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A show about movies and how they connect with Andy Nelson and Pete Wright.The Next Reel has been dedicated to reviews, news, and commentary on world film for a decade. This podcast is The Next Reel master feed including all the episodes of The Next Reel, Trailer Rewind, The Film Board, The Speakeasy… read more

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Pitch Perfect • The Next Reel

September 29th, 2022

1:28:16

We aca-kick off our a cappella love with the Treblemakers, the Bellas, and more as we start our Pitch Perfect trilogy series with Jason Moore’s 2012 film PITCH PERFECT. So much singing and we’re 100% here for it.

Back to the Future Part III • The Next Reel

September 22nd, 2022

1:20:06

We wrap up our return to the Back to the Future trilogy with Robert Zemeckis’ finale from 1990: BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III. What do we think of the …

Back to the Future Part II • The Next Reel

September 15th, 2022

1:15:02

We continue our journey backward and forward in time with Marty McFly and Doc Brown, this time in the 1989 sequel BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II. How does it stand up as the middle film in a trilogy? Does it get too …

Back to the Future • The Next Reel

September 8th, 2022

1:21:29

We kick off our look at Robert Zemeckis’ time traveling trilogy with one of our favorites – BACK TO THE FUTURE. It’s always a joy to revisit as it …

Paddington 2 • The Next Reel

September 1st, 2022

1:23:36

We wrap up our Paddington series with a conversation about the absolutely delightful sequel to the first film, Paul King’s 2017 film ‘Paddington 2.’ …

Paddington • The Next Reel

August 25th, 2022

1:14:30

We voyage from darkest Peru to London with one of our favorite bears, Paddington. In this episode, we kick off our exploration of the ‘Paddington’ …

Return of the Jedi • The Next Reel

August 18th, 2022

1:35:27

We wrap up our look at the Original Star Wars trilogy with Richard Marquand’s 1983 film ‘Return of the Jedi.’ Again, we look at the Harmy’s Despecialized edition, but we did some side-by-side comparisons between it and …

The Empire Strikes Back • The Next Reel

August 11th, 2022

1:19:41

We continue our look at the despecialized editions of the original Star Wars trilogy. In today’s episode, we’re talking about Irvin Kershner’s 1980 film ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ It’s hard to find issues with the film …

A Woman Under the Influence — Tami Reiker • The Speakeasy

August 9th, 2022

48:32

Award-winning cinematographer Tami Reiker joins us in the Speakeasy today to talk about one of her favorite films, John Cassavetes’ 1974 film ‘A Woman Under the Influence’, as well as the new Apple TV+ show she worked …

Star Wars • The Next Reel

August 4th, 2022

1:51:01

We kick off our 12th season with a big one, starting our conversations about the original Star Wars trilogy. In this episode, we’re looking at where it all started – George Lucas’ 1977 film ‘Star Wars.’

A Note From Andy and Pete • The Next Reel

July 16th, 2022

3:54

Andy and Pete have a quick note about starting dynamic advertising during the episodes.

Billy Madison • The Next Reel

July 14th, 2022

1:19:09

We end our 90s Comedies series and our 11th season with Tamra Davis’ comedy ‘Billy Madison.’ It was Adam Sandler’s first opportunity to carry a film, and he’s clearly found his audience. What did we think of it?

The Last Supper • The Next Reel

July 7th, 2022

1:16:22

Our 90s Comedies series continues with a dip into black satire. In today’s episode, we’re talking about Stacy Title’s 1995 film ‘The Last Supper.’ Is it more relevant than ever with its take on divisiveness? Or does it …

Clueless • The Next Reel

June 30th, 2022

1:23:17

We started this season with Amy Heckerling and we return to her in today’s episode with her 1995 loose adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma.” Join us as we talk about her film ‘Clueless,’ the second in our 90s Comedies …

Buffy the Vampire Slayer • The Next Reel

June 23rd, 2022

1:21:28

We kick off our 90s Comedies series with Fran Rubel Kuzui’s 1992 comedy horror ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’ Is it the film we remembered it to be? How …

After the Wedding • The Next Reel

June 16th, 2022

1:03:32

We wrap up our Mads and Susanne series with the 2006 collaboration between Mads Mikkelsen and Susanne Bier – After the Wedding. What do we think of …

Open Hearts • The Next Reel

June 9th, 2022

1:16:12

We continue our eleventh season looking at films directed by women with a short series called Mads and Susanne. In this series, we’re looking at films directed by Susanne Bier starring Mads Mikkelsen, and we start with …

Queen of Katwe • The Next Reel

June 2nd, 2022

1:04:13

We wrap up our Sports series with Mira Nair’s 2016 film ‘Queen of Katwe.’ We return to Nair after talking about ‘Salaam Bombay!’ in our Coming of Age Debuts series. How does this one compare? How does it fit in the …

The Blues Brothers • The Next Reel • Member Bonus

May 31st, 2022

1:08:42

We’re returning to our Great Car Chases series to look at John Landis’ 1980 comedy ‘The Blues Brothers.’ It’s our monthly member bonus episode. Thanks for your support! Enjoy the conversation.

Lords of Dogtown • The Next Reel

May 26th, 2022

1:00:41

We continue our Sports series, in which we’re looking at four films about sports directed by women, with Catherine Hardwicke’s sophomore effort from 2005, ‘Lords of Dogtown.’ Is it more than a biopic? Can we identify …

Girlfight • The Next Reel

May 19th, 2022

55:22

We continue our season of all films directed by women and our series focused on Sports films with Karyn Kusama’s 2000 debut film ‘Girlfight,’ …

Love & Basketball • The Next Reel

May 12th, 2022

1:09:18

It’s time for our next series! We’re kicking off our Sports series with Gina Prince-Bythewood’s 2000 film ‘Love & Basketball.’ This is an incredible film and an easy one to love and talk about. Definitely check it …

Booksmart • The Next Reel

May 5th, 2022

1:18:53

We come to the end of our Coming of Age Debuts series with Olivia Wilde’s fantastic 2019 film ‘Booksmart.’ We have such a great time with this movie. Tune in to hear us talk about the film and what makes a coming of age …

The Diary of a Teenage Girl • The Next Reel

April 28th, 2022

1:05:23

In this episode, we continue our Coming of Age Debuts series looking at Marielle Heller’s first feature – ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ from 2015. It’s an assured film with a well-defined point of view. It may not be …

Thirteen • The Next Reel

April 21st, 2022

1:30:39

We continue moving through our Coming of Age Debuts series with 2003’s film ‘Thirteen’ by Catherine Hardwicke. It’s a tough look into life as a …

The Virgin Suicides • The Next Reel

April 14th, 2022

1:16:17

Our ‘Coming of Age Debuts’ series continues! This week, we’re taking on Sofia Coppola and her debut feature film ‘The Virgin Suicides.’ It’s a …

Ratcatcher • The Next Reel

April 7th, 2022

59:44

We continue our Coming of Age Debuts series with Lynne Ramsay’s 1999 film ‘Ratcatcher.’ How does she do right out of the gate? We loved ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin.’ Do we see hints at what Ramsay does there in this …

Slums of Beverly Hills • The Next Reel

March 31st, 2022

1:08:45

We continue our Coming of Age Debuts series with Tamara Jenkins’ first film, 1998’s ‘Slums of Beverly Hills.’ This film feels like a solid …

Salaam Bombay! • The Next Reel

March 24th, 2022

1:03:11

We kick off our series on Coming of Age Debuts with Mira Nair’s first narrative feature. It’s ‘Salaam Bombay!’ from 1988. It’s a realistic look at life on the streets for a kid in the slums of Bombay. What do we think …

Rambling Rose • The Next Reel

March 17th, 2022

1:22:27

We wrap up our John Heard series with a film he’s hardly in. It’s Martha Coolidge’s 1991 Depression coming of age story ‘Rambling Rose,’ which stars …

Awakenings • The Next Reel

March 10th, 2022

1:17:34

We continue exploring the films of John Heard with our current series. In this episode, we look at the second of two films he did directed by Penny Marshall. He’s a supporting character and delivers well opposite Robert …

Big • The Next Reel

March 3rd, 2022

1:17:45

We started our John Heard series with some films in which he played the lead. Now we’re looking at some in which he plays smaller but still important parts. In this episode, we’re looking at Penny Marshall’s 1988 film …

Chilly Scenes of Winter • The Next Reel

February 24th, 2022

1:05:41

We continue our journey through our John Heard series with his second-of-two films with Joan Micklin Silver, 1979’s ‘Chilly Scenes of Winter.’ It’s fair to say this worked really well for us. It’s worth seeking out so …

Between the Lines • The Next Reel

February 17th, 2022

51:18

We wrap up our Journalist series and kick off our John Heard series with Joan Micklin Silver’s 1977 story about the lives of people working at an alternative newspaper as it’s bought by a corporate entity – ‘Between the …

The Weight of Water • The Next Reel

February 10th, 2022

1:00:12

We continue our Journalists series with a dip back into Kathryn Bigelow’s body of work. This time, it’s her 2002 film ‘The Weight of Water.’ It didn’t get much praise on its initial release. What did we think of it? …

Merrily We Go to Hell • The Next Reel

February 3rd, 2022

50:42

We continue our Journalists series with a film that’s a bit more journalist adjacent – Dorothy Arzner’s 1932 film ‘Merrily We Go to Hell.’ What do we think of Frederic March and Sylvia Sidney? How about their modern …

A Quick Note From Andy • The Next Reel

January 20th, 2022

1:20

We're taking an unexpected short break but we'll be back before you know it!

Boat People • The Next Reel

January 13th, 2022

1:04:25

We conclude our series on Hong Kong New Wave director Ann Hui and kick off a series on journalists with Hui’s 1982 film ‘Boat People,’ the film that really put her on the map. How does it work for us? Does it accurately …

Our Time Will Come • The Next Reel

January 6th, 2022

1:09:17

We’re continuing our series on Hong Kong New Wave director Ann Hui. In this episode, we discuss her 2017 war drama ‘Our Time Will Come.’ How historical is it? What do we think of the documentary framing device? And what …

Song of the Exile • The Next Reel

December 30th, 2021

54:28

We continue exploring the films of Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui with her 1990 film ‘Song of the Exile’ starring Maggie Cheung and Lu Hsiao-fen. It’s a mother/daughter story that explores family history, family secrets, …

Arthur Christmas • The Next Reel

December 23rd, 2021

1:16:34

We close out our 10-part 10 Year Anniversary series – all in part of celebrating our 10 years of podcasting – with a holiday treat. We’re looking at …

A Simple Life • The Next Reel

December 16th, 2021

1:12:22

Andy and Pete continue our 10 Year Anniversaries series with an episode that’s a crossover with our next series – a look at director Ann Hui. We’re looking at her 2011 film ‘A Simple Life,’ starring Andy Lau and Deannie …

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara • The Next Reel

December 9th, 2021

1:16:02

Pete and Andy hit the road with Kamir, Imraan, and Arjun on this week’s show as we continue our 10 Year Anniversaries series with Zoya Akhtar’s …

Where Do We Go Now? • The Next Reel

December 2nd, 2021

1:08:44

We continue our 10 Year Anniversaries series with Nadine Labaki’s 2011 film ‘Where Do We Go Now?’ Labaki uses a touch of magical realism and musical …

We Need to Talk About Kevin • The Next Reel

November 25th, 2021

1:06:51

We’re talking about Lynne Ramsay’s 2011 film ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ as the 6th film in our 10 Year Anniversaries series, part of our own anniversary celebration. This film is a tough one to watch but incredibly …

Tomboy • The Next Reel

November 18th, 2021

1:04:41

We continue our 10 Year Anniversary series with Céline Sciamma’s 2011 film ‘Tomboy.’ We both really connected to the film and found it to be a …

Raiders of the Lost Ark Revisited • The Next Reel

November 11th, 2021

1:14:21

Ten years ago, we decided to start up a little podcast called Movies We Like with a conversation about ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ Well, that podcast has grown and blossomed over time, becoming The Next Reel, and the day …

Pariah • The Next Reel

November 11th, 2021

1:00:08

We continue our 10 Year Anniversary series with Dee Rees’ 2011 film ‘Pariah.’ It was quite the breakout hit for her 10 years ago. How does it hold up …

Hard Labor • The Next Reel

November 4th, 2021

1:03:32

We’re looking at the second film in our Ten Year Anniversary series – Juliana Rojas’ and Marco Dutra’s 2011 film ‘Hard Labor,’ or ‘Trabalhar Cansa.’ …

The Future • The Next Reel

October 28th, 2021

54:01

We’re continuing our 10th anniversary celebration series with Miranda July's 2011 film ‘The Future’. It’s quirky and charming and has a lot to say …

17 Girls • The Next Reel

October 21st, 2021

1:15:56

We’re kicking off the celebration for our own 10th anniversary later this year with a series about films also celebrating their 10th anniversaries! In this episode, we start our Tenth Anniversary series with Delphine …

Retake: Horror Debuts • The Next Reel • Member Bonus

October 17th, 2021

56:18

This series is over. We’ve covered Messiah of Evil, Goodnight Mommy, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Babadook, The Lure, Saint Maud, and Relic. So what did we think of these horror debuts? And what did we think …

Flickchart Re-Ranking • October 2021 • The Next Reel • Member Bonus

October 15th, 2021

31:30

Andy and Pete are back for more Flickchart Re-Ranking. This is our October 2021 member bonus re-ranking battle. We employ all of our secret combo moves in this episode. This is a member bonus episode, but we're …

Saint Maud • The Next Reel

October 14th, 2021

1:06:32

Our Horror Debuts series comes to an end with Rose Glass’s 2019 film ‘Saint Maud.’ It’s a dark ride on the psychosis train but we find ourselves a little divided on this one. Tune in to find out why!

The Lure • The Next Reel

October 7th, 2021

1:16:29

We’re talking about the fifth film in our Horror Debuts series – Agnieszka Smoczynska’s 2015 film ‘The Lure.’ It’s a bit of a genre mashup – horror, musical, fairytale – and certainly worth talking about.

Relic • The Next Reel • Member Bonus

September 30th, 2021

54:15

The members voted and for September 2021, they selected Natalie Erika James’ 2020 horror film ‘Relic’ as our member bonus episode. This is now the seventh film in our Horror Debuts series. Check out the film and tune in!

The Babadook • The Next Reel

September 30th, 2021

1:10:59

The fourth of six in our Horror Debuts series. So many people love Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Babadook,’ but does it deliver? Or is it wearing its metaphor too firmly on its sleeve? We tackle Mister Babadook – including a …

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night • The Next Reel

September 23rd, 2021

1:02:59

The third of six in our Horror Debuts series. People call Ana Lily Amirpour’s film ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ an Iranian Feminist Vampire Spaghetti Western Movie. But is it horror? We dig into this movie on the …

Goodnight Mommy • The Next Reel

September 16th, 2021

1:19:44

The second of six in our Horror Debuts series. Aunt/Nephew writer/director pair Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala tackle twins, possible doppelgängers, and family grief in this slow build of a horror film. It’s …

Messiah of Evil • The Next Reel

September 9th, 2021

58:21

The first of six in our Horror Debuts series. Before 'American Graffiti,' before 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,' before 'Howard the Duck,' there was 'Messiah of Evil.' We talk about where husband and wife team …

Look Who's Talking • The Next Reel

September 2nd, 2021

1:18:04

Fifth of five in our ‘80s Comedy with Coolidge & Heckerling’ series. Amy Heckerling returns to personal filmmaking but does it in a broad …

Real Genius • The Next Reel

August 26th, 2021

1:13:25

The fourth of five in our 80s Comedy with Coolidge and Heckerling series, and the second film directed by Martha Coolidge we've discussed on the …

Johnny Dangerously • The Next Reel

August 19th, 2021

1:12:55

How does director Amy Heckerling handle shifting to broad parody comedy, in a period film to boot? What do we think of Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Griffin Dunne, and the rest of the …

Valley Girl • The Next Reel

August 12th, 2021

1:09:36

What’s the story as to how director Martha Coolidge found Nicolas Cage for his part in this film? And how great is he with Deborah Foreman as the two …

Fast Times at Ridgemont High • The Next Reel

August 5th, 2021

1:14:48

Director Amy Heckerling got her start with ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ but how does it hold up today? So many incredible young performers early …

Identity • The Next Reel

July 1st, 2021

1:05:25

We totally buy into the twists in the film, but why do so many other people have problems with them? In a cast of great actors, which do we have …

Memento • The Next Reel

June 24th, 2021

1:02:45

How great are Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano in “Memento?” Does the simultaneous forward and backward telling of the story work for …

Sword of Trust • The Next Reel

June 17th, 2021

1:03:48

How does director Lynn Shelton do with her return to indie comedy? What do Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, and Jillian Bell bring to the table as the central performers in the film? As her final film before she …

Outside In • The Next Reel

June 10th, 2021

1:02:07

Lynn Shelton returns to team Duplass, this time with Jay. How well do they do as co-writers? Why weren’t people talking about Edie Falco and her performance in this film more? We also love Kaitlyn Dever who clearly …

Laggies • The Next Reel

June 3rd, 2021

1:04:09

Does “Laggies” work as director Lynn Shelton’s chance to tell bigger budget comedy dramas? How charming are Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell? And what’s up with the title “Laggies.” What does it mean anyway? Tune in to …

Your Sister's Sister • The Next Reel

May 27th, 2021

1:05:36

How great are Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, and Rosemary DeWitt in their roles? Does Lynn Shelton amp up her comedy and drama in this film or does it …

Humpday • The Next Reel

May 20th, 2021

57:30

Does this film that really kickstarted Lynn Shelton’s career completely work or are there elements that don’t work as well? How much do we like Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, and Alycia Delmore as the three principal …

The Mist • The Next Reel

May 13th, 2021

1:11:35

Which version should you watch, color or black-and-white? Does the bleak ending ruin the film for us or make the film stand up in a pool of mediocre …

The Green Mile • The Next Reel

May 6th, 2021

1:14:17

How does Frank Darabont’s second Stephen King feature hold up to his first? How great are all the performances across the board here, but notably …

The Shawshank Redemption • The Next Reel

April 29th, 2021

1:19:20

Tom & Tony Bancroft from The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast join us to kick off our Stephen King à la Darabont series! Why has this film stood the test of time as well as it has? How much did Darabont change …

The Notorious Bettie Page • The Next Reel

April 22nd, 2021

1:04:26

Does this film hold up as well as Mary Harron’s previous film, American Psycho? How great is Gretchen Mol in this role? And why does this feel too …

American Psycho • The Next Reel

April 15th, 2021

1:25:09

Is this a case where the book and film stand as separate but equal entities? How great (and frightening) is Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman? Why didn’t this film get more awards notice? And who is this mysterious …

I Shot Andy Warhol • The Next Reel

April 8th, 2021

53:35

How strong is Lili Taylor as Valerie Solanas and why didn’t her film career take off more after this film? How much do you need to know about Andy …

Born on the Fourth of July • The Next Reel

April 1st, 2021

1:10:15

What’s the better Vietnam film in Oliver Stone’s career – _Platoon_ or _Born on the Fourth of July_? How well does Tom Cruise work in the lead role, …

Talk Radio • The Next Reel

March 25th, 2021

1:10:35

Why did this film never connect to audiences? How strong are Eric Bogosian, Alec Baldwin, and the rest of the cast in their roles? And is this a …

Wall Street • The Next Reel

March 18th, 2021

1:05:51

How great is Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko and why is Douglas sad when people tell him they became brokers after seeing this movie? Does he ever actually say, “Greed is good”? Why does Charlie Sheen not seem to …

Platoon • The Next Reel

March 11th, 2021

1:11:14

How does Oliver Stone’s semi-autobiographical anti-war Vietnam film hold up after nearly 35 years? Does Charlie Sheen do his father proud in his take …

8 Million Ways to Die • The Next Reel

March 4th, 2021

1:17:19

Is Hal Ashby’s last feature film really as bad as people say or are its glimmers of neo-noir enough to make it worth talking about? How well does …

Salvador • The Next Reel

February 25th, 2021

1:26:06

Is this the film where Oliver Stone’s angle on political filmmaking takes shape? How good is James Woods as the unlikeable protagonist? And do we …

Year of the Dragon • The Next Reel

February 18th, 2021

1:10:01

Do the character relationship problems in this film weigh down the strengths of the crime plot? How well do Mickey Rourke, John Lone, and the rest of the cast do? And just how well does the final shootout work? Tune in …

Scarface • The Next Reel

February 11th, 2021

1:12:06

Why has this film endured the test of time? Is Pacino’s depiction of a Cuban over-the-top, offensive, or does it work? In the realm of remakes, how well does this work in retelling Howard Hawks’ original version? And is …

Conan the Barbarian • The Next Reel

February 4th, 2021

1:22:04

How well doe Schwarzenegger work in the film that kickstarted his career? Why didn’t this series take off the way the filmmakers wanted it to? How …

The Hand • The Next Reel

January 28th, 2021

1:09:20

How realistic is any story about a severed hand that attacks people, and are we able to get past that premise to enjoy this movie? Is Michael Caine’s descent into madness effective or too much? Were the effects …

City Zero • The Next Reel

January 21st, 2021

1:01:01

How does this absurdist tale explore Soviet society during the days of glasnost and the move toward the breakdown of the USSR? Do the Lynchian elements help the film? And what’s up with that cake? For answers to these …

To The Stars By Hard Ways (Per Aspera Ad Astra) • The Next Reel

January 14th, 2021

54:40

What works and what doesn’t work in this film? What makes the interesting and sometimes dated effects work so well for us? And which version should …

Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel • The Next Reel

January 7th, 2021

1:06:19

How well do the filmmakers use the location, cinematography, and music to create a tone for this film? Does the film make sense once the secrets are revealed? How well does this film work as social commentary of life …

Underworld: Blood Wars • The Next Reel

December 31st, 2020

1:27:21

How well does this fifth film wrap up the franchise? Is Snow Selene enough to change things up or is she just selling more toys? And why didn’t they do more to bring lycans and vampires together? Tune in to this week’s …

Underworld: Awakening • The Next Reel

December 24th, 2020

1:02:24

How well does Kate Beckinsale do in this return to the role of Selene? Does the new shift in story make sense and does it progress it in new and …

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans • The Next Reel

December 17th, 2020

1:06:25

Are the rules of this world starting to get more nonsensical as they progress? Could they have done more with this clear Romeo & Juliet retread? …

Underworld: Evolution • The Next Reel

December 10th, 2020

1:16:02

Does the vampire/werewolf soap opera bring anything new and worthy to the table after the first film? How do the villains hold up? And are any of the …

Crawl • The Next Reel

November 26th, 2020

1:09:37

Why does Alexandre Aja’s film work so well? Are the creature and hurricane effects strong? And what’s scarier: alligators, crocodiles, sperm whales, anacondas, piranhas, octopuses, or great white sharks? Tune in to this …

In the Heart of the Sea • The Next Reel

November 19th, 2020

1:02:31

Did this story really play out this way or did they Hollywood-ize it? Who does the worst New Englander accent? And do sperm whales really get this …

Lake Placid • The Next Reel

November 12th, 2020

1:09:38

What works better, Stan Winston’s creature effects or the actors performing David E. Kelley’s lines? How does Steve Miner handle the creature feature genre? And how great is Betty White in seriously everything? Tune in …

Anaconda • The Next Reel

November 5th, 2020

1:00:31

Why does over-the-top John Voight work so well here? Do anacondas really get to be this big? Does it work as a B-creature feature? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

Piranha • The Next Reel

October 29th, 2020

59:45

Does this film work better than last week’s Tentacles? How well does Joe Dante’s trademark horror-comedy come through in this early film of his? …

Tentacles • The Next Reel

October 22nd, 2020

58:36

In the realm of rip-offs, how does this one hold up? Can an animal attack movie succeed without a strong story or protagonist? Does anyone buy that …

Parasite • The Next Reel

October 15th, 2020

1:21:19

How does this fit in with Bong Joon-Ho’s other ‘message’ movies? Why does the structure here work so well? And what is a scholar’s rock exactly and …

Roma • The Next Reel

October 8th, 2020

1:00:36

Why does the black-and-white cinematography work so well in capturing a sense of Cuarón’s own memories? How does the ‘upstairs/downstairs’ nature of this story work when intersecting with the macroscopic view of Mexico …

Amour • The Next Reel

October 1st, 2020

57:57

Does this film provoke in the ways that other Michael Haneke films do? Who’s the better actor – Jean-Louis Trintignant or Emmanuelle Riva? Does this film immediately fall into the camp of ‘films to watch just once’ …

Letters From Iwo Jima • The Next Reel

September 24th, 2020

1:15:20

How did Clint Eastwood end up directing a Japanese language film about a battle during WWII? What does this film say about Japanese culture and its …

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon • The Next Reel

September 17th, 2020

1:27:21

How well does this movie hold up on its 20th anniversary? How is the wuxia wirework captured so beautifully here still rippling through films made …

Life Is Beautiful • The Next Reel

September 10th, 2020

1:08:38

Can a comedic film set during the Holocaust work? Does Benigni pull off the hat trick everyone thought he did back in 1998? Why is it hard to make a …

Il Postino (The Postman) • The Next Reel

September 3rd, 2020

59:23

Does a simple yet adorable story full of love and passion like this deserve a Best Picture nomination? Why is the story of getting this film made so …

Cries and Whispers • The Next Reel

August 27th, 2020

1:06:47

Is this film built for regular filmgoers or specifically Ingmar Bergman fans? Is the color red brilliantly used or overused? How good are the …

Z • The Next Reel

August 20th, 2020

1:09:32

Does Costa-Gavras’ film feel as relevant today as it did in 1969? How does the structure of the storytelling work in detailing the elements of this …

The Grand Illusion • The Next Reel

August 13th, 2020

1:09:34

What is the grand illusion in The Grand Illusion? How does Jean Renoir’s realism work for this World War I film? Why is director/actor Erich von Stroheim so memorable as the director of the POW camp? And why is Dita …

Friday After Next • The Next Reel

August 6th, 2020

1:02:11

Coming back just a few short years later, Ice Cube sets his third film in the Friday franchise at Christmastime. It’s a fun shift in the franchise, which also shifts locations yet again to a low-end strip mall where …

Next Friday • The Next Reel

July 30th, 2020

55:20

When Ice Cube started up his own production company it made sense to leverage the first film he wrote to make a sequel. After all, most sequels are guaranteed to earn back a part of what their predecessors made. But …

Friday • The Next Reel

July 23rd, 2020

1:09:31

Ice Cube’s rap career was on fire because of the work he was doing with N.W.A., but after playing Doughboy in John Singleton’s 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, he got the acting bug and wanted to do more films. Join us as we …

Charade • The Next Reel

June 25th, 2020

1:14:23

Toward the end of Grant’s acting career, he had stopped playing the romantic interest, concerned how his age reflected in the on-screen …

North by Northwest • The Next Reel

June 18th, 2020

1:01:02

It’s the second in our Cary Grant series this week, and this time we’re heading straight up the Presidents’ noses as we follow Hitch and crew to Mt. …

Arsenic and Old Lace • The Next Reel

June 11th, 2020

52:02

Cary Grant knew Frank Capra was busy casting for his new film, an adaptation of the Broadway hit Arsenic and Old Lace, and he knew that Ronald Reagan …

Dinner for Schmucks • The Next Reel

June 4th, 2020

1:11:59

With such a strong curriculum vitae in comedy films, having Jay Roach direct a remake of Francis Veber's Le Dîner de Cons looks great on paper. But …

Le Dîner de Cons (The Dinner Game) • The Next Reel

May 28th, 2020

1:01:19

Francis Veber had written plays, TV shows, and films. He had also directed plenty of well by the time he decided to adapt his hit play "Le Dîner de Cons" for the big screen. Luckily, his brand of farcical humor worked …

The Birdcage • The Next Reel

May 21st, 2020

57:53

When Mike Nichols and Elaine May teamed up again for the first time in over thirty years, it was to adapt Francis Veber's most famous and celebrated …

La Cage Aux Folles • The Next Reel

May 14th, 2020

1:00:21

When asked to adapt the hit stage show "La Cage Aux Folles" to the big screen, director Édouard Molinaro knew he had to get comedy writer/director …

Spoor • The Next Reel

May 7th, 2020

59:34

Is this an activist film? How does this film fit in director Agnieszka Holland's oeuvre? Does magical realism work in a crime drama? Tune in to this …

In Darkness • The Next Reel

April 30th, 2020

57:00

For Agnieszka Holland's third and final (she says) film about the Holocaust, she landed on a unique story that has shades of others before and after …

Europa Europa • The Next Reel

April 23rd, 2020

56:58

When Agnieszka Holland was given early pages from Solomon Perel's unfinished memoirs about surviving the Holocaust, she was immediately taken by it. …

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy • The Next Reel

April 16th, 2020

1:15:53

Many consider the 1979 mini-series adaptation of John le Carré's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" to be not only the definitive le Carré adaptation but …

The Little Drummer Girl • The Next Reel

April 9th, 2020

58:55

John le Carré's book "The Little Drummer Girl" was somewhat controversial as it managed to offend both the Israelis and the Palestinians in its depiction of its terrorism story. Controversy, however, can often be seen …

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold • The Next Reel

April 2nd, 2020

59:17

When John le Carré wrote his third novel "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold," it was such a success and brought him so much acclaim that it …

BlacKkKlansman • The Next Reel

March 26th, 2020

1:18:44

Ron Stallworth's story seems ridiculous and unbelievable, but it's true – as an African American undercover cop with the Colorado Springs Police …

Bamboozled • The Next Reel

March 19th, 2020

1:04:48

Does this feel like Spike Lee at his most Lee-ish? How effective is the satire in this film? Does Damon Wayans take his performance too far? Tune in to this week’s show for these answers and more.

Do the Right Thing • The Next Reel

March 12th, 2020

1:09:29

Is it clear that Spike Lee has something to say with this film? How does the camerawork and production design work to enhance this world? Is this film still relevant in today’s society? Tune in to this week’s show to …

Le Samouraï • The Next Reel

March 5th, 2020

1:03:34

How influential has this film been over the years? Where does this film fit into the French crime films? Does anyone wear a trenchcoat and fedora like Alain Delon? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and …

Rififi • The Next Reel

February 27th, 2020

59:18

How did Jules Dassin use this film to help break the blacklist? Are the criminal protagonists here easy to like? How do they so effectively amp up …

Le Trou • The Next Reel

February 20th, 2020

1:03:50

How does a docu-style approach work in telling this prison break story? What do the sound, editing and camerawork do to amplify the tension? How well do our new actors do in creating these characters? Tune in to this …

Life of the Party • The Next Reel

February 13th, 2020

1:10:28

Where does this land in the Ben Falcone/Melissa McCarthy lineup of films they’ve made together? Should this be more than just a guilty pleasure? Is …

Hudson Hawk • The Next Reel

February 6th, 2020

1:19:56

Is this rightly regarded as a guilty pleasure? Should Bruce Willis be allowed to write more scripts? Is the silly comedy just too much for the …

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas • The Next Reel

January 30th, 2020

1:01:26

How does Dolly Parton do in her second film? Are there sparks with her and Burt Reynolds? Does a musical about a whorehouse work? Tune in to this …

9 to 5 • The Next Reel

January 23rd, 2020

1:11:49

Does this film feel dated or does it hold up today as much as it did 40 years ago? How well does Dolly Parton do in her first acting performance? …

Foul Play • The Next Reel

January 16th, 2020

1:27:04

How well do the jokes work for today’s world? Do Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase work as a romantic duo? Does Colin Higgins nail it for his first time …

Silver Streak • The Next Reel

January 9th, 2020

1:02:33

Is it obvious right out of the gate that Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor would make a great comedy duo? How are the thrills versus the laughs? Are …

Harold and Maude • The Next Reel

January 2nd, 2020

1:10:42

Who is this Colin Higgins fellow and why are we talking about him? How resonant is Harold and Maude still? Are jokes about suicide okay in a …

All of Me • The Next Reel

December 26th, 2019

1:04:35

How funny are Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin together? Is this the start of more mature Martin comedy films? How well do they follow the rules they …

The Lonely Guy • The Next Reel

December 19th, 2019

57:04

Does this sad sack turn for Steve Martin work? How depressing can Charles Grodin get before he’s not funny anymore? How much work did Neil Simon have to do to adapt the original book? Tune in to this week’s show to get …

The Man With Two Brains • The Next Reel

December 12th, 2019

55:08

Do Reiner and Martin make another hit or flop? How funny is this parody/homage of mad scientist films? Does Kathleen Turner handle comedy well? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid • The Next Reel

December 5th, 2019

57:09

Can Steve Martin act opposite Humphrey Bogart? Does it work to intercut old films noir? Does the comedy kill the tone? Tune in to this week’s show …

Pennies From Heaven • The Next Reel

November 28th, 2019

59:23

Was this film too much of a shift for Steve Martin’s comedy fans? How does it work as a musical? And why are they lip syncing? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

The Jerk • The Next Reel

November 21st, 2019

58:07

Does this work as well for people seeing it now for the first time? How do Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters do in it? Why’s it called The Jerk? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

Dead Ringers • The Next Reel

November 14th, 2019

1:04:19

How brilliant is Jeremy Irons in this film? How did they do those twinning effects? Is this a 5-star Cronenberg film? Tune in to the show to get these answers and more!

Videodrome • The Next Reel

November 7th, 2019

1:02:29

How effective is James Woods? Is this film more relevant today than it was when released? What’s up with the living TV? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

Scanners • The Next Reel

October 31st, 2019

56:57

Is this movie more than just an exploding head? Does the world building give us enough to go with? Can we just like it because it’s fun? Tune in to the show to get these answers and more!

The Brood • The Next Reel

October 24th, 2019

55:42

Is Cronenberg finally hitting his stride with this film? How much did Cronenberg’s life inform this art? And what’s up with those rage babies? Tune in to this week’s show to hear answers to these questions and more.

Fast Company • The Next Reel

October 17th, 2019

58:15

To Cronenberg, ‘Fast Company’ is one of his many children, and like kids, they each are their own unique being.

Rabid • The Next Reel

October 10th, 2019

1:02:28

How was adult film star Marilyn Chambers as the film’s lead? How effective are the body horror elements? Has Cronenberg improved since his last …

Shivers • The Next Reel

October 3rd, 2019

56:41

Are there signs right away that signify this is a Cronenberg film? How effective is the body horror? Or is it just a low budget horror movie? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more.

Robin Hood (2010) • The Next Reel

September 26th, 2019

1:09:13

Do Scott and Crowe manage to pull off the definitive Robin Hood? Was it misleading to not announce this as an origin story in the title? Where does …

Robin Hood: Men In Tights • The Next Reel

September 19th, 2019

1:03:32

Is Cary Elwes the perfect Robin Hood follow-up to Errol Flynn? How does this hold up to other films by Brooks? Is it timeless or dated? Tune in to …

Robin Hood (1991) • The Next Reel

September 12th, 2019

1:00:15

Why did this film get relegated to a TV release? How does it compare to other Hood tales? And why do Hood scholars love it so much? Tune in to …

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves • The Next Reel

September 5th, 2019

1:13:20

Does Kevin Costner kill it in the movie or does he just kill the movie? Can we get more Alan Rickman? And what’s up with all the witchcraft? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more.

Robin and Marian • The Next Reel

August 29th, 2019

1:08:54

How effective are Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn as love interests? Why does the film end the way it does? And is Connery really going commando style? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

Disney’s Robin Hood • The Next Reel

August 22nd, 2019

1:08:00

How influential was this film on people’s impressions of the Robin Hood tale? Does the animation style hold up? How about the voice actors? Tune …

Robin and the 7 Hoods • The Next Reel

August 15th, 2019

1:07:38

Is this a better Rat Pack film than 'Ocean’s Eleven'? How does ol’ Blue Eyes do as Robin Hood? Does it translate to gangster era Chicago? Tune in to …

The Adventures of Robin Hood • The Next Reel

August 8th, 2019

1:10:59

How does Errol Flynn compare to Douglas Fairbanks? Does this version of Robin Hood hold up as one of the best still? How did they do those …

Robin Hood (1922) • The Next Reel

August 1st, 2019

1:03:14

Is Douglas Fairbanks as iconic a Robin Hood as Errol Flynn? What’s up with Lady Marian’s surname? How does Robin Hood slide down that tapestry so …

Autumn Sonata • The Next Reel

June 27th, 2019

1:05:11

Was it worth the wait to finally get Ingrid and Ingmar together? Does the film hold up as Ingrid’s last theatrical film? How is it possible it …

Murder on the Orient Express (1974) • The Next Reel

June 20th, 2019

1:06:35

How does Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot compare to the many other actors who have played him? Is this version a better adaptation than Kenneth …

Stromboli • The Next Reel

June 13th, 2019

1:02:55

Was this film worth the rupture in Ingrid Bergman’s marriage? What do we think of Italian neorealism? And why do people live on this island still? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

Notorious • The Next Reel

June 6th, 2019

1:12:13

Does ‘Notorious' work better for us than 'Spellbound' did? How are Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman as a couple? And does Claude Rains convincingly play a Nazi war criminal? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers …

Spellbound • The Next Reel

May 30th, 2019

1:01:16

Who do we buy more – Ingrid Bergman as a psychotherapist or Gregory Peck as her boss? How does this mystery hold up against Hitchcock’s other films? …

Gaslight • The Next Reel

May 23rd, 2019

1:02:53

How different is this version than the 1940 version? Did Ingrid Bergman deserve her Academy Award? And why was MGM trying to gaslight the world? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

For Whom The Bell Tolls • The Next Reel

May 16th, 2019

1:06:21

How involved was Hemingway in this production? Does Bergman have the same chemistry with Cooper that she did with Bogart? Does the adaption work? …

Casablanca • The Next Reel

May 9th, 2019

1:06:57

How well do Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman work on screen together? Does Paul Henreid work as the other man? And how about that song? Tune in to …

Chinese Puzzle • The Next Reel

May 2nd, 2019

55:10

Cédric Klapisch returned to the world of Xavier, Wendy, Isabelle and Martine with his 2013 film Chinese Puzzle in a story that takes place 10 years after the previous film. Is it a return worth taking? Join us – Pete …

Russian Dolls • The Next Reel

April 25th, 2019

1:02:25

Did 'L’Auberge Espagnole' need a followup? Why is Xavier so unlikeable? Do the elements that work balance with the elements that don’t?

L’Auberge Espagnole • The Next Reel

April 18th, 2019

1:01:22

How well does Cédric Klapisch paint the world of study abroad programs? Why does Audrey Tautou get such prominent billing? And where do we sign up to join the Erasmus Programme? Tune in to this week’s show to get these …

A Star Is Born (2018) • The Next Reel

April 11th, 2019

1:26:05

How well do Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga do in recreating these roles? How does this version stack up to the previous three versions? Which did we …

A Star Is Born (1976) • The Next Reel

April 4th, 2019

1:10:18

How’s the chemistry between Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson? Do any of these songs stand out today? Does the 70s vibe affect our appreciation of it? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions …

A Star Is Born (1954) • The Next Reel

March 28th, 2019

1:10:57

How well do Judy Garland and James Mason do in the roles? Was Garland stable by this point in her career? How does this one hold up to the original …

A Star Is Born (1937) • The Next Reel

March 21st, 2019

58:57

Why does this story connect with people so strongly that it keeps getting remade? How well do our two leads do at bringing us into this world? And what’s going on with Granny and her deus ex machina advice? Tune in to …

Creed II • The Next Reel

March 14th, 2019

1:07:03

Does Creed II stand up as a quality film or is it just another sequel? Did it make sense to bring back the Russians? Is this really Stallone’s last performance as the character Rocky Balboa? Tune in to this week’s show …

Creed • The Next Reel

March 7th, 2019

1:11:01

How well does this film fit within the Rocky franchise? Does Michael B. Jordan work as Apollo Creed’s son? How does Stallone do as his mentor? Tune …

Rocky Balboa • The Next Reel

February 28th, 2019

1:01:42

Is Rocky too old to box? Should he have hung up the towel for the franchise and left well enough alone? Or is this a strong return to form? We answer …

Rocky V • The Next Reel

February 21st, 2019

1:06:55

How does Rocky V hold up to the other films? Do Tommy Gunn and Duke work as the villains? What about Rocky’s relationship with his son? Does it work? …

Rocky IV • The Next Reel

February 14th, 2019

1:15:26

Is this the most dated of the Rocky films thus far? Is Stallone losing his touch because he’s wearing too many hats? Did we need a robot? Tune in to this week’s episode to get these answers and more

Rocky III • The Next Reel

February 7th, 2019

1:10:05

How well does this hold up compared to the first two? Does Mr. T’s Clubber Lang work as the antagonist? Does Stallone deliver with the characters and …

Rocky II • The Next Reel

January 31st, 2019

1:05:26

Can the sequel hold its own to its predecessor? Do the characters grow and evolve in new ways? How are the fights? Tune in to this week’s show to get …

Rocky • The Next Reel

January 24th, 2019

1:11:38

How well does this film hold up over four decades since its release? Does Stallone do well at double duty as writer and actor? And is this really a …

Romeo and Juliet • The Next Reel

January 17th, 2019

1:07:22

Is it better or worse casting actual teenagers to play the title roles? How well does Zeffirelli handle the Bard? What are we really looking for in …

Rachel, Rachel • The Next Reel

January 10th, 2019

58:06

Is there more to the film than a great central performance by Joanne Woodward? Can Paul Newman direct? Would Estelle Parsons’ character have made a …

Oliver! • The Next Reel

January 3rd, 2019

56:48

Do the songs hold up? How strong of an adaptation is this of “Oliver Twist?” Did it deserve to win the Best Picture of 1968 Oscar? Tune in to this …

The Lion In Winter • The Next Reel

December 27th, 2018

1:01:50

How well do O’Toole and Hepburn do playing royalty? Are there any happy people in 1183? How did England survive these rulers? Tune in to this week’s …

The Producers (2005) • The Next Reel

December 20th, 2018

1:04:52

Did the stage musical need to have a film remake? How do Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick at creating unique performances? Do Will Ferrell and Uma Thurman belong here? Tune in to this week’s show to find out these …

The Producers (1968) • The Next Reel

December 13th, 2018

1:04:57

How well do Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder work with each other? Does the musical element hold up? How about the comedy? Tune in to this week’s episode …

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) • The Next Reel

December 6th, 2018

1:05:24

Does the pairing of Brosnan and Russo match the chemistry of McQueen and Dunaway in the original? How does the heist hold up? And what’s cooler – …

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) • The Next Reel

November 29th, 2018

59:49

How well do Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway work together? What was the inspiration for the multi-screen images? Has there ever been a sexier game of …

Once Upon A Time In America • The Next Reel

November 22nd, 2018

1:10:01

Does Leone’s final film need to be this long? How does the story feel compared to his other films? Is this one of Ennio Morricone’s best scores? Tune in to this week’s shows to get these answers and more.

Duck, You Sucker! • The Next Reel

November 15th, 2018

57:34

How does this film fit thematically with the other Once Upon a Time films? How are Rod Steiger and James Coburn in the film? And have you ever seen such disgusting, ugly eating? Tune in to this week’s show to get the …

Once Upon A Time In The West • The Next Reel

November 8th, 2018

1:07:23

Does Leone’s fourth western stand up to his earlier trilogy? How is Henry Fonda as the baddie? Can Leone handle a woman being one of the main characters? Tune in to this week’s show to hear these answers and more.

Day of the Dead • The Next Reel

November 1st, 2018

1:02:41

How does Romero’s final zombie film in his original trilogy hold up when compared to the other two? Do Tom Savini’s effects hold up? What about the …

Dawn of the Dead • The Next Reel

October 25th, 2018

1:05:51

Does George A. Romero keep up with his social commentary in his zombie follow-up? How does the zombie gore work in color? What’s up with The Gonk? …

Night of the Living Dead • The Next Reel

October 18th, 2018

1:02:53

Are fifty-year-old zombies scary today? How does the gore hold up? Did the actors really eat sheep intestines? Tune in to this week’s episode to find …

Danger: Diabolik • The Next Reel

October 11th, 2018

1:05:10

Would a super-villain really use something called Exhilarating Gas? How well does John Phillip Law work as Diabolik? Is this a film we’d watch again? …

The Detective • The Next Reel

October 4th, 2018

54:55

Does Sinatra hold his own as a down-and-dirty NYC detective? Could Lee Remick be any more marvelous? How does the film hold up 50 years later? Tune …

Coogan's Bluff • The Next Reel

September 27th, 2018

55:01

Is there any merit to Siegel’s and Eastwood’s first collaboration? How does the film hold up in Eastwood’s body of work? Did the film warrant the …

Targets • The Next Reel

September 20th, 2018

59:09

How effective is Peter Bogdanovich’s first try at directing a film? Does Boris Karloff still provide the scares he once did? Is the film still relevant today? Tune in to this week’s show to hear our answers to these …

Battle for the Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel

September 13th, 2018

1:00:10

How well does this film follow the unrated cut of the last film? Do the budget cuts show? Is Roddy McDowall still as good as ever or starting to show …

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel

September 6th, 2018

54:53

How great is the return of both Ricardo Montalban and Roddy McDowall? What social commentary are we getting in this sequel? Could audiences handle …

Escape from the Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel

August 30th, 2018

54:50

Are the script’s retcons problematic or do they end up working? What about the tonal shifts? And could Kim Hunter be any more gosh-darned adorable? …

Beneath the Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel

August 23rd, 2018

55:57

Does this film live up to its predecessor? Does it make sense in the franchise? Did we really need to see apes in the sauna? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel

August 16th, 2018

59:42

Are these talking apes believable? How well does the message of the film hold up? Could Charlton Heston be any more over-the-top? Tune in to this …

2010: The Year We Make Contact • The Next Reel

August 9th, 2018

59:12

Does this film stand up to Kubrick’s original? Is this where Roy Scheider started his career decline? Do the effects hold up? Tune in to this week’s …

2001: A Space Odyssey • The Next Reel

August 2nd, 2018

1:15:03

Is 2001 really one of the greatest films ever made or could Kubrick have used a better editor? Does the monolith really represent the movie screen? …

Ocean's 8 • The Next Reel

June 28th, 2018

1:03:22

Do Sandra Bullock and her team work for this Ocean’s spinoff? Can Gary Ross bring the Soderbergh magic? Why does the film feel a bit more lackluster? …

Ocean's Thirteen • The Next Reel

June 21st, 2018

57:38

Does the heist come off as well as it does in the other films? How does Al Pacino work as the villain? Why are there so few women? And is that really Matt Damon’s nose? Tune in to this week’s show to find out these …

Ocean's Twelve • The Next Reel

June 14th, 2018

59:06

Does "Ocean's Twelve" hold up to everything started in the first film? Are there too many cons? And when did they really start? It’s a fun movie so …

The Sound of Music — Catherine Hand • The Speakeasy

June 12th, 2018

1:13:54

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, producer Catherine Hand joins …

Ocean's Eleven (2001) • The Next Reel

June 7th, 2018

1:01:11

Is there anything about the original that’s superior to this version? How effective is the team and their heist? Is Julia Roberts even necessary? …

Ocean's 11 (1960) • The Next Reel

May 31st, 2018

59:28

Does the Rat Pack’s take on the Las Vegas heist hold up? How about the music? And does the ending work or ruin the film? Tune in to this week’s show …

Predestination • The Next Reel

May 24th, 2018

1:01:17

How well do Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook do in bringing this story to life? How close did the Spierig brothers’ script adhere to Robert A. Heinlein’s …

Interstellar • The Next Reel

May 17th, 2018

1:05:03

Is Nolan’s film Interstellar underrated or overrated? How scientifically accurate are the elements portrayed in the film? Will traveling through a …

About Time • The Next Reel

May 10th, 2018

58:55

How well do Domnhall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams work as an on-screen pair? Does writer-director Richard Curtis do a good job with the time travel …

Timecrimes • The Next Reel

May 3rd, 2018

55:29

Is the film really an allegory about adultery? When piecing it all through, does it make sense and hold up? Does our protagonist act of his own free …

Giant • The Next Reel

April 26th, 2018

1:08:01

How does James Dean fare opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson? Did this film need to be 3 ½ hours long? Where does the name ‘Bick’ come from? And where are all the giants? Tune in to this week’s episode to get …

Rebel Without A Cause • The Next Reel

April 19th, 2018

1:20:01

Does the icon James Dean deliver the goods that warrant his status? How believable are he and Natalie Wood together? How does Sal Mineo fit in with the pair? And what’s with Mr. Magoo’s crazy apron? Tune in to this …

East of Eden • The Next Reel

April 12th, 2018

1:05:06

Does James Dean’s acting style lend itself well to this story or is it too big? Is is okay to watch an Elia Kazan film still, knowing he named names? …

All That Jazz — Nic Sadler • The Speakeasy

April 10th, 2018

1:25:18

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, cinematographer and inventor …

Lady Vengeance • The Next Reel

April 5th, 2018

1:18:52

Is it possible to like a film that has such an offensive moment as this one does? Does Lee Yeong-Ae deliver the goods for her director? Was this trilogy secretly Park Chan-Wook’s way of taking vengeance on his audience? …

Oldboy • The Next Reel

March 29th, 2018

1:11:23

After the box office failure of his previous film, Park Chan-Wook worked hard with his next script to make something that would really draw people …

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance • The Next Reel

March 22nd, 2018

1:09:36

Did Park Chan-Wook set out to make a challenging film or did it just naturally end up that way? Who is the eponymous character? And what is Park saying about the nature of revenge in film? Tune in to this week’s show to …

Detroit • The Next Reel

March 15th, 2018

1:09:16

Was this the right way to tell this story? How well do the actors carry the film? Why has this situation not been taught in history books? Join us on this week’s show to find out!

Local Hero — Andy Nelson • The Speakeasy

March 13th, 2018

1:11:39

What makes this Scottish town so stinkin’ charming? What’s up with the webbed feet? And what does a re-recording mixer actually do? Tune in to this episode of The Next Reel’s Speakeasy with re-recording mixer Andy …

Point Break • The Next Reel

March 8th, 2018

1:11:16

What works better – Kathryn Bigelow’s action directing or the jiggly monkey technique? Who’s hunkier – Keanu Reeves or Patrick Swayze? What’s more thrilling – the surfing, the skydiving or the bank robbing? And can Gary …

Near Dark • The Next Reel

March 1st, 2018

1:13:49

Is Kathryn Bigelow’s solo directorial debut worth checking out? Is there enough ‘western’ in this vampire western? Is it weird that Bigelow ported …

Funny Girl • The Next Reel

February 22nd, 2018

1:14:04

Is this film memorable for its story or for Streisand’s performance? What does Omar Sharif bring to the table? Does William Wyler’s direction stand out as top notch? And which song is a better representation of Babs – …

Thoroughly Modern Millie • The Next Reel

February 15th, 2018

1:15:25

Could Julie Andrews do anything wrong in the 60s? Can Carol Channing really sing that low? Why couldn’t they have just given Pat Morita and Jack Soo …

The Young Girls of Rochefort • The Next Reel

February 8th, 2018

1:11:46

Is there really this much pastel in Rochefort? Could Catherine Deneuve have been any more adorable? What’s up with the ax murderer element? Join us …

Mary Poppins • The Next Reel

February 1st, 2018

1:15:24

Would Julie Andrews have been better in My Fair Lady? How bad is Dick Van Dyke’s cockney? Was casting the Bride of Frankenstein as an angry nanny an …

A Good Day to Die Hard • The Next Reel

January 25th, 2018

1:17:03

Does Jai Courtney work as McClane Jr.? How many villains is too much? Did McClane really need to go to Russia? Tune in to this week’s show to find out more!

Live Free or Die Hard • The Next Reel

January 18th, 2018

1:23:28

How does Bruce Willis work as the older John McClane? How is Mac Justin Long as his sidekick? And did Maggie Q really do her own stunts? We talk …

Dunkirk — Toby Oliver • The Speakeasy

January 16th, 2018

1:01:44

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, cinematographer Toby Oliver …

Die Hard With a Vengeance • The Next Reel

January 11th, 2018

1:09:07

How well do Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson work together on screen? Would a straight-up version of the original script have been better? What …

Die Hard 2 • The Next Reel

January 4th, 2018

1:21:06

Does Renny Harlin amp this sequel up appropriately or does it go too far? Should John McClane be this unlikeable? And do the bad guys really ‘die …

Die Hard • The Next Reel

December 28th, 2017

1:28:34

Does John McClane represent the perfect everyday action hero? Is Hans Gruber one of cinema’s greatest villains? Why does this film work so well and …

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest • The Next Reel

December 21st, 2017

1:07:06

Does Lisbeth finally win out? How does Noomi do in the role over the three films? Are they going to remake this? Tune in this week to find out!!

The Girl Who Played with Fire • The Next Reel

December 14th, 2017

1:07:45

Is this film as good as its predecessor? Will Lisbeth ever let down her steel wall? And is it worth it seeing a more Millennium-centric story? Tune in this week to find out!

Comscore's Paul Degarabedian • Behind the Sites

December 10th, 2017

1:13:26

Andy & Pete are joined by Paul Dergarabedian from comScore to talk about film analytics, how he got started in the business and his love for film.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009) • The Next Reel

December 7th, 2017

1:09:31

Could anyone but Noomi Rapace have brought Lisbeth Salander to life so well? Does the director deliver a story told as cinematically as David …

Labyrinth • The Next Reel

November 30th, 2017

1:39:26

Is this film less dark than The Dark Crystal? Does David Bowie feel like the goblin king? How good is Jennifer Connelly’s acting here? And why is Bowie wearing those pants? Tune in to be a part of the discussion!

Treknology: The Science of Star Trek with Dr. Ethan Siegel • The Next Reel

November 28th, 2017

1:09:56

What’s this? More Trek? We can’t get enough of it! This week, author Ethan Siegel joins Pete to talk about the science of Star Trek, talking through those questions that stumped us during our film series.

Wild Tales • The Next Reel

November 23rd, 2017

1:06:24

Does this anthology film stand out in the sea of anthology films? Which story is the best? Do we all have a little “Bombita” living inside us? And …

The Secret in Their Eyes • The Next Reel

November 16th, 2017

1:15:20

Who killed Liliana Coloto and what was their motivation? Did this film deserve its Best Foreign Language Film Oscar? How does Ricardo Darín stack up …

Son of the Bride • The Next Reel

November 9th, 2017

1:07:44

Does Ricardo Darín deliver yet again with Son of the Bride? How is the rest of the cast? How does the film handle Alzheimer’s and old age? Tune in to …

Nine Queens • The Next Reel

November 2nd, 2017

1:03:41

Is Ricardo Darín as effective a con artist as he thinks he is? Is this stamp con game he’s playing with Gastón Pauls going to work? And do we buy …

Star Trek Beyond • The Next Reel

October 26th, 2017

1:33:25

Does the theme of unity come through well enough? Is the Yorktown the coolest spaceport ever made? Does Idris Elba really need that much makeup? Tune …

Star Trek Into Darkness • The Next Reel

October 19th, 2017

1:15:12

Does Star Trek Into Darkness stand out as anything more than a fantastic-looking retread? Is Uhura’s role diminished to be the worrying partner? …

Star Trek • The Next Reel

October 12th, 2017

1:26:45

Does JJ Abrams give us more of what came before or breathe fresh life into the franchise? How well does this cast hold up? Does it feel like a Star …

Star Trek: Nemesis • The Next Reel

October 5th, 2017

1:25:36

Is Tom Hardy a good choice to be Patrick Stewart’s clone? Does this story of the Romulans make a good entry? Did we need to see another version of …

Star Trek: Insurrection • The Next Reel

September 29th, 2017

1:18:27

Is the fountain of youth an admirable quest for the Enterprise team? Is this film better or worse than remembered? And how awesome is F. Murray Abraham? Tune in to this week’s show to join the chat!

Star Trek: First Contact • The Next Reel

September 21st, 2017

1:28:56

Was the Borg a strong enough villain or did they need the Borg Queen for the film? How well integrated is the first contact storyline? Tune in to this week’s show to get in on the conversation!

Star Trek: Generations • The Next Reel

September 14th, 2017

1:24:59

Does Data’s emotion chip make for a better or worse character when used? Just what kind of torture was Soran performing on Geordi? Why does Guinan conveniently appear in the Nexus? Tune in to this week’s show to get in …

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country • The Next Reel

September 7th, 2017

1:31:45

Does Nicholas Meyer return to make the best film of the franchise? Is Shakespeare really better in the original Klingon? Are Uhura’s earpieces …

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier • The Next Reel

August 31st, 2017

1:18:37

Is this movie really as bad as we remember? Can the story survive the bad humor burying it (alive)? And where does Uhura get her fans? Tune in to this week’s show to find out!

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home • The Next Reel

August 24th, 2017

1:33:13

Does time travel really work? How does the crew of the Enterprise survive in 1986? And were the whales perhaps just ordering dinner? Tune in this week to find out!

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

August 17th, 2017

1:17:41

Does this film work as a sequel? Should Harve Bennett have hired a different writer? When they go searching for Spock, do they actually find him? …

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

August 10th, 2017

1:12:17

Is Khan one of the greatest villains of all time? Did Gene Roddenberry really ruin the ending for audiences? Does it matter if Khan and Kirk are ever in the same room? Tune in this week to find out!

Star Trek: The Motion Picture • The Next Reel

August 3rd, 2017

1:12:32

Is this a worthy start to a massive film franchise? Do the ‘79 effects hold up today? Is Shatner over the top? Why the love for split diopters? Tune …

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World • The Next Reel

June 29th, 2017

1:18:27

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we do our second Listener’s Choice episode of the year with listener Nick Langdon’s pick, Wright’s 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Kundun • The Next Reel

June 22nd, 2017

1:07:04

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our Melissa Mathison series with Martin Scorsese’s 1997 film Kundun.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial • The Next Reel

June 15th, 2017

1:21:34

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – to find out as we continue our screenwriter Melissa Mathison series with Spielberg’s 1982 film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

The Black Stallion • The Next Reel

June 8th, 2017

1:18:07

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our Melissa Mathison series with 1979’s The Black Stallion.

Howl's Moving Castle • The Next Reel

June 1st, 2017

1:00:15

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our latest Hayao Miyazaki series with his 2004 film Howl’s Moving Castle.

Spirited Away • The Next Reel

May 25th, 2017

1:08:10

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Hayao Miyazaki series with this beautiful film Spirited Away.

Princess Mononoke • The Next Reel

May 18th, 2017

1:18:06

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our second Hayao Miyazaki series with his 1997 film Princess Mononoke.

No • The Next Reel

May 11th, 2017

1:16:09

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our discussion of the films in Pablo Larraín’s unintentional trilogy with a conversation about 2012’s No.

Silver Linings Playbook — Harry Gregson-Williams • The Speakeasy

May 9th, 2017

1:02:49

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 episode, film composer Harry Gregson-Williams …

Post Mortem • The Next Reel

May 4th, 2017

59:05

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our ‘Pablo Larraín’s Unintentional Trilogy’ series with his 2010 film Post Mortem.

Tony Manero • The Next Reel

April 27th, 2017

1:08:17

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our series on Pablo Larraín’s Unintentional Trilogy with his 2008 film, Tony Manero.

Certain Women • The Next Reel

April 20th, 2017

1:14:31

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we conclude our Kelly Reichardt series with her 2016 film Certain Women.

Meek's Cutoff • The Next Reel

April 13th, 2017

1:07:34

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Kelly Reichardt series with her 2010 film Meek’s Cutoff.

Wendy and Lucy • The Next Reel

April 6th, 2017

1:07:48

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off a new series on director Kelly Reichardt with her 2008 lost dog film Wendy and Lucy.

The Book of Eli • The Next Reel

March 30th, 2017

1:07:10

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we close the chapter on our Hughes Brothers series with their 2010 film The Book of Eli.

From Hell • The Next Reel

March 23rd, 2017

1:10:20

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our series on the Hughes brothers with their 2001 film From Hell.

Menace II Society • The Next Reel

March 16th, 2017

1:08:46

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our Hughes Brothers series with their 1993 debut, Menace II Society.

The Emigrants • The Next Reel

March 9th, 2017

1:09:37

It’s time for our first 2017 Listener’s Choice episode! Pony Prize winner Finn Frode, who’s from Norway but living in Sweden, won and selected a Swedish film with one of his favorite Norwegian actresses – Liv Ullmann. …

The Great Wall • The Next Reel

March 2nd, 2017

1:16:00

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our Zhang Yimou series with his 2016 film The Great Wall.

Hero • The Next Reel

February 23rd, 2017

1:09:05

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Zhang Yimou series with 2002’s Hero.

Raise the Red Lantern • The Next Reel

February 16th, 2017

1:04:04

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Zhang Yimou series with his fourth film, 1991’s Raise the Red Lantern.

Ju Dou • The Next Reel

February 9th, 2017

1:11:17

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we dig into Chinese cinema and kick off our Zhang Yimou series with his third film, Ju Dou.

The Danish Girl • The Next Reel

February 2nd, 2017

1:03:38

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our Transgender series with Tom Hooper’s 2015 film The Danish Girl.

TransAmerica • The Next Reel

January 26th, 2017

1:13:15

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Transgender series with Duncan Tucker’s 2005 film TransAmerica.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert • The Next Reel

January 19th, 2017

1:23:54

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our Transgender series with Stephan Elliott’s 1994 cult comedy classic The Adventures of …

Coming to America • The Next Reel

January 12th, 2017

1:15:55

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our Eddie Murphy series with Landis’ 1988 film, Coming to America.

Groundhog Day — Jim Jermanok • The Speakeasy

January 10th, 2017

1:05:38

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, writer, producer, director and …

Beverly Hills Cop • The Next Reel

January 5th, 2017

1:21:15

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Eddie Murphy series with Martin Brest’s 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop.

Trading Places • The Next Reel

December 29th, 2016

1:08:49

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off 2017 with a series celebrating several of Murphy’s 80s classic starting with his 1983 film Trading Places.

Black Christmas • The Next Reel

December 22nd, 2016

1:10:04

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we discuss this year’s holiday film, Bob Clark’s ‘74 film Black Christmas.

The Godfather Part III • The Next Reel

December 15th, 2016

1:34:20

Join us – Andy Nelson and Pete Wright – as we wrap up our Godfather trilogy series with Francis Ford Coppola’s epilogue to the Michael Corleone …

101 Dalmatians — Tom and Tony Bancroft • The Speakeasy

December 13th, 2016

1:21:59

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is our ongoing series in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, we’re honored to have two guests join …

The Godfather Part II • The Next Reel

December 8th, 2016

1:18:33

Join us – Andy Nelson and Pete Wright – as we continue our Godfather trilogy series with Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 film The Godfather, Part II.

The Godfather • The Next Reel

December 1st, 2016

1:38:30

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our Godfather trilogy with the movie that started it all, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film The …

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? • The Next Reel

November 24th, 2016

1:13:10

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our Bette Davis series with Robert Aldrich’s 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.

All About Eve • The Next Reel

November 17th, 2016

1:01:18

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Bette Davis series with Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1950 film All About Eve.

Now, Voyager • The Next Reel

November 10th, 2016

1:14:21

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Bette Davis series with Irving Rapper’s film Now, Voyager.

The Little Foxes • The Next Reel

November 3rd, 2016

1:10:55

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our Bette Davis series with William Wyler’s 1941 film The Little Foxes.

The Philadelphia Story — Steve Miner • The Speakeasy

November 1st, 2016

1:22:40

This month in the Speakeasy, director Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Part 2, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later) joins us to talk about one of his favorites, George Cukor’s 1940 film The Philadelphia Story.

The Fly • The Next Reel

October 27th, 2016

1:22:01

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we delve into the last Listener’s Choice episode of the year, this time with Matthew Medrano to discuss Cronenberg’s film "The Fly."

Seabiscuit • The Next Reel

October 20th, 2016

1:17:05

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our “This Is Real Life, Jack!” series with Gary Ross’ 2003 film Seabiscuit.

Black Hawk Down • The Next Reel

October 13th, 2016

1:30:29

Join us as we continue our “This Is Real Life, Jack” series with Ridley Scott’s powerful film "Black Hawk Down. Plus, we chat with Mark Bowden about …

The Dish • The Next Reel

October 6th, 2016

1:11:17

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our “It’s Real Life, Jack” series with Rob Sitch’s 2000 film The Dish.

Apocalypse Now — Paul Cameron • The Speakeasy

October 4th, 2016

1:00:52

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 …

The Magnificent Seven (2016) • The Next Reel

September 29th, 2016

1:22:45

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we conclude our Seven Samurai Family series with Antoine Fuqua’s 2016 remake The Magnificent Seven.

A Bug's Life • The Next Reel

September 22nd, 2016

1:20:57

Join us – Andy Nelson and Pete Wright – as we continue our Seven Samurai Family series with John Lasseter’s and Andrew Stanton’s 1998 A Bug’s Life.

¡Three Amigos! • The Next Reel

September 15th, 2016

1:00:24

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Seven Samurai family series with the 1986 film ¡Three Amigos!.

Heat — Jayson Crothers • The Speakeasy

September 13th, 2016

1:33:10

This month in the Speakeasy, cinematographer Jayson Crothers (The Ghost and The Whale, Chicago Fire) joins us to talk about one of his favorite films, Michael Mann’s epic 1995 crime drama, Heat.

The Magnificent Seven (1960) • The Next Reel

September 8th, 2016

1:10:18

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Seven Samurai family series with John Sturges’ 1960 film The Magnificent Seven.

Seven Samurai • The Next Reel

September 1st, 2016

1:18:42

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we start up our Seven Samurai Family series with Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece "Seven Samurai".

Contagion • The Next Reel

August 25th, 2016

1:06:12

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we conclude our disease film series with Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 glimpse into how the world deals with a new disease outbreak: Contagion.

Blindness • The Next Reel

August 18th, 2016

1:33:44

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we discuss the penultimate film in our Disease Films series, Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness.

Children of Men • The Next Reel

August 11th, 2016

1:39:33

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Disease Films series with Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 film Children of Men.

Fat City — Sam Levy • The Speakeasy

August 9th, 2016

1:23:51

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, cinematographer Sam Levy joins …

Serenity • The Next Reel

August 4th, 2016

1:36:33

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Disease Films series with the conclusion of the “Firefly” story, 2005’s Serenity.

Outbreak • The Next Reel

July 28th, 2016

1:34:49

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Disease Films series with Wolfgang Peterson’s ‘95 film Outbreak.

The Crazies • The Next Reel

July 21st, 2016

1:21:24

Join us – Andy Nelson and Pete Wright as we continue our Disease Films series with George Romero’s 1973 film The Crazies.

The Andromeda Strain • The Next Reel

July 14th, 2016

1:24:37

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our disease series with Robert Wise’s 1971 thriller The Andromeda Strain.

The Omega Man • The Next Reel

July 7th, 2016

1:01:47

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our disease series with the second adaptation of Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend," Boris Sagal’s 1971 film, “The Omega Man.”

Never Let Me Go — Alana Morshead • The Speakeasy

July 5th, 2016

1:09:13

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, costume designer Alana Morshead …

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb • The Next Reel

June 30th, 2016

1:23:52

Stanley Kubrick didn’t do comedy often which is a shame because “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” is arguably one of the funniest films ever made. What’s interesting is that Kubrick …

ParaNorman • The Next Reel

June 23rd, 2016

1:22:50

Stop-motion animation has been a part of film since nearly the beginning, starting with a toy circus coming to life in 1898’s “The Humpty Dumpty Circus.” Since then, it’s undergone many critical changes and improvements …

The Great Escape • The Next Reel

June 16th, 2016

1:30:52

It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode, and we’re talking about one of the all-time WWII classics. That’s right, listener Michael Cook decided that it was time for us to discuss John Sturges’ 1963 film “The …

Ministry of Fear • The Next Reel

June 9th, 2016

1:17:53

“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 — Sarah Trost • The Speakeasy

June 7th, 2016

1:36:20

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, costume designer Sarah Trost …

Man Hunt • The Next Reel

June 2nd, 2016

1:12:38

1941 was an interesting time for the US as the country started the year off as a passive, neutral observer of what Germany and Hitler were doing in Europe and ended with the attack on Pearl Harbor, leading the US to …

M • The Next Reel

May 26th, 2016

1:18:50

When “M,” Fritz Lang’s first sound film, opened in 1931, it was clear that Lang already understood how to employ sound to his advantage in telling his story. Unlike many early ‘talkies,’ “M” isn’t wall-to-wall talking; …

Spies • The Next Reel

May 19th, 2016

1:00:36

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 …

Metropolis • The Next Reel

May 12th, 2016

1:23:59

Fritz Lang’s sci-fi classic has really been through the wringer since it’s premiere in 1927. After having been cut nearly in half then reshaped, people have struggled over the decades to restore the 2 ½ hour film to its …

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang • The Next Reel

May 5th, 2016

1:09:22

Shane Black was gone from the scene for a decade before his return as not just writer but also director with 2005’s “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” a comedy crime mystery that unjustly largely flew under everyone’s radar. It was …

Snatch. — Michael B. Koff • The Speakeasy

May 3rd, 2016

1:09:42

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, sound mixer Michael B. Koff …

The Long Kiss Goodnight • The Next Reel

April 28th, 2016

1:20:09

When New Line Cinema bought Shane Black’s spec script “The Long Kiss Goodnight” in 1994 for $4 million, it created a new record for the selling price of spec scripts for more than 10 years until 2005 when Terry Rossio’s …

The Last Boy Scout • The Next Reel

April 21st, 2016

1:15:06

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 …

The Silent Partner — Craig Anderson • The Speakeasy

April 19th, 2016

1:14:06

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, actor, comedian and director …

Lethal Weapon • The Next Reel

April 14th, 2016

1:28:07

Shortly after graduating from UCLA, Shane Black sold his first screenplay to Warner Bros. to the tune of $250,000. That script was “Lethal Weapon.” …

The Hound of the Baskervilles • The Next Reel

April 7th, 2016

1:21:20

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce became synonymous with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson after appearing in 14 film versions of various stories written …

Goodbye, Mr. Chips • The Next Reel

March 31st, 2016

1:22:15

Robert Donat defied the odds and beat both Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart for the Best Actor Oscar in the 1939 Academy Awards with his portrayal of Mr. Chips in Sam Wood’s “Goodbye, Mr. Chips.” It’s a movie that …

The Wizard of Oz • The Next Reel

March 24th, 2016

1:59:09

Victor Fleming didn’t just direct two movies in 1939, he directed two of what many consider to be the greatest films made – ”Gone With the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Where the former, though, has more problems to …

Stagecoach • The Next Reel

March 18th, 2016

1:23:56

When John Ford decided to helm “Stagecoach” in 1939, he hadn’t done a western since his days in the silent film era. Yet it was this film, along with …

The Women • The Next Reel

March 11th, 2016

1:16:45

After getting taken off what ended up being the biggest film of all time – ”Gone With the Wind” – George Cukor was given the adaptation of Claire …

Behind the Sites with Matthew Buchanan of Letterboxd.com • Behind the Sites

March 8th, 2016

27:22

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? • The Next Reel

March 4th, 2016

1:44:12

It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode! This time, 2015 Pony Prize winner Ben Lott gets to select and he chose Peter Bogdanovich’s 1972 screwball comedy “What’s Up, Doc?” Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – …

Room — Dee Wallace • The Speakeasy

March 1st, 2016

1:10:44

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is a new ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, actress Dee Wallace joins us …

The Departed • The Next Reel

February 26th, 2016

1:24:12

“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 …

Behind the Scenes on Filmumentaries with Jamie Benning • Behind the Sites

February 23rd, 2016

51:15

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 • The Next Reel

February 19th, 2016

1:05:39

“Infernal Affairs” may have won seven out of the sixteen Hong Kong Film Awards it was nominated for in 2002, including beating Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” as Best Film, but the majority of Americans probably didn’t hear of it …

Outland • The Next Reel

February 12th, 2016

1:21:15

In the early 80s, Peter Hyams was trying to get a western made. Unfortunately for him, no studio was interested in the genre right then; as far as they were concerned, westerns were dead. Then Hyams made the realization …

High Noon • The Next Reel

February 5th, 2016

1:19:18

“High Noon” is often cited as one of the greatest westerns ever made, and a lot of that praise is likely because it was so different from other westerns at the time. It was bleak and black-and-white. There was hardly …

Casino Royale — Matthew Gratzner • The Speakeasy

February 2nd, 2016

1:17:24

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is a new ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, visual effects supervisor …

The Edge • The Next Reel

January 28th, 2016

1:12:57

Lee Tamahori’s first foray in Hollywood, ‘Mulholland Falls,’ didn’t fare all that well. Luckily, his follow-up with 1997’s ‘The Edge’ made money and …

Nathan Chase & Jeremy Thompson from Flickchart.com • Behind the Sites

January 26th, 2016

27:54

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 • The Next Reel

January 21st, 2016

1:39:30

David Mamet won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 with his play “Glengarry Glen Ross.” The play really exemplified Mamet-speak and its transition to film …

The Untouchables • The Next Reel

January 15th, 2016

1:26:29

Brian De Palma was coming off a couple of box office disappointments when he signed on to bring David Mamet’s script “The Untouchables” to life. The …

Get your Trailer Fix on Trailer.Town with Founders Joel Farris & Alex Carvalho • Behind the Sites

January 12th, 2016

19:21

A few weeks ago, we ran across a new site dedicated to movie trailers. It’s called Trailer.Town and it’s a clean, well-organized home for our favorite form of promotion. This week on Shorts, we’re joined by Joel Farris …

The Verdict • The Next Reel

January 8th, 2016

1:17:03

David Mamet wrote screenplays for several years before he jumped into the director’s seat, and while some of them still distinctly sound like Mamet’s writing, others really don’t. The ‘Mamet Speak’ isn’t there, or …

My Favorite Year — Abraham Benrubi • The Speakeasy

January 5th, 2016

58:07

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is a new ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and, instead of bringing their favorite cocktail, we have them bring along one of their favorite movies to talk …

Boogie Nights • The Next Reel

December 31st, 2015

1:34:44

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2015, hello 2016. And what better way to kick off the new year of shows than with Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 epic glimpse …

Gremlins • The Next Reel

December 24th, 2015

1:15:35

‘Tis the holiday season, which means it’s time for another Next Reel Christmas movie, and how better to share in the joy and festivities of the …

The Next Reel's 2016 Announcement Extravaganza! • The Next Reel

December 22nd, 2015

7:53

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 • The Next Reel

December 17th, 2015

1:22:52

Harold Ramis’ second foray into feature film directing introduced the world to the Griswolds – Clark, Ellen, Rusty and Audrey – as they drive from …

Stripes • The Next Reel

December 11th, 2015

59:17

Harold Ramis made his big screen debut acting in Ivan Reitman’s 1981 military comedy “Stripes,” which he also co-wrote for Reitman, having worked on …

Caddyshack • The Next Reel

December 3rd, 2015

1:22:01

With a background at Second City and National Lampoon, comedy was right up Harold Ramis’ alley, and while he had early opportunities to write and …

The Boring Flickchart Re-Ranking • The Next Reel

November 30th, 2015

2:52:58

Pete and Andy go through the tedious... yet entertaining?... task of re-ranking our Flickchart feed.

Viridiana • The Next Reel

November 27th, 2015

1:26:25

It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode, and boy, do we have a doozy this week. Listener Diego Luis Contreras López wanted us to talk about a film from Spain and settled on Luis Buñuel’s return to his home …

The Wind Rises • The Next Reel

November 20th, 2015

1:21:34

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 • The Next Reel

November 13th, 2015

1:27:39

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

Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro • The Next Reel

November 6th, 2015

1:19:17

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 • The Next Reel

October 29th, 2015

1:18:42

Stephen King may not like the film version of ’Children of the Corn,’ but considering it spawned 7 sequels and a remake, we’d like to think that he’s at least making a decent profit on his short story from 1977. This …

The Innocents • The Next Reel

October 22nd, 2015

1:17:31

Thus far, our series to celebrate Halloween — the Naughty Children series — hasn’t really been that scary. “The Bad Seed” is labeled a crime/drama/horror but comes across a bit more as a comedy now with the over-the-top …

Village of the Damned • The Next Reel

October 15th, 2015

1:06:27

John Wyndham’s 1957 novel “The Midwich Cuckoos” is the foundation for Wolf Rilla’s 1960 film “Village of the Damned.” It’s hard to say which title …

The Bad Seed • The Next Reel

October 8th, 2015

1:19:59

It’s October, which means it’s time for some scares! This year, we’re celebrating with those lovable little children who just are downright bad. Our first film of the series gives us a young girl who turns out to be a …

Snowpiercer • The Next Reel

October 1st, 2015

1:28:01

Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” made waves upon its US release because its distributor decided to give it a limited theatrical release the same day they released it digitally. It was a risky move — theatre owners rely on …

Mother • The Next Reel

September 24th, 2015

1:09:39

Bong Joon-ho’s follow-up feature to his massive success “The Host” was about a murder and the person trying to figure out what happened. To some …

The Host • The Next Reel

September 17th, 2015

1:15:28

Bong Joon-ho’s third film, “The Host," ended up becoming the highest grossing South Korean film of all time straight out of the gate with it playing on a record number of screens in its home country — it made the South …

Sophie's Choice • The Next Reel

September 10th, 2015

1:15:12

When a choice is referred to as a “Sophie’s Choice” most people understand that the choice must be an impossibly difficult one between two unbearable …

The French Lieutenant's Woman • The Next Reel

September 3rd, 2015

1:23:16

Meryl Streep received her first nomination for Best Actress in a film that one would think had been lost in time if not for the recent Criterion …

Kramer vs. Kramer • The Next Reel

August 27th, 2015

1:21:08

Meryl Streep won the first of her three Oscars for her supporting role in Robert Benton’s 1979 film “Kramer vs. Kramer.” Of course, as of this …

Writer Ken Levine on Guilty Pleasures, Volunteers, and TV Legacy • A Special Next Reel Interview • The Next Reel

August 27th, 2015

1:01:04

“I’m happy to be able to defend Volunteers, and maybe you can have me back to defend Mannequin Two."

Screenwriter Ken Levine joins us to discuss his …

The Deer Hunter • The Next Reel

August 20th, 2015

1:21:03

Michael Cimino’s 1978 film “The Deer Hunter” is definitely a divisive film, one about which a LOT of people have found plenty of things to say and argue about. Aside from all of that, it’s also the film for which Meryl …

Force Majeure • The Next Reel

August 13th, 2015

1:30:00

It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode, this time with our friends Per Johansson and Gustav Larsed from the Filmpodden podcast in Sweden. They selected something from the home country — Ruben Östlund’s 2014 …

Under the Cherry Moon • The Next Reel

August 6th, 2015

1:09:18

Prince has always been a flamboyant and eclectic musician, and with the album and film “Purple Rain,” he found a new art form he enjoyed. And one he won an Oscar for — Best Original Song Score. With his next film, he …

Volunteers • The Next Reel

July 30th, 2015

1:06:30

It’s time for some guilty pleasures! Yes, the two of us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — dig up some films that we love but are generally not considered the greatest of movies. This week, it’s Andy’s turn with his guilty …

Only Angels Have Wings • The Next Reel

July 23rd, 2015

1:09:38

Howard Hawks and Cary Grant had already given the world the hilarious “Bringing Up Baby” in 1938, and lucky for us, they liked working together. They’d work on four more films together, including their very next one — …

The Roaring Twenties • The Next Reel

July 16th, 2015

1:15:03

James Cagney was getting tired of making gangster films for Warner Bros. by the time he starred in Raoul Walsh’s 1939 film “The Roaring Twenties. …

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington • The Next Reel

July 9th, 2015

1:25:59

It’s rare to find a film from 75 years ago that feels relevant still in today’s world, but Frank Capra’s 1939 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” is one of those films. Corruption in the Senate? Check. Corporate interests …

Ninotchka • The Next Reel

July 3rd, 2015

1:07:42

Taking a completely different turn from last week’s Civil War epic, “Ninotchka” is a very light comedy by Ernst Lubitch dealing with Russians in …

Gone With The Wind • The Next Reel

June 25th, 2015

1:34:56

Considering the racially-charged climate of the US right now, it’s oddly perfect timing that we’re starting our 1939 series with “Gone With The Wind,” a film as technically brilliant to look at as it is hard to watch …

Seconds • The Next Reel

June 18th, 2015

1:07:41

James Wong Howe shot color films very well, but it was his black-and-white cinematography that he was really known for. He won two Oscars for his …

Sweet Smell of Success • The Next Reel

June 11th, 2015

1:10:25

James Wong Howe had just won his Oscar for his black-and-white cinematography for “The Rose Tattoo” when the star of the film, Burt Lancaster, hired him to shoot his next picture, “Sweet Smell of Success.” Howe and …

Kings Row • The Next Reel

June 4th, 2015

1:08:53

“Kings Row” was adapted from a much racier novel from 1940 and had to be sanitized quite a bit because of the Hays Code. They had to leave some pretty big elements out — homosexuality, mercy killings, incest, …

The Thin Man • The Next Reel

May 28th, 2015

1:06:55

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 • The Next Reel

May 21st, 2015

1:13:51

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 • The Next Reel

May 15th, 2015

1:19:47

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 • The Next Reel

May 7th, 2015

1:03:43

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 …

Mad Max • The Next Reel

April 30th, 2015

1:12:08

George Miller’s film “Mad Max” came out in 1979 in Australia and became a huge success, going on to become the most profitable film ever until it was unseated from its throne by one Blair Witch. It went on to spur two …

Touch of Evil • The Next Reel

April 23rd, 2015

1:12:09

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 …

Ace in the Hole • The Next Reel

April 16th, 2015

1:26:56

From “Double Indemnity” in 1944 through “The Apartment” in 1960 (maybe even “One, Two, Three” in ’61), Billy Wilder really hit his stride. His films were all over the map genre-wise, yet he showed how great a director …

Out of the Past • The Next Reel

April 9th, 2015

1:11:56

The two films most often cited as the ultimate representations of film noir are Billy Wilder’s 1944 film “Double Indemnity” and Jacques Tourneur’s …

Scarlet Street • The Next Reel

April 2nd, 2015

1:12:05

Fritz Lang may have often had conflicts with his producers, but when he turned out a great film, he made so great that it’s easy to look past his argumentative nature and just focus on the end product. Well, perhaps …

Detour • The Next Reel

March 26th, 2015

1:13:24

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 …

Double Indemnity • The Next Reel

March 19th, 2015

1:09:45

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 • The Next Reel

March 12th, 2015

1:18:05

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 • The Next Reel

March 5th, 2015

1:19:15

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 • The Next Reel

February 26th, 2015

1:18:56

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 • The Next Reel

February 19th, 2015

1:13:37

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 …

Delicatessen • The Next Reel

February 12th, 2015

1:21:01

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 • The Next Reel

February 5th, 2015

1:07:50

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 • The Next Reel

January 30th, 2015

1:03:35

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 • The Next Reel

January 22nd, 2015

1:06:03

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 Lavender Hill Mob • The Next Reel

January 15th, 2015

1:06:25

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 • The Next Reel

January 8th, 2015

1:15:59

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 • The Next Reel

January 1st, 2015

1:09:13

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 • The Next Reel

December 26th, 2014

1:06:58

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 …

Andy's Kidney • A Very Special Episode • The Next Reel

December 21st, 2014

14:21

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 • The Next Reel

December 19th, 2014

1:37:21

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 • The Next Reel

December 11th, 2014

1:37:11

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 • The Next Reel

December 4th, 2014

1:29:36

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? • The Next Reel

November 27th, 2014

1:19:00

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 Big Lebowski • The Next Reel

November 21st, 2014

1:21:12

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 • The Next Reel

November 13th, 2014

1:22:38

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 • The Next Reel

November 6th, 2014

1:05:57

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 • The Next Reel

October 30th, 2014

1:07:12

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 • The Next Reel

October 23rd, 2014

1:16:50

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” …

Stand By Me • The Next Reel

October 16th, 2014

1:19:38

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 • The Next Reel

October 9th, 2014

1:20:52

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 • The Next Reel

October 2nd, 2014

1:01:49

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 — …

Cujo • The Next Reel

September 25th, 2014

1:14:20

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 • The Next Reel

September 18th, 2014

1:22:20

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 • The Next Reel

September 11th, 2014

1:16:55

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 • The Next Reel

September 4th, 2014

1:32:34

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 • The Next Reel

August 28th, 2014

1:16:18

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 • The Next Reel

August 21st, 2014

1:14:09

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 • The Next Reel

August 14th, 2014

1:20:56

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 • The Next Reel

August 7th, 2014

1:34:10

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 Fisher King • The Next Reel

July 31st, 2014

1:25:13

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 • The Next Reel

July 24th, 2014

1:22:28

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 • The Next Reel

July 17th, 2014

1:41:02

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 …

Time Bandits • The Next Reel

July 10th, 2014

1:19:24

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 • The Next Reel

July 3rd, 2014

1:11:29

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 • The Next Reel

June 26th, 2014

1:07:22

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 • The Next Reel

June 20th, 2014

1:19:56

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 • The Next Reel

June 12th, 2014

1:18:15

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 …

An American Werewolf in London • The Next Reel

June 5th, 2014

1:25:49

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 • The Next Reel

May 29th, 2014

1:19:03

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 • The Next Reel

May 22nd, 2014

1:16:05

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 …

My Dinner with André • The Next Reel

May 15th, 2014

1:08:25

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 • The Next Reel

May 8th, 2014

1:32:30

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 • The Next Reel

May 1st, 2014

1:30:16

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 • The Next Reel

April 24th, 2014

1:46:54

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 …

Trollhunter • The Next Reel

April 17th, 2014

1:09:03

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 • The Next Reel

April 10th, 2014

1:23:02

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 • The Next Reel

April 3rd, 2014

1:04:09

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 • The Next Reel

March 27th, 2014

1:12:18

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 …

A League of Their Own • The Next Reel

March 20th, 2014

1:14:48

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 • The Next Reel

March 13th, 2014

1:18:27

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 • The Next Reel

March 6th, 2014

1:26:16

"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 • The Next Reel

February 27th, 2014

1:19:13

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 • The Next Reel

February 20th, 2014

1:16:39

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 Abyss • The Next Reel

February 13th, 2014

1:17:33

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 • The Next Reel

February 6th, 2014

1:31:47

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 • The Next Reel

January 30th, 2014

1:14:07

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 • The Next Reel

January 30th, 2014

1:13:26

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 • The Next Reel

January 23rd, 2014

1:21:36

"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 …

Being There • The Next Reel

January 16th, 2014

1:18:16

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 • The Next Reel

January 9th, 2014

1:08:19

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 • The Next Reel

January 2nd, 2014

1:01:21

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 • The Next Reel

December 26th, 2013

1:09:01

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 • The Next Reel

December 19th, 2013

1:16:59

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 …

Yi Yi: A One and a Two... • The Next Reel

December 12th, 2013

1:28:21

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 • The Next Reel

December 5th, 2013

1:17:48

"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 • The Next Reel

November 28th, 2013

1:15:20

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 • The Next Reel

November 21st, 2013

1:03:40

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 • The Next Reel

November 14th, 2013

1:31:35

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 Spanish Prisoner • The Next Reel

November 7th, 2013

1:03:49

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... • The Next Reel

October 31st, 2013

1:03:53

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 …

Sleepless in Seattle • The Next Reel

October 24th, 2013

1:08:26

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 • The Next Reel

October 17th, 2013

1:04:28

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 • The Next Reel

October 10th, 2013

1:19:38

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 • The Next Reel

October 3rd, 2013

1:12:32

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 • The Next Reel

September 26th, 2013

1:10:41

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 World's End • The Next Reel

September 19th, 2013

1:20:49

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 • The Next Reel

September 12th, 2013

1:21:27

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 • The Next Reel

September 5th, 2013

1:30:20

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 • The Next Reel

August 30th, 2013

1:11:45

"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 …

Miller's Crossing • The Next Reel

August 22nd, 2013

1:22:48

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 • The Next Reel

August 15th, 2013

1:10:26

"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 • The Next Reel

August 9th, 2013

1:12:22

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 • The Next Reel

August 1st, 2013

1:14:38

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 …

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid • The Next Reel

July 25th, 2013

1:14:32

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 • The Next Reel

July 18th, 2013

1:15:58

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 • The Next Reel

July 11th, 2013

1:01:22

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 • The Next Reel

July 4th, 2013

55:40

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 • The Next Reel

June 27th, 2013

1:05:47

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 Town • The Next Reel

June 20th, 2013

1:04:42

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 • The Next Reel

June 13th, 2013

1:02:56

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 • The Next Reel

June 6th, 2013

50:42

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 Illusionist • The Next Reel

May 30th, 2013

1:00:52

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 • The Next Reel

May 23rd, 2013

1:12:57

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

Marty • The Next Reel

May 16th, 2013

55:47

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 • The Next Reel

May 9th, 2013

1:02:17

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 • The Next Reel

May 2nd, 2013

1:23:39

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 • The Next Reel

April 25th, 2013

1:12:40

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 • The Next Reel

April 18th, 2013

1:08:44

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 …

Taxi Driver • The Next Reel

April 11th, 2013

1:18:06

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 • The Next Reel

April 4th, 2013

1:17:23

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 • The Next Reel

March 28th, 2013

1:16:29

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 • The Next Reel

March 21st, 2013

1:08:25

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 • The Next Reel

March 14th, 2013

1:13:51

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 …

Dark City • The Next Reel

March 7th, 2013

1:12:47

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 • The Next Reel

February 28th, 2013

55:06

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 • The Next Reel

February 21st, 2013

53:29

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 • The Next Reel

February 14th, 2013

51:16

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 Asphalt Jungle • The Next Reel

February 7th, 2013

58:57

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 • The Next Reel

January 31st, 2013

1:00:02

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 • The Next Reel

January 24th, 2013

43:57

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 • The Next Reel

January 17th, 2013

1:04:11

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 • The Next Reel

January 11th, 2013

1:28:50

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 • The Next Reel

January 3rd, 2013

1:21:47

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 • The Next Reel

December 27th, 2012

1:02:27

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 • The Next Reel

December 20th, 2012

1:00:18

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 Fifth Element • The Next Reel

December 13th, 2012

1:10:43

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 • The Next Reel

December 6th, 2012

54:29

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 • The Next Reel

November 29th, 2012

1:06:48

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 • The Next Reel

November 22nd, 2012

1:02:45

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 • The Next Reel

November 15th, 2012

55:07

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 • The Next Reel

November 9th, 2012

1:15:06

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 • The Next Reel

November 1st, 2012

1:08:02

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 Descent • The Next Reel

October 25th, 2012

1:04:29

These aren't words you want to hear when you're stuck on a spelunking trip, particularly when you find out that the "something" that's down here …

Dawn of the Dead (2004) • The Next Reel

October 18th, 2012

57:42

Zack Snyder's 2004 "Dawn of the Dead" remake of George A. Romero's 1978 zombie classic may not be trying to say much, but it sure provides a good, fun scare.

28 Days Later • The Next Reel

October 11th, 2012

1:09:19

Zombies had notoriously been slow entities—let's face it, the walking dead just don't move so fast. But then Danny Boyle came along and, with writer Alex Garland, injected the zombie sub-genre with speed in their film …

The Thing • The Next Reel

October 5th, 2012

1:13:34

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 …

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street • The Next Reel

September 27th, 2012

1:19:45

"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 • The Next Reel

September 20th, 2012

1:04:25

The only thing better than a great story is a great storyteller, and Edward Bloom certainly fits the bill. Not a moment goes by in Tim Burton's 2003 film "Big Fish" when young Edward, played by Ewan McGregor, isn't …

Rush • The Next Reel

September 13th, 2012

1:09:10

"Pretty soon you be feeling all unnecessary."

In 1991, Richard D. Zanuck and his wife, Lili Fini Zanuck, produced her directorial debut, "Rush," a story of two undercover cops trying to bring down a big drug dealer in a …

Driving Miss Daisy • The Next Reel

September 6th, 2012

1:16:55

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 …

Jaws • The Next Reel

August 30th, 2012

1:15:12

"I used to hate the water."

"I can't imagine why."

When someone says the word 'jaws' to you, it inevitably conjures up the man-eating great white shark in Steven Spielberg's 1975 thriller masterpiece. It's hard to imagine …

The Sting • The Next Reel

August 23rd, 2012

1:05:05

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 • The Next Reel

August 17th, 2012

1:02:22

"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 Bourne Legacy • The Next Reel

August 9th, 2012

1:09:49

"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 • The Next Reel

August 2nd, 2012

1:01:40

"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 • The Next Reel

July 26th, 2012

57:10

"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 Bourne Identity • The Next Reel

July 20th, 2012

1:15:06

"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 • The Next Reel

July 12th, 2012

1:02:37

"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 • The Next Reel

July 5th, 2012

1:11:32

"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 • The Next Reel

June 29th, 2012

58:12

"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 • The Next Reel

June 22nd, 2012

1:01:23

"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 -- …

Prometheus • The Next Reel

June 15th, 2012

1:16:41

"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 • The Next Reel

June 8th, 2012

1:10:50

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 • The Next Reel

May 31st, 2012

1:08:02

"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 • The Next Reel

May 24th, 2012

1:21:22

"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 • The Next Reel

May 17th, 2012

1:12:21

"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 • The Next Reel

May 10th, 2012

1:08:24

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 • The Next Reel

May 3rd, 2012

58:42

"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 • The Next Reel

April 26th, 2012

1:01:37

"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 • The Next Reel

April 19th, 2012

1:08:31

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 • The Next Reel

April 12th, 2012

1:07:19

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 • The Next Reel

April 5th, 2012

58:42

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 • The Next Reel

March 29th, 2012

1:03:29

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 • The Next Reel

March 22nd, 2012

1:06:25

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 • The Next Reel

March 15th, 2012

56:01

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 • The Next Reel

March 9th, 2012

51:06

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 • The Next Reel

March 2nd, 2012

1:14:06

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 • The Next Reel

February 24th, 2012

58:47

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 • The Next Reel

February 17th, 2012

1:13:19

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 • The Next Reel

February 10th, 2012

1:03:05

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 • The Next Reel

February 3rd, 2012

1:02:32

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 • The Next Reel

January 27th, 2012

1:09:40

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 • The Next Reel

January 20th, 2012

1:16:15

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 (2011) • The Next Reel

January 13th, 2012

1:16:52

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... • The Next Reel

January 6th, 2012

1:04:10

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 • The Next Reel

December 29th, 2011

1:00:12

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 • The Next Reel

December 23rd, 2011

1:09:27

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, movie nerds! Tonight, in the spirit of the season, we talk about Michael Curtiz's curious gem of a Christmas …

Adaptation. • The Next Reel

December 16th, 2011

1:01:42

It's the second collaboration between director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, and it's another brilliant film to talk about. This …

Being John Malkovich • The Next Reel

December 9th, 2011

1:02:41

Many people consider 1999 to be one of the great years in cinema. Countless great movies released that year, and one of those was Spike Jonze's fantasy comedy about a man who discovers a portal into John Malkovich's …

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull • The Next Reel

December 2nd, 2011

1:09:28

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is nonsensical, silly, and surreal sci-fi mumbo jumbo that amounts to nothing.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade • The Next Reel

November 25th, 2011

1:18:28

Five years after Steven Spielberg and George Lucas dipped into the dark waters for the second Indiana Jones film, they brought the Man with the Hat back in a much brighter story and, as the posters announced, this time …

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom • The Next Reel

November 18th, 2011

1:05:42

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas both approached their 1984 follow-up to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" from a dark place while they were simultaneously …

Raiders of the Lost Ark • The Next Reel

November 11th, 2011

1:07:23

Everything about Steven Spielberg's 1981 film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark," is iconic. From the unforgettable lines that are so easy to quote to the brilliant characters saying them and the pitch-perfect actors playing …

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