Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen. Part of the Panoply Network.


  • #794: Top 5 Landscapes as Characters w/Gregory Crewdson / Kajillionaire

    #794: Top 5 Landscapes as Characters w/Gregory Crewdson / Kajillionaire

    25/09/2020 Duración: 02h01s

    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

  • #793: The Nest / Antebellum / Jeanne Dielman (Overlooked Auteurs #3)

    #793: The Nest / Antebellum / Jeanne Dielman (Overlooked Auteurs #3)

    18/09/2020 Duración: 01h41min

    When the tense marriage drama THE NEST debuted earlier this year at Sundance, there was understandable excitement about the return of director Sean Durkin, who hadn't directed a feature since 2011's "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (a Filmspotting Golden Brick nominee). Durkin doesn't disappoint in his return, giving his movie a pervasive sense of unsettling dread—but the real fireworks belong to stars Carrie Coon and Jude Law. In addition to that review, Josh recommends the divisive new horror thriller ANTEBELLUM starring Janelle Monae, and Adam shares thoughts on the not entirely successful THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME, directed by the very talented Antonio Campos and starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson. Plus, the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon continues with Chantal Akerman's JEANNE DIELMAN, which Adam and Josh both found more than deserving of its masterpiece status.  0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Review: "The Nest" Noga Erez, "You So Done" 30:52 - Josh on "Antebellum" 35:01 - Adam on "Devil All the Time" 38:37 - Next W

  • #792: Top 5 Ennio Morricone Scores / Once Upon a Time in America (8 From 84)

    #792: Top 5 Ennio Morricone Scores / Once Upon a Time in America (8 From '84)

    11/09/2020 Duración: 02h01min

    When Ennio Morricone passed away back in July at 91, Adam and Josh were quick to commit to a Top 5 Scores from the master film composer. From his early iconic work on Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns to Oscar-nominated collaborations with Terrence Malick, Brian De Palma and Quentin Tarantino, Morricone's best work reflects the astonishing breadth - and wild inventiveness - of his talent. Adam and Josh pair their Morricone Top 5 with 1984's ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, Leone's epic gangster tale—the director's final collaboration with Morricone, and final film. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Top 5: Morricone Scores Ennio Morricone, "Ninna Nanna Per Adulteri" 50:25 - Next Week/Notes 1:08:10 - Massacre Theatre 1:15:51 - 8 From '84: "Once Upon a Time in America" 1:55:04 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #791: Tenet / Im Thinking of Ending Things / Feels Good Man

    #791: Tenet / I'm Thinking of Ending Things / Feels Good Man

    04/09/2020 Duración: 01h36min

    Christopher Nolan's TENET. The film that inspired our recent Nolan Oeuvre-view - the film that the entire movie theater industry has been resting its hopes on - was bound to disappoint some. Unfortunately, some of those disappointed moviegoers include Adam and Josh, who both found Nolan's film to be more style than substance. But there is considerable style, and its clever, if perplexing, time inversion plot offers a fascinating counter-point to Nolan's breakthrough "Memento." They also get a mental workout from Charlie Kaufman's latest, I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, which hit Netflix this weekend. Rising star Jessie Buckley is a young woman whose identity comes into question when she takes a road trip with her boyfriend to visit his parents. Plus, Adam recommends the new BILL & TED sequel and the new doc FEELS GOOD MAN. 0:00 - Billboard 1:18 - R.I.P. Chadwick Boseman 6:54 - Review: "Tenet" Dehd, "Desire" 36:48 - AK recommends: "Bill & Ted Face the Music," "Feels Good Man" 47:56 - Notes 58:00 - Polls: Kaufma

  • #790: Personal History of David Copperfield / Daisies (Overlooked Auteurs #2)

    #790: Personal History of David Copperfield / Daisies (Overlooked Auteurs #2)

    28/08/2020 Duración: 01h09min

    Adam and Josh have no disagreement about the charismatic powers of THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD star Dev Patel—but they do butt heads over the effectiveness of director Armando Iannucci's farcical and fast-paced take on the Dickens novel. That review, plus the second film in the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon: Czech New Wave pioneer Vera Chytilová's DAISIES, which has Adam and Josh competing to find the perfect way to describe the irreverent antics of the film's Marie I and II (Groucho Marx, Bugs Bunny or... Harley Quinn?) 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Review: "Personal History Of David Copperfield" Justin Townes Earle, "Give Me Some Money" 28:00 - Next Week/Notes 37:37 - Massacre Theatre 44:06 - Overlooked Auteurs #2: "Daisies" 1:02:01 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #789: Barbara Kopple / Ida Lupino + Maya Deren (Overlooked Auteurs #1)

    #789: Barbara Kopple / Ida Lupino + Maya Deren (Overlooked Auteurs #1)

    21/08/2020 Duración: 01h33min

    "That's what I love doing more than anything: really getting to know people and let them tell their story." That's legendary documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple from her interview with Adam on this week's show. Kopple's latest doc - DESERT ONE - opens in limited release this weekend. Kopple talks about how she came to make a film about the failed 1980 mission to rescue American hostages in Iran—and humors Adam by letting him ask her questions about one of his favorite docs, 1977 Oscar-winner "Harlan County, USA." Plus, Kopple plays along with The Filmspotting 5. Also on the show: Adam and Josh kick off their Overlooked Auteurs Marathon with films from Ida Lupino and experimental director Maya Deren. 0:00 - Billboard 0:56 - Interview: Barbara Kopple ("Desert One") Land of Talk, "Footnotes" 27:56 - Next Week/Notes 45:20 - Polls: August Releases, Charlie Kaufman 51:24 - Overlooked Auteurs #1: "Meshes of the Afternoon" / "At Land" / "Ritual in Transfigured Time" + "The Hitch-Hiker" 1:26:31 - Outro Learn more abo

  • #788: She Dies Tomorrow / Boys State

    #788: She Dies Tomorrow / Boys State

    14/08/2020 Duración: 01h22min

    While the world waits for the release of blockbusters like "Tenet" and "Mulan," smaller films continue to appear on the regular and on a variety of platforms. This week, Adam and Josh recommend a few of them: Amy Seimetz's SHE DIES TOMORROW, Beyoncé's BLACK IS KING, Kris Rey's I USED TO GO HERE and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner BOYS STATE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:05 - Review: "She Dies Tomorrow" 29:22 - "She Dies Tomorrow" Spoilers Beyoncé, "BLACK PARADE" 37:48 - Next Week/Notes 49:33 - Massacre Theatre 57:25 - "I Used To Go Here," "Boys State," "Black Is King" 1:15:30 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #787: Dunkirk (Nolan #8) / Nolan Awards

    #787: Dunkirk (Nolan #8) / Nolan Awards

    31/07/2020 Duración: 01h40min

    Back in 2017, Christopher Nolan's DUNKIRK made both Adam and Josh's Top 10 of the year. (It was Josh's #1.) For this revisit - the final film in their Nolan "Oeuvre-view" - they praise the film's masterful technique and the way it offers a distillation of the director's obsessions—with time, professionalism, guilt and redemption. Plus, their Nolan Awards - "The Polaroids" - with Adam and Josh naming their favorite performances, scenes and 'Nolan moments' from the retrospective including their final rankings of Nolan's filmography. (edited)  0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Nolan #8: "Dunkirk" Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, "Dreamsicle" 41:25 - Next Week/Notes / Poll 50:01 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" Awards 1:33:14 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #786: Kelly Reichardt / First Cow

    #786: Kelly Reichardt / First Cow

    24/07/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    Kelly Reichardt's FIRST COW opened in limited release in March—and less than two weeks later the COVID-19 pandemic shut theaters down. The film, which Adam and Josh both named the #1 movie of the year back in June, finally arrived on demand earlier this month. In their conversation with Reichardt, Adam and Josh ask the director about her relationship with nature (she's "not a camper") and about her choice to shoot in a 4:3 aspect ratio ("the most flattering ratio for closeups"). 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Interview: Kelly Reichardt Angelica Garcia, "It Don't Hinder Me" 24:01 - Next Week/Notes 27:30 - Massacre Theatre 32:38 - Review: "First Cow" (from March 2020) 58:54 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #785: Interstellar (Nolan #7) / Palm Springs / Relic

    #785: Interstellar (Nolan #7) / Palm Springs / Relic

    17/07/2020 Duración: 01h26min

    In Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR, Matthew McConaughey's Cooper battles the forces of quantum physics (and regular old physics) to save humanity. In the new existential romantic comedy PALM SPRINGS, Andy Samberg and Chritin Milioti have to navigate some quantum physics themselves (the Groundhog Day variety)—to save themselves and find some meaning in existence. Reviews of both films, plus Josh's recommendation of the new horror film RELIC. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Nolan #7: "Interstellar" The Beths, "Don't Go Away" 44:53 - Polls 53:58 - Notes 59:44 - Josh recommends "Relic" 1:04:13 - Review: "Palm Springs" 1:18:55 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #784: Hamilton / The Old Guard / The Cotton Club (8 From 84)

    #784: Hamilton / The Old Guard / The Cotton Club (8 From '84)

    10/07/2020 Duración: 01h26min

    The biggest movie event of the summer isn't even a movie, but the debut - 18 months ahead of schedule - of Broadway phenomenon HAMILTON on Disney+. This week, Adam and Josh - both of whom saw the production on stage - talk about the groundbreaking musical's transition to the small screen. Plus, Adam recommends the new-to-Netflix THE OLD GUARD from director Gina Prince-Bythewood and an 8 From '84 review of Francis Ford Coppola's THE COTTON CLUB. 0:00 - Billboard 1:02 - Review: "Hamilton" 28:59 - Adam recommends: "The Old Guard" Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, "Drop Me Off In Harlem" 35:46 - Next Week/Notes 44:40 - Massacre Theatre 51:02 - 8 From '84: "The Cotton Club Encore" 1:19:12 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #783: Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far) / Inception (Nolan #6)

    #783: Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far) / Inception (Nolan #6)

    03/07/2020 Duración: 02h08min

    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

  • #782: Jaws (45th Anniversary) / Power Ranking Spielberg

    #782: Jaws (45th Anniversary) / Power Ranking Spielberg

    19/06/2020 Duración: 01h47min

    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 they consider the director's nearly half-century of movie-making by Power Ranking the five decades of Spielberg's 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 / Notes 1:05:08 - Top 5: Power Ranking Spielberg 1:40:42 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Introducing Truth vs Hollywood

    Introducing Truth vs Hollywood

    12/06/2020 Duración: 13min

    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

  • #781: Da 5 Bloods / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots

    #781: Da 5 Bloods / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots

    12/06/2020 Duración: 01h48min

    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

  • #780: Top 5 Movies That Educated Us About Racism

    #780: Top 5 Movies That Educated Us About Racism

    05/06/2020 Duración: 01h10min

    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

  • #779: The Prestige (Nolan #5) / Vast of Night / Painter and the Thief

    #779: The Prestige (Nolan #5) / Vast of Night / Painter and the Thief

    29/05/2020 Duración: 01h27min

    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

  • #778: Top 5 Trip Series Scenes / Trip to Greece

    #778: Top 5 Trip Series Scenes / Trip to Greece

    22/05/2020 Duración: 01h37min

    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

  • #777: The Dark Knight Trilogy (Nolan #4)

    #777: The Dark Knight Trilogy (Nolan #4)

    15/05/2020 Duración: 01h38min

    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

  • #776: Ghostbusters v Gremlins (8 From 84) / Bette Davis #4 - Now, Voyager

    #776: Ghostbusters v Gremlins (8 From '84) / Bette Davis #4 - Now, Voyager

    08/05/2020 Duración: 01h54min

    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

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