The Next Reel Film Podcast

When the movie ends, our conversation begins

The Next Reel Film Podcast

When the movie ends, our conversation begins

The Next Reel

Rocky III

How well does this hold up compared to the first two? Does Mr. T’s Clubber Lang work as the antagonist? Does Stallone deliver with the characters and story? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more.

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Rocky II

Sylvester Stallone’s directorial debut, Paradise Alley, was a flop and the studio didn’t want to give him another shot when he said he wanted to direct Rocky II. Luckily, Rocky was such a success and the producers knew he was largely the man behind it, so they gave him another chance.

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Lean on Pete

A long journey with a horse . . . through brutal environments . . . and encounters with ruthless people . . . no, we’re not talking about Hostiles again. But after taking a month off we wanted to pick up where we were. So this month Steve and JJ are taking on the emotional cliff dive known as “Lean on Pete.”

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Rocky

Sylvester Stallone pretty much embodies everything about the character Rocky Balboa that he created for the film Rocky. He’s someone who wanted to go the distance, and may not have won but proved that he had the determination and stamina to really persevere in the long haul. And what’s interesting about the first film in the Rocky franchise is that it’s more a 70s character study than it really is a boxing film.

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Glass

The Film Board is respawning for you here this January with Glass from M. Night Shyamalan. Is it a sequel to Unbreakable? Is it a sequel to Split? Or is it something altogether different. The debate about this film should be super with an angle on origin and another on a Special Edition Showdown and openings for more.

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Romeo and Juliet

Is it better or worse casting actual teenagers to play the title roles? How well does Zeffirelli handle the Bard? What are we really looking for in adaptations of this story anyway? Tune in to this week’s show to find out these answers and more!

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Rachel, Rachel

Is there more to the film than a great central performance by Joanne Woodward? Can Paul Newman direct? Would Estelle Parsons’ character have made a better character to follow? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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Oliver!

Film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ works almost seem as common as Shakespeare’s works. It’s even quite possible that certain stories of his may have been adapted for the screen more frequently than some from the Bard. When Carol Reed brought Lionel Bart’s musical stage adaptation to the big screen in 1968, the time was ripe…

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The Lion In Winter

British royalty is full of fascinating tales of power, conspiracies, distrust, and greed. They make such great characters that actors relish the opportunities to play them, sometimes even playing the same character more than once. Peter O’Toole certainly jumped at the chance when he read the script for The Lion in Winter based on the…

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The Producers (2005)

Adapting a non-musical into a Broadway musical into a film musical takes a lot of work, but Mel Brooks clearly had the gumption to do it, and was successful most of the way along. His Broadway adaptation of 1968’s The Producers was a massive hit with records that still haven’t been broken. The question, then,…

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