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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#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
2
#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
3
#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
5
#301: Just Deserts Pt. 2 — Dune (2021)
Desert Power.
87 min
6
#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
9
#297: Bet Your Life Pt. 2: The Card Counter
Paul Schrader's "God's Lonely Man" takes the form of Oscar Isaac.
81 min
10
#296: Bet Your Life Pt. 1: Hard Eight
Gambling, redemption and surrogate dads in Paul Thomas Anderson's '96 debut.
69 min
11
#295: Missing Movies + Strange Days (1995)
Kathryn Bigelow's '95 sci-fi noir starring Ralph Fiennes is notoriously unavailable to stream.
81 min
12
#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
14
#292: Musical Variations, Pt. 2 — Annette
Leos Carax’s new rock opera ANNETTE is not interested in playing it safe.
85 min
15
#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
16
#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
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#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
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#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
19
#287: Interior Angles, Pt. 1 – Crumb
Eccentric underground comics legend R. Crumb is the subject of Terry Zwigoff's acclaimed '94 doc.
57 min
20
#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
21
#285: The Summer of '69, Pt. 1: Woodstock (1970)
The Summer of Soul was also the The Summer of Woodstock.
79 min
22
Bonus Episode: The State of Streaming Movies
What happens after streaming's Wild West era?
43 min
23
#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
24
#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
25
#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
26
#281: Survivors Down Under Pt. 1 — Picnic at Ha...
The luminous ambiguity of Peter Weir's Australian New Wave classic.
61 min
27
#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
28
#279: Window Watchers, Pt. 1: Rear Window
The new "Woman in the Windown" sends us across the courtyard to the Hitchcock classic.
66 min
29
#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
30
#277: Fighting Spirits, Pt. 1: Big Trouble In L...
The sloppy charm of John Carpenter's '86 action-comedy.
65 min
31
#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
33
#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
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#273: Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Twice, Pt. ...
The style and substance of Soderbergh's '99 revenge thriller.
64 min
35
#272: A Tina Twofer, Pt. 2 — Tina
HBO's new Tina Turner doc is as exceptional as its subject.
80 min
36
#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
37
#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
38
#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
39
#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
40
#267: Hard Water Pt. 1 — Jean de Florette
Hardship in the idyllic French countryside in Claude Berri's 1986 film.
52 min
41
#266: Uneasy Riders Pt. 2 — Nomadland
Frances McDormand hits the road in Chloé Zhao's acclaimed new film.
73 min
42
#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
43
#264: Lady Killers, Pt. 2 — Promising Young Woman
Director Emerald Fennell brings stylized violence - and high-pop needledrops - to her buzzy debut.
82 min
44
#263: Lady Killers, Pt. 1 — American Psycho
Christian Bale as the inscrutable Patrick Bateman in Mary Harron's 2000 cult classic.
59 min
45
#262: Drinking Buddies, Pt. 2 — Another Round
In Thomas Vinterberg's latest, Mads Mikkelsen and friends turn their life "Sideways."
69 min
46
#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
47
#260: Stairways to Heaven, Pt. 2 — Soul
Pixar and the meaning of life.
81 min
48
#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
49
#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
50
#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
51
#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
52
#255: The Manking of Kane, Pt. 2 — Mank
David Fincher's latest invites comparison to "Citizen Kane"—for better and worse.
60 min
53
#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
54
#253: Family Feuds, Pt. 2 — The Nest
Carrie Coon and June Law are an unhappily married couple in the latest from Sean Durkin ("Martha Marcy May Marlene").
64 min
55
#252: Family Feuds, Pt. 1 — The Ice Storm
Considering Ang Lee's '97 period family drama another couple decades removed from its 70s setting.
65 min
56
#251: Byrne-ing Down the House, Pt. 2 — David B...
The Byrne persona on stage and screen.
63 min
57
#250: Byrne-ing Down the House, Pt. 1 — True St...
Songs and stories about buildings and food in David Byrne's 1986 directing debut.
59 min
58
#249: Bonus - The Fall (with Elliott Kalan from...
A deep dive on Tarsem Singh's singular - and hard-to-find - 2006 masterpiece.
52 min
59
#248: Parent Traps, Pt. 2 — Kajillioniare
What if Miranda July made her own version of "Dogtooth"?
66 min
60
#247: Parent Traps, Pt. 1 — Dogtooth
The sadistic parental experiment in Yorgos Lanthimos' 2009 debut.
60 min
61
#246: True/False, Pt. 2 — Dick Johnson is Dead
Or is he?
67 min
62
#245: True/False, Pt. 1 — F For Fake
Orson Welles '73 film essay on fakes and the fakers who fake them.
54 min
63
#244: Bonus - Mulan (2020)
Disney live-action skeptics Genevieve and Scott talk over the studio's latest remake.
24 min
64
#243: The Mind of Charlie Kaufman Pt. 2 — I'm T...
Kaufman Kaufman Kaufman.
71 min
65
#242: The Mind of Charlie Kaufman Pt. 1 — Being...
Kaufman Kaufman.
64 min
66
#241: Boys Will Be Boys, Pt. 2 — Boys State
Teen tribalism deep in the heart of Texas.
76 min
67
#240: Boys Will Be Boys, Pt. 1 — Lord of the Fl...
The fascinating new doc "Boys State" sends us back to Peter Brook's adaptation of the William Golding classic.
55 min
68
#239: The Reichardt Way, Pt. 2 — First Cow
Kelly Reichardt's acclaimed new film shares more than just its 19th century Oregon setting with her 2010 masterpiece "Meek's Cutoff."
81 min
69
#238: The Reichardt Way, Pt. 1 — Meek's Cutoff
Michelle Williams is on a road to nowhere in Kelly Reichardt's Oregon Trail-set anti-Western from 2010.
61 min
70
#237: In the Loop, Pt 2 — Palm Springs
In the new spin on "Groundhog Day," Andy Samberg's doomed Nyles doesn't have to do the infinite loop alone.
70 min
71
#236: In the Loop, Pt. 1 — Groundhog Day
With the new "Palm Springs" revisiting the infinite time loop concept, a look back at the classic '93 Harold Ramis comedy.
65 min
72
#235: Mirth, Wind & Fire, Pt. 2: Eurovision Son...
The new Will Ferrell/Rachel McAdams comedy has a soft spot for the target of its satire.
69 min
73
#234: Mirth, Wind & Fire, Pt. 1: A Mighty Wind
Christopher Guest's 2003 folk scene parody has moments of real feeling - something it shares with Will Ferrell's new Eurovision comedy.
55 min
74
#233: The Price of Gold, Pt. 2 — Da 5 Bloods
The doomed treasure hunt at the heart of Spike Lee's latest is an extended riff on John Huston classic "Treasure of the Sierra Madre.".
66 min
75
#232: The Price of Gold, Pt. 1 — The Treasure o...
The Bogart-starring John Huston classic runs in the veins of Spike Lee's new "Da 5 Bloods."
60 min
76
#231: Studio Ghibli Special — Castle In the Sky
With the Studio Ghibli catalog finally available for streaming, a look at co-founder Hayao Miyazaki's first film for the studio.
93 min
77
Introducing: Truth vs Hollywood
Hosted by Joanna Robinson and David Chen.
13 min
78
#230: The House That Shirley Built, Pt. 2 — Shi...
Director Josephine Decker ("Madeline's Madeline") brings her expressive style to the life of writer Shirley Jackson.
60 min
79
#229: The House That Shirley Built, Pt. 1 — The...
Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel "The Haunting of Hill House" inspired one of the scariest films of all time.
45 min
80
#228: I'm With The Band, Pt. 2. - How To Build ...
Beanie Feldstein is a teen music journalist in the new film from Coky Giedroyc.
60 min
81
#227: I'm With The Band, Pt. 1 — Almost Famous
They are not your friends.
68 min
82
#226: Career Women, Pt. 2 — The Assistant
A split on Kitty Green's acclaimed new day-in-the-life drama.
79 min
83
#225: Career Women, Pt. 1 — Working Girl
Gender and power dynamics in Mike Nichols' 1988 hit workplace comedy.
59 min
84
#224: High School Confidential, Pt. 2 — Bad Edu...
Hugh Jackman is a corrupt Long Island superintendent in the new HBO film from director Cory Finley.
57 min
85
#223: High School Confidential, Pt. 1 — Election
Reese Witherspoon is the iconic Tracy Flick in Alexander Payne's '99 high-school-set satire.
63 min
86
#222: Home Sickness, Pt. 2 — Swallow
Carlo Mirabella-Davis' provocative feature debut has a lot on its mind.
79 min
87
#221: Home Sickness, Pt. 1 — Safe (1995)
A mysterious illness strikes Julianne Moore in Todd Haynes '95 film.
61 min
88
#220: Infection Point Pt. 2 - Contagion
Steven Soderbergh's 2011 film has never felt more timely.
68 min
89
#219: Infection Point Pt. 1 - Panic In the Streets
The plague strikes New Orleans in Elia Kazan's 1950 crime drama.
56 min
90
#218: Believe It Or Not, Pt. 2 - The Invisible ...
Director Leigh Whannell gaslights the classic H.G. Wells tale.
63 min
91
#217: Believe It Or Not, Pt. 1 - Gaslight (1944)
Ingrid Bergman is the original gaslighting victim in the George Cukor-directed classic.
56 min
92
#216: Bad Girls Club, Pt. 2 - Birds of Prey (An...
The superhero movie as emancipator.
66 min
93
#215: Bad Girls Club, Pt. 1 - Thelma & Louise
Ridley Scott's 1991 hit brought female-empowerment to the big screen.
52 min
94
#214: Fantasy Islands, Pt. 2 - Portrait of a La...
Repressed desires in repressed times in Céline Sciamma's award-winning 2019 film.
65 min
95
#213: Fantasy Islands, Pt. 1 - The Piano
Irrepressible desires and complicated relationships in Jane Campion's 1993 film.
56 min
96
#212: Men of War, Pt. 2 - 1917
Sam Mendes' long take through the trenches.
76 min
97
#211: Men of War, Pt. 1 — Gallipoli (1981)
Oscar favorite "1917" has us looking back to Peter Weir's WWI drama starring Mel Gibson.
59 min
98
#210: March Madness, Pt. 2 - Little Women (2019)
Greta Gerwig's new adpatation is bold, non-traditional—and faithful.
76 min
99
#209: March Madness, Pt. 1 - Little Women (1994)
A quintessentially 90s adaptation of the Alcott classic from director Gillian Armstrong.
63 min
100
#208: Betting Men. Pt. 2 - Uncut Gems
Finding connections to Cassavettes in the latest from the Safdie Brothers.
60 min