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234. Bandersnatch

January 7th, 2019 · Comments

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

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233. Best Films of 2018

December 16th, 2018 · Comments

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

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228. The Other Side of the Wind

November 4th, 2018 · Comments

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

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209. Arrested Development Season 5

June 3rd, 2018 · Comments

Matt and Ed check in on the Bluth family and the goings in - get this - Beverly Hills in the fifth season of Arrested Development, the first half of which debuted on Netflix this week. Has the shift back to a more traditional format after the  more experimental fourth season helped the show regain some of its pizazz? How does splitting the season in half affect the dense storytelling for which the series has always been known? Did the now-infamous New York Times interview cast a pall over the new season? They tackle all of these questions, and also find time to discuss the only slightly surprising cancellation of Roseanne.

00:00:00 - 00:27:04 - Intro & News

00:27:05 - 01:18:46 - Matt & Ed discuss Arrested Development Season 5

01:18:47 - 01:25:28 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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208. Solo: A Star Wars Story

May 27th, 2018 · Comments

A Star Wars movie? In May? It's more likely than you think.

Matt and Ed check in on the LucasFilm saga, a whole five months after the last time, to discuss the totally fine Solo: A Star Wars Story. Which actors rise to the occasion and who lets the side down? What's up with those dice? How could it have been more like MacGruber? These are just some of the questions they address in their comprehensive, spoiler-filled rundown of the perfectly coherent product of a chaotic production.

00:00:00 - 00:16:34 - Intro & News

00:16:35 - 01:22:17 - Matt & Ed talk about Solo: A Star Wars Story

01:22:18 - 01:28:30 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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205. Love (The TV Show)

May 6th, 2018 · Comments

Matt and Ed discuss Netflix's Love, the romantic comedy-drama starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust. In addition to praising the show's command of tone and its sprawling, surprising cast, they explore how it compares to co-creator Judd Apatow's other work, highlight the ways in which it manages to capture the feel of modern dating and Los Angeles, and its abundant supply of funny theme songs for movies that don't actually have theme songs. They also wax poetic about Childish Gambino's "This is America".

 

00:00:00 - 00:10:13 - Intro & News

00:10:14 - 01:03:16 - Matt & Ed discuss Love

01:03:17 - 01:11:33 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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204. Avengers: Infinity War

April 29th, 2018 · Comments

Matt and Ed have a very SPOILER-heavy conversation about Infinity War. That's pretty much it. For the love of all that is holy, don't listen if you don't want pretty much the entire film's plot revealed. Enjoy!

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203. Jurassic Park at 25

April 15th, 2018 · Comments

That's right: Jurassic Park turns 25 years old this year and death will come for us all. Matt and Ed discuss the legacy of Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking blockbuster, the ways in which it changed how films are made and sold, and why it became a touchstone for an entire generation (even if they don't like it as much as a lot of people do). They also dig into the Netflix-Cannes feud, the Apu controversy surrounding The Simpsons, and pay tribute to Milos Forman.

 

00:00:00 - 00:36:30 - Intro & News

00:36:31 - 01:15:10 - Matt & Ed discuss Jurassic Park

01:15:11 - 01:21:08 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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202. Ready Player One

April 8th, 2018 · Comments

When it was published in 2011, Ernest Cline's Ready Player One got a fairly warm reception as a diverting mashup of pop culture, gaming, and accessible quest narrative, wrapped up in a warm, comforting blanket of nostalgia for the ephemera of the 1970s and 80s. Over the past seven years, its reputation has proven much more divisive, in part because of Cline's subsequent work, but mostly because the kind of geek culture he celebrated has become much darker and more complicated. Matt and Ed talk about all that in regards to the film adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, as well as Amazon's big-budget TV gambles and the dystopian potential of Birmingham.

 

00:00:00 - 00:25:48 - Intro & News

00:25:49 - 01:09:15 - Matt & Ed discuss Ready Player One

01:09:16 - 01:17:06 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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200. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (with Emily Benita)

March 11th, 2018 · Comments

For their 200th episode, Matt and Ed are joined by returning guest Emily Benita for a SPOILER-rich discussion about the third season of The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and why its depiction of mental illness (combined with amazing songs, a brilliant cast, and a remarkable tonal flexibility) make it one of the best shows on television. They also determine once and for all which way the characters from The Office would have voted in the Brexit referendum. 

00:00:00 - 00:04:09 - Intro

00:04:10 - 00:39:50 - News

00:39:51 - 01:27:57 - Matt, Ed and Emily discuss Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

01:27:58 - 01:35:11 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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Star Trek Discovery Redux

February 21st, 2018 · Comments

BONUS EPISODE!

Matt and Ed check in with Star Trek Discovery after the end of its first season. Did the series overcome Matt's inherent Star Trek skepticism? Did the show's charming cast make up for its at time rough writing? Were there too many shocking twists? Was Jesse Plemons' character in The Post an assassin? All these important and totally relevant questions are raised and answered in this episode.

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197. Black Panther

February 19th, 2018 · Comments

Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, the 18th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, opened last week to great reviews and record-breaking box office, so Matt and Ed sat down to discuss the cultural and social significance of the film, particularly in regards to whose stories get told by Hollywood. They also shrug at the then-freshly announced BAFTA results and decide which actors could play a "young, sexy" Churchill.

 

00:00:00 - 00:12:38 - Intro & News

00:12:29 - 01:00:42 - Matt & Ed discuss Black Panther

01:00:43 - 01:07:28 - SRS Recommends & Outro 

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196. The Netflix Paradox

February 12th, 2018 · Comments

Netflix surprised everyone last Sunday when they announced that the third film in the Cloverfield franchise would be debuting on their streaming service immediately after The Big Game, despite nobody having seen it and there being no advance hype or build up. But was this a bold new approach to film distribution, or the result of Paramount, desperate to offload a bad film, finding an outlet for it? Why not both? Matt and Ed address these questions and more as they address the considerable flaws of The Cloverfield Paradox, and the greater conundrum of Netflix itself; a service which has the potential to bring films to a huge audience instantaneously, but which more often than not serves as a place where films go to be forgotten.

They also discuss the first Solo trailer and others bits of Star Wars news, get excited about the forthcoming Black Dynamite followup, and note the deaths of John Mahoney, Reg E. Cathey, and Johann Johannsson.

00:00:00 - 00:04:35 - Intro

00:04:36 - 00:38:17 - News

00:38:18 - 01:23:21 - Matt & Ed discuss The Cloverfield Paradox and Netflix more generally

01:23:22 - 01:31:16 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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195. The Good Place

February 5th, 2018 · Comments

The second season of The Good Place wrapped up this week, so Matt and Ed talk about why it's one of the most exciting, adventurous and moving sitcoms of all time (not to mention super funny). Be warned: there's plenty of spoilers, so best wait until you're fully up to date with The Good Place. They also discuss the New York Times article on Uma Thurman, whether Guillermo del Toro has the Best Director Oscar in the bag this year, and the surprising way in which Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is like Titanic.

00:00:00 - 00:29:07 - Intro & News

00:29:08 - 01:08:12 - Matt & Ed discuss The Good Place. Again: SPOILERS.

01:08:13 - 01:13:31 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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191. 2017 Wrap-Up

December 30th, 2017 · Comments

As the last hours of 2017 slip away, Matt and Ed sit down to look back on the past 12 months and discuss the highs and lows. What movies were shocking successes? What films flopped unexpectedly? And what were the prevailing stories that leapt out to them? They also discuss David Ayer's Bright, a late but strong contender for worst film of the year, before running down the ten best films of the year, as chosen by Shot Reverse Shot's guest contributors.

00:00:00 - 00:03:06 - Intro

00:03:07 - 00:30:50 - A rundown of some of the big news stories of the year

00:30:51 - 00:47:35 - Matt and Ed discuss Bright and other cinematic lowlights

00:47:36 - 00:50:32 - Honourable Mentions

00:50:33 - 01:40:07 - The Shot/Reverse Shot Top Ten Films of 2017

01:40:08 - 01:40:47 - Outro

 

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190. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 18th, 2017 · Comments

It's December, and you know what that means: new Star Wars! Matt and Ed search their feelings and discuss the considerable merits of Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, and their own wildly different responses to its bold aesthetics, thrilling action sequences, and surprising complexity.

It goes without saying that there are a lot of spoilers. Like, tons. 

00:00:00 - 00:19:30 - Intro & News

00:19:31 - 01:41:44 - Matt & Ed discuss Star Wars: The Last Jedi

01:41:45 - 01:47:30 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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189. The Disaster Artist (with Louise Le Cornu)

December 11th, 2017 · Comments

This week saw the release of James Franco's The Disaster Artist in the U.K., as well as its wide release in the U.S. Based on the book of the same name by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell, Franco's movie tells the story of the making of The Room, the legendarily terrible "drama" directed by Tommy Wiseau. Matt talks with guest Louise Le Cornu about The Room in general, his experiences organising screenings of the film, and the clear love and affection for it on display in The Disaster Artist, then rejoins Ed to talk about the cult fascination surrounding Wiseau, and the ways in which Franco draws out the pathos of an outlandish figure. They also talk about candle-making, whether John Goodman would be a good dinner guest, and dinosaur court cases. It's a silly one.

You can watch David Ehrlch's Best Films of 2017 countdown video here.

You can watch Sufjan Stevens' Tonya Harding video here.

 

00:00:00 - 00:09:19 - Intro

00:09:20 - 00:34:26 - News

00:34:27 - 01:10:06 - Matt & Louise talk about The Room

01:10:07 - 01:36:26 - Matt & Ed talk about The Disaster Artist

01:36:26 - 01:42:06 - SRS Recommends & Outro

 

 

 

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188. Justice League

December 3rd, 2017 · Comments

Matt and Ed trudged to cinemas on their respective sides of the Atlantic to watch Justice League, the film that was meant to be the DC universe's answer to The Avengers, but which has underperformed to a startling degree. They discuss the film's difficult production, the missteps that Warner Bros. took over multiple movies that led to Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon having to introduce half the cast of the movie instead of getting on with the plot, and what, if anything, about the movie gives them hope for future DC movies. They also talk end up talking about awards season, the Infinity War trailer, and SM:TV Live.

 

00:00:00 - 00:04:16 - Intro

00:04:17 - 00:40:25 - News

00:40:26 - 01:35:42 - Matt and Ed discuss Justice League

01:35:43 - 01:45:16 - SRS Recommends & Outro

 

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186. Dirty Dancing at 30 (with Michaela Livingstone-Banks)

November 13th, 2017 · Comments

Thirty years ago, the world was first introduced to Frances "Baby" Houseman and Johnny Castle. In the years since, Dirty Dancing has spawned legions of fans, a successful musical adaptation, a misbegotten prequel and a TV remake best left forgotten, which is good going for a low-budget movie starring two relative unknowns with a plot that hinges on an abortion. Matt and Ed are joined by returning guest Michaela Livingstone-Banks to talk about Dirty Dancing as a phenomenon, their favourite moments from the movie, and what, if anything, Johnny has to do with the JFK assassination.

00:00:00 - 00:03:52 - Intro

00:03:53 - 00:24:32 - News

00:24:33 - 01:16:42 - Matt, Ed & Michaela talk about Dirty Dancing 

01:16:43 - 01:22:17 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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185. Thor: Ragnarok

November 6th, 2017 · Comments

The third film in the Thor strand of the MCU hit US theatres this past weekend and was met with a tidal wave of positive reviews and huge financial success. Perhaps more excitingly, at least from Matt and Ed's point of view, Thor: Ragnarok is the latest film from New Zealand writer/actor/director Taika Waititi. They discuss the ways in which Waititi retained his personality and sense of humour despite a vastly increased budget and higher scrutiny, whether Ragnarok represents a change in direction for Marvel, and how weirdly funny Jeff Goldblum is in the movie. They also talk about the latest batch of sexual assault scandals coming out of Hollywood, Amazon's mad idea to remake Lord of the Rings as a TV show, and how hard it is to explain Bonfire Night to non-British people.

Here is the article about Taika Waititi insisting on hiring Aboriginal people to work on Ragnarok.

Here is the Every Frame a Painting video about the MCU's bland musical palette.

00:00:00 - 00:03:02 - Intro

00:03:02 - 00:29:42 - News

00:29:43 - 01:27:19 - Matt & Ed discuss Thor: Ragnarok and the state of Marvel movies in general

01:27:20 - 01:37:08 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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