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163. Loving Imperfect Art

November 28th, 2016 · Comments

Matt and Ed are both battling illness this week, but they persevered in order to talk about loving imperfect art - those films and TV series that are close to their hearts despite having clear and glaring flaws. At the same time, Matt introduces the world to a new Star Wars character, and Ed reminisces about a wildly unsuccessful supernatural sitcom from the late '90s.

Also, this is the terrible Ruben Blades song that Ed sings terribly at one point in the episode.


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

00:16:01 - 01:03:07 - Matt & Ed discuss loving Imperfect Art

01:03:08 - 01:09:58 - SRS Recommends & Outro


Tags: Themed

162. Matt’s Birthday, 2016

November 20th, 2016 · Comments

It's Matt's birthday! In keeping with recent (i.e. a year old) tradition, that means he gets to decide the topic for this week's show, but instead of discussing a single subject, Matt and Ed rattle through a series of them, including nostalgia, great buddy movies, and when it's appropriate to introduce kids to violent movies. They also pitch an idea for what the second season of HBO's Westworld will be about, and it is an ironclad, irrefutable fan theory, primed for that sweet, sweet SEO bump.

00:00:00 - 00:18:11 - Intro & News

00:18:12 - 00:52:33 - Matt & Ed discuss a bunch of stuff

00:52:34 - 00:59:16 - SRS Recommends & Outro


Tags: Themed

161. SRS Film Studies 101

November 14th, 2016 · Comments

Inspired by Matt's nephew, who recently started studying film at A-Level, this week's episode finds the boys trying to develop their own syllabus of essential or gateway movies for newcomers to film, or those simply looking for starting points to expand their horizons. There's also a little bit of election talk at the start, so if you're sick of hearing about that then feel free to skip to the time code below.

Here is the essay about Leonard Cohen written by Sean O'Neal that Ed mentions towards the end of the episode.

00:00:00 - 00:04:20 - Intro; Matt & Ed discuss the US elect result

00:04:21 - 01:03:55 - Matt & Ed plot out the SRS Film Studies syllabus

01:03:56 - 01:08:19 - SRS Recommends & Outro


Tags: Themed

160. Politics in Film and TV

November 6th, 2016 · Comments

Apparently there's an election coming up. To celebrate(?), Matt and Ed talk about films and television shows that tackle the world of politics, examples of overtly "political" filmmakers, and their favourite insults from The Thick of It.
00:00:00 - 00:09:24 - Intro & News
00:09:25 - 01:00:10 - Matt & Ed talk about politics in film and television
01:00:11 - 01:06:39 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

159. Universal Monsters

October 31st, 2016 · Comments

As a spooky Halloween treat, Matt and Ed are talking about the iconic monsters that formed the core of Universal's stable of creature features in the 1930s and 40s (including Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man), and the influence they continue to exert over the subgenres that they helped to define. They also talk about the cinematic peak(?) of Dana Carvey's cinematic career, the end of Vine, and why you (yes, you!) should be watching The Good Place.

00:00:00 - 00:20:21 - Intro & News
00:20:22 - 00:59:10 - Matt & Ed discuss the legacy of the Universal Monsters
00:59:11 - 01:07:07 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

158. Bad Films by Great Directors

October 24th, 2016 · Comments

After a few weeks working on episodes separately, Matt and Ed are reunited this week to talk about Ed's trip to New York, the week's news, and the many instances where great directors have delivered absolute stinkers.

Here is The Ringer article that end mentions during the News section.


Tags: Themed

157. You Won’t Remember This: Gladiator 2

October 18th, 2016 · Comments

With Ed off gallivanting around Broadway like some cosmopolitan dandy, the reigns for this week's episode are in sole possession of Matt, who decides to get a little weird.

As a tribute to one of their favourite podcasts You Must Remember This, Matt presents his own version of the show, forgoing an engaging history of bygone Hollywood, for the unusual tale of Tinseltown's failed attempt to make a sequel to 2000's smash hit Gladiator.
Without giving too much away, it's an incredibly strange tale and Matt goes through the looking glass in the search of answers. Most pertinently: whats with the monkey?

Tags: Themed

153. Suicide Squad - Part 2

September 5th, 2016 · Comments

In a direct sequel to last week's discussion of how bad Suicide Squad is as a film in its own right, but also a spiritual sequel to our episode on the state of the modern blockbuster, this episode finds Matt and Ed using Suicide Squad as a prism through which to explore the worst tendencies of modern blockbuster culture, and how it is emblematic of a moribund summer movie season. They detail how hard it is for a film to turn a profit these days, why foreign box office is so rarely a saving grace, and the increasing toxicity of online discussion around blockbusters. They also pay tribute to Gene Wilder and Jon Polito, two actors they loved who passed away this week, and wax poetic about Jackie Chan and Patrick Ness.

Here is the article by Todd Vanderwerff that Matt references during the main discussion.
00:00:00 - 00:12:31 - Intro & News
00:12:32 - 00:48:56 - Matt & Ed discuss Suicide Squad as it relates to modern blockbuster culture
00:48:57 - 00:54:46 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

151. Star Trek (with John Hunter)

August 22nd, 2016 · Comments

It's been 50 years since Star Trek first entered the public consciousness, and five decades later, Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future is in surprisingly rude health. With the recent cinematic release of Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond and slow drip of news about the forthcoming TV show Star Trek: Discovery, Ed sits down to discuss the series' various incarnations with writer and playwright John Hunter. In addition to discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the franchises and the reason for its longevity, they reminisce about drunken conversations about The West Wing, John's work with Slung Low Theatre, and Ed's paralysing fear of being challenged to a rap battle.

00:00:00 - 00:01:57 - Intro
00:01:58 - 00:05:14 - Ed & John talk about Slung Low Theatre
00:05:15 - 00:44:55 - Ed & John discuss Star Trek
00:44:56 - 00:49:29 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

150. 1986

August 8th, 2016 · Comments

This episode serves as a double celebration since not only is Shot/Reverse Shot 150 episodes old, but it's Ed's 30th birthday. As is traditional, the birthday boy gets to choose the topic, and Matt and Ed spend this installment of the show discussing the films of 1986, a year that brought us C. Thomas Howell being menaced by Rutger Hauer and pretending to be black (though not in the same film), competing movies about animated mice, and surprisingly few sequels. And, of course, one Edwin Davies.
00:00:00 - 00:01:51 - Intro
00:01:52 - 00:45:38 - Matt & Ed discuss cinema in 1986
00:45:39 - 00:50:09 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

149. Law Enforcement

August 1st, 2016 · Comments

Inspired by HBO's The Night Of, Matt and Ed spend this episode talking about the many varied ways in which law enforcement officials have been depicted in film and television. From slapstick dunces in silent movies to embodiments of systemic corruption, from dedicated public servants to sociopaths with authority, they run the gamut. They also discuss the ways in which England international games are like season two of True Detective, gawk in wonder at the complete implosion of the Divergent franchise (and its surprising fallout for the Marvel universe), and dig into the furore surrounding Edgar Wright's list of 1000 favourite films.

00:00:00 - 00:24:30 - Intro & News
00:24:31 - 00:52:47 - Matt & Ed discuss Law Enforcement in film and TV
00:52:48 - 00:57:15 - SRS Recommends & Outro
00:57:16 - 00:58:55 - A little extra nonsense

N.B. The YA film which failed and became a TV series that Ed was thinking of was The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Tags: Themed

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

Tags: Themed · In Review

147. Hamilton

July 11th, 2016 · Comments

This past Saturday, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Phillipa Soo left the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton, a wildly successful musical which has grown in prominence and cultural heft over the past year, to the extent that their departures were given the same treatment afforded to news surrounding popular TV shows and films. Since this represents an important transitional moment for the musical, Matt and Ed thought it would be a good time to take stock of the Hamilton phenomenon, their own thoughts and feelings about the play, and the way in which it addresses the difference between the past and history through a revolutionary mixture of Broadway, hip-hop, and actual history. They also mourn the passing of the great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, unpack the minor furore surrounding Sulu being gay in the latest Star Trek film, and talk about experiencing "Felicity Huffman-esque intensity".

00:00:00 - 00:08:22 - Intro & News
00:08:23 - 00:54:22 - Matt & Ed discuss Hamilton
00:54:23 - 00:59:49 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

144. Finding Comfort in Art

June 20th, 2016 · Comments

Following a week of terrible sadness in the real world, this week's episode is about finding solace in art and entertainment. Matt and Ed discuss times in their lives when art helped them cope with heartbreak, bereavement and wrenching change, create a fictional Canadian basketball team, and try to describe one scene from Up without crying. 

They also pay tribute to Anton Yelchin, a hugely promising young actor who did a lot of great work in a tragically short period of time, and who deserved the chance to so much more.
00:00:00 - 00:01:37 - Intro
00:01:38 - 00:26:12 - Matt & Ed discuss the death of Anton Yeltchin and taking comfort from art
00:26:13 - 00:33:41 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

143. Disaster Movies

June 13th, 2016 · Comments

After discussing disastrous movies last week, Matt and Ed talk about Disaster Movies this week. Specifically, they contrast the more human-centric stories of the genres '70s heyday against the inhumanity of the '90s force of nature entries into the genre, and the out-and-out disaster porn that has come to define so much of blockbuster filmmaking over the past decade. They also talk about Larry David maybe bringing back Curb Your Enthusiasm, the complexity of the Jack Frost series, and wonder which of his films Kevin Smith will cannibalise after he fails to make a Mallrats TV series.

- Here's a link to the Alexander Huls article on watching disaster movies after experiencing an actual disaster than Matt and Ed mention during the episode.
00:00:00 - 00:18:30 - Intro & News
00:18:31 - 00:38:11 - Matt & Ed discuss disaster movies
00:38:12 - 00:44:45 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

142. Disastrous Movies

June 6th, 2016 · Comments

Inspired by the Internet's less than Zen response to the announcement that Star Wars: Rogue One is undergoing reshoots, a story which has inspired some of the most furious handwringing since the last round of Star Wars rumours, Matt and Ed talk about why reshoots are not necessarily a bad thing, then go on to discuss troubled film productions in general; the ones that produced classics, the ones that resulted in forgotten films, and the ones that fall somewhere in between. They also reminisce about the terrible King Kong ride at Universal Studios, tentatively celebrate the possibility that Captain Marvel and the next Bond film may be directed by women, and chart a potential John Carney Apology Spiral.

00:00:00 - 00:18:03 - Intro & News
00:18:04 - 00:55:28 - Matt & Ed discuss the Rogue One reshoots and troubled film productions
00:55:29 - 01:01:05 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

141. Rock & Roll

May 30th, 2016 · Comments

In this slightly delayed episode, Matt and Ed complete their Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll trilogy with, funnily enough, an episode on Rock & Roll. They discuss films about musicians (both real and fictional), movies starring musicians, and take plenty of time to talk about the notorious 2000 gangster movie Honest, starring three quarters of All Saints and a Nazi lobster. They also pitch ideas for the latest Halloween film, reminisce about their youthful misunderstandings about Spinal Tap, and bemoan the dickishness of John Carney. Matt also provides compelling evidence for why Sexy Beast and OK Computer are basically the same.

00:00:00 - 00:13:02 - Intro & News
00:13:03 - 00:29:16 - Matt & Ed review Honest
00:29:17 - 00:56:36 - Discussion of Rock & Roll in film
00:56:37 - 01:02:46 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

140. Drugs

May 16th, 2016 · Comments

The second part of the Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll trilogy finds Matt and (an intensely sick and croaky) Ed discussing representation of drug use in film and TV, how cinema reflects shifting attitudes to different substances, and the ways in which Requiem for a Dream and Reefer Madness are basically the same film. They also discuss the slew of TV cancellations that occurred last week, imagine a crazier version of Easy Rider than the one we have, and Matt discusses the less glamorous side of the Cannes film festival.

00:00:00 - 00:22:12 - Intro & News
00:22:13 - 00:55:38 - Discussion of Drugs in film & television
00:55:39 - 01:00:22 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Themed

138. Sex

May 2nd, 2016 · Comments

Marking the beginning of a new trilogy of tangentially related episodes, this week's show is all about sex in cinema. Matt and Ed run through the history of sex in Hollywood and the varying levels of censorship that have been applied to it, discuss what makes for good and bad sex scenes, and ponder the particular peccadilloes of major filmmakers. They also come up with a few killer band names, bemoan the untimely demise of Indiewire, and compare their respective abilities to survive in a zombie and snow-based tabletop game.
00:00:00 - 00:20:58 - Intro & News
00:20:59 - 00:56:54 - Matt & Ed discuss sex in film
00:56:55 - 01:03:38 - SRS Recommends & Outro
Jon Bois' Pretty Good series can be viewed on SBNation, as can Breaking Madden and the sublime "The Death of Basketball".
Correction: Ed mistakenly says at one point that Stanley Donen directed Pillow Talk. The film was in fact directed by Michael Gordon.

Tags: Themed

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.

Tags: Themed