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Entries from May 2015

96. Mad Men

May 25th, 2015 · Comments

Historians will no doubt mark May 17, 2015 as the day the sixties died, as it was on that day that AMC's Mad Men ended its stellar seven season run. Matt and Ed felt that they had to mark the passing of a great show by discussing its phenomenal writing, directing and acting, as well as its significance as a key text in the ongoing American television renaissance. They also find time to talk about their individual disappointment about Tomorrowland and Pitch Perfect 2, and their shared sadness over the end of David Letterman's tenure as a late night host.

They also announce how you - yes, you! - can be a part of the 100th episode of Shot/Reverse Shot. Please submit any questions you have about the show, about film or television, or just about anything to the show's Twitter or Facebook page by June 13th and Matt and Ed will answer them on air. If you want to be extra fancy, record your questions as an audio file, email them to, and we'll edit them into the episode itself. Ask Us Anything!

Tags: Idiot Box

95. Nostalgia

May 18th, 2015 · Comments

This week, like a couple of Billy Pilgrims, Matt and Ed are looking backwards and forwards simultaneously as they talk about nostalgia, and how it has informed films like the marketing behind the recently released Mad Max: Fury Road and the forthcoming Jurassic Park and Vacation sequels. They discuss the unstable nature of nostalgia, which can bring fans onboard or completely alienate them if it isn't used correctly, how some films manage to subvert nostalgia in interesting ways, as well as the kinds of films that make them nostalgic. They also find time to talk about Cannes, the rumours that Marvel is looking to hire Ava DuVernay to direct one of their forthcoming films, and whether or not J.K. from Jamiroquai has connections to the U.S. Army.

Tags: Themed

94. Ang Lee

May 10th, 2015 · Comments

In the fourth SRS Artist Profile, Matt and Ed look at the work of Ang Lee, a filmmaker who has worked in multiple genres, on multiple continents and in multiple languages over the course of his career, creating a body of work which is incredibly diverse yet distinctly his own. They discuss the reasons why his early films, which dealt with cross-generational conflict and Taiwanese identity in the West, made him the perfect choice to direct a Jane Austen adaptation, his ill-advised venture into broad comedy, and his endlessly fascinating take on The Incredible Hulk, which looks even more radical in such a superhero-addled age. They also find time to discuss one of nature's greatest sights: a wild Nick Nolte.

Tags: Profile

93. Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 3rd, 2015 · Comments

Spoiler Warning: This episode contains discussion of specific plot points in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but also of a crucial plot point in the Civil War comics which may be a spoiler for the forthcoming Civil War film (but then again may not). If you want to avoid the Civil War spoilers, then please skip this timecode: 31:30-33:00.

A new blockbuster has arrived so the world sent up the SRS signal and Matt and Ed answered the call.(If you're wondering, the signal is a silhouette of Jeff Bridges drinking a cup of tea.) The release of Marvel's second Avengers movie leads to a discussion of the film's merits as a film and as a piece of the studio's multi-film cinematic universe; Joss Whedon's ability to jungle comedy, characters and action; and whether or not the need to set up five years' worth of storytelling hurt Age of Ultron's ability to tell its own story. 
This episode also captures Matt and Ed's live reactions to the first picture of the cast of Suicide Squad, which just so happened to be released as they were recording. Needless to say, they react about as well as they did to the first image of The Joker.

Tags: Themed · In Review