The Next Picture Show

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. Part of the Filmspotting family of podcasts.

TV & Film
Film History
Film Reviews
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#200: Family Matters, Pt. 2 - Parasite
The only monsters in the Bong Joon-ho Palme d'Or-winner are inequality and greed.
71 min
102
#199: Family Matters, Pt. 1 - The Host (2006)
Bong Joon-ho's '06 monster movie is an early riff on themes in his new "Parasite."
55 min
103
#198: Watching Watchmen
Considering HBO's new "remix" of the classic Alan Moore/David Gibbon graphic novel in the age of "Joker."
54 min
104
#197: The Man Who Laughs, Pt. 2 - Joker
Becoming the clown.
69 min
105
#196: The Man Who Laughs, Pt. 1 - The Dark Knight
Considering Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance in light of the new "Joker."
65 min
106
#195: Vice Principles, Pt. 2 - Hustlers
The art of seduction in Lorene Scafaria's new strip club drama.
55 min
107
#194: Vice Principles, Pt. 1 - Casino
The new Hustlers recalls Scorsese's '95 gangster epic.
57 min
108
#193: Most Dangerous Games, Pt. 2 - Ready or Not
It's all fun and games until someone gets murdered.
53 min
109
#192: Most Dangerous Games, Pt. 1 - Clue
The 1985 comedy bombed on release, but has become a beloved cult classic.
54 min
110
#191: Which Side Are You On? Pt. 2 - American F...
Unions, globalism and the American Dream in the new Netflix documentary.
58 min
111
#190: Which Side Are You On? Pt. 1 - Harlan Cou...
Barbara Kopple's landmark 1976 doc kicks off a pairing of films devoted to labor struggles past and present.
53 min
112
#189: Hollywood Endings, Pt. 2 - Once Upon a Ti...
Tinsel Town circa '69 comes to vivid life in the Tarantino epic.
62 min
113
#188: Hollywood Endings, Pt. 1 - Shampoo
Hal Ashby's '75 satire shares its late 60s Hollywood setting with Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."
40 min
114
#187: Man Up, Pt. 2 - The Art of Self-Defense
Jesse Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola bring Fight Club to the dojo in the new black comedy from director Riley Stearn ("Faults"s.
58 min
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#186: Man Up, Pt. 1 - Fight Club
Fincher's film was divisive in '99, but looks prescient today.
55 min
116
#185: Print the Legend, Pt. 2 - Rolling Thunder...
Fact and fiction tangle up in Scorsese's new Dylan doc.
51 min
117
#184: Print the Legend, Pt. 1 - Velvet Goldmine
Bowie fact and Bowie fiction in Todd Haynes' cult film.
49 min
118
#183: Galaxy Defenders, Pt. 2 - Men in Black: I...
What went wrong with F. Gary Gray’s attempt to revive a franchise?
63 min
119
#182: Galaxy Defenders, Pt. 1 – Men In Black (1...
The NPS agents don their black suits and black ray bans.
53 min
120
#181: King of Monster Movies, Pt. 2 - Godzilla:...
Frustratingly incoherent, the new Godzilla still shows reverence for the Ishiro Honda original.
62 min
121
#180: King of Monster Movies, Pt, 1 - Godzilla ...
The longest running film franchise in history starts here.
54 min
122
#179: Escapes From New York, Pt. 2 - John Wick:...
John Wick doesn't horse around.
53 min
123
#178: Escapes From New York, Pt. 1 - The Warriors
Walter Hill's 1979 cult classic anticipates John Wick 3's perilous NYC streets by 40 years.
49 min
124
#177: Political Affairs, Pt. 2 - Long Shot
Charlize Theron and Seth Rogan in Jonathan Levine's DC-set rom-com.
71 min
125
#176: Political Affairs, Pt. 1 - The American P...
Clinton-era populism - and romance in the White House - in the 1993 Aaron Sorkin/Rob Reiner collaboration.
54 min
126
#175: Twisty Mysteries, Pt. 2 - Under the Silve...
The latest from "It Follows" director David Robert Mitchell is an L.A.-based mystery that is as referential as it is impenetrable.
60 min
127
#174: Twisty Mysteries, Pt. 1 - Chinatown
Going down the rabbit hole with Jake Gittes in Polanski's '74 neo-noir.
55 min
128
#173: Big Little Guys, Pt. 2 - Shazam!
The new entry in the DCEU is charming and funny and owes a debt to a certain 1988 comedy starring Tom Hanks.
53 min
129
#172: Big Little Guys, Pt. 1 - Big (1988)
The horror lurking beneath the Tom Hanks body-swapping comedy.
58 min
130
#171: Double Troubles, Pt. 2 - Us
It's close to midnight. Something evil's lurking from the dark.
62 min
131
#170: Double Troubles, Pt. 1 - Invasion of the ...
Leonard Nimoy and the pod people.
54 min
132
#169: Muscled Memories, Pt. 2 - Captain Marvel
Suppressed memories and superpowers in Marvel's latest.
62 min
133
#168: Muscled Memories, Pt. 1 - Total Recall (1...
Paul Verhoven's '90 blockbuster traffics in some heady notions of memory and identity - not unlike the new 90s-set "Captain Marvel."
44 min
134
#167: The Hustle Play, Pt, 2 - High Flying Bird
Baller life off the court and in the boardroom in Soderbergh's latest.
65 min
135
#166: The Hustle Play, Pt. 1 - White Men Can't ...
Friendship, race and money in Ron Shelton's 1992 street-ball comedy.
58 min
136
#165: The Bloody Act of Creation, Pt. 2 - Velve...
The latest from "Nightcrawler" director Dan Gilroy is an art-world satire wrapped around the bones of a horror movie.
59 min
137
#164: The Bloody Act of Creation, Pt. 1 - A Buc...
Roger Corman's 1959 cheapie skewers the world of high art - and makes it bleed.
46 min
138
#163: Chris Smith's Charismatic Dreamers, Pt. 2...
The "American Movie" director with another charismatic leader who overpromised and under-delivered.
58 min
139
#162: Chris Smith's Charismatic Dreamers, Pt. 1...
It's pronounced COE-ven, man.
46 min
140
#161: Enter the Shyamalaniverse, Pt. 2 - Glass
The evolution of a divisive auteur.
67 min
141
#160: Enter The Shyamalaniverse, Pt. 1 - Unbrea...
The divisive director’s bold and brooding first entry in the "Eastrail 177" trilogy.
52 min
142
#159: Great Power, Great Responsibility, Pt. 2 ...
The new Spidey film is an eye-popping marvel.
64 min
143
#158: Great Power, Great Responsibility, Pt. 1 ...
Go get 'em, Tiger.
51 min
144
#157: Girl World, Pt. 2 - The Favourite
Battling for social advantage is bloodsport in the latest from Yorgos Lanthimos.
60 min
145
#156: Girl World, Pt. 1 - Mean Girls
Power plays and back-biting in the 2004 Tina Fey-penned comedy.
48 min
146
#155: The Chicago Way, Pt. 2 - Steve McQueen's ...
Crime and corruption Chicago style.
65 min
147
#154: The Chicago Way, Pt. 1 - Michael Mann's "...
Crime and corruption Chicago style.
53 min
148
#153: Lost Films Found, Pt . 2 - Shirkers
A landmark first feature shot in the 90s but never seen until now.
46 min
149
#152: Lost Films Found, Pt. 1 - The Other Side...
Orson Welles' final film is finally finished.
49 min
150
#151: A Star Is Born, Pt. 2 - Bradley Cooper (2...
Transcendent musical performance and messy gender dynamics in Cooper's new take on the old tale.
77 min
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#150: A Star Is Born, Pt. 1 - George Cukor (1954)
The '54 musical spin on the old Hollywood fable starring Judy Garland and James Mason set the stage for Bradley Cooper's latest take.
62 min
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#149: Robert Redford, Pt. 2 - The Old Man and t...
Redford's farewell to acting is a perfect bookend with his iconic turn as The Sundance Kid.
53 min
153
#148: Robert Redford, Pt. 1 - Butch Cassidy and...
With Robert Redford's latest and possibly last film currently in theaters, a look back at his classic pairing with Paul Newman from 1969.
47 min
154
#147: (Pt. 2) Fahrenheit 11/9 / Roger & Me
How does the Michael Moore's approach play in 2018's heightened political climate?
53 min
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#146: (Pt. 1) Fahrenheit 11/9 / Roger & Me
Revisiting liberal gadfly Michael Moore's cinematic origins.
46 min
156
#145: (Pt. 2) BlackKklansman / Malcolm X
When Spike Lee makes a film about the past, he's actually making a film about the present.
68 min
157
#144: (Pt. 1) BlackKklansman / Malcolm X
In part 1 of this Spike Lee pairing, a consideration of the rare cradle-to-grave biopic that gets it right.
56 min
158
#143: (Pt. 2) Jaws / The Meg
How the shark movie has progressed - and not - from Spielberg's '75 masterpiece to this summer's The Meg.
59 min
159
#142: (Pt. 1) Jaws / The Meg
With a new killer shark movie menacing moviegoers this summer, a consideration of the first and best of them, Spielberg's '75 masterpiece.
47 min
160
#141: (Pt. 2) Mission: Impossible - Fallout / M...
After two decades, the Mission Impossible franchise is still finding a way to raise the stakes.
62 min
161
#140: (Pt. 1) Mission: Impossible - Fallout / M...
How Brian De Palma helped shape the Mission: Impossible franchise, while exerting his own iconoclastic style.
52 min
162
#139: (Pt. 2) Sorry To Bother You / Putney Swop...
A look at the anti-capitalist philosophy that unites Boots Riley's and Robert Downey Sr.'s work.
60 min
163
#138: (Pt. 1) Sorry To Bother You / Putney Swop...
Capitalism, race, and what it takes to burn down an unjust system.
49 min
164
#137: (Pt. 2) Hereditary / Don't Look Now
Visceral reactions to the new Toni Collette-starring horror film.
57 min
165
#136: (Pt. 1) Hereditary / Don't Look Now
Grief and psychic distress are the ties that bind the new Toni Collette-starring horror film and Nicholas Roeg's 1973 thriller.
44 min
166
#135: (Pt. 2) Incredibles 2 / Goldfinger
Superhero vs Superspy: two versions of 60s-set heroism.
63 min
167
#134: (Pt. 1) Incredibles 2 / Goldfinger
With its supervillains, secretive heroes, and secretive schemes, Bond '64 has plenty on common with Pixar's latest blockbuster.
52 min
168
#133: (Pt. 2) First Reformed / Taxi Driver
Writer/director Paul Schrader's new film might just be his best - and it shares a lot in common with his screenplay for the Scorsese classic.
55 min
169
#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
170
#131: (Pt. 2) Deadpool 2 / Gremlins 2: The New ...
How to break the fourth wall without losing the audience.
56 min
171
#130: (Pt. 1) Deadpool 2 / Gremlins 2: The New ...
What happens when self-awareness becomes self-immolation? Joe Dante knows.
53 min
172
#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
173
#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
174
#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
175
#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
176
#125: (Pt. 2) Isle of Dogs / Chicken Run
Stop-Motion Animals Conspiring to Escape Captivity, Part Deux
62 min
177
#124: (Pt. 1) Isle of Dogs / Chicken Run
Is there such a thing as "auteurist animation"? Also: Chicken puppets. Silicone or plasticine?
57 min
178
#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
179
#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
180
#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
181
#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
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#119: (Pt. 2) Annihilation / Stalker (1979)
Puzzled and delighted by Alex Garland's Tarkovsky-inspired journey into the unknown.
55 min
183
#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
184
#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
185
#116: (Pt. 1) The Shape of Water / The Creature...
Guillermo Del Toro's Best Picture nominee is "Black Lagoon" fan fiction.
46 min
186
#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
187
#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
188
#113: (Pt. 2) Phantom Thread / Rebecca (1940)
The ghost of Hitchcock's Best Picture winner haunts PTA's latest.
66 min
189
#112: (Pt. 1) Phantom Thread / Rebecca (1940)
The new PTA is a purposeful riff on the Hitchcock Best Picture winner.
46 min
190
#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
191
#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
192
#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
193
#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
194
#107: (Pt. 2) The Disaster Artist / Ed Wood (1994)
James Franco and Tim Burton celebrate the mad geniuses behind a pair of famously bad movies.
62 min
195
#106: (Pt. 1) The Disaster Artist / Ed Wood (1994)
Movies about bad movies and the good people who make them.
49 min
196
#105: (Pt. 2) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, ...
Small town redemption tales by playwright-turned-directors Martin McDonagh and David Mamet.
60 min
197
#104: (Pt. 1) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, ...
Playwrights-turned-movie-directors McDonagh and Mamet are the subjects of this week's pairing.
58 min
198
#103: (Pt. 2) Lady Bird / Ghost World (2001)
A deep dive into Greta Gerwig's delightful directing debut and how its nostalgic look back at the early 2000s compares with Zwigoff's '01 effort.
55 min
199
#102: (Pt. 1) Lady Bird / Ghost World (2001)
Greta Gerwig's delightful directing debut gets paired with Thora Birch's iconoclastic Enid from Terry Zwigoff's coming of age comedy.
57 min
200
#101: (Pt. 2) The Graduate (1967) / The Meyerow...
Part two in a pairing of Dustin Hoffman career bookends.
59 min