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Episode 67: Advanced Iconography [Diana; 42; The Call]



Episode 67: Advanced Iconography
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It’s Episode 67 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 asking ourselves whether this is the real life or just fantasy, as biographical dramas about two very different people hit cinema screens in the UK. As self-confessed baseball fans, the Jackie Robinson movie “42” was very high on our agenda, while Olivier Hirschbiegel’s heavily derided “Diana” gave us uneasy preconceptions. From there, Cal tackles serial-killer thriller “The Call,” and Pete caught coming-of-age tale “The Way Way Back” and Arabian drama “Winter of Discontent.” A modest news segment turns into a lengthy discussion about Foreign Language Oscar nominees of the past (like that’s never happened before) and we launch into digressions involving the measure of Marcello Mastrioianni’s Oscar nominations, the patriotism of the French, and some huge concerns about next week’s releases.  

The Week’s News:

  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions: Hong Kong submit “The Grandmaster,” France submit “Renoir,” and the UK submit “Metro Manila”
  • “Grace of Monaco” and “Wolf of Wall Street” pushed to 2014
  • Terrence Malick is counter-suiting the people suing him for the “Voyage of Time” debacle
  • Quentin Tarantino to star as Roger Corman in a biopic directed by Joe Dante
  • Sofia Coppola directing the next Phoenix video
  • Abdellatif Kechiche hits back at criticism

 [2:15 – 20:15]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • 42
  • The Way, Way Back
  • The Call
  • Winter Of Discontent

[29:30 – 1:02:10]

Closing Segment: Our take on Olivier Hirschbiegel’s “Diana,” and assessing just how much of a disaster it is for those involved! [1:02:15 – 1:17:55]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range

Outro Music: D:Ream, “Things Can Only Get Better”

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Episode 66: Fast and Loose [Rush; White House Down; Ain’t Them Bodies Saints]



Episode 66: Fast and Loose
[1:21:45]
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It’s Episode 66 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.

It’s a loose, on-form episode this week, as a modest amount of films allows the digressions to flow! Pete is quick to take down James Franco, before launching into a vitriolic monologue about Rooney Mara in his assessment of Malick-inspired “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and hijacking Cal’s “White House Down” review with theories on how Bill Clinton’s former indiscretions could have killed us all, and how on earth James Woods managed to get an Oscar nomination for “Ghosts of Mississippi.” The barrage of lowbrow jibes is stemmed by a review of French drama “The Artist and the Model,” before we follow up an epic set of preconceptions about Ron Howard with our remarkably attuned view of sports flick “Rush,” and some views on its awards prospects. Sit back for random tangents on who Pete’s Orient Princess is, what we think 2011’s Best Picture lineup would have looked like with just five nominees, and how Nicholas Cage’s filmography forms the basis of a brand new measure of cinematic absurdity.

The Week’s News:

  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions from Saudia Arabia, The Netherlands, and Australia
  • Woody Allen to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at this year’s Golden Globes
  • “12 Years a Slave” wins the People’s Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival
  • “The Butler” passes $100m in domestic box-office
  • The first teaser trailer is released for “Grace of Monaco”

 [1:40 – 15:10]

Listener Request: Discussing Venice’s 70th anniversary short films project [Irini] [15:15 – 20:05]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
  • White House Down
  • The Artist and the Model

[26:35 – 54:35]

Closing Segment: Our take on Ron Howard’s “Rush,” dissecting its Oscar chances, and discussing our favourite cinematic playboys [54:45 – 1:12:35]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range

Outro Music: Kelis, “Caught Out There”

Episode 65: Preferential Pork [About Time; Blackfish; Any Day Now]



Episode 65: Preferential Pork
[1:29:33]
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It’s Episode 65 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.

Festivals are on the brain this week, as we discuss the unexpected winners from Venice’s Bertolucci-headed jury, and what to expect from the London Film Festival in October. Cal saw a rare film outing for Alan Cumming, in gay adoption drama “Any Day Now,” and braced the bloody horror “No One Lives,” while Pete opted for killer whale documentary “Blackfish.” We have a review of the academic “Museum Hours,” and Richard Curtis’ “About Time,” which Cal only saw a quarter of, due to some terrible projection incompetence in Hammersmith, and the Red Light District returns with films from the 1940s and 1980s. All this, plus our usual digressions, in which we launch into tangents on the prospect of a Liv Ullman comeback, the benefits of “Certified Copy,” and why Charles Laughton’s ham is more tolerable than Philip Seymour Hoffman’s. 

The Week’s News, featuring discussion about this year’s honourary Oscars, Meryl Streep’s Oscar category reversal, Germany’s Foreign Language Oscar submission, and some “Blue is the Warmest Colour” controversy [3:00 – 12:20]

Opening Segment: Discussing the winners from this year’s Venice Film Festival, and the recently announced lineup for the London Film Festival! [12:25 – 22:10]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Any Day Now
  • About Time
  • No One Lives
  • Blackfish
  • Museum Hours

[25:45 – 1:10:00]

Closing Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion about “Barfly,” “Flying Lessons,” “The Suspect,” and “World War Z”  [1:10:05 – 1:18:40]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range

Outro Music: Cat Power, “The Greatest”

Episode 64: The Return of Wowface [Venice Film Festival; Upstream Color; You’re Next]



Episode 64: The Return of Wowface
[1:29:24]
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It’s Episode 64 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 episode sees Pete return from the Venice Film Festival with reviews of Stephen Fears’ “Philomena” and Sion Sono’s “Why Don’t You Play In Hell,” among other work by Miguel Gomes, Kelly Reichardt, and John Curran. We also take time out to discuss reaction on the Lido to Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity.” This week’s films see the highly-anticipated release of abstract entanglement drama “Upstream Color,” claustrophobic horror “You’re Next,” and the return of Michael Bay with “Pain & Gain,” which had Cal somewhat worried. As usual we go off on a few tangents, as Pete pimps the beauty of 2004 in film, laments the absence of Nadine Labaki from one of the week’s offerings, and we ponder how Liv Ullman would have fared in “Miss Congeniality.” And then we reveal the exciting news that an underseen long-time podcast favourite may soon be coming to a website near you, but keep that one quiet, won’t you?
 

The Week’s News, featuring discussion about the death of Sir David Frost, and the casting of “Fifty Shades of Grey”!  [2:35 – 6:05]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Upstream Color (warning: minor spoilers)
  • Pain & Gain
  • You’re Next

[9:10 – 33:45]

Closing Segment: Pete’s report from the Venice Film Festival, featuring reviews and commentary on “Why Don’t You Play In Hell?” “Tracks,” “Holding Breath,” “Redemption,” “We Are the Best!” “May in the Summer,” “Philomena,” “Night Moves,” and some brief thoughts about “Gravity”  [33:50 – 1:18:30]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range

Outro Music: Placebo, “Taste In Men”

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