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298. Best of the Year So Far

July 19th, 2020 · Comments

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

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279. Uncut Gems Minisode

March 2nd, 2020 · Comments

There's no full episode this week, but Emily and Ed still found time to have a quick chat about the Safdie Brothers' Uncut Gems, with spoilers aplenty.

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276. Bojack Horseman Finale

February 11th, 2020 · Comments

With Netflix's animated comedy Bojack Horseman coming to an end, Emily and Ed sit down to discuss the show's unique mix of visual gags, wordplay, and broad showbiz satire, which was often in service of a story that explored addiction, depression, trauma, and the brutal machinations of Hollywood. Spoilers abound!

00:00:00 - 00:24:58 - Intro & News

00:24:59 - 01:15:12 - Emily & Ed discuss Bojack Horseman

01:15:13 - 01:20:12 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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275. The Good Place Finale

February 2nd, 2020 · Comments

After covering the recent casting news for a pair of long-running franchises (#JusticeForHan #SureWhyNotBringBackKittridge) and the six-year anniversary of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, Emily and Ed get discuss the series finale of NBC's The Good Place, and try to assess its impact as a sitcom and as a work of philosophy. They also cry a bunch because there's a lot going on right now, folks.

00:00:00 - 00:11:12 - Intro & News

00:11:13 - 00:51:32 - Ed & Emily discuss the end of The Good Place

00:51:33 - 00:57:28 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Here is Hbomberguy's video on Pathologic, as recommended by Emily

Here is Tyler, The Creator's Grammys performance, as recommended by Ed

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273. Little Women Minisode

January 13th, 2020 · Comments

Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women is currently riding a wave of critical acclaim and commercial success, but Ed and Emily are both a little cool on the latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel. They discuss their issues with the film's non-linear structure, as well as the many things they do like about the film, on this minisode.

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271. Best Films of 2019

December 31st, 2019 · Comments

The whole gang is together to see out 2019, including discussion of the biggest films of the year, some news stories that stood out to them, and the Shot/Reverse Shot Top Ten Films of 2019. Happy New Year to everyone who has listened this year, and we'll see you in the next one.

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263. Hustlers

September 23rd, 2019 · Comments

Matt and Ed are in the same bloody room this week, talking about Ed's time at the London Podcast Festival, Hustlers, and the ways in which Goodfellas is invoked in discussions about fairly disparate films based on real-life events.

Jon Bois' The Bob Emergency, which Ed mentions in recommendations, can be found on YouTube:

Part 1

Part 2

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254. Barry

June 23rd, 2019 · Comments

HBO's Barry wrapped up its second season a few weeks back, and Ed and Emily were both very taken with Bill Hader and Alec Berg's hitman comedy/drama. They talk about the ways in which it balances psychological insight with hilarious comedy, Hader's considerable skill as a dramatic actor, and the ways in which the show has deepened its ensemble in the second season, with plenty of SPOILERS along the way. They also discuss the debut of Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix, Bryan Singer being removed from the Red Sonja remake, and I Think You Should Leave being renewed for season two.

Here is the Google talk with Bill Hader that Emily references during the Barry discussion.

00:00:00 - 00:24:33 - Intro & News

00:24:34 - 00:52:21 - Emily & Ed discuss Barry

00:52:22 - 00:56:48 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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252. Deadwood: The Movie????

June 2nd, 2019 · Comments

Much like the cast of an all-time great television series, Matt and Ed reunite this week for a spoiler-filled talk about Deadwood: The Movie, the long-awaited follow-up/conclusion to David Milch's bleak, hilarious and profane Western series. They also discuss some recent trailers, pitch some fixes for Pixar's Onward, and reminisce about odd people they knew at University.

00:00:00 - 00:35:52 - Intro & News

00:35:53 - 01:02:39 - Matt & Ed discuss Deadwood: The Movie

01:02:40 - 01:07:58 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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245. Us

March 31st, 2019 · Comments

Jordan Peele's Us is still tearing it up at the box office and inspiring spirited debate online, so Matt and Ed decided to talk in-depth about the film's story, its themes, and its malleable allegory. Needless to say, there are spoilers. They also discuss Apple's latest move in the streaming wars, try to pitch long-forgotten game shows that deserve to be revived on the service, and pay tribute to Scott Walker and Agnès Varda.

00:00:00 - 00:30:43 - Intro & News

00:30:44 - 01:12:05 - Matt & Ed discuss Us (SPOILERS, I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH - Ed)

01:12:06 - 01:22:00 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Here is the opening scene to Letterkenny, as mentioned by Ed during Recommends.

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244. The Matrix at 20

March 24th, 2019 · Comments

Twenty goddamn years ago this week, The Matrix was released in the US, an event which launched the careers of the Wachowskis, spawned a briefly unavoidable and fitfully brilliant multi-media franchise, and had a seismic impact both on popular culture and how American action movies look and are made. To mark this anniversary, Ed and Emily discuss the enduring legacy of The Matrix, the Wachowskis' subsequent work, and some of the many, many parodies the films inspired.

00:00:00 - 00:12:40 - Intro & News

00:12:41 - 00:47:43 - Ed & Emily discuss The Matrix

00:47:44 - 00:54:46 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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234. Bandersnatch

January 7th, 2019 · Comments

Happy New Year! With Matt away, Ed and Emily catch-up on some of the news that broke over the holidays - including Louis C.K. going full right-wing whiner as an attempt to resurrect his career, the dismally small number of Hollywood films directed by women in 2018, and several dubious decisions made by Netflix - before digging into the Black Mirror movie/game Bandersnatch.

00:00:00 - 00:03:56 - Intro

00:03:57 - 00:45:57 - News

00:45:58 - 01:13:54 - Ed & Emily discuss Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

01:13:55 - 01:20:10 - SRS Recommends & Outro

- Here is a link to Shannon Strucci's series Fake Friends, which Ed mentions in Recommends

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233. Best Films of 2018

December 16th, 2018 · Comments

It's the last episode of the year, which means it's Best Of time! Matt and Ed run down some honourable mentions before tagging Emily in to count down and discuss the Shot/Reverse Shot Top Ten Films of 2018, as determined by their eldritch ballot system. There's also way too much discussion of The Greatest Showman for an episode about a) good films b) films released in 2018 and c) good films released in 2018.

00:00:00 - 00:05:34 - Intro

00:05:35 - 00:17:22 - Honourable Mentions

00:17:23 - 00:30:23 - A rundown of the Box Office hits of 2018

00:30:24 - 01:47:48 - The Top Ten Movies of 2018

01:47:49 - 01:50:49 - Outro

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228. The Other Side of the Wind

November 4th, 2018 · Comments

Matt and Ed celebrate the biggest cinephile event of 2018 on this week's episode: the release of Orson Welles' The Other Side of the Wind, which hit selected theatres and Netflix this past Friday. They detail the film's long journey to completion - its chaotic stop-start production in the early 1970s, myriad financial stumbles, Welles' death, and its eventual resurrection at the hands of several of his most high-profile disciples - as well as the film itself, how its approach to editing was decades ahead of its time (even as its story and themes were firmly rooted in not only the New Hollywood, but Welles' own life), and the effort that went into finishing a notoriously incomplete movie.

00:00:00 - 00:16:51 - Intro & News

00:16:52 - 00:53:32 - Matt & Ed discuss The Other Side of the Wind

00:53:33 - 01:02:07 - SRS Recommends & Outro


Dan Olson's Annihilation and Decoding Metaphor, as recommended by Ed

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209. Arrested Development Season 5

June 3rd, 2018 · Comments

Matt and Ed check in on the Bluth family and the goings in - get this - Beverly Hills in the fifth season of Arrested Development, the first half of which debuted on Netflix this week. Has the shift back to a more traditional format after the  more experimental fourth season helped the show regain some of its pizazz? How does splitting the season in half affect the dense storytelling for which the series has always been known? Did the now-infamous New York Times interview cast a pall over the new season? They tackle all of these questions, and also find time to discuss the only slightly surprising cancellation of Roseanne.

00:00:00 - 00:27:04 - Intro & News

00:27:05 - 01:18:46 - Matt & Ed discuss Arrested Development Season 5

01:18:47 - 01:25:28 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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208. Solo: A Star Wars Story

May 27th, 2018 · Comments

A Star Wars movie? In May? It's more likely than you think.

Matt and Ed check in on the LucasFilm saga, a whole five months after the last time, to discuss the totally fine Solo: A Star Wars Story. Which actors rise to the occasion and who lets the side down? What's up with those dice? How could it have been more like MacGruber? These are just some of the questions they address in their comprehensive, spoiler-filled rundown of the perfectly coherent product of a chaotic production.

00:00:00 - 00:16:34 - Intro & News

00:16:35 - 01:22:17 - Matt & Ed talk about Solo: A Star Wars Story

01:22:18 - 01:28:30 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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205. Love (The TV Show)

May 6th, 2018 · Comments

Matt and Ed discuss Netflix's Love, the romantic comedy-drama starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust. In addition to praising the show's command of tone and its sprawling, surprising cast, they explore how it compares to co-creator Judd Apatow's other work, highlight the ways in which it manages to capture the feel of modern dating and Los Angeles, and its abundant supply of funny theme songs for movies that don't actually have theme songs. They also wax poetic about Childish Gambino's "This is America".


00:00:00 - 00:10:13 - Intro & News

00:10:14 - 01:03:16 - Matt & Ed discuss Love

01:03:17 - 01:11:33 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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204. Avengers: Infinity War

April 29th, 2018 · Comments

Matt and Ed have a very SPOILER-heavy conversation about Infinity War. That's pretty much it. For the love of all that is holy, don't listen if you don't want pretty much the entire film's plot revealed. Enjoy!

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203. Jurassic Park at 25

April 15th, 2018 · Comments

That's right: Jurassic Park turns 25 years old this year and death will come for us all. Matt and Ed discuss the legacy of Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking blockbuster, the ways in which it changed how films are made and sold, and why it became a touchstone for an entire generation (even if they don't like it as much as a lot of people do). They also dig into the Netflix-Cannes feud, the Apu controversy surrounding The Simpsons, and pay tribute to Milos Forman.


00:00:00 - 00:36:30 - Intro & News

00:36:31 - 01:15:10 - Matt & Ed discuss Jurassic Park

01:15:11 - 01:21:08 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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202. Ready Player One

April 8th, 2018 · Comments

When it was published in 2011, Ernest Cline's Ready Player One got a fairly warm reception as a diverting mashup of pop culture, gaming, and accessible quest narrative, wrapped up in a warm, comforting blanket of nostalgia for the ephemera of the 1970s and 80s. Over the past seven years, its reputation has proven much more divisive, in part because of Cline's subsequent work, but mostly because the kind of geek culture he celebrated has become much darker and more complicated. Matt and Ed talk about all that in regards to the film adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, as well as Amazon's big-budget TV gambles and the dystopian potential of Birmingham.


00:00:00 - 00:25:48 - Intro & News

00:25:49 - 01:09:15 - Matt & Ed discuss Ready Player One

01:09:16 - 01:17:06 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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