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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.

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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

414 Ratings
Average Ratings
351
38
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. 😭

Great content that is almost unlistenable

By bedlam and drudgery - Jun 03 2018
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This is the best podcast out there for finding hidden gems that you have probably missed — movies that are often better than the latest release in theaters that draw from these older movies. Unfortunately there are so many technical issues with their recordings that you’ll be forgiven for having trouble getting through a single episode. Usually it’s worse on Allison’s side, where she sounds like she’s on a Bluetooth headset on spotty cellular phone connection inside an elevator on another continent — which is a shame because her passion and knowledge is contagious.

iTunes Ratings

414 Ratings
Average Ratings
351
38
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. 😭

Great content that is almost unlistenable

By bedlam and drudgery - Jun 03 2018
Read more
This is the best podcast out there for finding hidden gems that you have probably missed — movies that are often better than the latest release in theaters that draw from these older movies. Unfortunately there are so many technical issues with their recordings that you’ll be forgiven for having trouble getting through a single episode. Usually it’s worse on Allison’s side, where she sounds like she’s on a Bluetooth headset on spotty cellular phone connection inside an elevator on another continent — which is a shame because her passion and knowledge is contagious.
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Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit (SVU)

Updated 12 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: SVU #127: The Lobster / The 2016 SVUvie Awards

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It’s that time of year on the Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit podcast in which Matt and Alison come up with arbitrary categories in order to hand out nonexistent prizes to movies that will never hear about them — yes, it’s the 2016 SVUvie Awards. But first, a discussion of The Lobster, as well as that all important question of which animal we’d choose to spend the rest of our lives as.

Opening Break: "Train to Busan" "Equity" "Southside With You"
Listeners Choice Review: "The Lobster"
The 2016 SVUvie Awards
Behind the 8-Ball: 
3 New Releases
2 Listener Recommendations
1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Dec 20 2016
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #2: 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. Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Movies On Demand On Cable. 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
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #3: SVU #82: Conspiracy Thrillers / Three Days of the Condor

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Did you hear that clicking in your earbuds? Yep, your iPhone has been bugged by forces far greater and more dangerous than you could possibly imagine. Conspiracies are real – at least on the new episode of SVU, where Alison and Matt review THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, and recommend other classic paranoid thrillers you can watch at home right now. Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Movies On Demand On Cable. Opening Break The Riot ClubBluebirdLast Knights Queue Shots: Conspiracy Thrillers SecondsCapricorn OneWorld on a WireThe Conversation Listeners Choice Review 3 Days of the Condor Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases Matt: Life Itself / Memories of Murder / Mad Men: Season 7, Part 1 Alison: World of Tomorrow / Clean / The Zero Theorem 2 Listener Recommendations Matt: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night / Los Angeles Plays Itself Alison: It's Such a Beautiful Day / The Bletchley Circle 1 Random Film From Our Queues Matt: Labyrinth Alison: Wetlands

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Apr 02 2015
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 49 mins
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Rank #5: SVU #80: Predestination / Ethan Hawke Movies

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Prepare for a journey to the past, all the way back to last weekend, when Matt and Alison convened to record their review of the time-travel thriller PREDESTINATION. Plus, your hosts travel back into the history of Ethan Hawke's work onscreen, recommending some of his other genre movies available to rent or stream at home right now.

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Mar 03 2015
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #6: SVU #121: The Witch / 2016 Toronto Film Festival Highlights

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Matt Singer and Alison Willmore just returned from a week at the Toronto Film Festival, and they're discussing all of the highlights from LA LA LAND to MOONLIGHT. Plus, Alison and Matt break down the arthouse horror hit The Witch, which is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Opening Break: Goat / The Shallows

Listeners Choice Review: The Witch

Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases
Matt: Raiders! / The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years / Roman Holiday
Alison: Fleabag / Nuts! / Sunset Song

2 Listener Recommendations 
Matt: Kill Zone 2 / Sleeping Giant
Alison: The Last Panthers / Today’s Special

1 Random Film From Our Queues
Matt: I’ll Have What Phil’s Having
Alison: Cleverman

Listeners Choice Options:
Crisis in Six Scenes (Amazon Prime)
Easy (Netflix)
Fleabag (Amazon Prime)

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Sep 27 2016
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #7: SVU #124: The Neon Demon / Notable 2016 Movies Available To Stream

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This week on a new Filmspotting: SVU, Alison and Matt head to Los Angeles, where Nicolas Winding Refn tells a tale of the fashion industry gone mad in THE NEON DEMON. Plus with awards season almost upon us, Matt and Alison catch up with some great movies from 2016 that are already available to rent or stream at home.

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Nov 08 2016
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #8: SVU #145: Death Note / Anime Starter Kit

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Shall we begin? On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison dissect Adam Wingard’s Netflix original movie DEATH NOTE, based on the popular manga and anime series. After despairing at there ever being a great American anime adaptation, they offer up four anime features available to rent or stream at home right now — a kind of anime movie starter pack.

Listener's Choice Review: "Death Note"
Queue Shots: Anime Starter Kit
Behind the 8-Ball: 
3 New Releases
2 Listener Recommendations
1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Aug 29 2017
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #9: 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
1 hour 44 mins
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Rank #10: 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
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #11: 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
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #12: 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
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #13: 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
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #14: SVU #132: The Greasy Strangler / Midnight Movies

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In this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison decide, once and for all, which of them is the true hootie tootie disco cutie, as they talk THE GREASY STRANGLER. Then they discuss what makes a midnight movie and offer some midnight movie recs, all available to rent or stream right now.

Opening Break: "Manchester By The Sea" / "Jackie" / "Catfight"
Listener's Choice Review: "The Greasy Strangler"
Queue Shots: Paul Dano
Behind the 8-Ball: 
3 New Releases
2 Listener Recommendations
1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Feb 28 2017
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #15: SVU #142: The Lost City of Z / Movies About Explorers

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To think what people could accomplish, were it not for the pesky families they love! On this episode of the Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit podcast, Matt and Alison talk ambition, sacrifice, and James Gray’s THE LOST CITY OF Z. Then, in honor of Charlie Hunnam’s career-best turn as the dashing Percy Fawcett, they recommend some other movies about explorers (of various sorts), all available to rent or stream right now.

Opening Break: "A Cure For Wellness" "Kong: Skull Island" "The Last Face"
Listener's Choice Review: "The Lost City of Z"
Queue Shots: Movies About Explorers
Behind the 8-Ball: 
3 New Releases
2 Listener Recommendations
1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Jul 18 2017
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #16: SVU #141: Okja / Multilingual Movies

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What do you call a fictional animal that’s adorable, intelligent, and looks like a giant pig crossed with a hippo? In the world of Bong Joon-ho’s OKJA: lunch. On this episode, Matt and Alison discuss the South Korean director’s continent-crossing, genre-defying Netflix original, and what it signals for the streaming giant’s future in movie-making. Then they recommend some other multilingual movies available to rent or stream right now.

Opening Break: "Song to Song" "Certain Women" "A Quiet Passion"
Listener's Choice Review: "Okja"
Queue Shots: Multilingual Movies
Behind the 8-Ball: 
3 New Releases
2 Listener Recommendations
1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"

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Jul 04 2017
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #17: SVU #146: Inside No. 9 / Anthology Shows

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Anthology television series mean you can have a brand new cast and story in each new installment. Alas, when it comes to listening to Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, you’ll have to settle for Matt and Alison every time. On this episode of Filmspotting: SVU, they discuss the British series INSIDE NO. 9, a collection of standalone episodes ranging from comedy to horror, but all set at a location numbered “9.” Then they talk about how episodic anthology series are a kind of intersection between TV and short films, and offer some new and classic recs, all available to stream right now.

Listener's Choice Review: "Inside No. 9"
Queue Shots: Anthology Shows
Behind the 8-Ball: 
3 New Releases
2 Listener Recommendations
1 Random Film From Our Netflix "My Lists"
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Sep 13 2017
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #18: 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
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #19: 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
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #20: SVU #122: Fleabag / Movies That Break The Fourth Wall

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On the new SVU, Matt and Alison review the new Amazon Prime series FLEABAG. And since the show’s main character frequently breaks the fourth wall to talk to viewers, they’re also recommending fourth-wall-breaking movies available to rent or stream at home right now.

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Oct 12 2016
1 hour 25 mins
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