Just before the summer break, Steve and JJ take a trippy ride to The Congress. Based on Stanislaw Lem’s 1971 novel The Futurological Congress, this was Pete’s trailer pick from May 23, 2014. There is a lot going on in this movie, especially once we get to the animated zone Abrahama City. Centered around Robin Wright, played by Robin Wright, this film explores the next generation of filmmaking, the ability to convert a person into corporate property, and the bond between a mother and son.Read More
We call the Film Board a gang of thugs, but we’ve got nothing on the crew from Triple 9, a violent cop drama from 2016 directed by John Hilcoat. With both the Marvel and DC cinematic universes represented as well as The Walking Dead, this film has a slew of familiar faces. We have corrupt cops working one last heist for the mafia, and needing to sacrifice one of their own to do it. From early on this films delivers on action and adrenaline, but can the story and actors deliver an appropriate finish?Read More
As Joel Edgerton is starting to become a familiar face for American audiences he is also starting to cultivate his behind the screen talents. This month JJ and Steve investigate Edgerton’s first feature-length screenplay — 2014’s Felony.Read More
It’s time to put on your rubber-soled salsa shoes and hit the floor with JJ and Steve. This month they have got fire in their heels as they talk about Cuban Fury. For March they are lightening the mood with this romantic comedy from 2014 starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, and Ian McShane. This was Pete’s trailer pick from April 2014, and he predicted that writer Jon Brown was going to bring some of the same offensive humor that he brought to the tv series 'Misfits.' And boy did he ever!Read More
Call the maid for turn down service, because this month JJ and Steve take on a movie that takes place in a hotel room. JJ and Steve spend time with Charlie Kaufman’s 2015 film, Anomalisa and discuss why it is an unsettling film. What is it that they find so compelling in the stop-motion animated film?Read More
To start off a new year of Trailer Rewind Steve and JJ sit down for a meal with John Wells’ 2015 film Burnt. This was Pete's pick because he just loves films set in restaurant kitchens almost as much as he loves zombie films. If only there were a film that combined those two genres! Is it possible to enjoy a movie with an unlikable main character? Did Harvey Weinstein tamper too much by insisting that Alicia Vikander have a character written for her added to the script? How could Steve possibly think this was going to be like a heist film? Is Burnt about food or redemption, or both? Listen in for the first of many Trailer Rewind episodes this year that won’t give JJ a fright. (edited)Read More
It’s the last Trailer Rewind of 2017, and this time it's personal. When they decided to watch Andy’s trailer pick from our Syriana episode on February 20, 2015, Steve and JJ had no idea of the impact it would have on them. Writer/director Riley Stearns has crafted a dark tale exploring loss, free will, and the decisions people make that give others power over them. This film checks all the boxes of a small independent film: character-driven story, few locations, and an important message to share. Faults is one of those rare exceptions that has found the perfect cast.
This month JJ and Steve are tasked with keeping up with Miss Sloane. This drastically overlooked film from December 2016 is based on a stellar script from first-time writer Jonathan Perera and directed by John Madden. This isn’t a political drama, it’s not a thriller, but there is a big question to be answered that drives this story. Find out why fans of Michael Clayton and Erin Brockovich will likely enjoy this hidden gem.Read More
This month JJ and Steve are dealing with family drama in Zach Clark’s 2016 film Little Sister. With a mix of nuns, GWAR, drug-laced muffins, and parenting failures this film proudly displays its independent film badge, offering no clear, clean answers to many of the questions it raises.Read More
This month JJ and Steve learn a lesson in obedience with 2015’s Experimenter. Peter Sarsgaard takes us through the career of Stanley Milgram, who is best known for his obedience experiments that asked people to administer increasingly painful shocks to a stranger in another room. Milgram learned that people will be obedient to an authority figure. So download this episode and push play.Read More
This month, JJ and Steve are off into the deep bush country of New Zealand to track down one of Andy’s trailer picks from last year. What they find is an unexpected treasure full of beautiful camera work, lovable characters, and a variety of unexpected film references. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is one of those rare four-quadrant films that appeals to everyone.Read More
This month, Steve digs through the archives to revisit The History of Future Folk, a quirky indie that punches well above its weight. Yes, it’s a musical comedy about banjo-playing aliens. Yes, it’s the fictional backstory of a comic duo you’ve likely never heard of. But in all the indsiderness of Future Folk, there’s a delightful amount of heart that is so much more gratifying because my expectations were low going into it. Most gratifying? After re-watching the film, it just gets better.Read More
We’re keeping with The Next Reel 2017 theme of “Let’s Scare JJ.” Prisoners tortured in secret underground tunnels! A power-crazed cult leader! But even more frightening - it really happened! This month we rewind to Chile in 1973 for Colonia, starring Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, and Michael Nyqvist for a film based on true events at Colonia Dignidad.Read More
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.Read More
"I may see dead people, but, by God, I do something about it."
Mining book series for films is an all to frequent occurrence. Some are able to successfully make the transition from page to screen, while others struggle. The Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz would seem an ideal source to tap for a film adaptation.
This month JJ and Steve visit Pico Mundo to solve a mystery with Odd Thomas in a very special Anton Yelchin memorial Trailer Rewind episode. They discuss the unique tone of the film and how it balances the horror, mystery, and comedy components of the story to create an enjoyable and light film. They talk about the mixed strengths of the cast and special effects and how they create a world that’s grounded in reality yet is infused with elements of an idealized small town.
It’s a quirky film that’s ripe for viewing as a Halloween treat for teens.
"Tell me a story where everything works out in the end for the evil witch."
Steve and JJ are going to have their pain killer laden cake and spoil it for you too. This was Pete’s trailer pick from January 2, 2015. Pete talked about the cast and said Jennifer Aniston stood a chance for an Oscar for this film. Andy agreed that she looked amazing in this trailer and agreed that this looked like an opportunity for her to show that she is capable of powerful performances.
"Why am I me and not somebody else?"
Are you ready to rewind time with this month’s trailer rewind? JJ and Steve tackle Mr. Nobody, Pete’s trailer pick from November 2013. They discuss this film’s long road to a U.S release, the challenges of discussing a film loaded with metaphor and multiple storylines across different timelines, as well as the right audience for this film.
"So you're telling me you made a porno where the plot is the point?"
A trailer rewind for a film that’s still in theaters!?! What’s going on? We finish up our Andy trailer pick trilogy and add a bonus episode to the Shane Black series. As a special treat Andy joins Steve to discuss The Nice Guys, his trailer pick from December 11, 2015. Andy and Steve discuss the strengths of the film and how it fits in with the themes that have been part of Shane Black’s films. Catch this one before it leaves theaters before you listen because they spoil this 70’s detective story.
"See? This is why I hate time. I can't enjoy my sesame chicken because of that."
This month’s Trailer Rewind is Andy’s pick from our Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore episode in December 2014. Justin and Steve look at what made this Andy’s pick and delve into whether this film has a science fiction element to it or not. Listen in to find out if this romantic drama starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum is out of this world or crashes and burns.