Rocky II

January 31, 2019

Sylvester Stallone’s directorial debut, Paradise Alley, was a flop and the studio didn’t want to give him another shot when he said he wanted to direct Rocky II. Luckily, Rocky was such a success and the producers knew he was largely the man behind it, so they gave him another chance.

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January 24, 2019

Sylvester Stallone pretty much embodies everything about the character Rocky Balboa that he created for the film Rocky. He’s someone who wanted to go the distance, and may not have won but proved that he had the determination and stamina to really persevere in the long haul. And what’s interesting about the first film in the Rocky franchise is that it’s more a 70s character study than it really is a boxing film.

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2018-11-24 • Saturday Matinée

November 26, 2018

We’re taking a week off from our regularly scheduled Saturday Matinée to bring you a VERY SPECIAL EPISODE! Steve and Andy went all-in on the films Susperia and they’re pulling apart each others’ opinions on the dance floor this week. To ALL our friends an

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Duck, You Sucker!

November 15, 2018

How does this film fit thematically with the other Once Upon a Time films? How are Rod Steiger and James Coburn in the film? And have you ever seen such disgusting, ugly eating? Tune in to this week’s show to get the answers to these questions and more.

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Dawn of the Dead

October 25, 2018

Does George A. Romero keep up with his social commentary in his zombie follow-up? How does the zombie gore work in color? What’s up with The Gonk? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes

September 13, 2018

Twentieth Century Fox had found great success with their Planet of the Apes franchise, but they also were learning that a continuous run of sequels would bring less and less money back in. So by the time they got to the fifth entry in the series, the budget was a pittance compared to that of the first film. This time, however, it really feels like the cheap end of a franchise.

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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

September 6, 2018

J. Lee Thompson was meant to direct the original Planet of the Apes film but wasn’t able to due to project conflicts. By the time the franchise got to the fourth film, Thompson was invited back to finally make his mark. The budget was lower than it had been previously, but he still did his best with what he had, and he made the darkest of the franchise. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our series on the original Planet of the Apes films with Thompson’s 1972 film Conquest for the Planet of the Apes.

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Escape from the Planet of the Apes

August 30, 2018

Twentieth Century Fox had found that cheap sequels could turn healthy profits so immediately booked Paul Dehn, the writer of Beneath the Planet of the Apes, to write a third in the series. Unfortunately, the second film ended with the planet being blown up. For Dehn, that was just a thrilling challenge to overcome, and overcome it he did. Join us as we continue our Planet of the Apes series with Don Taylor’s 1971 film Escape From the Planet of the Apes.

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes

August 23, 2018

Does this film live up to its predecessor? Does it make sense in the franchise? Did we really need to see apes in the sauna? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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All That Jazz — Nic Sadler

April 10, 2018

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, cinematographer and inventor Nic Sadler joins us to talk about one of his favorite films, Bob Fosse’s 1979 film All That Jazz.

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