The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: The Before Trilogy • Retake • Member Bonus

Retake: The Before Trilogy • Member Bonus

October 30, 2022

This series is over. We’ve covered Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. So what did we think of Richard Linklater’s trilogy and what they brought to the table?

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Ocean’s Twelve

June 14, 2018

The script for Ocean’s Twelve had a bit of a circuitous route to get to where it ended up. George Nolfi had sold his script entitled “Honor Among Thieves” to Warner Bros., but instead of making his film, the studio executives decided that his script would make for a great foundation to Soderbergh’s successful remake of the classic Rat Pack film Ocean’s 11. Nolfi rewrote it many times to shape the script, and ended up having to modify it many times afterward due to cast schedules and the like. What finally got made created quite a lot of complaints as it didn’t feel like it stood at the same level as Ocean’s Eleven. But is it that bad? Or just different and not what people were expecting? Join us as we continue our coverage of the Ocean’s series with Steven Soderbergh’s 2004 film Ocean’s Twelve

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Howl’s Moving Castle

June 1, 2017

Hayao Miyazaki did not attend the Oscars to pick up his Academy Award for Best Animated Film for Spirited Away because he was protesting the Iraq War. When it came time to make his next film, he took his frustration with the war and added a strong anti-war element to Howl’s Moving Castle. Diane Wynne Jones’ original novel, upon which the movie was based, didn’t focus nearly as much on the war but Miyazaki wanted to get his point across. Join us as we wrap up our latest Hayao Miyazaki series with his 2004 film, Howl’s Moving Castle.

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Million Dollar Baby

February 27, 2015

For those of you who have yet to see “Million Dollar Baby,” you probably should just stop reading this and go watch the movie. Even though the movie is nearly 11 years old now, it’s still hard to talk about without going into detail about the change in story direction in the third act. That was a divisive problem at the time of the movie’s release, and while it shouldn’t be a problem now, it feels like it is. But we jump into all kinds of spoilers in our show this week. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our mysterious Guess the Connection series with Eastwood’s 2004 film “Million Dollar Baby.”

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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

October 19, 2012

Zack Snyder’s 2004 “Dawn of the Dead” remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 zombie classic may not be trying to say much, but it sure provides a good, fun scare. Join us—Pete Wright and Andy Nelson—on this week’s episode as we continue our October Horror series with this film.

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The Bourne Supremacy

July 27, 2012

Jason Bourne’s back, still trying to figure out his past as a government assassin while struggling to stay ahead of both the good and bad guys as they attempt to take him out. This week, we’re covering the 2004 film, “The Bourne Supremacy”, the second in the Bourne franchise.

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Shaun of the Dead

March 8, 2012

Time for a break from all those heavy films, movie fans. Tonight, join Pete and Andy as we discuss the first of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (despite the fact that there are only two films thus far).

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

December 30, 2011

In tonight’s episode, we’ll wrap up 2011 and our Charlie Kaufman trilogy with 2004’s Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry.

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