Film and TV podcast in which a different theme, artist or film/show is discussed from episode to episode. High quality nonsense hosted by Edwin Davies and Emily Benita.
(Host Emeritus: Matt Risby)
361. Andor Season 1 (with Matt Risby)
Star Wars is good again! Ed blows the dust off the podcast and is joined by co-host emeritus Matt Risby to talk at length about the first season of Andor, the Disney+ series created by Tony Gilroy which, against all odds, is one of the best Star Wars-related things ever. They talk about the quality of the show's writing, the way it engages with the nature of fascism, and whether Babu Frik will see jail time. Plenty of spoilers ahead, so watch out.
To keep up with what Matt has been up to lately, check out his TTRPG podcast The Bad Spot on YouTube, and subscribe to his Patreon if you're so inclined.
360. Emily’s Leaving, Hiatus
In this episode, which was recorded a few months back (hence the very out of date news section) Emily announces that she is leaving the show, and the show goes on hiatus.
359. News Round Up
After a few weeks away, Emily and Ed catch up on some of the big news stories they missed, including The Oscars, that slap and its fallout, Ethan Coen striking out on his own, Bruce Willis retiring, and The Guest 2 getting a soundtrack despite not existing.
358. Toxic Femininity
This week, Emily and Ed talk about films and TV shows that explore the idea of toxic femininity, with particular emphasis on Showtime's Yellowjackets. They also talk about Glaswegian architecture as it relates to The Batman.
00:00:00 - 00:13:55 - Intro & New
00:13:56 - 00:48:54 - Emily & Ed discuss Toxic Femininity in Films and TV
00:48:55 - 00:52:48 - SRS Recommends & Outro
- Be Kind Rewind's "Ruth Gordon's Unique and Defiant Journey to Oscar" as recommended by Emily
- Dance Craze (1981) as recommended by Ed
- Ed's appearance on the Games of Film podcast talking about The Matrix and its weird, ambitious videogame spin-offs
357. The Modern State of the Rom-Com
This week, inspired by this interview in Anne Helen Petersen’s Substack with Scott Meslow, author of From Hollywood With Love: The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again) of the Romantic Comedy, Emily and Ed discuss the past, present and future of the romcom. Is the genre in rude health, as suggested by the increased number of them being made for streaming services? Or is it on life support, since romcoms generally don’t get big theatrical releases anymore and (with some very notable exceptions) rarely break through to the broader culture as they did in their heyday of the ’80s and ’90s? Also, wasn’t Nora Ephron the greatest? (That last one is of course rhetorical.)
356. How We Would Fix the Oscars
This week, Emily and Ed discuss the 2022 Oscar nominations, and offer suggestions for how they would fix the Oscar’s ongoing popularity and identity crisis, including adding new categories, changing eligibility rules, or encouraging broader public engagement from The Academy.
Note: this episode was recorded before the announcement that eight awards would not be given out as part of the main ceremony this year. Suffice it to say, that’s a very bad idea for fixing what is wrong with the Oscars.
Well-informed, wry and enjoyably meandering movie chat
Edwin and co have created a lovely way to spend time wallowing in movie world. Pitched somewhere between guardian film show and Kermode
Thoroughly researched but never didactic. Mostly just two (or one) guys having an engaging chat about films and so much besides. Lovely stuff.
Unlike other podcasts, which often focus on current and upcoming box office features, the SRS back catalogue covers a wide range of film and TV topics from past and present. This diverse selection, along with knowledgable hosts and premium banter, make SRS a worthy subscription for any fan of film and/or podcasts alike.