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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 905 (01/27/23): 2023 Movie Preview / Skinamarink

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

905-2023-movie-preview_small Gerwig, Nolan, Wes, Scorsese. The new movie year is full of promise. For their '23 Movie Preview, Adam and Josh look to avoid getting burned by the promise of films that disappear from the movie schedule like desert mirages (will we finally see you this year, Kelly Reichardt's "Showing Up"?) and try to keep their hopes afloat for a year that appears even more IP-heavy than normal (Barbie! Wonka! Spidey! Indiana Jones!). Per tradition, the preview takes the form of the Top 5 Questions About the Movie Year. Plus, Josh submits the new "Skinamarink" for Golden Brick consideration.

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:

NANNY -- Nikyatu Jusu and Anna Diop Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 13:30

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I began my conversation with writer/director Nikyatu Jusu and star Anna Diop on October 15, 2022 by discussing how female rage is addressed in the film (and in their lives) before moving on to getting the film made the way Jusu wanted to do it and what and accent brings to a performance.

We finished up with a biting look NANNY takes at the American Dream, and the power of returning a gaze.

Led by a stunning performance by Diop in the title role as Aisha, an undocumented immigrant working to bring her young son over from Senegal, NANNY is a powerful yet subtle film that uses horror as a way of addressing so much more, in this case, the myth of the American Dream. It begins with Aisha finding what seems to be a dream job working in the home an affluent, but troubled, couple who believe they are woke, but soon show their true natures. Nonetheless, Aisha bonds with their daughter, Rose, who embraces her new nanny with an open heart, and provides Aisha with an outlet for her maternal longings. She also finds herself in a new relationship with Malik, a patient young man with a grandmother who might just have the answers to the troubling nightmares and visions that intrude with more and more frequency into Aisha’s life. 

Diop’s previous work includes US, SOMETHING ABOUT HER, and BOSCH. Jusu directed from her own script, and her previous work includes SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT and TWO-SENTENCE HORROR STORIES. This is her feature film debut.

 

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: Return to Seoul

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

Returntoseoul_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 the search for identity with a young woman who returns to her birth country in Return to Seoul.

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:

Guy Hendrix Dyas - Production Designer - The Brothers Grimm, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Agora, Inception, Steve Jobs, Passengers, Lisey's Story, Spencer

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

Spencer1_ghd_original_small Guy's design work includes the films: The Brothers Grimm, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Blackhat, and Steve Jobs.

Guy has won several awards for Production Design, including for the films: Agora, Passengers, and Inception. Guy's more recent work includes the mini-series, Lisey's Story, and the acclaimed feature film, Spencer, by Pablo Larrain, starring Kristin Stewart.