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#900: The Fabelmans / The Eternal Daughter / Sr.

With THE FABLEMANS, what appeared to be Steven Spielberg’s portrait of the filmmaker as a young man turns out to be a more complicated autopsy of a family coming apart at the seams—that happens to have a budding filmmaker there to document it. Adam and Josh have lots of praise for Spielberg, his co-conspirator/co-screenwriter Tony Kushner, and the film’s cast, but a few minor issues may reflect a weakness that appears more broadly in the director’s work. Director Joanna Hogg has worked...


#899: The Art of Adaptation with David Kajganich (Bones and All)

Luca Guadagnino's BONES AND ALL is a coming-of-age story with an unusual twist: cannibalism. Starring Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell, the film was adapted by writer David Kajganich from a 2015 novel by Camille DeAngelis. Kajganich had previously written adaptations for Guadagnino's "A Bigger Splash" (based on the 1969 Jacques Deray film "La Piscine") and his 2018 remake of Dario Argento's cult horror film "Suspiria." In his conversation with Adam, Kajganich talks about how his...


#898: Glass Onion / Wakanda Forever / She Said / Nanny

For the second installment in his "Knives Out" series, Rian Johnson leaves the family squabbling behind for a trip to a luxury island where murder most foul befalls the filthy rich. GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY shows Johnson hasn't lost his ability to pair social commentary with crackerjack entertainment. Unfortunately, director Ryan Coogler’s return to the “Black Panther” franchise is a less successful venture. While Coogler does right by the late Chadwick Boseman, his WAKANDA FOREVER...


#897: Top 5 Father-Daughter Duos / Aftersun / Weird

Director Charlotte Wells's AFTERSUN documents a holiday that 11-year-old Sophie takes with her loving but troubled father (played by Paul Mescal). The debut feature is one of the best and most sneakily heart-rending films of the year. It also inspires this week's Top 5: Father-Daughter Duos, with Adam and Josh sharing picks from Ozu, Nolan, Bogdanovich, and Spike Lee, along with a pair of inventive docs made by daughters about their dads. Plus Adam's review of WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY....


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#896: Armageddon Time / Causeway / Wendell & Wild / Triangle of Sadness / Descendant

Adam and Josh cover lots of new releases on this week's show, including James Gray's guilt-ridden coming-of-age film ARMAGEDDON TIME and Ruben Östlund's eat-the-rich Palme d'Or-winner TRIANGLE OF SADNESS, along with a return to form from Jennifer Lawrence in CAUSEWAY (with Brian Tyree Henry); Henry Selick's new stop-motion collaboration with Jordan Peele WENDELL & WILD; and new docs about the secret history of Africatown, Alabama (the not-to-miss DESCENDANT), the early 2000s indie rock scene...


#895: Top 5 Bromances / The Banshees of Inisherin / Ticket To Paradise

In Martin McDonagh's new THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson play a couple of longtime friends whose relationship takes a sudden and mysterious turn. Along with their review of the film - one of the year's best - Adam and Josh consider the long history of Movie Bromances, from classic noirs and westerns to a beloved fantasy epic to a couple of notable (but possibly forgotten?) comedies from the early 2000s. Josh also has a report from his TICKET TO PARADISE date...


#894: Top 5 Cops In Love / Decision To Leave

Korean auteur Park Chan-wook's DECISION TO LEAVE is something of a departure for a director best known for the violent and sexual provocations of films like "Oldboy," "The Handmaiden," and "Stoker." His latest involves a murder, but Park's camera is more attentive to the mounting attraction between Hae-joon's married police detective and the victim's wife, played by Tang Wei. Park's film inspires this week's Top 5: Cops In Love, which gives Adam and Josh a chance to give director Kathryn...


#893: TÁR / Amsterdam

Director Todd Field ("In The Bedroom," "Little Children") returns after a sixteen-year hiatus with TÁR, the most acclaimed film of his career and possibly of the year. Cate Blanchett stars as an accomplished composer and conductor who faces a personal crisis that could derail her career. Gender politics, identity politics, the "Me Too" movement, cancel culture: the movie circles around these issues without necessarily being about any of them. In their review, Adam and Josh praise the film's...


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#892: Most Anticipated at Chicago Film Festival / Quotable '80s Movies / God's Creatures

The 58th annual Chicago International Film Festival closes out the fall fest season with screenings of highly anticipated titles from Sarah Polley, Rian Johnson, Martin McDonagh, Park Chan-wook, Noah Baumbach, and others. But with 90+ features playing over CIFF's ten days - many of them available via streaming - there are countless under-the-radar films worth checking out. Adam and Josh highlight some of those titles in their fest preview. Plus, a review of Anna Rose Holmer ("The Fits") and...

#891: Don't Worry Darling / Top 5 Utopias Gone Wrong

Caught up in a storm of bad press following its festival debut earlier in the month, Olivia Wilde’s highly anticipated DON’T WORRY DARLING finally opened in theaters and was met with mostly scornful reviews. But the movie has its defenders—including Josh. So he and Adam get to spar over the movie’s handling of its social critique and get into some spoilers to discuss its provocative? infuriating? ending. Plus, private Edens, corporate paradises, and rainforest idylls: it’s the Top 5 Utopias...


#890: Top 5 Movie Queens / The Woman King / Moonage Daydream

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.” 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Top 5 Movie Queens 32:33 - Review...


#889: Blonde / Double Indemnity (Stanwyck #6) / Hockeyland

Andrew Dominik's long-in-the-works Marilyn Monroe tale BLONDE (based on the 1999 novel by Joyce Carol-Oates), offers a nightmarish portrayal of the actress and icon that avoids some of the pitfalls of celebrity biopics (thanks in part to its impressive formal approach) while running headlong into others. Mostly in agreement on the film, Adam and Josh remain divided on a few things, including the central performance by Ana de Armas. Also on the show, the sixth and final film in the Summer of...


#888: Three Thousand Years of Longing / Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul / Ball of Fire (Stanwyck #5)

When George Miller's THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year, it was met with some pans, some shrugs, and some raves (including a six-minute standing ovation). Most agreed, however, that it was an unexpected departure from a director whose previous film was "Mad Max: Fury Road." An intimate and intellectual dialogue-driven drama between stars Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba for much of its runtime, it occasionally blossoms into a fantastic,...

#887: Top 5 Fall Movie Questions

The fall movie season has lots of intriguing titles that raise all sorts of questions. De Armas as Marilyn. Black Panther without Chadwick Boseman. Spielberg in autobiographical mode. This week, it's a Fall Movie Preview in the form of Adam and Josh's five most pressing questions. Plus, their picks for the 5 Most Anticipated Films of the Fall. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Top 5: Fall Movie Questions 18:04 - Next Week / Notes 37:11 - Polls 42:41 - Top 5 Questions, cont. / Top 5 Most Anticipated...


#886: Bodies Bodies Bodies / Meet John Doe (Stanwyck #4)

If Dutch director Halina Reijn's BODIES BODIES BODIES doesn't remain the definitive snapshot of Zillennial life in the early 2020s, that won't be the fault of the ace ensemble, featuring standout performances from Rachel Sennott ("Shiva Baby"), Maria Bakalova ("Borat Subsequent Movifilm"), or Amandla Stenberg ("The Hate You Give"). Josh and guest critic Marya E. Gates praise the cast along with the film itself for its incisive observations about the chronically online generation. Later in...


#885: A24 10th Anniversary Draft / Prey

Indie distributor A24 started memorably, if modestly, back in 2012 and 2013, with titles like Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" and Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring." Within the next couple of years, they'd launched the directing careers of Alex Garland ("Ex Machina") and Robert Eggers ("The Witch"). Then in 2016, they went ahead and - very memorably - won the Oscar for Best Picture with Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight." And they haven't slowed down since. David Lowery's "A Ghost Story," Greta...


#884: Top 5 Brad Pitt Performances / Bullet Train

When Brad Pitt arrived on screen 30+ years ago, he was a pretty face with a surprising sinister side. That brief turn in Ridley Scott's "Thelma and Louise" proved to be a template for the actor's diverse and increasingly accomplished film career. For proof of Pitt's growth as an actor, look no further than the very existence of this week's TOP 5 PITT PERFORMANCES, featuring long-time Pitt skeptic Adam's mea culpa. And for proof of the high quality of the Pitt filmography, consider that Adam...

#883: Nope / The Gray Man / The Lady Eve (Stanwyck #3)

With their potent mix of horror, comedy, and social satire, the films of Jordan Peele are the rare Hollywood films that succeed in entertaining while also puzzling, sending audiences out of the theater sifting through clues in an attempt to find meaning. Peele's latest - NOPE - is no exception, with Adam and Josh sharing their own theories about the director/prophet's wild west sci-fi that's loaded with themes of trauma, spectacle, race, and the movie industry's complicity in all those...