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

A Quiet Woman Place Two in the Window

Alan & Chris ventured back to an actual brick and mortar theater to see the blockbuster release of “A Quiet Place Part II”. They review the film as well as discuss the straight-to Netflix thriller “The Woman in the Window” starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore & Jennifer Jason Lee. Alan then shares three cinematic news items before both hosts close out the show with recommendations of films you might want to watch.

Reviews included in this episode: “A Quiet Place Part II”, “The Woman in the Window”

Recommendations from Alan and Chris: “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, “Bo Burnham: Inside”

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Cruella Together Together

Who can chew more scenery? Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil or Emma Thompson as her nemesis Baroness von Hellman. Our hosts weigh in on the latest Disney release CRUELLA as well as share their takes on the indie comedy TOGETHER TOGETHER starring Ed Helms and Patti Harrison. Next up Alan & Chris discuss some news items that fall under the SOUNDS LIKE IT COULD BE GOOD? banner and close out the show with some recommendations.

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The Father Shiva Baby

Anthony Hopkins recently won an Academy Award for his performance in “The Father”. Many people were surprised the little golden statue wasn’t awarded to the late Chadwick Boseman for his performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. Hosts Alan & Chris give their opinions of Hopkins’ performance and the overall film as well as discuss the independent comedy “Shiva Baby”. Following the reviews comes the movie news segment with discussions of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and a discussion of two recently released movie trailers. Closing out the show each host shares a recommendation for a film you should check out. In Alan’s case he shares five…but ultimately does narrow it down to one.

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Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Stray

In “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo star as lifelong friends who embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small town for the first time. Alan & Chris share their thoughts on this new oddball comedy and then switch gears to discuss a documentary about stray dogs on the streets of Istanbul (“Stray”). Following the reviews, Alan shares some movie news & Chris offers some film recommendations. Recommendations from the hosts in this episode: “The VelociPastor”, “78/52”

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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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