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Entries from October 2014

70. 2014 Halloween Special

October 25th, 2014 · Comments

Ever since this show started almost three years ago, the boys have tried to put out a special Halloween episode in which they talk about scary movies. It's their little mid-autumn tradition. Unfortunately, these episodes have traditionally been plagued by technical problems which meant that they could not be released. This year, in a shocking break from tradition, they actually have an episode to show for it!

In this special creepy and/or kooky edition of Shot/Reverse Shot, Joe and Ed talk about the things that scared them as kids, what scares them now, and the whole thing ends up being part podcast, part therapy session, part celebration of one-time horror icon Michael Parkinson. There's also a rare discussion of videogames, and the question of whether games can be more effective at delivering scares than films.

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69. Comebacks

October 12th, 2014 · Comments

The news that True Detective season two has seemingly lined up its cast has got the boys thinking about the first season and how it marked the culmination of Matthew McConaughey's return to critical favour. They then use that to consider whether the second season might have rehabilitate the faltering careers of Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell, then discuss some of the great comebacks in film history, including ones which fizzled out almost as soon as they happened and ones that lead to long, sustained periods of great work from the people involved. There's also a gratuitous Black Books quote for any Graham Linehan completists out there.

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68. Prequels

October 5th, 2014 · Comments

Inspired by this great article about prequels by Noel Murray for The Dissolve, Joe and Ed use this week's episode as an opportunity to talk about the weaknesses of the prequel model of storytelling. It's not entirely about laying into the Star Wars prequels (though that is somewhat unavoidable where this topic is concerned) since it also encompasses a discussion of the differences between gap-filling, mythology-based prequels and standalone adventures, which prequels they perceive as being especially cynical and mercenary, and examples of prequels that are actually good because they use their pre-established endpoint to build tension. Mainly, it's just an excuse for Ed to talk about how rad NBC's Hannibal is, especially when compared to some of the other Hannibal Lecter prequels.

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