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Entries from December 2015

123. 2015 Round-Up

December 28th, 2015 · Comments

Another year has come and gone, and now we need to try and make sense of it. Fortunately, Matt and Ed are up to the task, and in this bumper round-up of the year they talk about some of the big film and TV stories, pitch some ideas for Episode VIII to Rian Johnson (#QuiJohnCandy), before finishing with a countdown of the Shot/Reverse Shot Top 10 Films of 2015. 

It's a silly, joyous end to a long, strange year, and we hope that you've enjoyed listening to the show as much as we have enjoyed making it.
00:00:00 - 00:01:58 - Intro
00:01:59 - 00:11:05 - Round-up of film news in 2015
00:11:06 - 00:22:26 - The big hits and colossal misses at the box office
00:22:27 - 00:27:07 - Disappointments
00:27:08 - 00:41:59 - A rundown of the worst films of the year
00:42:00 - 00:50:54 - The year in TV
00:50:55 - 01:41:30 - The SRS Top Ten films of 2015
01:41:31 - 01:43:26 - Outro
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Tags: In Review

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

December 28th, 2015 · Comments

Seeing that Matt and Ed spent the better part of a year talking about how much they were looking forward to a new Star Wars movie, it would be downright silly for them not to talk about the film now that it's actually out in the world.

To that end, this bonus episode is a spoiler-filled one in which the boys talk about The Force Awakens: what they liked about it, what didn't work, and how it compares to the other films in the saga.
Here is a link to the Mike Ryan article, "The Redemption of Han Solo in The Force Awakens", that Ed mentions towards the end of the episode.
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Christmas Minisode!

December 21st, 2015 · Comments

Annoying real-life things like families and that prevented Matt and Ed from being able to record a full episode this week. Instead, they decided to talk before the release of The Force Awakens about what they hope to see (and not to see) in one of the most anticipated films of all time, their favourite (and least favourite) Christmas movies, and how shit turkey is. Think of it as a stocking stuffer ahead of next week's bumper end of year spectacular!

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and have a lovely time from Shot/Reverse Shot!
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122. Michael Winterbottom

December 14th, 2015 · Comments

Matt and Ed finish their year-long series of artist profiles with a discussion of the work of British director Michael Winterbottom, a filmmaker who seems determined to take on every genre imaginable, and who will invent genres if he has to. In addition to discussing how fun his meta experiments can be and how dull his hardcore sex experiment was, they discuss British cinema's inferiority complex, which bands offer the modern equivalent of national service, and reminisce about awkward romantic(?) encounters.
00:00:00 - 00:02:29 - Intro
00:02:30 - 00:44:56 - Discussion of the work of Michael Winterbottom
00:44:57 - 00:46:43 - Outro & Deleted Scene
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Tags: Profile

121. Wasted Potential

December 7th, 2015 · Comments

Inspired by Spectre and its insistence on squandering the scenery-destroying talents of Christoph Waltz, Matt and Ed are talking about Wasted Potential this week. They discuss artists who don't fulfill their potential due to the actions of others (Orson Welles), because of their own choices (Marlon Brando), or just because they stopped trying (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino etc.). They also wonder if Jesse Eisenberg's awful-looking performance as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman is secretly brilliant, share their #hottake on the recently announced BIFA winners, and accidentally create a mashup of Night of the Hunter and Shadow of the Colossus.


00:00:00 - 00:12:57 - Intro & News
00:12:58 - 00:51:09 - Matt and Ed discuss Wasted Potential
00:51:10 - 00:55:38 - SRS Recommends & Outro 

Here is the Nathan Rabin article on Wish I Was Here that Matt references during SRS Recommends.
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