The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Mads & Susanne • Retake

Retake: Mads & Susanne

June 12, 2022

This series is over. We’ve covered ‘Open Hearts’ and ‘After the Wedding,’ both directed by Susanne Bier and starring Mads Mikkelsen. So what did we think of this pairing, and of this pair? We’re fans of both of their work for sure.

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The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Mads & Susanne • Open Hearts

Open Hearts

June 2, 2022

We continue our eleventh season looking at films directed by women with a short series called Mads and Susanne. In this series, we’re looking at films directed by Susanne Bier starring Mads Mikkelsen, and we start with their 2002 collaboration, ‘Open Hearts.’

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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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The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Journalists • The Weight of Water

The Weight of Water

February 3, 2022

We continue our Journalists series with a dip back into Kathryn Bigelow’s body of work. This time, it’s her 2002 film ‘The Weight of Water.’ It didn’t get much praise on its initial release. What did we think of it? Tune in!

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Equilibrium • Member Bonus

December 25, 2020

Is gun-kata cool or just a bunch of nonsense when put in the hands of police clerics? For a story that’s pulled from a number of other prominent dystopian classics, does anything here feel original? How are the performances? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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Friday After Next

August 6, 2020

Coming back just a few short years later, Ice Cube sets his third film in the Friday franchise at Christmastime. It’s a fun shift in the franchise, which also shifts locations yet again to a low-end strip mall where Craig and his cousin Day-Day work as security guards. Cube is yet again tackling the script by himself and bringing on a first-time filmmaker to bring the film to life, this time through music video director Marcus Raboy. Join us as we wrap up our Friday franchise series with Raboy’s 2002 film Friday After Next.

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L’Auberge Espagnole

April 18, 2019

How well does Cédric Klapisch paint the world of study abroad programs? Why does Audrey Tautou get such prominent billing? And where do we sign up to join the Erasmus Programme?

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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

March 22, 2018

Park Chan-Wook never set out to make a trilogy. His ‘vengeance trilogy,’ in fact, only was later dubbed that by international critics who felt the three films were connected through themes of revenge, violence, and salvation. Luckily, he was able to make the second and third films in this ‘trilogy’ because this first one didn’t connect with audiences and it lost money. Join us as we kick off a new series looking at Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance Trilogy with his 2002 film Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. 

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Star Trek: Nemesis

October 5, 2017

Star Trek: Insurrection was a success at the box office, but not so much that the studio felt the need to get another Star Trek film into production right away. In fact, there didn’t seem to be much motivation to make one. That is until John Logan met Brent Spiner and the two not only hit it off but also became intent on writing the next film for the franchise. 

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February 23, 2017

Zhang Yimou had always wanted to direct an action film, and after years of working on the script, he finally had his chance with his ambitious visual feast, 2002’s Hero. Shot all over China starring some of the hottest Chinese stars telling a story about the assassination attempt on the King of Qin several thousand years ago, the film was the most expensive project in China’s history. Luckily, it also became the highest-grossing up to that point. Considering the last two films we talked about on the show were banned for years, it’s great to see Zhang and China finding a common ground with this film. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Zhang Yimou series with 2002’s Hero.

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