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

Snyder Justice League Minari

With the Academy Awards ceremony approaching, Alan and Chris opted to take some time to discuss the multiple award nominee “Minari”. They follow up with a review of the new director’s cut of “Justice League” that was recently released exclusively on HBO. Some tidbits of movie news and film recommendations round out the episode. Recommendations from Alan and Chris in this episode: “The Mole Agent”, “Godzilla vs. Kong”

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The Mauritanian Nomadland

This episode of the Footcandle Films podcast features reviews of two films centered around real-life stories. Alan & Chris discuss “The Mauritanian” starring Jodie Foster & Tahar Rahim and “Nomadland” starring Frances McDormand. For the movie news segment, the hosts share their thoughts on the recently released 2021 Oscar nominations. Rounding out the show are recommendations on films you might want to check out.

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Judas & the Black Messiah & Rams

Daniel Kaluuya won a Golden Globe for his work in “Judas and the Black Messiah”. Alan & Chris have a review of that film and the recent remake of the film “Rams” starring Sam Neill. Other winners of the Globes are discussed in the news section as well as a thoughts on the upcoming Disney reimagining of “Cruella”. Closing out the show are recommendations of films you can catch up with from the comfort of your own couch.

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Malcolm and Marie and Zappa

Netflix dropped “Malcolm and Marie” starring John David Washington & Zendaya online recently. We’ve got a review of that film as well as the new documentary “Zappa” by director Alex Winter. Also featured on this episode: Sounds Like It Could Be Good?, Trailer Tapas, & Recommendation segments.

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Top Films of 2020

Movie viewing in 2020 was a strange experience. Instead of catching new releases on the big screen our hosts often streamed films on the small screens of their laptops. Despite the less than ideal circumstances cinema managed to offer numerous memorable moments and performances. Alan & Chris each share their Top 5 films of 2020 along with their traditional bonus categories of “biggest disappointment” & “biggest surprise”. After the look back to the year that was the hosts look to the future with some movie news. Last but not least the shows closes with recommendations of films to screen from the COVID free safety of your own home.

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Wonder Woman Another Round

Hosts Alan & Chris return to the MESH studios to record their first podcast episode of 2021. On the docket – reviews of “Wonder Woman 1984” and the rumored Oscar favorite for the best foreign film “Another Round”. Following the reviews, each host shares a bit of movie news before delivering the tried and true final segment of movie recommendations you should check out.

Reviews in this episode: “Wonder Woman 1984”, “Another Round”

Recommendations in this episode: “Mangrove”, “Mank”

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Sound of Promising Young Woman

As 2020 draws to a close, films with hopes of Oscar nominations begin to surface. We’ve got reviews of two of them on this episode with “Sound of Metal” and “Promising Young Woman”. Movie news and recommendations of films you might have missed round out what could likely be our last episode of the year. Enjoy & we’ll see you in 2021!

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History of David Copperfield Donut King

Rags to riches stories. That’s the theme of our movies reviewed in this episode. One is an adaptation of a beloved Charles Dickens novel with “The Personal History of David Copperfield” while the other is the true story of Ted Ngoy in “The Donut King”. After the reviews, our hosts delve into a quick news tidbits segment before ending the episode with their recommendations of films they think you should give a chance.

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Borat Moviefilm On the Rocks

Sacha Baron Cohen decided to revive his fictional Kazakh television journalist for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”. Our hosts Alan & Chris share their thoughts on this new release as well as Sofia Coppola’s latest “On the Rocks” starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. In a Trailer Tapas segment our hosts discuss three upcoming movies and round out the episode with recommendations of films you might want to check out

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Wolf of Snow Hollow Stealing Horses

Indie writer/director Jim Cummings is back with a new movie “The Wolf of Snow Hollow”. Alan and Chris share their thoughts on this film as well as spend some time discussing the foreign flick “Out Stealing Horses” starring Stellan Skarsgard. With a lack of news stories about film to discuss Alan and Chris ponder the future of movie theaters before closing out the show with their recommendations of films you might want to consider adding to your queue.

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