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

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

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

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English

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Telegraph Road Productions P.O. Box 1038 Oak Forest, IL 60452 206-203-2463


Episodes

#730: Top 5 Films of 1979 / Alien

5/24/2019
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Of the films celebrating 40th anniversaries in 2019, only Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" can really compete with ALIEN's critical stature and influence, but Adam and Josh make the case for several more films from '79 that deserve to be remembered with this week's Top 5 – including films from directors Andrei Tarkovsky, Carol Ballard, Woody Allen... and Jim Henson. Plus, a revisit of their 2016 Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's sci-fi/horror classic. 0:00 - Billboard 1:21 - Top...

Duration:01:58:14

#729: Top 5 Keanu Moments / John Wick 3

5/17/2019
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The Tao of Whoa. Whether you love or hate the JOHN WICK franchise - or even if you're completely indifferent to it - it has given us all the chance to appreciate the particular genius of Keanu Reeves. For those of us who grew up watching him, the former duuude and earnest action star has matured into an actor of depth and vulnerability with a singular sense of physical grace. Whether Keanu's talents are put to their best use in the new JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM is up for debate,...

Duration:01:32:16

#728: Chicago Critics Film Festival / Donen #4 - Two for the Road

5/10/2019
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May's week-long CCFF doubles as a shortlist for potential Golden Brick candidates. Now in its 7th year, the Chicago Critics Film Festival prides itself on bringing the best of the fest circuit to Chicago. With 15 or so features that have played the likes of Toronto, Sundance and SXSW, the week-long fest is a chance for Chicago audiences to catch up with some of the most buzzed-about independent films of the year. It's also a great chance for Filmspotting to put some titles on its Golden...

Duration:01:40:12

#727: Summer Movie Preview / Donen #3 - Charade

5/3/2019
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Spidey & Wick & Hobbs & Shaw. And Pikachu. Marvel burnout. "Booksmart" hype. Will Smith's genie. Detective Pikachu. And of course the astonishingly worded "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." These subjects and more all come up in Adam and Josh's Top 5 Summer Movie Questions. Plus, Adam on Robert "Born to Be Blue" Budreau's STOCKHOLM and doc director Penny Lane's HAIL SATAN? And... fizzy and charming or frivolous and artificial? Adam and Josh debate the third film in their Stanley Donen...

Duration:01:26:51

#726: Avengers: Endgame / Beyoncé's Homecoming / Donen #2 - Funny Face

4/26/2019
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Can the MCU mothership stick the landing? After earning a probably undeserved reputation for being hard on the MCU, Adam and Josh return from their ENDGAME screening speaking the language of converts: the final chapter of this decade-in-the-making MCU story not only manages to tie up its multiple story threads, but does so in an entertaining and, yes, moving way. Adam and Josh also make time to recommend Beyoncé's new HOMECOMING concert doc and Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams in...

Duration:01:40:55

#725: Her Smell / Donen #1 - On the Town

4/19/2019
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In Alex Ross Perry's HER SMELL, Elisabeth Moss gives a performance that, for Adam and Josh, evokes Gena Rowlands' iconic work in "A Woman Under the Influence" and a punk-rock Lady Macbeth. Moss's Becky Something is the drug-addled, manic and abusive lead singer of a '90s-era rock band that's fallen on hard times. It's also, according to Adam, the best film of the year so far. Also on the show: 1949's ON THE TOWN, the first in a four-film Stanley Donen Marathon. Plus, Josh's report from this...

Duration:01:21:36

#724: Claire Denis / High Life / Madness Champ

4/12/2019
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The 70 year-old French director of "Beau Travail," "35 Shots of Rum" and last year's "Let the Sunshine In" is having a moment. After 30 years of critically-acclaimed work, Claire Denis remains largely unknown in the U.S. That could change with her latest, HIGH LIFE, an existential sci-fi film starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche. Denis was in Chicago for a recent screening of the film, giving Adam and guest host Scott Tobias a rare chance to sit down with Denis and talk about how...

Duration:01:19:05

#723: Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s / Madness Final / Assassination of Jesse James

4/5/2019
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As the 2019 edition of Filmspotting Madness comes to a close, Adam and Josh share some favorite titles that didn't make the 64-film bracket. Their Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s features some under-seen comedies starring Jack Black, Seann William Scott and Mark Duplass; docs and "docu-fantasias" from Steve James and Guy Maddin; and less familiar titles from A-list directors like Ridley Scott and Robert Zemeckis. Plus, the Madness championship matchup is revealed, and a Sacred Cow review...

Duration:01:58:27

#722: Dumbo / Final 4 Madness / Top 5 Movie Circus Acts

3/29/2019
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Big Top Tim Burton remakes the Disney classic. With Adam out of town, Michael Phillips joins Josh for a review of the new DUMBO, plus Filmspotting Madness Final 4 matchups and the Top 5 Movie Circus Acts. Also, Michael shares thoughts on HOTEL MUMBAI, and Josh has 2019's first Golden Brick recommendation: A.T. White's STARFISH. 0:00-1:08 - Billboard 1:08-27:30 - Review: "Dumbo" Betty Noyes, "Baby Mine" 28:11-32:43 - Next week / Notes 32:43-36:10 - Michael on "Hotel Mumbai" 36:10-38:21...

Duration:01:28:34

#721: Us / Elite 8 Madness / Cassavetes #4 - Opening Night

3/22/2019
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Jordan Peele is not done scaring us. Peele's "Get Out" was one of the defining films of 2017. A huge box office success early in the year, it went on to be nominated for Best Picture, and won Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. So if that’s your directing debut... how exactly do you follow that up? With US, Peele sticks with horror and proves that his talent for juggling scares with comedy and social commentary was no fluke. Adam and Josh talk about Peele's mastery of horror craft...

Duration:02:01:08

#720: Transit / Sweet 16 Madness / Cassavetes #3

3/15/2019
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The director of 2014's "Phoenix" returns with a boldly enigmatic thriller. German director Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix” was a “Vertigo”-inspired thriller set in the aftermath of the Holocaust. It received some of the best reviews of 2014. For his latest, TRANSIT, Petzold evokes Kafka, Orwell and Kielslowski for another wartime thriller that isn't afraid to disorient and perplex. In the third round of Filmspotting Madness - Best of the 2000s - the effect is less disorienting and more...

Duration:01:40:15

#719: Captain Marvel / Rd. 2 Madness (Best of the 2000s)

3/8/2019
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Marvel's first female-led feature is also one its best. Indie duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson," "Sugar") were a surprising choice to lead a Marvel movie, especially one with so much riding on its success. But Adam and Josh agree that the pair's CAPTAIN MARVEL is a mostly effective marriage of effects-driven action, empathetic character-building and clever scripting. The movie also benefits from some ace supporting performances - performances so good that Brie Larson's Captain...

Duration:01:34:45

#718: Filmspotting Madness (Best of the 2000s) / Cassavetes #2 - A Woman Under...

3/1/2019
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64 films. Only one survives. Welcome to the Madness. In the 2018 edition of Filmspotting Madness – Best of the 90s – the championship round had "Fargo" facing off against "Pulp Fiction." The Coen Brothers' "Fargo" pulled out a surprise victory over Tarantino's decade-defining masterpiece. So what surprises await us in this year's contest? The Coens are back with another strong entry – 2007's Best Picture-winning "No Country for Old Men" – but will their primary competitor be Tarantino again...

Duration:01:53:51

#717: Top 5 Movies About Suburbia (w/Jessica Harper) / Cassavetes #1 - Faces

2/22/2019
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Worse than a coven of witches? The 'Burbs. "Suspiria" star Jessica Harper has appeared in over 20 films since the mid-'70s, but she's also had a career as a singer-songwriter and children's book author. Her latest venture has her turning to memoir in the form of a 10-part podcast called "Winnetka," named for the Chicago suburb where she and her five siblings came of age in the '50s and '60s. Harper's podcast tells the story of that suburban upbringing, in particular the darkness and...

Duration:01:33:07

#716: The Matrix / Top 5 Slow-Motion Scenes (Since "The Matrix")

2/15/2019
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Taking the red pill 20 years later. For the second film in their "9 From '99" series, Adam and Josh reconsider the Wachowski Sisters' seminal sci-fi film, which, while a popular and critical success in its release year, has only grown in estimation both as a film and as a way of thinking and talking about reality. Plus: Christopher Nolan, Todd Haynes, Rian Johnson and Lars von Trier make the Top 5 Slow-Motion Scenes (Since "The Matrix"); Best of '99 poll results; and Adam and Josh announce...

Duration:01:41:59

#715: The Lego Movie 2 / Velvet Buzzsaw / Miss Bala

2/8/2019
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Jokes and gender politics in the new Lego sequel. "The Lego Movie" was Josh's #1 film of 2014. Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" made Adam's Top 10 of the same year. Five years later, Emmet Brickowski and the rest of the master builders return for THE LEGO MOVIE 2 - and Gilroy is back, too, with the art scene satire VELVET BUZZSAW, another darkly satirical take on a Los Angeles subculture. Also on the show: Josh's thoughts on Catherine Hardwicke's MISS BALA, Massacre Theatre and an announcement...

Duration:01:09:40

#714: Glass / The Sixth Sense

2/1/2019
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That thing where your superpower is seeing dead people. On this week's show, a double-dose of divisive auteur M. Night Shyamalan, whose new film GLASS is either "profoundly dumb" or "like opening a brand new comic book for the first time and not knowing what you're going to get." And then later, Adam and Josh kick off their "9 from '99" series with Shyamalan's blockbuster THE SIXTH SENSE, which they mostly agree has held up pretty well, thanks in large part to the Oscar-nominated...

Duration:01:27:58

#713: 2019 Movie Preview / Oscar Nominations

1/25/2019
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The new movie year is all promise and possibility. Adam and Josh pose their Top 5 Questions About 2019. Plus the good, the bad and the bewildering of this week's Oscar nominations. 0:00-1:13 - Billboard 1:13-13:57 - 2019 Movie Preview King Princess, "1950" 14:48-15:42 - Donations 15:42-33:15 - Oscar Nominations 33:15-38:53 - Next Week / "9 From '99" / Notes 38:53-43:45 - Massacre Theatre 43:45-48:08 - Poll results: 2019 Most Anticipated King Princess, "Femme Fatale" 49:09-52:06 -...

Duration:01:21:32

#712: Scenes of the Year - 2018 Wrap Party

1/18/2019
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The laughs, the tears, the rhapsodies and the shallows that made 2018 such a memorable movie year. Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson - and a full house at Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts - join Adam and Josh for the Live 2018 Wrap Party, celebrating the 2018 movie year with their favorite moments from the last twelve months. 0:00-0:43 - Intro 0:43-23:50 - Opening Scenes 23:50-47:22 - Music Moments w/Michael Phillips 47:22-1:04:24 - Funniest Scenes w/Tasha Robinson 1:04:24-1:18:59...

Duration:01:52:13

Best of 2018: Ethan Hawke / Bo Burnham

1/4/2019
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Two of our favorite 2018 conversations. Adam talks to Ethan Hawke about parenting, raising daughters, falling in love, the illusion of fear - oh, and his very good 2018 film BLAZE, about Texas singer-songwriter Blaze Foley. Plus, Adam's interview with EIGHTH GRADE director Bo Burnham, who reflects on what makes star Elsie Fisher so great and what motivated the successful comic to make his debut film. 0:00-1:00 - Intro 1:00-27:16 - Interview: Ethan Hawke Blaze Foley, "Clay...

Duration:00:59:57