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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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Hickory, NC


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.




P.O. Box 9123 Hickory, NC 28603 (828) 619-0059


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”

Duration: 01:13:52

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...

Duration: 01:25:22

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”

Duration: 01:11:29

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...

Duration: 01:21:42

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...

Duration: 01:31:58

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”

Duration: 01:15:20

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”

Duration: 01:19:47

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”

Duration: 01:33:06

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”

Duration: 01:16:05

Footcandle Films: Logan Erdmann Get Out

Three films from across the genre spectrum are the focus of this episode of Footcandle Films. First up the hosts discuss the foreign film “Toni Erdmann”. Reviews of the new R-rated superhero movie “Logan” and thoughts on the independent horror-comedy “Get Out” from first time director Jordan Peele follow. The show is then rounded out with the usual film news segment followed by recommendations for movies you might want to seek out. Recommendations: “Deathtrap”, “The Edge of Seventeen”

Duration: 01:19:43

Footcandle Films: Manchester Hack

Casey Affleck won an Oscar for his performance in “Manchester By the Sea”. Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” also took home two gold statues. Alan & Chris weigh in with their thoughts on both films as well as dissect the surprises that abounded in the 2017 Oscar ceremony. Last, but not least, they conclude the show with recommendations of films you might wish to seek out. Recommendations: “The Invitation”, “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” Reviews of: “Manchester By the Sea” &...

Duration: 01:30:00

Footcandle Films: Jackie Split

Have you felt like something is slightly amiss since the beginning of 2017? Fear not…we’ve figured out what the problem is and we have the solution. Alan & Chris had forgotten to give you their Top 5 films of 2016 lists. In this episode we remedy that as well as give you reviews of the Oscar nominated “Jackie” and psychological thriller “Split”.

Duration: 02:05:03

Footcandle Films: La La Land Moonlight

In their first official episode of 2017 Alan & Chris share their reviews of the much buzzed about “ La La Land & “Moonlight”. Rounding out the episode they share their thoughts on the 2017 Oscar nominations & recommendations for films you might have missed. Recommendations: “Moulin Rouge!” , “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

Duration: 01:41:49

Footcandle Films: Rogue Ove

You’re heard the internet buzz about the reshoots, the absence of the famed opening title crawl…now hear hosts Alan & Chris opine about the latest entry into the Star Wars canon “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. On the smaller scale, art-house side of things the gents review the foreign film “A Man Called Ove”. News & movie recommendations round out this last Footcandle Films episode of 2016. Grab a glass of egg nog and enjoy! Recommendations: “Guy & Madeline On A Park Bench” , “King Kong...

Duration: 01:27:22

Footcandle Films: Fantastic Beasts Arrival

We’re all about the blockbusters in this episode with reviews of the Harry Potter prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and the sci-fi thriller ”Arrival" starring Amy Adams. Rounding out the show we talk about the movies rushing into theaters as the Oscar hype train hits full speed & give our recommendations on films you might want to check out. Recommendations: "The Witness", “Come Together” Reviews of: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” & ”Arrival"

Duration: 01:26:19

Footcandle Films: Doctor Gleason

This episode features reviews of a big budget special effects comic book movie (“Doctor Strange”) and an intimate documentary portrait of a former NFL football player struggling with ALS (“Gleason”). Items of note for the sliver screen follow in the news section & the hosts close out the show with…wait for it….yep…their movie recommendations. Recommendations: “Swiss Army Man” , “Election”

Duration: 01:10:28

Footcandle Films: Blue Jay

With just one film to review – the indie “Blue Jay” starring Mark Duplass & Sarah Paulson – Alan & Chris wander down the movie news rabbit hole (including their thoughts on the future of movie distribution). Once they end their factual digressions the episode is rounded out with the usual movie recommendations. Recommendations: “Hell or High Water”, “Hachi: A Dog's Tale”

Duration: 01:13:00

Footcandle Films: Tower Fits People

With the 2016 Footcandle Film Festival at the end of September, Alan & Chris got a little busy and neglected their podcasting duties. To make it up to their vast audience (estimated to be slightly higher than the number of sentient beings on Saturn) they’ve decided to cram three movie reviews PLUS movie news PLUS recommendations of films you might have missed all into the this episode. Enjoy! Reviews of “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”, “The Fits” & “Tower” Recommendations: “Hush” , “Miss...

Duration: 01:16:16

Footcandle Films: Kubo Squad Weiner

With the 2016 Footcandle Film Festival coming up at the end of September the hosts have found it tough to catch screenings and find time to schedule a podcast recording. As as an act of penance they offer a jam packed show with four films reviewed. Enjoy and if you want more information about the Footcandle Film Festival visit the website at Recommendations: “Ed Wood”, “The Fundamentals of Caring” Reviews of: “Suicide Squad”,”Weiner”,”Morris from America” &...

Footcandle Films: Beyond Ghostbusters

On this episode the gents review not one but two sci-fi films. Generally you’d think that’d make co-host “I’m the biggest fan of Prometheus” Chris happy. Turns out…not so much as the tables are turned in reviews of “Ghostbusters (2016)” and “Star Trek Beyond”. Movie news tidbits are discussed next followed by recommendations of movies (or in the case of Alan who’s been known to bend the rules…a TV show) you should check out. Recommendations: “Boy”, “Stranger Things” Reviews of:...
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