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327. News Round Up

April 11th, 2021

After a few weeks away, Emily and Ed catch up on some of the big news stories from the film world, including the deaths of George Segal, Jessica Walter, and Larry McMurtry; Netflix paying a huge amount of money for two Knives Out sequels; and Disney putting some of their big forthcoming movies onto Disney+.

326. Personal Documentaries

March 22nd, 2021

Emily and Ed discuss Can't Get You Out of My Head, the latest film from Adam Curtis, as well as films by directors who tackle incredibly personal subject matter through the documentary form. They also talk about this year's kind of okay slate of Oscar nominees.

00:00:00 - 00:23:49 - Intro & News

00:24:00 - 00:58:48 - Emily & Ed discuss Personal Documentaries

00:58:49 - 01:02:19 - SRS Recommends & Outro

325. Oops All News

March 11th, 2021

Emily and Ed accidentally do an all-news episode, as they cover the Golden Globes, Edie Falco playing Hillary Clinton, NFTs, and more.

324.Six Feet Under at 20

February 28th, 2021

HBO's Six Feet Under turns 20 years old this year, which is just the sort of flimsy justification Emily and Ed need to talk about it. They discuss the show's ability to tackle grief in a way that was both funny and cathartic, its use of magical realism, how well it fleshed out its entire ensemble, and of course, the finale. (So there are some spoilers dotted throughout.)

00:00:00 - 00:20:23 - Intro & News

00:20:24 - 01:05:28 - Emily & Ed discuss Six Feet Under

01:05:29 - 01:08:29 - SRS Recommends & Outro

323. Nepotism

February 21st, 2021

This week, inspired by the discussion around Netflix's Malcolm and Marie, Emily and Ed discuss nepotism in film and television, and the tension that comes from loving an artist while knowing that they enjoyed considerable advantages from being the child of powerful or influential figures in the entertainment industry.

00:00:00 - 00:21:40 - Intro & News

00:21:41 - 00:50:06 - Emily & Ed discuss nepotism in film and TV

00:50:07 - 00:54:52 - SRS Recommends & Outro

322. Free Passes

February 16th, 2021

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the filmmakers and actors who they will always have time for, and will seek out the work of even if their work declines in quality or they fall out of favour.

00:00:00 - 00:22:14 - Intro & News

00:22:15 - 00:50:58 - Emily & Ed discuss the artists they'll happily give a free pass to

00:50:59 - 00:56:12 - SRS Recommends & Outro

321. Gateway Filmmakers

January 31st, 2021

This week, inspired by Patrick H. Willems' video essay about Kevin Smith, Emily and Ed discuss the filmmakers who made a big impact on them when they first started getting into films, and who introduced them to stories, genres and forms that they otherwise might not have experienced.

00:00:00 - 00:16:18 - Intro & News

00:16:19 - 00:51:38 - Emily & Ed discuss their gateway filmmakers

00:51:39 - 00:55:42 - SRS Recommends & Outro

320. Blind Spots

January 24th, 2021

This week, Emily and Ed discuss some of their cinematic blind spots, as well as the shortcomings of streaming services when it comes to discovering new or unexpected movies.

00:00:00 - 00:13:32 - Intro & News

00:13:33 - 00:45:07 - Emily & Ed discuss blind spots

00:45:08 - 00:51:28 - SRS Recommends & Outro

319. Emily’s Birthday 2021

January 16th, 2021

It's Emily's birthday this week, which means she gets to pick the topic. That topic: the legacy of Brokeback Mountain, which came out just over 15 years ago, as well as author E. Annie Proulx's recent comments about the fan fiction giving Ennis and Jack a happy ending.

00:00:00 - 00:09:40 - Intro & News

00:09:41 - 00:43:44 - Emily & Ed discuss Brokeback Mountain at 15

00:43:45 - 00:48:43 - SRS Recommends & Outro


Tom Little on Twitter, as recommended by Emily

318. Best of 2020

January 10th, 2021

This week, Emily and Ed discuss their top ten films, TV shows, podcast etc. from 2020, as well as the release of Wonder Woman 1984, and the deaths of MF DOOM and Joan Micklin Silver.

Note: This episode was recorded before there was an attempted coup at the US Capitol, which explains why the intro is cheery and all about how things have been pretty quiet.

00:00:00 - 00:24:33 - Intro & News

00:24:24 - 01:47:04 - Emily & Ed discuss their best of the 2020

01:47:05 - 01:48:23 - Outro

317. Art That Helped Us Get Through 2020

December 28th, 2020

For the last episode of 2020, Emily and Ed talk about the culture that helped them deal with this somewhat trying year.

00:00:00 - 00:24:20 - Intro & News

00:24:21 - 00:54:03 - Emily & Ed discuss the art that got them through 2020

00:54:04 - 00:58:45 - SRS Recommends & Outro

316. HBOMax and the Future of Theatrical Releases

December 12th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the recent news that WarnerMedia will be putting all of their 2021 theatrical releases - including major prospective blockbusters like Dune, The Matrix 4 and Kong vs. Godzilla - onto their HBOMax streaming platform on the same day they will hit theatres.

00:00:00 - 00:22:54 - Intro & News

00:22:55 - 00:44:05 - Emily & Ed discuss WarnerMedia's decision to put all their movies on HBOMax

00:44:06 - 00:48:03 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- The Bandcamp page for Shelley Byron & The Poison Sleep, as recommended by Emily

315. Autism in Film and TV

December 5th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the trailer for Sia's forthcoming film/album Music, the criticism of the trailer and Sia's response to the criticism, and then talk about how the project fits into the broader problems with depicting autism in media.

00:00:00 - 00:15:06 - Intro & News

00:15:07 - 00:43:40 - Emily & Ed discuss autism in film and TV

00:43:41 - 00:48:05 - SRS Recommends & Outro

314. Autumnal Movies

November 27th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the aesthetics, themes and tropes of autumnal movies, and ask if movies can be autumnal regardless of when they are actually set so long as they have the right knitwear.

00:00:00 - 00:18:52 - Intro & News

00:18:53 - 00:44:50 - Emily & Ed discuss Autumnal Movies

00:44:51 - 00:47:54 - SRS Recommends & Outro

313. Frequent Collaborations

November 21st, 2020

This week finds Emily and Ed discussing filmmakers who repeatedly work with the same groups of collaborators, and the ways in which working together numerous times can provide a comfort and safety for a filmmaker, or challenge them to keep trying new things. They also discuss the seismic news that Emily in Paris will be returning for another season.

00:00:00 - 00:15:14 - Intro & News

00:15:15 - 00:48:33 - Emily & Ed discuss frequent collaborators

00:48:34 - 00:54:01 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- You can check out Emily's new podcast The Mother of All Losses here

312. Elections

November 14th, 2020

As the 2020 Presidential election finally(?) grinds to an end, Emily and Ed discuss the pop culture detritus surrounding the election, what works of art they think really captured the absurdity of the Trump era, and elections in film more generally. They also pay tribute to John Sessions and Alex Trebek.

00:00:00 - 00:27:28 - Intro & News

00:27:29 - 01:00:01 - Emily & Ed discuss elections in pop culture

01:00:02 - 01:05:13 - SRS Recommends & Outro

311. Borat and the Limits of Satire

November 1st, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the ethical questions surrounding its production, and the limits of an outrageous, offensive satire in an outrageous, offensive age. They also discuss the death of Sean Connery and his complicated legacy.

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

00:17:18 - 00:39:17 - Emily & Ed discuss Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

00:39:18 - 00:43:52 - SRS Recommends & Outro


Sassy Justice, as recommended by Emily

310. Qui-Bye

October 25th, 2020

To mark the closing of Quibi, the poorly-conceived mobile streaming service that lasted six months before collapsing under its own readily apparent flaws, Emily and Ed talk about why it was such a transparently bad idea, how the people involved misunderstood what streaming is, and how people consume media. They also discuss Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and its weird gatecrashing of the Presidential election, AOC streaming on Twitch, and Ben Wheatly adding another unexpected film to his plate.

00:00:00 - 00:23:10 - Intro & News

00:23:11 - 00:23:11 - Emily & Ed discuss the end of Quibi

00:41:38 - 00:41:39 - SRS Recommends & Outro

309. One Location Movies

October 22nd, 2020

This week, inspired by the news that Ben Wheatley has shot a lockdown movie, Emily and Ed discuss movies that take place primarily in one location, which genres are particularly suited to that approach, and what it takes to make a movie set in one place work.

00:00:00 - 00:20:22 - Intro & News

00:20:23 - 00:52:44 - Emily & Ed discuss movies primarily set in one location

00:52:45 - 00:56:39 - SRS Recommends & Outro

308. This Hits Different

October 11th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss films and TV shows that impact them differently in lockdown because they depict events and experiences that they can't engage in right now, and stir up memories of when they could. They also discuss Cineworld/Regal closing theatres in the UK and the US, and how those decisions connect to the broader failings of their governments to get the Coronavirus under control.

00:00:00 - 00:26:12 - Intro & News

00:26:13 - 00:54:23 - Emily & Ed discuss art that impacts them differently in lockdown

00:54:24 - 00:58:15 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- Rachel Syme's interview with Mandy Patinkin, as recommended by Emily

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