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Filmspotting

Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.

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#701: First Man / Top 5 Movie Flights

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"La La Land" director Damien Chazelle brings down the volume for his Neil Armstrong biopic.

99 Min

Oct 12, 2018

#700: A Star Is Born / Top 5 Movie Duets

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Bradley Cooper dives into the deep end for his debut directing gig.

152 Min

Oct 4, 2018

#699: Lost In Translation 15th Anniversary / The Sisters Brothers

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Sofia Coppola's 2003 film gets the Sacred Cow treatment, plus Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly in director Jacques Audiard's English-language debut.

83 Min

Sep 27, 2018

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88 min
Sep 20, 2018
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Lean's 1963 Best Picture-winner is a complicated take on hero worship and a thrilling showcase of the director's bold filmmaking.

79 min
Sep 14, 2018
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Long reduced to a couple of infamous scenes, "Deliverance" is also a prescient ecological nightmare - and it made a star of the late Burt Reynolds.

125 min
Sep 7, 2018
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Ethan Hawke's advice for raising daughters - and some movie talk, too. Plus, a look at the prolific actor's best screen moments.

97 min
Aug 31, 2018
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Thoughts on two highly-acclaimed new indies, plus "John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection" and "Night Comes On."

109 min
Aug 24, 2018
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Representation and "Crazy Rich Asians," plus /Filmcast host Dave Chen joins for takeaways from a decade-plus talking about movies

105 min
Aug 16, 2018
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Spike Lee is in top form with his latest, offering a chance to consider some favorite moments in the director's thirty-year career.

105 min
Aug 9, 2018
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A debate about Christopher Nolan's landmark film and its status as the best superhero movie ever.

92 min
Aug 2, 2018
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Your mission, should you choose to accept it: listen to our "M:I - Fallout" review.

68 min
Jul 27, 2018
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Death, disillusionment, despair. Thank goodness for Rachel McAdams.

123 min
Jul 20, 2018
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The stand-up comic and first time director talks with Adam about his acclaimed new coming-of-age movie.

119 min
Jul 13, 2018
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From circus freaks to dancing footballs, this week's Top 5 is an eclectic mix of lousy ways to make a living.

73 min
Jul 6, 2018
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A classic Filmspotting Fight, with Adam and Josh doing battle over James Cameron's seminal sci-fi thriller.

80 min
Jun 29, 2018
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Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska star in the oddball new western from the Zellner Brothers ("Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter").

79 min
Jun 22, 2018
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Power Ranking the Chrises: Evans, Hemsworth, Pine and Pratt.

90 min
Jun 14, 2018
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3 out of every 5 Pixar characters have made you cry. In our Top 5 anyway.

65 min
Jun 8, 2018
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Is it possible to listen to "Sister Christian" and not think of "Boogie Nights" and a coked-up Alfred Molina?

100 min
Jun 1, 2018
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Golden God or mediocrity? A Sacred Cow review of Cameron Crowe's ode to '70s rock.

108 min
May 25, 2018
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Is a Kessel Run in 12 Parsecs and Han and Chewy's meet-cute enough to make a movie?

102 min
May 18, 2018
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Reconsidering Peter Jackson's landmark trilogy a decade and a half after "The Return of the King."

106 min
May 11, 2018
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Another strong Diablo Cody/Jason Reitman collaboration inspires an introspective Top 5.

90 min
May 4, 2018
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A pimp, the Pope and a PBS legend are all subjects of questions Adam and Josh have about the 2018 summer movie season.

73 min
Apr 27, 2018
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For the better - and the worse - "Infinity War" offers more of the same.

109 min
Apr 19, 2018
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"45 Years" director Andrew Haigh is back with another acutely observed character drama.

51 min
Apr 18, 2018
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Live from Jim Henry's Paradise, it's the Best of the Minnelli Marathon Awards.

96 min
Apr 13, 2018
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The new Emily Blunt-John Krasinski horror movie inspires a Top 5 featuring memorable scenes from Kubrick, Hitchcock, Coppola and Spielberg.

42 min
Apr 11, 2018
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Michael Phillips joins Adam for "one of the great adaptations of a truly lousy book."

115 min
Apr 6, 2018
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Tarantino, Spike Lee and Pixar all make appearances on this week's Top 5. Plus, Spielberg's fun, flawed new creation.

31 min
Apr 4, 2018
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Everything about Vincente Minnelli's Van Gogh biopic is as bold and striking as one of the artist's paintings. And it mostly works.

95 min
Mar 30, 2018
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Stunningly animated and expertly voiced, Wes Anderson's latest is his most political - and the film of the year (so far).

56 min
Mar 22, 2018
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"The Crown's" Claire Foy loses her mind in Steven Soderbergh's new psych ward thriller.

49 min
Mar 21, 2018
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Minnelli's '53 musical with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse is one of guest Michael Phillips' favorites. Will Adam and Josh make it "Triplets"?

82 min
Mar 16, 2018
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After getting bounced from the Best of the '90s Filmspotting Madness tourney, the Coen Brothers' third feature gets the Sacred Cow treatment.

39 min
Mar 13, 2018
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Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner are brilliant in Minnelli's cynical Hollywood melodrama.

78 min
Mar 9, 2018
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Ava DuVernay's adaptation of the sci-fi/fantasy classic is as trippy and apocalyptic as "Annihilation." But, you know, for kids.

29 min
Mar 7, 2018
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Minnelli's beloved, Judy Garland-starring sophomore effort fails to fully charm at least one Filmspotting host.

137 min
Mar 2, 2018
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Adam and Josh work through Alex Garland's latest mind-bender and kick off the show's 4th annual March Madness-style tourney.

40 min
Feb 28, 2018
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Incredible turns from Eddie Anderson, Ethel Waters and Lena Horne help Vincente Minnelli's feature debut overcome its racial characterizations.

101 min
Feb 22, 2018
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Adam and Josh split on their revisit of the James Cameron disaster epic and recommend some overlooked '90s movies from Jane Campion, Spike Lee, John Sayles and more.

116 min
Feb 16, 2018
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"Black Panther" praised, plus superhero projects for Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Ana Lily Amirpour and more.

88 min
Feb 9, 2018
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His Oscar-nominated Churchill and five more essential Oldman roles.

98 min
Feb 1, 2018
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Where does David Cronenberg's prescient techno-horror film rank among the best of '83?

95 min
Jan 26, 2018
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Praise for (and a few quibbles with) this year's nominations, plus a second look at The Last Jedi.

115 min
Jan 19, 2018
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A look ahead at the most anticipated films of the new movie year and thoughts on PTA's new (you heard us) comedy.

122 min
Jan 12, 2018
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The best opening scenes, funniest scenes, moving scenes and music moments of 2017.

107 min
Dec 28, 2017
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Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Tasha Robinson (The Verge) return for part two of the best of the year countdown.

98 min
Dec 22, 2017
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Best of the year roundtable with Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Tasha Robinson (The Verge, The Next Picture Show).

76 min
Dec 14, 2017
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The force is strong with "Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson, who brings old-school style and flashes of humor to Star Wars: Episode VIII.

101 min
Dec 8, 2017
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Bad movies, a movie about a bad movie - and a great new movie from some who probably loves bad movies (thank you, Guillermo del Toro).

103 min
Dec 1, 2017
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A 10th-anniversary Sacred Cow review of PTA's masterpiece, plus the best movie years of all time - according to Adam and Josh.

101 min
Nov 24, 2017
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For their Thanksgiving Break, Adam and Josh reconsider "The Force Awakens" and revisit their 2014 interview with the director of "The Last Jedi."

97 min
Nov 17, 2017
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Looking for negative takes on Greta Gerwig's directing debut? Look elsewhere.

66 min
Nov 10, 2017
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Adam and Josh celebrate the joyous new film from Agnes Varda, plus Josh weighs in on the latest from Todd Haynes and Yorgos Lanthimos.

92 min
Nov 3, 2017
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Grab your hammer and take flight with Adam and Josh to the candy-colored, slaphappy world of Taika Waititi's "Thor: Ragnarok."

117 min
Oct 27, 2017
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The late George A. Romero kicked off his career making a horror classic. An in-depth review of "Dead" and more horror directing debuts.

63 min
Oct 13, 2017
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A review of "Tangerine" director Sean Baker's acclaimed new film, plus Adam's conversation with the director.

33 min
Oct 4, 2017
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A respectful and gorgeously shot return to the world of rogue replicants and the blade runners who love them.

101 min
Sep 29, 2017
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Conclusion: Tom Cruise has no equal.

81 min
Sep 22, 2017
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"Nothing In This Movie Means Anything: The Sequel" and Adam's conversation with the director of "Columbus."

18 min
Sep 20, 2017
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The final film in our Argentine Marathon is a 2015 Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee.

107 min
Sep 15, 2017
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A wrestler, a ballet dancer, three junkies and the Old Testament walk into a bar.

26 min
Sep 13, 2017
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A woman is plagued by personal - and more profound - guilt in Lucrecia Martel's 2008 film.

114 min
Sep 6, 2017
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Come for the clown. Stay for the twins.

125 min
Sep 1, 2017
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Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi noir gets the Sacred Cow treatment.

24 min
Aug 30, 2017
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Buñuel meets Chekhov in Lucrecia Martel's dread-soaked 2001 debut.

108 min
Aug 25, 2017
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Waititi's "Thor" among the questions concerning the fall slate of movies, plus a split review of Soderbergh's latest.

29 min
Aug 24, 2017
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Samuel Beckett-inspired absurdity in Alejo Moguillansky's 2009 film.

108 min
Aug 18, 2017
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Bickering frenemies Adam and Josh discuss the latest Coogan/Brydon "Trip."

24 min
Aug 16, 2017
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Raves for Mariano Llinas's 4-hour multi-narrative web of a movie.

79 min
Aug 11, 2017
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Adam and Josh tell you what "Like a Virgin" is really about.

97 min
Aug 4, 2017
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Young lovers turned outlaws Adam and Josh meet a fantastically bloody end with their countdown of '67's best films.

81 min
Jul 28, 2017
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The one that liked "The City of a Thousand Planets" admitted to spending part of it in a semi-conscious state. Take from that what you will.

100 min
Jul 21, 2017
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Some ghosts, some gore and a super-pig make Adam and Josh's best of the year (so far) countdown.

90 min
Jul 14, 2017
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Adam and Josh reunite to talk Underoos and bed sheets - and offer some contrary thoughts on Edgar Wright's latest.

71 min
Jun 30, 2017
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The pleasures - and limitations - of Sofia Coppola's distinctive vision, with guest-host Angelica Jade Bastien from Vulture.

42 min
Jun 23, 2017
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Adam's conversation with the co-writer and star of Sundance hit "The Big Sick."

28 min
Jun 21, 2017
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Adam's conversation with the writer/director of "The Bad Batch" and "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night."

102 min
Jun 16, 2017
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Adam and Michael Phillips review the new film "It Comes At Night" and offer each other a shoulder to cry on for their Top 5 Movies About Grief.

120 min
Jun 9, 2017
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Adam and Josh - bound by the Lasso of Hestia - review Patty Jenkins's "Wonder Woman" and confess their Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences.

99 min
Jun 1, 2017
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Adam and Josh opt for diplomacy discussing Netflix's war satire misfire "War Machine" and share their Top 5 Movie Military Leaders.

102 min
May 25, 2017
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Adam and Josh go to battle in their Sacred Cow review of James Cameron's "The Terminator" and share their Top 5 Films of 1984.

102 min
May 19, 2017
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Adam and Josh come in peace bearing their Top 5 Alien Attacks. Plus, a review of the sixth film in the "Alien" franchise, "Alien: Covenant."

97 min
May 12, 2017
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Adam and Josh catch up with Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild" (1986) and share their Top 5 Demme Moments.

38 min
May 11, 2017
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The Varda Marathon concludes with kind words for 2008's "The Beaches of Agnes," along with the awards for the series' best scenes and more.

81 min
May 5, 2017
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Adam and Josh consider the cuteness of Baby Groot and the Guardians sequel, plus a preview of the summer movie season.

84 min
Apr 28, 2017
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The Top 5 Movie Expeditions (Adam and Josh would sign up for), along with a review of James Gray’s new movie adventure: "The Lost City of Z."

20 min
Apr 26, 2017
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Adam and Josh praise Agnes Varda's 2000 doc "The Gleaners and I," the fifth film in their Varda Marathon.

74 min
Apr 21, 2017
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Josh goes rogue, forcing Adam to recruit Filmspotting Family members Tasha Robinson and Genevieve Koski for a review of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS.

95 min
Apr 14, 2017
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A 'Sacred Cow' review of Wes Anderson's "Rushmore," the 2017 Filmspotting Madness champ and more.

87 min
Apr 6, 2017
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Results from the Filmspotting Madness Final Four (Godfather v 2001/Pulp Fiction v Empire Strikes Back) and a review of new Netflix exclusive "The Discovery."

75 min
Mar 30, 2017
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Adam and Michael Phillips celebrate "Casablanca's" 75th anniversary with a Sacred Cow review. Plus, the Filmspotting Madness Final Four is revealed.

108 min
Mar 23, 2017
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With Kristen Stewart's new film "Personal Shopper" currently in limited release, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Stewart Scenes.

142 min
Mar 16, 2017
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Director Danny Boyle sits in with Adam for the Top 5 Boyle Characters and T2 Trainspotting talk.

98 min
Mar 9, 2017
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A mixed review of "Logan," plus Filmspotting Madness and the opening film in the Agnes Varda Marathon.

121 min
Mar 2, 2017
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Adam and Josh review of "Get Out" and celebrate the show's 12th anniversary by kicking off Filmspotting Madness 2017 - Pantheon Edition.

25 min
Mar 1, 2017
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In this "fix" episode, the final movie in Filmspotting's Luis Bunuel Marathon, "The Obscure Object of Desire." Plus, the Bunuel Marathon Awards.

81 min
Feb 24, 2017
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Adam and guest host Michael Phillips make their Oscar picks.

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