Filmspotting - Movie Reviews

Filmspotting - Movie Reviews

Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen review new and classic movies, offering "affable, insightful film analysis since 2005" (NY Times).

Episodes

June 14, 2024 79 mins
Richard Linklater’s sexy gun-for-hire flick “Hit Man” just arrived on Netflix. Adam and Josh debate the merits of the film and its star, Glen Powell. Plus, Josh on “Inside Out 2” and Adam on the Chicago burbs-set “Ghostlight.” (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Opening (00:00:00-00:02:30) Review: “Hit Man” (00:02:31-00:32:43) Reviews: “Inside Out 2” (JL), “Ghostlight” (AK) (00:32:44-00:41:51) Next W...
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With Linklater's "Hit Man" currently steaming up home movie screens, we're sharing a 2016 Top 5 devoted to the director's most memorable movie moments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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With the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy back in theaters, we share Adam and Josh’s 2018 reappraisal of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning films, including their picks for the Top 5 "Rings" Scenes. (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Opening (00:00:00-00:01:06) Sacred Cow Review: “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy (00:01:07-00:37:51) Top 5: “Lord of the Rings” Scenes (00:37:52-01:19:45) Notes/Links: Top 5 Lord of th...
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Michael Phillips joins Adam to review “Furiosa,” director George Miller’s latest entry in the Mad Max saga starring Anya-Taylor Joy and Chris Hemsworth. Plus, a revisit of 2022’s Top 5 Movies for Graduates.  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Opening (00:00:00-00:02:20) Review: “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” (00:02:20-00:33:15) Next Week, Notes (00:33:16-00:41:15) Polls, Feedback (00:41:15-00:51:38) Top ...
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After earning raves at Sundance and SXSW, Jane Schoenbrun’s haunting and insightful new film has made it to theaters. Adam and Josh have a review and hand out their William Wyler Marathon Awards.  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:02:18) Review: “I Saw the TV Glow” (00:02:19-00:26:29) Next Week, Notes (00:26:30-00:31:24) Massacre Theatre (00:31:25-00:39:20) Wyler Marathon Awards (...
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With "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga" coming to theaters this weekend, we share Adam and Josh's May 2015 review of "Mad Max: Fury Road." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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The latest “Planet of the Apes” entry isn’t without fresh ideas, but Adam and Josh still miss Andy Serkis’s Caesar. They’ve got praise, though, for Ethan Hawke’s inventive Flannery O’Connor biopic, "Wildcat," and they’re joined by Michael Phillips for a post-screening conversation about 1953’s “Roman Holiday.”    (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:01:57) Review: “Kingdom of the Pla...
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May 10, 2024 77 mins
Adam and Josh catch up with Luca Guadagnino’s exhilarating pro-tennis-set “Challengers,” plus thoughts on Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt in David Leitch’s “The Fall Guy.”  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:01:48) Review: “Challengers” (00:01:49-00:43:25) Review (JL): “The Fall Guy” (00:43:26-00:47:47) Next Week, Notes, Polls (00:47:48-00:57:39) Listener Feedback (00:57:40-01:06:01) ...
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With the fourth film in the series - "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" - coming to theaters this weekend, we dig into the archives for this 2014 conversation about number two in the series, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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30 films, 14 matchups. Adam and Josh discuss the most intriguing titles coming to theaters between May and Labor Day. Plus, a review of the wildly inventive and hilarious “The People’s Joker.” (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:01:43) Summer Movie Preview (00:01:44-00:40:30) Brickspotting: “The People’s Joker” (00:40:31-00:51:40) Notes, Polls (00:51:41-01:02:15) Summer Movie Previe...
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Menace-skeptic Adam and Menace-defender Josh revisited "The Phantom Menace" for their 9 From '99 series back in 2019. George Lucas's divisive "Star Wars" prequel is back in theaters for its 25th anniversary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Back in ’99, Josh was a fan of “The Mummy.” Film snob Adam skipped it. With the movie back in theaters for its 25th anniversary, they give it a fresh look. Plus, Barbra Streisand in her film debut “Funny Girl” and a Golden Brick nod for the Chicago-set “We Grown Now.” (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:02:25) Review: “The Mummy” at 25 (00:02:26-00:34:44) Preview: Chicago Critics Fi...
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April 24, 2024 37 mins
Adam and Josh's 2019 conversation about Ridley Scott's "Alien," which is being re-released on April 26 ("Alien Day") for its 45 anniversary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Is Alex Garland’s new film a warning or mere provocation? Adam and Josh discuss. Plus, the William Wyler Marathon continues with the 1959 biblical epic “Ben-Hur” and we crown a ‘50s Madness Champ.  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:02:19) Review: “Civil War” (00:01:58-00:34:16) Next Week / Notes (00:34:17-00:42:28) ‘50s Madness Champ (00:42:29-01:01:51) Wyler #4: “Ben-Hur” (01:01:...
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Director and legendary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson is known for nonfiction work that is inventive, artful, expressive, and maximal. The same can be said of the film that blew her mind -- Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz. The semi-autobiographical film brings us Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), a peripatetic creative force working simultaneously to mount a major Broadway production and complete post-production on a feature film, all while ma...
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With Alex Garland’s “Civil War” on the horizon, Adam and Josh take another look at the writer/director’s prescient AI thriller “Ex Machina.” Plus, a spirited debate over 1942’s “Mrs. Miniver” and a finals matchup in Filmspotting Madness—Best of the ‘50s.  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:02:19) Review: “Ex Machina” (00:02:20-00:51:47) R.I.P. Louis Gossett Jr, M. Emmett Walsh / Du...
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With the release of a new “Road House” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Adam and Josh debate the merits of the ‘89 original (there are many merits!), along with recommendations of “Godzilla x Kong” and the doc “Ennio” about composer Ennio Morricone. Plus, the Final 4 round of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '50s.     (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:03:40) Review: “Road House” at 35 (0...
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With "Godzilla x Kong" coming to theaters this weekend, we go to the archives for this 2021 conversation (inspired by "Godzilla v Kong") which has Adam and Josh pitting the two classic monster movies against each other. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Adam and Josh praise Rose Glass’s nasty new noir “Love Lies Bleeding” and are knocked out by 1946’s “The Best Years of Our Lives,” William Wyler’s incisive and moving Best Picture winner. Plus, the Elite 8 of ‘50s Filmspotting Madness. (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:04:01) Review: “Love Lies Bleeding” (00:04:02-00:28:20) Next Week / Notes (00:28:21-00:33:20) ‘50s Madness - Elit...
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For its 20th anniversary, Adam and Josh take a deep dive into the intricate world of 2004’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Plus the first film in the William Wyler Marathon and the Sweet 16 round of ‘50s Filmspotting Madness.     (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open / Oscars (00:00:00-00:06:47) Sacred Cow: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” at 20 (00:06:48-00:59:28) Golden Brickspo...
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