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Playlist: Movie Series and Pieces

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Curated Playlist

Indie and mainstream, actors and producers — here are movie series on PRX of various lengths.

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Filmspotting (weekly series) (Series)

Produced by WBEZ

"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film, including: movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Filmspotting is available on PRX by noon (CST) on Fridays. Promos are available on PRX earlier in the week.

Most recent piece in this series:

Filmspotting 875 (05/27/22): Top Gun Maverick / Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Keaton #5)

From WBEZ | Part of the Filmspotting (weekly series) series | 54:00

875-maverick_small Scrubbed of nostalgia, 1986's "Top Gun" is, let's be honest, a big slab of '80s cheese. But there's that star-making turn by Tom Cruise; some flashy direction from Tony Scott; the rousing, synth-heavy score; and a memorable supporting cast led by the never more intense Val "Iceman" Kilmer. Could "Top Gun: Maverick," the long in the works sequel, justify its return? Adam comes to the sequel as a "Top Gun" fanboy, with the '86 original a seminal film of his bike-riding preadolescence. Josh, though, never really took to the film that he's described as a "locker room movie." Which makes their review of the new film something of a surprise, with Josh (mostly) joining the chorus of praise that has so far greeted the film and Adam of all people calling the film "131 minutes of fan service where the fan isn’t really served until the last 30.” Take my breath away, indeed. Plus, the Buster Keaton Marathon continues with Josh's favorite film of the series, 1927's "Steamboat Bill, Jr.," and a Golden Brick nomination for "Hit the Road," from director Panah Panahi.

Sounds Familiar #5: Sex, Death and Morals in Horror.

From Blake Cooper | Part of the Sounds Familiar series | 17:00

In 1980, during a “very special episode” of Siskel & Ebert, Roger Ebert made a provocative claim about the emerging genre of “slasher” horror films: “these films hate women.” Whether that’s true—and why—is a little more complicated.

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In 1980, during a “very special episode” of Siskel & Ebert, Roger Ebert made a provocative claim about the emerging genre of “slasher” horror films: “these films hate women.” 
Whether that’s true—and why—is a little more complicated. Dr. Lisa Wade, founder of the blog Sociological Images, helps me break down the complexity of the role of women in horror movies. We’ll discuss what these films say about our sense of morality and justice. And we’ll travel all the way back to 18th century London, to meet Tom Nero, arguably the horror genre’s original serial villain.
Next Week: “Series in Decline”

Indie Outlook (Series)

Produced by Matt Fagerholm

Chicago film critic Matt Fagerholm highlights the latest and greatest in modern independent cinema.

Most recent piece in this series:

Duncan Riddell on "Older Children"

From Matt Fagerholm | Part of the Indie Outlook series | 23:10

Photo_27_small Filmmaker Duncan Riddell joins host Matt Fagerholm to discuss his new film, "Older Children," which premieres in Chicago November 10th. The program was produced at Columbia College Chicago. Technical producer was Rebecca Nystedt. An Indie Outlook production.

Behind the Scenes (Series)

Produced by Andrea Chase

Filmmakers and actors talk with Andrea Chase. New insights, unexpected revelations, and a wry sense of humor. Series pieces are various lengths from 8 to 25 minutes.

Most recent piece in this series:

PRIVATE PROPERTY -- Shiloh Fernandez Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 10:43

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Shiloh Fernandez was in what was perhaps the bloodiest film ever made. That was the remake of EVIL DEAD, and I asked him about that when we spoke via Zoom on May 10, 2022 about his latest film, PRIVATE PROPERTY. Before we got there, though, I wanted to know about how we went about portraying a character who changes much over the course of this remake of the 1960 cult classic. It's a question that was tricky, what with all the twists and turns taken by this story about a struggling actress and a sympathetic gardener played by Ferndandez. Our goal was to avoid giving too much away. 

We went on to talk about paying homage to that earlier film; feeling split; what is transgressive now as opposed to 1960; and what line resonated most with him.

We finished up with aquatic acting; dancing with longtime friend and co-star, Ashley Benson; that question about EVIL DEAD; and the skill he picked up working for Katherine Hardwicke that has stood him in good stead for all these years.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review (Series)

Produced by Daniel Persons

A short, weekly review show dedicated to highlighting independent films available via on-demand platforms. Produced and hosted by film journalist and critic Dan Persons.

Most recent piece in this series:

Indie on Demand Reviews FIGHTVILLE

From Daniel Persons | Part of the The Indie on Demand Movie Review series | 01:59

Fightville_prx_image_v01_small Film critic Dan Persons reviews FIGHTVILLE, an intense and intimate documentary focusing on the brutal sport of mixed martial arts.

THE INDIE ON DEMAND MOVIE REVIEW is a short, weekly, module-style review show dedicated to highlighting independent films available via on-demand platforms. Produced and hosted by film journalist and critic Dan Persons (The Huffington Post, IFC, Air America), each 2-minute episode will feature a review of an independent film that has recently debuted on-demand, incorporating cleared audio clips and Dan's detailed analysis to provide listeners with an entertaining and insightful glimpse into the exciting and innovative world of independent film, with all titles available immediately for viewing at home.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin takes a look at the horror homage of Tim Burton's Frankenweenie.

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: There Are No Saints

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the Reel Discovery series | 03:00

Therearenosaints_small Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin follows an ex-con on a dangerous quest to save his kidnapped son in There Are No Saints.

To read more, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

It's Movie Time (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

A weekly five-minute film review series with critics John DeSando and Kristin Dreyer Kramer.

Most recent piece in this series:

It's Movie Time; July 6, 2012: The Amazing Spider-Man, To Rome with Love

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the It's Movie Time series | 05:00

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Spoiler Alert Radio (Series)

Produced by MergingArts Productions

Toni Pennacchia discusses all things film with independent directors, writers, producers, composers, cinematographers, editors, promoters, and more, in this 29-minute series.

Most recent piece in this series:

Brent Kiser - Sound Designer - Swiss Army Man, Honey Boy, Aviva, No Man Of God, and Everything Everywhere All At Once

From MergingArts Productions | Part of the Spoiler Alert Radio series | 29:00

Eeaao1_bk_original_small Owner of Unbridled Sound in Los Angeles, Brent's feature film projects include: Swiss Army ManHoney BoyAvivaTogether TogetherNo Man Of God, and Everything Everywhere All At Once.

Brent's work in television includes: Wild Wild CountryThey FightUntold, and Murderville.