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Driving Miss Daisy

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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 top 10 of the year with the likes of Batman and Lethal Weapon 2. Topping that off, it led Zanuck, along with his wife, Lili Fini Zanuck, to win the Best Picture award at the Oscars.

But this 1989 film, which deals with prejudice and friendship in the relationship between an old Jewish woman in the south and her African American driver, stands out for many people as a perfect example of what's wrong with the Oscars because it came out the same year as Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, a film that deals with race relations in a much more intense and direct way, and what many feel should have won the Best Picture award.

Regardless of your position on which is the better film or which should have won, Bruce Beresford's film Driving Miss Daisy, written by Alfred Uhry based on his Pulitzer prize-winning play, is a beautiful, simple, and sweet story of two people who are the most unlikely to develop a friendship, yet they do just that. And it's heartwarming.

Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — on this week's episode of Rash Pixel's Movies We Like as we discuss the amazing performances — Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, and Dan Aykroyd are all fantastic. We chat about what the film is saying about race and look at in context of the 25 years over which the story takes place. We look at the films it was up against at the Oscars that year (as well as those that weren't nominated). And we discuss the amazing or horrible Hans Zimmer music, depending on your taste for his 80s synthesized scores. It's a discussion that ranges all over the map as we talk about this wonderful film, the fourth in our Richard D. Zanuck series. We have a great time talking about it, and hope you have a great time listening to it. Listen in!

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1:06:23
"I’m submitting a complaint, exercising my rights as a citizen. That makes me a criminal?"

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The Secret in Their Eyes • The Next Reel

November 16th, 2017

1:15:19
"Memories are all we end up with."

Anyone who has seen a Ricardo Darín film knows he has very expressive eyes. The actors in the 2009 film El Secreto de Sus Ojos, or The Secret in Their Eyes, had to have more than …

Murder on the Orient Express • The Film Board

November 14th, 2017

1:03:10
"Use the little grey cells of the mind - and you will know!"

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The literary adaptation sub-faction of Film Board thugs …

Son of the Bride • The Next Reel

November 9th, 2017

1:07:43
"When nothing can be worse than what happened, you feel powerful."

Juan José Campanella had developed a career bouncing back and forth between the …

Nine Queens • The Next Reel

November 2nd, 2017

1:03:40
"Of course I can buy it, but I can also not buy it as everybody else would do if they could."

Ricardo Darín was pretty much born into acting. …

Star Trek Beyond • The Next Reel

October 26th, 2017

1:33:24
"This is where the frontier pushes back."

With JJ Abrams busy working on that other space franchise, the new Trek film needed a new director. And who better to bring on board than Justin Lin, the man who rejuvenated …

Star Trek Into Darkness • The Next Reel

October 19th, 2017

1:15:11

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"My name is Khan."

When Paramount asked JJ Abrams and his team behind the 2009 Star Trek reboot to get started on a …

Miss Sloane • Trailer Rewind

October 17th, 2017

39:22

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”A senator’s priority isn’t representing the people, it’s keeping his ass in office."

This month JJ and Steve are …

Star Trek • The Next Reel

October 12th, 2017

1:26:44

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"Your father was the captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved 800 lives, including your mother’s and yours. I …

Blade Runner 2049 • The Film Board

October 10th, 2017

1:19:12

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"I did your job once. I was good at it."

The Film Board Gathers! This week on the show, we’re gearing up to hunt some …

Star Trek: Nemesis • The Next Reel

October 5th, 2017

1:25:35

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"I’m afraid you won’t survive to witness the victory of the echo over the voice."

Star Trek: Insurrection was a …

Star Trek: Insurrection • The Next Reel

September 29th, 2017

1:18:26
”How many people does it take, Admiral, before it becomes wrong?"

With the success of Star Trek: First Contact, a more action-oriented Star Trek film, the team behind it wanted their next film to be lighter in tone …

Kingsman: The Golden Circle • The Film Board

September 26th, 2017

1:15:06

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"Something made it through."

The Film Board gathers! This week we’re choosing sides with the Kingsman and the …

Star Trek: First Contact • The Next Reel

September 21st, 2017

1:28:55

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"The line must be drawn here!"

The introduction of the Borg as an antagonist on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” gave …

Little Sister • Trailer Rewind

September 19th, 2017

32:56

"Look at you girl. All grown up like a librarian or something."

This month JJ and Steve are dealing with family drama in Zach Clark’s 2016 film Little Sister.

With a mix of nuns, GWAR, drug-laced muffins, and …

Star Trek: Generations • The Next Reel

September 14th, 2017

1:24:58

"Who am I to argue with the captain of the Enterprise?"

After seven successful seasons of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” it was time for their …

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country • The Next Reel

September 7th, 2017

1:31:44

"We will not be the instigators of full scale war on the eve of universal peace!"

Even though “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was entering its …

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier • The Next Reel

August 31st, 2017

1:18:36

"I don’t want my pain taken away! I need my pain!"

Leonard Nimoy had directed two Star Trek films so naturally, William Shatner wanted to give it a go. He even had a great concept for a story – the crew of the …

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home • The Next Reel

August 24th, 2017

1:33:12

"Who would send a probe hundreds of light years to talk to a whale?"

With the success of their pair of Star Trek films under their belt, director …

Experimenter • Trailer Rewind

August 22nd, 2017

37:48

"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."

This month JJ and Steve learn a lesson in obedience with 2015’s Experimenter. Peter Sarsgaard takes us through the career of Stanley Milgram, and …

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock • The Next Reel

August 17th, 2017

1:17:40

"My God, Bones, what have I done?"

Because of the critical and financial success of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Paramount quickly put plans into action for part three, telling Harve Bennett to get them a script as …

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan • The Next Reel

August 10th, 2017

1:12:16

"You are my superior officer. You are also my friend. I have been, and always shall be, yours."

The ‘failure’ of the first Star Trek film put Paramount in the frame of mind where they needed to do a few things if they …

The Dark Tower • The Film Board

August 8th, 2017

1:00:15

"Something made it through."

Stephen King’s opus inspired the movie and The Film Board gathers here to throw out a bunch of thoughts on it. There will be talk about the source material for this story and what needed to …

Star Trek: The Motion Picture • The Next Reel

August 3rd, 2017

1:12:31

"The creator has not answered."

It wasn’t until syndication that Paramount realized that it had a property they could continue milking in Gene …

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets • The Film Board

July 25th, 2017

1:11:00

"The whole universe is after us."

The Film Boards drops out of Exospace this month to experience the other-dimensional adventure of Valerian and the …

Hunt for the Wilderpeople — Trailer Rewind

July 18th, 2017

38:16

“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 …

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

June 29th, 2017

1:18:26

"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 …

Return of the Living Dead — No, No, Wait! Hear Me Out!

June 27th, 2017

13:51

"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 …

Kundun

June 22nd, 2017

1:07:03

"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 …

The History of Future Folk — Trailer Rewind

June 20th, 2017

7:02

"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, …

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

June 15th, 2017

1:21:33

"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. …

The Mummy — The Next Reel Film Board

June 13th, 2017

1:15:00

"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 …

The Black Stallion

June 8th, 2017

1:18:06

"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 …

Howl's Moving Castle

June 1st, 2017

1:00:13

"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 …

Spirited Away

May 25th, 2017

1:08:09

"If I hear one little complaint out of you, you’ll be joining your parents in the pigpen!"

Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 film Spirited Away shot to the top …

Alien: Covenant — The Film Board

May 23rd, 2017

1:11:55

"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 …

Princess Mononoke

May 18th, 2017

1:18:05

"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 …

No

May 11th, 2017

1:16:08

"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 …

Silver Linings Playbook — Speakeasy with guest composer Harry Gregson-Williams

May 9th, 2017

1:02:48

“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 …

Post Mortem

May 4th, 2017

59:04

"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 …

The Circle — The Next Reel Film Board

May 2nd, 2017

1:11:42

"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 …

Tony Manero

April 27th, 2017

1:08:16

"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 …

Colonia — Trailer Rewind

April 25th, 2017

49:19

“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 …

Certain Women

April 20th, 2017

1:14:30

"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 …

Meek's Cutoff

April 13th, 2017

1:07:33

"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 …

Wendy and Lucy

April 6th, 2017

1:07:47

"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 …

The Book of Eli

April 2nd, 2017

1:07:08

"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 …

From Hell

March 23rd, 2017

1:10:19

"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 …

Menace II Society

March 16th, 2017

1:08:45

"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 …

The Emigrants

March 9th, 2017

1:09:36

"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, …

Logan — The Next Reel Film Board

March 7th, 2017

1:28:15

"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 …

The Great Wall

March 2nd, 2017

1:15:58

"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 …

Get Out — The Next Reel Film Board

February 28th, 2017

1:14:40

“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 …

The Lobster — Trailer Rewind

February 25th, 2017

43:31

“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 …

Hero

February 23rd, 2017

1:09:04

"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 …

Raise the Red Lantern

February 16th, 2017

1:04:03

"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 …

Ju Dou

February 9th, 2017

1:11:16

"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 …

The Danish Girl

February 2nd, 2017

1:03:37

"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 …

TransAmerica

January 26th, 2017

1:13:14

"I never even heard of a tranny church lady."

Felicity Huffman received many accolades for her incredible performance in TransAmerica, but an Oscar …

Split — The Next Reel Film Board

January 24th, 2017

1:20:00

"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 …

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

January 19th, 2017

1:23:53

"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 …

Coming to America

January 12th, 2017

1:15:54

"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 …

Groundhog Day with Guest Jim Jermanok — The Next Reel Speakeasy

January 10th, 2017

1:05:37

"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 …

Beverly Hills Cop

January 5th, 2017

1:21:14

"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. …

Trading Places

December 29th, 2016

1:08:48

"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 …

Black Christmas

December 22nd, 2016

1:10:03

"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 …

Rogue One — The Next Reel Film Board

December 20th, 2016

1:26:01

"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 …

The Godfather Part III

December 15th, 2016

1:34:19

"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 …

101 Dalmatians — The Next Reel Speakeasy with The Bancroft Brothers

December 13th, 2016

1:21:58

"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 …

The Godfather Part II

December 8th, 2016

1:18:32

"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, …

The Godfather

December 1st, 2016

1:38:29

"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 …

The Two Faces of January — Trailer Rewind

November 29th, 2016

28:08

". . . 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 …

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

November 24th, 2016

1:13:09

"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 …

All About Eve

November 17th, 2016

1:01:17

"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 …

Now, Voyager

November 10th, 2016

1:14:20

"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 …

The Film Board Presents: Doctor Strange

November 8th, 2016

1:15:27
"Forget everything that you think you know"

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 …

The Little Foxes

November 3rd, 2016

1:10:54

"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 …

The Philadelphia Story — Speakeasy with Guest Steve Miner

November 1st, 2016

1:22:39

"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 …

The Fly (1986)

October 27th, 2016

1:22:00

"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. …

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back — The Next Reel Film Board

October 25th, 2016

1:20:24

"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 …

Seabiscuit

October 20th, 2016

1:17:04

"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 …

Odd Thomas — Trailer Rewind

October 18th, 2016

41:26

"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 …

Black Hawk Down

October 13th, 2016

1:30:28

"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 …

Shorts: Josie and the Pussycats — No, No, Wait! Hear Me Out!

October 11th, 2016

7:58

"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 Dish

October 6th, 2016

1:11:16

"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 …

Speakeasy: "Apocalypse Now" with guest cinematographer Paul Cameron

October 4th, 2016

1:00:51

"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 …

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

September 29th, 2016

1:22:44

"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 …

A Bug's Life

September 27th, 2016

1:20:56

"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 …

The Film Board Presents: Snowden

September 20th, 2016

1:08:34

"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 …

¡Three Amigos!

September 15th, 2016

1:00:23

"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 …

Speakeasy: "Heat" with Guest Cinematographer Jayson Crothers

September 13th, 2016

1:33:09

"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 …

The Magnificent Seven

September 8th, 2016

1:10:17

"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 …

Seven Samurai

September 1st, 2016

1:18:41

"Once more, we survive."

When you think of Akira Kurosawa, it’s easy to connect him to great samurai films like RanThrone of BloodThe Hidden FortressYojimbo and Sanjuro. What’s surprising, however, is that he …

Contagion

August 25th, 2016

1:06:11

"How are we defining ‘contained?’"

While working on The Informer! with Steven Soderbergh, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns was inspired by a scene with …

The Film Board Presents: War Dogs

August 23rd, 2016

1:11:01

"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 …

Blindness

August 18th, 2016

1:33:43

"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 …

Children of Men

August 11th, 2016

1:39:32

"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 …

Speakeasy: "Fat City" with guest Sam Levy

August 9th, 2016

1:23:50

"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. …

Serenity

August 4th, 2016

1:36:32

"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 …

The Film Board Presents: Jason Bourne

August 2nd, 2016

1:18:17

"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 …

Outbreak

July 28th, 2016

1:34:48

"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 …

Cake — Trailer Rewind

July 26th, 2016

38:09

"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 …

The Crazies

July 21st, 2016

1:21:23

"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 …

Shorts: The Scores of John Carpenter

July 19th, 2016

26:38

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 …

The Andromeda Strain

July 14th, 2016

1:24:36

"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 …

Creativity — Three of a Kind with Steve Sarmento

July 12th, 2016

9:37

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 …

The Omega Man

July 7th, 2016

1:01:46

"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 …

Never Let Me Go — The Next Reel Speakeasy

July 5th, 2016

1:09:12

"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 …

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

June 30th, 2016

1:23:51

"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 …

ParaNorman

June 23rd, 2016

1:22:49

"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 …

Mr. Nobody — Trailer Rewind

June 21st, 2016

42:29

"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 …

The Great Escape

June 16th, 2016

1:30:51

"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 …

The Film Board Presents: Now You See Me 2

June 14th, 2016

1:23:29

"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 …

Ministry of Fear

June 9th, 2016

1:17:52

"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 …

Terminator 2: Judgment Day — The Next Reel Speakeasy with Costume Designer Sarah Trost

June 7th, 2016

1:36:19

"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, …

Man Hunt

June 2nd, 2016

1:12:37

"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 …

The Nice Guys — Trailer Rewind

May 31st, 2016

38:33

"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 …

M

May 26th, 2016

1:18:49

"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 …

Comet — Trailer Rewind

May 24th, 2016

38:36

"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 …

Spies

May 19th, 2016

1:00:35

"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 …

Shorts: Mindbenders with JJ & Tommy Handsome

May 17th, 2016

25:52

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 …

Metropolis

May 12th, 2016

1:23:58

"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 …

The Film Board Presents: Captain America: Civil War

May 10th, 2016

1:29:39

"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 …

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

May 5th, 2016

1:09:21

"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 …

Snatch — The Next Reel Speakeasy with Sound Designer Michael B. Koff

May 3rd, 2016

1:09:41

"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 …

The Long Kiss Goodnight

April 28th, 2016

1:20:08

"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 …

Three of a Kind with Steve Sarmento — Who Are You?

April 26th, 2016

10:46

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 …

The Last Boy Scout

April 21st, 2016

1:15:05

"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 …

The Silent Partner — TNR Speakeasy with Guest Craig Anderson

April 19th, 2016

1:14:05

“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 …

Lethal Weapon

April 14th, 2016

1:28:06

"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 …

The Film Board Presents: Demolition

April 12th, 2016

1:31:08

"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 …

The Hound of the Baskervilles

April 7th, 2016

1:21:19

"They were the footprints… of a gigantic hound!"

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce became synonymous with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson after …

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

March 31st, 2016

1:22:14

"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 …

The Film Board Presents: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

March 28th, 2016

1:26:56

"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 …

The Wizard of Oz

March 25th, 2016

1:59:08

"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 …

Shorts: Trailer Rewind — Young Ones

March 17th, 2016

29:24

"I never saw this land when it was green."

Today we bring you a new TNR Short: Trailer RewindJustin and Steve took on the task of watching Young …

Stagecoach

March 16th, 2016

1:23:55

"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 …

Shorts: Three of a Kind with Steve Sarmento — Ambition

March 15th, 2016

8:13

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 …

The Women

March 10th, 2016

1:16:44

“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 …

Shorts: Behind the Sites with Matthew Buchanan of Letterboxd.com

March 8th, 2016

27:21

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.com. Letterboxd has become an …

What's up, Doc?

March 4th, 2016

1:44:11

“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 – …

Speakeasy with Dee Wallace: Room

March 1st, 2016

1:10:43

“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 …

The Departed

February 26th, 2016

1:24:11

“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 …

Shorts: Behind the Scenes on Filmumentaries with Jamie Benning

February 23rd, 2016

51:14

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 …

Infernal Affairs

February 18th, 2016

1:05:38

“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 …

Shorts: Three of a Kind with Steve Sarmento — Guardians

February 16th, 2016

4:40

The three family action films, Legend of the GuardiansRise 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 …

Outland

February 11th, 2016

1:21:14

“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 …

The Film Board Presents: Hail, Caesar!

February 10th, 2016

1:15:22

 

“It’s complicated.”

The Film Board Gathers! The Coen Brothers are back, this time channeling the spirit of old Hollywood. Josh Brolin plays Eddie …

High Noon

February 4th, 2016

1:19:17

 

“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 …

Speakeasy with Matthew Gratzner: Casino Royale

February 2nd, 2016

1:17:23

“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 …

The Finest Hours

February 1st, 2016

1:20:08

“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 …

The Edge

January 29th, 2016

1:12:56

“Behold, the mighty hunter.”

Lee Tamahori’s first foray in Hollywood, ‘Mulholland Falls,’ didn’t fare all that well. Luckily, his follow-up with …

Shorts: Nathan Chase & Jeremy Thompson from Flickchart.com

January 27th, 2016

27:53

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 …

Glengarry Glen Ross

January 21st, 2016

1:39:29

“The good news is you’re fired.”

David Mamet won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 with his play “Glengarry Glen Ross.” The play really exemplified …

Shorts: Three of a Kind with Steve Sarmento

January 19th, 2016

6:41

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 …

The Untouchables

January 15th, 2016

1:26:28

“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 …

The Verdict

January 9th, 2016

1:17:02

“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 …

Speakeasy with Abraham Benrubi: My Favorite Year

January 6th, 2016

58:06

“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 …

Boogie Nights

January 2nd, 2016

1:34:43

“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 …

Gremlins

December 24th, 2015

1:15:34

“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 …

The Film Board Presents: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

December 23rd, 2015

1:22:27

“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 …

Shorts: An Interview with DC Barns & J Trent Adams — Star Wars: A Force for Change

December 22nd, 2015

47:50

Last year, DC Barns entered his name in a contest to join the cast and crew of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Pinewood Studios in London. He and …

The Next Reel's 2016 Announcement Extravaganza!

December 22nd, 2015

7:52

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 …

National Lampoon's Vacation

December 18th, 2015

1:22:51

 

“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, …

Stripes

December 12th, 2015

59:16

“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, …

Caddyshack

December 4th, 2015

1:22:00

“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 …

Viridiana

November 28th, 2015

1:26:24

“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 …

The Wind Rises

November 24th, 2015

1:21:33

With the 2013 release of “The Wind Rises,” his eleventh feature film, Hayao Miyazaki retired from making his beautiful animated films. Animation fans …

My Neighbor Totoro

November 17th, 2015

1:27:38

With the creation of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki and the other filmmakers involved had created a place where they could create the films they …

The Film Board Presents: SPECTRE

November 13th, 2015

1:03:43

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 …

The Castle of Cagliostro

November 10th, 2015

1:19:16

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 …

Children of the Corn

October 30th, 2015

1:18:41

“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 …

The Innocents

October 23rd, 2015

1:17:30

“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 …

Village of the Damned

October 16th, 2015

1:06:26

“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 …

The Bad Seed

October 9th, 2015

1:19:58

“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 …

The Film Board Presents: The Martian

October 4th, 2015

1:13:54

“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, …

Snowpiercer

October 2nd, 2015

1:28:00

“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 …

Mother

September 25th, 2015

1:09:38

“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 …

The Film Board Presents: Everest

September 21st, 2015

1:10:24

“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 …

The Host

September 18th, 2015

1:15:27

“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 …

Sophie's Choice

September 11th, 2015

1:15:11

“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 …

The French Lieutenant's Woman

September 4th, 2015

1:23:15

“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 …

Kramer vs. Kramer

August 28th, 2015

1:21:07

“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. …

Interview: Writer Ken Levine on Guilty Pleasures, Volunteers, and TV Legacy

August 27th, 2015

1:01:03

“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 …

The Deer Hunter

August 21st, 2015

1:21:02

“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 …

The Film Board Presents: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

August 17th, 2015

1:10:01

“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, …

Force Majeure

August 14th, 2015

1:29:59

“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 …

Under the Cherry Moon

August 7th, 2015

1:09:17

“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 …

Volunteers

July 31st, 2015

1:06:29

“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 …

Only Angels Have Wings

July 24th, 2015

1:09:37

“I thought you had enough of flyers?"

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Ant-Man

July 20th, 2015

1:01:43

“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 …

The Roaring Twenties

July 17th, 2015

1:15:02

“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 …

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

July 10th, 2015

1:25:58

“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. …

Ninotchka

July 3rd, 2015

1:07:40
"I should hate to see our country endangered by my underwear."

Taking a completely different turn from last week's Civil War epic, "Ninotchka" is a …

Gone With The Wind

June 27th, 2015

1:34:55

“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 …

Seconds

June 19th, 2015

1:07:40

“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 …

The Film Board Presents: Jurassic World

June 15th, 2015

1:10:59

“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 …

Sweet Smell of Success

June 12th, 2015

1:10:24

“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 …

Kings Row

June 5th, 2015

1:08:52

“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, …

The Thin Man

May 29th, 2015

1:06:54

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 …

Mad Max: Fury Road

May 22nd, 2015

1:13:50

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 …

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

May 15th, 2015

1:19:46

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 …

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

May 8th, 2015

1:03:42

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 6th, 2015

1:05:32

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 …

Mad Max

May 1st, 2015

1:12:07

“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, …

Touch of Evil

April 24th, 2015

1:12:08

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Child 44

April 19th, 2015

1:01:11

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 …

Ace in the Hole

April 17th, 2015

1:26:55

“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 …

Out of the Past

April 10th, 2015

1:11:55

“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 …

Scarlet Street

April 3rd, 2015

1:12:04

“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 …

Detour

March 27th, 2015

1:13:23

“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 Film Board Presents: Insurgent

March 23rd, 2015

1:02:41

“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 …

Double Indemnity

March 20th, 2015

1:09:44

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 …

La Vie en Rose

March 13th, 2015

1:18:04

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 …

L.A. Confidential

March 6th, 2015

1:19:14

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 …

Million Dollar Baby

February 27th, 2015

1:18:55

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 …

Syriana

February 20th, 2015

1:13:36

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Kingsman: The Secret Service

February 16th, 2015

1:14:02

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 …

Delicatessen

February 13th, 2015

1:21:00

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 …

Murder By Death

February 6th, 2015

1:07:49

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 …

The Ladykillers

January 31st, 2015

1:03:34

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 …

The Man in the White Suit

January 23rd, 2015

1:06:02

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Blackhat

January 19th, 2015

1:10:15

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 …

The Lavender Hill Mob

January 16th, 2015

1:06:24

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 …

Kind Hearts and Coronets

January 9th, 2015

1:15:58

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 …

The Poseidon Adventure

January 2nd, 2015

1:09:12

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 …

The Bishop's Wife

December 25th, 2014

1:06:57

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 …

The Film Board Presents: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

December 21st, 2014

1:19:04

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 …

A Very Special Episode: Andy's Kidney

December 21st, 2014

14:20

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

December 19th, 2014

1:37:20

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 …

The Exorcist

December 12th, 2014

1:37:10

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 …

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

December 5th, 2014

1:29:35

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,” …

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

November 28th, 2014

1:18:59

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 …

The Film Board Presents: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

November 23rd, 2014

1:06:56

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 …

The Big Lebowski

November 21st, 2014

1:21:11

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 …

Raising Arizona

November 14th, 2014

1:22:37

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 …

Defending Your Life

November 7th, 2014

1:05:56

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 …

Apt Pupil

October 31st, 2014

1:07:11

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 …

Misery

October 24th, 2014

1:16:49

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” …

The Film Board Presents: Fury

October 19th, 2014

1:25:21

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 …

Stand By Me

October 17th, 2014

1:19:37

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 …

Christine

October 10th, 2014

1:20:51

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 …

The Dead Zone

October 3rd, 2014

1:01:48

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 — …

The Film Board Presents: The Equalizer

October 1st, 2014

1:02:22

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 …

Cujo

September 26th, 2014

1:14:19

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 …

Creepshow

September 19th, 2014

1:22:19

George A. Romero had already established himself as a master of the horror genre when he and Stephen King created their horror anthology film …

The Shining

September 12th, 2014

1:16:54

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 …

Labor Day

September 5th, 2014

1:32:33

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 …

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

August 29th, 2014

1:16:17

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 …

For a Few Dollars More

August 22nd, 2014

1:14:08

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 …

A Fistful of Dollars

August 15th, 2014

1:20:55

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 …

12 Monkeys

August 8th, 2014

1:34:09

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 Film Board Presents: Guardians of the Galaxy

August 3rd, 2014

1:17:20

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 …

The Fisher King

August 1st, 2014

1:25:12

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 …

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

July 25th, 2014

1:22:27

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 …

Brazil

July 18th, 2014

1:41:01

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 Film Board Presents: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

July 13th, 2014

1:20:06

Waitwaitwait… what?? A summer tentpole that causes us to ask big questions and congratulate smart filmmaking decisions? WHAT? Such is our review of …

Time Bandits

July 11th, 2014

1:19:23

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 …

Knowing

July 4th, 2014

1:11:28

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 …

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

June 27th, 2014

1:07:20

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, …

Atlantic City

June 20th, 2014

1:19:55

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 …

Gallipoli

June 13th, 2014

1:18:14

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Edge of Tomorrow

June 8th, 2014

1:23:51

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 …

An American Werewolf in London

June 6th, 2014

1:25:48

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 …

Thief

May 30th, 2014

1:19:02

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 …

Blow Out

May 23rd, 2014

1:16:04

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Godzilla

May 21st, 2014

1:14:17

Japan + Nuclear Power Plant + Misunderstood Fear of Technology = GODZILLA! The Film Board gathers to take on this summer romp and the jury is split. …

My Dinner with André

May 16th, 2014

1:08:24

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 …

Escape from New York

May 9th, 2014

1:32:29

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 …

Das Boot

May 2nd, 2014

1:30:15

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 …

The Matrix

April 25th, 2014

1:46:53

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

April 21st, 2014

1:20:29

Film Board Assemble! It’s Captain America and his bestie Winter Soldier this week and Andy Nelson, Pete Wright, Steve Sarmento, and Chadd Stoops …

Trollhunter

April 18th, 2014

1:09:02

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 …

Chronicle

April 11th, 2014

1:23:01

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, …

Cloverfield

April 4th, 2014

1:04:08

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 …

Quarantine

March 28th, 2014

1:12:17

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Divergent

March 23rd, 2014

1:16:28

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 …

A League of Their Own

March 21st, 2014

1:14:47

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 …

Apollo 13

March 14th, 2014

1:18:26

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 …

Forrest Gump

March 7th, 2014

1:26:15

"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 …

Splash

February 28th, 2014

1:19:12

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 …

Inception

February 21st, 2014

1:16:38

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, …

The Film Board Presents: The Monuments Men

February 18th, 2014

55:01

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 …

The Abyss

February 14th, 2014

1:17:32

When the extended trailer for James Cameron's 1989 undersea scifi spectacular, "The Abyss," was released, detailing everything from the production on …

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

February 7th, 2014

1:31:46

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 …

In the Mood for Love

January 31st, 2014

1:14:06

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 …

Richard Dysart — a Special Next Reel Interview

January 30th, 2014

1:13:25

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, …

Pale Rider

January 24th, 2014

1:21:35

"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 …

The Film Board Presents: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

January 19th, 2014

1:32:52

"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 …

Being There

January 17th, 2014

1:18:15

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 …

The Day of the Locust

January 10th, 2014

1:08:18

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 …

The Hudsucker Proxy

January 3rd, 2014

1:01:20

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 …

Christmas in Connecticut

December 27th, 2013

1:09:00

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 …

City of God

December 20th, 2013

1:16:58

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 …

The Film Board Presents: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

December 16th, 2013

1:32:01

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 …

Yi Yi

December 13th, 2013

1:28:20

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 …

Run Lola Run

December 6th, 2013

1:17:47

"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 …

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

November 29th, 2013

1:15:19

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 …

Intacto

November 22nd, 2013

1:03:39

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 …

Redbelt

November 15th, 2013

1:31:34

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, …

The Film Board Presents: Thor: The Dark World

November 11th, 2013

1:12:57

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, …

The Spanish Prisoner

November 8th, 2013

1:03:48

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 …

Say Anything

November 1st, 2013

1:03:52

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Gravity

October 28th, 2013

1:16:47

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*. …

Sleepless in Seattle

October 25th, 2013

1:08:25

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 …

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

October 18th, 2013

1:04:27

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 …

About a Boy

October 11th, 2013

1:19:37

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 …

(500) Days of Summer

October 4th, 2013

1:12:31

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 …

The Blob (1958)

September 27th, 2013

1:10:40

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Prisoners

September 22nd, 2013

1:26:12

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 …

The World's End

September 20th, 2013

1:20:48

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 …

No Country for Old Men

September 13th, 2013

1:21:26

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, …

Fargo

September 6th, 2013

1:30:19

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 …

Barton Fink

August 30th, 2013

1:11:44

"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 …

The Film Board Presents: You're Next

August 27th, 2013

1:09:58

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 …

Miller's Crossing

August 23rd, 2013

1:22:47

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 …

Blood Simple

August 16th, 2013

1:10:25

"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 …

It Happened One Night

August 9th, 2013

1:12:21

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 …

The Night of the Hunter

August 2nd, 2013

1:14:37

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 …

The Film Board Presents: The Wolverine

July 29th, 2013

1:24:22

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 …

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

July 26th, 2013

1:14:31

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 …

True Romance

July 19th, 2013

1:15:57

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 …

Midnight Run

July 12th, 2013

1:01:21

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 …

The Killing

July 5th, 2013

55:39

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 …

Inside Man

June 28th, 2013

1:05:46

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. …

The Film Board Presents: World War Z

June 23rd, 2013

1:03:14

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 …

The Town

June 21st, 2013

1:04:41

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 …

The Bank Job

June 14th, 2013

1:02:55

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 …

Scoop

June 7th, 2013

50:41

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Now You See Me

June 3rd, 2013

1:14:03

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 …

The Illusionist

May 30th, 2013

1:00:51

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 …

The Prestige

May 24th, 2013

1:12:56

Right after the amazing success of Batman Begins and right before the brilliance of The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan switched gears completely and …

Marty

May 17th, 2013

55:46

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 …

The Hospital

May 10th, 2013

1:02:16

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 …

Network

May 3rd, 2013

1:23:38

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 …

The Outlaw Josey Wales

April 26th, 2013

1:12:39

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 …

Carrie

April 19th, 2013

1:08:43

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 Film Board Presents: 42

April 14th, 2013

1:16:24

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 …

Taxi Driver

April 12th, 2013

1:18:05

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 …

Marathon Man

April 5th, 2013

1:17:22

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 …

Gattaca

March 29th, 2013

1:16:28

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 …

Moon

March 22nd, 2013

1:08:24

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 …

Sunshine

March 15th, 2013

1:13:50

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Oz the Great and Powerful

March 11th, 2013

1:28:04

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 …

Dark City

March 8th, 2013

1:12:46

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 …

The Sandlot

March 1st, 2013

55:05

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 …

Moneyball

February 22nd, 2013

53:28

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, …

Prizzi's Honor

February 15th, 2013

51:15

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Side Effects

February 11th, 2013

1:26:16

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 …

The Asphalt Jungle

February 8th, 2013

58:56

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 …

Key Largo

February 1st, 2013

1:00:01

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 …

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

January 25th, 2013

43:56

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 …

The Maltese Falcon

January 18th, 2013

1:04:10

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 …

Zero Dark Thirty

January 12th, 2013

1:28:49

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 Hurt Locker

January 4th, 2013

1:21:46

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 …

Strange Days

December 28th, 2012

1:02:26

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 …

Christmas in July

December 21st, 2012

1:00:17

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 …

The Film Board Presents: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

December 16th, 2012

1:03:43

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 …

The Fifth Element

December 14th, 2012

1:10:42

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 …

Léon: The Professional

December 7th, 2012

54:28

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, …

Nikita

November 30th, 2012

1:06:47

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 …

Drive

November 23rd, 2012

1:02:44

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 …

Ronin

November 16th, 2012

55:06

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 …

The French Connection

November 9th, 2012

1:15:05

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 …

Bullitt

November 2nd, 2012

1:08:01

Steve McQueen was one of the coolest actors out there. He brought amazing performances to the screen time and time again. The Magnificent Seven. …

The Film Board Presents: Cloud Atlas

October 29th, 2012

1:03:49

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 …

The Descent

October 26th, 2012

1:04:28
"Hey, there's something down here."

These aren't words you want to hear when you're stuck on a spelunking trip, particularly when you find out that …

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

October 19th, 2012

57:41
"Is everyone there dead?" "Yeah, in the sense that they all sort of fell down, and then... got up and... started eating each other."

Zack Snyder's 2004 "Dawn of the Dead" remake of George A. Romero's 1978 zombie …

28 Days Later

October 12th, 2012

1:09:18
"This is what I've seen in the four weeks since infection: people killing people, which is much what I saw in the four weeks before infection and the four weeks before that and before that as far back as I care to …

The Thing

October 5th, 2012

1:13:33

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 …

The Film Board Presents: Looper

September 30th, 2012

1:01:46

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

September 28th, 2012

1:19:44
"You are young. Life has been kind to you. You will learn."

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 …

Big Fish

September 21st, 2012

1:04:24
"You know about icebergs, Dad?" "Do I? I saw an iceberg once. They were hauling it down to Texas for drinking water. They didn't count on there …

Rush

September 14th, 2012

1:09:09
"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 …

Jaws

August 31st, 2012

1:15:11
"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 …

The Sting

August 24th, 2012

1:05:04

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 …

Compulsion

August 17th, 2012

1:02:21

"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 …

The Film Board Presents: The Bourne Legacy

August 12th, 2012

1:20:07

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. …

The Bourne Legacy

August 11th, 2012

1:09:48

"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 …

The Bourne Ultimatum

August 3rd, 2012

1:01:39

"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 Bourne Supremacy

July 27th, 2012

57:09

"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 …

The Film Board Presents: The Dark Knight Rises

July 22nd, 2012

1:12:00

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 …

The Bourne Identity

July 20th, 2012

1:15:05

"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. …

The African Queen

July 13th, 2012

1:02:36

"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 …

The Red Shoes

July 5th, 2012

1:11:31

"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 …

Up in the Air

June 29th, 2012

58:11

"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 …

Thank You For Smoking

June 22nd, 2012

1:01:22

"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 -- …

The Film Board Presents: Prometheus

June 16th, 2012

1:10:39

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 …

Prometheus

June 15th, 2012

1:16:40

"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 …

Alien: Resurrection

June 8th, 2012

1:10:49

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 …

Alien 3

June 1st, 2012

1:08:01

"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 …

Aliens

May 25th, 2012

1:21:21

"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 …

Alien

May 18th, 2012

1:12:20

"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 …

Field of Dreams

May 11th, 2012

1:08:23

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 …

Bull Durham

May 4th, 2012

58:41

"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, …

Major League

April 27th, 2012

1:01:36

"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 …

The Natural

April 20th, 2012

1:08:30

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 …

Joe versus the Volcano

April 13th, 2012

1:07:18

What does a flibbertigibbet, bubaru, a set of artificial testicles, a luggage salesman, a brain cloud, and a volcano hungry for human sacrifices have …

All the President's Men

April 6th, 2012

58:41

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. …

The Parallax View

March 30th, 2012

1:03:28

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 …

Klute

March 23rd, 2012

1:06:23

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 …

Hot Fuzz

March 16th, 2012

56:00

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 …

Shaun of the Dead

March 9th, 2012

51:05

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). …

Se7en

March 2nd, 2012

1:14:05

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 …

The Game

February 24th, 2012

58:46

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 …

Fight Club

February 17th, 2012

1:13:18

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 …

Panic Room

February 10th, 2012

1:03:04

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 …

Zodiac

February 3rd, 2012

1:02:31

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.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

January 27th, 2012

1:09:39

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 …

The Social Network

January 20th, 2012

1:16:14

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 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

January 13th, 2012

1:16:51

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 …

When Harry Met Sally...

January 6th, 2012

1:04:09

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 …

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

December 29th, 2011

1:00:11

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 …

We're No Angels (1955)

December 23rd, 2011

1:09:26
”We came here to rob them and that's what we're gonna do:  beat their heads in, gouge their eyes out, slash their throats. Soon as we wash the …

Adaptation.

December 16th, 2011

1:01:41
"I wonder who's gonna play me? Someone not too fat. I liked that Gerard Depardieu, but can he not do the accent? Anyway, it's done. And that's …

Being John Malkovich

December 9th, 2011

1:02:40
“There's a tiny door in my office, Maxine. It's a portal and it takes you inside John Malkovich. You see the world through John Malkovich's eyes... and then after about 15 minutes, you're spit out... into a ditch on …

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

December 2nd, 2011

1:09:27
"Where'd they go? Space?" "Not into space. Into the space between spaces."

The ridiculousness of this line pretty much sums up our feelings for …

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

November 25th, 2011

1:18:27
“Our situation has not improved“

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, …

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

November 18th, 2011

1:05:41
"What is Sankara?"   ”Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory."

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas both approached their 1984 follow-up to …

Raiders of the Lost Ark

November 11th, 2011

1:07:22
"Throw me the idol, I throw you the whip!"

Everything about Steven Spielberg's 1981 adventure film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark," is iconic. From the …

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