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Entries from October 2015

115. Cinemagoing

October 26th, 2015 · Comments

In what can only be described as a jam-packed episode, Matt & Ed, inspired by an interview with UCL professor Melvyn Stokes, who is conducting a study of British cinemagoing habits in the 1960s, talk about their own cinemagoing experiences. This very quickly shifts to them wondering whether or not cinema as a mass medium is doomed, and whether George Lucas is a Cassandra-like prophet of things to come. Scary stuff. 

Before that, though, they tackle the week's news (which is dominated by Back to the Future and Star Wars, unsurprisingly), respond to some listener mail, and pay tribute to Sheffield cinema legend Dr. Clifford Shaw, who passed away this week at the age of 96.
As mentioned in the episode, you can find details of Melvyn Stokes' study at You'll also find the questionnaire, which can be completed online, or sent via post.
Thanks again to Professor Stokes for agreeing to the interview, as well as to Dr. Patrick Glen for setting up and conducting it.

00:00:00 - 00:12:31 - Intro & News

00:12:32 - 00:19:36 - Listener Mail
00:19:37 - 00:23:19 - Tribute to Dr. Clifford Shaw
00:23:20 - 00:32:35 - Interview with Professor Melvyn Stokes
00:32:36 - 01:02:02 - Discussion of Cinemagoing
01:02:03 - 01:06:55 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

114. Obsession

October 19th, 2015 · Comments

Matt and Ed are obsessed with the idea of Obsession this week, an interest which takes the form of a discussion of films about obsession, how directors' obsessions can manifest in their work, and the ways in which cinema is uniquely suited to exploring the topic. They also talk about the failure of Pan, unnerving audience responses to films, and pitch a Hans Gruber-centric prequel to Die Hard.

00:00:00 - 00:18:50 - Intro & News
00:18:51 - 00:52:35 - Discussion of Obsession in cinema
00:52:36 - 00:56:19 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

113. Junun/High Concept

October 12th, 2015 · Comments

This week's episode is a sort of double A-side in which the first half is largely given over to a discussion of Paul Thomas Anderson's new documentary Junun, and what its release via the streaming service MUBI could mean for future idiosyncratic releases from major filmmakers (or major works from idiosyncratic filmmakers). The second half concerns the idea of High Concept filmmaking, and the many permutations of that term, from '80s blockbusters to indie films with interesting, easily sellable back stories.

Matt and Ed also find time to express cautious optimism (Ed is cautious, Matt is optimistic) about the trailer for the Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar!, explain why Rope is one of their least favourite Hitchcock films, and pay brief tribute to Chantal Akerman, who passed away this week.
00:00:00 - 00:11:04 - Intro & discussion of the week's news.
00:11:05 - 00:18:52 - Discussion of Paul Thomas Anderson's Junun.
00:18:53 - 00:54:36 - Discussion of High Concept filmmaking.
00:54:37 - 00:59:58 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

112. Bette Davis

October 5th, 2015 · Comments

In their latest Artist Profile, Matt and Ed take a look at the life and career of Bette Davis, one of the most indomitable women ever to grace the silver screen. In addition to discussing her work in films both good and bad, they talk about her status as a camp and feminist icon, her legendary feud with Joan Crawford, and the many milestones she established during a truly spectacular career.

Show Notes

00:00:00 - 00:02:24 - Intro
00:02:25 - 00:40:13 - Matt and Ed discuss the life and career of Bette Davis.
00:40:14 - 00:41:13 - Outro
- Here is a link to our episode of War Machine vs. War Horse, in which we try to find new ways to praise Traffic and any way to understand The Counselor. Thanks once again to Michael Denniston for having us!
Here is the complete interview that Bette Davis gave to Entertainment Tonight in which she discusses her problems making Wicked Stepmother.
- Correction: Ed incorrectly says that Larry Cohen directed Maniac Cop. While Mr. Cohen wrote and produced that film, it was William Lustig who directed it.

Tags: Profile