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Inspired by Rian Johnson's debut movie "Brick" – and the show's near-constant chatter about it – each year Filmspotting champions their favorite overlooked/under-the-radar films with the Golden Brick awards.

Golden Brick Criteria (fully est. 2014):

  • Was reviewed/recommended by at least one host.
  • Cannot be a mainstream/highly publicized movie.
  • Made by a new or newly-established filmmaker.
  • Shows clear directorial vision and/or artistic ambition.
2015 Golden Brick Early Qualifiers
(in order of show mention)
The Duke of Burgundy (#524)
Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (#526)
What We Do in the Shadows (#527)
Wild Canaries (#528)
Buzzard (#529)
Slow West (#538)
Love & Mercy (#545)
The Tribe (#545)
Tangerine (#547)
Meru (#553)
Phoenix (#553)
The Mend (#555)
Heart of a Dog (#563)
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Brick Preview)
Golden Brick Nominees - 2014
(* Finalists / Winner in bold)
Blue Ruin
20,000 Days on Earth (AK)
Blue Ruin*
The Congress (JL)
Dear White People* (JL)
The Double (JL)
Finding Vivian Maier (AK)
Listen Up Philip
Locke (AK)
Mistaken for Strangers (AK)
Memphis (JL)
The One I Love*  (AK)
Starred Up*
Golden Brick Nominees - 2013
(* Finalists / Winner in bold)
Act of Killing
Short Term 12*
The Spectacular Now
Stories We Tell*
Golden Brick Nominees - 2012
(Winner in bold)
Wuthering Heights
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Color Wheel
The House I Live In
The Loved Ones
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia - People's Choice
Oslo, August 31st
Wuthering Heights
Golden Brick Nominees - 2011
(* Finalists / Winners in bold)
Another Earth
The Arbor*
Bill Cunningham New York
Certified Copy*
The Interrupters*
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meek's Cutoff*
Project Nim
Take Shelter* - People's Choice
Win Win
Golden Brick Nominees - 2010
(Winner in bold)
Easy A
A Film Unfinished
Four Lions
The Freebie
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Please Give
The Tillman Story
Tiny Furniture
Note: The 2010 list was heavy with movies that were not reviewed on the show.
Golden Brick Nominees - 2009
(Winner in bold)
Anvil: The Story of Anvil
Food, Inc.
Summer Hours
World's Greatest Dad

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