Episode 166: While the Cat’s Away [Venice and Toronto Round-Up; Foreign Language Oscar Race]

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Episode 166: While the Cat’s Away
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It’s Episode 166 of In the Mood for Podcast!

Irini and Cal return from Venice and Toronto respectively, worn out but nevertheless enthused about many of the films showing in this year’s festival season. Tune in for thoughts on the prizes from each festival, plus commentary on La La Land, Arrival, Toni Erdmann, Jackie, and much much more! We also dig a little into the entries for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar, and speculate on whether this can finally be the year of Amy Adams. Elsewhere, there’s a silent prayer for Brad and Angelina’s marital collapse, thunder threatens to halt the podcast, and nobody can seem to find Irini’s cat Chiara.

Intro Music: Lana Del Rey, “High By the Beach”
Outro Music: B*Witched, “Blame It On the Weatherman”

Episode 165: The Tokyo Anecdote [Best Films of 2016 So Far; Venice and Toronto Festival Preview]

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Episode 165: The Tokyo Anecdote
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It’s Episode 165 of In the Mood for Podcast!

After an eight-month absence, Irini joins Cal to discuss all that cinema has had to offer us in 2016 so far, with both giving their favourite five films and performances of the year, and discussing their personal highlights. With Irini heading to Venice and Cal heading to Toronto, there’s plenty to be excited about concerning festival season. We dig into our biggest hopes from the festivals, and look ahead to year-end releases from Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese, among others. Elsewhere, there’s a Lobster-related story from the heart of Japan, trepidation over Xavier Dolan’s latest cinematic effort fails to faze Irini, and some unexpected virtues of Jaden Smith are revealed.

Best of 2016:

  • Counting down our top five films of the year so far!

[10:30 – 23:15]

2016 Round-Up:

  • Favourite performances, personal highlights, and discussing what films so far may be in the running for year-end awards!

[23:20 – 43:30]

Festival Previews and Anticipation:

  • Discussing our biggest hopes from the Venice and Toronto Film Festival lineups, and anticipating end-of-year releases! 

[43:35 – 1:06:50]

Intro Music: Channing Tatum, “No Dames”
Outro Music: Dev, “Fireball”

Episode 164: Awakenings [The Revenant; The Force Awakens; Spotlight; Carol]

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Episode 164: Awakenings
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It’s Episode 164 of In the Mood for Podcast, a British-based film podcast hosted by Calum Reed of Ultimate Addict and Pete Sheppard of In the Mood for Blog.


We’re back from a two-month absence with a jam-packed podcast, focusing on the big juggernauts of this year’s awards season, as well as the seventh instalment of a certain sci-fi franchise. We tackle Steven Spielberg’s latest moody historical drama “Bridge of Spies,” claustrophobic double-hander “Room,” and Todd Haynes’ lesbian tale “Carol,” which had to hurdle prickly preconceptions from Pete about one of its main stars. We give our verdict on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s forest-set revenge tale “The Revenant,” Thomas McCarthy’s journalism drama “Spotlight,” and the biggest film of 2015, “The Force Awakens,” while we may have had a few choice words to say about the use of Margot Robbie in fancied finance crisis comedy “The Big Short.” Elsewhere, we predict this year’s Academy Award nominations (happening tomorrow!), we mourn the death of the great David Bowie, there’s a digression on the films of 1988, and a listener question prompts an upheaval of The Pootsition.

Opening Segment: Discussing the film career of musician, actor, and all-around legend David Bowie, who sadly passed away this week

[1:40 – 9:30]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens         27:40 – 37:24
  • Bridge of Spies                                        37:25 – 45:36
  • Carol                                                           45:37 – 51:53
  • The Revenant                                          51:54 – 1:04:14
  • Room                                                        1:08:10 – 1:16:41
  • The Big Short                                          1:16:42 – 1:24:12
  • Spotlight                                                  1:24:13 – 1:31:46

Closing Segment: Previewing this week’s Academy Award nominations!

[1:31:47 – 1:46:45]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: David Bowie, “Five Years”

Episode 163: The Spirit of Fellini [Spectre; Youth; The Last Witch Hunter]

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Episode 163: The Spirit of Fellini
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It’s Episode 163 of In the Mood for Podcast, a British-based film podcast hosted by Calum Reed of Ultimate Addict and Pete Sheppard of In the Mood for Blog.


This week we return with a lively episode, featuring (sorry!) not a great deal of positivity, but we try and make the best of a bad situation regardless. There’s two helpings of Michael Caine, firstly in the supernatural Vin Diesel vehicle “The Last Witch Hunter,” and then in Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” which had to ride some heavy preconceptions about its director’s historic use of music. Elsewhere, Cal reviews gambling affair “Missisippi Grind” and we turn our attention to “Spectre,” the latest film in a recent purple patch for the James Bond franchise. Other issues which emerge include Taylor Swift’s legal problems, the history of curses in the game of baseball, and laughable accents of Jude Law past. We assess the history of BIFA Best Actress winners, there’s speculation about Judi Dench’s fondness for Vin Diesel, and the writing’s on the wall for Sam Smith as we dig our claws into his latest assault on the eardrums.

The week’s news: 

  • Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globes
  • British Independent Film Award nominations

[3:48 – 17:15]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Last Witch Hunter        25:37 – 35:08
  • Youth                                        35:09 – 46:50
  • Mississippi Grind                  46:51 – 54:08
  • Spectre                                    54:09 – 1:16:22


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Neil Diamond, “Forever In Blue Jeans”

Episode 162: The Absence of Metaphysics [Sicario; Suffragette; The Walk; The Lobster]

Episode 162: The Absence of Metaphysics
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It’s Episode 162 of In the Mood for Podcast, a British-based film podcast hosted by Calum Reed of Ultimate Addict and Pete Sheppard of In the Mood for Blog.


This episode’s stacked roster sees six films reviewed, including controversial feminist drama “Suffragette” and concept horror “Circle,” as well as Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” which leads us to a discussion of Netflix and the future of film distribution. Pete would have liked to re-cast Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” with favourable enough actors to get him to watch it, but Cal didn’t mind so much, while Denis Villeneuve has to ride some significant preconceptions when we review drug thriller “Sicario.” Elsewhere, colourful hats pose a Huston Problem for Cal, and Robert Zemeckis is the flavour of the week, as Pete reviews “The Walk” and we have a chat about Back to the Future in the wake of its 30th anniversary.

The week’s news: Chris Rock to host the Oscars, plus Cal reviews “Son of Saul” and “Dheepan” from the London Film Festival!

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Beasts of No Nation          22:42 – 31:11
  • Suffragette                           31:12 – 37:44
  • The Walk                              37:45 – 45:56
  • The Lobster                         45:57 – 52:48
  • Circle                                     52:49 – 56:40
  • Sicario                                  56:41 – 1:07:15


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Steps, “Deeper Shade of Blue”

Episode 161: The Chinese Intervention [The Martian; Macbeth; The Intern]


Episode 161: The Chinese Intervention
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It’s Episode 161 of In the Mood for Podcast, a British-based film podcast hosted by Calum Reed of Ultimate Addict and Pete Sheppard of In the Mood for Blog.


A big congratulations to Pete, as this week he proposed to his other half Jane, prompting the women of the West Midlands to cross him out in their little black books, and the podcast to indulge in a Taylor Swift-inspired celebration. The week’s reviews include “The Intern,” Nancy Meyers’ latest frothy window into the life of a working woman, and “McFarland,” the latest of many sports movies in the lengthy filmography of Kevin Costner. Cal dares to take on William Shakespeare’s story structure in his review of the latest adaptation of “Macbeth,” while many of the plot developments in “The Martian” are up for scrutiny, particularly with regard to the Chinese. Elsewhere, two composers’ birthdays get us discussing their finest works, there’s a sizeable digression about the Best Actress crop of 2003, and Pete can’t help but veer into profanity while ranting about one of the week’s scripts.

The week’s news: The career of the late John Guillermin, plus the week’s birthdays!

[5:40 -13:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Macbeth                          19:55 – 32:25
  • McFarland                      32:26 – 43:19
  • The Intern                      43:20 – 50:54
  • The Martian                  50:55 – 1:05:40


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Britney Spears, “Oops, I Did it Again”

Episode 160: The Back of Black [Everest; The D Train; Solace]

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Episode 160: The Back of Black
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It’s Episode 160 of In the Mood for Podcast, a British-based film podcast hosted by Calum Reed of Ultimate Addict and Pete Sheppard of In the Mood for Blog.


This week there’s a ton of news, as we discuss the possibility of Damian Lewis as James Bond, the decision by Sean Penn to sue Lee Daniels, and the final submissions for the Foreign Language Oscar, which include a surprising move from the French committee, and a nationally-questionable entry from Ireland. The week’s reviews see us tackle the frosty climate and eclectic cast of Baltasar Kormakur’s “Everest,” Cal caught Anthony Hopkins’ clairvoyant antics in “Solace,” while an unforeseen plot device in Jack Black comedy “The D Train” saw us glimpse far more of him than we’d like. Elsewhere, Ryan Adams’ cover of Taylor Swift’s album has Pete enthused, and the week’s array of hunks pleases Cal greatly.

The week’s news: 

  • Sixty years without James Dean
  • Damian Lewis rumoured to be the next James Bond
  • Sean Penn sues Lee Daniels for $10m
  • Foreign Language Oscar deadline ends

[4:45 – 20:40]

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion of “Daisy Kenyon,” “It Follows,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Singles,” “So I Married An Axe Murderer,” and “There’s Always Tomorrow”!

[20:45 – 30:10]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The D Train               34:35 – 47:20
  • Solace                         47:21 – 54:04
  • Everest                      54:05 – 1:07:30


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: The Waterboys, “The Whole of the Moon”

Episode 159: Cruising for a Bruising [Legend; Irrational Man; No Escape]


Episode 159: Cruising for a Bruising
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It’s Episode 159 of In the Mood for Podcast, a British-based film podcast hosted by Calum Reed of Ultimate Addict and Pete Sheppard of In the Mood for Blog.


This week we sliced up the new releases, which include Tom Hardy’s dual-role as the Kray twins in “Legend,” Willem Dafoe as famous Italian director Pier Paolo “Pasolini,” and action-packed thriller “No Escape.” Cal caught this year’s German entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, “Labyrinth of Lies,” and Woody Allen’s latest, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, plus the week’s birthdays see us discuss the great Alexander Korda, and everyone’s favourite beefcake, Mickey Rourke. Elsewhere, the pair of us lament the absence of “Phoenix” from this year’s Oscar hunt, a Lake Bell monologue is memorable for all the wrong reasons, and one of the biggest surprises on the podcast ever sees one of the week’s performers redeemed in Pete’s eyes.

The week’s news: Featuring discussion of Wendy Ide’s exit from The Times, the week’s birthdays, and the winners from this year’s Venice Film Festival!

[4:30 – 18:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Irrational Man                   28:10 – 39:00
  • No Escape                           39:01 – 45:23
  • Pasolini                               45:24 – 53:19
  • Labyrinth of Lies             53:20 – 1:04:30
  • Legend                               1:07:00 – 1:17:30


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Queen, “Hammer to Fall”

Episode 158: The Glastonbury Flashback [Ricki and the Flash; 45 Years; American Ultra]

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Episode 158: The Glastonbury Flashback
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It’s Episode 158 of In the Mood for Podcast, a British-based film podcast hosted by Calum Reed of Ultimate Addict and Pete Sheppard of In the Mood for Blog.


This week we turn our attention to a flurry of recent awards news, as the recipients of this year’s Honorary Oscars were announced, and several countries have submitted their entries for this year’s Foreign Language Film contest. We pay tribute to the late great Wes Craven, while Cal uncorks a trio of European classics in the latest edition of the Red Light District, featuring discussion of Francois Truffaut and Vittorio De Sica. The week’s reviews include Andrew Haigh’s tense marital drama “45 Years” and Jonathan Demme’s rock star romp “Ricki and the Flash,” while Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart were reunited in action comedy “American Ultra,” and Jafar Panahi managed to get another film made (“Closed Curtain”) despite being a prisoner in his own home. Elsewhere, we discuss Charlotte Rampling’s incredible decade-and-a-half, Kristen Stewart’s hair dye does the trick, and there’s trepidation for double-Tom Hardy in next week’s Krays film.

The week’s news: Featuring a retrospective of Wes Craven’s career, plus we chat about the recipients of this year’s Honorary Oscars, and the first submissions for this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar!

[2:30 – 24:14]

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion of “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis,” “The Marquise of O,” and “Stolen Kisses”!

[24:15 – 29:35]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Ricki and the Flash              42:20 – 51:40
  • American Ultra                    51:41 – 1:02:10
  • Closed Curtain                     1:02:11 – 1:07:15
  • 45 Years                                 1:07:16 – 1:24:38


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: The Platters, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”

Episode 157: The French Horn [The Man From UNCLE; Love and Mercy; Gemma Bovery]

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Episode 157: The French Horn
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It’s Episode 157 of In the Mood for Podcast, a British-based film podcast hosted by Calum Reed of Ultimate Addict and Pete Sheppard of In the Mood for Blog.


With the exception of Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” this week’s selection of films is fairly highbrow, as we discuss the acclaimed story of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson, “Love and Mercy,” and the elderly romance arthouse hit “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” while we seemed to spend an age discussing our various issues with Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery.” Elsewhere, Blythe Danner’s Pinot Grigio diet appeals to Cal, Universal’s domination of the marketplace gives us pause for thought, and there are titanic preconceptions for next week’s re-appearance of Charlotte Rampling.

The week’s news

[4:40 – 13:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Love and Mercy                                 24:50 – 33:29
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E               33:30 – 40:45
  • I’ll See You In My Dreams              40:46 – 51:59
  • Gemma Bovery                                  52:00 – 1:08:05


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Boston, “More Than a Feeling”

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