March 20th, 2017
In this episode - which, despite being inspired by a film called The Irishman and being recorded over St. Patrick's Day weekend, is categorically not a St. Patrick's Day episode - Ed is joined by critic and podcaster Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann on Twitter) to discuss Netflix's recent acquisition of Martin Scorsese's long-gestating gangster epic, as well as how the growth of upstart studios and distributors like Netflix, Amazon, A24, Blumhouse and Annapurna Pictures are shaking up the status quo in Hollywood. There's also some talk about whether or not Jeff Bezos is trying to kill God.
Kayleigh's piece on The Irishman, "How Netflix Stole Martin Scorsese's Dream Project From Hollywood" can be found on Screen Rant.
00:00:00 - 00:01:30 - Intro
00:01:31 - 01:10:44 - Ed and Kayleigh discuss The Irishman, Netflix and Amazon's original film slate, the death of the mid-budget movie, Blumhouse. A whole bunch of stuff, really.
01:10:45 - 01:16:50 - SRS Recommends & Outro
March 6th, 2017
Somehow, it's been twenty years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuted on the WB, a humble start for a show which would go on to build a huge cult following and fundamentally alter fantasy and sci-fi storytelling on television. To help unpack this momentus occasion, Ed is joined by Zoë Jeyes and Ellie Graham to talk about the highs ("Hush", "The Zeppo", "Once More with Feeling") and lows (that weird sex episode) of the series, its continuing metaphorical richness, and the vagaries of BBC scheduling.
00:00:00 - 00:02:23 - Intro
00:02:24 - 00:59:21 - Ed, Ellie & Zoë discuss Buffy the Vampire Slayer
00:59:22 - 01:04:31 - SRS Recommends & Outro
February 27th, 2017
In this minisode (which in no way lives up to the term because it's just as long as every other episode but shush) Ed counts down the ten best films to ever win Best Picture from the Academy Awards. It's almost relentlessly positive, unless his picks enrage you. Listen to find out if they do!
NB: This episode was recorded before the Oscars ceremony, so, er, don't be surprised that I didn't manage to predict the weirdest damn thing to ever happen at the Oscars.
February 20th, 2017
The Academy Awards are mere days away, and Ed is joined by returning guest Zoë Jeyes to talk about this year's nominees: the surprises (both pleasant and not), snubs and frontrunners that comprise one of the most interesting slates in years. They also try to predict who will walk away with the big prizes on Sunday, something which seems easier than usual this year, which probably means they're totally wrong.
00:00:00 - 00:46:21 - Ed & Zoë discuss the Oscar nominees
00:46:22 - 01:16:18 - Oscar Predictions
01:16:19 - 01:21:11 - SRS Recommends & Outro
February 13th, 2017
Inspired by the US release of The Girl with All the Gifts, a fantastic British zombie movie that offers an exciting and emotionally complex take on the genre, Ed is joined by John Hunter to talk about the film, as well as the ongoing dominance of zombies in pop culture. They also try to explain the success of TV shows like The Walking Dead and iZombie, draw parallels between the rise of zombie fiction and the concurrent rise of superhero cinema, and discover unusual parallels between the zombie and Western genres.
Note: The zombie cop show Ed was trying to remember towards the end of the episode was Babylon Fields.
00:00:00 - 00:05:27 - Intro & News
00:05:28 - 00:20:25 - Ed & John discuss The Girl with All the Gifts
00:20:26 - 00:54:51 - Ed & John discuss Zombies in pop culture
00:54:52 - 00:59:19 - SRS Recommends & Outro
January 30th, 2017
Ed is joined by Kat Chirnside and Ryan Finnigan, the co-founders of Rare Giants to talk about their work screening films that have beneifted from restoration and preservation. In addition to talking about their debut screening - which will be of In Cold Blood at Sheffield Hallam's The Void on March 6th - they discuss films which blur the line between truth and fiction, as well as the passing of John Hurt.
Follow Rare Giants on Twitter - @raregiants
January 9th, 2017
It's Awards Season, and with a gap in the schedule between the Golden Globes and the Oscars, Ed decided to leap into the fray with Shot/Reverse Shot's first ever awards ceremony: The First Annual Anna Faris Memorial Award for Making the Best of a Bad Situation, in which praise is showered on the actors who did good work in bad movies, or who at the very least made shrewd choices when deciding to sign on to be in bad movies. Mainly, it's an opportunity for Ed to talk about how much he enjoys Billy on the Street.
- Here is Dan Olson's video on the editing in Suicide Squad, which Ed mentions at one point and is well worth half an hour of your time.
- There's no clip for The Angry Birds Movie because that film is poison even in audio form.
January 2nd, 2017
Happy New Year, listeners! As is customary, we start a new year and a new season with a look ahead at what the world of film has to offer. To help in that endeavour, Ed is joined by this episode's guest, writer John Hunter. As they go through each month up to and including August, they wonder if xXx: The Return of Xander Cage will be Vin Diesel's Unforgiven, try to divine which films will enjoy a healthy afterlife of being endlessly repeated on BBC2, and attempt to maintain their cool when talking about the Twin Peaks revival.
00:00:00 - 00:03:11 - Intro
00:03:12 - 01:37:59 - Ed and John preview the year in film
01:38:00 - 01:49:54 - Ed and John discuss non-film art they are anticipating in 2017
01:49:55 - 01:52:34 - Outro
December 26th, 2016
Happy Holidays, listeners! As is customary, the final show of the year (and Matt's final show until Winter of 2017) is a round-up of 2016. The boys talk about the Golden Globe nominations and what they auger for awards season, the hits and misses at the box office, and some of the many wonderful artists who passed away this year. They see out this annus horribilis by counting down the official SRS Top Ten of 2016.
Have a happy New Year and we'll see you in 2017!
Here is a link to David Ehrlich's Top 25 Films of 2016 countdown, which Ed mentions during the show.
00:00:00 - 00:04:52 - Intro & News
00:04:53 - 00:23:57 - 2016's Box Office Hits and Misses
00:23:58 - 00:26:52 - The Year in Celebrity Deaths
00:26:53 - 00:42:56 - Worst Film of the Year, Disappointments, Honorable Mentions
00:42:57 - 01:38:40 - Top Ten Films of 2016
01:38:41 - 01:40:42 - Outro
December 19th, 2016
After the somewhat successful performance of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, Disney have decided to take a punt on another Star Wars movie. As two people somewhat familiar with and amenable to the series, Matt and Ed watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and decided to talk about the first so-called "standalone" Star Wars movie - what works, what doesn't, and how it stacks up against the other installments. They also reveal the real reason for the much-discussed reshoots, wonder why Darth Vader chose to live in the worst place imaginable, and paint Ben Mendelsohn as the Willy Wonka of the Star Wars universe.
Needless to say, there are spoilers. (Also some audio issues due to a faulty mic. We sincerely apologise for that.)
December 12th, 2016
As some listeners may know, because we've been casually referencing it for months, Matt will be taking a sabbatical from the show starting in January so that he can go traveling around the Americas for much of next year. Since this is the last regular episode of the year, and we just passed the five-year anniversary of the first recording sessions for Shot/Reverse Shot, this week's episode is all about goodbyes in film and TV. Matt and Ed cover noble goodbyes, angry goodbyes, hopeful goodbyes, and a bunch of different flavours of farewell. They also wonder if they like Moulin Rouge!, consider the similar paths taken by the Fast and Furious and Mission: Impossible franchises, and co-create a sitcom about forgotten characters from other TV shows.
00:00:00 - 00:09:32 - Intro & News
00:09:33 - 00:28:15 - Matt & Ed say what they've learned from five years of podcasting
00:28:16 - 01:04:17 - Matt & Ed discuss Goodbyes in film and TV
01:04:18 - 01:11:23 - SRS Recommends
December 5th, 2016
Sometimes actors and directors get stuck making one type of movie and, through their own choice or external circumstances, they try something completely new and unexpected. In this episode, Matt and Ed discuss successful reinventions, the ones that failed, and the times when whole careers were sent off in a new direction by one fateful film. They also discuss The Hamilton Mixtape, how many good films came out in 1999, and the controversy surrounding the production of Last Tango in Paris and the broader problems of how it has been reported.
00:00:00 - 00:18:45 - Intro & News
00:18:46 - 01:00:35 - Matt & Ed discuss Playing Against Type
01:00:36 - 01:06:12 - SRS Recommends & Outro
Note: We sincerely apologise for the brief, scattered audio issues in the first half of the episode. There was some static on the recording and while almost all of has been edited out, there were a few moments where it couldn't be removed.
November 28th, 2016
Matt and Ed are both battling illness this week, but they persevered in order to talk about loving imperfect art - those films and TV series that are close to their hearts despite having clear and glaring flaws. At the same time, Matt introduces the world to a new Star Wars character, and Ed reminisces about a wildly unsuccessful supernatural sitcom from the late '90s.
Also, this is the terrible Ruben Blades song that Ed sings terribly at one point in the episode.
00:00:00 - 00:16:00 - Intro & News
00:16:01 - 01:03:07 - Matt & Ed discuss loving Imperfect Art
01:03:08 - 01:09:58 - SRS Recommends & Outro
November 20th, 2016
It's Matt's birthday! In keeping with recent (i.e. a year old) tradition, that means he gets to decide the topic for this week's show, but instead of discussing a single subject, Matt and Ed rattle through a series of them, including nostalgia, great buddy movies, and when it's appropriate to introduce kids to violent movies. They also pitch an idea for what the second season of HBO's Westworld will be about, and it is an ironclad, irrefutable fan theory, primed for that sweet, sweet SEO bump.
00:00:00 - 00:18:11 - Intro & News
00:18:12 - 00:52:33 - Matt & Ed discuss a bunch of stuff
00:52:34 - 00:59:16 - SRS Recommends & Outro
November 14th, 2016
Inspired by Matt's nephew, who recently started studying film at A-Level, this week's episode finds the boys trying to develop their own syllabus of essential or gateway movies for newcomers to film, or those simply looking for starting points to expand their horizons. There's also a little bit of election talk at the start, so if you're sick of hearing about that then feel free to skip to the time code below.
Here is the essay about Leonard Cohen written by Sean O'Neal that Ed mentions towards the end of the episode.
00:00:00 - 00:04:20 - Intro; Matt & Ed discuss the US elect result
00:04:21 - 01:03:55 - Matt & Ed plot out the SRS Film Studies syllabus
01:03:56 - 01:08:19 - SRS Recommends & Outro
November 6th, 2016
Apparently there's an election coming up. To celebrate(?), Matt and Ed talk about films and television shows that tackle the world of politics, examples of overtly "political" filmmakers, and their favourite insults from The Thick of It.
00:00:00 - 00:09:24 - Intro & News
00:09:25 - 01:00:10 - Matt & Ed talk about politics in film and television
01:00:11 - 01:06:39 - SRS Recommends & Outro
October 31st, 2016
As a spooky Halloween treat, Matt and Ed are talking about the iconic monsters that formed the core of Universal's stable of creature features in the 1930s and 40s (including Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man), and the influence they continue to exert over the subgenres that they helped to define. They also talk about the cinematic peak(?) of Dana Carvey's cinematic career, the end of Vine, and why you (yes, you!) should be watching The Good Place.
00:00:00 - 00:20:21 - Intro & News
00:20:22 - 00:59:10 - Matt & Ed discuss the legacy of the Universal Monsters
00:59:11 - 01:07:07 - SRS Recommends & Outro
October 24th, 2016
After a few weeks working on episodes separately, Matt and Ed are reunited this week to talk about Ed's trip to New York, the week's news, and the many instances where great directors have delivered absolute stinkers.
Here is The Ringer article that end mentions during the News section.
October 18th, 2016
With Ed off gallivanting around Broadway like some cosmopolitan dandy, the reigns for this week's episode are in sole possession of Matt, who decides to get a little weird.
As a tribute to one of their favourite podcasts You Must Remember This, Matt presents his own version of the show, forgoing an engaging history of bygone Hollywood, for the unusual tale of Tinseltown's failed attempt to make a sequel to 2000's smash hit Gladiator.
Without giving too much away, it's an incredibly strange tale and Matt goes through the looking glass in the search of answers. Most pertinently: whats with the monkey?
October 10th, 2016
Last month, Ed made a flying visit back to England in order to attend the first annual London Podcast Festival at King's Place in London. He's joined by Zoë Jeyes, the Comedy Programmer for King's Place and producer of the festival, to discuss how the festival came together, the great shows they saw (including, but not limited to, Bullseye, Judge John Hodgman, The Moth and Little Atoms), and to extol the virtues of Hollywood Handbook, in a segment that will make almost no sense to anyone who hasn't listened to that show.
00:00:00 - 00:01:33 - Intro
00:01:34 - 00:49:16 - Ed & Zoë discuss the shows they saw at the festival
00:49:17 - 01:01:40 - SRS Recommends & Outro