU mothership stick the landing?After earning a probably undeserved reputation for being hard on the MCU, Adam and Josh return from their ENDGAME screening speaking the language of converts: the final chapter of this decade-in-the-making M…
#725: Her Smell / Donen #1 - On the Town
In Alex Ross Perry's HER SMELL, Elisabeth Moss gives a performance that, for Adam and Josh, evokes Gena Rowlands' iconic work in "A Woman Under the Influence" and a punk-rock Lady Macbeth. Moss's Becky Something is the drug-addled, manic and abusiv…
#724: Claire Denis / High Life / Madness Champ
The 70 year-old French director of "Beau Travail," "35 Shots of Rum" and last year's "Let the Sunshine In" is having a moment. After 30 years of critically-acclaimed work, Claire Denis remains largely unknown in the U.S. That could change with her …
#723: Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s / Madness Final / Assassination of Jesse James
As the 2019 edition of Filmspotting Madness comes to a close, Adam and Josh share some favorite titles that didn't make the 64-film bracket. Their Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s features some under-seen comedies starring Jack Black, Seann Will…
#722: Dumbo / Final 4 Madness / Top 5 Movie Circus Acts
Big Top Tim Burton remakes the Disney classic.With Adam out of town, Michael Phillips joins Josh for a review of the new DUMBO, plus Filmspotting Madness Final 4 matchups and the Top 5 Movie Circus Acts. Also, Michael shares thoughts on HOTEL MUMBA…
#721: Us / Elite 8 Madness / Cassavetes #4 - Opening Night
Jordan Peele is not done scaring us.Peele's "Get Out" was one of the defining films of 2017. A huge box office success early in the year, it went on to be nominated for Best Picture, and won Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. So if that’s…
#720: Transit / Sweet 16 Madness / Cassavetes #3
The director of 2014's "Phoenix" returns with a boldly enigmatic thriller.German director Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix” was a “Vertigo”-inspired thriller set in the aftermath of the Holocaust. It received some of the best reviews of 2014. For his l…
#719: Captain Marvel / Rd. 2 Madness (Best of the 2000s)
Marvel's first female-led feature is also one its best.Indie duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson," "Sugar") were a surprising choice to lead a Marvel movie, especially one with so much riding on its success. But Adam and Josh agree that the…
#718: Filmspotting Madness (Best of the 2000s) / Cassavetes #2 - A Woman Under...
64 films. Only one survives. Welcome to the Madness.In the 2018 edition of Filmspotting Madness – Best of the 90s – the championship round had "Fargo" facing off against "Pulp Fiction." The Coen Brothers' "Fargo" pulled out a surprise victory over …
#717: Top 5 Movies About Suburbia (w/Jessica Harper) / Cassavetes #1 - Faces
Worse than a coven of witches? The 'Burbs."Suspiria" star Jessica Harper has appeared in over 20 films since the mid-'70s, but she's also had a career as a singer-songwriter and children's book author. Her latest venture has her turning to memoir i…
#716: The Matrix / Top 5 Slow-Motion Scenes (Since "The Matrix")
Taking the red pill 20 years later.For the second film in their "9 From '99" series, Adam and Josh reconsider the Wachowski Sisters' seminal sci-fi film, which, while a popular and critical success in its release year, has only grown in estimation …
#715: The Lego Movie 2 / Velvet Buzzsaw / Miss Bala
Jokes and gender politics in the new Lego sequel. "The Lego Movie" was Josh's #1 film of 2014. Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" made Adam's Top 10 of the same year. Five years later, Emmet Brickowski and the rest of the master builders return for THE LE…
#714: Glass / The Sixth Sense
That thing where your superpower is seeing dead people.On this week's show, a double-dose of divisive auteur M. Night Shyamalan, whose new film GLASS is either "profoundly dumb" or "like opening a brand new comic book for the first time and not kno…
#713: 2019 Movie Preview / Oscar Nominations
The new movie year is all promise and possibility. Adam and Josh pose their Top 5 Questions About 2019. Plus the good, the bad and the bewildering of this week's Oscar nominations.0:00-1:13 - Billboard1:13-13:57 - 2019 Movie PreviewKing Princess, "…
#712: Scenes of the Year - 2018 Wrap Party
The laughs, the tears, the rhapsodies and the shallows that made 2018 such a memorable movie year.Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson - and a full house at Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts - join Adam and Josh for the Live 2018 Wrap Party, celeb…
Best of 2018: Ethan Hawke / Bo Burnham
Two of our favorite 2018 conversations. Adam talks to Ethan Hawke about parenting, raising daughters, falling in love, the illusion of fear - oh, and his very good 2018 film BLAZE, about Texas singer-songwriter Blaze Foley. Plus, Adam's interview w…
#711: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2018
You can't have consensus without a little misguided dissent. True of climate change research - and of the films discussed on part two of Filmspotting's Top 10 of 2018 roundtable. Adam, Josh and guests Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Tasha Ro…
#710: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2018
Indie horror, broad comedy and, yes, Marvel, all among the "outlier" picks in part one.With guests Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson filling out the roundtable, Adam and Josh start their conversation about the best films of 2018 with their "outli…
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Started
Jun 15th, 2012
Latest Episode
May 31st, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
387
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About 2 hours
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