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Home to The Playlist Podcast Network and all its affiliated shows, including The Discourse, Be Reel, The Fourth Wall, Indiebeat and more. The Playlist is the obsessive's guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, and more.

    TV Recap: 'High Fidelity'

    TV Recap: 'High Fidelity'

    It’s Old Rob versus New Rob, Sad Rob versus Not As Sad Rob, Zoë Kravitz versus John Cusack, Brooklyn versus Chicago, and sad music versus sad people on a new TV recap. The Be Reel guys take on Hulu’s “High Fidelity” (2020) and compare and contrast it to the other Nick Hornby adaptations covered last week. Key moments include a debate about cancel culture, the original music on the show and where season two could possibly go. Hit it.


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    • 51 min
    Be Reel: 'High Fidelity' at 20 + Nick Hornby Adaptations

    Be Reel: 'High Fidelity' at 20 + Nick Hornby Adaptations

    Welcome to the arrested world of Nick Hornby. In the movie adaptations of his books, you'll find man-children of all stripes, from John Cusack's iconic role in "High Fidelity" (2000), Hugh Grant's lovable cad in "About a Boy" (2002) and Ethan Hawke's loser indie rocker in "Juliet, Naked" (2018). We dive into this overly witty but emotionally stunted category to celebrate and examine the 20th anniversary of "High Fidelity" and preview our forthcoming podcast on the Hulu remake starring Zoë Kravitz. Be on the lookout!


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    TV Recap: 'Devs' Episodes 1-4

    TV Recap: 'Devs' Episodes 1-4

    With theaters closed indefinitely, 'Be Reel' hosts Chance and Noah sink into the existential blur of the FX/Hulu limited series "Devs." The new show from Alex Garland ("Ex Machina" and "Annihilation")  unravels the mind-bending and violent workings of a quantum computer company. Episode discussion time stamps are below:

    0:00 - Show Overview
    16:50 - Episode 1 Spoilers
    26:00 - Episode 2
    38:40 - Episode 3
    52:10 - Episode 4


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Be Reel: How Alex Garland Imagines The World's End ("28 Days Later" / "Sunshine" / and more)

    Be Reel: How Alex Garland Imagines The World's End ("28 Days Later" / "Sunshine" / and more)

    When it comes to contemporary sci-fi, Alex Garland sits at the highest level of Hollywood writers/directors/creators. Whether penning original ideas about humanity’s undoing (“Ex Machina,” “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine”) or adapting bestselling books (“Annihilation,” “Never Let Me Go”) to his own specifications, Garland has had a hand in several of the most intriguing sci-fi and horror films of the past 20 years. This week, Be Reel studies most things Garland, with an emphasis on his screenwriting, leading  to our forthcoming recap of his new Hulu/FX show "Devs.” Keep your eyes peeled for that shortly. 


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Be Reel: The Essential Kelly Reichardt

    Be Reel: The Essential Kelly Reichardt

    Before the entire world shut down, there was an extremely good Kelly Reichardt movie ("First Cow") halfway into theaters. Now it's shelved indefinitely, but our career-spanning look at the American independent stalwart continues. Known for their lived-in detail, complex female leads and incisive social commentary, Reichardt titles like "Wendy and Lucy" (2008), "Meek's Cutoff" (2010) and "Night Moves" (2013) examine the age-old cracks in the Pacific Northwest's rebellious mythology. Of course, the guys also discuss what they've been watching in this time of social distancing, and Chance shares a telling bit from his recent interview with Reichardt. 


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Be Reel: The Invisible Man

    Be Reel: The Invisible Man

    Who do you become when no one can see you? Today’s Be Reel category doesn’t take a rosy view of how already powerful dudes would use the power of invisibility. In light of the new "Invisible Man" film starring Elisabeth Moss and directed by Leigh Whannell, we rope in and review an additional trio of invisible pictures, including "The Invisible Man" (1933), "Memoirs of an Invisible Man" (1992) and "Hollow Man" (2000). Timestamps below!

    0:00 -- The Invisible Man (2020) Spoiler-Free
    16:00 -- Spoilers for The Invisible Man (2020)
    26:00 -- James Whale's The Invisible Man (1933)
    40:15 -- John Carpenter's Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
    54:10 -- Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man (2000)


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    • 1 hr 14 min

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