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Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit (SVU)

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

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 34mins

1 Jan 2014

Rank #1

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

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 18mins

7 Oct 2013

Rank #2

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

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 49mins

23 Dec 2014

Rank #3

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SVU #47: Kaboom / Apocalyptic Movies

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 21mins

19 Nov 2013

Rank #4

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SVU #70: Scanners / David Cronenberg Movies

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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 15mins

14 Oct 2014

Rank #5

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SVU #63: Under The Skin / Aliens Walk Among Us Movies

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 18mins

8 Jul 2014

Rank #6

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

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 CinematographersBehind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases2 Listener Recommendations1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 22mins

23 May 2017

Rank #7

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

"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 OneBehind the 8-Ball: 3 New Streaming ReleasesAlison:  24 Hour Party People / Saturday Church / Lost in SpaceMatt: Kodachrome / Lust for Life / The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story2 Listener Recommendations1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 11mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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SVU #55: The Counselor / Movies About Nameless Protagonists

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." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 12mins

10 Mar 2014

Rank #9

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SVU #56: Panic Room / Claustrophobic Movies

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.Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Movies On Demand On Cable.Opening BreakMistaken For StrangersAfflictedGoodbye WorldQueue Shots: Claustrophobic MoviesExamDevilRed EyeLifeboatListeners Choice ReviewPanic RoomBehind the 8-Ball: 3 New ReleasesMatt: GattacaInside Llewyn DavisWatch TCMAlison: MudFrankenhooker20 Feet From Stardom2 Listener RecommendationsMatt: SurfaceNZ On ScreenAlison: Blow UpDeceptive Practice: The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay1 Random Film From Our QueuesMatt: Vernon, FloridaAlison:Kevin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 18mins

25 Mar 2014

Rank #10

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

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 BrothersBehind the 8-Ball: 3 New Streaming ReleasesAlison: AMO / The Killing of a Sacred Deer / The Florida ProjectMatt: Reservoir Dogs / You Don't Mess With the Zohan / Nailed It2 Listener Recommendations1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 30mins

10 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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

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 NightBehind the 8-Ball: 3 New Streaming Releases2 Listener Recommendations1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 28mins

27 Feb 2018

Rank #12

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SVU #58: Alan Partridge / British Comedy

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 19mins

22 Apr 2014

Rank #13

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SVU #79: 50 Shades of Grey / Joe (2013) / Southern Movies

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.Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Movies On Demand On Cable.Opening BreakAccidental Love Wild Card The RewriteQueue Shots: Southern MoviesThe Order of Myths Vernon, Florida The Long, Hot Summer Body HeatListeners Choice ReviewJoeBehind the 8-Ball: 3 New ReleasesMatt: Jacques Demy on Criterion / Batman Returns / Bosch: Season 1Alison: Mood Indigo / Cairo 678 / Stray Dogs2 Listener RecommendationsMatt: The Grifters / The Bad News BearsAlison: Wild Style / Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 11 Random Film From Our QueuesMatt: SherlockAlison: The Greatest Show on Earth Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 32mins

17 Feb 2015

Rank #14

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SVU #67: The Visitor / WTF Movies

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.Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Movies On Demand On Cable.Opening Break Night Moves The Zero Theorem Starred UpQueue Shots: WTF Movies Even Dwarfs Started Small The Apple Dune HouseListeners Choice ReviewThe VisitorBehind the 8-Ball: 3 New ReleasesMatt: The Spanish PrisonerThe Unknown KnownZero Hour!Alison: The CosmopolitansBlue RuinMars2 Listener RecommendationsMatt: A Touch Of SinSide EffectedAlison: The One I LoveRectify: Season 11 Random Film From Our QueuesMatt: Wish You Were HereAlison: Adore Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 16mins

1 Sep 2014

Rank #15

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SVU #159: Babylon Berlin / Berlin Movies

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 MoviesBehind the 8-Ball: 3 New Streaming Releases2 Listener Recommendations1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 25mins

13 Mar 2018

Rank #16

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SVU #64: They Came Together / Spoofs

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 21mins

22 Jul 2014

Rank #17

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SVU #140: Long Strange Trip / Music Docs

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 DocsBehind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases2 Listener Recommendations1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 23mins

20 Jun 2017

Rank #18

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SVU #66: Southcliffe / Small Town Movies

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.Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Movies On Demand On Cable.Opening BreakCoherenceLockeFrankie & AliceQueue Shots: Small Town MoviesShow Me LoveBernieWaiting For GuffmanShadow Of A DoubtListeners Choice ReviewSouthcliffeBehind the 8-Ball: 3 New ReleasesMatt: A Hard Day's NightMudMidnight RunAlison: You're NextNancy, PleaseLyle2 Listener RecommendationsMatt: The Paradise Lost TrilogyPilgrim SongAlison: Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects TitanPing Pong: The Animation1 Random Film From Our QueuesMatt: BasquiatAlison: Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 23mins

19 Aug 2014

Rank #19

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SVU #160: The Thin Man / Movies About Drinking

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 DrinkingBehind the 8-Ball: 3 New Streaming Releases2 Listener Recommendations1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 29mins

27 Mar 2018

Rank #20