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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 851 (12/03/21): West Side Story (2021) / Red Rocket

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

851_web_small When it was announced that Steven Spielberg was mounting a new film adaptation of the classic Broadway musical "West Side Story," it was entirely reasonable to ask, “Why?” Why a new film adaptation and why Spielberg. The 1961 “West Side,” directed by Robert Wise, was a Best Picture-winner and is regarded as one of the great movie musicals of all time. Also? Spielberg has never directed a musical. And yet, as revered as that 1961 adaptation is, it is not without its faults, notably the casting of white actors as Latinx characters and a pair of romantic leads (Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer) who don’t sing and are arguably the weakest members of an otherwise ace cast. Adam and Josh make the case that with his thrilling new adaptation, Spielberg more than answers the why, without necessarily fixing all of the earlier film’s weaknesses. Plus a review of Sean Baker’s latest, "Red Rocket," which has Simon Rex’s former adult film star making an ignominious return to his Texas hometown.

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:

MAYOR PETE -- Jesse Moss Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 15:32

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Jesse Moss was in the process of editing his startling and illuminating documentary BOYS STATE when he was offered the chance to follow a longshot candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. He wasn't that interested, then he watched that candidate, Pete Buttigieg, in a primary town hall and changed his mind. As the first openly gay candidate to run for president, the mayor of South Bend, ID had his work cut out for him Moss’ documentary, though, provides us with remarkably intimate footage of Mayor Pete’s quest for the nomination, and through that lens, particularly the relationship the candidate has with his husband, Chasten, provides unprecedented insight into left-handed Maltese-America combat veteran who speaks eight languages.

When Moss and I spokevia Zoom on November 12, 2021, we started with Moss’ decision to plunge into another political documentary before moving on to why Chasten is the first person we meet in the documentary; what Pete’s candidacy says about the state of politics these days; and how Moss negotiated with Pete's political handlers.

We went on to talk about being ready for anything (and the unexpected advantages that come with that); getting behind the public persona; the scenes of which he is most proud; and different expressions of homophobia around the candidate and the film.

We finished up with Moss talking about what it’s like for the interviewer to be interviewed.

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: Silent Night

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

Silentnight_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 shows up for one last Christmas party with a bunch of friends who are waiting out the end of the world in Silent Night.

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:

Stephane Cressend - French Art Director - Attila Marcel, Dunkirk, At Eternity's Gate, The Chalet, The Last Duel, Stillwater, The French Dispatch, and the upcoming Asteroid City

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

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Stephane has been the French location Art Director on films such as: HugoDunkirk, and The 15:17 To Paris.

His Production Design work includes: the film At Eternity's Gate and the mini-series The Chalet.

Stephane's Art Director work includes past and recent films: Sylvain Chomet's Attila MarcelThe Last DuelStillwaterWes Anderson's The French Dispatch and Wes Anderson's upcoming Asteroid City.