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. Part of the Panoply Network.


  • #834: Top 5 Beach Scenes / Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar Wai #2)

    23/07/2021 Duração: 01h45min

    Inspired by M Night Shyamalan's "Old," Adam and Josh take a trip to the shore for their TOP 5 BEACH SCENES. As a place of transition–between land and sea, and as a point of no returnºthe beach has long offered filmmakers an evocative setting for tales both hopeful and despairing. Also: romantic, elegiac, and deranged. Plus the second film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1990's DAYS OF BEING WILD. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Top 5: Beach Scenes Emily Lim & Rob Kelly, "Barefoot in the Sand" 31:34 - Cannes / Next Week / Notes 46:03 - Massacre Theatre 53:26 - Top 5: Beach Scenes, cont 1:13:43 - World of Wong Kar Wai #2: "Days of Being Wild" 1:37:28 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #833: A Clockwork Orange at 50 / Roadrunner / As Tears Go By (Wong Kar Wai #1)

    16/07/2021 Duração: 01h50min

    With its provocative mix of giddy, nihilistic violence, social satire, and formal audaciousness, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE has been a cinephile rite of passage for decades. For their Sacred Cow revisit, Adam and Josh find a film that is both more philosophical than they remember–and perversely funny. Just how funny, however, is a matter of some debate. Also up for debate: how to read the film's memorable ending. Plus, the first film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1988's AS TEARS GO BY, and Adam's thoughts on the new ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Sacred Cow: “A Clockwork Orange” Marianne Faithful, “As Tears Go By” 45:08 - Adam: “Roadrunner” 58:21 - Next Week / Notes 1:08:21 - Polls 1:20:42 - World of Wong #1: “As Tears Go By” 1:42:57 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #832: Black Widow / Summer of Soul / No Sudden Move / Zola

    09/07/2021 Duração: 01h50min

    Marvel's BLACK WIDOW returns the MCU to theaters for the first time since 2019, but despite the more than capable cast and some provocative ideas, Adam and Josh agree that director Cate Shortland ("Lore") doesn't always find the right balance between the traumatic and the comedic. They have nothing but praise for Questlove's SUMMER OF SOUL, which sees the Roots-founder bringing a keen curatorial eye and potent historical context to his electrifying concert documentary. Plus, a review of Steven Soderbergh's new NO SUDDEN MOVE and Josh's thoughts on the wild road-trip comedy ZOLA. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Review: "Black Widow" The Chambers Brothers, "Uptown" 25:06 - Josh recommends: "Zola" 30:53 - Next Week / Notes 49:04 - Massacre Theatre 54:51 - Review: "Summer of Soul" 1:29:17 - Review: "No Sudden Move" 1:44:24 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • FS Revisited: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Top 5 Films of 1981

    02/07/2021 Duração: 01h16min

    Back in September 2012, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was back in theaters for a limited IMAX run on the heels of its 30th anniversary. Adam and Josh took the opportunity to give the film the Sacred Cow treatment, making the dubious decision to invite noted "Raiders" skeptic Michael Phillips to join them. Luckily, this is a podcast, so there's no risk of getting your face melted off due to Michael's hot take. Plus, Michael sits in for the Top 5 Films of 1981, with a number one pick that marks him as a "psychosexual sicko" (his words, not ours). 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Sacred Cow Review: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" John Williams, "Raiders March" 29:48 - Top 5: Films of 1981 1:12:03 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #831: F9 / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments

    25/06/2021 Duração: 01h41min

    For one of their patented "still processing" reviews, Adam and Josh go from screening to studio to discuss F9. But all Adam has is questions; namely, are the F&F movies not only critic-proof but critique-proof? Also, director Justin Lin stuck Charlize Theron in a glass box and Adam wants to know if she has access to a bathroom. Big questions for a big movie. Plus listeners make their pick for car movie that needs a sequel, and Adam and Josh revisit 2015's Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments–the culmination of their immersion in what Adam has deemed "The F ampersand FU." 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - Review: "F9" Dave James and Thomm Jutz, "Bite The Dust" 31:33 - Next Week / Notes 41:14 - Polls 57:24 - Top 5: Fast & Furious Moments 1:34:03 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #830: Pixar's Luca / 7 From '76 Awards / The Sparks Brothers

    18/06/2021 Duração: 01h44min

    While Pixar's latest brazenly evokes the settings and stories of earlier animated classics like Disney's "The Little Mermaid," Pixar's own "Finding Nemo" and Hayao Miyazaki's "Ponyo" and "Porco Rosso," LUCA'S narrative ambition remains modest–and Adam and Josh agree that's mostly to its credit. An earnest coming-of-age story set on the Italian Riviera, the movie also works as a summer-y coming-out party. They also wrap up the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series by naming their favorite performances, scenes and more–including their Top 5 of 1976. Plus Adam recommends Edgar Wright's new doc, THE SPARKS BROTHERS, about the eccentric pop group that's been described as "your favorite band's favorite band." 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever Awards Edoardo Bennato, "L'isola che non c'e" 35:21 - Review: "Luca" 46:13 - Adam recommends: "The Sparks Brothers" 53:26 - Next Week / Notes 1:07:28 - Massacre Theatre 1:14:15 - 7 From '76 cont. 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #829: In The Heights / Car Wash (7 From '76)

    11/06/2021 Duração: 01h53min

    When reviews started trickling in for IN THE HEIGHTS earlier this year, anticipation for the already much-hyped adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical started to reach a feverish pitch. Adam and Josh agree that the movie largely delivers on those expectations. If director Jon M. Chu's ambition occasionally overwhelms the film, the talented ensemble and star-making lead turn by Anthony Ramos keeps things grounded, and the movie offers the kind of visceral pleasure that moviegoers have been conspicuously missing. Plus, listeners name their favorite 21st-century movie musical, and Adam and Josh wrap up the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series with cult comedy–and almost musical–CAR WASH. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "In The Heights" Rose Royce, "Car Wash" 34:36 - Next Week / Notes / "Raiders" Contest 1:01:26 - Polls (21st-Century Musicals; Car Movie Sequels We Need) 1:20:10 - 7 From '76: "Car Wash" 1:45:10 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #828: Undine / Harlan County U.S.A. (7 From '76)

    04/06/2021 Duração: 01h23min

    Director Christian Petzold ("Phoenix," "Transit") returns with UNDINE, a romance haunted by German history and politics–and loosely inspired by a European fairy tale. Stars Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski sell the romance, and Adam and Josh praise the director for the provocative questions he leaves unanswered. Plus Babara Kopple's Oscar-winning HARLAN COUNTY U.S.A., a film that offers a vivid–and surprisingly musical–portrait of coal country in the early '70s. Part of the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "Undine" 25:23 - Next Week / Notes 39:54 - Massacre Theatre 49:43 - 7 From '76: "Harlan Country U.S.A." 1:15:29 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #827: A Quiet Place Part II / Top 5 Quiet Scenes

    28/05/2021 Duração: 01h39min

    Back in 2018, John Krasinksi's "A Quiet Place" was a novelty: the rare box office hit that didn't belong to an existing franchise or property. Fast forward to 2021 and "A Quiet Place" has itself become a franchise, with a third installment already in the works. This week, Adam and Josh talk about the ways that A QUIET PLACE PART II delivers on the promise of the original and also the ways that it tests the limits of an audience's ability to suspend its disbelief. Plus, they revisit 2018's Top 5 Quiet Scenes, with Josh contributing his picks to a list Adam and guest host Michael Phillips shared along with a review of the first "Quiet" film. 0:00 - Billboard 1:13 - Review: "A Quiet Place Part II" Juan Carlos Rodriguez & Iker Gastaminza, "Salsa Brava" 28:22 - Next Week / Notes 35:43 - Polls 46:42 - Top 5: Quiet Scenes w/Michael Phillips 1:29:16 - Pantheon Induction: "Jeanne Dielman" 1:32:40 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #826: Summer Movie Preview / Shiva Baby / "The Savages" ('40s Noir Awards)

    21/05/2021 Duração: 01h36min

    Yes, this summer promises pleasures like the return of the MCU, a new Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, and Dev Patel in David Lowery's "The Green Knight"; but, in their SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW, Adam and Josh invite you to consider less conspicuous summer releases like a Fellini-inspired animated film; a new doc from the director of 2016's "Rat Film;" a resurrected concert film from Questlove; and a tweet-thread-inspired road trip comedy. Plus, the '40s Noir Awards ("The Savages") and Josh's Golden Brick-spotting recommendation of Emma Seligman's SHIVA BABY. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Summer Movie Preview Tim Garland, "Brush With The Law" 27:37 - Golden Brick-spotting: "Shiva Baby" 31:08 - R.I.P. Charles Grodin 34:54 - Next Week / Notes / Massacre Theatre 48:33 - '40s Noir Marathon Awards ("The Savages") 1:14:27 - Summer Movie Preview, cont. 1:29:51 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #825: The Underground Railroad / White Heat ('40s Noir #6)

    14/05/2021 Duração: 01h25min

    Historically set but featuring flourishes of magical realism, Barry Jenkins's adaptation of Colson Whitehead's THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is not quite what it first appears to be. All ten parts come to Amazon Prime this weekend. This week, Adam and Josh review the series' first couple of episodes, full of admiration for the Jenkins aesthetic, the cast and the score from regular Jenkins collaborator Nicholas Britell. Plus a conversation about 1949's WHITE HEAT, the final film in the '40s Noir Marathon, which features a dynamic performance from James Cagney as a psycho crime boss with a mother complex. 0:00 - Billboard 1:22 - Review: "The Underground Railroad" Nicholas Britell, "Bessie" 36:18 - Next week / Notes 45:25 - Poll 53:13 - '40s Noir #6: "White Heat" 1:16:23 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #824: Top 5 '70s Movie Moms / Wrath of Man / News From Home (7 From '76)

    07/05/2021 Duração: 01h45min

    Sandwiched between the '60s sexual revolution and the reactionary conservatism of the '80s, the '70s was an anxious decade, and as that anxiety played out on movie screens, it did not spare mothers. This week, Adam and Josh–sons of '70s moms themselves–share their TOP 5 '70s MOVIE MOMS and continue the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series with Chantal Akerman's NEWS FROM HOME. Plus, Josh's thoughts on the new WRATH OF MAN, starring Jason Statham, and ABOUT ENDLESSNESS from Swedish auteur Roy Andersson ("Songs From The Second Floor"). 0:00 - Billboard 1:27 - Top 5: '70s Movie Moms 31:51 - Next Week 36:49 - Josh reviews "Wrath of Man," "About Endlessness" 46:07 - Olympia Dukakis / Notes / Massacre Theatre 57:49 - 7 From '76: "News From Home" 1:15:01 - Top 5: '70s Movie Moms, cont. 1:38:54 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #823: Together Together / Oscars / The Lady From Shanghai ('40s Noir #5)

    30/04/2021 Duração: 01h19min

    It's a pair of uneasy couples on this week's show: first up, comedian Patti Harrison as a 20-something surrogate mom to Ed Helms's single 40-something dad in Nikole Beckwith's TOGETHER TOGETHER; and then real-life couple Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in the '47 noir THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, with Welles as an Irish drifter who gets caught up in a murder plot when he falls for the seductive Hayworth. Beckwith's movie–her second–is smarter and more satisfying than its high concept suggests; and Welles' formal invention almost makes up for the lack of heat between the married stars, its confounding plot and its ill-treatment of Hayworth's troubled Elsa. Plus, Josh fills Adam in on what he missed with the Soderbergh-produced Oscars. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Oscars 9:35 - Review: "Together Together" Anita Ellis, "Please Don't Kiss Me" 28:52 - Next Week / Notes / Poll 47:06 - '40s Noir #5: "The Lady From Shanghai" 1:11:54 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #822: Oscars Special with Michael Phillips

    16/04/2021 Duração: 01h57min

    Will Oscar night 2021 see Chloé Zhao crowned Best Director for "Nomadland"? Does anyone have a chance against the late Chadwick Boseman for Best Actor? And what about the Best Actress race? Will former winners Viola Davis and Frances McDormand take another statue home, or could Carey Mulligan or Andra Day surprise with the win? Adam, Josh and guest Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune don't really have the answers, but that doesn't stop them from taking some guesses, along with making a few final cases for 2020 films and performances that the Academy failed to recognize. (This should have been your year, Kelly Reichardt!) 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Oscars: Supporting Actor/Actress 34:05 - Oscars: Lead Actor/Actress Anthony Willis, "Toxic" 59:26 - Next Week / Notes 1:22:57 - Massacre Theatre 1:26:05 - Oscars: Documentary/Director 1:37:12 - Oscars: Picture 1:51:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #821: Rocky (7 From '76) / Detour ('40s Noir #4) / '80s Madness Champ

    09/04/2021 Duração: 01h36min

    Whatever backlash ROCKY has received over the years for beating out the likes of "Taxi Driver," "All The President's Men" and "Network" for the 1977 Best Picture Oscar, it has largely faded as people discover - or rediscover - that the populist hit that spawned a mostly forgettable (and occasionally ridiculous) franchise has more in common with its gritty '70s peers than it gets credit for. Among those who remain unconvinced, however, is Josh. Thankfully, Adam comes to Rocky's defense and the two go 15 rounds before ending the review in a split decision. Plus, raves for the nasty '45 Noir DETOUR - part of the '40s Noir Marathon - and the winner of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:24 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever: "Rocky" Bill Conti, "Gonna Fly Now" 43:45 - Josh: "Godzilla vs. Kong" 49:01 - Next Week / Poll / Notes 54:29 - Filmspotting Madness '80s Champion 1:05:13 - 40s Noir #4: "Detour" 1:29:08 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #820: Godzilla ('54) vs. Kong ('33)

    02/04/2021 Duração: 01h27min

    With the new "Godzilla vs. Kong" bringing some much-needed spectacle to long-suffering theatre chains, Adam and Josh take the opportunity to settle the question of which classic monster movie has the most to offer audiences today, the mournful and metaphor-rich GODZILLA (1954) or the effects-driven adventure of the landmark KING KONG (1933). (Tease: it's a split decision.) Plus, results from the Final 4 round of Filmspotting Madness. 0:00 - Billboard 1:17 - Review: "Godzilla" ('54) vs. "King Kong" ('33) Blue Oyster Cult, "Godzilla" 33:49 - Next Week / Notes 45:20 - Filmspotting Madness: Final 4 46:15 - "Godzilla" vs. "King Kong", cont. 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #819: Oscars Homework (Pieces of a Woman / U.S. vs Billie Holiday / My Octopus Teacher)

    26/03/2021 Duração: 01h21min

    Adam and Josh skipped the harrowing PIECES OF A WOMAN last fall in the lead-up to end-of-year awards, but with star Vanessa Kirby nabbing an Oscar nomination last week, they couldn't put it off any longer. (At least one of them couldn't, anyway.) They did both play biopic bingo with the U.S. VS BILLIE HOLIDAY, a film which largely fails its talented star Andra Day, who also received a nomination. Plus thoughts on the Oscar-nominated docs MY OCTOPUS TEACHER and THE MOLE AGENT. 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - "The United States vs Billie Holiday" 18:35 - "Pieces of a Woman" Billie Holiday, "Everything I Have Is Yours" 22:36 - Next Week / Notes 34:14 - Filmspotting Madness: Final 4 49:24 - "My Octopus Teacher," "The Mole Agent" 1:14:15 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #818: Network (7 From '76) / Oscar Nominations / Laura ('40s Noir #3)

    19/03/2021 Duração: 01h55min

    A primal scream from the post-Watergate American malaise, NETWORK is a movie entirely of its time that manages to speak directly to ours. Adam and Josh continue their 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series with Sidney Lumet's Best Picture nominee, debating the effectiveness of Paddy Chayefksy's bracing, if occasionally overwritten, script and praising the extraordinary cast (which received five Oscar noms). Plus, Otto Preminger's LAURA, the third film in the '40s Noir Marathon; and Filmspotting Madness Elite 8 matchups. 0:00 - Billboard 1:31 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever: "Network" "San Simeon Waltz" (from "Mank") 49:43 - Oscar Nominations 57:46 - Next Week / Notes / Giveaways 1:11:55 - Filmspotting Madness, Elite 8 1:28:46 - '40s Noir #3: "Laura" 1:48:13 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #817: Top 5 Movie Meals / WandaVision / The Truffle Hunters

    12/03/2021 Duração: 01h39min

    Inspired by the visually striking - and slyly funny - new documentary THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS, Adam and Josh consider the greatest meals they've ever seen on screen. Plus, Josh's thoughts on Marvel's recently-concluded WANDAVISION and the Sweet 16 round of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:22 - "The Truffle Hunters" 7:23 - Top 5: Movie Meals 37:47 - Josh reviews: "WandaVision" 42:42 - Next Week / Notes 52:12 - Filmspotting Madness Sweet 16 1:10:27 - Top 5, cont. 1:32:41 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • #816: Taxi Driver (7 From '76) / This Gun for Hire ('40s Noir #2)

    05/03/2021 Duração: 01h45min

    Set post-Vietnam in a Big Apple at its filthiest, Martin Scorsese's Best Picture-nominated TAXI DRIVER is very much of its time, but the film's troubled anti-hero, "God's lonely man" Travis Bickle, is a figure we've become all too used to—on social media, at political rallies, or storming the U.S. Capitol. Adam and Josh continue the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series with a 45th-anniversary review. Plus, Rd. 2 of Filmspotting Madness and the second film in the '40s Noir Marathon, THIS GUN FOR HIRE starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. 0:00 - Billboard 1:13 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever: "Taxi Driver" Bernard Herrmann, "Thank God For The Rain" 47:57 - Next Week / Notes 55:53 - Filmspotting Madness, Rd. 2 1:17:44 - '40s Noir Marathon: "This Gun for Hire" 1:36:30 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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