The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Train to Busan • Peninsula


May 11, 2023

We conclude our South Korean zombiefest with a conversation about Yeon Sang-ho’s followup to Train to Busan, PENINSULA. In the scope of world-building, it’s a great concept. Unfortunately, some of the characters don’t work well, the story’s sloppy, and the effects are terrible. It has its moments, but largely it’s a disappointment. Still, it makes for a great conversation! 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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Natalie Erika James' 2020 film Relic is our September 2021 member bonus episode, another film in our Horror Debuts series

Relic • Member Bonus

September 30, 2021

The members voted and for September 2021, they selected Natalie Erika James’ 2020 horror film ‘Relic’ as our member bonus episode. This is now the seventh film in our Horror Debuts series. Check out the film and tune in!

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This Is America: Article 2

May 2, 2021

As he began watching some Oscar nominated short films, their themes grabbed Steve’s attention. These films speak to something that is strongly connected to America. Perhaps the lens we are viewing films through lately is one that comes from our nation’s attempt to define — or some would say redefine — who we are. The art a nation creates reflects the conflicts within it. Welcome to America: Article 2.

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Mandy reviews The Stand In…with a Stand In

April 26, 2021

Mandy brings a stand in to talk about Drew Barrymore’s latest. There are celebrity impersonations inbound. Plus, a celebration of stuffed animals — the innocent and prurient alike — and Nasim Pedrad’s inner 14-year-old boy.

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This Is America

April 4, 2021

Is this America? Steve Sarmento paints a picture of patriotism as it has been rewritten in cinema in Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, and Minari.

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March 30, 2021

Edison scrolling on a smartphone? Tesla karaoke? Just what is going on in this film? Steve and JJ delve into Michael Almereyda’s puzzling 2020 film TESLA.

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The Mandys Don’t Care A Lot

March 1, 2021

Welcome to Mandemic Mondays! The Mandys bring you filmmaking insights from best friends who agree about nothing. What happens when the M’s face Dianne Wiest in the Netflix thriller ‘I Care A Lot’? What are the latest guilty pleasures? Check out Chameleon

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February 23, 2021

Is Nomadland Oscar bait or is it worth all the buzz? How does Frances McDormand work as a woman living on the road? And what do we think of Chloé Zhao directing the next MCU film? The Film Board convenes to talk about the movie and everyone involved. Tune in!

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Tenet • Member Bonus

January 25, 2021

Is this film the peak of Nolan delivering all plot and technique but light on characters? If so, why is it still so engaging to watch? And the big question – can you walk someone else through it after watching it? Tune in to this special member bonus episode to get answers to these questions and more!

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