It’s Episode 17 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 the return of the elder Fanning sister prompts thoughts on cancer films when we discuss the tearjerking “Now Is Good,” but don’t be surprised if we want it putting out of its misery. It Girl Jennifer Lawrence is back from her Hunger Games triumph with teen thriller “House At The End of the Street,” while former It Boy Brad Pitt proves his muscle in adult thriller “Killing Them Softly.” This week’s arthouse delights come in the form of Brit flick “In The Dark Half” and the mysterious-looking “Samsara,” before Oliver Stone’s cock waves us a hearty hello in “Savages.” All this, and some juicy Oscars and Emmys talk… because awards are Pete’s favourite.
Opening Segment: The week’s news: next January’s announcement of the Oscar nominations is brought forward, and the announcement of this year’s Emmy winners takes place in LA. [1:45 – 15:20]
- “Now Is Good”
- “In the Dark Half”
- “House At The End Of The Street”
[18:10 – 1:00:20]
Closing Segment: Discussing “Killing Them Softly” and our top three films featuring hired assassins. [1:00:25 – 1:14:00]
Intro Music: Toddla T, “Take It Back
Outro Music: The Cardigans, “Erase/Rewind”
It’s Episode 16 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 have six films but have only seen two together: this week’s big releases, “Hope Springs” and “Premium Rush.” The rest is consigned to reliable snipes at auteurs (Woody Allen and Asghar Farhadi the unlucky victims on this occasion), while we ponder the male posturing in “The Sweeney” and “Dredd 3D.” With the Oscars approaching, we take time to discuss the big film coming out of Toronto, “Silver Linings Playbook,” and the big film coming out in November, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”
Opening Segment: Discussing the week’s news: The Toronto Film Festival ends, and the first trailer of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” debuts. [1:55 – 12:35]
- “The Sweeney”
- “Dredd 3D”
- “Premium Rush
- “To Rome with Love”
- “About Elly”
[16:20 – 59:55]
Closing Segment: Discussing “Hope Springs,” responding to listener questions, and pimping a great film we’ve seen lately. [1:00:00 – 1:19:40]
Intro Music: Marina and the Diamonds, “Hollywood”
Outro Music: Iamamiwhoami, “Sever”
It’s Episode 15 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 sticking with last week’s freer structure, admitting our filmic peeves before laying the smackdown on some new releases. In theory, that should be easy this week, with Adam Sandler releasing a new movie, but will our review of “That’s My Boy” play out quite as expected? The lone foreign language offering is “The Forgiveness of Blood,” Joshua Marston’s long-awaited sophomore effort, while the core genre material is out in force, with sci-fi represented by spiritual space-tale “Love” and John Hillcoat’s latest western “Lawless.” Unsurprisingly, the most contentious topic of the week is Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” which has been likely to ruffle feathers in the Sheppard household for some time. Will this experimental adaptation of a classic novel gain our seal of approval?
Opening Segment: Discussing the week’s news: Venice announces its festival winners, Toronto commences, and the full trailer of “The Master” is released. [1:40 – 16:05]
- “That’s My Boy”
- “The Forgiveness of Blood”
[16:10 – 53:50]
Closing Segment: Discussing “Anna Karenina,” our summation of the week in film, and responding to listener questions.
[53:55 – 1:15:40]
Intro Music: Etta James, “At Last”
Outro Music: Shirley Bassey, “The Performance Of My Life”
It’s Episode 14 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’s lack of arthouse fodder leaves us stuck with middling multiplex fare, in the form of horrors and comedies. There’s boysy humour abound in wedding farce “A Few Best Men,” and the Sci-fi Ben Stiller-led “The Watch,” plus we sample the natural in “The Myth of the American Sleepover” and the supernatural in the Sam Raimi-produced “The Possession.” Cal flies solo for the third [REC] instalment, while Pete may regret opting in for “Total Recall.” And a new experimental format sees us confess our potential biases towards the week’s material, before revealing which of the lineup we’d banish to a fiery furnace.
Opening Segment: Discussing the week’s news: Oscar category alterations, submissions, and the commencement of the Venice Film Festival 
Preconception Corner & Listener Questions
- “Total Recall”
- “A Few Best Men”
- “The Watch”
- “The Myth of the American Sleepover”
- [REC]: Genesis
Closing Segment: Discussing “The Possession” and our summation of the week in film.
Intro Music: Sia, “You’ve Changed”
Outro Music: Syreeta, “Harmour Love”