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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 730 (05/24/19): Top 5 Films of 1979

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

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John Hurt's exploding chest turns 40.
Of the films celebrating 40th anniversaries in 2019, only Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" can really compete with Alien's critical stature and influence, but Adam and Josh make the case for several more films from '79 that deserve to be remembered with this week's Top 5 –- including films from directors Andrei Tarkovsky, Carol Ballard, Woody Allen... and Jim Henson.

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:

TRIAL BY FIRE -- Ed Zwick Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 16:35

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A film like TRIAL BY FIRE provokes a host of questions about the justice system and the ethics of capital punishment.  When I spoke with Ed Zwick on April 15, 2019, those inevitably came up as we discussed adapting the true story of Cameron Todd Willingham’s murder conviction, and the writer Elizabeth Gilbert’s subsequent fight to win him a new trial.  The miscarriage of justice as applied to a working-class man makes for a compelling, heartbreaking film, but as Zwick noted in our conversation, larger issues also come into play, including the lost opportunities for rehabilitation in the current prison system.

We went on to talk about Zwick’s decision to show Willingham’s faults as well as his virtues, depicting an execution by lethal injection, and the performances from stars Laura Dern and Jack O’Connell that eschew melodrama in favor of humanity.

 

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

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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: Aladdin

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

Aladdin_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 returns to Agrabah with Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin.

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:

Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson - Icelandic Director of Photography - Jar City, At The Edge of the World, The Deep, Of Horses and Men, Trapped, Vultures, Woman at War

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

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Bergsteinn is an Icelandic Director of Photography with over thirty years of experience.  He is based in Iceland and most of his projects have been shot there.

An expert in shooting Icelandic nature, he is known for his variety of shooting styles in his feature films and TV Series.

Some of Bergsteinn’s television projects include Nightshift, Dayshift, World’s End, and Trapped.

Bergsteinn's feature film work includes Jar City, The Deep, Julia, Vultures, and Of Horses and Men.

Most recently he has worked on Woman at War, about an environmental activist balancing her need to protest with wanting to start a family with an adopted daughter from Ukraine.

Bergsteinn has won several Edda Awards, from the Icelandic Film and Television Academy, including for his work on The Deep, Of Horses and Men, and Woman at War.