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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

312. Elections

November 14th, 2020

As the 2020 Presidential election finally(?) grinds to an end, Emily and Ed discuss the pop culture detritus surrounding the election, what works of art they think really captured the absurdity of the Trump era, and elections in film more generally. They also pay tribute to John Sessions and Alex Trebek.

00:00:00 - 00:27:28 - Intro & News

00:27:29 - 01:00:01 - Emily & Ed discuss elections in pop culture

01:00:02 - 01:05:13 - SRS Recommends & Outro

311. Borat and the Limits of Satire

November 1st, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the ethical questions surrounding its production, and the limits of an outrageous, offensive satire in an outrageous, offensive age. They also discuss the death of Sean Connery and his complicated legacy.

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

00:17:18 - 00:39:17 - Emily & Ed discuss Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

00:39:18 - 00:43:52 - SRS Recommends & Outro


Sassy Justice, as recommended by Emily

310. Qui-Bye

October 25th, 2020

To mark the closing of Quibi, the poorly-conceived mobile streaming service that lasted six months before collapsing under its own readily apparent flaws, Emily and Ed talk about why it was such a transparently bad idea, how the people involved misunderstood what streaming is, and how people consume media. They also discuss Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and its weird gatecrashing of the Presidential election, AOC streaming on Twitch, and Ben Wheatly adding another unexpected film to his plate.

00:00:00 - 00:23:10 - Intro & News

00:23:11 - 00:23:11 - Emily & Ed discuss the end of Quibi

00:41:38 - 00:41:39 - SRS Recommends & Outro

309. One Location Movies

October 22nd, 2020

This week, inspired by the news that Ben Wheatley has shot a lockdown movie, Emily and Ed discuss movies that take place primarily in one location, which genres are particularly suited to that approach, and what it takes to make a movie set in one place work.

00:00:00 - 00:20:22 - Intro & News

00:20:23 - 00:52:44 - Emily & Ed discuss movies primarily set in one location

00:52:45 - 00:56:39 - SRS Recommends & Outro

308. This Hits Different

October 11th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss films and TV shows that impact them differently in lockdown because they depict events and experiences that they can't engage in right now, and stir up memories of when they could. They also discuss Cineworld/Regal closing theatres in the UK and the US, and how those decisions connect to the broader failings of their governments to get the Coronavirus under control.

00:00:00 - 00:26:12 - Intro & News

00:26:13 - 00:54:23 - Emily & Ed discuss art that impacts them differently in lockdown

00:54:24 - 00:58:15 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- Rachel Syme's interview with Mandy Patinkin, as recommended by Emily

307. Dreams

September 28th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss dreams in films and television: stories about dreams, memorable dream sequences, and movies that evoke a dreamlike (or nightmarelike) feeling. They also talk about some of the notable Emmy winners, and the possible return of The Knick.

00:00:00 - 00:20:17 - Intro & News

00:20:18 - 00:53:25 - Emily and Ed discuss dreams in movies and TV

00:53:26 - 00:56:55 - SRS Recommends & Outro


Alice Sneddon's Bad News, as recommended by Emily

306. The State of Streaming

September 23rd, 2020

This week, jumping off of the story about Amazon's The Boys getting review-bombed for switching to a weekly release schedule for its second season, Emily and Ed discuss the current state of streaming, how the success of The Mandalorian may be making streaming services reconsider the value of the Netflix release model, and the tension that exists between how people have been conditioned to watch streaming shows and what might be best for generating buzz and discussion and, ultimately, subscribers. They also talk about the Creative Emmys, The Sopranos, and Jake Gyllenhaal's "weird" phase.

00:00:00 - 00:35:10 - Intro & News

00:35:11 - 00:57:32 - Emily & Ed discuss the state of streaming

00:57:33 - 01:00:28 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- The Misbehaviour episode of the Seventh Row podcast, as recommended by Emily

305. News Roundup

September 14th, 2020

There was a ton of news this week. New Oscar eligibility rules? Yes. New Dune trailer? Yes. New Borat movie? Sure, why not. Emily and Ed go over all the news worth knowing this week.

00:00:00 - 00:05:22 - Intro

00:05:23 - 01:03:54 - Emily & Ed run through the week's news

01:03:55 - 01:08:34 - SRS Recommends & Outro


Dan Olsen's In Search of a Flat Earth, as recommended by Emily

The video essays of Patrick H. Willems, as recommended by Ed

Shannon Strucci's adult swim just cancelled the best show on television, as mention by Ed in the discussion about The Venture Bros.

304. Time

September 10th, 2020

This week, inspired by the release of Tenet and Christopher Nolan's reputation as a director obsessed with time, Emily and Ed discuss movies that make particularly innovative use of time as a concept, as a structural device, or as a theme. They also discuss the release of Mulan, and laugh a lot at the very idea of Jeremy Renner.

00:00:00 - 00:36:07 - Intro & News

00:36:08 - 01:20:24 - Emily & Ed discuss Time

01:20:25 - 01:24:56 - SRS Recommends & Outro

303. The Cultural Weight of the Criterion Collection

August 31st, 2020

Inspired by the New York Times article "How the Criterion Collection Crops Out African-American Directors", Emily and Ed discuss the ways in which the Criterion Collection shapes the canon of great films while omitting the work of African-American filmmakers. They also talk about the death of Chadwick Boseman, who passed away last week at the age of 43.

00:00:00 - 00:32:16 - Intro & News

00:32:17 - 00:57:42 - Emily & Ed discuss the Criterion Collection

00:57:43 - 01:02:46 - SRS Recommends & Outro

302. Late Night Television

August 27th, 2020

Following the cancellation of Netflix's Patriot Act, Emily and Ed discuss the current state of late night television and how one of Amercia's oldest TV formats has adapted to the new realities of Coronavirus. At least, they get to that eventually, after detours through Batman news, the Cuties marketing controversy, and Netflix's short-sighted approach to commissioning and cancelling shows more generally.

00:00:00 - 00:49:45 - Intro & News

00:49:46 - 01:11:16 - Emily & Ed discuss the state of late night television

01:11:17 - 01:16:26 - SRS Recommends & Outro

301. School

August 16th, 2020

Inspired by Ed's quarantine playthrough of Persona 5, this week's episode is all about depictions of school in film, television and videogames. There's also talk about W.A.P., the continued upheaval in film distribution as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the death of Linda Manz.

00:00:00 - 00:26:21 - Intro & News

00:26:22 - 00:56:21 - Emily & Ed discuss depiction of school in art

00:56:22 - 01:02:13 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- Jacob Geller's YouTube channel, as recommended by Ed, and specifically The Intimacy of Everyday Objects and Who's Afraid of Modern Art

300. Ed’s Birthday 2020

August 2nd, 2020

It's Ed's birthday this week, so he gets to pick any topic to talk about. This year, he chose the Uncharted series of video games, which he played through during lockdown and has a lot of thoughts about. He and Emily also talk about the announcement of Defector, the new site from a group of former Deadspin writers; the BAFTA television awards and their virtual ceremony; the Emmy nominations; and that time Batman fought the Predator.


00:00:00 - 00:29:37 - Intro & News

00:29:38 - 00:58:49 - Emily & Ed discuss the Uncharted games

00:58:50 - 01:02:49 - SRS Recommends & Outro



- Emily's comedessay Poser can be found on YouTube here

- You can check out Fringe of Colour at their website

- Susana Polo's article about Batman vs. Predator can be found on Polygon

299. When Will Movies Come Back?

July 30th, 2020

The biggest question facing the film industry right now is when exactly moviegoing will return to normal, if it ever will at all. Emily and Ed try to figure out an answer to that question, and discuss the things that are preventing the big Hollywood films from going straight to VOD, as well as the death of Olivia de Havilland.


00:00:00 - 00:22:30 - News & Intro

00:22:31 - 00:52:20 - Emily & Ed discuss when cinemas might reopen again

00:52:21 - 00:58:35 - SRS Recommends & Outro

298. Best of the Year So Far

July 19th, 2020

We're (supposedly only) six months into 2020, so Emily and Ed take the opportunity to take stock of the film, TV and other media from the year that they have enjoyed. They also talk about spending time in "the hell zone," E. Alex Jung's profiles of Michaela Coel and Thandie Newton, and the death of Naya Rivera.

00:00:00 - 00:29:04 - Intro & News

00:29:05 - 01:11:52 - Emily & Ed talk about their cultural highlights of the year so far

01:11:53 - 01:12:30 - Outro

297. Olivia de Havilland

July 7th, 2020

This week, Emily and Ed discuss the career of Olivia de Havilland, the iconic actress of  classic Hollywood who was also the plaintiff in a lawsuit that fundamentally altered the relationship between actors and studios, and who turned 104 years old this week. They also pay tribute to Carl Reiner, discuss whether or not a Fallout series could be any good, Hamilton being on Disney+, and, sigh, Kanye possibly running for President.

00:00:00 - 00:33:49 - Intro & News

00:33:50 - 00:55:55 - Emily & Ed discuss the career and impact of Olivia de Havilland

00:55:56 - 01:00:17 - SRS Recommends & Outro


"This Profile of Charlie Kaufman Has Changed" by Jon Mooallem

Trailer for Family Romance, LLC

296. Movies and Video Games

June 28th, 2020

Inspired by the...somewhat hyperbolic cinematic comparisons that The Last of Us Part II has received recently, Emily and Ed discuss the relationship between film and video games, as two relatively young forms that are constantly drawing from each other, and are often pitted against each other by critics and fans. They also pay tribute to Joel Schumacher.

00:00:00 - 00:44:15 - Intro & News

00:44:16 - 01:08:58 - Emily & Ed discuss the relationship between film and video games

01:08:59 - 01:12:33 - SRS Recommends & Outro


- Nicholas Carter's Medium post about his horrifying experiences working for Cards Against Humanity

- Jim Sterling's video about The Last of Us Part II being compared to Schindler's List

- The cute video of a Goat that Emily recommends

295. Don’t Go to Movie Theatres. Wear A Mask. This Isn’t Hard.

June 21st, 2020

Cinema chains in the UK and the US are planning to start opening up again next month, even though Coronavirus cases still remain high in both countries, and in some areas are spiking to dangerous new highs. Emily and Ed go over the economic and moral quandary that theatres find themselves in, particulary AMC and its (quickly reversed) decision to not force customers to wear face masks because they didn't want to get caught in a "political controversy." They also talk about the Watchmen TV series and how it became even more resonant mere months after it finished airing, the unexpected new Daria spinoff Jodie, and the passing of Ian Holm.

00:00:00 - 00:15:39 - Intro

00:15:40 - 00:42:41 - News

00:42:42 - 00:59:45 - Emily & Ed discuss the reopening of movie theatres

00:59:46 - 01:04:54 - SRS Recommends & Outro



City Guys' album of Final Fantasy VII covers can be found here and is pay what you like

Effie Brown's article in the Hollywood Reporter is here

The Office Hours episode with Limmy can be watched on YouTube (Limmy section starts at 1:02:30)

You can sign up for Seth Simons' newsletter Humorism here

294. The “Value” of the Canon

June 17th, 2020

This week, inspired by Mark Cousins' Women Make Film, Emily and Ed talk about the idea of a film canon, the ways in which it can act as a guide for budding film fan and filmmakers, as well as how it can be restrictive in terms of which films are considered great, and what values that imparts. They also talk about Gone With the Wind being taken off HBOMax and have a good laugh about statues.

00:00:00 - 00:27:14 - Intro & News

00:27:15 - 00:58:00 - Emily & Ed discuss the canon

00:58:01 - 01:04:36 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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