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175. Kevin Costner (with Jack Rhoden)

April 24th, 2017 · Comments

In an episode years in the making, Ed sits down with historian and friend Jack Rhoden to discuss the work of Kevin Costner. In addition to talking about specific films from the actor/director's back catalogue, they examine his status as a movie star, the almost mythic way in which he is used by some filmmakers to evoke a sense of Americana, and the peaks and valleys of a career that has had plenty of both. They also manage to compare Costner to both Lyndon Baines Johnson and indie-rock stalwarts Spoon, which is a pretty decent spectrum.

00:00:00 - 00:06:10 - Intro 

00:06:11 - 01:03:21 - Ed & Jack discuss the career of Kevin Costner

01:03:22 - 01:09:23 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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132. Hail, Caesar! and The Coen Brothers

March 14th, 2016 · Comments

To commemorate the release of Hail, Caesar!, which hit UK cinemas this week, Matt and Ed offer their thoughts on the film before going on to discuss the work of Joel and Ethan Coen more generally. In between talking about the brothers' pet themes, their relationship to classic cinema, and the notion of "moral authority" in their films, Matt describes a fever dream that maybe involves Dolph Lundgren, reveals an inside scoop on Harry Styles' acting experience, and the two discover/half-remember the most baffling film ever made.

00:00:00 - 00:14:15 - Intro & News
00:14:16 - 00:27:10 - Review of Hail, Caesar!
00:27:11 - 00:51:42 - Discussion of the Coen Brothers' work in general
00:51:43 - 00:55:57 - SRS Recommends & Outro

- Here is a link to the WOL Project, as mentioned during the SRS Recommends segment: www.wolproject.com
- Here is the Tasha Robinson article on the Coen Brothers and morality that Ed mentions
- Correction: Ed at one point says that No Country For Old Men is part of the Coens' "Idiot Trilogy" when he meant O Brother, Where Art Thou.
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122. Michael Winterbottom

December 14th, 2015 · Comments

Matt and Ed finish their year-long series of artist profiles with a discussion of the work of British director Michael Winterbottom, a filmmaker who seems determined to take on every genre imaginable, and who will invent genres if he has to. In addition to discussing how fun his meta experiments can be and how dull his hardcore sex experiment was, they discuss British cinema's inferiority complex, which bands offer the modern equivalent of national service, and reminisce about awkward romantic(?) encounters.
00:00:00 - 00:02:29 - Intro
00:02:30 - 00:44:56 - Discussion of the work of Michael Winterbottom
00:44:57 - 00:46:43 - Outro & Deleted Scene
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118. Madonna

November 16th, 2015 · Comments

It's artist profile time again, and this week Matt and Ed discuss the cinematic work of Madonna. In addition to getting to grips with the (few) highs and (plentiful) lows of her work in cinema, they also try to contextualise her acting and directing in terms of her broader work as a musician and a performer, imagine a version of Swept Away starring Jason Statham, and accidentally create Middle Earth's greatest rapper.

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112. Bette Davis

October 5th, 2015 · Comments

In their latest Artist Profile, Matt and Ed take a look at the life and career of Bette Davis, one of the most indomitable women ever to grace the silver screen. In addition to discussing her work in films both good and bad, they talk about her status as a camp and feminist icon, her legendary feud with Joan Crawford, and the many milestones she established during a truly spectacular career.

Show Notes

00:00:00 - 00:02:24 - Intro
00:02:25 - 00:40:13 - Matt and Ed discuss the life and career of Bette Davis.
00:40:14 - 00:41:13 - Outro
- Here is a link to our episode of War Machine vs. War Horse, in which we try to find new ways to praise Traffic and any way to understand The Counselor. Thanks once again to Michael Denniston for having us!
Here is the complete interview that Bette Davis gave to Entertainment Tonight in which she discusses her problems making Wicked Stepmother.
- Correction: Ed incorrectly says that Larry Cohen directed Maniac Cop. While Mr. Cohen wrote and produced that film, it was William Lustig who directed it.
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107. Jerry Bruckheimer

August 24th, 2015 · Comments

For their seventh artist profile, Matt and Ed step a little bit out of their comfort zone by discussing someone who a) isn't an actor or director and b) hasn't made all that much work that they actually like. The person is question is Jerry Bruckheimer, the uber-producer who came to prominence in the 1980s with films like Flashdance, Top Gun and the Beverly Hills Cop series, and who has remained one of the most successful producers in Hollywood for three decades.

As part of the discussion they talk about Bruckheimer's tendency to forge strong working relationships with filmmakers which end the instant a film fails, his working relationship with the late Don Simpson, and try to discover the truth of what really happened on the Titanic.

Show Notes

00:00:00 - 00:01:15 - Intro
00:01:16 - 00:49:02 - Profile of Jerry Bruckheimer
00:49:03 - 00:50:34 - Outro

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103. Eddie Murphy

July 27th, 2015 · Comments

As promised back in the Burt Lancaster episode, Matt and Ed follow-up quickly with an episode of one of the most electrifying and frustrating actors in film history, Eddie Murphy. In addition to discussing his origins as a standup and on Saturday Night Live, they talk about his meteoric rise in the 1980s, his absolute nadir in the mid-'00s, and the reason behind his anticlimactic return to SNL earlier this year.

Show Notes

0:00:00 - 0:00:46 - Intro
0:00:47 - 0:55:45 - Profile of Eddie Murphy
0:55:46 - 0:56:44 - Outro
This episode was recorded several months ago, which is why we make no reference to recent news stories such as the Lafayette cinema shooting. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
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101. Burt Lancaster

July 13th, 2015 · Comments

After a few weeks away from it, this week finds Matt and Ed returning to their ongoing series of artist profiles with an episode dedicated to a firm favourite, actor/producer Burt Lancaster. In addition to discussing the best and worst of Mr. Lancaster's career, they talk about his physicality, his knack for playing complex and morally ambiguous characters, and his willingness to take risks. 
They also come up with the ultimate Michael J. Fox film, and pay tribute to the excellent film website The Dissolve, which unexpectedly ceased publication this week.

Show Notes

0:00:00 - 0:05:53 - Intro & discussion of The Dissolve closing.
0:05:54 - 0:47:55 - Profile of Burt Lancaster.
0:47:56 - 0:49:34 - Outro
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94. Ang Lee

May 10th, 2015 · Comments

In the fourth SRS Artist Profile, Matt and Ed look at the work of Ang Lee, a filmmaker who has worked in multiple genres, on multiple continents and in multiple languages over the course of his career, creating a body of work which is incredibly diverse yet distinctly his own. They discuss the reasons why his early films, which dealt with cross-generational conflict and Taiwanese identity in the West, made him the perfect choice to direct a Jane Austen adaptation, his ill-advised venture into broad comedy, and his endlessly fascinating take on The Incredible Hulk, which looks even more radical in such a superhero-addled age. They also find time to discuss one of nature's greatest sights: a wild Nick Nolte.

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90. Susan Sarandon

April 12th, 2015 · Comments

For their latest artist profile, Matt and Ed decided to discuss the work of Susan Sarandon. As well as talking about her breakthrough as Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and career highlights from the '80s and '90s, they talk about what the different roles she has played say about sexism in Hollywood and how her choices both play into and challenge it, whether or not her work in an Adam Sandler vehicle can be classified as a transgression against the Orthodoxy, and Ed describes the near breakdown he had while watching the ensemble monstrosity that is The Big Wedding.

They also find time to offer a radical solution to the woes befalling the Twin Peaks revival and get really angry about Hollywood's diversity problems.
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84. Clint Eastwood

February 22nd, 2015 · Comments

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Shot/Reverse Shot have got sunshine in a bag this week because Matt and Ed are talking about the work of Clint Eastwood. In between discussing French documentaries and struggling to say "Joe Pesci," they delve into Eastwood's status as an icon of the Western genre, the merits of American Sniper (and the toxicity of the debate surrounding it), and lay into Jersey Boys with a passion and intensity alien to anyone involved with that film.
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80. Richard Linklater

January 27th, 2015 · Comments

In the first of what will become a monthly feature, this episode finds Matt and Ed discussing the career of director Richard Linklater, the veteran of American independent cinema who is currently the toast of the town thanks to the critical and commercial success of Boyhood.

To add a structure to this episode and all future artist profiles, the boys have picked five of Linklater's films to focus on, each of which falls into a specific category: Breakthrough, Most Successful, Oddity, Dud and Crowning Achievement. That means that they get to talk about the gentle pleasure of watching Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy walk around lovely locations and the more exuberant sight of Jack Black leading a rock and roll rebellion.
Please feel free to suggest artists you'd like us to profile in the future.
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