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245. Us

March 31st, 2019

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.

244. The Matrix at 20

March 24th, 2019

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

243. Changing Your Mind

March 17th, 2019

Inspired by a rewatch of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Ed and Emily discuss instances where they changed their minds about a work of art, how their relationships to specific filmmakers have evolved over time, and being able to admit when you don't like canonically "great" movies. They also discuss the college admissions scandal involving Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, Netflix's weaselly cancellation of One Day at a Time, and James Gunn's surprise reinstatement to the MCU.

00:00:00 - 00:22:17 - Intro & News

00:22:18 - 00:49:31 - Ed & Emily discuss changing your mind about art

00:49:32 - 00:54:07 - SRS Recommends & Outro

242. Awards Season Autopsy

March 4th, 2019

Now that the dust has settled from last week's Oscars ceremony, Ed and Emily are ready to stir it up all over again by dissecting the winners of awards season, and what the victory of Green Book means for Hollywood more generally (assuming it means anything at all). They also discuss the controversy over possible changes to the Academy's bylaws that could exclude Netflix films in the future, and the best joke from long-forgotten 1990s animated anthropomorphic procedural Fish Police.

00:00:00 - 00:06:01 - Intro

00:06:02 - 00:35:44 - News

00:35:45 - 01:16:23 - Ed & Emily discuss the Oscars, Green Book, and awards season

01:16:24 - 01:23:39 - SRS Recommends & Outro

241. All News Episode

February 24th, 2019

In a shorter than usual episode, Matt and Ed go without a theme and talk about some of the big film and TV stories of the week, including the Independent Spirits Awards, the sudden end of Netflix's Marvel TV universe, and the death of Stanley Donen.

240. Ensembles

February 18th, 2019

Inspired by the absolutely stacked cast for the new version of Dune, Matt, Emily and Ed spend this week's episode talking about movies with notable ensembles, as well as which genres benefit from a deep bench and the factors, both commercial and artistic, that can compel filmmakers to work with a big cast. They also try to parse the latest Oscars broadcast drama and the Aladdin teaser.

 

00:00:00 - 00:01:34 - Intro

00:01:35 - 00:27:45 - News

00:27:46 - 01:05:06 - Matt, Emily & Ed discuss movies with notable ensembles

01:05:07 - 01:08:57 - SRS Recommends & Outro

239. Long Delayed Sequels

February 10th, 2019

Inspired by M. Night Shyamalan's Glass (which is mentioned briefly, but in a spoiler-free fashion), Matt and Ed discuss examples of long delayed sequels, particularly ones made by the same creators as the originals. They also talk about the dispiriting experience of watching the Super Bowl, the freshly completed BAFTAs, and the death of Albert Finney.

 

00:00:00 - 00:06:30 - Intro

00:06:31 - 00:29:35 - News

00:29:36 - 00:57:10 - Matt & Ed discuss Long Delayed Sequels

00:57:11 - 01:02:55 - SRS Recommends & Outro

238. Special Features

February 4th, 2019

In this episode, Ed and Emily cast their minds back to the golden age of physical media and misspent youths listening to Futurama audio commentaries, watching Lord of the Rings documentaries, and learning about the art and craft of filmmaking through special features and DVD extras. They also discuss the return of The L Word and the closure of Ultraviolet.

Here is where you can watch Original Cast Album: Company, as recommended by Ed

00:00:00 - 00:01:15 - Intro

00:01:16 - 00:18:43 - News

00:18:44 - 00:45:40 - Ed & Emily discuss Special Features

00:45:41 - 00:51:16 - SRS Recommends & Outro

 

237. Oscar Nominations 2019

January 28th, 2019

The Oscar nominations were announced this week, so Matt, Ed and Emily sat down to talk about the generally mediocre slate, the specific nominees and categories they do like, and the surprising snubs. They also discuss the 4% campaign and the ethics of making serial killer movies.

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

00:03:01 - 00:25:14 - News

00:25:15 - 00:58:33 - Matt, Ed and Emily discuss the Oscar nominations

00:58:34 - 01:04:10 - SRS Recommends & Outro

236. 2019 TV Preview

January 21st, 2019

Having previewed the exciting movies of 2019 last week, this episode is all about the cool and interesting stuff coming to the small screen. Matt and Ed discuss some of the original ideas, long-gestating adaptations of great novels, and revivals that they're looking forward to, as well as the broader trends that continue to shift and roil the television landscape.

- Here is a link to H.bomberguy's charity Twitch stream, as mention in the News section

00:00:00 - 00:32:07 - Intro & News

00:32:08 - 01:29:24 Matt & Ed preview the year in TV

01:29:25 - 01:35:21 - SRS Recommends & Outro

235. 2019 Preview

January 14th, 2019

All three hosts are reunited this week to look at what a new year in film has to offer. Matt, Ed and Emily each pick one movie from the first eight months of 2019 and advocate for why they think they could be good or interesting, and along the way they discuss their New Year's resolutions, the plot of the Clint Eastwood movie Space Cowboys, and the moral turpitude of Dr. Robotnik.

00:00:00 - 00:12:29 - Intro

00:12:30 - 01:40:49 - Matt, Ed & Emily preview the films of 2019

01:40:50 - 01:41:36 - Outro

234. Bandersnatch

January 7th, 2019

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

233. Best Films of 2018

December 16th, 2018

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

232. Work

December 10th, 2018

Inspired by two striking movies from 2018 about jobs and work - Andrew Bujalski's Support the Girls and Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You - Ed and Emily talk about some of their favourite movies and TV shows about the experience of doing a job. They also discuss the relatively boring Golden Globes nominations and the far from boring drama surrounding the Oscars.

00:00:00 - 00:20:13 - Intro & News

00:20:14 - 01:04:05 - Ed & Emily discuss movies and TV shows about work

01:04:06 - 01:13:13 - Outro & Recommends

231. Roeg Nation

November 26th, 2018

It's an All News episode of Shot/Reverse Shot this week as Matt and Ed discuss the future of streaming in a post-FilmStruck world, the trailer for the computer generated remake of The Lion King, and the deaths of Nicolas Roeg and Ricky Jay. They also find time to discuss Ed's ill-advised decision to watch Gotti, Fred Durst's directorial style, and sea shanties.

 

00:00:00 - 00:12:45 - Intro

00:12:46 - 00:48:14 - News

00:48:15 - 00:52:01 - SRS Recommends & Outro

00:52:02 - 00:55:27 - Shanty Talk!

 

- "Monologue: An Antelope from The Lion King Wonders Why He Was Invited to the Celebration of Simba's Birth" from McSweeneys, as recommended by Matt

- "Secrets of the Magus", the New Yorker profile of Ricky Jay from 1993

230. Films About Writing

November 19th, 2018

To honour William Goldman, the acclaimed screenwriter who passed away last week, Matt, Emily and Ed talk about their experiences with his work, then have a broader conversation about depictions of writing in film. They also mark the passing of Stan Lee, chew over the Independent Spirit Awards nominees, and say "Detective Pikachu" six thousand times.

 

00:00:00 - 00:39:50 - Intro & News

00:39:51 - 01:18:46 - Matt, Emily and Ed discuss William Goldman & films about writing

01:18:47 - 01:24:56 - SRS Recommends & Outro

229. Ambitious TV

November 11th, 2018

Inspired by Disney's planned big-budget streaming TV shows, as well as stylistically daring episodes of current series, Matt, Emily and Ed spend this week's episode discussing ambitious television, including the massive scale storytelling of Game of Thrones, the claustrophobic use of long takes in The Haunting of Hill House, and the ways in which TV shows appropriate the aesthetics of video games. Mainly it's an excuse for them to rave about It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,and there's some socialist turtles for good measure.

 

- If you're in Glasgow, go to Emily's comedy variety show The Salon at The Old Hairdresser's on November 21st!

- If Super November is playing near you, go see it and try to spot Emily!

 

00:00:00 - 00:32:45 - Intro & News

00:32:46 - 01:05:32 - Matt, Emily and Ed discuss Ambitious Television

01:05:33 - 01:14:47 - SRS Recommends & Outro

228. The Other Side of the Wind

November 4th, 2018

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

227. The State of Cinema

October 28th, 2018

It's a celebratory episode this week as Matt returns after a few months away, and Emily officially joins the show as the third co-host! (There's even a musical number!) They mark the start of this new era with a discussion of the state of Cinema and film culture in 2018, inspired by this interview with Paul Schrader, as well as the news that the great streaming service FilmStruck is being shut down.

00:00:00 - 00:40:31 - Intro & News

00:40:32 - 01:01:00 - Matt, Ed & Emily discuss the state of Cinema

01:01:01 - 01:10:46 - SRS Recommends & Outro

- NakeyJakey's YouTube channel, as recommended by Emily

- The Red Dead Redemption 2 episode of Polygon's Quality Control, as recommended by Ed

226. Food Movies (with Emily Benita)

October 15th, 2018

Inspired by the delicious yet ominous omelettes in Phantom Thread, as well as the ways in which that film uses food as a symbol for the shifting dynamics in its central relationship, Ed and Emily talk about food movies, and the ways in which different filmmakers use food as a metaphor for creativity, as a way to explore social issues, and to meditate on grief. And, of course, to make the audience hungry. That also ponder the baffling tagline for the new Hellboy movie and Banksy's latest stunt.

00:00:00 - 00:12:06 - Intro & News

00:12:07 - 01:10:10 - Ed & Emily discuss Food Movies

01:10:11 - 01:15:24 - SRS Recommends & Outro