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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

266. Minor Works

October 23rd, 2019

Inspired by the release of Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club Encore, Matt and Ed discuss minor works by great filmmakers, including recent entries to the sub-genre like Ang Lee's Gemini Man and Steven Soderbergh's The Laundromat.

00:00:00 - 00:28:16 - Intro & News

00:28:17 - 01:10:14 - Matt & Ed discuss minor works by great filmmakers

01:10:15 - 01:16:19 - SRS Recommends & Outro

265. When Artists Change

October 13th, 2019

Inspired by Ghosteen, the new album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Emily and Ed discuss the artists they love who changed drastically over the course of their careers, as well as artists who tried to change but wound up falling back on old habits. They also talk about Martin Scorsese, the trailer for Dolittle, and the death of Robert Forster.

Here is Harry Brewis's talk from XOXO about his Donkey Kong 64 charity livestream, and here is Scout Tafoya's video essay on grief and Russian Doll (CW: discussion of suicide) as mentioned by Emily in Recommendations.

00:00:00 - 00:28:46 - Intro & News

00:28:47 - 00:56:24 - Emily & Ed discuss artists who changed over the course of their career

00:56:25 - 01:01:25 - SRS Recommends & Outro

264. Autumn/Winter Preview 2019

September 30th, 2019

With awards season creeping around the corner, it's time for Matt and Ed to engage in the annual tradition of looking at the movies coming out in the final months of the year that they're really excited about. There's also a lot of talk about Tetris for some reason.

00:00:00 - 00:16:42 - Intro & News

00:16:43 - 01:18:28 - Matt & Ed Preview the Autumn and Winter movie season

01:18:29 - 01:23:40 - SRS Recommends & Outro

263. Hustlers

September 23rd, 2019

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

262. (500) Days of Summer at 10

September 16th, 2019

Ten years ago, Marc Webb's (500) Days of Summer was released to generally positive reviews from most people (and acute irritation from Ed). To celebrate(?) this milestone, Ed and Emily discuss the disconnect between the central performances and the movie around them, its queasy and unsuccessful attempt to make sexist jokes without being sexist, and whether it qualifies as an "elevated" romcom.

Here is Weighing the Value of Director's Cuts: Scanline, as recommended by Ed towards the end of the episode.

261. “Wounded Bird” Films

September 8th, 2019

Inspired by The Man Who Killed Don Quixote improbably now being available for all to see after decades of fitful progress, Emily and Ed discuss "wounded bird" movies: those flawed, mistreated, or merely strange films that they can't help but take into their hearts. They also try to make sense of the just announced awards from the Venice film festival, Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump making a Tomb Raider sequel, and the rise and fall of the Jeremy Renner app.

Here is Stefan Heck's piece on the Jeremy Renner app, as mentioned in the news section.

00:00:00 - 00:23:21 - Intro & News

00:23:22 - 00:52:04 - Emily & Ed discuss wounded bird movies

00:52:05 - 00:57:19 - SRS Recommends & Outro

260. Pet Themes

September 2nd, 2019

After a quick catch-up, in which Emily talks about her experience doing a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, she and Ed discuss themes, tropes and stories that always work on them. They also go over Disney's baffling approach to their repertory titles, Richard Linklater's exceedingly optimistic plan to spend 20 years adapting Merrily We Roll Along, and how great Kirsten Dunst is.

00:00:00 - 00:32:24 - Intro & News

00:32:25 - 01:02:51 - Emily & Ed discuss their Pet Themes

01:02:52 - 01:06:45 - SRS Recommends & Outro

259. Disney Will Consume Us All

August 25th, 2019

Since Disney's D23 fan convention occurred this weekend and they released a ton of new information about their forthcoming streaming service, shows and movies, Matt and Ed talk about the current cultural dominance of the company, what the next year or so looks like, and the quandary of being excited for things made by a company whose actions could be so damaging. They also discussion the sudden returns of The Matrix and Jesse Pinkman, and going too hard, too early at festivals.

00:00:00 - 00:27:58 - Intro & News

00:27:59 - 01:12:03 - Matt & Ed discussion D23

01:12:04 - 01:17:46 - SRS Recommends & Outro

258. The Counterculture

August 18th, 2019

The death of Peter Fonda inspires Matt and Ed to ruminate on the legacy of the American counterculture that Fonda, thanks to his work on Easy Rider, came to embody. They also run through an all-Disney news segment, pretty much all of which is bad!

Here is Art Spiegelman's introduction to a Marvel collection which is mentioned in the News section.

00:00:00 - 00:30:03 - Intro & News

00:30:04 - 01:08:21 - Matt & Ed discuss the Counterculture

01:08:22 - 01:14:45 - SRS Recommends & Outro

257. Video Games

August 11th, 2019

It was Ed's birthday this week, and as is tradition, he got to pick any topic for this week's episode. He chose Video Games, so he and Matt have a long chat about their own personal history with video games, the titles that resonated with them, and what genres elude them. There's also some teeth talk, and a breakdown of how and why Universal decided to cancel the release of the thriller The Hunt.

Apologies for the sound issues in this episode: Ed's mic had problems which only became apparent once the episode was recorded and being edited.

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

00:12:12 - 01:08:22 - Matt & Ed discuss Video Games

01:08:23 - 01:14:12 - SRS Recommends & Outro