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Le Trou • The Next Reel

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 subgenre of crime films, the policiers, which in turn inspired many American filmmakers. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our new series on French crime films with Jacques Becker’s 1960 prison breakout movie, Le Trou. We look at the nature of prison break movies and what filmmakers do to get us to side with these criminals as...


2020-02-15 • Saturday Matinée

Oscars recap. Fathom Events and King Kong.The Batman camera test. The French DispatchThe Green KnightTHE LIST! Over-the-Top Supervillains! Andy’s List The Silence of the LambsKill Bill Volume 1Sky HighSteve’s List The Fifth ElementThe ProfessionalBlue VelvetDodgeball


Life of the Party • The Next Reel

“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 McCarthy and Ben Falcone proved that the third time’s a charm with Life of the Party. Of course, ‘charm’ may not be the most accurate word as the film was reviewed fairly poorly, but if it hadn’t been reviewed poorly, it wouldn’t fit into our current guilty pleasure series! Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up this year’s Guilty...


2020-02-08 • Saturday Matinée

Kirk Douglas passes. Dune logo reveal. Is it a movie or a game?. Harry Potter makes Clue better... weirdly. SAW: SpiralThe Roads Not TakenThe Jesus RollsThe Mothman Legacy Documentary”Big Game” Spot | Marvel Studios | Disney+THE LIST! One-off comic movies!! Andy’s List PersepolisOver the HedgeRoad to PerditionPete’s List WantedA History of ViolenceThe FountainSteve’s List Scott Pilgrim vs. The WorldGhost WorldThe Extraordinary Adventures Of Adèle Blanc-SecRob’s List DaredevilMystery...


Hudson Hawk • The Next Reel

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 seemed to give him the clout he needed to do his own rewrites on the action thriller he was working on at the time, Hudson Hawk. Through his vision, this film became goofier and very Looney Tunes-esque. Unfortunately, the marketing stuck with the action side of Willis and the film flopped in the States. But it’s a quirky film that found its audience...


2020-02-01 • Saturday Matinée

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 movies that might be reachers. Our LadiesVivariumIrresistibleTHE LIST! #metoo movies! Steve’s List Thelma & LouiseTootsieLegally BlondeAndy’s List BombshellThe WifeOutragePete’s List SuffragetteSecretaryWorking Girl


The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas • The Next Reel

“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 when he was asked by his recent collaborator Dolly Parton to direct her next film, the adaptation of the Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. While coming on board a relatively put together story may not have allowed Higgins to craft the story his way, the project still did fit with the types of stories about outsiders that he...


The Gentlemen • Film Board

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 turn of the Century sure, but we’ve got a fresh take on Guy Ritchie gold that came out in theaters this week with The Gentlemen. Naturally, we want to take a nip of this particular concoction and see how it holds up to the good old recipe of the past. This one has a fun cast of fan favorites with Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnum, Michelle...


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

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 honored to have one of the filmmakers with us to talk about it... a filmmaker who happens to be one of our very own. Join Pete Wright, Steve Sarmento, and Andy Nelson as we grill writer/director Tommy Handsome on the long road of production and release of his first feature...


9 to 5 • The Next Reel

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...


2020-01-18 • Saturday Matinée

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


Foul Play • The Next Reel

“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...


2020-01-11 • Saturday Matinée

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...


Silver Streak • The Next Reel

“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...


2020-01-04 • Saturday Matinée

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...


Harold and Maude • The Next Reel

“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...


Silver Streak • The Next Reel

“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...


The Next Reel Top 25 Films of the Last Ten Years

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.


All of Me • The Next Reel

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...


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker • Film Board

“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,...