The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Slumber Party Massacre • The Slumber Party Massacre

The Slumber Party Massacre

February 9, 2023

We kick off our next series, looking at some 80s slashers directed by women! That’s right, it’s time to tackle the Slumber Party Massacre series. In today’s episode, we’re looking at the first film, Amy Holden Jones’ 1982 film ‘The Slumber Party Massacre.’ How do its origins as a parody lead to it perhaps punching a bit above its weight?

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Retake: Journalists

February 13, 2022

It was a short series and didn’t really have films that dealt with journalism so much as have characters who are journalists, but it was still an interesting series. We talked about Boat People, Merrily We Go to Hell, The Weight of Water, and Between the Lines. So what did we think of the series overall? Tune in to find out!

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Retake: Ann Hui

January 23, 2022

Our series looking at four films from writer/director Ann Hui has come to an end. We’ve watched and discussed ‘A Simple Life,’ ‘Song of the Exile,’ ‘Our Time Will Come,’ and ‘Boat People.’ What did we think of the films? Are we connecting with Hui as a storyteller? Tune in for our Retake episode looking back at this series as a whole.

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The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Ann Hui / Journalists • Boat People

Boat People

January 6, 2022

We conclude our series on Hong Kong New Wave director Ann Hui and kick off a series on journalists with Hui’s 1982 film ‘Boat People,’ the film that really put her on the map. How does it work for us? Does it accurately portray journalists? And does that matter? Tune in to hear our thoughts!

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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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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

July 29, 2021

Director Amy Heckerling got her start with ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ but how does it hold up today? So many incredible young performers early in their careers in this film – Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Forest Whitaker, Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz, even Nicolas Cage! Who are the standouts? Is the film enough of a comedy or is it too serious? And how about the music? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Conan the Barbarian

February 4, 2021

How well doe Schwarzenegger work in the film that kickstarted his career? Why didn’t this series take off the way the filmmakers wanted it to? How does this film about cults and false truths still feel relevant today in the world of QAnon? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Ivanhoe (1982) • Member Bonus

January 1, 2021

How does Sam Neill do as the villain in the piece? Or is he the antihero? Why is Anthony Andrews as the titular character in the film so much less than other characters? And why do the Swedes have such a fascination with this one? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

January 30, 2020

How does Dolly Parton do in her second film? Are there sparks with her and Burt Reynolds? Does a musical about a whorehouse work? Tune in to this week’s shows to get these answers and more.

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Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

December 5, 2019

Can Steve Martin act opposite Humphrey Bogart? Does it work to intercut old films noir? Does the comedy kill the tone? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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