Filmspotting – Movie Reviews

Filmspotting – Movie Reviews


Hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen review new and classic movies, offering "affable, insightful film analysis since 2005" (NY Times).


#912: The Big Lebowski at 25 (New Sh*t Has Come To Light), '60s Madness, Rodeo, and Sansho the Bailiff

25 years ago, the Coen Brothers followed up their Oscar-winning "Fargo" with a stoned shaggy dog riff on film noir. It bombed at the box office only to become a beloved cult film. Also like their best, everything matters. 'Sacred Cow' Review: "The Big Lebowski" (05:04) 'Brickspotting' Review (JL): "Rodeo" (47:39) Filmspotting Madness Rd. 3 (01:04:34) 'Marathon' Review: "Sansho the Bailiff" (01:27:24) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: Sight & Sound Top 100 (Blindspots) Marathon Filmspotting Madness “Showing Up” Chicago Screening Filmspotting Guide to the Archives Adam’s Coen Bros. Ranked  Josh’s Coen Bros. Ranked Filmspotting’s Coen Bros. Reviews Adam on Blank Check (Millions) But Have You Read the Book? Feedback: Email us at Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. Where else you can find us: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/03/23·2h 1m

#911: Is Creed III Worthy of Jonathan Majors? Plus Scream VI and '60s Madness Rd. 2

It takes a star of great confidence to play opposite the electrifying Jonathan Majors. And while CREED III's Michael B. Jordan is up to the challenge of his rival, can the same be said about the movie itself? Review: "Creed III" (03:02) Review (JL): "Scream VI" (29:23) Filmspotting Madness Rd. 2 (42:17) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: Filmspotting Madness Chicago Critics Film Festival Feedback: Email us at Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. Where else you can find us: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/03/23·1h 20m

#910: '23 Oscars Special with Michael Phillips and ’60s Madness Rd. 1

Adam and Josh compare Oscar ballots with the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips, sharing picks for who will win, who should win, and who should have been nominated in the Supporting and Lead Actor and Actress categories (02:49). Then they introduce some of the Rd. 1 matchups in Filmspotting Madness 2023: Best of the 1960s (01:06:34) and announce the lineup for the year's first Filmspotting Marathon - Sight & Sound Top 100 Blind Spots (01:30:33) - before making their choices for Best Director and Best Picture (01:36:49). Time codes may not be precise due to dynamically-inserted ads. Click here to Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in Filmspotting Family bonus content. Learn more about Filmspotting Family benefits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/03/23·2h 4m

#909: Mean Streets and Badlands Turn 50, plus '60s Madness Play-Ins

Coming on the heels of the era-defining “The Godfather” in ’72, the 1973 movie year had a lot to live up to. But if Adam and Josh’s Top 5 of 1973 (02:56) is any indication, it more than delivered. Featuring early-career masterpieces from Terrence Malick, Martin Scorsese and, yes, George Lucas, plus the decade’s most terrifying horror film, influential films from abroad, and so much more, ’73 not only met the standard set a year earlier, but makes a claim as one of the best of the decade. Also on the show, the return of Filmspotting Madness (47:53), which this year has us determining the best film of the ’60s. Then, Adam and Josh share Best of ’73 poll results (01:08:14), before returning to the Top 5 for their final two picks (01:14:18). Time codes may not be precise due to dynamically-inserted ads. Click here to Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in Filmspotting Family bonus content. Learn more about Filmspotting Family benefits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/02/23·1h 43m

#908: Top 5 Magic-est Mike Moments, Quantumania, Magic Mike's Last Dance

With Steven Soderbergh's sly, sexy, and exuberant contribution to the musical genre coming to a close with the release of the third and, presumably, final film in the Magic Mike trilogy, Adam and Josh see the series off with the Top 5 Magic-est Mike Moments (01:15), a celebration of the films' many memorable dance sequences. Plus Josh's review of the new "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" (21:47), and Adam's thoughts on "The Integrity of Joseph Chambers (28:15)," the latest from former Brick nominee Robert Machoian ("The Killing of Two Lovers"). They also play some Massacre Theatre (39:50) and weigh in on "Magic Mike's Last Dance" (45:57) – with one considering it a worthy, if lightweight, follow-up to 2015's XXL; the other declaring it quite possibly the worst film Soderbergh has ever made – before sharing their final two Magic-est Mike Moments (59:26). Time codes may not be precise due to dynamically-inserted ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/02/23·1h 16m

#907: Hitchcock's Psycho Still Thrills and Oscars Homework

After a string of lush, star-filled productions in the ‘50s, Alfred Hitchcock went small(er) and sinister with Psycho, which went on to become Hitchcock's best-known film and one of the most influential films of the last sixty years. For this Sacred Cow deep dive (02:04)—reviewed in anticipation of the upcoming Best of the '60s edition of Filmspotting Madness—Filmspotting considers a picture that remains unnerving and full of mystery even after a half-century of critical analysis. Plus, listeners weigh in on M. Night Shyamalan's hit-and-miss career (52:33), and Adam and Josh turn in their Oscars homework (1:02:08) with thoughts on ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, Andrea Riseborough in TO LESLIE, and Best Documentary Feature nominee NAVALNY. Time codes may not be precise due to dynamically-inserted ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/02/23·1h 24m

#906: Top 5 Shyamalan Moments / Knock at the Cabin

M. Night Shyamalan is on the short list of big-budget filmmakers who reliably bring original stories to the multiplex, which means that enthusiasm for his new work can be somewhat out of step with his recent track record. But with their Top 5 Shyamalan Moments (01:13), Adam and Josh prove that the director's best work is deserving of close attention. Working with ace collaborators like cinematographers Roger Deakins and Tak Fujimoto, composer James Newton Howard, and actors such as Bruce Willis and Toni Collette, Shyamalan exhibits a gift for patience and craft that - at his best - distinguishes him from his peers. Along with that Top 5, Adam and Josh have an on-air production meeting about next week's Madness '23-inspired show (40:26), shake the dust off for their first Massacre Theatre of the new year (46:21), and share some thoughts on Shyamalan's latest, KNOCK AT THE CABIN (48:59), before returning to the Top 5 (01:07:40). Time codes may not be precise due to dynamically-inserted ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/02/23·1h 39m

#905: 2023 Movie Preview / Skinamarink

Gerwig, Nolan, Wes, Scorsese. The new movie year is full of promise. For their 2023 MOVIE PREVIEW, Adam and Josh look to avoid getting burned by the promise of films that disappear from the movie schedule like desert mirages (will we finally see you this year, Kelly Reichardt's "Showing Up"?) and try to keep their hopes afloat for a year that appears even more IP-heavy than normal (Barbie! Wonka! Spidey! Indy!). Per tradition, the preview takes the form of the Top 5 Questions About the 2023 Movie Year. Plus, Josh submits the new SKINAMARINK for Golden Brick consideration. 1:08 - 2023 Movie Preview 31:58 - Brickspotting (JL): "Skinamarink" 37:09 - Next Week / Notes / Polls 45:17 - 2023 Movie Preview, cont. 1:09:29 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/01/23·1h 18m

Reaction Shot: 2023 Oscar Nominations

Pleasant surprises, notable snubs, and some conflicted feelings about diversity and representation were all part of the conversation for this "Reaction Shot" to the 2023 Oscar nominations. Note: Michelle Yeoh is the first person who identifies as Asian to ever be nominated for best actress; some previously nominated actresses may have hidden their Asian ancestry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/01/23·29m 54s

#904: Scenes of the Year w/Griffin Newman, Dana Stevens, Alison Willmore and Matt Singer

Delayed nearly three years by the pandemic, but, in many ways, 18 years in the making, the show's live NYC debut was worth all the waiting. Joined by Slate's Dana Stevens and Griffin Newman from the Blank Check podcast, plus Matt Singer (ScreenCrush) and Alison Willmore (Vulture), formerly of Filmspotting: SVU, Adam and Josh brought the year-end Wrap Party to the stage at Brooklyn's Bell House in front of a packed house. In addition to their picks for opening scene, funniest and most moving moment, best music moment, and scene of the year, the show also features Matt breaking into song, a provocative "Top Gun: Maverick" theory from Alison, and Dana Stevens directing Griffin Newman and "Wicked"'s Jeff Heimbrock in a very special edition of Massacre Theatre. 1:08 - Intro 12:41 - Opening Scenes 28:02 - Moving Scenes 43:09 - Funniest Scenes w/Griffin Newman 1:05:33 - Music Moments w/Alison Willmore and Matt Singer 1:37:48 - 2022 Golden Brick Award 1:41:45 - Scenes of the Year w/Dana Stevens 2:08:16 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/01/23·2h 15m

#903: White Noise / Top 5 Noah Baumbach Characters

With the help of regular collaborators Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach leaves the big city - and reality - behind for his ambitious adaptation of Don DeLillo's WHITE NOISE. An absurdist meditation on death nested in a consumerist satire (or vice versa?) that riffs on Elvis, Hitler, car crashes, pharmaceuticals, marriage, and family life, Adam and Josh agree that Baumbach's big swing is a mostly successful one. Also on the show, a revisit of 2017's Top 5 Noah Baumbach Characters (originally paired with "The Meyerowitz Stories") and thoughts on the passing of five-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Owen Roizman. 1:08 - Review: "White Noise" 34:58 - Polls / Notes / Owen Roizman 49:44 - Top 5 Noah Baumbach Characters (2017) 1:23:56 - Outro Times may fluctuate due to inserted ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/01/23·1h 30m

#902: Top 10 Films of 2022 with Michael Phillips and Marya Gates

In 2005, Filmspotting established an elite list of the top films of the year. Its purpose was to teach the lost art of filmmaking and to ensure that the handful of films that made the list were the best in the world.  They succeeded. Today, Filmspotting calls it the films of the year roundtable.  Listeners call it: TOP TEN. This year, guest critics Michael "Fiddlesticks" Phillips and Marya "Zig Zag" Gates join Adam and Josh to name the best of the best: the Top 10 Films of 2022. In addition to ten consensus picks that appeared on two or more lists, the roundtable shares their outlier picks, and stumbles into a longer-than-planned conversation about Damien Chazelle's new "Babylon." Plus, the finalists for the 2022 Golden Brick Award. 1:23 - Top 10 of 2022: Consensus Picks 1:07:42 - Golden Brick Finalists 1:13:07 - Top 10 Consensus, cont. 2:15:49 - "Babylon" 2:34:06 - Poll Results: Best of '22 2:37:45 - Top 10 of 2022: Outliers 3:03:00 - Outro Times may fluctuate due to inserted ads. LINKS Top 10 Films of 2022 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/12/22·3h 13m

Avatar: The Way of Water

It's been so long since the first "Avatar" that it came out two years before Josh was even on the show. But back in 2009, Josh was a fan of James Cameron's 3D game-changer. And he wasn't alone. The film, despite its lack of cultural cache a dozen years later, was a critical as well as a box office success. Adam, on the other hand, was one of the film's harshest critics. Will Cameron's return to Pandora have Adam seeing the error of his ways? Or will Josh start to question his loyalty to the Na'vi? LINKS Give the gift of a Filmspotting membership Use code FILMSPOTTING (by 12/25) for 20% off at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/12/22·43m 42s

#901: Best Performances of 2022 / Sight & Sound / Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio / Empire of Light

With Adam and Josh facing a deadline for submitting their Chicago Film Critics Association best of the year ballots, they use this episode to hash out their picks for the best supporting and lead performances of the year—from heavy hitters like Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, and Michelle Yeoh to the stars of lesser-seen films like “Aftersun,” “Causeway,” and “Decision to Leave.” Plus reviews of Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion PINOCCHIO adaption, and Sam Mendes’ 80s-set ode to movies and movie theaters, EMPIRE OF LIGHT. Adam and Josh also weigh in on the recent publication of Sight & Sound’s once-a-decade Greatest Films of All Time list. 0:56 - Best Performances of 2022 (Supporting) 33:33 - Sight & Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time 55:44 - Review: “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” 1:06:19 - Review: “Empire of Light” 1:27:31 - Next Week / Notes / Massacre Theatre 1:35:15 - Best Performances of 2022 (Lead) 1:52:46 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/12/22·2h 0m

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Greatest film of all time? You better believe it belongs in the conversation. From Sept. 2020, Adam and Josh discuss their first experience with Chantal Akerman's masterpiece as part of their Overlooked Auteurs Marathon. RELATED LINKS Filmspotting's (Unofficial) Sight & Sound Ballots Filmspotting Family Top 100 Poll Results Filmspotting Sight & Sound List Companion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/12/22·33m 55s

#900: The Fabelmans / The Eternal Daughter / Sr.

With THE FABLEMANS, what appeared to be Steven Spielberg’s portrait of the filmmaker as a young man turns out to be a more complicated autopsy of a family coming apart at the seams—that happens to have a budding filmmaker there to document it. Adam and Josh have lots of praise for Spielberg, his co-conspirator/co-screenwriter Tony Kushner, and the film’s cast, but a few minor issues may reflect a weakness that appears more broadly in the director’s work. Director Joanna Hogg has worked almost exclusively in an autobiographical vein: her acclaimed 2019 film “The Souvenir” and last year’s sequel “The Souvenir, Part II,” had Hogg revisiting and re-examining her film student days. Her latest, THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER, continues the director’s audacious self-reflexivity, this time casting Tilda Swinton in a double role as Hogg surrogate Julie and also as Julie’s mother, Rosalind. Hogg’s film is both a meta-meditation on what it means to be an artist—and a ghost story. Plus, Adam recommends Sr., a new doc about filmmaker - and Robert Downey Jr.’s dad - Robert Downey, Sr. 1:06 - Review: "The Fablemans" 36:35 - Next Week / Notes  43:44 - Polls 51:22 - Review: “The Eternal Daughter" 1:03:01 - Review (AK): “Sr.” 1:08:41 - Outro Times may fluctuate due to ads Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/12/22·1h 15m

#899: The Art of Adaptation with David Kajganich (Bones and All)

Luca Guadagnino's BONES AND ALL is a coming-of-age story with an unusual twist: cannibalism. Starring Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell, the film was adapted by writer David Kajganich from a 2015 novel by Camille DeAngelis. Kajganich had previously written adaptations for Guadagnino's "A Bigger Splash" (based on the 1969 Jacques Deray film "La Piscine") and his 2018 remake of Dario Argento's cult horror film "Suspiria." In his conversation with Adam, Kajganich talks about how his background as a novelist made him uniquely qualified for adaptation work; how to write (and how not to write) exposition; and the surprising subtext of "Bones and All" that the book's author asked him to preserve. And producer Sam Van Hallgren joins Adam for a conversation – recorded live at Iowa City FilmScene's Refocus Film Festival – about some of the best recent book-to-screen adaptations. 1:05 - Interview: David Kajganich ("Bones and All") 41:02 - Next Week / Notes 42:44 - Book-to-Screen Adaptations w/Sam Van Hallgren (Live) 1:41:55 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/11/22·1h 47m

#898: Glass Onion / Wakanda Forever / She Said / Nanny

For the second installment in his "Knives Out" series, Rian Johnson leaves the family squabbling behind for a trip to a luxury island where murder most foul befalls the filthy rich. GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY shows Johnson hasn't lost his ability to pair social commentary with crackerjack entertainment. Unfortunately, director Ryan Coogler’s return to the “Black Panther” franchise is a less successful venture. While Coogler does right by the late Chadwick Boseman, his WAKANDA FOREVER is over-burdened by the demands of the MCU and let down by uninspiring and occasionally indecipherable effects work. Also on the show, Golden Brick nominations for Nikyatu Jusu's Sundance-winning NANNY and David Siev's BAD AXE, a documentary about the director's immigrant family's life in small-town Michigan. Plus reviews of Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan in SHE SAID and the new doc LOVE, CHARLIE: THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLIE TROTTER. 1:08 - Reviews: "Glass Onion," "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" 34:13 - Brickspotting: “Nanny," "Bad Axe" 49:53 - Next Week / Notes 1:02:52 - Massacre Theatre 1:10:08 - Reviews: "She Said," "Love, Charlie" 1:18:57 - New Releases / Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/11/22·1h 26m

#897: Top 5 Father-Daughter Duos / Aftersun / Weird

Director Charlotte Wells's AFTERSUN documents a holiday that 11-year-old Sophie takes with her loving but troubled father (played by Paul Mescal). The debut feature is one of the best and most sneakily heart-rending films of the year. It also inspires this week's Top 5: Father-Daughter Duos, with Adam and Josh sharing picks from Ozu, Nolan, Bogdanovich, and Spike Lee, along with a pair of inventive docs made by daughters about their dads. Plus Adam's review of WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY. 1:22 - Top 5 Father-Daughter Duos 30:26 - Review (AK): “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" 36:29 - Next Week / Notes  46:38 - Polls 55:08 - Review: “Aftersun" 1:19:12 - Top 5 Father-Daughter Duos, cont. 1:39:12 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/11/22·1h 46m

A Conversation About the New Filmspotting Family

Josh, Sam, and Adam discuss the launch of the new Filmspotting Family membership platform and how you can help support and grow the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/11/22·15m 10s

#896: Armageddon Time / Causeway / Wendell & Wild / Triangle of Sadness / Descendant

Adam and Josh cover lots of new releases on this week's show, including James Gray's guilt-ridden coming-of-age film ARMAGEDDON TIME and Ruben Östlund's eat-the-rich Palme d'Or-winner TRIANGLE OF SADNESS, along with a return to form from Jennifer Lawrence in CAUSEWAY (with Brian Tyree Henry); Henry Selick's new stop-motion collaboration with Jordan Peele WENDELL & WILD; and new docs about the secret history of Africatown, Alabama (the not-to-miss DESCENDANT), the early 2000s indie rock scene (MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM), and jazz great "Satchmo" (LOUIS ARMSTRONG'S BLACK & BLUES). 1:06 - Review: "Armageddon Time" 28:04 - Reviews (AK): “Causeway," "Descendant" 40:29 - Review (JL): “Wendell & Wild" 44:02 - New doc recs (AK): “Meet Me in the Bathroom," "Louis Armstrong's Black & Blues" 48:56 - Next Week / Notes  59:31 - Massacre Theatre 1:05:31 - Review: “Triangle of Sadness" 1:16:59 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/11/22·1h 24m

#895: Top 5 Bromances / The Banshees of Inisherin / Ticket To Paradise

In Martin McDonagh's new THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson play a couple of longtime friends whose relationship takes a sudden and mysterious turn. Along with their review of the film - one of the year's best - Adam and Josh consider the long history of Movie Bromances, from classic noirs and westerns to a beloved fantasy epic to a couple of notable (but possibly forgotten?) comedies from the early 2000s. Josh also has a report from his TICKET TO PARADISE date night. 0:58 - Top 5: Movie Bromances Mike Schank, "Mr. Bojanges" 34:27 - Next Week / Notes / R.I.P. Robbie Coltrane 39:09 - Polls 48:44 - Review: "The Banshees of Inisherin" 1:02:46 - Top 5, cont. 1:37:10 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/10/22·1h 30m

#894: Top 5 Cops In Love / Decision To Leave

Korean auteur Park Chan-wook's DECISION TO LEAVE is something of a departure for a director best known for the violent and sexual provocations of films like "Oldboy," "The Handmaiden," and "Stoker." His latest involves a murder, but Park's camera is more attentive to the mounting attraction between Hae-joon's married police detective and the victim's wife, played by Tang Wei. Park's film inspires this week's Top 5: Cops In Love, which gives Adam and Josh a chance to give director Kathryn Bigelow some love, along with titles from Jane Campion, Peter Weir, Martin Scorsese, and Otto Preminger. 1:14 - Top 5: Cops In Love 32:12 - Next Week / Notes 39:58 - Massacre Theatre 44:35 - Review: "Decision to Leave" 58:23 - Top 5, cont. 1:16:17 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/10/22·1h 22m

#893: TÁR / Amsterdam

Director Todd Field ("In The Bedroom," "Little Children") returns after a sixteen-year hiatus with TÁR, the most acclaimed film of his career and possibly of the year. Cate Blanchett stars as an accomplished composer and conductor who faces a personal crisis that could derail her career. Gender politics, identity politics, the "Me Too" movement, cancel culture: the movie circles around these issues without necessarily being about any of them. In their review, Adam and Josh praise the film's complexity and intelligence along with what may be the definitive Blanchett performance. Plus, a review of David O. Russell's latest, AMSTERDAM, a film that is "very wobbly right from the start, regains its balance but is still teetering, and then? Things absolutely collapse." Plus, Blanchett v Swinton and the battle of the seasonably appropriate stop-motion features. 1:20 - Review: "TÁR" 42:03 - Next Week / Notes / Angela Lansbury 48:31 - Polls 57:07 - Review: “Amsterdam" 1:09:19 - Outro With ‘Tár,’ Todd Field Returns to Directing. Where Has He Been? Sam smartly points out that TÁR is also an anagram for ART. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/10/22·1h 16m

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07/10/22·1m 32s

#892: Most Anticipated at Chicago Film Festival / Quotable '80s Movies / God's Creatures

The 58th annual Chicago International Film Festival closes out the fall fest season with screenings of highly anticipated titles from Sarah Polley, Rian Johnson, Martin McDonagh, Park Chan-wook, Noah Baumbach, and others. But with 90+ features playing over CIFF's ten days - many of them available via streaming - there are countless under-the-radar films worth checking out. Adam and Josh highlight some of those titles in their fest preview. Plus, a review of Anna Rose Holmer ("The Fits") and Saela Davis's GOD'S CREATURES, and listeners respond to our request to name the most quotable movie of the '80s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Preview: Chicago Int'l Film Festival 26:44 - Feedback: Quotable '80s Movies 41:24 - Next Week / Notes  51:09 - Massacre Theatre 59:19 - Review: “God's Creatures" 1:13:19 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/10/22·1h 19m

#891: Don't Worry Darling / Top 5 Utopias Gone Wrong

Caught up in a storm of bad press following its festival debut earlier in the month, Olivia Wilde’s highly anticipated DON’T WORRY DARLING finally opened in theaters and was met with mostly scornful reviews. But the movie has its defenders—including Josh. So he and Adam get to spar over the movie’s handling of its social critique and get into some spoilers to discuss its provocative? infuriating? ending. Plus, private Edens, corporate paradises, and rainforest idylls: it’s the Top 5 Utopias Gone Wrong. 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Top 5: Utopias Gone Wrong 28:09 - Next Week / Notes  37:37 - Polls 46:57 - Review: “Don't Worry Darling" 56:10 - “Don't Worry Darling" SPOILER TALK 1:08:08 - Top 5: Utopias Gone Wrong, cont. 1:27:11 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30/09/22·1h 33m

#890: Top 5 Movie Queens / The Woman King / Moonage Daydream

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in the news and Her Majesty Viola Davis currently on screens in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s THE WOMAN KING, Adam and Josh devote this week’s Top 5 to a consideration of movie monarchs. Making the cut: film royalty like Bette Davis and Katherine Hepburn and a certain teen queen who wants us all to eat cake. That Top 5, plus reviews of “The Woman King” and the trippy new Bowie doc “Moonage Daydream.” 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Top 5 Movie Queens 32:33 - Review (AK): “Moonage Daydream” 40:41 - Next Week / Notes  48:14 - Massacre Theatre 53:09 - Review: “The Woman King” 1:03:29 - Top 5 Movie Queens, cont 53:09 - Review: “The Woman King” 1:21:12 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/09/22·1h 26m

#889: Blonde / Double Indemnity (Stanwyck #6) / Hockeyland

Andrew Dominik's long-in-the-works Marilyn Monroe tale BLONDE (based on the 1999 novel by Joyce Carol-Oates), offers a nightmarish portrayal of the actress and icon that avoids some of the pitfalls of celebrity biopics (thanks in part to its impressive formal approach) while running headlong into others. Mostly in agreement on the film, Adam and Josh remain divided on a few things, including the central performance by Ana de Armas. Also on the show, the sixth and final film in the Summer of Stanwyck Marathon, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, and the Stanwyck Marathon Awards. Plus, Adam recommends the new doc HOCKEYLAND. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Review: "Blonde" 35:41 - Review (AK): "Hockeyland" 40:47 - Next Week / Notes / R.I.P. Jean-Luc Godard 45:41 - Polls (Fall Movies / Comedies) 55:53 - Summer of Stanwyck #6: "Double Indemnity" 1:24:44 - Stanwyck Marathon Awards 1:51:34 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/09/22·1h 58m

#888: Three Thousand Years of Longing / Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul / Ball of Fire (Stanwyck #5)

When George Miller's THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year, it was met with some pans, some shrugs, and some raves (including a six-minute standing ovation). Most agreed, however, that it was an unexpected departure from a director whose previous film was "Mad Max: Fury Road." An intimate and intellectual dialogue-driven drama between stars Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba for much of its runtime, it occasionally blossoms into a fantastic, millennia-spanning tale. While both Adam and Josh admired much of what Miller was attempting, only one of them managed to get and stay on the director's eccentric wavelength. That review, plus Josh's review of the new comedy HONK FOR JESUS. SAVE YOUR SOUL, and the fifth film in the Summer of Stanwyck Marathon, Howard Hawks' BALL OF FIRE (1941), with Barbara Stanwyck as a worldly showgirl who goes into hiding with eight buttoned-up bachelor academics (including Gary Cooper). 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Review: "Three Thousand Years of Longing" 28:32 - Review (JL): "Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul." 32:11 - Next Week / Notes 39:36 - Massacre Theatre 45:22 - Stanwyck Marathon #5: "Ball of Fire" (1941) 1:08:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/09/22·1h 14m
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