The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Mission: Impossible • Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible

May 18, 2023

We kick off the final series of the season, looking at Tom Cruise’s and Paula Wagner’s first foray into producing. That’s right, we’re talking about Brian De Palma’s 1996 film MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. As the film that kicks off the franchise, how does it hold up? Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Trainspotting • Trainspotting


March 2, 2023

We dive into Danny Boyle’s vibrant and dark film from 1996, TRAINSPOTTING, kicking off our conversations about it and its legacy sequel. How does the film hold up? What about the performances? Boyle’s directing? And how about that soundtrack? Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Holiday • Member Bonus • Jingle All the Way (1996)

Jingle All the Way • Member Bonus

December 31, 2021

‘Tis the season for another member bonus episode! For December, our members voted on holiday films and landed on Brian Levant’s 1996 film ‘Jingle All the Way.’ How did it work for us then and how does it work for us now? It’s not a classic but we can certainly see why people who saw it at the right age would call it an annual favorite. Check it out and tune in for our conversation about this Schwarzenegger/Sinbad Christmas movie!

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Independence Day • Member Bonus

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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I Shot Andy Warhol

April 8, 2021

How strong is Lili Taylor as Valerie Solanas and why didn’t her film career take off more after this film? How much do you need to know about Andy Warhol, Candy Darling, Solanas, and everyone else from The Factory before watching this film? And do unlikeable protagonists still allow for great and rewatchable films? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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Escape from L.A.

January 8, 2021

The rules are really beginning to annoy us. We stand with Snake. Anyone want to join us for a trip to the island of Los Angeles for a game of “Bangkok Rules”? Welcome to episode one of Silver Linings from The Next Reel family of Film Podcasts.

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The Birdcage

May 21, 2020

When Mike Nichols and Elaine May teamed up again for the first time in over thirty years, it was to adapt Francis Veber’s most famous and celebrated works, the 1978 film la Cage aux Folles. Veber’s films had been remade in English before – in fact, he’d directed a number of them – but this one was the big one so it needed to be big.

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Star Trek: First Contact

September 21, 2017

The introduction of the Borg as an antagonist on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” gave the crew of the Enterprise – and the teams on subsequent shows – one of their greatest villains. Not only are they a terrifying collective, assimilating everyone they come into contact with, but they thematically are the antithesis of everything the franchise has come to represent about technology and the future. Because of all of this, they seemed a natural element to include in the TNG cinematic stories. But the studio wanted them to include a way to personify the villain more than they ever did in the show. The filmmakers also wanted to make a time travel film. With all of these elements, were they able to pull it together to make a cohesive film? 

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The Long Kiss Goodnight

April 28, 2016

When New Line Cinema bought Shane Black’s spec script “The Long Kiss Goodnight” in 1994 for $4 million, it created a new record for the selling price of spec scripts for more than 10 years until 2005 when Terry Rossio’s and Bill Marsilii’s script “Déjà Vu” sold for $5 million. While Black walked away with a hefty paycheck, he had no idea that this sale and the subsequent underwhelming performance of the resulting movie would have a hand in the end of the halcyon days of spec script sales. The way that studios saw screenwriters changed. The way they approached projects changed. Some say the industry has changed for the better, some say for the worse. Whichever side you fall on the issue, Black found himself struggling to get work afterward. 

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Shane Black series with Renny Harlin’s 1996 film “The Long Kiss Goodnight.”

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March 15, 2016

This month’s three of a kind takes on music, magic, and a great meal. Amadeus, The Prestige, and Big Night are three films that explore characters with a single-minded focus that drives them toward success but at a tremendous cost. Ambition, tenacity, and a spirit that never gives up can be the keys to success, but what happens if that energy is misguided or directed toward a selfish goal?

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