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Dead Ringers • The Next Reel

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 filmmaker like David Cronenberg would do. Cronenberg used the boost of success to get a complex, psychological drama made, and while it may not have paid off at the box office, it’s become an essential work of the director that pulls elements from his body horror films while moving him into the more psychological examinations he would explore...


2019-11-09 - Saturday Matinée

There is no living actor better than a dead James Dean, apparently. Kung Fury is now furiouser. Corridor Crew can see the future. Original Ghostbusters cast is coming back. A League of Their Own heads to the Amazon. The BankerThe LodgeColor out of SpaceTHE LIST! Characters that exist only on screens Andy’s List Contact1984OblivionSteve’s List The Purple Rose of CairoBack to the Future Part IIThe Icicle ThiefPete’s List HerForrest GumpMax Headroom


Videodrome • The Next Reel

“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 will find that there is often a lot to unpack. They’re more artistic and have a lot more to chew on than most horror films. To that end, this reviewer’s comment about Cronenberg makes perfect sense. But does that mean what Cronenberg is trying to say with his films always...


2019-11-02 - Saturday Matinée

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 Disney vaulting everything again? Les MisérablesSafe SpacesSorry We Missed YouTHE LIST! Head explosions! Andy’s List License to KillGrindhouseThe Running ManSteve’s List Mars AttacksDeadly FriendGalaxy of TerrorPete’s List The FurySaw IIIFinal Destination 3


Scanners • The Next Reel

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 stands out a bit in his work. That being said, the body horror elements certainly crop up in the gruesome effects he uses. But is he hiding a nonsense story in atmosphere? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Cronenberg series with Scanners. We talk about...


2019-10-26 - Saturday Matinée

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, NOW, Max for Studio Ghibli. BloodshotCosmosTHE LIST! Terrible movie moms! Steve’s List Friday the 13thSpanking the MonkeyWild At HeartPete’s List Dead-AliveHellraiserThe Hand that Rocks the Cradle


The Brood • The Next Reel

“Raglan encouraged my body to revolt against me… and it did.” After going through a difficult divorce and custody battle, David Cronenberg decided to integrate elements of that part of his life into his screenplay for The Brood. It’s not an obvious parallel to his life, but when you know it’s there, it’s easy to see. Does that integration of his own life’s battles into the film help make it a stronger one than his previous ones? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our...


Zombieland Double Tap • The Film Board

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 original, and the marketing wasn’t shy about bringing up how its stars have shifted. So has anything changed in the land of Z since Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Woody Harrelson have hauled in so many awards and Nominations? Join Tommy, Pete and JJ to catalog...


2019-10-19 - Saturday Matinée

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 see it. Adopt a HighwayThe OutsiderRabidTHE LIST! Evil Corporations! Steve’s List Michael ClaytonErin BrokovitchOffice SpaceAndy’s List DuplicityThe InsiderThe CorporationPete’s List Alien FranchiseJohnny MnemonicWall•E


Fast Company • The Next Reel

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 movie. But to Cronenberg, he views it as one of his many children, and like kids, they each are their own unique being. For fans of his films and those who study them, however, does it represent Cronenberg as a filmmaker very well? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we...


Woman Walks Ahead • Trailer Rewind

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 clear that he will follow Jessica Chastain anywhere. Neither Steve nor JJ are aficionados of American history. While this is an interesting story to be told, they both failed to find an emotional connection to a truly tragic story. All of the pieces for a gorgeously shot and heart-wrenching tale are present, but something gets in the way and...


2019-10-12 - Saturday Matinée

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 movies... it's the CotCCU! Disney looking to buy Spidey for $5 billion? Tom Hardy trolling with costumes. There are no Easter eggs in Joker. RIP Robert Forster. The TurningMickey and the BearTHE LIST! Medical procedures gone horribly wrong! Andy’s List The Truman...


Rabid • The Next Reel

“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 differences, but largely, the stories have a lot of similarities. That being said, there are definite signs of growth for this storyteller, and as far as his body horror films, there is a big step up with his second film. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue...


2019-10-05 - Saturday Matinée

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 series and a new film. Free Guy is coming. The GentlemanThe Personal History of David CopperfieldTHE LIST! Movies that take place in a single location! Steve’s List BuriedExamCluePete’s List Free FireDeathtrapCube


Shivers • The Next Reel

“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 came to early in his career. When looking at his first theatrical feature, Shivers, it’s perhaps easy to see why he was dubbed with this moniker, and also easy to see why it stuck. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our David Cronenberg series with his 1975 film Shivers. We talk about the nature of Cronenberg’s films and...


2019-09-28 • Saturday Matinée

Spidey makes peace between Sony and Marvel. Go learn something about Salmon P. Chase. K.Feig is going to make a Star Wars movie. More Joker controversy. The Irishman is looking to be gold. NoelleUncut GemsTHE LIST! Stolen Identities! Pete's List Lucky Number SlevinLife of BrianZeligAndy's List The ImposterThe Great DictatorFace/Off


Robin Hood (2010) • The Next Reel

“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 myth that pitted a Sherlock Holmes-like Sheriff of Nottingham against the villainous Robin, little did anyone realize where it would end up. After years of rewrites, Scott had the version of the myth that he wanted to make, taking on a much more historical angle placing Robin in the middle of the political machinations leading to the Magna...


2019-09-21 • Saturday Matinée

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 space people. AMC doesn't know what "artisan" means. In the Tall GrassHarrietThe Rhythm SectionTHE LIST! Breaking the fourth wall! Steve’s List Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Banglisten to the TNR episodeRubber24 Hour Party PeopleAndy’s List AmelieThe Big ShortOn Her Majesty's Secret ServicePete’s List Funny GamesGoodfellasJCVD


Robin Hood: Men In Tights • The Next Reel

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 hold up. So where did his sendup of the Robin Hood myths end up? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Robin Hood series with Brooks’ 1993 film Robin Hood: Men in Tights. We talk about parody films and look at why a parody film of the Robin Hood films, particularly Prince of Thieves from two years earlier, seemed like a good...


Leave No Trace • Trailer Rewind

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 in his hometown of Portland, but it's PG-rating was certain to guarantee that this would be an anxiety-free viewing experience for him. Steve and JJ follow the story of Will and his daughter Tom from wilderness to civilization and discuss the perils and choices that face them in both places. JJ provides some geography lessons and speculates...