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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

#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

#711: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2018

12/27/2018
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You can't have consensus without a little misguided dissent. True of climate change research - and of the films discussed on part two of Filmspotting's Top 10 of 2018 roundtable. Adam, Josh and guests Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Tasha Robinson (The Next Picture Show) debate Paul Schrader's FIRST REFORMED (three yays, one hard nay), Alfonso Cuarón's ROMA (three yays, one "I wish I was a yay"), Spike Lee's BLACKKKLANSMAN and more, including - more dissent! - four unique #1 films of...

Duration:01:32:03

#710: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2018

12/21/2018
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Indie horror, broad comedy and, yes, Marvel, all among the "outlier" picks in part one. With guests Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson filling out the roundtable, Adam and Josh start their conversation about the best films of 2018 with their "outlier" picks - films that, for the most part, only made one of their lists. Plus, Best of '18 voicemails from the directors of two of last year's best films, and the three finalists for the 2018 Golden Brick Award are announced. 0:00-1:11 -...

Duration:01:37:39

#709: If Beale Street Could Talk / Into the Spider-Verse / Shoplifters

12/14/2018
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Barry Jenkins' follow-up to "Moonlight" has the lush romanticism of "In the Mood for Love." In the absurd rush to catch up with the best of the year before the end of the year, it's nice when a film forces you into its own patient rhythm. Even better when it looks and sounds as good as IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, the latest from director Barry Jenkins. Along with that, Adam and Josh have a review of the Palme d'Or-winning SHOPLIFTERS from Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda, and recommendations for...

Duration:01:20:53

#708: Roma / The Favourite

12/7/2018
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Seeing the Fellini in Cuarón and the Kubrick in Lanthimos. Adam and Josh break out the high praise for their reviews of Alfonso Cuarón's ROMA and Yorgos Lanthimos's THE FAVOURITE – both films in the conversation for the best of 2018, and both departures of sorts for the directors. For "Roma," Cuarón returns to his native Mexico for the first time since 2001's "Y Tu Mama Tambien," while taking on writing, directing, shooting and co-editing jobs to tell the personal story of his middle class...

Duration:01:03:48

#707: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs / Creed II / Burning

11/30/2018
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The 15th best film the Coens have ever made. Or maybe the 12th best. Possibly higher. When news first broke about the new Coen brothers project for Netflix, it looked like it was going to be a limited-run series and not a proper film. This was all perfectly well and good, but how would that work with existing rankings of the Coens' filmography? Turns out we needn't have worried. THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS is not a series, but an anthology film made up of six distinct stories, all set in...

Duration:01:15:33

#706: Q&A - Minding the Gap / Golden Brick Preview

11/16/2018
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With year-end fast approaching, Adam and Josh talk through the current crop of nominees for the show's Golden Brick Award, which goes to the overlooked or underseen film of the year. Also on the show, Adam's conversation with Bing Liu, Joshua Altman and Diane Moy Quon – the director, editor and one of the producers – of one of those Brick nominees, MINDING THE GAP. Adam and Josh also revisit their review from earlier this year of Chloe Zhao's THE RIDER, another nominee and, like "Gap," one...

Duration:01:00:18

#705: Widows / Bohemian Rhapsody / Wildlife

11/9/2018
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Queen Viola. Queen Carey. And... Queen. Oscar-winner Viola Davis heads the ace ensemble for Steve McQueen's ("12 Years A Slave") new Chicago-set heist thriller WIDOWS, writer Gillian Flynn's adaptation of a BBC miniseries from the 80s. Adam and Josh dig McQueen's take on a corrupt Chi-town, but debate his handling of some of the performances. They're in more agreement on actor Paul Dano's assured directing debut, WILDLIFE, which stars the always-great-but-maybe-never-greater Carey Mulligan...

Duration:01:23:30

#704: Suspiria / Top 5 Uses of Color

11/2/2018
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This episode is sponsored by the color red. For his remake of the Dario Argento cult horror classic SUSPIRIA, Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me By Your Name") keeps the '70s German dance academy setting, but adds a lot of real-world political upheaval to the original's bloody witches' brew. Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of Guadagnino and company's intellectual approach to the story's giallo origins. Plus: there are color movies and then there are movies that have color. Giants of world...

Duration:01:33:06

#703: New On Netflix (Hold The Dark, Private Life)

10/26/2018
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With his thoughtful takes on the revenge and violent thriller genres, "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room" director Jeremy Saulnier has emerged as one of most exciting young directors of the last decade. His latest, HOLD THE DARK, is an enigmatic thriller set in a remote Alaskan village. Skipping theaters entirely, it debuted on Netflix in September. Likewise, director Tamara Jenkins teamed with the streaming service for the long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed 2007 film, "The Savages." Adam and...

Duration:01:28:50