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.


May 31, 2023 71 mins

Over Memorial Day weekend it was the battle of the mermaid vs. the machine at the cinemas. Well not exactly...Disney's much-hyped live-action remake of THE LITTLE MERMAID did premiere and Bert Kreischer's action comedy opened but they didn't really have a beef with one another. Both hosts give their take on the updated mermaid flick while Chris gives a solo diagnostic of the workings of THE MACHINE. Once the...

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Alan & Chris engage in some cinematic time travel on this episode as they discuss the period biopic CHEVALIER starring Kelvin Harrison, the career-spanning Michael J. Fox documentary STILL, and a cautionary tale of sorts with BLACKBERRY starring Jay Baruchel & Glenn Howerton. In the news section of the show details are discussed of three newly announced films that have caught the cinematic world's attention.&n...

Mark as Played the magic number...yes it is...or at least it's a theme for this episode. We've got reviews of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.3 and Ari Aster's third film BEAU IS AFRAID starring Joaquin Phoenix. After the reviews, we share some movie news before closing the show with recommendations of films you should check out.

Recommendations from our hosts in this episode: "Interstellar", "The Omen (1976)"

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April 12, 2023 72 mins

Origin stories of a top-selling shoe & a video game from Russia - - we've got reviews of the new films AIR and TETRIS on this episode along with news from a galaxy far, far away. In a sampling of upcoming cinema in our Trailer Tapas portion of the show, we talk about POLITE SOCIETY. Rounding out the episode each host shares a recommendation of a film you can watch from the comfort of your own couch.


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We've got reviews of two feature directorial debuts on this episode. First, we talk about actor turned writer/director Jesse Eisenberg's WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD starring Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard. Our second debut is the film PINBALL: THE MAN WHO SAVED THE GAME starring Mike Faist. Speaking of saving...we saved our thoughts on the recent slap-free academy awards for the news section of this p...

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March 8, 2023 73 mins

Michael B. Jordan is back in the ring with CREED III now in theaters. Alan & Chris discuss the film and then cover TO LESLIE which received a surprise best actress nomination for star Andrea Riseborough. In an another round of Trailer Tapas we cover the recently released promos for TETRIS & HAUNTED MANSION. Looking for a palette cleanser of sorts after all the high brow talk of the upcoming Academy Awards?&nbs...

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February 17, 2023 77 mins

ANT-MAN & THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA officially kicks off the fifth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Our hosts discuss their thoughts on the film as well as the drama LIVING featuring an Oscar-nominated performance by Billy Nighy. In a super-size version of Trailer Tapas Alan & Chris take a look at four new trailers for upcoming films. Last, but not least, streaming recommendations are shared of films y...

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The nominations for the 95th Academy Awards have been announced. Alan & Chris share their thoughts on the nominations, review two of the nominees for Best Picture (TÁR & TRIANGLE OF SADNESS) as well as discuss M. Night Shyamalan's new film KNOCK AT THE CABIN. 

Recommendations: "Rosaline", "All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)", "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery"

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January 18, 2023 80 mins

After a fourteen-year hiatus director, James Cameron is back with his new film AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER. Alan & Chris discuss the latest happenings on the planet (or is it a moon?) of Pandora before returning to Earth to visit a really cool movie theater in Sam Mendes' EMPIRE OF LIGHT starring Olivia Colman. Next on this episode's menu is a round of Trailer Tapas where we play clips from upcoming movies and g...

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January 11, 2023 91 mins

Damien Chazelle's BABYLON and Darren Aronofsky's THE WHALE. With both films being released near the close of 2022 hopes of little golden statues were likely dancing in the heads of the studios. Alan & Chris review both releases as well as give their Top 5 Films of 2022. If you're looking for the traditional segments of movie news & recommendations - fear not! We were running long with so much to...

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December 14, 2022 100 mins

Two filmmakers have turned out recent films that examine their childhoods. In this episode, we review Steven Spielberg's THE FABELMANS and James Gray's ARMAGEDDON TIME. In the show's news section, we discuss the recent announcement of the Golden Globes nominees and the release of the newly revised Sight & Sound Greatest Films of All Time list. Concluding the show we offer a recommendation for a new holid...

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November 30, 2022 77 mins

With two films that center around food and eating did we miss an opportunity by not discussing them in a special Thanksgiving episode? Considering the movies reviewed are BONES & ALL and THE MENU it might be better that we waited until after the holiday. Also on this episode are bits of cinematic news and recommendations of films that might not be on your radar that you should check out.

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November 16, 2022 67 mins

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER has hit cineplexes nationwide. Our hosts share their thoughts and then opt for two additional reviews due to the dearth of silver-screen news they were able to find online. Fear not - we'll try and dig up some news for our next installment. Instead, we discuss the indie dramatic thriller BREAKING starring John Boyega and the well..weird biopic spoof WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY...

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October 26, 2022 76 mins

In this episode, Alan and Chris discuss two entries into movie franchises. One is the latest (and possibly final) installment in the deeds of killer Michael Myers HALLOWEEN ENDS. The second film discussed is the first entry in the Fletch series in 33 years CONFESS, FLETCH starring Jon Hamm. Once the reviews conclude we share some tidbits of movie news before rounding out the show with movie recommendations.


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October 5, 2022 81 mins

Two films. Two huge casts. Two high-profile directors. Two behind-the-scenes sets of dramas. Alan and Chris bypass the sideline drama and discuss the ones that unfold onscreen in the new releases DON'T WORRY DARLING and AMSTERDAM. Once the reviews conclude, items of movie news are discussed and recommendations are given for films you can check out from the comfort of your own couch via a strea...

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September 14, 2022 72 mins

Director George Miller has crafted a tale of a djinn (played by Idris Elba) and a scholar (played by Tilda Swinton) facing off in a hotel room in THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING. Comedian Jenny Slate & director Dean Fleischer-Camp bring their YouTube stop motion creation to the big screen with MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON. Our hosts review both films and then share some silver screen news. To close out the ...

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August 24, 2022 75 mins

As we enter late August, big summer releases are tapering off, and the awards seeking prestige pictures have yet to be released. For this episode, Alan and Chris opted to review two smaller-scale films: the straight-to Hulu action feature PREY and the A24 studio horror comedy BODIES BODIES BODIES. In the show's news portion, the hosts discuss the 2016 shelved film from Jamie Foxx, the BATGIRL/FLASH movie debate a...

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July 27, 2022 96 mins

Jordan Peele's third film "Nope" has hit theaters nationwide & "The Gray Man" starring Ryan Gosling & Chris Evans has debuted exclusively on Netflix. Alan & Chris review both and share some items of movie news before closing out the show with recommendations of things to stream from the comfort of your own couch.

Recommendations from our hosts in this episode: "The Bob's Burgers Movie", "The Rehearsal"


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Director Taika Waititi made his entry into the MCU with 2017's THOR: RAGNAROK. Waititi returns to the MCU with THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Back are the bright colors, rock music and Waititi's brand of humor. Alan & Chris discuss this fourth Thor film as well as spend some time talking about the small indie film BRIAN AND CHARLES. Following the reviews, Alan shares three news items from the world of cine...

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July 6, 2022 78 mins

Bio-pics. They can be formulaic...but they can also be box office magic and win Oscars. What type of film is Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS? Our hosts share their thoughts on this blockbuster take on Mr. Presley as well as the indie dramatic comedy that was a hit at Sundance - CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH starring Dakota Johnson. Following the reviews, we share some news items on upcoming releases and then close the show ...

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