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"Everybody isn’t thieves and murderers." It seems that after finding such success making films about real world situations in The Hurt Lockerand Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal wanted to keep going in that direction with their next project. They learned about the riots in Detroit in 1967 and, after doing many interviews, settled on a particular incident that took place at the Algiers Hotel. This ended up becoming the film Detroit, which was released...


Ready Player One Re-recording Mixer in The Next Reel Speakeasy talking Local Hero

"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 talk about. In this month’s episode, one of the many Andy Nelsons in the film world — specifically Andy Nelson the re-recording mixer — joins us to talk about one of his favorite films, Bill Forsyth’s 1983 film Local Hero. We talk about why the film resonates to this day and...


Point Break

"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 when she and her husband-at-the-time James Cameron took on the task of doing rewrites to her new project Johnny Utah. With Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves coming on board to play the two leads, she was ready to prove herself yet again. And while she didn’t walk away with a film as successful as Cameron’s T2, she did end up with one of her...


Near Dark

"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 project, Kathryn Bigelow and her co-writer Eric Red decided to add elements of the vampire genre to the western they were developing. And thus, Near Dark was born. Unfortunately, her film came out a few months after the big vampire film of the year, The Lost Boys, and hers was lost in the shuffle. Despite that, her film still left enough of a...


Anomalisa — Trailer Rewind

"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 Kaufman’s 2015 film, Anomalisa and discuss why it is an unsettling film. Although they both agree it is not a film that they will watch again, they end up giving it three stars. What is it that they find so compelling in the stop-motion animated film? Perhaps it’s the ever present...


Funny Girl

"Hello, gorgeous." Watching Funny Girl now, you would never guess that it was Barbra Streisand’s film debut. Sure, she originated the role on Broadway four years earlier, but performing on stage can be quite different than on film. Luckily, with William Wyler helming the project, she was in the right hands and delivered an iconic performance in a film that was a box office smash at the time. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we conclude our Musicals From the 60s series with Wyler’s...


Black Panther — The Next Reel Film Board

"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 spectacular new looks to some tried and true traditions. This movie boasts a whole lot of firsts on the big screen and it’s set to shatter box office records for February. Entertainment Weekly said that this is the “Marvel movie for people who don’t like Marvel movies” and that it “could change Marvel movies forever.” All the front end hype means...


Thoroughly Modern Millie

"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 Poppins came out, she’d been in hit after hit, from The Sound of Music to Torn Curtain, so it was surely a thrill for her to jump into another musical – Thoroughly Modern Millie – with George Roy Hill, who had just directed her in Hawaii. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Musicals From the 60s series with Hill’s 1967 film...


The Young Girls of Rochefort

"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 colorful style, Rochefort explodes with pastels and a supersaturated palette, not exactly lining up with the styles preferred by Demy’s French New Wave pals. That being said, he still found ways to subvert the genre so well established by Hollywood. Join us – Pete Wright and...


Mary Poppins

"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 rights to P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins” novels so he could make the cinematic adaptation. It’s quite a story, but what you don’t get from watching that film is the incredible experience of watching Mary Poppins itself. Sure, at a cursory glance, it’s a very episodic film with seemingly disconnected sequences of the titular character as she...


A Good Day to Die Hard

"Do you know what I hate about the Americans? Everything. Especially cowboys." With the surprise success of the fourth entry into the “Die Hard” franchise, it was inevitable that the studio would push for yet another film. It took six years, but eventually, they got it made. The script that was developed for the fifth film was the first one developed from an original idea in the franchise and was written by the scribe behind the theatrical adaptation of The A-Team. The director was...


Burnt — Trailer Rewind

"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 because he just loves films set in restaurant kitchens almost as much as he loves zombie films. If only there were a film that combined those two genres! This is the second pairing of Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, and JJ just eats it up. Steve, on the other hand, was...


Live Free or Die Hard

"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 or Die Hard found a director who was a huge fan of the franchise and worked hard with his team to not just make a great film but to really make a sequel to the original film that was better than the others. Some people disagree but the box office shows that Len Wiseman’s...


Get Out DP Toby Oliver in The Next Reel Speakeasy talking Dunkirk

"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 episode, cinematographer Toby Oliver joins us to talk about one of his favorite films, Christopher Nolan’s 2017 film Dunkirk. We talk about Nolan’s decision to shoot on IMAX 65mm largely and how this affected the overall tone of the film and informed some of their decisions as...


Die Hard With a Vengeance

"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 Weapon sequel had collapsed. What it meant, though, is finding a way to rework half of the script to make it fit something that would happen in John McClane’s world. For the most part, things work well, and with John McTiernan returning to the franchise, it’s a solid entry....


Molly's Game — The Next Reel Film Board

"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 Christmas gift this year. Molly’s Game was pre-released on the Holiday, but we gathered some thugs here as quickly as possible this week for its wide release. It’s based on the book by Colorado native Molly Bloom about her real life adventures running clandestine high stakes poker games with rich high profile players in Los Angeles and New...


Die Hard 2

"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 director Renny Harlin and together, they pushed for more action, more humor, more stunts and… more of everything else the audiences got in the first film. But does that make a good sequel? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Die Hard series with Harlin’s...


Die Hard

"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 classic, Die Hard. John McTiernan had done Predator beforehand and proved he was the perfect person to helm this action thriller. But would an adaptation from a book about terrorism make for entertaining summer fare? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our Die Hard series with McTiernan’s 1988 blockbuster Die Hard. We talk...


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

"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 only written three of them. Because of this, they’re often referred to as the Millennium trilogy. Sure, they have the same characters largely and are centered around the Millennium magazine, but it’s not really a trilogy per se. That being said, when making the three films, it didn’t stop the team from shooting them all back to back to keep the...


Star Wars: The Last Jedi — The Next Reel Film Board

"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 suspect gang of thugs gather here to spoil the heck out of The Last Jedi. There’s so many people holding back the inner secrets of this story on social media so that you won’t get spoiled, but we fly a squadron of X-wings right in the face of that on The Film Board....


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