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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.

iTunes Ratings

417 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Jesus, watch the movie and pay attention.

By SpeedyGrayRaucous - Apr 20 2020
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The hosts admit that they can’t even remember the lot of a movie they just watched.

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. 😭

iTunes Ratings

417 Ratings
Average Ratings
351
40
7
8
11

Jesus, watch the movie and pay attention.

By SpeedyGrayRaucous - Apr 20 2020
Read more
The hosts admit that they can’t even remember the lot of a movie they just watched.

Good Bye but listen to the old episodes

By lamotteskiddalyboomboom - Jun 30 2018
Read more
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. 😭
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Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit (SVU)

Latest release on Jul 03, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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!
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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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: SVU #63: Under The Skin / Aliens Walk Among Us Movies

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Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Scotland looking for men in UNDER THE SKIN, this week's Listeners Choice pick on Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit. After reviewing the latest film from director Jonathan Glazer (and vowing never to get into a creepy white van with Scarlett Johansson), Matt and Alison also recommend some other movies about aliens walking among us on Earth you can rent or stream at home right now.

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Jul 08 2014

1hr 18mins

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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: SVU #79: 50 Shades of Grey / Joe (2013) / Southern Movies

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Get ready for the most hospitable episode of Filmspotting: SVU yet, as Matt and Alison share their streaming recommendations for movies set in the South. Plus, a discussion David Gordon Green's JOE, starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, and a bonus review of the much-discussed new film 50 SHADES OF GREY.
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Opening Break
Accidental Love Wild Card The Rewrite
Queue Shots: Southern Movies
The Order of Myths Vernon, Florida The Long, Hot Summer Body Heat
Listeners Choice Review
Joe
Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases
Matt: Jacques Demy on Criterion / Batman Returns / Bosch: Season 1
Alison: Mood Indigo / Cairo 678 / Stray Dogs
2 Listener Recommendations
Matt: The Grifters / The Bad News Bears
Alison: Wild Style / Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
1 Random Film From Our Queues
Matt: Sherlock
Alison: The Greatest Show on Earth

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Feb 17 2015

1hr 32mins

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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: SVU #140: Long Strange Trip / Music Docs

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Wo, oh, what we want to know, are you willing to watch a nearly four-hour documentary about the Grateful Dead? Matt and Alison did, and talk all about it on this episode of SVU, which takes on both Amir Bar-lev’s Amazon original doc LONG STRANGE TRIP and the larger question of what makes a music doc worthwhile for audiences beyond the hardcore fans. Then they recommend some other music docs worth checking out, all available to rent or stream right now.

Opening Break: "T2 Trainspotting" "Life" "John Wick: Chapter 2"

Listener's Choice Review: "Long Strange Trip"

Queue Shots: Music Docs

Behind the 8-Ball: 

3 New Releases

2 Listener Recommendations

1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Jun 20 2017

1hr 23mins

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Rank #19: SVU #66: Southcliffe / Small Town Movies

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Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world, listening to the new Filmspotting: SVU, as Matt and Alison recommend some movies set in small towns. Plus, a review of the Netflix miniseries SOUTHCLIFFE from "Martha Marcy May Marlene" director Sean Durkin.
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Opening Break
Coherence
Locke
Frankie & Alice
Queue Shots: Small Town Movies
Show Me Love
Bernie
Waiting For Guffman
Shadow Of A Doubt
Listeners Choice Review
Southcliffe
Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases
Matt: A Hard Day's Night
Mud
Midnight Run
Alison: You're Next
Nancy, Please
Lyle
2 Listener Recommendations
Matt: The Paradise Lost Trilogy
Pilgrim Song
Alison: Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
Ping Pong: The Animation
1 Random Film From Our Queues
Matt: Basquiat
Alison: Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?

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Aug 19 2014

1hr 23mins

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Rank #20: 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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