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Interview With "Mary Poppins Returns" Director, Rob Marshall

Rob Marshall has become the go-to director in Hollywood for lavish productions. With his Best Picture winning musical "Chicago," to his other musicals "Nine" and "Into The Woods" to the newly released Disney sequel to "Mary Poppins," titled "Mary Poppins Returns," Marshall has cemented quite a legacy for himself in both theatre and film. Rob was kind enough to take a few minutes to talk about his work on "Mary Poppins Returns" with us here on the Next Best Picture Podcast. Check out more on...


Episode 125 - BAFTA Nomination Reactions, Critics Choice Predictions & "Velvet Buzzsaw" Trailer

For Episode 125, Will Mavity, Cody Dericks, Jacey Aldredge, Tom O'Brien, Liam Heffernan and myself give you our reactions to the BAFTA nominations, the DGA nominations, our Critics Choice Predictions (which might be dated depending on when you listen to this considering the show is tonight) and our final FYC pitches before Academy ballots are turned in. We also discuss the polls, the trailer for "Velvet Buzzsaw, answer your questions on air and more! Check out more on


"The Upside"

We are in the middle of the awards race, in know what that means? It means we have entered the part of the year casually known as the "dumping ground" for movies. The kind of films the studios have to release but don't really know what to do with them. With controversy surrounding its stars and its production, "The Upside" gave myself and Kt Schaefer plenty to talk about despite being an early contender for one of the year's worst films. Listen below to find out why. Check out...


Interview With "Incredibles 2" Director, Brad Bird

Brad Bird has become one of the most successful directors in recent memory. He has given us instant classics such as "The Iron Giant," "The ​Incredibles," "Ratatouille" and now "Incredibles 2." He has also directed the live-action films "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" "Tomorrowland." With such a prolific career, we were lucky enough to get a few minutes of his time to talk about his past and upcoming work here on the Next Best Picture Podcast. Check out more on


"The Sixth Sense"

THIS IS A PREVIEW PODCAST. NOT THE FULL REVIEW. Please check out the full review on our Patreon Page by subscribing over at - For this month's Patreon review on the Next Best Picture Podcast, I am joined by Josh Parham & Dan Bayer as we get ready for M. Night Shyamalan's latest film "Glass." We do this by revisiting the famous director's hit 1999 film, "The Sixth Sense." How does the film hold up within Shyamalan's filmography? Does it have more to it...


Episode 124 - Golden Globe Reactions, Kevin Hart Not Hosting The Oscars & The Guilds Begin

For Episode 124, Will Mavity, Michael Schwartz, DeAnn Knighton, Josh Parham, guest Ryan McQuade from InSession Film and myself have a lot to talk about this week. We give you our reactions to the bizarre highs and lows of the Golden Globe Awards, weigh in on the Kevin Hart Oscar hosting debacle and our thoughts on the first wave of guilds which have announced their nominations as we get closer to the Oscar nominations on January 22nd. Check out more on Please subscribe...



For this week's podcast film review, it's just Ryan C. Showers & I as we bring you our final review of a 2018 release with the Nicole Kidman starring thriller "Destroyer." Since its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, the film has brought about many different reactions pertaining to its direction by Karyn Kusama, the screenplay, the makeup and of course, Kidman's transformative performance. We discuss all of this and more in our review. Check out more on Please...


Our Final Predictions For The 76th Golden Globe Awards

Because Episode 123 was packed with so much content to cover, we decided to get together at the last minute and record a special bonus episode for you all detailing our predictions in all categories for this Sunday's Golden Globe Awards. Check out more on Please subscribe on... SoundCloud - iTunes Podcasts - Spotify -...


Interview With "Black Panther" Editor, Michael P. Shawver

Michael P. Shawver has had a long collaboration with writer/director Ryan Coogler going all the way back to their years in film school together. Michael has served as an editor on all of Ryan's films so far including "Fruitvale Station," "Creed" and now their biggest film to date, "Black Panther." What is their collaboration process like and how has it evolved over the years? How was the experience of working on a large Marvel property any different than what the two had done before? And...


Episode 123 - Recapping 2018 & The Trailer For "Us"

For Episode 123, Michael Schwartz, Josh Parham, guest Valerie Complex and myself bring you our 2018 recap episode where we go through different aspects of the year ranging from general themes, best trailers, posters, scenes and more! We also go over the polls and discuss the trailer for Jordan Peele's upcoming horror film "Us." Check out more on Please subscribe on... SoundCloud - iTunes Podcasts -...



For this week's review on the Next Best Picture Podcast, I am joined by Celia Schlekewey, Danilo Castro , Josh Williams, Tom O'Brien & our guest from InSession Film, JD Duran. The movie is Adam McKay's follow up to "The Big Short" called "Vice" and it stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell & Sam Rockwell. It's proving to be one of the most divisive films of 2018 and we still don't know how it will perform on Oscar night. Tune in to hear our wide ranging thoughts on one of the last...


Interview With "The Favourite" Production Designer, Fiona Crombie

For weeks there has been a debate over how much of "The Favourite's" much awarded (and Oscar hopeful) production design was actual production design and how much of it was simply very good location scouting. Here to put the debate to rest is production designer Fiona Crombie who's previous credits include 2016's "Macbeth" and the hit show "Top Of The Lake." Fiona was kind enough to give us a few minutes of her time to talk about the lush, detailed and vast work on Yorgos Lanthimos' new film....



For this week's second podcast film review, myself, Jacey Aldredge & Danilo Castro review another entry in the DC Extended Universe. After being introduced in the critically and financially disappointing "Justice League," director James Wan now takes the mantle and directs Jason Momoa in "Aquaman." How does this standalone film compare to "Wonder Woman?" How are the visual effects? Is the DCEU back on track with this latest outing? We explore all of this and more in our review! Check out...


Episode 122 - Happy Holidays, The Academy's Shortlists & The "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" Trailer

For Episode 122, myself, Will Mavity, Michael Schwartz, Ryan C. Showers, DeAnn Knighton & Jacey Aldredge bring you our 2018 Holiday episode where we discuss the Academy's shortlists, the trailers for "Greta" and "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," the polls, answer your fan questions and more! Check out more on Please subscribe on... SoundCloud - iTunes Podcasts -...


"Mary Poppins Returns"

For this week's podcast film review, myself, Michael Schwartz, Ryan C. Showers & Josh Parham review the much-anticipated sequel to the beloved 1964 film "Mary Poppins," directed by Rob Marshall and starring Emily Blunt in the title role, this is "Mary Poppins Returns." How does it compare to the original? Is it for children or for adults? How will it perform at the Oscars? We explore all of this and more in our review! Check out more on Please subscribe on... SoundCloud -...


Interview With "First Man" Composer, Justin Hurwitz

Justin Hurwitz has in a short amount of time, through his collaborations with Damien Chazelle on "La La Land" and "First Man," made a huge impact on the cinematic landscape with his memorable film scores for both movies. An Oscar-winner for the former and now, recently shortlisted for this year's Oscar for the later, the 33 year old composer was kind enough to chat with us about his work on "First Man" and take us into his creative process behind one of the year's most celebrated film...


"If Beale Street Could Talk"

For this week's podcast film review, myself, Nicole Ackman, Tom O'Brien & guest Sharronda Williams from review Barry Jenkins' follow-up film to his Oscar-winning film "Moonlight," titled "If Beale Street Could Talk." How is the film doing in the awards race? How does it compare to "Moonlight?" Why is Barry Jenkins such a masterful director who should be making movies until the end of time? All of this and more is discussed on our review! Check out more on


Interview With "Mary Poppins Returns" Screenwriter, David Magee

David Magee has already earned himself a reputation in Hollywood as being a go-to man for adapting stories for the screen receiving an Oscar nomination in 2012 for "Life Of Pi" and now he's back with a new film, a sequel to a movie that is over 50 years old, "Mary Poppins Returns." How did he go about writing the story for the much anticipated sequel? What was it like working with Rob Marshall, Disney and the other close collaborators on such a beloved project? Find out all of this and more...


"Saving Mr. Banks"

THIS IS A PREVIEW PODCAST. NOT THE FULL REVIEW. Please check out the full review on our Patreon Page by subscribing over at - For this month's Patreon throwback review on the Next Best Picture Podcast, I am joined by Michael Schwartz and Nicole Ackman. Together, the three of us review the 2013 film "Saving Mr. Banks" to help get us ready for the release of "Mary Poppins Returns." The film stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason...


Interview With "Cold War" Cinematographer Łukasz Żal

Łukasz Żal earned an Oscar nomination for his first feature length film as the director of photography on Paweł Pawlikowski's Academy Award winning film "Ida." Five years later, the two have re-teamed for another stunning black and white Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contender with "Cold War." The film premiered at Cannes to great acclaim and has been making its way around the fall film festival circuit. Amazon Studios is releasing the film on December 21st 2018 but we were lucky enough...