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Support The Next Reel on Patreon: "Your father was the captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved 800 lives, including your mother’s and yours. I dare you to do better." With the financial disappointment of Star Trek: Nemesis, Paramount wasn’t so sure they would return to the well again. But in 2005, when Viacom/Paramount split from CBS, they had to get a movie in the works or risk losing rights to the property. Hence, Star Trek was born. But...

Duration: 01:26:44

Blade Runner 2049 — The Next Reel Film Board

"I did your job once. I was good at it." The Film Board Gathers! This week on the show, we’re gearing up to hunt some rogue Nexus 8s and save all humanity with Denis Villeneuve's take on the Ridley Scott classic, Blade Runner 2049. How well does the new film respect the tone and style of the original? Does the film finally put to rest the mysteries of the first? Is Roger Deakins so good behind the camera? It’s no secret that we’re fans of Villeneuve’s work, but we come to 2049with a...

Duration: 01:19:12

Star Trek: Nemesis

"I’m afraid you won’t survive to witness the victory of the echo over the voice." Star Trek: Insurrection was a success at the box office, but not so much that the studio felt the need to get another Star Trek film into production right away. In fact, there didn’t seem to be much motivation to make one. That is until John Logan met Brent Spiner and the two not only hit it off but also became intent on writing the next film for the franchise. Once they found the right story, everyone got...

Duration: 01:25:35

Star Trek: Insurrection

"How many people does it take, Admiral, before it becomes wrong?" With the success of Star Trek: First Contact, a more action-oriented Star Trek film, the team behind it wanted their next film to be lighter in tone and more character-driven. To a certain extent, that’s exactly what audiences got, and a lot of people were disappointed because they were expecting so much more. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Star Trek series with Jonathan Frakes’ 1998 film Star...

Duration: 01:18:26

Kingsman: The Golden Circle — The Next Reel Film Board

"Something made it through." The Film Board gathers! This week we’re choosing sides with the Kingsman and the Statesmen as we take on Poppy and the minions in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Does Matthew Vaughn’s vaunted sequel deserve as much praise as K1? Do the Statesmen live up to our well-clad crusaders we know so well? Is Jeff Bridges just showing up to drink on set? We take on all these questions and…. End up more split on this film than perhaps any other we’ve covered on this show!...

Duration: 01:15:06

Star Trek: First Contact

"The line must be drawn here!" The introduction of the Borg as an antagonist on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” gave the crew of the Enterprise – and the teams on subsequent shows – one of their greatest villains. Not only are they a terrifying collective, assimilating everyone they come into contact with, but they thematically are the antithesis of everything the franchise has come to represent about technology and the future. Because of all of this, they seemed a natural element to...

Duration: 01:28:55

Little Sister — Trailer Rewind

"Look at you girl. All grown up like a librarian or something." This month JJ and Steve are dealing with family drama in Zach Clark’s 2016 film Little Sister. With a mix of nuns, GWAR, drug-laced muffins, and parenting failures this film proudly displays its independent film badge. With no clear, clean answers to many of the questions it raises, this film asks us to embrace a story with all its faults and disappointments, just as the characters must choose to accept their lives even...

Duration: 00:32:56

Star Trek: Generations

"Who am I to argue with the captain of the Enterprise?" After seven successful seasons of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” it was time for their voyage to the big screen. For the first foray into the cinemas, the TNG team pulled several key crew from the show – notably the writers and director. Unfortunately, it made for a film that felt a bit like an expanded episode of the TV series, albeit made with a bigger budget. It also is mired by one of the more convoluted elements in any of the...

Duration: 01:24:57

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

"We will not be the instigators of full scale war on the eve of universal peace!" Even though “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was entering its fifth season and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier had underperformed, Paramount wanted to bring back the original crew of the Enterprise for one last hurrah to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the franchise. To write and helm the film, they turned to the man who arguably made the best film thus far, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Nicholas Meyer...

Duration: 01:31:44

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

"I don’t want my pain taken away! I need my pain!" Leonard Nimoy had directed two Star Trek films so naturally, William Shatner wanted to give it a go. He even had a great concept for a story – the crew of the Enterprise goes on a quest to find God. Unfortunately, with a writers strike hitting Hollywood at the time, with an effects company that couldn’t deliver, and with a studio demanding as much humor as they could cram into the script, Shatner’s vision was muddled and became what many...

Duration: 01:18:36

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

"Who would send a probe hundreds of light years to talk to a whale?" With the success of their pair of Star Trek films under their belt, director Leonard Nimoy and producer Harve Bennett were asked once again to return to the well and bring forth yet another Star Trek story. This time, Nimoy had more free reign to make the film he wanted to make, and he and Bennett thought it would be nice to make something a bit lighter. Also? They wanted to feature time travel. So they put their heads...

Duration: 01:33:12

Experimenter — Trailer Rewind

"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." This month JJ and Steve learn a lesson in obedience with 2015’s Experimenter. Peter Sarsgaard takes us through the career of Stanley Milgram, and is accompanied by a cast of familiar and friendly faces: Winona Ryder, Anthony Edwards, Jim Gaffigan, John Leguizamo, Taryn Manning, and the late Anton Yelchin. Milgram is best known for his obedience experiments that asked people to administer increasingly painful shocks to...

Duration: 00:37:48

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

"My God, Bones, what have I done?" Because of the critical and financial success of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Paramount quickly put plans into action for part three, telling Harve Bennett to get them a script as quickly as he could. And he did. Soon, they had brought Leonard Nimoy on to direct, feeling okay that he could handle it since his part of Spock had such a diminished role in the film. And two years later, they had a film in theatres. But does it work? Join us – Pete Wright...

Duration: 01:17:40

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

"You are my superior officer. You are also my friend. I have been, and always shall be, yours." The ‘failure’ of the first Star Trek film put Paramount in the frame of mind where they needed to do a few things if they were to keep the franchise moving forward. 1) Drop the budget to something much more meager. 2) Add some action to the story. 3) Get rid of the needy creator and producer Gene Roddenberry. They did all three and luckily, the pieces fell into place in a way where they truly...

Duration: 01:12:16

The Dark Tower — The Next Reel Film Board

"Something made it through." Stephen King’s opus inspired the movie and The Film Board gathers here to throw out a bunch of thoughts on it. There will be talk about the source material for this story and what needed to happen for it to come together on the big screen. How’s that old turn go again about the baby and the bathwater? We’ll try to pin that metaphor on the relevant elements as we break down The Dark Tower. Andy, Tommy, and JJ are all in to muse about the way things were before...

Duration: 01:00:15

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

"The creator has not answered." It wasn’t until syndication that Paramount realized that it had a property they could continue milking in Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek TV series. Even then, however, they struggled to get a film adaptation made. After dropping the idea and settling for a new TV series called Star Trek: Phase II which they began developing, the theatrical releases of Star Wars and Close Encounters made them realize that science fiction movies could work. So back to the...

Duration: 01:12:31

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets — The Next Reel Film Board

"The whole universe is after us." The Film Boards drops out of Exospace this month to experience the other-dimensional adventure of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Luc Besson brings this graphic novel adaptation to us in what the trailers described as a vision that was “a lifetime in the making” from source material that “inspired a generation.” We’re getting thuggy with it to identify which generation in what lifetime. Pete, Steve, and JJ will discuss and rank all the crazy...

Duration: 01:11:00

Hunt for the Wilderpeople — Trailer Rewind

“You know, sometimes in life it seems like there's no way out. Like a sheep trapped in a maze designed by wolves.“ This month, JJ and Steve are off into the deep bush country of New Zealand to track down one of Andy’s trailer picks from last year. What they find is an unexpected treasure full of beautiful camera work, lovable characters, and a variety of unexpected film references. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is one of those rare four-quadrant films that appeals to everyone. There’s action...

Duration: 00:38:16

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

"Prepare to feel the wrath of the League of Evil Exes!" After making Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright signed on to direct the adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life” but due to project delays, it would be another six years before his film would hit the screen. In the interim, Wright would continue his Cornetto trilogy with Hot Fuzz and O’Malley would nearly finish writing the other five volumes of his “Scott Pilgrim” series. That time also...

Duration: 01:18:26

Return of the Living Dead — No, No, Wait! Hear Me Out!

"The important question is, where do they get all the skeletons with perfect teeth?" Tommy Handsome is back with his take on Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 zombie romp, The Return of the Living Dead. And before you hang up the podcast machine, wait, wait! Hear him out! This film brings some surprising horror chops in spite of the camp legacy in its wake starting with director O’Bannon himself… yes, that O’Bannon, of Alien, Lifeforce, Total Recall and more. If that doesn’t make the little hairs stand...

Duration: 00:13:51

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