I've been listening to your show for about three years. I've found I only tune in now for the specials, especially those featuring Michael Phillips. Since you're asking for heartfelt and honest criticism, I think in this age of reboots, Filmspotting itself should be the next candidate.
The problem I think is your feature reviews are too long, too wordy and too earnest. Do you really need 25 minutes discussing the latest Marvel blockbuster? Honestly, those movies are pieces of capitalist product and can usually be dismissed in a couple of minutes. As it is, you approach every piece of Hollywood fluff as if it is the Battleship Potemkin.
If I were your producer, I would make the segments shorter, punchier and wittier. You need a ratings system, if not a star-based one (which admittedly is hackneyed), something approaching the "buy it-burn it-bin it" model of the Sound Opinion guys.
I also think the balance of your presenters is wrong. You've got two Mid-West, very serious and very verbose film nerds when you really can only afford one. Adam or Josh need a foil. That's why the Matty Ballgame guy worked so well. One of the team needs to be the cheeky, irreverent one who pricks the other guy's self-important po-mo bubble from time to time.
Michael Phillips has that. I hesitate to call it anything so broad as a sense of humour, but I think a culture critic needs a dash of cynicism along with the fanboy completionist act.
Another suggestion is to dump 'massacre theatre'. It might have been funny once, but it really is a laboured and very stale routine. You need to freshen the format up. Maybe have someone read an appalling Oscar acceptance speech and have you listeners guess who it was. Alongside your Top 5s do some Bottom 5s - most over-rated movies of the year, for instance.
Lastly, I want to thank Adam for being the almost perfect reverse indicator of a movie's worth. His total lack of judgement about the frankly juvenile and self-indulgent work of Quentin Tarantino is a case in point. Wasn't "Django Unchained" his TOP movie of the year a couple of years back?? Honestly, how has that pick stood the test of time?
I'd vote for a Filmspotting hosted by Michael Phillips and Scott Tobias, even bettern Michael Phillips and Dana Stevens. But this show, as it is, is way, way past its use-by-date.
Sorry about that.