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Reel Review features engaging conversations about film and television with interesting folks and USC experts from across disciplines (public policy, governance, theatre, and cinema) to look at visual storytelling, media literacy, diversity, and the public good.

Hosted by Erroll Southers, Reel Review reminds us that film and TV are powerful and passionate mediums that not only entertain, but reflect and comment on our society. Culture, policy, and politics affect our everyday lives, ideas about how we live, and how we live together. It also influences what we watch, as well as what we take away from those programs.

We want to be smarter about the images and stories we see, and how we can be better together.

Dec 19, 2019

The description of Jay Roach's Bombshell on IMDB says simply: "A group of women decide to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network."

What a stunning understatement. Bombshell dramatizes the story of Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit against Roger Ailes' repeated harassment and...

Nov 12, 2019

Host Erroll Southers is joined by Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Alex Ago, and Aubrey Hicks to discuss the first episode of the new HBO series Watchmen.

Starring Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, and an enormously talented ensemble cast, the series picks up beyond the first film and original DC comic series written by Alan...

Sep 13, 2019

"Just give that man money so he can make his films!" says an ardent fan of Terry Gilliam, director.

We were intrigued at the idea of a retelling of the Cervantes classic Don Quixote, and from acclaimed filmmaker Terry Gilliam. With a film within the film, the work could be a tale of the quixotic nature of storytelling...

Jul 30, 2019

The film world is a completely different universe than it was when Better off Dead came out in August 1985.

"Savage" Steve Holland's film about a jilted nerd, skiing, and the foreign exchange student who saves him, is perhaps the quintessential cult teen film of the 80s.  “Those video stores just completely saved...

May 31, 2019

Depending on who you talk to, The Godfather is either a story of an "aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son" or, the "greatest gangster film of all time."

We discuss why the film is still watched ... and loved almost 50 years later.

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