Footcandle Films

Hosted ByChris Frye & Alan Jackson

Do you like listening to people talk about films?  What about those films that may not show up at the local multiplex but are instead showing at the smaller specialty theater across town?  Then "Footcandle Films" may be the show for you.

Do you like listening to people talk about films?  What about those films that may not show up at the local multiplex but are instead showing at the smaller specialty theater across town?  Then “Footcandle Films” may be the show for you.  Each month, the hosts discuss and review one “smaller” film in-depth, discuss upcoming film news, and give recommendations on films that you may not be aware of, ones that you haven’t remembered in a while, or ones that are worth your time checking out.  And all the while, the conversation never gets too “high-brow” or pretentious.  Just two guys who enjoy talking about movies.

Your Hosts: 

Alan Jackson is the co-founder of Footcandle Film Society and resides in Hickory, NC. He enjoys a wide variety of films – but mainly those of Martin Scorsese, his all time favorite Director. Despite liking smaller, independent films, Alan also likes films with giant monsters or where animals talk. Alan also thinks Citizen Kane deserves every bit of credit it ever gets.


Chris Frye, the other co-founder of Footcandle Film Society, is a fan of directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam, and David Gordon Green. He lives in Newton, NC and has always been a movie buff. His favorite actors range from Steve Coogan to Christoph Waltz to Jeff Bridges. You may be surprised to know he has never seen Dirty Dancing or Pretty in Pink (gasp!)

All Episodes

You Should Have Left Shirley

You’ve made it through all the episodes of Tiger King and watched all the movies that HBO has to offer. Looking for something else to watch? Alan & Chris review two new arrivals “You Should Have Left” and “Shirley” that might be right up your alley. If they’re not in your cinematic wheelhouse they each offer a recommendation of an older film that can be easily watched on an online service. Gazing into their crystal ball of movie news the hosts also discuss three upcoming films that sound promising in their “Sounds Like It Could Be Good?” segment.

Footcandle Films: Da 5 Bloods of Staten Island

Director Spike Lee has followed up his Oscar winning “BlacKkKlansman” with the Vietnam War centered drama “Da 5 Bloods” which just premiered on Netflix June 12th. Director Judd Apatow, known for his comedies “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, “Knocked Up” and “Trainwreck”, has a new film that’s a semi-biographical take on SNL star Pete Davidson called “The King of Staten Island”. Our hosts dive into both films as well as indulge in a bit of Trailer Tapas by discussing two previews for soon to be released comedies. Alan then dusts off the old cinematic soapbox and discusses the idea of the Oscars moving their eligibility date. Last but not least both hosts give recommendations of films you should check out.

Footcandle Films: Lovebirds Trip to Greece

In this episode, Alan & Chris review two comedies. Both relationship-based, both heavily dependent on the chemistry between the two leads…and both couldn’t be more different in their style and execution. “The Trip to Greece” starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and “The Lovebirds” starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani. The hosts also discuss some movie news tidbits and wrap the show with recommendations of films you might want to check out.

Footcandle Films: Extra Ordinary Assistant

Every now and then we really hit the cinematic extremes on the podcast. This episode is a perfect example. One film reviewed is a minimalist, harrowing tale of harassment in the workplace. The other film is an almost joke-a-minute comedy starring Will Forte. Variety…it’s the spice of life right? Also featured on the episode are bits of movie news and recommendations of other films to check out.

Footcandle Films: Trolls World The Way Back

Due to shuttered movie theaters, Universal Studios released one of their big films for 2020 direct to online rental. Chris & Alan use this opportunity to discuss “Trolls World Tour” and then spend some time talking about Ben Affleck’s latest vehicle “The Way Back”. Chris then plays a news anchor for some silver screen updates. Rounding out the episode, each host gives a film recommendation you can use to occupy some of your quarantine time.

Footcandle Films: Hunt Vivarium

A promotional poster for the new film “The Hunt” called it the most talked about movie of the year that no one’s actually seen. Hosts Alan & Chris have had a chance to see it and share their thoughts. For their second review they discuss “Vivarium” a new offbeat sci-fi thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg. Rounding out the episode are some brief movie news tidbits and recommendations on films to check out while keeping socially distant on your couch.

Footcandle Films: Emma. Swallow

Practicing social distancing? So are Alan & Chris from their respective home offices…but that doesn’t stop them from bringing you a new episode of Footcandle Films. Featured on this edition are reviews of “Emma.” with Anya Taylor Joy and “Swallow” a thriller from relative newcomer director Carlo Mirabella-Davis. For their Trailer Tapas segment, the hosts view & share their thoughts on “Beastie Boys Story” and “Coffee & Kareem”. Rounding out the episode are recommendations of films to consider seeking out and screening.

Footcandle Films: Olympic VHYes

Reviews of the independent films “Olympic Dreams” starring Nick Kroll and the comedic anthology “VHYes” are on the slate for this podcast episode. Movie News with a “Sounds Like It Could Be Good?” segment follows. Closing out the show, per our tried and true formula, each host recommends a film you should check out.

Footcandle Films: Invisible Man Pain

Elisabeth Moss in a horror movie re-make? Our hosts were intrigued and have reviews of “The Invisible Man” as well as Pedro Almodóvar’s latest “Pain and Glory”.

Additional show segments include: Sounds Like It Could Be Good?, Trailer Tapas and our hosts’ recommendations for films you should check out.