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Entries from November 2015

120. Pixar

November 30th, 2015 · Comments

To mark the release of The Good Dinosaur, as well as the 20th anniversary of the release of Toy Story, Matt and Ed talk about the work and legacy of Pixar. In addition to discussing the merits and oddness of The Good Dinosaur (which involves some mild spoilers), why exactly Cars 2 is awful, and what makes the culture of Pixar unique in big-budget studio filmmaking, they plug Ed's line of sneakers, pitch a show based on the career of Lance Reddick, and wonder if Pixar helped fake the moon landing.

00:00:00 - 00:15:52 - Matt & Ed discuss the week's news.

00:15:53 - 00:25:55 - Discussion of The Good Dinosaur, with some spoilers
00:25:56 - 00:49:22 - Discussion of Pixar in general
00:49:23 - 00:54:34 - SRS Recommends & Outro
Here is Ian Edwards' Shark Attack routine, which is referenced towards the end of the episode.
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119. Matt’s Birthday, 2015

November 24th, 2015 · Comments

It's Matt's Birthday! In keeping with a recently established tradition, that means that this episode is a grab bag of topics decided by the birthday boy, including what films Matt and Ed loved as kids which they are wary of now, the odd experience of watching a film for the first time that has been referenced so much in pop culture that you know every detail about it, and whether or not Star Wars: The Force Awakens has any chance of being good.

In between all of that, they look forward to the return of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Matt discovers the joy that is Friday Night Lights, Ed does an impression of latter-day David Bowie, and they uncover the secret behind Bob Odenkirk and David Cross' creative partnership.
00:00:00 - 00:23:02 - Intro & Discussion of the week's news.
00:23:03 - 00:54:20 - Matt's Special Birthday Discussion.
00:54:21 - 01:02:34 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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118. Madonna

November 16th, 2015 · Comments

It's artist profile time again, and this week Matt and Ed discuss the cinematic work of Madonna. In addition to getting to grips with the (few) highs and (plentiful) lows of her work in cinema, they also try to contextualise her acting and directing in terms of her broader work as a musician and a performer, imagine a version of Swept Away starring Jason Statham, and accidentally create Middle Earth's greatest rapper.

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117. Spies

November 9th, 2015 · Comments

There's a new Bond film out and, despite planning to, neither Matt or Ed were actually able to see it in time for this episode on Spies and espionage in cinema. Regardless of a lack of Spectre discussion, they still have plenty to talk about since 2015 has seen the release of a surprisingly large number of spy movies, ranging from the moodiness of Bond to the goofiness of Spy. They delve into the sociological and psychological underpinnings of spy movies, wonder why there are so few examples of realistic spy movies in a contemporary setting, and talk about Archer a lot.

They also find time to discuss the forthcoming returns of Star Trek and Jon Stewart to television (or a streaming service and HBO, at any rate), voice concern about the trailer for Warcraft, and talk about a monster movie that isn't Tremors, for once.
00:00:00 - 00:19:35 - Intro & discussion of this week's news.
00:19:36 - 00:52:21 - Matt and Ed talk about Spy movies.
00:52:22 - 00:57:19 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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116. Halloween Special 2015

November 2nd, 2015 · Comments

It's a veritable Werewolf Bar Mitzvah this week as Matt and Ed tackle things both spooky and scary. After discussing some not especially frightening news (unless you find the prospect of an all-female Ocean's Eleven unduly threatening, in which case get over it), they talk about Charlie Lyne's new documentary Fear Itself (which is available exclusively on the BBC iPlayer), before engaging in a more general natter about terrifying moments in otherwise benign movies, their favourite horror films, and why foreign language horror films are sometimes more evocatively scary than English language ones. There's also some nonsense in there about Komodo dragons.

The Deadspin article Ed mentions in the SRS Recommends segment can be found here.
00:00:00 - 00:16:42 - Intro & Discussion of the week's news
00:16:43 - 00:24:45 - Matt and Ed talk about Fear Itself
00:24:46 - 00:48:52 - Discussion of scary moments in non-horror movies, favourite horror movies, and foreign language horror
00:48:53 - 00:55:02 - SRS Recommends, Outro, and a spooky musical treat
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