Costume Designer Deborah L. Scott on The Mission

Movies We Like • The Mission

Academy Award-winning costume designer Deborah L. Scott joins us to talk about her career – from “Never Cry Wolf” all the way through to “Avatar: The Way of Water” – as well as about Roland Joffé’s magnificent 1986 film “The Mission” starring Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro. Great conversation about a great film!

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The Color of Money • Member Bonus

The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Fast Eddie • Member Bonus • The Color of Money

Our June member bonus episode brings us to the conclusion of ‘Fast Eddie’ Felson’s story as we return to the world of billiard halls and hustlers with Martin Scorsese’s “The Color of Money” from 1986. How’s Paul Newman? What about young Tom Cruise? Does it work as a followup to “The Hustler”? Tune in!

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Platoon

How does Oliver Stone’s semi-autobiographical anti-war Vietnam film hold up after nearly 35 years? Does Charlie Sheen do his father proud in his take on the Vietnam War? Does Stone’s messaging come through too strongly or is it well-balanced? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more.

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8 Million Ways to Die

Is Hal Ashby’s last feature film really as bad as people say or are its glimmers of neo-noir enough to make it worth talking about? How well does Jeff Bridges play an alcoholic? And what is a funicular anyway? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Salvador

Is this the film where Oliver Stone’s angle on political filmmaking takes shape? How good is James Woods as the unlikeable protagonist? And do we really learn much about politics in El Salvador at the time? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Labyrinth

Steal away with us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we add another Listener’s Choice episode with Henson’s 1986 film Labyrinth, selected by Melanie from Melbourne! 

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The Fly

There are certain people that are drawn to a movie because of reports about early screenings where audience members had to leave the theatre because the gore made them physically sick. Whether it’s an attraction to the gruesome horror films, a chance for some good jumps and frights or simply a curiosity to see what the filmmakers could have done to actually make people ill, gore can certainly boost a horror film at the box office. And that certainly was the case with David Cronenberg’s 1986 horror masterpiece The Fly, a remake of the ‘58 version which itself was based on George Langelaan’s short story. Cronenberg, however, is a filmmaker who certainly puts a lot of thought into his films, never one to simply make a gorefest, and this film certainly has more going for it. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we delve into the last Listener’s Choice episode of the year, this time with Matthew Medrano to discuss Cronenberg’s film.

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¡Three Amigos!

It was the movie that had ‘hit’ written all over it. Three of the funniest actors starred together for the first time: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. One of the top comedy directors – John Landis – was at the helm. But for whatever reason, ¡Three Amigos! did not find its audience. Critics were harsh on it and, while it may have made its money back, it was not deemed a success. But time has proven that some films need time to find their audiences. Now with a cult following, ¡Three Amigos! has found its staying power with its absurd comedy stylings. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Seven Samurai family series with Landis’ 1986 film ¡Three Amigos!.

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