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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: The Ballad of Buster Widows

Director Steve McQueen returns to the big screen with a heist film centered around a group of widows left to clean up their criminal husbands' mess. Alan & Chris share their thoughts on "Widows" as well as the straight-to-Netflix Cohen Brothers anthology film "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs". Cinema related news items follow the pair of reviews, with film recommendations closing out the show. Reviews: "Widows", "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" Recommendations: "Ozark", "They'll Love Me When...


Footcandle Films: Bohemian Old Man Rhapsody

Two movies that both tell true stories are the focus of this episode. One is a big budget depiction of one of rock music's most flamboyant performers, while the other is a much smaller, quieter film that looks at the career of a lifetime bank robber portrayed by Robert Redford in what is said to be his last big screen performance. The hosts discuss the merits of each and then veer into movie news items. Rounding out the episode, per their tried and true formula, each host picks a film to...


Footcandle Films: First Man Halloween

Director Damien Chazelle returns to the multiplex with a film that isn't centered around music but instead tells the story of astronaut Neil Armstrong in "First Man". After sharing their thoughts on this recent release, Alan and Chris celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic "Halloween" by discussing what works and doesn't on this genre defining film by John Carpenter. News & movie recommendations round out this episode. Recommendations: "Bisbee '17", "Stronger"


Footcandle Films: A Star is Puzzle Venom

With the arrival of Bradley Cooper's remake of "A Star Is Born" starring himself and Lady Gaga in theaters it is safe to say the Oscar-bait season has officially begun. Alan & Chris discuss Mr. Cooper's first directorial effort followed by reviews of the smaller independent film "Puzzle" and the comic book adaptation misfire "Venom" starring Tom Hardy. Recommendations: "Sorry to Bother You", "Best of All Worlds"


Footcandle Films: Borg McEnroe Trace

Two smaller independent films are on the agenda today with reviews of "Leave No Trace" and "Borg vs McEnroe". Next on the news roundup you hear about films getting their debut at the Toronto International Film Festival and what exactly is going on with the "Popular Film" Oscar. Recommendations round out the episode as well as a chance for you to receive a free 2018 Footcandle Film Festival t-shirt (if you're the first one to email the correct answer after consulting your friend named...


Footcandle Films: BlackKklansman First Reformed

Spike Lee's latest film "BlacKkKlansman" has many critics claiming it is a return to top form for the iconic director. Alan & Chris share their thoughts on this based-on-true events story as well as discuss "First Reformed" starring Ethan Hawke as a troubled priest. Silver screen news items and recommendations of films to seek out round out this episode … and if you haven't heard … the 2018 Footcandle Film Festival is happening and if you're in Western NC you should check it...


Footcandle Films: Three Identical Rider

For this episode, in what appears to be a recent trend for the show, the hosts discuss a popular documentary ("Three Identical Strangers") paired with a narrative film ("The Rider"). After their reviews movie news is the next on the agenda followed by the tried-and-true show closer of movie recommendations. Reviews: "Three Identical Strangers" & "The Rider" Recommendations: "The Dark Knight" & "The Blues Brothers"


Footcandle Films: Fallout Neighbor

Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt in a sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise. In a surprise move (to absolutely no one)...he's doing his own stunts. Alan & Chris share their thoughts and then discuss the critically acclaimed documentary about children's television star Fred Rogers - "Won't You Be My Neighbor". Rounding out the episode are some news tidbits as well as recommendations of movies you might have missed or should consider rewatching. Reviews: “Mission:...


Footcandle Films: AntRBG and the Wasp

On this episode the hosts discuss the latest fictitious superhero film "Ant-Man and the Wasp" as well as the documentary "RBG" about supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg whom some feel is a real-life superhero. Our news segment returns after a brief hiatus and we bring the episode to a close with our recommendations. Reviews: “Ant-Man and the Wasp" & "RBG" Recommendations: "The Death of Stalin" & "In Search of Steve Ditko"


Footcandle Films: Jurassic Incredibles 2

This episode features reviews of two sequels. One was fourteen years in the making, the other a paltry three revolutions of the sun. Listen in and find out which our hosts prefer. Recommendations round out the show… no news this time but fear not. We'll have some silver screen buzz on the next episode. Recommendations: "Paddington 2" & "School of Rock" Reviews: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" & "Incredibles 2"


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: Trainspotting",...


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...