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  • 18 Nov 2019 8:57 AM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    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.

    Recommendations: “Moneyball“, “Greener Grass

  • 30 Oct 2019 2:20 PM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    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.

    Once the reviews conclude Alan takes Mr. Scorsese to task for dissing Marvel films and Chris braves the new Star Wars trailer.

    Wrapping up the episode with a celluloid bow the hosts give their recommendations of movies you should consider checking out.

    Recommendations: “Between Two Ferns: The Movie“, “The Art of Self-Defense

  • 16 Oct 2019 4:27 PM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    Ad Astras 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.

    Recommendations: “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot“, “Mean Streets

  • 18 Sep 2019 1:59 PM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    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.

    A news segment focusing on the stories coming out of recent festivals along with recommendations of films to watch rounds out the show.

    Recommendations: "Ghost", "American Factory"

  • 9 Sep 2019 11:20 AM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    If Alan & Chris set out to discuss two more divergent films than they did in this episode it might not be possible. First up they discuss "The Biggest Little Farm" - a documentary that follows a couple who decide to switch careers and start a farm. The hosts then share their thoughts on Casey Affleck's latest project "Light of My Life" about a father & his daughter trying to survive in a world where a plague has all but wiped out the female population.

    For the news segment, each host shares a tidbit they thought might be of interest to our listening audience. Closing out the episode are recommendations of films you might want to seek out and the obligatory plug for the upcoming Footcandle Film Festival...September 27-29, 2019 in Hickory, NC.

    Recommendations: "The Hate U Give", "The Brothers Solomon"

  • 15 Aug 2019 2:57 PM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco” made quite the buzz at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize and the film’s writer and director, Joe Talbot, won the directing award. Does the film live up to the hype for our hosts? Listen in and find out as they share their review and also discuss the creature feature “Crawl“. Rounding out the episode are bits of tinsel town talk and recommendations of films our hosts recommend your add to your viewing queue.

    Recommendations: “Fast Color“, “Inception

  • 8 Aug 2019 11:52 AM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    Quentin Tarantino has released the penultimate film of his career. Alan & Chris share their thoughts on his "Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood" as well as the smaller indie comedy "Sword of Trust" starring Marc Maron. After the review segment, Chris takes a turn running the movie news desk. The episode closes out with recommendations of films you might have missed that you should consider adding to your viewing queue.

    Recommendations: "Ophelia (2018)", "Doubt (2008)"

  • 30 Jul 2019 10:44 PM | Alan Jackson (Administrator)

    The 2019 Footcandle Film Festival is coming to the Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block in Hickory the weekend of September 27thto 29th.  This is the fifth year of the film festival and will bring thirty-five films for attendees to view and meet some of the filmmakers throughout the weekend.  A complete list of the films, their descriptions and trailers can be found on the festival web site (

    On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the festival will be showing films that were submitted from filmmakers around the world and selected by the festival screening panel.  Over 300 films were submitted for consideration for this year’s festival and 35 were selected for this year’s event.  The films are a mixture of narrative and documentaries as well as feature-length and short films, all shown in the Drendel Auditorium.

    Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance throughout the weekend to attend screenings of their films and discuss their work with attendees in question-and-answer sessions.  Some filmmakers are traveling to Catawba County from other states and countries to attend the festival.

    On Friday evening the festival will hold its Opening Nightevent where many of the short film selections are screened, followed by an opening night reception with food and drink in the Hickory Museum of Art and adjoining SALT Block locations.  Later that evening, for the more “adventurous" viewers there will be a second late-night screening of edgier, more mature shorts that’s being referred to as the "Night Gallery" following the reception.

    At 7:15pm on Saturday night, the festival will screen the weekend’s “spotlight” film:  ODE TO JOY, starring Martin Freeman and Morena Baccarin. This romantic comedy is based on a story from NPR’s “This American Life” radio program.  The film is based on a true story about Charlie (Freeman), a man who struggles with acute narcolepsy brought on anytime he experiences joy and experiences complications when he falls in love.

    At 7:00pm on Sunday there will be an awards ceremony at Moretz Mills where festival winners will be announced and a full dinner will be served to attendees. There will be six awards presented at this year’s awards ceremony determined by a combination of panels of judges and audience voting.

    Tickets can be purchased for each of the individual films and for the two special events. For attendees that want more flexibility with their festival weekend schedule they can purchase a “weekend pass” that allow them to attend any of the films and the Friday Opening Night Short Film event.  The closing ceremony and dinner is not included in the weekend pass and must be purchased separately.

    Tickets are now on sale for the general public by visiting www.footcandlefilmfestival.comand clicking the link on the home page to “Purchase your festival tickets now”.  Tickets can be purchased with credit or debit cards; taxes and credit card charges will apply.  Tickets will remain on sale up until the weekend of the film festival for any events that are not sold out.

    The Footcandle Film Society has been screening and facilitating discussions on films in Western North Carolina since its inception in 2008.  Through monthly film screenings, discussions, partnerships with various international and educational organizations, the film society has built a community of over 600 members that support film efforts in our region.

    For any questions about the festival please contact the film society at info@footcandle.orgor visit the festival’s web site at

  • 12 Jul 2019 10:38 AM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    Whether you like big budget blockbusters or indies this episode has reviews of both types of films.  First up is talk on the latest Marvel superhero movie "Spider-man: Far From Home".  Ari Aster's sophomore film "Midsommar" occupies the second review slot followed by the hosts sharing bits of movie news and their recommendations on films you might want to watch.

    Recommendations: "Eyes Wide Shut" , "Lady Macbeth"

  • 5 Jul 2019 11:17 AM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    Heard of Forky?  He's kind of a big is the movie he's in..."Toy Story 4".  Alan & Chris review this film as well as the latest offering from auteur director Jim Jarmusch "The Dead Don't Die".  Afterwards they share some movie news and then close the episode out with their recommendations of films to seek out.

    Recommendations: "MacGruber" , "Bad Times at the El Royale" , "Personal Shopper" & "Almost Famous"

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