This past weekend Netflix released “Project Power” for subscribers and aspects of it infer the makings of a major theatrical release. It stars Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon Levitt and is a story about pills being circulated in New Orleans and other cities giving people short periods of great powers. The Film Board gathers to spoil the project for you and give you a full disclosure of the documented effects of these drugs so you can decide for yourself if its something you want to ingest.

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What is the grand illusion in The Grand Illusion? How does Jean Renoir’s realism work for this World War I film? Why is director/actor Erich von Stroheim so memorable as the director of the POW camp? And why is Dita Parlo so high in the credits? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Coming back just a few short years later, Ice Cube sets his third film in the Friday franchise at Christmastime. It’s a fun shift in the franchise, which also shifts locations yet again to a low-end strip mall where Craig and his cousin Day-Day work as security guards. Cube is yet again tackling the script by himself and bringing on a first-time filmmaker to bring the film to life, this time through music video director Marcus Raboy. Join us as we wrap up our Friday franchise series with Raboy’s 2002 film Friday After Next.

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When Ice Cube started up his own production company it made sense to leverage the first film he wrote to make a sequel. After all, most sequels are guaranteed to earn back a part of what their predecessors made. But without Chris Tucker and DJ Pooh, how does Cube handle taking Craig to the suburbs? Join us as we continue our series looking at the Friday franchise with Steve Carr’s 2000 film ‘Next Friday’.

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Ice Cube’s rap career was on fire because of the work he was doing with N.W.A., but after playing Doughboy in John Singleton’s 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, he got the acting bug and wanted to do more films. Join us as we kick off our new series looking at the Friday franchise with F. Gary Gray’s 1995 film Friday.

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Toward the end of Grant’s acting career, he had stopped playing the romantic interest, concerned how his age reflected in the on-screen relationships, particularly with younger women. After this point, he only played a romantic interest one last time, and it was opposite Audrey Hepburn in Charade.

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It’s the second in our Cary Grant series this week, and this time we’re heading straight up the Presidents’ noses as we follow Hitch and crew to Mt. Rushmore and beyond in the 1959 classic ‘North by Northwest’.

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Cary Grant knew Frank Capra was busy casting for his new film, an adaptation of the Broadway hit Arsenic and Old Lace, and he knew that Ronald Reagan and Jack Benny had both turned the lead role down, so he told Capra he was interested and available. Capra was thrilled, and they set to work.

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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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The Next Reel is silent this week in support of all those who stand and fight for justice, equality, and peace.

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