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Weekly film podcast/WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews.

Weekly film podcast/WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews.
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Chicago, IL

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Weekly film podcast/WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews.

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English

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Telegraph Road Productions P.O. Box 1038 Oak Forest, IL 60452 206-203-2463


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#657: Lady Bird / Justice League / Top 5 Female-Directed Debuts

11/17/2017
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Back in 2010, actress Greta Gerwig was the loopy, optimistic lifeforce in Noah Baumbach’s otherwise bitter and cynical “Greenberg.” She went on to co-write and star in a pair of Baumbach films before making her own directing debut this fall with LADY BIRD. The autobiographical film is set in 2002 and stars Saoirse Ronan as the strong-willed Gerwig stand-in with Laurie Metcalf as her equally tough mom. Ronan's "Lady Bird" may be an iconoclast, but Adam and Josh are only too happy to conform...

Duration: 01:38:46


#656: Wonderstruck / Killing of a Sacred Deer / Faces Places

11/10/2017
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With a deluge of great stuff heading to theaters over the next couple of weeks, Adam and Josh devote this week’s show to the latest from three great directors: Todd Haynes ("Carol," "Far From Heaven") brings his experimental rigor to the adaptation of Brian Selznick's novel-with-pictures WONDERSTRUCK; former Golden Brick-winner Yorgos Lanthimos delivers Kubrick-inspired horror with THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER; and the 89-year-old French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda ends a decade-long...

Duration: 01:10:02


#655: Thor: Ragnarok / Top 5 Superhero Costumes

11/3/2017
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With new superhero movies making their way to screens every couple of months, less devoted fans of the genre start to look for a more compelling reason to check out the latest installments. Like for example a director best known for a New Zealand-based vampire mockumentary being handed the reins of Marvel's new "Thor" movie. On this week’s show, a review of director Taika Waititi’s THOR: RAGNAROK (long may you reign, Jeff Goldblum) and Adam and Josh go shopping for post-Halloween discounts...

Duration: 01:36:26


#654: Night Of The Living Dead (1968) / Top 5 Horror Debuts

10/27/2017
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In 1968, a Pittsburgh-based TV commercial director scrounged together a hundred thousand bucks and shot a quickie horror film that went on to gross $30 million over nearly five decades of re-releases. It also more or less invented a new movie monster. Yes, there were zombie movies before George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, but - important distinction - Romero’s were the first to feast on human flesh. This Halloween weekend, Adam and Josh revisit "Dead" for a Sacred Cow review and...

Duration: 01:58:47


#653: The Meyerowitz Stories / Top 5 Noah Baumbach Characters

10/20/2017
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The characters in writer/director Noah Baumbach’s films are neurotic, hyper-articulate and often have unresolved issues with their dads. It’s true of movies like "The Squid and the Whale" and "Margot at the Wedding," and it’s true of his latest, THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES, with Dustin Hoffman as the bad dad, and Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Elizabeth Marvel as his dysfunctional kids. Like the good dads they are, Adam and Josh dote on MEYEROWITZ and share their Top 5 Baumbach Characters. Plus,...

Duration: 01:37:57


#652: The Florida Project / Sean Baker

10/13/2017
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One of the surprising success stories of 2015 was “Tangerine,” an indie shot on iPhones about a pair of transgender prostitutes who spend their Christmas Eve tracking down a disloyal pimp. Directed by Sean Baker, “Tangerine” went from Sundance sensation in January to critical darling by year’s end. Baker’s new film, THE FLORIDA PROJECT, is set among the “Hidden Homeless” of Disney-adjacent Orlando. This week, Josh and guest Michael Phillips join the chorus of praise for FLORIDA and Adam...

Duration: 01:03:49


Blade Runner 2049

10/4/2017
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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:39:57


#651: American Made / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances

9/29/2017
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Tom Cruise has been cranking out high-profile motion pictures at the rate of one a year for over three decades now. In his latest, AMERICAN MADE, he plays an ‘80s-era pilot who ends up working for the CIA - and a Columbian drug cartel. Adam and Josh are positive on the Doug Liman-directed film, and consider the star's long, impressive career with their Top 5 Cruise Performances. 0:00-1:52 - Billboard 1:52-26:10 - Review: "American Made" John Williams, "End Credits" (Far &...

Duration: 01:42:08


#650: Kingsman: The Golden Circle / Kogonada

9/22/2017
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In 2015, the comic book adaptation “Kingsman: The Secret Service” opened to divisive - but mostly favorable - reviews. Some critics appreciated the movie’s hyper-violent reimagining of a Bond-esque spy agency; others found it sadistic and in poor taste. Adam and Josh... skipped it entirely. This week, they caught up with it for a review of the new sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Plus, Adam's interview with Kogonada, director of "Columbus," the acclaimed new film starring John Cho...

Duration: 01:26:03


New Argentine Cinema #5 - Wild Tales

9/20/2017
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Damian Szifron's 2015 Oscar nominee "Wild Tales" proves to be a perfect - and entertaining - bookend to a marathon that started with Mariano Llinas' 2008 film "Extraordinary Stories." Though very different in style and tone, both successfully films juggle multiple narratives and show their young writer-directors to be great talents to keep an eye on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:18:27


#649: mother! / Top 5 Darren Aronofsky Scenes

9/15/2017
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Since his startling 1998 debut "Pi," Darren Aronofsky has used his intense, visceral style to tell stories about damaged and obsessive characters. Even his foray into big-budget filmmaking was no exception - Russell Crowe’s Noah battles some of the same demons as Natalie Portman’s ballet dancer in “Black Swan” (or Mickey Rourke's broken warrior in "The Wrestler"). This week, Josh and guest host Michael Phillips review of Aronofsky’s latest, the Jennifer Lawrence-starring psychological...

Duration: 01:48:38


New Argentine Cinema #4 - The Headless Woman

9/13/2017
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In the spirit of Bunuel's surreal critiques of the bourgeoisie, Lucrecia Martel's 2008 film continues her own indictment of Argentina's upper class with the story of a woman who may or may not have committed vehicular homicide. Adam and Josh discuss Martel's gift for inviting the audience to find empathy with an often unsympathetic figure. Up next: Damián Szifrón's Oscar-nominated "Wild Tales." And coming Friday, Sept. 15: Josh and Michael Phillips review Darren Aronofsky's "mother!" and...

Duration: 00:26:54


#648: It (2017) / Top 5 Stephen King Scares

9/6/2017
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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...

Duration: 01:59:23


#647: Blade Runner / Top 5 Films of 1982

9/1/2017
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Attack ships on fire, glittering c-beams, an alien in a bike's basket passing over a full moon. We've seen some things, too, Roy Batty. The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi noir (we chose BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT," if you're curious), plus the Top 5 films of 1982. And listeners weigh in on our '82 Death Match - Blade Runner vs E.T. - and one of those two films ascends to the Filmspotting Pantheon. Plus...

Duration: 02:06:11


New Argentine Cinema #3 - La Ciénaga

8/30/2017
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Following the inspired narrative flights of "Extraordinary Stories" and the fleet-footed absurdism of "Castro," the New Argentine Cinema Marathon takes Adam and Josh to The Swamp. Lucrecia Martel's celebrated debut film from 2001 abounds in fetid unease and the dread of impending catastrophe. They admire Martel's vision and control of tone, but question the effectiveness of the film's resolution. Up next: Martel's "The Headless Woman" (2008) And coming Friday, Sept. 1: Sacred Cow review...

Duration: 00:24:57


#646: Fall Movie Preview / Logan Lucky

8/25/2017
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With new films from George Clooney ("Suburbicon"), Taika Waititi ("Thor: Ragnorak") and Darren Aronofsky (the Jennifer Lawrence-starring "mother!") scheduled for release before Thanksgiving, Adam and Josh assemble their Top 5 Fall Movie Questions. Plus, a split review on Steven Soderbergh's new NASCAR-set heist movie, LOGAN LUCKY, and a slapstick edition of "Hot Mics." 0:00-1:05 - Billboard 2:04-27:03 - Review: "Logan Lucky" Matt Pond PA, "Still Summer" 28:01-35:58 - Jerry Lewis /...

Duration: 01:50:01


New Argentine Cinema #2 - Castro

8/24/2017
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Jacques Tati and Hal Hartley are offered as possible reference points for Alejo Moguillansky's Samuel Beckett-inspired CASTRO from 2009, the second film in Filmspotting's New Argentine Cinema Marathon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:29:25


#645: The Trip to Spain / Safdie Bros. (Good Time) / The Glass Castle

8/18/2017
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Adam reveres the Coogan/Brydon "Trip" movies. Josh? Hadn't seen them. Until now. With Josh finally up to speed on Caine, Pacino, Connery and sixteen other* impersonations (along with Coogan and Brydon's career anguish and existential dread) - he and Adam review the third installment, THE TRIP TO SPAIN. Plus, Adam's interview with Josh and Benny Safdie, directors of the Robert Pattinson-starring GOOD TIME, and Josh's thoughts on WHOSE STREETS? and the new memoir-turned-movie THE GLASS...

Duration: 01:51:39


New Argentine Cinema #1 - Extraordinary Stories

8/16/2017
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Adam and Josh kick off their New Argentine Cinema Marathon with Mariano Llinas's epic and intricately plotted 2008 film that's as much about storytelling as it is an achievement in storytelling itself. At over four hours and featuring dozens of characters, Llinas maintains incredible control over his unwieldy beast of a movie. This episode is presented by MUBI.

Duration: 00:25:04


FS Revisited: Reservoir Dogs / Top 5 Films of 1992

8/11/2017
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When RESERVOIR DOGS came out 25 years ago, Adam and Josh were movie geek teenagers. They were bound by their DNA to love it. But Does Quentin Tarantino’s debut still hold up? In this 2015 episode of the show, they reacquaint themselves with Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink and the rest of the gang for a Sacred Cow review of DOGS, plus share their Top 5 Films of 1992. 0:00-1:32 - Billboard 1:32-40:58 - Sacred Cow: "Reservoir Dogs" Sandy Rogers, "Fool for Love" 41:47-1:17:42 - Top 5: Films of...

Duration: 01:19:05

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