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2020-09-19 • Saturday Matinee

September 21st, 2020


TENET and the great sadness of the 2020 global box office. Madonna working on the story of her life. The Prince Estate has a podcast. We’ve got a

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon • The Next Reel

September 17th, 2020


Ang Lee has made a career of always doing something different, so it likely came as no surprise to people after his Jane Austen adaptation, his 70s period family drama, and his western that he then moved straight into a …

2020-09-12 • Saturday Matinée

September 14th, 2020


Ray’s Reel Review digs into early in-theater experiences for our roving reporter. Jack Reacher is finally getting cast appropriately and coming to …

Life Is Beautiful • The Next Reel

September 10th, 2020


By 1998’s awards season, Miramax’s marketing machine was cranking away at its hardest, and some would argue hit a point that was offensive. In the …

I’m Thinking of Ending Things • The Film Board

September 8th, 2020


Things are changing in the entertainment industry. COVID 19 has changed the way the world consumes movies. Over the past month, we’ve begun to see some new releases open in limited theater capacities while others …

2020-09-05 • Saturday Matinée

September 7th, 2020


How Chadwick Boseman’s Death Impacts ‘Black Panther 2’. So Much DC FanDome stuff! Daniel Dae Kim and Randall Park to Co-Star in Heist Film. The …

Il Postino (The Postman)

September 3rd, 2020


Massimo Troisi had a driving passion to make The Postman, so much so that he put medical care off to get it made. This lead to his death immediately after principal photography, but his passion project was able to be …

2020-08-29 • Saturday Matinée

August 31st, 2020


Quibi Corner! Quibi goes drive-in for ‘The Stranger’ in Los Angeles. Plus, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are all in for a Quibi Cartoon! ‘The …

Cries and Whispers • The Next Reel

August 27th, 2020

“I can’t take it! Can’t anyone help me? I can’t take it! Help me!”

Starting with an image dreamed of four women in white in a red room, Ingmar Bergman was able to build the story that became his film Cries and Whispers. …

2020-08-22 • Saturday Matinée

August 24th, 2020


The Flash movie has some casting news. Discovery shines through Trek chaos. A Blazing Saddles thing. Netflix is testing the shuffle. Plus three solid …

Z • The Next Reel

August 20th, 2020

“Here we go. It’s a murder now. They’ll be calling it a plot if this drags on.”

Being from Greece but raised in France, director Costa-Gavras still felt very much connected to his home country. When the democratic …

Project Power • The Film Board

August 18th, 2020

“The power goes where it always goes, to the people that already have it.”

2020 has given us a new understanding of what dog days can mean. Historically the label has been reserved for the hottest days of the year …

2020-08-15 • Saturday Matinée

August 17th, 2020


Pete watches TV. Steve takes umbrage. “Jason and Friends” recalls the halcyon days of murder and cartoons. Physical media is still dying… but it’s

The Grand Illusion • The Next Reel

August 13th, 2020


Seeing a foreign language film get nominated for Best Picture may have seemed strange for those in the Academy back in the late 30s, but after seeing Jean Renoir’s film La Grande Illusion, it may have made more sense. …

2020-08-08 • Saturday Matinée

August 10th, 2020


Pixar’s got a new thing with ‘Luca’. ‘Mulan’ drops to D+ next month. Wait, didn’t they say they weren’t going to make more Star Wars films? Oh, right.

Friday After Next • The Next Reel

August 6th, 2020

"Give me a twister... make it two. Hold the flies.”

Coming back just a few short years later, Ice Cube sets his third film in the Friday franchise at …

2020-08-01 • Saturday Matinee

August 3rd, 2020


What happened to Will Smith? Universal, AMC Agree to 17 day theatrical window. Dave Franco set to star as Vanilla Ice in new biopic. Quibi is going …

Next Friday • The Next Reel

July 30th, 2020

"I’m about to show you who the real puff daddy is!”

When Ice Cube started up his own production company, CubeVision, it made sense to jump back to the first film that he wrote, Friday, to make a sequel. After all, most …

Friday • The Next Reel

July 23rd, 2020


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. He talked to …

Hamilton • The Film Board

July 7th, 2020


COVID-19 has created a unique dearth in the film industry. We’ve all been seeking something to look forward to this summer and Disney+ provided a glimmer last week by releasing a film version of “Hamilton” captured live …

2020-06-27 • Saturday Matinée

June 29th, 2020


The Floor Is Lava is here. Happy birthday, Rob. Cinemark has a poison squad. The Peacock offers a Brave New World. Miranda gives to Fs for the kids. …

Charade • The Next Reel

June 25th, 2020


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

"I’m an advertising man, not a red herring.”

When it came time to cast the lead for his new film North by Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock found himself in a pickle. He had already discussed the film with James Stewart, the …

Da 5 Bloods • Film Board

June 16th, 2020


Theaters are not quite open yet. The Corona Virus is still a major threat in the world and even though some businesses are reopening, the film …

2020-06-13 • Saturday Matinée

June 15th, 2020


Daredevil rights… what’s this now?? Spider tease. The Girl with the Amazon Tattoo! Gosling to go full wolfy. Plus a list of movies celebrating great …

Arsenic and Old Lace • The Next Reel

June 11th, 2020

"That man’s an imposter, and if he came here to be buried in our cellar, he’s mistaken!”

Cary Grant was cast and ready to play the lead in the film adaptation of The Man Who Came to Dinner, but people were so upset that …

Dinner for Schmucks • The Next Reel

June 8th, 2020

"Maybe you're a penguin, Tim, but Julie's not a penguin. She's a lioness. Don't try to mate a lioness with a penguin. Ever.”

Aside from a few dips …


June 2nd, 2020


The shows of The Next Reel are silent this week in support of all those who stand and fight for justice, equality, and peace. Thanks to the Cult 45 …

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

May 28th, 2020

"I don't have an idiot yet! I'm panicked!”

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. …

Capone • The Film Board

May 26th, 2020


What have you been up to? Seen any good movies lately? It’s not always easy to find them, but “Theater at Home” releases are available and more titles are being announced all the time. The Film Board will continue to …

2020-05-23 • Saturday Matinée

May 25th, 2020


Twilight for Twilight Time. Hanks' Greyhound is snatched by Apple TV+. The Snyder Cut is REAL! Cannes and Sundance are streaming virtually. Plus, Andy, Ray, and Tommy bring three weird trailers and a list of films …

The Birdcage • The Next Reel

May 21st, 2020


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 …

The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) • Trailer Rewind

May 19th, 2020


JJ and Steve finish off the first half of 2020 with 2018's The Kindergarten Teacher. This is an American remake of 2014's The Kindergarten Teacher from Israel. Their discussion touches on the challenges of adapting an …

La Cage Aux Folles • The Next Reel

May 14th, 2020


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 …

The Kindergarten Teacher (2014) • Trailer Rewind

May 12th, 2020


JJ and Steve finish the first half of 2020 with a film and its remake. This pairing starts with 2014's The Kindergarten Teacher from Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid. There's something different about this film. Is it an …

Spoor • The Next Reel

May 7th, 2020


When Agnieszka Holland described her film Spoor at the New York Film Festival, she said it was, "an anarchistic, feminist, ecological crime story …

In Darkness • The Next Reel

April 30th, 2020


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 …

Vox Lux • Trailer Rewind

April 28th, 2020


Let's just get this out of the way. Steve and JJ are really split on this one. JJ was disappointed that this was more of a poem than a film and wasn't happy about the execution of this film. Steve, on the other hand, …

2020-04-25 • Saturday Matinée

April 27th, 2020


HOME is kinda pretentious beautifully produced environmental living. Georgia is on Hannibal's march to the sea. Soderbergh is heading the DGA efforts …

Europa Europa • The Next Reel

April 23rd, 2020


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


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 …

Wild Rose • Trailer Rewind

April 14th, 2020


The first entry in our Aspiring Singers double feature takes Steve and JJ across the Atlantic for 2018's Wild Rose. Despite a familiar story of working class woman striving to attain her dreams, there were several …

2020-04-11 • Saturday Matinée

April 13th, 2020


It's Quibi week. Screenpass might be coming to your Movie Pass account. It's Tiger King's world... we're just living in it. What makes a 5-star film? Zoom virtual backgrounds from studios. Plus, will Cherry Moon move …

The Little Drummer Girl • The Next Reel

April 9th, 2020


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 …

Guns Akimbo • Film Board

April 7th, 2020


Everything is changing right now and movies are no exception, so we gathered a geographically and socially distanced gang of thugs to talk about a new "Theater at Home" release. We were initially going to talk about …

2020-04-04 • Saturday Matinée

April 6th, 2020


Film Board is back this weekend with Guns Akimbo. COVID sanity check reveals Andy's dark tendencies, a "Platform" update, and boozy, sleepy Criterion Channel sessions. Steve is high for John Wick, and the John Wick

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

April 2nd, 2020


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 …

2020-03-28 • Saturday Matinée

March 30th, 2020


Changing tides in the theater biz. Collider's digital release schedule for the coming months. Plus Flickchart re-ranking and a list of undercover cop …

BlacKkKlansman • The Next Reel

March 26th, 2020


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

Aniara • Trailer Rewind

March 24th, 2020


JJ and Steve find themselves among another group of exiles in space. This time it is the Aniara, a spaceship taking passengers from Earth to Mars. Despite its luxurious setting on an interplanetary cruise ship, this …

2020-03-21 • Saturday Matinée

March 21st, 2020


We're all living in a post-movie planet and just trying to make the best of it. We're seeing some creative release strategies in light of the …

Take 10 on Disney+

March 20th, 2020


Have some time social distancing by yourself or with the family and looking for something cool to watch? Kyle and Rob from the Marvel Movie Minute …

Bamboozled • The Next Reel

March 19th, 2020

“Everybody wants to be black.”

By the time year 2000 rolled around, Spike Lee had made 13 feature films (if you count his 60-minute student film Joe’s …

The Hunt • The Film Board

March 17th, 2020

“Don’t first amendment me”

What a weird time to be alive, right? It seems appropriate for Blumhouse to release a political powderkeg in the middle of …

2020-03-14 • Saturday Matinée

March 16th, 2020


Wisdom teeth. Tom and Rita. Plus a list of films with hot weather as a principle character and three derivative trailers!

Notable Releases

  • Steve’s …

Do the Right Thing • The Next Reel

March 12th, 2020

“Wake up!”

For Spike Lee’s third feature film, he blended an idea he got from an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode where the characters talk about the …

High Life • Trailer Rewind

March 10th, 2020

"Bums and losers. That’s what you are."

In the first episode of our Exiles In Space double feature Steve and JJ discuss Claire Denis’ first English …

2020-03-07 • Saturday Matinée

March 9th, 2020


Corona Virus Gregorian Reset. Bollywood Eternals. Old Kids in the Hall. Plus a very special re-ranking and a list of films featuring great …

Le Samouraï • The Next Reel

March 5th, 2020

“What kind of man are you?”

Jean-Pierre Melville wrote the script for Le Samouraï for Alain Delon. When he started telling Delon about the script, Delon stopped him after ten minutes, commenting on how there was no …

The Invisible Man • Film Board

March 3rd, 2020

“Don’t let him haunt you”

Blumhouse has done it again - The prolific production company has already knocked out its second release of the year with …

Rififi • The Next Reel

February 27th, 2020

“I liked you. I really liked you, Macaroni, but you knew the rules.”

After Jules Dassin was blacklisted from Hollywood, he went to Europe to see if …

Le Trou • The Next Reel

February 20th, 2020


With a passion for American films noir, French filmmakers in the 50s started making their own takes on crime stories and created an entire new …

Life of the Party • The Next Reel

February 13th, 2020

“They’re probably just looking at my smock. It tends to catch the light.”

After collaborating on Tammy and The Boss, husband and wife team Melissa …

Hudson Hawk • The Next Reel

February 6th, 2020


Bruce Willis’ star power rose quite a bit with the release of Die Hard, but strangely it was his supporting role in Bonfire of the Vanities that …

2020-02-01 • Saturday Matinée

February 3rd, 2020


We talk about the Arrowverse in a way that puts others of us to sleep. Emma Watts is out as Twentieth Century Studios president. There's some streaming news. Ugg, Disney. Plus three trailers that and a list of #MeToo …

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas • The Next Reel

January 30th, 2020

“It’s just a lil’ ole bitty pissant country place. Nothing much to see.”

After Nine to Five, Colin Higgins had been working on a few ideas of his own …

The Gentlemen • Film Board

January 28th, 2020


Here’s something you may not have expected to open up 2020: a Guy Ritchie Film about organized crime released in part by Miramax. Maybe around the …

30 Nights of Sex to Save Your Marriage • The Film Board

January 27th, 2020


The Film Board Gathers! This week on the show, we're on a journey to save a marriage through therapy, comedy, and 30 straight nights of sex!

30 Nights of Sex to Save Your Marriage has hit streaming services and we are …

9 to 5 • The Next Reel

January 23rd, 2020


When Jane Fonda and her producing partner Bruce Gilbert brought Colin Higgins on to rewrite Patricia Resnick’s workplace drama, they knew they were …

2020-01-18 • Saturday Matinée

January 20th, 2020


Letterboxd strategies. Take Waititi has been attached to a Star Wars project... whatever that means. Colin Trevorrow's script has leaked. Plus a list …

Foul Play • The Next Reel

January 16th, 2020

“People just don’t drop dead in cinemas watching horror movies and whispering, 'Look out for the elf!'”

Even if his first screenplay was for a film that was a box office flop at the time, the success of the second film …

2020-01-11 • Saturday Matinée

January 13th, 2020


We have no opinions on The New Mutants again. Scott Derrickson and Dr. Strange part ways.. Pete shares some thoughts on Joker and ZooPat weighs in on The Batman shooting now in London. Letterboxd shares their

Silver Streak • The Next Reel

January 9th, 2020

“If there’s ever anything that you need, don’t call me.”

For Colin Higgins’ second film, he wanted to write something that had a Hitchcockian flair, …

2020-01-04 • Saturday Matinée

January 6th, 2020


Ticket prices stink, plus, what the heck is RPX-Dolby-Cinema-XXTreme? RIP Syd Mead. Plus a list of great movie car conversions and some new horror …

Harold and Maude • The Next Reel

January 2nd, 2020

“You can’t let the world judge you too much.”

Colin Higgins had one of those incredibly lucky starts to his career in motion pictures – knowing the …

The Next Reel Top 25 Films of the Last Ten Years

December 30th, 2019


We’re doing it. We’ve put together our top 25 films of the last decade. But not just for the show… we’ve put together the top 25 films of the last decade each. That’s right, 117 films between us as reported by Andy, JJ, …

All of Me • The Next Reel

December 26th, 2019


By the time Steve Martin came around to act in All of Me, his film career was in full bloom and he could be counted on to make a movie work (albeit …

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker • Film Board

December 24th, 2019

“People keep telling me they know me. No one does.”

What a brilliant end to a decade! We’re wrapping it up with the ultimate film in the Skywalker …

The Lonely Guy • The Next Reel

December 19th, 2019


By 1984, Steve Martin had played an idiot, a down-on-his-luck sheet music salesman in 30s Chicago, a noir detective, and a mad scientist – quite a variety of characters, though all very specific in their …

Anna and the Apocalypse • Trailer Rewind

December 17th, 2019


For the last Trailer Rewind of the decade we wanted to bring you something fun to watch with friends. Or is it? Does a holiday setting make a film a …

Bonus: Nerd Critic takes over with Star Wars: The Force Awakens

December 14th, 2019


CJ and Jordan from The Nerd Critic podcast are taking over the feed today to share the first of their series leading up to next weekend’s big release with the first of the JJ-Star-Warsies in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Man With Two Brains • The Next Reel

December 12th, 2019

"I’ve had the top of her head off, but that’s as far as it went.”

When Steve Martin and Carl Reiner reunited for a third time, they took some of the parody comedy joy the found in Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid and the absurd …

2019-12-07 • Saturday Matinée

December 9th, 2019


Star Wars vs Marvel vs DC: Most Money Grossing Movies 1977-2019. An argument has erupted in which some argue there is too much film in Scorsese's films. Steve catches Viridiana. Andy catches Mr. Rogers. We do some …

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid • The Next Reel

December 5th, 2019

“You know how to dial, don’t you? You just put your finger in the hole and make a tiny little circle.”

When Steve Martin and Carl Reiner latched onto …

2019-11-30 • Saturday Matinée

December 2nd, 2019


Some rants about 'The Irishman' and +11 Pacinoæ. Andy and his Frozen conundrum. Steve is upset about Xfinity inviting E.T. to the house to watch some …

Pennies From Heaven • The Next Reel

November 28th, 2019

“I want to live in a world where the songs come true.”

It may have seemed more strange at the time than it does now, but after his success of his comedy film The Jerk, comedian Steve Martin used his career momentum to …

Knives Out • The Film Board

November 26th, 2019


SURPRISE! The Film Board snuck out and saw an advance screening this month, so we’re in spoiler Shangri-la to chat about “Knives Out” before its even officially released! It’s a traditional “whodunit” that Rian Johnson …

All About Nina • Trailer Rewind

November 24th, 2019


There are films that come and go without notice that are better than the majority of films currently playing at your local cineplex. A film like All About Nina is the reason we have Trailer Rewind.

The challenge with …

The Jerk • The Next Reel

November 21st, 2019

“I don’t need anything… except this. This ashtray, and that’s the only thing I need is this. I don’t need this or this. Just this ashtray… and this paddle game.”

Steve Martin was having great success as a comedian, …

2019-11-16 • Saturday Matinée

November 18th, 2019


Nicholas Cage is set to play Nicholas Cage. Baby Yoda. Digital James Dean team is about to blow your mind with digital Maya Angelou. OK, Cinema … …

Dead Ringers • The Next Reel

November 14th, 2019


Making a film about identical twin gynecologists after having two successful Hollywood films may seem like folly, or it may seem like exactly what a …

2019-11-09 • Saturday Matinée

November 11th, 2019


There is no living actor better than a dead James Dean, apparently. Kung Fury is now furiouser. Corridor Crew can see the future. Original …

Videodrome • The Next Reel

November 7th, 2019

“Television is reality, and reality is less than television.”

There’s a film critic who called David Cronenberg ‘the thinking man’s genre filmmaker.’ If you look at the body horror films Cronenberg puts together, you …

2019-11-02 • Saturday Matinée

November 4th, 2019


Pete showed up for the Godzilla effects and was rewarded in hero shots. Steve preps for Rewind with Nina. We start watching a few shows on tv+ and see the most expensive time travel forest ever documented on media. Is …

Scanners • The Next Reel

October 31st, 2019


David Cronenberg took a bit more of a science fiction route rather than straight-up body horror with his 1981 film Scanners. It didn’t have a personal connection like The Brood, his previous effort, either, so it …

2019-10-26 • Saturday Matinée

October 28th, 2019


A series of 1-star reviews for things. Pirates is going to Chernobyl? Netflix testing variable playback speeds. Big box set for Little China. Go, …

The Brood • The Next Reel

October 24th, 2019

“Raglan encouraged my body to revolt against me… and it did.”

After going through a difficult divorce and custody battle, David Cronenberg decided to …

Zombieland Double Tap • The Film Board

October 22nd, 2019


It’s Deja vu all over again as The Film Board tackles a second sequel month in a horror realm. This one has a serious cast blasting away with comic relief in Zombieland: Double Tap. It’s been ten years since the …

2019-10-19 • Saturday Matinée

October 21st, 2019


Apple signs Alfonso. Someone's suing someone over the Panama Papers... again. Kanye's new thing. $1000 to watch 30 Disney movies in 30 days? That's $33.333/movie! Never Surrender documentary looks terrific, if you can …

Fast Company • The Next Reel

October 17th, 2019


When people familiar with the works of David Cronenberg view his 1979 film Fast Company, many are taken aback because it feels like an anomaly in his oeuvre. There is no body horror. It’s a straight up carsploitation …

Woman Walks Ahead • Trailer Rewind

October 15th, 2019


The challenge with historical films based on actual events is finding the right character to lead the audience through the story. JJ has made it …

2019-10-12 • Saturday Matinée

October 14th, 2019


Alien anniversary, plus expensive theatrical event re-releases. Star Wars cookware. Brief Joker commentary. Andy's still working through Stephen King adaptations, and good grief... there are a ton of Children of the Corn

Rabid • The Next Reel

October 10th, 2019

“I have to have blood. It’s all I can eat.”

David Cronenberg seemed to continue from where he left off with his first theatrical feature film, Shivers, when he wrote his script for his next film. Certainly, there are …

2019-10-05 • Saturday Matinée

October 7th, 2019


According to Scorsese, a tomato does not equal cinema. Spielberg partners with the upcoming streaming service Quibi with a new property you can only watch at night. Throwing money at Jason Bourne with a spin-off TV …

Shivers • The Next Reel

October 3rd, 2019

“Why not breed a parasite that can do something useful?”

David Cronenberg has long been called the ‘king of body horror,’ which is a title that he …

Robin Hood (2010) • The Next Reel

September 26th, 2019

“Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.”

When Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott signed on to make Nottingham, a revisionist take on the Robin Hood …

2019-09-21 • Saturday Matinée

September 23rd, 2019


Somehow we missed Battle at Big Rock. Also, old news. We haven't been in the theater in a while. Steve insults Downton Abbey. Ad Astra isn't for …

Robin Hood: Men In Tights • The Next Reel

September 19th, 2019


Pulling off a good parody can be quite difficult. Mel Brooks has done it a few times, but he’s also made some lesser parody films that don’t quite …

Leave No Trace • Trailer Rewind

September 17th, 2019


After JJ’s stressful experience for September’s Film Board, he deserved something more comfortable and less stressful. Leave No Trace is not only set …

Robin Hood (1991) • The Next Reel

September 12th, 2019


Every few years it seems, two films telling the same (or similar) story start production near the same time and inevitably, it turns into a race to see who gets to the box office first and who ends up the victor. …

It Chapter Two • The Film Board

September 10th, 2019


Let’s go back to school with It Chapter Two, The Film Board made a pact last month that we’d return to Derry with the other losers if It came back. …

2019-09-07 • Saturday Matinée

September 9th, 2019


Lars trains with arrows. Steve finds Birdemic. Variety: "... the rare comic-book movie that expresses what's happening in the real world." "In mainstream movies today, 'dark' is just another flavor."

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves • The Next Reel

September 5th, 2019


Kevin Costner and Kevin Reynolds had been buddies from early in their careers before Reynolds directed Fandango, which starred Costner. Their …

Robin and Marian • The Next Reel

August 29th, 2019


When Sean Connery agreed to star in The Death of Robin Hood, the James Bond star was thrilled to play a character where they wouldn’t ask him to come …

Destroyer • Trailer Rewind

August 27th, 2019


Everything from the release date and the blurbs from critics told us this was going to be an Oscar contender. Nicole Kidman was delivering a …

Disney’s Robin Hood • The Next Reel

August 22nd, 2019


Walt Disney had long been interested in telling the story of Reynard the Fox, but never could find the way to tell it that he thought would be …

Where’d You Go, Bernadette • The Film Board

August 20th, 2019


The Film Board returns from hiatus this week and we figured that we’d welcome everyone back in by answering the question - “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” now showing in theaters. The Richard Linklater film stars Cate …

Robin and the 7 Hoods • The Next Reel

August 15th, 2019


It seemed fitting for Jack Warner and Warner Bros. to stick with a gangster picture for their big 60s musical. The fact that they tied the Robin Hood character into it was a pretty clever way to put a twist on it and …

The Adventures of Robin Hood • The Next Reel

August 8th, 2019


Tasmanian Errol Flynn had already proven himself a solid action star for Warner Bros. in films like Captain Blood, so when the dealings with James …

Robin Hood (1922) • The Next Reel

August 1st, 2019


Stories of Robin Hood, the nobleman who stole from the rich to give to the poor, go back for centuries, with tales as far back as the 1300s. The …

Secret Origins of Superhero Cinema at Phoenix Fan Fusion 2019 • Bonus

July 18th, 2019


Before Steve Rogers could do this all day, before Batman asked Superman if he could bleed, before Venom got weirdly obsessed with the pancreas, there …

Yesterday • The Film Board

July 2nd, 2019


There have been some great British music biopics in the last year. They tend to garner some criticism for the way that history is manipulated to make …

Autumn Sonata • The Next Reel

June 27th, 2019


Ingrid Bergman had wanted to work with Ingmar Bergman – unrelated – for quite some time, and finally got her chance in her last film. The film came …

Murder on the Orient Express • The Next Reel

June 20th, 2019

"Ladies and gentlemen, you are all aware that the repulsive murder has himself been repulsively and perhaps deservedly murdered. How and why?"

Jonathan • Trailer Rewind

June 18th, 2019

"You and I were happier than any two people ever could have been."

If your birthday is in June, you’re a Gemini. As a special treat for our Gemini …

Stromboli • The Next Reel

June 13th, 2019

"I can’t live like this in this filth!"

When Ingrid Bergman wrote a letter to director Roberto Rossellini about her interest in being in a film of …

Notorious • The Next Reel

June 6th, 2019

"I am married to an American agent."

Hitchcock loved working with Ingrid Bergman. He was a notorious director for wanting everything his own way, but …

Spellbound • The Next Reel

May 30th, 2019

"It’s like looking into a mirror and seeing nothing but the mirror."

Alfred Hitchcock had been working in Hollywood for a while by the time he made

Gaslight (1944) • The Next Reel

May 23rd, 2019

"Are you suggesting this is a knife I hold in my hand?"

Ingrid Bergman took home her first Oscar for her portrayal of a woman who is psychologically …

The Edge of Seventeen • Trailer Rewind

May 21st, 2019

"I had the worst thought: I've got to spend the rest of my life with myself."

Just as the school year is starting to wind down, JJ and Steve take one …

For Whom The Bell Tolls • The Next Reel

May 16th, 2019

"A man fights for what he believes in."

Ernest Hemingway was very involved in getting the adaptation of his 1940 novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls” off …

Pokémon Detective Pikachu • The Film Board

May 14th, 2019

"That’s a twist. That’s very twisty."

You may or may not have a connection to the world of the pocket monsters affectionately called Pokémon, but …

Casablanca • The Next Reel

May 9th, 2019

"Play it once, Sam. For old time’s sake. Play it, Sam."

Michael Curtiz’s 1942 film Casablanca never seemed to be on track to become a classic. It …

Chinese Puzzle • The Next Reel

May 2nd, 2019


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 …

Avengers: Endgame • The Film Board

April 30th, 2019


The teams at Disney have put out specific warnings and requests not to spoil Avengers: Endgame, but you know this thing is the core of what The Film Board is all about! If you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t click on …

Russian Dolls • The Next Reel

April 25th, 2019

"How can I write a love story? I know nothing about love. I’m a self-centered egotist."

Cédric Klapisch got a chance to return to the life of Xavier …

L’Auberge Espagnole • The Next Reel

April 18th, 2019

"Life seems simpler for everyone else."

Cédric Klapisch had been making films in France for ten years before he made his little film about a group of study abroad students from all over Europe working to understand each …

The Vanishing of Sidney Hall • Trailer Rewind

April 16th, 2019

"Let’s say you did write a novel. What would it be about?"

Sometimes movies are better than the books they are based on. But are there movies that …

A Star Is Born (2018) • The Next Reel

April 11th, 2019

"All you gotta do is trust me."

It took a number of years for this latest remake of A Star Is Born to come to fruition, but it seems like everything worked out the way it was supposed to. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga …

A Star Is Born (1976) • The Next Reel

April 4th, 2019

"Your own personal piece of the American dream."

Like the remake before it, Barbra Streisand’s decision to produce and play the lead in her own version of A Star Is Born likely had something to do with ego, but it’s …

A Star Is Born (1954) • The Next Reel

March 28th, 2019

"I thought I was the answer for Norman, but love isn’t strong enough for him.”

By the time 30-year-old Judy Garland was gearing up for her film …

A Star Is Born (1937) • The Next Reel

March 21st, 2019

"Remember, Esther: for every dream of yours you make come true, you’ll pay the price in heartbreak."

The story is one that people connect with – a …

I, Tonya • Trailer Rewind

March 19th, 2019

"It was like being abused all over again. Only this time it was by you. All of you. You're all my attackers too."

If you listened to our Green Book Filmboard episode you know that most of us were not happy with the …

Creed II • The Next Reel

March 14th, 2019

"Remember why you’re climbing these steps."

In a franchise so full of sequels, it was inevitable that the success of the spin-quel Creed would be …

Captain Marvel • The Film Board

March 12th, 2019

"I’m not what you think I am"

Attention true believers! The Film Board is a party to the home stretch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase three. It’s wrapping up in two successive months here in 2019. The big one of …

Creed • The Next Reel

March 7th, 2019

"Use the name. It’s yours."

Returning to the Rocky story without Rocky helming might sound like a big misstep, but with the guiding hands of Ryan Coogler, it was a huge success and breathed new life into the nearly …

2019-03-02 • Saturday Matinée

March 4th, 2019


HBO, Netflix, Spielberg, Oscars… everyone’s upset about change.

Rocky Balboa • The Next Reel

February 28th, 2019

"What we’ll be calling on is good, old fashioned, blunt force trauma."

Sixteen years after Rocky V opened, the final final installment of the story …

Rocky V • The Next Reel

February 21st, 2019

"It ain’t all muscle, it’s all heart. Heart and fire."

Sylvester Stallone returned to his beloved Rocky series in 1990, fully intending to close it …

Happy Death Day 2U • The Film Board

February 19th, 2019

"Uh, Who is this crazy white girl?"

Horror abounds for The Film Board in February and this year is no different. We woke up in the same scary month this year with Happy Death Day 2U specially released for the sweetheart …

Rocky IV • The Next Reel

February 14th, 2019

"I must break you."

At the height of the Cold War, it seems fitting that Sylvester Stallone would find incredible success in his Rocky franchise by …

The Bachelors • Trailer Rewind

February 12th, 2019

"It’s practically a universal law that no man has ever looked good in man panties"

Consider yourself warned that J.K. Simmons (and his majestic beard) are going to bring a tear to your eye. This month Steve and JJ take …

Rocky III • The Next Reel

February 7th, 2019

"No, I don’t hate Balboa, but I pity the fool and I will destroy any man who tries to take what I got."

Three years after the success of Rocky II, …

Rocky II • The Next Reel

January 31st, 2019

"You got the heart, but you ain’t got the tools no more."

Sylvester Stallone’s directorial debut, Paradise Alley, was a flop and the studio didn’t …

Lean on Pete • Trailer Rewind

January 29th, 2019

"Just gotta keep going. This isn’t our home."

A long journey with a horse . . . through brutal environments . . . and encounters with ruthless people . . . no, we’re not talking about Hostiles again. But after taking a …

Rocky • The Next Reel

January 24th, 2019

"All I wanna do is go the distance."

Sylvester Stallone pretty much embodies everything about the character Rocky Balboa that he created for the film Rocky. He’s someone who wanted to go the distance, and may not have …

Glass • The Film Board

January 22nd, 2019

“We’re finally being let into the universe”

Happy New Year everyone! The Film Board is respawning for you here this January with Glass from M. Night Shyamalan. Is it a sequel to Unbreakable? Is it a sequel to Split? Or …

Romeo and Juliet • The Next Reel

January 17th, 2019

"Parting is such sweet sorrow."

The works of William Shakespeare have been adapted to the screen more times than any other author, and ‘Romeo and …

Rachel, Rachel • The Next Reel

January 10th, 2019

"We’re all fools. You can’t be part of the human race and not be a fool to somebody."

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward had already been married for a …

Oliver! • The Next Reel

January 3rd, 2019

"You raised an artificial spirit in the lad unbecoming to his station in life. This would never have happened if you kept him on gruel."

Film …

The Lion In Winter • The Next Reel

December 27th, 2018

"What family doesn’t have its ups and downs?"

British royalty is full of fascinating tales of power, conspiracies, distrust, and greed. They make …

The Producers (2005) • The Next Reel

December 20th, 2018

"I’m the German Ethel Merman, don’tcha know!?"

Adapting a non-musical into a Broadway musical into a film musical takes a lot of work, but Mel Brooks …

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse • The Film Board

December 18th, 2018

"It always fits eventually."

Here’s a gift for the whole family from The Film Board’s clan to yours - The thugs went out and saw our first official …

The Producers (1968) • The Next Reel

December 13th, 2018

"How could this happen? I was so careful! I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast – where did I go right?"

Mel Brooks got his …

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) • The Next Reel

December 6th, 2018

"You really think there’s ‘happy ever after’ for people like us?"

With his successful start as James Bond, Pierce Brosnan thought he’d try his hand …

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) • The Next Reel

November 29th, 2018

"Do you play?"

Norman Jewison had worked with Steve McQueen on the film The Cincinnati Kid, so it was natural for him to immediately think of McQueen …

Green Book • The Film Board

November 27th, 2018

"You never win with violence. You only win when you maintain your dignity."

The Film Board spent the holiday weekend giving thanks and watching Green …

Once Upon A Time In America • The Next Reel

November 22nd, 2018

"I like the stink of the streets. It makes me feel good."

By the time Sergio Leone got the cameras rolling on what would turn out to be his last …

Hostiles • Trailer Rewind

November 20th, 2018

"I've killed everything that's walked or crawled. If you do it enough, you get used to it."

JJ and Steve are heading out west this month. It's a long and grueling journey, and one of them may not make it to the end. …

Duck You Sucker • The Next Reel

November 15th, 2018

"If it’s a revolution, it’s confusion. Where there’s confusion, a man who knows what he wants stands a good chance of getting it."

Sergio Leone …

Once Upon A Time In The West • The Next Reel

November 8th, 2018

"You don’t sell the dream of a lifetime."

Sergio Leone didn’t want to return to westerns after his Man With No Name trilogy – he already felt like made his western epic and wanted to move on to something else. When …

Day of the Dead • The Next Reel

November 1st, 2018

"Choke on ‘em! Choke on ‘em!"

When George Romero set out to make his final film in his original zombie trilogy, he had to cut his script back quite a …

Dawn of the Dead • The Next Reel

October 25th, 2018

"They’re after the place. They don’t know why, they just remember – remember that they want to be in here."

It took George A. Romero 10 years to get back to the world of zombies that he’d created in 1968, and largely …

Raw • Trailer Rewind

October 23rd, 2018

"I'm sure you'll find a solution, honey."

Steve couldn’t ask JJ to stomach this month’s film, so he brought Andy in to chew the fat on this one. Andy …

Night of the Living Dead • The Next Reel

October 18th, 2018

"Kill the brain and you kill the ghoul."

Zombies are commonplace nowadays, but in the mid 60s, they were more connected to voodoo stories. It wasn’t …

First Man • The Next Reel Film Board

October 16th, 2018

“We need to fail down here so we don’t fail up there.”

Buckle up for an intense journey on this one with the Film Board as we examine the story of struggles and successes that adorn the space race and the USA’s historic …

Danger: Diabolik • The Next Reel

October 11th, 2018

"Don’t come near, honey. Molten gold wouldn’t suit your skin."

Creating a movie from a comic book has obviously become a huge way to make money at …

The Detective • The Next Reel

October 4th, 2018

"I believe in live and let live."

Frank Sinatra and his rat pack are found in specific types of films, so seeing him in this dark, realistic detective story seems like a bit of surprise. When you think back to his …

Coogan's Bluff • The Next Reel

September 27th, 2018

"Well, well, well, what have we got here? Buffalo Bill with the fancy hat!"

Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood worked with each other on five films, but before they first started, neither of them had heard of the other. …

Don't Think Twice • Trailer Rewind

September 25th, 2018

"Has anyone out there had a particularly hard day?"

What are you waiting for? Just press play. Don’t stop to think, just say yes and press the button …

Targets • The Next Reel

September 20th, 2018

"My kind of horror isn’t horror anymore."

One of Roger Corman’s claims to fame is that he’s never lost money on a movie, and one of the reasons that …

The Predator • The Film Board

September 18th, 2018

“The data suggests that it tracks its prey, exploits weakness. Seems to enjoy it, like a game.”

The concept from “Predator” has been through a number …

Battle for the Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel

September 13th, 2018

"Ape never kills ape."

Twentieth Century Fox had found great success with their Planet of the Apes franchise, but they also were learning that a …

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel

September 6th, 2018

"The savage must be shackled in chains. You are that beast, Caesar."

J. Lee Thompson was meant to direct the original Planet of the Apes film but wasn’t able to due to project conflicts. By the time the franchise got …

Escape from the Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel

August 30th, 2018

"I did it because I like chimpanzees best of all apes, and you the best of all chimpanzees."

Twentieth Century Fox had found that cheap sequels could …

The Happytime Murders • The Film Board

August 28th, 2018

“Looks like someone had a real piñata party.”

What the heck is going on?! The Film Board was ROFL when the trailer for The Happytime Murders was released, so we decided to take a flyer and check to see if Melissa …

Beneath the Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel

August 23rd, 2018

"May the blessing of the Bomb Almighty and the fellowship of the Holy Fallout descend on us all this day and forevermore."

With the success of the …

Free Fire • Trailer Rewind

August 21st, 2018

"Vern and learn, baby."

JJ and Steve return from their summer break with a big bang. This month they attempt to survive the brutal shootout in Ben Wheatley’s 2016 film Free Fire.

How many rounds does it take to get to …

Planet of the Apes • The Next Reel

August 16th, 2018

"Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"

Rod Serling discovered the strength of writing science fiction as a way to disguise commentary on society of the day which led to The Twilight Zone. His contributions …

2010: The Year We Make Contact • The Next Reel

August 9th, 2018

"My God, it’s full of stars!"

After reading Arthur C. Clarke’s sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s film, director Peter Hyams was very interested in …

2001: A Space Odyssey • The Next Reel

August 2nd, 2018

"Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye."

Before 1968, science fiction films were largely genre films that didn’t take themselves too seriously. The general consensus is that the change that …

The Congress • Trailer Rewind

July 3rd, 2018

"We want to scan you, all of you, your body, your face, your emotions, your laughter, your tears. We want to own this thing called Robin Wright."

Just before the summer break, Steve and JJ take a trippy ride to The …

Ocean's 8 • The Next Reel

June 28th, 2018

"A Him gets noticed. A Her gets ignored. And for once, we’d like to be ignored."

Steven Soderbergh never wanted to return to the helm for the Ocean’s franchise, but he was more than happy to get behind any future films, …

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom • The Film Board

June 26th, 2018


“They’re alive. Just like me.”

Volcanoes, clones, and lizards oh my! Let’s all get Jurassic with it this month as we venture back to join the …

Ocean's Thirteen • The Next Reel

June 21st, 2018

"There’s a code amongst guys that shook Sinatra’s hand!"

Even though Ocean’s Twelve was financially successful, it was largely disliked by audiences …

Ocean's Twelve • The Next Reel

June 14th, 2018

"I mean Danny, it was one job that we did together so I don’t know where this whole, like, proprietary stance comes from. It seems a little …

The Sound of Music — Catherine Hand • The Speakeasy

June 12th, 2018

"You brought music back into the house. I’d… forgotten."

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. …

Ocean's Eleven (2001) • The Next Reel

June 7th, 2018

"It’ll be nice working with proper villains again."

The decision to remake Ocean’s 11 with an ensemble cast of stars led to an incredible amount of turnover as stars became attached then had to bail out because of other …

Ocean's 11 • The Next Reel

May 31st, 2018



"You’re just in time for the jokes."

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. were a part of what people called ‘The Rat Pack,’ a group of …

Solo: A Star Wars Story • The Film Board

May 29th, 2018

“I might be the only person who knows what you really are.”

Ready for an Easter Egg hunt? Yes, it’s actually Memorial Day but Solo hit theaters this …

Predestination • The Next Reel

May 24th, 2018

"We were born into this job."

Time travel stories come in all shapes and sizes – some are more focused on the fun and entertainment. Others use the conceit to allow for explorations of themes and ideas. Robert A. …

Interstellar • The Next Reel

May 17th, 2018

"We used to look up in the sky and wonder at our place in the stars. Now, we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt."

Christopher Nolan …

Triple 9 • Trailer Rewind

May 15th, 2018

"There is no limit to what desperate men will do when pushed."

We call the Filmboard a gang of thugs, but we’ve got nothing on the crew from Triple …

About Time • The Next Reel

May 10th, 2018

"All the time travel in the world can’t make someone love you."

If anyone has a handle on clever stories and quirky characters in romantic comedy dramas, it’s writer-director Richard Curtis. Whether it’s Four Weddings …

Timecrimes • The Next Reel

May 3rd, 2018

"Right now, there are three of me. You’re going to help me get rid of the other two."

After receiving an Oscar nomination for his short film 7:35 de la mañana, Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo went to work using his …

Giant • The Next Reel

April 26th, 2018

"Who gets a hold of this much land unless they took it off someone else?"

Looking at the characters James Dean played in his three leading roles, …

Felony • Trailer Rewind

April 24th, 2018

"There’s a boy and he’s on the road and he’s had a - he’s fallen off his bike."

As Joel Edgerton is starting to become a familiar face for American …

Rebel Without A Cause • The Next Reel

April 19th, 2018

"You’re tearing me apart!"

Possibly James Dean’s most iconic role, Rebel Without a Cause hit theaters in the fall of 1955 – less than a month after …

Beirut • The Film Board

April 17th, 2018

“2000 years of revenge, vendetta, murder. Welcome to Beirut”

Last week the U.S. and its allies once again fired missiles on Syria in a response to recent chemical weapons attacks in the country. On Friday, April 13th, …

East of Eden • The Next Reel

April 12th, 2018

"Someday, he’s gonna know who his real son is!"

James Dean was the lead in only three films released in 1955 and 1956. He died tragically in a car crash on September 30th, 1955, only ever getting to see one of his three …

All That Jazz — Nic Sadler • The Speakeasy

April 10th, 2018

"I think we just lost the family audience."

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 …

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance • The Next Reel

April 5th, 2018

"There’s no such thing as a perfect person."

After the box office failure of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and the box office success of Oldboy, Park Chan-Wook wanted to continue with the themes he’d been exploring of …

Ready Player One • The Film Board

April 4th, 2018

"It’s the only place that feels like I mean anything."

Have you heard Steven Spielberg is rumored to be directing another Indiana Jones movie? (2020) It’s technically been “announced,” and the amazement that many people …

Oldboy • The Next Reel

March 29th, 2018

"I’m a sort of scholar, and my field of study is you."

After the box office failure of his previous film, Park Chan-Wook worked hard with his next …

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance • The Next Reel

March 22nd, 2018

"I’m not just any ordinary person."

Park Chan-Wook never set out to make a trilogy. His ‘vengeance trilogy,’ in fact, only was later dubbed that by international critics who felt the three films were connected through …

Cuban Fury • Trailer Rewind

March 20th, 2018

"Once I put those shoes on, I never wanted to take them off."

It’s time to put on your rubber-soled salsa shoes and hit the floor with JJ and Steve. …

Detroit • The Next Reel

March 15th, 2018

"Everybody isn’t thieves and murderers."

It seems that after finding such success making films about real world situations in _The Hurt Locker_and Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal …

Local Hero — Andy Nelson • The Speakeasy

March 13th, 2018

"I’m watching the sky, sir, and it’s doing some amazing things!"

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 …

Point Break • The Next Reel

March 8th, 2018

"It’s a state of mind."

Kathryn Bigelow already showed everyone that she could handle action in her films with projects like Near Dark and Blue Steel

Near Dark • The Next Reel

March 1st, 2018

"Normal folks, they don’t spit out bullets when you shoot ‘em, no sir!"

When trying to figure out a way to stand out for her first solo directorial …

Anomalisa • Trailer Rewind

February 27th, 2018

"Sometimes there's no lesson. That's a lesson in itself."

Call the maid for turn down service, because this month JJ and Steve take on a movie that takes place in a hotel room. JJ and Steve spend time with Charlie …

Funny Girl • The Next Reel

February 22nd, 2018

"Hello, gorgeous."

Watching Funny Girl now, you would never guess that it was Barbra Streisand’s film debut. Sure, she originated the role on …

Black Panther • The Next Reel Film Board

February 20th, 2018

"What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world"

The Marvel Madness continues this month with Black Panther and it brings some …

Thoroughly Modern Millie • The Next Reel

February 15th, 2018

"Men say it’s criminal what women’ll do. What they’re forgetting is this is 1922."

By 1967, Julie Andrews was at the top of her game. Since Mary …

The Young Girls of Rochefort • The Next Reel

February 8th, 2018

"Paris is small for a great passion like yours."

Jacques Demy already had great success with his 1964 musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg when he stepped up to direct The Young Girls of Rochefort. Continuing his same …

Mary Poppins • The Next Reel

February 1st, 2018


"I feel what’s to happen all happened before."

Anyone who watched 2013’s Saving Mr. Banks knows what a difficult time Walt Disney had getting the …

A Good Day to Die Hard • The Next Reel

January 25th, 2018


"Do you know what I hate about the Americans? Everything. Especially cowboys."

With the surprise success of the fourth entry into the “Die Hard” …

Burnt • Trailer Rewind

January 23rd, 2018


"People eat because they are hungry; I want to make food that makes people stop eating."

To start off a new year of Trailer Rewind Steve and JJ sit down for a meal with John Wells’ 2015 film Burnt. This was Pete's pick …

Live Free or Die Hard • The Next Reel

January 18th, 2018


"You’re a Timex watch in a digital age."

Making a sequel is always a challenge, but making the fourth film in a franchise after a twelve-year hiatus seems like a recipe for disaster. Luckily, the team behind Live Free …

Dunkirk — Toby Oliver • The Speakeasy

January 16th, 2018

"We let you all down, didn’t we?"

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 …

Die Hard With a Vengeance • The Next Reel

January 11th, 2018


"Simon says."

When Jonathan Hensleigh’s spec script ‘Simon Says’ was bought by Twentieth Century Fox to be turned into a Die Hard sequel, he was thrilled. After all, his deal with Warner Bros. to turn it into a Lethal …

Molly's Game • The Next Reel Film Board

January 9th, 2018

"You don’t want to break the law when you’re breaking the law."

Happy New Year! We’re bringing you an early episode of The Film Board as a late …

Die Hard 2 • The Next Reel

January 4th, 2018

"We are just up to our neck in terrorists again, John!"

Joel Silver was never a producer to shy away from giving the audience more of what they wanted. For the sequel to his 1988 action hit Die Hard, he tapped into …

Die Hard • The Next Reel

December 28th, 2017

"Now I have a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho."

‘Tis the holiday season, and what better way to kick it off than with everybody’s favorite Christmas action …

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

December 21st, 2017

"I’m a survivor, as you should know by now."

Stieg Larsson had plans to write an entire series of Millennium novels, but unfortunately died having …

Star Wars: The Last Jedi • The Film Board

December 19th, 2017

"I need someone to show me my place in all this."

We did it! We got to Star Wars #8 without our own Starkiller of a planet disintegrating - and what a fantastic reward we have in store for you when all of the usual …

The Girl Who Played with Fire • The Next Reel

December 14th, 2017

"Hello, Papa."

Stieg Larsson’s second novel in the Millennium trilogy, “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” saw the continuation of the story of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist while they try to stop a sex trafficking …

Comscore's Paul Degarabedian • Behind the Sites

December 10th, 2017


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 Paul …

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo • The Next Reel

December 7th, 2017

"Whatever it is that you’ve been through, you don’t have to tell me. I’m just glad you’re here."

With the international success of Stieg Larsson’s novel “Men Who Hate Women” and its sequels, it was inevitable that a …

Faults • Trailer Rewind

December 5th, 2017

"In the end there is a 50% chance you will have your daughter back."

It’s the last Trailer Rewind of 2017, and this time it's personal. When they decided to watch Andy’s trailer pick from our Syriana episode on February …

Labyrinth • The Next Reel

November 30th, 2017

"Turn back, Sarah. Turn back before it’s too late!"

After working on The Dark Crystal together, Jim Henson and Brian Froud wanted to do another …

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

November 28th, 2017


What’s this? More Trek? We can’t get enough of it! This week, Ethan Siegel joins Pete to talk about the science of Star Trek, talking through those …

Wild Tales • The Next Reel

November 23rd, 2017

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

Thank you for supporting The Next Reel Film Podcast on …

The Secret in Their Eyes • The Next Reel

November 16th, 2017

"Memories are all we end up with."

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

Murder on the Orient Express • The Film Board

November 14th, 2017

"Use the little grey cells of the mind - and you will know!"

Thank you for supporting The Next Reel Film Podcast on Patreon! —

The literary adaptation sub-faction of Film Board thugs …

Son of the Bride • The Next Reel

November 9th, 2017

"When nothing can be worse than what happened, you feel powerful."

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

Nine Queens • The Next Reel

November 2nd, 2017

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

Ricardo Darín was pretty much born into acting. Coming …

2017-10-28 • Saturday Matinée

October 30th, 2017



Stories of missing people stranded somewhere, …

Star Trek Beyond • The Next Reel

October 26th, 2017

"This is where the frontier pushes back."

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

2017-10-21 • Saturday Matinée

October 23rd, 2017


Yeah, technology and schedule conspired to delay the Saturday Matinée this weekend. Hope you still have some dishes left to do. If it looks like …

Star Trek Into Darkness • The Next Reel

October 19th, 2017


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"My name is Khan."

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

Miss Sloane • Trailer Rewind

October 17th, 2017


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

This month JJ and Steve are tasked …

2017-10-14 • Saturday Matinée

October 16th, 2017


Harvey Weinstein shot himself in the foot with an egomaniacal sexually predatory torpedo. Yes, we talk about the status of the Weinstein company. But it’s not all heavy, we promise. We talk Blade Runner 2049and how …

Star Trek • The Next Reel

October 12th, 2017


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

Blade Runner 2049 • The Film Board

October 10th, 2017


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

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

2017-10-07 • Saturday Matinée

October 9th, 2017


We’re doing our best to contain our Blade Runner 2049 excitement for our next Film Board conversation, so we’re distracting one another with a little matinée twin discussion, some fall TV chat, and today’s list: actors …

Star Trek: Nemesis • The Next Reel

October 5th, 2017


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

Star Trek: Insurrection was a success …

2017-09-30 • Saturday Matinée

September 30th, 2017


Andy and Steve report on their watch of Susperia. Star Trek: Discovery has finally made it into our eyeballs. The box office celebrates another major milestone for It. And, we take on blood feuds with gravitas this week …

Star Trek: Insurrection • The Next Reel

September 29th, 2017

”How many people does it take, Admiral, before it becomes wrong?"

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

Kingsman: The Golden Circle • The Film Board

September 26th, 2017


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"Something made it through."

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

2017-09-23 • Saturday Matinée

September 25th, 2017


Huh… would you look at that? Turns out It is driving September toward a stronger-than-expected finish. Steven and Pete take on Homestar Runner, …

Star Trek: First Contact • The Next Reel

September 21st, 2017


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"The line must be drawn here!"

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

Little Sister • Trailer Rewind

September 19th, 2017


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

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

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

2017-09-16 • Saturday Matinée

September 18th, 2017


It is still holding strong. Harry Dean Stanton leaves us. Andy still loves Brazil +32 more than Steve. Plus, three trailers that don’t include

Star Trek: Generations • The Next Reel

September 14th, 2017


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

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

2017-09-09 • Saturday Matinée

September 11th, 2017


Following up on a chronically boring Labor Day September weekend, we don’t bother much about the box office. But we do talk IT, a strong King …

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country • The Next Reel

September 7th, 2017


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

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

2017-09-02 • Saturday Matinée

September 4th, 2017


Boy, is this ever shaping up to be a boring Labor Day weekend at the box office. Andy runs the numbers and talks performance for this weekend in history. Apparently, it’s a Hitman’s Bodyguard conspiracy. That, plus new …

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier • The Next Reel

August 31st, 2017


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

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

2017-08-26 • Saturday Matinée

August 28th, 2017


Happy weekend everyone! If you haven’t seen The Joe Show, apropos of nothing, this might be a good weekend to check it out on Amazon; Steve reports

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home • The Next Reel

August 24th, 2017


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

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

Experimenter • Trailer Rewind

August 22nd, 2017


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

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

2017-08-19 • Saturday Matinée

August 21st, 2017


Happy weekend everyone! The Eclipse Cometh; turns out Logan Lucky is better than it’s box office would suggest this weekend according to our own Once …

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

August 17th, 2017


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

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

2017-08-12 • Saturday Matinée

August 14th, 2017


This week, Star Trek Discovery appears to continue the journey ... of legal wrangling and fan discontent. At least Nicholas Meyer is working on a new …

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

August 10th, 2017


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

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

The Dark Tower • The Film Board

August 8th, 2017


"Something made it through."

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

2017-08-05 • Saturday Matinée

August 7th, 2017


Happy Saturday, movie lovers. We're trying something new today! If you've ever found yourself looking for even more talk about trailers, and budgets, and random things we've seen, we're going to try and answer that call …

Star Trek: The Motion Picture • The Next Reel

August 3rd, 2017


"The creator has not answered."

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

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

July 25th, 2017


"The whole universe is after us."

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

Hunt for the Wilderpeople • Trailer Rewind

July 18th, 2017


“You know, sometimes in life it seems like there's no way out. Like a sheep trapped in a maze designed by wolves.“

This month, JJ and Steve are off …

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

June 29th, 2017


"Prepare to feel the wrath of the League of Evil Exes!"

After making Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright signed on to direct the adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life” but …

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

June 27th, 2017

"The important question is, where do they get all the skeletons with perfect teeth?"

Tommy Handsome is back with his take on Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 zombie romp, The Return of the Living Dead. And before you hang up the …


June 22nd, 2017


"He dared to be born right on the border with China."

Regardless of whether you are a Buddhist or not, the story of Tenzin Gyatso is an interesting one that certainly provides drama that can draw you in. Born as the …

The History of Future Folk • Trailer Rewind

June 20th, 2017



This month, Steve digs through the archives to revisit The History of Future Folk, a quirky indie that punches well above its weight. Yes, …

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

June 15th, 2017


"I’m keeping him."

Steven Spielberg didn’t have a sense that his little, personal alien film was going to blow up like it did when he was making it. …

The Mummy — The Next Reel Film Board

June 13th, 2017


"We recognize, examine, contain, destroy."

THE FILM BOARD GATHERS! This month we all got wrapped up in the first film release for the “Dark Universe.” Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe give us an entry into a new world of …

The Black Stallion

June 8th, 2017


"We’re gonna show everybody that he’s the fastest horse in the world."

Francis Ford Coppola’s successes in the 70s put him in a place where he was …

Howl's Moving Castle

June 1st, 2017


"Nothing but witches and wizards ahead."

Hayao Miyazaki did not attend the Oscars to pick up his Academy Award for Best Animated Film for Spirited Away because he was protesting the Iraq War. When it came time to make …

Spirited Away

May 25th, 2017


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

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

Alien: Covenant — The Film Board

May 23rd, 2017


"One wrong note eventually ruins the entire symphony."

The Film Board Gathers! This month we’ve hit the Feel-a-Round Cineplex for Ridley Scott’s latest entry to the Alien Cinematic Universe: Alien: Covenant. The film …

Princess Mononoke

May 18th, 2017


"When you’re going to kill a god, let someone else do the dirty work."

Hayao Miyazaki has always had a strong relationship with nature that he’s portrayed in a number of his films, but nowhere has it grown as dark as it …


May 11th, 2017


"Happiness is in your hands."

The role of advertising in politics is constantly evolving. From radio to TV to the internet and now to specifically …

Silver Linings Playbook — Harry Gregson-Williams • The Speakeasy

May 9th, 2017

“I can’t apologize. I’m not going to apologize for this. You know what I will do? I will apologize on behalf of Ernest Hemingway because that’s who’s …

Post Mortem

May 4th, 2017


"I’ll talk to them. I have a position now."

Pablo Larraín was born when Pinochet was already in power but the military coup that brought Pinochet to power always fascinated him, largely because it wasn’t something that …

The Circle — The Next Reel Film Board

May 2nd, 2017


"Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better."

The Film Board Gathers and we’re pulling everyone much much too close into “The Circle.” The …

Tony Manero

April 27th, 2017


"Once the film is out of fashion, you think they’ll still follow you? No way."

Pablo Larraín didn’t intend to direct three films that took place …

Colonia • Trailer Rewind

April 25th, 2017


“Anyone can torture, but to break a person without harming physically, that's an art."

We’re keeping with The Next Reel 2017 theme of “Let’s Scare JJ.” Prisoners tortured in secret underground tunnels! A power-crazed …

Certain Women

April 20th, 2017


"I just knew if I didn’t start driving, I wasn’t gonna see you again."

Kelly Reichardt’s most recent film, last year’s Certain Women, is a bit of a departure for her in that it’s a film consisting of three separate …

Meek's Cutoff

April 13th, 2017


"Is he ignorant or is he just plain evil?"

The story of the real Meek’s Cutoff is an interesting and tragic tale in the early days of the Oregon …

Wendy and Lucy

April 6th, 2017


"Don’t be a nuisance. We don’t need that."

Kelly Reichardt has been called a minimalist film director, and if you’re comparing her to someone like Michael Bay or Steven Spielberg or the Hughes brothers, that certainly …

The Book of Eli

April 2nd, 2017


"Stay on the path."

Right from the start, it was clear that Albert and Allen Hughes knew how to put films together. Whether paying homage to filmmakers they admire or playing with their own showy techniques, they know …

From Hell

March 23rd, 2017


"No man amongst you is fit to judge the mighty art that I have wrought."

The Hughes brothers hadn’t really had a big hit by the time they were offered to direct the adaptation of Alan Moore’s and Eddie Campbell’s …

Menace II Society

March 16th, 2017


"Being a black man in America isn’t easy. The hunt is on and you’re the prey."

When 20-year-old twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes directed their …

The Emigrants • The Next Reel

March 9th, 2017

"The situation in Sweden must be real bad as even lice have begun to emigrate to America."

It’s time for our first 2017 Listener’s Choice episode! Pony Prize winner Finn Frode, who’s from Norway but living in Sweden, won …

Logan — The Next Reel Film Board

March 7th, 2017


"Don’t be what they make you to be"

Back to Back Film Board weeks! We couldn’t let this one go by - Marvel comics movies are continuing to find their …

The Great Wall

March 2nd, 2017


"There are many things you have not seen."

Zhang Yimou has done serious dramas. He’s done big wuxia action films, but he hasn’t had a success in a …

Get Out — The Next Reel Film Board

February 28th, 2017


“Here it is: My boy Chris has been missing for two days.”

The Film Board Gathers! This month, in a departure from the heady intensity of the Oscars line-up, our Gang of Thugs takes on a thriller written and directed by …

The Lobster • Trailer Rewind

February 25th, 2017


“A wolf and a penguin could never live together, nor could a camel and a hippopotamus. That would be absurd."

In a world where being a couple is a …


February 23rd, 2017


"How swift your sword must be."

Zhang Yimou had always wanted to direct an action film, and after years of working on the script, he finally had his chance with his ambitious visual feast, 2002’s Hero. Shot all over …

Raise the Red Lantern

February 16th, 2017


"Light the lanterns at the fourth house!"

Despite the bans on some of his earlier films like Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern in his home country of China, Zhang Yimou had exploded onto the world stage with these …

Ju Dou

February 9th, 2017


"If they knew, they’d kill us."

The eighties were a period of turmoil and transition for the Chinese film industry. Other forms of entertainment were …

The Danish Girl

February 2nd, 2017


"You helped bring Lili to life, but she was always there."

The Danish Girl certainly took a long time getting to the big screen. The script went through dozens of iterations after David Ebershoff’s book was first was …


January 26th, 2017


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

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

Split — The Next Reel Film Board

January 24th, 2017


"He’s on the move."

DON’T LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE OF THE FILM BOARD until you see Split! Here at The Next Reel, we always mention how WE SPOIL MOVIES and this month we’ve taken on twistmaster M. Night Shyamalan’s newest …

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

January 19th, 2017


"I can spot the fluttering of a beaded lash from three hundred paces."

Terence Stamp had played some pretty tough characters in his career – Billy Budd, General Zod – so it was a big surprise to many to see him play a …

Coming to America

January 12th, 2017


"When you think of garbage, think of Akeem!"

Eddie Murphy was riding high through the 80s. John Landis, on the other hand, had had a string of flops, …

Groundhog Day — Jim Jermanok • The Speakeasy

January 10th, 2017


"You couldn’t plan a day like this."

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring …

Beverly Hills Cop

January 5th, 2017


"You’re not gonna fall for the banana in the tail pipe?"

Eddie Murphy proved his big screen comedy prowess with Dan Aykroyd in Trading Places but the studio was still concerned about him helming a movie by himself. …

Trading Places

December 29th, 2016


"When I was growing up, if we wanted a jacuzzi, we had to fart in the tub."

Eddie Murphy may have been a name on “Saturday Night Live” but he wasn’t a film star. Luckily, when John Landis wanted to cast him as Billy Ray …

Black Christmas

December 22nd, 2016


"Agnes, it’s me – Billy!"

Bob Clark may be best known for directing his Christmas classic, 1983’s A Christmas Story, but many people don’t know that he got his start in horror like so many other filmmakers, and that one …

Rogue One — The Next Reel Film Board

December 20th, 2016


"I'm one with the Force. The Force is with me."

Look at this- The Film Board is back with a thuggish gathering of galactic implications. Last year doesn’t totally count as long ago nor far, far away for a new star wars …

The Godfather Part III

December 15th, 2016


"Now that you’re so respectable, I think you’re more dangerous than you ever were."

It was billed the most anticipated film of the decade, yet …

101 Dalmatians — Tom and Tony Bancroft • The Speakeasy

December 13th, 2016

"Such perfectly beautiful coats!"

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is our ongoing series in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one …

The Godfather Part II

December 8th, 2016


"Keep your friends close but your enemies closer."

While The Godfather, Part II didn’t perform nearly as well as its predecessor at the box office, …

The Godfather

December 1st, 2016


"Blood’s a big expense."

It was never a movie that was meant to be as big as it became. Robert Evans, Paramount head at the time, thought it would be …

The Two Faces of January • Trailer Rewind

November 29th, 2016


". . . another victim of the cruel tricks gods play on men”

It’s back to 2014 again for JJ and Steve as they dig into The Two Faces of January, Andy’s pick from February 2014. Adapted from the novel by Patricia …

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

November 24th, 2016


"I didn’t forget your breakfast. I didn’t bring you breakfast because you didn’t eat your din-din!"

The animosity between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford almost seems the stuff of legend. Looking back from today, it’s …

All About Eve

November 17th, 2016


"Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night."

Bette Davis was on a streak of flops and just lost her contract with Warner Bros. when …

Now, Voyager

November 10th, 2016


"Don’t let’s ask for the moon, we have the stars!"

Irving Rapper’s 1942 film Now, Voyager may have met with mixed reviews but it certainly found its audience, showing that people were thrilled with the on-screen pairing …

The Film Board Presents: Doctor Strange

November 8th, 2016

"Forget everything that you think you know"

The Film Board gathers! The Marvel Cinematic Universe has returned so we've brought together a merry band of thugs to spoil the next episode of the massive comic book soap …

The Little Foxes

November 3rd, 2016


"You must hate me very much."

Bette Davis was never one to shy away from roles, except perhaps from those that weren’t meaty enough. And she found a …

The Philadelphia Story — Steve Miner • The Speakeasy

November 1st, 2016

"The prettiest sight in this fine, pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges."

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one …

The Fly (1986)

October 27th, 2016


"Be Afraid. Be very afraid."

There are certain people that are drawn to a movie because of reports about early screenings where audience members had to leave the theatre because the gore made them physically sick. …

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

October 25th, 2016


"You’re right – the numbers don’t add up."

The Film Board is all out of Breath! Our faithful thugs have all been sprinting from house to car to …


October 20th, 2016


"You don’t throw a whole life away just ‘cause he’s banged up a little."

When Seabiscuit raced in the 30s, he drew more news than Roosevelt or …

Odd Thomas • Trailer Rewind

October 18th, 2016


"I may see dead people, but, by God, I do something about it."

Mining book series for films is an all to frequent occurrence. Some are able to …

Black Hawk Down

October 13th, 2016


"They won’t understand why we do it. They won’t understand it’s about the men next to you. That’s all it is."

There is a political side to military …

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

October 11th, 2016

"Du Jour means teamwork!"

You know the feeling. You have a ridiculous internal affair with a movie. You’ve seen it a dozen times. You laugh at all the …

The Dish

October 6th, 2016


"The whole town is over the moon."

Every story has many facets, but often the big story hides some of the smaller facets. The Australian film The Dish

Apocalypse Now — Paul Cameron • The Speakeasy

October 4th, 2016


"You’re an errand boy sent by grocery clerks to collect a bill."

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an …

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

September 29th, 2016


"I’ll say a prayer for you. A little prayer."

Antoine Fuqua has talked about how much a fan he is of both westerns and of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film Seven Samurai. Knowing that, it’s frustrating to see that his …

A Bug's Life

September 27th, 2016


"From way up here, you all look like little ants!"

Time heals all wounds, but the rift between Jeffrey Katzenberg and Disney may not apply. When Katzenberg, former chairman of Disney’s film division, left Disney after a …

The Film Board Presents: Snowden

September 20th, 2016


"Terrorism is just an excuse"

The Film Board Gathers undercover of darkness through compromised microphones and remotely accessed computer screens to discuss a dramatic reconstruction of the deconstruction of the …

¡Three Amigos!

September 15th, 2016


"They called us scum-sucking pigs! Us!"

It was the movie that had ‘hit’ written all over it. Three of the funniest actors starred together for the first time: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. One of the top …

Heat — Jayson Crothers • The Speakeasy

September 13th, 2016


"All I am is what I’m going after."

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

The Magnificent Seven

September 8th, 2016


"We deal in lead, friend."

The Magnificent Seven is a breeze to watch. It’s fun. It has that clean vibe of early Hollywood westerns. Plus it’s based …

Seven Samurai

September 1st, 2016


"Once more, we survive."

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


August 25th, 2016


"How are we defining ‘contained?’"

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

The Film Board Presents: War Dogs

August 23rd, 2016


"That sounds illegal."

The Film Board Gathers - celebrating the Dog Days of summer with a slick new film from the team that created the Hangover’s …


August 18th, 2016


"Either the blindness spread the panic or the panic spread the blindness."

When Fernando Meirelles showed his 2008 film Blindness to José Saramago, the author of the original book upon which it was based, Saramago loved …

Children of Men

August 11th, 2016


"Very odd what happens in a world without children’s voices."

It’s unfortunate that Alfonso Cuarón’s film Children of Men never found the audience it deserved, at least theatrically. Sure, it has been hailed as one of …

Fat City — Sam Levy • The Speakeasy

August 9th, 2016

"How’d you like to wake up in the morning and be him?"

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


August 4th, 2016


"You can’t stop the signal."

Most people involved in making Joss Whedon’s 2005 film Serenity acknowledge that it was a near miracle that they got to …

The Film Board Presents: Jason Bourne

August 2nd, 2016


"Use SQL to corrupt the databases."

The Film Board Gathers! This month, we’ve got thugs being thugs as the Bourne Quilogy moves into its latest …


July 28th, 2016


"You have to love its simplicity. It’s one billionth our size and it’s beating us."

After making Das Boot, Wolfgang Peterson came to Hollywood and …

Cake • Trailer Rewind

July 26th, 2016


"Tell me a story where everything works out in the end for the evil witch."

Steve and JJ are going to have their pain killer laden cake and spoil it for you too. This was Pete’s trailer pick from January 2, 2015. Pete …

The Crazies

July 21st, 2016


"We’re not dealing with the flu virus here."

George A. Romero made The Crazies just a few years after making his breakout film Night of the Living …

The Scores of John Carpenter • Shorts

July 19th, 2016


It was a dark and stormy . . . actually, it was a sunny June Sunday evening when Andy and Steve decided to celebrate the joys of fatherhood with John …

The Andromeda Strain

July 14th, 2016


"It should’ve been left up to the scientists! It’s a colossal mistake! Tell the President I said so!"

Michael Crichton’s space disease thriller hit …

Creativity • Three of a Kind

July 12th, 2016


Whether you’re a creative person, or someone who cringes at the thought of art, you’re going to find something to enjoy about this month’s three of a kind. The creative process gets dissected to look at the heart of Bob …

The Omega Man

July 7th, 2016


"You are discarded. You are the refuse of the past."

Richard Matheson’s 1954 vampire horror novel “I Am Legend” helped influence the zombie genre (it was the inspiration for the ‘68 George Romero film “Night of the …

Never Let Me Go — Alana Morshead • The Speakeasy

July 5th, 2016

"You have to know who you are and what you are. It’s the only way you’ll lead decent lives."

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of …

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

June 30th, 2016


"Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the war room!"

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


June 23rd, 2016


"Would’ve been a quiet night, too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids!"

Stop-motion animation has been a part of film since nearly the …

Mr. Nobody • Trailer Rewind

June 21st, 2016


"Why am I me and not somebody else?"

Are you ready to rewind time with this month’s trailer rewind? JJ and Steve tackle Mr. Nobody, Pete’s trailer pick from November 2013. They discuss this film’s long road to a U.S …

The Great Escape

June 16th, 2016


"I’m going to cause such a terrible stink in this Third Reich of theirs that thousands of troops that could well be employed at the front will be …

The Film Board Presents: Now You See Me 2

June 14th, 2016


"Are you listening, horsemen? You will get what's coming to you. In ways you can't expect."

The Film Board Gathers! This month, The Four Horsemen return to continue the magical crusade to right societal wrongs through …

Ministry of Fear

June 9th, 2016


"We’ve been patriotically slaving for three years to help a spy ring!"

“Ministry of Fear” was Fritz Lang’s third film of four anti-Nazi movies that he made, but it feels less anti-Nazi and more just straight up …

Terminator 2: Judgment Day — Sarah Trost • The Speakeasy

June 7th, 2016

"Hasta la vista, baby."

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

Man Hunt

June 2nd, 2016


"Good heavens, man, I never intended to shoot. I merely wanted to find out if it were possible."

1941 was an interesting time for the US as the country started the year off as a passive, neutral observer of what Germany …

The Nice Guys • Trailer Rewind

May 31st, 2016


"So you're telling me you made a porno where the plot is the point?"

A trailer rewind for a film that’s still in theaters!?! What’s going on? We finish up our Andy trailer pick trilogy and add a bonus episode to the …


May 26th, 2016


"Just you wait, it won’t be long. / The man in black will soon be here / With his cleaver’s blade so true. / He’ll make mincemeat out of you!"

When “M,” Fritz Lang’s first sound film, opened in 1931, it was clear that …

Comet • Trailer Rewind

May 24th, 2016


"See? This is why I hate time. I can't enjoy my sesame chicken because of that."

This month’s Trailer Rewind is Andy’s pick from our Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore episode in December 2014. Justin and Steve look at …


May 19th, 2016


"You still don’t seem to know what I am capable of!"

Fritz Lang’s 1928 silent spy thriller “Spies” rarely gets brought up when people mention Lang and his filmography. Dwarfed by arguably two of his best made on either …

Shorts: Mindbenders with JJ & Tommy Handsome

May 17th, 2016


The Next Reel was born out of “Movies We Like” and in this new TNR Short JJ and Tommy Handsome talk about one of our favorite movie gimmicks, tricks, twists, archetypes or whatever you want to call it — it includes all …


May 12th, 2016


"Isn’t it worth the loss of a hand to have created the man of the future, the Machine-Man—?!”

Fritz Lang’s sci-fi classic has really been through the wringer since it’s premiere in 1927. After having been cut nearly in …

The Film Board Presents: Captain America: Civil War

May 10th, 2016


"If we can't accept limitations, we're no better than the bad guys."

The Film Board Gathers! This month, #TeamNextReel take on #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan for the title in this hero on hero on decidedly-non-hero battle …

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

May 5th, 2016


"This was, like, two corpses in three hours. I mean, am I crazy? That’s unusual, right?"

Shane Black was gone from the scene for a decade before his return as not just writer but also director with 2005’s “Kiss Kiss …

Snatch. — Michael B. Koff • The Speakeasy

May 3rd, 2016

"Is that a tea cozy on his head?"

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

The Long Kiss Goodnight

April 28th, 2016


"Name’s Charly, by the way. You’re gonna love me."

When New Line Cinema bought Shane Black’s spec script “The Long Kiss Goodnight” in 1994 for $4 million, it created a new record for the selling price of spec scripts …

Who Are You? — Three of a Kind

April 26th, 2016


This month we get to meet Truman, Teddy, and Rhoda, three people who, to put it simply, have issues they need to deal with. You may think you know yourself and what you are or aren’t capable of, but you’re probably …

The Last Boy Scout

April 21st, 2016


"Be prepared, son. That’s my motto. Be prepared."

When Shane Black was paid $1.75 million for his spec script “The Last Boy Scout,” it was the most any screenwriter had been paid for their script up to that point. It …

The Silent Partner — Craig Anderson • The Speakeasy

April 19th, 2016

“If you decide you’re not going to be reasonable, then one night when you come home, you’ll find me on the inside waiting for you, and that’ll be the night you’ll wish you’d never been born.”

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is …

Lethal Weapon

April 14th, 2016


"You ever met anybody you didn’t kill?"

Shortly after graduating from UCLA, Shane Black sold his first screenplay to Warner Bros. to the tune of …

The Film Board Presents: Demolition

April 12th, 2016


"I found this upsetting because I was very hungry and also my wife had died ten minutes earlier. Maybe I should start from the beginning."

The Film …

The Hound of the Baskervilles

April 7th, 2016


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

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

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

March 31st, 2016


"Give a boy a sense of humor and a sense of proportion and he’ll stand up to anything."

Robert Donat defied the odds and beat both Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart for the Best Actor Oscar in the 1939 Academy Awards with …

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

March 28th, 2016


"We know better now, don't we? Devils don't come from hell beneath us. They come from the sky."

The Film Board gathers! This month, the gang of thugs comes together to take on the latest in Zack Snyder’s DC Comics …

The Wizard of Oz

March 25th, 2016


"Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!"

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

Young Ones • Trailer Rewind

March 17th, 2016


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

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


March 16th, 2016


"We’re the victims of a foul disease called social prejudice, my child."

When John Ford decided to helm “Stagecoach” in 1939, he hadn’t done a …

Ambition • Three of a Kind

March 15th, 2016


This month’s three of a kind takes on music, magic, and a great meal. Amadeus, The Prestige, and Big Night are three films that explore characters with a single-minded focus that drives them toward success but at a …

The Women

March 10th, 2016


“We women are so much more sensible. When we tire of ourselves, we change the way we do our hair or hire a new cook or decorate the house. I suppose …

Behind the Sites with Matthew Buchanan of • Shorts

March 8th, 2016


As part of our ongoing series on the people behind the sites and services that serve the film-loving community, today we’re talking to Matthew Buchanan, co-founder of Letterboxd has become an …

What's up, Doc?

March 4th, 2016


“You’re upside down, sir.”

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

Room — Dee Wallace • The Speakeasy

March 1st, 2016

“When I was small, I only knew small things, but now I’m five – I know everything!”

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is a new ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their …

The Departed

February 26th, 2016


“When you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?”

“The Departed,” Martin Scorsese’s 2006 remake of “Infernal Affairs,” is the film he finally won his Oscar for. It’s a strong crime film and is definitely a …

Behind the Scenes on Filmumentaries with Jamie Benning • Shorts

February 23rd, 2016


As a part of our series on the movie sites we love, today we’re talking about one of our favorite movie projects. Jamie Benning has become, through great effort and time, custodian to the behind the scenes media of our …

Infernal Affairs

February 18th, 2016


“I’ve chosen to be the good guy.”

“Infernal Affairs” may have won seven out of the sixteen Hong Kong Film Awards it was nominated for in 2002, including beating Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” as Best Film, but the majority of …

Guardians • Three of a Kind

February 16th, 2016


The three family action films, Legend of the GuardiansRise of the Guardians, and Guardians of the Galaxy, aren’t just for kids. These movies give parents the opportunity to discuss the difference between heroes and …


February 11th, 2016


“If you’re looking for sterling character, you’re in the wrong place.”

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

The Film Board Presents: Hail, Caesar!

February 10th, 2016



“It’s complicated.”

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

High Noon

February 4th, 2016



“People’ve gotta talk themselves into law and order before they do anything about it, maybe because down deep, they don’t care – they just don’t care.”

“High Noon” is often cited as one of the greatest westerns ever …

Casino Royale — Matthew Gratzner • The Speakeasy

February 2nd, 2016

“I would ask you if you could remain emotionally detached, but I don’t think that’s your problem. Is it, Bond?”

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is a new …

The Finest Hours

February 1st, 2016


“In the coast guard they say you go out, they don’t say you gotta come back.”

The Film Board Gathers! This month we’ve come together to take on Craig Gillespie’s story of a heroic Coast Guard rescue at sea, “The Finest …

The Edge

January 29th, 2016


“Behold, the mighty hunter.”

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

Shorts: Nathan Chase & Jeremy Thompson from

January 27th, 2016


As a part of our series on the movie sites we love, you’d probably guess that we couldn’t go very far without talking to Nathan Chase and Jeremy …

Glengarry Glen Ross

January 21st, 2016


“The good news is you’re fired.”

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

The Great Teen Movie • Three of a Kind

January 19th, 2016


From Sutter and Aimee in James Ponsoldt’s, The Spectacular Now, to Joe, Patrick, and Biaggio in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’, The Kings of Summer, to Greg …

The Untouchables

January 15th, 2016


“He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way, and that’s how …

Get your Trailer Fix on Trailer.Town with founders Joel Farris & Alex Carvalho • Shorts

January 10th, 2016


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

January 9th, 2016


“So much of the time, we’re just lost.”

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

My Favorite Year — Abraham Benrubi • The Speakeasy

January 6th, 2016

“I’m not an actor, I’m a movie star!”

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

Boogie Nights

January 2nd, 2016


“I’ve got a feeling beneath those jeans, there’s something wonderful just waiting to get out.”

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2015, hello 2016. And what …


December 24th, 2015


“They might even replace the dog as the family pet.”

‘Tis the holiday season, which means it’s time for another Next Reel Christmas movie, and how …

The Film Board Presents: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

December 23rd, 2015


“Droid, please.”

The Film Board Gathers! This month the gang of thugs takes on the seventh film in the Star Wars saga, this from reboot master, J. J. Abrams. Does he bring his magic rebootinator to set every day to …

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

December 22nd, 2015


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

The Next Reel's 2016 Announcement Extravaganza!

December 22nd, 2015


Hey folks! Please listen to this episode! We tried to keep it short, but we need to tell you about a few things you'll be seeing come January 2016 …

National Lampoon's Vacation

December 18th, 2015



“Everybody in the car. Boat leaves in two minutes, or perhaps you don’t want to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the Earth, …


December 12th, 2015


“Razzle dazzle!”

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


December 4th, 2015


“So I got that going for me, which is nice.”

With a background at Second City and National Lampoon, comedy was right up Harold Ramis’ alley, and …


November 28th, 2015


“Don’t think badly of me. I only want her near me.”

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

The Wind Rises

November 24th, 2015


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

My Neighbor Totoro

November 17th, 2015


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

The Film Board Presents: SPECTRE

November 13th, 2015


The Film Board Gathers! … around a long mysterious table high in a castle above the clouds to take on the biggest issues of the day — certainly the biggest at the box office right now: Sam Mendes’ latest entry in the …

The Castle of Cagliostro

November 10th, 2015


Hayao Miyazaki began his career with television and it was the show “Lupin III” that gave him the chance to direct both for the small screen as well as for the big screen with the second story about Lupin the Third in …

Children of the Corn

October 30th, 2015


“He wants you too, Malachai!"

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

The Innocents

October 23rd, 2015


“Don’t be frightened. It was only the wind, my dear."

Thus far, our series to celebrate Halloween — the Naughty Children series — hasn’t really been that scary. “The Bad Seed” is labeled a crime/drama/horror but comes …

Village of the Damned

October 16th, 2015


“Is there no limit to the power of these children?"

John Wyndham’s 1957 novel “The Midwich Cuckoos” is the foundation for Wolf Rilla’s 1960 film …

The Bad Seed

October 9th, 2015


“I thought I seen some mean little gals in my time, but you’re the meanest."

It’s October, which means it’s time for some scares! This year, we’re celebrating with those lovable little children who just are downright …

The Film Board Presents: The Martian

October 4th, 2015


“So… I blew myself up.”

The film board gathers! This month on the show, we’re dropping everything and working together to bring our man Mark Watney home from Mars in Ridley Scott’s latest, “The Martian.” This film, …


October 2nd, 2015


“Know your place. Keep your place. Be a shoe."

Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” made waves upon its US release because its distributor decided to give it a limited theatrical release the same day they released it digitally. …


September 25th, 2015


“You’re not even worth the dirt on my son’s toenail."

Bong Joon-ho’s follow-up feature to his massive success “The Host” was about a murder and the …

The Film Board Presents: Everest

September 21st, 2015


“Sit down man, acclimatize.”

The film board gathers! This month the gang of thugs has come together to answer the age-old question that has …

The Host

September 18th, 2015


“Is all of your family so dumb all the time?"

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

Sophie's Choice

September 11th, 2015


“The truth does not make it easier to understand, you know."

When a choice is referred to as a “Sophie’s Choice” most people understand that the …

The French Lieutenant's Woman

September 4th, 2015


“You have planted a dagger in me, and your damned freedom gives you license to twist it in my heart!"

Meryl Streep received her first nomination for …

Kramer vs. Kramer

August 28th, 2015


“I didn’t know it’d happen to me."

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

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

August 27th, 2015


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

In 237 episodes of The Next Reel and nearly 200 …

The Deer Hunter

August 21st, 2015


“One shot."

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

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

August 17th, 2015


“For a special agent, you’re not having a very special day, are you?"

The latest franchise to get hit with reboot fever is a 60s throw-back with class that’s getting wildly underserved theatrical notice. That’s right, …

Force Majeure

August 14th, 2015


“The truth is when reality is staring you in the face and you’re afraid to die, very few of us are heroic."

It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode, this time with our friends Per Johansson and Gustav Larsed …

Under the Cherry Moon

August 7th, 2015


“Yes, Christopher lived for all women, but he died for one."

Prince has always been a flamboyant and eclectic musician, and with the album and film “Purple Rain,” he found a new art form he enjoyed. And one he won an …


July 31st, 2015


“It’s not that I can’t help these people, it’s just that I don’t want to."

It’s time for some guilty pleasures! Yes, the two of us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — dig up some films that we love but are generally not …

Only Angels Have Wings

July 24th, 2015


“I thought you had enough of flyers?"

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

The Film Board Presents: Ant-Man

July 20th, 2015


“I want you to break into a place and steal some stuff."

The Film Board Gathers! This month the gang of thugs comes together for Marvel’s latest, Ant-Man. How does Scott Lang’s mini hero stand in the current Marvel …

The Roaring Twenties

July 17th, 2015


“He used to be a big shot."

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

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

July 10th, 2015


“You’re not a Senator, you’re an honorary stooge."

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


July 3rd, 2015

"I should hate to see our country endangered by my underwear."

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

Gone With The Wind

June 27th, 2015


“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn."

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


June 19th, 2015


“Time for a change."

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

The Film Board Presents: Jurassic World

June 15th, 2015


“The key to a happy life is to accept you are never actually in control.”

The Film Board Gathers! This month, we christen Jurassic World, the latest …

Sweet Smell of Success

June 12th, 2015


“Match me, Sidney."

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

Kings Row

June 5th, 2015


“Where’s the REST of me?!?!"

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

The Thin Man

May 29th, 2015


James Wong Howe is often cited as one of the most influential cinematographers there have been. He worked in film from the early days of the silents to the mid-70s when he received his last Oscar nomination for his …

Mad Max: Fury Road

May 22nd, 2015


In case you haven’t heard, everybody seems to be talking about “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Whether they’re talking about the silly fan theories about who Tom Hardy really is playing in this film, or the ‘meninist’ groups …

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

May 15th, 2015


While the first two Mad Max films had so much going for them, it sure seemed like a stumble with the third of the trilogy. But that’s looking at it through today’s eyes because some critics like Roger Ebert sure loved …

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

May 8th, 2015


With the international popularity of “Mad Max,” George Miller was excited to get back into the driver’s seat and continue with his hero as he …

The Film Board Presents: Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 6th, 2015


Film Board Assemble! This month the thugs gather to take on Joss Whedon’s next entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” How does the comic adaptation stand up to the original books? Does …

Mad Max

May 1st, 2015


“They say people don’t believe in heroes anymore. Well, damn them! You and me, Max, we’re going to give them back their heroes!"

George Miller’s film “Mad Max” came out in 1979 in Australia and became a huge success, …

Touch of Evil

April 24th, 2015


Orson Welles never was one who could direct in the Hollywood studio system without a hitch, and his last studio picture he directed, 1958’s “Touch of …

The Film Board Presents: Child 44

April 19th, 2015


Child 44 was supposed to be Oscar bait. Instead, its star-heavy cast is dragging it through opening weekend with a 27% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a deflated box office take. But why? This week, the film …

Ace in the Hole

April 17th, 2015


“Bad news sells best, because good news is no news."

From “Double Indemnity” in 1944 through “The Apartment” in 1960 (maybe even “One, Two, Three” in ’61), Billy Wilder really hit his stride. His films were all over the …

Out of the Past

April 10th, 2015


“You’re like a leaf that the wind blows from one gutter to another."

The two films most often cited as the ultimate representations of film noir are …

Scarlet Street

April 3rd, 2015


“I’ve wanted to laugh in your face ever since I first met you. You’re old and ugly and I’m sick of you! Sick! Sick! Sick!"

Fritz Lang may have often …


March 27th, 2015


“That’s life. Whichever way you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you."

There are good films noir and there are bad films noir. But rarely do you have a case like 1945’s “Detour,” directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, where …

The Film Board Presents: Insurgent

March 23rd, 2015


“It’s time we fight back. "

The Film Board Gathers! This month we take on the latest in the Divergent series, Insurgent! This time around, Tris Prior is battling her nemeses internal and external at the hand of director …

Double Indemnity

March 20th, 2015


Nobody knew they were making films noir when the genre started in the 40s — it wasn’t until much later when the French dubbed this new run of American films that had a darker bent with snappy dialogue, lots of shadows …

La Vie en Rose

March 13th, 2015


Biopics come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Olivier Dahan’s film “La Vie en Rose” detailing the life of Edith Piaf, one of France’s greatest singers and international stars, is a whirlwind of a film. Unlike biopics …

L.A. Confidential

March 6th, 2015


1997 was a big year for movies, and perhaps that’s because one of the biggest box office sensations — James Cameron’s “Titanic” — was released that …

Million Dollar Baby

February 27th, 2015


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 …


February 20th, 2015


It’s game time, folks! This current series consists of four films that for all intents and purposes are not related, except for one connection they …

The Film Board Presents: Kingsman: The Secret Service

February 16th, 2015


This is not the movie you think it is. At least, that's the take of our round table of thugs on the Film Board this week as we spoil "Kingsman: The …


February 13th, 2015


We love doing our Listener’s Choice episodes — it’s a great way for our listeners to get us to finally talk about movies about which conversations are long overdue. Cameron Ryan, our 2014 Pony Prize winner, got to pick …

Murder By Death

February 6th, 2015


Neil Simon saw Alec Guinness reading the script for “Star Wars” on the set of “Murder By Death,” and very soon after that, Guinness would be known as …

The Ladykillers

January 31st, 2015


Alec Guinness's Professor Marcus really meets his match with Katie Johnson's Mrs. Wilberforce in Alexander Mackendrick's 1955 Ealing Studios comedy "The Ladykillers," what some call the last great comedy from the …

The Man in the White Suit

January 23rd, 2015


Ealing Studios comedies, particularly the ones we’ve been talking about, have all had a bit of an anti-establishment feel to them but “The Man in the …

The Film Board Presents: Blackhat

January 19th, 2015


Chris Hemsworth gives his all in Michael Mann’s study of hacking new this week: “Blackhat.” If most computer films have historically failed the computer stuff, the consensus thus far is that Blackhat has delivered where …

The Lavender Hill Mob

January 16th, 2015


Sir Alec Guinness had already proven both his comedic and dramatic prowess by the time he came to Ealing Studios’ “The Lavender Hill Mob” in 1951, a point in his career when he was making two films a year. He’d continue …

Kind Hearts and Coronets

January 9th, 2015


Sir Alec Guinness may always be remembered as Obi Wan Kenobi, but his career goes far beyond those three little science fiction films he did late in his career. He worked many times with David Lean. He gave life to the …

The Poseidon Adventure

January 2nd, 2015


The end of 2014, the beginning of 2015. Happy New Year, everybody! And what a better way to celebrate than with Ronald Neame’s 1972 disaster classic “The Poseidon Adventure.” Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as …

The Bishop's Wife

December 25th, 2014


Happy holidays! It’s time for another Christmas movie pick to celebrate, and we’re jumping back to 1947 to talk about Henry Koster’s “The Bishop’s …

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

December 21st, 2014


Peter Jackson is back with another turn at the wheel of Middle Earth. This time, Bilbo and buddies are off to slay the dragon, fight ye olde Gold …

A Very Special Episode: Andy's Kidney

December 21st, 2014


Andy had a kidney removed earlier this week to donate to a friend. Pete took a few minutes to call and check in on his recovery, and see which movies he's been watching all week.

Requiem for a Dream

December 19th, 2014


Phew. This film should be required viewing for all high school seniors. It’s brutal and intense, but also honest and powerful in its depiction of …

The Exorcist

December 12th, 2014


It’s pretty rare for a film to come along that has such a visceral effect on people when they’re watching it where they faint or throw up because it’s so overwhelming. When “The Exorcist” was released just after …

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

December 5th, 2014


Ellen Burstyn won her Oscar for Best Actress for her powerful turn as Alice Hyatt in Martin Scorsese’s 1974 film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” …

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

November 28th, 2014


Joel and Ethan Coen must have a funny sense of humor, because the idea of making an “adaptation” of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ without having read it just seems like a bad idea when I picture anyone else doing it, but with …

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

November 23rd, 2014


Katnis and crew are back in part one of their journey against the Capitol. Things are grim, as evidenced by the jumpsuits and rubble, and the crying …

The Big Lebowski

November 21st, 2014


It seems appropriate to the character of the Dude that “The Big Lebowski” took its time finding its audience. Coming fresh on the heels of their first Oscar-winning hit, “Fargo,” the Coen Brothers’ 7th film had a …

Raising Arizona

November 14th, 2014


It’s time for some laughs! Kicking off our series of Coen brother comedies, we jump in with the second film of theirs, “Raising Arizona.” Coming after “Blood Simple,” they certainly went 180 degrees with this wild …

Defending Your Life

November 7th, 2014


It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode! For this round, listener Jeremy Wickett was chosen and gave us Albert Brooks’ 1991 film “Defending Your Life” to discuss. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we …

Apt Pupil

October 31st, 2014


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 …


October 24th, 2014


Rob Reiner could very easily get back to making films like he did in his heyday if he made another Stephen King adaptation. Seriously, “Stand By Me” …

The Film Board Presents: Fury

October 19th, 2014


The film board gathers to fully spoil Brad Pitt’s and David Ayers’ latest World War II Tank-a-palooza, “Fury.” First spoiler: it’s a war film, more …

Stand By Me

October 17th, 2014


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 …


October 10th, 2014


There's something about your first love, and there's something about your first car. Stephen King found an interesting way to tap into that with his novel "Christine," and John Carpenter found an interesting way to …

The Dead Zone

October 3rd, 2014


Back in the 70s and 80s, Stephen King's stories generally had a lot more scares in them, as did their cinematic equivalents. Perhaps that's why David Cronenberg's adaptation of "The Dead Zone" feels a bit out of place — …

The Film Board Presents: The Equalizer

October 1st, 2014


It’s throwback time on The Film Board as we take on Denzel Washington’s latest, The Equalizer. We take on all the various social constructs Denzel and director Antoine Fuqua look to equalize, from guns and home …


September 26th, 2014


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 …


September 19th, 2014


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

The Shining

September 12th, 2014


Stephen King may not have been a fan of what Stanley Kubrick did when he turned King’s third novel, “The Shining,” into one of his films, but audiences didn’t seem to mind. King purists still have problems with some of …

Labor Day

September 5th, 2014


There is something interesting about going into a film that's had as many bad reviews as Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" has had, and that has flopped at the box office. Does it taint our own views or make us more critical …

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

August 29th, 2014


The last of Leone's 'Man with no name' trilogy is the longest and considered by many to be the best. By the time he made it, he was a much more assured and mature storyteller. And it shows. Join us — Pete Wright and …

For a Few Dollars More

August 22nd, 2014


Sergio Leone continued building on the mythos that he and Clint Eastwood had created in "A Fistful of Dollars" with the follow-up, "For a Few Dollars …

A Fistful of Dollars

August 15th, 2014


Spaghetti Westerns didn't completely begin with Sergio Leone's 1964 film "A Fistful of Dollars," but his film certainly set a new bar — and created …

12 Monkeys

August 8th, 2014


Terry Gilliam has said that 'The Fisher King' and 'Twelve Monkeys' were two of the easiest films for him to make. Perhaps that's because he found the right way to work in the studio system, perhaps it's because he found …

The Film Board Presents: Guardians of the Galaxy

August 3rd, 2014


This, good people, is a summer tentpole we can get excited about. Director James Gunn has delivered a funny and frolicking space opera in “Guardians …

The Fisher King

August 1st, 2014


After the financial disaster that was 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,' Terry Gilliam needed a way to prove to the studio brass that he could …

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

July 25th, 2014


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 …


July 18th, 2014


Terry Gilliam has always been an ambitious director with wild visions for his films. Sometimes that’s worked out, sometimes it hasn’t. In the case of …

The Film Board Presents: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

July 13th, 2014


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

Time Bandits

July 11th, 2014


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 …


July 4th, 2014


Considering how much critics and audiences seem to hate Alex Proyas' 2009 film Knowing, it's surprising that it actually did fairly well at the box office. We don't know if that's proof that people actually like it, but …

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

June 27th, 2014


As someone once said, cult films aren't born, they're chosen. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension failed at the box office, …

Atlantic City

June 20th, 2014


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 …


June 13th, 2014


The late 70s and early 80s were a great time for Australian cinema. The filmmakers churned out lots of great (and cheap) movies and these movies helped create a resurgence of Australian films on the world cinematic …

The Film Board Presents: Edge of Tomorrow

June 8th, 2014


Tom Cruise is back in Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow,” tripping through time and trauma on the road to defeat an alien hoard. Here’s the weird thing …

An American Werewolf in London

June 6th, 2014


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 …


May 30th, 2014


Michael Mann has spent most of his film career exploring the world of crime and the criminals that inhabit it. Not to mention neon lighting. His feature film debut, Thief, certainly started him on the right track. Join …

Blow Out

May 23rd, 2014


Anyone who listens to the show knows that we have a love/hate relationship with Brian De Palma. With his 1981 film Blow Out, he makes one of his strongest films and lands squarely on the side of ‘love’ for us (thank the …

The Film Board Presents: Godzilla

May 21st, 2014


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

My Dinner with André

May 16th, 2014


My Dinner With Andre is certainly not an easy film to classify. It certainly is a film that could be considered divisive, but that's really between …

Escape from New York

May 9th, 2014


Many films in the early 80s continued the cynicism of the 70s, and that certainly holds true for a number of John Carpenter's films, who has used …

Das Boot

May 2nd, 2014


There are great years of cinema like 1999 when the films seem to redefine the direction of the medium. And then there are years that, while maybe not changing the nature of cinema, certainly have a lot of great …

The Matrix

April 25th, 2014


People often talk about the great movie year of 1999, and one of the great films that came out that year is 'The Matrix,' the film that made …

The Film Board Presents: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

April 21st, 2014


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


April 18th, 2014


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 …


April 11th, 2014


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, …


April 4th, 2014


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 …


March 28th, 2014


For many audience members, found footage films are just an opportunity to to film a horror story on the cheap and don't bring anything to the table. There are films, however, that work to use the filmmaking style to …

The Film Board Presents: Divergent

March 23rd, 2014


What better way to kick off the spring tentpole season than with the launch of another adaptation of a young adult novel. This time, it’s Veronica …

A League of Their Own

March 21st, 2014


Tom Hanks and baseball — they go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Aside from always wanting to be an astronaut, Hanks has always been a …

Apollo 13

March 14th, 2014


Tom Hanks already won his back-to-back Oscars and with an ensemble film like "Apollo 13," he wasn't a clear choice to get nominated again to make a …

Forrest Gump

March 7th, 2014


"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 …


February 28th, 2014


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 …


February 21st, 2014


It's a sad state to consider that Christopher Nolan had to fight to get money to make "Inception" because it wasn't a sequel, based on a comic book, …

The Film Board Presents: The Monuments Men

February 18th, 2014


Might be best to start off a conversation about George Clooney's latest, The Monuments Men, by telling you what this film is not. It's not a comedy. And in spite of its pedigree and subject matter, it's not all that …

The Abyss

February 14th, 2014


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

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

February 7th, 2014


In 1977, Devil's Tower went from being known as the first National Monument (for those who had actually heard of it) to the iconographic image marking the rendezvous point where the aliens want to meet the humans in …

In the Mood for Love

January 31st, 2014


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 • The Next Reel Shorts

January 30th, 2014


Richard Dysart is one of those faces that you instantly recognize. He's acted on the stage, on the movie screen and on the TV screen most of his life. In his films, he generally played strong supporting characters, …

Pale Rider

January 24th, 2014


"Pale Rider" marks Clint Eastwood's 10th time directing himself in a film, something he went on doing until 2008's "Gran Torino" and something he …

The Film Board Presents: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

January 19th, 2014


"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is worth exactly what you pay for it. And possibly slightly less. Such is the verdict of The Next Reel Film Board this month as we take on the Kenneth Branagh-helmed thriller. It's the fifth …

Being There

January 17th, 2014


Hal Ashby made a number of stand-out films in the 70s, films that looked at human nature in offbeat stories that didn't feel like they came from a …

The Day of the Locust

January 10th, 2014


There have been a good number of films made about the film industry, but few have taken such a dark and surreal look at the Hollywood machine as John …

The Hudsucker Proxy

January 3rd, 2014


Happy New Year! To ring in 2014, we wanted to find a tie-in to the new year so landed on 1994's Coen brothers comedy, "The Hudsucker Proxy." Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we delve back into the comedies …

Christmas in Connecticut

December 27th, 2013


It's the holiday season again which means it's time for us — Pete and Andy — to talk about another holiday classic! Join us as we talk about Peter …

City of God

December 20th, 2013


It's easy to compare "City of God" to "GoodFellas" — they both have a frenetic filmmaking style, they both revolve around youth growing up in a world …

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

December 16th, 2013


Winding his way back and forth across the expanse of Middle Earth, Peter Jackson brings us his second stab at “The Hobbit” with “The Desolation of …

Yi Yi

December 13th, 2013


Even though Edward Yang's final film, "Yi Yi, A One and a Two," was critically acclaimed, it is a long film and requires patience, the right frame of mind when watching, or something similar to really connect with the …

Run Lola Run

December 6th, 2013


"Run Lola Run" came out during a period when lots of unique and truly fantastic films were opening up in theaters. Luckily for Lola, it was equally …

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

November 29th, 2013


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 …


November 22nd, 2013


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 …


November 15th, 2013


David Mamet's always one to put cons in his films, even when the film is a fight film taking place in the world of mixed martial arts. His 2008 film, "Redbelt," feels like a mash-up of genres — a con film, a fight film, …

The Film Board Presents: Thor: The Dark World

November 11th, 2013


We're headed back to Asgard this week as we gather the Film Board to take on "Thor: The Dark World"! Join Andy Nelson, Pete Wright, Steve Sarmento, …

The Spanish Prisoner

November 8th, 2013


David Mamet has made a name for himself as a playwright, as a screenwriter, as an author, and as a writer/director. His fifth film that he wrote and directed, "The Spanish Prisoner," didn't make many waves when it came …

Say Anything

November 1st, 2013


In 1989, Cameron Crowe made his directorial debut with what many consider to be one of his best films, "Say Anything..." It wasn't one of the top films at the box office that year, but it certainly found its audience …

The Film Board Presents: Gravity

October 28th, 2013


We’re on a trip to space with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in this month’s Film Board review of Cuaron & Son’s astro-tacular, *Gravity*. …

Sleepless in Seattle

October 25th, 2013


While romantic comedies may be dead in our current day and age, they were alive and well 20 years ago when Norah Ephron’s “Sleepless in Seattle” came out. And what sort of hurdle did they put between the couple to keep …

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

October 18th, 2013


Peter Sollett was an indie film director that got his 'big' Hollywood break with 2008's Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, a simple, honest sweet …

About a Boy

October 11th, 2013


We continue our Romantic Comedy series with a film that really puts that genre to the test — 2002's About a Boy, directed by Chris and Paul Weitz. Is …

(500) Days of Summer

October 4th, 2013


It's October, which must mean it's time for another month of horror, right? Wrong! This month, we're turning the tables on all the Freddies and Jasons and Michaels and will be spending the month talking about romantic …

The Blob (1958)

September 27th, 2013


It was the genius mind of producer Jack Harris who saw potential in combining two popular 50s genres — the horror sci-fi films and the teen …

The Film Board Presents: Prisoners

September 22nd, 2013


The next time your young daughter asks you if she can take Joy to your house on the other side of the neighborhood, the correct answer is a resounding "no." Such is the lesson from this week's Film Board subject, Denis …

The World's End

September 20th, 2013


Hellllllloooooooooo! Welcome to episode #100 of The Next Reel, everybody! And what a better way to celebrate than to finish the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy series that we started in March 2012 with our episode on …

No Country for Old Men

September 13th, 2013


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, …


September 6th, 2013


Joel and Ethan Coen may have won big at Cannes with "Barton Fink," but it wasn't until 1996's "Fargo" was nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, and won Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Original …

Barton Fink

August 30th, 2013


"Barton Fink" was the crowning glory of the Cannes Film Festival when it premiered there in May 1991. Critics heaped their praises on it. But it never really connected with the audience and hence was a box office …

The Film Board Presents: You're Next

August 27th, 2013


Spoiler alert — the crew is as divided on "You're Next" as we have ever been on this show. Director Adam Wingard's home invasion horror romp has been hailed as "clever," "deliciously twisted," and that it "streamlines …

Miller's Crossing

August 23rd, 2013


For their third film, the Coen brothers decided to again make something completely different from what they've done before. With "Miller's Crossing," they made a gangster picture that honors conventions of the genre …

Blood Simple

August 16th, 2013


"Blood Simple," released in film festivals in 1984 and theatrically in 1985, found as many detractors as it did fans initially, but no one can argue that it was all that the filmmaking duo of Joel and Ethan Coen needed …

It Happened One Night

August 9th, 2013


In 1934, a little film studio released what they thought would be a minor but fun little film called "It Happened One Night." That film went on to …

The Night of the Hunter

August 2nd, 2013


Charles Laughton is most known for his larger than life performances in films from the 30s through the 60s, but he did have one chance to direct which came in the form of 1955's The Night of the Hunter, a film he also …

The Film Board Presents: The Wolverine

July 29th, 2013


The Film Board gathers! It's a full house this week as we take on the latest clawed brawler from Marvel, "The Wolverine." The crew agrees: there are …

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

July 26th, 2013


William Goldman is often credited as the first screenwriter to sell a spec script, meaning he wrote a script without getting paid for it then sold it …

True Romance

July 19th, 2013


Quentin Tarantino's first script that he wrote turned out to be one he couldn't get made himself. Lucky for us (or unlucky as some Tarantino fans …

Midnight Run

July 12th, 2013


Infrequent filmmaker Martin Brest may have directed the box office bombs Gigli and Meet Joe Black, but he also directed the huge critical and commercial successes Beverly Hills Cop and Scent of a Woman. Somewhere in the …

The Killing

July 5th, 2013


Stanley Kubrick's 3rd film, "The Killing," was a box office bomb due to a poor release plan from United Artists and virtually no marketing. Luckily, the film was critically praised and has grown in stature since its …

Inside Man

June 28th, 2013


After director Ron Howard dropped out from "Inside Man" to instead re-team with Russell Crowe on "Cinderella Man," producer Brian Grazer ended up turning to an unlikely director to make this fun heist film — Spike Lee. …

The Film Board Presents: World War Z

June 23rd, 2013


The curse is broken! The Film Board gathers and we finally have a movie that all of us like! It's Brad Pitt against the world's nasty plague problem on the show this week and Steve, Andy, and Pete talk about why you …

The Town

June 21st, 2013


Ben Affleck made a smart move when he decided to start directing films. He had made some bad career moves as an actor and was fizzling out. With his 2007 directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone," he proved he had chops — and …

The Bank Job

June 14th, 2013


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 …


June 7th, 2013


Woody Allen has made some great films and he's made some stinkers, but he is a man who consistently cranks films out year after year. In 2006, his film "Scoop" happened to have a stage magician in it and, because of …

The Film Board Presents: Now You See Me

June 3rd, 2013


It's a Very Special Episode for this month's Film Board gathering. Today on the show, Steve Sarmento and Chadd Stoops join Andy Nelson and Pete Wright to take on the great Next Reel Crossover with Now You See Me — a …

The Illusionist

May 30th, 2013


2006 was quite the year for movies about stage magicians, and as our series continues, we've decided to focus solely on the 3 films dealing with …

The Prestige

May 24th, 2013


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


May 17th, 2013


After writing his teleplay for "Marty," it wasn't long before Hollywood asked Paddy Chayefsky to adapt his script for a feature film. And it's a good …

The Hospital

May 10th, 2013


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 …


May 3rd, 2013


It's easy for us on this show to talk at great length about Sidney Lumet's 1976 film "Network" as it's one of our all-time favorites. Both a scathing indictment of the TV industry and a reality check for people's …

The Outlaw Josey Wales

April 26th, 2013


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 …


April 19th, 2013


Brian De Palma had been making feature films for almost a decade before he made Carrie in 1976, but it was this film that became his first blockbuster and really pushed him to the next level. By making an adaptation of …

The Film Board Presents: 42

April 14th, 2013


The Film Board gathers to take on this weekend's new release, "42". This Jackie Robinson biopic comes with some misgivings, not the least of which comes in writer-director Brian Helgeland's script. The Board is moved …

Taxi Driver

April 12th, 2013


We're continuing our 1976 series with Martin Scorsese's gritty film Taxi Driver, one of his greatest and arguably most talked about films. Based on a …

Marathon Man

April 5th, 2013


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 …


March 29th, 2013


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 …


March 22nd, 2013


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 …


March 15th, 2013


We continue our Original Science Fiction series with Danny Boyle's 2007 film, Sunshine. It's a film that stands out as a highlight in sci-fi films for its magnificent vision depicting mankind needing to travel to the …

The Film Board Presents: Oz the Great and Powerful

March 11th, 2013


The Film Board gathers to take on Disney's latest trip to the Emerald Kingdom. This week on the show, Steve Sarmento and Tom Metz join Andy and Pete …

Dark City

March 8th, 2013


With all the franchises, spin-offs and films based on other mediums these days, it seems rare to find original sci-fi films. That inspired us to do a series of original sci-fi films, and we're starting with one of our …

The Sandlot

March 1st, 2013


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 …


February 22nd, 2013


It's spring training season again, and we're back to discuss more baseball movies! In 2011, Bennett Miller directed Moneyball, a fascinating film — one of our favorites — that details the 2002 season of the Oakland A's, …

Prizzi's Honor

February 15th, 2013


It's Valentine's Day, and what better way to end our current John Huston series than with his 1985 romantic mafia comedy, Prizzi's Honor? Huston was struggling with his health in the 80s but still a vibrant and …

The Film Board Presents: Side Effects

February 11th, 2013


The band is back together! And this month, the illustrious TNR Film Board gathers ranks to take on Steven Soderbergh's "final" film, "Side Effects". Haven't seen it yet? Don't worry, we'll spoil it for you, but it won't …

The Asphalt Jungle

February 8th, 2013


When people list off caper films, it's a long list that comes to mind — Ocean's Eleven, Rififi, The Killing, The Ladykillers, Kelly's Heroes, The Italian Job, The Usual Suspects, even more recently Inception — but the …

Key Largo

February 1st, 2013


In 1948, John Huston managed to crank out two of his most well-known films — The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, a masterpiece that received many …

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

January 25th, 2013


It's a classic (and oft misquoted) line from one of the greatest films of all time, John Huston's classic film from 1948, "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." This week, join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we …

The Maltese Falcon

January 18th, 2013


That's right, ladies and gentlemen, this week join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we talk about one of the most unforgettable films in the history of cinema, "The Maltese Falcon." As a part of our periodic and …

Zero Dark Thirty

January 12th, 2013


Divisive before it even opened, Kathryn Bigelow's film Zero Dark Thirty depicts, in a very procedural way, the steps it took to find Bin Laden after …

The Hurt Locker

January 4th, 2013


Kathryn Bigelow made a big change in her career direction as a film director when she made 2009's "The Hurt Locker." While it still had the adrenaline action sensibilities she displayed in her prior films, this film was …

Strange Days

December 28th, 2012


Based on a dream James Cameron had in 1985, Strange Days came out in 1995 and strangely took place only 4 years in the future — during the 48 hours leading up to the year 2000. Cameron's ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, helmed …

Christmas in July

December 21st, 2012


Happy holidays, everybody! It's time for our annual holiday episode here on The Next Reel. This year, we — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — are talking …

The Film Board Presents: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

December 16th, 2012


The Hobbit had landed in HFR 3D glory! Join us for this special episode of The Next Reel Film Board as we take on Peter Jackson's latest contribution to Middle Earth. This month's contributors Steve Sarmento and Chadd …

The Fifth Element

December 14th, 2012


There's something about the wacky sci-fi fantasy eye-gasm The Fifth Element that is very divisive. On one side, it's a bizarre, nonsensical, mess that hardly has a story worth talking about. On the other, it's …

Léon: The Professional

December 7th, 2012


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, …


November 30th, 2012


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 …


November 23rd, 2012


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 …


November 16th, 2012


One of John Frankenheimer's best films came late in his career — 1998's Ronin. A seemingly simple story about a group of mercenaries who take a job trying to get a mysterious case is twisted around with double-crosses …

The French Connection

November 9th, 2012


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 …


November 2nd, 2012


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

The Film Board Presents: Cloud Atlas

October 29th, 2012


The Film Board gathers to take on "Cloud Atlas", the epic journey of a whole lot of Toms Hanks and Hallies Berry. Join Andy Nelson, Pete Wright, and …

The Descent

October 26th, 2012

"Hey, there's something down here."

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

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

October 19th, 2012

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

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

28 Days Later • The Next Reel

October 12th, 2012

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

The Thing • The Next Reel

October 5th, 2012


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 …

Looper • The Film Board

September 30th, 2012


In spite of schedule complications, the Film Board goes on. This month, Pete and Andy talk Looper staring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis.

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

September 28th, 2012

"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 21st, 2012

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

Rush • The Next Reel

September 14th, 2012

"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 7th, 2012


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 31st, 2012

"I used to hate the water." "I can't imagine why."

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

The Sting • The Next Reel

August 24th, 2012


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


"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 Film Board

August 12th, 2012


Join the goodly Chadd Stoops, Mike Evans, Steve Sarmento, Andy Nelson, and Pete Wright to talk Bourne. We talk Chaos Cinema. We talk Jeremy Renner and the Brothers Gilroy. At one point, Steve gets so mad he disappears. …

The Bourne Legacy • The Next Reel

August 11th, 2012


"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 3rd, 2012


"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 27th, 2012


"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 Dark Knight Rises • The Film Board

July 22nd, 2012


The Board Gathers! In this week's special Movies We Like Google Hangout, Andy Nelson and Pete Wright are joined by regulars Chadd Stoops and Steve …

The Bourne Identity • The Next Reel

July 20th, 2012


"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 13th, 2012


"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


"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


"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


"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 Film Board

June 16th, 2012


The Film Board Gathers! This week, we come together to see if Andy and Pete were right about Prometheus.

Hey! You know what would be awesome? If you …

Prometheus • The Next Reel

June 15th, 2012


"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


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

June 1st, 2012


"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 25th, 2012


"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 18th, 2012


"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 11th, 2012


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 4th, 2012


"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 27th, 2012


"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 20th, 2012


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 13th, 2012


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 6th, 2012


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 30th, 2012


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 23rd, 2012


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 16th, 2012


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 • The Next Reel

January 13th, 2012


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


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


Greetings and salutations, movie lovers! In tonight's episode, we'll wrap up 2011 and our Charlie Kaufman trilogy with 2004's Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry. Kaufman won the Oscar for …

We're No Angels (1955) • The Next Reel

December 23rd, 2011

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

Adaptation. • The Next Reel

December 16th, 2011


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

Being John Malkovich • The Next Reel

December 9th, 2011

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

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

December 2nd, 2011

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

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

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade • The Next Reel

November 25th, 2011

“Our situation has not improved“

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

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom • The Next Reel

November 18th, 2011

"What is Sankara?"   ”Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory."

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

Raiders of the Lost Ark • The Next Reel

November 11th, 2011

"Throw me the idol, I throw you the whip!"

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

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