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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 874 (05/20/22): Men / The General (Keaton #4)

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

874-men_small Do you have to understand a movie to love it? And if so, how much do you have to understand a movie to love it? This, more or less, is what constitutes “The Garland Scale,” which Josh introduces as a means of talking about the work of Alex Garland, the brainy, provocative writer/director behind the new "Men" and earlier efforts like “Ex Machina,” “Annihilation,” and the limited series “Devs.” As it turns out, Adam and Josh position Garland’s films at different points on the scale, including his latest, which sees the director setting aside sci-fi in favor of horror with a biblical bent. Also on the show, the "Mad Max: Fury Road of the silent era": Buster Keaton’s "The General," the fourth entry in the Keaton Marathon. Plus, listeners weigh in on the most anticipated films of the summer and a new Deeply Flawed Filmspotting poll about high schoolers in transition.

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:

MONTANA STORY -- David Siegel and Scott McGeehee Interview

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

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David Siegel and Scott McGeehee had neve been to Montana when they decided to set their appropriately titled film, MONTANA STORY, in that state. It was, of course, an obvious question to ask them about when we spoke via Zoom on May 9, 2022.

The film is a beautifully realized tale of a brother and sister, long estranged, coming to terms with their dysfunctional childhood as their father lies dying. Erin, gone since her brother Cal was a boy, is looking for closure, or at least a little peace in the fraught relationship with her father who is now comatose. The siblings revisit the painful past, and the consequences of split-second decisions, as they become reacquainted, warily establishing a new relationship as adults that may or may not prove permanent. 

They went on to talk about the punishing wind they discovered, and the genius of their sound man, Mike Primmer and sound designer, Paul Hsu, in working around and with it; how the tenor of the times informed the story; and getting to the essence of a pivotal scene.

We finished up with the myth of closure; phone service is Montana; mapping that state from an apartment in New York; and finding the right opening song. 

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: Emergency

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

Emergency_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 joins three roommates on their quest to get a mystery girl to safety in Emergency.

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.