WBEZ | Filmspotting http://www.wbez.org/tags/filmspotting Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Not feeling Christmas Eve? How about a movie? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-12/not-feeling-christmas-eve-how-about-movie-104554 <p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/316897006_37b5d65e14_z.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Deck the halls at the Movies (flickr/emdot)" /></div><p>Christmas celebrations are already in full swing at homes in and around Chicago. But not everybody marks the holiday. If you&rsquo;re Jewish or Muslim or just prefer to skip it &ndash; there is another, time-honored way to enjoy the night before Christmas: head out to see a movie.</p><p>The two big, brand new releases are &quot;Les Misérables,&quot; the film version of Victor Hugo&#39;s epic historic novel (which has undergone epic adaptations, for film, television and most famously Broadway), and &quot;Django Unchained,&quot; the latest ultra-violence from Quentin Tarantino.</p><p>Christmas-time viewing is also a good opportunity to catch up any of the big films that might end up in the &quot;best picture&quot; category at the Academy Awards (<a href="http://www.awardscircuit.com/2012/09/18/academy-sets-dates-for-85th-oscars-nominations-to-be-announced-january-10th/">which will be announced January 10th</a>). &nbsp;</p><p>Adam Kempenaar co-hosts WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.filmspotting.net/"><em>Filmspotting</em></a>. He called Stephen Spielberg&#39;s<em> &quot;</em>Lincoln<em>&quot; </em>&quot;essential viewing, especially for the performance of Daniel Day Lewis.&quot; But he also recommends &quot;Skyfall<em>.&quot; </em></p><p><em>&quot;</em>I&rsquo;m not a big Bond guy,&quot; Kempenaar said. &quot;But that was one of my favorite Bond films, well, frankly ever.&quot;<br /><br />Just don&rsquo;t expect to see Kempenaar in the seat next to you. When I asked if he ever goes to the movies at Christmas he laughed and exclaimed &quot;Never!&quot; For Kempnaar the Christmas holiday is &quot;not about watching movies, it&rsquo;s about finally taking a break.&quot;</p><p>Happy holidays to you, wherever you end up this year!<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-12/not-feeling-christmas-eve-how-about-movie-104554 Women getting in on the action at the box office http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-27/women-getting-action-box-office-95886 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-27/Gina-Carano-in-Haywire1-300x224.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.filmspotting.net/" target="_blank"><em>Filmspotting</em></a> co-host, and editor or <a href="http://www.ThinkChristian.net" target="_blank">ThinkChristian.net</a> Josh Larsen joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to review the new Steven Soderbergh action film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1506999/" target="_blank"><em>Haywire</em></a>. And WBEZ culture reporter Alison Cuddy joined the conversation to discuss some other films with strong female characters.</p></p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-27/women-getting-action-box-office-95886