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Entries from July 2016

148. Ghostbusters and The State of Blockbusters in 2016

July 18th, 2016 · Comments

The Ghostbusters reboot opened in theaters this week to decent reviews, solid box office, and the wailing of bitter man-children. Matt & Ed weigh the pros and cons of the Paul Feig-directed version before segueing into a broader discussion about the crisis afflicting Hollywood blockbusters, as big-budget franchise after big-budget franchise has failed this year. In addition to all this, Matt shares an adorable story about making his own Ghostbuster unform as a child, Ed tries to come to terms with not hating Batman v Superman, and they both try and pitch a sequel to Me Before You.
00:00:00 - 00:02:05 - Intro
00:02:06 - 00:20:16 - Matt & Ed review Ghostbusters [Spoilers]
00:20:17 - 00:54:03 - Discuss of 2016's slate of blockbusters [Spoilers for Batman v Superman]
00:54:04 - 00:59:15 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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Tags: Themed · In Review

147. Hamilton

July 11th, 2016 · Comments

This past Saturday, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Phillipa Soo left the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton, a wildly successful musical which has grown in prominence and cultural heft over the past year, to the extent that their departures were given the same treatment afforded to news surrounding popular TV shows and films. Since this represents an important transitional moment for the musical, Matt and Ed thought it would be a good time to take stock of the Hamilton phenomenon, their own thoughts and feelings about the play, and the way in which it addresses the difference between the past and history through a revolutionary mixture of Broadway, hip-hop, and actual history. They also mourn the passing of the great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, unpack the minor furore surrounding Sulu being gay in the latest Star Trek film, and talk about experiencing "Felicity Huffman-esque intensity".

00:00:00 - 00:08:22 - Intro & News
00:08:23 - 00:54:22 - Matt & Ed discuss Hamilton
00:54:23 - 00:59:49 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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Tags: Themed

146. Game of Thrones/Veep/Silicon Valley

July 4th, 2016 · Comments

Last Sunday HBO aired the finales of the sixth season of Game of Thrones, the fifth season of Veep, and the third season of Silicon Valley. Since the first two shows went through triumphant transitional seasons and the third is just really funny, Matt and Ed decided to talk about this uncommonly good block of programs. Warning: There are plenty of spoilers for all three shows.

They also pay tribute to several more luminaries who passed away this week, speculate on which video games Yasujirô Ozu would have adapted into films, and discuss the influx of new Academy members who are slowly making the Oscars less white.
00:00:00 - 00:16:13 - Intro & News
00:16:14 - 00:42:01 - Discussion of season six of Game of Thrones
00:42:02 - 00:52:00 - Discussion of season five of Veep
00:52:01 - 01:04:11 - Discussion of season three of Silicon Valley
01:04:12 - 01:08:36 - SRS Recommends & outro
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Tags: In Review