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Entries from March 2016

134. Religion

March 28th, 2016 · Comments

It's Easter, so now seems like as good a time as any to discuss cinema's relationship to religion. Over the course of this episode, Matt and Ed talk about specific directors who have explored religious themes in their work, the ways in which Hollywood has courted or ignored religious audiences over the past century, and why exactly The Passion of the Christ was such a hit. They also talk about the backlash against Batman v. Superman (and the backlash against the backlash), the death of Garry Shandling, and the sublime trashiness of The People v. O.J. Simpson.
00:00:00 - 00:20:59 - Intro & News
00:21:00 - 00:52:30 - Discussion of religion in cinema
00:52:31 - 00:59:24 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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133. Secrecy

March 21st, 2016 · Comments

Inspired by the release of 10 Cloverfield Lane, which no one knew about until mere weeks before it was due to come out, this week's episode is all about secrecy, and the problem of maintaining a sense of surprise when it comes to filmmaking. Could someone make a film completely in secret and release it to the world the same way that Kendrick Lamar released an album unannounced? What's the best way to sell a film without ruining it? Is Dave Stewart from Eurythmics a serial killer? All of these questions get addressed in one form or another. There's also a lot of talk about Indiana Jones 5, some talk about Brett Gelman's iBrain routine, and a little talk about Oscar Isaac's dick. Typical show, basically.

00:00:00 - 00:20:56 - Intro & News
00:20:57 - 00:44:29 - Discussion of secrecy, surprise & spoilers
00:44:30 - 00:51:13 - SRS Recommends & Outro
Also, if you'd like to follow Matt and Ed on Letterboxd, then use the links below.

Matt - joegastineau
Ed - EdwinDavies
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132. Hail, Caesar! and The Coen Brothers

March 14th, 2016 · Comments

To commemorate the release of Hail, Caesar!, which hit UK cinemas this week, Matt and Ed offer their thoughts on the film before going on to discuss the work of Joel and Ethan Coen more generally. In between talking about the brothers' pet themes, their relationship to classic cinema, and the notion of "moral authority" in their films, Matt describes a fever dream that maybe involves Dolph Lundgren, reveals an inside scoop on Harry Styles' acting experience, and the two discover/half-remember the most baffling film ever made.

00:00:00 - 00:14:15 - Intro & News
00:14:16 - 00:27:10 - Review of Hail, Caesar!
00:27:11 - 00:51:42 - Discussion of the Coen Brothers' work in general
00:51:43 - 00:55:57 - SRS Recommends & Outro

- Here is a link to the WOL Project, as mentioned during the SRS Recommends segment: www.wolproject.com
- Here is the Tasha Robinson article on the Coen Brothers and morality that Ed mentions
- Correction: Ed at one point says that No Country For Old Men is part of the Coens' "Idiot Trilogy" when he meant O Brother, Where Art Thou.
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131. Piracy Redux

March 7th, 2016 · Comments

Since we released our Piracy episode a few months ago, we at Shot/Reverse Shot have received a lot of correspondence from people on both sides of the debate about piracy and its impact. So much so, that we felt that we had to respond. To that end, this episode finds Matt & Ed reading some of the reader responses and discussing what they say about the realities and justifications for piracy. They also discuss the homo-eroticism in Zack Snyder's work (which seems to be in full flower based on this image from Batman v. Superman), the Internet's response to the first Ghostbusters trailer, and Ed loses his goddamn mind over the trailer for ITV's forthcoming The Wine Show.
00:00:00 - 00:16:33 - Intro & News
00:16:34 - 00:44:36 - Matt & Ed read reader responses to the Piracy episode and discuss them.
00:44:37 - 00:52:25 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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