Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s
Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s
Kempenaar & Larsen
“...affable, insightful film analysis since 2005."–NY Times / New + classic reviews and top 5s. Also on WBEZ Chicago.
#802: Stranger Than Paradise / Wolfwalkers / 8 From '84 Awards
This year's 8 From '84 series - the sequel to last year's 9 From '99 - gave Adam and Josh a chance to revisit some nostalgic favorites ("Ghostbusters," "This is Spinal Tap," "Beverly Hills Cop"), fill in some blind spots (Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America," Coppola's "The Cotton Club") and complete a director's filmography (David Lynch's "Dune," check). This week, they wrap up the series with the film that launched the career of indie auteur Jim Jarmusch, STRANGER THAN PARADISE, and share their picks for the best performances, scenes and surprises from the 13-film series. Josh also recommends the latest from Cartoon Saloon and director Tomm Moore, WOLFWALKERS. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - 8 From '84: "Stranger Than Paradise" Screamin' Jay Hawkins, "I Put A Spell On You" 29:34 - Josh recommends "Wolfwalkers" 32:50 - Next Week/Notes 44:05 - Massacre Theatre 51:09 - 8 From '84 Awards 1:36:24 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 19
1 hr 43 min
#801: Dune (8 From '84) / Twin Peaks Pilot (30th Anniv.)
David Lynch's '84 adaptation of Frank Herbert's DUNE ended the director's flirtation with mainstream Hollywood, but it remains a singular - and still Lynchian - vision. (And oh so spice-y.) Six years later, Lynch achieved cult legend status with the massively popular network TV series TWIN PEAKS. The movie-length pilot episode celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Thanks to ArmorLock for supporting Filmspotting. Go to to learn more and purchase yours. 0:00 - Billboard 1:23 - 8 From '84: "Dune" Angelo Badalamenti, "Falling" (feat. Julee Cruise) 34:05 - Next Week/New Poll ('80s Directing Debuts) 40:40 - Notes/Poll Results (Movie failures you defend) 53:18 - Review: "Twin Peaks Pilot" 1:19:41 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 12
1 hr 27 min
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Nov 12
1 min
#800: Fall Movie Preview / Daughters of the Dust (Overlooked Auteurs)
The remaining months of the year won't have the same volume of buzzy festival pictures, star-studded Oscar bait or holiday blockbusters, but that doesn't mean there isn't lots to look forward to—if you know where to look. This week, Adam and Josh have their Top 5 Questions About the Fall(ish) Movie Season. Plus, the final film in the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon, Julie Dash's DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, along with the Marathon-ending awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:13 - Fall Movie Preview Andrew Bird, "Alabaster" 45:03 - Next Week/Notes 50:55 - R.I.P. Sean Connery 1:03:50 - Massacre Theatre 1:10:57 - Overlooked Auteurs #6: "Daughters of the Dust" 1:31:00 - Overlooked Auteurs Awards ("The Burnt Potatoes") 1:51:17 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 5
1 hr 59 min
#799: Top 5 High-Concept Horror / Bad Hair / The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
Justin Simien, director of 2014's "Dear White People," has followed up that campus-set comedy with another, much bloodier, satire: BAD HAIR (currently streaming on Hulu). The film - about image and ambition in late '80s L.A. - features a homicidal weave with a mind of its own, making it a great example of a high-concept plot. Josh shares his Top 5 High Concept-Horror Movies and Adam - going high-concept himself - shares the five high-concept horror movies he most wants to see. Listeners come to his rescue. Plus Vampire v Zombie poll results and Adam recommends the Halloween-friendly THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Review: "Bad Hair" 15:59 - Top 5: High-Concept Horror PUP, "Bloody Mary, Kate and Ashley" 40:50 - New Poll ("Movie Failures You Champion") 47:58 - Next week / Notes 56:36 - Poll results (Vampires v Zombies) 1:00:13 - AK recommends "The Wolf of Snow Hollow" 1:04:55 - Top 5: High-Concept Horror, cont. 1:24:04 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 29
1 hr 31 min
#798: On the Rocks / Borat 2 / Seven Beauties (Overlooked Auteurs)
Is there such a thing as too much Bill Murray? Seems like heresy to suggest such a thing, but it's a question Josh dares to ask during the review of Sofia Coppola's latest, ON THE ROCKS—a film Adam sees as a spiritual sequel to her Oscar-nominated breakout film, "Lost in Translation." Along with that, thoughts on the new BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM and the Sundance-winning doc TIME; plus, a split take on Lina Wertmüller's provocative 1975 film SEVEN BEAUTIES, part of the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "On the Rocks" Wilder Embry, "Over It" 23:01 - Reviews: "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," "Time" 35:26 - Next Week/Notes 45:49 - Massacre Theatre 52:44 - Overlooked Auteurs #5: "Seven Beauties" 1:15:26 - Outro/Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 22
1 hr 23 min
#797: American Utopia / Trial of the Chicago 7 / Chicago Film Fest Preview
With the pandemic forcing this year's Chicago International Film Festival (Oct. 14-25) to go almost all virtual, Adam and Josh's CIFF Preview will be a helpful guide to the fest wherever you happen to be. (More details about the fest lineup and how to purchase tickets here.) Also this week, reviews of David Byrne's AMERICAN UTOPIA, Aaron Sorkin's THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 and Cooper Raiff's SHITHOUSE. Plus, Josh watched HUBIE HALLOWEEN so you don't have to. 0:00 - Billboard 1:30 - Top 5: Chicago Film Fest Must-Sees David Byrne, "Once in a Lifetime" ("American Utopia") 31:51 - Josh on "Hubie Halloween" 36:13 - Polls / Notes 50:05 - Reviews: "American Utopia" / "Chicago 7" / "Shithouse" 1:26:36 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 15
1 hr 33 min
#796: Top 5 Mozart Moments in Movies / Amadeus (8 From '84)
You need music that's transcendent, soaring, or touched by God? Mozart is your man. This week, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Mozart Movie Moments, featuring memorable deployments of the composer's music in films directed by Terrence Malick, Barry Jenkins, Ridley Scott and others. Plus, an 8 From '84 review of the Best Picture-winning AMADEUS, and Massacre Theatre goes to the opera house. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Top 5: Mozart Movie Moments Andrew Wilkowske, "Deh, vieni alla finestra" ("Don Giovanni") 53:56 - Next Week/Notes 1:03:15 - Massacre Theatre 1:13:57 - 8 From '84: "Amadeus" 1:43:43 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 8
1 hr 51 min
#795: Dick Johnson Is Dead / Wanda (Overlooked Auteurs #4)
When veteran documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson transitioned to directing with 2016's "Cameraperson," which was assembled from hundreds of hours of b-roll footage Johnson had shot over the years, it was unclear what a follow-up from her would look like. What we got - the new DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD - is a project both harrowing and whimsical: Johnson inviting her beloved father, showing early signs of dementia and failing health, to stage (and re-stage) his own death. Adam and Josh agree that the film is "a miracle." Also something of a miracle is Barbara Loden's first - and only - film, the verité-style WANDA from 1970, the next film in the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Review: "Dick Johnson is Dead" Tim Heidecker, "Fear of Death" 27:21 - Next Week/Notes 37:30 - Polls 45:32 - Overlooked Auteurs #4: "Wanda" 1:08:24 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 1
1 hr 16 min
#794: Top 5 Landscapes as Characters w/Gregory Crewdson / Kajillionaire
Gregory Crewdson's large-scale, cinematic photos have been compared to the work of filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. His latest exhibition - "An Eclipse of Moths" - is currently on display in L.A. Inspired by Crewdson's work, Adam and Josh - along with Crewdson himself - share their Top 5 Landscapes as Characters. Plus, thoughts on Miranda July's latest, KAJILLIONAIRE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Top 5: Landscapes as Characters The Flaming Lips, "At the Movies on Quaaludes" 51:08 - Review: "Kajillionaire" 1:01:35 - Next week / Notes 1:16:03 - Massacre Theatre 1:25:37 - Top 5 cont. 1:54:24 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 24
2 hr
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