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The Next Reel • Season 13 • Series: 1988 Academy Awards Best Visual Effects Nominees • The Lost Boys • Member Bonus

The Lost Boys • Member Bonus

December 31, 2023

It’s our December Member Bonus Episode, and the members have spoken — we’re adding Joel Schumacher’s 1987 teen vampire horror comedy “The Lost Boys” to the list of films that coulda been a contender at the 1988 Academy Awards nominations for Best Visual Effects. It’s a fun one to return to, and has a lot more going on than we realized when we first saw it in the 80s. Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 13 • Series: 1976 Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Nominees • The Stepford Wives • Member Bonus

The Stepford Wives • Member Bonus

November 30, 2023

For our November member bonus episode, we add a ‘what if?’ to our run of 1976 Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Nominees series, talking about Bryan Forbes’ 1975 film The Stepford Wives. How does it compare to the nominees?

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The Next Reel • Season 13 • Series: Member Bonus 1969 Nat'l Society of Film Critics Awards Best Cinematography • The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch • Member Bonus

October 31, 2023

We wrap up our member bonus episode series looking at the three films nominated for the National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Cinematography in 1969 with a chat about Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch. It’s a brilliant film and one we’re thrilled to talk about.

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The Next Reel • Season 13 • Series: 1969 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Cinematography Nominees • Medium Cool • Member Bonus

Medium Cool • Member Bonus

September 30, 2023

We return to the 1969 National Society of Film Critics Awards nominee list for Best Cinematography for this month’s member bonus episode. Specifically, we’re talking about Haskell Wexler’s narrative feature directorial debut “Medium Cool.” Taking place around Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, it has a lot to say about politics, race relations, and the media. Still, that last act leaves us scratching our heads… Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 13 • Series: 1969 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Cinematography Nominees • if...

if… • Member Bonus

August 31, 2023

For this month’s member bonus episode, we’re kicking off a three-part series looking at the nominees of the 1969 National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Cinematography. First up, it’s Lindsay Anderson’s 1968 film “if…”. Fascinating film to talk about, interesting usage of both black-and-white and color cinematography. Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Mission: Impossible • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One • Member Bonus

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One • Member Bonus

July 13, 2023

We wrap up our conversations about Ethan Hunt and the Mission: Impossible franchise – at least until next summer – with a deep (and spoilery) discussion about Christopher McQuarrie’s new film Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. It’s a great new entry to the franchise, even if it doesn’t feel as strong as the past few films. Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Fast Eddie • Member Bonus • The Color of Money

The Color of Money • Member Bonus

June 30, 2023

Our June member bonus episode brings us to the conclusion of ‘Fast Eddie’ Felson’s story as we return to the world of billiard halls and hustlers with Martin Scorsese’s “The Color of Money” from 1986. How’s Paul Newman? What about young Tom Cruise? Does it work as a followup to “The Hustler”? Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Fast Eddie • Member Bonus • The Hustler

The Hustler • Member Bonus

May 31, 2023

Our members voted, and for this month and next, we’re talking about ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson. We start this month with Robert Rossen’s 1961 film ‘The Hustler’ starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, and George C. Scott. It’s a brilliant film about pool and life, and definitely takes us on a dark journey. Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Infernal Affairs • Member Bonus • Infernal Affairs III

Infernal Affairs III • Member Bonus

April 30, 2023

We wrap up our conversations about the Infernal Affairs trilogy with our April 2023 member bonus episode, discussing Andrew Lau’s and Alan Mak’s 2003 film INFERNAL AFFAIRS III. Does it work as the conclusion to this trilogy? Why does it feel more convoluted than the previous two? Which of the story threads works best for us? Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Infernal Affairs • Member Bonus • Infernal Affairs II

Infernal Affairs II • Member Bonus

March 31, 2023

We return to the world of moles working both for the cops and with the criminals as we dig into Andrew Lau’s and Alan Mak’s 2003 follow-up INFERNAL AFFAIRS II. Does it work as a prequel? Does it get muddied with character information that feels unnecessarily included just because it’s a prequel? How does the further development of our police superintendent Wong and crimelord Sam work? Tune in to our March member bonus episode!

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