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.
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.
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!)
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
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.
Millie Bobbie Brown of “Stranger Things” stars in her first major film role as the title character in “Enola Holmes”. Alan & Chris review this straight to Netflix feature as well as the thriller “Antebellum” starring Janelle Monáe. In addition to the usual segments of Trailer Tapas & Sounds Like It Could Be Good??? the hosts also recap the winners of the 2020 Footcandle Film Festival that just wrapped up at the end of September.
2020 has been pretty strange. A third installment in the Bill & Ted series almost makes sense. Alan & Chris discuss the cinematic oddity as well as the new…well, yes odd – but in a completely different way – Charlie Kaufman film “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”. For the trailer tapas section the hosts discuss the new “Dune” and “Freaky” trailers and then indulge in some extremely early Oscar prediction talk. As per the tried and true formula, they round out the episode with some film recommendations.
Two new films…two new reviews. First up we talk about the documentary that was a hit at Sundance – “Boys State”. For our second review, we discuss the one-of-a-kind biopic “Tesla” starring Ethan Hawke. For our Trailer Tapas portion of the show, we discuss “The Batman”, “Spontaneous” and “On the Rocks”. Last, but not least, we wrap with our recommendations of films you might want to revisit or check out for the first time.
In this episode of Footcandle Films Alan & Chris review two movies that reflect on the challenges of starting your own business and capitalism. One is director Kelly Reichardt’s period drama “First Cow”, the other is the comedy “An American Pickle” starring Seth Rogen in a dual role. After the reviews, Alan leads an “It Sounds Like It Could Be Good?” segment. The hosts close out the show with recommendations of films you might want to seek out.
Movie theaters might be closed but new films are still coming out and we’ve got reviews of two of them. First up is the AppleTV+ exclusive World War II action-drama “Greyhound” starring Tom Hanks. For our second review, we look at the much smaller-scale indie horror film “The Rental” starring Dan Stevens & Alison Brie. For our Trailer Tapas portion of the podcast, we focus on Charlie Kaufman’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” and the new Seth Rogen vehicle “An American Pickle”. Chris then shares two bits of silver screen news before the hosts wrap the episode with their recommendations of films you might have missed or should revisit.
Looking for a few laughs? Alan and Chris review the latest Will Farrell film that just hit Netflix. Looking for a dramatic film with great performances? The hosts discuss “The Truth” from director Hirokazu Koreeda. Afterward, Chris shares some silver screen news and Alan jumps on his cinematic soapbox for a brief rant. Closing out the episode each host gives recommendations of films you might consider screening.
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.