Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Episode 47: Industrial Strength [Iron Man 3; The Look of Love; The Lords of Salem]


EPISODE 47: Industrial Strength
[1:19:59]
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It’s Episode 47 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.

As Summer is on the horizon we look ahead to the big-budget studio offerings hitting us in the next few weeks, but can we muster any enthusiasm for the prospect of another Zack Snyder or M. Night Shyamalan film? Pete opts for Michael Winterbottom’s porn biopic “The Look of Love,” while Cal tackles the popular “Bernie,” before crowing about Rob Zombie’s swag in his review of “The Lords of Salem.” And then we deal with Robert Downey Jr.’s third outing as Iron Man, which splits the camp dramatically. We lament the demise of Rene Russo and discuss the woes of Scottish transport, while Pete wonders if Kat Dennings’ rack will be a plot point in “Thor 2.” It’s all about the superheroes…

Opening Segment:  Looking ahead to the next three months of summer blockbusters, including “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “After Earth,” “Man of Steel,” “World War Z,” “Pacific Rim,” “Kick-Ass 2,” “Wolverine,” and “The Lone Ranger” [4:00 – 16:50]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Shell”
  • “Bernie”
  • “The Look of Love”
  • “The Lords of Salem”

[20:40 – 57:25]

Closing Segment: Our take on Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3” and discussing jettisoned voice-overs [57:30 – 1:10:10]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Bjork, “Army of Me”

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Episode 46: Cold Turkey [Olympus Has Fallen; Evil Dead; Love Is All You Need]


EPISODE 46: Cold Turkey
[1:22:46]
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It’s Episode 46 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 mostly Euro-centric, as we count down the films in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, few of which get us genuinely excited. We deal with the latest offerings from Susanne Bier, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Matteo Garrone, before discussing our favourite films involving holiday romances. Pete decided to opt for silly action flick “Olympus Has Fallen,” while horror fan Cal ventured into a screening of the “Evil Dead” remake. Listen as we veer off course for digressions about The Doors and upcoming French flick “Populaire,” while anticipation for Ben Kingsley’s vocal work in next week’s “Iron Man 3” reaches stratospheric levels.

NB: If you don’t like football, bear with us. We shut up about that around five minutes in.

Opening Segment:  Discussing the competition line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, featuring films from Roman Polanski, Alexander Payne, and Hirokazu Koreeda. [5:00 –  14:55]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Olympus Has Fallen”
  • “Evil Dead”
  • “Reality”
  • “Me and You”

[19:50 – 55:35]

Closing Segment: Our take on Susanne Bier’s “Love Is All You Need” and our top films featuring holiday romances. [55:40 – 1:13:00]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Tove Lo, “Habits”

Episode 45: Greek Tragedies [Oblivion; Place Beyond the Pines; Promised Land]


EPISODE 45: Greek Tragedies
[1:24:32]
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It’s Episode 45 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 sees a reprise of our infamous Divide & Conquer week, as we go it alone for six of the seven films showcased. Cal was forced to abandon Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” due to illness, so Pete handles the Ryan Gosling vehicle himself, as well as dishing the dirt on Greek themed Brit film “Papadopoulos & Sons.” After Cal highlights the dated politics in Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land,” he has to stem a tirade of abuse for Paul Dano with some kind words about the actor’s performance in “For Ellen,” while Pete represents for world cinema with takedowns of the Olivier Assayas-directed “Something in the Air” and Polish drama “Closed Circuit.” We finally unite for a discussion of Tom Cruise sci-fi flick “Oblivion,” in which Andrea Riseborough is besmirched, Melissa Leo’s southern drawl is mimicked, and The Huston Problem rears its ugly head. Why Olga? Why?!

Opening Segment:  Discussing what constitutes an “acclaimed” film, the issue with Rotten Tomatoes, and the importance of critics [2:25 – 14:05]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “The Place Beyond the Pines”
  • “Promised Land”
  • “Papadopoulos & Sons”
  • “For Ellen”
  • “Something in the Air”
  • “Closed Circuit”

[20:20 – 1:01:40]

Closing Segment: Our take on Joseph Kosinki’s “Oblivion,” starring Tom Cruise, and discussing age-gap relationships on film [1:01:45 – 1:17:05]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Whitesnake, “Still of the Night”

Episode 44: Mere Mortals [Spring Breakers; Dark Skies; A Late Quartet]


EPISODE 44: Mere Mortals
[1:25:35]
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It’s Episode 44 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 starts off in morbid fashion as we acknowledge the deaths of some important people, both in the film industry and outside of it, before we look ahead to Kimberly Peirce’s remake of “Carrie,” which triggers guilt in Pete over his lack of appreciation of Julianne Moore on the podcast. Things get more cheerful when we get to the reviews, which include the leafy family offering “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” and Harmony Korine’s colourful “Spring Breakers.” We get gritty with the Aaron Eckhart-led “The Expatriate” while Pete goes it alone for British drama “All Things To All Men,” before the toil of “A Late Quartet” strikes too many chords for one of us. And then we round everything off with a discussion of supernatural thriller “Dark Skies,” where once again actor Josh Hamilton gets mistaken for somebody else. He must have one of those faces…

Opening Segment:  Talking about the week’s news: the deaths of Margaret Thatcher, Roger Ebert, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and Richard Griffiths, and the premiere of the new “Carrie” trailer [2:10 – 14:05]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Spring Breakers”
  • “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”
  • “All Things To All Men”
  • “The Expatriate” (aka “Erased”)
  • “A Late Quartet”

[22:05 – 1:03:15]

Closing Segment: Our take on Scott Stewart’s “Dark Skies,” and our top one-scene cameos, as inspired by J.K. Simmons [1:03:20 – 1:16:25]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, “Cut Me Down”

Episode 43: Accentuate the Positive [Trance; The Host; A Hijacking]


EPISODE 43: Accentuate the Positive
[1:27:14]
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It’s Episode 43 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 Easter edition of the podcast is our longest for a while, with the return of the Red Light District (check out our Segments page for more info!), along with a reveal of our favourite films and performances of the year so far! This week’s new releases run the gamut from good to grotesque, as Danny Boyle follows up his Olympic success with trippy thriller “Trance,” while Andrew Niccol looks to recapture former glories with the Stephenie Meyer-penned Sci-fi flick “The Host.” We’re sampling recent bites from European and Asian cinema with Danish thriller “A Hijacking,” Francois Ozon’s “In the House” and Japanese awards sweeper “Rebirth,” and we celebrate the tenth anniversary of “Finding Nemo” by unashamedly gushing about its cuteness. Tune in to find out which of this week’s films forced one of us to turn to comfort food, and which underseen Hawks classic is doing the rounds on MySpace!

Opening Segment:  Analysing the first quarter of 2013 and revealing our favourite films and performances from the year so far! [3:45 – 11:15]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “The Host”
  • “A Hijacking”
  • “Rebirth”
  • “In the House”
  • “Finding Nemo” (10th anniversary re-release)
  • “Trance”

[17:20 – 1:05:25]

Closing Segment: The return of the Red Light District! Films pimped this month include “Cluny Brown,” “Heavenly Forest,” “Libeled Lady,” “Su-ki-da,” and “Twentieth Century“! [1:05:30 – 1:19:10]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Perry Como, “Accentuate the Positive”

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