Footcandle Films

Footcandle Films

Do you enjoy listening to people talk about films? What about those films that may not show up at the local multiplex but are instead showing at the smaller specialty theater across town? Then "Footcandle Films" may be the show for you. Each month, the hosts discuss and review one "smaller" film in-depth, discuss upcoming film news, and give recommendations on films that you may not be aware of, ones that you haven't remembered in a while, or ones that are worth your time checking out. And all the while, the conversation never gets too "high-brow" or pretentious. Just two guys who enjoy talking about movies. Your Hosts: Alan Jackson and Chris Frye, founders of the Footcandle Film Society.

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June 19, 2024 63 mins

BRATS, a new documentary available to stream exclusively on Hulu, centers on the 1980s films starring the "Brat Pack" and their profound impact on the young stars' lives. WE GROWN NOW, a small independent release, tells the story of two young boys, best friends Malik and Eric, growing up in the Cabrini-Green public housing complex in 1992 Chicago. Alan & Chris share reviews of each film before discussing a bit of ...

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Indie filmmaker Richard Linklater released his latest movie HIT MAN starring Glen Powell on Netflix on June 7th. Alan & Chris share a review and then discuss some upcoming films of interest. For a home viewing recommendation this week, Chris goes back to 2008 to a film (though well received at the time) he feels needs some more credit today.

Recommendation from our hosts in this episode: WALL-E

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June 6, 2024 53 mins

For 88 minutes a completely unrecognizable Jesse Eisenberg & Riley Keough depict the life of an unusual family in SASQUATCH SUNSET. Alan & Chris discuss the film and then cover some news of upcoming releases. Chris closes out the show with a recommendation of an unusual documentary that is not for the faint of heart.

Recommendation in this episode: The Contestant

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May 31, 2024 59 mins

Director George Miller is back in the deserts of Australia with FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth. The fellows share their views on the film before giving details of three other movies that are yet to be released. Rounding out the show Chris shares a recommendation for a film you might consider adding to your watch list...or as he thinks might more likely be the case...your rewa...

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May 20, 2024 57 mins

Despite being in the midst of the summer movie season, Alan & Chris decided to take an off-ramp from the blockbuster freeway and visit an entry in the smaller independent film community. We've got a review of first time feature director Francis Galluppi's THE LAST STOP IN YUMA COUNTY starring Jim Cummings and then news from Cannes including thoughts on all those standing ovations. 

Recommendation: Steve! (Mart...

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May 13, 2024 67 mins

They're back! After taking a podcast recording break due to hectic scheduling, our hosts return to deliver reviews of three new films to make up for lost time. With the three reviews to cover the hosts nixed the usual segment follow-up of movie news. Chris, however, couldn't pass up an opportunity to pass along a recommendation of a film you can screen from the comfort of your own living room.

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April 15, 2024 53 mins

Director Alex Garland's CIVIL WAR portrays a dystopian future when a divided America has been plunged into a battle between various factions. Our hosts share their takes on the film before discussing movie news of a musical starring Michael Shannon & Tilda Swinton and the next film by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Recommendation from our hosts in this episode: Devs

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April 8, 2024 58 mins

Dev Patel's directorial debut MONKEY MAN has hit theaters and our hosts have a review. Items of movie news are discussed next including an upcoming adaptation of the Frankenstein story starring Christian Bale & Jesse Buckley and the third installment in director Ti West's horror trilogy.

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April 1, 2024 56 mins

Everyone's favorite city-stomping giant lizard & gargantuan ape have returned to movie screens across the country. Our hosts review GODZILLA x KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE and indulge in a round of Trailer Tapas sampling the trailers of three upcoming new releases. Rounding out the episode, Chris shares a recommendation of an older film he's recently screened that he thinks others might enjoy watching.

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Did another round of bustin' make Alan & Chris feel good? They review the new GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE, the comedic satire THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAGICAL NEGROES, and share some movie news about upcoming films they're anticipating.

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March 15, 2024 64 mins

Acclaimed director Wim Wenders scored an Oscar nomination for his latest film PERFECT DAYS. Our hosts spend some time discussing the film that details the simple life of a janitor for public restrooms in Tokyo. Speaking of the Oscars, the hosts run down their surprises after viewing the broadcast. Closing out the show Chris gives a recommendation of a film you might want to watch (especially if you're a Paul...

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March 8, 2024 52 mins

The Sandman stars as a Spaceman. In other words...Adam Sandler's new film SPACEMAN has hit Netflix. Our hosts share their thoughts before discussing some new films being premiered at SXSW. Chris closes out the episode with a recommendation of a movie you might be interested in that you can screen from the comfort of your living room couch (sadly we still don't have a theme song for this section).

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March 4, 2024 51 mins

After a three-year hiatus moviegoers can now return to Arrakis to spend some quality time (two hours and forty-six minutes in fact) with Paul Atreides and friends. Our hosts have a review of the new blockbuster DUNE: PART TWO before discussing some new trailers of some smaller independent films. Chris closes out the episode with a recommendation of a film you might be interested in that you can screen from the comfort...

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February 26, 2024 49 mins

Joel Coen (a.k.a. one-half of the esteemed Coen Brothers duo) had his solo directorial debut in 2021 with THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH. Now in 2024, Ethan Coen takes his shot at a solo directorial effort with DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS. Alan & Chris share their thoughts before moving on to some movie news about not one but four upcoming interrelated biopics. Closing out the show Chris recommends a film you might have mi...

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February 16, 2024 64 mins

AMERICAN FICTION starring Jeffrey Wright & Sterling K. Brown recently received multiple Academy Award nominations and graced one of our hosts' best movies of 2023 list. Alan & Chris discuss the film at length and then share some news about upcoming films that are in production. Closing out the episode we share a timely recommendation of a film that you might consider screening from the comfort of your own...

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February 9, 2024 52 mins

Ava DuVernay's new film ORIGIN follows writer Isabel Wilkerson (played by Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor) as she researches and struggles to write a book based on the implications of the caste system. Alan & Chris discuss the film and then delve into some news about upcoming silverscreen projects.

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February 5, 2024 60 mins

Director J.A. Bayona's SOCIETY OF THE SNOW is one of five nominees for the Best International Feature Film at the upcoming 2024 Academy Awards. Our hosts share their thoughts on the film based on a true story of a rugby team whose plane crashes in the Andes mountains and their struggle to survive. After the review, Chris shares his list of Top Ten Most Anticipated Films of 2024.

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January 26, 2024 81 mins

Oscar-winning documentary co-directors Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi decided to go the narrative feature route with their new film NYAD starring Annette Bening and Jodie Foster. Our hosts share their reviews and then ponder the recently announced nominations for the 96th Academy Awards. 

Recommendations: The Barber of Little Rock, The Last Repair Shop, Knight of Fortune

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January 19, 2024 52 mins

Actor/writer Jake Johnson has made his directorial debut with the Hulu original film SELF RELIANCE. Alan & Chris share their thoughts and then delve into some news of an upcoming movie adaptation of the video game Minecraft. To close out the show Chris shares a recommendation of a film you might want to put on your radar.

Recommended in this episode: Showing Up

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January 12, 2024 77 mins

This week's episode has a little bit of everything. We discuss a biopic (FERRARI starring Adam Driver), a big-budget musical (THE COLOR PURPLE starring Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson and Danielle Brooks), share some movie news, and offer a recommendation of a film you might want to seek out. It's a cinematic buffet of film talk. Enjoy! 

Recommendation included in this episode: The Mission (2023)

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