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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 967 (05/17/24): Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes / Roman Holiday (Wyler #6) / Wildcat

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

967_web2_720_small The latest “Planet of the Apes” entry isn’t without fresh ideas, but Adam and Josh still miss Andy Serkis’s Caesar. They’ve got praise, though, for Ethan Hawke’s inventive Flannery O’Connor biopic, "Wildcat," and they’re joined by Michael Phillips for a post-screening conversation about William Wyler's 1953 film, “Roman Holiday.”

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:

MABEL -- Nicholas Ma Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 17:57

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When I spoke with Nicholas Ma via Zoom on April 27, 2024, I had to start with how his film, MABEL, mentions the role that mycelium plays in allowing trees to communicate with one another. It’s one of the many fascinating, and controversial, ideas arising from the nascent field of neuro-botany that populate his film about a middle-school girl whose best friend is a plant. During our conversation, it turned out that we also share a love for slime molds, and thew ay they can hunt, negotiate mazes, and have a favorite food (oat flakes) even though they don’t have a brain.

We went on to talk about why he chose to tell the story from a girl’s perspective; wanting to leave his audience with more curiosity, and coming to terms with the limitations of what a parent can do for his or her child.

We finished up with the ebullient Ma discussing the intricacies of working with a mimosa, the impact the Sloane Prize had on him, and how meeting Mr. Rogers when he was a kid made him a better director as an adult. 

MABEL is Ma's directorial feature film debut and follows a middle-school girl whose best friend is a plant. The girl, Callie, is obsessed with botany, which makes it harder for her to fit in at the new school to which she transferred mid-year. Until she meets Ms. G, a graduate student in botany who is bringing her fascination for plant life, and some of botany’s more controversial lines of research to Callie’s school. What follows is a sensitive, perceptive film about growing up in two worlds, and reconciling obsession with being part of more than just plant life.

The film stars Lexi Perkel as Cassie, Christine Ko as her mother, Quincy Dunn Baker as her father, Judy Greer as Mrs. G, and Lena Josephine Marano as Cassie’s 4th-grade neighbor who teaches her a few things about life.

Ma directed from a script he co-wrote with Joy Godwin. His previous work includes co-producing the documentary about Mr. Rogers, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR, and UNFINISHED BUSINESS about the history of the WNBA.

 

 

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: Gasoline Rainbow

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

Gasolinerainbow_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 five teenagers on a road trip to the ocean in Gasoline Rainbow.

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

Logo_imt_small2_small Films reviewed: The Amazing Spider-Man, To Rome with Love

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:

Jaime Sainz - Sound Designer and Foley Mixer - Amores Perros, Roma, Nomadland, The Sky Is Everywhere, Emily The Criminal, Bardo

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

Bardo-js2_original_small Jaime returned to Mexico City from Vancouver and continued freelancing before moving into Foley after being referred to a Foley mixing job by a friend.

Jaime's film work includes: NomadlandRomaAmores PerrosThe Sky Is EverywhereEmily The Criminal, and Bardo.

Jaime's television work includes the series: Club de CuervosRun Coyote RunDark Desire, and High Heat.