Member Bonus

This show is made possible by the generous support of our members. As one of our bonuses, the shows of The Next Reel provide these members-only episodes which augment our current series line-up. You can view the episodes here on our site, but if you’d like to listen, visit our membership page and join. Logged in members will be able to listen on each episode page.

The Next Reel's member bonus episode on Amy Heckerling's 1985 sequel National Lampoon's European Vacation

National Lampoon’s European Vacation

August 31, 2021

For our August 2021 member bonus episode, we add another film to our current ‘80s Comedy with Coolidge & Heckerling’ series. We talk about Amy Heckerling’s sequel to the original hit. Why does it feel subpar though? And is it Heckerling’s fault?

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The Next Reel's member bonus episode – Retake • A Look Back at our 80s Comedy with Coolidge & Heckerling series

Retake: 80s Comedy with Coolidge and Heckerling

August 29, 2021

This series is over. We’ve covered Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Valley Girl, Johnny Dangerously, Real Genius, Look Who’s Talking, and National Lampoon’s European Vacation. So what did we think of Amy Heckerling and Martha Coolidge and what they brought to the table?

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Independence Day

July 4, 2021

After 25 years, how well does Independence Day hold up? How much do we love the epic cast headed up by Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman? Do the effects work after all this time? And how about that sequel? Tune in to our July hiatus episode celebrating American Independence Day – the 4th of July – to hear answers to these questions and more.

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Naked Lunch

June 30, 2021

We love David Cronenberg, but can we fully figure out what’s happening in this film? How great is Peter Weller as the William S. Burroughs counterpart? What do we think of the fantastic effects? It’s a mindbender of a film that we’re talking about on the show as a new entry into our David Cronenberg series, but it’s for members only so make sure you sign up to get your membership so you can gain access!

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A Quiet Place Part II • Member Bonus Episode

June 1, 2021

How great are Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou and John Krasinski in the film? Why does Krasinski seem to be playing it safe with his storytelling here? How amazing is that opening sequence? And those creatures? And the sound design? What do we think about the impending Part III? Tune in to this episode of The Film Board to join the conversation!

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Fritz Lang's 1953 crime film noir The Big Sleep

The Big Heat • Member Bonus Episode

May 31, 2021

How about some hot coffee in the face? No? Well, Gloria Grahame sure gives it a shot here in this brutal crime noir film directed by Fritz Lang in 1953, starring Glenn Ford as a ruthless cop hellbent on stopping the local crime syndicate, no matter who dies in his way. This is our May 2021 Member Bonus Episode, voted on by you – our members. It’s a dip back into our Fritz Lang series from 2016, and a solid film to finally review.

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Dolemite Is My Name • Member Bonus

April 30, 2021

How great is Eddie Murphy in the role of Rudy Ray Moore? Where does this film land in the genre of biopics? And how much do we want to watch more of Moore’s Dolemite movies? It’s our April Member Bonus episode, so check out the movie, become a member, and tune in!

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Godzilla vs Kong • Film Board Member Bonus

April 6, 2021

Why can’t all the titans just love one another? Is there a future for the Monsterverse? And who do we favor in this epic battle? Tune in!

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Thelma & Louise • Member Bonus

March 31, 2021

Does Scott’s film work as a feminist statement or does the ending turn it anti-feminist? How great are Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in their parts? And how did they ever get cast after Michelle Pfeiffer and Jodie Foster had originally been in the roles? This is a special member bonus episode, so make sure you’re a member of the show, then tune in and enjoy it!

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League • Film Board Member Bonus

March 24, 2021

Does Snyder’s 4-hour retcon of the Whedon Cut live up to the hype? Kyle Olson leads Rob Kubasko and Pete Wright into the Unity to find out.

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