The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Pitch Perfect Trilogy • Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2

September 29, 2022

We return to Barden University to reunite with the Barden Bellas and their journey to compete at the a Capella World Finals. That’s right, we’re discussing the 2015 film PITCH PERFECT 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks, in this episode as we continue our series on the Pitch Perfect franchise. Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Coming of Age • Retake

Retake: Coming of Age Debuts

May 1, 2022

Our Coming of Age Debuts series is over. We’ve covered Salaam Bombay!, Slums of Beverly Hills, Ratcatcher, The Virgin Suicides, Thirteen, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and Booksmart. So what did we think of these films and what they brought to the table?

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The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Coming of Age Debuts • The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) d: Marielle Heller

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

April 21, 2022

In this episode, we continue our Coming of Age Debuts series looking at Marielle Heller’s first feature – ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ from 2015. It’s an assured film with a well-defined point of view. It may not be for everyone, but we love it. Tune in!

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Retake: Horror Debuts

October 18, 2021

This series is over. We’ve covered Messiah of Evil, Goodnight Mommy, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Babadook, The Lure, Saint Maud, and Relic. So what did we think of these horror debuts? And what did we think about their directors?

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The Lure, 2015, directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska, the 5th of 6 in our Horror Debuts series

The Lure

September 30, 2021

We’re talking about the fifth film in our Horror Debuts series – Agnieszka Smoczynska’s 2015 film ‘The Lure.’ It’s a bit of a genre mashup – horror, musical, fairytale – and certainly worth talking about.

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In the Heart of the Sea

November 19, 2020

Did this story really play out this way or did they Hollywood-ize it? Who does the worst New Englander accent? And do sperm whales really get this aggressive? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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March 7, 2019

Returning to the Rocky story without Rocky helming might sound like a big misstep, but with the guiding hands of Ryan Coogler, it was a huge success and breathed new life into the nearly 40-year-old franchise. Coogler’s “Creed” put a spin on the story that allowed for new characters to enter the frame while letting the established lead – Rocky Balboa – to take on the mantle of trainer.

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February 27, 2018

Call the maid for turn down service, because this month JJ and Steve take on a movie that takes place in a hotel room. JJ and Steve spend time with Charlie Kaufman’s 2015 film, Anomalisa and discuss why it is an unsettling film. What is it that they find so compelling in the stop-motion animated film?

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January 23, 2018

To start off a new year of Trailer Rewind Steve and JJ sit down for a meal with John Wells’ 2015 film Burnt. This was Pete’s pick because he just loves films set in restaurant kitchens almost as much as he loves zombie films. If only there were a film that combined those two genres!

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August 22, 2017

This month JJ and Steve learn a lesson in obedience with 2015’s Experimenter. Peter Sarsgaard takes us through the career of Stanley Milgram, who is best known for his obedience experiments that asked people to administer increasingly painful shocks to a stranger in another room. Milgram learned that people will be obedient to an authority figure. So download this episode and push play.

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