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Entries from April 2016

137. Villains

April 25th, 2016 · Comments

Completing the diptych started with last week's episode on Heroes, Matt and Ed are talking about villains in film and TV this week. What makes a great villain? Is it compelling psychology? Physical attributes? Being created by David Lynch? They discuss all of these factors and more.
In addition to the main topic, Matt and Ed talk about the sudden death of Prince, anxiously anticipate the sixth season of Game of Thrones (and offer up in a baffling metaphor involving David Hasselhoff), and speculate about what Martin Amis' favourite free-to-play app is.
00:00:00 - 00:28:39 - Intro & News
00:28:40 - 01:00:31 - Matt & Ed discuss Villains in film and television
01:00:32 - 01:04:52 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Correction: Ed at one point refers to the great character actor Ted Levine as Ted Divine, for which he apologises, even though it's arguably an improvement on his actual name.
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Tags: Themed

136. Heroes

April 18th, 2016 · Comments

After a technical difficulties-induced break of two weeks, Matt and Ed are back in full force with a rundown of the big stories coming out of CinemaCon, the furore over AMC's (swiftly abandoned) plan to allow texting in screenings, and favourite examples of creative TV edits. The main topic this week is Heroes in cinema, and encompasses a discussion of superheroes as Greek Gods, the differences between "classic" Hollywood heroes and the antiheroes of noir and the 1970s, and what traits make for a compelling hero.
00:00:00 - 00:26:31 - Intro & News
00:26:32 - 00:49:44 - Discussion of Heroes in film
00:49:45 - 00:54:29 - SRS Recommends & Outro

The Pajiba article Ed mentions in the news segment can be found here, and the New Yorker article Matt discusses towards the end of the show can be found here.
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135. True Crime

April 4th, 2016 · Comments

To mark the end of the first season of American Crime Story and the second season of Serial, Matt and Ed sit down to discuss True Crime in film and television. In addition to talking about some of their favourite works of documentary filmmaking and creative non-fiction, they ponder the snobbery that exists around the genre, the difference between true crime as exploitation and true crime as activism, and investigate the reason for its sudden resurgence. They also discuss Batman v Superman's terrible second weekend box office, pitch some ideas for sequels Harrison Ford could star in after Blade Runner 2 wraps, and wonder just how much more depraved the characters on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia can possibly get now that they've been renewed for their 13th and 14th seasons.

00:00:00 - 00:15:21 - Intro & News

00:15:22 - 00:43:51 - Discussion of True Crime in film and television
00:43:52 - 00:51:39 - SRS Recommends and Outro
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Tags: Themed