The Next Picture Show

Looking at cinema's present via its past. The Next Picture Show is a biweekly roundtable by the former editorial team of The Dissolve examining how classic films inspire and inform modern movies. Episodes take a deep dive into a classic film and its legacy in the first half, then compare and contrast that film with a modern successor in the second. Hosted and produced by Genevieve Koski, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson and Scott Tobias.

TV & Film
Film History
Film Reviews
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#351: McDonagh's Discontented Duos Pt. 2 — The ...
14 years after "In Bruges", Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson reunite with Martin McDonagh for quieter, darker tale.
65 min
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#350: McDonagh's Discontented Duos Pt. 1 — In B...
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleason in Martin McDonagh's violent, profane, and hilarious debut.
64 min
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#349: Conduct Unbecoming, Pt. 2 — TÁR
Sex, power, and manipulation in Todd Field's masterful new film.
75 min
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#348: Conduct Unbecoming, Pt. 1 — Dangerous Lia...
Cruel intentions and no-so-secret affairs in Stephen Frears' Oscar-winning period drama.
61 min
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#347: Internal Affairs, Pt. 2 — Decision to Leave
Park Chan-wook's latest is "Vertigo" by way of David Lean's "Brief Encounter."
61 min
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#346: Internal Affairs, Pt. 1 — Brief Encounter
David Lean and Noel Coward's enduring cinematic reference point inspires the latest from Park Chan-wook.
66 min
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#345: The Unvarnished Sleuth Pt. 2: Confess, Fl...
Jon Hamm is title slacker-detective in Greg Mottola's new comedy.
47 min
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#344: The Unvarnished Sleuth Pt. 1: The Long Go...
Elliott Gould in Robert Altman's classic 1973 shaggy-dog noir.
51 min
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#343: Talkin' Tolkien, Pt. 2: The Lord of the R...
63 min
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#342: Talkin' Tolkien, Pt. 1: The Lord of the R...
The best-case scenario for large-scale screen adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth saga.
53 min
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#341: Djinn Expression, Pt. 2 — Three Thousand ...
George Miller's fantastically odd romance.
61 min
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#340: Djinn Expression, Pt. 1 — The Thief of Ba...
Alexander Korda's hugely ambitious - and influential - fantasy.
61 min
13
NPS: The Return (Our Next Pairing)
We're baaaack....
1 min
14
#339: Close Encounters, Pt. 2 — Nope
Untangling the web of ideas in Jordan Peele's thematically dense and bracingly cinematic new film.
73 min
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#338: Close Encounters, Pt. 1 — The War of the ...
Director Byron Haskin's influential adaptation of H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic.
61 min
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#337: Human/Nature, Pt. 2 — Fire of Love
Sara Dosa's Herzogian new doc about volcano obsessives Katia and Maurice Kraft.
64 min
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#336: Human/Nature, Pt. 1 — Grizzly Man
Werner Herzog's fascinating and troubling account of wild bear activist Timothy Treadwell.
58 min
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#335: In Baz Taste, Pt. 2 — Elvis
A biopic as only Baz Luhrman could make one.
58 min
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#334: In Baz Taste, Pt. 1 — Moulin Rouge!
Baz Luhrmann's feverishly stylized and irreverently ahistorical Best Picture nominee gets a revisit.
60 min
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#333: Life Finds a Way, Pt. 2 — Jurassic World ...
The dinosaurs have left the island.
73 min
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#332: Life Finds a Way, Pt. 1 — Jurassic Park
Hold on to your butts.
57 min
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#331: Once Upon a Toon In Hollywood, Pt. 2 – Ch...
A spiritual sequel to the groundbreaking "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
73 min
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#330: Once Upon a Toon in Hollywood Pt. 1 — Who...
Robert Zemeckis' groundbreaking 1988 hit comedy is the guiding spirit behind the new "Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers."
65 min
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#329: Into the Raimiverse, Pt. 2: Doctor Strang...
Is the "Strange" sequel more a Sam Raimi movie or an MCU installment?
74 min
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#328: Into the Raimiverse, Pt. 1: Army of Darkness
The third entry in the "Evil Dead" trilogy is an undiluted hit of Sam Raimi.
58 min
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Bonus: Our Favorite Films of 2022 (So Far)
What to see and where to see it.
42 min
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#327: Cage Match, Pt. 2 — The Unbearable Weight...
Have we already moved past the stage of Cage’s career that the actor's new meta-movie is commenting on?
60 min
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#326: Cage Match, Pt. 1 — Adaptation
It's double the Nic Cage in Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's 2002 meta ode to writer's block.
63 min
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#325: Multiple Choice, Pt. 2 — Everything Every...
The new one from the directing duo Daniels offers surprise and delight. Also butt jokes.
64 min
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#324: Multiple Choice, Pt. 1 — Blind Chance
An 80s multiverse story from Krzysztof Kieślowski.
52 min
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#323: Tex-Mess, Pt. 2 — X (2022)
Nothing is certain but death, sex, and Texas in the latest from Ti West ("House of the Devil").
69 min
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#322: Tex-Mess, Pt. 1 — The Texas Chainsaw Mass...
Often imitated, never duplicated.
56 min
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#321: Bye, Robot Pt. 2 — After Yang
Warm, thematically rich sci-fi from director Kogonada.
68 min
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#320: Bye, Robot Pt. 1 — A.I. Artificial Intell...
Revisiting 2001's Spielberg/Kubrick hybrid.
67 min
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#319: No Time to Dye, Pt. 2 — Kimi
Spare, simple and stylish, Steven Soderbergh's latest is pure entertainment.
77 min
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#318: No Time to Dye, Pt. 1 — Run Lola Run
Time, choice, fate - and that hair - in Tom Tykwer's 1998 international breakout.
62 min
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#317: Star Crossed Pt. 2 — Marry Me
Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson in an old-fashioned - but modern - romcom.
63 min
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#316: Star Crossed, Pt. 1 — Notting Hill
The new "Marry Me" sends us back to the rom-com heyday of the late 90s.
54 min
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#315: Toil and Trouble Pt. 2 — The Tragedy of M...
The Scottish Play fits surprisingly well in the Coen filmography.
71 min
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#314: Toil and Trouble Pt. 1 — Throne of Blood
Akira Kurosawa's 1957 "Macbeth" adaptation eerie, unnerving and unexpectedly funny.
54 min
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#313: Tales as Old as Time, Pt. 2 — Belle (2021)
Mamoru Hosoda's lush anime update of "Beauty and the Beast."
76 min
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#312: Tales as Old as Time, Pt. 1 — Beauty and ...
The new anime feature "Belle" invites a return to Disney's late-20th century renaissance.
65 min
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#311: Our 2021 Top 10s, Part 2
Top 5s and honorable mentions.
67 min
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#310: Our 2021 Top 10s, Part 1
Scott, Tasha and Keith share their 10-6 picks.
55 min
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#309: Carnival Games, Pt. 2 — Nightmare Alley (...
Even without supernatural or fantasy elements, there is never any doubt this is a Guillermo del Toro film.
80 min
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#308: Carnival Games, Pt. 1 — Nightmare Alley (...
Guillermo del Toro's "Nightmare Alley" uses the same source material as Edmund Goulding's '47 noir.
57 min
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#306: Model Males, Pt. 1 — Deliverance
Dueling banjos - and dueling male archetypes - in John Boorman's '72 classic.
58 min
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#305: White Lies, Pt. 2 — Passing
Racial identity and the rejection thereof in Rebecca Hall's new film and in Douglas Sirk's "Imitation of Life."
81 min
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#304: White Lies, Pt. 1 — Imitation of Life
Douglas Sirk's 1959 melodrama explores race and class in the director's trademark heightened style.
68 min
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#303: Dual Duels Pt. 2 — Last Night In Soho
Edgar Wright wears his influences on his (mod, swinging 60s-era) sleeves.
77 min
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#302: Dual Duels Pt. 1 — Persona
Bergman's 1966 film is considered the "Mount Everest of cinematic analysis."
55 min
52
#301: Just Deserts Pt. 2 — Dune (2021)
Desert Power.
87 min
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#300: Just Deserts Pt. 1 — Lawrence of Arabia
Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi classic drew inspiration from the subject of David Lean's Oscar-winning epic.
73 min
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#299: Family History, Pt. 2 – The Many Saints o...
Blame the Corleones for the new Sopranos sequel.
59 min
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#298: Family History, Pt. 1 – The Godfather, Pa...
Coppola's followup to his career-making smash embeds an origin story in its ambitious dual narrative.
65 min
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#297: Bet Your Life Pt. 2: The Card Counter
Paul Schrader's "God's Lonely Man" takes the form of Oscar Isaac.
81 min
57
#296: Bet Your Life Pt. 1: Hard Eight
Gambling, redemption and surrogate dads in Paul Thomas Anderson's '96 debut.
69 min
58
#295: Missing Movies + Strange Days (1995)
Kathryn Bigelow's '95 sci-fi noir starring Ralph Fiennes is notoriously unavailable to stream.
81 min
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#294: Memory Machines Pt. 2 — Reminiscence
The Hugh Jackman starring sci-fi noir is the debut feature from "Westworld" co-creator Lisa Joy.
74 min
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#293: Memory Machines Pt. 1 — Eternal Sunshine ...
The new techno sci-fi "Reminiscence" blurs the line between memory and reality and sends us back to Michel Gondry's lovesick mind-bender.
62 min
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#292: Musical Variations, Pt. 2 — Annette
Leos Carax’s new rock opera ANNETTE is not interested in playing it safe.
85 min
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#291: Musical Variations, Pt. 1 — One From The ...
Francis Ford Coppola's 1981 follow up to "Apocalypse Now" was an infamous flop. It's also a singular artistic achievement.
77 min
63
#290: Knight Visions, Pt. 2 — The Green Knight
David Lowery's adaptation of the ancient Arthurian legend is shocking, thrilling—and borders on the abstract.
89 min
64
#289: Knight Visions, Pt. 1 — Excalibur
David Lowery's "The Green Knight" recalls John Boorman's '81 fantasy epic, another personal vision of Arthurian legend.
68 min
65
#288: Interior Angles, Pt. 2 – Roadrunner: A Fi...
Morgan Neville's film about the late celebrity chef has prompted a debate about documentary ethics.
71 min
66
#287: Interior Angles, Pt. 1 – Crumb
Eccentric underground comics legend R. Crumb is the subject of Terry Zwigoff's acclaimed '94 doc.
57 min
67
#286: The Summer of '69, Pt. 2: Summer of Soul
Amir "Questlove" Thompson's celebratory new music doc is also an answer to "Woodstock."
64 min
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#285: The Summer of '69, Pt. 1: Woodstock (1970)
The Summer of Soul was also the The Summer of Woodstock.
79 min
69
Bonus Episode: The State of Streaming Movies
What happens after streaming's Wild West era?
43 min
70
#284: Immigrant Songs, Pt. 2 — In the Heights
American dreaming in Jon M. Chu's celebratory adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical.
85 min
71
#283: Immigrant Songs, Pt. 1 — West Side Story ...
The new "In The Heights" has us looking back six decades to the classic, Oscar-winning film that's set in another Manhattan immigrant community.
79 min
72
#282: Survivors Down Under Pt. 2 — The Dry
The new Australian crime drama shares its dark mystery with Aussie New Wave classic "Picnic at Hanging Rock."
59 min
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#281: Survivors Down Under Pt. 1 — Picnic at Ha...
The luminous ambiguity of Peter Weir's Australian New Wave classic.
61 min
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#280: Window Watchers Pt. 2 — The Woman in the ...
The new Amy Adams thriller in conversation with the masterpiece that inspired it - Hitchcock's "Rear Window."
72 min
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#279: Window Watchers, Pt. 1: Rear Window
The new "Woman in the Windown" sends us across the courtyard to the Hitchcock classic.
66 min
76
#278: Fighting Spirits, Pt. 2: Mortal Kombat (2...
Considering the new "Mortal Kombat" reboot alongside John Carpenter's "Big Trouble in Little China."
68 min
77
#277: Fighting Spirits, Pt. 1: Big Trouble In L...
The sloppy charm of John Carpenter's '86 action-comedy.
65 min
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#276: One Wedding and a Funeral, Pt. 2 — Shiva ...
Emma Seligman's debut film recalls the family dysfunction on display in Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married."
78 min
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#275: One Wedding and a Funeral, Pt. 1 — Rachel...
The new "Shiva Baby" recalls the family tensions at play in Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married."
63 min
80
#274: Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Twice, Pt. ...
Meditations on violence, revenge - and middle age - in the new thriller starring Bob Odenkirk.
61 min
81
#273: Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Twice, Pt. ...
The style and substance of Soderbergh's '99 revenge thriller.
64 min
82
#272: A Tina Twofer, Pt. 2 — Tina
HBO's new Tina Turner doc is as exceptional as its subject.
80 min
83
#271: A Tina Twofer, Pt. 1 — What's Love Got to...
The '93 Oscar-nominated Tina Turner biopic takes some factual liberties. Does it matter?
64 min
84
#270: Famous Last Worlds, Pt. 2: Raya and the L...
Disney Animation sends its latest heroine on an epic quest—sans the songs this time.
82 min
85
#269: Famous Last Worlds, Pt. 1: The Last Unicorn
The new "Raya and the Last Dragon" has us looking back at the idiosyncratic - and just plain weird - Rankin and Bass animated feature from 1982.
64 min
86
#268: Hard Water Pt. 2 — Minari
A Korean American family pursues the American Dream in rural Arkansas in Lee Isaac Chung's acclaimed new film.
57 min
87
#267: Hard Water Pt. 1 — Jean de Florette
Hardship in the idyllic French countryside in Claude Berri's 1986 film.
52 min
88
#266: Uneasy Riders Pt. 2 — Nomadland
Frances McDormand hits the road in Chloé Zhao's acclaimed new film.
73 min
89
#265: Uneasy Riders Pt. 1 — Lost In America
Yuppie adventurers Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty drop out of society in Brooks' 1985 comedy.
59 min
90
#264: Lady Killers, Pt. 2 — Promising Young Woman
Director Emerald Fennell brings stylized violence - and high-pop needledrops - to her buzzy debut.
82 min
91
#263: Lady Killers, Pt. 1 — American Psycho
Christian Bale as the inscrutable Patrick Bateman in Mary Harron's 2000 cult classic.
59 min
92
#262: Drinking Buddies, Pt. 2 — Another Round
In Thomas Vinterberg's latest, Mads Mikkelsen and friends turn their life "Sideways."
69 min
93
#261: Drinking Buddies, Pt. 1 — Sideways
The new "Another Round" has us reconsidering Alexander Payne's wine-soaked film—the best reviewed film of 2004.
58 min
94
#260: Stairways to Heaven, Pt. 2 — Soul
Pixar and the meaning of life.
81 min
95
#259: Stairways to Heaven, Pt. 1 — A Matter of ...
Pixar's new "Soul" owes a debt to Powell and Pressburger's 1946 fantasy-romance.
62 min
96
#258: At Home At The Movies: Our Top 5 Films of...
What the movies meant to us in a year like no other.
96 min
97
#257: The Shape of Nature, Pt. 2 — Wolfwalkers
The latest from Ireland's Cartoon Saloon ("Song of the Sea", "The Secret of Kells") packs a visual - and an emotional - punch.
70 min
98
#256: The Shape of Nature, Pt. 1 — The Secret o...
John Sayles' 1994 Irish legend is a children's film fit for the arthouse.
59 min
99
#255: The Manking of Kane, Pt. 2 — Mank
David Fincher's latest invites comparison to "Citizen Kane"—for better and worse.
60 min
100
#254: The Manking of Kane, Pt. 1—Citizen Kane
Is there anything new to say about Orson Welles' landmark 1941 directing debut? Why, yes there is.
74 min