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Entries from June 2016

145: O.J.: Made in America

June 27th, 2016 · Comments

ESPN's 30 For 30 strand has been producing great, fascinating documentaries about significant sporting events and athletes for years now, but the series may have reached its pinnacle with Ezra Edelman's seven and a half hour, five part miniseries about the life of O.J. Simpson. Encapsulating Simpson's football career, marriage, murder trial, slide into obscurity and eventual trial for burglary and kidnapping, Edelman's film also stands as a breathtaking examination of race, gender and celebrity in American society, the history of L.A. and systemic racism in the LAPD, and uses the prism of one man's life to tell the story of the society that created him. In short, it's excellent, and Matt and Ed thought it would be remiss of them not to discuss it.

In addition to talking about the documentary itself, they compare it to FX's also fascinating miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson, ponder the impact that Brexit will have on the British film industry (spoiler: a significant and terrible one!) and evaluate the new Ghostbusters theme.

00:00:00 - 00:19:44 - Intro & News
00:19:45 - 00:53:23 - Matt & Ed discuss O.J.: Made in America
00:53:24 - 00:58:03 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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Tags: In Review

144. Finding Comfort in Art

June 20th, 2016 · Comments

Following a week of terrible sadness in the real world, this week's episode is about finding solace in art and entertainment. Matt and Ed discuss times in their lives when art helped them cope with heartbreak, bereavement and wrenching change, create a fictional Canadian basketball team, and try to describe one scene from Up without crying. 

They also pay tribute to Anton Yelchin, a hugely promising young actor who did a lot of great work in a tragically short period of time, and who deserved the chance to so much more.
00:00:00 - 00:01:37 - Intro
00:01:38 - 00:26:12 - Matt & Ed discuss the death of Anton Yeltchin and taking comfort from art
00:26:13 - 00:33:41 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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Tags: Themed

143. Disaster Movies

June 13th, 2016 · Comments

After discussing disastrous movies last week, Matt and Ed talk about Disaster Movies this week. Specifically, they contrast the more human-centric stories of the genres '70s heyday against the inhumanity of the '90s force of nature entries into the genre, and the out-and-out disaster porn that has come to define so much of blockbuster filmmaking over the past decade. They also talk about Larry David maybe bringing back Curb Your Enthusiasm, the complexity of the Jack Frost series, and wonder which of his films Kevin Smith will cannibalise after he fails to make a Mallrats TV series.

- Here's a link to the Alexander Huls article on watching disaster movies after experiencing an actual disaster than Matt and Ed mention during the episode.
00:00:00 - 00:18:30 - Intro & News
00:18:31 - 00:38:11 - Matt & Ed discuss disaster movies
00:38:12 - 00:44:45 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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Tags: Themed

142. Disastrous Movies

June 6th, 2016 · Comments

Inspired by the Internet's less than Zen response to the announcement that Star Wars: Rogue One is undergoing reshoots, a story which has inspired some of the most furious handwringing since the last round of Star Wars rumours, Matt and Ed talk about why reshoots are not necessarily a bad thing, then go on to discuss troubled film productions in general; the ones that produced classics, the ones that resulted in forgotten films, and the ones that fall somewhere in between. They also reminisce about the terrible King Kong ride at Universal Studios, tentatively celebrate the possibility that Captain Marvel and the next Bond film may be directed by women, and chart a potential John Carney Apology Spiral.

00:00:00 - 00:18:03 - Intro & News
00:18:04 - 00:55:28 - Matt & Ed discuss the Rogue One reshoots and troubled film productions
00:55:29 - 01:01:05 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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Tags: Themed