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This week on #TheNextReel #Podcast: "The Verdict"

"So much of the time, we’re just lost."

David Mamet wrote screenplays for several years before he jumped into the director’s seat, and while some of them still distinctly sound like Mamet’s writing, others really don’t. The ‘Mamet Speak’ isn’t there, or perhaps it’s just less obvious. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off another Mamet series, this time focusing on films he worked on only as screenwriter. We start this series with his second screen credit as screenwriter, Sidney Lumet’s 1982 courtroom drama “The Verdict.” We talk about what works for us with Mamet’s script and what doesn’t, and really try to figure out why – is it not Mamet enough? We chat about the actors, from Paul Newman and Jack Warden to Charlotte Rampling and James Mason, and what they bring to the table. We really get into the look of the film, discussing Andrzej Barkowiak’s cinematography, Edward Pisoni’s production design and John Kasarda’s art direction, analyzing how they use their tools to tell this story. And we get into some subplots, really trying to resolve some issues that the film leaves hanging. It’s a strong courtroom character study, even if it wasn’t strong enough to take on Gandhi at the Oscars. Check it out then tune in!


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We've launched the Speakeasy! A new monthly miniseries in which industry pros bring their favorite movies to share. This month, actor Abraham Benrubi brings a classic Peter O'Toole film: My Favorite Year. Listen in and let us know what you think!

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This week, Andy and Pete are hitting the road with the Griswolds in our final Harold Ramis film this year, "National Lampoon's Vacation!"


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This week we head back to boot camp with Bill Murray and Harold Ramis as we hit number 2 in our Ramis series, "Stripes." Didn't hold up quite as well as we'd hoped.

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It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode, and boy, do we have a doozy this week. Listener Diego Luis Contreras López wanted us to talk about a film from Spain and settled on Luis Buñuel’s return to his home country (and immediate departure thereafter) with his 1961 film “Viridiana.”

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This week on #TheNextReel +Andy Nelson and I take on Hayao Miyazaki's last film, "The Wind Rises." Plus, more words from our sponsors and new alternative job titles for aeronautical engineers! 
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