The Next Reel Film Podcast
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### "I'm one with the Force. The Force is with me." Look at this- The Film Board is back with a thuggish gathering of galactic implications. Last year doesn’t totally count as long ago nor far, far away for a new star wars movie, but the Disney franchise treatment this month goes all the way back into a sub-mid-prequel sort of thing with _Rogue One: A Star Wars Story_. If you’re not sure where this movie belongs in the mix, we’ll spoil it for you along with the rest of the story and and all of its clever bridges to the Trilogy we all grew up on. We’ve decided to prompt some of the usual suspects on this one so take a listen to Tommy Handsome, Andy, Pete, and JJ as we open up a can of blaster sound effects and witty droid dialogue. You will have as much fun as we do – real people talking about fake things fighting other fake things! ### Film Sundries - [Original theatrical trailer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frdj1zb9sMY) - [Original poster artwork](http://www.impawards.com/2016/rogue_one_a_star_wars_story_ver2.html) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/30D40262CE) - [Letterboxd](https://letterboxd.com/film/rogue-one-a-star-wars-story/) - [Star Wars Name Generator](http://starwars.namegeneratorfun.com/)
### "Now that you’re so respectable, I think you’re more dangerous than you ever were." It was billed the most anticipated film of the decade, yet Francis Ford Coppola had spent that entire decade turning down requests to make it. It was only his failing finances that finally drove Coppola to accept the job of writing and directing _The Godfather, Part III_, and for a lot of people, they probably wish he never bothered. But whatever issues they may have had getting it made, it was the casting of a key role with his own daughter Sofia that created ridiculous vitriol and hatred aimed for the writer/director. This element also ended up being a huge part of the reviews when the film finally came out. But did the film deserve this? Join us – Andy Nelson and Pete Wright – as we wrap up our Godfather trilogy series with Coppola’s epilogue to the Michael Corleone story, 1990’s _The Godfather, Part III_. We talk about our reactions to the film and where we feel the problems with it lay. We look at Sofia’s performance and weigh in on the issue of nepotism here and debate whether some of the criticism was warranted, regardless of whether it was right or not. We look at the rest of the cast and crew and what they all bring to the table, ending in a little quiz about which people ended up involved in all three films. We talk about the position Paramount Studios was in and why they pushed this film through so quickly and why that rush may have been the crux as to why Coppola could never get the story as good as it should have been. And we look at how this film did compared to its predecessors. It’s a flawed film but still an entertaining one. We have a great time talking about it on this week’s show as we wrap up the series. Haven’t seen it? Give it a shot. Then check the show out! ### Film Sundries - Watch this film: [iTunes](https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/movie/godfather-part-iii-coppola/id288874574?at=11lrTo) • [Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/Godfather-Part-III-Diane-Keaton/dp/B007KY0BZ8/ref=sr_1_1?sr=8-1&ie=UTF8&keywords=the+godfather+part+III&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&qid=1481686713) - [Script Transcript](http://www.awesomefilm.com/script/Godfather_PartIII(3-12-79).pdf) - [Original theatrical trailer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMZW74OhB-s) - [Original poster artwork](http://www.impawards.com/1990/godfather_part_iii_ver1.html) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/2DBC6C8BD3) - [Letterboxd](http://letterboxd.com/film/the-godfather-part-iii/) ### Trailers of the Week - Andy's Trailer: [_The Circle_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH0E69gtQtI) — "It’s Tom Hanks and it’s creepy ‘big brother is watching you’ sci-fi. I’m all in. Even if it is just a teaser." - Pete's Trailer: [_The Fate of the Furious_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XBmsl7wbIQ) — "I didn’t get the Furious movies for a long time. I did that binge a few years back and it landed on me: Stop thinking and jam your foot to the floor. I’m hit and miss with F. Gary Gray, but Chris Morgan handles the franchise well and making Dom the Judas in the story is a clever, Walter-White-esque twist. Of course, I’m in."
### "Such perfectly beautiful coats!" The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is our ongoing series in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, we’re honored to have _two_ guests join us to discuss one of their favorite films – it’s the Bancroft Brothers! That’s right, twin brothers Tom and Tony Bancroft, both of whom are animators, are here to chat about Disney’s 1961 classic _One Hundred and One Dalmatians_. We talk about why they picked this film and why this film is a key shift in the world of animation at Walt Disney Studios (hint: it involves xeroxing!). We look at the animators involved – Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, Marc Davis, etc. – and how they all fit into the looks of characters like Cruella De Vil, Pongo, Perdita, Jasper, Horace and more, really bringing them to life. We discuss the importance of what art director/production designer Ken Anderson and color stylist Walt Peregoy did with the impressionistic backgrounds. We chat about what the film’s three directors – Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wolfgang Reitherman – did to bring the film together and how they likely split up tasks. We dig into the really amazing 3D modeling Ub Iwerks helped come up with to make Cruella De Vil’s car look more realistic. And, of course, we can’t talk about this movie without discussing Cruella’s cheekbones, which we do. It’s a fantastic conversation with two gentlemen who _really_ know what they’re talking about helping us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – sound like we know what we’re doing. The conversation will really make you look at this movie and animation with so much more respect. So rewatch this Disney gem then tune in to this month’s Speakeasy! ### Film Sundries - Watch this film: [iTunes](https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/movie/101-dalmatians-1961/id635607865?at=11lrTo) • [Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/101-Dalmatians-Plus-Bonus-Features/dp/B00P1FH19W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&sr=1-1&s=instant-video&keywords=101+dalmatians&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&qid=1481646324) - [Script Transcript](http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=101-dalmatians) - [Original theatrical trailer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdV2tPJOPRY) - [_101 Dalmatians_ by Dodie Smith](https://www.amazon.com/101-Dalmatians-Dodie-Smith/dp/0760704066/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&sr=1-3&s=books&keywords=101+dalmatians&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&qid=1481646281) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/A16E159D84) - [Letterboxd](http://letterboxd.com/film/one-hundred-and-one-dalmatians/) - [Check Out Tom’s Work!](http://tombancroftstudio.com/) - [Tom on Twitter](https://twitter.com/TomBancroft1) - [Tom on Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/TomBancroft1) - [Tony on Twitter](https://twitter.com/pumbaaguy1) - [Tony on Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/pumbaaguy/) - [Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast](http://taughtbyapro.com/category/podcasts/) - [Frank & Ollie’s site](http://www.frankanollie.com/) - [Ronald Searle’s artwork](http://ronaldsearle.blogspot.com/)
### "Keep your friends close but your enemies closer." While _The Godfather, Part II_ didn’t perform nearly as well as its predecessor at the box office, Francis Ford Coppola’s sequel certainly made its money back and, more importantly, has gone on to become a film that’s often cited as one of the greatest films ever made. It even has its contingency of fans who feel it’s the stronger film of the pair. But Coppola went into it not really that excited by the prospect of making a sequel and really only jumped on board because of an idea he had that would blend the storylines of a father and of a son. Join us – Andy Nelson and Pete Wright – as we continue our Godfather trilogy series with Coppola’s 1974 film _The Godfather, Part II_. We talk about our feelings with this film and whether or not we find it the stronger of the pair. We chat about Coppola and how he was really given free reign with this film, making it an incredibly easy shoot. We look at what Coppola brings to the table, including the numbered title, and why he’s such a masterful filmmaker. We talk about the various actors who return to the story and those who are new additions. And we look at how this film looks and all the people behind putting it together. It’s a film that splits audiences, critics and even us movie lovers like us, but it gives us all that much more to talk about this week. So pull up your cannoli and tune in to find out if this film ranks as high as Part I on our Flickchart. ### Film Sundries - Watch this film: [iTunes](https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/movie/godfather-part-ii-coppola/id289039042?at=11lrTo) • [Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/Godfather-Part-II-Al-Pacino/dp/B005DNPFV8/ref=sr_1_1?sr=8-1&ie=UTF8&keywords=the+godfather+part+II&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&qid=1481134367) - [Script Transcript](http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/godfather2.html) - [Original theatrical trailer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O1Iy9od7-A) - [Original poster artwork](http://www.impawards.com/1974/godfather_part_ii.html) - [_The Godfather_ by Mario Puzo](https://www.amazon.com/Godfather-Signet-Mario-Puzo/dp/0451167716/ref=sr_1_4?sr=8-4&ie=UTF8&keywords=the+godfather&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&qid=1481134333) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/DD42A68671) - [Letterboxd](http://letterboxd.com/film/the-godfather-part-ii/) - [The Godfather PC Game (Requires Atari ST or Amiga Emulator)](http://thegamearchives.net/?val=0_2_1_0_0_8_1_0_0_0_0) ### Trailers of the Week - Andy's Trailer: [_The Belko Experiment_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ0x3OS4ML0) — "When we had Abraham Benrubi on for our Speakeasy episode last January, he mentioned that he was involved in this and said he had a blast making it. Now having seen the trailer, I’m very much looking forward to watching it. It’s dark and twisted but has an interesting premise. Count me in!" - Pete's Trailer: [_The Autopsy of Jane Doe_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtTAhXuiRTc) — "We were fans of _Troll Hunter_ for sure. That André Øvredal is back with this creep fest of a father-son medical examiner team police procedural? I’ll check that out. As Andy has noted, perhaps I’m not as averse to horror as I think I am?"
### "Blood’s a big expense." It was never a movie that was meant to be as big as it became. Robert Evans, Paramount head at the time, thought it would be a fun mobster movie designed to make a quick buck, capitalizing on the recent novel “The Godfather” by Mario Puzo. But Francis Ford Coppola saw something in Puzo’s novel; he saw a family chronicle that was a metaphor for capitalism in America. He saw a crime epic. And he set out to make that version of the book. In the end, despite the fights with the studio that he had while making it, he stuck to his guns and _The Godfather_ still stands as arguably one of the greatest films of all time. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our Godfather trilogy with the movie that started it all, Coppola’s 1972 film _The Godfather_. We talk about why the film works so well and how Coppola and Puzo crafted the story, giving the audience an interesting entry into the Mafia world. We look at Coppola as a director and writer and what he brings to the table here. We chat about the incredible cast – from Marlon Brando and Al Pacino to James Caan and Diane Keaton, even the nepotism of casting Talia Shire (and his own daughter Sophia!). We look at Gordon Willis’ mind-bogglingly dark cinematography and why it, paired with the film’s sepia tones, create this world as much as anything Coppola does. We chat about Nino Rota’s haunting score, and the big controversy surrounding it. And we look at the struggles Coppola had in getting the film made contrasted with how well it did at the box office. It’s a film that’s spurred countless famous quotes, not the least of which is “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” The movie is everywhere and has become as much a part of our culture as Coppola’s Italian heritage had become a part of the film when he made it. It’s a fantastic film that certainly deserves to be looked at multiple times and discussed often. We have a great (and lengthy) conversation about it on the show this week. So check out the movie then tune in! ### Film Sundries - Watch this film: [iTunes](https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/movie/godfather-coppola-restoration/id285494571?at=11lrTo) • [Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/Godfather-Marlon-Brando/dp/B005DNPFUE/ref=sr_1_1?sr=8-1&ie=UTF8&keywords=the+godfather&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&qid=1480390308) - [Script Transcript](http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~ina22/splaylib/Screenplay-Godfather,%20The-Continuity.pdf) - [Original theatrical trailer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DO-nDW43Ik) - [Original poster artwork](http://www.impawards.com/1972/godfather_ver2.html) - [_The Godfather_ by Mario Puzo](https://www.amazon.com/Godfather-Mario-Puzo-ebook/dp/B0022Q8CSC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?qid=1480390328&sr=1-1&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&_encoding=UTF8) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/B4CFDA198E) - [Letterboxd](http://letterboxd.com/film/the-godfather/) - [Alex Rocco Audi A8 Super Bowl Spot](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBVAKp02yPM) - [Fortunella — You have to hear it… — 1958](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZgEkHWt58o) ### Trailers of the Week - Andy's Trailer: [Ghost in the Shell](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4VmJcZR0Yg) — "I remember watching the anime version of this years ago and finding it interesting but not something I connected with. At this point, I find this live action remake to be something I want to see more out of curiosity than anything else. I hope it’s good. I hope the whitewashing of the lead character doesn’t bug me (with ScarJo playing her, I think I’ll be okay). I hope it’s more than just boobs and amazing visuals, which the trailer shows off brilliantly.” - Pete's Trailer: [_Silence_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqrgxZLd_gE) — "The first trailer for Scorsese’s passion film hits, 26 years in the making. Garfield and Driver look greatly weird… or weirdly great, especially after thinking that Benicio del Toro and Daniel Day-Lewis were supposed to star as recently as 2009. How things change. It’s visually bold — _indelicate_ might be a better word — especially for a film that centers on the cloth. I’m fascinated and can’t wait to see it."
### ". . . another victim of the cruel tricks gods play on men” It’s back to 2014 again for JJ and Steve as they dig into The Two Faces of January, Andy’s pick from February 2014. Adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, this thriller set in the early 60’s looks and sounds like a classic Hitchcock film. JJ and Steve dig into the difference between the appearance and the substance of the story, the challenges of identifying who the two faces are, and wonder whether the novel may sufficiently fill in some gaps in the film. There are many mysteries that are unearthed in The Two Faces of January but will the answers leave you feeling satisfied? ### Film Sundries - Watch this film: [iTunes](https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-two-faces-of-january/id906717651?at=11lTo) • [Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/Two-Faces-January-Viggo-Mortensen/dp/B00OLIIEZK//tag=rashpixel_mwl-20) • [Netflix](https://www.netflix.com/title/70302187) - [Script Transcript](http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=the-two-faces-of-january) - [Original theatrical trailer](https://youtu.be/It-NVYptHIU?list=PL1btWf6rbsJSZWocfKgBd2kHPqFZrnQY1) - [Original poster artwork](http://www.impawards.com/2014/two_faces_of_january.html) - [_The Two Faces of January_ by Patricia Highsmith](https://www.amazon.com/Two-Faces-January-Patricia-Highsmith/dp/0802122620/tag=rashpixel_mwl-20) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/B068240305) - [Letterboxd](http://letterboxd.com/film/the-two-faces-of-january/)
### "I didn’t forget your breakfast. I didn’t _bring_ you breakfast because you didn’t eat your din-din!" The animosity between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford almost seems the stuff of legend. Looking back from today, it’s hard to say how much there really was or if it was all conjured up by the studios and the press. But after hearing stories of the two and how things went after they collaborated on _What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?_, it’s clear that there really was a... competitive nature, let’s just say, between the two women. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our Bette Davis series with Robert Aldrich’s 1962 film _What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?_. We talk about the two actresses and what they bring to the film, notably their iconic personas from the decades of acting previously as well as this catty relationship (not to mention their powerhouse performances). We look at the film and the darkly horrific way it’s made, fitting the bill nicely as a psychological thriller made by auteur Aldrich. We look at Ernest Haller’s gorgeously moody black-and-white cinematography and how well it pairs with Michael Luciano’s taut editing. And we tie up our Davis series by looking at what she brought to all the films we’ve discussed and the iconic status she has. It’s a dark film that’s incredibly fun too, in a way, and is certainly worth both watching and discussing. So check it out then tune in! ### Film Sundries - Watch this film: [iTunes](https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/movie/what-ever-happened-to-baby/id570626279?at=11lrTo) • [Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/What-Ever-Happened-Baby-Jane/dp/B004WECFSK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&sr=1-1&s=movies-tv&keywords=whatever+happened+to+baby+jane&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&qid=1479779959) - [Script Transcript](http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/w/what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane-script.html) - [Original theatrical trailer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qFYjkFCxiE) - [Original poster artwork](http://www.impawards.com/1962/what_ever_happened_to_baby_jane.html) - [_What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?_ by Henry Farrell](https://www.amazon.com/What-Ever-Happened-Baby-Jane/dp/1455546755/ref=sr_1_4?sr=8-4&ie=UTF8&keywords=whatever+happened+to+baby+jane%3F&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&qid=1479780172) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/1C0AD78360) - [Letterboxd](http://letterboxd.com/film/what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane/) ### Trailers of the Week - Andy's Trailer: [_Jackie_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9pW3B8Ycc4) — "There are a lot of exciting trailers playing right now, but as we finish up our series about a strong actress, I wanted to pick a trailer featuring another strong actress leading what looks to be a very interesting film. We all know the story of JFK but I know next to nothing about his first lady, particularly her time immediately after his death. Natalie Portman looks great and the film looks incredibly compelling. Count me in." - Pete's Trailer: [_Kong: Skull Island_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfknzBAdPyA) — "Yup, this has to go down as one of the most comically terrible trailers I’ve ever seen. I know it’s going to be a big movie, but this thing gives away everything exciting about a monster movie: the damned monsters. All of them. The size and scale, the variety, the colors and sounds, it’s all given up in two minutes. If you know me, you know I’m not one to shy away from getting myself all spoiled. But seriously, _Kong: Skull Island_ … if there’s a worse offender on screen right now, I’d love to see it."
### "Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night." Bette Davis was on a streak of flops and just lost her contract with Warner Bros. when Joseph L. Mankiewicz offered her the role of Margo Channing in his new film _All About Eve_. She immediately saw it for what it was: an incredible role for a woman of her age in an incredible script. She leapt at the chance. It’s safe to say that by doing so, she created one of her most iconic performances in a film that’s gone on to be praised as one of the greatest of all time. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Bette Davis series with Mankiewicz’s 1950 film _All About Eve_. We talk about why this film works so well for us and how it still feels so relevant today. We discuss Mankiewicz and his direction, as well as his adaptation of Mary Orr’s short story and touch on how she came to the idea. We chat about Davis and how great of a performance she gives, but pair that next to Ann Baxter who just might outdo Davis. We also talk about the brilliant George Sanders, the lovely Celeste Holm, the sarcastic Thelma Ritter and the always beautiful Marilyn Monroe, among others. We chat about how this film’s fictional Sarah Siddons Award ended up becoming a real thing. And we look at what happens when two actresses want to be nominated for Best Actress (hint: it doesn’t work out). It’s an amazing film that hardly feels dated at all and is well worth not only discussing but also in giving a glimpse in what Bette Davis can do. We have a great time talking about it so tune in! ### Film Sundries - Watch this film: [iTunes](https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/movie/all-about-eve/id364595777?at=11lrTo) • [Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/All-About-Eve-Bette-Davis/dp/B004LQIA10/ref=tmm_aiv_swatch_1?qid=1478804735&sr=8-2&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&_encoding=UTF8) - [Script Transcript](http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/all_about_eve.html) - [Original theatrical trailer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSntQerk8cQ) - [Original poster artwork](http://www.impawards.com/1950/all_about_eve.html) - [_The Wisdom of Eve_ by Mary Orr](https://www.amazon.com/Wisdom-Eve-Acting-Mary-Orr/dp/0822214296/ref=asap_bc?tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&ie=UTF8) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/C6F7780201) - [Letterboxd](http://letterboxd.com/film/all-about-eve/) ### Trailers of the Week - Andy's Trailer: [_Beauty and the Beast_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvW_L8sTu5E) — "Yeah, I’m a sucker for Disney. I was doubtful of their remake slate but have been pretty impressed with the last few. This is based on arguably their best animated film. Can they pull this one off? They seem to have everything lined up the right way that makes me believe that yes, this one will be great." - Pete's Trailer: [_Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BszXhUjJz00) — "Is Luc Besson back to the wonder of _The Fifth Element_? Yes, I’m still bullish on that movie, and by the looks of it, this one is back to basics in the very best way. At worst, it should be a great tester for home 4k cinemas."
### "Don’t let’s ask for the moon, we have the stars!" Irving Rapper’s 1942 film _Now, Voyager_ may have met with mixed reviews but it certainly found its audience, showing that people were thrilled with the on-screen pairing of Bette Davis and Paul Henreid in a story about a woman learning to come out of her shell. It helped that Davis connected so much with this role. She fought for the part and got it, creating one of her iconic and romantic screen personas. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Bette Davis series with Rapper’s film _Now, Voyager_. We talk about Davis and our thoughts of her in general, paired with our thoughts of this film and what works – or doesn’t work – for us. We chat about Casey Robinson’s script and Olive HIggins Prouty’s source material, contemplating issues we have like the flashback structure, and wondering if the story could have been told without them. (We also contemplate the original story, wondering if perhaps its foundation was flashbacks, giving the filmmakers a sense that they needed to include them.) We look at the cast – notably Davis, Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper and Mary Wickes – and discuss what they bring to the table. And we revel in the sweepingly romantic themes that composer Max Steiner for which won an Oscar. It’s a film that Andy loves and Pete finds problematic in lots of little ways, but certainly one well worth talking about. How does it stack up for you? Check it out then tune in! ### Film Sundries - Watch this film: [iTunes](https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/movie/now-voyager/id635154219?at=11lrTo) • [Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/Now-Voyager-Keepcase-Bette-Davis/dp/B0008ENIKM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1478575778&sr=8-2&keywords=now,+voyager) - [Script Transcript](http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=now-voyager) - [Original theatrical trailer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t861z2ww0-Q) - [Original poster artwork](https://www.google.com/search?q=now+voyager+poster&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiG7M64m5jQAhUL_mMKHWqkAuQQsAQIkQE&biw=958&bih=1094) - [_Now, Voyager_ by Olive Higgins Prouty](https://www.amazon.com/Voyager-Femmes-Fatales-Higgins-Prouty/dp/1558614761/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478575716&sr=1-2&keywords=now,+voyager) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/8E30CF66B3) - [Letterboxd](http://letterboxd.com/film/now-voyager/) ### Trailers of the Week - Andy's Trailer: [_Wilson_ (Red Band)](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opo4dq3NNRs) — "The sequel to _Cast Away_ that follows Wilson the volleyball and his world exploits this is not. It’s Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern reconnecting with the daughter they gave away for adoption 17 years ago. But funny. Funny in the best of red band ways. Plus it’s based on a Daniel Clowes graphic novel, so it’s got that going for it." - Pete's Trailer: [_Gifted_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI01wBXGHUs) — "Once again, _you go Chris Evans_ for making interesting, feel-good, even formulaic non-Cap films that bring a man tear right to my big stupid face. And a fine welcome back to Marc Webb who may just be bringing me everything I loved about _500 Days of Summer_ in the kinda foul mouth of McKenna Grace."
The Film Board Presents: Doctor Strange
The Film Board gathers! The Marvel Cinematic Universe has returned so we've brought together a merry band of thugs to spoil the next episode of the massive comic book soap opera for you- easter eggs and all. Origin story anyone? Join us as we talk about Doctor Strange, another special human that learns great and different powers Foster's the best to save the world slash worlds in great and different ways.
### "You must hate me very much." Bette Davis was never one to shy away from roles, except perhaps from those that weren’t meaty enough. And she found a lot to work with in Lillian Hellman’s play “The Little Foxes” when William Wyler brought it to the big screen. And even though it meant endless fights on set with her director, Davis received her fifth Oscar nomination for her performance. It’s a dark film, but certainly one worth watching. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our Bette Davis series with Wyler’s 1941 film _The Little Foxes_. We talk about Davis and deliberate on why she’s someone worth discussing, or even someone worth writing songs about. We look at Wyler and his career, and how despite the fact that he doesn’t really stand out as an auteur that he’s still someone who created a large quantity of incredible films. We discuss Hellman and how her Communist beliefs might have influenced her script. We hit on Gregg Toland and his deep focus he’s still practicing after just having finished _Citizen Kane_, bringing a lot to the table with this film. And we look at the rest of the cast, including Teresa Wright, Herbert Marshall, David Carlson, Patricia Colinge and Dan Duryea, and what they add to the film. Like _There Will Be Blood_, this is a film about wicked people trying to climb to the top. It’s a tough film to watch but everyone in it is so compelling, it’s hard to turn off. We have a great conversation about it this week so check it out then tune in! ### Film Sundries - [Script Transcript](http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=little-foxes-the) - [Original theatrical trailer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Lfa4jyTCI) - [Original poster artwork](https://www.google.com/search?q=the+little+foxes+poster&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjrw5qN94XQAhVQ92MKHWN4B5AQ_AUICSgC&biw=956&bih=619) - [About _The Little Foxes_ — A Play by Lillian Hellman](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Foxes) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/F3CDD577B3) - [Letterboxd](http://letterboxd.com/film/the-little-foxes/) ### Trailers of the Week - Andy's Trailer: [_Toni Erdmann_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0uwi5EPnpA) — "I had picked a completely different trailer but saw this and thought it was off the wall enough that I wanted to go with it instead. This looks like an exciting father-daughter story as a dad tries to help break his daughter out of the successful yet unhappy life she’s made for herself. As a father who wants to see his daughter happy AND successful, this really struck a chord with me." - Pete's Trailer: [_Life_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeLsJfGmY_Y) — "Have I ever mentioned that for a time in my life, I was actually mistaken for Ryan Reynolds? That would be reason enough to pick this movie, but drop in Rebecca Ferguson and Jake Gyllenhaal, the ISS, and a creepy spore mangler and I’m all in. Of course, this movie does come with risks: Daniel Espinosa helmed _Child 44_, currently 43 of 51 on The Film Board’s Flickchart listing and the central reason you have to fear trains undressing your children."
### "The prettiest sight in this fine, pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges." The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, director Steve Miner joins us to talk about one of his favorites, George Cukor’s 1940 film _The Philadelphia Story_. We talk about the nature of this story and how it’s so much more than a screwball comedy, which is how it’s often billed. We look at how Katharine Hepburn was intrinsic in getting both the original play and this film made, what it meant for her career at the time and how well it holds up today (despite one potentially nasty depiction of abuse). We discuss Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart and how well they work together in this story. We look at what director George Cukor brings to the table, finding the right ways to bring the script to life. We talk about the nature of the media and paparazzi and how things really haven’t changed all that much. And we look at how the film did not just in the box office and during Awards season, but more importantly how it’s really proven that it can stand the test of time. It’s a marvelous film, one that’s well worth watching. We had a great time talking about it with Steve and hearing his perspective on why it’s one of his favorites. So check out the movie then tune in! ### Film Sundries - Watch this film: [iTunes](https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-philadelphia-story/id601325650?at=11lrTo) • [Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/Philadelphia-Story-James-Stewart/dp/B0093QE37S/ref=sr_1_1?sr=8-1&ie=UTF8&keywords=The+Philadelphia+Story&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&qid=1477803350) - [Script Transcript](http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=philadelphia-story-the) - [Original theatrical trailer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCfuPPR7wnQ) - [Original poster artwork](https://www.google.com/search?q=the+philadelphia+story+poster&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi-9J2_34HQAhUT82MKHXFUDQwQ_AUICCgB&biw=958&bih=1094) - [_The Philadelphia Story: A Comedy in Three Acts_ by Philip Barry](https://www.amazon.com/Philadelphia-Story-Comedy-Three-Acts/dp/0573613974/ref=sr_1_1?sr=8-1&ie=UTF8&keywords=the+philadelphia+story+play&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&qid=1477803537) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/D15CF770D4) - [Letterboxd](http://letterboxd.com/film/the-philadelphia-story/)
### "Be Afraid. Be very afraid." There are certain people that are drawn to a movie because of reports about early screenings where audience members had to leave the theatre because the gore made them physically sick. Whether it’s an attraction to the gruesome horror films, a chance for some good jumps and frights or simply a curiosity to see what the filmmakers could have done to actually make people ill, gore can certainly boost a horror film at the box office. And that certainly was the case with David Cronenberg’s 1986 horror masterpiece _The Fly_, a remake of the ‘58 version which itself was based on George Langelaan’s short story. Cronenberg, however, is a filmmaker who certainly puts a lot of thought into his films, never one to simply make a gorefest, and this film certainly has more going for it. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we delve into the last Listener’s Choice episode of the year, this time with Matthew Medrano to discuss Cronenberg’s film. We talk to Matt about why he picked this film and what he loves about it so much. We talk about our enjoyment with the film and what Cronenberg is doing here, bringing multiple genres together to craft his story. We chat about how the film came to be and what Cronenberg and his co-writer Charles Edward Pogue opted to do in updating the original film (and short story). We look at the perfect blend of Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, a real-life couple at the time who brought amazing amounts of charisma, connection, struggle and heartbreak to the roles. We chat about the production team and the complexities they had in making all of the effects work and bringing them to life. And we look at how well this film did at the box office, surprised that only five years earlier, _The Thing_ couldn’t draw a crowd. It’s a great film and certainly one worth talking with. Thanks, Matt, for recommending we add it to the show! Now it’s everybody’s turn to check out the movie then tune in to the show! ### Film Sundries - Watch this film: [iTunes](https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-fly-1986/id396199412?at=11lrTo) • [Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/Fly-Jeff-Goldblum/dp/B004DHUB28/ref=sr_1_1?sr=8-1&ie=UTF8&keywords=the+fly&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&qid=1477544384) - [Script Transcript](http://goldmember.deep-ice.com/thefly1986.txt) - [Original theatrical trailer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BzwxJ-M_M0) - [Original poster artwork](http://www.impawards.com/1986/fly.html) - [Art of the Title](http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/the-fly/) - [The Fly (1958) — Netflix](https://www.netflix.com/title/70074601) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/D5D0774F1C) - [Letterboxd](http://letterboxd.com/film/the-fly-1986/) ### Trailers of the Week - Andy's Trailer: [A Cure for Wellness](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mcVodJmBlU) — "Gore Verbinski doesn’t always make films I love, but he certainly has a strong directorial touch. His remake of _The Ring_proved he could handle horror, and this certainly looks to be on the same wavelength. Strong cast, incredible visuals and creepy concept all make for something I definitely want to see." - Pete's Trailer: [_Frank & Lola_](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgVwXbz1YmI) — "It’s probably a bit too easy to compare this to _Last Tango in Paris_, which is engaging, but overrated. I’m more interested in Michael Shannon than Brando in a role of this ilk, and the last shot of him in this trailer, in the smock splattered in blood, is just the sort of tease that nails a trailer."
### "You’re right – the numbers don’t add up." The Film Board is all out of Breath! Our faithful thugs have all been sprinting from house to car to theater to car to microphone to gather, AND SPOIL, FOR YOU - the new Tom Cruise production of Jack Reacher - Never Go Back. The first installment of the Lee Child adaptation was striking and clever. We’ll talk through whether doing a #2 bugs us at all. Our house is a very very very full house with our five regulars returning to the show including Steve, Tommy Handsome, Andy, Pete, and JJ. Have a listen because when the movie ends, our conversation begins and this one in particular will set you up with the right things to know before you go. ### Film Sundries - [Original theatrical trailer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOAB_h-cBbs) - [Original poster artwork](http://www.impawards.com/2016/jack_reacher_never_go_back_ver2.html) - [Original Material](https://www.amazon.com/Never-Back-bonus-novella-Reacher-ebook/dp/B00B0LP48G/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?qid=&sr=&tag=rashpixel_mwl-20&_encoding=UTF8) - [Flickchart](http://www.flickchart.com/movie/EA5620F8D9) - [Letterboxd](http://letterboxd.com/film/jack-reacher-never-go-back/) - [Lee Child — Jack Reacher Series, Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Reacher_(book_series))