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.

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#132: (Pt. 1) First Reformed / Taxi Driver
Writer/director Paul Schrader's latest is about a despairing pastor (Ethan Hawke), a "God's Lonely Man" in the tradition of Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle.
51 min
#131: (Pt. 2) Deadpool 2 / Gremlins 2: The New ...
How to break the fourth wall without losing the audience.
56 min
#130: (Pt. 1) Deadpool 2 / Gremlins 2: The New ...
What happens when self-awareness becomes self-immolation? Joe Dante knows.
53 min
#129: (Pt. 2) Avengers: Infinity War / X2: X-Me...
The culmination of a decade of Marvel moviemaking can be traced even further back, to what was once the biggest team-up of the modern superhero era.
67 min
#128: (Pt. 1) Avengers: Infinity War / X2: X-Me...
How does X2’s superteam dynamics look after 15 years of subsequent superhero-movie evolution?
53 min
#127: (Pt 2) The Rider / Close-Up
One of the best films of 2018 shares an approach to storytelling with one of the best films of the 20th century.
44 min
#126: (Pt. 1) The Rider / Close-Up
Like Abbas Kiarostami's 1990 masterpiece, the acclaimed new film from Chloe Zhao is neither documentary nor fiction, but something in between.
39 min
#125: (Pt. 2) Isle of Dogs / Chicken Run
Stop-Motion Animals Conspiring to Escape Captivity, Part Deux
62 min
#124: (Pt. 1) Isle of Dogs / Chicken Run
Is there such a thing as "auteurist animation"? Also: Chicken puppets. Silicone or plasticine?
57 min
#123: (Pt. 2) Ready Player One / Tron (1982)
Though it goes un-referenced in the new Spielberg film, Disney's live-action "Tron" makes up a good part of "Ready Player One"'s source code.
61 min
#122: (Pt. 1) Ready Player One / Tron (1982)
Spielberg's immersive videogame world recalls 1982's glow-y, live action oddity from Disney.
58 min
#121: (Pt. 2) Thoroughbreds / Diabolique (1955)
Director Cory Finley's stylish debut shares more than just a murder plot with H.G. Clouzot's 1955 thriller.
48 min
#120: (Pt. 1) Thoroughbreds / Diabolique (1955)
Director Cory Finley's stylish debut gets paired with H.G. Clouzot's '55 shocker women offing a domineering man in their life.
44 min
#119: (Pt. 2) Annihilation / Stalker (1979)
Puzzled and delighted by Alex Garland's Tarkovsky-inspired journey into the unknown.
55 min
#118: (Pt. 1) Annihilation / Stalker (1979)
Having survived the trip to Annihilation's "The Shimmer," the roundtable books a trip to Andrei Tarkovsky's "The Zone."
52 min
#117: (Pt. 2) The Shape of Water / The Creature...
What did Guillermo Del Toro see in Jack Arnold's horror-sci-fi classic that inspired him to make his own fish-man movie?
52 min
#116: (Pt. 1) The Shape of Water / The Creature...
Guillermo Del Toro's Best Picture nominee is "Black Lagoon" fan fiction.
46 min
#115: (Pt 2) A Futile and Stupid Gesture / Wet ...
A discussion of how David Wain's latest works together with his cult comedy classic "Wet Hot American Summer."
50 min
#114: (Pt. 1) A Futile and Stupid Gesture / Wet...
Does David Wain's new biopic spoof have a chance of developing the cult following of his 2001 comedy classic?
48 min
#113: (Pt. 2) Phantom Thread / Rebecca (1940)
The ghost of Hitchcock's Best Picture winner haunts PTA's latest.
66 min
#112: (Pt. 1) Phantom Thread / Rebecca (1940)
The new PTA is a purposeful riff on the Hitchcock Best Picture winner.
46 min
#111: (Pt. 2) I, Tonya / To Die For (1995)
True-life stories rarely come with the bold, satirical edge that the new Tonya Harding biopic does. Just one thing it shares with Van Sant's "To Die For."
68 min
#110: (Pt. 1) I, Tonya / To Die For (1995)
The new Margot Robbie-starring true-crime tragi-comedy shares some DNA with Gus Van Sant's 1995 satire.
58 min
#109: (Pt. 2) Call Me By Your Name / The Talent...
Back to sunny Italy for part two of this week's in-depth look at a pair of films about Americans abroad, in love and in over their heads.
57 min
#108: (Pt. 1) Call Me By Your Name / The Talent...
Italian summers, sun-kissed actors and repressed desire are the themes for this week's pairing.
47 min