The Next Reel Film Podcast

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L’Auberge Espagnole • The Next Reel
Apr 18 • 61 min
How well does Cédric Klapisch paint the world of study abroad programs? Why does Audrey Tautou get such prominent billing? And where do we sign up to join the Erasmus Programme? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more.
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall • Trailer Rewind
Apr 16 • 42 min
This month Steve and JJ following the story of Sidney Hall, a young novelist who writes a book that impacts a generation and soon after, he disappears.
A Star Is Born (2018) • The Next Reel
Apr 11 • 86 min
How well do Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga do in recreating these roles? How does this version stack up to the previous three versions? Which did we like the most? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!
A Star Is Born (1976) • The Next Reel
Apr 4 • 70 min
How’s the chemistry between Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson? Do any of these songs stand out today? Does the 70s vibe affect our appreciation of it? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more.
A Star Is Born (1954) • The Next Reel
Mar 28 • 70 min
How well do Judy Garland and James Mason do in the roles? Was Garland stable by this point in her career? How does this one hold up to the original one? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more.
A Star Is Born (1937) • The Next Reel
Mar 21 • 58 min
Why does this story connect with people so strongly that it keeps getting remade? How well do our two leads do at bringing us into this world? And what’s going on with Granny and her deus ex machina advice? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers…
I, Tonya • Trailer Rewind
Mar 19 • 50 min
Not only is ‘I, Tonya’, one of JJ’s favorite films, but upon re-watching it Steve has found that there is more to this film than he thought.
Creed II • The Next Reel
Mar 14 • 67 min
Does Creed II stand up as a quality film or is it just another sequel? Did it make sense to bring back the Russians? Is this really Stallone’s last performance as the character Rocky Balboa? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more.
Captain Marvel • The Film Board
Mar 12 • 71 min
Creed • The Next Reel
Mar 7 • 71 min
How well does this film fit within the Rocky franchise? Does Michael B. Jordan work as Apollo Creed’s son? How does Stallone do as his mentor? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!
Rocky Balboa • The Next Reel
Feb 28 • 61 min
Is Rocky too old to box? Should he have hung up the towel for the franchise and left well enough alone? Or is this a strong return to form? We answer these questions and more on this week’s show, so check it out then tune in!
Rocky V • The Next Reel
Feb 21 • 66 min
How does Rocky V hold up to the other films? Do Tommy Gunn and Duke work as the villains? What about Rocky’s relationship with his son? Does it work? Tune in to this week’s show to find out these answers and more.
Happy Death Day 2U • The Film Board
Feb 19 • 64 min
Horror abounds for The Film Board in February and this year is no different. We woke up in the same scary month this year with Happy Death Day 2 U specially released for the sweetheart holiday in the middle of Valentine’s week.
Rocky IV • The Next Reel
Feb 14 • 75 min
Is this the most dated of the Rocky films thus far? Is Stallone losing his touch because he’s wearing too many hats? Did we need a robot? Tune in to this week’s episode to get these answers and more
The Bachelors • Trailer Rewind
Feb 12 • 47 min
Consider yourself warned that J.K. Simmons (and his majestic beard) are going to bring a tear to your eye. This month Steve and JJ take a road trip with the straight to streaming film The Bachelors. It treads on well worn indie territory - new kid at a…
Rocky III • The Next Reel
Feb 7 • 70 min
How well does this hold up compared to the first two? Does Mr. T’s Clubber Lang work as the antagonist? Does Stallone deliver with the characters and story? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more.
Rocky II • The Next Reel
Jan 31 • 65 min
Can the sequel hold its own to its predecessor? Do the characters grow and evolve in new ways? How are the fights? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!
Lean on Pete • Trailer Rewind
Jan 29 • 42 min
A long journey with a horse … through brutal environments … and encounters with ruthless people … no, we’re not talking about Hostiles again. But after taking a month off we wanted to pick up where we were. So this month Steve and JJ are taking on the…
Rocky • The Next Reel
Jan 24 • 71 min
How well does this film hold up over four decades since its release? Does Stallone do well at double duty as writer and actor? And is this really a boxing movie or a 70s character piece? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!
Glass • The Film Board
Jan 22 • 61 min
The Film Board is respawning for you here this January with Glass from M. Night Shyamalan. Is it a sequel to Unbreakable? Is it a sequel to Split? Or is it something altogether different. The debate about this film should be super with an angle on origin…
Romeo and Juliet • The Next Reel
Jan 17 • 67 min
Is it better or worse casting actual teenagers to play the title roles? How well does Zeffirelli handle the Bard? What are we really looking for in adaptations of this story anyway? Tune in to this week’s show to find out these answers and more!
Rachel, Rachel • The Next Reel
Jan 10 • 58 min
Is there more to the film than a great central performance by Joanne Woodward? Can Paul Newman direct? Would Estelle Parsons’ character have made a better character to follow? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!
Oliver! • The Next Reel
Jan 3 • 56 min
Do the songs hold up? How strong of an adaptation is this of “Oliver Twist?” Did it deserve to win the Best Picture of 1968 Oscar? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!
The Lion In Winter • The Next Reel
Dec 27, 2018 • 61 min
How well do O’Toole and Hepburn do playing royalty? Are there any happy people in 1183? How did England survive these rulers? Tune in to this week’s show to hear us chat about The Lion in Winter!
The Producers (2005) • The Next Reel
Dec 20, 2018 • 64 min
Did the stage musical need to have a film remake? How do Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick at creating unique performances? Do Will Ferrell and Uma Thurman belong here? Tune in to this week’s show to find out these answers and more.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse • The Film Board
Dec 18, 2018 • 59 min
Here’s a gift for the whole family from The Film Board’s clan to yours - The thugs went out and saw our first official show-sanctioned animated film this week, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse.
The Producers (1968) • The Next Reel
Dec 13, 2018 • 64 min
How well do Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder work with each other? Does the musical element hold up? How about the comedy? Tune in to this week’s episode to find out these answers and more!
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) • The Next Reel
Dec 6, 2018 • 65 min
Does the pairing of Brosnan and Russo match the chemistry of McQueen and Dunaway in the original? How does the heist hold up? And what’s cooler – dune buggie or glider? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) • The Next Reel
Nov 29, 2018 • 59 min
How well do Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway work together? What was the inspiration for the multi-screen images? Has there ever been a sexier game of chess played? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!
Green Book • The Film Board
Nov 27, 2018 • 54 min
The Film Board spent the holiday weekend giving thanks and watching “Green Book,” a dramedy based on the true story of master pianist Dr. Don Shirley touring the American deep south in the 1960s.
Once Upon A Time In America • The Next Reel
Nov 22, 2018 • 70 min
Does Leone’s final film need to be this long? How does the story feel compared to his other films? Is this one of Ennio Morricone’s best scores? Tune in to this week’s shows to get these answers and more.
Hostiles • Trailer Rewind
Nov 20, 2018 • 58 min
JJ and Steve are heading out west this month. It’s a long and grueling journey, and one of them may not make it to the end. It’s a Trailer Rewind first. This month they dig into the Saturday Matinee archives to find a film to talk about. They are in new…
Duck You Sucker • The Next Reel
Nov 15, 2018 • 57 min
How does this film fit thematically with the other Once Upon a Time films? How are Rod Steiger and James Coburn in the film? And have you ever seen such disgusting, ugly eating? Tune in to this week’s show to get the answers to these questions and more.
Once Upon A Time In The West • The Next Reel
Nov 8, 2018 • 67 min
Does Leone’s fourth western stand up to his earlier trilogy? How is Henry Fonda as the baddie? Can Leone handle a woman being one of the main characters? Tune in to this week’s show to hear these answers and more.
Day of the Dead • The Next Reel
Nov 1, 2018 • 62 min
How does Romero’s final zombie film in his original trilogy hold up when compared to the other two? Do Tom Savini’s effects hold up? What about the story and acting? Tune in to this week’s show to get the answers to these questions and more!
Dawn of the Dead • The Next Reel
Oct 25, 2018 • 65 min
Does George A. Romero keep up with his social commentary in his zombie follow-up? How does the zombie gore work in color? What’s up with The Gonk? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!
Raw • Trailer Rewind
Oct 23, 2018 • 46 min
“I’m sure you’ll find a solution, honey.”
Night of the Living Dead • The Next Reel
Oct 18, 2018 • 62 min
Are fifty-year-old zombies scary today? How does the gore hold up? Did the actors really eat sheep intestines? Tune in to this week’s episode to find answers to these questions and more!
First Man • The Next Reel Film Board
Oct 16, 2018 • 68 min
Buckle up for an intense journey on this one with the Film Board as we examine the story of struggles and successes that adorn the space race and the USA’s historic effort to reach the Moon.
Danger: Diabolik • The Next Reel
Oct 11, 2018 • 65 min
Would a super-villain really use something called Exhilarating Gas? How well does John Phillip Law work as Diabolik? Is this a film we’d watch again? Tune in to this week’s show to find out our answers to these questions and more!
The Detective • The Next Reel
Oct 4, 2018 • 54 min
Does Sinatra hold his own as a down-and-dirty NYC detective? Could Lee Remick be any more marvelous? How does the film hold up 50 years later? Tune in to this week’s show to find out these answers and more.
Coogan’s Bluff • The Next Reel
Sep 27, 2018 • 55 min
Is there any merit to Siegel’s and Eastwood’s first collaboration? How does the film hold up in Eastwood’s body of work? Did the film warrant the shift to the NYC party? Join us on this week’s show as we look for answers.
Don’t Think Twice • Trailer Rewind
Sep 25, 2018 • 51 min
What are you waiting for? Just press play. Don’t stop to think, just say yes and press the button because JJ and Steve are working without a script. This month they take a look at Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 film Don’t Think Twice.
Targets • The Next Reel
Sep 20, 2018 • 59 min
How effective is Peter Bogdanovich’s first try at directing a film? Does Boris Karloff still provide the scares he once did? Is the film still relevant today? Tune in to this week’s show to hear our answers to these questions and more!
The Predator • The Film Board
Sep 18, 2018 • 58 min
The concept from “Predator” has been through a number of evolutions as a film and a franchise, so in this show we’ll dissect the DNA infusions brought to the bunch with the latest release. Written and Directed by Film Board favorite Shane Black, we’re…
Battle for the Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel
Sep 13, 2018 • 60 min
How well does this film follow the unrated cut of the last film? Do the budget cuts show? Is Roddy McDowall still as good as ever or starting to show some boredom? Tune in to this week’s show to find out these answers and more!
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel
Sep 6, 2018 • 54 min
How great is the return of both Ricardo Montalban and Roddy McDowall? What social commentary are we getting in this sequel? Could audiences handle the darker tone? Tune in to this week’s show to find out these answers and more!
Escape from the Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel
Aug 30, 2018 • 54 min
Are the script’s retcons problematic or do they end up working? What about the tonal shifts? And could Kim Hunter be any more gosh-darned adorable? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!
The Happytime Murders • The Film Board
Aug 28, 2018 • 47 min
What the heck is going on?! The Film Board was ROFL when the trailer for The Happytime Murders was released, so we decided to take a flyer and check to see if Melissa McCarthy and the Henson Gang could keep the raunchy laughs coming. We don’t usually…
Beneath the Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel
Aug 23, 2018 • 55 min
Does this film live up to its predecessor? Does it make sense in the franchise? Did we really need to see apes in the sauna? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!
Free Fire • Trailer Rewind
Aug 21, 2018 • 38 min
JJ and Steve return from their summer break with a big bang. This month they attempt to survive the brutal shootout in Ben Wheatley’s 2016 film Free Fire.
Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel
Aug 16, 2018 • 59 min
Are these talking apes believable? How well does the message of the film hold up? Could Charlton Heston be any more over-the-top? Tune in to this week’s show to find out these answers and more!
2010: The Year We Make Contact • The Next Reel
Aug 9, 2018 • 59 min
Does this film stand up to Kubrick’s original? Is this where Roy Scheider started his career decline? Do the effects hold up? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!
2001: A Space Odyssey • The Next Reel
Aug 2, 2018 • 75 min
Is 2001 really one of the greatest films ever made or could Kubrick have used a better editor? Does the monolith really represent the movie screen? Is HAL one of the cinema’s great villains? Tune in this week to get these answers and more!
The Congress • Trailer Rewind
Jul 3, 2018 • 46 min
Just before the summer break, Steve and JJ take a trippy ride to “The Congress.”
Ocean’s 8 • The Next Reel
Jun 28, 2018 • 63 min
Do Sandra Bullock and her team work for this Ocean’s spinoff? Can Gary Ross bring the Soderbergh magic? Why does the film feel a bit more lackluster? Tune in to this week’s show to hear our thoughts on this and more!
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom • The Film Board
Jun 26, 2018 • 61 min
Volcanoes, clones, and lizards oh my! Let’s all get Jurassic with it this month as we venture back to join the forsaken children of Isla Nublar for a fifth time. The Film Board is going to erupt a bunch of spoilage on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in…
Ocean’s Thirteen • The Next Reel
Jun 21, 2018 • 57 min
Does the heist come off as well as it does in the other films? How does Al Pacino work as the villain? Why are there so few women? And is that really Matt Damon’s nose? Tune in to this week’s show to find out these answers and more!
Ocean’s Twelve • The Next Reel
Jun 14, 2018 • 59 min
Does “Ocean’s Twelve” hold up to everything started in the first film? Are there too many cons? And when did they really start? It’s a fun movie so check it out on this week’s show!
The Sound of Music • Speakeasy with Producer Catherine Hand
Jun 12, 2018 • 73 min
Was Christopher Plummer really bored about being a part of The Sound of Music? How many people really remember that the Nazis are involved in the story? And what’s really the best song in the movie? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these…
Ocean’s Eleven (2001) • The Next Reel
Jun 7, 2018 • 61 min
Is there anything about the original that’s superior to this version? How effective is the team and their heist? Is Julia Roberts even necessary? Tune in to this week’s show to find out this and more!
Ocean’s 11 • The Next Reel
May 31, 2018 • 59 min
Does the Rat Pack’s take on the Las Vegas heist hold up? How about the music? And does the ending work or ruin the film? Tune in to this week’s show to find out this and more!
Solo: A Star Wars Story • The Film Board
May 29, 2018 • 69 min
Ready for an Easter Egg hunt? Yes, it’s actually Memorial Day but “Solo” hit theaters this weekend and it’s spelunking George Lucas’s treasures in the attic so The Film Board will spoil it all for you! This new Star Wars anthology film kicks off the…
Predestination • The Next Reel
May 24, 2018 • 61 min
How well do Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook do in bringing this story to life? How close did the Spierig brothers’ script adhere to Robert A. Heinlein’s original short story? Is there a logic to the time travel rules here? Which came first, the chicken or the…
Interstellar • The Next Reel
May 17, 2018 • 65 min
Is Nolan’s film Interstellar underrated or overrated? How scientifically accurate are the elements portrayed in the film? Will traveling through a black hole really leave you in the back of a bookcase? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and…
Triple 9 • Trailer Rewind
May 15, 2018 • 31 min
We call the Filmboard a gang of thugs, but we’ve got nothing on the crew from Triple 9, a violent cop drama from 2016 directed by John Hilcoat. With both the Marvel and DC cinematic universes represented as well as The Walking Dead, this film has a slew…
About Time • The Next Reel
May 10, 2018 • 58 min
How well do Domnhall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams work as an on-screen pair? Does writer-director Richard Curtis do a good job with the time travel rules he establishes? And can Bill Nighy speak at our weddings? Join us this week to hear these answers and…
Timecrimes • The Next Reel
May 3, 2018 • 55 min
Is the film really an allegory about adultery? When piecing it all through, does it make sense and hold up? Does our protagonist act of his own free will or is everything fated to happen? Tune in to this week’s show to hear our thoughts!
Giant • The Next Reel
Apr 26, 2018 • 68 min
How does James Dean fare opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson? Did this film need to be 3 ½ hours long? Where does the name ‘Bick’ come from? And where are all the giants? Tune in to this week’s episode to get these answers and more!
Felony • Trailer Rewind
Apr 24, 2018 • 46 min
As Joel Edgerton is starting to become a familiar face for American audiences he is also starting to cultivate his behind the screen talents. This month JJ and Steve investigate Edgerton’s first feature-length screenplay - 2014’s Felony.
Rebel Without A Cause • The Next Reel
Apr 19, 2018 • 80 min
Does the icon James Dean deliver the goods that warrant his status? How believable are he and Natalie Wood together? How does Sal Mineo fit in with the pair? And what’s with Mr. Magoo’s crazy apron? Tune in to this week’s show to hear us chat about all…
Beirut • The Film Board
Apr 17, 2018 • 69 min
“2000 years of revenge, vendetta, murder. Welcome to Beirut”
East of Eden • The Next Reel
Apr 12, 2018 • 65 min
Does James Dean’s acting style lend itself well to this story or is it too big? Is is okay to watch an Elia Kazan film still, knowing he named names? Does Julie Harris work here? And how great is it to see Louis Smith pop up in a small role? Tune in to…
All That Jazz • Speakeasy with DP Nic Sadler
Apr 10, 2018 • 85 min
How close is director Bob Fosse’s own life to the lead character? How much did this film influence people like Michael Jackson and Darren Aronofsky? Was Roy Scheider truly the 70s greatest treasure? Tune in to this episode of The Next Reel’s Speakeasy to…
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance • The Next Reel
Apr 5, 2018 • 78 min
Is it possible to like a film that has such an offensive moment as this one does? Does Lee Yeong-Ae deliver the goods for her director? Was this trilogy secretly Park Chan-Wook’s way of taking vengeance on his audience? Tune in to this week’s show to find…
Ready Player One • The Film Board
Apr 4, 2018 • 71 min
It’s very possible that Spielberg is one of a very few people that could have made this book a reality for the big screen.
Oldboy • The Next Reel
Mar 29, 2018 • 71 min
After the box office failure of his previous film, Park Chan-Wook worked hard with his next script to make something that would really draw people in. And it worked! His 2003 film ‘Oldboy’ was a huge box office success and garnered incredible praise for…
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance • The Next Reel
Mar 22, 2018 • 69 min
Did Park Chan-Wook set out to make a challenging film or did it just naturally end up that way? Who is the eponymous character? And what is Park saying about the nature of revenge in film? Tune in to this week’s show to find out!
Cuban Fury • Trailer Rewind
Mar 20, 2018 • 43 min
It’s time to put on your rubber-soled salsa shoes and hit the floor with JJ and Steve. This month they have got fire in their heels as they talk about “Cuban Fury.”
Detroit • The Next Reel
Mar 15, 2018 • 69 min
Was this the right way to tell this story? How well do the actors carry the film? Why has this situation not been taught in history books? Join us on this week’s show to find out!
Local Hero • Speakeasy with Re-recording Mixer Andy Nelson
Mar 13, 2018 • 71 min
What makes this Scottish town so stinkin’ charming? What’s up with the webbed feet? And what does a re-recording mixer actually do? Tune in to this episode of The Next Reel’s Speakeasy with re-recording mixer Andy Nelson to hear answers to these questions…
Point Break • The Next Reel
Mar 8, 2018 • 71 min
What works better – Kathryn Bigelow’s action directing or the jiggly monkey technique? Who’s hunkier – Keanu Reeves or Patrick Swayze? What’s more thrilling – the surfing, the skydiving or the bank robbing? And can Gary Busey be in everything? Tune in to…
Near Dark • The Next Reel
Mar 1, 2018 • 73 min
Is Kathryn Bigelow’s solo directorial debut worth checking out? Is there enough ‘western’ in this vampire western? Is it weird that Bigelow ported over three of the acting team from Aliens? And are some vampires weirdly more susceptible to catching fire…
Anomalisa • Trailer Rewind
Feb 27, 2018 • 46 min
Call the maid for turn down service, because this month JJ and Steve take on a movie that takes place in a hotel room. JJ and Steve spend time with Charlie Kaufman’s 2015 film, Anomalisa and discuss why it is an unsettling film.
Funny Girl • The Next Reel
Feb 22, 2018 • 74 min
Is this film memorable for its story or for Streisand’s performance? What does Omar Sharif bring to the table? Does William Wyler’s direction stand out as top notch? And which song is a better representation of Babs – ’People’ or ‘Don’t Rain on My…
Black Panther • The Next Reel Film Board
Feb 20, 2018 • 71 min
The Marvel Madness continues this month with Black Panther and it brings some spectacular new looks to some tried and true traditions. This movie boasts a whole lot of firsts on the big screen and it’s set to shatter box office records for February.
Thoroughly Modern Millie • The Next Reel
Feb 15, 2018 • 75 min
Could Julie Andrews do anything wrong in the 60s? Can Carol Channing really sing that low? Why couldn’t they have just given Pat Morita and Jack Soo names? Join us on this week’s show as we discuss Thoroughly Modern Millie!
The Young Girls of Rochefort • The Next Reel
Feb 8, 2018 • 71 min
Is there really this much pastel in Rochefort? Could Catherine Deneuve have been any more adorable? What’s up with the ax murderer element? Join us this week to find out!
Mary Poppins • The Next Reel
Feb 1, 2018 • 75 min
Would Julie Andrews have been better in My Fair Lady? How bad is Dick Van Dyke’s cockney? Was casting the Bride of Frankenstein as an angry nanny an in-joke? And just how do those actors dance with animated characters? Tune in to this week’s show to find…
A Good Day to Die Hard • The Next Reel
Jan 25, 2018 • 77 min
Does Jai Courtney work as McClane Jr.? How many villains is too much? Did McClane really need to go to Russia? Tune in to this week’s show to find out more!
Burnt • Trailer Rewind
Jan 23, 2018 • 44 min
Is Burnt about food or redemption, or both? Listen in for the first of many Trailer Rewind episodes this year that won’t give JJ a fright.
Live Free or Die Hard • The Next Reel
Jan 18, 2018 • 83 min
How does Bruce Willis work as the older John McClane? How is Mac Justin Long as his sidekick? And did Maggie Q really do her own stunts? We talk about all this and more on this week’s show!
Dunkirk • Speakeasy with DP Toby Oliver
Jan 16, 2018 • 61 min
Does Christopher Nolan’s use of IMAX cameras feel like a necessary decision? How well does the story work without a central protagonist? Why the three timelines? Tune in to our guest cinematographer Toby Oliver the TNR Speakeasy to find out!
Die Hard With a Vengeance • The Next Reel
Jan 11, 2018 • 69 min
How well do Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson work together on screen? Would a straight-up version of the original script have been better? What about the alternate ending? Tune in to this week’s show to get our thoughts!
Molly’s Game • The Next Reel Film Board
Jan 9, 2018 • 60 min
This week listen to Steve, Andy, and JJ examine Aaron Sorkin’s latest, “Molly’s Game”. They may try to gamble a bit about the film’s performance and purpose for coming out on Christmas. Jessica Chastain and company may be giving away some tells for big…
Die Hard 2 • The Next Reel
Jan 4, 2018 • 81 min
Does Renny Harlin amp this sequel up appropriately or does it go too far? Should John McClane be this unlikeable? And do the bad guys really ‘die harder’? Tune in to this week’s show to find out!
Die Hard • The Next Reel
Dec 28, 2017 • 88 min
Does John McClane represent the perfect everyday action hero? Is Hans Gruber one of cinema’s greatest villains? Why does this film work so well and still hold up? And does anyone talk to themselves as well as Bruce Willis? Join us on this week’s show to…
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest • The Next Reel
Dec 21, 2017 • 67 min
Does Lisbeth finally win out? How does Noomi do in the role over the three films? Are they going to remake this? Tune in this week to find out!!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi • The Film Board
Dec 19, 2017 • 93 min
We did it! We got to Star Wars #8 without our own Starkiller of a planet disintegrating - and what a fantastic reward we have in store for you when all of the usual suspect gang of thugs gather here to spoil the heck out of The Last Jedi. There’s so many…
The Girl Who Played with Fire • The Next Reel
Dec 14, 2017 • 67 min
Is this film as good as its predecessor? Will Lisbeth ever let down her steel wall? And is it worth it seeing a more Millennium-centric story? Tune in this week to find out!
Comscore’s Paul Degarabedian • Behind the Sites
Dec 10, 2017 • 73 min
Andy & Pete are joined by Paul Dergarabedian from comScore to talk about film analytics, how he got started in the business and his love for film.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo • The Next Reel
Dec 7, 2017 • 69 min
Could anyone but Noomi Rapace have brought Lisbeth Salander to life so well? Does the director deliver a story told as cinematically as David Fincher? What’s better – the original or extended edition? Get answers to these questions and more in this week’s…
Faults • Trailer Rewind
Dec 5, 2017 • 47 min
It’s the last Trailer Rewind of 2017, and this time it’s personal. When they decided to watch Andy’s trailer pick from our Syriana episode on February 20, 2015, Steve and JJ had no idea of the impact it would have on them. Writer/director Riley Stearns…
Labyrinth • The Next Reel
Nov 30, 2017 • 99 min
Is this film less dark than The Dark Crystal? Does David Bowie feel like the goblin king? How good is Jennifer Connelly’s acting here? And why is Bowie wearing those pants? Tune in to be a part of the discussion!
Treknology: The Science of Star Trek with Dr. Ethan Siegel • Shorts
Nov 28, 2017 • 69 min
What’s this? More Trek? We can’t get enough of it! This week, author Ethan Siegel joins Pete to talk about the science of Star Trek, talking through those questions that stumped us during our film series.
Wild Tales • The Next Reel
Nov 23, 2017 • 66 min
Does this anthology film stand out in the sea of anthology films? Which story is the best? Do we all have a little “Bombita” living inside us? And who wants wedding cake? Tune in to find out!
The Secret in Their Eyes • The Next Reel
Nov 16, 2017 • 75 min
Who killed Liliana Coloto and what was their motivation? Did this film deserve its Best Foreign Language Film Oscar? How does Ricardo Darín stack up in a period piece? Tune in to this week’s show to find out!
Murder on the Orient Express • The Film Board
Nov 14, 2017 • 63 min
It could be a crime to pull this relic out to confound new audiences — did the mustache pull it off? Do the filmmakers get away with it?
Son of the Bride • The Next Reel
Nov 9, 2017 • 67 min
Does Ricardo Darín deliver yet again with Son of the Bride? How is the rest of the cast? How does the film handle Alzheimer’s and old age? Tune in to this week’s show to find out!
Nine Queens • The Next Reel
Nov 2, 2017 • 63 min
Is Ricardo Darín as effective a con artist as he thinks he is? Is this stamp con game he’s playing with Gastón Pauls going to work? And do we buy into this con game? Check out this week’s show to find out!
Star Trek Beyond • The Next Reel
Oct 26, 2017 • 93 min
Does the theme of unity come through well enough? Is the Yorktown the coolest spaceport ever made? Does Idris Elba really need that much makeup? Tune in to this week’s show to find out!
Star Trek Into Darkness • The Next Reel
Oct 19, 2017 • 75 min
Does Star Trek Into Darkness stand out as anything more than a fantastic-looking retread? Is Uhura’s role diminished to be the worrying partner? Would it have still worked if Cumberbatch wasn’t Khan? Tune in this week to get our thoughts on these…
Miss Sloane • Trailer Rewind
Oct 17, 2017 • 39 min
This month JJ and Steve are tasked with keeping up with “Miss Sloane.” This drastically overlooked film from December 2016 is based on a stellar script from first-time writer Jonathan Perera and directed by John Madden.
Star Trek • The Next Reel
Oct 12, 2017 • 86 min
Does JJ Abrams give us more of what came before or breathe fresh life into the franchise? How well does this cast hold up? Does it feel like a Star Trek film? Tune in this week to get these answers and more!
Blade Runner 2049 • The Film Board
Oct 10, 2017 • 79 min
It’s no secret that we’re fans of Villeneuve’s work, but we come to 2049 with a none-too-subtle sense of anxiety. For Andy, Steve, and Pete, this film trods in the playground of our youths… did it really need to be made? Probably not. But since it’s here,…
Star Trek: Nemesis • The Next Reel
Oct 5, 2017 • 85 min
Is Tom Hardy a good choice to be Patrick Stewart’s clone? Does this story of the Romulans make a good entry? Did we need to see another version of Data? Tune in to this week’s show to find out!
Star Trek: Insurrection • The Next Reel
Sep 29, 2017 • 78 min
Is the fountain of youth an admirable quest for the Enterprise team? Is this film better or worse than remembered? And how awesome is F. Murray Abraham? Tune in to this week’s show to join the chat!
Kingsman: The Golden Circle • The Film Board
Sep 26, 2017 • 75 min
The Film Board gathers! This week we’re choosing sides with the Kingsman and the Statesmen as we take on Poppy and the minions in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Star Trek: First Contact • The Next Reel
Sep 21, 2017 • 88 min
Was the Borg a strong enough villain or did they need the Borg Queen for the film? How well integrated is the first contact storyline? Tune in to this week’s show to get in on the conversation!
Little Sister • Trailer Rewind
Sep 19, 2017 • 32 min
This month JJ and Steve are dealing with family drama in Zach Clark’s 2016 film Little Sister.
Star Trek: Generations • The Next Reel
Sep 14, 2017 • 84 min
Does Data’s emotion chip make for a better or worse character when used? Just what kind of torture was Soran performing on Geordi? Why does Guinan conveniently appear in the Nexus? Tune in to this week’s show to get in on the conversation!
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country • The Next Reel
Sep 7, 2017 • 91 min
Does Nicholas Meyer return to make the best film of the franchise? Is Shakespeare really better in the original Klingon? Are Uhura’s earpieces actually comfortable? Tune in to our show to find out!
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier • The Next Reel
Aug 31, 2017 • 78 min
Is this movie really as bad as we remember? Can the story survive the bad humor burying it (alive)? And where does Uhura get her fans? Tune in to this week’s show to find out!
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home • The Next Reel
Aug 24, 2017 • 93 min
Does time travel really work? How does the crew of the Enterprise survive in 1986? And were the whales perhaps just ordering dinner? Tune in this week to find out!
Experimenter • Trailer Rewind
Aug 22, 2017 • 37 min
This month JJ and Steve learn a lesson in obedience with 2015’s Experimenter. So download this episode and push play. I will bear the responsibility. Push play … now.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock • The Next Reel
Aug 17, 2017 • 77 min
Does this film work as a sequel? Should Harve Bennett have hired a different writer? When they go searching for Spock, do they actually find him? Tune in this week to find out!
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan • The Next Reel
Aug 10, 2017 • 72 min
Is Khan one of the greatest villains of all time? Did Gene Roddenberry really ruin the ending for audiences? Does it matter if Khan and Kirk are ever in the same room? Tune in this week to find out!
The Dark Tower • The Film Board
Aug 8, 2017 • 60 min
Stephen King’s opus inspired the movie and The Film Board gathers here to throw out a bunch of thoughts on it… How’s that old turn go again about the baby and the bathwater?
Star Trek: The Motion Picture • The Next Reel
Aug 3, 2017 • 72 min
Is this a worthy start to a massive film franchise? Do the ‘79 effects hold up today? Is Shatner over the top? Why the love for split diopters? Tune in to dig in with us!
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets • The Film Board
Jul 25, 2017 • 71 min
The Film Boards drops out of Exospace this month to experience the other-dimensional adventure of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople — Trailer Rewind
Jul 18, 2017 • 38 min
“You know, sometimes in life it seems like there’s no way out. Like a sheep trapped in a maze designed by wolves.“ This month, JJ and Steve are off into the deep bush country of New Zealand to track down one of Andy’s trailer picks from last year. What…
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Jun 29, 2017 • 78 min
“Prepare to feel the wrath of the League of Evil Exes!” After making Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright signed on to direct the adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life” but due to project delays, it would be…
Return of the Living Dead — No, No, Wait! Hear Me Out!
Jun 27, 2017 • 13 min
“The important question is, where do they get all the skeletons with perfect teeth?” Tommy Handsome is back with his take on Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 zombie romp, The Return of the Living Dead. And before you hang up the podcast machine, wait, wait! Hear him…
Jun 22, 2017 • 67 min
“He dared to be born right on the border with China.” Regardless of whether you are a Buddhist or not, the story of Tenzin Gyatso is an interesting one that certainly provides drama that can draw you in. Born as the 14th reincarnation of the Dalai Lama,…
The History of Future Folk — Trailer Rewind
Jun 20, 2017 • 7 min
“Hondo!” This month, Steve digs through the archives to revisit The History of Future Folk, a quirky indie that punches well above its weight. Yes, it’s a musical comedy about banjo-playing aliens. Yes, it’s the fictional backstory of a comic duo you’ve…
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Jun 15, 2017 • 81 min
“I’m keeping him.” Steven Spielberg didn’t have a sense that his little, personal alien film was going to blow up like it did when he was making it. Universal Studios saw it as another kids film that likely would only be seen by moms taking their kids to…
The Mummy — The Next Reel Film Board
Jun 13, 2017 • 75 min
“We recognize, examine, contain, destroy.” THE FILM BOARD GATHERS! This month we all got wrapped up in the first film release for the “Dark Universe.” Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe give us an entry into a new world of Gods and Monsters in “The Mummy.” We…
The Black Stallion
Jun 8, 2017 • 78 min
“We’re gonna show everybody that he’s the fastest horse in the world.” Francis Ford Coppola’s successes in the 70s put him in a place where he was able to help a good number of people get projects off the ground. One of those people was his friend from…
Howl’s Moving Castle
Jun 1, 2017 • 60 min
“Nothing but witches and wizards ahead.” Hayao Miyazaki did not attend the Oscars to pick up his Academy Award for Best Animated Film for Spirited Away because he was protesting the Iraq War. When it came time to make his next film, he took his…
Spirited Away
May 25, 2017 • 68 min
“If I hear one litle complaint out of you, you’ll be joining your parents in the pigpen!” Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 film Spirited Away shot to the top of the Japanese box office and still holds the spot as the highest grossing film in Japanese history,…
Alien: Covenant — The Film Board
May 23, 2017 • 71 min
“One wrong note eventually ruins the entire symphony.” The Film Board Gathers! This month we’ve hit the Feel-a-Round Cineplex for Ridley Scott’s latest entry to the Alien Cinematic Universe: Alien: Covenant. The film tells the story of a colony ship on…
Princess Mononoke
May 18, 2017 • 78 min
“When you’re going to kill a god, let someone else do the dirty work.” Hayao Miyazaki has always had a strong relationship with nature that he’s portrayed in a number of his films, but nowhere has it grown as dark as it did in his 1997 film Princess…
May 11, 2017 • 76 min
“Happiness is in your hands.” The role of advertising in politics is constantly evolving. From radio to TV to the internet and now to specifically pinpointed Facebook ads and beyond, it’s amazing how complex the system has grown. But watching how…
Silver Linings Playbook — Speakeasy with guest composer Harry Gregson-Williams
May 9, 2017 • 62 min
“I can’t apologize. I’m not going to apologize for this. You know what I will do? I will apologize on behalf of Ernest Hemingway because that’s who’s to blame here.” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry…
Post Mortem
May 4, 2017 • 59 min
“I’ll talk to them. I have a position now.” Pablo Larraín was born when Pinochet was already in power but the military coup that brought Pinochet to power always fascinated him, largely because it wasn’t something that was discussed until after the…
The Circle — The Next Reel Film Board
May 2, 2017 • 71 min
“Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better.” The Film Board Gathers and we’re pulling everyone much much too close into “The Circle.” The book was released in 2013 from Dave Eggers and the movie adaptation opened this week in theaters. Our Thugs…
Tony Manero
Apr 27, 2017 • 68 min
“Once the film is out of fashion, you think they’ll still follow you? No way.” Pablo Larraín didn’t intend to direct three films that took place during the Pinochet dictatorship – it just happening that way. Looking at Tony Manero, the first film in what…
Colonia — Trailer Rewind
Apr 25, 2017 • 49 min
“Anyone can torture, but to break a person without harming physically, that’s an art.” We’re keeping with The Next Reel 2017 theme of “Let’s Scare JJ.” Prisoners tortured in secret underground tunnels! A power-crazed cult leader! But even more frightening…
Certain Women
Apr 20, 2017 • 74 min
“I just knew if I didn’t start driving, I wasn’t gonna see you again.” Kelly Reichardt’s most recent film, last year’s Certain Women, is a bit of a departure for her in that it’s a film consisting of three separate stories that are only loosely connected…
Meek’s Cutoff
Apr 13, 2017 • 67 min
“Is he ignorant or is he just plain evil?” The story of the real Meek’s Cutoff is an interesting and tragic tale in the early days of the Oregon Trail. Many pioneers lost their lives as they followed their guide, Stephen Meek, and proceeded to get lost.…
Wendy and Lucy
Apr 6, 2017 • 67 min
“Don’t be a nuisance. We don’t need that.” Kelly Reichardt has been called a minimalist film director, and if you’re comparing her to someone like Michael Bay or Steven Spielberg or the Hughes brothers, that certainly seems to be the case, at least based…
The Book of Eli
Apr 2, 2017 • 67 min
“Stay on the path.” Right from the start, it was clear that Albert and Allen Hughes knew how to put films together. Whether paying homage to filmmakers they admire or playing with their own showy techniques, they know how to play with the visual tools…
From Hell
Mar 23, 2017 • 70 min
“No man amongst you is fit to judge the mighty art that I have wrought.” The Hughes brothers hadn’t really had a big hit by the time they were offered to direct the adaptation of Alan Moore’s and Eddie Campbell’s graphic novel “From Hell,” detailing the…
Menace II Society
Mar 16, 2017 • 68 min
“Being a black man in America isn’t easy. The hunt is on and you’re the prey.” When 20-year-old twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes directed their first feature film in 1993, Menace II Society, they immediately showed audiences everywhere that they were…
The Emigrants
Mar 9, 2017 • 69 min
“The situation in Sweden must be real bad as even lice have begun to emigrate to America.” It’s time for our first 2017 Listener’s Choice episode! Pony Prize winner Finn Frode, who’s from Norway but living in Sweden, won and selected a Swedish film with…
Logan — The Next Reel Film Board
Mar 7, 2017 • 88 min
“Don’t be what they make you to be” Back to Back Film Board weeks! We couldn’t let this one go by - Marvel comics movies are continuing to find their graphic stride this month with LOGAN and our thugs need to get in the fight and mix it up about the value…
The Great Wall
Mar 2, 2017 • 75 min
“There are many things you have not seen.” Zhang Yimou has done serious dramas. He’s done big wuxia action films, but he hasn’t had a success in a while and perhaps it should come as no surprise that his newest film is designed to be a big fantasy action…
Get Out — The Next Reel Film Board
Feb 28, 2017 • 74 min
“Here it is: My boy Chris has been missing for two days.” The Film Board Gathers! This month, in a departure from the heady intensity of the Oscars line-up, our Gang of Thugs takes on a thriller written and directed by a comedy all-star. Jordan Peele’s…
The Lobster — Trailer Rewind
Feb 25, 2017 • 43 min
“A wolf and a penguin could never live together, nor could a camel and a hippopotamus. That would be absurd.” In a world where being a couple is a legal requirement, one man dares to be alone. When society puts pressure on him he flees to the woods and…
Feb 23, 2017 • 69 min
“How swift your sword must be.” Zhang Yimou had always wanted to direct an action film, and after years of working on the script, he finally had his chance with his ambitious visual feast, 2002’s Hero. Shot all over China starring some of the hottest…
Raise the Red Lantern
Feb 16, 2017 • 64 min
“Light the lanterns at the fourth house!” Despite the bans on some of his earlier films like Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern in his home country of China, Zhang Yimou had exploded onto the world stage with these visually sumptuous films and had become a…
Ju Dou
Feb 9, 2017 • 71 min
“If they knew, they’d kill us.” The eighties were a period of turmoil and transition for the Chinese film industry. Other forms of entertainment were more popular and the authorities were concerned that films that had been popular, like martial arts…
The Danish Girl
Feb 2, 2017 • 63 min
“You helped bring Lili to life, but she was always there.” The Danish Girl certainly took a long time getting to the big screen. The script went through dozens of iterations after David Ebershoff’s book was first was optioned. The cast changed numerous…
Jan 26, 2017 • 73 min
“I never even heard of a tranny church lady.” Felicity Huffman received many accolades for her incredible performance in TransAmerica, but an Oscar was not one of them. Looking back at the various nominees, it’s clear that Huffman should have won. But…
Split — The Next Reel Film Board
Jan 24, 2017 • 80 min
“He’s on the move.” DON’T LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE OF THE FILM BOARD until you see Split! Here at The Next Reel, we always mention how WE SPOIL MOVIES and this month we’ve taken on twistmaster M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film with a conversation that is…
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Jan 19, 2017 • 83 min
“I can spot the fluttering of a beaded lash from three hundred paces.” Terence Stamp had played some pretty tough characters in his career – Billy Budd, General Zod – so it was a big surprise to many to see him play a transgender character in The…
Coming to America
Jan 12, 2017 • 75 min
“When you think of garbage, think of Akeem!” Eddie Murphy was riding high through the 80s. John Landis, on the other hand, had had a string of flops, not to mention a very difficult Twilight Zone trial. Considering their success together with Trading…
Groundhog Day with Guest Jim Jermanok — The Next Reel Speakeasy
Jan 10, 2017 • 65 min
“You couldn’t plan a day like this.” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, writer, producer, director and…
Beverly Hills Cop
Jan 5, 2017 • 81 min
“You’re not gonna fall for the banana in the tail pipe?” Eddie Murphy proved his big screen comedy prowess with Dan Aykroyd in Trading Places but the studio was still concerned about him helming a movie by himself. Luckily, Don Simpson and Jerry…
Trading Places
Dec 29, 2016 • 68 min
“When I was growing up, if we wanted a jacuzzi, we had to fart in the tub.” Eddie Murphy may have been a name on “Saturday Night Live” but he wasn’t a film star. Luckily, when John Landis wanted to cast him as Billy Ray Valentine in Trading Places, Murphy…
Black Christmas
Dec 22, 2016 • 70 min
“Agnes, it’s me – Billy!” Bob Clark may be best known for directing his Christmas classic, 1983’s A Christmas Story, but many people don’t know that he got his start in horror like so many other filmmakers, and that one of his first horror films was…
Rogue One — The Next Reel Film Board
Dec 20, 2016 • 86 min
“I’m one with the Force. The Force is with me.” Look at this- The Film Board is back with a thuggish gathering of galactic implications. Last year doesn’t totally count as long ago nor far, far away for a new star wars movie, but the Disney franchise…
The Godfather Part III
Dec 15, 2016 • 94 min
“Now that you’re so respectable, I think you’re more dangerous than you ever were.” It was billed the most anticipated film of the decade, yet Francis Ford Coppola had spent that entire decade turning down requests to make it. It was only his failing…
101 Dalmatians — The Next Reel Speakeasy with The Bancroft Brothers
Dec 13, 2016 • 81 min
“Such perfectly beautiful coats!” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is our ongoing series in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, we’re honored to have two guests join us…
The Godfather Part II
Dec 8, 2016 • 78 min
“Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” While The Godfather, Part II didn’t perform nearly as well as its predecessor at the box office, Francis Ford Coppola’s sequel certainly made its money back and, more importantly, has gone on to become a…
The Godfather
Dec 1, 2016 • 98 min
“Blood’s a big expense.” It was never a movie that was meant to be as big as it became. Robert Evans, Paramount head at the time, thought it would be a fun mobster movie designed to make a quick buck, capitalizing on the recent novel “The Godfather” by…
The Two Faces of January — Trailer Rewind
Nov 29, 2016 • 28 min
“… another victim of the cruel tricks gods play on men” It’s back to 2014 again for JJ and Steve as they dig into The Two Faces of January, Andy’s pick from February 2014. Adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, this thriller set in the early 60’s…
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Nov 24, 2016 • 73 min
“I didn’t forget your breakfast. I didn’t bring you breakfast because you didn’t eat your din-din!” The animosity between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford almost seems the stuff of legend. Looking back from today, it’s hard to say how much there really was…
All About Eve
Nov 17, 2016 • 61 min
“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” Bette Davis was on a streak of flops and just lost her contract with Warner Bros. when Joseph L. Mankiewicz offered her the role of Margo Channing in his new film All About Eve. She immediately saw…
Now, Voyager
Nov 10, 2016 • 74 min
“Don’t let’s ask for the moon, we have the stars!” Irving Rapper’s 1942 film Now, Voyager may have met with mixed reviews but it certainly found its audience, showing that people were thrilled with the on-screen pairing of Bette Davis and Paul Henreid in…
The Film Board Presents: Doctor Strange
Nov 8, 2016 • 75 min
The Film Board gathers! The Marvel Cinematic Universe has returned so we’ve brought together a merry band of thugs to spoil the next episode of the massive comic book soap opera for you- easter eggs and all. Origin story anyone? Join us as we talk about…
The Little Foxes
Nov 3, 2016 • 70 min
“You must hate me very much.” Bette Davis was never one to shy away from roles, except perhaps from those that weren’t meaty enough. And she found a lot to work with in Lillian Hellman’s play “The Little Foxes” when William Wyler brought it to the big…
The Philadelphia Story — Speakeasy with Guest Steve Miner
Nov 1, 2016 • 82 min
“The prettiest sight in this fine, pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges.” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk…
The Fly (1986)
Oct 27, 2016 • 82 min
“Be Afraid. Be very afraid.” There are certain people that are drawn to a movie because of reports about early screenings where audience members had to leave the theatre because the gore made them physically sick. Whether it’s an attraction to the…
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back — The Next Reel Film Board
Oct 25, 2016 • 80 min
“You’re right – the numbers don’t add up.” The Film Board is all out of Breath! Our faithful thugs have all been sprinting from house to car to theater to car to microphone to gather, AND SPOIL, FOR YOU - the new Tom Cruise production of Jack Reacher -…
Oct 20, 2016 • 77 min
“You don’t throw a whole life away just ‘cause he’s banged up a little.” When Seabiscuit raced in the 30s, he drew more news than Roosevelt or Hitler. His match race against War Admiral was heard by 40 million people, statistically about as many Americans…
Odd Thomas — Trailer Rewind
Oct 18, 2016 • 41 min
“I may see dead people, but, by God, I do something about it.” Mining book series for films is an all to frequent occurrence. Some are able to successfully make the transition from page to screen, while others struggle. The Odd Thomas series by Dean…
Black Hawk Down
Oct 13, 2016 • 90 min
“They won’t understand why we do it. They won’t understand it’s about the men next to you. That’s all it is.” There is a political side to military operations, and there is a military side. Regardless of the politics of the 1993 situation in Somalia, the…
Shorts: Josie and the Pussycats — No, No, Wait! Hear Me Out!
Oct 11, 2016 • 7 min
“Du Jour means teamwork!” You know the feeling. You have a ridiculous internal affair with a movie. You’ve seen it a dozen times. You laugh at all the right places and cry when it ends. But alas, you are alone. Your friends don’t understand you. They shun…
The Dish
Oct 6, 2016 • 71 min
“The whole town is over the moon.” Every story has many facets, but often the big story hides some of the smaller facets. The Australian film The Dish is a perfect example of this. The big story? Apollo 11’s successful mission to the moon. The small…
Speakeasy: “Apocalypse Now” with guest cinematographer Paul Cameron
Oct 4, 2016 • 60 min
“You’re an errand boy sent by grocery clerks to collect a bill.” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode,…
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Sep 29, 2016 • 82 min
“I’ll say a prayer for you. A little prayer.” Antoine Fuqua has talked about how much a fan he is of both westerns and of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film Seven Samurai. Knowing that, it’s frustrating to see that his retelling of Kurosawa’s film transplanted to…
A Bug’s Life
Sep 27, 2016 • 80 min
“From way up here, you all look like little ants!” Time heals all wounds, but the rift between Jeffrey Katzenberg and Disney may not apply. When Katzenberg, former chairman of Disney’s film division, left Disney after a bitter feud with CEO Michael…
The Film Board Presents: Snowden
Sep 20, 2016 • 68 min
“Terrorism is just an excuse” The Film Board Gathers undercover of darkness through compromised microphones and remotely accessed computer screens to discuss a dramatic reconstruction of the deconstruction of the general public’s privacy in Oliver Stone’s…
¡Three Amigos!
Sep 15, 2016 • 60 min
“They called us scum-sucking pigs! Us!” It was the movie that had ‘hit’ written all over it. Three of the funniest actors starred together for the first time: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. One of the top comedy directors – John Landis – was…
Speakeasy: “Heat” with Guest Cinematographer Jayson Crothers
Sep 13, 2016 • 93 min
“All I am is what I’m going after.” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, cinematographer Jayson Crothers…
The Magnificent Seven
Sep 8, 2016 • 70 min
“We deal in lead, friend.” The Magnificent Seven is a breeze to watch. It’s fun. It has that clean vibe of early Hollywood westerns. Plus it’s based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, giving it some serious street cred. Despite all of that, however, it…
Seven Samurai
Sep 1, 2016 • 78 min
“Once more, we survive.” When you think of Akira Kurosawa, it’s easy to connect him to great samurai films like Ran, Throne of Blood, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo and Sanjuro. What’s surprising, however, is that he didn’t make his first samurai film until…
Aug 25, 2016 • 66 min
“How are we defining ‘contained?’” While working on The Informer! with Steven Soderbergh, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns was inspired by a scene with Matt Damon ranting about the germs Scott Bakula’s character left on a phone to explore the idea of a viral…
The Film Board Presents: War Dogs
Aug 23, 2016 • 71 min
“That sounds illegal.” The Film Board Gathers - celebrating the Dog Days of summer with a slick new film from the team that created the Hangover’s Wolf Pack. This month the Thugs get feral and spoil War Dogs for you because it features some of our…
Aug 18, 2016 • 93 min
“Either the blindness spread the panic or the panic spread the blindness.” When Fernando Meirelles showed his 2008 film Blindness to José Saramago, the author of the original book upon which it was based, Saramago loved it. Unfortunately for them, neither…
Children of Men
Aug 11, 2016 • 99 min
“Very odd what happens in a world without children’s voices.” It’s unfortunate that Alfonso Cuarón’s film Children of Men never found the audience it deserved, at least theatrically. Sure, it has been hailed as one of the best films of the year it was…
Speakeasy: “Fat City” with guest Sam Levy
Aug 9, 2016 • 83 min
“How’d you like to wake up in the morning and be him?” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode,…
Aug 4, 2016 • 96 min
“You can’t stop the signal.” Most people involved in making Joss Whedon’s 2005 film Serenity acknowledge that it was a near miracle that they got to make it. The TV show upon which it was based, “Firefly,” was canceled before its 14 episodes all aired and…
The Film Board Presents: Jason Bourne
Aug 2, 2016 • 78 min
“Use SQL to corrupt the databases.” The Film Board Gathers! This month, we’ve got thugs being thugs as the Bourne Quilogy moves into its latest chapter. Our secret super soldiers surface to talk about Matt Damon’s return and the latest techniques in…
Jul 28, 2016 • 94 min
“You have to love its simplicity. It’s one billionth our size and it’s beating us.” After making Das Boot, Wolfgang Peterson came to Hollywood and began a new period in his life making big spectacle films, often action thrillers. Unfortunately, that meant…
Cake — Trailer Rewind
Jul 26, 2016 • 38 min
“Tell me a story where everything works out in the end for the evil witch.” Steve and JJ are going to have their pain killer laden cake and spoil it for you too. This was Pete’s trailer pick from January 2, 2015. Pete talked about the cast and said…
The Crazies
Jul 21, 2016 • 81 min
“We’re not dealing with the flu virus here.” George A. Romero made The Crazies just a few years after making his breakout film Night of the Living Dead in ‘68, but with the popularity of Romero’s zombie film and the others in his ‘Dead’ trilogy still to…
Shorts: The Scores of John Carpenter
Jul 19, 2016 • 26 min
It was a dark and stormy … actually, it was a sunny June Sunday evening when Andy and Steve decided to celebrate the joys of fatherhood with John Carpenter, the Master of Horror. On Father’s Day 2016, these two bold men decided to forego the company of…
The Andromeda Strain
Jul 14, 2016 • 84 min
“It should’ve been left up to the scientists! It’s a colossal mistake! Tell the President I said so!” Michael Crichton’s space disease thriller hit the public at the perfect time – when everyone was afraid of the astronauts accidentally bringing back…
Creativity — Three of a Kind with Steve Sarmento
Jul 12, 2016 • 9 min
Whether you’re a creative person, or someone who cringes at the thought of art, you’re going to find something to enjoy about this month’s three of a kind. The creative process gets dissected to look at the heart of Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz, and the…
The Omega Man
Jul 7, 2016 • 61 min
“You are discarded. You are the refuse of the past.” Richard Matheson’s 1954 vampire horror novel “I Am Legend” helped influence the zombie genre (it was the inspiration for the ‘68 George Romero film “Night of the Living Dead”) and popularized the…
Never Let Me Go — The Next Reel Speakeasy
Jul 5, 2016 • 69 min
“You have to know who you are and what you are. It’s the only way you’ll lead decent lives.” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about.…
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Jun 30, 2016 • 83 min
“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the war room!” Stanley Kubrick didn’t do comedy often which is a shame because “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” is arguably one of the funniest films ever made. What’s…
Jun 23, 2016 • 82 min
“Would’ve been a quiet night, too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids!” Stop-motion animation has been a part of film since nearly the beginning, starting with a toy circus coming to life in 1898’s “The Humpty Dumpty Circus.” Since then, it’s…
Mr. Nobody — Trailer Rewind
Jun 21, 2016 • 42 min
“Why am I me and not somebody else?” Are you ready to rewind time with this month’s trailer rewind? JJ and Steve tackle Mr. Nobody, Pete’s trailer pick from November 2013. They discuss this film’s long road to a U.S release, the challenges of discussing a…
The Great Escape
Jun 16, 2016 • 90 min
“I’m going to cause such a terrible stink in this Third Reich of theirs that thousands of troops that could well be employed at the front will be tied up looking after us!” It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode, and we’re talking about one of…
The Film Board Presents: Now You See Me 2
Jun 14, 2016 • 83 min
“Are you listening, horsemen? You will get what’s coming to you. In ways you can’t expect.” The Film Board Gathers! This month, The Four Horsemen return to continue the magical crusade to right societal wrongs through misdirection and sleight of hand with…
Ministry of Fear
Jun 9, 2016 • 77 min
“We’ve been patriotically slaving for three years to help a spy ring!” “Ministry of Fear” was Fritz Lang’s third film of four anti-Nazi movies that he made, but it feels less anti-Nazi and more just straight up Hitchcockian thriller. And while Lang didn’t…
Terminator 2: Judgment Day — The Next Reel Speakeasy with Costume Designer Sarah Trost
Jun 7, 2016 • 96 min
“Hasta la vista, baby.” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, costume designer Sarah Trost joins us to…
Man Hunt
Jun 2, 2016 • 72 min
“Good heavens, man, I never intended to shoot. I merely wanted to find out if it were possible.” 1941 was an interesting time for the US as the country started the year off as a passive, neutral observer of what Germany and Hitler were doing in Europe and…
The Nice Guys — Trailer Rewind
May 31, 2016 • 38 min
“So you’re telling me you made a porno where the plot is the point?” A trailer rewind for a film that’s still in theaters!?! What’s going on? We finish up our Andy trailer pick trilogy and add a bonus episode to the Shane Black series. As a special treat…
May 26, 2016 • 78 min
“Just you wait, it won’t be long. / The man in black will soon be here / With his cleaver’s blade so true. / He’ll make mincemeat out of you!” When “M,” Fritz Lang’s first sound film, opened in 1931, it was clear that Lang already understood how to employ…
Comet — Trailer Rewind
May 24, 2016 • 38 min
“See? This is why I hate time. I can’t enjoy my sesame chicken because of that.” This month’s Trailer Rewind is Andy’s pick from our Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore episode in December 2014. Justin and Steve look at what made this Andy’s pick and delve…
May 19, 2016 • 60 min
“You still don’t seem to know what I am capable of!” Fritz Lang’s 1928 silent spy thriller “Spies” rarely gets brought up when people mention Lang and his filmography. Dwarfed by arguably two of his best made on either side of it – “Metropolis” and “M” –…
Shorts: Mindbenders with JJ & Tommy Handsome
May 17, 2016 • 25 min
The Next Reel was born out of “Movies We Like” and in this new TNR Short JJ and Tommy Handsome talk about one of our favorite movie gimmicks, tricks, twists, archetypes or whatever you want to call it — it includes all those stories that make you question…
May 12, 2016 • 83 min
“Isn’t it worth the loss of a hand to have created the man of the future, the Machine-Man—?!” Fritz Lang’s sci-fi classic has really been through the wringer since it’s premiere in 1927. After having been cut nearly in half then reshaped, people have…
The Film Board Presents: Captain America: Civil War
May 10, 2016 • 89 min
“If we can’t accept limitations, we’re no better than the bad guys.” The Film Board Gathers! This month, #TeamNextReel take on #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan for the title in this hero on hero on decidedly-non-hero battle royale. How well do the Russo Brothers…
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
May 5, 2016 • 69 min
“This was, like, two corpses in three hours. I mean, am I crazy? That’s unusual, right?” Shane Black was gone from the scene for a decade before his return as not just writer but also director with 2005’s “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” a comedy crime mystery that…
Snatch — The Next Reel Speakeasy with Sound Designer Michael B. Koff
May 3, 2016 • 69 min
“Is that a tea cozy on his head?” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in whichwe invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of theirfavorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, sound mixerMichael B. Koff joins us…
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Apr 28, 2016 • 80 min
“Name’s Charly, by the way. You’re gonna love me.” When New Line Cinema bought Shane Black’s spec script “The Long Kiss Goodnight” in 1994 for $4 million, it created a new record for the selling price of spec scripts for more than 10 years until 2005 when…
Three of a Kind with Steve Sarmento — Who Are You?
Apr 26, 2016 • 10 min
This month we get to meet Truman, Teddy, and Rhoda, three people who, to put it simply, have issues they need to deal with. You may think you know yourself and what you are or aren’t capable of, but you’re probably wrong. Our three heroes learn a lot…
The Last Boy Scout
Apr 21, 2016 • 75 min
“Be prepared, son. That’s my motto. Be prepared.” When Shane Black was paid $1.75 million for his spec script “The Last Boy Scout,” it was the most any screenwriter had been paid for their script up to that point. It wouldn’t take long before that record…
The Silent Partner — TNR Speakeasy with Guest Craig Anderson
Apr 19, 2016 • 74 min
“If you decide you’re not going to be reasonable, then one night when you come home, you’ll find me on the inside waiting for you, and that’ll be the night you’ll wish you’d never been born.” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which…
Lethal Weapon
Apr 14, 2016 • 88 min
“You ever met anybody you didn’t kill?” Shortly after graduating from UCLA, Shane Black sold his first screenplay to Warner Bros. to the tune of $250,000. That script was “Lethal Weapon.” Black didn’t know it at the time, but he was on his way to changing…
The Film Board Presents: Demolition
Apr 12, 2016 • 91 min
“I found this upsetting because I was very hungry and also my wife had died ten minutes earlier. Maybe I should start from the beginning.” The Film Board Gathers! This month the gang of thugs comes together to spoil the latest thinker from Jean-Marc…
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Apr 7, 2016 • 81 min
“They were the footprints… of a gigantic hound!” Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce became synonymous with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson after appearing in 14 film versions of various stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Yet at the start, neither of…
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Mar 31, 2016 • 82 min
“Give a boy a sense of humor and a sense of proportion and he’ll stand up to anything.” Robert Donat defied the odds and beat both Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart for the Best Actor Oscar in the 1939 Academy Awards with his portrayal of Mr. Chips in Sam…
The Film Board Presents: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Mar 27, 2016 • 86 min
“We know better now, don’t we? Devils don’t come from hell beneath us. They come from the sky.” The Film Board gathers! This month, the gang of thugs comes together to take on the latest in Zack Snyder’s DC Comics destructi-i-thon with Batman v Superman:…
The Wizard of Oz
Mar 25, 2016 • 119 min
“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!” Victor Fleming didn’t just direct two movies in 1939, he directed two of what many consider to be the greatest films made – ”Gone With the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Where the former, though, has more…
Shorts: Trailer Rewind — Young Ones
Mar 17, 2016 • 29 min
“I never saw this land when it was green.” Today we bring you a new TNR Short: Trailer Rewind. Justin and Steve took on the task of watching Young Ones, Andy’s trailer pick from our For A Few Dollars More episode back in August 2014. Listen in to find out…
Mar 15, 2016 • 83 min
“We’re the victims of a foul disease called social prejudice, my child.” When John Ford decided to helm “Stagecoach” in 1939, he hadn’t done a western since his days in the silent film era. Yet it was this film, along with his relationship with John…
Shorts: Three of a Kind with Steve Sarmento — Ambition
Mar 15, 2016 • 8 min
This month’s three of a kind takes on music, magic, and a great meal. Amadeus, The Prestige, and Big Night are three films that explore characters with a single-minded focus that drives them toward success but at a tremendous cost. Ambition, tenacity, and…
The Women
Mar 10, 2016 • 76 min
“We women are so much more sensible. When we tire of ourselves, we change the way we do our hair or hire a new cook or decorate the house. I suppose a man could do over his office, but he never thinks of anything so simple. No, dear, a man has only one…
Shorts: Behind the Sites with Matthew Buchanan of
Mar 8, 2016 • 27 min
As part of our ongoing series on the people behind the sites and services that serve the film-loving community, today we’re talking to Matthew Buchanan, co-founder of Letterboxd has become an indispensable service for film journalists,…
What’s up, Doc?
Mar 4, 2016 • 104 min
“You’re upside down, sir.” It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode! This time, 2015 Pony Prize winner Ben Lott gets to select and he chose Peter Bogdanovich’s 1972 screwball comedy “What’s Up, Doc?” Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we…
Speakeasy with Dee Wallace: Room
Mar 1, 2016 • 70 min
“When I was small, I only knew small things, but now I’m five – I know everything!” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is a new ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In…
The Departed
Feb 26, 2016 • 84 min
“When you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?” “The Departed,” Martin Scorsese’s 2006 remake of “Infernal Affairs,” is the film he finally won his Oscar for. It’s a strong crime film and is definitely a Scorsese film with incredible camera work…
Shorts: Behind the Scenes on Filmumentaries with Jamie Benning
Feb 23, 2016 • 51 min
As a part of our series on the movie sites we love, today we’re talking about one of our favorite movie projects. Jamie Benning has become, through great effort and time, custodian to the behind the scenes media of our most iconic films of the 70’s and…
Infernal Affairs
Feb 18, 2016 • 65 min
“I’ve chosen to be the good guy.” “Infernal Affairs” may have won seven out of the sixteen Hong Kong Film Awards it was nominated for in 2002, including beating Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” as Best Film, but the majority of Americans probably didn’t hear of it…
Shorts: Three of a Kind with Steve Sarmento — Guardians
Feb 15, 2016 • 4 min
The three family action films, Legend of the Guardians, Rise of the Guardians, and Guardians of the Galaxy, aren’t just for kids. These movies give parents the opportunity to discuss the difference between heroes and guardians and how even the most…
Feb 10, 2016 • 81 min
“If you’re looking for sterling character, you’re in the wrong place.” In the early 80s, Peter Hyams was trying to get a western made. Unfortunately for him, no studio was interested in the genre right then; as far as they were concerned, westerns were…
The Film Board Presents: Hail, Caesar!
Feb 10, 2016 • 75 min
“It’s complicated.” The Film Board Gathers! The Coen Brothers are back, this time channeling the spirit of old Hollywood. Josh Brolin plays Eddie Mannix, the studio fixer charged with keeping the studio in fine form. His big star goes missing. His big…
High Noon
Feb 4, 2016 • 79 min
“People’ve gotta talk themselves into law and order before they do anything about it, maybe because down deep, they don’t care – they just don’t care.” “High Noon” is often cited as one of the greatest westerns ever made, and a lot of that praise is…
Speakeasy with Matthew Gratzner: Casino Royale
Feb 2, 2016 • 77 min
“I would ask you if you could remain emotionally detached, but I don’t think that’s your problem. Is it, Bond?” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is a new ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite…
The Finest Hours
Jan 31, 2016 • 80 min
“In the coast guard they say you go out, they don’t say you gotta come back.” The Film Board Gathers! This month we’ve come together to take on Craig Gillespie’s story of a heroic Coast Guard rescue at sea, “The Finest Hours” starring Chris Pine and Casey…
The Edge
Jan 29, 2016 • 72 min
“Behold, the mighty hunter.” Lee Tamahori’s first foray in Hollywood, ‘Mulholland Falls,’ didn’t fare all that well. Luckily, his follow-up with 1997’s ‘The Edge’ made money and allowed him to keep working in the business. (Though if you look at his foray…
Shorts: Nathan Chase & Jeremy Thompson from
Jan 27, 2016 • 27 min
As a part of our series on the movie sites we love, you’d probably guess that we couldn’t go very far without talking to Nathan Chase and Jeremy Thompson, the team behind Over the years, Flickchart has become central to our own ranking of…
Glengarry Glen Ross
Jan 21, 2016 • 99 min
David Mamet won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 with his play “Glengarry Glen Ross.” The play really exemplified Mamet-speak and its transition to film retained that, despite the fact that it took eight years to make it to the silver screen.
Shorts: Three of a Kind with Steve Sarmento
Jan 19, 2016 • 6 min
From Sutter and Aimee in James Ponsoldt’s, The Spectacular Now, to Joe, Patrick, and Biaggio in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’, The Kings of Summer, to Greg and Rachel in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, the last two years have been a boon to…
The Untouchables
Jan 15, 2016 • 86 min
“He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way, and that’s how you get Capone!” Brian De Palma was coming off a couple of box office disappointments when he signed on to…
Shorts: Get your Trailer Fix on Trailer.Town with founders Joel Farris & Alex Carvalho
Jan 10, 2016 • 19 min
The Verdict
Jan 9, 2016 • 77 min
“So much of the time, we’re just lost.” David Mamet wrote screenplays for several years before he jumped into the director’s seat, and while some of them still distinctly sound like Mamet’s writing, others really don’t. The ‘Mamet Speak’ isn’t there, or…
Speakeasy with Abraham Benrubi: My Favorite Year
Jan 6, 2016 • 58 min
“I’m not an actor, I’m a movie star!” The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is a new ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and, instead of bringing their favorite cocktail, we have them bring along one of their favorite movies to talk…
Boogie Nights
Jan 2, 2016 • 94 min
“I’ve got a feeling beneath those jeans, there’s something wonderful just waiting to get out.” Happy New Year! Goodbye 2015, hello 2016. And what better way to kick off the new year of shows than with Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 epic glimpse into the…
Dec 24, 2015 • 75 min
“They might even replace the dog as the family pet.” ‘Tis the holiday season, which means it’s time for another Next Reel Christmas movie, and how better to share in the joy and festivities of the Christmas season than with some wacky laughs and slimy…
The Film Board Presents: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Dec 23, 2015 • 82 min
“Droid, please.” The Film Board Gathers! This month the gang of thugs takes on the seventh film in the Star Wars saga, this from reboot master, J. J. Abrams. Does he bring his magic rebootinator to set every day to apply just the right dose of mystery and…
Shorts: An Interview with DC Barns & J Trent Adams — Star Wars: A Force for Change
Dec 22, 2015 • 47 min
Today on TNRShorts, a special interview with DC Barns and J Trent Adams.
The Next Reel’s 2016 Announcement Extravaganza!
Dec 22, 2015 • 7 min
Hey folks! Please listen to this episode! We tried to keep it short, but we need to tell you about a few things you’ll be seeing come January 2016 which, if you don’t listen now, may come as a surprise later. In short, new shows, new shirts, new stuff,…
National Lampoon’s Vacation
Dec 18, 2015 • 82 min
“Everybody in the car. Boat leaves in two minutes, or perhaps you don’t want to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the Earth, which is only four short hours away!” Harold Ramis’ second foray into feature film directing introduced the…
Dec 11, 2015 • 59 min
“Razzle dazzle!” Harold Ramis made his big screen debut acting in Ivan Reitman’s 1981 military comedy “Stripes,” which he also co-wrote for Reitman, having worked on “Animal House” and “Meatballs” with him a few years before. He’d go on to appear in a…
Dec 4, 2015 • 82 min
“So I got that going for me, which is nice.” With a background at Second City and National Lampoon, comedy was right up Harold Ramis’ alley, and while he had early opportunities to write and perform comedy, it wasn’t until the third feature film on which…
The Boring Flickchart Re-Ranking
Nov 30, 2015 • 172 min
Nov 28, 2015 • 86 min
“Don’t think badly of me. I only want her near me.” It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode, and boy, do we have a doozy this week. Listener Diego Luis Contreras López wanted us to talk about a film from Spain and settled on Luis Buñuel’s return…
The Wind Rises
Nov 24, 2015 • 81 min
With the 2013 release of “The Wind Rises,” his eleventh feature film, Hayao Miyazaki retired from making his beautiful animated films. Animation fans worldwide were disappointed to hear this, yet thrilled to see him go out on such a high note. Join us –…
My Neighbor Totoro
Nov 17, 2015 • 87 min
With the creation of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki and the other filmmakers involved had created a place where they could create the films they wanted to make. With “My Neighbor Totoro,” Miyazaki’s third feature film and second he directed under the…
The Film Board Presents: SPECTRE
Nov 13, 2015 • 63 min
The Film Board Gathers! … around a long mysterious table high in a castle above the clouds to take on the biggest issues of the day — certainly the biggest at the box office right now: Sam Mendes’ latest entry in the life of our favorite spy, “SPECTRE.”…
The Castle of Cagliostro
Nov 10, 2015 • 79 min
Hayao Miyazaki began his career with television and it was the show “Lupin III” that gave him the chance to direct both for the small screen as well as for the big screen with the second story about Lupin the Third in 1979. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy…
Children of the Corn
Oct 30, 2015 • 78 min
“He wants you too, Malachai!” Stephen King may not like the film version of ’Children of the Corn,’ but considering it spawned 7 sequels and a remake, we’d like to think that he’s at least making a decent profit on his short story from 1977. This movie…
The Innocents
Oct 23, 2015 • 77 min
“Don’t be frightened. It was only the wind, my dear.” Thus far, our series to celebrate Halloween — the Naughty Children series — hasn’t really been that scary. “The Bad Seed” is labeled a crime/drama/horror but comes across a bit more as a comedy now…
Village of the Damned
Oct 16, 2015 • 66 min
“Is there no limit to the power of these children?” John Wyndham’s 1957 novel “The Midwich Cuckoos” is the foundation for Wolf Rilla’s 1960 film “Village of the Damned.” It’s hard to say which title may actually be worse, but the story in both seems to…
The Bad Seed
Oct 9, 2015 • 79 min
“I thought I seen some mean little gals in my time, but you’re the meanest.” It’s October, which means it’s time for some scares! This year, we’re celebrating with those lovable little children who just are downright bad. Our first film of the series…
The Film Board Presents: The Martian
Oct 4, 2015 • 73 min
“So… I blew myself up.” The film board gathers! This month on the show, we’re dropping everything and working together to bring our man Mark Watney home from Mars in Ridley Scott’s latest, “The Martian.” This film, based on Andy Weir’s meticulously…
Oct 2, 2015 • 88 min
“Know your place. Keep your place. Be a shoe.” Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” made waves upon its US release because its distributor decided to give it a limited theatrical release the same day they released it digitally. It was a risky move — theatre…
Sep 25, 2015 • 69 min
“You’re not even worth the dirt on my son’s toenail.” Bong Joon-ho’s follow-up feature to his massive success “The Host” was about a murder and the person trying to figure out what happened. To some people, it sounded awfully like his second film…
The Film Board Presents: Everest
Sep 21, 2015 • 70 min
“Sit down man, acclimatize.” The film board gathers! This month the gang of thugs has come together to answer the age-old question that has transfixed adventurers time immemorial: why do we see Everest? Because it’s there. It’s an IMAX 3D exclusive this…
The Host
Sep 18, 2015 • 75 min
“Is all of your family so dumb all the time?” Bong Joon-ho’s third film, “The Host,” ended up becoming the highest grossing South Korean film of all time straight out of the gate with it playing on a record number of screens in its home country — it made…
Sophie’s Choice
Sep 11, 2015 • 75 min
“The truth does not make it easier to understand, you know.” When a choice is referred to as a “Sophie’s Choice” most people understand that the choice must be an impossibly difficult one between two unbearable options. But if it wasn’t for Meryl Streep’s…
The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Sep 4, 2015 • 83 min
“You have planted a dagger in me, and your damned freedom gives you license to twist it in my heart!” Meryl Streep received her first nomination for Best Actress in a film that one would think had been lost in time if not for the recent Criterion…
Kramer vs. Kramer
Aug 28, 2015 • 81 min
“I didn’t know it’d happen to me.” Meryl Streep won the first of her three Oscars for her supporting role in Robert Benton’s 1979 film “Kramer vs. Kramer.” Of course, as of this episode, it’s the second nomination for her out of nineteen nominations —…
Interview: Writer Ken Levine on Guilty Pleasures, Volunteers, and TV Legacy
Aug 27, 2015 • 61 min
“I’m happy to be able to defend Volunteers, and maybe you can have me back to defend Mannequin Two.” In 237 episodes of The Next Reel and nearly 200 movies as a part of the weekly show, we try to do solid service to the creators of the work that we talk…
The Deer Hunter
Aug 21, 2015 • 81 min
“One shot.” Michael Cimino’s 1978 film “The Deer Hunter” is definitely a divisive film, one about which a LOT of people have found plenty of things to say and argue about. Aside from all of that, it’s also the film for which Meryl Streep received her…
The Film Board Presents: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Aug 17, 2015 • 70 min
“For a special agent, you’re not having a very special day, are you?” The latest franchise to get hit with reboot fever is a 60s throw-back with class that’s getting wildly underserved theatrical notice. That’s right, the film board gathers for “The Man…
Force Majeure
Aug 14, 2015 • 89 min
“The truth is when reality is staring you in the face and you’re afraid to die, very few of us are heroic.” It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode, this time with our friends Per Johansson and Gustav Larsed from the Filmpodden podcast in Sweden.…
Under the Cherry Moon
Aug 7, 2015 • 69 min
“Yes, Christopher lived for all women, but he died for one.” Prince has always been a flamboyant and eclectic musician, and with the album and film “Purple Rain,” he found a new art form he enjoyed. And one he won an Oscar for — Best Original Song Score.…
Jul 31, 2015 • 66 min
“It’s not that I can’t help these people, it’s just that I don’t want to.” It’s time for some guilty pleasures! Yes, the two of us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — dig up some films that we love but are generally not considered the greatest of movies. This…
Only Angels Have Wings
Jul 24, 2015 • 69 min
Howard Hawks and Cary Grant had already given the world the hilarious “Bringing Up Baby” in 1938, and lucky for us, they liked working together. They’d work on four more films together, including their very next one — “Only Angels Have Wings.”
The Film Board Presents: Ant-Man
Jul 20, 2015 • 61 min
“I want you to break into a place and steal some stuff.” The Film Board Gathers! This month the gang of thugs comes together for Marvel’s latest, Ant-Man. How does Scott Lang’s mini hero stand in the current Marvel stable? What is this impact of the…
The Roaring Twenties
Jul 17, 2015 • 75 min
“He used to be a big shot.” James Cagney was getting tired of making gangster films for Warner Bros. by the time he starred in Raoul Walsh’s 1939 film “The Roaring Twenties. After all, he really loved comedy and the song-and-dance too. But he clearly was…
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Jul 10, 2015 • 85 min
“You’re not a Senator, you’re an honorary stooge.” It’s rare to find a film from 75 years ago that feels relevant still in today’s world, but Frank Capra’s 1939 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” is one of those films. Corruption in the Senate? Check.…
Jul 3, 2015 • 67 min
Taking a completely different turn from last week’s Civil War epic, “Ninotchka” is a very light comedy by Ernst Lubitch dealing with Russians in their post-Revolution society.
Gone With The Wind
Jun 27, 2015 • 94 min
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Considering the racially-charged climate of the US right now, it’s oddly perfect timing that we’re starting our 1939 series with “Gone With The Wind,” a film as technically brilliant to look at as it is hard to…
Jun 19, 2015 • 67 min
“Time for a change.” James Wong Howe shot color films very well, but it was his black-and-white cinematography that he was really known for. He won two Oscars for his B&W cinematography and played with many techniques that influenced filmmakers and…
The Film Board Presents: Jurassic World
Jun 15, 2015 • 70 min
“The key to a happy life is to accept you are never actually in control.” The Film Board Gathers! This month, we christen Jurassic World, the latest from Colin Trevorrow. Did Chris Pratt maintain his status as up-and-coming action hero of the decade? Did…
Sweet Smell of Success
Jun 12, 2015 • 70 min
“Match me, Sidney.” James Wong Howe had just won his Oscar for his black-and-white cinematography for “The Rose Tattoo” when the star of the film, Burt Lancaster, hired him to shoot his next picture, “Sweet Smell of Success.” Howe and director Alexander…
Kings Row
Jun 5, 2015 • 68 min
“Where’s the REST of me?!?!” “Kings Row” was adapted from a much racier novel from 1940 and had to be sanitized quite a bit because of the Hays Code. They had to leave some pretty big elements out — homosexuality, mercy killings, incest, nymphomania — but…
The Thin Man
May 29, 2015 • 66 min
James Wong Howe is often cited as one of the most influential cinematographers there have been. He worked in film from the early days of the silents to the mid-70s when he received his last Oscar nomination for his color work on “Funny Lady.” But his…
Mad Max: Fury Road
May 22, 2015 • 73 min
In case you haven’t heard, everybody seems to be talking about “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Whether they’re talking about the silly fan theories about who Tom Hardy really is playing in this film, or the ‘meninist’ groups telling people to avoid it because of…
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
May 14, 2015 • 79 min
While the first two Mad Max films had so much going for them, it sure seemed like a stumble with the third of the trilogy. But that’s looking at it through today’s eyes because some critics like Roger Ebert sure loved it — he put it on his ’10 Best’ list…
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
May 8, 2015 • 63 min
With the international popularity of “Mad Max,” George Miller was excited to get back into the driver’s seat and continue with his hero as he wandered the dystopian wastes of Australia looking for fuel. It was a smart move as “Mad Max 2,” or “The Road…
The Film Board Presents: Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 6, 2015 • 65 min
Film Board Assemble! This month the thugs gather to take on Joss Whedon’s next entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” How does the comic adaptation stand up to the original books? Does Joss manage to pull off an even more…
Mad Max
May 1, 2015 • 72 min
“They say people don’t believe in heroes anymore. Well, damn them! You and me, Max, we’re going to give them back their heroes!” George Miller’s film “Mad Max” came out in 1979 in Australia and became a huge success, going on to become the most profitable…
Touch of Evil
Apr 24, 2015 • 72 min
Orson Welles never was one who could direct in the Hollywood studio system without a hitch, and his last studio picture he directed, 1958’s “Touch of Evil,” stands testament to that fact. While the shoot itself went well, the film ran into its issues in…
The Film Board Presents: Child 44
Apr 19, 2015 • 61 min
Child 44 was supposed to be Oscar bait. Instead, its star-heavy cast is dragging it through opening weekend with a 27% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a deflated box office take. But why? This week, the film board gathers to take on Daniel…
Ace in the Hole
Apr 17, 2015 • 86 min
“Bad news sells best, because good news is no news.” From “Double Indemnity” in 1944 through “The Apartment” in 1960 (maybe even “One, Two, Three” in ’61), Billy Wilder really hit his stride. His films were all over the map genre-wise, yet he showed how…
Out of the Past
Apr 10, 2015 • 71 min
“You’re like a leaf that the wind blows from one gutter to another.” The two films most often cited as the ultimate representations of film noir are Billy Wilder’s 1944 film “Double Indemnity” and Jacques Tourneur’s 1947 film “Out of the Past.” Tourneur’s…
Scarlet Street
Apr 3, 2015 • 72 min
“I’ve wanted to laugh in your face ever since I first met you. You’re old and ugly and I’m sick of you! Sick! Sick! Sick!” Fritz Lang may have often had conflicts with his producers, but when he turned out a great film, he made so great that it’s easy to…
Mar 27, 2015 • 73 min
“That’s life. Whichever way you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you.” There are good films noir and there are bad films noir. But rarely do you have a case like 1945’s “Detour,” directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, where the poor quality that would make it a…
The Film Board Presents: Insurgent
Mar 23, 2015 • 62 min
“It’s time we fight back. ” The Film Board Gathers! This month we take on the latest in the Divergent series, Insurgent! This time around, Tris Prior is battling her nemeses internal and external at the hand of director Robert Schwentke and writers Brian…
Double Indemnity
Mar 20, 2015 • 69 min
Nobody knew they were making films noir when the genre started in the 40s — it wasn’t until much later when the French dubbed this new run of American films that had a darker bent with snappy dialogue, lots of shadows and femme fatales film noir. Billy…
La Vie en Rose
Mar 13, 2015 • 78 min
Biopics come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Olivier Dahan’s film “La Vie en Rose” detailing the life of Edith Piaf, one of France’s greatest singers and international stars, is a whirlwind of a film. Unlike biopics that tell the story linearly, this…
L.A. Confidential
Mar 6, 2015 • 79 min
1997 was a big year for movies, and perhaps that’s because one of the biggest box office sensations — James Cameron’s “Titanic” — was released that year. And while it went on to make a gajillion dollars (okay, just $2.2 billion worldwide), many argue that…
Million Dollar Baby
Feb 27, 2015 • 78 min
Next up in our Guess the Connection series: Clint Eastwood’s 2004 boxing drama “Million Dollar Baby.” For those of you who have yet to see “Million Dollar Baby,” you probably should just stop reading this and go watch the movie. Even though the movie is…
Feb 20, 2015 • 73 min
It’s game time, folks! This current series consists of four films that for all intents and purposes are not related, except for one connection they all have. And that’s the game — guess the connection. We won’t be announcing the films ahead of time —…
The Film Board Presents: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Feb 16, 2015 • 74 min
This is not the movie you think it is. At least, that’s the take of our round table of thugs on the Film Board this week as we spoil “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Thankfully, even as we were collectively surprised, we were equally blown away by Matthew…
Feb 13, 2015 • 81 min
We love doing our Listener’s Choice episodes — it’s a great way for our listeners to get us to finally talk about movies about which conversations are long overdue. Cameron Ryan, our 2014 Pony Prize winner, got to pick the movie this time, and ended up…
Murder By Death
Feb 6, 2015 • 67 min
Neil Simon saw Alec Guinness reading the script for “Star Wars” on the set of “Murder By Death,” and very soon after that, Guinness would be known as Obi Wan Kenobi to the world. But there is so much more to Guinness before that series of films, and in…
The Ladykillers
Jan 31, 2015 • 63 min
Alec Guinness’s Professor Marcus really meets his match with Katie Johnson’s Mrs. Wilberforce in Alexander Mackendrick’s 1955 Ealing Studios comedy “The Ladykillers,” what some call the last great comedy from the studio. Where he plots and schemes to rob…
The Man in the White Suit
Jan 23, 2015 • 66 min
Ealing Studios comedies, particularly the ones we’ve been talking about, have all had a bit of an anti-establishment feel to them but “The Man in the White Suit” feels like they were trying to something a bit more with it. The film is fascinating…
The Film Board Presents: Blackhat
Jan 18, 2015 • 70 min
Chris Hemsworth gives his all in Michael Mann’s study of hacking new this week: “Blackhat.” If most computer films have historically failed the computer stuff, the consensus thus far is that Blackhat has delivered where others have so desperately lacked.…
The Lavender Hill Mob
Jan 16, 2015 • 66 min
Sir Alec Guinness had already proven both his comedic and dramatic prowess by the time he came to Ealing Studios’ “The Lavender Hill Mob” in 1951, a point in his career when he was making two films a year. He’d continue working in both comedy and drama…
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Jan 9, 2015 • 75 min
Sir Alec Guinness may always be remembered as Obi Wan Kenobi, but his career goes far beyond those three little science fiction films he did late in his career. He worked many times with David Lean. He gave life to the spy George Smiley long before Gary…
The Poseidon Adventure
Jan 2, 2015 • 69 min
The end of 2014, the beginning of 2015. Happy New Year, everybody! And what a better way to celebrate than with Ronald Neame’s 1972 disaster classic “The Poseidon Adventure.” Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we enjoy the holiday with a wonderful…
The Bishop’s Wife
Dec 24, 2014 • 66 min
Happy holidays! It’s time for another Christmas movie pick to celebrate, and we’re jumping back to 1947 to talk about Henry Koster’s “The Bishop’s Wife.” Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we dive into this perennial classic starring Cary Grant,…
The Film Board Presents: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Dec 21, 2014 • 79 min
Peter Jackson is back with another turn at the wheel of Middle Earth. This time, Bilbo and buddies are off to slay the dragon, fight ye olde Gold Flu, and get all gussied up to ready themselves for the Lord of the Rings, which already happened. The Film…
A Very Special Episode: Andy’s Kidney
Dec 21, 2014 • 14 min
Andy had a kidney removed earlier this week to donate to a friend. Pete took a few minutes to call and check in on his recovery, and see which movies he’s been watching all week.
Requiem for a Dream
Dec 19, 2014 • 97 min
Phew. This film should be required viewing for all high school seniors. It’s brutal and intense, but also honest and powerful in its depiction of addiction. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we finish up our series on the immensely gifted actress…
The Exorcist
Dec 12, 2014 • 97 min
It’s pretty rare for a film to come along that has such a visceral effect on people when they’re watching it where they faint or throw up because it’s so overwhelming. When “The Exorcist” was released just after Christmas in 1973, it had that effect.…
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Dec 5, 2014 • 89 min
Ellen Burstyn won her Oscar for Best Actress for her powerful turn as Alice Hyatt in Martin Scorsese’s 1974 film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” and it was clearly well-deserved. Always an actress in pursuit of roles as strong female characters,…
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Nov 28, 2014 • 78 min
Joel and Ethan Coen must have a funny sense of humor, because the idea of making an “adaptation” of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ without having read it just seems like a bad idea when I picture anyone else doing it, but with them it seems like that’s part of the…
The Film Board Presents: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Nov 23, 2014 • 66 min
Katnis and crew are back in part one of their journey against the Capitol. Things are grim, as evidenced by the jumpsuits and rubble, and the crying that happens whenever our heroes see jumpsuits and/or rubble in the frame. The gang of thugs is back this…
The Big Lebowski
Nov 20, 2014 • 81 min
It seems appropriate to the character of the Dude that “The Big Lebowski” took its time finding its audience. Coming fresh on the heels of their first Oscar-winning hit, “Fargo,” the Coen Brothers’ 7th film had a strange sense of humor, felt disjointed,…
Raising Arizona
Nov 14, 2014 • 82 min
It’s time for some laughs! Kicking off our series of Coen brother comedies, we jump in with the second film of theirs, “Raising Arizona.” Coming after “Blood Simple,” they certainly went 180 degrees with this wild comedy. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy…
Defending Your Life
Nov 7, 2014 • 65 min
It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode! For this round, listener Jeremy Wickett was chosen and gave us Albert Brooks’ 1991 film “Defending Your Life” to discuss. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we talk about Brooks’ movie. We talk with…
Apt Pupil
Oct 31, 2014 • 67 min
Bryan Singer’s film “Apt Pupil” was actually the second time the film was under production; the first attempt had several casting issues and when it finally started shooting, ended up running out of funds, killing the project. Perhaps that was a sign that…
Oct 24, 2014 • 76 min
Rob Reiner could very easily get back to making films like he did in his heyday if he made another Stephen King adaptation. Seriously, “Stand By Me” and “Misery” are two of the best King adaptations we’ve seen on the silver screen. Join us — Pete Wright…
The Film Board Presents: Fury
Oct 19, 2014 • 85 min
The film board gathers to fully spoil Brad Pitt’s and David Ayers’ latest World War II Tank-a-palooza, “Fury.” First spoiler: it’s a war film, more intimate than epic, but it comes with all the violence that such a film typically entails. Too gratuitous?…
Stand By Me
Oct 17, 2014 • 79 min
Perhaps it was because elements of the novella ‘The Body’ were autobiographical that the story has so much heart compared to Stephen King’s previous works. Perhaps it was because there weren’t supernatural elements. Or that it didn’t fall into the horror…
Oct 10, 2014 • 80 min
There’s something about your first love, and there’s something about your first car. Stephen King found an interesting way to tap into that with his novel “Christine,” and John Carpenter found an interesting way to develop it even further in his 1983…
The Dead Zone
Oct 3, 2014 • 61 min
Back in the 70s and 80s, Stephen King’s stories generally had a lot more scares in them, as did their cinematic equivalents. Perhaps that’s why David Cronenberg’s adaptation of “The Dead Zone” feels a bit out of place — it comes off as much more of a…
The Film Board Presents: The Equalizer
Oct 1, 2014 • 62 min
It’s throwback time on The Film Board as we take on Denzel Washington’s latest, The Equalizer. We take on all the various social constructs Denzel and director Antoine Fuqua look to equalize, from guns and home improvement to racism and gender inequality.…
Sep 26, 2014 • 74 min
There’s something truly terrifying about a lovable pet turning on you and attacking. Especially when that pet is a St. Bernard, one of the big dogs with a small barrel of brandy around its neck that’s supposed to rescue people lost in the snowy Alps. But…
Sep 19, 2014 • 82 min
George A. Romero had already established himself as a master of the horror genre when he and Stephen King created their horror anthology film “Creepshow.” With two stories based on King’s short stories and three original stories written just for this,…
The Shining
Sep 12, 2014 • 76 min
Stephen King may not have been a fan of what Stanley Kubrick did when he turned King’s third novel, “The Shining,” into one of his films, but audiences didn’t seem to mind. King purists still have problems with some of Kubrick’s decisions, but the film…
Labor Day
Sep 5, 2014 • 92 min
There is something interesting about going into a film that’s had as many bad reviews as Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day” has had, and that has flopped at the box office. Does it taint our own views or make us more critical of it? Hard to say, but it certainly…
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Aug 29, 2014 • 76 min
The last of Leone’s ‘Man with no name’ trilogy is the longest and considered by many to be the best. By the time he made it, he was a much more assured and mature storyteller. And it shows. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we finish the trilogy…
For a Few Dollars More
Aug 22, 2014 • 74 min
Sergio Leone continued building on the mythos that he and Clint Eastwood had created in “A Fistful of Dollars” with the follow-up, “For a Few Dollars More,” and it is in this film that Eastwood really developed so many of the tropes that he would continue…
A Fistful of Dollars
Aug 15, 2014 • 80 min
Spaghetti Westerns didn’t completely begin with Sergio Leone’s 1964 film “A Fistful of Dollars,” but his film certainly set a new bar — and created an international audience — for these films. This film revitalized a genre that had been slowly dying by…
12 Monkeys
Aug 8, 2014 • 94 min
Terry Gilliam has said that ‘The Fisher King’ and ‘Twelve Monkeys’ were two of the easiest films for him to make. Perhaps that’s because he found the right way to work in the studio system, perhaps it’s because he found the right people to work with,…
The Film Board Presents: Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 3, 2014 • 77 min
This, good people, is a summer tentpole we can get excited about. Director James Gunn has delivered a funny and frolicking space opera in “Guardians of the Galaxy” with a terrific cast, immersive effects, and a script that is, as we’re apt to say, way…
The Fisher King
Aug 1, 2014 • 85 min
After the financial disaster that was ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,’ Terry Gilliam needed a way to prove to the studio brass that he could make a great movie that was on budget and made money at the box office. He found it in ‘The Fisher King,’ the…
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Jul 25, 2014 • 82 min
After the battle that Terry Gilliam had to endure to release ‘Brazil,’ it’s a shame that his next movie ended up being another debacle. From producer problems to studio exec switcheroos to plain old bad luck, ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’ was a…
Jul 18, 2014 • 101 min
Terry Gilliam has always been an ambitious director with wild visions for his films. Sometimes that’s worked out, sometimes it hasn’t. In the case of the follow-up to his successful film Time Bandits, Brazil didn’t work out, at least at the time. Gilliam…
The Film Board Presents: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Jul 13, 2014 • 80 min
Waitwaitwait… what?? A summer tentpole that causes us to ask big questions and congratulate smart filmmaking decisions? WHAT? Such is our review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, people, and we’re as shocked as you are. This follow up to the 2011 reboot,…
Time Bandits
Jul 11, 2014 • 79 min
Getting out from under the shadow of Monty Python proved difficult for Terry Gilliam early in his solo career — no one in America would finance any films for him — so while he waited to get his big movie, “Brazil,” off the ground, he wrote a script for an…
Jul 4, 2014 • 71 min
Considering how much critics and audiences seem to hate Alex Proyas’ 2009 film Knowing, it’s surprising that it actually did fairly well at the box office. We don’t know if that’s proof that people actually like it, but it was hated enough that Andy felt…
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Jun 27, 2014 • 67 min
As someone once said, cult films aren’t born, they’re chosen. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension failed at the box office, but the film was just quirky enough to find that fan base and get propelled into cult status. While the film…
Atlantic City
Jun 20, 2014 • 79 min
It’s time to draw the curtains on our 1981 series with another Louis Malle film, Atlantic City. While technically made in 1979 and released in Canada and France in 1980, this film wasn’t released in the US until April 1981. Because of that, however, it…
Jun 13, 2014 • 78 min
The late 70s and early 80s were a great time for Australian cinema. The filmmakers churned out lots of great (and cheap) movies and these movies helped create a resurgence of Australian films on the world cinematic stage. Peter Weir was one of these…
The Film Board Presents: Edge of Tomorrow
Jun 8, 2014 • 83 min
Tom Cruise is back in Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow,” tripping through time and trauma on the road to defeat an alien hoard. Here’s the weird thing about this summer tentpole: we all loved it. No kidding. Tom Cruise is back in Doug Liman’s “Edge of…
An American Werewolf in London
Jun 6, 2014 • 85 min
John Landis made a big shift in his filmmaking when we went from comedies like The Kentucky Fried Movie and Animal House to An American Werewolf in London. At the time, people weren’t used to horror films that blended with comedy and it took him over a…
May 30, 2014 • 79 min
Michael Mann has spent most of his film career exploring the world of crime and the criminals that inhabit it. Not to mention neon lighting. His feature film debut, Thief, certainly started him on the right track. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson —…
Blow Out
May 23, 2014 • 76 min
Anyone who listens to the show knows that we have a love/hate relationship with Brian De Palma. With his 1981 film Blow Out, he makes one of his strongest films and lands squarely on the side of ‘love’ for us (thank the heavens since neither of us had…
The Film Board Presents: Godzilla
May 21, 2014 • 74 min
Japan + Nuclear Power Plant + Misunderstood Fear of Technology = GODZILLA! The Film Board gathers to take on this summer romp and the jury is split. Did this summer’s dose of midtown mayhem lift you out of your seats? Join Tom Metz, Steve Sarmento, Andy…
My Dinner with André
May 16, 2014 • 68 min
My Dinner With Andre is certainly not an easy film to classify. It certainly is a film that could be considered divisive, but that’s really between people who get into it and people who just don’t click with it. It is a film of two people having a…
Escape from New York
May 9, 2014 • 92 min
Many films in the early 80s continued the cynicism of the 70s, and that certainly holds true for a number of John Carpenter’s films, who has used several of his films and characters in them to take a pointed look at the hypocrisy of the government and…
Das Boot
May 2, 2014 • 90 min
There are great years of cinema like 1999 when the films seem to redefine the direction of the medium. And then there are years that, while maybe not changing the nature of cinema, certainly have a lot of great movies.1981 is one of those years. Wolfgang…
The Matrix
Apr 25, 2014 • 106 min
People often talk about the great movie year of 1999, and one of the great films that came out that year is ‘The Matrix,’ the film that made bullet-time a filmmaking standard and stunt wire work almost an expectation in action films. But it’s a great film…
The Film Board Presents: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Apr 20, 2014 • 80 min
Film Board Assemble! It’s Captain America and his bestie Winter Soldier this week and Andy Nelson, Pete Wright, Steve Sarmento, and Chadd Stoops huddle up to give this film a good drilling. We hash out the Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely-penned…
Apr 18, 2014 • 69 min
One of the interesting things to explore in the usage of found footage style films is how it can be applied to different genres. Okay, so it works better in some genres than others, but it’s not a genre in and of itself, nor is it restricted to horror…
Apr 11, 2014 • 83 min
When making found footage style films, it’s important to stick with the conceit — someone is holding the camera and filming events as they happen, then we someone later stumble upon the footage and watch it to understand what happened. What’s great about…
Apr 4, 2014 • 64 min
The J.J. Abrams team jumped into the found footage realm with a fun Godzilla-style monster movie that was kept under strict wraps while filming, to the point where excited audience members actually believed that it might have possibly been a live-action…
Mar 28, 2014 • 72 min
For many audience members, found footage films are just an opportunity to to film a horror story on the cheap and don’t bring anything to the table. There are films, however, that work to use the filmmaking style to their advantage in exploring different…
The Film Board Presents: Divergent
Mar 23, 2014 • 76 min
What better way to kick off the spring tentpole season than with the launch of another adaptation of a young adult novel. This time, it’s Veronica Roth’s take on dystopian Abercrobmie in “Divergent.” This is perhaps the most divided we’ve been on the Film…
A League of Their Own
Mar 21, 2014 • 74 min
Tom Hanks and baseball — they go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Aside from always wanting to be an astronaut, Hanks has always been a great baseball fan and eagerly jumped at the chance to be in Penny Marshall’s 1992 film about the…
Apollo 13
Mar 14, 2014 • 78 min
Tom Hanks already won his back-to-back Oscars and with an ensemble film like “Apollo 13,” he wasn’t a clear choice to get nominated again to make a three-peat a possibility. All of that aside, as anyone on the cast or crew who worked on the film knows —…
Forrest Gump
Mar 7, 2014 • 86 min
“Forrest Gump” broke all sorts of box office records when it was released in the summer of 1994, which may be why people spent a lot of time digging into what they thought the film was really saying, even if it’s not what the filmmakers were actually…
Feb 28, 2014 • 79 min
In the late 70s and early 80s, Disney Pictures had been getting grief for releasing films that were too adult. When “Splash” came along, they decided to create a new label for releasing more adult fare. And thus, Touchstone Pictures was born! On top of…
Feb 21, 2014 • 76 min
It’s a sad state to consider that Christopher Nolan had to fight to get money to make “Inception” because it wasn’t a sequel, based on a comic book, a remake, or something similar. It was purely an original script about a wild inverted heist taking place…
The Film Board Presents: The Monuments Men
Feb 18, 2014 • 55 min
Might be best to start off a conversation about George Clooney’s latest, The Monuments Men, by telling you what this film is not. It’s not a comedy. And in spite of its pedigree and subject matter, it’s not all that much of a heist film. It doesn’t spend…
The Abyss
Feb 14, 2014 • 77 min
When the extended trailer for James Cameron’s 1989 undersea scifi spectacular, “The Abyss,” was released, detailing everything from the production on sets built in an unfinished power plant to the intense action and character moments throughout the film,…
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Feb 7, 2014 • 91 min
In 1977, Devil’s Tower went from being known as the first National Monument (for those who had actually heard of it) to the iconographic image marking the rendezvous point where the aliens want to meet the humans in Steven Spielberg’s third theatrical…
In the Mood for Love
Jan 31, 2014 • 74 min
Wong Kar-Wai’s sumptuous film “In the Mood for Love” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000 and, while it lost the Palm d’Or, it left an indelible impression on everyone who saw it. A story of a connection between a man and woman who learn their…
Richard Dysart — a Special Next Reel Interview
Jan 29, 2014 • 73 min
Richard Dysart is one of those faces that you instantly recognize. He’s acted on the stage, on the movie screen and on the TV screen most of his life. In his films, he generally played strong supporting characters, helping to fill any given scene with…
Pale Rider
Jan 24, 2014 • 81 min
“Pale Rider” marks Clint Eastwood’s 10th time directing himself in a film, something he went on doing until 2008’s “Gran Torino” and something he clearly knows how to do well. This seems to hold true especially in westerns, even though he only directed…
The Film Board Presents: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jan 19, 2014 • 92 min
“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is worth exactly what you pay for it. And possibly slightly less. Such is the verdict of The Next Reel Film Board this month as we take on the Kenneth Branagh-helmed thriller. It’s the fifth in the Ryan series, but the first…
Being There
Jan 17, 2014 • 78 min
Hal Ashby made a number of stand-out films in the 70s, films that looked at human nature in offbeat stories that didn’t feel like they came from a mold. When Peter Sellers presented him with the opportunity to direct an adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s…
The Day of the Locust
Jan 10, 2014 • 68 min
There have been a good number of films made about the film industry, but few have taken such a dark and surreal look at the Hollywood machine as John Schlesinger’s 1975 “The Day of the Locust” did. While it’s based on the Nathanael West book from 1939 and…
The Hudsucker Proxy
Jan 3, 2014 • 61 min
Happy New Year! To ring in 2014, we wanted to find a tie-in to the new year so landed on 1994’s Coen brothers comedy, “The Hudsucker Proxy.” Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we delve back into the comedies from our good friends the brothers Coen…
Christmas in Connecticut
Dec 27, 2013 • 69 min
It’s the holiday season again which means it’s time for us — Pete and Andy — to talk about another holiday classic! Join us as we talk about Peter Godfrey’s screwball war comedy from 1945, “Christmas in Connecticut.” We talk about how much fun the movie…
City of God
Dec 20, 2013 • 76 min
It’s easy to compare “City of God” to “GoodFellas” — they both have a frenetic filmmaking style, they both revolve around youth growing up in a world of violence, and they both take that violence to awful places. Plus, they’re both brilliant films. Join…
The Film Board Presents: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Dec 16, 2013 • 92 min
Winding his way back and forth across the expanse of Middle Earth, Peter Jackson brings us his second stab at “The Hobbit” with “The Desolation of Smaug,” the fifth film in the Peter Jackson Middle Earth Cinematic Universe. That’s right, we’ve come to…
Yi Yi
Dec 13, 2013 • 88 min
Even though Edward Yang’s final film, “Yi Yi, A One and a Two,” was critically acclaimed, it is a long film and requires patience, the right frame of mind when watching, or something similar to really connect with the film. At just shy of three hours and…
Run Lola Run
Dec 6, 2013 • 77 min
“Run Lola Run” came out during a period when lots of unique and truly fantastic films were opening up in theaters. Luckily for Lola, it was equally unique and fantastic, ensuring that it didn’t get buried. Tom Tykwer’s wild film, so thoroughly infused…
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Nov 29, 2013 • 75 min
Rarely does a film truly take you into somebody’s head for almost the entire film. Sure, you get POVs here and there in films, but it’s a tricky tool to use, especially for longer periods of time. When Ronald Harwood hit on this in-the-head technique for…
Nov 22, 2013 • 63 min
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo broke onto the international scene with “28 Weeks Later,” the sequel to Danny Boyle’s film, and has been tied to a number of high-profile Hollywood projects since, including the just-announced “Pet Sematary” remake. But it’s his…
Nov 15, 2013 • 91 min
David Mamet’s always one to put cons in his films, even when the film is a fight film taking place in the world of mixed martial arts. His 2008 film, “Redbelt,” feels like a mash-up of genres — a con film, a fight film, a film noir, a samurai film, an…
The Film Board Presents: Thor: The Dark World
Nov 11, 2013 • 72 min
We’re headed back to Asgard this week as we gather the Film Board to take on “Thor: The Dark World”! Join Andy Nelson, Pete Wright, Steve Sarmento, and Tom Metz as we meticulously dissect the strange attraction we have for a hero that has no flaw, and is…
The Spanish Prisoner
Nov 8, 2013 • 63 min
David Mamet has made a name for himself as a playwright, as a screenwriter, as an author, and as a writer/director. His fifth film that he wrote and directed, “The Spanish Prisoner,” didn’t make many waves when it came out in 1998, but it seemed to…
Say Anything
Nov 1, 2013 • 63 min
In 1989, Cameron Crowe made his directorial debut with what many consider to be one of his best films, “Say Anything…” It wasn’t one of the top films at the box office that year, but it certainly found its audience since then and is still hailed by many…
The Film Board Presents: Gravity
Oct 28, 2013 • 76 min
We’re on a trip to space with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in this month’s Film Board review of Cuaron & Son’s astro-tacular, *Gravity*. Join Steve Sarmento, Tommy Metz, Andy Nelson, and Pete Wright as we pull apart a film miraculously greater than…
Sleepless in Seattle
Oct 25, 2013 • 68 min
While romantic comedies may be dead in our current day and age, they were alive and well 20 years ago when Norah Ephron’s “Sleepless in Seattle” came out. And what sort of hurdle did they put between the couple to keep them apart until the end of the…
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Oct 18, 2013 • 64 min
Peter Sollett was an indie film director that got his ‘big’ Hollywood break with 2008’s Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, a simple, honest sweet film that did well enough at the box office for him to get to continue his career as a director. This sweet…
About a Boy
Oct 11, 2013 • 79 min
We continue our Romantic Comedy series with a film that really puts that genre to the test — 2002’s About a Boy, directed by Chris and Paul Weitz. Is it a RomCom? Is it a comedy drama? Or a RomComDram? It’s hard to say, but it is a great film that is full…
(500) Days of Summer
Oct 4, 2013 • 72 min
It’s October, which must mean it’s time for another month of horror, right? Wrong! This month, we’re turning the tables on all the Freddies and Jasons and Michaels and will be spending the month talking about romantic comedies! Our first stop? Marc Webb’s…
The Blob (1958)
Sep 27, 2013 • 70 min
It was the genius mind of producer Jack Harris who saw potential in combining two popular 50s genres — the horror sci-fi films and the teen delinquency films — when he got Irvin Yeaworth to direct 1958s “The Blob.” There were plenty of low budget midnight…
The Film Board Presents: Prisoners
Sep 22, 2013 • 86 min
The next time your young daughter asks you if she can take Joy to your house on the other side of the neighborhood, the correct answer is a resounding “no.” Such is the lesson from this week’s Film Board subject, Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners.” Join Steve…
The World’s End
Sep 20, 2013 • 80 min
Hellllllloooooooooo! Welcome to episode #100 of The Next Reel, everybody! And what a better way to celebrate than to finish the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy series that we started in March 2012 with our episode on Edgar Wright’s latest film, “The…
No Country for Old Men
Sep 13, 2013 • 81 min
At the 2008 Oscars, Joel and Ethan Coen pulled off what only 4 other directors had done before them, walking away that night with 3 wins. The film, of course, is “No Country for Old Men,” and they won for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Directors, and Best…
Sep 6, 2013 • 90 min
Joel and Ethan Coen may have won big at Cannes with “Barton Fink,” but it wasn’t until 1996’s “Fargo” was nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, and won Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Original Screenplay for the Coens that Hollywood…
Barton Fink
Aug 30, 2013 • 71 min
“Barton Fink” was the crowning glory of the Cannes Film Festival when it premiered there in May 1991. Critics heaped their praises on it. But it never really connected with the audience and hence was a box office failure. Luckily, Joel and Ethan Coen made…
The Film Board Presents: You’re Next
Aug 26, 2013 • 69 min
Spoiler alert — the crew is as divided on “You’re Next” as we have ever been on this show. Director Adam Wingard’s home invasion horror romp has been hailed as “clever,” “deliciously twisted,” and that it “streamlines the gory stuff for something truly…
Miller’s Crossing
Aug 23, 2013 • 82 min
For their third film, the Coen brothers decided to again make something completely different from what they’ve done before. With “Miller’s Crossing,” they made a gangster picture that honors conventions of the genre while also twisting those conventions,…
Blood Simple
Aug 16, 2013 • 70 min
“Blood Simple,” released in film festivals in 1984 and theatrically in 1985, found as many detractors as it did fans initially, but no one can argue that it was all that the filmmaking duo of Joel and Ethan Coen needed to break onto the scene as fresh,…
It Happened One Night
Aug 8, 2013 • 72 min
In 1934, a little film studio released what they thought would be a minor but fun little film called “It Happened One Night.” That film went on to earn 5 Oscar nominations — Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay — and win all 5. It also…
The Night of the Hunter
Aug 2, 2013 • 74 min
Charles Laughton is most known for his larger than life performances in films from the 30s through the 60s, but he did have one chance to direct which came in the form of 1955’s The Night of the Hunter, a film he also co-wrote with James Agee based on the…
The Film Board Presents: The Wolverine
Jul 29, 2013 • 84 min
The Film Board gathers! It’s a full house this week as we take on the latest clawed brawler from Marvel, “The Wolverine.” The crew agrees: there are some stunningly beautiful sequences in this film, and while Jackman’s Wolverine rarely disappoints, on the…
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Jul 26, 2013 • 74 min
William Goldman is often credited as the first screenwriter to sell a spec script, meaning he wrote a script without getting paid for it then sold it once he was done with it. It’s common in the novel-writing world, but in the late 60s, it was unheard of…
True Romance
Jul 19, 2013 • 75 min
Quentin Tarantino’s first script that he wrote turned out to be one he couldn’t get made himself. Lucky for us (or unlucky as some Tarantino fans feel), he managed to get “True Romance” into the hands of Tony Scott. Tony gave it a linear structure and a…
Midnight Run
Jul 12, 2013 • 61 min
Infrequent filmmaker Martin Brest may have directed the box office bombs Gigli and Meet Joe Black, but he also directed the huge critical and commercial successes Beverly Hills Cop and Scent of a Woman. Somewhere in the middle of these films, he made a…
The Killing
Jul 5, 2013 • 55 min
Stanley Kubrick’s 3rd film, “The Killing,” was a box office bomb due to a poor release plan from United Artists and virtually no marketing. Luckily, the film was critically praised and has grown in stature since its release in 1956. It’s a film noir about…
Inside Man
Jun 28, 2013 • 65 min
After director Ron Howard dropped out from “Inside Man” to instead re-team with Russell Crowe on “Cinderella Man,” producer Brian Grazer ended up turning to an unlikely director to make this fun heist film — Spike Lee. Give his largest budget and a script…
The Film Board Presents: World War Z
Jun 23, 2013 • 63 min
The curse is broken! The Film Board gathers and we finally have a movie that all of us like! It’s Brad Pitt against the world’s nasty plague problem on the show this week and Steve, Andy, and Pete talk about why you should see this film, why you should…
The Town
Jun 21, 2013 • 64 min
Ben Affleck made a smart move when he decided to start directing films. He had made some bad career moves as an actor and was fizzling out. With his 2007 directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone,” he proved he had chops — and that they weren’t in acting. He’s a…
The Bank Job
Jun 14, 2013 • 62 min
There’s something interesting about heist films because, generally, you’re rooting for criminals to pull off a heist and criminals usually aren’t who you’d expect to be your protagonist. But watching Roger Donaldson’s 2008 heist film The Bank Job, based…
Jun 7, 2013 • 50 min
Woody Allen has made some great films and he’s made some stinkers, but he is a man who consistently cranks films out year after year. In 2006, his film “Scoop” happened to have a stage magician in it and, because of that, we felt it was important to…
The Film Board Presents: Now You See Me
Jun 3, 2013 • 74 min
It’s a Very Special Episode for this month’s Film Board gathering. Today on the show, Steve Sarmento and Chadd Stoops join Andy Nelson and Pete Wright to take on the great Next Reel Crossover with *Now You See Me* — a magical heist film of skeptic…
The Illusionist
May 30, 2013 • 60 min
2006 was quite the year for movies about stage magicians, and as our series continues, we’ve decided to focus solely on the 3 films dealing with prestidigitation that came out that year. Neil Burger’s The Illusionist came out a few months before…
The Prestige
May 24, 2013 • 72 min
Right after the amazing success of Batman Begins and right before the brilliance of The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan switched gears completely and made a fascinating period piece about two rival magicians duking it out to be the best. The Prestige…
May 17, 2013 • 55 min
After writing his teleplay for “Marty,” it wasn’t long before Hollywood asked Paddy Chayefsky to adapt his script for a feature film. And it’s a good thing he did too — he won his first Oscar for his screenplay. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as…
The Hospital
May 10, 2013 • 62 min
For his original script “The Hospital,” Paddy Chayefsky won his second Oscar and created an enemy for himself — the US’s medical institution which he was satirizing. But his script, while genius in many ways, veers off course into several strange…
May 3, 2013 • 83 min
It’s easy for us on this show to talk at great length about Sidney Lumet’s 1976 film “Network” as it’s one of our all-time favorites. Both a scathing indictment of the TV industry and a reality check for people’s feelings about the times in which they…
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Apr 26, 2013 • 72 min
For Clint Eastwood’s fifth directorial effort, he returned to one of the genres he’s most well-known for — the western — and created an absolute classic, The Outlaw Josey Wales. A western affected both by the revisionist movement within the genre that had…
Apr 19, 2013 • 68 min
Brian De Palma had been making feature films for almost a decade before he made Carrie in 1976, but it was this film that became his first blockbuster and really pushed him to the next level. By making an adaptation of the first book by an up-and-coming…
The Film Board Presents: 42
Apr 14, 2013 • 76 min
The Film Board gathers to take on this weekend’s new release, “42”. This Jackie Robinson biopic comes with some misgivings, not the least of which comes in writer-director Brian Helgeland’s script. The Board is moved somewhere between “stark and…
Taxi Driver
Apr 12, 2013 • 78 min
We’re continuing our 1976 series with Martin Scorsese’s gritty film Taxi Driver, one of his greatest and arguably most talked about films. Based on a screenplay by Paul Schrader, who set out to write about loneliness, Scorsese’s film burst onto the scene…
Marathon Man
Apr 5, 2013 • 77 min
In 1976, John Schlesinger made a film adaptation of William Goldman’s novel Marathon Man, and in the process, made everyone afraid to go back to their dentist. There are few things more horrifying than watching Laurence Olivier’s Nazi dentist drill into…
Mar 29, 2013 • 76 min
We end our Original Science Fiction series with Andrew Niccol’s visionary 1997 film set not too far in the future, Gattaca. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we delve into not just what makes this film great and unique, but also what ties the…
Mar 22, 2013 • 68 min
Our original science fiction series continues with Duncan Jones’ fascinating film debut from 2009, Moon. Made for a low budget, this entry into the science fiction genre showed that you didn’t need a $100 million budget to tell a science fiction story…
Mar 15, 2013 • 73 min
We continue our Original Science Fiction series with Danny Boyle’s 2007 film, Sunshine. It’s a film that stands out as a highlight in sci-fi films for its magnificent vision depicting mankind needing to travel to the sun to reignite it, but one that most…
The Film Board Presents: Oz the Great and Powerful
Mar 10, 2013 • 88 min
The Film Board gathers to take on Disney’s latest trip to the Emerald Kingdom. This week on the show, Steve Sarmento and Tom Metz join Andy and Pete to pull apart Oz The Great and Powerful, and pull it apart they do. Clumsy scripting? Trouble with the…
Dark City
Mar 8, 2013 • 72 min
With all the franchises, spin-offs and films based on other mediums these days, it seems rare to find original sci-fi films. That inspired us to do a series of original sci-fi films, and we’re starting with one of our favorites. In 1998, Alex Proyas…
The Sandlot
Mar 1, 2013 • 55 min
There’s something about memories of childhood and baseball that seem to go hand in hand. Perhaps it’s the tradition of baseball — it feels as tied into good ol’ Americana as much as fireworks on the Fourth of July or hot apple pie, things that can…
Feb 22, 2013 • 53 min
It’s spring training season again, and we’re back to discuss more baseball movies! In 2011, Bennett Miller directed Moneyball, a fascinating film — one of our favorites — that details the 2002 season of the Oakland A’s, and particularly how General…
Prizzi’s Honor
Feb 15, 2013 • 51 min
It’s Valentine’s Day, and what better way to end our current John Huston series than with his 1985 romantic mafia comedy, Prizzi’s Honor? Huston was struggling with his health in the 80s but still a vibrant and essential director when he made this film…
The Film Board Presents: Side Effects
Feb 10, 2013 • 86 min
The band is back together! And this month, the illustrious TNR Film Board gathers ranks to take on Steven Soderbergh’s “final” film, “Side Effects”. Haven’t seen it yet? Don’t worry, we’ll spoil it for you, but it won’t matter — you won’t understand it…
The Asphalt Jungle
Feb 8, 2013 • 58 min
When people list off caper films, it’s a long list that comes to mind — Ocean’s Eleven, Rififi, The Killing, The Ladykillers, Kelly’s Heroes, The Italian Job, The Usual Suspects, even more recently Inception — but the film that really kicked it all off…
Key Largo
Feb 1, 2013 • 60 min
In 1948, John Huston managed to crank out two of his most well-known films — The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, a masterpiece that received many accolades but took a while to warm up at the box office, and Key Largo, a noirish crime film that takes place…
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Jan 25, 2013 • 43 min
It’s a classic (and oft misquoted) line from one of the greatest films of all time, John Huston’s classic film from 1948, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” This week, join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we delve into this fascinating and tragic…
The Maltese Falcon
Jan 18, 2013 • 64 min
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, this week join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we talk about one of the most unforgettable films in the history of cinema, “The Maltese Falcon.” As a part of our periodic and ongoing John Huston series, this is a…
Zero Dark Thirty
Jan 12, 2013 • 88 min
Divisive before it even opened, Kathryn Bigelow’s film Zero Dark Thirty depicts, in a very procedural way, the steps it took to find Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks. While you can argue whether Bigelow should have received a Best Director nomination in…
The Hurt Locker
Jan 4, 2013 • 81 min
Kathryn Bigelow made a big change in her career direction as a film director when she made 2009’s “The Hurt Locker.” While it still had the adrenaline action sensibilities she displayed in her prior films, this film was less of a Hollywood action movie…
Strange Days
Dec 28, 2012 • 62 min
Based on a dream James Cameron had in 1985, Strange Days came out in 1995 and strangely took place only 4 years in the future — during the 48 hours leading up to the year 2000. Cameron’s ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, helmed the film, bringing her skills at…
Christmas in July
Dec 21, 2012 • 60 min
Happy holidays, everybody! It’s time for our annual holiday episode here on The Next Reel. This year, we — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — are talking about a film that doesn’t actually take place at Christmas time. In fact, it’s a movie that doesn’t even…
The Film Board Presents: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Dec 16, 2012 • 63 min
The Hobbit had landed in HFR 3D glory! Join us for this special episode of The Next Reel Film Board as we take on Peter Jackson’s latest contribution to Middle Earth. This month’s contributors Steve Sarmento and Chadd Stoops join Andy and Pete for a…
The Fifth Element
Dec 14, 2012 • 70 min
There’s something about the wacky sci-fi fantasy eye-gasm The Fifth Element that is very divisive. On one side, it’s a bizarre, nonsensical, mess that hardly has a story worth talking about. On the other, it’s groundbreaking in its visual effects,…
Léon: The Professional
Dec 7, 2012 • 54 min
It’s the perfect description of the awkward yet touching relationship between a simple 40-something assassin and a wise-beyond-her-years pre-teen girl, and it’s at the heart of our next pick in our Luc Besson series, his first foray into English-language…
Nov 30, 2012 • 66 min
We’re starting off our Luc Besson series with a film that fascinates us, even if it sometimes devolves into a cartoonish atmosphere. This week, we chat about Besson’s 1990 film Nikita, or La Femme Nikita if you’re so inclined. Join us — Pete Wright and…
Nov 23, 2012 • 62 min
Ryan Gosling plays such a mysterious, quiet character in Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 film, “Drive,” that he’s never even given a name — he’s simply credited as Driver. The film has shades of noir and of 80s crime films, creating a dreamy neon quality…
Nov 16, 2012 • 55 min
One of John Frankenheimer’s best films came late in his career — 1998’s Ronin. A seemingly simple story about a group of mercenaries who take a job trying to get a mysterious case is twisted around with double-crosses and plot twists, and becomes a…
The French Connection
Nov 8, 2012 • 75 min
It’s our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, everyone! That’s right, we’ve been doing the “Movies We Like” podcast for one year now, and what better way to celebrate than with the next in our Great Car Chase series—William Friedkin’s 1971 Best Picture Oscar-winner,…
Nov 2, 2012 • 68 min
Steve McQueen was one of the coolest actors out there. He brought amazing performances to the screen time and time again. The Magnificent Seven. Papillon. The Thomas Crowne Affair. The Great Escape. The Getaway. The Sand Pebbles. The list goes on. In…
The Film Board Presents: Cloud Atlas
Oct 29, 2012 • 63 min
The Film Board gathers to take on “Cloud Atlas”, the epic journey of a whole lot of Toms Hanks and Hallies Berry. Join Andy Nelson, Pete Wright, and Chadd Stoops as they share what worked, what didn’t, and what makes this film a passionate, beautiful mess.
The Descent
Oct 26, 2012 • 64 min
These aren’t words you want to hear when you’re stuck on a spelunking trip, particularly when you find out that the “something” that’s down here wants to eat you.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Oct 19, 2012 • 57 min
Zack Snyder’s 2004 “Dawn of the Dead” remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 zombie classic may not be trying to say much, but it sure provides a good, fun scare.
28 Days Later
Oct 12, 2012 • 69 min
Zombies had notoriously been slow entities—let’s face it, the walking dead just don’t move so fast. But then Danny Boyle came along and, with writer Alex Garland, injected the zombie sub-genre with speed in their film “28 Days Later.”
The Thing
Oct 5, 2012 • 73 min
In 1982, John Carpenter’s “The Thing” was released but had a tough time competing against other big sci-fi films released at the same time—E.T. the Extra Terrestrial and Blade Runner. It also was viewed by critics as being overly gory and wretched.
The Film Board Presents: Looper
Sep 30, 2012 • 61 min
In spite of schedule complications, the Film Board goes on. This month, Pete and Andy talk Looper staring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sep 28, 2012 • 79 min
With these words early on in Tim Burton’s 2007 film adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, we instantly get a sense of the dark place that the character of Sweeney Todd, played marvelously by Johnny Depp, has come from.
Big Fish
Sep 21, 2012 • 64 min
The only thing better than a great story is a great storyteller, and Edward Bloom certainly fits the bill. Not a moment goes by in Tim Burton’s 2003 film “Big Fish” when young Edward, played by Ewan McGregor, isn’t living one of his fantastical stories or…
Sep 14, 2012 • 69 min
“Pretty soon you be feeling all unnecessary.” In 1991, Richard D. Zanuck and his wife, Lili Fini Zanuck, produced her directorial debut, “Rush,” a story of two undercover cops trying to bring down a big drug dealer in a small Texas town and in the process…
Driving Miss Daisy
Sep 7, 2012 • 76 min
Driving Miss Daisy was a perfect story choice for Richard D. Zanuck to produce. Sure, it was difficult to get made but for a film that only cost $7.5 million dollars to produce, it raked in over $100 million at the domestic box office, putting it in the…
Aug 31, 2012 • 75 min
“I used to hate the water.” “I can’t imagine why.” When someone says the word ‘jaws’ to you, it inevitably conjures up the man-eating great white shark in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller masterpiece. It’s hard to imagine a time when the word ‘jaws’…
The Sting
Aug 24, 2012 • 65 min
After his father fired him from 20th Century Fox and a short stint at Warner Bros., Richard D. Zanuck joined forces with his buddy David Brown from his Fox days and the two joined forces as the independent producing duo under the banner The Zanuck/Brown…
Aug 17, 2012 • 62 min
“Murder’s nothing. It’s just a simple experience. Murder and rape. Do you know what beauty there is in evil?” It’s the start of our Richard D. Zanuck tribute series, ladies and gentlemen, and what better way to begin than with the first film he produced…
The Film Board Presents: The Bourne Legacy
Aug 12, 2012 • 80 min
Join the goodly Chadd Stoops, Mike Evans, Steve Sarmento, Andy Nelson, and Pete Wright to talk Bourne. We talk Chaos Cinema. We talk Jeremy Renner and the Brothers Gilroy. At one point, Steve gets so mad he disappears. And then Andy overloads the…
The Bourne Legacy
Aug 11, 2012 • 69 min
“Jason Bourne was just the tip of the iceberg.” We always knew there were other operatives out there, and when the producers couldn’t get Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to return to do another Jason Bourne movie, they did the right thing by bringing in…
The Bourne Ultimatum
Aug 3, 2012 • 61 min
“You start down this path, where does it end?” “It ends when we’ve won.” Frightening words coming from a CIA agent more intent on keeping his team’s illegal program under wraps than in saving American lives. And that’s the man intent on preventing Jason…
The Bourne Supremacy
Jul 27, 2012 • 57 min
“Word in the ether was you’d lost your memory.” Jason Bourne’s back, still trying to figure out his past as a government assassin while struggling to stay ahead of both the good and bad guys as they attempt to take him out. This week, we’re covering the…
The Film Board Presents: The Dark Knight Rises
Jul 22, 2012 • 72 min
The Board Gathers! In this week’s special Movies We Like Google Hangout, Andy Nelson and Pete Wright are joined by regulars Chadd Stoops and Steve Sarmento to talk through the final chapter in Christopher Nolan’s contribution to the Batman universe: The…
The Bourne Identity
Jul 20, 2012 • 75 min
“I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside. I can tell you that our waitress is left-handed and the guy sitting up at the counter weighs two hundred fifteen pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a…
The African Queen
Jul 13, 2012 • 62 min
“What a time we had, Rosie. What a time we had.” This week on Rash Pixel’s “Movies We Like,” we’re finishing up our far-too-short series on cinematographer Jack Cardiff with the wonderful 1951 film, “The African Queen”. John Huston co-wrote and directed…
The Red Shoes
Jul 5, 2012 • 71 min
“You cannot have it both ways. A dancer who relies upon the doubtful comforts of human love can never be a great dancer. Never.” And thus sums up the battle within Michael Powell’s and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 film, “The Red Shoes” — the battle between…
Up in the Air
Jun 28, 2012 • 58 min
“We are here to make limbo tolerable, to ferry wounded souls across the river of dread, and to point where hope is dimly visible. And then we stop the boat, shove them in the water and make them swim.” This week, ladies and gentlemen, we — Pete Wright and…
Thank You For Smoking
Jun 22, 2012 • 61 min
“Michael Jordan plays ball. Charles Mason kills people. I talk. Everyone has a talent.” It’s a movie about spin and the spin doctors who spin it — Jason Reitman’s fantastic 2006 satire Thank You for Smoking. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we…
The Film Board Presents: Prometheus
Jun 16, 2012 • 70 min
The Film Board Gathers! This week, we come together to see if Andy and Pete were right about Prometheus. Hey! You know what would be awesome? If you would drop us a positive rating on iTunes! If you like what we’re doing here on TNR, it really is the best…
Jun 15, 2012 • 76 min
“Big things have small beginnings.” Well, not when envisioned by Ridley Scott and written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof. “Prometheus,” the non-prequel to “Alien” is anything but a small beginning to this universe and, while ambitious, leaves us with a…
Alien: Resurrection
Jun 8, 2012 • 70 min
It’s the end of our conversation about the Alien anthology, ladies and gentlemen, and this week, we discuss Alien: Resurrection, a tough film to watch and an unfortunate end to the anthology (that took a further unfortunate turn by leading the franchise…
Alien 3
Jun 1, 2012 • 68 min
“When they first heard about this thing, it was ‘Crew Expendable’. The next time, they sent in marines. They were expendable too. What makes you think they’re gonna care about a bunch of lifers who found God at the ass-end of space?” The third time may…
May 25, 2012 • 81 min
“Game over, man! Game over!” There are few sequels that can stand up to the originals as well asAliens can to its predecessor, and it’s clear that we — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — really like this film. Join us this week on Rash Pixel’s “Movies We Like”…
May 18, 2012 • 72 min
“You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? A perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.” This week begins our journey into the Alien franchise, dear listeners, which ends with our discussion of…
Field of Dreams
May 11, 2012 • 68 min
It’s the end of our baseball series, movie fans, and what a better way to end it than by talking about Phil Alden Robinson’s fantastic fantasy film from 1989, “Field of Dreams.” Considering Pete’s disdain of Kevin Costner (at least in Bull Durham), it’s a…
Bull Durham
May 4, 2012 • 58 min
“Man, that ball got outta here in a hurry.” It’s time for more 80s baseball movies, ladies and gentlemen! This week, we’re talking about Bull Durham, Ron Shelton’s 1988 tribute to the minor leagues. If there ever was a film to compare religion to baseball…
Major League
Apr 27, 2012 • 61 min
“Juuuuust a bit outside.” That’s right, ladies and gentlemen — we’re switching things up a bit this week on Rash Pixel’s “Movies We Like” — instead of “Bull Durham” as promised, we’re pulling a switcheroo and flipflopping that with 1989’s baseball comedy…
The Natural
Apr 20, 2012 • 68 min
Baseball. Just like apple pie, it’s an intrinsic part of America. Movies about baseball, on the other hand, didn’t really become popular forms of entertainment until 1984’s “The Natural”, which is what we’re talking about this week on Rash Pixel’s “Movies…
Joe versus the Volcano
Apr 13, 2012 • 67 min
What does a flibbertigibbet, bubaru, a set of artificial testicles, a luggage salesman, a brain cloud, and a volcano hungry for human sacrifices have in common? They’re all part of the vastly underrated and misunderstood existential comedy from 1990, Joe…
All the President’s Men
Apr 6, 2012 • 58 min
And thus begins the twisted journey, movie fans, that Woodward and Bernstein have to take to track down the truth behind one of the biggest scandals our country has ever faced, which led to the President’s resignation. This week on Rash Pixel’s “Movies We…
The Parallax View
Mar 30, 2012 • 63 min
We’re neck-deep in conspiracy this week, movie lovers, as we’re talking about one of the 70s great conspiracy theory thrillers — Alan J. Pakula’s The Parallax View from 1974, the second film in his unofficial paranoia trilogy. It’s dark, it’s full of…
Mar 23, 2012 • 66 min
Hey, movie lovers! We’re taking a leap back to the 70s with this next series—Alan J. Pakula’s paranoia trilogy. First up, 1971’s “Klute,” a dark and gritty character study/thriller about a small town detective trying to get information from a call girl…
Hot Fuzz
Mar 16, 2012 • 56 min
Helllooooooo! Tonight, we’re talking “Hot Fuzz”, the perfect comedy homage to every cop action film ever made! The second and last film made thus far in the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, this film was again written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright,…
Shaun of the Dead
Mar 8, 2012 • 51 min
Hellooooooo! Time for a break from all those heavy films, movie fans. Tonight, join Pete and Andy as we discuss the first of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (despite the fact that there are only two films thus far). Yes, we’re going to be chatting…
Mar 1, 2012 • 74 min
Well, movie lovers, it’s that time. We’ve hit the end of our Benjamin Button style Fincher Fest. This week, Pete Wright and Andy Nelson talk about David Fincher’s knock-you-out-of-your-seat detective thriller Seven, or Se7en if you prefer. Join us as we…
The Game
Feb 23, 2012 • 58 min
Greetings, movie lovers! This week, we continue our Fincher Fest with a discussion about “The Game,” a dark and twisting tale that Pete finds he doesn’t really like anymore while Andy still connects with. Join us as we chat about why this film doesn’t…
Fight Club
Feb 16, 2012 • 73 min
Greetings, movie lovers. This week, we hit David Fincher’s film “Fight Club.” Is it just an anarchic, pugilistic sensation or is Fincher really working at tapping into a dark zeitgeist affecting the average person at the turn of the century? Join us as we…
Panic Room
Feb 9, 2012 • 63 min
We’ve made it to the middle of the Fincher-Fest, movie lovers! This week, join us as we talk about his one-location movie, “Panic Room.” Falling right between “Fight Club” and “Zodiac”, this movie really marks a turning point for David Fincher’s films —…
Feb 2, 2012 • 62 min
Back in 2007, David Fincher created what many consider his best film, Zodiac. Hailed by dozens of critics as one of the best films of the year, it unfortunately never found its audience and ended up a financial failure. This week, movie lovers, join us as…
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Jan 26, 2012 • 69 min
Our third stop on the Fincher Fest train brings us to David Fincher’s 2008 drama, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Fincher outdid himself on this film, combining all elements available to him from tried and true practical elements through…
The Social Network
Jan 20, 2012 • 76 min
Greetings and salutations, movie aficionados! Welcome to the second episode of our Benjamin Button-style David Fincher-fest! Tonight, we discuss arguably his greatest film—certainly his most critically acclaimed. It’s “The Social Network,” from Aaron…
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Jan 13, 2012 • 76 min
It’s the start of the Benjamin Button-style Fincher-Fest, movie lovers! And what better way to kick it off than to take a look at David Fincher’s current film, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” based on Stieg Larsson’s first book in his internationally…
When Harry Met Sally…
Jan 6, 2012 • 64 min
It’s a new year, movie lovers, and in this episode, we take on an incredible film with crisp, spot-on, endlessly quotable dialogue, a cast that is absolutely perfect, and not one but two fantastic New Year’s Eve scenes. That’s right, we’re talking about…
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Dec 29, 2011 • 60 min
Greetings and salutations, movie lovers! In tonight’s episode, we’ll wrap up 2011 and our Charlie Kaufman trilogy with 2004’s Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry. Kaufman won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for this…
We’re No Angels (1955)
Dec 23, 2011 • 69 min
Merry Christmas and happy holidays, movie nerds! Tonight, in the spirit of the season, we talk about Michael Curtiz’s curious gem of a Christmas comedy from 1955, “We’re No Angels.”
Dec 16, 2011 • 61 min
It’s the second collaboration between director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, and it’s another brilliant film to talk about. This time, it’s 2002’s Adaptation.
Being John Malkovich
Dec 9, 2011 • 62 min
Many people consider 1999 to be one of the great years in cinema. Countless great movies released that year, and one of those was Spike Jonze’s fantasy comedy about a man who discovers a portal into John Malkovich’s head and the two women in his life.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Dec 2, 2011 • 69 min
“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is nonsensical, silly, and surreal sci-fi mumbo jumbo that amounts to nothing.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Nov 25, 2011 • 78 min
Five years after Steven Spielberg and George Lucas dipped into the dark waters for the second Indiana Jones film, they brought the Man with the Hat back in a much brighter story and, as the posters announced, this time he brought his dad.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Nov 18, 2011 • 65 min
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas both approached their 1984 follow-up to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” from a dark place while they were simultaneously going through divorces. Perhaps because of this, or perhaps because they were trying to create something…
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Nov 11, 2011 • 67 min
Everything about Steven Spielberg’s 1981 film, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” is iconic. From the unforgettable lines that are so easy to quote to the brilliant characters saying them and the pitch-perfect actors playing them, to the adventure and danger, to…