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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'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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Valley Girl

August 5, 2021

What’s the story as to how director Martha Coolidge found Nicolas Cage for his part in this film? And how great is he with Deborah Foreman as the two leads? The Romeo and Juliet story works well in this teen world of the San Fernando Valley vs. the grungier Hollywood/DTLA. How do the actors deliver in creating these two worlds? And how about Coolidge and her music selections? We talk about all of this and more on this week’s show so check it out then tune in!

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Scarface

February 11, 2021

Why has this film endured the test of time? Is Pacino’s depiction of a Cuban over-the-top, offensive, or does it work? In the realm of remakes, how well does this work in retelling Howard Hawks’ original version? And is the film too violent? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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The Man With Two Brains

December 12, 2019

Do Reiner and Martin make another hit or flop? How funny is this parody/homage of mad scientist films? Does Kathleen Turner handle comedy well? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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Videodrome

November 7, 2019

How effective is James Woods? Is this film more relevant today than it was when released? What’s up with the living TV? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Local Hero — Andy Nelson

March 13, 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, one of the many Andy Nelsons in the film world — specifically Andy Nelson the re-recording mixer — joins us to talk about one of his favorite films, Bill Forsyth’s 1983 film Local Hero.

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Trading Places

December 29, 2016

Eddie Murphy may have been a name on “Saturday Night Live” but he wasn’t a film star. Luckily, when John Landis wanted to cast him as Billy Ray Valentine in Trading Places, Murphy had just appeared in 48 Hrs., proving he had the charisma for the big screen. Without that success, Paramount Pictures was unconvinced. But it worked out and young Murphy became box office gold. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off 2017 with a series celebrating several of Murphy’s 80s classic starting with Landis’ 1983 film Trading Places.

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National Lampoon’s Vacation

December 18, 2015

Harold Ramis’ second foray into feature film directing introduced the world to the Griswolds – Clark, Ellen, Rusty and Audrey – as they drive from Chicago to LA on a 2-week vacation with the aim of visiting an obvious Disneyland replacement for legal reasons, Walley World. It’s a wonderful film and proved to be another box office success for Ramis, who wouldn’t direct another hit like this for 10 years with ‘Groundhog Day.’ Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our very short Harold Ramis series with the classic 1983 road trip comedy “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

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