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“...affable, insightful film analysis since 2005."–NY Times / New + classic reviews and top 5s. Also on WBEZ Chicago.

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“...affable, insightful film analysis since 2005."–NY Times / New + classic reviews and top 5s. Also on WBEZ Chicago.

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3466 Ratings
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The new Siskel & Ebert

By Eggnog Churches - May 30 2020
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It’s my honest opinion that Josh and Adam are our Siskel and Ebert, they being us in-depth reviews while still remaining accessible.

The original

By Sheephead4786 - May 27 2020
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This is the podcast that got me into movies, and has kept me company for so many years. Adam and Josh have a great dynamic.

iTunes Ratings

3466 Ratings
Average Ratings
2479
794
67
59
67

The new Siskel & Ebert

By Eggnog Churches - May 30 2020
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It’s my honest opinion that Josh and Adam are our Siskel and Ebert, they being us in-depth reviews while still remaining accessible.

The original

By Sheephead4786 - May 27 2020
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This is the podcast that got me into movies, and has kept me company for so many years. Adam and Josh have a great dynamic.
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“...affable, insightful film analysis since 2005."–NY Times / New + classic reviews and top 5s. Also on WBEZ Chicago.

Rank #1: #525: 2015 Oscar Picks / Sacred Cow: Unforgiven

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With the divisive "American Sniper" a surprise awards season success, Filmspotting takes a trip back a couple of decades - back to the mythic Old West - for a Sacred Cow review of Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture-winning UNFORGIVEN. Plus, the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips drops by to help us handicap the 2015 OSCARS.
This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com and Shutterstock (code FILM215).
:00-3:05 - Billboard / Sponsors
3:05-44:47 - Sacred Cow: "Unforgiven"
Shakey Graves, "Dearly Departed"
45:59-48:59 - Shutterstock
48:59-57:01 - Notes / Polls
57:01-1:10:27 - Oscar Picks
Shakey Graves, "Hard Wired"
1:11:36-1:16:33 - Donations
1:16:33-1:45:20 - Oscar Picks, cont.
1:45:20-1:50:09 - Close
BONUS
- More Oscar picks
MUSIC
- Shakey Graves
LINKS
- Josh's review of "Unforgiven"
- Dissolve Movie of the Week: "Unforgiven"
- "Oscars 2015: Video Evidence"

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Feb 13 2015

1hr 52mins

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Rank #2: #737: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood / Top 10 Tarantino Characters

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Why am I Mr. Pink?

Adam and Josh sift through the rogues' gallery of memorable QT creations for their Top 10 Tarantino Characters and discuss the director's latest, the surprisingly melancholic ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

0:00 - Billboard

1:23 - Review: "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

Nancy Sinatra, "Bang Bang"

36:07 - Next week / Notes

46:45 - Poll results ("Favorite Tarantino") / New Poll ("MCU Phase 4")

1:00:27 - Top 10: Tarantino Characters

1:49:58 - Close

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Jul 26 2019

1hr 56mins

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Rank #3: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Are you looking for "the most non-specific, superficial" review of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS? Then step on board the Millennium Falcon with Josh and Adam for a spoiler-free conversation – until the 22 minute mark, anyway.
 
:00-21:51 Review: "The Force Awakens"21:52-22:31 Break22:32-30:36 Spoiler Talk

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Dec 16 2015

32mins

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Rank #4: #616: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 1)

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A lot of usual suspects at the top of the box office charts in 2016: Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney and Harry Potter. And a lot of those movies? Not bad actually. But what are the year’s great films? The Next Picture Show's Scott Tobias and Genevieve Koski join Adam and Josh for part one of the Top 10 Films of 2016 Roundtable.

0:00-1:17 - Billboard

1:17-48:03 - Top 10 of 2016: #10-9

"Heptapod B," Arrival

48:56-1:51:54 - Top 10 of 2016: #8-6

1:51:54-1:55:51 - Close

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Dec 23 2016

2hr

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Rank #5: #710: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2018

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Indie horror, broad comedy and, yes, Marvel, all among the "outlier" picks in part one.

With guests Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson filling out the roundtable, Adam and Josh start their conversation about the best films of 2018 with their "outlier" picks - films that, for the most part, only made one of their lists. Plus, Best of '18 voicemails from the directors of two of last year's best films, and the three finalists for the 2018 Golden Brick Award are announced.

0:00-1:11 - Intro

1:11-46:53 - Top 10: The Outliers

Mowg, "Burning"

47:33-48:33 - Donations

48:33-53:17 - Notes

53:17-1:02:40 - Golden Brick Finalists

1:02:40-1:32:34 - Top 10: The Outliers, cont.

1:32:34-1:37:02 - Close

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Dec 21 2018

1hr 40mins

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Rank #6: #531: The Breakfast Club / Top 5 Films of 1985

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If Josh is "The Brain," what does that make Adam – Vice Principal Vernon? Filmspotting commemorates the 30th anniversary of John Hughes' classic THE BREAKFAST CLUB with a Sacred Cow discussion. Plus, the Elite Eight of Filmspotting Madness is revealed, and the guys hit 88 mph in the DeLorean to share their Top 5 Films of 1985.
This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com.
:00-2:41 - Billboard / MUBI
2:41-46:22 - Sacred Cow: "The Breakfast Club"
Simple Minds, "Don't You Forget About Me"
47:30-54:11 - Notes
54:11-1:04:01 - Filmspotting Madness
Cyndi Lauper, "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough"
1:04:51-1:10:59 - Donations / Promo: It's All True
1:10:59-1:42:01 - Top 5: Movies of 1985
1:42:01-1:48:03 - Close / Outtakes
BONUS
- "Unforgiven" Feedback
LINKS
- Josh's review of "The Breakfast Club"
- Kapelos full interview (Check back)
- Atlantic article on the films of 1985
- Filmspotting Madness Rd. 3

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Mar 27 2015

1hr 50mins

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Rank #7: #518: Top 10 Films of 2014 (Pt. 1)

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- 10-9-8-7-6... It's part one of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2014 countdown, featuring special guests Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune and The Dissolve’s Scott Tobias. Plus, Mr. Brick himself, Rian Johnson, announces the winner of this year’s Golden Brick award.
:00-2:28 - Billboard / Donations
2:28-31:15 - Top 10 of 2014: #10-9
"Canto At Gabelmeister's Peak," Grand Budapest...
31:47-45:09 - Polls / Golden Brick Winner
"The Rest Of My Life," Mood Indigo
46:19-1:26:21 - Top 10 of 2014: #8-6
1:26:21-1:29:28 - Close
MUSIC
- Scores curated by Sam Smith
BONUS CONTENT
- Worst Movies of 2014
LINKS
- Michael Phillips
- Scott Tobias
- Melissa's "Under the Skin" theory
- Sam Smith's posters podcast
- Slate's 25 Best Podcast Episodes
- Golden Bricks Page
- Scott on "Wolf of Wall Street"

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Dec 19 2014

1hr 31mins

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Rank #8: #661: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2017

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With Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson joining Adam and Josh for the Top 10 Films of 2017 countdown, the roundtable devotes part one to 'The Outliers' - picks unique to each host's list. Before getting to next week's "Consensus" choices, find out who has a soft spot for body-swapping anime, who isn't afraid to put a rom-com in their top ten, and who has a thing for... rats.     

0:00-1:58 - Intro

4:01-48:51 - Top 10: Outliers

Daniel Hart, "Little Notes" (A Ghost Story)

50:45-54:40 - Notes

54:40-1:02:17 - Poll: Best of 2017

1:02:17-1:37:56 - Top 10: Outliers cont.

1:37:56-1:43:36 - Close

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Dec 22 2017

1hr 44mins

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Rank #9: #574: The Witch / Deadpool / Top 5 Baffling Oscar Picks

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Filling in for Adam and Josh this week, the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from The Verge/Next Picture Show chat about the 17th century-set horror film THE WITCH and potty-mouthed superhero DEADPOOL – plus 2016's most baffling Oscar picks.
0:00-2:37 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:37-24:39 - Review: "The Witch" The Cactus Blossoms, "Change Your Ways or Die" 25:45-31:55 - Polls 31:55-44:12 – Review: 'Deadpool" The Cactus Blossoms, "If I Can't Win" 45:18 - 46:11 - SVU Promo 46:11 -1:14:49 - Top 5: Baffling Oscar Picks 1:14:49-1:18:34 - Close

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Feb 19 2016

1hr 20mins

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Rank #10: #589: The Royal Tenenbaums / Top 5 Non-Kids Movies You Should Show Your Kids

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Back in 2001, Wes Anderson was known as the director of the modest indie hit RUSHMORE. Then came THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, with its family full of failed former prodigies and iconic soundtrack. It arguably remains his most beloved film. But how does TENENBAUMS hold up 15 years later? Adam and Josh, along with former co-host (and notable TENENBAUMS skeptic) Sam Van Hallgren, have a Sacred Cow review. Plus, a little ahead of Father’s Day, the Top 5 (Non-Kids) Films To Show Your Kids.

0:00-1:36 - Billboard

1:36-51:10 - Sacred Cow Review: "The Royal Tenenbaums"

51:10-1:01:22 - Notes / Massacre Theatre

1:01:22-1:32:40 - Top 5: (Non-Kids) Movies To Show Your Kids

1:32:40-1:37:36 - Donations

1:37:36-2:09:02 - Top 5 cont.

2:09:02-2:20:24 - Close / Hot Mics

Music used in this episode:

Nico, "These Days"

The Creation, "Making Time"

-The Royal Tenenbaums: My Favorite Film...

-Ty Burr: The Best Old Movies for Families

-Northwestern Doc Media Screenings

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Jun 10 2016

2hr 27mins

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Rank #11: #758: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2019

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The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from The Next Picture Show are back for this year's Best of '19 roundtable, and in part one it's the panel's "outlier" picks – films which only made a single Top 10. And with divisive titles like James Gray's "Ad Astra" and Taika Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit" making the cut, there's plenty of lively debate to go along with the praise.

0:00 - Billboard

1:18 - Top 10 of 2019: The Outliers

Randy Newman, "What I Love About Charlie" (Marriage Story)

1:16:07 - Notes

1:19:43 - Top 10 of 2019: Outliers, cont.

2:13:26 - Outro 

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Dec 26 2019

2hr 21mins

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Rank #12: #766: Top 20 Films of the 2010s (Pt. 1) / Madness Rd. 1

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Work from Abbas Kiarostami, Sofia Coppola, Spike Lee – and a couple of former Golden Brick winners – all make the cut as Adam and Josh start their countdown of the top 20 films of the last decade. Plus, Filmspotting Madness 2020: Best of the 2010s kicks off with 32 ("How dare you!!!" "Why???") first-round matchups.

0:00 - Billboard

1:06 - Films of the 2010s – #16-20

22:06 - Filmspotting Madness Rd. 1

43:18 - Notes

Nicholas Godin, "What Makes Me Think Of You"

59:52 - Films of the 2010s – #11-15

1:49:43 - Outro 

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Feb 28 2020

1hr 57mins

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Rank #13: #641: Spider-Man: Homecoming / Baby Driver / A Ghost Story

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Spidey’s back. Again. After suffering through a disappointing reboot in 2012 (and its 2014 sequel), the webslinger returns - this time under the guidance of Tony Stark. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING finds Peter Parker in his natural habitat: high school - mostly to its benefit. Adam and Josh offer their review, plus some contrarian thoughts on Edgar Wright's BABY DRIVER and raves for David Lowery’s Sundance hit A GHOST STORY.

0:00-4:30 - Billboard / Donations

4:30-31:17 - Review: "A Ghost Story"

John Spencer Blues Explosion, "Bellbottoms"

34:07-58:30 - Notes / Polls

58:30-1:12:33 - Review: "Baby Driver"

Queen, "Brighton Rock"

1:15:51-1:31:53 - Review: "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

1:31:53-1:35:10 - Close

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Jul 14 2017

1hr 34mins

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Rank #14: FS Fix: Her / Inside Llewyn Davis

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Reviews of Spike Jonze's HER and the Coen Bros. latest, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.

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Jan 02 2014

58mins

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Rank #15: #676: A Quiet Place / Top 5 Quiet Scenes / FS Madness Champ

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It's a little surprising to see nice guy "Office"-alum John Krasinski directing a monster movie, but Adam and guest-host Michael Phillips agree that his A QUIET PLACE is a tense, finely-crafted film that feels a little like a Western and a well-observed family drama – even as it's scaring the pants off you. Krasinksi's movie also exploits its smart premise to potent effect: its monsters hunt by sound, so everyone - including the audience - is on aural high alert. For this week's Top 5, Adam and Michael look to films from icons like Kubrick, Hitchcock, Coppola and Spielberg for scenes that make effective use of silence. Plus, your 2018 Filmspotting Madness Champion.

0:00-1:42 - Intro

2:26-32:07 - Review: "A Quiet Place"

Wye Oak, "The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs"

34:10-41:52 - Notes / Next Week

41:52-56:20 - Filmspotting Madness Champion

56:20-1:11:45 - Top 5: Quiet Scenes

Dave Shire, "The Conversation" (Main Theme)

1:13:43-1:36:01 - Top 5: Quiet Scenes cont.

1:36:01-1:39:57 - Close

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Apr 13 2018

1hr 41mins

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Rank #16: #600 w/ Chuck Klosterman: Top 5 Movies Future Historians Will Remember

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Citizen Kane, Vertigo, The Godfather. 200 years from now, will anyone even remember these movies? Or are we currently overlooking the classics of the future? Writer Chuck Klosterman joins Adam and Josh on this special 600th episode to discuss his new book "But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were The Past" and to take part in possibly the most challenging Top 5 in the history of the show: Movies Future Historians Will Remember. Plus, listeners help us celebrate #600 with favorite memories from our first 11+ years.

0:00-3:23 - Billboard / Donations

3:23-34:47 - Movies Future Historians Will Remember

"I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always"

35:44-1:13:59 - Top 5, cont.

"Last Night I Dreamed My Birthday"

1:15:18-1:49:20 - Defining Show Moments

1:49:20-1:52:39 - Close

MUSIC

-Luke Winslow-King

LINKS

-"But What If We're Wrong"

-"Which Rock Star Will Historians...."

-Filmspotting Reviews: The Complete List

-The Cinephiliacs Episode #83

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Aug 26 2016

1hr 57mins

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Rank #17: #519: Top 10 Films of 2014 (Pt. 2)

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Somehow "Left Behind" didn't make the cut in Pt. 1 of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2014. But there are five picks remaining and four critics – including Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Scott Tobias (The Dissolve) – who might just end the suspense for Nic Cage.
This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com – get a free month of movies!
:00-3:23 - Billboard / Pleasure Town
3:23-46:18 - Top 10 of 2014: #5-3
"Andrew Void," Under the Skin
46:49-47:33 - SVU Promo
47:33-1:24:28 - Top 10 of 2014: #2-1
1:24:28-1:26:28 - Close
MUSIC
- Scores curated by Sam Smith
LINKS
- All host and guest picks
- Scott Tobias
- Scott's "Birdman" review
- Michael Phillips
- The Tribe - Trailer

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Dec 24 2014

1hr 28mins

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Rank #18: #682: Solo: A Star Wars Story / Paul Schrader / Deadpool 2

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40 (movie) years after Han Solo first boasted about his 12-parsec Kessel Run, the new SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY finally lets us take the ride. But is it enough to justify the movie's existence? And what if your new Han isn't among the five best things about his own movie? Yes, Adam and Josh have issues with "Solo," but also some praise for the excellent supporting cast, at least one great action set-piece and Chewbacca, of course. Also on the show, recommendations for DEADPOOL 2 and the new doc CHOSEN: CUSTODY OF THE EYES, plus an interview with legendary writer/director Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "Affliction"), whose new film, FIRST REFORMED with Ethan Hawke, is earning him some of the best reviews of his long and storied career. (Come for Schrader's brilliant insights into "slow cinema," stay for the anecdote about his intro to Ingmar Bergman at an Ann Arbor porn theater and the movie of his that he refers to as "a piece of juvenilia and an F.U. to my dad and his religion.")       

0:00-2:05 - Intro

2:51-32:01 - Review: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

Mokoomba, "Mokole"

35:15-46:26 - Next Week / Notes / Corrections

46:26-53:09 - Massacre Theatre

53:09-1:01:49 - ]"Chosen: Custody of the Eyes," "Deadpool 2"

1:01:49-1:11:21 - Feedback: "Avengers: Infinity War"

Mokoomba, "Njawane"

1:15:55-1:17:48 - Donations

1:17:48-1:53:49 - Interview: Paul Schrader

1:53:49-1:56:24 - Close / Outtake

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May 25 2018

1hr 53mins

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Rank #19: #638: Wonder Woman / Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences / Trey Shults

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As the first superhero movie directed by and starring a woman, WONDER WOMAN went into its opening weekend with more baggage than its male-centric peers. It came out of the weekend with critical raves and record box office - and at least one member of the Larsen household practicing Diana-inspired high-kicks. On this week's show, Adam and Josh - bound by the Lasso of Hestia - share their takes, then confess their Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences. Plus, Adam's conversation with "Krisha" director Trey Shults, whose new film "It Comes At Night" opens this weekend.

0:00-1:56 - Billboard

1:56-31:17 - Review: "Wonder Woman"

Secret Sisters, "You Don't Own Me Anymore"

34:06-46:43 - Notes / Massacre Theatre

46:43-1:14:27 - Interview: Trey Shults

Secret Sisters, "Tennessee River Runs Deep"

1:17:36-2:03:20 - Top 5: Movie Religious Experiences

2:03:20-2:05:55 - Close

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Jun 09 2017

2hr 5mins

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Rank #20: #723: Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s / Madness Final / Assassination of Jesse James

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As the 2019 edition of Filmspotting Madness comes to a close, Adam and Josh share some favorite titles that didn't make the 64-film bracket. Their Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s features some under-seen comedies starring Jack Black, Seann William Scott and Mark Duplass; docs and "docu-fantasias" from Steve James and Guy Maddin; and less familiar titles from A-list directors like Ridley Scott and Robert Zemeckis. Plus, the Madness championship matchup is revealed, and a Sacred Cow review of Andrew Dominik's 2007 meditative western THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD.

0:00-1:16 - Billboard

1:16-39:11 - Review: "Assassination of Jesse James..."

Hembree, "Culture"

39:53-49:48 - R.I.P Agnes Varda / Next week / Notes

49:48-1:02:52 - Madness: Final 4 Results / Championship

Hembree, "Almost"

1:03:35-1:07:31 - Donations

1:07:31-1:54:22 - Top 5: Overlooked Movies of the 2000s

1:54:22-1:58:22 - Close

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Apr 05 2019

2hr 3mins

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#784: Hamilton / The Old Guard / The Cotton Club (8 From '84)

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The biggest movie event of the summer isn't even a movie, but the debut - 18 months ahead of schedule - of Broadway phenomenon HAMILTON on Disney+. This week, Adam and Josh - both of whom saw the production on stage - talk about the groundbreaking musical's transition to the small screen. Plus, Adam recommends the new-to-Netflix THE OLD GUARD from director Gina Prince-Bythewood and an 8 From '84 review of Francis Ford Coppola's THE COTTON CLUB.

0:00 - Billboard

1:02 - Review: "Hamilton"

28:59 - Adam recommends: "The Old Guard"

Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, "Drop Me Off In Harlem"

35:46 - Next Week/Notes

44:40 - Massacre Theatre

51:02 - 8 From '84: "The Cotton Club Encore"

1:19:12 - Outro 

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Jul 10 2020

1hr 26mins

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#783: Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far) / Inception (Nolan #6)

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It's been an unusual year for movies – and for everything else – but there was great stuff to see if you knew where to look. This week, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far), along with a 10th anniversary, split-take revisit of INCEPTION, the sixth film in the Christopher Nolan "Oeuvre-view." ("Adam, I love you," says Josh at one point, "but you have no idea what you're talking about.")

0:00 - Billboard

1:04 - Top 5 Films of 2020 So Far

Phoebe Bridgers, "ICU"

47:35 - Listener Feedback (Jaws, Spielberg's Best Decade)

1:03:34 - Next Week / Notes

1:21:04 - Nolan #6: "Inception" (10th Anniversary)

2:01:52 - Outro

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Jul 03 2020

2hr 8mins

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#782: Jaws (45th Anniversary) / Power Ranking Spielberg

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A blowhard anti-science mayor ignoring the threat of a murderous invisible menace because it threatens the economy? What could JAWS possibly have to offer us 45 years later? Adam and Josh give the Spielberg classic the Sacred Cow treatment. And they consider the director's nearly half-century of movie-making by Power Ranking the five decades of Spielberg's output.

0:00 - Billboard

1:04 - Review: "Jaws" at 45

Wyatt Waddell, "Fight"

41:29 - AK on "The King of Staten Island"

46:29 - Next Week / Notes

1:05:08 - Top 5: Power Ranking Spielberg

1:40:42 - Outro 

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Jun 19 2020

1hr 47mins

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Introducing Truth vs Hollywood

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Introducing the newest Audioboom original podcast, Truth vs Hollywood. Join Film lovers David Chen and Joanna Robinson as they do a deep dive into well known films and discuss how similar they are to the actual story. 

Truth vs Hollywood premieres 6/12. Subscribe to Truth vs Hollywood on Apple Podcasts.

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Jun 12 2020

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#781: Da 5 Bloods / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots

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While it's true that there's never a bad time for a new Spike Lee Joint, right now just happens to be an especially good time to be getting a new film from a master director who has spent the last three-and-a-half decades challenging us to consider the ways that racism defines American life. New to Netflix this weekend, Lee's DA 5 BLOODS doesn't disappoint. Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of a key performance, and some of Lee's - always bold - aesthetic choices, but they agree that it's one of the year's essential films. Plus, a revisit of 2018's Top 5 Spike Lee Shots.

0:00 - Billboard

1:04 - Review: "Da 5 Bloods"

Marvin Gaye, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"

32:47 - Poll Results: Spike's Best

39:02 - Notes

47:11 - Massacre Theatre

54:51 - Top 5: Spike Lee Shots

1:41:14 - Outro

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Jun 12 2020

1hr 48mins

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#780: Top 5 Movies That Educated Us About Racism

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When a Minneapolis police officer killed unarmed black man George Floyd last week, protests broke out across the U.S. On this week's show, Adam and Josh – and Filmspotting listeners – reflect on how the movies helped them come to terms with the ways that racism shapes American life.

0:00 - Billboard

1:12 - Top 5: Movies That Educated Us About Racism

John Boyega, "We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd"

34:57 - Next Week/Notes

44:03 - Top 5, cont.

1:08:46 - Outro 

LINKS

-Poet Ross Gay reads "A Small Needful Fact"

-How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality

-Campaign Zero

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Jun 05 2020

1hr 10mins

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#779: The Prestige (Nolan #5) / Vast of Night / Painter and the Thief

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Made between "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's THE PRESTIGE was only a modest success back in 2006, but the twisty feuding magicians drama is, for some, one of the director's very best. In their spoiler-filled review, Adam and Josh agree that, if it's not his best, it's arguably the most Nolan movie. Plus, "Brickspotting" recommendations for the new VAST OF NIGHT and THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF.

0:00 - Billboard

1:06 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #5: "The Prestige"

Melenas, "3 segundos"

46:44 - Next Week/Notes

55:14 - Massacre Theatre

1:04:46 - Reviews: "The Vast of Night" "The Painter and the Thief"

1:20:30 - Outro / Outtake

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May 29 2020

1hr 27mins

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#778: Top 5 Trip Series Scenes / Trip to Greece

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With Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon taking their fourth and final trip abroad with the new TRIP TO GREECE, Adam and Josh consider the series' most memorable reflections on mortality, family obligations, career insecurity—oh yeah, and all those hilarious impressions. Plus, thoughts on the late Lynn Shelton.

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1:02 - Top 5: Trip Series Scenes

Brett Shady, "Let Your Burden Be"

26:37 - RIP Lynn Shelton

36:01 - Next Week / Notes

43:46 - Polls

58:00 - Review: "The Trip to Greece"

1:06:33 - Trip Series Scenes, cont.

1:30:46 - Outro / Outtake

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May 22 2020

1hr 37mins

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#777: The Dark Knight Trilogy (Nolan #4)

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After scoring $2B and change at the box office and near-universal praise from audiences and critics, the only black mark on Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY is its dubious influence on the superhero movies that followed in its wake. For the fourth installment of the Nolan "Oeuvre-view," Adam and Josh revisit the trilogy, starting with a 15th anniversary consideration of "Batman Begins." Plus, Massacre Theatre and a new Golden Brick nominee: Lara Gallagher's "Clementine."

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1:11 - "Batman Begins"

The Jam, "Batman Theme"

30:34 - JL recommends "Clementine"

34:01 - Next Week/Notes

42:10 - Massacre Theatre

49:06 - "The Dark Knight" / "Dark Knight Rises"

1:30:18 - Outro

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May 15 2020

1hr 38mins

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#776: Ghostbusters v Gremlins (8 From '84) / Bette Davis #4 - Now, Voyager

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Back in '84, GHOSTBUSTERS was a bigger hit than GREMLINS (#2 and #4 at the box office, respectively), and it's got the more memorable cast—and quotes ("dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!"); but is it the more interesting film? Adam and Josh agree that Joe Dante's darkly funny creature feature works as a clever satire of consumerism and American exceptionalism, disagreeing only over the movie's aesthetic, which Adam at one point refers to as "rinky dink." (Josh is having none of it.) And the Bette Davis Marathon comes to a conclusion with 1942's NOW, VOYAGER, starring Davis as a deeply repressed Boston woman with serious mommy issues ("Psycho" meets "She's All That" according to Adam). Plus, "The Peepers," the Davis Marathon Awards.

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1:11 - 8 From '84: "Ghostbusters" v "Gremlins"

Ray Parker, Jr., "Ghostbusters"

55:48 - Next Week/Notes/Poll

1:07:33 - Davis #4: "Now, Voyager" / Davis Awards

1:47:56 - Outro

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May 08 2020

1hr 54mins

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#775: Top 5 Moviegoing Experiences

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With movie theaters shuttered and many of us housebound, Adam and Josh look back over a lifetime of going to the movies with their Top 5 Moviegoing Experiences—from big screen introductions to Han and Indy to formative encounters with the works of Spike Lee, Tarantino and the Coen Brothers. Listeners, too, contribute their own favorite moviegoing memories.

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1:00 - Top 5: Moviegoing Experiences

The Drifters, "Saturday Night at the Movies"

46:17 - Next Week/Notes

52:34 - Massacre Theatre

1:00:34 - Top 5: Moviegoing Experiences, cont.

1:27:08 - Outro 

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May 01 2020

1hr 33mins

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#774: Nolan #3 - Insomnia / Blow the Man Down / True History of the Kelly Gang

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Expectations were high back in 2002 for Christopher Nolan's INSOMNIA, the follow-up to his mind-bending breakthrough "Memento." But despite solid reviews and decent box office, the film has been largely forgotten by Nolan fans—including Adam and Josh. They revisit the director's third feature this week as part of their Nolan Oeuvre-view, finding a film with lots of familiar Nolan touches—and a somewhat divisive lead performance by Al Pacino.

Plus, reviews of three new films: Justin Kurzel's TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, Tayarisha Poe's SELAH AND THE SPADES, and Danielle Krudy & Bridget Savage Cole's BLOW THE MAN DOWN—one of which gets both Adam and Josh's blessing as a 2020 Golden Brick candidate.

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1:06 - Reviews: "Kelly Gang," "Selah and the Spades," "Blow the Man Down"

Disq, "Daily Routine"

26:28 - Next Week/Notes

50:20 - Nolan Oeuvre-view #3: "Insomnia"

1:18:54 - Outro

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Apr 24 2020

1hr 27mins

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#773: Top 5 Things We're Streaming During Quarantine / Bette Davis #3 - Dark Victory

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With Adam and Josh cooped up at home and spending lots (and lots) of quality time with their families in front of the tv, this week's Top 5 is devoted to highlights from their Adventures in Streaming. Plus the third film in their Bette Davis Marathon, 1939's DARK VICTORY.

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1:09 - Top 5: Things We're Streaming During Quarantine

"Give Me Time For Tenderness" (from "Dark Victory")

57:15 - Next Week/Notes

1:09:01 - Massacre Theatre

1:11:35 - Bette Davis Marathon #3: "Dark Victory"

1:31:07 - Outro 

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Apr 17 2020

1hr 38mins

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#772: Never Rarely Sometimes Always / Nolan #2 - Memento / Madness Champion

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Eliza Hittman's second feature, "Beach Rats," got the director some attention in 2017, but her latest - NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS - came out of Sundance this year as one of the fest's most celebrated titles. In their review, Adam and Josh talk about the movie's patience and attention to detail along with the subtle brilliance of star Sidney Flanigan's performance. Christopher Nolan's breakout film was also a Sundance hit. 2001's MEMENTO, the director's second feature, went on to become a box office success and an Oscar nominee. Continuing their Nolan "Oeuvre-view," Adam and Josh revisit the film that put the director on the map and find it just as surprising and astonishing as they did almost 20 years ago. Plus, the winner of this year's Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s.

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1:33 - Review: "Never Rarely Sometimes Always"

Waxahatchee, "Can't Do Much"

30:40 - Next Week / Notes

35:22 - Filmspotting Madness: Champion

50:31 - Patreon / New Poll

1:02:12 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #2: "Memento"

1:41:21 - Outro

1:42:57 - "Never Rarely..." Spoilers

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Apr 10 2020

1hr 53mins

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#771: Nolan #1 - Following / Bette Davis #2 - Jezebel / Madness Finals

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Christopher Nolan’s films are events—smart, ambitious and original. But before he made "Interstellar," "Dunkirk" or his "Dark Knight" trilogy—even before "Memento"—Nolan made the 70-minute indie thriller FOLLOWING. This week, Adam and Josh start their Nolan "Oeuvre-view" with Nolan's '99 debut, which gives tantalizing clues of the director he'll become and the stories he'll go on to tell. Bette Davis won a much-deserved Oscar for her performance in 1938's JEZEBEL. The William Wyler-directed drama set in ante-bellum New Orleans is the second film in our Davis Marathon. Plus, Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s comes down to the final two.


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1:07 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #1: "Following"

Ernie Hendrickson, "Dystopian Dreams"

32:39 - Next Week/Notes

35:08 - Filmspotting Madness Finals

55:37 - Bette Davis #2: "Jezebel"

1:31:10 - Outro 

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Apr 03 2020

1hr 37mins

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#770: Purple Rain - Spinal Tap - Stop Making Sense (8 From '84) / Madness Final 4

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PURPLE RAIN was one of the highest-grossing films of 1984, but Prince's semi-autobiographical screen debut hasn't aged as well as its music has. The opposite is true of THIS IS SPINAL TAP and STOP MAKING SENSE, which were only modestly successful at the time of their release but have become two of the most celebrated rock films of all time. Adam and Josh continue their 8 From '84 series with a look at the rock trio—plus Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s gets down to the Final 4.

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1:12 - Filmspotting Madness Final 4

20:25 - 8 From '84: "Stop Making Sense" "This Is Spinal Tap"

Prince, "Purple Rain"

40:28 - Next Week/Notes

43:46 - 8 From '84: "Purple Rain"

1:13:14 - Outro 

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Mar 27 2020

1hr 20mins

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#769: 1930s Starter Pack / Bette Davis #1 - Of Human Bondage / Madness Elite 8

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Chaplin, Cagney, Garbo and Grant all make Adam and Josh's 1930s "Starter Pack," 10 films to introduce you – or get you better acquainted with – arguably the greatest movie decade. Plus, the first film in our four-film Bette Davis Marathon, 1934's OF HUMAN BONDAGE, and the Elite 8 of Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s.

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1:04 - Top 5: 1930s Starter Pack

Fred Astaire, "Cheek to Cheek"

43:40 - Notes 

52:28 - Filmspotting Madness Elite 8

1:06:51 - Bette Davis Marathon #1: "Of Human Bondage"

1:26:33 - Outro / Outtake

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Mar 20 2020

1hr 33mins

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The Process: Guillaume Rocheron (1917)

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This episode is presented by the Academy Award-Winning film 1917. Available now on Digital streaming and on Blu-ray and DVD March 24th.

Sam Mendes' acclaimed WWI film was a hugely ambitious undertaking for all involved, including Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Guillaume Rocheron ("Ad Astra," "Life of Pi"). In this edition of Filmspotting: The Process, Rocheron describes the unique challenges that the film's "single-shot" approach created, and how his VFX team collaborated with Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins to bring some of the film's most memorable scenes to life.

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Mar 18 2020

19mins

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#768: First Cow / Onward / Madness Sweet 16

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With FIRST COW, Kelly Reichardt returns to the 19th century Oregon Territory of her most acclaimed film, "Meek's Cutoff." An early film of the year candidate, Adam and Josh praise Reichardt's parable about capitalism and self-invention for its detail, its performances and its mouth-watering "oily cakes."

Plus: where Pixar's ONWARD lands in a ranking of the studio's features; Filmspotting Madness continues with a (Coen-less) Sweet 16; and the next Filmspotting Marathon is announced.

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0:59 - Review: "First Cow"

U.S. Girls, "4 American Dollars"

30:15 - Next Week/Notes

42:00 - Filmspotting Madness, Sweet 16

1:03:53 - Review: "Onward"

1:17:52 - Outro 

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Mar 13 2020

1hr 25mins

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#767: Top 20 Films of the 2010s (Pt. 2) / Invisible Man / Madness Rd. 2

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PTA. Wes. Malick. The Coens. Of course they made the cut. But who else? This week, Adam and Josh complete a task a decade in the making with their top 10 films of the decade. Plus, quick reviews of THE INVISIBLE MAN and WENDY, and Rd. 2 of Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s.

0:00 - Billboard 

1:13 - #6-10 Films of the 2010s

15:59 - Filmspotting Madness, Rd. 2

39:13 - Notes

Nicholas Britell, "The Middle of the World"

49:01 - Reviews: "The Invisible Man," "Wendy" 

1:03:24 - #1-5 Films of the 2010s

1:55:27 - Outro

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Mar 06 2020

2hr 3mins

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The new Siskel & Ebert

By Eggnog Churches - May 30 2020
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It’s my honest opinion that Josh and Adam are our Siskel and Ebert, they being us in-depth reviews while still remaining accessible.

The original

By Sheephead4786 - May 27 2020
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This is the podcast that got me into movies, and has kept me company for so many years. Adam and Josh have a great dynamic.