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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 708 (12/07/18): Roma, The Favourite

From WBEZ | Part of the Filmspotting (weekly series) series | 53:59

Roma_small Adam and Josh break out the high praise for their reviews of Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma" and Yorgos Lanthimos's "The Favourite" – both films in the conversation for the best of 2018, and both departures of sorts for the directors. For "Roma," Cuarón returns to his native Mexico for the first time since 2001's "Y Tu Mama Tambien," while taking on writing, directing, shooting and co-editing jobs to tell the personal story of his middle class upbringing in early '70s Mexico City. Lanthimos, who has spent his career so far making chilly and darkly funny contemporary fables, time travels to early 18th century England and the reign of Queen Anne for his latest, a costume drama that proves to be a perfect playground for the director's bleak wit and gimlet-eyed view of humanity. Those reviews, plus Josh on Golden Brick contender "Hale County This Morning, This Evening" and the Best of 2018 listener poll. 

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:

MARIA BY CALLAS -- Tom Volf Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 32:27

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Full disclosure. I appreciate opera as an art form, but I wouldn’t call myself a huge fan. In a way, that made me the perfect audience for MARIA BY CALLAS, a documentary worthy of the life and legend of opera star whose connection to her audience was like that of no other diva, or divo for that matter. It made me look forward all the more to talking to the doc’s director Tom Volf, a man who wasn’t an opera fan until early adulthood, but who has more than made up for lost time with the painstaking research and lavish devotion he has bestowed on his film, which allows us to hear Callas tell her story in her own words. Volf gained access to private letter from Callas to those closest to her, as well as earning the trust of the two people who were the mainstays of Callas’ life, her butler. Ferruccio and Bruna, her maid.

We discussed those things, of course, in a conversation that also rebutted the criticisms of Callas’ voice and her reputation as being difficult. Volf may be a soft-spoken man, but is passion for the art that Callas evinced in her work and in her life is evident, as well as the effect spending five years on such intimate terms with her while making his film, and the suitably sumptuous companion book of never before seen photos along with the text of those letters, has influenced his philosophy of life

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: Dumplin'

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

Dumplin_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 practices her wave and her walk with a pageant contestant in Dumplin'.

To read the full review, 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:

Ma Kalaadevi Ananda - Makeup Designer and Artist - Little Women, Pollock, Shame, The East, 12 Years a Slave, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Widows, and the upcoming, Mr. Rogers Project

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

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Susan Sarandon picked Kalaadevi to be her make-up artist for over 30 films over 20 years including Light SleeperLittle WomenDead Man WalkingRobot & Frank, and Arbitrage.

Kalaadevi also has collaborated with director Steve McQueen on several projects including Shame12 Years A Slave, and more recently Widows, starring Viola Davis.

Kalaadevi is known for other projects over the years as Makeup Department Head like PollockThe East, the recent acclaimed Can You Ever Forgive Me? starring Melissa McCarthy and the upcoming Mr. Rogers Project, starring Tom Hanks about Fred Rogers.