July 3, 2020
It's been an unusual year for movies – and for everything else – but there was great stuff to see if you knew where to look. This week, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far), along with a 10th anniversary, split-take revisit of INCEPTION, the sixth film in the Christopher Nolan "Oeuvre-view." ("Adam, I love you," says Josh at one point, "but you have no idea what you're talking about.") 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Top 5 Films of 2020 So Far Phoebe Bridgers, "ICU" 47:35 - Listener Feedback (Jaws, Spielberg's Best Decade) 1:03:34 - Next Week / Notes 1:21:04 - Nolan #6: "Inception" (10th Anniversary) 2:01:52 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 19, 2020
A blowhard anti-science mayor ignoring the threat of a murderous invisible menace because it threatens the economy? What could JAWS possibly have to offer us 45 years later? Adam and Josh give the Spielberg classic the Sacred Cow treatment, and consider the director's nearly half-century of movie-making by Power Ranking his five decades of output. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Review: "Jaws" at 45 Wyatt Waddell, "Fight" 41:29 - AK on "The King of Staten Island" 46:29 - Next Week / Poll 53:28 - “Da 5 Bloods” Correction / Notes 1:05:08 - Top 5: Power Ranking Spielberg 1:40:42 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 12, 2020
Introducing the newest Audioboom original podcast, Truth vs Hollywood. Join Film lovers David Chen and Joanna Robinson as they do a deep dive into well known films and discuss how similar they are to the actual story.  Truth vs Hollywood premieres 6/12. Subscribe to Truth vs Hollywood on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 12, 2020
While it's true that there's never a bad time for a new Spike Lee Joint, right now just happens to be an especially good time to be getting a new film from a master director who has spent the last three-and-a-half decades challenging us to consider the ways that racism defines American life. New to Netflix this weekend, Lee's DA 5 BLOODS doesn't disappoint. Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of a key performance, and some of Lee's - always bold - aesthetic choices, but they agree that it's one of the year's essential films. Plus, a revisit of 2018's Top 5 Spike Lee Shots. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Review: "Da 5 Bloods" Marvin Gaye, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" 32:47 - Poll Results: Spike's Best 39:02 - Notes 47:11 - Massacre Theatre 54:51 - Top 5: Spike Lee Shots 1:41:14 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 5, 2020
When a Minneapolis police officer killed unarmed black man George Floyd last week, protests broke out across the U.S. On this week's show, Adam and Josh – and Filmspotting listeners – reflect on how the movies helped them come to terms with the ways that racism shapes American life. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Top 5: Movies That Educated Us About Racism John Boyega, "We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd" 34:57 - Next Week/Notes 44:03 - Top 5, cont. 1:08:46 - Outro  LINKS -Poet Ross Gay reads "A Small Needful Fact" -How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality -Campaign Zero Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 29, 2020
Made between "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's THE PRESTIGE was only a modest success back in 2006, but the twisty feuding magicians drama is, for some, one of the director's very best. In their spoiler-filled review, Adam and Josh agree that, if it's not his best, it's arguably the most Nolan movie. Plus, "Brickspotting" recommendations for the new VAST OF NIGHT and THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #5: "The Prestige" Melenas, "3 segundos" 46:44 - Next Week/Notes 55:14 - Massacre Theatre 1:04:46 - Reviews: "The Vast of Night" "The Painter and the Thief" 1:20:30 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 22, 2020
With Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon taking their fourth and final trip abroad with the new TRIP TO GREECE, Adam and Josh consider the series' most memorable reflections on mortality, family obligations, career insecurity—oh yeah, and all those hilarious impressions. Plus, thoughts on the late Lynn Shelton. 0:00 - Billboard 1:02 - Top 5: Trip Series Scenes Brett Shady, "Let Your Burden Be" 26:37 - RIP Lynn Shelton 36:01 - Next Week / Notes 43:46 - Polls 58:00 - Review: "The Trip to Greece" 1:06:33 - Trip Series Scenes, cont. 1:30:46 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 15, 2020
After scoring $2B and change at the box office and near-universal praise from audiences and critics, the only black mark on Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY is its dubious influence on the superhero movies that followed in its wake. For the fourth installment of the Nolan "Oeuvre-view," Adam and Josh revisit the trilogy, starting with a 15th anniversary consideration of "Batman Begins." Plus, Massacre Theatre and a new Golden Brick nominee: Lara Gallagher's "Clementine." 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - "Batman Begins" The Jam, "Batman Theme" 30:34 - JL recommends "Clementine" 34:01 - Next Week/Notes 42:10 - Massacre Theatre 49:06 - "The Dark Knight" / "Dark Knight Rises" 1:30:18 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 8, 2020
Back in '84, GHOSTBUSTERS was a bigger hit than GREMLINS (#2 and #4 at the box office, respectively), and it's got the more memorable cast—and quotes ("dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!"); but is it the more interesting film? Adam and Josh agree that Joe Dante's darkly funny creature feature works as a clever satire of consumerism and American exceptionalism, disagreeing only over the movie's aesthetic, which Adam at one point refers to as "rinky dink." (Josh is having none of it.) And the Bette Davis Marathon comes to a conclusion with 1942's NOW, VOYAGER, starring Davis as a deeply repressed Boston woman with serious mommy issues ("Psycho" meets "She's All That" according to Adam). Plus, "The Peepers," the Davis Marathon Awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - 8 From '84: "Ghostbusters" v "Gremlins" Ray Parker, Jr., "Ghostbusters" 55:48 - Next Week/Notes/Poll 1:07:33 - Davis #4: "Now, Voyager" / Davis Awards 1:47:56 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 1, 2020
With movie theaters shuttered and many of us housebound, Adam and Josh look back over a lifetime of going to the movies with their Top 5 Moviegoing Experiences—from big screen introductions to Han and Indy to formative encounters with the works of Spike Lee, Tarantino and the Coen Brothers. Listeners, too, contribute their own favorite moviegoing memories. 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Top 5: Moviegoing Experiences The Drifters, "Saturday Night at the Movies" 46:17 - Next Week/Notes 52:34 - Massacre Theatre 1:00:34 - Top 5: Moviegoing Experiences, cont. 1:27:08 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 24, 2020
Expectations were high back in 2002 for Christopher Nolan's INSOMNIA, the follow-up to his mind-bending breakthrough "Memento." But despite solid reviews and decent box office, the film has been largely forgotten by Nolan fans—including Adam and Josh. They revisit the director's third feature this week as part of their Nolan Oeuvre-view, finding a film with lots of familiar Nolan touches—and a somewhat divisive lead performance by Al Pacino. Plus, reviews of three new films: Justin Kurzel's TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, Tayarisha Poe's SELAH AND THE SPADES, and Danielle Krudy & Bridget Savage Cole's BLOW THE MAN DOWN—one of which gets both Adam and Josh's blessing as a 2020 Golden Brick candidate. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Reviews: "Kelly Gang," "Selah and the Spades," "Blow the Man Down" Disq, "Daily Routine" 26:28 - Next Week/Notes 50:20 - Nolan Oeuvre-view #3: "Insomnia" 1:18:54 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 17, 2020
With Adam and Josh cooped up at home and spending lots (and lots) of quality time with their families in front of the tv, this week's Top 5 is devoted to highlights from their Adventures in Streaming. Plus the third film in their Bette Davis Marathon, 1939's DARK VICTORY. 0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Top 5: Things We're Streaming During Quarantine "Give Me Time For Tenderness" (from "Dark Victory") 57:15 - Next Week/Notes 1:09:01 - Massacre Theatre 1:11:35 - Bette Davis Marathon #3: "Dark Victory" 1:31:07 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 10, 2020
Eliza Hittman's second feature, "Beach Rats," got the director some attention in 2017, but her latest - NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS - came out of Sundance this year as one of the fest's most celebrated titles. In their review, Adam and Josh talk about the movie's patience and attention to detail along with the subtle brilliance of star Sidney Flanigan's performance. Christopher Nolan's breakout film was also a Sundance hit. 2001's MEMENTO, the director's second feature, went on to become a box office success and an Oscar nominee. Continuing their Nolan "Oeuvre-view," Adam and Josh revisit the film that put the director on the map and find it just as surprising and astonishing as they did almost 20 years ago. Plus, the winner of this year's Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:33 - Review: "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" Waxahatchee, "Can't Do Much" 30:40 - Next Week / Notes 35:22 - Filmspotting Madness: Champion 50:31 - Patreon / New Poll 1:02:12 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #2: "Memento" 1:41:21 - Outro 1:42:57 - "Never Rarely..." Spoilers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 3, 2020
Christopher Nolan’s films are events—smart, ambitious and original. But before he made "Interstellar," "Dunkirk" or his "Dark Knight" trilogy—even before "Memento"—Nolan made the 70-minute indie thriller FOLLOWING. This week, Adam and Josh start their Nolan "Oeuvre-view" with Nolan's '99 debut, which gives tantalizing clues of the director he'll become and the stories he'll go on to tell. Bette Davis won a much-deserved Oscar for her performance in 1938's JEZEBEL. The William Wyler-directed drama set in ante-bellum New Orleans is the second film in our Davis Marathon. Plus, Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s comes down to the final two. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #1: "Following" Ernie Hendrickson, "Dystopian Dreams" 32:39 - Next Week/Notes 35:08 - Filmspotting Madness Finals 55:37 - Bette Davis #2: "Jezebel" 1:31:10 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
March 27, 2020
PURPLE RAIN was one of the highest-grossing films of 1984, but Prince's semi-autobiographical screen debut hasn't aged as well as its music has. The opposite is true of THIS IS SPINAL TAP and STOP MAKING SENSE, which were only modestly successful at the time of their release but have become two of the most celebrated rock films of all time. Adam and Josh continue their 8 From '84 series with a look at the rock trio—plus Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s gets down to the Final 4. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Filmspotting Madness Final 4 20:25 - 8 From '84: "Stop Making Sense" "This Is Spinal Tap" Prince, "Purple Rain" 40:28 - Next Week/Notes 43:46 - 8 From '84: "Purple Rain" 1:13:14 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
March 20, 2020
Chaplin, Cagney, Garbo and Grant all make Adam and Josh's 1930s "Starter Pack," 10 films to introduce you – or get you better acquainted with – arguably the greatest movie decade. Plus, the first film in our four-film Bette Davis Marathon, 1934's OF HUMAN BONDAGE, and the Elite 8 of Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s. 0:00 - Billboard  1:04 - Top 5: 1930s Starter Pack Fred Astaire, "Cheek to Cheek" 43:40 - Notes  52:28 - Filmspotting Madness Elite 8 1:06:51 - Bette Davis Marathon #1: "Of Human Bondage" 1:26:33 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
March 18, 2020
This episode is presented by the Academy Award-Winning film 1917. Available now on Digital streaming and on Blu-ray and DVD March 24th. Sam Mendes' acclaimed WWI film was a hugely ambitious undertaking for all involved, including Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Guillaume Rocheron ("Ad Astra," "Life of Pi"). In this edition of Filmspotting: The Process, Rocheron describes the unique challenges that the film's "single-shot" approach created, and how his VFX team collaborated with Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins to bring some of the film's most memorable scenes to life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
March 13, 2020
With FIRST COW, Kelly Reichardt returns to the 19th century Oregon Territory of her most acclaimed film, "Meek's Cutoff." An early film of the year candidate, Adam and Josh praise Reichardt's parable about capitalism and self-invention for its detail, its performances and its mouth-watering "oily cakes." Plus: where Pixar's ONWARD lands in a ranking of the studio's features; Filmspotting Madness continues with a (Coen-less) Sweet 16; and the next Filmspotting Marathon is announced. 0:00 - Billboard 0:59 - Review: "First Cow" U.S. Girls, "4 American Dollars" 30:15 - Next Week/Notes 42:00 - Filmspotting Madness, Sweet 16 1:03:53 - Review: "Onward" 1:17:52 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
March 6, 2020
PTA. Wes. Malick. The Coens. Of course they made the cut. But who else? This week, Adam and Josh complete a task a decade in the making with their top 10 films of the decade. Plus, quick reviews of THE INVISIBLE MAN and WENDY, and Rd. 2 of Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s. 0:00 - Billboard  1:13 - #6-10 Films of the 2010s 15:59 - Filmspotting Madness, Rd. 2 39:13 - Notes Nicholas Britell, "The Middle of the World" 49:01 - Reviews: "The Invisible Man," "Wendy"  1:03:24 - #1-5 Films of the 2010s 1:55:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
February 28, 2020
Work from Abbas Kiarostami, Sofia Coppola, Spike Lee – and a couple of former Golden Brick winners – all make the cut as Adam and Josh start their countdown of the top 20 films of the last decade. Plus, Filmspotting Madness 2020: Best of the 2010s kicks off with 32 ("How dare you!!!" "Why???") first-round matchups. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Films of the 2010s – #16-20 22:06 - Filmspotting Madness Rd. 1 43:18 - Notes Nicholas Godin, "What Makes Me Think Of You" 59:52 - Films of the 2010s – #11-15 1:49:43 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
February 21, 2020
It was the decade we discovered Jennifer Lawrence, Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong'o. The decade we watched actors like Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix realize their full potential. The decade we continued to be blessed by the existence of Tilda Swinton. As a prelude to their Top 20 films of the decade, Adam and Josh consider their Top 10 Performers of the 2010s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Top 10 Performers of the Decade Beach Bunny, "Cuffing Season" 46:12 - Next Week/Notes 1:03:07 - Top 10 Performers of the Decade, cont. 1:52:45 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
February 14, 2020
Filmspotting celebrated its 15th anniversary over the weekend with a 35mm-screening of Howard Hawks' RIO BRAVO at Chicago's venerated Music Box Theatre. After singing the praises of Dude, The Duke, Feathers and Stumpy during their post-film talk, Adam and Josh, along with Michael Phillips and producer Sam Van Hallgren, took questions from the audience that ranged from the practical to the philosophical. Also on the show, Josh recommends the "rotten cotton candy" aesthetic of the new HARLEY QUINN: BIRDS OF PREY and Adam praises the sinister hush of THE ASSISTANT. Plus, thoughts on "Parasite's" big night at the Oscars. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - "Parasite's" historic night 12:33 - JL: "Birds of Prey" / AK: "The Assistant" Dean Martin & Ricky Nelson "My Rifle, My Pony & Me" 25:21 - Kirk Douglas / Notes 38:20 - Filmspotting Madness 2020: Play-In Round 53:26 - Live in Chicago 2:10:00 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
February 7, 2020
Since his breakout in 1971's "The Last Picture Show," Jeff Bridges has been nominated for seven Oscars and won one. Among his credits is one of the most beloved film characters of the past couple of decades ("The Dude"). And yet, do we still underappreciate him? On this week's show, Adam and Josh consider the incredible variety of the actor's work through the lens of their Top 5 Bridges Scenes. And they kick off the 8 From '84 series with John Carpenter's STARMAN, featuring the Best Actor-nominated Bridges and Karen Allen. *Filmspotting has launched on Patreon* 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - 8 From '84 Review: "Starman" Jeff Bridges, "Hold On You" (from "Crazy Heart") 32:01 - Filmspotting on Patreon 46:59 - Next week / Notes 56:40 - Polls [Best of '84 / 2010s Acting Duos] 1:07:03 - Top 5: Jeff Bridges Scenes 1:51:09 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
January 31, 2020
Will the Academy choose to remember 2019 as the year of PARASITE, MARRIAGE STORY and LITTLE WOMEN – or of 1917 and JOKER? The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a preview of the 2020 Oscars, with picks for who will win, who should win and who should have been nominated. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Oscar picks: Supporting / Screenplays Jessie Buckley, "Glasgow (No Place Like Home)" 1:00:04 - Next Week/Notes 1:08:48 - Massacre Theatre 1:12:00 - Donations 1:12:51 - Oscar picks: Lead / Director / Picture 1:51:07 - Outro / Outtakes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
January 24, 2020
We ignore rumor and speculation and confine our 2020 Movie Preview to the current movie year (see you in 2021, Joel Coen's "Macbeth"!). New stuff from Christopher Nolan, Denis Villeneuve, Wes Anderson and other high-profile directors will – we hope – help us deal with a relative lack of 2019 MVPs Adam Driver and Florence Pugh. And we announce the follow-up to last year's 9 From '99 series: 8 From '84. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - 2020 Preview Bombay Bicycle Club, "Is It Real" 29:43 - 8 From '84 / Notes 43:16 - 2020 Preview cont. 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
January 17, 2020
It's tradition here on Filmspotting to devote the first episode of the new year to all the stuff we loved about last year. It's the annual Wrap Party, with Adam and Josh sharing their picks for the best opening scene, the funniest and most moving scene, the best music moment and scene of the year. Plus, reaction to this week's Oscar nominations, Josh's thoughts on the new anime film WEATHERING WITH YOU, and the winner of the 2019 Golden Brick Award. 0:00 - Billboard 1:22 - Opening Scene / Funniest Scene Michael Nyman, "Musique à Grand Vitesse: 1st Region" 26:42 - Oscar Nominations 34:41 - Next week / Notes 40:27 - Josh recommends: "Weathering With You" 42:48 - Golden Brick Winner 52:52 - Donations 54:16 - Moving Moment / Music Moment / Scene of the Year 1:40:41 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
January 2, 2020
Was the last year of the decade also its best? Martin Scorsese's THE IRISHMAN. Terrence Malick's A HIDDEN LIFE. Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. All works that rate among those directors' best. No slouch himself, Noah Baumbach arguably made the best film of his career with MARRIAGE STORY. Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele – the breakout directing stars of 2017 – returned with sophomore efforts, LITTLE WOMEN and US, that somehow managed to not just meet but exceed expectations. And no amount of hype prepared audiences (including critics) for Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho's PARASITE. Yeah. 2019 was a good year. On this week's show, Adam and Josh along with Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson talk through their consensus* picks for the best of 2019, including their choices for the best film of the year. (*Consensus except for some fighting over Tarantino.) 0:00 - Billboard  1:06 - Top 10 of 2019: Consensus Picks  Sturgill Simpson, "The Dead Don't Die" 1:01:50 - Top 10 of 2019: Consensus cont. 2:11:25 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
December 26, 2019
The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from The Next Picture Show are back for this year's Best of '19 roundtable, and in part one it's the panel's "outlier" picks – films which only made a single Top 10. And with divisive titles like James Gray's "Ad Astra" and Taika Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit" making the cut, there's plenty of lively debate to go along with the praise. 0:00 - Billboard 1:18 - Top 10 of 2019: The Outliers Randy Newman, "What I Love About Charlie" (Marriage Story) 1:16:07 - Notes 1:19:43 - Top 10 of 2019: Outliers, cont. 2:13:26 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
December 20, 2019
With the critically adored but audience-divisive "Last Jedi" behind them, JJ Abrams and his team set out to deliver a Star Wars finale that satisfied everyone. And according to Adam and Josh at least, they mostly pulled it off. Fresh from their screening, Adam and Josh give THE RISE OF SKYWALKER a "still processing" review – plus some end-of-show spoiler talk. Also on the show: the four finalists for the 2019 Golden Brick Award and Adam's interview with Josh and Benny Safdie, writer/directors of the new UNCUT GEMS starring Adam Sandler. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Review: "The Rise of Skywalker" The Voidz, "Did My Best" 29:52 - Golden Brick Finalists 34:03 - Next week / Notes / Massacre Theatre 39:55 - Interview: Josh and Benny Safdie ("Uncut Gems") 1:08:45 - Outro / "Rise of Skywalker" Spoiler Talk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
December 13, 2019
A long-time defender of the Star Wars prequels, Josh has rarely been given a platform on the show to actually do the work of defending them. That changes this week as he and Adam revisit THE PHANTOM MENACE, the final film in the 9 From '99 series. Plus, Adam and Josh award "The Plastic Bags," their favorite performances, scenes and surprises from the series. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Review: "Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace" John Williams, "Duel of Fates" 34:41 - Next Week/Notes 47:58 - 9 From '99 Awards 1:28:22 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
December 6, 2019
Costume dramas, biopics, elite directors and their passion projects: the prestige movie season is upon us. But if Greta Gerwig's new LITTLE WOMEN adaptation and Marielle Heller's Fred Rogers biopic A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD could be considered Oscar bait, they are also among the best films of the year according to Adam and Josh. And they've got praise to spare for Rian Johnson's star-studded – and politically potent – whodunit KNIVES OUT. 0:00 - Billboard 0:57 - Review: "Little Women" Haim, "Hallelujah" 27:51 - Next Week/Notes 35:06 - Best of '19 Poll / Massacre Theatre 46:06 - Reviews: "Knives Out," "A Beautiful Day..." 1:15:55 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 29, 2019
Adam and Josh talk through the shortlist for this year's Golden Brick award, plus conversations with the creators behind two Brick nominees: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails ("The Last Black Man in San Francisco") and Riley Stearns ("The Art of Self Defense"). 0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Interview: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails ("Last Black Man...") Anna of the North, "Thank Me Later" 33:40 - 2019 Golden Brick Nominees 50:06 - Interview: Riley Stearns ("Art of Self-Defense") 1:16:36 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 22, 2019
Noah Baumbach has grown up. The director's last movie about divorce - 2005's The Squid and the Whale - took the perspective of the kids. For his latest - the acclaimed Marriage Story - Baumbach explores the bitter remains of a once loving partnership. Adam and Josh debate whether the film plays favorites, but praise the performances from leads Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson and an ensemble featuring memorable turns from Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Julie Hagerty, and Ray Liotta. Plus, the wisdom we can glean from the Top 5 Movies About Marriage. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Review: "Marriage Story" Chanele McGuinness, "Powerless" 31:33 - Next Week/Notes 35:27 - Polls [Hanks / 9 From '99 Performances] 46:15 - Top 5: Movies About Marriage 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 15, 2019
Paul Thomas Anderson followed up his breakout hit "Boogie Nights" with 1999’s MAGNOLIA, a 3+-hour ensemble film featuring a treatise on coincidence and frogs falling from the sky. It was nominated for three Oscars, but in the 20 years since, it has earned a reputation in some quarters as messy, melodramatic and overlong (an opinion that PTA himself appears to share). This week on the show, Adam and Josh are much more forgiving of Anderson's ambitious third film when they revisit it for its 20th anniversary, part of the 9 From '99 series. Also on the show, a review of Taika Waititi's JOJO RABBIT and Adam's thoughts on David Michôd's THE KING and THE REPORT with Adam Driver. Plus, the Contemporary Chinese Cinema Marathon Awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - 9 From '99 Review: "Magnolia" Aimee Mann, "Save Me" 42:19 - Next Week/Notes 48:21 - Massacre Theatre 54:42 - Adam on "The Report" 59:52 - Review: "Jojo Rabbit" 1:08:19 - Adam recommends "The King" 1:13:20 - Chinese Cinema Marathon Awards 1:36:26 - Outro    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 8, 2019
A new film from Martin Scorsese is always an event, but THE IRISHMAN is one that, for many, won’t happen at a movie theatre. After a short theatrical run in select cities, Scorsese's latest - which reunites the director with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and adds Al Pacino to the mix - will show up on Netflix. Adam and Josh, fresh from their own theatrical screening, consider the film in the context of Scorsese's work, specifically his career-spanning gangster movies. Plus, a review of Jia Zhangke's ASH IS PUREST WHITE (2019), the fourth and final film in the Contemporary Chinese Cinema Marathon. 0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Review: "The Irishman" Steve Earle, "The Last Gunfighter Ballad" 32:52 - Donations 35:36 - Next Week / Notes 41:27 - Polls [Scorsese / Hanks] 53:48 - Chinese Cinema #4: "Ash Is Purest White" 1:15:15 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 1, 2019
In 2014, director Robert Eggers brought 17th century Puritan New England to frighteningly vivid life in THE WITCH. For his follow-up - THE LIGHTHOUSE - Eggers skips ahead to the late 19th century and the results are no less unnerving. Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of Eggers' formal gambits - black and white photography, immersive sound design, boxy aspect ratio - and the all-in performances from stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. Plus, the Contemporary Chinese Cinema Marathon continues with 2017's OUR TIME WILL COME, a historical drama set in WWII-era Hong Kong.  0:00 - Billboard 1:19 - Review: "The Lighthouse" 30:45 - “Lighthouse” Spoilers Jamie Drake, "When The Tide Comes In" 37:41 - Next Week/Notes 44:02 - Massacre Theatre 50:40 - Chinese Cinema #3: "Our Time Will Come" 1:12:27 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 1, 2019
In 2014, director Robert Eggers brought 17th century Puritan New England to frighteningly vivid life in THE WITCH. For his follow-up - THE LIGHTHOUSE - Eggers skips ahead to the late 19th century and the results are no less unnerving. Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of Eggers' formal gambits - black and white photography, immersive sound design, boxy aspect ratio - and the all-in performances from stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. Plus, the Contemporary Chinese Cinema Marathon continues with 2017's OUR TIME WILL COME, a historical drama set in WWII-era Hong Kong.  0:00 - Billboard 1:19 - Review: "The Lighthouse" Jamie Drake, "When The Tide Comes In" 37:41 - Next Week/Notes 44:02 - Massacre Theatre 50:40 - Chinese Cinema #3: "Our Time Will Come" 1:12:27 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 25, 2019
Steering clear of plot details for one of the most praised films of the year is no easy task, but Adam and Josh managed to pull it off ahead of their screening of Bong Joon-ho's PARASITE. The subject of rave reviews since its Palme d'Or-winning debut at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, Bong's film tackles class warfare as only Bong can – with social commentary mixing freely with black comedy and even a little horror. That review and the second film in the Contemporary Chinese Cinema Marathon, 2014's THE MIDNIGHT AFTER from Hong Kong's Fruit Chan. 0:00 - Billboard 1:42 - Review: "Parasite"King Grizzard and the Lizard Wizard, "Mars for the Rich" 31:35 - Josh recs: "Pain and Glory" 35:20 - Next week / Notes 39:28 - Polls [Movie Mentors / Favorite Scorsese] 49:52 - Chinese Marathon #2: "The Midnight After" 1:15:22 - Outro / Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 18, 2019
Back in '99, the trailers and movie posters for AMERICAN BEAUTY implored us to "look closer." For their 9 From '99 review, Adam and Josh give the divisive Best Picture winner the closer look it asked for, but they don't always like what they see. Is the movie hypocritical and mean-spirited? Is it merely an overwrought sitcom? Or is it redeemed by its sincerity and the strength of its supporting cast? Also on the show, Adam's conversation with Godfrey Cheshire, author of the new book "Conversations with Kiarostami." Cheshire's book is a companion to a 25-film Abbas Kiarostami retrospective currently touring the U.S. And the first film in the Contemporary Chinese Cinema Marathon, 2010's LET THE BULLETS FLY, a furiously paced action comedy directed by Jiang Wen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 10, 2019
Between its late-August premiere at the Venice Film Festival (where it won the festival's top prize) and its release in theaters here in the States, Todd Phillips' JOKER has provoked every possible response, with some calling it among the best films of the year and others calling it the absolute worst – not to mention the much-discussed fears that the movie was "dangerous." No surprise then that when Adam and Josh finally got around to seeing it, they split – not just on the film itself, but on everything from the film's score to star Joaquin Phoenix's take on the iconic villain. That review, plus listeners weigh in on their favorite Phoenix performances and a preview of the upcoming Chicago International Film Festival. 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Review: "Joker" Dehd, "Pushing the Crowd" 36:13 - Next week / Notes 42:00 - Polls (J. Phoenix Performances / 2010s Movie Mentors) 50:43 - Preview: Chicago International Film Festival 1:03:07 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 27, 2019
It's always good news when an acclaimed director announces a new project, but it's somehow especially thrilling when that project is set in space. We started 2019 with two highly anticipated space missions: Claire Denis' HIGH LIFE with Robert Pattison (reviewed back on ep. 724) and James Gray's AD ASTRA, which has Brad Pitt traveling across the solar system to locate his missing father - and save the planet. In their review, Adam calls it the best film of the year, while Josh calls it "the most visually arresting session of talk therapy you can imagine." That's good... right? Also on the show, a celebration of Chicago theater with the Top 5 Steppenwolf Member Movie Performances. 2019 marks the 45th anniversary of the founding of the venerable Chicago company, whose ensemble boasts the likes of John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinise and Joan Allen, among many others. Also inspiring the Top 5 is a newly published oral history of Chicago theater - Ensemble - by Chicago writer Mark Larson. 0:00 - Billboard 1:17 - Review: "Ad Astra" Greg Felden, "Take You Back Home" 27:20 - Next week / Notes 36:11 - Massacre Theatre 41:26 - Donations 42:45 - Top 5: Steppenwolf Member Performances 1:27:35 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 20, 2019
50 years after Judy Garland's death at the tragically young age of 47, the movie musical legend is largely remembered for one iconic film role - Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. But Garland appeared in - and often starred in - nearly 40 films in her 30-year career; a career Adam and Josh attempt to come to terms with - along with the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips - for their Top 5 Judy Garland Moments. Plus, Adam and Michael spend a few minutes on HUSTLERS starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. And listeners weigh in with their picks for the directors who need to follow in the footsteps of High Life's Claire Denis and Ad Astra's James Gray and make their own space movie. 0:00 - Billboard 1:18 - Top 5: Judy Garland Moments Judy Garland, "Americana" 35:21 - Review: "Hustlers" 43:34 - Next Week / Notes 55:52 - Polls [Space Movies / Joaquin Phoenix] 1:06:39 - Top 5 Judy Garland Moments, cont. 1:46:29 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 13, 2019
Back in 1999, it was hard to watch EYES WIDE SHUT without thinking about Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a real-life married couple participating in some sadistic form of therapy. Twenty years later, it's maybe still a little distracting, but it's easier to see the pair's performances in the greater contexts of their respective careers – and, in particular, how effective the casting of the cocky, entitled Cruise is as Dr. Bill Harford, a man who sees his confidence reduced to rubble by the end of the film. For their 9 From '99 review of Kubrick's final, controversial masterpiece, Adam and Josh talk about the brilliance of Kidman's few, powerful scenes, and the film's subtle formal brilliance. And how about that orgy scene, huh? Plus, Adam finally gets to share his Top 5 Kubrick Scenes six years after a late-breaking case of dysphonia kept him from joining Josh and Michael Phillips for their Kubrick picks (back on episode #459). 0:00 - Billboard 1:17 - 9 From '99: "Eyes Wide Shut" Chris Isaak, "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" 54:36 - Next Week / Notes 1:05:30 - Massacre Theatre 1:12:11 - Donations 1:13:56 - Top 5 Kubrick Scenes 1:33:42 - Close   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 6, 2019
Adam and Josh left 2017's blockbuster IT at least mildly curious for more, but is the sequel film's almost three-hour running time and the addition of A-listers like Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader enough to satisfy that curiosity? This week, Filmspotting returns to Derry and to director Andy Muschietti's epic - or at least epic in length - IT CHAPTER TWO. Plus, the Fall Movie Preview in the form of Adam and Josh's Top 5 Questions About the Fall Movie Season.    0:00 - Billboard 1:21 - Review: "It: Chapter 2" Bleached, "Hard to Kill" 22:38 - Next Week / Notes 30:02 - Polls [TIFF / Unlikely Space Movies] 40:06 - Fall Movie Preview 1:21:09 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 30, 2019
In 1999, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH marked the auspicious debut of two geniuses: screenwriter Charlie Kaufman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Synecdoche, NY") and director Spike Jonze ("Where the Wild Things Are," "Her"). 20 years later, the movie remains surprising and innovative, and its concerns - artistic fulfillment and artistic exploitation - feel as current as ever. Adam and Josh revisit MALKOVICH as part of their 9 From '99 series, and wrap up their Marlene Dietrich-Josef von Sternberg Marathon with 1934's (preposterous? preposterous on purpose?) THE SCARLET EMPRESS and the marathon awards, "The Boas." 0:00 - Billboard 1:26 - 9 From '99: "Being John Malkovich" Jay Som, "Nighttime Drive" 35:16 - Next Week / Notes 38:45 - Josh on "Honeyland" / Adam on "American Factory" 47:19 - Massacre Theatre 54:31 - Donations 57:05 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg #4: "The Scarlet Empress" 1:20:41 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg Awards 1:44:09 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 23, 2019
Initial critical response to Richard Linklater's WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE was not great, earning some of the worst reviews of his 30-year career. But Adam and Josh find plenty to recommend in both Linklater's direction and star Cate Blanchett's performance. Listener feedback has them crunching numbers to determine this decade's defining actress, plus a look ahead to September's Toronto International Film Festival and the third film in the Marlene Dietrich-Josef von Sternberg Marathon, 1932's SHANGHAI EXPRESS. 0:00 - Billboard 1:13 - Review: "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" Lillie Mae, "You Got Other Girls For That" 27:39 - Next Week / Notes / Peter Fonda 41:21 - Polls (Decade-Defining Actress / TIFF) 56:40 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg #3: "Shanghai Express" 1:23:02 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 16, 2019
Making a film that details the violence – specifically, the sexual violence – that colonialism wrought in places like Tasmania in the early 19th century is an honorable endeavor that also makes for a very difficult viewing experience. Adam and Josh find lots to admire in Kent's THE NIGHTINGALE, but question whether the director's decision to make the film so explicit makes it a better one. That review, plus Dietrich in drag and some tough notes for a young Gary Cooper in 1930's MOROCCO, the second film in the Marlene Dietrich/Joseph von Sternberg Marathon. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Review: "The Nightingale" Marlene Dietrich, "When Love Dies" 33:40 - Next Week / Notes 41:59 - Massacre Theatre 50:01 - Dietrich/Von Sternberg Marathon #2 1:17:41 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 9, 2019
Benefiting from an ingenious viral marketing campaign, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT wasn't just a massive hit at the box office in 1999, it was a cultural phenomenon – two things that made it difficult to reckon with as a work of art at the time. But 20 years later, the myth that shrouded the movie has lifted, and Adam and Josh discuss the merits of a film that relies on some of our most fundamental fears to generate its scares. That review part of the 9 From '99 series. Plus, the first film in our Marlene Dietrich/Josef von Sternberg Marathon: 1930's THE BLUE ANGEL, with Dietrich as a cabaret temptress, and silent movie veteran Emil Jannings as the scolding professor who falls for her.    0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - 9 From '99: "The Blair Witch Project" Marlene Dietrich, "Falling in Love Again" 43:54 - D.A. Pennebaker / Facets' Milos Stehlik 48:52 - Next Week / Notes 54:10 - Polls [MCU Phase 4 / Decade-Defining Actresses] 1:06:00 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg #1: "The Blue Angel" 1:38:02 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 2, 2019
The Fast & Furious franchise has come a long, long way since its street-racing origins, and its latest entry, HOBBS & SHAW (from "John Wick" co-director David Leitch), continues the series' evolution into a James Bond/Jason Bourne/Avengers hybrid. And Adam and Josh are mostly on board for Jason Statham's and Dwayne Johnson's comic bickering and Idris Elba's "Black Superman." But when the movie makes a play for sentimentality late in the film, one host feels the movie comes to a screeching halt and never recovers. That review, plus a revisit of 2015's Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments. 0:00 - Billboard / Donations 2:35 - Review: "Hobbs & Shaw" The Beths, "You Wouldn't Like Me" 27:50 - AK Recommends: "Love, Antosha" and "Between Me and My Mind" 32:32 - Next Week / Notes 38:09 - Massacre Theatre 44:59 - Top 5: Fast & Furious Moments 1:27:03 - Close / Outtake        Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 26, 2019
Why am I Mr. Pink? Adam and Josh sift through the rogues' gallery of memorable QT creations for their Top 10 Tarantino Characters and discuss the director's latest, the surprisingly melancholic ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. 0:00 - Billboard 1:23 - Review: "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Nancy Sinatra, "Bang Bang" 36:07 - Next week / Notes 46:45 - Poll results ("Favorite Tarantino") / New Poll ("MCU Phase 4") 1:00:27 - Top 10: Tarantino Characters 1:49:58 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 25, 2019
THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE is director Riley Stearns' second film. His first - 2014's FAULTS - concerned a man (Leland Orser) hired to de-program a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) after she joins a cult. SELF-DEFENSE continues Stearns' fascination with groupthink and charismatic leaders by moving the action to a karate dojo led by Alessandro Nivola's eccentric sensei. Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots also star. Stearns talks about his own experience with martial arts and the importance of being able to laugh at yourself. And he submits to the Filmspotting 5, the interview-concluding Q&A. 0:00 - Intro 1:42 - Interview: Riley Stearns 27:29 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 19, 2019
Guest critics Tasha Robinson (The Next Picture Show, The Verge) and Angelica Jade Bastién (Vulture) join Josh for a lively debate over of Ari Aster's MIDSOMMAR (or is that MidsommAR?) and the Top 5 Horror Movie Performances.  0:00 - Billboard 1:44 - Review: "Midsommar" 28:58 - "Midsommar" Spoilers Magnet, "Maypole" 38:20 - Review: "The Farewell" 43:52 - Next Week / Notes 46:34 - Massacre Theatre 53:56 - Next Picture Show / Best of the Year So Far 58:55 - Top 5: Horror Movie Performances 1:45:29 - Close / Outtake ("Jag ar doden") Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 12, 2019
Whether used ironically or to provide insight - or just to make characters look really, really cool - classic rock has been memorably employed by some of the best directors of the rock era. Joining Adam and Josh for their Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies is writer and critic Steven Hyden, author of the book "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock."  0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Top 5: Classic Rock Moments Donovan, "Atlantis" 25:02 - Top 5: Classic Rock Moments cont. 1:02:03 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
July 5, 2019
Back in 2012, Josh was only a couple months into his role as new co-host, when Adam suggested the Best of '94 Top 5. The reconsideration of PULP FICTION was an after-thought - and something new: the first Sacred Cow review. Adam and Josh agree that Tarantino's iconic sophomore effort is the best film of '94, but quibble over whether there's any real substance to the film's dazzling style. 0:00 - Billboard 1:10 - Sacred Cow: "Pulp Fiction" The Statler Brothers, "Flowers on the Wall" 30:35 - Top 5 of 1994 57:30 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 28, 2019
Marvel is – again – dominating the box office with "Avengers Endgame" and "Captain Marvel," but for the Top 5 Films of 2019 So Far, Adam and Josh dig a little deeper. Plus, a (spoilers!) mini-battle over Woody's soul and the ending of "Toy Story 4," a terrible accents edition of Massacre Theatre edition and more. This episode is presented by CNN's Original Series The Movies. Tune in starting Sunday, July 7 at 9 pm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 21, 2019
With Josh on vacation,, Adam recruits Toy Story super-fan Griffin Newman (Blank Check podcast, Amazon's "The Tick") for a review of the Forky-tastic TOY STORY 4 and the Top 5 Toy Story Scenes. Plus, some Best of the Year (So Far) talk, and Griffin shows off his acting chops in Massacre Theatre. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Review: "Toy Story 4" 32:38 - Spoilers: "Toy Story 4" Robert Goulet, "You've Got a Friend in Me" 50:20 - Next Week / Notes 58:04 - Griffin talks "Blank Check" 1:05:59 - Polls (Toy Story + Best of the Year So Far) 1:13:29 - Top 5: Toy Story Scenes 2:07:51 - Close / Outtake ("Forky") Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 14, 2019
Jim Jarmusch has made a surreal, existential western ("Dead Man"), a Zen samurai/mobster movie ("Ghost Dog") and a meditation on art disguised as a vampire movie ("Only Lovers Left Alive"). And now... zombies. With his new THE DEAD DON'T DIE, Jarmusch again exploits genre conventions as a means to explore his fears and obsessions. And this time, those fears and obsessions are pretty explicitly America in the age of Trump. Also on the show, a conversation with Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails, the director and star of Sundance award-winner – and early Golden Brick frontrunner – THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO. Plus, Adam weighs in on ROCKETMAN. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - Review: "The Dead Don't Die" Bill Callahan, "Young Icarus" 24:58 - Adam on "Rocketman" 34:57 - Next Week / Notes / Madness 2020 46:46 - Massacre Theatre54:02 - Interview: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails 1:28:02 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
June 7, 2019
FIGHT CLUB, the third film in our 9 From '99 series was initially met with lukewarm critical and box office response but developed a cult following on home video and is now pretty widely considered one of the best films of the '90s. That reputation has a lot to do with David Fincher, who has spent the last couple of decades cementing his reputation as one of the best working directors. A skilled craftsman and legendary perfectionist, Fincher's films are always a pleasure to look at, but for their Top 5 Fincher Scenes, Adam and Josh focus on the ways in which the director's style – even at its flashiest – serves the story and his characters. 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - 9 From '99: "Fight Club" Pixies, "Where Is My Mind" 31:37 - Next week / Passes / Meetups / Notes 48:32 - Polls 56:26 - Top 5: David Fincher Scenes 1:49:37 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 31, 2019
A raunchy/sweet comedy in the "Superbad" mold, Olivia Wilde's BOOKSMART mixes genre clichés and clever updates as it follows its high-achieving heroines on a one-night odyssey to shed their by-the-book images and make it to The Year's Biggest Party. Adam and Josh have lots of praise for leads Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever and the talented ensemble – and for some of the formal inventiveness that Wilde brings to her directing debut. And then Adam and Josh go on the run with Thelma and Louise for the Top 5, assembling an all-star crew of the movies' best female pals along the way. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - Review: "Booksmart" Leikeli47, "Bad Gyal Felx" 26:01 - Next week / Notes 34:58 - Massacre Theatre 42:52 - Top 5: Female Friendships 1:21:30 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 24, 2019
Of the films celebrating 40th anniversaries in 2019, only Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" can really compete with ALIEN's critical stature and influence, but Adam and Josh make the case for several more films from '79 that deserve to be remembered with this week's Top 5 – including films from directors Andrei Tarkovsky, Carol Ballard, Woody Allen... and Jim Henson. Plus, a revisit of their 2016 Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's sci-fi/horror classic.  0:00 - Billboard 1:21 - Top 5: Films of 1979 Peter Allen, "Everything Old Is New Again" 1:03:08 - Next week / Notes 1:07:19 - New Poll 1:11:35 - Sacred Cow: "Alien" 1:47:09 - Listener Feedback ("Alien") 1:54:43 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 17, 2019
The Tao of Whoa. Whether you love or hate the JOHN WICK franchise - or even if you're completely indifferent to it - it has given us all the chance to appreciate the particular genius of Keanu Reeves. For those of us who grew up watching him, the former duuude and earnest action star has matured into an actor of depth and vulnerability with a singular sense of physical grace. Whether Keanu's talents are put to their best use in the new JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM is up for debate, which Adam and Josh do in their review. Then it's the TOP 5 KEANU MOMENTS, a career-spanning appreciation of The One, from Ted "Theodore" Logan to Mr. Wick himself. Plus Massacre Theatre and Josh's recommendation of the new doc "Our Time Machine," which is currently playing the Chicago Critics Film Festival.    0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Review: "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" Josh Ritter, "Old Black Magic" 28:25 - Donations 30:32 - Josh recs: "Our Time Machine" 34:03 - Next week / Notes 40:27 - Massacre Theatre 48:03 - Top 5: Keanu Moments 1:28:42 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 10, 2019
May's week-long CCFF doubles as a shortlist for potential Golden Brick candidates. Now in its 7th year, the Chicago Critics Film Festival prides itself on bringing the best of the fest circuit to Chicago. With 15 or so features that have played the likes of Toronto, Sundance and SXSW, the week-long fest is a chance for Chicago audiences to catch up with some of the most buzzed-about independent films of the year. It's also a great chance for Filmspotting to put some titles on its Golden Brick radar. Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Most Anticipated CCFF Movies and get additional insight into the fest from Chicago critic - and CCFF programmer - Steve Prokopy. Also on the show: Adam on KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE and the final film in the Stanley Donen Marathon, 1967's TWO FOR THE ROAD. Plus, "The Fizzies" - the Donen Marathon Awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:13 - Preview: Chicago Critics Film Festival Henry Mancini, "Two for the Road" 24:20 - Adam recs: "Knock Down the House" 30:53 - Next week / Notes 39:48 - Polls: Summer Preview / Best of '79 48:57 - Donen #4: "Two for the Road" 1:06:38 - "The Fizzies": Donen Awards 1:32:53 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 3, 2019
Spidey & Wick & Hobbs & Shaw. And Pikachu. Marvel burnout. "Booksmart" hype. Will Smith's genie. Detective Pikachu. And of course the astonishingly worded "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." These subjects and more all come up in Adam and Josh's Top 5 Summer Movie Questions. Plus, Adam on Robert "Born to Be Blue" Budreau's STOCKHOLM and doc director Penny Lane's HAIL SATAN? And... fizzy and charming or frivolous and artificial? Adam and Josh debate the third film in their Stanley Donen Marathon, 1963's CHARADE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:18 - Summer Movie Preview Henry Mancini, Charade (Main Theme) 33:39 - Adam recommends: "Stockholm" / "Hail Satan?" 43:19 - Next week / John Singleton / Notes 49:31 - Massacre Theatre 57:02 - Donen #3: "Charade" 1:20:54 - Close Thanks Baked By Melissa. Get 15% off your order by going to bakedbymelissa.comand entering promo code filmspotting when you sign up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 26, 2019
Can the MCU mothership stick the landing? After earning a probably undeserved reputation for being hard on the MCU, Adam and Josh return from their ENDGAME screening speaking the language of converts: the final chapter of this decade-in-the-making MCU story not only manages to tie up its multiple story threads, but does so in an entertaining and, yes, moving way. Adam and Josh also make time to recommend Beyoncé's new HOMECOMING concert doc and Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams in FOSSE/VERDON. Plus, the second film in the Stanley Donen Marathon, 1957's FUNNY FACE with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Timestamps do not account for ads and may not be exact 1:12 - Review: "Avengers: Endgame" 23:02 - "Endgame" spoiler talk Beyoncé, "Freedom" (Live at Coachella) 50:59 - Josh recs: "Homecoming" 55:26 - Adam recs: "Fosse/Verdon" 58:42 - Next week / Notes 59:54 - Polls (MCU / Summer Preview / Madness '20) 1:12:05 - Donen #2: "Funny Face" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 19, 2019
In Alex Ross Perry's HER SMELL, Elisabeth Moss gives a performance that, for Adam and Josh, evokes Gena Rowlands' iconic work in "A Woman Under the Influence" and a punk-rock Lady Macbeth. Moss's Becky Something is the drug-addled, manic and abusive lead singer of a '90s-era rock band that's fallen on hard times. It's also, according to Adam, the best film of the year so far. Also on the show: 1949's ON THE TOWN, the first in a four-film Stanley Donen Marathon. Plus, Josh's report from this year's Ebert Interruptus. 0:00-1:07 - Billboard 1:07-26:13 - Review: "Her Smell" 26:37-38:17 - Spoilers: "Her Smell" On the Town, "On the Town" 38:58-39:45 - Donations 39:45-53:07 - Next week / Ebert Interruptus / Notes 53:07-55:28 - Massacre Theatre 55:28-1:18:46 - Donen #1: "On the Town" 1:18:46-1:21:31 - Close     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 12, 2019
The 70 year-old French director of "Beau Travail," "35 Shots of Rum" and last year's "Let the Sunshine In" is having a moment. After 30 years of critically-acclaimed work, Claire Denis remains largely unknown in the U.S. That could change with her latest, HIGH LIFE, an existential sci-fi film starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche. Denis was in Chicago for a recent screening of the film, giving Adam and guest host Scott Tobias a rare chance to sit down with Denis and talk about how "High Life" fits into her sensuous and provocative body of work and how, among other things, Stephen Hawking's writing contributed to the universe she created on screen. She also plays along with the Filmspotting Five, where she admits to loving ok-maybe-not-your-least-favorite-Wes-Anderson-movie-but-few-people's-favorite (not even Josh's). Also on the show: Adam and Scott join the chorus of critics - and moviegoers - who have found themselves surprisingly charmed by the DCEU's SHAZAM. Plus, the crowning of the 2019 Filmspotting Madness champion. 0:00-1:17 - Billboard 1:17-28:22 - Interview: Claire Denis Bad Bad Hats, "Wide Right" 29:04-32:53 - Next week / Notes 32:53-48:48 - Madness: Champion / Polls 48:48-55:56 - Review: "Shazam" Bad Bad Hats, "Dunno Why" 56:49-1:15:08 - Review: "High Life" 1:15:08-1:19:00 - Close  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
April 5, 2019
As the 2019 edition of Filmspotting Madness comes to a close, Adam and Josh share some favorite titles that didn't make the 64-film bracket. Their Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s features some under-seen comedies starring Jack Black, Seann William Scott and Mark Duplass; docs and "docu-fantasias" from Steve James and Guy Maddin; and less familiar titles from A-list directors like Ridley Scott and Robert Zemeckis. Plus, the Madness championship matchup is revealed, and a Sacred Cow review of Andrew Dominik's 2007 meditative western THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD. 0:00-1:16 - Billboard 1:16-39:11 - Review: "Assassination of Jesse James..." Hembree, "Culture" 39:53-49:48 - R.I.P Agnes Varda / Next week / Notes 49:48-1:02:52 - Madness: Final 4 Results / Championship Hembree, "Almost" 1:03:35-1:07:31 - Donations 1:07:31-1:54:22 - Top 5: Overlooked Movies of the 2000s 1:54:22-1:58:22 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
March 29, 2019
Big Top Tim Burton remakes the Disney classic. With Adam out of town, Michael Phillips joins Josh for a review of the new DUMBO, plus Filmspotting Madness Final 4 matchups and the Top 5 Movie Circus Acts. Also, Michael shares thoughts on HOTEL MUMBAI, and Josh has 2019's first Golden Brick recommendation: A.T. White's STARFISH. 0:00-1:08 - Billboard 1:08-27:30 - Review: "Dumbo" Betty Noyes, "Baby Mine" 28:11-32:43 - Next week / Notes 32:43-36:10 - Michael on "Hotel Mumbai" 36:10-38:21 - Josh recommends: "Starfish" 38:21-47:40 - Madness: Elite 8 Results / Final 4 David Bromberg, "Sharon" 48:38-1:21:02 - Top 5: Movie Circus Acts 1:21:02-1:24:17 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
March 22, 2019
Jordan Peele is not done scaring us. Peele's "Get Out" was one of the defining films of 2017. A huge box office success early in the year, it went on to be nominated for Best Picture, and won Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. So if that’s your directing debut... how exactly do you follow that up? With US, Peele sticks with horror and proves that his talent for juggling scares with comedy and social commentary was no fluke. Adam and Josh talk about Peele's mastery of horror craft and his film's stellar cast, in particular Lupita Nyong'o as a trauma survivor whose family becomes the target of a home invasion. And if you've seen the film, stick around for an extended SPOILER conversation about US. Also on the show: Filmspotting Madness Best of the 2000s Sweet 16 results and Elite 8 matchups; the final film in the John Cassavetes Marathon (1977's OPENING NIGHT); and "The Blue Hats," the Cassavetes Marathon Awards.          0:00-1:05 - Billboard 1:05-21:02 - Review: "Us" 21:02-42:07 - Spoilers: "Us" Karen O and Dangermouse, "Turn The Light" 43:02-48:57 - Next week / Notes 48:57-1:08:10 - Madness: Sweet 16 Results / Elite 8 Le Tigre, "What's Your Take On Cassavetes" 1:03:37-1:27:59 - Cassavetes #4 - "Opening Night" 1:27:59-1:55:12 - Cassavetes Awards  1:55:12-1:57:27 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
March 15, 2019
The director of 2014's "Phoenix" returns with a boldly enigmatic thriller. German director Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix” was a “Vertigo”-inspired thriller set in the aftermath of the Holocaust. It received some of the best reviews of 2014. For his latest,  TRANSIT, Petzold evokes Kafka, Orwell and Kielslowski for another wartime thriller that isn't afraid to disorient and perplex. In the third round of Filmspotting Madness - Best of the 2000s - the effect is less disorienting and more enraging, with listeners threatening to leap into the Madness Incinerator (tm) with beloved films that have been forced to exit the tournament. And the third film in the John Cassavetes Marathon - 1976's (and 1978's!) THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE.    0:00-1:09 - Billboard 1:09-22:05 - Review: "Transit" Lizzo, "Cuz I Love You" 23:01-29:36 - Next week / Notes 29:36-1:02:44 - Madness: Rd. 2 Results / Sweet 16 Matchups Lizzo, "Good As Hell" 1:03:37-1:34:05 - Cassavetes #3 - "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" 1:34:05-1:37:38 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
March 8, 2019
Marvel's first female-led feature is also one its best. Indie duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson," "Sugar") were a surprising choice to lead a Marvel movie, especially one with so much riding on its success. But Adam and Josh agree that the pair's CAPTAIN MARVEL is a mostly effective marriage of effects-driven action, empathetic character-building and clever scripting. The movie also benefits from some ace supporting performances - performances so good that Brie Larson's Captain Marvel can occasionally seem overmatched. That review, plus Josh loses his faith in humanity (or at least the humanity of Filmspotting listeners) when he hears first-round results of Filmspotting Madness - Best of the 2000s. Things don't get any easier with the Rd. 2 matchups.  0:00-1:03 - Billboard 1:03-26:39 - Review: "Captain Marvel" Teen, "Popular Taste" 27:35-33:36 - Adam recommends: "Apollo 11" 33:36-40:06 - Next Week / Notes 40:06-1:11:03 - Madness: Rd. 1 Results Teen, "Only Water" 1:12:06-1:28:55 - Madness: Rd. 2 Matchups 1:28:55-1:30:58 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
March 1, 2019
64 films. Only one survives. Welcome to the Madness. In the 2018 edition of Filmspotting Madness – Best of the 90s – the championship round had "Fargo" facing off against "Pulp Fiction." The Coen Brothers' "Fargo" pulled out a surprise victory over Tarantino's decade-defining masterpiece. So what surprises await us in this year's contest? The Coens are back with another strong entry – 2007's Best Picture-winning "No Country for Old Men" – but will their primary competitor be Tarantino again ("Kill Bill," "Inglourious Basterds")? Or maybe Paul Thomas Anderson ("There Will be Blood")? Or Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight")? And maybe don't rule out Michel Gondry's Charlie Kaufman-penned "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This week on the show, Adam and Josh talk through this year's bracket with their Top 5 Easiest and Hardest First-Round Madness votes. Plus, the second film in the John Cassavetes Marathon, 1974's "A Woman Under the Influence." 0:00-1:10 - Billboard 41:53-42:34 - FS Madness: Rd. 1 Matchups Strand of Oaks, "Ruby" 51:56-59:24 - Next Week / Notes 45:22-52:36 - Stanley Donen / Oscars Recap 52:36-1:15:15 - FS Madness: Rd. 1 Matchups, cont. Strand of Oaks, "Goshen '97" 1:16:16-1:47:37 - Cassavetes #2: "A Woman Under..." 1:47:37-1:50:51 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
February 22, 2019
Worse than a coven of witches? The 'Burbs. "Suspiria" star Jessica Harper has appeared in over 20 films since the mid-'70s, but she's also had a career as a singer-songwriter and children's book author. Her latest venture has her turning to memoir in the form of a 10-part podcast called "Winnetka," named for the Chicago suburb where she and her five siblings came of age in the '50s and '60s. Harper's podcast tells the story of that suburban upbringing, in particular the darkness and secretiveness that existed below the picture-perfect appearances. Harper discusses "Winnetka," and joins Adam and Josh for the Top 5 Movies About Suburbia. Plus - 13 years in the making - the Cassavetes Marathon gets underway with 1968's "Faces," starring Gena Rowlands, John Marley and Oscar-nominees Lynn Carlin and Seymour Cassel.  0:00-1:26 - Billboard 1:26-51:02 - Top 5: Movies About Suburbia Sharon Van Etten, "Seventeen" 51:56-59:24 - Next Week / Notes 59:24-1:04:42 - Massacre Theatre 1:04:42-1:27:19 - Cassavetes Marathon #1: "Faces" 1:27:19-1:29:59 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
February 15, 2019
Taking the red pill 20 years later. For the second film in their "9 From '99" series, Adam and Josh reconsider the Wachowski Sisters' seminal sci-fi film, which, while a popular and critical success in its release year, has only grown in estimation both as a film and as a way of thinking and talking about reality. Plus: Christopher Nolan, Todd Haynes, Rian Johnson and Lars von Trier make the Top 5 Slow-Motion Scenes (Since "The Matrix"); Best of '99 poll results; and Adam and Josh announce the matchups for the play-in round of Filmspotting Madness 2019: Best of the 2000s. (Vote here!) 0:00-1:08 - Billboard 1:08-33:02 - 9 From '99 #2: "The Matrix" Ex Hex, "Cosmic Cave" 33:49-40:00 - Poll Results: Best of '99 40:00-47:07 - Next week / Notes 47:07-1:00:12 - Filmspotting Madness: Play-In Round Ex Hex, "Tough Enough" 1:01:07-1:36:52 - Top 5: Slow-Motion Scenes 1:36:52-1:41:53 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
February 8, 2019
Jokes and gender politics in the new Lego sequel. "The Lego Movie" was Josh's #1 film of 2014. Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" made Adam's Top 10 of the same year. Five years later, Emmet Brickowski and the rest of the master builders return for THE LEGO MOVIE 2 - and Gilroy is back, too, with the art scene satire VELVET BUZZSAW, another darkly satirical take on a Los Angeles subculture. Also on the show: Josh's thoughts on Catherine Hardwicke's MISS BALA, Massacre Theatre and an announcement about the next Filmspotting Marathon.    0:00-1:17 - Billboard 1:17-15:19 - Review: "The Lego Movie 2" Beck, "Super Cool" (feat. Robyn and The Lonely Island) 15:46-25:13 - Next Week / Notes 25:13-35:50 - Massacre Theatre Ken Nordine, "Sound Museum" 36:32-41:00 - Donations 41:00-59:56 - Review: "Velvet Buzzsaw" 59:56-1:06:51 - Spoilers: "Velvet Buzzsaw" 1:06:51-1:09:35 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
February 1, 2019
That thing where your superpower is seeing dead people. On this week's show, a double-dose of divisive auteur M. Night Shyamalan, whose new film GLASS is either "profoundly dumb" or "like opening a brand new comic book for the first time and not knowing what you're going to get." And then later, Adam and Josh kick off their "9 from '99" series with Shyamalan's blockbuster THE SIXTH SENSE, which they mostly agree has held up pretty well, thanks in large part to the Oscar-nominated performances by Toni Collette and Haley Joel Osment. Plus, a new poll question and news about the next Filmspotting Marathon (which you can help us choose). 0:00-1:11 - Billboard 1:11-28:48 - Review: "Glass" 28:48-39:01 - "Glass" Spoilers Michel Legrand, "Generique" (from "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg") 39:32-49:06 - Next Week / Notes 49:06-52:03 - New Poll: Best of 1999 Michel Legrand, "Twin Song" (from "The Young Girls of Rochefort") 53:00-1:25:27 - 9 from '99 #1: "The Sixth Sense" 1:25:27-1:27:53 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
January 25, 2019
The new movie year is all promise and possibility. Adam and Josh pose their Top 5 Questions About 2019. Plus the good, the bad and the bewildering of this week's Oscar nominations. 0:00-1:13 - Billboard 1:13-13:57 - 2019 Movie Preview King Princess, "1950" 14:48-15:42 - Donations 15:42-33:15 - Oscar Nominations 33:15-38:53 - Next Week / "9 From '99" / Notes 38:53-43:45 - Massacre Theatre 43:45-48:08 - Poll results: 2019 Most Anticipated King Princess, "Femme Fatale" 49:09-52:06 - Donations 52:06-1:18:47 - 2019 Movie Preview, cont. 1:18:47-1:21:27 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
January 18, 2019
The laughs, the tears, the rhapsodies and the shallows that made 2018 such a memorable movie year. Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson - and a full house at Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts - join Adam and Josh for the Live 2018 Wrap Party, celebrating the 2018 movie year with their favorite moments from the last twelve months. 0:00-0:43 - Intro 0:43-23:50 - Opening Scenes 23:50-47:22 - Music Moments w/Michael Phillips 47:22-1:04:24 - Funniest Scenes w/Tasha Robinson 1:04:24-1:18:59 - Moving Moments The Mountain Goats, "This Year" 1:19:51-1:24:57 - Golden Brick Award 1:24:57-1:44:46 - Scenes of the Year w/Michael & Tasha 1:44:46-1:52:08 - Massacre Theatre / Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
January 4, 2019
Two of our favorite 2018 conversations. Adam talks to Ethan Hawke about parenting, raising daughters, falling in love, the illusion of fear - oh, and his very good 2018 film BLAZE, about Texas singer-songwriter Blaze Foley. Plus, Adam's interview with EIGHTH GRADE director Bo Burnham, who reflects on what makes star Elsie Fisher so great and what motivated the successful comic to make his debut film.  0:00-1:00 - Intro 1:00-27:16 - Interview: Ethan Hawke Blaze Foley, "Clay Pigeons" 28:08-58:29 - Interview: Bo Burnham 58:29-59:52 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
December 27, 2018
You can't have consensus without a little misguided dissent. True of climate change research - and of the films discussed on part two of Filmspotting's Top 10 of 2018 roundtable. Adam, Josh and guests Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Tasha Robinson (The Next Picture Show) debate Paul Schrader's FIRST REFORMED (three yays, one hard nay), Alfonso Cuarón's ROMA (three yays, one "I wish I was a yay"), Spike Lee's BLACKKKLANSMAN and more, including - more dissent! - four unique #1 films of the year. 0:00-1:21 - Intro 1:21-52:49 - Top 10: Consensus Picks Kaoru Watanabde, "Taiko Drumming" 53:16-1:00:05 - Poll results: Best of '18 1:00:05-1:23:27 - Top 10: Consensus Picks, cont. 1:23:27-1:28:17 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
December 21, 2018
Indie horror, broad comedy and, yes, Marvel, all among the "outlier" picks in part one. With guests Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson filling out the roundtable, Adam and Josh start their conversation about the best films of 2018 with their "outlier" picks - films that, for the most part, only made one of their lists. Plus, Best of '18 voicemails from the directors of two of last year's best films, and the three finalists for the 2018 Golden Brick Award are announced. 0:00-1:11 - Intro 1:11-46:53 - Top 10: The Outliers Mowg, "Burning" 47:33-48:33 - Donations 48:33-53:17 - Notes 53:17-1:02:40 - Golden Brick Finalists 1:02:40-1:32:34 - Top 10: The Outliers, cont. 1:32:34-1:37:02 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
December 14, 2018
Barry Jenkins' follow-up to "Moonlight" has the lush romanticism of "In the Mood for Love." In the absurd rush to catch up with the best of the year before the end of the year, it's nice when a film forces you into its own patient rhythm. Even better when it looks and sounds as good as IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, the latest from director Barry Jenkins. Along with that, Adam and Josh have a review of the Palme d'Or-winning SHOPLIFTERS from Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda, and recommendations for Golden Brick-worthy films from directors Alice Rohrwacher ("Happy as Lazzaro"), Jennifer Fox ("The Tale"), Sandi Tan ("Shirkers") and Jim Cummings ("Thunder Road"). Plus, Massacre Theatre and Adam's thoughts on the new SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. 0:00-1:05 - Billboard 1:05-22:53 - Review: "If Beale Street Could Talk" Nicholas Britell, "Eden (Harlem)" 23:29-24:11 - Donations 24:11-40:36 - Next Week / Notes 40:36-51:38 - Golden Brickspotting 51:38-59:27 - AK Recommends: "Into the Spider-Verse" 59:27-1:06:11 - Massacre Theatre 1:06:11-1:15:58 - CFCA Awards 1:15:58-1:18:38 - Close       Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
December 7, 2018
Seeing the Fellini in Cuarón and the Kubrick in Lanthimos. Adam and Josh break out the high praise for their reviews of Alfonso Cuarón's ROMA and Yorgos Lanthimos's THE FAVOURITE – both films in the conversation for the best of 2018, and both departures of sorts for the directors. For "Roma," Cuarón returns to his native Mexico for the first time since 2001's "Y Tu Mama Tambien," while taking on writing, directing, shooting and co-editing jobs to tell the personal story of his middle class upbringing in early '70s Mexico City. Lanthimos, who has spent his career so far making chilly and darkly funny contemporary fables, time travels to early 18th century England and the reign of Queen Anne for his latest, a costume drama that proves to be a perfect playground for the director's bleak wit and gimlet-eyed view of humanity. Those reviews, plus Josh on Golden Brick contender HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING and the Best of 2018 listener poll. 0:00-1:10 - Billboard 1:10-20:14 - Review: "The Favourite" Nino Rota, "Roma" (Theme) 20:53-21:37 - Donations 21:37-24:26 - Next Week / Notes 24:26-35:26 - Golden Brickspotting: "Hale County This Morning..." 35:26-39:47 - Polls [Best of 2018, Cuaron's Best] 39:47-1:00:40 - Review: "Roma" 1:00:40-1:03:43 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 30, 2018
The 15th best film the Coens have ever made. Or maybe the 12th best. Possibly higher. When news first broke about the new Coen brothers project for Netflix, it looked like it was going to be a limited-run series and not a proper film. This was all perfectly well and good, but how would that work with existing rankings of the Coens' filmography? Turns out we needn't have worried. THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS is not a series, but an anthology film made up of six distinct stories, all set in the 19th century American west, all peppered with the Coens' trademark wordplay and all deeply concerned with death. Adam and Josh debate whether the anthology's morbid preoccupation is ultimately nihilistic or hopeful, but they agree that the film is leavened by moments of grace (and some really good jokes). Plus, Adam on CREED II and a review of Lee Chang-dong's BURNING.      0:00-1:14 - Billboard 1:14-33:46 - Review: "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" Willie Watson & Tim Blake Nelson, "When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings" 34:44-35:14 - Donations 35:14-38:59 - Next Week / Live Show 38:59-43:37 - In Memoriam: Roeg, Bertolucci, Jay 43:37-52:29 - Polls [Oscar Follow-Ups, Alfonso Cuaron] 52:29-58:49 - Adam Recommends: "Creed II" 58:49-1:10:38 - Review: "Burning" 1:10:38-1:13:45 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 16, 2018
With year-end fast approaching, Adam and Josh talk through the current crop of nominees for the show's Golden Brick Award, which goes to the overlooked or underseen film of the year. Also on the show, Adam's conversation with Bing Liu, Joshua Altman and Diane Moy Quon – the director, editor and one of the producers – of one of those Brick nominees, MINDING THE GAP. Adam and Josh also revisit their review from earlier this year of Chloe Zhao's THE RIDER, another nominee and, like "Gap," one of the standout films of the year. 0:00-1:16 - Billboard 1:16-31:56 - "Minding the Gap" Premiere Q&A Baker Man, "Approach" 32:44-39:44 - Golden Brick Preview 39:44-55:16 - Review: "The Rider" 55:16-58:39 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 9, 2018
Queen Viola. Queen Carey. And... Queen. Oscar-winner Viola Davis heads the ace ensemble for Steve McQueen's ("12 Years A Slave") new Chicago-set heist thriller WIDOWS, writer Gillian Flynn's adaptation of a BBC miniseries from the 80s. Adam and Josh dig McQueen's take on a corrupt Chi-town, but debate his handling of some of the performances. They're in more agreement on actor Paul Dano's assured directing debut, WILDLIFE, which stars the always-great-but-maybe-never-greater Carey Mulligan along with Jake Gyllenhaal. And while Adam can't argue with the critical consensus on the new Queen biopic BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, he can recommend the band's legendary 1985 Live Aid performance... which is available in all its glory online. 0:00-2:40 - Billboard 4:14-34:45 - Review: "Widows" Queen, "Killer Queen" 35:25-45:31 - Next Week / Movie Passes / Notes 45:31-52:37 - Massacre Theatre 52:37-1:00:11 - Adam on "Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen, "I Want To Break Free" 1:00:50-1:03:15 - Donations 1:06:11-1:22:27 - Review: "Wildlife" 1:22:27-1:25:50 - Close / Outtake      Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
November 2, 2018
This episode is sponsored by the color red. For his remake of the Dario Argento cult horror classic SUSPIRIA, Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me By Your Name") keeps the '70s German dance academy setting, but adds a lot of real-world political upheaval to the original's bloody witches' brew. Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of Guadagnino and company's intellectual approach to the story's giallo origins. Plus: there are color movies and then there are movies that have color. Giants of world cinema Kurosawa, Bergman and Hitchcock knew how to flaunt it, but so do an emerging class of young filmmakers who make savvy use of the cinematic palette. 0:00-1:57 - Billboard 3:25-30:01 - Review: "Suspiria" Thom Yorke, "Suspirium" 30:54-41:16 - Next Week / Notes 41:16-48:59 - Polls (Musical Biopics / Best Picture Follow-ups) Kay Thompson, "Think Pink" (from "Funny Face") 49:38-51:38 - Donations & Thank Yous 53:50-1:29:23 - Top 5: Uses of Color 1:29:23-1:33:02 - Close / Outtake       Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 26, 2018
With his thoughtful takes on the revenge and violent thriller genres, "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room" director Jeremy Saulnier has emerged as one of most exciting young directors of the last decade. His latest, HOLD THE DARK, is an enigmatic thriller set in a remote Alaskan village. Skipping theaters entirely, it debuted on Netflix in September. Likewise, director Tamara Jenkins teamed with the streaming service for the long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed 2007 film, "The Savages." Adam and Josh find much to recommend in both films, along with thoughts on the latest from Nicole Holofcener (THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS, also on Netflix), Marielle Heller (CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?) and Frederick Wiseman (MONROVIA, INDIANA).    0:00-2:09 - Billboard 3:54-21:44 - Review: "Hold The Dark" 21:44-35:49 - "Hold The Dark" Spoilers Billie Eilish, "You Should See Me In A Crown" 36:36-48:33 - Next Week / Notes 48:33-55:37 - Massacre Theatre 55:37-1:10:23 - Recommendations: "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" "The Land of Steady Habits" "Monrovia, Indiana" Billie Eilish, "Copycat" 1:11:03-1:26:19 - Review: "Private Life" 1:26:19-1:28:55 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 19, 2018
For their Sacred Cow review of John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, Adam and Josh took another look at a film about which they're both already on record: there's Josh's 2007 first encounter, which resulted in one of only four negative reviews logged on Rotten Tomatoes. And then there's Adam's 2005 watch, which was part of the second ever Filmspotting Marathon. He named it the best film of that eight-part Horror Marathon, which included titles like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and Dario Argento's "Suspiria." All these years later, they both had had some quibbles with those earlier takes. Also on the show, thoughts on David Gordon Green's new "Halloween" sequel, plus the Filmspotting poll and more.    0:00-2:30 - Billboard 3:44-34:00 - Review: "John Carpenter's Halloween"  John Carpenter, "Laurie's Theme" 34:32-43:47 - Next Week / Notes 43:47-50:48 - Polls [Horror Remakes / Music Biopics] 50:48-1:06:54 - Review: "Halloween" (2018) 1:06:54-1:09:29 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 12, 2018
Wunderkind director Damien Chazelle follows up his Oscar-winning "La La Land" with FIRST MAN, a Neil Armstrong biopic that avoids easy mythologizing to tell the story of an obsessive, grieving everyman who made history. This week on the show, Adam and Josh have a review of Chazelle's film and share their Top 5 Movie Flights - scenes that capture the thrill and terror (and chorus girls!) of aviation.      0:00-2:41 - Billboard 4:19-35:07 - Review: "First Man" Phosphorescent, "Beautiful Boy" 38:24-43:52 - Next Week / Notes 43:52-51:40 - Massacre Theatre Phosphorescent, "C'est la vie" 52:53-59:30 - Donations 59:30-1:40:08 - Top 5: Movie Flights 1:40:08-1:44:15 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 5, 2018
Bradley Cooper's A STAR IS BORN is the fourth adaptation of the tale - fifth if you count 1932's George Cukor-directed "What Price Hollywood." The story of a hard-drinking industry veteran discovering and grooming a young starlet (or singer) also has a strong awards pedigree, with those previous incarnations accumulating a total of 19 Oscar nominations. For his directing debut, Cooper isn't dabbling, and it seems like the gamble has paid off. Early reviews have been strong, including for Cooper's star: acting novice (if legit superstar) Lady Gaga. On this week's show, Adam and Josh join the new Star's fan club, but do they love it enough to satisfy the movie's most ardent fans? Also: the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips comes aboard for a preview of the Chicago Int'l Film Festival (Oct 10-21) and the Filmspotting Top 5: Movie Duets.        0:00-1:41 - Billboard 2:57-38:40 - Review: "A Star Is Born" Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, "Shallow" 42:51-56:07 - Next Week / Notes 56:07-1:05:00 - Polls [Musical Dramas / Horror Sequels & Remakes] 1:05:00-1:23:09 - Preview: Chicago Int'l Film Festival Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd, ""What's Up Doc?" 1:23:54-2:32:05 - Top 5: Movie Duets 2:32:05-2:37:55 - Close  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 28, 2018
In 2003, Sofia Coppola's sophomore effort was a surprise box office hit, making over $119 million worldwide. It was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, and won Coppola a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. By criteria that are more difficult to measure, Bob and Charlotte's platonic Tokyo romance is just really meaningful to a lot of people. While Josh takes another look and what has long been his favorite Coppola, Adam brings a fresh pair of eyes to a film that underwhelmed him a decade and a half ago. That Sacred Cow review of LOST IN TRANSLATION and a review of the new THE SISTERS BROTHERS, featuring the dream pairing of Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as a pair of outlaw brothers in a film directed by Jacques Audiard ("A Prophet"). Plus, Josh's hearty recommendation for TEA WITH THE DAMES, and Adam's report on his rousing screening of INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE in 70mm. 0:00-1:04 - Billboard 2:45-28:39 - Review: "The Sisters Brothers" Caroline Rose, "Money" 29:27-35:28 - Next Week / Notes 35:28-42:26 - Massacre Theatre 42:26-45:11 - JL Recommends:  "Tea With the Dames" 45:12-51:01 - AK Recommends: "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (in 70mm) Roxy Music, "More Than This" 51:52-1:21:09 - Sacred Cow: "Lost In Translation" 1:21:09-1:24:41 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 21, 2018
A new 70mm print of David Lean's 1963 Best Picture-winning epic just wrapped up a run at Chicago's Music Box Theatre. Having survived their recent "4D" screening (temperamental A/C on a blisteringly hot late-summer day), Adam and Josh return from Lean's "Arabia" in awe of the director's widescreen compositions, his revelatory transitions and the film's complicated take on hero worship and British exceptionalism. That Sacred Cow review, plus more praise for Lean with the Filmspotting Top 5: David Lean Moments.    0:00-1:26 - Billboard 2:25-30:37 - Sacred Cow: "Lawrence of Arabia" Maurice Jarre, "Main Title" (Lawrence of Arabia) 31:49-37:19 - Next Week / Notes 37:19-47:25 - Polls (Historical Epics / Musical Dramas) Maurice Jarre, "Then It's a Gift (End Title)" (Dr. Zhivago) 47:59-51:26 - Donations 51:26-1:27:09 - Top 5: David Lean Moments 1:27:09-1:30:01 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 14, 2018
As long as there are people to remember Burt Reynolds, they're most likely to recall the goofy, charismatic, hard-driving star of movies like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run," and the benevolent despot of the late-'70s porn scene in his Oscar-nominated role in "Boogie Nights." But it's possible that none of those Reynolds performances would have existed without his star-making turn in 1972's DELIVERANCE. Reynolds' death gives Adam and Josh a chance to catch up with John Boorman's Best Picture-nominated film in a 'Blindspotting' review. Plus, a 'funny voices' edition of Massacre Theatre, and a review of the new THE PREDATOR. written and directed by Shane Black ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "The Nice Guys").    0:00-2:26 - Billboard 5:26-23:55 - Review: "The Predator" Mountain Man, "Rang Tang Ring Toon" 25:35-31:10 - Next Week / Notes 31:10-42:50 - Massacre Theatre 44:50-1:23:04 - Burt Reynolds Tribute: "Deliverance" 1:23:04-1:26:15 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
September 7, 2018
With the critical reappraisal of Ethan Hawke in full swing after a career-best performance in Paul Schrader's "First Reformed," Adam and Josh commemorate "The Hawkessance" with a consideration of the actor's long and varied career, from Todd Anderson's "sweaty-toothed madman" to Rev. Toller's existential despair (and all those Sunrises and Sunsets in between). Joining Adam and Josh for the Top 5 Ethan Hawke Moments is Keith Phipps, Next Picture Show co-host and author of his own recent reconsideration of Hawke. Plus, Adam's interview with Hawke, who talks about BLAZE, his new biopic about Texas singer-singwriter Blaze Foley, and also about the importance of letting your kids make their own mistakes.            0:00-1:39 - Billboard 2:29-35:30 - Interview: Ethan Hawke Blaze Foley, "Clay Pigeons" 37:10-48:18 - Next Week / Notes 48:18-57:13 - Polls (Hawke's best / Historical Epics) Nina Simone, "Just in Time" 1:00:02-2:05:47 - Top 5: Ethan Hawke Moments 2:05:47-2:09:05 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 31, 2018
With a lull in the late-summer movie schedule, Adam and Josh play catch-up on a few acclaimed new indie features - and Filmspotting Golden Brick candidates - including the Kartemquin Films-produced doc MINDING THE GAP, director Josephine Decker's Sundance hit MADELINE'S MADELINE and the experimental sports doc JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION. Plus, Josh's thoughts on the Brick-worthy NIGHT COMES ON and the critically-reviled puppet noir THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS. Also, Massacre Theatre and a clarification on that confusing Ethan Hawke poll question.  0:00-2:00 - Billboard 3:13-31:19 - Review: "Minding the Gap" Taylor Janzen, "Pretend That It's Not There" 33:05-36:39 - Golden Brickspotting: "Night Comes On" 36:39-46:03 - Next Week / Notes 46:03-53:48 - Massacre Theatre 53:48-59:58 - Josh on "Happytime Murders" Taylor Janzen, "Waiting Room" 1:01:14-1:07:23 - Donations 1:07:23-1:35:53 - Reviews: "Madeline's Madeline," "Realm of Perfection" 1:35:53-1:39:53 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 24, 2018
In anticipation of the show's 700th episode, Adam and Josh - and fellow podcast veteran Dave Chen from the /Filmcast - consider what a decade-plus podcasting about movies has taught them. (In short: gratitude, humility, and getting by on less sleep.) Dave also joins the conversation about the new CRAZY RICH ASIANS, a hit at the box office and the first Hollywood studio-backed film in 25 years to feature a predominantly Asian and Asian-American cast.  0:00-1:51 - Billboard 1:51-30:20 - Review: "Crazy Rich Asians" Ruby Ibarra, "Us" 34:00-46:21 - Next Week / Notes 46:21-54:19 - Polls (Happytime Murders / Ethan Hawke) Ruby Ibarra, "Here" 56:37-1:50:47 - Top 5: Things We've Learned Podcasting (About Movies) 1:50:47-1:54:16 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 17, 2018
Master filmmaker, trickster, provocateur, Spike Lee has been making bold and timely films for over three decades now. And with his latest, BLACKkKLANSMAN, he's also made one of his best. On this week's show, Adam and Josh give Lee the career retrospective treatment with the Filmspotting Top 5: Spike Lee Shots, along with a review of the outstanding and thought-provoking KLANSMAN. Plus, a special wish-fulfillment edition of Massacre Theatre and some listener feedback on episode 689's Top 5 Struggling Movie Adolescents.  0:00-3:10 - Billboard 4:48-45:53 - Review: "Blackkklansman" Crooklyn Dodgers, "Crooklyn" 49:54-58:25 - Next Week / Notes 58:25-1:06:21 - Massacre Theatre / Listener Feedback Public Enemy, "He Got Game" 1:09:01-1:51:50 - Top 5: Spike Lee Shots 1:51:50-1:54:00 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 10, 2018
THE DARK KNIGHT turns ten this summer, and in the years since it won critical raves and dominated the 2008 box office, its reputation, influence and iconic status have only grown. But what does it look like after a decade of superhero movies made in its shadow? Adam and Josh give the Sacred Cow treatment to Christopher Nolan's film and - with the help of listeners - engage in a spirited debate about which film deserves the title of "Best Superhero Movie Ever." Plus, Adam's conversation with the writer and stars of HBO's SHARP OBJECTS. 0:00-2:09 - Billboard 3:05- 45:56 - Sacred Cow: "The Dark Knight” Black Puma, "Black Moon Rising" 49:02-1:08:31 - Next Week / Polls / Best Superhero Movie 1:08:31-1:46:47 - Interview: Gillian Flynn, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina 1:46:47-1:49:22 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
August 3, 2018
The "M:I" franchise is over 20 years old, with its sixth installment - MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT - currently in theaters. But ageless star Tom Cruise and his collaborators show no signs of slowing down when it comes to being a reliable source for action movie spectacle. Adam and Josh consider the near maniacal insistence on verisimilitude of writer/director Christopher McQuarrie and his star, and whether "Fallout's" focus on humanizing Ethan Hunt makes them regret Hunt didn't get more acclaim on their Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances. 0:00-3:07 - Billboard / Donations 3:08- 27:10 - Review: "Mission: Impossible - Fallout” Carolina Story, “We Were Young Once Too" 28:23-31:39 - Next Week / Polls [Best Superhero Movie] 31:40-1:27:45 - Top 5: Cruise Performances (Revisited) 1:27:45-1:32:37 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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