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300. Ed’s Birthday 2020

August 2nd, 2020

It's Ed's birthday this week, so he gets to pick any topic to talk about. This year, he chose the Uncharted series of video games, which he played through during lockdown and has a lot of thoughts about. He and Emily also talk about the announcement of Defector, the new site from a group of former Deadspin writers; the BAFTA television awards and their virtual ceremony; the Emmy nominations; and that time Batman fought the Predator.


00:00:00 - 00:29:37 - Intro & News

00:29:38 - 00:58:49 - Emily & Ed discuss the Uncharted games

00:58:50 - 01:02:49 - SRS Recommends & Outro



- Emily's comedessay Poser can be found on YouTube here

- You can check out Fringe of Colour at their website

- Susana Polo's article about Batman vs. Predator can be found on Polygon

299. When Will Movies Come Back?

July 30th, 2020

The biggest question facing the film industry right now is when exactly moviegoing will return to normal, if it ever will at all. Emily and Ed try to figure out an answer to that question, and discuss the things that are preventing the big Hollywood films from going straight to VOD, as well as the death of Olivia de Havilland.


00:00:00 - 00:22:30 - News & Intro

00:22:31 - 00:52:20 - Emily & Ed discuss when cinemas might reopen again

00:52:21 - 00:58:35 - SRS Recommends & Outro

298. Best of the Year So Far

July 19th, 2020

We're (supposedly only) six months into 2020, so Emily and Ed take the opportunity to take stock of the film, TV and other media from the year that they have enjoyed. They also talk about spending time in "the hell zone," E. Alex Jung's profiles of Michaela Coel and Thandie Newton, and the death of Naya Rivera.

00:00:00 - 00:29:04 - Intro & News

00:29:05 - 01:11:52 - Emily & Ed talk about their cultural highlights of the year so far

01:11:53 - 01:12:30 - Outro

297. Olivia de Havilland

July 7th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the career of Olivia de Havilland, the iconic actress of  classic Hollywood who was also the plaintiff in a lawsuit that fundamentally altered the relationship between actors and studios, and who turned 104 years old this week. They also pay tribute to Carl Reiner, discuss whether or not a Fallout series could be any good, Hamilton being on Disney+, and, sigh, Kanye possibly running for President.

00:00:00 - 00:33:49 - Intro & News

00:33:50 - 00:55:55 - Emily & Ed discuss the career and impact of Olivia de Havilland

00:55:56 - 01:00:17 - SRS Recommends & Outro


"This Profile of Charlie Kaufman Has Changed" by Jon Mooallem

Trailer for Family Romance, LLC

296. Movies and Video Games

June 28th, 2020

Inspired by the...somewhat hyperbolic cinematic comparisons that The Last of Us Part II has received recently, Emily and Ed discuss the relationship between film and video games, as two relatively young forms that are constantly drawing from each other, and are often pitted against each other by critics and fans. They also pay tribute to Joel Schumacher.

00:00:00 - 00:44:15 - Intro & News

00:44:16 - 01:08:58 - Emily & Ed discuss the relationship between film and video games

01:08:59 - 01:12:33 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- Nicholas Carter's Medium post about his horrifying experiences working for Cards Against Humanity

- Jim Sterling's video about The Last of Us Part II being compared to Schindler's List

- The cute video of a Goat that Emily recommends

295. Don’t Go to Movie Theatres. Wear A Mask. This Isn’t Hard.

June 21st, 2020

Cinema chains in the UK and the US are planning to start opening up again next month, even though Coronavirus cases still remain high in both countries, and in some areas are spiking to dangerous new highs. Emily and Ed go over the economic and moral quandary that theatres find themselves in, particulary AMC and its (quickly reversed) decision to not force customers to wear face masks because they didn't want to get caught in a "political controversy." They also talk about the Watchmen TV series and how it became even more resonant mere months after it finished airing, the unexpected new Daria spinoff Jodie, and the passing of Ian Holm.

00:00:00 - 00:15:39 - Intro

00:15:40 - 00:42:41 - News

00:42:42 - 00:59:45 - Emily & Ed discuss the reopening of movie theatres

00:59:46 - 01:04:54 - SRS Recommends & Outro



City Guys' album of Final Fantasy VII covers can be found here and is pay what you like

Effie Brown's article in the Hollywood Reporter is here

The Office Hours episode with Limmy can be watched on YouTube (Limmy section starts at 1:02:30)

You can sign up for Seth Simons' newsletter Humorism here

294. The “Value” of the Canon

June 17th, 2020

This week, inspired by Mark Cousins' Women Make Film, Emily and Ed talk about the idea of a film canon, the ways in which it can act as a guide for budding film fan and filmmakers, as well as how it can be restrictive in terms of which films are considered great, and what values that imparts. They also talk about Gone With the Wind being taken off HBOMax and have a good laugh about statues.

00:00:00 - 00:27:14 - Intro & News

00:27:15 - 00:58:00 - Emily & Ed discuss the canon

00:58:01 - 01:04:36 - SRS Recommends & Outro

293. The Brands Are At It Again

June 8th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the ways in which corporations have responded to the protests in response to the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement more generally, and whether there's any meaning or value in a tech giant like Amazon pledging support without taking meaningful action to fix their own problems.

00:00:00 - 00:28:57 - Intro & News

00:28:58 - 00:57:55 - Emily & Ed discuss The Brands

00:57:56 - 01:02:23 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Here is the video by Zoe Amira "how to financially help BLM with NO MONEY/leaving your house", as recommended by Emily

292. Books About Films

June 3rd, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the "chunky zip file" of an era that we're all living through, the news that Martin Scorsese's next film will be funded by Apple, and some of their favourite books about films and filmmaking.

00:00:00 - 00:32:56 - Intro & News

00:32:57 - 00:56:37 - Emily & Ed discuss books about films

00:56:38 - 01:00:59 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Here is the Lucy Lawless-as-Stevie Nicks SNL Sketch, as recommended by Emily

Here is Jenny Nicholson's video about watching all the Land Before Time films, as recommended by Ed

291. Coming of Age Stories

May 27th, 2020

Inspired by the BBC/Hulu series Normal People, this episode finds Emily and Ed thinking about some of their favourite coming of age stories, and the ways in which stories in different genres and from different cultures tackle the often painful transition from childhood to adulthood. They also talk about Ed's top ten films of all time, the return of Tuca and Bertie, and the (eventual) existence of the Snyder Cut.

00:00:00 - 00:27:05 - Intro & News

00:27:06 - 01:04:24 - Emily & Ed discuss Coming of Age stories

01:04:25 - 01:07:58 - SRS Recommends & Outro

290. Pick n Mix

May 20th, 2020

With no single topic this week, Emily and Ed jump from subject to subject, discussing what they've been doing lately, Entertainment Weekly's LGBT cover, and the deaths of Jerry Stiller, Fred Willard and Lynn Shelton.

289. Favourite Actors

May 13th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss some of their favourite actors, Staying Alert, and the truly terrible film 12/12/12, which Ed watched this week.

00:00:00 - 00:13:50 - Intro

00:13:51 - 00:58:02 - Emily & Ed talk about their favourite actors

00:58:03 - 01:01:49 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Here is Spike Lee's short New York, New York, as recommended by Ed

288. Rewriting History

May 6th, 2020

Inspired by Netflx's new series Hollywood, Ed and Emily discuss examples of films and TV shows that rewrite history, and cover a surprisingly full week of news.

00:00:00 - 00:25:04 - Intro & News

00:25:05 - 01:01:23 - Ed & Emily discuss Hollywood and rewriting history

01:01:24 - 01:04:51 - SRS Recommends & Outro

287. Underrated Performances

April 27th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed talk about underrated performances, and try not to cry when talking about Babe.

00:00:00 - 00:16:10 - Intro

00:16:11 - 00:51:42 - Emily & Ed discuss underrated performances

00:51:43 - 00:55:42 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Here are the video essays that Emily & Ed recommend:

I Can't Stop Watching Contagion by Folding Ideas/Dan Olson

Beauty in Ugly Times by Philosophy Tube/Oliver Thorn

When Jim Sterling Was Sued for $10 Million By Digital Homicide by Jim Sterling



286. Writers’ Rights

April 20th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the question of authorship as it pertains to writers, particularly in terms of sketch comedy and in writers' rooms, and how easy it can be to erase the contributions of individual writers, especially in a system where they often aren't adequately compensated. They also talk about Fiona Apple's Fetch the Bolt Cutters a lot, because of cause they do.

00:00:00 - 00:28:30 - Intro & News

00:28:31 - 00:51:20 - Emily & Ed discuss the rights of writers

00:51:21 - 00:55:54 - SRS Recommends & Outro

285. Art We Left Behind

April 15th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss works of art and artists that they used to be really invested in, but have since drifted away from. They also talk a little about Portrait of a Lady on Fire and pay tribute to Nobuhiko Obayashi.

00:00:00 - 00:14:31 - Intro

00:14:32 - 00:45:44 - Emily & Ed discuss art they've left behind

00:45:45 - 00:49:26 - SRS Recommends & Outro

284. CoronArt

April 6th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed catch up on some of the shows they've been watching while self-isolating, pay tribute to Adam Schlesinger, and discuss the art that has provided a bit of comfort for them over the past few weeks, or has helped them to process the strange and surreal experience of a global pandemic.

Here is the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend commentary playlist that Emily recommends.

Here is the Giant Bomb FMV stream that Ed recommends.

00:00:00 - 00:14:39 - Intro & News

00:14:40 - 00:44:56 - Emily & Ed talk about art and the Coronavirus

00:44:57 - 00:47:21 - SRS Recommends & Outro


283. Films as Time Capsules

March 30th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss movies (and a few TV shows) that capture a particular moment in time, whether they highlight the changing face of a city, the particular peak of a movie star, or shifts in technology. They also talk about Jonathan Demme's Married to the Mob a bunch, so everyone should go watch that.

Here's an article about the AICE editing competition that Emily mentions.

Here's Philosophy Tube's video on Artists & Fandoms, as recommended by Ed.

00:00:00 - 00:12:01 - Intro

00:12:02 - 00:58:38 - Emily & Ed discuss movies as time capsules

00:58:39 - 01:01:52 - SRS Recommends & Outro

282. COVIDeodrome

March 25th, 2020

This week, Ed and Emily talk about their experiences of self-isolating and social distancing, then discuss the ways in which the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted the film and television industries, and what they think the next few months could mean for the theatrical experience of going to the movies.

281. Typecasting

March 17th, 2020

Following on from last week's episode on Versatility, this week finds Ed and Emily discussing versatility's opposite: Typecasting. There's also, unsurprisingly, a lot of Coronavirus talk, as the entertainment industry starts to grind to a halt and Ed embraces the work from home lifestyle.

Here is the Tokimonsta interview that Emily mentions in SRS Recommends

00:00:00 - 00:19:39 - Intro & News

00:19:40 - 00:54:54 - Emily & Ed discuss Typecasting

00:54:55 - 00:58:00 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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