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186. Dirty Dancing at 30 (with Michaela Livingstone-Banks)

November 13th, 2017 · Comments

Thirty years ago, the world was first introduced to Frances "Baby" Houseman and Johnny Castle. In the years since, Dirty Dancing has spawned legions of fans, a successful musical adaptation, a misbegotten prequel and a TV remake best left forgotten, which is good going for a low-budget movie starring two relative unknowns with a plot that hinges on an abortion. Matt and Ed are joined by returning guest Michaela Livingstone-Banks to talk about Dirty Dancing as a phenomenon, their favourite moments from the movie, and what, if anything, Johnny has to do with the JFK assassination.

00:00:00 - 00:03:52 - Intro

00:03:53 - 00:24:32 - News

00:24:33 - 01:16:42 - Matt, Ed & Michaela talk about Dirty Dancing 

01:16:43 - 01:22:17 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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185. Thor: Ragnarok

November 6th, 2017 · Comments

The third film in the Thor strand of the MCU hit US theatres this past weekend and was met with a tidal wave of positive reviews and huge financial success. Perhaps more excitingly, at least from Matt and Ed's point of view, Thor: Ragnarok is the latest film from New Zealand writer/actor/director Taika Waititi. They discuss the ways in which Waititi retained his personality and sense of humour despite a vastly increased budget and higher scrutiny, whether Ragnarok represents a change in direction for Marvel, and how weirdly funny Jeff Goldblum is in the movie. They also talk about the latest batch of sexual assault scandals coming out of Hollywood, Amazon's mad idea to remake Lord of the Rings as a TV show, and how hard it is to explain Bonfire Night to non-British people.

Here is the article about Taika Waititi insisting on hiring Aboriginal people to work on Ragnarok.

Here is the Every Frame a Painting video about the MCU's bland musical palette.

00:00:00 - 00:03:02 - Intro

00:03:02 - 00:29:42 - News

00:29:43 - 01:27:19 - Matt & Ed discuss Thor: Ragnarok and the state of Marvel movies in general

01:27:20 - 01:37:08 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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182. Twin Peaks: The Return (with Emily Benita)

October 16th, 2017 · Comments

One of the most talked about pop culture events of this summer was the unlikely resurrection of Twin Peaks, David Lynch and Mark Frost's landmark work which brought a new level of visual, thematic and philosophical sophistication to American television before flaming out in glorious fashion with one of the most harrowing series finales of all time.

Befitting a series which left its hero (Agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle Maclachlan) trapped in a strange netherworld for a quarter of a century, Twin Peak returned feeling both familiar and not. The cast (at least, those who had not passed away in the intervening years) were back, but the tone was darker, more abrasive, and the story flew in the face of all conventions of the medium. Once the show had finished airing there had been time to take in a fuller view of Lynch and Frost's work, Ed sat down with writer and producer Emily Benita, who is currently the producer of the great history podcast Past Tense, to talk about The Return in a wide-ranging discussion that involved good, evil, grace, nostalgia, misogyny, stagnation...basically everything, and they didn't even scratch the surface.

Before all that, Matt and Ed talk about the week's news, including the latest fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Sylvester Stallone taking over as director of Creed 2, and James Corden being spectacularly terrible. But, like, more so than usual.

 

00:00:00 - 00:01:27 - Intro

00:01:28 - 00:30:17 - Matt and Ed discuss the news

00:30:18 - 02:22:45 - Ed and Emily discuss Twin Peaks: The Return

02:22:46 - 02:24:21 - Outro

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181. Blade Runner 2049

October 9th, 2017 · Comments

The long-gestating sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Blade Runner hit theatres this week to glowing reviews and disappointing box office. As two recently converted Blade Runner skeptics, Matt and Ed talk about Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, an ambitious movie which, like its predecessor, raises a lot of questions: Was Deckard a replicant? How much does it owe to the work of Andrei Tarkovsky? And is Jared Leto "perfectly tolerable" in this movie?

They also discuss the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the spectacularly dumb Rick and Morty/Szechuan sauce farrago, and whether Jessica Williams joining the cast of the Fantastic Beasts... sequel could possibly balance out the Eddie Redmayne-shaped void at the heart of that franchise.

 

00:00:00 - 00:01:47 - Intro

00:01:48 - 00:35:11 - News

00:35:12 - 01:26:41 - Matt & Ed talk about Blade Runner 2049 (Spoilers abound!)

01:26:42 - 01:33:44 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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180. Star Trek: Discovery

October 2nd, 2017 · Comments

After a gap of twelve years, Star Trek is back on television! Sort of.

The latest iteration of Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi classic, Star Trek: Discovery, debuted on CBS All Access and Netflix (depending on your location) last week, so Ed (a Star Trek fan) and Matt (a Star Trek skeptic) watched the first two episodes and debated their merits, and ask what does a new Star Trek have to say about 2017? Also, is there too much exposition? Why are there so many Dutch Angles? And how is Discovery like The Lost Boys? Some of these questions are answered on this week's show.

 

00:00:00 - 00:01:18 - Intro

00:01:19 - 00:26:52 - News

00:26:53 - 01:07:50 - Matt & Ed talk about Star Trek: Discovery

01:07:51 - 01:13:57 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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177. The Leftovers (with Zoë Jeyes)

July 10th, 2017 · Comments

On this week's show, Ed is joined by returning guest, and producer of the upcoming London Podcast Festival, Zoë Jeyes to talk about The Leftovers, HBO's wildly ambitious post-apocalyptic drama which recently aired its third and final season (so lots of SPOILERS ahead). In addition to tracking the way in which the show evolved from season to season, debating the meaning of the finale, and marveling at Justin Theroux's a̶b̶s̶ acting talent, they talk about London Podcast Festival Presents: Wrestling, a day devoted to podcasts celebrating the wonderful world of kayfabe.

Apologies in advance for some of the audio issues in this episode. We tried to reduce them as much as possible.

00:00:00 - 00:04:23 - Intro/Ed & Zoë talk about the London Podcast Festival

00:04:24 - 00:57:50 - Ed & Zoë discuss The Leftovers

00:57:51 - 01:02:49 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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176. Car Boys (with Nathanael Smith)

July 4th, 2017 · Comments

Film critic (and newly minted podcaster) Nathanael Smith returns to the show to talk about the recently completed Polygon web series Car Boys, an immensely funny show about crashing computer generated cars which wound up being intensely surreal and moving. They also talk about Nathanael's new podcast The VOD Pod, a show which provides a guiding light for those looking for something good to watch on streaming services, and look back on the first six months of 2017 and try to figure out if cinema is dead or not. Ed also finally gets to rant about Kong: Skull Island.

- Tony Zhou's video essay about Satoshi Kon, which Nathanael references towards the end of the episode, can be watched on his YouTube channel here.

00:00:00 - 00:06:10 - Intro/Ed and Nathanael talk about The VOD Pod

00:06:11 - 00:19:25 - Ed & Nathanael share their highlights from the first six months of 2017

00:19:26 - 00:45:18 - Ed & Nathanael talk about Car Boys

00:45:19 - 00:54:29 - SRS Recommends/Outro

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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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