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Hosts Alan Jackson and Chris Frye from the Footcandle Film Society of Catawba County discuss and review one "smaller" film in-depth, discuss upcoming movie & film news, and give recommendations on films that you may not be aware of, ones that you haven't remembered in a while, or ones that are worth your time checking out.

Hosts Alan Jackson and Chris Frye from the Footcandle Film Society of Catawba County discuss and review one "smaller" film in-depth, discuss upcoming movie & film news, and give recommendations on films that you may not be aware of, ones that you haven't remembered in a while, or ones that are worth your time checking out.
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Hosts Alan Jackson and Chris Frye from the Footcandle Film Society of Catawba County discuss and review one "smaller" film in-depth, discuss upcoming movie & film news, and give recommendations on films that you may not be aware of, ones that you haven't remembered in a while, or ones that are worth your time checking out.




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Footcandle Films: Hereditary Tully

In Tully, the latest from the dynamic duo of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, Charlize Theron plays a struggling mother of three. In newcomer director Ari Aster's film Hereditary Toni Collette plays a mother trying to hold her family together after the death of her peculiar mother. Our hosts discuss the films (based on Chris' review Alan tries to decide if he needs to see Hereditary during daylight hours only), share movie news and give their recommendations of films to seek...


Footcandle Films: Solo Deadpool

When not one but two sequels are being discussed in the same Footcandle Films episode it's a sure sign that the summer blockbuster season has arrived in full force (couldn't resist the reference - sorry). First up the hosts discuss the latest entry into the Star Wars film catalog "Solo: A Star Wars Story". A review of "Deadpool 2" follows with movie news tidbits and recommendations rounding out the show. Recommendations: "Bo Burnham: Make Happy", "The Fisher King" Reviews: "Solo: A Star...


Footcandle Films: Avengers Infinity Isle

The latest entry in the Marvel cinematic universe is out and our hosts square off like Thanos versus the Avengers to discuss it. Also on this episode they discuss they stop-motion animated film by director Wes Anderson "Isle of Dogs". After the reviews, Alan & Chris talk movie news and their recommendations of movies you might have missed. Reviews: “Avengers: Infinity War" & "Isle of Dogs" Recommendations: "Nocturama" & "Tampopo"


Footcandle Films: Ready Player Places

Director Steven Spielberg is back in the multiplex following up his Oscar nominated "The Post" with an adaptation of the young adult gamer novel "Ready Player One". Alan & Chris share their thoughts on his latest as well as discuss the documentary "Faces Places" by Agnes Varda. Rounding out the show are some bits of movie news and recommendations of films you might have missed. Recommendations: "A Town Called Panic", "mother!" Reviews: “Ready Player One" & "Faces Places"


Footcandle Films: Phantom Panther Game

The Oscars are over and "Phantom Thread" was awarded only one statue? Our hosts have a little to say about that...spoiler: it was one of their favorite films of last year. In addition to hearing their thoughts on Paul Thomas Anderson's latest, Alan and Chris discuss the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the comedy "Game Night". The episode was running a bit long so they skipped the typical movie news segment but fear not it shall return. They did however manage to still...


Footcandle Films: Fade Lady Shape Billboard

Review four movies and still have the typical segments of news & recommendations? Are our hosts nuts? Yes and Yes. Recommendations: "A Futile & Stupid Gesture", "Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon", & "The Visit" Reviews: "In the Fade", "The Shape of Water", "Lady Bird", & "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"


Footcandle Films: 2018 Oscar Nomination Rumination

The 2018 Oscar nominations were released and Alan was on the road traveling...what was Chris to do? Go into withdrawal because he couldn't gab about who he wants to win? Mary-Margaret Baker from the Chick Chat podcast stops by and helps run down all the major categories, talk cinematic vegetables & marvel at the wonders of Greta Gerwig's music playlist.


Footcandle Films: The Last Florida Project Jedi

The latest entry in the Star Wars franchise has been released and as you can expect Alan & Chris have plenty to say about it. Also in this episode they discuss a smaller independent film that's been getting critical acclaim "The Florida Project". News items for upcoming films and recommendations for movies you might have overlooked round out this last Footcandle Films episode for 2017. Enjoy! Reviews: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi", “The Florida Project” Recommendations: "T2:...


Footcandle Films: Justice League Mudbound

Wonder Woman was one of the huge box office successes of 2017. How does the latest DC cinematic universe follow-up fair? Alan & Chris discuss the "Justice League" film as well as the period drama "Mudbound". Could it be Netflix's first Oscar winner? Movie news items and a joint recommendation of a new documentary round out the episode. Happy holidays everyone! Recommendations: “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony...


Footcandle Films: Thor Brad Meyerowitz

Alan & Chris discuss “Thor: Ragnarok” and how more movies should have Cate Blanchett stomping around as a horned villainess. In order to squeeze in two additional Ben Stiller films the usual segment of movie news is passed over but fear not…they still give a pair of movie recommendations to close out the show. Reviews: “Thor: Ragnarok”, ”Brad's Status“, “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” Recommendations: “The Babysitter”, “Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of the Dana Carvey...


Footcandle Films: American Marjorie Runner

Footcandle Films: American Marjorie Runner Alan & Chris return to the MESH studio with reviews of "Marjorie Prime”, "American Made” and “Blade Runner 2049”. Movie news is up next - one host has seen the new Star Wars trailer, the other has been dodging it at all costs. Can you guess which one? Last but not least stick around for the movie recommendations on films you might have missed as they wrap-up the show. Reviews: “Marjorie Prime”, “American Made” & “Blade Runner...


Footcandle Films: Step It Logan

Even with their annual film festival approaching, Alan & Chris somehow found time to review three films (the documentary "Step", the latest Stephen King adaptation “It” and a new comedy from Steven Soderbergh called “Logan Lucky”), deliver hot-off-the-press news items about upcoming movies and share recommendations. They’re just that dedicated. Reviews: “Step”, “It” & “Logan Lucky” Recommendations: “Murder Party”, “We’re Still Together”


Footcandle Films: Colossal Maudie

It’s that time of year. Pumpkin Spice has escaped the warehouse and is flooding store shelves everywhere. What hasn’t escaped yet? The big fall movies that everyone will be buzzing about come Oscar time. Now is the time when you can catch up with small indie films before the deluge of “important” films begins. Hosts Alan & Chris do just that with the biopic “Maudie” and the sci-fi comedy/drama “Colossal”. Bits of silver screen news followed by recommendations as per the tried & true...


Footcandle Films: Big Sick Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is in theaters and generating plenty of critical praise. Alan & Chris weigh in with their takes as well as review “The Big Sick” - a based-on real life romantic comedy/drama. Afterwards they deliver a round up of silver screen news and then conclude with recommendations of films you might consider checking out. Reviews: “Dunkirk”, “The Big Sick” Recommendations: “Train to Busan”, “Family Life”


Footcandle Films: Spiderman Norman

Two movies. Both take place in New York City. Both have an individual that tries to improve the lives of those around him. One stars the relative newcomer Tom Holland, the other veteran actor Richard Gere. On this episode we’ll share our thoughts on “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” before reporting on some silver screen news & recommendations of films to check out. Reviews: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, “Norman: The Moderate Rise and...


Footcandle Films: Baby Driver Okja

During the summer we see an avalanche of franchise films. On this episode we discuss two completely original films not beholden to beloved source material. First up is Edgar Wright’s take on the heist film with “Baby Driver”. Next, fresh from its premiere at Cannes and then straight to Netflix is “Okja” the latest from Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho. News & recommendations round out the show. Grab a bag of popcorn & enjoy. Reviews: “Baby Driver” & "Okja Recommendations: “War On...


Footcandle Films: Finest Woman

You may have heard…Wonder Woman finally got her own movie. Can it turn the tide of disappointing DC comic book adaptations? Alan & Chris discuss the new blockbuster as well the latest from indie filmmaker Lone Scherfig “Their Finest”. Rounding out the episode each host shares some movie news items & a recommendation of a film you should check out. Reviews: “Wonder Woman”, “Their Finest” Recommendations: “Long Strange Trip”, “Stakeout”


Footcandle Films: Raw Alien

The much anticipated (at least by one of our hosts) sequel to Prometheus has arrived. Alan & Chris discuss Ridley Scott’s latest Alien: Covenant as well as the horror film that was all the talk of Sundance this year - Raw. Afterwards Chris takes a turn doling out news items followed by the tried and true show closer of recommendations of films you should check out. Reviews: “Alien: Covenant”, “Raw” Recommendations: “Don't Think Twice”, “The Transfiguration”


Footcandle Films: Guardians of the Salesman Paterson

It has been awhile since Alan & Chris were in the studio babbling about movies. To reward your patience they return with three movie reviews including the latest exploits of Star Lord & Baby Groot. Rounding out the episode are news tidbits and recommendations for movies you might have missed. Recommendations: “The Conjuring”, “Casting JonBenet” Reviews of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, “The Salesman” & “Paterson”


Footcandle Films: Kong - Skull or Dull Island

On this episode of Footcandle Films the hosts review the star studded monster movie “Kong: Skull Island”. Afterwards they hit cinematic news items of interest before moving on to share recommendations of films you should check out that might not be on your radar. Recommendations: “Matchstick Men”, “S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale”