Monthly Archives: February, 2013

Episode 38: Collaboration & Couture [Oscar Reaction; Cloud Atlas; Mama]


EPISODE 38: Collaboration & Couture
[1:22:39]
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It’s Episode 38 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 finally put awards chat to bed (any bets on when that vow will end?!) when we discuss the winners and losers from Sunday’s Academy Awards, and at least one nominee is on show as Jessica Chastain’s foray into Horror, “Mama,” gets the ‘mood for’ treatment. Pete goes it alone with choral cancer flick “Song for Marion,” before we go all world cinema on you with reviews of the Australian “Lore” and the Japanese “I Wish.” We tackle the long, puzzling, and divisive “Cloud Atlas,” and then Pete sinks his teeth into Tarkovsky’s “Andrei Rublev,” which Cal made him watch as a forfeit. Perhaps the moral of this week’s podcast is “patience is a virtue”?

Opening Segment:  Our reaction to this year’s Oscars: we discuss the ceremony, the fashion, and of course the winners! [2:00 – 20:15]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Mama”
  • “Song for Marion”
  • “Lore
  • “I Wish”

[25:40 – 56:45]

Closing Segment: Discussing the big-budget adaptation of “Cloud Atlas,” directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis, and offering our favourite projects by collaborative directors [56:50 – 1:10:40]

Bonus Review: Pete dishes all on Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Andrei Rublev,” which Cal made him watch as a forfeit for losing their last Oscar contest [1:10:41 – 1:14:05]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: The Deadly Syndrome, “It’s a Mess”

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Episode 37: A United Front [A Good Day to Die Hard; Beautiful Creatures; This Is 40]


EPISODE 37: A United Front
[1:25:50]
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It’s Episode 37 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’re rather united in our praise/derision of this week’s cinematic offerings, although there’s little diplomacy to be seen in the films themselves. We tackle Bruce Willis’ latest actioner “A Good Day to Die Hard,” and another potential franchise movie in teen-oriented magic tale “Beautiful Creatures.” We’re checking in with Judd Apatow’s latest peek into the perils of ‘adulthood’ in “This Is 40” and the fractured political situation in 1980s Chile in Pablo Larrain’s “No.” All this, and we’re predicting Sunday’s Oscar winners, instigating yet another contest in the process. Those awaiting news of Pete’s forfeit for his previous contest loss will receive encouragement. It will soon be Tarkovsky time!

Opening Segment: Looking ahead to our most anticipated films of Spring 2013 [1:45 – 11:20]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “A Good Day to Die Hard”
  • “Beautiful Creatures”
  • “This Is 40”
  • “No”

[16:45 – 58:20]

Closing Segment: Predicting the Oscar winners in all categories! [58:25 – 1:18:00]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Fiona Apple, “Dull Tool”

Episode 36: Degrees of Passion [The Grandmasters; Warm Bodies; Wreck-It Ralph]

EPISODE 36: Degrees of Passion
[1:27:54]
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It’s Episode 36 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 is pretty stacked! Pete returns from Berlin with rapturous praise, but will that include some for his precious Wong kar-Wai? A review of “The Grandmaster” leads a Berlin round-up, followed by the multiplex fare of “I Give It A Year” and “Warm Bodies.” We’re taking time out to focus on animation, giving our feedback on the Oscar-nominated animated short films, before launching into a review of the Annies’ favourite “Wreck-It Ralph.” And then things get passionate with podcast favourite Alfred Hitchcock profiled in Sacha Gervasi’s biopic pastiche comedy (?!) about the master of suspense, which not everyone is over the moon about.

Podcast outline:-

Introduction: Greetings, recent news, and reaction to the BAFTAs

Opening Segment: Pete’s report from the Berlin Film Festival, led by Wong kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” (Also: “It’s All So Quiet,” “Jin,” and “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” [7:40 – 31:15]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “I Give It A Year”
  • “Warm Bodies”
  • Oscar-nominated Animated Short Films: “Adam and Dog,” “Fresh Guacamole,” “Head Over Heels,” “Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare,” and “Paperman”
  • “Wreck-It Ralph”

[35:50 – 1:08:25]

Closing Segment: Our review of Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock” and our top 3 Hitchcock films [1:08:35 – 1:20:30]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: The White Stripes, “Seven Nation Army”

Episode 35: The High and the Mighty [Top Ten Lists; Flight; Hyde Park on Hudson]



EPISODE 35: The High and the Mighty
[1:23:39]
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It’s Episode 35 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 awards bait officially out of the way we’re turning our attentions towards top ten lists this week, but will any of our picks match? We attempt to find gems among the wreckage of “Flight” and the frottage of “Hyde Park on Hudson,” while Pete endures the pop-happy politics of “Starbuck.” We’re previewing the upcoming Berlin Film Festival, the lineup of which includes Richard Linklater’s highly-anticipated “Before Midnight” and Wong Kar-wai’s flashy-looking “The Grandmasters.” We also take some time to consider the difficulties of list-making, and crow about our brand-spanking new site. 

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Announcement about our new website and a preview of the upcoming Berlin Film Festival [4:25 – 14:35]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Flight”
  • “Hyde Park on Hudson”
  • “Starbuck”

[18:50 – 50:25]

Closing Segment: Our top ten films of 2012, and our personal year-end acting lists! [50:30 – 1:16:55]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Roy Orbison, “Blue Bayou”

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