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: Birds of Honey Boy

The first comic book movie of 2020 has hit theaters with “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” or whatever title the Warner Brothers marketing department has given the film this week. This episode features a review of that film plus a review of the semi-biopic written and starring Shia LaBeouf “Honey Boy”. Additional segments included on this episode include Trailer Tapas, Soapbox, and Recommendations.

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Footcandle Films: 1917 Oscars

1917, the Golden Globe-winning WWI drama, is in theaters and Alan & Chris are ready to share their thoughts. With 2019 in the rearview mirror and the Academy Awards on the horizon, our hosts skip the regular show segments and give their Oscar picks along with their top 5 films of last year.

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Footcandle Films: Parasite Bombshell

In this episode, Alan & Chris discuss the Golden Globe-winning film from South Korea “Parasite” along with the based on real-life events movie “Bombshell” starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie.

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Footcandle Films: Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler takes on a dramatic role as a scheming New York jeweler always looking for the next big score in “Uncut Gems”. Alan & Chris share their thoughts as well as some movie news highlights, trailer tapas and a soapbox segment on a CGI James Dean.

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Footcandle Films: The Rise of Skywalker

The final installment of the Skywalker Star Wars saga has made it into theaters across the country. Alan and Chris sit down and discuss the film…first without spoilers…then with ample warning they delve into specifics. Join us for this special Star Wars edition of Footcandle Films.

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Footcandle Films: Beautiful Knives Out Ferrari

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… hosts Alan & Chris might be heard humming this tune around town… not because of holiday parties and finding the perfect gifts on Amazon… but because of all the great movies hitting theater screens across the country. This episode features reviews of “Ford v Ferrari” starring Matt Damon & Christian Bale from director Rian Johnson, and “A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood” featuring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers.

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Footcandle Films: Lighthouse Marriage Story

In this episode, hosts Alan & Chris discuss “The Lighthouse” the latest film from Robert Eggers starring Willem Dafoe & Robert Pattinson and the possible Oscar contender “Marriage Story” starring Adam Driver and Scarlet Johansen.

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Footcandle Films: Dolemite Luce

Comedian Eddie Murphy is back…and thankfully not as a talking donkey in another Shrek sequel. Alan & Chris share their thoughts on his latest “Dolemite Is My Name” as well as the discussion-worthy indie “Luce” starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Octavia Spencer and a career-defining performance from Kelvin Harrison, Jr.

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Footcandle Films: Ad Astra Joker

Ad Astra’s character study of an astronaut (Brad Pitt) with daddy issues or Joker’s character study of a troubled clown (Joaquin Phoenix) with daddy issues. Hosts Alan & Chris share their thoughts on both films and which one they found more compelling (and which one almost put one host to sleep).

A news segment focusing on the winners of the 2019 Footcandle Film Festival along with recommendations of films to watch rounds out the show.

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Footcandle Films: Farewell It

Pennywise is back. This time he’s haunting the Losers Club as adults with Bill Heder, Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy joining the cast. How does “It Chapter Two” compare to its’ 2017 predecessor? Our hosts share their thoughts as well as discuss the indie film “The Farewell” starring comedian Awkwafina

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