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!)
Is it a sequel? A reboot? A reheat? Whatever you consider James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD Alan & Chris give the film a review as well as share their thoughts on the new take on Arthurian legend THE GREEN KNIGHT. Rounding out the show are silver-screen news items and picks of movies you might want to put on your radar.
Recommendations from the hosts in this episode: “The Skin I Live In”, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt star in Disney’s latest theme park ride turned into a big-screen family adventure with “Jungle Cruise”. Alan & Chris share their thoughts on this new release as well as “Old” the latest from director M. Night Shyamalan. Afterward, they talk some movie news before concluding the show with recommendations of films you might want to check out.
In this episode of Footcandle Films, discussions of the indie horror-comedy “Werewolves Within” and director Edgar Wright’s first foray into documentary filmmaking “The Sparks Brothers” comprise the review portion of this episode followed by a healthy dose of silver screen news items. Last but not least each host offers a suggestion of a movie they’ve recently caught up with that you might enjoy.
Recommendations from the hosts in this episode: “Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”, “Bonfire of the Vanities”
The Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off its Phase 4 story arc with “Black Widow”. Hosts Alan & Chris share their thoughts on the film as well as discuss the art house World War II drama “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit”. Silver screen movie news items follow with film recommendations rounding out the show.
Recommendations from our hosts in this episode include: “Plan B” and “Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut”
We’ve got reviews of the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s IN THE HEIGHTS & Pixar’s latest LUCA to kick off this episode. The hosts follow up the review segment with a deluge of movie news (hooray…the movie-making machine is getting cranked up again after the pandemic) and suggestions of movies you might want to watch or rewatch.
Reviews included in this episode: “In The Heights”, “Luca”
Recommendations from Alan and Chris: “Network”, “Bo Burnham: Inside”
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”
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.
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.
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”