Monthly Archives: March, 2013

Episode 42: Caged Animals [Jack the Giant Slayer; The Croods; Stolen]


EPISODE 42: Caged Animals
[1:20:58]
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It’s Episode 42 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 take the opportunity to discuss all things Nicholas Cage, with the release of two of his films, the silly action thriller “Stolen,” and the prehistoric animated adventure “The Croods.” Cal sat through Ray of Light supremo Jonas Akerlund’s “Small Apartments” while his veto of “Identity Thief” meant that Pete was all alone with Melissa McCarthy, a terrifying thought in itself. And then we get onto “Compliance,” which may be the biggest casualty of ‘In the Mood’ vitriol since “The Lorax,” and proves that the fast food industry can indeed get more repulsive. A budget reveal of “Jack the Giant Slayer” knocks us for six, while we consider the fate of the once-great Bryan Singer, and the potential disaster brought on by his film’s final scene. Fee Fi Fo Fum! We smell the blood of a sequel!

Opening Segment:  A quick chat about Nicholas Cage’s contribution to cinema, in which we disclose our favourite performances and films of his! [4:00 – 14:10]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Stolen”
  • “The Croods”
  • “Identity Thief”
  • “Small Apartments”
  • “Compliance”

[19:35 – 1:00:05]

Closing Segment: Our take on Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Slayer” and discussing directors who have not lived up to the success of their first feature! [1:00:10 – 1:12:45]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)”

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Episode 41: Beyond the Surface [Burt Wonderstone; The Paperboy; Welcome to the Punch]


EPISODE 41: Beyond the Surface
[1:20:23]
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It’s Episode 41 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.

The highlight of a quiet week at the cinema is Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” but will he finally impress us “Precious” skeptics with his Florida-set thriller? We discuss the controversy of that jellyfish scene, as well as other films that kicked up a fuss, for one reason or another.  The rest of the releases include showbiz comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and British thriller “Welcome to the Punch.” We’re looking ahead to the next few episodes by dishing our thoughts on trailers for films out in the next month or so, including Seth Gordon’s “Identity Thief,” which one of us has already vetoed. Cal promotes a re-release of Joseph Losey’s “The Servant,” while his unflattering review of “Beyond the Hills” is hijacked by Pete’s desire to turn it into a Catholic-style remake of “Wreck-It Ralph.” Just another week, then…

Opening Segment:  A trailer round-up, featuring upcoming releases “Trance,” “Spring Breakers,” “The Host,” “Identity Thief,” “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “Dark Skies,” and “Look of Love” [4:55 – 19:55]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”
  • “Welcome to the Punch”
  • “Beyond the Hills”
  • “The Servant” (50th anniversary re-release)

[24:30 – 53:45]

Closing Segment: Our take on Lee Daniels’ controversial “The Paperboy,” and discussing past controversies in cinema [53:50 – 1:10:35]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Heart, “Crazy On You”

Episode 40: Lasting Legacies [Oz the Great and Powerful; Side Effects; Parker]


EPISODE 40: Lasting Legacies
[1:18:12]
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It’s Episode 40 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.

But for some football-related rants this week’s episode is surprisingly concise, as we turn our attention towards legacies. As Steven Soderbergh prepares to fold up his chair and retire (we’ll believe it when we see it) after his final film “Side Effects,” we reveal whether we think his pharmaceutical thriller is a worthy swansong, and offer our favourite examples of final films from directors. Sam Raimi is resurrecting L. Frank Baum’s series of Oz books with “Oz the Great and Powerful,” but can this kaleidoscopic 3D adventure even come close to replicating the magic of the original? And will Barbra Streisand’s Razzie-nominated return to acting in “The Guilt Trip” affect her long-standing reputation as a Queen among actresses? We have reviews of Jason Statham vehicle “Parker,” the acclaimed British thriller “Broken,” and Pete’s precious “Robot & Frank,” while we assess the power of Bette Midler’s Oscar-nominated performance in “The Rose” and look ahead to Sofia Coppola’s latest foray into the perils of youth, “The Bling Ring.” Sit back and listen to us bitch!

Opening Segment:  Discussing the trailer for Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” [suggested by Irini] and Pete’s review of 1979’s “The Rose,” starring Bette Midler [3:45 – 16:55]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Oz the Great and Powerful”
  • “Parker”
  • “Robot & Frank”
  • “Broken”
  • “The Guilt Trip”

[21:30 – 52:00]

Closing Segment: Discussing Stephen Soderbergh’s self-proclaimed ‘final’ film “Side Effects,” and our top three directorial swansongs [52:05 – 1:09:55]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Gloria Estefan, “Go Away”

Episode 39: Shostakovich & Shockers [To the Wonder; Stoker; Broken City]


EPISODE 39: Shostakovich & Shockers
[1:22:37]
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It’s Episode 39 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 might be a little off-form this week, as Pete is still ill and Cal is hungover, but we’ve got some juicy-looking films to ponder. We aim to be positive by bringing out our irregular Red Light District segment and pimping the best films we’ve seen in the past month, which include a Russian classic and a film about a woman who rents cats. We check out “Stoker,” the latest bloodthirsty offering from arthouse favourite Park Chan-Wook, and there’s blood on the hands of Richard Gere’s troubled billionaire too, in Nicholas Jarecki’s “Arbitrage”. While Pete opted for masculine thriller “Broken City” Cal sat down for Lasse Hallstrom’s adaptation of Nicholas Sparks novel “Safe Haven,” but we both saw part two of Terrence Malick’s prolific streak, the grand, romantic “To the Wonder.” Tune in to find out which one of us was reduced to tears by Malick’s film, and listen to our confessions of which films never fail to make us blub.

Introduction: The week’s news, and announcing Pete’s forfeit

Opening Segment:  This month’s Red Light District! Films pimped include: “Another Woman’s Life,” “The Company,” “The Cranes Are Flying,” “Rent-a-Cat,” “Us Two,” and “Vanya on 42nd Street” [5:45 – 17:55]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Stoker”
  • “Arbitrage”
  • “Broken City”
  • “Safe Haven”

[22:45 – 49:25]

Closing Segment: Discussing Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder” and our top three films which make us cry [49:50 – 1:13:45]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Naughty Boy feat. Emeli Sande, “Wonder”

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