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352. Best of 2021

January 16th, 2022

To mark the start of a new year, Emily and Ed run down their best films/TV shows/albums/games/books/etc. of 2021. They also talk about Lindsay Ellis quitting YouTube and the deaths of Jean-Marc Vallée and Betty White.

00:00:00 - 00:14:58 - Intro & News

00:14:59 - 00:28:32 - Honourable Mentions

00:28:33 - 01:33:54 - Emily & Ed talk about their Top 10s

351. The Lord of the Rings Films Are Old and So Are We

December 27th, 2021

To mark the 20th anniversary of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Emily and Ed talk about their love of the trilogy, its legacy, and whether Aragorn should have ended up with Eowyn.

00:00:00 - 00:12:37 - Intro & News

00:12:38 - 00:50:29 - Emily & Ed talk about The Lord of the Rings films

00:50:30 - 00:55:35 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- Here's A Spy Movie on YouTube, as recommended by Emily

350. Musicians Acting

December 6th, 2021

Given the, er, divided response to Lady Gaga's performance in House of Gucci, now seems like the perfect time to talk about musicians acting in movies. In addition to discussing the ways in which movies play with or against a musician's public persona, Emily and Ed talk about musicians who achieved recognition for their performances, those for whom recognition proved elusive, and those who transcended the need for films to bestow them with acclaim. They also talk about the deaths of Stephen Sondheim and Antony Sher, new details about the split between Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, and the news that The AV Club will soon be forced to move to L.A. from its longtime home of Chicago.

00:00:00 - 00:22:45 - Intro & News

00:22:46 - 00:55:14 - Emily & Ed discuss musicians acting in film

00:55:15 - 01:01:05 - SRS Recommends & Outro

- Link to the FastPass episode of Defunctland, as recommend by Emily

349. Perspective

November 29th, 2021

Content Warning: As part of the main topic we discuss the plot of The Last Duel, so there is brief discussion of rape and sexual assault.

Inspired by the shifting viewpoints in Ridley Scott's The Last Duel, Emily and Ed talk about movies that play with ideas of perspective, and the ways in which cinema can uniquely handle the idea of showing a story from the vantage points of multiple characters.

348. Gimmick vs. Premise

November 22nd, 2021

This week Emily and Ed discuss the difference between a gimmick and a premise, as they relate to movies, as well of examples of gimmicks that work so well that they cannot be extricated from a premise. They also talk about the ratification of the IATSE contract, #FreeBritney, and the deaths of Mick Rock and Dean Stockwell.


00:00:00 - 00:19:26 - Intro & News

00:19:27 - 00:50:47 - Emily & Ed discuss Gimmicks vs. Premises

00:50:48 - 00:55:11 - SRS Recommends & Outro


Link to the Bandcamp page for Billy Nomates, as recommended by Emily

347. The Six (with Arthur Jones)

November 15th, 2021

On this week's episode Emily sits down with director Arthur Jones to talk about their documentary The Six, which tells the story of the six Chinese survivors of the Titanic, and how their experiences of discrimination in the face of calamity continue to resonate over a century later.

For further information about The Six, including planned screenings, please visit the film's website.

00:00:00 - 00:02:42 - Intro & (extremely brief) news

00:02:43 - 00:50:58 - Emily interviews Arthur Jones about The Six

00:50:59 - 00:54:03 - SRS Recommends & Outro

346. Scary Moments in Non-Horror

November 6th, 2021

In this (belated) Halloween episode, Emily and Ed discuss scary moments in movies that aren't strictly speaking horror movies.

00:00:00 - 00:19:06 - Intro & News

00:19:07 - 00:48:34 - Emily & Ed discuss scary moments in non-horror movies

00:48:35 - 00:51:28 - SRS Recommends & Outro

345. The Fun of Sprawling Art

October 24th, 2021

This week, Emily and Ed talk about some of their favourite examples of sprawling (or "bloated" if you want to be a little less charitable) art, running the gamut from the fiction of Paul Auster to the Yakuza series of video games.

00:00:00 - 00:27:27 - Intro & News

00:27:28 - 00:52:54 - Emily & Ed discuss sprawling art

00:52:55 - 01:00:23 - SRS Recommends & Outro

344. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) / Malignant (2021)

October 16th, 2021

This week's show and tell finds Emily and Ed bringing two distinctive but very different visions: Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross's creative non-fiction film Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets and James Wan's gothic delight Malignant. They also talk about recent film news and the new SNL cast.

00:00:00 - 00:39:02 - Intro & News

00:39:03 - 00:57:13 - Emily & Ed discuss Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets and Malignant

343. What Makes a Good Rip-Off?

October 3rd, 2021

Inspired by Ed's first ever viewing of Event Horizon, Emily and Ed talk about what it takes for a film that rips off another film to overcome that stigma. They also talk about how amazing Sandra Bullock is, Nicholas Sparks movie posters, and the "low-stakes Uncut Gems" week that Ed had.

00:00:00 - 00:27:40 - Intro & News

00:27:41 - 00:58:16 - Emily & Ed discuss good rip-offs

00:58:17 - 01:04:10 - SRS Recommends & Outro

342. The Matrix Online is Canon!

September 19th, 2021

It's been a few weeks since Emily and Ed last recorded, so they catch up on some of the biggest news stories that they missed, as well as the 20th anniversary of 9/11.


- As recommended by Emily, "At the Turtle Club in the Shadow of 9/11" on Defector

341. TV Anthologies

September 12th, 2021

This week, Emily and Ed talk about the most recent series of Inside No. 9, the anthology series from Reese Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, before jumping off to a broader discussion of anthology TV shows, particularly the slew of them that have emerged in the past decade.

00:00:00 - 00:19:43 - Intro & News

00:19:44 - 00:52:48 - Emily & Ed discuss TV Antologies

00:52:49 - 00:57:32 - SRS Recommends & Outro

340. On Becoming A God in Central Florida (2019)/Annette (2021)

August 23rd, 2021

For this week's Show and Tell episode, Emily brings the sadly short-lived Showtime series On Becoming a God in Central Florida, while Ed brings the Leos Carax X Sparks musical Annette. They also talk about the recent deaths of Sonny Chiba and Sean Lock.

00:00:00 - 00:17:27 - Intro & News

00:17:28 - 00:51:53 - Emily & Ed discuss On Becoming a God in Central Florida and Annette

00:51:54 - 00:57:31 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- Kris Straub's Local 58, as recommended by Emily (cw for suicide)

- Voidburger's A Puzzle of Flesh in an Era of Strife, as recommended by Ed

339. Ed’s Birthday 2021

August 21st, 2021

To celebrate Ed's birthday (which was actually a few weeks ago but things have been busy!) he and Emily discuss some of the movies they've rewatched the most, movies that changed the most for them between rewatches, and movies that they don't know if they can go back to.

00:00:00 - 00:17:09 - Intro & News

00:17:10 - 00:55:49 - Emily & Ed discuss rewatching movies

00:55:50 - 01:00:25 - SRS Recommends & Outro

338. Appreciating Bob Odenkirk/Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney

August 1st, 2021

This week's episode is all news, as Emily and Ed take a moment to appreciate the work of Bob Odenkirk in light of the actor/writer/director/lovely guy's recent health scare, then dig into Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit against Disney over the release of Black Widow and its potential impact on Hollywood more broadly. They also manage to squeeze in some thoughts on the House of Gucci trailer, and Adam Driver's post-Star Wars movie blitz.

00:00:00 - 00:03:47 - Intro

00:03:48 - 00:40:36 - Emily & Ed discuss the news of the week

00:40:37 - 00:44:51 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- José's YouTube channel, as recommended by Emily

- Maggie Mae Fish's video on The Royal Tenenbaums and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, as recommended by Ed

- The latest episode of Tim Heidecker's Office Hours, in which he talks about Bob Odenkirk, as mentioned by Ed

337. Feel Good Series 2 (2021)/A Glitch in the Matrix (2021)

August 1st, 2021

For this week's Show and Tell, Emily brings the second series of Mae Martin's Netflix show Feel Good, and Ed brings Rodney Ascher's simulation theory doc A Glitch in the Matrix. They also talk about the calamitous Space Jam: A New Legacy, the winners from Cannes, and bad depictions of standup.

00:00:00 - 00:15:51 - Intro & News

00:15:52 - 00:43:31 - Emily & Ed discuss Feel Good and A Glitch in the Matrix

00:43:32 - 00:47:42 - SRS Recommends & Outro

336.Rare Beasts (2019)/I Think You Should Leave Season 2 (2021)

July 13th, 2021

This week, after some (in the end) misplaced optimism about the football, Emily and Ed discuss Rare Beasts, the debut feature from Billie Piper, and the second season of Netflix's I Think You Should Leave.

00:00:00 - 00:21:00 - Intro & News

00:21:01 - 00:48:37 - Emily & Ed discuss Rare Beasts and I Think You Should Leave

00:48:38 - 00:54:40 - SRS Recommends & Outro

- Here is the article by Kath Barbadoro on I Think You Should Leave for Vulture: "Stupid Times Call for Stupid Jokes"

335. The Dead Don’t Die (2019)/The Sparks Brothers (2021)

June 29th, 2021

For this week's Show and Tell, Emily brings Jim Jarmusch's zombie ensemble The Dead Don't Die, while Ed brings Edgar Wright's documentary about the long career of cult pop band Sparks. They also pay tribute to the film blogger Christopher Laverty, who passed away suddenly last week.

00:00:00 - 00:10:51 - Intro & News

00:10:52 - 00:39:21 - Emily & Ed discuss The Dead Don't Die and The Sparks Brothers

00:39:22 - 00:44:02 - SRS Recommends & Outro

334. Shrill (2019-2021)/Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

June 20th, 2021

For this week's Show and Tell, Emily brings Shrill, the Hulu comedy series starring Aidy Bryant which just finished its three season run, and Ed brings Muriel's Wedding, the Australian comedy that served as a breakthrough for Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths. They also pay tribute to Ned Beatty.

00:00:00 - 00:18:09 - Intro & News

00:18:10 - 00:53:51 - Emily & Ed discuss Shrill and Muriel's Wedding

00:53:52 - 00:58:36 - SRS Recommends & Outro

333.Bo Burnham’s Inside (2021)/Streets of Fire (1984)

June 6th, 2021

For this week's Show and Tell, Emily brings Bo Burnham's new Netflix special Inside, and Ed brings Walter Hill's cult neo-noir rock and roll musical Streets of Fire, which also just happened to be added to Netflix. They discuss being out of step with the critical consensus, the ways in which musical comedy can be distancing, and why more movies need Catbuses.

00:00:00 - 00:19:30 - Intro & News

00:19:31 - 00:58:05 - Emily & Ed discuss Inside and Streets of Fire

00:58:06 - 01:02:35 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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