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Playlist: Movie Series and Pieces

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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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 751 (11/08/19): The Irishman / Contemporary Chinese #4 - Ash Is Purest White

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

The-irishman_small A new film from Martin Scorsese is always an event, but "The Irishman" is one that, for many, won’t happen at a movie theatre. After a short theatrical run in select cities, Scorsese's latest -- which reunites the director with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and adds Al Pacino to the mix -- will show up on Netflix. Adam and Josh, fresh from their own theatrical screening, consider the film in the context of Scorsese's work, specifically his career-spanning gangster movies. Plus, a review of Jia Zhangke's "Ash is Purest White" (2019), the fourth and final film in the Contemporary Chinese Cinema Marathon.

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:

SERENDIPITY -- Prune Nourry Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 21:04

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Prune Nourry prefers to keep herself offscreen in her documentaries.  For SERENDIPITY, though, the subject is her own breast cancer and so the observer became the observed. For context, though, she chose to ponder the themes of her previous work about genetics and fertility. It also gave her the title for her film, seeing as she does the serendipitous nature of what piqued her curiosity in the past with what she was confronting in the present.  The result is a deeply personal documentary about the ways she coped with the diagnosis, much of which reflects Nourry’s own puckish sense of humor. It’s the very first thing I asked her about when we spoke on October 9, 2019.

We went on to talk about the power of ritual; having Agnes Varda cut her hair; the healing power of creation; and how a contract craftsman saw the light while working on one of Nourry’s art pieces that addressed gender issues.

We finished up with Nourry waxed rhapsodic about how art keeps us sane; and why she prefers art as dialogue rather than provocation; the way Angelina Jolie and Darren Aronofsky supported Nourry’s film; and why a film is sometimes not enough.

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: The Irishman

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

Theirishman_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 examines crime, loyalty, and the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa with The Irishman.

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:

Christoph von Schonburg - German Sound Designer - Touch the Sound, The Lives of Others, Never Look Away, and I Was, I Am, I Will Be

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

Neverlookaway_1_small Having developed an early interest in film with a Super 8 camera as a youth, Christoph worked in several small film roles before settling into sound editing in the 1990s.

Since then, Christoph has worked on sound editing and design for more than 100 feature films and television productions.

Christoph's projects include the acclaimed documentary Touch the Sound, the Oscar-winning The Lives of Others, the Oscar nominated Never Look Away, and I Was, I Am, I Will Be.