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 9: The Best of 2011

Chris and Alan had a novel idea… what if they took a look at all of the films they saw in 2011, and then presented their “top five” films of the year? We don’t think that has ever been done before! Original or not, the guys present their favorite “Footcandle” films of the year, their favorite “Non-Footcandle” films of the year, and even throw out a couple of their “Least Favorite” (i.e., worst) films of the year. It’s a show all about lists and closing out 2011 with a bang on Footcandle Films.
Running time: 75 minutes

Footcandle Films 8: The Guard

After some downbeat movies over the last few months, it’s time for some laughs. But does “The Guard”, starring Brendon Gleeson and Don Cheadle, deliver? Gleeson stars as unconventional Irish police officer Gerry Boyle, quite content with his life and pace of work, while Cheadle plays a straight-laced FBI agent assigned to a drug-smuggling case in Boyle’s small town. Sound like the setup for a standard “buddy cop” film, right? Listen to see what Alan and Chris think of this month’s film.
Plus, in this episode the boys pick through of couple of recent movie-related news items – with a focus on science-fiction as a way of congratulating Chris for his upcoming nuptials.
“Footcandle Films” is looking to double your film fix by moving to posting episodes twice a month, so be on the lookout for our next episode in two weeks when we discuss the Best Films of 2011 (as well as some of the worst!).
Running time: 38 minutes

Footcandle Films 7: Take Shelter

Alan and Chris review the film “Take Shelter”, starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. Shannon plays a father and husband haunted by visions of a devastating storm that threatens his family, compeling him to build a storm shelter and question his own sanity. Imagine a really frightening, depressing version of “Field of Dreams”. Listen to what the Footcandle guys have to say about “Take Shelter” in this month’s episode.
After the main review, Alan and Chris discuss some upcoming movie news and give their film picks of the month. Did Chris just say he was not a big fan of Spielberg films? What movie did Alan deem the “Worst Film of 2008”? Can Chris pull off a proper English accent? (Answer: No) All of this and more in this month’s “Footcandle Films”!
Running time: 55 minutes. Hosts: Chris Frye and Alan Jackson. Original theme music by Chris Tullar (whose was recently interviewed on “I’m With the Band”, found at this link!)

Footcandle Films 6: Project Nim

“Project Nim” is a documentary about a group of researchers in the 1970s that decided to raise a baby chimpanzee in a human environment and try to teach it how to communicate. The project didn’t go as planned, thus giving show hosts Alan and Chris a film to discuss on this month’s “Footcandle Films”. Listen to see what they thought of the follow-up to director James Marsh’s excellent documentary “Man on Wire”.
Chris and Alan also discuss some of the latest film news, including stories about Steven Soderburgh, the Oscars, and film society favorite Rian Johnson. Then, they provide their “Picks of the Month”, with neither film turning out to be very happy or uplifting. We’re sorry about that.
Running Time: 51 minutes. Hosts: Alan Jackson and Chris Frye. Original theme music by Chris Tullar (whose was recently interviewed on “I’m With the Band”, found at this link!)

Footcandle Films 5: Sarah’s Key

In this month’s episode, the Footcandle guys discuss the film adapation of the novel “Sarah’s Key”, dealing with the persecution of Jewish people in France during World War II. (To all of our book club member listeners out there, we’ll go ahead and break the bad news to you: they didn’t care for it very much.)
Besides that review, Alan and Chris also discuss some movie news and give their “picks of the month” recommendations — one dealing with time travel on a budget, the other dealing with chaining people to radiators. Enjoy!

Footcandle Films 4: Midnight in Paris

Alan and Chris get together to discuss their latest film society screening, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”. After an in-depth discussion of that film, they turn their attention to some of the latest movie news with the theme being “directors taking on unexpected projects”. Each gives their “pick of the month” for a film that listeners should check out; Chris goes the documentary route, while Alan sings a little Irish ditty about his pick. Oh, and they through a little challenge out to their friends at “Chick Chat”. Running Time: 52 minutes. Hosts: Alan Jackson and Chris Frye. Original theme music by Chris Tullar.

Footcandle Films 3: The Tree of Life

Love it or hate it, “The Tree of Life” is a film worth talking about. And the Footcandle guys do just that for a good portion of this month’s show, examining their personal thoughts on the film as well as some of the larger issues it tackles. Following the extended review the hosts discuss some current film news, and then wrap it up with their film recommendations. Warning: Alan recommends a 3-hour Indian movie about a man who receives super powers from an alien puppet and likes to break into spontaneous song and dance. Hosts: Alan Jackson and Chris Frye. Special thanks to Chris Tullar for the theme music.

Footcandle Films 2: Everything Must Go

The Footcandlers discuss the latest Will Farrell film “Everything Must Go”, which puts Mr. Farrell in a not-so-funny spot. The latest film news — the blockbuster, mainstream, franchise, geek movie edition — and two recommendations about as different as you can possibly imagine. One’s about a Russian orchestra fighting for the recognition they deserve, the other is about a rubber tire that can kill people with its mind. See which recommendation tickles your fancy when you listen to the latest episode of Footcandle Films. Running time: 37 minutes. Hosts: Alan Jackson and Chris Frye. Special thanks to Chris Tullar for theme music.

Footcandle Films 1: Win Win

The guys discuss the 2011 film “Win Win” starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan, talk about some recent film news of interest (Wes Anderson, Dragon Tattoos and Obstructions), and give their monthly recommendations of films you should check out. Chris recommends a past Footcandle film, while Alan goes in the “way back” machine for his. The first episode is out the door, and no one got hurt… Win Win! Running time: 43 minutes. Hosts: Alan Jackson and Chris Frye. Special thanks to Chris Tullar for theme music.