Interviews

Behind the Sites with comScore’s Paul Degarabedian

December 10, 2017

As part of our ongoing series on the people behind the sites and services that serve the film-loving community, today we’re talking to Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for comScore. Paul works as the frontman for the company and is often seen as the face of the numbers in interviews far and wide. Paul joins us to talk about the exciting world of film statistics, how he got started in the business and his love for film.

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Treknology: The Science of Star Trek with Ethan Siegel

November 28, 2017

What’s this? More Trek? We can’t get enough of it! This week, author Ethan Siegel joins Pete to talk about the science of Star Trek, talking through those questions that stumped us during our film series. From space propulsion to transporters, energy fields to sliding doors, Ethan builds a bridge connecting the fantastic technology that provides the foundation for the Trek future, back to the practical science of today.

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Black Hawk Down

October 12, 2016

There is a political side to military operations, and there is a military side. Regardless of the politics of the 1993 situation in Somalia, the battle of Mogadishu was a terrible one, leaving 19 US soldiers, a Pakistani soldier and a Malaysian soldier dead, not to mention the countless Somalis. Ridley Scott’s 2001 film Black Hawk Down, based on Mark Bowden’s book, tells the story of this battle and it’s a powerful one. Certainly, it’s a film everyone should see at least once to fully grasp this situation. Join us as we continue our “This Is Real Life, Jack” series with Scott’s powerful film.

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Behind the Sites with Matthew Buchanan of Letterboxd.com

March 8, 2016

Letterboxd has become an indispensable service for film journalists, diarists, and fans, marked by a beautiful design and just the right mix of social connectivity. Today we’re talking to Matthew Buchanan, co-founder of Letterboxd.com.

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The Quiet Fandom of Jamie Benning: Filmumentaries

February 23, 2016

As a part of our series on the movie sites we love, today we’re talking about one of our favorite movie projects. Jamie Benning has become, through great effort and time, custodian to the behind the scenes media of our most iconic films of the 70’s and 80s through his ultimate fan creations: Filmumentaries.

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Nathan Chase & Jeremy Thompson from Flickchart.com

January 26, 2016

As a part of our series on the movie sites we love, you’d probably guess that we couldn’t go very far without talking to Nathan Chase and Jeremy Thompson, the team behind Flickchart.com. Over the years, Flickchart has become central to our own ranking of films we review on this show, and offers a fun — if enormously frustrating at times — paradigm for stack ranking our favorites. It’s at once a service and an addiction, and we’re thrilled to be able to sit down with Nathan and Jeremy to hear how it all came to be.

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Get your Trailer Fix on Trailer.Town with founders Joel Farris & Alex Carvalho

January 12, 2016

This week on Shorts, we’re joined by Joel Farris and Alex Carvalho, half of the Trailer.Town team and founders of the site to talk about trailers, spoilers, and the importance of curation in a messy Youtube world.

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An Interview with DC Barns & J Trent Adams — Winners of Star Wars: Force For Change

December 22, 2015

Last year, DC Barns entered his name in a contest to join the cast and crew of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Pinewood Studios in London. Today, after nearly 12 months in embargoed silence, they are free to speak of their experience inside the Mystery Box.

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Caddyshack

December 4, 2015

With a background at Second City and National Lampoon, comedy was right up Harold Ramis’ alley, and while he had early opportunities to write and perform comedy, it wasn’t until the third feature film on which he was involved that gave him the opportunity to direct. Luckily for him, that movie was “Caddyshack” and the rest, as they say, is history. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we begin our Harold Ramis series with his directorial debut from 1980 – “Caddyshack.”

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Interview with writer Ken Levine on Guilty Pleasures, Volunteers, and TV Legacy

August 27, 2015

We are thrilled — and a touch embarrassed — to have the one and only writer Ken Levine with us on The Next Reel, the man behind Andy’s favorite guilty pleasure, Volunteers.

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