Pete is a podcaster, photographer, writer, and teacher in Portland, Oregon. For his clients, he works to bring stories to life on screen through documentary film and photo. For his students, he works to illuminate the world around them through the lens of film and television. He's been podcasting since 2006 at RashPixel.FM.
The day has arrived! In case you’re just tuning in, this is technically minute zero of Iron Man 2. We figured many of you might be joining us for the first time so we’ve created this episode to begin as we embark on the minute by minute dissection of Tony Stark’s second outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Obsessive movie trivia? Check. Weird comparisons? Check. Unbelievably strange pop culture references? Check! Let’s begin!
Hal Ashby was behind several seminal films from the 60s and 70s, but by the time the 80s rolled around, his addictions made him unreliable. For his last feature film, he tackled novelist Lawrence Block’s famous character Matthew Scudder, and initially it sounded like it could be promising. Oliver Stone adapted the novel, and he’d proven he had a gritty edge to his work as a writer through the first half of the decade. Unfortunately the producers and Ashby wanted to move the story from New York to LA. While not an obvious problem, this decision seemed to set in motion a series of creative changes that led to several writers – including Ashby – tackling the script and eventually the film getting taken away from Ashby before going into post-production. The issues show through, but that doesn’t mean the film doesn’t have its merits. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Oliver Stone in the 80s series with Ashby’s 1986 film 8 Million Ways to Die. We talk about the problems we have with the script and direction, but find ourselves on two sides of liking this film – Pete didn’t like it at all and Andy really enjoyed it. We chat about Ashby’s moments of character and humanity that come through several key scenes, notably when Bridges’ character of Scudder is speaking at AA dealing with his alcoholism. We look at Rosanna Arquette and Alexandra Paul as two high-class hookers and how well they do, as well as Randy Brooks and Andy Garcia as the men Scudder comes up against. We look at the cinematography and the score. And we fawn over several of the key locations in the film, notably the one with the funicular. It’s a film that fails on many counts but also one with some compelling things going for it. We’re split on it here but still think it’s worth a watch so check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel’s Discord channel! Film Sundries Learn more about supporting The Next Reel Film Podcast through your own membership — visit TruStory FM. Watch this film: JustWatch Script Transcript Original theatrical trailer Original poster artwork Flickchart Letterboxd
Physical copies vs. digital copies. Ownership from one country to another. Andy and Steve are joined by entertainment attorney Donald Smiley and distributor & owner of Archstone Entertainment Scott Martin to talk about a lot of these behind-the-scenes bits of the business of film production.
AI lookin’ out for us. Pete helps a listener feel free in the chair while Tommy is on the hunt for Dr. Puff-n-stuff. Links & Notes This weeks tune: Belong to You by Denitia
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Nov 20th, 1972
Portland, OR, USA
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2 months, 2 weeks
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