Dinner for Schmucks

June 8, 2020

With such a strong curriculum vitae in comedy films, having Jay Roach direct a remake of Francis Veber’s Le Dîner de Cons looks great on paper. But when it comes time to write, direct, and release the movie, does it hold up as well?

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Robin Hood (2010)

September 26, 2019

Do Scott and Crowe manage to pull off the definitive Robin Hood? Was it misleading to not announce this as an origin story in the title? Where does it stand as far as tropes for the myth? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

June 29, 2017

After making Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright signed on to direct the adaptation of “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.” Due to project delays, it would be another six years before his film would hit the screen. Like any good cult film does, it has since found its legions of fans and supporters, proving that Wright and co. know how to put together a top-notch film even if it loses money at the box office.

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Post Mortem

May 4, 2017

Pablo Larraín became fascinated by the little people who got wrapped up in big moments in history, by that history as told through those characters’ eyes. Thus, Post Mortem was born.

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Meek's Cutoff

April 13, 2017

For her follow-up to Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichardt chose to make Meek’s Cutoff, a film about a historical journey and the people who suffered through it. But is her minimal filmmaking style effective for a historical drama?

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The Book of Eli

March 30, 2017

Right from the start, it was clear that Albert and Allen Hughes knew how to put films together. Whether paying homage to filmmakers they admire or playing with their own showy techniques, they know how to play with the visual tools they have available. In their post-apocalyptic film The Book of Eli, they make a very compelling film that’s exciting and entertaining while still maintaining the visceral edge they love to employ. But sadly, it’s the last film they worked on together, having since parted ways as filmmakers. Will they reunite down the road? Who knows. Will they increase their output now that they’re working solo? Not so far. Time will tell, but for now, this stands as the final Hughes Brothers film. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we close the chapter on our Hughes Brothers series with their 2010 film The Book of Eli.

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Never Let Me Go — Alana Morshead

July 5, 2016

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, costume designer Alana Morshead joins us to talk about one of her favorite films, Mark Romanek’s 2010 film “Never Let Me Go” based on the book by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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Who Are You?

April 26, 2016

This month we get to meet Truman, Teddy, and Rhoda, three people who, to put it simply, have issues they need to deal with. You may think you know yourself and what you are or aren’t capable of, but you’re probably wrong.

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February 16, 2016

The three family action films, Legend of the Guardians, Rise of the Guardians, and Guardians of the Galaxy, aren’t just for kids. These movies give parents the opportunity to discuss the difference between heroes and guardians and how even the most ordinary can make a difference for someone else.

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April 18, 2014

One of the interesting things to explore in the usage of found footage style films is how it can be applied to different genres. Okay, so it works better in some genres than others, but it’s not a genre in and of itself, nor is it restricted to horror movies. But one thing that is consistent is the fact that we’re watching real people in a real situation they likely didn’t survive. There is an inherent connection to reality that isn’t present in other styles of films because of this, and in a film like Norway’s ‘Trollhunter,’ it ups the stakes because everything feels that much more real. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we wrap up our found footage series with André Øvredal’s 2010 fantasy thriller ‘Trollhunter.’

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