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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 890 (09/23/22): Top 5 Movie Queens / The Woman King / Moonage Daydream

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

890-movie-queens_small With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in the news and Her Majesty Viola Davis currently on screens in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s "The Woman King," Adam and Josh devote this week’s Top 5 to a consideration of movie monarchs. Making the cut: film royalty like Bette Davis and Katherine Hepburn and a certain teen queen who wants us all to eat cake. That Top 5, plus reviews of “The Woman King” and the trippy new Bowie doc “Moonage Daydream.”

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:

GOD'S COUNTRY -- Julian Higgins Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 16:22

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One of the most unsettling moments in Julian Higgins’ GOD’S COUNTRY is a sequence in which the conflict that escalates between college professor Sandra Guidry and some local hunters comes to a head. They had taken offence when refused the right to park on her land, and after a series of increasingly tense and provocative encounters, the hunters return to her doorstep. The way they call out to her bore a striking resemblance to the way some January 6th insurgents called out to Nancy Pelosi. It was the first things I asked Higgins about when we spoke on August 23, 2022.

We went on to talk about changing the protagonist of James Lee Burke’s short story, on which the film is based, from an older white man to a 40-something black woman; bringing the audience into the character’s experience; the writer’s responsibility; and male privilege of anger.

We finished up with how the sound design provides an insight on the character’s perspective; critiquing idioms; writing from a woman’s point of view; and a scene of near reconciliation that is the heart of tragedy.

The film is a stark study of race, gender, and class as played out in rural Montana, where Guidry has moved with her ailing mother. As the situation with the hunters escalates, Guidry is also forced to confront her own choices when discrimination of a most subtle and insidious nature appears in her workplace, followed by worse.

GOD’S COUNTRY itself confronts the viewer with difficult questions that defy easy answers. It is a challenging film that is nonetheless compelling viewing with a performance by Newton that is career-defining.

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: A Jazzman's Blues

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

Ajazzmansblues_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 uncovers a story of forbidden love, racism, and jealousy in the South in Tyler Perry’s Netflix drama A Jazzman’s Blues.

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:

Liz Toonkel - Production Designer - Digging For Fire, The Vigil, The Queens, The Lady And The Dale, Marcel The Shell With Shoes On, Emily The Criminal

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

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Liz's film work includes: Digging For Fire, The Vigil, Give Me Pity, Queens, Emily The Criminal, and Marcel The Shell With Shoes On.

Liz has more than forty projects to her credit, in film, television, and commercial work, and is a performance artist and magician.

Upcoming pilots Liz has designed include: Written By The Stars for the E! Network and The Amazing Danny for Comedy Central.