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The Producers (1968)

December 13, 2018

"How could this happen? I was so careful! I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast – where did I go right?" Mel Brooks got his start doing stand-up comedy and as a TV writer, but he finally got his chance to direct a feature film when he read his script The…

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The Film Board

Green Book

November 27, 2018

"You never win with violence. You only win when you maintain your dignity." The Film Board spent the holiday weekend giving thanks and watching Green Book, a dramedy based on the true story of master pianist Dr. Don Shirley touring the American deep south in the 1960s. It’s back-to-back biopics for our guys with similar…

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Trailer Rewind


November 20, 2018

"I've killed everything that's walked or crawled. If you do it enough, you get used to it." JJ and Steve are heading out west this month. It's a long and grueling journey, and one of them may not make it to the end. It’s a Trailer Rewind first. This month they dig into the Saturday…

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The Speakeasy

The Sound of Music — In the Speakeasy with A Wrinkle in Time Producer Catherine Hand

June 12, 2018

Was Christopher Plummer really bored about being a part of this film? How many people really remember that the Nazis are involved in the story? And what’s really the best song in the movie? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more when we talk to A Wrinkle in Time producer Catherine Hand about her favorite film, The Sound of Music!

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Three of a Kind


July 12, 2016

Whether you’re a creative person, or someone who cringes at the thought of art, you’re going to find something to enjoy about this month’s three of a kind.

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The Next Reel Shorts

Behind the Sites with comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian

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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No, No, Wait! Hear Me Out!: The Return of the Living Dead

June 27, 2017

Tommy Handsome is back with his take on Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 zombie romp, The Return of the Living Dead. And before you hang up the podcast machine, wait, wait! Hear him out! This film brings some surprising horror chops in spite of the camp legacy in its wake starting with director O’Bannon himself

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No, No, Wait! Hear Me Out!: Josie and the Pussycats

October 11, 2016

Tommy Handsome brings you No, No, Wait! Hear Me Out! The latest Next Reel Short is a chance to right a wrong in the world by building a case that a movie you think you’re supposed to hate actually has some value. This month, it’s Josie and the Pussycats, Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan directing.

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The Scores of John Carpenter

July 19, 2016

It was a dark and stormy . . . actually, it was a sunny June Sunday evening when Andy and Steve decided to celebrate the joys of fatherhood with John Carpenter, the Master of Horror. On Father’s Day 2016, these two bold men decided to forego the company of their wives and children and settled…

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May 17, 2016

In this new TNR Short, JJ and Tommy Handsome talk about one of our favorite movie twists: The Mindbender. These are the stories that make you question the reality that’s portrayed to you on the screen. What do you believe? Does it matter?

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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. In…

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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…

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

January 12, 2016

A few weeks ago, we ran across a new site dedicated to movie trailers. It’s called Trailer.Town and it’s a clean, well-organized home for our favorite form of promotion. 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,…

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The 2015 Pony Prize Is Announced!

By Pete Wright | December 25, 2015

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to pick our Pony Prize winner! If you’re unaware, the Pony Prize is the BIG annual prize awarded to one of our winners from the weekly Instagram #GuessTheMovie challenge. We’ll be announcing the winner during the last episode of the year – our Christmas episode in…

TNR 2016 Watchlist Now Available!

By Pete Wright | December 1, 2015

It’s our favorite time of year around these parts. We’ve dug into our massive list of movies and whittled down the set for 2016. We’ve got some comedy. Some classics. Some more Mamet. Some illness. Some Samurai. All of it leading up to a series we’ve been talking about for years: The Godfather. So get…

Ben Lott catches up, writes with news from the frontier

By Pete Wright | June 5, 2015

The following is a message we received from listener Ben Lott. Ben is the man behind the Blott Score, and after months of silence, he wrote this week to explain his absence with statistics. We’ve posted Ben’s letter here with permission, because he’s awesome. Well, it took me just over 14 months but I’ve finally done…

Fury: A Tale of Hawks and Doves in World War II

By Steve Sarmento | May 25, 2015

I love Flickchart.com (Who doesn’t love Flickchart?) One of the fun side project hobby things I’ve been doing since I was invited to join the Gang of Thugs is reviewing old The Next Reel podcasts and viewing the subject movies when/if I haven’t seen them. I’ve been doing it because I like the show and I like…

Introducing the #TommyOscar

By Pete Wright | May 15, 2015

Most incredible thanks to our resident celebrity artist Joel Harris for this rendering of the soon-to-be-real #TommyOscar. It’s seriously amazing. And when I say “soon-to-be-real,” I mean, “as-soon-as-someone-can-make-it-a-reality-for-me.” Seriously, anyone know how to take this and make real medal? Make daddy happy…  Want to know where this comes from? Check out our Film Board ep…