Ten years ago, Marc Webb's (500) Days of Summer was released to generally positive reviews from most people (and acute irritation from Ed). To celebrate(?) this milestone, Ed and Emily discuss the disconnect between the central performances and the movie around them, its queasy and unsuccessful attempt to make sexist jokes without being sexist, and whether it qualifies as an "elevated" romcom.
Here is Weighing the Value of Director's Cuts: Scanline, as recommended by Ed towards the end of the episode.
Inspired by The Man Who Killed Don Quixote improbably now being available for all to see after decades of fitful progress, Emily and Ed discuss "wounded bird" movies: those flawed, mistreated, or merely strange films that they can't help but take into their hearts. They also try to make sense of the just announced awards from the Venice film festival, Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump making a Tomb Raider sequel, and the rise and fall of the Jeremy Renner app.
Here is Stefan Heck's piece on the Jeremy Renner app, as mentioned in the news section.
00:00:00 - 00:23:21 - Intro & News
00:23:22 - 00:52:04 - Emily & Ed discuss wounded bird movies
00:52:05 - 00:57:19 - SRS Recommends & Outro
After a quick catch-up, in which Emily talks about her experience doing a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, she and Ed discuss themes, tropes and stories that always work on them. They also go over Disney's baffling approach to their repertory titles, Richard Linklater's exceedingly optimistic plan to spend 20 years adapting Merrily We Roll Along, and how great Kirsten Dunst is.
00:00:00 - 00:32:24 - Intro & News
00:32:25 - 01:02:51 - Emily & Ed discuss their Pet Themes
01:02:52 - 01:06:45 - SRS Recommends & Outro
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