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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#147: (Pt. 2) Fahrenheit 11/9 / Roger & Me
How does the Michael Moore's approach play in 2018's heightened political climate?
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#146: (Pt. 1) Fahrenheit 11/9 / Roger & Me
Revisiting liberal gadfly Michael Moore's cinematic origins.
46 min
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#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
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#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
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#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.
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#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.
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#141: (Pt. 2) Mission: Impossible - Fallout / M...
After two decades, the Mission Impossible franchise is still finding a way to raise the stakes.
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#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
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#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.
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#138: (Pt. 1) Sorry To Bother You / Putney Swop...
Capitalism, race, and what it takes to burn down an unjust system.
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#137: (Pt. 2) Hereditary / Don't Look Now
Visceral reactions to the new Toni Collette-starring horror film.
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#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.
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#135: (Pt. 2) Incredibles 2 / Goldfinger
Superhero vs Superspy: two versions of 60s-set heroism.
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#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.
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#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.
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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
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#131: (Pt. 2) Deadpool 2 / Gremlins 2: The New ...
How to break the fourth wall without losing the audience.
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#130: (Pt. 1) Deadpool 2 / Gremlins 2: The New ...
What happens when self-awareness becomes self-immolation? Joe Dante knows.
53 min
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#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.
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#128: (Pt. 1) Avengers: Infinity War / X2: X-Me...
How does X2’s superteam dynamics look after 15 years of subsequent superhero-movie evolution?
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#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.
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#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.
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#125: (Pt. 2) Isle of Dogs / Chicken Run
Stop-Motion Animals Conspiring to Escape Captivity, Part Deux
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#124: (Pt. 1) Isle of Dogs / Chicken Run
Is there such a thing as "auteurist animation"? Also: Chicken puppets. Silicone or plasticine?
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#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.
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#122: (Pt. 1) Ready Player One / Tron (1982)
Spielberg's immersive videogame world recalls 1982's glow-y, live action oddity from Disney.
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#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.
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#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.
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#119: (Pt. 2) Annihilation / Stalker (1979)
Puzzled and delighted by Alex Garland's Tarkovsky-inspired journey into the unknown.
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#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
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#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
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#116: (Pt. 1) The Shape of Water / The Creature...
Guillermo Del Toro's Best Picture nominee is "Black Lagoon" fan fiction.
46 min
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#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."
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#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?
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#113: (Pt. 2) Phantom Thread / Rebecca (1940)
The ghost of Hitchcock's Best Picture winner haunts PTA's latest.
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#112: (Pt. 1) Phantom Thread / Rebecca (1940)
The new PTA is a purposeful riff on the Hitchcock Best Picture winner.
46 min
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#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."
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#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
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#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
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#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.
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#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.
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#106: (Pt. 1) The Disaster Artist / Ed Wood (1994)
Movies about bad movies and the good people who make them.
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#105: (Pt. 2) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, ...
Small town redemption tales by playwright-turned-directors Martin McDonagh and David Mamet.
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#104: (Pt. 1) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, ...
Playwrights-turned-movie-directors McDonagh and Mamet are the subjects of this week's pairing.
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#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
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#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
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#101: (Pt. 2) The Graduate (1967) / The Meyerow...
Part two in a pairing of Dustin Hoffman career bookends.
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#100: (Pt. 1) The Graduate (1967) / The Meyerow...
Separated by five decades, two tales of neurotics gone wild featuring the great Dustin Hoffman.
52 min
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#099: (Pt. 2) Blade Runner 2049 / Blade Runner ...
The conversation continues with mixed reactions to 2049 and the many ways the new film is informed by its predecessor.
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#098: (Pt. 1) Blade Runner 2049 / Blade Runner ...
Only one of these films is a replicant.
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#097: (Pt. 2) Mother! / The Exterminating Angel
In which Bunuel plays the part of Aronofsky's mother.
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#096: (Pt. 1) Mother! / The Exterminating Angel
Aronofsky by way of Bunuel.
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#095: (Pt. 2) It (2017) / Stand By Me
Teen boys, dead bodies.
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#094: (Pt. 1) It (2017) / Stand By Me
Phobia Death Match: Clowns v Leeches
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#093: (Pt. 2) Logan Lucky / Oceans 11
Part 2 of the Soderbergh Heist Double Feature
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#092: (Pt. 1) Logan Lucky / Oceans 11
A pair Steven Soderbergh heists.
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#091: (Pt. 2) Detroit / Battle of Algiers
Separated by a half-century, a pair of intense and controversial films.
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#090: (Pt. 1) Detroit / Battle of Algiers
Separated by a half-century, a pair of intense and controversial films.
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#089: (Pt. 2) Planet of the Apes ('68) / War fo...
How the stunning final chapter of the new "Apes" trilogy looks ahead to the 50 year-old original installment.
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#088: (Pt. 1) Planet of the Apes ('68) / War fo...
An in-depth discussion on the cry of “YOU MANIACS” heard ’round the world, 1968’s PLANET OF THE APES.
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#087: (Pt. 2) A Ghost Story / Carnival of Souls...
Time, the afterlife and use of music in David Lowery's genre-defying new film and Herk Harvey's classic cult film.
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#086: (Pt. 1) A Ghost Story / Carnival of Souls...
David Lowery's horror-drama gets paired up with the creepy cult film from director Herk Harvey.
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#085: (Pt. 2) Okja / Babe (1995)
Bong Joon-ho's odd beast of a movie and what two pig-centric films say about eating meat.
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#084: (Pt. 1) Okja / Babe (1995)
Super-pigs and their loyal humans are the subject of this week's porcine pairing.
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#083: (Pt. 2) It Comes At Night / The Thing
Paranoia, the apocalypse - and dogs - in part two of this isolation horror pairing.
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#082: (Pt. 1) It Comes At Night / The Thing
John Carpenter's classic "The Thing" is paired up with Trey Edward Shults's new horror film.
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#081: (Pt. 2) Wonder Woman / Paths of Glory
In part two of their WWI-pairing, The Next Picture Show fixes its bayonets on Patty Jenkins's "Wonder Woman" and finds connections with the early Kubrick classic "Paths of Glory."
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#080: (Pt. 1) Wonder Woman / Paths of Glory
It's a Great War pairing on this week's Next Picture Show, with "Wonder Woman" going into the trenches with Kubrick's 1957 anti-war classic "Paths of Glory."
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#079: (Pt. 2) Baywatch / The Brady Bunch Movie
In part two of this week's cheesy-tv-to-film-adaptation double feature, The Next Picture Show sizes up the new "Baywatch" against the '95 cult comedy "The Brady Bunch Movie."
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#078: (Pt. 1) Baywatch / The Brady Bunch Movie
This week's Brady Bunch/Baywatch double feature has the NPS crew exploring the cheesy-TV-show-to-feature-film-adaptation genre.
51 min
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#077: (Pt. 2) Stop Making Sense / Justin Timber...
In part two of their appreciation of the late, great Jonathan Demme, the Next Picture Show talks Demme's final film - "Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids" - and how it connects with Demme's '84 collaboration with The Talking Heads.
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#076: (Pt. 1) Stop Making Sense / Justin Timber...
In part one of this Demme double feature, the Next Picture Show considers the enduring legacy of the 1984 Demme-Talking Heads collaboration "Stop Making Sense."
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#075: (Pt. 2) The Lost City of Z / Burden of Dr...
In part two of their 'Welcome to the Jungle' double feature, Scott, Keith and Genevieve share their takes on "The Lost City of Z" before diving into the way "Z" and Les Blank's "Burden of Dreams" engage with obsession and hubris.
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#074: (Pt. 1) The Lost City of Z / Burden of Dr...
The new jungle adventure THE LOST CITY OF Z inspires The Next Picture Show to take another trip to the Amazon via the Les Blank documentary BURDEN OF DREAMS about the making of Werner Herzog's "Fitzcarraldo."
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#073: (Pt. 2) The Matrix / Ghost in the Shell (...
Hyper-stylish and cerebral, 2017's GHOST IN THE SHELL shares lots of similarities with the Wachowski's THE MATRIX. But it's their differences that are most telling.
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#072: (Pt. 1) The Matrix / Ghost in the Shell (...
GHOST IN THE SHELL inspires THE MATRIX which inspires GHOST IN THE SHELL. Much be a glitch in the Matrix. For this week's double bill, The Next Picture Show pairs the poorly received GHOST live action remake with the Wachowskis' landmark '99 film.
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#071: (Pt. 2) Alien (1979) / Life (2017)
In part two of their "Alien"/"Life" double feature, The Next Picture Show focus on the new film and how Ridley Scott's classic may have influenced it.
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#070: (Pt. 1) Alien (1979) / Life (2017)
This week's movie pairing examines the new space thriller "Life" alongside the Ridley Scott classic "Alien."
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#069: (Pt. 2) Kong: Skull Island / King Kong (1...
Part two of this week's double feature pairs the new "Kong: Skull Island" with 1933's medium-defining "King Kong."
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#068: (Pt. 1) Kong: Skull Island / King Kong (1...
This week's double feature pairs the new "Kong: Skull Island" with 1933's medium-defining "King Kong."
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#067: (Pt. 2) Get Out / People Under The Stairs
Part two of The Next Picture Show's race-conscious horror film pairing: Wes Craven's "People Under the Stairs" from 1991 and Jordan Peele's surprise box office hit "Get Out."
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#066: (Pt. 1) Get Out / People Under The Stairs
The Next Picture Show pairs hit film "Get Out" with an earlier race-conscious horror film - Wes Craven's "People Under the Stairs" from 1991.
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#065: (Pt. 2) Batman (1989) / The Lego Batman M...
In part two of their Dark Knight double feature, The Next Picture Show considers the character's long history in the movies and how that history contributes to the pleasures of the new "Lego Batman Movie."
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#064: (Pt. 1) Batman (1989) / The Lego Batman M...
In part one of a Dark Knight double feature, The Next Picture Show re-evaluates Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" before getting to the new box office hit "The Lego Batman Movie."
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#063: (Pt. 2) The War Room / Weiner
In part two of their political doc double feature, The Next Picture Show dives into the topical 2016 film "Weiner."
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#062: (Pt. 1) The War Room / Weiner
In the wake of the 2016 election, The Next Picture Show discusses a pair of Clinton-related docs - 1993's "The War Room" and last year's "Weiner."
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#061: Live at the Chicago Podcast Festival
Recorded in November, 2016 as part of the Chicago Podcast Festival, a special live edition of The Next Picture Show.
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#060: (Pt. 2) Stranger Than Paradise / Paterson
In part two of this week's Jim Jarmusch double feature, the NPS crew discuss "Paterson," the indie godfather's latest and look for connections with his 1984 breakthrough "Stranger Than Paradise."
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#059: (Pt. 1) Stranger Than Paradise / Paterson
Inspired by the latest JIm Jarmusch join ("Paterson"), NPS devote part one of their Jarmusch double feature discussing the director's 1984 breakthrough feature "Stranger Than Paradise."
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#058: (Pt. 2) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg / La L...
In part two of their melancholy-musical double feature, NPS leaves Cherbourg behind for a trip to Damien Chazelle's LA LA LAND.
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#057: (Pt. 1) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg / La L...
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#056: (Pt. 2) Mulan / Moana
In part two of this week's double feature, NPS goes to the South Seas for a discussion of Disney's "Moana."
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#055: (Pt. 1) Mulan / Moana
This week's double feature pairs a couple of non-Western Disney heroines - the new "Moana" and 1998's "Mulan."
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#054: (Pt. 2) Contact / Arrival
In part two of their 'close encounters' double feature, NPS considers the Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival" in contrast to 1997's Jodie Foster-starring "Contact."
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#053: (Pt. 1) Contact / Arrival
The Next Picture Show roundtable kicks of their Contact/Arrival pairing with a conversation about Robert Zemeckis' 1997 film starring Jodie Foster.
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#052: (Pt. 2) In the Mood for Love / Moonlight
In part two of their In the Mood for Love/Moonlight pairing, NPS turns its attention to food, framing and unrequited love in Barry Jenkins' MOONLIGHT.
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#051: (Pt. 1) In the Mood for Love / Moonlight
In part one of their In the Mood for Love/Moonlight pairing, NPS digs into Wong Kar-wai's 2000 masterpiece about unrequited love.
42 min
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Short: Elections, Entertainment, and Empathy
No regular episodes this week, so Tasha and Genevieve get together to talk about movies in the wake of the presidential election.
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#050: (Pt. 2) My Own Private Idaho / American H...
In part two of this week's double feature, NPS turns to a discussion of Andrea Arnold's "American Honey."
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#049: (Pt. 1) My Own Private Idaho / American H...
The Next Picture Show roundtable dives into Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho" (1991) in part one of their "Idaho"/"American Honey" double feature.
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