Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Episode 51: False Advertising [Epic; The Moth Diaries; White Elephant]


EPISODE 51: False Advertising
[1:16:20]
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It’s Episode 51 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 forced to address the issue of movie titles which bear no relation to their content, when new animated film “Epic” underwhelmingly proves not to be. World cinema is out in force this week with films from Belgium, Sweden, and Argentina, in “Our Children,” “White Elephant,” and the joyously-named “Snabba Cash.” Pete spent most of “The Moth Diaries” jotting down notable quotes, but will this be yet another high point for Mary Harron? And we open by discussing the winners from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the festival’s high and low points, and the politics behind choosing who gets which prize. The temptation to have another dig at Tarantino proves too great for some, while a late digression involving Li Gong reveals our fondness for bitchy supporting turns. It’s all in the delivery…

Opening Segment:  Discussing the winners of prizes at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, discussing the high points in the festival’s history, and some major injustices [2:15 – 16:45]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:

  • “The Moth Diaries”
  • “Our Children”
  • “Snabba Cash” aka “Easy Money”
  • “White Elephant”

[21:35 – 56:25]

Closing Segment: Our take on Fox’s new animated film “Epic,” and discussing movie titles which are confusing or irrelevant, given their subject matter [56:30 – 1:09:15]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Dana International, “Diva”

Episode 50: Disparaging the Dead [The Great Gatsby; The Liability; In the Fog]


EPISODE 50: Disparaging the Dead
[1:25:00]
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It’s Episode 50 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.

Aside from digressions about Meryl Streep’s huge haul of Oscar nominations, and a Joe Wright rant about Ron Howard’s Oscar win, this week’s half-century edition is reasonably tight. The effervescent presence of Baz Luhrmann dominates, as we take a retrospective look at his work before discussing his latest picture, “The Great Gatsby.” We tackle a listener question concerning films booed at Cannes, specifically referencing the work of Michelangelo Antonioni, Martin Scorsese, and David Lynch. We launch into a review of comedic thriller “The Liability,” while Pete flies solo for British drama “Flying Blind,” and then we settle down for a Russian double-bill of Sergei Loznitsa’s acclaimed “In the Fog” and Alexey Balabanov’s “The Stoker.” The latter of those leads to a mid-podcast revelation which instigates guilty backtracking, but at least its Spanish-style soundtrack provides a handy accompaniment to this week’s episode.

Listener Question: Our thoughts on the BAM’s Booed At Cannes selection, pondering the reasons why people boo films, and the implications of that [3:35 – 10:30]

Opening Segment:  A retrospective on the work of Baz Luhrmann, featuring discussion of “Strictly Ballroom,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “Moulin Rouge!” and “Australia” [10:35 – 18:55]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:

  • “The Liability”
  • “Flying Blind”
  • “The Stoker”
  • “In the Fog”

[22:00 – 57:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s popular novel “The Great Gatsby,” and our favourite films set in the ‘roaring’ Twenties [57:05 – 1:16:45]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Wild Belle, “It’s Too Late”

Episode 49: In for the Kill [Star Trek Into Darkness; Mud; Deadfall]


EPISODE 49: In for the Kill
[1:17:17]
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It’s Episode 49 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.

Following up on last week’s listener question we take time out to discuss NBC’s Hannibal, which we have now watched all of despite Pete’s lack of enthusiasm for it last week. We discuss the show’s merits, and whether we think the network will cancel or renew it, as well as broadening the theme to offer our favourite movies about serial killers. As for the reviews, we tackle Jeff Nichols’ follow-up to “Take Shelter,” “Mud,” starring Cal’s favourite Southern gal Reese Witherspoon, and Eric Bana thriller “Deadfall,” which features some questionable accents. The ever-rugged Paul Walker lured Cal into sitting down for “Vehicle 19,” while Pete’s Asian allegiance led him to martial arts crime drama “Dragon.” And before all of that we kick off the episode by venting our thoughts about “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which neither of us was particularly looking forward to. Sit back and listen for digressions involving Terry Gilliam (yes! again!), the return of The Huston Factor, and yet more bitching about football. Don’t worry: the season’s nearly over!

*Preconception Corner*

Opening Segment:  Leading off with our review of J. J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” starring Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch [8:30 – 18:15]

Reviews of: 

  • “Mud”
  • “Deadfall”
  • “Vehicle 19”
  • “Dragon”

[18:16 – 53:17]

Closing Segment: Discussing the merits of NBC’s new show “Hannibal,” speculating on its future at the network, and offering our favourite serial killer movies [53:18 – 1:10:00]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Arcade Fire, “Keep the Car Running”

Episode 48: Low on Charm [I’m So Excited; Dead Man Down; 21 & Over]


EPISODE 48: Low on Charm
[1:22:43]
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It’s Episode 48 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.

In a week where we bring out our monthly Red Light District segment we see precious little positives from the crop of new releases at the cinema. First up to the plate is Hangover-style comedy “21 & Over,” which Cal snubbed at the last minute,  before “Dead Man Down” raises the pulse with a casting revelation.  Pete has to jog his memory to recount what on earth happens in “The Eye of the Storm,” while we lament Vinessa Shaw’s recent career in our review of Mexican horror film “Come Out and Play.” And then we get onto Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited,” which at least ensures activity on the Factor and Range, as its bevy of hunks impresses Cal and Pedro’s styling of Paz Vega outrages Pete. We also take time to answer a listener question involving Caroline Dhavernas, before pitching an idea for her next project.

News about the Oscars’ rule change regarding the Foreign Language Film Oscar, and responding to a listener question [2:50 – 9:40]

Opening Segment:  This month’s red light district, in which we ‘pimp’ recent viewings. Films pimped include: Inch’allah,” “Intruder in the Dust,” “Must Have Been Love,” “Pennies from Heaven,” “The Red and the Blue” and “Starlet” [9:45 – 22:50]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “21 & Over”
  • “Dead Man Down”
  • “The Eye of the Storm”
  • “Come Out and Play”

[28:30 – 1:00:30]

Closing Segment: Our take on Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited” and discussing films set on board an airplane. [1:00:35 – 1:10:20]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Nelly Furtado, “Big Hoops (The Bigger the Better)”

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