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Filmspotting: SVU is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Alison Willmore and Matt Singer focusing on the world of online movies. Part of the Filmspotting family of podcasts.

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Filmspotting: SVU is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Alison Willmore and Matt Singer focusing on the world of online movies. Part of the Filmspotting family of podcasts.

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Good Bye but listen to the old episodes

By lamotteskiddalyboomboom - Jun 30 2018
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They have broken our hearts by leaving. However, I plan to listen to the old episodes and catch up. This was the best movie review cast. 😭

Favorite Film Podcast

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I might like this better than Filmspotting Mothership.

iTunes Ratings

415 Ratings
Average Ratings
351
39
7
7
11

Good Bye but listen to the old episodes

By lamotteskiddalyboomboom - Jun 30 2018
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They have broken our hearts by leaving. However, I plan to listen to the old episodes and catch up. This was the best movie review cast. 😭

Favorite Film Podcast

By TSCole90 - Mar 15 2017
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I might like this better than Filmspotting Mothership.

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Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit (SVU)

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Filmspotting: SVU is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Alison Willmore and Matt Singer focusing on the world of online movies. Part of the Filmspotting family of podcasts.

SVU #50: Prisoners / Best Films and TV of 2013 / 2nd Annual SVUvie Awards

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This is 50! On this golden anniversary episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison celebrate the best of 2013 with the Second Annual SVUvie Awards. Plus, the Listeners' Choice Review of PRISONERS sparks one of the biggest disagreements in the first 50 episodes of SVU.

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Jan 01 2014

1hr 34mins

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SVU #162: The Iron Giant / And More Movies Referenced in Ready Player One

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"People come to the Oasis for all the things they can do, but they stay for all the things they can be." Presuming, that is, those things are licensable bits of IP. On this episode, Matt and Alison use Steven Spielberg's latest, READY PLAYER ONE, as an excuse to talk about all sorts of movies that turn up in the reference-heavy dystopian adventure, including their main review of Brad Bird's beloved 1999 THE IRON GIANT. And as always, the titles they talk about are all available for rental or streaming right now.

Listener's Choice Review: "The Iron Giant"

Queue Shots: Movies Referenced in Ready Player One

Behind the 8-Ball:

3 New Streaming Releases

Alison:  24 Hour Party People / Saturday Church / Lost in Space

Matt: Kodachrome / Lust for Life / The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Apr 24 2018

1hr 11mins

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SVU #161: Wild Wild Country / Movies Made By Brothers

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On this episode, Matt and Alison talk cults versus communes, xenophobia, sexual liberation, immigration fraud, religious freedom, and also putting beavers into blenders in order to use the resulting goo to taint the water supply. Yes, they're going deep into WILD WILD COUNTRY, Netflix's stranger-than-fiction docuseries about the 1980s clash between the followers of the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and the locals in Oregon area where they attempted to build a utopian community. Then, as a nod to the series' sibling filmmaking team, Chapman and MacLain Way, they recommend some other brother-director titles available to rent or stream.

Listener's Choice Review: "Wild Wild Country"

Queue Shots: Movies Made By Brothers

Behind the 8-Ball:

3 New Streaming Releases

Alison: AMO / The Killing of a Sacred Deer / The Florida Project

Matt: Reservoir Dogs / You Don't Mess With the Zohan / Nailed It

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Apr 10 2018

1hr 30mins

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SVU #138: The Handmaid’s Tale / Female Cinematographers

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Does Hulu’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE deserve the hype it’s been getting as the most frighteningly timely series on streaming? In this episode of SVU, Matt and Alison discuss the new Margaret Atwood adaptation and how it attempts, via its visuals, to depict its horrors as experience rather than spectacle. Then, in honor of the show’s main director, cinematographer-turned-filmmaker Reed Morano, they recommend work featuring other female cinematographers, all of it available to rent or stream right now.

Opening Break: "Get Out" "Logan" "Berlin Syndrome"

Listener's Choice Review: "The Handmaid's Tale"

Queue Shots: Films With Female Cinematographers

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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May 23 2017

1hr 22mins

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SVU #136: The Love Witch / Technicolor Classics

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On this episode of SVU, Matt and Alison consider the enchantments of Anna Biller’s retro-styled THE LOVE WITCH, in which Samantha Robinson plays a troubled witch whose romantic escapades have a tendency to turn deadly. Then, inspired by the film’s throwback color saturation, they recommend some Technicolor classics available to rent or stream at home, and discuss whether the full glory of Technicolor translates when it’s not being shown on a big screen.

Opening Break: "The Salesman" "La La Land" "The Red Turtle"

Listener's Choice Review: "The Love Witch"

Queue Shots: Technicolor Classics

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Apr 25 2017

1hr 17mins

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SVU #70: Scanners / David Cronenberg Movies

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The new Filmspotting SVU is all about the new flesh -- and the films of David Cronenberg. Matt and Alison review Cronenberg's 1981 film SCANNERS, and recommend other Cronenberg movies you can rent or stream at home right now. If you're looking for a podcast that will give you unsettling nightmares about mental powers and bodily trauma, you've come to the right place!

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Oct 14 2014

1hr 15mins

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SVU #47: Kaboom / Apocalyptic Movies

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The end is nigh! Nigh means "on this week's Filmspotting: SVU" right? That's what I thought. With evil omens and portends of doom everywhere they look, Matt and Alison recommend some apocalyptic movies available on streaming and rental. Plus, their review of Gregg Araki's Kaboom.

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Nov 19 2013

1hr 21mins

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SVU #75: Best Films of 2014 / The SVUvie Awards

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From Brooklyn, New York, it's the 3rd Annual SVUvie Awards! While Matt and Alison reveal their top ten movies of 2014, they also continue their annual tradition of handing out eclectic year-end awards on this extra-special – meaning extra-long – year-end blowout episode of Filmspotting: SVU!
Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Movies On Demand On Cable.
See the full list of movies mentioned on this episode at filmspottingsvu.com

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Dec 23 2014

1hr 49mins

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SVU #56: Panic Room / Claustrophobic Movies

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We're on lockdown on the new episode of Filmspotting: SVU, as Matt and Alison review PANIC ROOM. Plus, inspired by the David Fincher film, they'll recommend more claustrophobic movies you can rent or stream at home right now — and, if time permits, stab each other in the back with insulin needles.
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Opening Break
Mistaken For Strangers
Afflicted
Goodbye World
Queue Shots: Claustrophobic Movies
Exam
Devil
Red Eye
Lifeboat
Listeners Choice Review
Panic Room
Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases
Matt: Gattaca
Inside Llewyn Davis
Watch TCM
Alison: Mud
Frankenhooker
20 Feet From Stardom
2 Listener Recommendations
Matt: Surface
NZ On Screen
Alison: Blow Up
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay
1 Random Film From Our Queues
Matt: Vernon, Florida
Alison:Kevin

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Mar 25 2014

1hr 18mins

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SVU #55: The Counselor / Movies About Nameless Protagonists

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Matt and Alison, the most luscious podcasters in all of Internetdom, review Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's THE COUNSELOR. Plus, inspired by the movie's nameless protagonist, they'll recommend more movies about nameless characters you can rent or stream at home right now -- all while referring to each other only as "The Podcaster" and "The Other Podcaster."

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Mar 10 2014

1hr 12mins

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SVU #58: Alan Partridge / British Comedy

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Alison and Matt get to know comedy alpha papa Steve Coogan as they review ALAN PARTRIDGE. Inspired by the film, they'll also recommend some other British comedies from film and television you can rent or stream at home right now.

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Apr 22 2014

1hr 19mins

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SVU #44: Paris Movies / The Lovers on the Bridge

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Sacrebleu! This week the Streaming Video Unit investigators travel to The City of Light for a Paris-themed episode. Plus, Matt and Alison review "The Lovers on the Bridge," the cult film from "Holy Motors" director Leos Carax, and provide lots of streaming and rental commendations for your home viewing pleasure.

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Oct 07 2013

1hr 18mins

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SVU #133: I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore / Amateur Detective Movies

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Grab your magnifying glasses and your fake badges — in this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison do some sleuthing into the surprisingly sprawling genre of amateur detective movies. It’s all inspired by their main review of Macon Blair’s I DON'T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE, in which a lonely, decidedly non-law-enforcement-professional Melanie Lynskey teams up with Elijah Wood to figure out who robbed her house.

Opening Break: "Fences" "Allied" "Mean Dreams"

Listener's Choice Review: "I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore"

Queue Shots: Amateur Detective Movies

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Mar 14 2017

1hr 23mins

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SVU #85: All Good Things / The Jinx / True Crime Movies

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Don't blink or you'll miss all the fun; on the latest episode, Alison and Matt get down and Durst-y by reviewing ALL GOOD THINGS, director Andrew Jarecki’s fiction film about the life of real-estate heir Robert Durst, and THE JINX, Jarecki’s documentary mini-series of the same story. Plus, they also recommend more true crime movies you can rent or stream at home right now.
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Opening Break
Maggie 5 Flights Up Welcome to Me
Queue Shots: True Crime Movies
Serpico Auto Focus Catch Me If You Can The Snowtown Murders
Listeners Choice Review
All Good Things
Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases
Matt: Exit Through the Gift Shop / Wes Craven's New Nightmare / 8 1/2
Alison: The Homesman / Winter Sleep / Closed Curtain
2 Listener Recommendations
Matt: Oculus / Resident Advisors
Alison: The Lizzie McGuire Movie / Charlie Victor Romeo
1 Random Film From Our Queues
Matt: The Punk Singer
Alison: Beyond Clueless

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May 12 2015

1hr 21mins

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SVU #64: They Came Together / Spoofs

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Surely they can't be serious: a whole episode about spoofs? They are serious--and don't call them Shirley. They're Matt and Alison, and on the latest episode of Filmspotting: SVU, they're recommending some spoofs you can watch at home right now, and reviewing the new David Wain rom-com spoof THEY CAME TOGETHER.

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Jul 22 2014

1hr 21mins

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SVU #83: Marvel's Daredevil / Movies About Blindness

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They are the podcasters without fear: Matt and Alison. And this week on SVU, they dive into Marvel's new DAREDEVIL series for Netflix. Plus, they'll recommend other films featuring blind protagonists that you should have on your radar, all of which are available now to rent or stream at home.
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Opening Break
Big EyesAlex of VeniceFar From Men
Queue Shots: Movies About Blindness
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire FestivalsProofBlind FuryThe Eye
Listeners Choice Review
Marvel’s Daredevil
Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases
Matt: Actress / Stop Making Sense / Hercules in New York
Alison: Tracks / Starry Eyes / Tusk
2 Listener Recommendations
Matt: The Parallax View / The Noah
Alison: DiG! / Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
1 Random Film From Our Queues
Matt: 30 For 30: Broke
Alison: The Heart Machine

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Apr 14 2015

1hr 35mins

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SVU #41: Antiviral / Body Horror Movies

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Long live the new flesh! Alison and Matt share an infectious conversation about the best body horror movies available to rent or stream online. Plus, a review of Brandon Cronenberg's ANTIVIRAL. Find out whether it's the germ of a great movie or something more.
Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Movies On Demand On Cable and by Shutterstock (use code SVU8).
Opening BreakI Declare WarAt Any PriceBad Milo!
Queue Shots: Body Horror MoviesThe Thing, From Beyond, Freaks,Splice
Listeners Choice ReviewAntiviral
Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases
Matt: Dredd, The Rundown, Greenberg
Alison: Shopping, The Road, Tony Manero
2 Listener Recommendations
Matt: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days; My Amityville Horror
Alison: This Is Martin Bonner, Hombre
1 Random Film From Our Queues
Matt: The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch
Alison: Johnny Suede
2 Listener Recommendations
Matt: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days; My Amityville Horror
Alison: This Is Martin Bonner, Hombre
1 Random Film From Our Queues
Matt: The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch

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Aug 28 2013

1hr 17mins

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SVU #159: Babylon Berlin / Berlin Movies

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Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome — in this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison pay a visit to Weimar-era Berlin by way of the German period drama BABYLON BERLIN, co-created by Tom Tykwer and streaming on Netflix. Then they talk about how the city tends to be portrayed on screen, recommending some other Berlin-set titles that are available to rent or stream.

Listener's Choice Review: "Babylon Berlin"

Queue Shots: Berlin Movies

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Streaming Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Mar 13 2018

1hr 25mins

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SVU #134: Frailty / Bill Paxton

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In honor of the recent passing of Bill Paxton, on this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison look at the career of the actor and filmmaker. In addition to offering up some favorite roles in movies available to rent or stream right now, they do a deeper dive into his 2001 directorial debut FRAILTY, in which Paxton also stars as a single dad convinced that God has chosen him to kill demons.

Opening Break: "Aftermath" "Hidden Figures" "Assassin's Creed"

Listener's Choice Review: "Frailty"

Queue Shots: Bill Paxton Movies

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Mar 28 2017

1hr 20mins

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SVU #67: The Visitor / WTF Movies

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You wanna get nuts? Let's get nuts! On the new SVU, Matt and Alison recommend some of the craziest, weirdest, most WTF movies you can watch at home right now. Plus, their Listeners Choice Review of the trippy sci-fi/horror oddity THE VISITOR. Then they will use their mind powers to unleash devil birds on one another. You don't want to miss this one.
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Opening Break Night Moves The Zero Theorem Starred Up
Queue Shots: WTF Movies Even Dwarfs Started Small The Apple Dune House
Listeners Choice Review
The Visitor
Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases
Matt: The Spanish Prisoner
The Unknown Known
Zero Hour!
Alison: The Cosmopolitans
Blue Ruin
Mars
2 Listener Recommendations
Matt: A Touch Of Sin
Side Effected
Alison: The One I Love
Rectify: Season 1
1 Random Film From Our Queues
Matt: Wish You Were Here
Alison: Adore

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Sep 01 2014

1hr 16mins

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SVU #167: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping / Ultimate Listener's Choice

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It's been six (mostly) wonderful years of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, but on this episode, Matt and Alison say goodbye. First, in honor of JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, which they talked about in their first episode (yup) back in 2012, they take a look at a movie that owes a lot to that documentary — Lonely Island's POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING. Then they devote the rest of the podcast to answering listener questions about everything from the future of the film industry to THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE. Thanks for listening, everyone!

Hosts' Choice Review: "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping"

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Jul 03 2018

1hr 45mins

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SVU #166: It (1990) / Clown Movies

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Remember how when we were kids we battled a nightmare clown terrorizing our small town and devouring children? No? Maybe it was just us then. On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison take a look at the 1990 TV miniseries version of Stephen King's IT, now available on Hulu, and then recommend some other clown movies, scary and otherwise, available to rent or stream right now. They also share some important (and sad) news about the future of the podcast.

Listener's Choice Review: "It" (1990)

Queue Shots: Clown Movies

Behind the 8-Ball:

3 New Streaming Releases

Alison: The Young Karl Marx / A Star Is Born / Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael

Matt: Lady Bird / Yellow Submarine / Paramount2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Jun 19 2018

1hr 9mins

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SVU #165: I, Tonya / Movies (And One TV Show) Involving Ice Skating

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Get your skates straight and put out that cigarette, because on this week's show, Matt and Alison are talking 2017's Tonya Harding biopic I, TONYA, which was recently added to Hulu. Then, inspired by the sport that made Harding famous (before The Incident made her infamous), they recommend some other movies (and one television series) that feature ice skating, all available to rent or stream.

Listener's Choice Review: "I, Tonya"

Queue Shots: Movies (And One TV Show) Involving Ice Skating

Behind the 8-Ball:

3 New Streaming Releases

Alison: The Chinese Exclusion Act / Bad Genius / Boarding Gate

Matt: The Disaster Artist / The Quick and the Dead / The Debt Collector

2 Listener Recommendations1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Jun 05 2018

1hr 16mins

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SVU #164: Manhunt / Hong Kong Action Movies

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Is John Woo's latest movie a return to form for the director, or something closer to self-parody? On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison debate the merits of MANHUNT, Woo's 2017 thriller, which was recently released as a Netflix original. Then, despite MANHUNT taking place in Japan, they use Woo's place as an influential force in Hong Kong film to recommend some other Hong Kong action movies, all available to rent or stream.

Listener's Choice Review: "Manunt"

Queue Shots: Hong Kong Action Movies

Behind the 8-Ball:

3 New Streaming Releases

Alison: Beatriz at Dinner / The Student / Shanghai JoeMatt: Evil Genius / Ace in the Hole / The Toys That Made Us2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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May 22 2018

1hr 5mins

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SVU #163: Thelma / Supernatural Coming of Age Movies

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There comes a time when a young girl blossoms into a woman, and sometimes that woman turns out to possess terrifying powers that are some kind of allegory for the female sexuality. On this episode, Matt and Alison take a wander through the genre of the supernatural coming of age story, recommending some titles to rent or stream right now. It's all the better to accompany their main review of Joachim Trier's 2017 THELMA, about a teenager from a strict, repressed background who discovers a lot about herself — a lot more than fits into the expected definition of reality — when she goes off to college.

Listener's Choice Review: "Thelma"

Queue Shots: Supernatural Coming of Age Movies

Behind the 8-Ball:

3 New Streaming Releases

Alison: BPM (Beats per Minute) / Psychokinesis / Murder on the Orient Express

Matt: Last Flag Flying / Planet of the Apes / Manhunt

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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May 08 2018

1hr 18mins

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SVU #162: The Iron Giant / And More Movies Referenced in Ready Player One

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"People come to the Oasis for all the things they can do, but they stay for all the things they can be." Presuming, that is, those things are licensable bits of IP. On this episode, Matt and Alison use Steven Spielberg's latest, READY PLAYER ONE, as an excuse to talk about all sorts of movies that turn up in the reference-heavy dystopian adventure, including their main review of Brad Bird's beloved 1999 THE IRON GIANT. And as always, the titles they talk about are all available for rental or streaming right now.

Listener's Choice Review: "The Iron Giant"

Queue Shots: Movies Referenced in Ready Player One

Behind the 8-Ball:

3 New Streaming Releases

Alison:  24 Hour Party People / Saturday Church / Lost in Space

Matt: Kodachrome / Lust for Life / The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Apr 24 2018

1hr 11mins

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SVU #161: Wild Wild Country / Movies Made By Brothers

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On this episode, Matt and Alison talk cults versus communes, xenophobia, sexual liberation, immigration fraud, religious freedom, and also putting beavers into blenders in order to use the resulting goo to taint the water supply. Yes, they're going deep into WILD WILD COUNTRY, Netflix's stranger-than-fiction docuseries about the 1980s clash between the followers of the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and the locals in Oregon area where they attempted to build a utopian community. Then, as a nod to the series' sibling filmmaking team, Chapman and MacLain Way, they recommend some other brother-director titles available to rent or stream.

Listener's Choice Review: "Wild Wild Country"

Queue Shots: Movies Made By Brothers

Behind the 8-Ball:

3 New Streaming Releases

Alison: AMO / The Killing of a Sacred Deer / The Florida Project

Matt: Reservoir Dogs / You Don't Mess With the Zohan / Nailed It

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Apr 10 2018

1hr 30mins

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SVU #160: The Thin Man / Movies About Drinking

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Pour a row of martinis and ready your finest 1930s repartee, because on this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison sample THE THIN MAN, available via TCM's new partnership with FilmStruck. And, in honor of Nick and Nora Charles making constant alcohol consumption look so good, they spend the second half of the episode recommending some other movies about drinking that are available to rent or stream right now.

Listener's Choice Review: "The Thin Man"

Queue Shots: Movies About Drinking

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Streaming Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Mar 27 2018

1hr 29mins

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SVU #159: Babylon Berlin / Berlin Movies

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Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome — in this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison pay a visit to Weimar-era Berlin by way of the German period drama BABYLON BERLIN, co-created by Tom Tykwer and streaming on Netflix. Then they talk about how the city tends to be portrayed on screen, recommending some other Berlin-set titles that are available to rent or stream.

Listener's Choice Review: "Babylon Berlin"

Queue Shots: Berlin Movies

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Streaming Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Mar 13 2018

1hr 25mins

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SVU #158: Good Time / Movies That Take Place In One Night

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It's no sleep 'til Rego Park, Queens, in this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, in which Matt and Alison consider the uneasy charms of the Safdie brothers' New York set-thriller GOOD TIME, starring Robert Pattinson and currently streaming on Amazon. Then they recommend some other staying-up-all-night movies that are available to rent or stream, from the romantic to the nostalgic to the dystopian. 

Listener's Choice Review: "Good Time"

Queue Shots: Movies That Take Place In One Night

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Streaming Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Feb 27 2018

1hr 28mins

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SVU #157: On Body and Soul / The Cloverfield Paradox

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What is the future for original movies on the world's largest streaming service? In this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison wonder where Netflix is headed as they take longer looks at two recent acquisitions — the Hungarian Best Foreign Language Film nominee ON BODY AND SOUL and the studio-discard-turned-Super-Bowl-stunt movie THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX.

Listener's Choice Review: "On Body and Soul"

A Special Occasion Second Longer Review: "The Cloverfield Paradox"

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Streaming Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists" 

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Feb 13 2018

1hr 12mins

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SVU #156: Brawl in Cell Block 99 / Neo-Exploitation Films

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Sometimes you've got to talk your pain and frustration out — and sometimes you've got to punch a car. In this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison consider a film that tries to do both — S. Craig Zahler's brawny, wry, brutal Vince Vaughn-goes-to-prison drama BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99. Then they offer some recommendations of other movies that could also be considered neo-exploitation, all available to rent or stream right now.

Listener's Choice Review: "Brawl in Cell Block 99"

Queue Shots: Neo-Exploitation Movies

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Streaming Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Jan 30 2018

1hr 10mins

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SVU #155: A Ghost Story / Ghostly Movies

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Ghosts — not just good for scares! In this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison take a look at A GHOST STORY, David Lowery's exploration of grief, time, and the afterlife as represented by a sheet with two eye holes cut in it. Then they run with the theme to recommend some other good ghost stories, spooky and otherwise, that are currently available to rent or stream right now.

Listener's Choice Review: "A Ghost Story"

Queue Shots: Ghostly Movies

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Streaming Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Jan 16 2018

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SVU #154: Bright / Will Smith

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Orcs, elves, fairies, and racial allegories — on this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison delve into the deceptively muddled waters of BRIGHT, Netflix's first homegrown attempt at a blockbuster. Then, in honor of the film's (human) lead, they look at the hit-laden career of BRIGHT star Will Smith, highlighting titles you can rent or stream right now, from early obscurities to the big successes that may or may not hold up.

Listener's Choice Review: "Bright"

Queue Shots: Will Smith Movies

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Streaming Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Jan 02 2018

1hr 13mins

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SVU #153: The 2017 SVUvie Awards

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2017. It was... quite a year. But at least there were some good films? On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison look back at the past 12 months of movies by way of their annual, unconventional, and highly personal year-end awards. Yes, it's the SVUvies, in which the cinematic year gets broken down by way of categories like "We Didn't Get It," "Best Music Moment," and, of course, "Best Film of 2017." Then Matt and Alison offer up some recommendations of titles that are new to streaming, and a few from SVU listeners.

Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New ReleasesAlison: Free In Deed / Dawson City: Frozen Time / Better Watch OutMatt: Ash vs Evil Dead / Step / Total Recall

2 Listener Recommendations

Alison: Bad Lucky Goat / Rat Film

Matt: Star Treks Deep Space Nine and Voyager / Taxi

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

Alison: Lagaan

Matt: The Twilight Zone

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Dec 19 2017

1hr 44mins

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SVU #152: A Very Special Flopspotting Live

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Alison gets to take a break this time around as Matt makes his triumphant return by stepping up to the (live) mic for a very special episode recorded on stage at the inaugural Brooklyn Podcast Festival on November 18. Matt is joined by Dan McCoy and Stuart Wellington of The Flop House to create a hideous one-night-only mutant movie-talking creation — Flopspotting: SVU! And, for this momentus occasion, they’ve settled on a feature worthy of the talents of two podcasts — TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, from one Michael Benjamin Bay.

This episode of Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Tribeca Shortlist and Showstopper.

Live! One! Night! Only! Review:Transformers: The Last Knight

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Dec 06 2017

1hr 32mins

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SVU #151: Mudbound/Black Female Filmmakers

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Eric Kohn of IndieWire and the Screen Talk podcast joins Alison while on the road in the Florida Keys to discuss Dee Rees’ Netflix original MUDBOUND. Matt is still off on paternity leave, so this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit has turned the responsibility for picking the main review to our guest host. In addition to talking Rees’ ensemble period drama (an Oscar contender with an outside chance of making history) Eric and Alison recommend other films directed by black women available to rent or stream, some of whom Rees has cited as influences.

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Guest Host’s Choice Review: Mudbound

Queue Shots: Films Directed By Black Women:

A Dry White Season

Daughters of the Dust

The Watermelon Woman

Whose Streets?

Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases

Alison: Allied / Search Party / Their Finest

Eric: The Persian Connection / Landline / The Dinner

2 Listener Recommendations

Alison: Patton Oswalt: Annihilation / Neal Brennan: 3 Mics

Eric: Life / Parents

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

Alison: Boys in the Trees

Eric: Narcos

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Nov 21 2017

1hr 8mins

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SVU #150: The Meyerowitz Stories / Movies About Grown-up Brothers

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While Matt is off on paternity leave, this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit turns the responsibility for picking the main review to our guest host, who opts for the Netflix original movie THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED). Then, in honor of the complicated relationship between the half-siblings played by Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller in the film, they offer up some streaming recs about what happens when brothers grow up.

Guest Critic's Choice Review: "The Meyerowitz Stories"

Queue Shots: Movies About Grown-up Brothers

In Theaters: "Thor: Ragnarok"

Behind the 8-Ball:

3 New Streaming Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Nov 07 2017

1hr 29mins

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SVU #149: Raw / College Movies

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Freshmeeeeen! On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison haze each other with drunken parties and rabbit kidneys in preparation for talking Julia Ducournau’s body horror/coming of age movie RAW. Then they reminisce about their long-ago undergrad years with some recs of other college movies and TV series, (mostly) available to stream or rent.

Listener's Choice Review: "Raw"

Queue Shots: College Movies

In Theaters: "The Snowman"

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Streaming Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Oct 24 2017

1hr 13mins

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SVU #148: The Bad Batch / Cannibalism Movies

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On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison run off to the desert to start their own Keanu Reeves-centric rave cult in preparation for their discussion of Ana Lily Amirpour’s dystopian drama THE BAD BATCH. Then, in honor of THE BAD BATCH’s truly disturbing scenes of human flesh-consumption (set to Ace of Base!), they recommend some other movies in which cannibalism is featured — as an allegory, a total gross-out, or both. And, of course, they’re all available to stream or rent.

Listener's Choice Review: "The Bad Batch"

Queue Shots: Cannibalism Movies

In Theaters: "Blade Runner 2049"

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Streaming Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Oct 10 2017

1hr 13mins

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