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    #851: West Side Story / Red Rocket

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 82:49

    When it was announced that Steven Spielberg was mounting a new film adaptation of the classic Broadway musical WEST SIDE STORY, it was entirely reasonable to ask, "Why?" Why a new film adaptation and why Spielberg. The 1961 "West Side," directed by Robert Wise, was a Best Picture-winner and is regarded as one of the great movie musicals of all time. Also? Spielberg has never directed a musical. And yet, as revered as that 1961 adaptation is, it is not without its faults, notably the casting of white actors as Latinx characters and a pair of romantic leads (Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer) who don't sing and are arguably the weakest members of an otherwise ace cast. Adam and Josh make the case that with his thrilling new adaptation, Spielberg more than answers the why, without necessarily fixing all of the earlier film's weaknesses. Plus, a review of Sean Baker's latest, RED ROCKET, which has Simon Rex's former adult film star making an ignominious return to his Texas hometown. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Review: "West Side Story" "Cool" ("West Side Story," Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 41:44 - Next Week / Notes 47:22 - Polls 57:02 - Review: "Red Rocket" 1:14:36 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #850: House of Gucci / tick, tick... BOOM! / Spencer / Golden Brick Noms

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 80:45

    'Tis the season for awards-bait movies based on real lives, so for this week's holiday review roundup, Adam and Josh discuss Ridley Scott's true-crime drama HOUSE OF GUCCI (aka House Of Accents), the Lin-Manuel Miranda biographical musical drama TICK, TICK...BOOM!, Kristen Stewart's turn as Lady Di in Pablo Larrain's biopic-as-horror-film SPENCER, and the new bio-doc KURT VONNEGUT: STUCK IN TIME. Plus, the final list of nominees for the 2021 Golden Brick Award, including recommendations for THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS, SHIVA BABY, and NINE DAYS. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Reviews: "House of Gucci" "Spencer" "tick, tick... BOOM!" "Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck In Time" Original Broadway Cast, "Rent" 31:36 - Next Week / Notes 44:25 - Massacre Theater 51:39 - Golden Brick Nominees 1:12:29 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #849: Passing / Eternals / Bright Star (Campion #7)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 90:11

    For her debut as a director, actor Rebecca Hall takes Nella Larsen's 1929 novella about race and identity and turns it into a meditation on the many ways that people “pass” as a means of denying or disguising the truth. Adam and Josh praise the film as a showcase for stars Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson, and for Hall's emergence of a gifted new filmmaker. Adam wasn't able to make the weekend's big release, Marvel's ETERNALS, but Josh did and was pleased to find plenty of director Chloé Zhao in the film's bloated running time. Unfortunately, Zhao's Malickian instincts are forced to compete with the leaden necessities of the franchise. Plus the final film in the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 2009's BRIGHT STAR, with Campion bringing an uncharacteristic gentleness to her story of the great love and last years of poet John Keats. 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - Review: "Passing" Leonard Cohen, "Suzanne" 30:23 - Josh: "Eternals" 37:02 - Next Week / Notes 47:51 - Polls 57:36 - Jane Campion #7: "Bright Star" 1:21:38 - Outro / Outtake  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #848: Last Night in Soho / In the Cut (Campion #6)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 77:59

    Edgar Wright's latest, LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, is another opportunity for the director of "Baby Driver" and "Shaun of the Dead" to bring his visual panache, comic verve, and impeccable musical taste to a genre he clearly adores. Like the films that inspired it, Wright's time-hopping giallo picture – set in both contemporary London and the city in its swinging '60s heyday – takes some nasty turns. But Adam and Josh disagree about whether Wright's film is a thrill-ride that continually upends expectations—or an incoherent jumble of influences. And the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view arrives at the director's own divisive genre film, the 2003 erotic thriller IN THE CUT. Largely dismissed at the time, Adam and Josh make the case that the Meg Ryan-starring film deserves another look. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Review: "Last Night in Soho" The Kinks, "Starstruck" 26:29 - Chicago Critics Film Festival Preview 34:06 - Next Week / Notes 41:42 - Massacre Theatre 47:13 - Campion #6: "In The Cut" 1:09:45 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #847: The French Dispatch / Rushmore (Sacred Cow Revisited)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 116:28

    Welcome to the Wes Anderson deep end. Adam and Josh sit down to discuss Anderson's latest, THE FRENCH DISPATCH, the densest, most intricate, and maybe most melancholy of his career. There's also that cast, with standout performances from Jeffrey Wright, Benecio del Toro, and Bill Murray. Adam and Josh also share their Anderson Ranked lists and revisit their 2017 Sacred Cow review of RUSHMORE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Review: "The French Dispatch" Sex Bob-Omb, "We Are Sex Bob-Omb" 35:43 - Polls 50:24 - Next Week / Notes 59:47 - Wes Anderson Ranked 1:15:53 - FS Revisited: "Rushmore" (Sacred Cow, 2017) 1:47:13 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #846: Dune / Holy Smoke (Campion #5)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 76:05

    The worst kept secret about Denis Villeneuve's DUNE is that it's only half a movie. Or half a story, anyway. Villeneuve split Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel in two, with part one offering a stunningly detailed and impressively cast setup to a conclusion we may not see for years. Adam and Josh admire the film's craft, but they were left with more questions than answers about how the new adaptation will reckon with the source material's 20th-century origins. Plus, the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view continues with 1999's HOLY SMOKE, a critical and box office failure on its release that contains a remarkable early Kate Winslet performance and the complicated sex and gender dynamics we've come to expect from Campion. 0:00 - Billboard 1:01 - Review: "Dune" Neil Diamond, "Holly Holy" 33:05 - Next Week / Notes 41:23 - Massacre Theatre 47:07 - Campion #5: "Holy Smoke" 1:09:31 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #845: No Time To Die / Lamb / The Portrait of a Lady (Campion #4)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 101:32

    In five films over 15 years, Daniel Craig has established himself as the pre-eminent Bond. But will he also prove to be the final 007? The 60-year-old franchise has its work cut out for it, finding someone to fill Craig's shoes and bringing the iconic, if archaic, character firmly into the 21st century. Adam and Josh agree that the new NO TIME TO DIE does right by Craig—but does that make it a good Bond film? They take their review into spoiler territory to unravel their feelings about the conclusion of the Craig era. Plus, the fourth film in the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 1996's THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Campion's inventive and emotionally volatile adaptation of the Henry James novel. Plus Josh recommends the new Nordic horror film LAMB. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "No Time To Die" 32:56 - "No Time" Spoiler Talk Wojciech Kilar, "Pearl in the Crown" 39:32 - Josh recommends: "Lamb" 43:29 - Next Week / Notes 56:32 - Polls 1:04:40 - Jane Campion #4: "The Portrait of a Lady" 1:35:00 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #844: The Piano (Campion #3) / Chicago Int'l Film Festival Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 96:26

    “I hear what you're saying, but you're completely wrong.” Adam has employed his favorite catchphrase many times over the years, but never on himself. On this week's show, as part of the Jane Campion Oeuvre-View, he revisits the director's Oscar-winning (and beloved by Josh) THE PIANO for the first time since his lukewarm first encounter with the film in 2013—and this time he comes away from the film singing a very different tune. Plus, a preview of the 57th annual Chicago International Film Festival, which features new films from Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”), Joachim Trier (“Oslo, August 31st”), and Andrea Arnold (“American Honey”).  0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Preview: Chicago Int'l Film Festival Michael Nyman, "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" 31:13 - Next Week/Giveaway/Notes 41:37 - Massacre Theatre 49:33 - Campion #3: "The Piano" 1:28:56 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #843: Titane / An Angel at My Table (Campion #2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 96:42

    Director Julia Ducournau wants to shake her audience to the core. And she more or less accomplished that feat - for Josh, anyway - with her 2016 debut "Raw." Her latest, TITANE, falls into several genre categories—body horror, revenge picture, deeply black comedy—none of which quite prepare you for the experience of watching it. While Ducournau proves herself a filmmaker of great talent, Adam and Josh debate whether the 2021 Palme d'Or winner has much to offer beyond its many unexpected and provocative twists. They take their review into overtime with some Spoiler Talk about some of the movie's more ambiguous moments. Also on the show, the new Deeply Flawed Filmspotting Poll, and the second film in their Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 1990's AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:25 - Review: "Titane" 32:56 - "Titane" Spoiler Talk Duncan Gray, Opening Credits ("An Angel at My Table") 45:37 - Next Week / Notes 54:24 - Polls 1:04:46 - Jane Campion #2: "An Angel at My Table" 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #842: Casino Royale at 15 / Sweetie (Campion #1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 89:37

    Ahead of Daniel Craig's final outing as 007 in "No Time To Die," Adam and Josh revisit Craig's 2006 debut, CASINO ROYALE, a film both agree remains a high-water mark for the franchise. Plus, the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view kicks off with the New Zealand director's funny, harrowing, and utterly assured first film, 1989's SWEETIE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Review: "Casino Royale" at 15 Cate Le Bon, "Sisters" 34:31 - Next Week / Notes 47:49 - Massacre Theatre 53:44 - Campion #1: "Sweetie" 1:23:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #841: Top 5 Films of 1971 / The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 100:36

    The 50th anniversary of the '71 movie year provided Adam and Josh an excuse to give Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" the Sacred Cow treatment earlier in the year and, with this week's TOP 5 FILMS OF 1971, to celebrate the movies that introduced iconic movie characters and performances like Richard Roundtree's John Shaft, Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka and Ruth Gordon's Maude. Also on the show, Josh recommends the new THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, featuring a galvanizing performance from star Jessica Chastain. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Top 5 of 1971 Oompa Loompa Cast, "Oompa Loompa" ("Willy Wonka") 36:43 - Josh on "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" 40:50 - Next Week / Poll / Notes 1:04:33 - Top 5 of 1971, cont. 1:30:52 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #840: The Card Counter / Wong Kar Wai Marathon Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 93:04

    A gambling movie that only Paul Schrader could make, THE CARD COUNTER has the "First Reformed" director meditating on weighty subjects like redemption and absolution in his tale of an ex-con (Oscar Isaac) trying to make amends for past deeds. Tiffany Haddish and Tye Sheridan co-star. Along with that review, Adam and Josh wrap up the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon with "The Tonys," their favorite performances and moments from the marathon. 0:00 - Billboard 0:58 - Review: "The Card Counter" Julie London, "I'm In The Mood For Love" 32:14 - Next Week/Notes 41:48 - Massacre Theatre 46:59 - Wong Kar Wai Awards 1:25:25 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #839: Fall Movie Preview / Shang-Chi / Candyman

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 77:47

    The coming fall movie season is less a slate of titles than it is a promise fulfilled, with loads of big films coming to the big screen, some of which have been delayed for a year or more: “No Time To Die,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” Denis Villeneuve's “Dune,” and Wes Anderson's “The French Dispatch” to name just a few. For their FALL MOVIE PREVIEW, Adam and Josh have questions about some of those long-anticipated titles, along with queries about some of the season's more obscure offerings, including films starring Idris Elba and Regina King; Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield; and Tom Hanks and a dog (and a robot). Plus Josh has reviews of the new CANDYMAN and SHANG-CHI AND THE TEN RINGS. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Fall Movie Preview George Lam, "Mr. Strong Man" 25:51 - Josh: "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," "Candyman" 37:32 - Next Week / Notes 47:00 - Polls 54:17 - Fall Movie Preview, cont. 1:10:28 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #838: In the Mood for Love at 20 / Nine Days / Top 5 Romantic Gestures (Revisited)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 98:14

    Wong Kar Wai's IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE had no shortage of acclaim on its 2000 release (2001 in the U.S.), but its stature has only grown in the past two decades and is now considered by many to be one of the great achievements of the 21st century. Adam and Josh offer no arguments to the contrary in their 20th-anniversary revisit of the film, part of their World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon. And not that you asked for it, but the review also prompts them to debate which is sexier: silence or food. Plus, a revisit of the Top 5 Romantic Gestures from 2013, and Josh nominates the new existential drama NINE DAYS for the Filmspotting Golden Brick Award. 0:00 - Billboard 1:05 - Wong Kar Wai #6: “In The Mood For Love” Vitamin String Quartet, “In Your Eyes” 41:43 - Brickspotting: “Nine Days” 46:37 - Next Week / Notes 53:25 - Massacre Theatre 1:01:51 - Revisited: Top 5 Romantic Gestures (2013) 1:12:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #837: Annette / Respect / Happy Together (Wong Kar Wai #5)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 89:09

    French director Leos Carax isn't very well known here in the States, but his films are always something of an arthouse event, coming as they do about once a decade. His 2012 film, "Holy Motors" showed up on several best-of-the-2010s lists, and his latest, ANNETTE, premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival to a 20-minute ovation (along with a smattering of boos). An L.A.-set rock musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, Carax's film is, according to guest critic Michael Phillips, "the world's most toxic remake of 'A Star Is Born'." (That's mostly a compliment.) In the second half of the show, Josh and Adam continue their World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon with the Hong Kong auteur's 1997 Argentina-set film HAPPY TOGETHER, and music biopic skeptic Josh has some nice things to say about the new Aretha Franklin biopic RESPECT. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Review: "Annette" w/Michael Phillips Sparks feat. Adam Driver, "All The Girls" 29:28 - Josh recommends "Respect" 35:43 - Next Week / Notes 44:06 - Polls 56:54 - Wong Kar Wai #5: "Happy Together" 1:21:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #836: The Green Knight / The Suicide Squad / Fallen Angels (Wong Kar Wai #4)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 87:59

    Like many an auteur before him, David Lowery ("A Ghost Story", "The Old Man and the Gun") brings his obsessions to whatever material he's working with—even if that material is over 600 years old. Lowery's THE GREEN KNIGHT delivers some of the seduction and swordplay that the 14th-century source material "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" promises, but it also serves as another Lowery riff on mortality, time, and mythmaking. The fourth film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1995's FALLEN ANGELS, sees the Hong Kong auteur introduce a new set of lost urban souls, but Adam and Josh debate whether Wong gets dangerously close to self-parody in his follow-up to "Chungking Express." And Josh has a review of the new THE SUICIDE SQUAD, a successful-ish entry in the killshot-comedy genre. 0:00 - Billboard 1:10 - Review: "The Green Knight" Shirley Kwan, "Forget Him" 31:56 - Josh: "The Suicide Squad" 36:58 - Next Week / Notes 52:20 - Massacre Theatre 57:35 - World of Wong Kar Wai #4: "Fallen Angels" 1:21:10 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #835: Pig / Old / Chungking Express (Wong Kar Wai #3)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 76:40

    Getting Nic Cage for your debut feature is a risky move. On the one hand, Cage is both a big name and a singular talent. On the other hand, Cage's eccentric on-screen persona can send a movie reeling into camp. PIG director Michael Sarnoski rolled the dice and won, bringing real pathos to his missing truffle pig saga, and getting Cage's most subtle and moving work in at least a decade. Adam and Josh also continue the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon with the director's 1994 international breakthrough CHUNGKING EXPRESS. Plus, Josh defends M. Night Shyamalan's OLD–while also advising Adam to avoid it. 0:00 - Billboard 1:10 - Review: "Pig" Chris Egan, "Traveling Troubadours" 22:36 - Josh reviews "Old" 28:37 - Giveaway / Next Week / Notes 37:26 - Polls 47:53 - Wong Kar Wai #3: "Chungking Express" 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #834: Top 5 Beach Scenes / Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar Wai #2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 105:50

    Inspired by M Night Shyamalan's "Old," Adam and Josh take a trip to the shore for their TOP 5 BEACH SCENES. As a place of transition–between land and sea, and as a point of no returnºthe beach has long offered filmmakers an evocative setting for tales both hopeful and despairing. Also: romantic, elegiac, and deranged. Plus the second film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1990's DAYS OF BEING WILD. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Top 5: Beach Scenes Emily Lim & Rob Kelly, "Barefoot in the Sand" 31:34 - Cannes / Next Week / Notes 46:03 - Massacre Theatre 53:26 - Top 5: Beach Scenes, cont 1:13:43 - World of Wong Kar Wai #2: "Days of Being Wild" 1:37:28 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #833: A Clockwork Orange at 50 / Roadrunner / As Tears Go By (Wong Kar Wai #1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 110:38

    With its provocative mix of giddy, nihilistic violence, social satire, and formal audaciousness, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE has been a cinephile rite of passage for decades. For their Sacred Cow revisit, Adam and Josh find a film that is both more philosophical than they remember–and perversely funny. Just how funny, however, is a matter of some debate. Also up for debate: how to read the film's memorable ending. Plus, the first film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1988's AS TEARS GO BY, and Adam's thoughts on the new ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Sacred Cow: “A Clockwork Orange” Marianne Faithful, “As Tears Go By” 45:08 - Adam: “Roadrunner” 58:21 - Next Week / Notes 1:08:21 - Polls 1:20:42 - World of Wong #1: “As Tears Go By” 1:42:57 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #832: Black Widow / Summer of Soul / No Sudden Move / Zola

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 110:48

    Marvel's BLACK WIDOW returns the MCU to theaters for the first time since 2019, but despite the more than capable cast and some provocative ideas, Adam and Josh agree that director Cate Shortland ("Lore") doesn't always find the right balance between the traumatic and the comedic. They have nothing but praise for Questlove's SUMMER OF SOUL, which sees the Roots-founder bringing a keen curatorial eye and potent historical context to his electrifying concert documentary. Plus, a review of Steven Soderbergh's new NO SUDDEN MOVE and Josh's thoughts on the wild road-trip comedy ZOLA. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Review: "Black Widow" The Chambers Brothers, "Uptown" 25:06 - Josh recommends: "Zola" 30:53 - Next Week / Notes 49:04 - Massacre Theatre 54:51 - Review: "Summer of Soul" 1:29:17 - Review: "No Sudden Move" 1:44:24 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    FS Revisited: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Top 5 Films of 1981

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 76:31

    Back in September 2012, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was back in theaters for a limited IMAX run on the heels of its 30th anniversary. Adam and Josh took the opportunity to give the film the Sacred Cow treatment, making the dubious decision to invite noted "Raiders" skeptic Michael Phillips to join them. Luckily, this is a podcast, so there's no risk of getting your face melted off due to Michael's hot take. Plus, Michael sits in for the Top 5 Films of 1981, with a number one pick that marks him as a "psychosexual sicko" (his words, not ours). 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Sacred Cow Review: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" John Williams, "Raiders March" 29:48 - Top 5: Films of 1981 1:12:03 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #831: F9 / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 101:21

    For one of their patented "still processing" reviews, Adam and Josh go from screening to studio to discuss F9. But all Adam has is questions; namely, are the F&F movies not only critic-proof but critique-proof? Also, director Justin Lin stuck Charlize Theron in a glass box and Adam wants to know if she has access to a bathroom. Big questions for a big movie. Plus listeners make their pick for car movie that needs a sequel, and Adam and Josh revisit 2015's Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments–the culmination of their immersion in what Adam has deemed "The F ampersand FU." 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - Review: "F9" Dave James and Thomm Jutz, "Bite The Dust" 31:33 - Next Week / Notes 41:14 - Polls 57:24 - Top 5: Fast & Furious Moments 1:34:03 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #830: Pixar's Luca / 7 From '76 Awards / The Sparks Brothers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 104:29

    While Pixar's latest brazenly evokes the settings and stories of earlier animated classics like Disney's "The Little Mermaid," Pixar's own "Finding Nemo" and Hayao Miyazaki's "Ponyo" and "Porco Rosso," LUCA'S narrative ambition remains modest–and Adam and Josh agree that's mostly to its credit. An earnest coming-of-age story set on the Italian Riviera, the movie also works as a summer-y coming-out party. They also wrap up the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series by naming their favorite performances, scenes and more–including their Top 5 of 1976. Plus Adam recommends Edgar Wright's new doc, THE SPARKS BROTHERS, about the eccentric pop group that's been described as "your favorite band's favorite band." 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever Awards Edoardo Bennato, "L'isola che non c'e" 35:21 - Review: "Luca" 46:13 - Adam recommends: "The Sparks Brothers" 53:26 - Next Week / Notes 1:07:28 - Massacre Theatre 1:14:15 - 7 From '76 cont. 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #829: In The Heights / Car Wash (7 From '76)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 113:12

    When reviews started trickling in for IN THE HEIGHTS earlier this year, anticipation for the already much-hyped adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical started to reach a feverish pitch. Adam and Josh agree that the movie largely delivers on those expectations. If director Jon M. Chu's ambition occasionally overwhelms the film, the talented ensemble and star-making lead turn by Anthony Ramos keeps things grounded, and the movie offers the kind of visceral pleasure that moviegoers have been conspicuously missing. Plus, listeners name their favorite 21st-century movie musical, and Adam and Josh wrap up the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series with cult comedy–and almost musical–CAR WASH. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "In The Heights" Rose Royce, "Car Wash" 34:36 - Next Week / Notes / "Raiders" Contest 1:01:26 - Polls (21st-Century Musicals; Car Movie Sequels We Need) 1:20:10 - 7 From '76: "Car Wash" 1:45:10 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #828: Undine / Harlan County U.S.A. (7 From '76)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 83:21

    Director Christian Petzold ("Phoenix," "Transit") returns with UNDINE, a romance haunted by German history and politics–and loosely inspired by a European fairy tale. Stars Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski sell the romance, and Adam and Josh praise the director for the provocative questions he leaves unanswered. Plus Babara Kopple's Oscar-winning HARLAN COUNTY U.S.A., a film that offers a vivid–and surprisingly musical–portrait of coal country in the early '70s. Part of the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "Undine" 25:23 - Next Week / Notes 39:54 - Massacre Theatre 49:43 - 7 From '76: "Harlan Country U.S.A." 1:15:29 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #827: A Quiet Place Part II / Top 5 Quiet Scenes

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 99:25

    Back in 2018, John Krasinksi's "A Quiet Place" was a novelty: the rare box office hit that didn't belong to an existing franchise or property. Fast forward to 2021 and "A Quiet Place" has itself become a franchise, with a third installment already in the works. This week, Adam and Josh talk about the ways that A QUIET PLACE PART II delivers on the promise of the original and also the ways that it tests the limits of an audience's ability to suspend its disbelief. Plus, they revisit 2018's Top 5 Quiet Scenes, with Josh contributing his picks to a list Adam and guest host Michael Phillips shared along with a review of the first "Quiet" film. 0:00 - Billboard 1:13 - Review: "A Quiet Place Part II" Juan Carlos Rodriguez & Iker Gastaminza, "Salsa Brava" 28:22 - Next Week / Notes 35:43 - Polls 46:42 - Top 5: Quiet Scenes w/Michael Phillips 1:32:40 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #826: Summer Movie Preview / Shiva Baby / "The Savages" ('40s Noir Awards)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 96:44

    Yes, this summer promises pleasures like the return of the MCU, a new Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, and Dev Patel in David Lowery's "The Green Knight"; but, in their SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW, Adam and Josh invite you to consider less conspicuous summer releases like a Fellini-inspired animated film; a new doc from the director of 2016's "Rat Film;" a resurrected concert film from Questlove; and a tweet-thread-inspired road trip comedy. Plus, the '40s Noir Awards ("The Savages") and Josh's Golden Brick-spotting recommendation of Emma Seligman's SHIVA BABY. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Summer Movie Preview Tim Garland, "Brush With The Law" 27:37 - Golden Brick-spotting: "Shiva Baby" 31:08 - R.I.P. Charles Grodin 34:54 - Next Week / Notes / Massacre Theatre 48:33 - '40s Noir Marathon Awards ("The Savages") 1:14:27 - Summer Movie Preview, cont. 1:29:51 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #825: The Underground Railroad / White Heat ('40s Noir #6)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 85:01

    Historically set but featuring flourishes of magical realism, Barry Jenkins's adaptation of Colson Whitehead's THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is not quite what it first appears to be. All ten parts come to Amazon Prime this weekend. This week, Adam and Josh review the series' first couple of episodes, full of admiration for the Jenkins aesthetic, the cast and the score from regular Jenkins collaborator Nicholas Britell. Plus a conversation about 1949's WHITE HEAT, the final film in the '40s Noir Marathon, which features a dynamic performance from James Cagney as a psycho crime boss with a mother complex. 0:00 - Billboard 1:22 - Review: "The Underground Railroad" Nicholas Britell, "Bessie" 36:18 - Next week / Notes 45:25 - Poll 53:13 - '40s Noir #6: "White Heat" 1:16:23 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #824: Top 5 '70s Movie Moms / Wrath of Man / News From Home (7 From '76)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 105:46

    Sandwiched between the '60s sexual revolution and the reactionary conservatism of the '80s, the '70s was an anxious decade, and as that anxiety played out on movie screens, it did not spare mothers. This week, Adam and Josh–sons of '70s moms themselves–share their TOP 5 '70s MOVIE MOMS and continue the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series with Chantal Akerman's NEWS FROM HOME. Plus, Josh's thoughts on the new WRATH OF MAN, starring Jason Statham, and ABOUT ENDLESSNESS from Swedish auteur Roy Andersson ("Songs From The Second Floor"). 0:00 - Billboard 1:27 - Top 5: '70s Movie Moms 31:51 - Next Week 36:49 - Josh reviews "Wrath of Man," "About Endlessness" 46:07 - Olympia Dukakis / Notes / Massacre Theatre 57:49 - 7 From '76: "News From Home" 1:15:01 - Top 5: '70s Movie Moms, cont. 1:38:54 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #823: Together Together / Oscars / The Lady From Shanghai ('40s Noir #5)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 79:55

    It's a pair of uneasy couples on this week's show: first up, comedian Patti Harrison as a 20-something surrogate mom to Ed Helms's single 40-something dad in Nikole Beckwith's TOGETHER TOGETHER; and then real-life couple Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in the '47 noir THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, with Welles as an Irish drifter who gets caught up in a murder plot when he falls for the seductive Hayworth. Beckwith's movie–her second–is smarter and more satisfying than its high concept suggests; and Welles' formal invention almost makes up for the lack of heat between the married stars, its confounding plot and its ill-treatment of Hayworth's troubled Elsa. Plus, Josh fills Adam in on what he missed with the Soderbergh-produced Oscars. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Oscars 9:35 - Review: "Together Together" Anita Ellis, "Please Don't Kiss Me" 28:52 - Next Week / Notes / Poll 47:06 - '40s Noir #5: "The Lady From Shanghai" 1:11:54 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #822: Oscars Special with Michael Phillips

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 117:32

    Will Oscar night 2021 see Chloé Zhao crowned Best Director for "Nomadland"? Does anyone have a chance against the late Chadwick Boseman for Best Actor? And what about the Best Actress race? Will former winners Viola Davis and Frances McDormand take another statue home, or could Carey Mulligan or Andra Day surprise with the win? Adam, Josh and guest Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune don't really have the answers, but that doesn't stop them from taking some guesses, along with making a few final cases for 2020 films and performances that the Academy failed to recognize. (This should have been your year, Kelly Reichardt!) 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Oscars: Supporting Actor/Actress 34:05 - Oscars: Lead Actor/Actress Anthony Willis, "Toxic" 59:26 - Next Week / Notes 1:22:57 - Massacre Theatre 1:26:05 - Oscars: Documentary/Director 1:37:12 - Oscars: Picture 1:51:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #821: Rocky (7 From '76) / Detour ('40s Noir #4) / '80s Madness Champ

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 96:06

    Whatever backlash ROCKY has received over the years for beating out the likes of "Taxi Driver," "All The President's Men" and "Network" for the 1977 Best Picture Oscar, it has largely faded as people discover - or rediscover - that the populist hit that spawned a mostly forgettable (and occasionally ridiculous) franchise has more in common with its gritty '70s peers than it gets credit for. Among those who remain unconvinced, however, is Josh. Thankfully, Adam comes to Rocky's defense and the two go 15 rounds before ending the review in a split decision. Plus, raves for the nasty '45 Noir DETOUR - part of the '40s Noir Marathon - and the winner of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:24 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever: "Rocky" Bill Conti, "Gonna Fly Now" 43:45 - Josh: "Godzilla vs. Kong" 49:01 - Next Week / Poll / Notes 54:29 - Filmspotting Madness '80s Champion 1:05:13 - 40s Noir #4: "Detour" 1:29:08 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #820: Godzilla ('54) vs. Kong ('33)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 87:36

    With the new "Godzilla vs. Kong" bringing some much-needed spectacle to long-suffering theatre chains, Adam and Josh take the opportunity to settle the question of which classic monster movie has the most to offer audiences today, the mournful and metaphor-rich GODZILLA (1954) or the effects-driven adventure of the landmark KING KONG (1933). (Tease: it's a split decision.) Plus, results from the Final 4 round of Filmspotting Madness. 0:00 - Billboard 1:17 - Review: "Godzilla" ('54) vs. "King Kong" ('33) Blue Oyster Cult, "Godzilla" 33:49 - Next Week / Notes 45:20 - Filmspotting Madness: Final 4 46:15 - "Godzilla" vs. "King Kong", cont. 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #819: Oscars Homework (Pieces of a Woman / U.S. vs Billie Holiday / My Octopus Teacher)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 81:37

    Adam and Josh skipped the harrowing PIECES OF A WOMAN last fall in the lead-up to end-of-year awards, but with star Vanessa Kirby nabbing an Oscar nomination last week, they couldn't put it off any longer. (At least one of them couldn't, anyway.) They did both play biopic bingo with the U.S. VS BILLIE HOLIDAY, a film which largely fails its talented star Andra Day, who also received a nomination. Plus thoughts on the Oscar-nominated docs MY OCTOPUS TEACHER and THE MOLE AGENT. 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - "The United States vs Billie Holiday" 18:35 - "Pieces of a Woman" Billie Holiday, "Everything I Have Is Yours" 22:36 - Next Week / Notes 34:14 - Filmspotting Madness: Final 4 49:24 - "My Octopus Teacher," "The Mole Agent" 1:14:15 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #818: Network (7 From '76) / Oscar Nominations / Laura ('40s Noir #3)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2021 115:27

    A primal scream from the post-Watergate American malaise, NETWORK is a movie entirely of its time that manages to speak directly to ours. Adam and Josh continue their 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series with Sidney Lumet's Best Picture nominee, debating the effectiveness of Paddy Chayefksy's bracing, if occasionally overwritten, script and praising the extraordinary cast (which received five Oscar noms). Plus, Otto Preminger's LAURA, the third film in the '40s Noir Marathon; and Filmspotting Madness Elite 8 matchups. 0:00 - Billboard 1:31 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever: "Network" "San Simeon Waltz" (from "Mank") 49:43 - Oscar Nominations 57:46 - Next Week / Notes / Giveaways 1:11:55 - Filmspotting Madness, Elite 8 1:28:46 - '40s Noir #3: "Laura" 1:48:13 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #817: Top 5 Movie Meals / WandaVision / The Truffle Hunters

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 99:14

    Inspired by the visually striking - and slyly funny - new documentary THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS, Adam and Josh consider the greatest meals they've ever seen on screen. Plus, Josh's thoughts on Marvel's recently-concluded WANDAVISION and the Sweet 16 round of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:22 - "The Truffle Hunters" 7:23 - Top 5: Movie Meals 37:47 - Josh reviews: "WandaVision" 42:42 - Next Week / Notes 52:12 - Filmspotting Madness Sweet 16 1:10:27 - Top 5, cont. 1:32:41 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #816: Taxi Driver (7 From '76) / This Gun for Hire ('40s Noir #2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 105:27

    Set post-Vietnam in a Big Apple at its filthiest, Martin Scorsese's Best Picture-nominated TAXI DRIVER is very much of its time, but the film's troubled anti-hero, "God's lonely man" Travis Bickle, is a figure we've become all too used to—on social media, at political rallies, or storming the U.S. Capitol. Adam and Josh continue the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series with a 45th-anniversary review. Plus, Rd. 2 of Filmspotting Madness and the second film in the '40s Noir Marathon, THIS GUN FOR HIRE starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. 0:00 - Billboard 1:13 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever: "Taxi Driver" Bernard Herrmann, "Thank God For The Rain" 47:57 - Next Week / Notes 55:53 - Filmspotting Madness, Rd. 2 1:17:44 - '40s Noir Marathon: "This Gun for Hire" 1:36:30 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #815: Top 5 Anthony Hopkins Performances / The Father / Madness Rd. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2021 105:59

    A five-time Oscar nominee, Anthony Hopkins has played a Pope, a psychopath and the most loyal of butlers. He's also killed vampires, fought a bear and banished the God of Thunder from Asgard. In fact, there's little Hopkins hasn't done over his six decades of movie acting—and he's done it all with a rare combination of delicate subtlety and volcanic power. This week, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Hopkins Performances, along with a review of THE FATHER, which features another career-best turn from the actor. Plus, Rd. 1 of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Top 5: Anthony Hopkins Performances 24:06 - Next Week / Notes / Massacre Theatre 35:26 - Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s, Rd. 1 58:18 - Review: "The Father" 1:07:55 - Top 5, cont. 1:37:02 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #814: The Silence of the Lambs (30th Ann.) / Madness Play-Ins

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 86:03

    Based on Thomas Harris's grisly 1988 bestseller, Jonathan Demme's THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS was, on its February 1991 release, an immediate critical and box office success. It ran for eight months and went on to be nominated for seven Oscars, winning five—for Demme, Hopkins, Foster, screenwriter Ted Tally, and Best Picture. This week on the show, Adam and Josh dig into the technical sophistication - and the humanist touch - that Demme and company bring to the lurid material. Plus, Filmspotting Madness gets underway with the play-in round, and Josh recommends the new BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - Sacred Cow: “The Silence of the Lambs” (30th Ann.) 35:46 - Review: “Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar” 40:08 - Next Week / Notes 50:51 - Madness: Best of the ’80s (Play-Ins) 1:19:04 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #813: Judas and the Black Messiah / The Letter ('40s Noir #1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 83:45

    The new Fred Hampton biopic JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH gives as much time to the FBI informant (Lakeith Stanfield) who infiltrates his Black Panthers as it does to Hampton himself (Daniel Kaluuya). Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of that decision, which recalls atypical biopics like “Amadeus,” “Hamilton” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Plus the first film in the six-part '40s Noir Marathon, William Wyler’s THE LETTER, with Bette Davis as a conniving murderer; and Josh anoints the new religious horror movie SAINT MAUD with a Golden Brick nomination. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Review: "Judas and the Black Messiah" 24:09 - Next Week 29:48 - Brickspotting: "Saint Maud" 33:55 - Giveaways / Notes 40:46 - Massacre Theatre 48:17 - '40s Noir #1: "The Letter" 1:16:57 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #812: All The President's Men (7 From '76) / Malcolm & Marie

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 91:03

    It doesn't take the investigative powers of a Woodward or Bernstein to pick up on the giddiness that Adam and Josh bring to their review of ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, the first film in the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series. Long a favorite of both hosts - and an early entry in the Filmspotting Pantheon - they revel in the opportunity to praise the film's unmatched acting ensemble and exquisite, if subtle, craft. Their good mood carries over to their review of the divisive MALCOLM & MARIE (new to Netflix), a volatile, two-hander relationship drama starring Zendaya and John David Washington. 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever: "All The President's Men" David Shire, "All The President's Men 45:16 - Polls / Notes 1:02:02 - Review: "Malcolm & Marie" 1:23:32 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #811: 2021 Movie Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2021 85:45

    As goes Bond, so goes the rest of the movie year. With Bond 25 "No Time To Die" recently moving to October - along with several other high-profile spring '21 releases - the new movie year is getting off to a disappointing start. But with lots of holdovers from 2020 - "Dune"! "Maverick"! "Ghostbusters"! - and some very promising new titles on the horizon, it is, at the very least, an exciting year to contemplate. Adam and Josh preview 2021 with their Top 5 Movie Questions of the Year — and lay out current plans for this year's Marathons, Sacred Cows, Oeuvre-view and the '70s edition of the Best Movie Year Ever series. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - 2021 Preview Lin-Manuel Miranda, “In The Heights” 31:17 - 2021 Show Plans 47:30 - Next Week / Notes 52:33 - Massacre Theatre 59:15 - 2021 Preview, cont. 1:18:04 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #810: Best Scenes of 2020 / Golden Brick Award

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2021 103:38

    It goes without saying that the best movies also have their share of great movie moments, so this year’s Wrap Party allows Adam and Josh to share more thoughts about some of their favorite 2020 films. But it also gives them a chance to celebrate memorable moments in movies that didn’t crack their Top 10s - like “Promising Young Woman,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “On The Rocks” and “Borat Subsequent Movie Film.” Plus the winner of the 2020 Golden Brick Award. Welcome to the party. “Silly Games” sing-a-long at midnight. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Opening Scenes / Funniest Scenes / Moving Moments Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou, “Mother’s Love” 48:12 - 2020 Golden Brick Award 59:01 - Brickspotting: “Identifying Features” 1:02:39 - Next Week / Poll / Notes 1:08:02 - Music Moments / Scenes of the Year 1:37:10 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #809: News of the World / Wonder Woman 1984

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2021 64:20

    For the first proper show of the new year, the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Josh for reviews of a couple of late-2020 releases: the Tom Hanks western NEWS OF THE WORLD and Patty Jenkins' WONDER WOMAN 1984. While Josh and Michael agree that neither film quite fulfills its potential, they both prove to be great fodder for debate. 0:00 - Billboard 1:27 - Review: "News of the World" The Previews, "Money For Nothing" 34:28 - Next Week/Notes 44:01 - Review: "Wonder Woman 1984" 54:40 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #808: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2021 147:56

    Any other year that gave us new films from Kelly Reichardt and David Fincher, Sofia Coppola and Charlie Kaufman, two from Spike Lee and five from Steve McQueen, would have been considered a great one. Alas, 2020 will forever be remembered as The Worst Year Ever—that also happened to be a great year for some of our best filmmakers. The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from Polygon and The Next Picture Show podcast re-join Adam and Josh for the second half of their conversation about the Top 10 films of the year, including their consensus pick for the best film (or films?) of 2020. 0:00 - Billboard  1:13 - Top 10 of 2020, Pt. 2  Janet Kay, "Silly Games" 51:05 - Top 10 of 2020, Pt. 2, cont. 2:17:58 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #807: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2020 100:53

    True to the year that kept us apart, the Filmspotting Top 10 roundtable did not meet in its usual configuration in 2020. However, the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Next Picture Show's Tasha Robinson do make an appearance sharing their 10-6 picks before Zoom-ing into the ether with promises to return next week offering their #1 picks. In a part one heavy on docs, Adam and Josh also make room for films from veteran filmmakers such as Charlie Kaufman and David Fincher, as well as newcomers Kitty Green and Radha Blank. Plus, the finalists for this year's Golden Brick Award. 0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Top 10 of 2020, Pt. 1 Branford Marsalis, "Levee's Song" 1:06:08 - Golden Brick Finalists / Notes 1:11:21 - Top 10 of 2020, Pt. 1, cont. 1:33:47 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #806: Best Performances (and More) of 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2020 108:55

    With the deadline looming for Adam and Josh to submit their ballots for the 2020 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, they turned their homework into this week's show, sharing their favorite performances of the year - including Carrie Coon's delicious turn in Sean Durkin's "The Nest" and the final film performance from Chadwick Boseman ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") - along with picks for best editing, cinematography and more. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Best Supp. / Editing / Cinematography Bedouine, "Thirteen" 47:45 - Next Week/Notes 1:00:16 - Massacre Theatre 1:09:41 - Best Leads / Breakthrough Directors and Performers 1:41:30 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #805: Top 5 Frances McDormand Performances / Nomadland

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2020 87:36

    No two Frances McDormand performances are alike, but they're all rooted in the actor's no-nonsense directness and fierce intelligence. From scene-stealing supporting turns to Oscar-winning lead performances, McDormand has been doing memorable - and frequently iconic - work since the '80s. With her latest performance - in Chloé Zhao's ("The Rider") soon to be released NOMADLAND - earning her yet more acclaim, Adam and Josh devote this week's show to a career-spanning consideration with their Top 5 McDormand Performances. 0:00 - Billboard 1:05 - Top 5: Frances McDormand Performances Lucinda Williams, "You Can't Rule Me" 31:41 - Next Week / Polls / Notes 53:50 - "Nomadland" 1:02:40 - Top 5, cont. 1:19:38 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #804: Mank / Ma Rainey's Black Bottom / Sound of Metal

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2020 82:32

    David Fincher's big-screen exploration of Hollywood's "Golden Age" will, unfortunately, be a small-screen experience for most (it comes to Netflix this weekend), but Adam and Josh agree that MANK, his biopic about "Citizen Kane" scribe Herman Mankiewicz, still offers lots of pleasures, including Oldman's title performance and a stacked supporting cast. Another top-notch ensemble can be found in George C. Wolfe's adaptation of August Wilson's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, with an electrifying final performance from the late Chadwick Boseman alongside the always reliable Viola Davis. Adam also throws the new SOUND OF METAL into the mix for Golden Brick consideration. 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - Review: "Mank" 24:57 - Fincher Ranked / Top 5 Performances Ma Rainey, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" 30:03 - Golden Brickspotting: "Sound of Metal" 34:42 - Next Week / Notes 47:58 - Massacre Theatre 54:02 - Review: "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" 1:14:49 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #803: 2020 Golden Brick Nominees / The Nest

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2020 100:37

    Previous winners of the Filmspotting Golden Brick Award - Sean Baker's "Tangerine," Bing Liu's "Minding the Gap," Anna Rose Holmer's "The Fits" - didn't just tell compelling stories; they told stories in vivid and surprising ways. It's what Adam and Josh have come to look for in a Brick nominee and it's a quality that all eleven of this year's nominees display—in ways as various as their styles and genres: a time-bending documentary, a retro sci-fi flick, a pair of intricately directed and timely dramas, a Coen Brothers-style thriller, a little of the old ultra-violence - and more. Plus, Adam and Josh revisit their review of Sean Durkin's THE NEST, which is available to rent on digital after playing in limited release. 0:00 - Billboard 1:17 - 2020 Golden Brick Nominees Michigander, "Let Down" 47:12 - Next Week/Notes 56:51 - Polls ('80s Directing Debuts, Christmas Movie Death Match) 1:06:51 - Review: "The Nest" 1:34:07 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    #802: Stranger Than Paradise / Wolfwalkers / 8 From '84 Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2020 103:03

    This year's 8 From '84 series - the sequel to last year's 9 From '99 - gave Adam and Josh a chance to revisit some nostalgic favorites ("Ghostbusters," "This is Spinal Tap," "Beverly Hills Cop"), fill in some blind spots (Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America," Coppola's "The Cotton Club") and complete a director's filmography (David Lynch's "Dune," check). This week, they wrap up the series with the film that launched the career of indie auteur Jim Jarmusch, STRANGER THAN PARADISE, and share their picks for the best performances, scenes and surprises from the 13-film series. Josh also recommends the latest from Cartoon Saloon and director Tomm Moore, WOLFWALKERS. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - 8 From '84: "Stranger Than Paradise" Screamin' Jay Hawkins, "I Put A Spell On You" 29:34 - Josh recommends "Wolfwalkers" 32:50 - Next Week/Notes 44:05 - Massacre Theatre 51:09 - 8 From '84 Awards 1:36:24 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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