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Entries from February 2016

130. X Files Season 10 (with Michaela Livingstone-Banks)

February 29th, 2016 · Comments

To mark the end of the 10th season of The X Files, which finished last week, Ed and special guest X-pert Michaela Livingstone-Banks discuss the highs and lows of the revival, ponder the limits of nostalgia as the driving force behind art, and try their hardest to take Chris Carter to task for the terrible crimes he has committed against both art and science. Needless to say there are spoilers aplenty ahead.
If you're interested in Michaela's work in public engagement as it relates to science, then please visit Oxford Sparks or you can follow her on Twitter.

00:00:00 - 00:02:58 - Intro

00:02:59 - 01:35:16 - Ed and Michaela discuss Season 10 of The X Files
01:35:17 - 01:36:45 - Outro
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129. Oscar Predictions 2016

February 22nd, 2016 · Comments

With the Oscar ceremony fast approaching, Matt and Ed try to figure out which films will take home the statues on Sunday night. Along the way they discuss possible casting for the Mary Poppins sequel, whether It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia is more harrowing than The Revenant, and the extent to which Leonardo DiCaprio is exactly like Tom Green.
00:00:00 - 00:15:41 - Intro & News
00:15:42 - 00:55:44 - Matt & Ed try to predict the Oscars

00:55:45 - 01:00:10 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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128. Friday Night Lights

February 15th, 2016 · Comments

On February 9th, 2011, one of the greatest TV shows of all time left the field for the last time. To mark the five-year anniversary of its passing, Matt and Ed pay tribute to Friday Night Lights by discussing what was unique about it, its influence, and its place in the pantheon of great television shows. They draw heavily on this oral history of the show from the dearly departed Grantland, which is well worth reading, particularly when it comes to the details of the show's production.

In addition to discussing the saga of Coach Taylor and Mrs. Coach, they express their ambivalence towards the BAFTAs, grapple with the staggering success of Deadpool, and solicit feedback from the Piracy episode, which will in turn form the basis of a future episode.
00:00:00 - 00:01:25 - Intro
00:01:26 - 00:10:55 - Discussion of the week's news
00:10:56 - 00:12:28 - A call for feedback on the Piracy episode
00:12:41 - 00:45:00 - Matt and Ed discuss Friday Night Lights
00:45:01 - 00:48:28 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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127. Sports

February 8th, 2016 · Comments

In honour of this year's big game, this episode is all about Sports movies, from earnest documentaries to rousing crowdpleasers, with a sprinkling of talk about how insane it is that Joseph Fiennes has been cast to play Michael Jackson. 

00:00:00 - 00:01:50 - Intro
00:01:51 - 00:23:57 - Discussion of Sports Movies
00:23:58 - 00:29:58 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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126. Sundance

February 1st, 2016 · Comments

To mark the end of the Sundance film festival for another year, Matt and Ed discuss some of the big news coming out of Park City, what films from the festival have piqued their interest, and what Sundance's place in the culture is now compared to its heyday in the mid-to-late '90s. They also establish the many ways in which Kevin Smith is exactly the same as a cartoon dog.

00:00:00 - 00:00:50 - Intro
00:00:51 - 00:24:38 - Discussion of Sundance
00:24:39 - 00:31:32 - SRS Recommends and Outro
Here is a link to the Nathan Rabin article mentioned towards the end of the episode which also inspired Matt and Ed's recommendations for the week.
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