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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Back to the Future • Retake

Retake: The Back to the Future Trilogy

September 18, 2022

Our Back to the Future series is over. We’ve covered all three parts of the franchise. So what did we think of them? Why does the first hold up so much better than the other two? How would we rank them? Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Back to the Future trilogy • Back to the Future Part II

Back to the Future Part II

September 8, 2022

We continue our journey backward and forward in time with Marty McFly and Doc Brown, this time in the 1989 sequel BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II. How does it stand up as the middle film in a trilogy? Does it get too convoluted? How about the wackiness running rampant? And what’s this business with Marty reacting so strongly when called a ‘chicken’? Tune in for that and more!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: The Back to the Future Trilogy • Back to the Future

Back to the Future

September 1, 2022

We kick off our look at Robert Zemeckis’ time traveling trilogy with one of our favorites – BACK TO THE FUTURE. It’s always a joy to revisit as it never gets old. Join us as we kick off this series with this 1985 classic!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Star Wars • Retake

Retake: The Original Star Wars Trilogy • Member Bonus

August 14, 2022

This series is over. We’ve covered the despecialized editions of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. So what did we think of the original Star Wars trilogy and what George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, and Richard Marquand brought to the table?

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Star Wars • Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi

August 11, 2022

We wrap up our look at the Original Star Wars trilogy with Richard Marquand’s 1983 film ‘Return of the Jedi.’ Again, we look at the Harmy’s Despecialized edition, but we did some side-by-side comparisons between it and the latest iteration on Disney+. How do the changes stack up? How does the film hold up for us? And how about those Ewoks? Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Star Wars • The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

August 4, 2022

We continue our look at the despecialized editions of the original Star Wars trilogy. In today’s episode, we’re talking about Irvin Kershner’s 1980 film ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ It’s hard to find issues with the film but there’s still plenty to discuss. Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: 1981 • Member Bonus • Body Heat

Body Heat • Member Bonus

June 29, 2022

The members have spoken! Our members voted that for our June member bonus episode, we return to our series on films from 1981, and of the options, they voted on Lawrence Kasdan’s debut ‘Body Heat.’ It’s sexy, it’s sweaty, it’s noir-y. We love it. Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Great Car Chases • Member Bonus • The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers • Member Bonus

May 31, 2022

We’re returning to our Great Car Chases series to look at John Landis’ 1980 comedy ‘The Blues Brothers.’ It’s our monthly member bonus episode. Thanks for your support! Enjoy the conversation.

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The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Coming of Age • Retake

Retake: Coming of Age Debuts

May 1, 2022

Our Coming of Age Debuts series is over. We’ve covered Salaam Bombay!, Slums of Beverly Hills, Ratcatcher, The Virgin Suicides, Thirteen, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and Booksmart. So what did we think of these films and what they brought to the table?

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The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Original SciFi • Member Bonus • Lifeforce D: Tobe Hooper (1985)

Lifeforce • Member Bonus

April 30, 2022

For our April 2022 member bonus episode, we dip back into our original scifi series with Tobe Hooper’s epic space vampire flop “Lifeforce.” Why did it bomb so hard? What works in the film? Why is there so much naked Mathilda May? And how much do we kinda love this crazy movie? Tune in for more!

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