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164. Playing Against Type

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.

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163. Loving Imperfect Art

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

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162. Matt’s Birthday, 2016

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

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161. SRS Film Studies 101

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

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160. Politics in Film and TV

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
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159. Universal Monsters

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
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158. Bad Films by Great Directors

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.

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157. You Won’t Remember This: Gladiator 2

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?
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156. London Podcast Festival (with Zoë Jeyes)

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, BullseyeJudge John HodgmanThe 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
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155. Autumn/Winter Preview 2016

October 3rd, 2016

After a short break caused by a) Ed being on holiday and b) Matt accidentally sleeping through a scheduled recording session, the boys are back with a vengeance in this extra long, extra punchy episode, during which they discuss the films they are most looking forward to between now and the end of the year. They also catch up on some recent news, ponder the falls from grace of Johnny Depp and Mel Gibson, and come up with possibly the best band name of all time.

00:00:00 - 00:25:07 - Intro & SRS
00:25:08 - 01:45:22 - Matt & Ed run through the upcoming slate of films
01:45:23 - 01:51:13 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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154. Pan’s Labyrinth at 10

September 12th, 2016

It's been ten years since the release of Guillermo del Toro's haunting fairytale Pan's Labyrinth, a film which was hailed as a masterpiece almost as soon as it debuted and whose reputation has only grown over time. To mark the occasion, Matt and Ed discuss the film's many good qualities, debate its legacy, and what impact it had on del Toro's career. They also get excited about the films debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ed reminisces about the time he got to meet del Toro and almost cried, and Matt reveals how deceased Irish comedian Frank Carson shattered his chances of becoming a professional footballer.
00:00:00 - 00:18:22 - Intro & News
00:18:23 - 00:55:27 - Matt & Ed discuss Pan's Labyrinth
00:55:28 - 00:59:19 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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153. Suicide Squad - Part 2

September 5th, 2016

In a direct sequel to last week's discussion of how bad Suicide Squad is as a film in its own right, but also a spiritual sequel to our episode on the state of the modern blockbuster, this episode finds Matt and Ed using Suicide Squad as a prism through which to explore the worst tendencies of modern blockbuster culture, and how it is emblematic of a moribund summer movie season. They detail how hard it is for a film to turn a profit these days, why foreign box office is so rarely a saving grace, and the increasing toxicity of online discussion around blockbusters. They also pay tribute to Gene Wilder and Jon Polito, two actors they loved who passed away this week, and wax poetic about Jackie Chan and Patrick Ness.

Here is the article by Todd Vanderwerff that Matt references during the main discussion.
00:00:00 - 00:12:31 - Intro & News
00:12:32 - 00:48:56 - Matt & Ed discuss Suicide Squad as it relates to modern blockbuster culture
00:48:57 - 00:54:46 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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152. Suicide Squad - Part 1

August 29th, 2016

Matt's back from his holidays and the boys are a little punchy, as evidenced by the way that they turn what was meant to be a brief preamble about Suicide Squad into the focus of the entire episode. In between detailing why Captain Boomerang is the most useless character ever and trying to parse the murk of David Ayer's vision, they find time to discuss the BBC's list of the 100 best films of the 21st century so far, rekindle Ed's fear of rhinoceroses, and forget that Spectre exists. 
00:00:00 - 00:20:01 - Intro & News
00:20:02 - 01:04:48 - Matt & Ed discuss Suicide Squad 
01:04:49 - 01:09:42 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Next week: Matt and Ed place Suicide Squad in a broader context and have the conversation they meant to have this week.
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151. Star Trek (with John Hunter)

August 22nd, 2016

It's been 50 years since Star Trek first entered the public consciousness, and five decades later, Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future is in surprisingly rude health. With the recent cinematic release of Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond and slow drip of news about the forthcoming TV show Star Trek: Discovery, Ed sits down to discuss the series' various incarnations with writer and playwright John Hunter. In addition to discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the franchises and the reason for its longevity, they reminisce about drunken conversations about The West Wing, John's work with Slung Low Theatre, and Ed's paralysing fear of being challenged to a rap battle.

00:00:00 - 00:01:57 - Intro
00:01:58 - 00:05:14 - Ed & John talk about Slung Low Theatre
00:05:15 - 00:44:55 - Ed & John discuss Star Trek
00:44:56 - 00:49:29 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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1986: Top Gun and Aliens

August 15th, 2016

Following on from last week, in which they talked about the films of 1986, Matt and Ed spend this week digging into two of the biggest hits of that year: Tony Scott's Top Gun and James Cameron's Aliens. In addition to talking about the influence that the two films had on the blockbuster format (whilst also being unlike most contemporary blockbusters), Matt reminisces about an unusual Top Gun-adjacent present, and Ed disparages his 14 year old self's taste in movies.

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150. 1986

August 8th, 2016

This episode serves as a double celebration since not only is Shot/Reverse Shot 150 episodes old, but it's Ed's 30th birthday. As is traditional, the birthday boy gets to choose the topic, and Matt and Ed spend this installment of the show discussing the films of 1986, a year that brought us C. Thomas Howell being menaced by Rutger Hauer and pretending to be black (though not in the same film), competing movies about animated mice, and surprisingly few sequels. And, of course, one Edwin Davies.
00:00:00 - 00:01:51 - Intro
00:01:52 - 00:45:38 - Matt & Ed discuss cinema in 1986
00:45:39 - 00:50:09 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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149. Law Enforcement

August 1st, 2016

Inspired by HBO's The Night Of, Matt and Ed spend this episode talking about the many varied ways in which law enforcement officials have been depicted in film and television. From slapstick dunces in silent movies to embodiments of systemic corruption, from dedicated public servants to sociopaths with authority, they run the gamut. They also discuss the ways in which England international games are like season two of True Detective, gawk in wonder at the complete implosion of the Divergent franchise (and its surprising fallout for the Marvel universe), and dig into the furore surrounding Edgar Wright's list of 1000 favourite films.

00:00:00 - 00:24:30 - Intro & News
00:24:31 - 00:52:47 - Matt & Ed discuss Law Enforcement in film and TV
00:52:48 - 00:57:15 - SRS Recommends & Outro
00:57:16 - 00:58:55 - A little extra nonsense

N.B. The YA film which failed and became a TV series that Ed was thinking of was The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
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148. Ghostbusters and The State of Blockbusters in 2016

July 18th, 2016

The Ghostbusters reboot opened in theaters this week to decent reviews, solid box office, and the wailing of bitter man-children. Matt & Ed weigh the pros and cons of the Paul Feig-directed version before segueing into a broader discussion about the crisis afflicting Hollywood blockbusters, as big-budget franchise after big-budget franchise has failed this year. In addition to all this, Matt shares an adorable story about making his own Ghostbuster unform as a child, Ed tries to come to terms with not hating Batman v Superman, and they both try and pitch a sequel to Me Before You.
00:00:00 - 00:02:05 - Intro
00:02:06 - 00:20:16 - Matt & Ed review Ghostbusters [Spoilers]
00:20:17 - 00:54:03 - Discuss of 2016's slate of blockbusters [Spoilers for Batman v Superman]
00:54:04 - 00:59:15 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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147. Hamilton

July 11th, 2016

This past Saturday, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Phillipa Soo left the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton, a wildly successful musical which has grown in prominence and cultural heft over the past year, to the extent that their departures were given the same treatment afforded to news surrounding popular TV shows and films. Since this represents an important transitional moment for the musical, Matt and Ed thought it would be a good time to take stock of the Hamilton phenomenon, their own thoughts and feelings about the play, and the way in which it addresses the difference between the past and history through a revolutionary mixture of Broadway, hip-hop, and actual history. They also mourn the passing of the great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, unpack the minor furore surrounding Sulu being gay in the latest Star Trek film, and talk about experiencing "Felicity Huffman-esque intensity".

00:00:00 - 00:08:22 - Intro & News
00:08:23 - 00:54:22 - Matt & Ed discuss Hamilton
00:54:23 - 00:59:49 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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146. Game of Thrones/Veep/Silicon Valley

July 4th, 2016

Last Sunday HBO aired the finales of the sixth season of Game of Thrones, the fifth season of Veep, and the third season of Silicon Valley. Since the first two shows went through triumphant transitional seasons and the third is just really funny, Matt and Ed decided to talk about this uncommonly good block of programs. Warning: There are plenty of spoilers for all three shows.

They also pay tribute to several more luminaries who passed away this week, speculate on which video games Yasujirô Ozu would have adapted into films, and discuss the influx of new Academy members who are slowly making the Oscars less white.
00:00:00 - 00:16:13 - Intro & News
00:16:14 - 00:42:01 - Discussion of season six of Game of Thrones
00:42:02 - 00:52:00 - Discussion of season five of Veep
00:52:01 - 01:04:11 - Discussion of season three of Silicon Valley
01:04:12 - 01:08:36 - SRS Recommends & outro
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