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9 to 5 • The Next Reel

1/23/2020
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When Jane Fonda and her producing partner Bruce Gilbert brought Colin Higgins on to rewrite Patricia Resnick’s workplace drama, they knew they were going to shift the story to a comedy instead. They also knew that Higgins would flesh out the three female protagonists at the core of the story. What they also got was an incredibly well-structured script that was full of wild humor while also keeping the characters honest and grounded. Considering these were features that Higgins consistently...

Duration:01:11:48

2020-01-18 • Saturday Matinée

1/20/2020
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Letterboxd strategies. Take Waititi has been attached to a Star Wars project... whatever that means. Colin Trevorrow's script has leaked. Plus a list of great Hitchcock homages and trailers moving in the opposite direction. Guns AkimboThe Night ClerkTHE LIST! Hitchcock Homages! Pete's List TranssiberianThree Days of the CondorCharadeSteve’s List FranticBlue VelvetBody Double

Duration:01:08:50

Foul Play • The Next Reel

1/16/2020
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“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 he wrote gave Colin Higgins enough clout to finally direct. As a clear fan of Hitchcock’s work, he delivered his second comedy thriller that felt very much an homage to Hitchcock in Foul Play, and he delivered another box office hit. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as...

Duration:01:27:03

2020-01-11 • Saturday Matinée

1/13/2020
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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 Year-in-Review. UncagedBirds of Prey Trailer 2THE LIST! Movie Bruisers! Andy’s List Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove played by Mad Dog in The Raid played by Yayan Ruhian_Lurtz from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring played by Lawrence MakoarePete’s List Boba Fett in...

Duration:00:48:13

Silver Streak

1/9/2020
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“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, and he was partial to the thrillers on trains. What we got – and what Arthur Hiller deftly directed – was Silver Streak. What we also got was the legendary comedy pairing of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, two comedians who would end up making three more films together after this. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Colin...

Duration:01:02:32

2020-01-04 • Saturday Matinée

1/6/2020
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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 trailers for 2020! Gretel & HanselA Quiet Place Part IITHE LIST! Curious Movie Car Conversions Pete’s List The Dukes of Hazard 1968 Dodge ChargerMad Max: Fury Road The GigahorseThe Spy Who Loved Me 1975 Lotus Esprit TurboAndy’s List Dumb & Dumber 1989 Ford EconolineGhostbusters 1959 Cadillac Miller MeteorBack to the Future 1981 De Lorean...

Duration:00:49:55

Harold and Maude • The Next Reel

1/2/2020
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“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 right people at the right time while still in school. Of course, he also proved right out of the gate that he was incredibly talented, which always helps. His first script, Harold and Maude, was written as his thesis project while at UCLA, and even if he didn’t end up getting to direct it, with Hal Ashby on board, he was able to be involved from...

Duration:01:10:40

Silver Streak • The Next Reel

12/31/2019
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“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, and he was partial to the thrillers on trains. What we got – and what Arthur Hiller deftly directed – was Silver Streak. What we also got was the legendary comedy pairing of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, two comedians who would end up making three more films together after this. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our...

Duration:01:02:32

The Next Reel Top 25 Films of the Last Ten Years

12/30/2019
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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, Steve, and Pete (with Tommy reporting with a list) representing 2010-2019.

Duration:02:04:24

All of Me

12/26/2019
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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 not always make money). He had proven that he could do over-the-top goofball comedy, more serious roles, and more straight-forward comedy in which he plays a regular person. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we conclude our series on Martin’s early career with Carl Reiner’s final film with him, 1984’s All of Me. We talk about Martin and...

Duration:01:04:34

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker • Film Board

12/24/2019
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“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 Saga from that Star Wars galaxy far, far away. It will likely be impossible for us to talk about this without revealing major spoilers about this film that’s 42 years in the making, so tune in if you’re cool with sapping some of the surprises or go see it and then check in with us here as our conversation goes deep into its story, its execution,...

Duration:00:57:23

2019-12-21 • Saturday Matinée

12/23/2019
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Be prepared to drop $300 for the full Skywalker Saga 4k. Porsche has a ship in the movie. Wakanda dropped as US free trade partner. Cats reviews are amazing. Plus a list of great movie dog fetches. Saint MaudIn The HeightsTENETTHE LIST! Dog Fetches! Andy’s List BoltThe BurbsIsle of DogsSteve’s List YojimboWild at HeartHousePete’s List Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of FearJohn Wick 3: ParabellumHachi: A Dog's Tale

Duration:01:02:30

The Lonely Guy

12/19/2019
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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 characterizations. Because of that, seeing him play a pretty normal, non-affected straight guy in Arthur Hiller’s comedy The Lonely Guy almost seemed a bit of a surprise. Surely, Martin was looking for a variety of parts so he could show off what we could do, so it makes sense. The film...

Duration:00:46:03

Anna and the Apocalypse • Trailer Rewind

12/17/2019
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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 holiday film? Is there such a thing as a zombie holiday film? In a genre that’s on its 3rd wave of popularity is it possible to create a fresh take? Based on the trailer for Anna and The Apocalypse, Steve was ready to host a sing-along at his house. JJ is not a horror fan, but what about musicals? Will he have a song in his heart? A musical...

Duration:00:42:12

2019-12-14 • Saturday Matinée

12/16/2019
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Andy says you should check out Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party. People are upset about award nominations. Pee-wee is coming around the block again. We do some re-ranking and Steve has seen the movies this time. GreedWonder Woman 1984Ghostbusters: AfterlifeTHE LIST! People falling out of "high places" and into "bodies of water" — Soft Water Andy’s List The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersConstantineTrue LiesSteve’s List The Nice GuysBourne UltimatumDeath Becomes HerPete’s...

Duration:01:11:43

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

12/14/2019
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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. Like what you hear, but you’ve never heard of The Nerd Critic? No worries! Just head over to reelcontender.com, or find them in Himalaya, Apple Podcasts, or anywhere else you get your podcasts. Like we do! Enjoy the show, and be on the lookout for a little Next Reel...

Duration:01:18:35

The Man With Two Brains • The Next Reel

12/12/2019
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"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 comedy from The Jerk, to make The Man With Two Brains. There is a clear sense here that they enjoy playing with conventions from mad scientist films, but it’s not as much an homage like their last film. It also feels like they’ve grown quite a bit in their comedy writing,...

Duration:00:55:07

2019-12-07 - Saturday Matinée

12/9/2019
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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 re-ranking and deliver a list of nine solid black and white films! Black WidowNo Time To DieMulanTHE LIST! Modern black and white films Pete’s List NebraskaEd WoodGood Night, and Good LuckSteve’s List Cold WarThe Last Picture ShowThe GiverAndy’s List Embrace of the...

Duration:01:14:28

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

12/5/2019
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“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 the idea of acting in a scene opposite characters in other movies, they thought it was pretty funny and thought it would be even funnier if they could do an entire movie that way. It took some work to get there, but they managed to pull off a pretty clever film in Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, even if they devolve into dumb comedy at times. Join...

Duration:00:57:08

2019-11-30 • Saturday Matinée

12/2/2019
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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 TV. Apple did one too. Netflix does the movies that made us. True History of the Kelly GangThree ChristsRide Like A GirlTHE LIST! Comedians making a turn to drama! Pete’s List The HustlerFoxcatcherThe Skeleton TwinsSteve’s List Man on the MoonDan In Real LifeThe Color PurpleAndy’s List The King of ComedyCollateralJo jo Dancer, Your Life...

Duration:01:10:53