Monthly Archives: October, 2013

Episode 72: Out In Left Field [Bad Grandpa; Ender’s Game; Closed Circuit]



Episode 72: Out In Left Field
[1:31:38]
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It’s Episode 72 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 leaning to the left, as the radical politics of Polish paean “Walesa, Man of Hope,” and terrorist thriller “Closed Circuit,” have conflicting degrees of success. We discuss some rather troubling casting news from this side of the ocean, before Cal dishes all on festival favourite “The Selfish Giant” and Pete reveals whether populist hit “Bad Grandpa” is worth a watch.  Some probable Star Trek blasphemy gets in the way of this week’s review of “Ender’s Game,” as Cal dares to compare it to the long-running franchise, plus there’s love for Colleen Atwood, a nod to Reese Witherspoon’s scene stealing intonation in the trailer for “Rendition,” and a theory on why Alfred Hitchcock’s biggest regret is nothing to worry about.

The Week’s News:

  • The death of Lou Reed
  • Lorde storms the music charts
  • Tom Hardy cast as Elton John
  • Tim Roth cast as Sepp Blatter
  • “Momuments Men” moves to 2014
  • The Gotham nominations are announced

[4:10 – 11:55]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of:
  • Closed Circuit
  • Ender’s Game
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  • The Selfish Giant

[19:50 – 1:01:30]

Closing Segment: Our take on Andrzej Wajda’s “Walesa, Man of Hope” and discussing our first-time cinema experiences of films by Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Altman, Wong Kar-Wai, and Orson Welles  [1:01:35 – 1:22:50]

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


Outro Music: Late Night Alumni, “All or Nothing”

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Episode 71: The Lazarus Situation [London Film Festival; Captain Phillips; Prince Avalanche]



Episode 71: The Lazarus Situation
[1:26:29]
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It’s Episode 71 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 is a London Film Festival special, as we round up some of the films we caught in the capital, including competition winner “Ida,” and acclaimed German drama “The Police Officer’s Wife.” We discuss directors battling conflicts with studios, including Darren Aronofsky and Olivier Dahan, before launching into an assault on Harvey Weinstein, after one of us saw the compromised cut of Wong Kar-Wai’s “The Grandmaster.” Cal tackles new releases “Prince Avalanche” and Belgian Oscar entry “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” before we reveal whether we liked Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” as much as similar Danish thriller “A Hijacking,” and ponder what on earth Catherine Keener is doing in the film. Tune in for digressions about Melissa George’s hair, the Best Actor Oscar lineup of 1994, and the dangers of meeting Americans in Eastern Europe.

The Week’s News:

  • Catherine Deneuve turns 70
  • “The Wolf of Wall Street” to be released this year
  • Olivier Dahan vs. Harvey Weinstein
  • Darren Aronofsky vs. Christians

[3:35 – 12:30]

Opening Segment: Our round-up of the London Film Festival, featuring discussion of “Bends,” “The Grandmaster,” “Ida,” “Must Have Been Love,” “On My Way,” and “The Police Officer’s Wife.”
[12:35 – 47:50]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Prince Avalanche
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

[52:25 – 1:02:30]

Closing Segment: Our take on seaboard-set adventure “Captain Phillips,” and discussing our favourite films set on the open water! [1:02:35 – 1:17:10]

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


Outro Music: Tori Amos, “Talula”

Episode 70: Home Truths [The Fifth Estate; Baggage Claim; Le Weekend]



Episode 70: Home Truths
[1:35:54]
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It’s Episode 70 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 epic episode is our longest yet, as we give our take on two films with radically different approaches to marriage. We found romantic comedy “Baggage Claim” a tad bonkers, but certain members of its Paula Patton-led cast won us over, while we reveal whether Roger Michell’s “Le Weekend” can shrug off its terrible title and avoid becoming another chronicle of an elderly gentleman’s libido. We have reviews of Wikileaks drama “The Fifth Estate” and Kim Ki-Duk’s twisted thriller “Pieta,” before embarking on a lengthy discussion of Oscar highs and lows from years gone by. We take your suggestions, address a listener question regarding this year’s Best Actress race, and tease next week’s report from the London Film Festival. Tune in to find out which film prompted Pete to start juggling marshmallows, which critical faux-pas caused Cal to become appalled, which famous British actress played the flute in Pete’s school orchestra, and how Willem Dafoe’s character poster for “Nymphomaniac” may have us crying out for “Body of Evidence,” despite what Julianne Moore might think.

The Week’s News:

  • The Death of Mark ‘Chopper’ Read
  • Character posters are released for “Nymphomaniac”
  • The first Oscar screeners are sent out (“Mud”; “Stories We Tell”; “The Croods)
  • Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to host the Golden Globes
  • Golden Globe category placements: “Blue Jasmine” goes drama, while “Before Midnight” goes comedy

[1:40 – 14:30]

Listener Question: “Is there ANY WAY Cate Blanchett won’t win the Oscar for “Blue Jasmine”? [Eoin]
[14:40 – 18:55]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • The Fifth Estate
  • Pieta
  • Baggage Claim
  • Le Week-End

[27:05 – 1:09:30]

Closing Segment: Revealing our most loved and loathed Oscar lineups from years gone by, and discussing listener suggestions! With comment on 1937’s Best Actress Lineup and 1955’s list of supporting actresses, plus much more! [1:09:35 – 1:27:55]

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


Outro Music: Javiera Mena, “Luz de Piedra de Luna”

Episode 69: Lowering the Brow [How I Live Now; Filth; Thanks For Sharing]



Episode 69: Lowering the Brow
[1:28:40]
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It’s Episode 69 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 hit rock bottom in terms of class, as we review several films depicting trashy and/or deviant sexual behaviour. Saoirse Ronan sheds blood and taboos in her third outing this year, post-apocalyptic drama “How I Live Now,” while her once-“Atonement” co-star James McAvoy is off the leash in crazed thriller “Filth.” Elsewhere, Cal tuned in for sex addiction ensemble piece “Thanks For Sharing” and the sobering World War II-set “Emperor,” while Pete’s affection for Aubrey Plaza led him to high-school comedy “The To Do List.” Our early segments see the return of podcast favourites Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus, before we discuss James L. Brooks’ degrees of success with actresses, and Cal tries to kill off Debbie Reynolds. Listen to find out how kids favourite Peppa Pig features in this week’s episode, how many digressions concern Jennifer Connelly, and why Roger Michell really needs to stop making films about horny old men.

The Week’s News:

  • Miley Cyrus’s album ‘Bangerz’ was released
  • The death of Patrice Chereau
  • The BFI reveal a new video-on-demand service
  • Quentin Tarantino discloses his top ten of 2013 (yes… already!)

[1:20 – 9:20]

This month’s Red Light District! Featuring discussion of “I Know Who Killed Me,” “The Peach Thief,” “Postcards from the Edge,” “Robot & Frank” and “White Space” [9:25 – 20:20]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Filth
  • Thanks For Sharing
  • The To-Do List
  • Emperor

[27:50 – 1:00:35]

Closing Segment: Our take on Kevin MacDonald’s post-apocalyptic drama “How I Live Now,” and discussing our favourite film soundtracks! [1:00:40 – 1:19:15]

 

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

Outro Music: Christina Millian, “Dip It Low”

Episode 68: Taking No Prisoners [Prisoners; Blue Jasmine; Runner Runner]



Episode 68: Taking No Prisoners
[1:21:45]
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It’s Episode 68 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 talking “Prisoners” but not taking any, as Denis Villeneuve’s first foray into the studio system leaves at least one of us distinctly unimpressed. Pete interrupts Cal’s plot run-down of the film with his best Paul Dano impression, while we dig into the hilarity of Melissa Leo, and cite the worst performances from actors in every film this week. Elsewhere, Pete gives his take on Italy’s official Oscar submission “The Great Beauty,” which features some interesting pubic design work, and Cal responds to Pete’s abandonment of Gemma Arterton by braving Latin-set thriller “Runner Runner.” We spend ages talking about Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-tipped turn in “Blue Jasmine,” and ponder Sally Hawkins’ chances of finally getting that overdue nod. How this didn’t turn into a bitching session about 2008’s Best Actress line-up is anyone’s guess.

The Week’s News:

  • Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” pushed to 2014
  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions: Egypt submit “Winter of Discontent”; Denmark submit “The Hunt”; Iran submit “The Past,” Cambodia submit “The Missing Picture”; Israel submit “Bethlehem”; Italy submit “The Great Beauty”

 [2:20 – 14:50]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • The Great Beauty
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Runner Runner

[22:20 – 53:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on Denis Villeneuve’s sobering drama “Prisoners,” and discussing our least favourite performances from this week’s crop of actors! [53:05 – 1:12:25]

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

Outro Music: Blondie, “Denis”

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