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286. Writers’ Rights

April 20th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the question of authorship as it pertains to writers, particularly in terms of sketch comedy and in writers' rooms, and how easy it can be to erase the contributions of individual writers, especially in a system where they often aren't adequately compensated. They also talk about Fiona Apple's Fetch the Bolt Cutters a lot, because of cause they do.

00:00:00 - 00:28:30 - Intro & News

00:28:31 - 00:51:20 - Emily & Ed discuss the rights of writers

00:51:21 - 00:55:54 - SRS Recommends & Outro

285. Art We Left Behind

April 15th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss works of art and artists that they used to be really invested in, but have since drifted away from. They also talk a little about Portrait of a Lady on Fire and pay tribute to Nobuhiko Obayashi.

00:00:00 - 00:14:31 - Intro

00:14:32 - 00:45:44 - Emily & Ed discuss art they've left behind

00:45:45 - 00:49:26 - SRS Recommends & Outro

284. CoronArt

April 6th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed catch up on some of the shows they've been watching while self-isolating, pay tribute to Adam Schlesinger, and discuss the art that has provided a bit of comfort for them over the past few weeks, or has helped them to process the strange and surreal experience of a global pandemic.

Here is the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend commentary playlist that Emily recommends.

Here is the Giant Bomb FMV stream that Ed recommends.

00:00:00 - 00:14:39 - Intro & News

00:14:40 - 00:44:56 - Emily & Ed talk about art and the Coronavirus

00:44:57 - 00:47:21 - SRS Recommends & Outro


283. Films as Time Capsules

March 30th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss movies (and a few TV shows) that capture a particular moment in time, whether they highlight the changing face of a city, the particular peak of a movie star, or shifts in technology. They also talk about Jonathan Demme's Married to the Mob a bunch, so everyone should go watch that.

Here's an article about the AICE editing competition that Emily mentions.

Here's Philosophy Tube's video on Artists & Fandoms, as recommended by Ed.

00:00:00 - 00:12:01 - Intro

00:12:02 - 00:58:38 - Emily & Ed discuss movies as time capsules

00:58:39 - 01:01:52 - SRS Recommends & Outro

282. COVIDeodrome

March 25th, 2020

This week, Ed and Emily talk about their experiences of self-isolating and social distancing, then discuss the ways in which the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted the film and television industries, and what they think the next few months could mean for the theatrical experience of going to the movies.

281. Typecasting

March 17th, 2020

Following on from last week's episode on Versatility, this week finds Ed and Emily discussing versatility's opposite: Typecasting. There's also, unsurprisingly, a lot of Coronavirus talk, as the entertainment industry starts to grind to a halt and Ed embraces the work from home lifestyle.

Here is the Tokimonsta interview that Emily mentions in SRS Recommends

00:00:00 - 00:19:39 - Intro & News

00:19:40 - 00:54:54 - Emily & Ed discuss Typecasting

00:54:55 - 00:58:00 - SRS Recommends & Outro

280. Versatility

March 8th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed celebrate The Range, and Those Who Have It: actors who display tremendous versatility from role to role, and the relationship between the artistic fulfillment provided by variety and the brutal economic reality of being cast in as many different kinds of roles as possible. They also discuss the possible downsides of being versatile, or failed attempts to diversify, and the complicated interplay between versatility and stardom.

00:00:00 - 00:13:45 - Intro & News

00:13:46 - 00:51:35 - Emily & Ed discuss Versatility

00:51:36 - 00:58:30 - SRS Recommends & Intro

279. Uncut Gems Minisode

March 2nd, 2020

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.

278. Physical Performances

February 24th, 2020

This week's episode finds Emily and Ed talking about physical, non-verbal performances. Those moments when an actor is allowed to convey a lot to the audience without saying anything at all, whether it's in La Strada or a reaction gif.

00:00:00 - 00:16:59 - Intro & News

00:17:00 - 00:57:58 - Ed & Emily discuss physical performances

00:57:59 - 01:01:48 - SRS Recommends & Outro

277. Childhood Terrors

February 16th, 2020

After taking a few minutes to revel in the shock success of Parasite at the Academy Awards (and some chat about Uncut Gems just because), Ed and Emily delve into their pasts to discuss the film and TV that scared them as kids, whether intentionally (as in the case of The Lost World: Jurassic Park and the work of Tim Burton) or inadvertently (as in Fried Green Tomatoes and The Ice Storm).

00:00:00 - 00:16:09 - Intro & News

00:16:10 - 00:50:02 - Ed & Emily discuss their Childhood Terrors

00:50:03 - 00:53:02 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Here is Holly Stoppit's Ted Talk "How Clowning Can Lead Us Into Connection", as recommended by Emily

Here is the Safdie Brothers' Goldman v Silverman, as recommended by Ed

276. Bojack Horseman Finale

February 11th, 2020

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

275. The Good Place Finale

February 2nd, 2020

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

274. Emily’s Birthday 2020

January 27th, 2020

After a few weeks away, Emily and Ed catch up to talk about the Oscar nominations and pay tribute to Terry Jones, before celebrating Emily's recent birthday by discussing a top of her choice: the relationship between Saturday Night Live and movies. Get ready for lots of talk about how different actors took the experience of being in Studio 8H into their careers, and about how exceptional Wayne's World is.

00:00:00 - 00:11:35 - Intro & News

00:11:36 - 01:31:57 - Emily & Ed discuss SNL and the movies

01:31:58 - 01:37:01 - SRS Recommends & Outro

273. Little Women Minisode

January 13th, 2020

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.

272. 2020 Preview

January 5th, 2020

It's a new year and a new decade, so Ed and Emily meet it head on by trying to find some films to look forward to in 2020. They also talk about their distinct disinterest in the Golden Globes, Universal no longer even pretending to push Cats for awards, and the blame game between the members of The Rise of Skywalker's creative team.

00:00:00 - 00:16:44 - Intro & News

00:16:45 - 01:22:16 - Ed & Emily preview the films of 2020

01:22:17 - 01:26:28 - SRS Recommends & Outro

271. Best Films of 2019

December 31st, 2019

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.

270. The Rise of Skywalker

December 23rd, 2019

Matt and Ed see out the Skywalker saga with a discussion about J.J. Abrams' The Rise of Skywalker, and whether or not it should have stayed down. There's loads of spoilers throughout and a lot of talk about Cats at the beginning, so you have been warned.

00:00:00 - 00:14:52 - Intro & News

00:14:53 - 01:55:32 - Matt & Ed discuss The Rise of Skywalker

01:55:33 - 01:59:51 - SRS Recommends & Outro

269. Matt’s (Belated) Birthday 2019

December 9th, 2019

It was Matt's birthday a few weeks ago, and as is tradition, he chose the topic for this week's episode. To that end, and since Matt will be leaving the show at the end of the year, he and Ed discuss how the film and television landscape has changed over the eight years they've been doing the show together, the state of film criticism and the dreaded Discourse, and some of their favourite moments from the podcast.

268. Movies With Small Casts

November 18th, 2019

Inspired by Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse, Emily and Ed discuss movies with small casts, and which genres and sub-genres are particularly suited to using a handful of actors. There's also a bunch of talk about Disney+, the benefits of releasing TV episodes weekly instead of all at once, and Sonic.

00:00:00 - 00:27:50 - Intro & News

00:27:51 - 01:06:38 - Ed & Emily discuss movies with small casts

01:06:39 - 01:11:45 - SRS Recommends & Outro

267. Movies That Are About Their Stars

November 13th, 2019

Matt and Ed break down some of the news that happened over the past few weeks, including Benioff & Weiss leaving/getting fired from Star Wars and the escalating streaming wars, then Ed is joined by Emily to discuss instances where an actor being cast in a movie adds extra resonance and power to the performance thanks to the audience's prior knowledge of the star.

00:00:00 - 00:42:09 - Intro & News

00:42:10 - 01:25:24 - Ed & Emily discuss movies that are about their stars

01:25:25 - 01:31:22 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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