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332. Comfort Thrillers/Rumble in the Bronx (1995)

May 31st, 2021

For this week's show and tell, Emily brings three thrillers (Copycat, Arlington Road and Runaway Jury) that she has watched recently and found oddly comforting, despite some extremely dark subject matter, and Ed brings Rumble in the Bronx, the film that really broke Jackie Chan as a major star in the US. They discuss the decline of the mid-budget movie, the thrill of seeing real people do wild stunts, and the value of un-selfconscious movies. They also talk about the success of A Quiet Place Part II, Amazon buying MGM, and Matt LeBlanc becoming an Irish icon.

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

00:24:34 - 01:00:01 - Emily & Ed discuss their show and tell movies

01:00:02 - 01:04:34 - SRS Recommends & Outro

331.Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)/Krisha (2015)

May 25th, 2021

For this week's show and tell, Ed brings the final adaptation/spinoff of the Final Fantasy RPG series, and Emily brings Trey Edward Shults' ultra low-budget debut. They discuss the uncanny valley, terrifying films that aren't horror movies, and turning short films into features. They also discuss the trailer for Dear Evan Hansen and the latest strange turn in the story of Warner Bros.

00:00:00 - 00:26:48 - Intro & News

00:26:49 - 01:02:10 - Emily & Ed discuss Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and Krisha

01:02:11 - 01:07:25 - SRS Recommends & Outro

330. Clifford (1994)/Black Bear (2020)

May 16th, 2021

This week we're trying out a new format, as Emily and Ed bring in films that they've seen recently and found interesting, and try to find some common ground between them, or at the very least use them as jumping off points for conversation.

In this inaugural episode, Ed brings Clifford, the notorious comedy in which Martin Short plays a 10-year old who terrorizes his uncle (played by a "never more vexed" Charles Grodin), and Emily brings Black Bear, the recent indie drama in which Aubrey Plaza goes to a cabin and...things happen. From there, they discuss films that are unafraid to alienate audiences, actors who look eerily similar, and how the pandemic has shaped the way they view movies.

They also discuss the recent turmoil around the Golden Globes, and whether the world's least essential awards body can survive not being televised.

00:00:00 - 00:11:58 - Intro & News

00:11:59 - 00:45:08 - Emily & Ed discuss Clifford and Black Bear

00:45:09 - 00:49:35 - SRS Recommends & Outro

329. Oscars Post-Mortem

May 9th, 2021

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the aftermath of the 2021 Academy Awards, and whether the all-time low ratings are indicative of a deeper crisis for cinema, or just a side effect of no one being able to go out and see movies for much of the last year. They also talk about Ed getting his second COVID vaccination, and the recent changes at Giant Bomb.

00:00:00 - 00:14:42 - Intro & News

00:14:43 - 00:44:48 - Emily & Ed discuss the Oscars

00:44:49 - 00:48:28 - SRS Recommends & Outro

328. News Round Up

April 19th, 2021

As a result of losing an episode due to technical problems. Emily and Ed catch up on some of the news stories of the past few weeks, including Sony and Netflix signing a streaming exclusivity deal for the former's movies, Steven Spielberg making a small, personal movie, and the deaths of Anne Beatts, Nikki Grahame, Helen McCrory and DMX.

- Episodes of Square Pegs can be found on YouTube, as recommends by Emily

- Here is the New York Times article on Aphex Twin's "Avril 14th", as recommended by Ed

327. News Round Up

April 11th, 2021

After a few weeks away, Emily and Ed catch up on some of the big news stories from the film world, including the deaths of George Segal, Jessica Walter, and Larry McMurtry; Netflix paying a huge amount of money for two Knives Out sequels; and Disney putting some of their big forthcoming movies onto Disney+.

326. Personal Documentaries

March 22nd, 2021

Emily and Ed discuss Can't Get You Out of My Head, the latest film from Adam Curtis, as well as films by directors who tackle incredibly personal subject matter through the documentary form. They also talk about this year's kind of okay slate of Oscar nominees.

00:00:00 - 00:23:49 - Intro & News

00:24:00 - 00:58:48 - Emily & Ed discuss Personal Documentaries

00:58:49 - 01:02:19 - SRS Recommends & Outro

325. Oops All News

March 11th, 2021

Emily and Ed accidentally do an all-news episode, as they cover the Golden Globes, Edie Falco playing Hillary Clinton, NFTs, and more.

324.Six Feet Under at 20

February 28th, 2021

HBO's Six Feet Under turns 20 years old this year, which is just the sort of flimsy justification Emily and Ed need to talk about it. They discuss the show's ability to tackle grief in a way that was both funny and cathartic, its use of magical realism, how well it fleshed out its entire ensemble, and of course, the finale. (So there are some spoilers dotted throughout.)

00:00:00 - 00:20:23 - Intro & News

00:20:24 - 01:05:28 - Emily & Ed discuss Six Feet Under

01:05:29 - 01:08:29 - SRS Recommends & Outro

323. Nepotism

February 21st, 2021

This week, inspired by the discussion around Netflix's Malcolm and Marie, Emily and Ed discuss nepotism in film and television, and the tension that comes from loving an artist while knowing that they enjoyed considerable advantages from being the child of powerful or influential figures in the entertainment industry.

00:00:00 - 00:21:40 - Intro & News

00:21:41 - 00:50:06 - Emily & Ed discuss nepotism in film and TV

00:50:07 - 00:54:52 - SRS Recommends & Outro

322. Free Passes

February 16th, 2021

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the filmmakers and actors who they will always have time for, and will seek out the work of even if their work declines in quality or they fall out of favour.

00:00:00 - 00:22:14 - Intro & News

00:22:15 - 00:50:58 - Emily & Ed discuss the artists they'll happily give a free pass to

00:50:59 - 00:56:12 - SRS Recommends & Outro

321. Gateway Filmmakers

January 31st, 2021

This week, inspired by Patrick H. Willems' video essay about Kevin Smith, Emily and Ed discuss the filmmakers who made a big impact on them when they first started getting into films, and who introduced them to stories, genres and forms that they otherwise might not have experienced.

00:00:00 - 00:16:18 - Intro & News

00:16:19 - 00:51:38 - Emily & Ed discuss their gateway filmmakers

00:51:39 - 00:55:42 - SRS Recommends & Outro

320. Blind Spots

January 24th, 2021

This week, Emily and Ed discuss some of their cinematic blind spots, as well as the shortcomings of streaming services when it comes to discovering new or unexpected movies.

00:00:00 - 00:13:32 - Intro & News

00:13:33 - 00:45:07 - Emily & Ed discuss blind spots

00:45:08 - 00:51:28 - SRS Recommends & Outro

319. Emily’s Birthday 2021

January 16th, 2021

It's Emily's birthday this week, which means she gets to pick the topic. That topic: the legacy of Brokeback Mountain, which came out just over 15 years ago, as well as author E. Annie Proulx's recent comments about the fan fiction giving Ennis and Jack a happy ending.

00:00:00 - 00:09:40 - Intro & News

00:09:41 - 00:43:44 - Emily & Ed discuss Brokeback Mountain at 15

00:43:45 - 00:48:43 - SRS Recommends & Outro


Tom Little on Twitter, as recommended by Emily

318. Best of 2020

January 10th, 2021

This week, Emily and Ed discuss their top ten films, TV shows, podcast etc. from 2020, as well as the release of Wonder Woman 1984, and the deaths of MF DOOM and Joan Micklin Silver.

Note: This episode was recorded before there was an attempted coup at the US Capitol, which explains why the intro is cheery and all about how things have been pretty quiet.

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

00:24:24 - 01:47:04 - Emily & Ed discuss their best of the 2020

01:47:05 - 01:48:23 - Outro

317. Art That Helped Us Get Through 2020

December 28th, 2020

For the last episode of 2020, Emily and Ed talk about the culture that helped them deal with this somewhat trying year.

00:00:00 - 00:24:20 - Intro & News

00:24:21 - 00:54:03 - Emily & Ed discuss the art that got them through 2020

00:54:04 - 00:58:45 - SRS Recommends & Outro

316. HBOMax and the Future of Theatrical Releases

December 12th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the recent news that WarnerMedia will be putting all of their 2021 theatrical releases - including major prospective blockbusters like Dune, The Matrix 4 and Kong vs. Godzilla - onto their HBOMax streaming platform on the same day they will hit theatres.

00:00:00 - 00:22:54 - Intro & News

00:22:55 - 00:44:05 - Emily & Ed discuss WarnerMedia's decision to put all their movies on HBOMax

00:44:06 - 00:48:03 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- The Bandcamp page for Shelley Byron & The Poison Sleep, as recommended by Emily

315. Autism in Film and TV

December 5th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the trailer for Sia's forthcoming film/album Music, the criticism of the trailer and Sia's response to the criticism, and then talk about how the project fits into the broader problems with depicting autism in media.

00:00:00 - 00:15:06 - Intro & News

00:15:07 - 00:43:40 - Emily & Ed discuss autism in film and TV

00:43:41 - 00:48:05 - SRS Recommends & Outro

314. Autumnal Movies

November 27th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the aesthetics, themes and tropes of autumnal movies, and ask if movies can be autumnal regardless of when they are actually set so long as they have the right knitwear.

00:00:00 - 00:18:52 - Intro & News

00:18:53 - 00:44:50 - Emily & Ed discuss Autumnal Movies

00:44:51 - 00:47:54 - SRS Recommends & Outro

313. Frequent Collaborations

November 21st, 2020

This week finds Emily and Ed discussing filmmakers who repeatedly work with the same groups of collaborators, and the ways in which working together numerous times can provide a comfort and safety for a filmmaker, or challenge them to keep trying new things. They also discuss the seismic news that Emily in Paris will be returning for another season.

00:00:00 - 00:15:14 - Intro & News

00:15:15 - 00:48:33 - Emily & Ed discuss frequent collaborators

00:48:34 - 00:54:01 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- You can check out Emily's new podcast The Mother of All Losses here

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