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2021-09-04 • Saturday Matinée

Mandy Kaplan leads Mandy Fabian and Pete Wright on a matinée journey this morning as we talk news, trailers, games, and a list of terrific movies celebrating our older performers.

But we start where all good SatMats start, with a discussion of major stars who have turned down Marvel roles for one reason or another. Tom Cruise? Emily Blunt? Yup, they’re on the list, along with some other surprises. Why would you turn down such a role? Fabian has some thoughts.

The oddball charmer ‘Dickinson’ is coming back for just one more season, but they’re going out with a bang on new casting news. Top Gun: Maverick, MI7, and more are all moving their theatrical slate. ‘Tis the season after all. And Mike Richards is out of the Jeopardy host box. And Mike Richards is out of the Jeopardy host box.


We’re hoping for more than we got with Thunder Force as Kaplan brings Melissa McCarthy’s latest dramatic turn, The Starling for her trailer pick. We largely missed the cultural import of Diana and the Royals because we’re all TOO YOUNG. Did you hear that? We’re too young to understand it. But that’s not stopping us from talking about Fabian’s pick, Spencer. And Pete, proving how comically hardcore he is now with horror movies — oh, you hadn’t heard? He loves them now — we talk about James Wan’s latest, Malignant… staring James Wan.


Kaplan’s game is a speed round of 80’s classic movie line trivia. It’s a straight forward brainbreaker, but Pete and Fabian hold their own. You’ll want to remember this one, because if Tommy has his way, you’ll be crying through his first hosting duty coming in two weeks with a variation on this theme.


The Next Reel just wrapped up their first series of this year with Look Who’s Talking. This earned us the honor of talking about “Cute and Cantankerous Senior Citizens in Film” based on the wonderful Abe Vigoda’s performance in the film. (What’s that? You would like to vote on upcoming lists? Great! Head here to learn how.)

Kaplan’s List

  1. Steel Magnolias
  2. The Princess Bride
  3. Jumanji: The Next Level

Fabian’s List

  1. Postcards From The Edge
  2. Driving Miss Daisy
  3. Up

Pete’s List

  1. The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Big Foot
  2. Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
  3. On Golden Pond

Next week, The Next Reel kicks off the “Horror Debuts” Series with Messiah of Evil. That vote has already taken place so Kyle, Tommy, and Pete will be taking on movies about getting caught in a cult!

  • 00:00 – Saturday Matinée •
  • 01:31 – Pete is obsessed with Dr. Death
  • 03:48 – Only Mandys in the Building Shop of Horrors
  • 06:25 – The Mandys wade into Marvel stuff
  • 14:41 – Mike Richards Almost Host
  • 18:13 – Pete boosts the host job to talk about Dickensen
  • 21:45 – The Mandys do Trailers!
  • 36:47 – Games
  • 46:57 – Housekeeping!
  • 48:59 – The List!

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