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Entries from July 2015

103. Eddie Murphy

July 27th, 2015 · Comments

As promised back in the Burt Lancaster episode, Matt and Ed follow-up quickly with an episode of one of the most electrifying and frustrating actors in film history, Eddie Murphy. In addition to discussing his origins as a standup and on Saturday Night Live, they talk about his meteoric rise in the 1980s, his absolute nadir in the mid-'00s, and the reason behind his anticlimactic return to SNL earlier this year.

Show Notes

0:00:00 - 0:00:46 - Intro
0:00:47 - 0:55:45 - Profile of Eddie Murphy
0:55:46 - 0:56:44 - Outro
This episode was recorded several months ago, which is why we make no reference to recent news stories such as the Lafayette cinema shooting. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
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102. Special Effects

July 20th, 2015 · Comments

Spurred on by the Star Wars panel at Comic-Con, where J.J. Abrams and others placed a strong emphasis on the film's use of practical effects, Matt and Ed decided to discuss the history and current state of special effects in cinema. Amongst talk of how CGI affects audiences and why it can harm actors' performances, they talk about the trailers shown at Comic-Con for films they probably won't see, whether the Emmys mean anything, and get sidetracked by Arrested Development, because they're only human.


Show Notes

0:00:00 - 0:24:30 - Intro & discussion of the week's news and Comic-Con.
0:24:31 - 0:52:39 - Discussion of Special Effects in cinema.
0:52:40 - 0:58:02 - SRS Recommends & Outro.
- The WETA Effect video that serves as the jumping off point for this week's episode can be seen here.
- Ed incorrectly states that the podcast is available one Radio FM, which is not a thing. He actually meant Player FM, which is a thing, and is an Android podcasting app on top of being a thing.
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101. Burt Lancaster

July 13th, 2015 · Comments

After a few weeks away from it, this week finds Matt and Ed returning to their ongoing series of artist profiles with an episode dedicated to a firm favourite, actor/producer Burt Lancaster. In addition to discussing the best and worst of Mr. Lancaster's career, they talk about his physicality, his knack for playing complex and morally ambiguous characters, and his willingness to take risks. 
They also come up with the ultimate Michael J. Fox film, and pay tribute to the excellent film website The Dissolve, which unexpectedly ceased publication this week.

Show Notes

0:00:00 - 0:05:53 - Intro & discussion of The Dissolve closing.
0:05:54 - 0:47:55 - Profile of Burt Lancaster.
0:47:56 - 0:49:34 - Outro
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Week Off Minisode

July 6th, 2015 · Comments

We aren't able to provide a full episode this week as we had initially planned due to a scheduling conflict. However, since we've been away for a few weeks and there are stories that Matt and Ed want to talk about, we have prepared this minisode for your delectation.

In this short, sharp chat, they talk about the continuing success of Jurassic World, which continues to eat records like an Indominus Rex chomping on people, the news that Ava DuVernay has passed on directing Black Panther for Marvel, and the announcement that Paul Thomas Anderson is going to write a live-action version of Pinocchio for Robert Downey, Jr. That last story in particular leads to a lot of befuddlement.
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