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Keith Phipps

Keith Phipps is a writer and editor specializing in film and TV, he created and served as editorial director of The Dissolve, a film website associated with Pitchfork. He also co-hosts The Next Picture Show Podcast.
Recent episodes featuring Keith Phipps
#193: Most Dangerous Games, Pt. 2 - Ready or Not
The Next Picture Show
It’s too early to know whether Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s horror-comedy READY OR NOT will eventually become a cult hit in the manner of 1985’s CLUE, but the two films share a foundation in dangerous games and the even more dangerous people who play them. After parsing how READY OR NOT works as both horror and comedy, and inducting star Samara Weaving into the scream queen hall of fame, we dig into the two films’ crucial central performances, how both incorporate elements of class satire and farce, and the extent to which each is indebted to actual game mechanics. Plus, Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent filmgoing experiences in hopes of putting something new on your cinematic radar.Please share your comments, thoughts, and questions about CLUE, READY OR NOT, or anything else in the world of film, by sending an email to comments@nextpictureshow.net, or leaving a short voicemail at (773) 234-9730.Your Next Picture Show: • Scott: Ognjen Glavonic’s THE LOAD• Keith: Netflix’s THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE AGE OF RESISTANCE, Criterion’s The Koker Trilogy BoxSet, Olive Films’ BUCKET OF BLOOD Blu-ray release• Tasha: “The Crazy Story of How ‘Clue’ Went From Forgotten Flop To Cult Triumph” by Adam B. Vary at Buzzfeed.comOutro music: “The Hide and Seek Song” from READY OR NOTLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#192: Most Dangerous Games, Pt. 1 - Clue
The Next Picture Show
The gamified murder and mayhem of the recent horror-comedy READY OR NOT put us in mind of a similarly scrappy, low-budget affair with board games in its DNA: John Landis and Jonathan Lynn’s flop-turned-cult-classic CLUE. In this CLUE-centric half of our deadly games pairing, we get into how much both sides of that flop/cult reputation are earned, how much of the film’s genesis in a board game comes across on screen, and how much those additional endings add to the film. Plus, we respond to some feedback taking us to task for one of the many controversial elements of ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD that we left out of our discussion of the film.Please share your comments, thoughts, and questions about CLUE, READY OR NOT, or anything else film-related, by sending an email to comments@nextpictureshow.net, or leaving a short voicemail at (773) 234-9730. Works Cited:• “The Crazy Story Of How ‘Clue’ Want From Forgotten Flop To Cult Triumph” by Adam B. Vary (Buzzfeed.com)• “Why Are You Laughing At Bruce Lee?” By Walter Chaw (Vulture.com)• “Bruce Lee’s Daughter Says Quentin Tarantino ‘Could Shut Up’ About Her Father’s Portrayal” by Audrey Cleo Yap (Variety.com)Outro music: Bill Haley and the Comets, “Shake, Rattle and Roll”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#191: Which Side Are You On? Pt. 2 - American Factory
The Next Picture Show
A few decades and a whole industry removed from Barbara Kopple’s HARLAN COUNTY, USA, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s AMERICAN FACTORY is an entertaining yet dispiriting illustration of how much working conditions, labor relations, and blue-collar work have changed — and, in some ways, haven’t. After wrestling with AMERICAN FACTORY’s sometimes-funny, sometimes-demoralizing portrayal of the current state of American industry, unions, and national identity, we dive what unites and separates these films’ approach to depicting the struggles and setbacks of the working American. Plus, Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent filmgoing experiences in hopes of putting something new on your cinematic radar.Please share your comments, thoughts, and questions about HARLAN COUNTY USA, AMERICAN FACTORY, or anything else in the world of film, by sending an email to comments@nextpictureshow.net, or leaving a short voicemail at (773) 234-9730.Your Next Picture Show: • Keith: INFINITY TRAIN on Cartoon Network• Genevieve: Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck’s SHUT UP AND SING• Scott: Barbara Kopple’s AMERICAN DREAM• Tasha: Richard Linklater’s WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE?Outro music: Bruce Springsteen, “Factory”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#190: Which Side Are You On? Pt. 1 - Harlan County, USA
The Next Picture Show
The new Netflix documentary AMERICAN FACTORY is funnier than Barbara Kopple’s 1976 Oscar-winning documentary HARLAN COUNTY USA, and not nearly as fraught with violence, but it pivots on many of the same core tensions between workers and corporate bosses. In this half of our pairing of labor struggles past and present, we look back at HARLAN COUNTY to see how the time Kopple’s team spent embedded in Harlan County shaped the film, as well as the 1973 miners strike it depicts; how the film’s style reflects Kopple’s involvement with the Maysles brothers and direct cinema; and which of Harlan County’s colorful residents leave the biggest mark on the film. Plus, we respond to some feedback on recent episodes and go over some of the dozens of suggestions we got for 2019 pairings we received when we recently put the call out on Twitter.Please share your comments, thoughts, and questions about HARLAN COUNTY USA, AMERICAN FACTORY, or anything else film-related, by sending an email to comments@nextpictureshow.net, or leaving a short voicemail at (773) 234-9730.Outro music: Hazel Dickens, “They’ll Never Keep Us Down”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#189: Hollywood Endings, Pt. 2 - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Next Picture Show
Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD looks back at 1969 Hollywood from a 2019 vantage point, where Hal Ashby’s 1975 satire SHAMPOO examines that same era from a much closer distance, but the two films share a funny but bittersweet outlook on what would turn out to be a turning point in history. In this half of our pairing of 1969-set “Hollywood endings,” we share our responses to Tarantino’s newest film, and to some of the discussion surrounding it, before diving into what links these two films, including their shared focus on a single event as a historical turning point, and their respective engagement, or lack thereof, with the counterculture. Plus, Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent filmgoing experiences in hopes of putting something new on your cinematic radar.Please share your comments, thoughts, and questions about SHAMPOO, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, or anything else in the world of film, by sending an email to comments@nextpictureshow.net, or leaving a short voicemail at (773) 234-9730.Your Next Picture Show: • Scott: Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack’s AMAZING GRACE• Keith: Jacques Demy’s MODEL SHOP• Genevieve: Lulu Wang’s THE FAREWELLOutro music: The Mamas & The Papas, “Dedicated To The One I Love”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Episode Count
197
Podcast Count
4
Total Airtime
1 week, 20 hours