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Inside:
- CFCA Awards - 
- Coming Friday - 
- In the Archives: "Moonlight" - 
- Seeing the Fellini in Cuarón and the Kubrick in Lanthimos - 
- Poll: The Best Film of 2018 -
- Contests & Passes - 
- Jan 11th Live Show: Tickets On Sale -
- The Next Picture Show: "The Favourite" & "Mean Girls" -
- Filmspotting Merchandise: Final Sale of the Year! - 
COMING FRIDAY
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK dir by Barry Jenkins
& SHOPLIFTERS dir by Hirokazu Koreeda
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (results and more below)

Above, Kiki Layne in a shot from "Beale Street," Jenkins' follow-up to "Moonlight." Guess who's jealous of Jenkins' close-ups? Paul Thomas Anderson that's who.

"If Beale Street Could Talk" is currently in limited release and expands wider on Christmas Day.

Kore-eda has been nominated for the Palme d'Or five times. "Shoplifters" took home the prize at the Cannes Film Festival this past May. It opens in limited release this weekend. Here's where to find out if it's playing near you.   
 
Review excerpt: MOONLIGHT (2016)

Josh: I want to take time to praise Mahershala Ali.

Adam: So good.

Josh: That was the performance that - I don't know why, just.. it's devastating when he disappears from the narrative.

Adam: Yes.

Josh: And you feel that absence in the other segments that he's not in because he makes such an impact in that first segment and not because he gets any grandstanding scene. And at first he's almost - you wonder: "Is this a wolf in sheep's clothing?"

Adam: You do. You have to.

Josh: We're trained by other movies, right, more than anything else to think: this is a bad situation.

Adam: He doesn't tip his hand either way.

Josh: No, he does not. I mean you still get a sense that maybe this could go wrong near the end even after you've seen him and really feel that his protection is genuine. There's a gorgeous scene where he takes Little swimming and teaches him how to swim. And I think that's where we finally begin to understand that his interest is genuine in the boy. But just the way Ali makes these quiet moments hit so hard - again without pushing any sort of demonstrative personality. You would think as this drug dealer who runs the block the temptation would be to go big, right? No, it's just his quiet presence. And it's really one of my favorite performances of the year.

Adam: Yeah, I'm with you.

Listen: #610 Barry Jenkins & Naomie Harris (Moonlight) / Doctor Strange / Tower
LAST WEEK / LOOKING AHEAD

LAST WEEK:
ROMA / THE FAVOURITE

REVIEW EXCERPT: THE FAVOURITE

Adam: So Josh, who did you find the most redeemable in this basket of deplorables? Or perhaps who did you find the most entertainingly irredeemable? Coleman's exhaustingly needy, childlike monarch? Weisz's icy, brutally honest Sarah? Stone's seemingly wide-eyed schemer? Or, rakish puppet master Yorgos Lanthimos – so determined to devise and explore hermetically sealed worlds that present their own unique language, protocols and acrid blend of decorum and debauchery?

Josh: Yeah, this is quite the cheery vision of humanity isn't it? As we would expect from Lanthimos. I think we both knew what we were getting into at this point from the director and for the most part we both really enjoy getting into these sorts of dramas that he gives us. Great question. I would argue they're all redeemable.

Adam: Nice!

Josh: But I would also say -

Adam: Such compassion, Josh.

Josh: I guess I would say that some of them have more redeeming qualities than others.

ALSO ON LAST WEEK'S SHOW:
- What does Lanthimos have in common with Kubrick? And is "The Favourite" his "Barry Lyndon"?
- The secular saint in Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma"
- New Golden Brick recommendations "Hale County This Morning, This Evening" (Josh), "Happy as Lazzaro""Western""Shirkers" (Sam)
- Cuarón's best film that isn't "Roma" (Poll results)

LISTEN:
#708 Roma / The Favourite

FRIDAY 12/21: Top 10 of 2018, Part 1
w/Tasha Robinson and Michael Phillips

CHICAGO FILM CRITICS AWARDS
This past Saturday, the Chicago Film Critics Association awarded their Best of 2018 Awards. Below, the nominees for the top prizes, with the winners in bold. Adam and Josh will talk through the ballot and weigh in on the results on Friday's show. 

Also below, results of the CFCA-inspired death match polls I posted on Twitter.

BEST PICTURE
The Favourite
First Reformed
Hereditary
Roma
A Star is Born

BEST DIRECTOR
Bradley Cooper(-) A Star is Born
Alfonso Cuaron (-) Roma
Yorgos Lanthimos (-) The Favourite
Lynne Ramsay (-) You Were Never Really Here
Paul Schrader (-) First Reformed


BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale (-) Vice
Bradley Cooper (-) A Star is Born
Ethan Hawke (-) First Reformed
Rami Malek (-) Bohemian Rhapsody
Joaquin Phoenix (-) You Were Never Really Here
BEST ACTRESS
Yalitza Aparicio (-) Roma
Toni Collette (-) Hereditary
Regina Hall (-) Support the Girls
Lady Gaga (-) A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy (-) Can You Ever Forgive Me?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali (-) Green Book
Timothee Chalamet (-) Beautiful Boy
Richard E. Grant (-) Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Michael B. Jordan (-) Black Panther
Steven Yeun (-) Burning


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Olivia Colman (-) The Favourite
Elizabeth Debicki (-) Widows
Zoe Kazan (-) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Regina King (-) If Beale Street Could Talk
Rachel Weisz (-) The Favourite

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER

Ari Aster (-) Hereditary
Bo Burnham (-) Eighth Grade
Bradley Cooper (-) A Star is Born
Bing Liu (-) Minding the Gap
Boots Riley (-) Sorry to Bother You
MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Yalitza Aparicio (-) Roma
Elsie Fisher (-) Eighth Grade
Lady Gaga (-) A Star is Born
Thomasin McKenzie (-) Leave No Trace
John David Washington (-) BlacKkKlansman
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Ruben Brandt: Collector
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
FILMSPOTTING POLL: What is the best film of 2018?
Vote here.

Results - along with your comments - on our two-part Top 10 of 2018 shows. Part 1 coming Fri. 12/21. 

And if you leave a comment and we hope you do, please let us know where you're listening from.
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ON THE BASIS OF SEX
Advance screening
Tuesday, Dec. 18th
7pm
AMC River East 21 - Chicago


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FILMSPOTTING LIVE!
THE FILMSPOTTING 2018 WRAP PARTY - LIVE
Date: Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 pm
Location: Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago

Celebrating the 2018 movie year with scheduled guests:
Tasha Robinson fromThe Next Picture Show
- The Chicago Tribune's 
Michael Phillips
Angelica Jade Bastién fromVulture
- And more!


Tickets are on sale now. To purchase or for more information, click here
THE NEXT PICTURE SHOW: LOOKING AT CINEMA'S PRESENT VIA ITS PAST
w/Tasha Robinson, Scott Tobias, Genevieve Koski and Keith Phipps

COMING TUESDAY:

"Girl World" Part 1: "Mean Girls" & "The Favourite"

From Next Picture Show co-host and producer Geneveive Koski:
Yorgos Lanthimos’ new THE FAVOURITE is, in the words of star Rachel Weisz, a bit like a “high-stakes MEAN GIRLS”: It’s the story of a woman in power challenged by a fresh young outsider, only it plays out in the halls of court rather than the halls of a suburban high school. In this half of our pairing examining the power plays and back-biting of “Girl World,” we look back first at Mark Waters’s MEAN GIRLS to ask whether the much-quoted Tina Fey-penned comedy is still totally fetch, and which of its insights about teen girl-dom circa 2004 still resonate today.


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