On a whim, Josh and Adam stumble off a train together to see where things go with a (long) discussion of BEFORE MIDNIGHT. Then Filmspotting pops into a smoky Parisian cafe to share the Top 5 Americans Abroad.
:00-3:03 - Billboard / Audible
3:03-41:49 - Review: "Before Midnight"
Music: Ron Sexsmith, "If Only Avenue"
43:18-45:15 - Shutterstock
45:34-51:53 - Massacre Theatre
51:53-59:58 - Polls
Music: Ron Sexsmith, "The Morning Light"
1:01:35-1:32:45 - Top 5: Americans Abroad
1:32:45-1:35:32 - Close
- MT winner: Michael Campbell
- Audible recs: Going Clear; The Dangerous Animals Club
Adam talks to Chicago writer Robert K. Elder about his new book, "The Best Film You’ve Never Seen," featuring interviews with Richard Linklater, Edgar Wright and 33 other directors talking about the movies they adore that have been critically reviled, forgotten or otherwise overlooked. Plus, replays of Adam's 2011 conversation with Elder and Filmspotting's Top 5 Overlooked Movies from 2012.
:00-1:08 - Billboard
1:08-20:57 - "The Best Film You've Never Seen" (2013)
Music: Archie Powell..., "Only So Much You Can Do"
22:09-55:37 - "The Film That Changed My Life" (2011)
Music: Archie Powell..., "Great Ideas in Action"
56:46-57:20 - SVU Promo
57:35-1:24:30 - Top 5: Overlooked Movies (2012)
1:24:30-1:26:54 - Close
- Adam's schedule conflicted with recording a normal FS episode this week.
In 1979, Diane Keaton was the quirky star of Woody Allen’s B&W love letter to New York City, "Manhattan." 35 years later, the city is the same -- and so is the black and white photography -- but the quirky star is Greta Gerwig, in director Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha." Plus, the Top 5 Contemporary Black & White Films... Your analyst Donnie really wants you to listen.
:00-1:12 - Billboard
1:12-21:32 - Review: "Frances Ha"
Music: She & Him, "I've Got Your Number, Son"
22:44-31:34 - Massacre Theatre
31:34-37:54 - Polls / Notes
Music: She & Him, "Turn to White"
39:00-47:41 - Donations
47:41-1:15:52 - Top 5: Contemporary B&W Movies
1:15:52-1:18:58 - Close
- Massacre Theatre winner: Sean McDonnell
Despite the efforts of his old friend Khan, James T. Kirk is alive and well in the sequel to 2009’s successful relaunch of the Star Trek franchise. This week, Filmspotting boldly reviews "Star Trek Into Darkness". Plus, the Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies. KHAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!
:00-1:26 - Billboard
1:26-25:59 - Review: "Star Trek Into Darkness"
Music: Junip, "Line of Fire"
27:33-34:37 - Massacre Theatre
34:37-45:20 - Polls / Notes
Music: Junip, "Your Life Your Call"
47:00-53:09 - Donations / SVU Promo
53:09-1:19:41 - Top 5: Small Moments in Big Movies
1:19:41-1:23:27 - Close / Outtake
- MT winner: Chris Weiss
This week Adam and Josh have their minds on the money and money on their minds. Inspired by Jay Gatsby’s return to the silver screen, they share their Top 5 Movies About the Rich and discuss Baz Lurhmann’s uh, re-imagining, of the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM5).
:00-1:41 - Billboard / Shutterstock
1:41-25:02 - Review: "The Great Gatsby"
Music: The Rubens, "My Gun"
26:34-28:48 - Shutterstock
28:48-36:49 - Massacre Theatre
36:49-48:45 - Polls / Notes
Music: The Rubens, "The Best We Got"
50:06-1:00:22 - Donations
1:00:22-1:25:39 - Top 5: Movies About the Rich
1:25:39-1:29:44 - Close / Outtake
- Massacre Theatre winner: Shaun Lockhart
FS DOES DICAPRIO
Inspired by the brilliant mind of Tony Stark, Filmspotting crunches the numbers to come up with the Top 5 Movie Geniuses. Plus, a review of co-writer/director Shane Black's "Iron Man 3" and more.
:00-3:06 - Billboard / Squarespace
3:06-25:04 - Review: "Iron Man 3"
Music: Air Review, "Young"
26:47-28:15 - Shutterstock
28:45-35:37 - Massacre Theatre
35:37-45:33 - Polls / Notes
Music: Air Review, "Rebel"
47:07-54:20 - Donations / SVU Promo
Music: The Beatles, "In My Life"
55:37-1:23:31 - Top 5: Movie Geniuses
1:23:31-1:30:23 - Close / Filmspotting Jr. #4
- Adam says: Actually, my preferred 2001 Best Picture winner was "In the Bedroom."
- Adam says: I should have argued harder for how Shane Black plays with the 'optics of fear/heroism' in "Iron Man 3." It permeates the entire movie.
- Massacre Theatre winner: Todd Hiller
In anticipation of the season’s first blockbusters, Josh and Adam reveal their Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer Movies. Plus, a review of "Mud," the latest from "Take Shelter" writer/director Jeff Nichols, and "The Dollies," recognizing the best of the Max Ophuls Marathon.
This episode is presented by Audible.
:00-1:49 - Billboard / Sponsor
1:49-23:57 - Review: "Mud"
Music: Iron & Wine, "Singers and..."
25:20-27:54 - Audible
27:54-33:59 - Massacre Theatre
33:59-46:03 - Polls / Notes
46:03-1:05:48 - Ophuls Awards
Music: Iron & Wine, "Sundown"
1:07:12-1:18:57 - Donations
1:18:57-1:40:43 - Top 5: Summer Preview
1:40:43-1:46:23 - Close / FS Jr. #3
- Massacre Theatre winner: Chris Roberts
Tom Cruise is assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources... and Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson draw the plum gig of deciding whether "Oblivion" was worth all the resources put into it. Plus, your guest hosts weigh in on their Top 5 Futuristic Movie Jobs and spend a few minutes parsing "The Place Beyond the Pines."
:00-1:11 - Billboard
1:12-19:19 - Review: "Oblivion"
Music: David Bowie, "The Stars"
20:44-24:31 - Massacre Theatre
24:32-30:59 - Ebertfest
31:00-45:51 - Review: "Place Beyond..."
Music: David Bowie, "Set the World on Fire"
47:06-1:14:33 - Top 5: Futuristic Movie Jobs
1:14:34-1:23:11 - Close / FS Jr. #2
- Massacre Theatre winner: Alex Lanser
- Why "I'm Not There" for a Malick-themed Massacre Theatre last week? It stars three Malick alums: Richard Gere, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. Blanchett is in Malick's upcoming "Knight of Cups."
This week's episode with Filmspotting's Top 5 Malick Scenes and a review of "To the Wonder" was recorded entirely at the magic hour. Plus, the final Max Ophuls Marathon movie, 1955's Lola Montes.
This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM4).
:00-1:32 - Billboard / Sponsor
1:32-27:07 - Review: "To the Wonder"
Music: Low, "So Blue"
28:51-31:22 - Shutterstock
31:22-37:29 - Massacre Theatre
37:29-43:56 - Polls / Notes
43:56-1:02:24 - "Lola Montes"
Music: Low, "Waiting"
1:03:30-1:32:06 - Top 5: Malick Scenes
1:32:06-1:37:03 - Close / Filmspotting Jr.
- MT winner: Jessica Greer
Author Chris Harris ("The Big Clear") joins Adam and Josh for a trip to Chinatown and lots of other unsavory places for this week’s Filmspotting Top 5: Neo-Noirs. Plus, a review of Danny Boyle's art-world thriller "Trance" and a tribute to the late, great Roger Ebert.
This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM4).
:00-1:21 - Billboard
1:21-18:00 - Farewell, Ebert
Music: The Beatles, "I'll Be Back"
19:40-31:27 - Shutterstock
21:51-29:56 - Massacre Theatre
29:56-41:17 - Polls / Notes / Pantheon
41:17-53:57 - Review: "Trance"
Music: Eels, "New Alphabet"
55:38-1:21:29 - Donations / SVU Promo
1:04:53-1:47:47 - Top 5 Neo-Noirs
1:47:04-1:51:36 - Close
- MT winner: Ben Flanagan
This week, Josh and Adam take the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips through the special kitchen entrance to the best seats in the house for the Filmspotting Top 5: Tracking Shots. Plus, a Sacred Cow review of Sam Raimi’s 1981 horror classic "The Evil Dead" and the majestic third Max Ophuls' Marathon film, "The Earrings of Madame de..."
:00-4:14 - Billboard / Audible
1:19-28:37 - Review: "The Evil Dead" ('81)
Music: David Ford, "Isn't It Strange"
30:01-31:27 - Squarespace
33:31-40:25 - Massacre Theatre
40:38-52:22 - Polls / Notes
52:22-1:12:32 - Ophuls #3: "Earrings of Madame de..."
Music: David Ford, "Moving On"
1:13:57-1:21:29 - Donations
Music: David Ford, "Go to Hell"
1:22:19-2:03:29 - Top 5: Tracking Shots
2:03:04-2:07:11 - Close / Outtake
- Nothing this week, sorry!
- Audible recs: Lush Life, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Life Itself
- Massacre Theatre winner: Carmen Nowka
Look at my episode! Look at my episode! I got... reviews of Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers." Hosts disagreeing. I got... Top 5 Turning Over a New Leaf Movies. Some are even better than "Scarface," which I got on repeat. Constantly, y'all. I even got contenders for the Filmspotting Pantheon. All different genres. Comedies. Foreign Language. Weird David Lynch. American Dream, y'all.
This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM3).
:00-1:19 - Billboard / Sponsor
Music: Kid Dakota, "Winter Without You""
30:01-31:27 - Shutterstock
31:27-38:53 - Massacre Theatre
37:00-49:34 - Polls / Notes
49:34-1:02:54 - Spring Cleaning: Pantheon
Music: Kid Dakota, "Pairin' Off"
1:04:07-1:10:08 - Donations
1:10:08-1:39:04 - Top 5: ...New Leaf Movies
1:39:04-1:43:09 - Close
- Josh was right. Grave of the Fireflies and Vertigo are the two movies we've added to the Pantheon.
- Massacre Theatre winner: Tiba Ford
Filmspotting kisses the ring of their Top 5 Movie Religious Figures... And if "The Last Exorcism: Part II" didn’t satisfy your desire for religious horror, you won’t have to wait for Part III. Romania offers its own spin on the genre with "Beyond the Hills." Plus, hop into the sack for the second Max Ophuls Marathon film, "La Ronde."
:00-3:22 - Billboard / Sponsors
3:22-27:53 - Review: "Beyond the Hills"
Music: Tallest Man..., "There's No Leaving Now""
29:35-31:12 - Sponsors
31:12-37:00 - Massacre Theatre
37:00-47:56 - Polls / Notes
47:56-1:04:05 - Ophuls #2: "La Ronde"
Music: Tallest Man..., "Little Brother""
1:05:56-1:11:09 - Donations / SVU Promo
1:11:09-1:40:29 - Top 5: Religious Figures
1:40:29-1:44:52 - Close
- Audible Recs: Inherent Vice; Gone Girl; The Tin Roof Blowdown; I, Patridge: We Need To Talk About Alan
- Massacre Theatre winner: Nathan Bour
Filmspotting finds its happy places with this week’s Top 5: Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit. Plus, a review of director Sam Raimi’s latest trip over the rainbow, "Oz the Great and Powerful," and the first film in the Max Ophuls Marathon, "Letter from an Unknown Woman."
:00-1:53 - Billboard / Sponsors
1:53-24:44 - Review: "Oz the Great..."
Music: Willie Nelson, "Somewhere Over..."
26:43-29:05 - Sponsors
29:05-36:50 - Massacre Theatre
36:50-46:27 - Polls / Notes
46:28-1:03:13 - Ophuls #1: "Letter from..."
Music: Sarah Vaughan, "Somewhere Over..."
1:04:26-1:09:54 - Donations
1:09:54-1:35:43 - Top 5: Movie Locations I Wish I Could Visit
1:35:43-1:39:20 - Close / Outtake
- Massacre Theatre winner: Rod Lott
- More Raimi: FS #261: Drag Me To Hell
Adam tries to keep his telekinesis from ruining this year’s prom... er... this week’s Top 5: Movie Mother-Daughters -- a list not inspired by "Carrie," but by the new thriller "Stoker" from Korean auteur Park Chan-wook.
:00-3:55 - Billboard / Audible
3:56-21:18 - Review: "Stoker"
Music: Sharon Van Etten, "Serpents"
24:13-26:45 - Sponsor: Shutterstock
26:55-32:44 - Massacre Theatre
32:45-44:29 - Polls / Notes
Music: Sharon Van Etten, "We Are Fine"
46:13-48:31 - Donations
48:45-1:15:46 - Top 5: Mother-Daughters
1:15:47-1:18:40 - Close / Outtake
- Audible recommendations: A Long Way Down, Under The Dome, All The Rave
- Massacre Theatre winner: Dan Wessler
With the help of a six-foot bunny named Harvey, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Unseen Characters. Plus, a review of Abbas Kiarostami's latest puzzler, "Like Someone In Love," and the debut of Ask Filmspotting (post-Oscars edition).
:00-1:52 - Billboard / Squarespace
1:53-22:38 - Review: "Like Someone in Love"
Music: Rodriguez, "Sugar Man"
24:13-26:45 - Sponsor: Audible
26:58-34:40 - Massacre Theatre
34:41-39:37 - Polls
46:46-50:05 - Ask Filmspotting: "Oscar Scars"
Music: Rodriguez, "I'll Slip Away"
51:01-1:04:58 - Donations
1:05:29-1:31:59 - Top 5: Unseen Characters
1:32:00-1:36:42 - Close
- Audible rec: Shadow of a Doubt
- Massacre Theatre winner: Joe Puscas
Winning an Oscar, only slightly more glamorous than joining the 10 million mile club like Ryan Bingham in "Up in the Air"... The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a special Oscars edition of Filmspotting to discuss who will win, who should win... and who should get their name on the side of a plane. Plus, the fourth and final Marx Bros. Marathon movie, "A Night at the Opera."
This episode is presented by Audible.
:00-1:36 - Billboard / Sponsors
1:37-27:14 - Oscar Picks (Pt. 1)
28:39-30:32 - Sponsor: Audible
30:33-37:38 - Massacre Theatre
37:39-46:45 - Polls / Notes
46:46-1:03:35 - Marx #4: "Night at the Opera"
Music: "Pi's Lullaby"
1:04:45-1:10:56 - Donations
1:10:57-1:27:13 - Oscar Picks (Pt. 2)
1:27:14-1:30:31 - Close
- AK: I definitely think Best Picture is a race between "Lincoln" and "Argo" not "Zero Dark Thirty." ZD30 just feels like, and is, the more 'important' film, which the Academy (rightly or wrongly) typically goes for.
- Audible recommendations: Life of Pi, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho
- Massacre Theatre winner: Adam Wells
Cue up "In Your Eyes"... in honor of Valentine's Day, it's Filmspotting's Lloyd Dobler Memorial List of the screen's Top 5 Romantic Gestures. Plus, what may be Steven Soderbergh's final cinematic gesture -- "Side Effects," starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law -- and the third Marx Bros. Marathon movie, "Duck Soup"... "The light, the heat..."
:00-3:34 - Billboard / Squarespace
3:35-23:36 - Review: "Side Effects"
Music: "A Kiss to Build a Dream On"
25:08-26:33 - Sponsor: Shutterstock
26:34-34:00 - Massacre Theatre
34:01-42:29 - Polls / Notes
42:30-57:19 - Marx #3: "Duck Soup"
Music: "Storybook Love"
58:42-1:04:53 - Donations
1:04:49-1:32:30 - Top 5: Romantic Gestures
1:32:21-1:35:14 - Close
- In classic show fashion we gave director Soderbergh all the credit/blame for "Side Effects"; no mention of writer Scott Z. Burns.
- Didn't come up because difficult to articulate without spoilers, but one "Side Effects" complaint for Adam: Catherina Zeta Jones' performance.
- Massacre Theatre winner: Matt Sabonis