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Minisode: Mystery Science Theater 3000 is Back!

April 17th, 2017 · Comments

The much-anticipated (by a fervert and vocal sub-section of comedy nerds) return of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the comedy series which raised mocking bad movies to an artform in the '80s and '90s, finally came to pass this weekend as Netflix aired 14 new episodes of the show. Despite new faces, new voices and new writers, the show remains pleasingly familiar and relentlessly funny. In this very short minisode, Ed offers a primer on the series for newcomers and discusses why it's a good continuation of the series for old fans, and the ways in which it makes for a better revival of a long-dormant series than The X-Files did.

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174. Five Came Back (with Noel Thingvall)

April 3rd, 2017 · Comments

This past Friday saw the release of Five Came Back, a three-part documentary series adapted from Mark Harris' great book "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War", which recounts the story of five legendary Hollywood directors - Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens, William Wyler - who left their careers behind and spent World War II making documentaries and propaganda for the U.S. military, in the process creating a series of films which shaped how audiences understood the war, and marked a significant development in the history of documentary filmmaking. The experience also took its toll on the filmmakers, leaving them scarred and having a profound impact on their work and lives.

Ed is joined by fellow podcaster and writer Noel Thingvall (@NoelCT) to discuss the series, the works of the directors profiled, and Five Came Back's place within the Netflix catalogue. 

00:00:00 - 00:02:52 - Intro

00:02:53 - 00:56:27 - Ed & Noel discuss Five Came Back

00:56:28 - 01:01:51 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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173. Get Out (with Nathanael Smith)

March 27th, 2017 · Comments

Jordan Peele's Get Out has been an early highlight of 2017: a suspenseful, funny, unsettling thriller that explores social anxieties surrounding race in America in a way which manages to be both subtle and undeniably pointed. It's a remarkable debut, drawing on everything from Rosemary's Baby to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and its continued success in the US is a testament to Peele's ability to pinpoint and deliver a swift shock to America's nervous system. Ed is joined for a SPOILER-filled discussion of the movie, as well as the broader discourse surrounding it, by fellow critic and Key & Peele fan Nathanael Smith (@NathanaelSmith on Twitter).

They also get distracted and spend a portion of the episode talking about how great Gugu Mbatha-Raw is, because why wouldn't they? She's amazing.

00:00:00 - 00:04:19 - Intro

00:04:20 - 00:58:49 - Ed & Nathanael discuss Get Out (spoilers start in earnest at 21:00)

00:58:50 - 01:05:03 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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166. 2016 Round-Up

December 26th, 2016 · Comments

Happy Holidays, listeners! As is customary, the final show of the year (and Matt's final show until Winter of 2017) is a round-up of 2016. The boys talk about the Golden Globe nominations and what they auger for awards season, the hits and misses at the box office, and some of the many wonderful artists who passed away this year. They see out this annus horribilis by counting down the official SRS Top Ten of 2016.

Have a happy New Year and we'll see you in 2017!

Here is a link to David Ehrlich's Top 25 Films of 2016 countdown, which Ed mentions during the show.

00:00:00 - 00:04:52 - Intro & News

00:04:53 - 00:23:57 - 2016's Box Office Hits and Misses

00:23:58 - 00:26:52 - The Year in Celebrity Deaths

00:26:53 - 00:42:56 - Worst Film of the Year, Disappointments, Honorable Mentions

00:42:57 - 01:38:40 - Top Ten Films of 2016

01:38:41 - 01:40:42 - Outro

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

December 19th, 2016 · Comments

After the somewhat successful performance of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, Disney have decided to take a punt on another Star Wars movie. As two people somewhat familiar with and amenable to the series, Matt and Ed watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and decided to talk about the first so-called "standalone" Star Wars movie - what works, what doesn't, and how it stacks up against the other installments. They also reveal the real reason for the much-discussed reshoots, wonder why Darth Vader chose to live in the worst place imaginable, and paint Ben Mendelsohn as the Willy Wonka of the Star Wars universe.

Needless to say, there are spoilers. (Also some audio issues due to a faulty mic. We sincerely apologise for that.)

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152. Suicide Squad - Part 1

August 29th, 2016 · Comments

Matt's back from his holidays and the boys are a little punchy, as evidenced by the way that they turn what was meant to be a brief preamble about Suicide Squad into the focus of the entire episode. In between detailing why Captain Boomerang is the most useless character ever and trying to parse the murk of David Ayer's vision, they find time to discuss the BBC's list of the 100 best films of the 21st century so far, rekindle Ed's fear of rhinoceroses, and forget that Spectre exists. 
00:00:00 - 00:20:01 - Intro & News
00:20:02 - 01:04:48 - Matt & Ed discuss Suicide Squad 
01:04:49 - 01:09:42 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Next week: Matt and Ed place Suicide Squad in a broader context and have the conversation they meant to have this week.
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1986: Top Gun and Aliens

August 15th, 2016 · Comments

Following on from last week, in which they talked about the films of 1986, Matt and Ed spend this week digging into two of the biggest hits of that year: Tony Scott's Top Gun and James Cameron's Aliens. In addition to talking about the influence that the two films had on the blockbuster format (whilst also being unlike most contemporary blockbusters), Matt reminisces about an unusual Top Gun-adjacent present, and Ed disparages his 14 year old self's taste in movies.

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148. Ghostbusters and The State of Blockbusters in 2016

July 18th, 2016 · Comments

The Ghostbusters reboot opened in theaters this week to decent reviews, solid box office, and the wailing of bitter man-children. Matt & Ed weigh the pros and cons of the Paul Feig-directed version before segueing into a broader discussion about the crisis afflicting Hollywood blockbusters, as big-budget franchise after big-budget franchise has failed this year. In addition to all this, Matt shares an adorable story about making his own Ghostbuster unform as a child, Ed tries to come to terms with not hating Batman v Superman, and they both try and pitch a sequel to Me Before You.
00:00:00 - 00:02:05 - Intro
00:02:06 - 00:20:16 - Matt & Ed review Ghostbusters [Spoilers]
00:20:17 - 00:54:03 - Discuss of 2016's slate of blockbusters [Spoilers for Batman v Superman]
00:54:04 - 00:59:15 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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146. Game of Thrones/Veep/Silicon Valley

July 4th, 2016 · Comments

Last Sunday HBO aired the finales of the sixth season of Game of Thrones, the fifth season of Veep, and the third season of Silicon Valley. Since the first two shows went through triumphant transitional seasons and the third is just really funny, Matt and Ed decided to talk about this uncommonly good block of programs. Warning: There are plenty of spoilers for all three shows.

They also pay tribute to several more luminaries who passed away this week, speculate on which video games Yasujirô Ozu would have adapted into films, and discuss the influx of new Academy members who are slowly making the Oscars less white.
00:00:00 - 00:16:13 - Intro & News
00:16:14 - 00:42:01 - Discussion of season six of Game of Thrones
00:42:02 - 00:52:00 - Discussion of season five of Veep
00:52:01 - 01:04:11 - Discussion of season three of Silicon Valley
01:04:12 - 01:08:36 - SRS Recommends & outro
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145: O.J.: Made in America

June 27th, 2016 · Comments

ESPN's 30 For 30 strand has been producing great, fascinating documentaries about significant sporting events and athletes for years now, but the series may have reached its pinnacle with Ezra Edelman's seven and a half hour, five part miniseries about the life of O.J. Simpson. Encapsulating Simpson's football career, marriage, murder trial, slide into obscurity and eventual trial for burglary and kidnapping, Edelman's film also stands as a breathtaking examination of race, gender and celebrity in American society, the history of L.A. and systemic racism in the LAPD, and uses the prism of one man's life to tell the story of the society that created him. In short, it's excellent, and Matt and Ed thought it would be remiss of them not to discuss it.

In addition to talking about the documentary itself, they compare it to FX's also fascinating miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson, ponder the impact that Brexit will have on the British film industry (spoiler: a significant and terrible one!) and evaluate the new Ghostbusters theme.

00:00:00 - 00:19:44 - Intro & News
00:19:45 - 00:53:23 - Matt & Ed discuss O.J.: Made in America
00:53:24 - 00:58:03 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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139. Captain America: Civil War

May 9th, 2016 · Comments

NOTE: This episode contains spoilers for Captain America: Civil War and some elements of the Civil War comic crossover event.


We interrupt your regular scheduled programming to bring you a rare film review episode (we will do our episode on Drugs next week). Like much of the rest of the world, Matt and Ed saw Captain America: Civil War this weekend and it created an Iron Man/Captain America-style split in the Shot/Reverse Shot team in which one of them liked it more than the other. They work through their conflicted feelings about Marvel's latest behemoth, while also finding time to impersonate Michael Gambon, talk about mistrusting Bill Weasley, and fantasy-cast the best/worst remake of The League of Gentlemen imagination.

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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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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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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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99. Jurassic World

June 15th, 2015 · Comments

Much like everyone else on Earth, Matt and Ed went to see Jurassic World this weekend and they had a lot of thoughts about it. After talking about the death of Christopher Lee, they delve into their feelings about the first Jurassic Park, the deficiencies in Jurassic World's script, and why they on balance like the film even if they have massive problems with it.

Show Notes:

00:00-15:54 - Intro & discussion of the week's news.
15:55-57:10 - Matt and Ed discuss Jurassic World.
57:11-1:01:58 - Shot/Reverse Shot Recommends & Outro.
The essay by Stephanie Wittels-Wach that Matt mentions can be found here and it is a beautiful, heartbreaking read.
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93. Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 3rd, 2015 · Comments

Spoiler Warning: This episode contains discussion of specific plot points in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but also of a crucial plot point in the Civil War comics which may be a spoiler for the forthcoming Civil War film (but then again may not). If you want to avoid the Civil War spoilers, then please skip this timecode: 31:30-33:00.


A new blockbuster has arrived so the world sent up the SRS signal and Matt and Ed answered the call.(If you're wondering, the signal is a silhouette of Jeff Bridges drinking a cup of tea.) The release of Marvel's second Avengers movie leads to a discussion of the film's merits as a film and as a piece of the studio's multi-film cinematic universe; Joss Whedon's ability to jungle comedy, characters and action; and whether or not the need to set up five years' worth of storytelling hurt Age of Ultron's ability to tell its own story. 
This episode also captures Matt and Ed's live reactions to the first picture of the cast of Suicide Squad, which just so happened to be released as they were recording. Needless to say, they react about as well as they did to the first image of The Joker.
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77. 2014 Round-up

December 21st, 2014 · Comments

2014 was a great year for cinema and a pretty good one for Shot/Reverse Shot. The same kind of terrible films got released that somehow get green lit every year, but you seemingly couldn't move for interesting, intelligent and entertaining films in pretty much every genre and at most budgets. Meanwhile, we put out more episodes than we ever have before, completed our Alternate 100 project, and sought to push ourselves and the format of the show as much as we possibly could. 


We've got great plans for how we can grow and evolve in 2015, but for the moment we're taking the time to talk about 2014: the good, the bad, the "why is Colin Farrell riding a flying horse?" We also find time to talk about what a fantastic year it was for comedy on television, and chart the ways in which movie marketing went completely insane in 2014.
Thank you all for listening this year. Stay safe over the holidays and we'll see you in the New Year!
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19c. 2012 - Pt 3

December 28th, 2012 · Comments

In the final part of their 2012 round up, the boys finally get to learn what their top films of 2012 were. Compiled using a complex and highly secret mathematical formula, Joe and Ed take you on a 90 minute tour of the very best of 2012, firstly running through the films that didn't quite make the cut, before discussing the top 10 films of the year one by one.

As always, listen, enjoy, rate and review!

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19b. 2012 - Pt 2

December 19th, 2012 · Comments

In the 2nd part of the Shot/Reverse Shot review of the year, Joe & Ed focus on the very worst 2012 had to offer. They look at the box office losers John Carter and Rock of Ages, Ed loses it whilst recalling the moment the plot turned in Woman in the Fifth and Joe relives the horror of Red Tails.

Along the way, the boys disagree on what to make of the year's more divisive films, such as Shame and Ted, but patch things up before it gets out of hand.

As always, listen, enjoy, rate and review!

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19a. 2012 - Pt 1

December 12th, 2012 · Comments

Holy shit, the Shot/Reverse Shot Podcast is one year old. Like most one year olds, we still soil ourselves and dribble, thankfully in the form of 90 minutes of informative  mildly amusing film natter. We've been on a bit of a hiatus, but we're back to round up the year that was 2012, with part one of our 3 part review of the ups and downs of the cinematic calendar.

Here, in part one, Joe and  Ed chat about 2012 in general, talk about the big news stories, box office winners and losers and do that bit where they talk about folk who have sadly left us in the last 12 months.

Of course, this is presented in Shot/Reverse Shot's trademark rambling style, with tangents aplenty.

As always, listen, enjoy, rate and review.

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