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A weekly podcast from Chicago featuring new Movie Reviews, Top 5 Lists and insightful film talk with Adam Kempenaar and Sam Hallgren. (Formerly known as Cinecast)
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DATE: Sun, 26 Sep 2010
SIZE: 25.4 MB
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FS #318: The Town / Top 5 Boston Films

Ben Affleck is back as director and actor with "The Town." Adam and Matty discuss, plus share Listener Feedback and their Top 5 Boston Films. RUNDOWN Filmspotting #318- :13-16:59 - Review: "The Town"Music: Utah Carol, "Find a Way"- 17:32-22:00 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: A. Choi)- 22:01-25:55 - Voicemail / Notes / Polls- 25:56-33:01 - Listener Feedback (Hitman Movies)Music: Utah Carol, "Misfits"- 33:40-53:34 - Top 5: Boston Films- 53:35-55:30 - Close MUSIC - Featured Artist: Utah Carol NOTES / CORRECTIONS - Ty Burr's "Reel Boston" - Long story... We recorded DVDs / Donations as usual, but couldn't get it in the show. That kind of week. SPONSORS / PARTNERS - Creative Screenwriting - iTunes

DATE: Sat, 18 Sep 2010
SIZE: 38.5 MB
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FS #317: I'm Still Here / Top 5 Films of 1996 / Black Narcissus

Filmspotting's discussion of "I'm Still Here" -- chronicling the "lost year" of actor Joaquin Phoenix -- is NOT a hoax. Or is it? Plus, the second film in the Powell-Pressburger Marathon, "Black Narcissus," and the year-by-year countdown resumes with the Top 5 Films of 1996. RUNDOWN - :34-25:18 - Review: "I'm Still Here" Music: Smith Westerns, "Be My Girl" - 26:14-27:54 - Audible Recommendation - 27:55-32:27 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: J. Eaken) - 32:28-36:50 - Correction / Polls - 36:51-49:54 - Archers #2: "Black Narcissus" Music: Smith Westerns, "Girl in Love" - 50:52-59:13 - DVDs / Donations - 59:14-1:19:40 - Top 5: Films of 1996 - 1:19:41-1:24:07 - Close / Outtakes  MUSIC - Featured Artist: Smith Westerns - Smith Westerns - iTunes NOTES / CORRECTIONS: - Has to be a new record bleeps in a show, right? - Full confession: "Bound" only jumped from honorable mention to #4 when I discovered my original pick ("Waiting for Guffman") was a 1997 film. SPONSORS / PARTNERS - Creative Screenwriting - iTunes

DATE: Sat, 11 Sep 2010
SIZE: 35.7 MB
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FS #316: The American / Top 5 Hitman Movies

Filmspotting targets the new George Clooney "thriller" "The American," directed by Anton Corbijn. The lads also find some time to shoot down some Listener Feedback and turn their scopes on their Top 5 Hitman Movies. RUNDOWN - :19-18:12 - Review: "The American" Music: Spouse, "Vampire Love Song" - 19:08-24:26 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: D. Bermea) - 24:27-34:14 - Voicemail / Notes / Polls - 34:15-42:21 - Listener Feedback Music: Spouse, "What You're Feeling" - 43:22-56:40 - DVDs / Donations - 56:39-1:15:07 - Top 5: Hitman Movies - 1:15:08-1:17:58 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Featured Artist: Spouse - Spouse - iTunes NOTES / CORRECTIONS - Earmuffs alert: Pretty harmless swear word during Massacre Theatre... and a possible f-bomb during one of the top 5 clips, but mostly unintelligible. SPONSORS / PARTNERS - Creative Screenwriting - iTunes

DATE: Sat, 04 Sep 2010
SIZE: 38.5 MB
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FS #315: The Tillman Story / Top 5 Fall Movie Preview / Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Filmspotting dissects two atypical "war" movies this week: Amir Bar-Lev's new documentary "The Tillman Story," which deconstructs the narrative put forth by the U.S. military in the wake of the friendly-fire death of former NFL star-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman... and... the Powell-Pressburger Marathon begins with 1943's "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp." Adam and Matty also don their hoodies to share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall Movies. This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com. RUNDOWN Filmspotting #315- :34-24:23 - Review: "The Tillman Story"Music: Title Tracks, "Every Little Bit Hurts"- 25:15-27:44 - Audible Recommendation- 27:45-31:37 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: B. Merriman)- 31:38-38:37 - Notes / Polls- 38:38-53:45 - Archers #1: "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp"Music: Title Tracks, "Tougher Than The Rest"- 54:57-1:04:41 - DVDs / Donations- 1:04:42-1:20:48 - Top 5: Fall Movie Preview- 1:20:49-1:23:58 - Close / Outtakes MUSIC - Featured Artist: Title Tracks - Title Tracks - iTunes NOTES / CORRECTIONS: - We have it on good authority that the term "Kiwi" is not offensive. Adam dodged a bullett. - "Metropolis" at Milwaukee Film Fest SPONSORS / PARTNERS - Audible - Download a Free Audiobook - Creative Screenwriting - iTunes

DATE: Thu, 02 Sep 2010
SIZE: 23.4 MB
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After Hours #17: Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom

At last! After Hours makes a repugnant return with a Listener's Choice discussion of Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1975 shock and awe (and vomit) "Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom." Plus, Adam and Matty share some of the great Listener Feedback that has slipped through the cracks the past couple months. Congratulations to all of the latest Filmspotting swag winners, chosen from donations announced on episodes #307-#314. Email feedback@filmspotting.net to claim your prize. Thanks for your continued support! NOTES / CORRECTIONS: - Gaspar Noe is probably pronounced "no-AY". - "Spellbound" Dream Sequence - Joe Conway's 48 Hour Film Project Entry

DATE: Fri, 27 Aug 2010
SIZE: 33.7 MB
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FS #314: Animal Kingdom / Top 5 Australian Films

Special guest Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune sits in for Matty this week to discuss the new Australian crime drama "Animal Kingdom." Plus, Adam and Michael reveal their Top 5 Australian Films. MUSIC - Featured Artist: Free Energy SPONSORS / PARTNERS - Creative Screenwriting - iTunes RUNDOWN - :17-20:27 - Review: "Animal Kingdom" Music: Free Energy, "Free Energy" - 21:40-25:52 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: S. Rydman) - 25:53-35:45 - Notes / Polls - 35:46-41:53 - Listener Feedback (Duvall) Music: Free Energy, "Dream City" - 42:52-1:11:21 - Top 5: Australian Movies - 1:11:22-1:13:43 - Close / Outtakes NOTES / CORRECTIONS: - Massacre Theatre winner Susan Rydman is from Kearns, UTAH, not Kearns, Ohio. Completely Adam's fault. - Read Michael Phillips' reviews - Andrew Bovell adapted his play "Speaking in Tongues" for the film "Lantana."

DATE: Fri, 20 Aug 2010
SIZE: 34.7 MB
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FS #313: Get Low / Top 5 Robert Duvall Performances

Hey, sports fans! As you know, Filmspotting comes to the microphones to praise films, NOT to bury them, and usually when the film in question involves Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and the legendary Robert Duvall, the lads find it easy to wax effusive. In this week's film "Get Low," Duvall's character, Felix Bush, invites everyone to attend his 'funeral party' and share a story about him. Oddly, in contrast to their peers at Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, your in-house elegiacal duo were left struggling for something nice to say. Luckily, the lads were able to fete Mr. Duvall properly later in the show by counting down their Top 5 Robert Duvall Performances. The guys also work in a fresh, glistening batch of Listener Feedback before Adam spends the rest of the podcast trying to convince a newly 26 year-old Matty that, no, one does NOT register for gifts for their birthday and that no matter how well-worded Matty's letter to Target may be, it probably would fall on deaf ears. Presenting sponsor: This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com. Download a free audiobook of your choice today at audiblepodcast.com/filmspotting.Massacre Theatre is presented by the Dangerous:Memories podcast Filmspotting's Top 5 is presented by the new book 26 Screenplays Music: Sarah JaffePodcast Partner: Creative Screenwriting - iTunes Filmspotting #313:31-18:13 - Review: "Get Low" Music: Sarah Jaffe, "Vulnerable" 20:23-24:59 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: Brian Richoux) 25:00-27:11 - Polls 27:12-39:44 - Listener Feedback Music: Sarah Jaffe, "Clementine" 40:43-49:20 - DVDs / Donations 49:21-1:12:07 - Top 5: Duvall Performances 1:12:08-1:15:49 - Close / Outtakes NOTES / CORRECTIONS:- "Hud" was based on Larry McMurtry's novel "Horseman, Pass By." - Patricia Neal won the Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar for "Hud." - Porco "ROH-so" not "RAH-so" is probably correct, huh? Thoughts on "consigliere"? Don't skip the outtake.

DATE: Fri, 13 Aug 2010
SIZE: 34.7 MB
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FS #312: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World / Top 5 Action Movie Romances / The Sheldrakes

August 13: If you press Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, A, B, A, B, Start, during the title screen of this week's episode of Filmspotting, you'll unlock a discussion of the hipsterific new action film, "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," starring Michael Cera and directed by Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead"). Then, if you manage to collect all the Golden Erudite coins hidden throughout the overwrought discussion, you can warp ahead to this week's Sheldrake ceremony, wherein Adam and Matty bestow some awards to the best of their recently-wrapped Billy Wilder Marathon. Finally, listen in as the lads do battle with their dueling Top 5 Action Movie Romances ... that is, if Adam had bothered to actually include any action movies. Tron says, "Finish him." Presenting sponsor: This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com. Download a free audiobook of your choice today at audiblepodcast.com/filmspotting.Massacre Theatre is presented by the Dangerous: Memories podcast Filmspotting's Top 5 is presented by 26 Screenplays Music: Brett ShadyPodcast Partner: Creative Screenwriting - iTunes Filmspotting #312:31 - 17:22 - Review: "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"Music: Brett Shady, "Somebody Else"18:55 - 24:19 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: Andre Cadieux)24:20 - 27:08 - Polls / Notes27:09 - 44:03 - Billy Wilder Marathon AwardsMusic: Brett Shady, "She Ain't Worth It"44:35 -55:07 - DVDs / Donations55:08 - 1:11:50 - Top 5: Action Movie Romances1:11:51 -1:15:41 - Close / Outtakes NOTES / CORRECTIONS - Corey Atad's personal Top 5 Action Movie Romances at the Filmspotting Forum. - 48 Hour Film Project in Chicago.

DATE: Sat, 07 Aug 2010
SIZE: 38.7 MB
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FS #311: Farewell / Dinner For Schmucks / Top 5 Acting Performances by Directors

August 6: Matt Singer from IFC News and the IFC News podcast sits in for Adam this week to discuss the new Cold War thriller "Farewell" and the Steve Carell/Paul Rudd comedy "Dinner For Schmucks." Plus, Matt and Matty share their Top 5 Acting Performances by Directors. Massacre Theatre is presented by the Dangerous: Memories podcast. Filmspotting's Top 5 is presented by 26 Screenplays. Music by Arcade Fire. Filmspotting #311 :16 - 21:16 - Review: "Farewell" Music: Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs" 21:35 - 27:42 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: Nathan Kerr) 27:43 - 34:05 - Polls / Contests 34:06 - 37:07 - Singer Recommends Music: Arcade Fire, "Modern Man" 38:27 - 52:36 - Review: "Dinner for Schmucks" Music: Arcade Fire, "Empty Room" 53:26 -1:02:01 - DVDs / Donations 1:02:02 - 1:20:42 - Top 5 Acting Performances by Directors 1:20:43 -1:24:35 - Close / Outtakes NOTES / CORRECTIONS- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 30 Jul 2010
SIZE: 41.3 MB
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FS #310: Todd Solondz Interview / Stalag 17 / Top 5 Performances of 2010 (So Far)

July 30: Check back soon for show description. Massacre Theatre is presented by the Dangerous: Memories podcast. Filmspotting's Top 5 is presented by 26 Screenplays. Music by Smile Smile. Filmspotting #310 :16-24:38 - Interview: Todd Solondz Music: Smile Smile, "Tempo Bledsoe" 25:07-29:22 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: J. Hickle) 29:23-36:28 - Poll Questions 36:29-51:54 - Wilder #5: "Stalag 17"Music: Smile Smile, "Beg You To Stay"52:26-1:01:01 - DVDs / Donations 1:01:21-1:26:18 - Top 5 Performances of 2010 (So Far) 1:26:19-1:30:19 - Close / OuttakesNOTES / CORRECTIONS- Thanks to Sam Van Hallgren for stepping up on short notice and doing the heavy production lifting on this episode! Without Sam and Golden Joe, there truly would be no show. - Not sure about that Isaiah Berlin essay Todd Solondz was referring to? Read about "The Hedgehog and the Fox". - Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 23 Jul 2010
SIZE: 41.4 MB
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FS #309: The Kids Are All Right / Top 5 Films of 2010 (So Far)

July 23: It’s a cinematic Battle Royale this week as Matty “Beefcake” Ballgame and Adam “The Crying Dutchman” Kempenaar get between the Filmspotting arena ropes to offer up dueling lists of the Top 5 Films of 2010 (So Far). But wait? Is that … no … it can’t be? That’s the AV Club’s Scott Tobias’s music! And there he is! And he’s making his way to the ring to bludgeon our in-house tag-team with his own superior best of the year picks. Oh, this could get crazy folks! Almost as exciting as Matty and Adam’s takes on director Lisa Cholodenko’s "The Kids Are All Right," the new comedy starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. Oh no, Tobias has taken out both gladiators, but here comes Armond “The Assailer” White, and he’s got a metal chair! Look out Scott! Oh, the humanity. Will film criticism ever survive? Massacre Theatre is presented by the Dangerous: Memories podcast. Filmspotting's Top 5 is presented by 26 Screenplays. Music by The Hoof and the Heel. Filmspotting #309 :16-18:28 - Review: "The Kids Are All Right" Music: The Hoof and the Heel, "The King Fin" 19:37-24:36 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Dan Burns) 24:37-28:05 - Poll Questions 28:06-41:47 - Top 5 Films of 2010: #5-4 41:48-46:55 - Disappointments of 2010 Music: The Hoof and the Heel, "Fireworks" 47:34-1:03:31 - DVDs / Contest Winners / Donations 1:03:32-1:26:19 - Top 5 Films of 2010: #3-1 1:26:20-1:30:19 - Close / OuttakesNOTES / CORRECTIONS - Read the winning entries in Matty's 'Song in a Movie Moment' contest. - In case you missed the multiple Armond White references. - Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 16 Jul 2010
SIZE: 41.2 MB
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FS #308: Inception / The Apartment / Top 5 Dream Sequences

July 16: Check back for show description. Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by Running Hope Through America -- and music from Matthew Santos.  Filmspotting #308 :13-21:00 - Review: "Inception" Music: Matthew Santos, "The Good Life"21:55-27:41 - New DVDs / Notes27:42-32:54 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Mike Davidson) 32:55-36:47 - Poll Questions36:48-55:57 - Wilder Marathon #4: "The Apartment" Music: Matthew Santos, "Break Free" 56:57-1:11:10 - Thank You / Donations 1:11:11-1:26:47 - Top 5: Dream Sequences 1:26:48-1:29:57 - Close / OuttakesNOTES / CORRECTIONS - Sam Smith on his process creating the artwork for Criterion Collection's "Everlasting Moments." - Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 09 Jul 2010
SIZE: 38.0 MB
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FS #307: Twlight Saga: Eclipse / Winter's Bone / Top 5 Vampire Movies

July 9: This week's Filmspotting is comprised solely of a shirtless, lupine Matty and guest host, the gorgeous, sparkly Steve Prokopy (Capone, Ain't It Cool News) taking turns screaming 'Belllllllla' into the microphone. Yes, that's right, it's Twilight time here on Filmspotting with a discussion of the latest from the saga, "Eclipse." Then the boys will travel from the gloomy, sunless Pacific Northwest to the even more destitute and harrowing climes of the rural Ozarks for a discussion of the critically acclaimed thriller "Winter's Bone." Also, tying in with "Twilight's" display of the lusty young undead, Steve and Matty relate their Top 5 Vampire Films. All this and "Predators'" Louis Ozawa Changchien joins the Filmspotting Acting Troupe for a special rendition of Massacre Theatre. Also on the show: Music from Surfer Blood. Filmspotting #307 Check back for show rundownNOTES / CORRECTIONS- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 25 Jun 2010
SIZE: 16.7 MB
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After Hours #16: Directors of the Decade / Romero vs. Boyle

June 25: With Adam and Matty both doing some traveling this week, Filmspotting forgoes it's usual weekly format for a Listener Feedback-focused edition of After Hours, including more thoughts on the best Directors of the Decade. Plus, Matty goes Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on some zombie-definition obsessed listeners who take issue with his classification of Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later."NOTES / CORRECTIONS- Most egregious Clint Eastwood "groaner"? The decision to put the disembodied lips of Kevin Bacon's estranged wife on the phone in "Mystic River."- Josh in Normal, Illinois corroborates our take on "28 Days Later" as a zombie movie, citing Glenn Kay's "Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide." Kay lists it as one of the best zombie movies ever. Plus, there's this - "Zombies can run: why 28 Days Later is a zombie movie after all." - Read all about The 48 Hour Film Project... Check out this recent entry from Drew in Gaithersburg, Maryland... Mark Marshall in Boston won top prize in 2009. - Learn more about Writers In Treatment. - Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting

DATE: Fri, 18 Jun 2010
SIZE: 35.2 MB
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FS #306: Toy Story 3 / John C. Reilly / Top 5 Escape Movies

Adam’s got a Matty. Buzz has a Woody. Pixar trots out its intrepid team of toys for one more great escape with this week’s hot summer release of "Toy Story 3." Will Msrs. Lightyear and Sheriff recapture the magic that has endeared them to so many (including our in-house Waldorf and Statlers)? Or will the luster finally dull on the polyurethane and could the franchise possibly be down-graded from Mint to Near-Mint condition? Also on this week’s episode, John C. Reilly, star of the new film "Cyrus," drops in for a quick chat with Adam; the two delve into the finer points of improvisational acting, 1980’s national politics, and, uh, "Die Hard?" Finally, Matty teams up with James Garner while Adam hops on the back of Steve McQueen’s motorcycle to deliver Filmspotting’s Top 5 Escape Movies. On a side note, if anyone might have come across a 1984 Battle Armor Skeletor complete with “MRL” written in Sharpie on its side and borzoi puppy chew marks on the right foot, last seen at the Charles Lindbergh terminal of the MSP airport, Gate A4... if you could please just pop it in the mail addressed to the Filmspotting P.O. Box … seriously, no questions asked. Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by Running Hope Through America -- and music from Local Natives. Filmspotting #306 :13-18:13 - Review: "Toy Story 3" Music: Local Natives, "Wide Eyes" 18:52-24:01 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Steven Baker) 24:02-28:38 - Poll Questions / Notes28:39-45:15 - Interview: John C. Reilly Music: Local Natives, "Airplanes" 45:56-55:19 - DVDs / Donations 55:20-1:12:40 - Top 5: Escape Movies 1:12:41-1:16:51 - Close / OuttakesNOTES / CORRECTIONS- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here. - Come and knock on my door... and we'll go to The Regal Beagle.

DATE: Sat, 12 Jun 2010
SIZE: 38.5 MB
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FS #305: Splice / Get Him to the Greek / Some Like It Hot / Top 5 Best Laid Plan Movies

June 11: Welcome back Navy Pier's Tchotchke Arena as this exciting Stanley Cup Edition of Filmspotting rolls into overtime. Through three periods Adam and Matty have found themselves in a grueling contest, matched shift for shift by this week's Cinematic Offerings. From the onset, the lads knew they were in for a battle: Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, holding down the "Splice" line, offered up a campy forecheck on science that kept Adam and Matty on their heels. Then the "Get Him to the Greek" blue-line pairing of Russell Brand and Jonah Hill gave the FIlmspotting duo all they could handle, disrupting their opponent's concentration by causing a wave of laughter. And, as coach Billy Wilder predicted, the Movies' top line, the "Some Like It Hot" crew of Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon... and Marilyn Monroe... taxed Adam and Matty's critical skill to the limit, though Adam was able to rouse a spirited counter-atttack against the 1959 black-and-white classic. So as we head into the extra frame, it looks as though it will come down to the Top 5 Best Laid Plans Movies. Do the lads have enough in them to match wits with the veteran presence of the likes of Cameron, the Coens, and even the Great One himself, Stevie Spielberg? Oh, wait a second folks, looks like we've got some extracurriculars down on the ice; it appears Filmspotting's resident cement-head Matty Ballgame has thrown down the gloves and is challenging the Movies' bruising forward Shyamalan yet again ... oh no, I just did some lip reading, there's no reason for Ballgame to mar such a beautiful game by bringing up "The Village" ... show some class Filmspotting, act like you've been there before! Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by Running Hope Through America -- and music from Burden Brothers. Filmspotting #305 :13-12:43 - Review: "Splice" 12:44-24:11 - Review: "Get Him to the Greek" Music: Burden Brothers, "She's Not Home" 25:22-30:28 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Daniel Citron) 30:29-34:07 - Poll Questions / Notes 34:08-48:26 - Wilder #3: "Some Like It Hot" Music: Burden Brothers, "Good Night From Chicago" 49:18-58:58 - DVDs / Donations 58:59-1:19:57 - Top 5: Best Laid Plan Movies 1:19:58-1:23:59 - Close / OuttakesNOTES / CORRECTIONS - Enter to win passes to see an advanced screening of "I Am Love." - Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 04 Jun 2010
SIZE: 33.0 MB
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FS #304: Dennis Hopper Tribute / The Lost Weekend

June 4: “I mean, what are they gonna say, man, when he’s gone, huh? ‘Cause he dies. When it dies, man. When it dies, he dies. What are they gonna say about him? What? They're gonna say he was a kind man? He was a wise man? He had plans, he had wisdom? Bullshi*t, man! Am I gonna be the one that’s gonna set them straight? Look at me. Wrong!” This week, Filmspotting does its small part to set the legacy of legendary actor Dennis Hopper straight. Mr. Hopper passed away last week at the age of 74. In tribute, Adam and Matty will replay their discussion of the classic Dennis Hopper film "Easy Rider" from last year’s successful New Hollywood Marathon. And, owing to Mr. Hopper’s ability to play some of the greatest outcasts in cinematic history, the boys will also revisit their Top 5 Films About Loneliness. They’ll also offer up a brand new movie discussion, certainly apropos for this episode, as the Billy Wilder Marathon rolls on with "The Lost Weekend," Wilder's 1945 best picture winner starring Ray Milland in the now iconic depiction of a man struggling to battle his demons from the bottom of a bottle. RIP Mr. Hopper, you sure as hell didn’t blow it. Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by Running Hope Through America -- and music from Bess Rogers. Filmspotting #304 :13-3:17 - Dennis Hopper 3:18-16:54 - Review: "Easy Rider" (May 2009) Music: Bess Rogers, "Bulldozer" 17:29-21:47 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Matthew Beem) 21:48-26:25 - Poll Questions / Notes 26:26-43:45 - Wilder #2: "The Lost Weekend" Music: Bess Rogers, "Dirty Lies" 44:24-53:04 - DVDs / Donations 53:05-1:09:05 - Top 5: Movies About Loneliness (June 2008) 1:09:06-1:12:05 - Close / OuttakesNOTES / CORRECTIONS- Read Keith Phipps' "Easy Rider Road Trip" on Slate.- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 28 May 2010
SIZE: 29.2 MB
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FS #303: Please Give / Top 5 Films of 1997

May 28: Matty's in London shirking his Filmspotting blurb-writing duties, so... Please enjoy this episode with a discussion of Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give," Listener Feedback and our Top 5 Films of 1997.Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by Running Hope Through America -- and music from Bob Schneider. Learn more about Schneider and other Kirtland Records artists. Filmspotting #303:13-14:04 - Review: "Please Give"Music: Bob Schneider, "40 Dogs"15:09-19:54 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: David Maldonado)19:55-21:41 - Poll Questions21:42-34:02 - Feedback (Summer Movies, Directors of the Decade)Music: Bob Schneider, "Metal and Steel"34:55-42:10 - DVDs / Donations42:11-1:01:15 - Top 5: Films of 19971:01:16-1:03:42 - Close / OuttakeNOTES / CORRECTIONS- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 21 May 2010
SIZE: 54.3 MB
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FS #302: Robin Hood / Top 5 Directors of the Decade

May 21: Adam-a-dale and Friar Ballgame wear Ridley's Scott's "Robin Hood" for a codpiece this week. Needless to say, there's lots of room to maneuver. Will our merry band find Russell Crowe's take on the swashbuckler, um, adequate? (We're keeping with a terribly inappropriate theme -- apologies to Mr. Keillor and all of NPR ) Or will our in-house OUTLAAAAAAAAAAAAWS find themselves pining for the days of Errol, Kevin and... Favreau? The lads will also prance through some Listener Feedback and finally conclude their never-ending paean to the past decade by annointing Steven Soderbergh King of All Everything as they list their Top 5 Directors of the Decade. God, we wish Soderbergh had directed "Robin Hood." Just saying. Also on the show: Massacre Theatre and music from Richard McGraw -- Check out Richard McGraw's "Burying the Dead" in iTunes. Filmspotting #302:13-17:53 - Review: "Robin Hood"Music: Richard McGraw, "That Old Song"19:01-24:02 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Kyp Pilalas)24:03-26:58 - Polls / Notes26:59-41:39 - Feedback (Films of the Decade)Music: Richard McGraw, "My Life"42:52-53:55 - DVDs / Donations53:56-1:15:52 - Top 5: Directors of the Decade1:15:53-1:19:03 - Close / OuttakesNOTES / CORRECTIONS- Matt Zoller Seitz picked Steven Soderbergh as his #7 director of the decade. - Learn more about Medium Cool: An Evening with Filmmaker Haskell Wexler. - The Viva Doc International Student Documentary Competition (ISDC) is currently taking submissions. - Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 14 May 2010
SIZE: 38.5 MB
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FS #301: Iron Man 2 / Sunset Blvd. / Top 5 Summer Movie Preview

May 14: Filmspotting returns to its regularly scheduled programming this week with a discussion of the Merchant Ivory period set-piece, "Iron Man 2." Yes, a week late and several dollars short. Will Tony Stark's antics wow our resident Avengers, or will the Hyper-Critical Duo strain to find nits to pick when we all know they should have left their Film Critic Super Cloaks at home? And will they be as critical of Billy Wilder's 1950 classic "Sunset Blvd.", the first film in the new Filmspotting Billy Wilder Marathon? I mean, seriously, do these snobs like anything? They're probably being ironical when later in the episode they list their Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer Movies. Why they gotta hate?EARMUFFS/PROFANITY ALERT: Bad word during the trailer for Matty's #3 pick.Also on the show: Music from Wilder Embry -- Check out Wilder Embry's "The Bottle" in iTunes -- and Massacre Theatre. Filmspotting #301:13-1851 - Review: "Iron Man 2"Music: Wilder Embry, "It's So Easy"20:12-23:02 - Voicemail23:03-27:43 - Massacre Theatre / MT Medley (Winner: D. Su)27:44-33:58 - Polls / Contest33:59-47:17 - Wilder #1: "Sunset Blvd."Music: Wilder Embry, "The Bottle"48:17-1:02:25 - DVDs / Donations1:02:26-1:19:44 - Top 5: Most Anticipated Summer Movies1:19:45-1:24:03 - Close / Outtake NOTES / CORRECTIONS- Indeed, Jean-Pierre Melville is no longer with us (died 1973). - It's not "There Will Be Blood" that isn't getting better with age; it's Paul Dano's performance. - Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 07 May 2010
SIZE: 13.0 MB
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FS Fix: Exit Through the Gift Shop

May 7: A lot of people don't realize that the Filmspotting podcast first started as a complementary forum for Adam and Matty to discuss their most recent work as street artists. Using the pseudonyms Captain Tea Bag and Tico Brahe, respectively, Adam and Matty pwned the burgeoning street art scene of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the better part of four years. Eventually they expanded their reign of gonzo pop-art to the entire upper Midwest, but their careers ended rather abruptly after their installation art piece "Petty Gospel" -- in which they replaced Jeff Gordon's pit crew at the Texas Motor Speedway with Ladysmith Black Mambazo -- was derided by critics as "lazy" (everyone knows that Ladysmith are Tony Stewart die-hards). But the lads are given an opportunity to confront their former lives in this week's Filmspotting Fix as they discuss Banksy's "Exit Through the Gift Shop," a film chronicling the exploits of some of the street art movement's most notable artists, including Shephard Fairey and the legendary Banksy himself. Filmspotting Fix:13-15:00 - Review: "Exit Through the Gift Shop"15:01-25:08 - Damon vs. DiCaprio25:09-28:24 - Next show / Outtake NOTES / CORRECTIONS - Check out the great first 5 minutes of "Exit Through the Gift Shop" - Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here. - Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Mon, 03 May 2010
SIZE: 26.2 MB
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FS #300 (Part 2): Top 20 Films of the Decade

May 3: Here it is. Five years and 299 shows in the making... Filmspotting brings you its 300th episode. Chock full of van-perbole, indecipherable rants, and a lot of Adam crying, the lads count down their Top 20 Films of the Decade. Enjoy everybody!Also on the show: Music from Dan Bern -- Check out Dan Bern's "Live in Los Angeles" on iTunes -- and Massacre Theatre, presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice. Thanks to special guest Sam Van Hallgren, and all of our guest voicemailers: Ed Burns, Matt Singer, Scott Tobias, Steve Prokopy and Michael Phillips. Listen to Filmspotting #300 - Part 2 :13-2:14 - Listener Voicemails2:15-4:23 - Guest Voicemails4:24-9:28 - Outtakes Medley9:29-47:17 - Top 5 Films of the Decade47:18-53:32 - Next Show / Gratitude53:33-57:12 - Outtake / Bonus: Matty's Movie MinuteNOTES / CORRECTIONS - Check out our complete list of the Top 20 Films of the Decade, along with Sam's Top 50. - Yes, there is some echo with our voices when talking to Sam. There was an issue with the ISDN line that we couldn't quite resolve. - Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here. - Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 30 Apr 2010
SIZE: 37.9 MB
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FS #300 (Part 1): Top 20 Films of the Decade

April 30: Here it is. Five years and 299 shows in the making...  Filmspotting brings you its 300th episode. Chock full of van-perbole, indecipherable rants, and a lot of Adam crying, the lads count down their Top 20 Films of the Decade. Enjoy everybody!Note: Part 2 with the Top 5 Films of the Decade will be available in the next few days.Also on the show: Music from Dan Bern -- Check out Dan Bern's "Live in Los Angeles" on iTunes -- and Massacre Theatre, presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice. :53-14:09 - Top 20-1614:10-19:13 - Matty's Rants Medley19:14-30:45 - Top 15-11Music: Dan Bern, "Too Late To Die Young"31:58-38:23 - 300th Show Feedback38:24-41:43 - Voicemails41:42-50:48 - Massacre Theatre / MT Medley (Winner: T. Tran) 50:49-52:55 - Poll Questions52:56-1:06:58 - Top 10-6Music: Dan Bern, "The Golden Voice of Vin Scully"1:08:30-1:22:49 - New DVDs / Donations / EndNOTES / CORRECTIONS - Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here. - Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Thu, 22 Apr 2010
SIZE: 27.1 MB
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After Hours #15: Kick-Ass / Heartlands / Listener Feedback

April 23: As preparations continue for episode #300 next week, Adam and Matty find time to discuss Matthew Vaughn's meta superhero movie "Kick-Ass." Plus, the Listener's Choice discussion of Damien O'Donnell's 2002 British charmer "Heartlands," starring Michael Sheen and written by Paul Fraser. Also on the show: Listener Feedback on Filmspotting's Top 5 Actors of the Decade and the best guides for the budding cinephile.NOTES / CORRECTIONS - Yes, Matty's audio probably sounds a little hollow to you. We're addressing it. - They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? - 1001 Movies To See Before You Die - For our WBEZ listeners: Gene Siskel Film Center - Akira Kurosawa - Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here. - Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting

DATE: Fri, 16 Apr 2010
SIZE: 27.0 MB
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Filmspotting Revisited: American Teen / Sin City / Filmspotting University

April 16: Who doesn't love a little confrontation from time to time? As Adam and Matty take some time "off" to prepare for show #300, Filmspotting revisits some of its favorite movie battles - "American Teen" (August 2008) and "Sin City" (April 2005), the first Filmspotting fight ever. Plus, go back to school with the guys for August 2006's Filmspotting University - Adam, former host Sam Van Hallgren and "Brick" writer/director Rian Johnson deliver their top 5 essential film school movies. Also on the show: Music from Burywood. :13-15:55 - Review: "American Teen" Music: Burywood, "Denton Desert Island" 17:14-34:06 - Review: "Sin City" Music: Restys, "The Storm (Applause)" 35:00-56:02 - Filmspotting University 56:03-58:57 - Close / Next Show NOTES / CORRECTIONS - Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here. - Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 02 Apr 2010
SIZE: 36.2 MB
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FS #298: Greenberg / Hot Tub Time Machine / Top 5 Films of 1986

April 2: It was probably a bad idea that Matty convinced Adam to record their discussion of the new Noah Baumbach film, "Greenberg," in the WBEZ hot tub at the end of Navy Pier. After Matty spilled his signature drink, The Snotty Astronaut (Robitussin, Malort, and Tang) onto the tub's controllers, the boys were sent back in time via their "Hot Tub Time Machine" to 1986. Undaunted, the boys made the best of their situation. Adam nobly set out to try and save Olof Palme and Len Bias from their tragic fates... and George Lucas from Howard the Duck... while Matty bet the entire Filmspotting coffers on the assured success of New Coke and spent the rest of his time trying to track down Fawn Hall. Before they could return home, the lads were required to list their Top 5 Films of 1986 to appease the inexplicable time-portal gatekeeper Chevy Chase. Just as they were hurtling back to 2010, Matty whispered to Chevy, "Enjoy this. Seriously. You're going to start to suck."Also on the show: Listener Feedback, music from the "Hot Tub Time Machine" Soundtrack and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #298:13-17:19 - Review: "Greenberg"17:20-25:58 - Review: "Hot Tub Time Machine"Music: Craig Robinson, "Jessie's Girl"27:15-31:00 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: W. Goodenberger)31:01-44:17 - Polls, Listener FeedbackMusic: Talking Heads, "Once in a Lifetime"45:01-55:36 - New DVDs / Donations55:37-1:16:43 - Top 5: Films of 19861:16:44-1:19:05 - Close / Next Show / OuttakeNOTES / CORRECTIONS- Read all about film critic Armond White's "appreciation" for the artistry of Noah Baumbach.- Slate article on Omega males mentioned during "Greenberg" review.- Win an admit-2 pass to an advanced screening of "The Greatest" - details here.- Ooh, Matty skipped a line in Massacre Theatre... "mistake with a YOUNGER man."- "Sherman's March" is available on Netflix - Instant Viewing too.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 26 Mar 2010
SIZE: 32.8 MB
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FS #297: The Runaways / To Be or Not To Be / Top 5 Actresses of the Decade

March 26: Matty left for vacation without writing a clever intro, so... please enjoy this show with discussions of the new film "The Runaways" and Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 classic "To Be or Not To Be," plus our Top 5 Actresses of the Decade.Also on the show: Music by The Octagon and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #297:13-12:24 - Review: "The Runaways"Music: The Octagon, "Suicide Kings"13:14-23:10 - Corrections, Polls, At The Movies23:11-31:27 - Listener FeedbackMusic: The Octagon, "Radio Days"32:11-36:19 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: D. Olkon)36:20-46:32 - Lubitsch #4: "To Be or Not To Be"Music: The Octagon, "Stop Snitchin'"47:16-55:15 - New DVDs / Donations55:16-1:08:30 - Top 5: Actresses of the Decade1:08:31-1:41:18 - Close / Next Show / OuttakeNOTES / CORRECTIONS- The Ebertfest lineup has been announced.- Win an admit-2 pass to an advanced screening of "The Eclipse" - details here.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 19 Mar 2010
SIZE: 28.5 MB
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FS #296: Green Zone / Top 5 Colorful Movie Titles

March 19: Director Paul Greengrass is great at two different styles of film: gritty historical "re-enactments" (think "United 93" and "Bloody Sunday") and gritty action thrillers (see: Bourne. Jason Bourne). In his latest, "Green Zone," he audaciously attempts to blend the two genres by inserting a Jason Bourne-esque hero into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, an historically-realized backdrop complete with missing WMDs, neocons, and even teen heartthrob Paul Bremer gets a second dance. Will Greengrass’ fusion of Bourne vs. Wolfowitz pay off? Find out as UN Inspectors Adam and Matty sift through hand-held cinematography and another earnest performance from Matt Damon in attempt to find anything fruitful to say about the film. In keeping with the historic proportions of the episode, the lads trot out their most important, deepest top 5 of all time... the Top 5 Colorful Movie Titles. Yep. We said it. Drink it in like the purple Gatorade of truth that it is. Also on the show: Music by Field Music and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #296:13-13:09 - Review: "Green Zone"Music: Field Music, "Each Time is a New Time"14:33-18:20 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: M. Reichert)18:21-22:11 - Notes, Polls22:12-35:24 - Listener Feedback, CallerMusic: Field Music, "Effortlessly"36:13-44:13 - New DVDs / Donations44:14-59:08 - Top 5: Colorful Movie Titles59:09-1:02:11 - Close / Next Show / OuttakesNOTES / CORRECTIONS- Win an admit-2 pass to an advanced screening of "The Eclipse" - details here.- From FS fact-checker extraordinaire Kevin Vasquez: "The cinematographer who started with "Days of Heaven" was Nestor Almendros. Haskell Wexler took over when Almendros left the production to work on a Truffaut film. Wexler was upset that he only got an additional photography credit. In Ebert's great movies essay on the film, he talks about a letter Wexler sent him where "he described sitting in a theater with a stopwatch to prove that more than half of the footage was shot by him." Almendros won the Oscar for the cinematography. - Also from Kevin: "Reds" won Warren Beatty the Oscar for Best Director, but it lost Best Picture to "Chariots of Fire." I should just avoid talking about the Oscars. Donald Sutherland wasn't nominated for "Ordinary People" either (re: After Hours #14).- Register for our Billy Wilder class at the University of Chicago's Graham School- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Thu, 18 Mar 2010
SIZE: 24.5 MB
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After Hours #14: The Bishop's Wife / Listener Feedback

March 18: On this long-awaited edition of Filmspotting After Hours... Adam and Matty discuss their Listener's Choice pick "The Bishop's Wife," the 1947 holiday classic starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. Plus, the guys dive into Listener Feedback on the Top 5 Lead Performances That Should've Won Oscars and Top 5 Teen Rebels.Congratulations to all of our donation winners! Please claim your prize by emailing feedback@filmspotting.net. Winners were selected from donations announced on shows #286-295.NOTES- Here's the opening of "Made in Britain" on YouTube.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Support our Massacre Theatre sponsor by visiting PixarTalk.com.

DATE: Fri, 12 Mar 2010
SIZE: 32.1 MB
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FS #295: The Ghost Writer / The Shop Around the Corner / Top 5 Films of 1998

March 12: In honor of Filmspotting’s discussion of Roman Polanski’s "The Ghost Writer," this week’s show description is being ghostwritten by long time Filmspotting fan and regional Boggle champion, Linnea Knutsen of Yankton, South Dakota:Greetings all! This week’s show gets off to a rousing start as Matty beautifully articulates his take on Polanski’s new thriller, saliently dissecting the film’s strengths and weaknesses, rousingly bifurcating cinematic wheat from chaff. Robinson’s dulcet musings linger long after the show’s close, as though the ghost of Manny Farber might actually be whispering in your ear. Matty waxes just as elegantly on the finer points of Ernst Lubitsch’s "The Shop Around the Corner," the penultimate film in Filmspotting’s Ernst Lubitsch Marathon. Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan light up the screen in the legendary romantic comedy; they’re almost as great as Matty’s hilarious take on this week’s Massacre Theatre challenge. Casting directors should be lining up to sign this emerging talent, this prince of new media. Seriously, Matty’s agents would love to hear from you. Anyone? But I digress, the intelligent and ever-so-handsome Matty closes out the show with his controversial picks for the Top 5 Films of 1998. Adam appears on the show too. Also on the show: Brand new music by David Ford and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #295:13-17:08 - Review: "The Ghost Writer"Music: David Ford, "Panic"18:12-22:11 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: M. Dancer)22:12-28:52 - Notes, Polls28:53-40:25 - Lubitsch #3: The Shop Around the CornerMusic: David Ford, "Making Up for Lost Time"41:03-48:13 - New DVDs / Donations48:14-1:07:36 - Top 5: Films of 19981:07:37-1:10:11 - Close / Next Show / Sorry, no outtake this week!NOTES / CORRECTIONS- Win an admit-2 pass to an advanced screening of "Mother" - details here.- Register for our Billy Wilder class at the University of Chicago's Graham School- Allison Bagnall co-wrote "Buffalo '66" with Vincent Gallo.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 05 Mar 2010
SIZE: 33.6 MB
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FS #294: Alice in Wonderland / Un Prophet Interview / 2010 Oscar Picks

March 5: And then Alice came upon one of the strangest creatures she had ever before seen. Sitting high atop a mountain of marzipan and wearing a flowing robe of postage stamps and chiffon sat a large, bulbous beast with two heads. The two heads, one a tad more handsome than the other, each wore outlandish chapeaus that read "Kritik Hat," and the duo seemed to be arguing feverishly with each other over the merits of director Tim Burton’s latest film "Alice in Wonderland." Alice sat in wonderment as the two heads seemed to employ an annoyingly impenetrable snobbish jargon to describe the film, picking nit after nit, and over-talking on seemingly every aspect of the movie. Not only did they carry on so about Wonderland, but the two flibbertygibbets gabbed on and on about best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee "Un Prophet", and only shut their blabbering maws long enough for the film's director and star, Jacques Audiard and Tahar Rahim, to get a few choice words in edgewise. Then the two muttonheads droned on and on well into the night, reciting for each other their Oscar Picks. Finally a frustrated Alice screamed, “QUIT IT! I can’t take it any more. Why can’t you just enjoy a movie for what it is? Pure entertainment! I think you two are in love with the sounds of your own voices!” The two heads (one dashingly better looking than the other) looked at each other and then smiled wide toothy grins before announcing in unison, “We hear what you’re saying, dear, but you’re completely wrong," and then recommenced their inane arguments. "I don’t even know what that means," sighed an exhausted Alice, who continued on the path marked "Towards the Lyons Cage," which hopefully offered a route to some film criticism that would prove more palatable to her tastes...Also on the show: Music by Sad Brad Smith and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #294:13-19:13 - Review: "Alice in Wonderland"Music: Sad Brad Smith, "Sure"19:54-23:15 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: A. Rich)23:16-25:51 - Notes, Polls25:52-31:44 - Short Review: "Un Prophet"31:45-42:24 - Interview: Audiard/RahimMusic: Sad Brad Smith, "Help Yourself"42:56-51:47 - New DVDs / Donations51:48-1:10:48 - Oscar Picks1:10:49-1:13:17 - Close / Next Show / OuttakesNOTES / CORRECTIONS- Get a shot at winning some Filmspotting swag by participating in The Puzzler's Oscar contest.- Register for our Billy Wilder class at the University of Chicago's Graham School- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 26 Feb 2010
SIZE: 33.1 MB
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FS #293: Shutter Island / Trouble in Paradise / Top 5 Performances That Should've Won Oscars

Feb 26: What do Michele Williams, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Max Von Sydow, Patricia Clarkson and Jackie Earle Haley have in common? If you answered that none of those illustrious stars have ever stepped foot in Matty’s living room, you are correct. But they all also have Academy Award nominations to their credit and currently find themselves in the middle of fellow Oscar award winner (for "Kundun," right??) Martin Scorcese’s latest thriller, "Shutter Island." The Filmspotting duo finds itself split on the overall effectiveness of the Dennis Lehane adaptation, with "I-haven’t-met-a-great-director-whose-work-I-couldn’t-a pologize-for" Adam finding enough to chew on long after the film had ended, while Matty seems to have spent the better part of the film trying to convince himself he wasn’t watching a Peter Jackson movie. But both the lads agree that the second film in their Ernst Lubitsch marathon, 1932’s "Trouble in Paradise," succeeds on all rollicking fronts. They close out the show with another Oscar-laden segment by handing out their choices for the Top 5 Performances That Should've Won Oscars... But Didn’t. Fittingly, Jack Palance’s ghost shows up in time to give all five slots to Marisa Tomei.Also on the show: Music by The Right Now and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #293:13-16:41 - Review: "Shutter Island"Music: The Right Now, "Ain't Going Back"17:40-22:53 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: L. Nash)22:54-26:46 - Notes, Polls26:47-37:40 - Lubitsch #2: "Trouble in Paradise"Music: The Right Now, "Before I Know Your Name"38:36-48:00 - New DVDs / Donations48:01-1:09:15 - Top 5: Performances That Should've Won Oscar1:09:16-1:12:12 - Close / Next Show / OuttakesNOTES / CORRECTIONS- Register for our Billy Wilder class at the University of Chicago's Graham School- Get more info about TCM's 31 Days of Oscar.- Please excuse any discrepancy in the Oscar years we mention and actual years the awards were handed out. Some sources go by the year the movie was released, others by when the ceremony was held.- "The Haunting" is actually a 1963 release, not the '50s.- Francis Ford Coppola did release "The Outsiders" before "Rumblefish," both 1983 releases.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 19 Feb 2010
SIZE: 39.5 MB
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FS #292: Fish Tank / Ninotchka / Top 5 Teen Rebels

Feb 19: "Arthouse Adam" is back in his element this week as the Filmspotting duo discusses the new film "Fish Tank." No – not because Michael Fassbender spends the better part of the movie sans shirt (though that is a plus). Rather, Adam is afforded the opportunity to revisit a film he first saw after a long day at the Toronto International Film Festival and really sink his teeth into the gritty, atmospheric world created by director Andrea Arnold and the unflinching performance from newcomer Katie Jarvis as Mia, a troubled Essex youth, trying to negotiate the limited opportunities afforded to her by her blighted environs. Next up, the first entry in the Ernst Lubitsch marathon, "Ninotchka," serves to brighten the episode’s mood a bit. Both Adam and Matty fall for Greta Garbo’s luminous screen presence, but find themselves split on the chemistry shared between the great Garbo and co-lead Melvyn Douglass... with Matty preferring a shirtless Michael Fassbender perhaps?In keeping with the rebellious spirit of the show, the lads round out the episode by putting their mothers in a whirl by keeping them unsure whether they’re boys or girls (if you don’t get the reference, put down your iPod, get on iTunes and download Diamond Dogs in its entirety NOW) and listing their Top 5 Teen Rebels.Also on the show: Music by Dana Wells and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #292:13-17:35 - Review: "Fish Tank"Music: Dana Wells, "Evergreen"18:44-24:16 - Voicemail, Polls24:17-33:13 - Listener Feedback (Date Movies)33:14-40:24 - Guest CallerMusic: Dana Wells, "The Benefit"41:49-46:11 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: K. Miller)46:12-59:54 - Lubitsch #1: "Ninotchka"Music: Dana Wells, "Anyone But You"43:44-1:00:32 - New DVDs / Donations1:00:33-1:22:37 - Top 5: Teen Rebels1:22:38-1:26:04 - Close / Next Show / OuttakesNOTES / CORRECTIONS- Get more info about TCM's 31 Days of Oscar.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 12 Feb 2010
SIZE: 33.8 MB
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FS #291: Love Story / Love Affair / Top 5 Date Movies

Feb 12: Every February 14th, These United States of ‘Merica celebrate the pagan holiday of Saint Valentine’s Day, which commemorates Martin Luther’s victory over the Visigoths at Valley Forge (or something like that). Obviously impaled by an arrant Cupid’s arrow, Filmspotting caught Valentine fever this week and called a programming audible. Instead of reviewing their patented “gritty independent film of the week that no one will ever see,” the lads decided to catch up with a pair of classic romances that virtually everyone except your intrepid reviewers have already seen: 1970’s famous weeper "Love Story" and 1939’s "Love Affair," starring the legendary Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. They also wade through some great Listener Feedback and offer up their Top 5 Date Movies, which Matty probably cut and pasted from his profile on singlelutheranslookingforlove.com. Also on the show: Music by Sulek and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #291:13-20:12 - Review: "Love Story" / "Love Affair"Music: Sulek, "Marigold"20:54-25:30 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: A. Willis)25:31-31:15 - Voicemail, Polls31:16-43:05 - Listener FeedbackMusic: Sulek, "Nothing At All"43:44-54:48 - New DVDs / Donations54:49-1:10:57 - Top 5: Date Movies1:10:58-1:13:46 - Close / Next Show / OuttakesNOTES / CORRECTIONS- "How Green Was My Valley" was released in 1941. It beat out "Citizen Kane" for the best picture Oscar.- In "Love Affair," Maria Ouspenskaya plays Charles Boyer's grandmother, not Boyer's mother.- The article Matty referred to about Sidney Poitier is "Why Does White America Love Sidney Poitier So." We discussed it during our New Hollywood class because both "Guess Who" and "In the Heat of the Night" were on our syllabus. I seem to recall reading somewhere that the author later admitted he might have been extremely high when composing it. - Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Sat, 06 Feb 2010
SIZE: 36.9 MB
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FS #290: Edge of Darkness / Michael Hoffman Interview / Top 5 Career Comebacks

Feb 5: "No, you listen to US!" This week Filmspotting celebrates the return of Mel Gibson to the screen in the new thriller "Edge of Darkness" by delivering every segment of the show as though they were on the phone with the kidnappers who had just nabbed their only son, which should help save their discussion of the movie itself because "run-of-the-mill studio revenge flick" sounds much better when shouted with visceral intensity. Oddly enough in the next segment, Michael Hoffman, writer/director of the new Leo Tolstoy film "The Last Station" seemed unfazed during his interview/interrogation with Adam when Kempy demanded to know “Where are you keeping James McAvoy? ... and... "Can you give me his phone number?" For a finale, the lads try to complement Mad Max's grand return by offering up their Top 5 Career Comebacks. "What’s that Mr. DeMille? You want a close-up? We’ll give you a close-up! A close-up in Hell!"Also on the show: Music by Ralph Hinkley Syndrome and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #290:13-14:51 - Review: "Edge of Darkness"Music: Ralph Hinkley Syndrome, "Waiting"16:07-20:44 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: C. Cummings)20:45-47:10 - Interview: Michael HoffmanMusic: Ralph Hinkley Syndrome, "Travel"47:47-56:59 - New DVDs / Donations57:00-52:45 - Poll Questions52:46-1:16:20 - Top 5: Career Comebacks1:16:21-1:20:37 - Close / Next Show / OuttakeNOTES- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 29 Jan 2010
SIZE: 32.5 MB
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FS #289: Overlooked DVD Picks / Sundance 2010 Recap / Top 5 2010 Movie Preview

Jan. 29: Adam spent last weekend in Park City, Utah, dodging avalanches by ducking into theaters at the Sundance Film Festival, and a despondent Matty hasn't left his house since Sunday when Brett Favre reverted to his gunslinger form and inexplicably threw across the field for an interception even though he had at least five yards of running room ahead of him and his kicker is a great dome kicker who can hit from 53 yards. Needless to say, the boys haven't been able to get to the cinema recently, so in lieu of a review of a new movie, the lads offer up some Overlooked DVD Picks. Plus, Adam reports back from his Sundance journey with a top five replete with enough documentaries to keep even Matty at bay. The guys then round out the outing by announcing their inaugural Golden Brick winner, and listing their Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of 2010. Jon Favreau, vengeance is yours!Also on the show: Music by The Airborne Toxic Event and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #289:13-17:23 - Review: Overlooked DVDsMusic: Airborne Toxic Event, "Somewhere Around Midnight"18:45-23:09 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: S. Gluck)23:10-31:49 - Voicemail, Poll, Golden Brick31:50-43:18 - Sundance 2010 RecapMusic: Airborne Toxic Event, "Gasoline"44:00-52:45 - New DVDs / Donations52:46-1:07:41 - Top 5 2010 Preview1:07:42-1:10:57 - Close / Next Show / OuttakeNOTES- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Uh, yeah... "Fight Club" might have been a David Fincher title Adam was looking for.- Filmspotting's Top 25 Films of 2009- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Mon, 25 Jan 2010
SIZE: 34.9 MB
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FS #288: The White Ribbon / The Book of Eli / 2009 Top 5 Blowout

Jan. 22: File under the 'When the cat's away' department. This week Adam is out-of-town kicking off his mandatory two year world-wide Filmspotting mission... or attending Robert Redford's annual Parker Posey film festival in Wyoming. Something like that. Either way, Matty is left behind to throw the show together himself. So, for an opening, instead of a single review, DJ Matty B mixed together reviews of two new movies -- "The White Ribbon" and "The Book of Eli" -- and looped in some killer Rihanna and Herzog vocals to craft an up-tempo house dance track... which is followed by ten minutes of dead air and intermittent invective as Matty didn't realize he had not paused the recording while watching the end of the Lakers-Cavs game. Filmspotting would like to make preemptive apologies to the family of Pau Gasol, who we are sure is a wonderful person who in no way entertains illicit relations with other members of his family or other species. In place of some great Listener Feedback, Matty offers up a selection of some of his favorite YouTube clips, which would work great if there were any type of video component to the show. And, proving once again that all cycles are cyclical, Matty complements the show's 2009 Top 5 Blowout with a copy of his recitation of "The Miller's Tale" in perfect Middle English, which I think we can all agree is the oddest audition tape "The McLaughlin Group" has ever received.Also on the show: Music by Animal Collective and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #288:13-11:14 - Review: "The White Ribbon"11:15-21:24 - Review: "The Book of Eli"Music: Animal Collective, "Doggy"22:11-26:52 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: S. Aparicio)26:53-33:13 - Voicemail, Polls, Notes33:14-43:09 - Listener FeedbackMusic: Animal Collective, "Also Frightened"43:57-52:37 - New DVDs / Donations52:38-1:13:19 - 2009 Top 5 Blowout1:13:20-1:16:09 - Close / Next Show / OuttakeNOTES- If your version of this podcast doesn't have the same audio quality as normal, that's because we were adjusting some settings. Hopefully everything is back to normal, but earlier downloaded versions of this show may sound a little less crisp.- Filmspotting's Top 25 Films of 2009- Learn more about "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe", which is playing now at the Gene Siskel Film Center.- Get a chance to win "The Boys are Back" on DVD.- Sundance/Filmspotting Meetup details.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 22 Jan 2010
SIZE: 34.9 MB
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FS #288: The White Ribbon / The Book of Eli / 2009 Top 5 Blowout

Jan. 22: File under the 'When the cat's away' department. This week Adam is out-of-town kicking off his mandatory two year world-wide Filmspotting mission... or attending Robert Redford's annual Parker Posey film festival in Wyoming. Something like that. Either way, Matty is left behind to throw the show together himself. So, for an opening, instead of a single review, DJ Matty B mixed together reviews of two new movies -- "The White Ribbon" and "The Book of Eli" -- and looped in some killer Rihanna and Herzog vocals to craft an up-tempo house dance track... which is followed by ten minutes of dead air and intermittent invective as Matty didn't realize he had not paused the recording while watching the end of the Lakers-Cavs game. Filmspotting would like to make preemptive apologies to the family of Pau Gasol, who we are sure is a wonderful person who in no way entertains illicit relations with other members of his family or other species. In place of some great Listener Feedback, Matty offers up a selection of some of his favorite YouTube clips, which would work great if there were any type of video component to the show. And, proving once again that all cycles are cyclical, Matty complements the show's 2009 Top 5 Blowout with a copy of his recitation of "The Miller's Tale" in perfect Middle English, which I think we can all agree is the oddest audition tape "The McLaughlin Group" has ever received.Also on the show: Music by Animal Collective and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.:13-11:14 - Review: "The White Ribbon"11:15-21:24 - Review: "The Book of Eli"Music: Animal Collective, "Doggy"22:11-26:52 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: S. Aparicio)26:53-33:13 - Voicemail, Polls, Notes33:14-43:09 - Listener FeedbackMusic: Animal Collective, "Also Frightened"43:57-52:37 - New DVDs / Donations52:38-1:13:19 - 2009 Top 5 Blowout1:13:20-1:16:09 - Close / Next Show / OuttakeNOTES- Filmspotting's Top 25 Films of 2009- Learn more about "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe", which is playing now at the Gene Siskel Film Center.- Get a chance to win "The Boys are Back" on DVD.- Sundance/Filmspotting Meetup details.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 15 Jan 2010
SIZE: 37.7 MB
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FS #287: The Lovely Bones / Top 5 Supporting Performances of 2009

Jan. 15: All of us here at Filmspotting send our thoughts and prayers out to the country of Haiti and everyone affected by Tuesday's terrible tragedy. We encourage everyone in Filmspotting Nation to give what they can to aid in the relief effort there. In fact, if you were planning on rushing to the multiplex to see Peter Jackson's new film "The Lovely Bones," welllll... why not listen to Adam and Matty's discussion of the film on this week's episode and you just might, perhaps, be moved to use that ten dollars you would have spent on a ticket for a more humanitarian cause. Just sayin'. Also civility manages to reign as the lads delve into a healthy batch of Listener Feedback of their earlier dispatch on "Avatar"... and they continue to close out 2009 (otherwise known as the campaign to mention "Inglourious Basterds" as much as possible) with their Top 5 Supporting Performances of 2009. Also on the show: Music by Slimfit and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #287:13-14:50 - Review: "The Lovely Bones"Music: Slimfit, "More Than Wrong"15:47-18:26 - Voicemail, Polls18:27-34:13 - Listener Feedback ("Avatar")Music: Slimfit, "Yesterday's Gone"35:04-39:29 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: B. Stinson)39:30-42:24 - Notes42:25-52:29 - Top 5 Supp. ActressesMusic: Slimfit, "Damp Powder"53:17-1:06:36 - New DVDs / Donations1:06:37-1:18:32 - Top 5 Male Leads1:18:33-1:22:14 - Close / Next Show / OuttakeNOTES- I know, I know... Tree of Souls NOT Tree of Life.- Get a chance to win "The Boys are Back" on DVD here.- Sundance/Filmspotting Meetup details.- Info about PS Hoffman in Chicago as part of Sundance Film Festival USA.- Landmark in Seattle - metroclassics.blogspot.com.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 08 Jan 2010
SIZE: 32.5 MB
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FS #286: A Single Man / Top 5 Lead Performances of 2009

Jan. 8: 1. Listen to a 15-minute discussion of "A Single Man," a gorgeous set-piece film starring Colin Firth as a grieving 1960s college professor -- playing only in select cities that I will probably never see.2. Digest the Top 5 Lead Performances of 2009, as determined by Adam, Matty and Steve Prokopy, the devilishly-handsome film critic from Ain't It Cool News (also known by his net d'plume Capone). If your New Year's resolutions for 2010 read as above, then you're in luck. You can clean them out in one fell swoop by listening to this week's episode of Filmspotting (perhaps even by listening on the treadmill while at the gym because, come on, we all know that pair of jeans didn't really shrink). In related news, Matty's resolution of "writing the blandest show descriptions ever in the hopes that Adam relieves him of his show description writing duties" seems to be in full effect.Also on the show: Music by Puerto Muerto and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #286:13-13:35 - Review: "A Single Man"Music: Puerto Muerto, "Vermilion Sky"14:12-18:38 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: R. Treuer)18:39-40:38 - Top 5 Male LeadsMusic: Puerto Muerto, "Goodbye to the End"41:13-49:31 - New DVDs / Donations49:32-1:07:24 - Top 5 Female Leads1:07:25-1:10:54 - Close / Next Show / OuttakeNOTES- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 01 Jan 2010
SIZE: 15.3 MB
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FS Reviews: Avatar / Nine

January 1: Adam and Matty ring in the new year by finally getting to their discussion of James Cameron's sci-fi epic "Avatar". Plus, the lads find out whether Daniel Day-Lewis can really "be Italian" in Rob Marshall's musical "Nine." Filmspotting will be back in its usual format next week. There's no scheduled review, but Ain't It Cool News' Steve Prokopy aka Capone will drop by to share the Top 5 Lead Performances of 2009.

DATE: Fri, 01 Jan 2010
SIZE: 17.3 MB
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FS After Hours #13: Elf / Golden Palm Marathon Awards

December 31: In the latest Filmspotting After Hours, Adam and Matty share a little Christmas cheer with their Listener's Choice discussion of Jon Favreau's "Elf," starring Will Ferrell. Plus, the Bronzed Fronds -- the Best of the Cannes Golden Palm Marathon Awards. Congratulations to all of our donation winners! Please claim your prize by emailing feedback@filmspotting.net. Winners were selected from donations announced on shows #283-285 up through Dec. 30.NOTES- To clarify, Adam's most depressing "Dancer in the Dark" scene -- slight SPOILER alert -- isn't the actual money-stealing, but scene where Bill learns of the money and spies on Selma.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Support our Massacre Theatre sponsor by visiting PixarTalk.com.

DATE: Fri, 25 Dec 2009
SIZE: 26.5 MB
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Filmspotting Revisited w/ Guest Host David Chen

December 25: Adam and Matty bid you Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays by taking the week off... but thankfully, /Film managing editor and /Filmcast host David Chen is here to revisit some of his favorite Filmspotting segments, including discussions of "There Will Be Blood," "The Happening" and "Soylent Green," plus the Top 5 Coen Bros. Scenes.

DATE: Mon, 21 Dec 2009
SIZE: 40.8 MB
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FS #285: Up in the Air / Invictus / Top 10 Films of 2009

Dec. 18: Filmspotting discusses "Up in the Air" and "Invictus," and reveals its Top 10 Films of 2009 with the help of Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune and "At the Movies," and the AV Club's Scott Tobias.Thanks also to special guest voicemailers: Steve Prokopy from Ain't It Cool News, Matt Singer from IFC News and writer/director Rian Johnson.Also on the show: Music by Iron and Wine and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #285:13-10:45 - Review: "Up in the Air"10:46-20:27 - Review: "Invictus"Music: Iron and Wine, "Love Vigilantes"21:46-26:56 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: M. Kelly)26:57-28:03 - Prokopy Voicemail28:04-39:54 - Top 10 of 2009: #10-6Music: Iron and Wine, "Belated Promise Ring"40:54-41:55 - Singer Voicemail41:56-1:00:57 - Top 10 of 2009: #5-3Music: Iron and Wine, "Boy With a Coin"1:01:26-1:10:09 - New DVDs / Donations1:10:10-1:10:54 - Johnson Voicemail1:10:55-1:26:39 - Top 10 of 2009: #2-11:26:40-1:29:00 - Close / Next Show / OuttakeNOTES- Jason Reitman was nominated in the 2007 best director category alongside the Coen Bros., Paul Thomas Anderson, Julian Schnabel and Tony Gilroy - not David Fincher, which I believe was my point at the time. I thought Fincher for "Zodiac" was a stronger candidate than Reitman for "Juno."- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 11 Dec 2009
SIZE: 26.5 MB
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FS #284: Brothers / The Son's Room / 2009 Golden Brick Nominees

Dec. 11: This week's teaser for Filmspotting is brought to you by the same team responsible for the trailer for "Brothers," the latest film from director Jim Sheridan, starring real-life brothers Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal. Basically the show opens with both Adam and Matty tearing this utter piece of melodramatic tripe to shreds; they proceed to feed the surviving vestiges of the film to their gorgeous Bernese Mountain Dog, Captain Fantastic. At one point during the show, Adam locks himself in the studio unwilling to budge until "Brothers" star Natalie Portman admits to having a relationship with Matty and Captain Fantastic. The stand-off is prolonged when both Matty and The Captain heartily endorse the idea. The lads then anoint "The Son's Room," the 2001 winner of the Cannes Palme d'Or award as not only the best of their Cannes Marathon, but as perhaps the greatest movie of the decade and laud star/director Nanni Moretti as the second coming of Carol Reed, Todd Field and Todd Palin. Then the boys find time to announce the nominees for the greatest awards ever doled out by a body completely removed from any kind of authority, governance or taste. Yes, with the help of Pia Zadora, the lads list their 2009 Golden Brick Nominees -- the overlooked gems from the year in cinema.Also on the show: Music by The Bad Plus and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #284:13-16:57 - Review: "Brothers"Music: The Bad Plus, "Barracuda"17:40-22:11 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: S. Milder)22:12-25:40 - Poll Questions25:41-35:30 - Cannes #5: "The Son's Room"Music: The Bad Plus, "Comfortably Numb"36:11-42:57 - New DVDs / Donations42:58-55:34 - Top 5: Golden Brick Nominees55:35-57:56 - Close / Next Show / OuttakesNOTES- "Brothers" is a remake of Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish film "Brødre." She also directed "After the Wedding."- Other Jim Sheridan movies: In America, In the Name of the Father, Get Rich or Die Tryin', My Left Foot- Other Natalie Portman performances: Leon: The Professional, Garden State- Other Tobey Maguire performances: The Ice Storm, Spider-Man- Another Nanni Moretti film: Caro Diario - Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 04 Dec 2009
SIZE: 36.6 MB
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FS #283: The Road / Dancer in the Dark / Top 5 DVDs of 2009

Dec. 4: This week on Filmspotting, Adam and Matty try to avoid roving bands of cannibals as they travel down director John Hillcoat’s well-worn, post-apocalyptic "The Road," starring Viggo Mortensen as the father of the millennia -- a man determined to keep his young son off an unwashed Garret Dillahunt’s barbecue at any and all costs. Then, the Filmspotting Cannes Palme d’Or Marathon trips the light fantastic with Bjork in Lars Von Trier’s "Dancer in the Dark," an uplifting musical about a young woman with a degenerative eye condition that will soon leave her blind and caught up in a terrible crime that may result in the loss of her life. Yeah, basically a modern retelling of a "The King and I." To close out the show, the lads welcome in the great Mike Spring from DVD Snapshot to help them list their Top 5 DVDs of 2009 (or as it’s better known around Filmspotting studios, The List that Got Matty Kicked Out of Macy’s Santa Wonderland). Also on the show: Music by Colin Hay and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #283:13-17:47 - Review: "The Road"Music: Colin Hay, "I Can't Get Up Out of This Bed"18:46-24:20 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: M. Foote)24:21-28:53 - Notes / Polls28:54-43:26 - Cannes #4: "Dancer in the Dark"Music: Colin Hay, "Oh California"44:13-55:18 - New DVDs / Donations55:19-1:17:09 - Top 5: DVDs of 20091:17:10-1:19:54 - Close / Next Show / OuttakesNOTES- Check out Filmspotting's new iPhone app here!- Matty should have referred to Selma's native country in "Dancer in the Dark" as Czechoslovakia. The country didn't split until 1993.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 27 Nov 2009
SIZE: 25.6 MB
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FS After Hours #12 (Part 2): Listener Feedback / "Dudewood"

November 28: In Part 2 of the latest Filmspotting After Hours, Adam and Matty make their way through another batch of glorious Listener Feedback, including responses to their Top 5 Nostalgia Movies, Bad Day Movies and Bad Screen Parents. Plus, long-lost Filmspotting co-host Sam Van Hallgren checks in via phone to help the guys perform a listener-scripted scene from "Dudewood" ... and the latest batch of Filmspotting winners! Thanks to everyone who donated to the show. Winners were selected from episodes #276-282. Warning: This episode contains some profanity starting around the 40 minute mark.Programming Note: The Filmspotting 'Best of' edition guest hosted by Slashfilmcast's David Chen is being held for a later date. Look for it to be published around Christmas.NOTES- Read Greg Kot's article about the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and their accident.- Re: "Clash of the Titans": Olivier was indeed in the film as Zeus... it was Harryhausen's last work on a feature film... and it's apparently being remade starring Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson as Zeus.- You can read Steven Soderbergh's quote about "Cannonball Run" here.- Thanks to our partners and former partners: PixarTalk.com, Creative Screenwriting and InReviewOnline.- Thanks, as always, to Candace, Lindsay and Golden Joe DeCeault... and to listeners Greg Burland and Kevin Vazquez for their work previewing this show and many others to make sure everything sounds good and the show notes are up to snuff.

DATE: Wed, 25 Nov 2009
SIZE: 15.0 MB
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FS After Hours #12 (Part I): Ace in the Hole / Kurosawa Marathon Awards

November 25: In Part I of the latest Filmspotting After Hours, Adam and Matty discuss Billy Wilder's 1951 "Ace in the Hole," starring Kirk Douglas as a ruthless newspaperman out to get his story no matter the moral or ethical costs. Plus, The Ronins... Filmspotting's Best of the Kurosawa Marathon Awards. The Marathon lineup consisted of: "Rashomon," "Ikiru," "Throne of Blood," The Hidden Fortress," "Yojimbo" and "High and Low."

DATE: Fri, 20 Nov 2009
SIZE: 43.3 MB
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FS #282: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans / The Messenger / Ben Foster-Oren Moverman Interview / Taste of Cherry / Top 5 Turkeys of 2009

Nov. 20: It’s a potpourri of crazy this week on Filmspotting. First, Matty heads down to the French Quarter to grab some beignets at Café Du Monde and split a muffuletta with the venerable Werner Herzog and Nic Cage as he takes in the bizarre genius that is "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans." And while Matty is busy maxing out the Filmspotting credit card buying rounds of hurricanes for Florida State co-eds at Pat O’Brien’s, Adam sits down with his man-crush Ben Foster and writer/director Oren Moverman to discuss their new project, "The Messenger," a film chronicling the arduous duties of two Army casualty notification officers. Then the lads find time to discuss the third film in their Palme d’Or Marathon, 1997’s "Taste of Cherry" from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, during which not even the illustrious Roger Ebert is spared Filmspotting wrath. Finally, in honor of America’s annual celebration of its continued subjugation of near-flightless fowl, Filmspotting holds its annual Thanksgiving Awards buffet and name its Top 5 Turkeys of 2009. Zack Snyder, I think there’s a seat available over there next to Optimus Prime.Also on the show: Music by Thee American Revolution and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #282:13-9:29 - Review: "Port of Call New Orleans"9:30-17:14 - Review: "The Messenger"Music: Thee American Revolution, "Electric Flame"18:10-22:38 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: M. Lovgren)22:39-46:11 - Foster/Moverman InterviewMusic: Thee American Revolution, "Power House"46:56-54:30 - Voicemail, Polls, Notes54:31-1:05:30 - Cannes #3: "Taste of Cherry"Music: Thee American Revolution, "Shoeshine Blues"1:05:56-1:14:43 - New DVDs / Donations1:14:44-1:31:56 - Top 5: Turkeys of 20091:31:57-1:34:36 - Close / Next Show / OuttakeNOTES- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 13 Nov 2009
SIZE: 36.4 MB
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FS #281: The Men Who Stare at Goats / Farewell My Concubine / Top 5 Films of 1999

Nov. 13: Usually Filmspotting trots out an elaborate, creative, highly over-written show description. This week, however, in keeping with the spirit of the film they’re discussing, "The Men Who Stare at Goats," the boys are decidedly phoning it in. Which is a shame, because their other discussion of the second film in the ongoing Cannes Golden Palm Marathon, "Farewell My Concubine," a beautiful epic sent against the backdrop of Chinese opera, certainly requires a stab at some decent verbiage. And the fact that the creators of the highly addictive website, Flickchart.com stop by to help the lads list their Top 5 Films of 1999 calls for some kind of special notation -- at the very least maybe a Prince pun or two, but, you know, that’s what you get when you take a great premise and a handful of extraordinary actors and give them absolutely nothing to do. Two can play at the game, sporty. What? You expected Filmspotting to be the bigger person? Have you listened to the show?Also on the show: Music by Crown City Rockers and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #281:13-11:25 - Review: "The Men Who Stare at Goats"Music: Crown City Rockers, "Break"12:16-16:48 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: J. Medeiros)16:49-22:51 - CPR Event, Polls22:52-36:28 - Cannes #2: "Farewell My Concubine"Music: Crown City Rockers, "Go Away"37:210-43:59 - New DVDs / Donations44:00-1:05:23 - Top 5: Films of 19991:05:24-1:15:59 - Flickchart Interview1:16:00-1:19:22 - Close / Next ShowNOTES- Matty mentioned Terence Malick getting edged out of his top 5. "The Thin Red Line" is often considered a 1999 film, though it did get a limited release in Dec. 1998.- Other Stephen Root films: Office Space, No Country for Old Men- Great Faye Dunaway roles/movies: Bonnie and Clyde, Network, Chinatown- Adam's #6-10 of 1999: All About My Mother, Fight Club, Magnolia, The Insider, Eyes Wide Shut- Flickchart's Top 5 for 1999:1. Fight Club2. The Matrix3. Office Space4. American Beauty5. The Sixth Sense- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 06 Nov 2009
SIZE: 36.2 MB
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FS #280: Precious / When Father Was Away on Business / Top 5 Bad Screen Parents

Nov. 6: O Captain! My Captain! This week, Adam and Matty make music from the heart and navigate the blackboard jungle as they stand and deliver their latest edition of Filmspotting featuring a discussion of the Sundance sensation, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," starring Paula Patton as a Harlem high school teacher trying to save Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe’s teenaged Precious from an abusive mother -- played to the hilt by comedienne Mo'Nique. The lads also ask all dangerous minds to lean on them and trust their takes on 1985’s "When Father Was Away on Business," the first installment of the Filmspotting Golden Palm Marathon. Then, in honor of Mo’Nique’s devastating performance, the boys close out Mr. Holland’s Opus by listing their Top 5 Bad Screen Parents. Good-bye, Mr. Chips! Also on the show: Listener Feedback, music by The Almighty Defenders and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #280:13-15:44 - Review: "Precious"Music: The Almighty Defenders, "Bow Down and Die"16:46-22:57 - Voicemail, Polls22:58-34:54 - Feedback (Nostalgia Movies)Music: The Almighty Defenders, "She Came Before Me"35:59-39:56 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: Lance St. Laurent)39:57-54:50 - Cannes Marathon #1: "When Father Was Away"Music: The Almighty Defenders, "Cone of Light"55:52-1:03:59 - New DVDs / Donations1:04:00-1:16:26 - Top 5: Bad Parents1:16:27-1:18:59 - Close /Next Show / OuttakesNOTES- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.- Suspense films mentioned in poll: Wait Until Dark, The Others, The Silence of the Lambs, Vertigo- Romanian movie at TIFF: Tales From a Golden Age- Government quashing dissent: The Lives of Others- Another Cannes winner from Emir Kusturica: Underground- Other "Neo-neo realism" films like Ballast: Shotgun Stories, Sugar, Wendy and Lucy, Chop Shop

DATE: Fri, 30 Oct 2009
SIZE: 37.5 MB
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FS #279: An Education / Antichrist / Top 5 Taboo Relationships

Oct. 30: Yes, we are obviously trying to seduce you. This week, Adam and Matty decide to forgo their spot at Oxford next semester and instead fall head over heels for the much older Peter Sarsgaard's fast car, cool jazz and French cigarettes. The lads sneak out during fifth period to gossip with the girls about their love for the new Lone Scherfig film, "An Education," starring the aforementioned dreamy Mr. Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams and the lovely Carey Mulligan in a jaw-dropping performance.And after a lost weekend of dissecting Camus beside the Seine, Adam and Matty head out to the countryside to further lose their innocence (and quite possibly their stomachs) at the hands of Lars von Trier and his latest rollicking cinematic parable, "Antichrist." Humbled and confused by their time spent with Mr. von Trier (and his playful anthropomorphic realizations of Grief, Chaos, and Despair -- Br'er Fox eat your heart out [literally]) -- and in light of a couple of pending lawsuits, Filmspotting has been advised by counsel not to comment on this week's Top 5 outside of giving its title: Top 5 Taboo Relationship Movies."But Filmspotting (ahem, Matty) would like to remind the fine civil servants of Kane County, particularly the two members of the local constabulary that might have been sitting in the West Dundee Steak and Shake at 2:00 am last Friday night, that "Excuse me, miss, do you know where the high school girls hang out around here?" is a QUOTE from the movie "Swingers." Thank you, Senator, no further comment.Also on the show: Listener Feedback, music by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #279:13-17:46 - Review: "An Education"17:47-32:05 - Review: "Antichrist"Music: The Pains of Being Pure..., "Higher Than The Stars"32:52-38:36 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: R. Nemec)38:37-44:15 - Voicemail, Polls, Notes44:16-53:48 - Feedback (Bad Day Movies)Music: The Pains of Being Pure..., "Everything With You"54:22-1:01:48 - New DVDs/Donations1:01:49-1:18:52 - Top 5: Taboo Relationships1:18:53-1:21:56 - Close/Next Show/No outtake, sorry!NOTES- Good "Antichrist" reviews: Karina Longworth and Roger Ebert.- The addictive website that will destroy your productivity is Flickchart.com.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
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FS #278: Where the Wild Things Are / High and Low / Top 5 Nostalgia Movies (Redux)

Oct. 23: Little Sammy and the Mystery of Filmspotting IslandBy Ayn BallgameSammy was a little boy who loved making mischief (many would argue his acting out stemmed from Sammy’s lack of a relationship with his estranged father).One day, young Sammy was making so much mischief around the house that his mother sent him to his room without supper (while she went to the phone to schedule another appointment with her therapists, Dr. Friedman and Dr. Jim Beam).Alone in his room (with only his X-box, his Wii, his action figures, his Legos, his board games, his DVDs, his iPod, and his toy trucks to keep him company), Sammy sulked and moped and exclaimed, “I’m so bored!”“Hellllllllooooo, young Sammy!” boomed a voice from out of nowhere.“Why are you using a Jamaican accent?” boomed another voice from out of nowhere.“It’s not a Jamaican accent! I’m trying to sound authoritative, you know, cool,” whispered voice number one.“You sound like you’re doing a bad imitation of Punjab from Annie,” countered the other voice.“Does Punjab even talk in that movie?” rebutted the voice from "Cool Runnings."The booming unseen voices then began to bicker for ten minutes.Finally, young Sammy shouted, “Who are you guys!?”“We’re the Monsters of Filmspotting Island!” boomed the two voices in unison.“Jinx,” whispered the invisible Jamaican.“Filmspotting island?”“It’s a fantastic place with no moms to make us do things, where we play all day and watch movies every night!” answered the unseen voice with the weird accent that now sounded a little like a bad Ricardo Montalbán.“Sounds great!”“It is great!” answered the voices.“Can I come visit?” asked Sammy.“Oh, hah, heavens no. You’re a rude little boy who makes too much mischief. Besides, it would be totally creepy if you were to come hang out with two much older Monsters on our island. Think of the liability. "Ugh, creeps me out just thinking about it,” answered the more neurotic sounding voice.“Oh,” said a disappointed Sammy. “Then why are you talking to me?”“Because we wanted to let you know about our latest show. When we’re not playing all day and stuffing our bellies with gumdrops for dinner and Big League Chew for desert, we like to discuss the movies we watch. This week, we’re talking about Spike Jonze’s latest "Where the Wild Things Are," Akira Kurosawa’s "High and Low" and we list our Top 5 Nostalgia Movies from when were wee little Monsters just like you.”“You just wanted to tell me about your show?” asked Sammy.“Yeah, while you’re being punished, why not make something of it? Help your poor mom out, learn a thing or two. Way you’re headed right now, best you could hope for is to start working on your phrasing of ‘You want fries with that,” taunted the invisible Bob Marley. “I guess it could be kind of freeing knowing you’ll never have to deal with the attendant pressures of being a Rhodes Scholar.”“I’ll show you, you jerky Filmspotting Monsters!” shouted an angry little Sammy. “I’m gonna grow up and direct awful movies just so you have to discuss them!”“Little Uwe? Is that you?” teased the voice that didn’t sound like he came from the outskirts of Kingston.And with that the Monsters' howling laughter began to fade away until little Sammy was once again alone in his room, a broken former shell of himself, now haunted by the prospect of his college choices.The EndAlso on the show: Music by Mittens On Strings and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #278:13-19:48 - Review: "Where the Wild Things Are"Music: Mittens On Strings, "Lou Reed Says"20:49-25:28 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: J. Pascal)25:29-31:35 - Voicemail, Polls31:36-47:20 - Kurosawa #6: "High and Low"Music: Mittens On Strings, "Big Brother"47:44-58:01 - New DVDs/Donations58:02-1:17:23 - Top 5: Nostalgia Movies1:17:24-1:21:12 - Close/Next Show/OuttakeNOTES- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Sat, 17 Oct 2009
SIZE: 34.9 MB
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FS #277: Zombieland / Capitalism: A Love Story / Top 5 Bad Day Movies

Oct. 16: This week Filmspotting celebrates Matty's 100th episode by playing catch-up and sitting down with two films currently creating a lot of buzz at the box office. First up, our heroes hole up in the abandoned Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois to fend off an invasion of the undead. If they follow the rules they gleaned from watching the new horror/comedy "Zombieland," odds are the intrepid duo might just hold out for a solid six hours. Much more harrowing than any zombie infestation (and requiring the same amount of shotguns kept at hand) is the current state of the United States economy. Fittingly, Filmspotting sends its in-house socialist, Matty "Ilyich" Ballgame, to take in Michael Moore’s latest piece of agitprop, "Capitalism: A Love Story." Suitably sobered by both zombies and economics, the lads transmit their Top 5 Bad Day Movies via Morse Code from their underground bunker located one hundred feet below 1060 W. Addison. And for the record, Filmspotting really hates Illinois Nazis.Also on the show: Listener Feedback, music by The Dead Milkmen and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #277:24-13:20 - Review: "Zombieland"13:21-16:29 - Poll Questions16:30-23:22 - Review: "Capitalism"Music: Dead Milkmen, "Air Crash Museum"24:15-29:20 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: K. Spahr)29:21-45:44 - Feedback (Tearjerkers)Music: Dead Milkmen, "Punk Rock Girl"46:19-55:54 - New DVDs/Donations54:55-1:10:08 - Top 5: Bad Day Movies1:10:09-1:13:54 - Close/Next Show1:13:55-1:16:07 - Bonus: Matty's Movie MinuteNOTES- Annie Proulx wrote the short story "Brokeback Mountain."- Stuart Gordon directed David Mamet's "Edmond" -- but it's definitely a Mamet film.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 09 Oct 2009
SIZE: 35.4 MB
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FS #276: A Serious Man / Michael Stuhlbarg Interview / Top 5 Chicago Film Fest Preview

Oct. 9: Dean WermerAdam, Matty, thank you so much for coming in today. As you both are well aware, the tenure committee is in its final stages of making its decision on whether or not to grant the both of you tenure here at Grinyon Online University. Unfortunately we’ve read your submitted examples of publication.MattyWell, they were really first drafts...Dean WermerOh, you mean to tell me, Mr. Robinson, that your essay entitled “What The Movies Is” in which you wrote the word “stakes” over and over for 25 pages is not the final copy?MattyWell, I haven’t settled on a font yet...Dean WermerAnd you, Mr. Kempenaar, while we appreciated the work that went into the composition of your 1,012 page article titled “Steven Soderbergh: Deity or Super God?”, we find it a little hard to believe that Mr. Soderbergh’s use of the RedOne camera is worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize, and if the UN were to anoint Mr. Soderbergh as Director of the World as you propose, we doubt it would single-handedly reduce our dependence on foreign oil.AdamWell, if you look at the algorithm I laid out in appendix B...Dean WermerAND we’re horribly confused why you chose to submit this macaroni portrait of Faye Dunaway. Was this done by your son?AdamUm... Yes? That’s probably the best answer, right?Dean WermerLuckily for you gentlemen, we were a little bit more impressed by your electronic submissions. Particularly we enjoyed your discussion of the latest Coen Brothers film, "A Serious Man." And, Mr. Robinson, we felt you didn’t altogether embarrass yourself during your interview with the film’s star, Michael Stuhlbarg. We also appreciated your run-down of the films you’re most looking forward to seeing at the Chicago International Film Festival. (Sigh) I almost hate to ask this. Do you have anything further to add that might assist the committee in rendering its decision?MattyI just want to say that I think there's been a miscarriage of, uh, proportions... I want Ron Kuby or Ron Meshbesher. Uh, just, just get me a Ron.AdamI suppose it wouldn’t tip the scales any if I presented the committee with my homemade macramé potholders featuring Alain Delon?DeanGet out.Also on the show: Music by The Ams and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #276:13-17:01 - Review: "A Serious Man"Music: The Ams, "Godspeed Your Safe Return"17:57-22:22 - After Hours Winners22:23-25:58 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Alex Kies)25:59-43:34 - Interview: Michael StuhlbargMusic: The Ams, "Saturday Afternoon"44:11-53:17 - New DVDs/Donations53:18-1:13:10 - Top 5: CIFF Preview1:13:11-1:17:18 - Next Show, OuttakeNOTES- We said "A Serious Man" is opening wide. It is not. Top 10 markets this weekend; Top 25 next weekend (or so the plan is currently).- Links to support victims of the massive storm in Manilla are here and here.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 02 Oct 2009
SIZE: 29.8 MB
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Filmspotting Revisited w/ Guest Host Matt Singer

October 2: With the guys off this week, Adam and Matty welcome in special guest host Matt Singer from IFC News and the IFC News Podcast as he takes a look back at some of his favorite Filmspotting segments.Note: The file size for this show is about twice what it normally is. Sorry for any inconvenience. A smaller version will be uploaded eventually.

DATE: Tue, 29 Sep 2009
SIZE: 21.8 MB
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FS After Hours #11: Wait Until Dark

September 29: On this edition of Filmspotting After Hours... Our Listener's Choice discussion of the 1967 thriller "Wait Until Dark," starring Audrey Hepburn in an Oscar nominated turn. Plus, another provocative batch of Listener Feedback on John Hughes, the best backyard movies and more.Thanks again to all of our donors for your tremendous support! Winners on this show were chosen from episodes #268-275. Please email feedback@filmspotting.net if you were one of the lucky winners.Listener's Choice Brian Stein, Arlington, VAT-Shirts Timothy, Glen Iris, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaJay, Wellington, FLRobin, SeattleMichael, Colorado SpringsMugsDavid, Brunswick West, Victoria, AustraliaBertha, Austin, TXTyrone, Woking, Surrey, UKFabien, Ilford, Essex, UK Copy of "Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith" from Titan BooksJohn, Oak Park, ILPeter Purcell, Lenoir, NCMark, Ottawa, OntarioErik, Wellington, NZGil and Alysia, Yarraville, Victoria, Australia

DATE: Fri, 25 Sep 2009
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FS# 275: Overlooked DVD Picks / Top 5 Tearjerkers

Sept. 25: It’s alive! Not to be outdone by Netflix's crack team of engineers and mathematicians who recently revamped the efficacy of the company's online DVD recommendation system, Adam and Matty roll out a high-powered movie recommendation machine of their own -- the Rec-o-Matic 2600 (beta). Powered by beer and our co-hosts own sense of self-admiration, Adam and Matty harness the power of the Rec-o-Matic to complement their slate of suggested Overlooked DVD Picks. And while it’s generally accepted that there’s no crying in podcasting, the boys offer up a powerful theoretical lineup for Lifetime's "Movies That Make Men Cry" Marathon with their Top 5 Tearjerkers. Ladies, take notes on why lines such as "Shane! Come back, Shane" can bring NFL linemen to their knees.Also on the show: Music by Alligators, Listener Feedback and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #275:13-19:11 - Overlooked DVD PicksMusic: Alligators, "Where Does It Hide"19:58-24:45 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: D. Dominic)24:46-30:49 - Voicemail, Polls30:50-39:48 - Feedback ("The Informant!")Music: Alligators, "Conqueror"40:40-49:48 - New DVDs/Donations49:49-1:07:47 - Top 5: Tearjerkers1:07:48-1:11:22 - Next Show, OuttakesNOTESHere's the link to Matty's new source: Jandy Stone’s Film on TV.- Adam appeared on the /Filmcast earlier in the week to discuss "Jennifer's Body" and more.- Thanks to Titan Books, we're giving away 5 copies of "Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith" on the next edition of After Hours.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 18 Sep 2009
SIZE: 36.6 MB
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FS #274: The Informant! / Top 5 2009 Toronto Film Fest Movies

Sept. 18: LIVE from a makeshift dais outside the original Maple Leaf GardensQ: Ballgame, you’re coming off a tough road trip to the Toronto International Film Fest -- over 30 films in four days -- how do you think team Filmspotting held up?A: Well, obviously we’re tired, but I’m proud of the guys. You know, dealing with the time change, the gravy on the French fries, the sometimes smothering congeniality of Canadians... it was a challenge. But I think people will be pleased when we lay out our Top 5 Toronto Film Fest Movies.Q: What about other reviewers like Phillips and Ebert, who are likely seeing hundreds of films over two weeks?A: Look, we can’t focus on what other reviewers or other podcasts are doing. We just have to take it segment by segment, discussion by discussion, film by film, and bring a solid 90 minutes of criticism to the show. Look what Kempy brought to the table during our review of "The Informant!" I mean, here’s a guy that loves director Steven Soderbergh, and this film starring Matt Damon as a notorious corporate whistleblower is generally eliciting a lot of love from the critics -- it would have been easy for Adam to phone this one in. But, no, he stepped it up. He brought his ‘A’ game and BAM, what do you get? Point-by-point, generally articulate dissection of an overall pretty middling film. That’s Kempy being Kempy and why he gets paid the big bucks. And by big bucks I mean he gets paid in hugs and beer.Q: What about some of the feedback you’ve been getting from the fans?A: Look, we love our fans, we wouldn’t be here without them and we’ve got a great batch of Listener Feedback on this week’s show, as well another cringe-worthy rendition of Massacre Theatre and music by Heroes of Popular Wars. Overall, we think it’s a great show. Are we satisfied? No, we can never be satisfied; we’re not a .500 podcast; to compete with the big guys, we’ve got to step it up, but as long that microphone is on, we’ll keep bringing the heat. Massacre Theatre is presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #274:13-18:49 - Review: "The Informant!"Music: HOPW, "A Bus Called Further"19:22-24:45 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: E. Munn)24:45-42:49 - Polls, Notes, FeedbackMusic: HOPW, "It's A Doozy"43:57-55:15 - New DVDs/Donations55:16-1:17:39 - Top 5: TIFF '09 Recap1:17:40-1:19:58 - Polls, Next ShowNOTES- Filmspotting's David Mamet/Anne Frank scene on YouTube- Information on Facets Fright School. Full lineup should be posted soon.- Information about "The Art of the Steal," since we didn't really explain.- Get 10% off retro movie inspired t-shirts at Wake Up... Time To Die by using the discount code FSPOT10.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

DATE: Fri, 11 Sep 2009
SIZE: 35.5 MB
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FS #273: Extract / Yojimbo / Top 5 Most Anticipated TIFF '09 Movies

Sept. 11: Filmspotting reviews Mike Judge's latest, "Extract" ... discuss the 5th movie in their Kurosawa Marathon, "Yojimbo" ... and preview their trip to the Toronto International Film Festival with their Top 5 Most Anticipated TIFF Movies.Also on the show: Music by Colin Hay, Listener Feedback and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #273:13-15:11 - Review: "Extract"Music: Colin Hay, "Oh California"15:59-32:47 - Listener Feedback (Fall Preview)Music: Colin Hay, "Prison Time"33:23-36:46 - Facebook/Mamet Winner36:47-41:02 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: B. Tackett)41:03-51:28 - Kurosawa #5: YojimboMusic: Colin Hay, "There's Water Over You"52:13-59:59 - New DVDs/Donations1:00:00-1:133:52 - Top 5: TIFF '09 Preview1:29:00-1:17:33 - Polls, Next Show, OuttakeNOTES- "The Ice Storm" came out in 1997, so good chance I watched it on DVD not VHS. Who knows.- Toronto Film Fest Meetup details.- Get 10% off retro movie inspired t-shirts at Wake Up... Time To Die by using the discount code FSPOT10.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 04 Sep 2009
SIZE: 41.9 MB
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FS# 272: Taking Woodstock / The Hidden Fortress / Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies

Sept. 4: How ‘bout another hand for Sha Na Na?! Groovy. Okay, cats. Just a reminder, please avoid the Sluggo and Nancy tabs, man. They’re no good. All right, up next, we’ve got a great act, all the way from Richard J. Daley’s cow palace on the prairie, Chicago, it’s the soulful crooning of Adam and Matty. Their set list includes Matty performing the Star Spangled Banner on his flugelhorn, followed by a discussion of the new Ang Lee joint, "Taking Woodstock," featuring Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton and Liev Schreiber. Then they delve into "The Hidden Fortress," man; we’re talking 1958 and Akira Kurosawa’s classic samurai epic starring Toshiro Mifune, the fourth film in their on-going Kurosawa Marathon. They’ll come back for an encore with their Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall Movies. Heady stuff, man.Also on the show: Music by The Penelopes, Listener Feedback, Massacre Theatre -- presented by In Review Online and Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.Filmspotting #272:13-20:07 - Review: "Taking Woodstock"Music: The Penelopes, "Sabotage"21:00-40:55 - Polls, Listener FeedbackMusic: The Penelopes, "Stuck in Lalaland"43:05-48:44 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: J. Wilcox)48:45-1:00:07 - Kurosawa #4: The Hidden FortressMusic: The Penelopes, "Circle of Seasons"1:00:36-1:13:11 - New DVDs/Donations1:13:12-1:28:59 - Top 5: Most Ant. Fall Movies1:29:00-1:31:29 - Close/Next Show/OuttakeNOTES- I wasn't laughing at "Battle Royale" being Tarantino's favorite film since 1992 (not all-time), but laughing at the fact that Matty had no idea what "Battle Royale" was.- I wasn't necessarily arguing "Schlinder's List" does trivialize the Holocaust, just that the argument certainly can be made.- Help send Chris White to Australia to direct "Brick" the play at Fundable.com.- Toronto Film Fest Meetup details.- Check out TheReelists.com and feel free to contact editor Corey Atad at coreyatad@thereelists.com.- Get 10% off retro movie inspired t-shirts at Wake Up... Time To Die by using the discount code FSPOT10.- Massacre Theatre version of "Meet the Parents" courtesy of Kevin Crossman.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 28 Aug 2009
SIZE: 35.1 MB
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FS #271: Inglourious Basterds / Top 5 Quentin Tarantino Scenes

August 28: EXT. FILMSPOTTING STUDIOS. DAYTIME. LOS ANGELES. TWO HITMEN SIT IN A WHITE HONDA CIVIC.KAHUNAYou really think you should be drinking while we’re casing a joint?NEIL VEGAWhat is this an intervention? You’re gonna get all Betty Ford on me?KAHUNANo, I’m just saying. Don’t you want to be, you know, alert, on top of your game, in case they come out? I mean, you never hear of a doctor tying a couple on before going into surgery, or an actor downing a fifth before his big monologue...NEILOh, oh, oh contraire mi amour. Exhibit A, Richard “Ginny Wolf” Burton, my friend. Drank like a sailor between acts, sometimes between lines. Peter O’Toole: never appeared sober on a set in his life.KAHUNALarry the Arab?NEILThe same. And you know the Titanic.KAHUNANot that Jimmy Cameron-Celine Dion video from the 90’s?NEILNo, I’m talking about the boat. The mother-effing R-M-S herself. Grand old lady is going down. It’s a panic, right? Everyone’s scrambling. You’ve got Astors and Guggenheims about to waltz with Davy Jones. No one’s thinking. No one’s doing what they should, you know, looking for Queequeg’s coffin. Except one guy. Wally Pipp. Second class passenger. Waltzes on up to the pantry, no one’s paying him any mind, they’re too lost in "Nearer My God To Thee" to notice the portly little guy making his way to the liquor locker. He opens it up. What does he see? Bam. It’s a Valhalla of booze. We’re talking the Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio of moonshine: 500 year-old Scotch from Robert the Bruce’s personal collection, Beowulf’s mead, Miles Standish’s Ouzo. It’s all there. And Wally Pipp figures, well, “I’m going down, I’m going down pickled!” And he just starts drinking. I mean WC Fields wetdream drinking. Three hours straight. Just as he's polishing off Joan of Arc’s favorite cabernet. Good night Mrs. Calabash, wham, he blacks out.KAHUNAWhat a way to go.NEILBut that’s just it. Seven hours later, the Carpathia comes by to start plucking Kate and Leo from the water, everyone’s dead, hypothermia. Guess who they pull from the water, still breathing? Wally effing Pipp. He drank so much, his blood was 70% alcohol. It wouldn’t freeze.KAHUNAWow. Now that’s A Night to Remember.NEILNow you’re talking. Pussy Galore and Kenny Moore on the high seas.KAHUNAHe was in "Longest Day," right?NEILExactamundo. The Duke Does D-Day. Great war movie. Not like this latest travesty, you seen this thing, this "Inglourious Basterds?"KAHUNANo.NEILQuentin Tarantino, movie clerk. It’s his new film. What a piece of refuse. But that’s why we’re here. These two guys that Mr. Wallace wants us to take out, Adam and Matty, they won’t shut up about it. They’ve got this Filmspotting show and they spend thirty minutes geeking out over the genius of "Inglourious Basterds" and the performance of Christoph Waltz as Nazi Hans Landa like it should be hanging in the frigging Louvre. And if that’s not enough, they devote the entire rest of the show to all things Johnny Destiny, including a list of their Top 5 Quentin Tarantino Scenes. All this dead air wasted over a guy that can scribble some clever dialogue and pepper his scripts with annoying movie references. It’s exhausting. Man, I’m hungry.KAHUNAYou want a get a taco?NEILAh, forget it. Where we gonna get a taco 'round here? It’s Chinatown. Plus, music from the "Reservoir Dogs" soundtrack.Listener Feedback, Massacre Theatre -- presented by In Review Online and Pixar Talk.Filmspotting #271:13-30:17 - Review: "Inglourious Basterds"Music: Steeler's Wheels, "Stuck in the Middle With You"31:04-35:14 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: J. Wilcox)35:15-49:15 - Polls, Notes, FeedbackMusic: Sandy Rogers, "Fool For Love"50:13-56:50 - New DVDs/Donations56:51-1:13:35 - Top 5: Tarantino Scenes1:13:36-1:16:39 - Close/Next Show/OuttakeNOTES- Adam alluded to this during the review... he has a theory about Hans Landa, or at least something worth considering. Some are buying it, some aren't.- List of film references in "Inglourious Basterds"- Daniel Mendelsohn's "Inglourious Basterds" article in Newsweek- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Mon, 24 Aug 2009
SIZE: 39.1 MB
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FS #270: Ponyo / Throne of Blood / Top 5 Films of 2000

August 21: ???filmspotting????edition??? ??Adam?Matty???? ????????????????????????Shakespeare?Macbeth???????????? ????????????????????????????top 5???We believe the show description above loosely translates to: Two American dunderheads try to sound smart talking about Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated feature "Ponyo," and Kurosawa's 1957 classic take on Macbeth, "Throne of Blood." The yammering yankee dorks also list their Top 5 Films of 2000.Plus: Listener Feedback, Massacre Theatre -- presented by In Review Online -- and music by Deer Tick.Filmspotting #270:13-15:00 - Review: "Ponyo"Music: Deer Tick, "Easy"15:55-21:19 - Voicemail, Polls21:20-23:38 - Matty's 'The More You Know'23:39-34:47 - Feedback ("District 9")Music: Deer Tick, "Little White Lies"35:45-40:28 - Massacre Theatre40:29-52:50 - Kurosawa #3: "Throne of Blood"Music: Deer Tick, "Song About a Man"53:55-1:04:15 - New DVDs/Donations1:04:15-1:21:56 - Top 5: Films of 20001:21:57-1:25:26 - Close/Next ShowNOTES- We didn't choose Ponyo over Inglorious Basterds. Basterds wasn't an option for us because Matty wasn't able to make the lone press screening. Next week for QT.- Adam's Top 5 Films of 2000 Regrets: Need to see Yi Yi and Dancer in the Dark.- Adam's Top 5 Films of 2000 Honorable Mentions: Ghost Dog, Wonder Boys... and the first half or so of All The Pretty Horses.- Amores Perros was counted as a 2001 movie and made Adam's Top 5.- Here's the link to the Akira Kurosawa forum discussing the Lady Asaji scene that Adam referenced.- For some reason Adam has started calling Ang Lee "Ahng"... and he reverted back to mispronouncing Mifune. Sorry. Probably butchered Lady Asaji too.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 14 Aug 2009
SIZE: 33.9 MB
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FS #269: District 9 / Top 5 John Hughes Characters

August 14: Do I just start talking? Do I look at you or at the camera? Oh, okay. Well, uh, my name is Jeroen Van Der Rohe, and I am the Chief Cultural Administer to the aliens currently living in District 9 here in Johannesburg. The aliens are unique creatures, to be sure. Odd tastes. Very different than humans. For one, they consider cat food a delicacy. They, uh, adore the work of Alan Thicke. And weirdly enough they really like this podcast featuring two jackanapes droning on about movies called Filmspotting. Can’t get enough of it. To human ears, Filmspotting sounds like a monkey grating a chalkboard with tinfoil, but the aliens love the guys' takes on new films like, obviously, "District 9" from first-time director Neill Blomkamp. We thought at first the podcast might be transmitting some kind of incendiary code to the aliens, but their segments featuring Listener Feedback, Massacre Theatre and Top 5 John Hughes Characters seemed innocuous enough. Painful to listen to but, uh, relatively harmless. Aliens. Go figure, right?Massacre Theatre is presented by In Review Online. Music this week is from John Hughes' "Pretty in Pink."Filmspotting #269:13-17:32 - Review: "District 9"Music: Psychedelic Furs, "Pretty in Pink"18:32-34:16 - Polls, Feedback (Food Movies)Music: OMD, "If You Leave"35:07-44:27 - New DVDs/Donations44:28-49:33 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: M. Startsev)49:34-1:09:50 - Top 5: John Hughes Characters1:11:12-1:14:01 - Close/Next Show/OuttakesNOTES- The Bunuel doc Adam has seen is "Land Without Bread."- How to pronounce Bunuel.- Travis is dead right that one of "Humpday's" real pleasures is the depiction of Ben and Anna's marriage.- Molly Ringwald wrote a great tribute to John Hughes in the NY Times.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 07 Aug 2009
SIZE: 33.6 MB
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FS #268: Julie and Julia / Humpday / Top 5 Food Movies

August 7: Hellooooooooo my lovelies! This week we’re going to be making Filmspotting a la Awesome. To begin, please find yourself a suitable receptacle, an iPod or a radio station; then find yourself two charming, pedantic cinephiles: a nice ripe Kempenaar will do nicely (you’ll know it’s in season if it's a little smushy in the middle) and then add a healthy dollop of some beautiful Matty Ballgame for some added spice. Mix the two liberally together for about an hour, stirring all the while. Once congealed, add in a healthy discussion of "Julie and Julia," the new comedy from Nora Ephron starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams in the role of another young actress once again out-acted by the great Meryl Streep. Next, gently massage in some poignant Listener Feedback for stability before topping the entire concoction off with a demiglase of the Top 5 Food Movies. Let sit for an hour until the Ballgame has fully pickled and then, “Bon Appetit!”Also on the show: Adam's Articulate Analysis of Lynn Shelton's new film "Humpday," Massacre Theatre -- presented by In Review Online -- and music by The Sea and Cake.Filmspotting #268:13-14:18 - Review: "Julie and Julia"14:19-18:41 - Adam's AA: "Humpday"Music: The Sea and Cake, "Car Alarm"20:12-41:11 - Polls, Listener Feedback (Comedy Films, "Funny People")Music: The Sea and Cake, "the Staircase"41:59-51:11 - New DVDs/Donations51:12-56:21 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: D. Molloy)56:22-1:09:50 - Top 5: Food Movies1:09:51-1:13:27 - Close/Next Show/OuttakeNOTES- "District 9" should be the review next week.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Wed, 05 Aug 2009
SIZE: 24.7 MB
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FS After Hours #10: Our Man Flint

August 5: On this edition of Filmspotting After Hours... Our Listener's Choice discussion of the 1966 James Coburn Bond parody "Our Man Flint." Plus, a provocative batch of Listener Feedback on Moon Movies, the Best Films of 2001 and more.Thanks again to all of our donors for your tremendous support! Winners on this show were chosen from episodes #263-267. Please email feedback@filmspotting.net if you were one of the lucky winners.

DATE: Sat, 01 Aug 2009
SIZE: 36.6 MB
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FS #267: Funny People / Ikiru / Top 5 Movies About Comedy

July 31: What’s up Cleveland?! So nice to be back in the City of Lights. What’s the deal with these iPods? You see these things? Everywhere I go, people have iPods clipped to their arms or hanging from their belts. Not me. I still rock the Walkman. Remember the Walkman? Remember cassette tapes? You’d spend hours listening to the radio hoping they'd play your song? You’d hear the first few bars and run to the boombox and hit record? And then you’d scream in agony because you got the radio guy’s voice! Oh man, you couldn’t give a girl a mix tape with the radio guy’s voice on it! Guys would set up tables in the lunchroom selling radio mixes like they were Grateful Dead basement session bootlegs... “I got GNR Don’t You Cry Tonight, 9:17 last Friday WXRX, completely clean dude, all pure, this is the good stuff.” Anyway, I’ve been listening to this show, it’s called Filmspotting. You know these guys? They DON’T SHUT UP! I’m like, what in God’s name could you possibly have to say about Judd Apatow’s "Funny People" for like 17 minutes? It’s Adam frigging Sandler! Last time I looked, he wasn’t beating out Marlon Brando for the role of the Waterboy. But these guys, they don’t stop there. They keep going and start yammering away about some Japanese film from 50 years ago called "Ikiru." And they’re such pretentious snobs, they start talking about how this film is all about the meaning of life, and yada yada. COME ON. It’s some old dude sitting on a swing! I’m like, old dude, you’ve got CANCER, quit stalking the kids and get your butt to Vegas. But nooooo, Adam and Matty (what kind of name is that? I mean seriously? That’s how you describe your dog’s fur, it’s not a name!) they keep droning on and on about the Top 5 Movies About Comedy. What do these guys know about comedy? If it’s not some unknown, unwatchable indie flick or something directed by Steven Soderbergh, these two morons aren’t interested. That Kempenaar jerk wouldn’t know funny if Ingmar Bergman himself rose from the dead, came to his house and started kicking him in the jewels while wearing a Michael Bay ringer tee-shirt. All right, my name's M. Night, you’ve been great!Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by In Review Online -- and music by Ben Folds.Filmspotting #267:13-19:52 - Review: "Funny People"Music: Ben Folds, "Hiroshima"20:40-33:25 - Polls, Listener FeedbackMusic: Ben Folds, "Effington"34:53-39:44 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: A. Dillon)39:45-50:46 - Kurosawa #2: "Ikiru"Music: Ben Folds, "Brainwascht"51:42-1:01:59 - New DVDs/Contests/Donations1:02:00-1:16:07 Top 5: Comedy Movies1:16:08-1:19:59 - Close/Next Show/OuttakeNOTES- I didn't come to the show expecting to quote Woody Allen and ended up combining, more or less, a couple great lines: "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don't want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment."- Here's the Bill Simmons article using "Almost Famous"... and the "Fresh Air" podcast about Zooey Deschanel.- Read the Watchmen Contest winners here. Thanks again to Titan Books!- Seattle Metro Cinemas blog- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 24 Jul 2009
SIZE: 36.4 MB
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FS #266: 500 Days of Summer / In the Loop / Harry Potter / Top 5 Films of 2009 So Far

July 24: Remember when your mother offered you one whole dollar if you cut all the coupons out of the Minneapolis StarTribune and filed them away for her in her coupon Rolodex, but instead of cutting them all out, you just threw away most of the paper, and then your mother went through the garbage to discover your treachery and immediately went down to the Ben Franklin where you had promptly spent your dollar on penny candies and humiliated you in front of your friends and grounded you for two weeks which made you miss the Little League playoffs, and you were so mad that you threatened not to thank her in your Oscar speech? Remember that? Well, one Filmspotting host certainly still does. And to this day, any time he sees a weekend circular, a coupon book, or any discount advertising at all, he breaks down into a catatonic ball on the floor. Well, luckily for you but unluckily for the Filmspotting host cursed to pay full price for the rest of his life, this week Adam and Matty are bringing you not one, not TWO, but THREE movie discussions for the price of one. The lads kick around the British comedy "In the Loop," consider spending "500 Days of Summer" with Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Muggle Matty does battle with "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." But that’s not all! Filmspotting triples your value as the esteemed Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune joins Adam and Matty to list the Top 5 Best Films of 2009 (so far). That’s three movie reviews, fifteen Top Five picks brought to you by three legitimate film critics (well, okay one legitimate film critic and two pretend critics) all for the regular Filmspotting low, low, price of absolutely free.Uh oh. Can we get some smelling salts for Matty? He’s drooling on the swag. Hate to see that.Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by In Review Online -- music by Andrew Bird, and special guest voicemails from Matt Singer, Dave Chen, Tassoula Kokkoris and Adam Palcher.Filmspotting #266:13-10:37 - Review: "500 Days of Summer"10:38-15:50 - Review: "In the Loop"15:51-24:05 - Review: "Harry Potter"Music: Andrew Bird, "Nomenclature"24:50-30:04 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: A. Bowie)30:05-46:15 - Poll, Top 5: Films of '09Music: Andrew Bird, "Tenuousness"47:06-57:03 - New DVDs/Contests/Donations57:04-1:17:35 Top 5: Films of '09 cont.1:17:36-1:19:39 - Close/Next ShowNOTES- SPOILER ALERT! Kind of... During the Top 5, Michael Phillips may or may not reveal some info about "Moon" that one could consider a spoiler.- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- After Matty's infamous Freudian slip with Sasha Grey a few weeks ago, did I just commit a similar "Girlfriend Experience" sin?

DATE: Mon, 20 Jul 2009
SIZE: 40.0 MB
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FS #265: The Hurt Locker / An Unlikely Weapon / Top 5 Performances of 2009 (So Far)

July 17: Okay everyone, we need you to move back. Please! We need to establish a proper perimeter to deal with what we have here. We've identified the show in question as Filmspotting; we have yet to ascertain if it's programmed to explode. The trigger mechanism might be tied to its discussion of director Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty as members of a U.S. Army OED (bomb squad) unit in Iraq. We're a little concerned about this blue wire, however, which might indicate a detonation timed to coincide with the appearance of Steve Prokopy (aka Capone) from Ain't It Cool News. He's scheduled to help Matty and Adam list their Top 5 Performances of the Year (So Far). Or, there might be a secondary IED buried deep within the show, possibly found in the discussion of "An Unlikely Weapon," a documentary exploring the story behind the famous "execution" photo taken by photographer Eddie Adams on the heels of the Vietnamese Tet Offensive in 1968. Fear not, we are trained professionals, as qualified in the art of bomb-defusing as Adam and Matty are in the art of film criticism. In other words, run!Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by In Review Online -- a "Watchmen: The Film Companion" Giveaway courtesy of Titan Books, and music by Animal Collective.Filmspotting #265:13-15:00 - Review: "The Hurt Locker"Music: Animal Collective, "Guys Eyes"15:58-24:28 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: P. Trap), Contests, Polls24:29-31:25 - Review: "An Unlikely Weapon"Music: Animal Collective, "My Girls"32:31-41:27 - New DVDs/"Watchmen" Contest/Donations41:53-1:01:07 Top 5 Male Performances So FarMusic: Animal Collective, "Brother Sport"1:01:50-1:25:37 - Top 5 Female Performances So Far1:25:38-1:27:21 - Close/Next ShowNOTES- Be warned, parents and children, of a vulgarity in Massacre Theatre!- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.- While I'm sure Steve Prokopy is more than qualified for such an award, the Internet Film Critic of the Year, or whatever Matty said, is, in fact, made up.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

DATE: Fri, 10 Jul 2009
SIZE: 38.5 MB
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FS #264: Moon / Rashomon / Top 5 Moon Movies

July 10: When the moon hits your eye, be sure to grab your moon boots, chomp down on some moon pies and moonwalk over to your iPod and listen in as Filmspotting brings you a discussion of Duncan Jones' new science-fiction thriller "Moon," starring Sam Rockwell and the voice of Kevin Spacey. But wait, don't switch over to your copy of Dark Side of the Moon just yet; the lads will also bring you their Top 5 Moon Movies, none of which feature the star of Air Bud 2, Warren Moon. Then, stay tuned, as the latest Filmspotting Marathon kicks off with a dissection of the highly influential 1950 classic from director Akira Kurosawa, "Rashomon."Also on the show: Listener Feedback, Massacre Theatre -- presented by In Review Online -- and music by Alkaline Trio.Filmspotting #264:13-16:40 - Review: "Moon"Music: Alkaline Trio, "Over and Out"17:54-27:41 - Voicemail, Poll Questions27:42-40:44 - Feedback: "Public Enemies"Music: Alkaline Trio, "Calling All Skeletons"42:01-46:30 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: D. Parker)46:31-59:45 - Kurosawa #1: "Rashomon"Music: Alkaline Trio, "I Found Away"1:00:34-1:07:20 - New DVDs/Donations1:07:21-1:22:09 - Top 5: Moon Movies1:22:10-1:24:13 - Close/Next ShowNOTES- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.- Despite our comments about "Joshua" at the end of our "Moon" discussion, it's actually not a movie we heartily recommend.

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