Monthly Archives: April, 2014

Episode 96: Pfists & Trysts [Transcendence; Amazing Spider-Man 2; Labour Day]



Episode 96: Pfists & Trysts

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It’s Episode 96 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 especially sweet for Pete, as Rebecca Hall features in two very different releases: Wally Pfister’s ambitious Sci-fi project “Transcendence,” and Patrice Leconte’s reserved romantic drama “A Promise.” Despite general dread at the prospect of Jason Reitman’s “Labour Day,” Cal managed to catch it, but did he find something of worth besides an appreciation for Diane Lane’s taste in men? We both saw “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” of which there are fairly lengthy preconceptions, and elsewhere we discuss some relationship news, an odd piece of casting, and the eclectic competition jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Tune in to find out why Cal is on particularly grumpy form, how many times Pete had to recount the plot of “Transcendence” in order to perfect it, and our potentially epic plans for our upcoming 100th episode!


The Week’s News:

    • Jodie foster marries her female partner
    • George Clooney gets engaged
    • Jessica Chastain cast as Marilyn Monroe
    • A new Dad’s Army film to be made
    • Cannes jury is announced

[4:45 – 16:10]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • A Promise
  • Labour Day

[28:05 – 59:15]

Closing Segment: Our take on Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence,” discussing debut screenwriting feats, and cinematographers-turned-directors!

[59:20 – 1:20:40]

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

Outro Music: The National, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
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Episode 95: The Pullitzer Puzzle [Locke; The Love Punch; Cannes Lineup]



Episode 95: The Pullitzer Puzzle

[1:29:47]
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It’s Episode 95 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 welcome Irini M back to the podcast to help us discuss the much-anticipated lineup of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, featuring the upcoming works of David Cronenberg, Mike Leigh, and many more European auteurs, some of which fill us with dread. We’re reviewing the Miranda Otto-led lesbian drama “Reaching for the Moon,” British heist comedy “The Love Punch,” and Tom Hardy’s one-man show “Locke,” which divided the camp in its depiction of drama and geography. Cal’s review of psychological horror film “Magic Magic” gets hijacked by Pete’s rant about a certain Pullitzer Prize winner, while Irini had a bone to pick with him about his “failure to understand” the point of Xavier Dolan’s latest delight. There are predictably many digressions, concerning Mr. Potato Head’s liberal use of his lips, Tom Hardy’s neglect of his razor, and Faye Dunaway’s fear of apostrophes, as well as a shocking Hathaway Protocol. It’s a week of regrets, as Irini’s belief in her own festival foresight lost her a fair bit of cash, while Naomi Watts finally bit the bullet and admitted that “Diana” wasn’t all that. Who knew?


Opening Segment: 
Discussing the recently announced line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, featuring anticipation of films by David Cronenberg, Xavier Dolan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and Andrey Zvyagintsev!

[3:50 – 26:55]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Reaching for the Moon
  • The Love Punch
  • Magic Magic

[36:00 – 1:00:25]

Closing Segment: Our take on Steven Knight’s “Locke,” and random asides involving Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway!

[1:00:30 – 1:17:05]

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

Outro Music: Radiohead, “Jigsaw Falling Into Place”

Episode 94: Packing Meat [Muppets Most Wanted; Calvary; The Lunchbox]



Episode 94: Packing Meat

[1:25:12]
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It’s Episode 94 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.
 
Those tired of our sports banter may rejoice this week as we forego our usual sporty opening, instead heading on a tangent about the horrific state of 1994’s Best Actress Oscar race, and yet another aside involving the Dardennes brothers. This week’s episode sees us largely catching up with smaller films, as we tackle family drama “The Fold,” science-fiction horror “Last Days on Mars,” and John Michael McDonagh’s Catholic whodunit “Calvary.” Cal dishes all on the culinary allure of Indian romance “The Lunchbox,” before we react to the slew of cameos in the new Muppet movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” which sadly lacks the presence of Amy Adams this time around. Elsewhere, tune in to find out what Pete’s Annette Bening moment of the week was, whose bohemian attire caused this week’s Huston Problem, how Linford Christie’s manhood and the cast of “Magic Mike” could have spiced up one of this week’s films, and which leading males bear the brunt of our wrath when we discuss the Academy’s worst ever choices for Best Actor. “Cat Ballou” fans: stay away! 


The Week’s News:

    • Disfigured actor in “Under the Skin” is interviewed
    • Russian cinemas fined for showing “The Wolf of Wall Street”
    • French subtitling fund to be cut

[3:35 – 10:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Fold
  • The Lunchbox
  • Calvary
  • Last Days on Mars

[20:35 – 59:20]

Closing Segment: Our take on the latest Muppets movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” and discussing memorable dual-role performances!

[59:25 – 1:14:40]

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

Outro Music: K. Michelle, “Can’t Raise a Man”

Episode 93: Of Gods and Jen [Noah; Divergent; Tom At The Farm]



Episode 93: Of Gods and Jen

[1:12:46]
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It’s Episode 93 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 Gods look from upon high this week, as Pete has seen two Jennifer Connelly films in a matter of days, having finally caught up with Akiva Goldsman’s bizarre fantasy “A New York Winter’s Tale,” which Cal had already seen. We’re both on board for Crowe and Connelly’s re-teaming in Darren Aronofsky’s ambitious epic “Noah,” but at least one of us was put off by its emulation of Middle Earth and strange addition of rock people (no, really). Cal has seen Xavier Dolan’s tempestuous “Tom At The Farm,” and horror maestro Vincenzo Natali’s supernatural chiller “Haunter,” while Pete settled down for futuristic blockbuster “Divergent,” starring podcast favourite Shailene Woodley. All that, plus Pete has a sofa story which recalls Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” Cal is under the spell of a certain farmhand, Abigail Breslin is at the centre of a retro-style Huston problem, and the reveal that Lady Gaga is in the new Muppets film is greeted with minimal enthusiasm. 


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Mickey Rooney
    • Disney announces a sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph”
    • Pete has seen “A New York Winter’s Tale”

[1:30 – 6:55]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Tom At The Farm
  • Divergent
  • Haunter

[17:25 – 44:30]

Closing Segment: Our take on Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” and discussing biblical epics!

[44:35 – 1:03:40]

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

Outro Music: Eugene McGuinness, “Shotgun”

Episode 92: Blame Canada [Passion; The Invisible Woman; Jimmy P]



Episode 92: Blame Canada

[1:34:52]
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It’s Episode 92 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 living up to our Boozy British stereotype, as Pete’s return from Canada brings news of some troubling Toronto drinking laws and a serious put-down to an over-excitable hockey fan. We discuss the death of a glamour puss and the reveal of Sofia Coppola’s new project, plus one of us finally gets around to Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Woman,” and we have reviews of acting showcase “Jimmy P” and kidnap story “7th Floor.” Find out whether Paul Dano can atone for his many acting sins by putting together a credible list of favourite films, how Brian DePalma’s steamy “Passion” compares to the original French thriller “Love Crime, and whether Kathryn Hahn can make the most of a rare leading role in offbeat comedy “Afternoon Delight.” Discover which liberal category placement instigated a spontaneous sing-off, why Cal’s failure to have seen an Ozu film isn’t particularly useful this week, and why Abba and Rihanna trump Robin Thicke. 


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Kate O’Mara
    • Sofia Coppola to direct a live-action version of “The Little Mermaid”
    • Paul Dano announces his top ten of all time

[5:00 – 22:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Invisible Woman
  • Jimmy P
  • Afternoon Delight
  • 7th Floor
  • Days of Darkness

[33:00 – 1:15:50]

Closing Segment: Our take on Brian DePalma’s “Passion,” and likening it to original French film “Love Crime”

[1:15:55 – 1:26:10]

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

Outro Music: Rage Against The Machine, “Killing in the Name”
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