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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.

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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.

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Don’t miss for any movie fan

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Every week hosts Josh and Adam bring more than an hour of insightful and Amusing film commentary. A current movie is reviewed, a top five list is given of movies which are outstanding on a related team director or actor, And there are other recurring themes such as massacre theater in which the host act out a scene (which I can never remember). There are two fantastic reasons to watch the show. One, it tells you which of the current movies are worth seeing, without ever spoiling the movie. To it gives you many old movies which are worth seeing on streaming outlets allowing you to fill in gaps in your film history. It’s a great podcast and I highly recommend it

Best movie review podcast

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Thoughtful, entertaining, consistently great.

iTunes Ratings

3160 Ratings
Average Ratings
2265
759
44
44
48

Don’t miss for any movie fan

By JBCMIA - Jul 30 2019
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Every week hosts Josh and Adam bring more than an hour of insightful and Amusing film commentary. A current movie is reviewed, a top five list is given of movies which are outstanding on a related team director or actor, And there are other recurring themes such as massacre theater in which the host act out a scene (which I can never remember). There are two fantastic reasons to watch the show. One, it tells you which of the current movies are worth seeing, without ever spoiling the movie. To it gives you many old movies which are worth seeing on streaming outlets allowing you to fill in gaps in your film history. It’s a great podcast and I highly recommend it

Best movie review podcast

By calbearfan - Nov 23 2018
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Thoughtful, entertaining, consistently great.
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Filmspotting

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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.

Rank #1: #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
1 hour 56 mins
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Rank #2: #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
1 hour 52 mins
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Rank #3: #739: The Blair Witch Project at 20 / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #1 - The Blue Angel

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Benefiting from an ingenious viral marketing campaign, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT wasn't just a massive hit at the box office in 1999, it was a cultural phenomenon – two things that made it difficult to reckon with as a work of art at the time. But 20 years later, the myth that shrouded the movie has lifted, and Adam and Josh discuss the merits of a film that relies on some of our most fundamental fears to generate its scares. That review part of the 9 From '99 series.

Plus, the first film in our Marlene Dietrich/Josef von Sternberg Marathon: 1930's THE BLUE ANGEL, with Dietrich as a cabaret temptress, and silent movie veteran Emil Jannings as the scolding professor who falls for her.   

0:00 - Billboard
1:20 - 9 From '99: "The Blair Witch Project"
Marlene Dietrich, "Falling in Love Again"
43:54 - D.A. Pennebaker / Facets' Milos Stehlik
48:52 - Next Week / Notes
54:10 - Polls [MCU Phase 4 / Decade-Defining Actresses]
1:06:00 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg #1: "The Blue Angel"
1:38:02 - Close

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Aug 09 2019
1 hour 45 mins
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Rank #4: #678: Avengers: Infinity War / Top 5: Filmspotting's Avengers

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With the first decade of the MCU coming to a close with AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (and its 2019 sequel), Adam and Josh are forced to reckon with the fact that 19 films into Marvel's uneven series, they've developed some affection for many of its Chrises, er, characters. And, oh my, are there so many characters. And while Josh at various points refers to the film as "exhausting" and "a long con," Adam defends directors Anthony and Joe Russo ("Captain America: Civil War") for bringing discipline and sound storytelling to their massive undertaking. Also on the show, the Top 5 "Filmspotting Avengers," which has Adam and Josh assembling their own teams of cinematic heroes. (Yes, of course this Top 5 has inspired a t-shirt design contest.)

0:00-2:07 - Intro
2:44-27:25 - Review: "Avengers: Infinity War"
Waxahatchee, "No Question"
30:04-36:14 - Next Week / Notes
36:14-42:16 - Massacre Theatre
Waxahatchee, "Recite Remorse"
43:57-46:34 - Donations
46:34-1:14:55 - Top 5: Filmspotting's Avengers
1:14:55-1:17:46 - Close

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Apr 27 2018
1 hour 19 mins
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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
1 hour 40 mins
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Rank #6: 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
58 mins
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Rank #7: #690: Top 5 Films of 2018 (So Far)

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At the halfway point of the year in movies, Adam and Josh agree on their two favorite movies, but share some surprising and diverse picks to round out their Top 5 Films of 2018 (So Far). Plus, listeners weigh in with their picks for the best of the year so far, and the new Filmspotting poll gives you just two options for best superhero movie... of all time. 

0:00-4:34 - Billboard
5:19-36:33 - Top 5: Films of 2018 (So Far)
Chance the Rapper, "Work Out"
37:53-44:47 - Next Week / Notes / New Poll
44:47-1:11:39 - Top 5: Films of 2018 (So Far), cont.
1:11:39-1:13:44 - Close

*Correction: Simon Russell Beale plays Lavrenti Beria in "The Death of Stalin" not Nikita Kruschev (who is played by a very good Steve Buscemi).

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Jul 27 2018
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #8: #567: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 1)

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End of year movie talk is usually dominated by a few prestige pictures, but does anyone care about prestige with a new STAR WARS in theaters? Sure you do. Michael Phillips and Scott Tobias join Adam and Josh for the Top 10 Films of 2015 roundtable - and ok, a little Star Wars talk. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (code FILM), Vermont College of Fine Art MFA and MUBI. 0:00-3:57 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:57-33:54 - Top 10 of 2015 "Rohan," The Assassin 34:57-36:10 - Squarespace 36:10-47:57 - "The Force Awakens" / Notes 47:57-55:38 - Polls "We Used To Dance," While We're Young 56:08-57:49 - VT MFA 57:49-1:37:44 - Top 10 of 2015 cont. 1:37:44-1:41:40 - Close MUSIC - Doudou N'Diaye Rose / James Murphy LINKS - Michael Phillips - Scott Tobias (Full Top 10) - 2015 Wrap Party Live tickets - Golden Brick Finalists - Village Voice Critics Poll - Indiewire Critics Poll - Chicago Film Critics Winners

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Dec 18 2015
1 hour 43 mins
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Rank #9: #642: Dunkirk / Top 5 Films of 2017 (So Far) / War For The Planet of the Apes

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Christopher Nolan films are many things, but they are rarely straightforward (or short). So DUNKIRK - based on the legendary WWII rescue effort - comes as something of a surprise. Clocking in at a tidy hour 49 minutes, Nolan's latest is a lean, (sort of) old-fashioned war picture. Still vibrating from Hans Zimmer's score, Adam and Josh share their post-screening thoughts on the film and - live from a small town Wisconsin bookstore - reveal their Top 5 Films of 2017 (So Far). Plus, Josh's take on WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, and we note the passing of George Romero and Martin Landau.

0:00-2:03 - Billboard
2:03-47:54 - Top 5: Films of 2017 (So Far)
Pieta Brown, "Stopped My Horse"
51:22-1:08:24 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
1:08:24-1:16:52 - Larsen Recs: "War for the Planet of the Apes"
Pieta Brown, "Once Again"
1:17:52-1:39:44 - Review: "Dunkirk"
1:39:44-1:43:16 - Close / Outtake 
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Jul 21 2017
1 hour 44 mins
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Rank #10: #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
2 hours
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Rank #11: #481: Grand Budapest Hotel / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes

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Wes Anderson takes such care with each frame that it would be easy to choose five favorite moments from any one of his films. But Josh and Michael Phillips gave themselves a much bigger challenge: they strolled the grounds of Rushmore, walked the halls of the Tenenbaum mansion, and went five fathoms deep in Steve Zissou's sub to come up with their TOP 5 WES ANDERSON SCENES. Plus, a review of the director's latest, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM314) and Squarespace (FILM3). 00-3:26 - Billboard / Squarespace 3:26-29:03 - Review: "Grand Budapest Hotel" Nico, "These Days" 29:54-31:58 - Shutterstock 31:58-37:51 - Alain Resnais 37:51-41:55 - Massacre Theatre 41:55-1:00:18 - Top 5: Anderson Scenes Ramones, "Judy is a Punk" 1:01:15-1:01:49 - Filmspotting: SVU Promo 1:01:49-1:24:58 - Top 5: Anderson Scenes cont. 1:24:58-1:27:58 - Close MUSIC - Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack NOTES - MT winner: Sam Birchman LINKS - Josh on "Grand Budapest" - Adam on "Grand Budapest" - Anny Gomes' website PARTNERS - Backstory

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Mar 14 2014
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #12: #624: Get Out / Filmspotting Madness / Top 5 Pantheon Contenders

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Who needs to be told how great The Godfather is? Or Citizen Kane? Or, um... Midnight Run? That was the logic back in the early days of the show - in 2005 - when Adam and original co-host/current producer/Midnight Run-lover Sam established the Filmspotting Pantheon: an eccentric mix of movie greats and personal favorites. For the show’s 12th anniversary, Adam and Josh dust off the Pantheon for Filmspotting Madness - a month-long tournament that will leave only one film reigning supreme. That, plus a review of surprise box office hit GET OUT.

0:00-1:49 - Billboard
1:49-43:42 - Top 5 Pantheon Contenders
Spoon, "Can I Sit Next To You"
46:51-1:03:10 - Notes
1:03:10-1:24:29 - Filmspotting Madness
Spoon, "Can I Sit Next To You"
1:25:42-1:30:59 - Donations
1:30:59-1:47:53 - Review: "Get Out"
1:47:53-2:00:38 - Filmspotting Madness, cont.
2:00:38-2:03:51 - Close / Outtake

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Mar 02 2017
2 hours 6 mins
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Rank #13: #532: It Follows / Top 5 21st Century Horror Movies / Mark Harris

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Coming to you from an old, abandoned orphanage... Adam and guest host Michael Phillips discuss IT FOLLOWS, the new indie horror movie that has garnered a lot of buzz for its handling of familiar material – sex, teens and a supernatural killer. Plus, the Top 5 21st Century Horror Movies and a conversation with pop culture writer Mark Harris about 'what scares us now'. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com and Audible. :00-3:03 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:03-28:26 - Review: "It Follows" Laura Marling, "Howl" 29:40-31:47 - Audible 31:47-47:41 - Notes / FS Madness 47:41-59:42 - Interview: Mark Harris Laura Marling, "False Hope" 1:00:33-1:01:28 - SVU Promo 1:01:28-1:44:23 - Top 5: 21st Century Horror Movies 1:44:23-1:47:32 - Close MUSIC - Laura Marling NOTES - Audible recs: Silver Screen Fiend, Girl in a Band, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War LINKS - Michael Phillips - Mark Harris - "Scared Senseless: The Indie Horror..." - Playlist: Best Horror Films... - Criticwire Survey: Best Horror Film...

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Apr 03 2015
1 hour 49 mins
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Rank #14: #648: It (2017) / Top 5 Stephen King Scares

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Stephen King’s first book - “Carrie” - came out in 1974. Brian DePalma's film followed two years later. Then came Kubrick's "The Shining" in '80. Since then, there’s hardly been a year without a King movie adaptation, including two prominent ones this year - THE DARK TOWER and this weekend’s IT, featuring one of King’s most memorable creations: Pennywise the Clown. This week, fresh from a screening, Adam and Josh offer thoughts on IT, and share King-induced childhood traumas with their Top 5 Stephen King Movie Scares. Plus a (sort of) Musical Massacre Theatre and another new Golden Brick nomination - director Kogonada's COLUMBUS.     

0:00-1:55 - Billboard
3:37-34:23 - Review: "It" (2017)
EMA, "I Wanna Destroy"
40:29-45:08 - Next week / Argentine Marathon / Correction
45:08-52:50 - Massacre Theatre
52:50-1:04:15 - Brickspotting: "Columbus"
EMA, "Blood and Chalk"
1:05:12-1:48:59 - Top 5: Stephen King Movie Scares
1:48:59-1:58:59 - Close / Hot Mics    

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Sep 06 2017
1 hour 58 mins
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Rank #15: Blade Runner 2049

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Thirty-five years after the original “Blade Runner” brought its influential tech-noir vision of the future to movie screens, the highly anticipated sequel has finally arrived. Michael Phillips joins Josh for a review.

0:00-3:58 - Billboard
3:58-34:21 - Review: "Blade Runner: 2049"
34:21-36:20 - Close

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Oct 04 2017
38 mins
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Rank #16: #674: Isle of Dogs / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes / FS Madness Final Four

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In 2007, Wes Anderson took his act overseas to India for "The Darjeeling Limited," and was accused by some of cultural insensitivity. Anderson's latest - the stop-motion animated ISLE OF DOGS - is set in Japan, and some of those same criticisms have resurfaced. While acknowledging its critics, Josh deems the setting "crucial" to the film's power and anoints it an early front-runner for his film of the year. But does (relative) Anderson-skeptic Adam follow his co-host's lead? A review of "Dogs," Josh and Michael Phillips' Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes (from 2014) and the Filmspotting Madness: Best of the '90s Final Four revealed.

0:00-2:05 - Intro
3:00-37:24 - Review: "Isle of Dogs"
Jack White, "Why Walk a Dog?"
39:58-49:07 - Next Week / Notes
49:07-1:01:11 - Filmspotting Madness: Final Four
1:01:11-1:16:39 - Top 5: Wes Anderson Scenes (2014)
The Ramones, "Judy Is a Punk"
1:17:24-1:36:48 - Top 5: Anderson Scenes cont.
1:36:48-1:39:04 - Close         

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Mar 30 2018
1 hour 42 mins
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Rank #17: #535: Ex Machina / Top 5 Movie Houses

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Hop aboard the Filmspotting double decker bus for a tour of the movies' most famous and beloved homes... beloved by the hosts, anyway. Inspired by their review of Alex Garland's directing debut EX MACHINA, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Movie Houses. Plus, Massacre Theatre and more. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com / Squarespace (code FILM) / Casper (code FILMSPOTTING). :00-3:01 - Billboard / Casper-MUBI 3:01-36:30 - Review: "Ex Machina" Music: Damien Jurado, "Metallic Cloud" 37:37-39:18 - Casper 39:18-49:44 - Notes 49:44-57:29 - Massacre Theatre Music: Damien Jurado, "Jericho Road" 58:29-1:03:46 - Squarespace / Donations 1:03:46-1:31:40 - Top 5: Movie Houses 1:31:40-1:34:56 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Damien Jurado NOTES - MT winner: Aaron Schweighardt - How did Adam fail to mention that Vikander is dating Michael Fassbender? Great question. LINKS - Josh's review of "Ex Machina" - Chicago Critics Film Fest - The Contrarians - Pop Pilgrims: Tenenbaum House   - Inside Cameron's house   - Samantha's site

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Apr 24 2015
1 hour 36 mins
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Rank #18: #691: Mission: Impossible - Fallout / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances (Revisited)

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The "M:I" franchise is over 20 years old, with its sixth installment - MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT - currently in theaters. But ageless star Tom Cruise and his collaborators show no signs of slowing down when it comes to being a reliable source for action movie spectacle. Adam and Josh consider the near maniacal insistence on verisimilitude of writer/director Christopher McQuarrie and his star, and whether "Fallout's" focus on humanizing Ethan Hunt makes them regret Hunt didn't get more acclaim on their Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances.

0:00-3:07 - Billboard / Donations
3:08- 27:10 - Review: "Mission: Impossible - Fallout”
Carolina Story, “We Were Young Once Too"
28:23-31:39 - Next Week / Polls [Best Superhero Movie]
31:40-1:27:45 - Top 5: Cruise Performances (Revisited)
1:27:45-1:32:37 - Close

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Aug 03 2018
1 hour 36 mins
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Rank #19: #635: Alien: Covenant / Top 5 Alien Attacks

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Anticipation was high back in 2012 when director Ridley Scott returned to the "Alien" franchise with “Prometheus.” Despite a somewhat mixed response from audiences and critics, the 79-year-old Scott finds himself back aboard a doomed spacecraft with ALIEN: COVENANT. The return of the xenomorphs to the big screen is also the inspiration for this week’s Top 5: Alien Attacks. 

0:00-2:28 - Billboard
2:28-33:12 - Review: "Alien: Covenant"
Deep Purple, "Space Truckin'"
36:29-59:17 - Notes
59:17-1:07:29 - Polls
Ella Fitzgerald, "Two Little Green Men In a Flying Saucer"
1:11:43-1:47:03 - Top 5: Alien Attacks
1:47:03-1:49:42 - Close 

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May 19 2017
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #20: #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
1 hour 57 mins
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