The Slumber Party Massacre

The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Slumber Party Massacre • The Slumber Party Massacre

We kick off our next series, looking at some 80s slashers directed by women! That’s right, it’s time to tackle the Slumber Party Massacre series. In today’s episode, we’re looking at the first film, Amy Holden Jones’ 1982 film ‘The Slumber Party Massacre.’ How do its origins as a parody lead to it perhaps punching a bit above its weight?

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Boat People

The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Ann Hui / Journalists • Boat People

We conclude our series on Hong Kong New Wave director Ann Hui and kick off a series on journalists with Hui’s 1982 film ‘Boat People,’ the film that really put her on the map. How does it work for us? Does it accurately portray journalists? And does that matter? Tune in to hear our thoughts!

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Director Amy Heckerling got her start with ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ but how does it hold up today? So many incredible young performers early in their careers in this film – Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Forest Whitaker, Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz, even Nicolas Cage! Who are the standouts? Is the film enough of a comedy or is it too serious? And how about the music? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Conan the Barbarian

How well doe Schwarzenegger work in the film that kickstarted his career? Why didn’t this series take off the way the filmmakers wanted it to? How does this film about cults and false truths still feel relevant today in the world of QAnon? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Ivanhoe • Member Bonus

How does Sam Neill do as the villain in the piece? Or is he the antihero? Why is Anthony Andrews as the titular character in the film so much less than other characters? And why do the Swedes have such a fascination with this one? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

How does Dolly Parton do in her second film? Are there sparks with her and Burt Reynolds? Does a musical about a whorehouse work? Tune in to this week’s shows to get these answers and more.

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Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

Can Steve Martin act opposite Humphrey Bogart? Does it work to intercut old films noir? Does the comedy kill the tone? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Rocky III

How well does this hold up compared to the first two? Does Mr. T’s Clubber Lang work as the antagonist? Does Stallone deliver with the characters and story? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more.

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Star Trek marathon with Nicholas Meyer’s 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. 

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg didn’t have a sense that his little, personal alien film was going to blow up like it did when he was making it. Universal Studios saw it as another kids film that likely would only be seen by moms taking their kids to the theater. But E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial managed to touch pretty much the hearts of everyone who saw it, turning it into the #1 film in the world in short order. So how does this film hold up? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – to find out as we continue our screenwriter Melissa Mathison series with Spielberg’s 1982 film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

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