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

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.

Footcandle Films: Birds of Honey Boy

The first comic book movie of 2020 has hit theaters with “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” or whatever title the Warner Brothers marketing department has given the film this week. This episode features a review of that film plus a review of the semi-biopic written and starring Shia LaBeouf “Honey Boy”. Additional segments included on this episode include Trailer Tapas, Soapbox, and Recommendations.

Footcandle Films: 1917 Oscars

1917, the Golden Globe-winning WWI drama, is in theaters and Alan & Chris are ready to share their thoughts. With 2019 in the rearview mirror and the Academy Awards on the horizon, our hosts skip the regular show segments and give their Oscar picks along with their top 5 films of last year.

Footcandle Films: Parasite Bombshell

In this episode, Alan & Chris discuss the Golden Globe-winning film from South Korea “Parasite” along with the based on real-life events movie “Bombshell” starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie.

Footcandle Films: Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler takes on a dramatic role as a scheming New York jeweler always looking for the next big score in “Uncut Gems”. Alan & Chris share their thoughts as well as some movie news highlights, trailer tapas and a soapbox segment on a CGI James Dean.