Monthly Archives: March, 2015

Episode 141: The Sprinkler of Sadness [Cinderella; Get Hard; Seventh Son]

Episode 141: The Sprinkler of Sadness
[1:12:25]
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It’s Episode 141 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 reviews include medieval fantasy adventure “Seventh Son,” the latest incarnation of the fairy tale “Cinderella,” and Argentinian Oscar nominee “Wild Tales,” which is courting controversy in the wake of some bad release timing. Elsewhere, we discuss comedy caper “Get Hard,” which already had preconceptions reeling from Tim Robey’s assault on its homophobic tendencies, plus we chat about the horrendous title of Russell Crowe’s upcoming directorial debut feature, and the bizarre nature of Jeff Bridges’ vocal work. Meanwhile, the memory of Marlene Dietrich lives on the attire of one of this week’s performers, Ed Sheeran’s Australian exploits has Pete hoping he’ll stay there, and why is nobody mentioning the Grimm brothers’ glaring plot hole? Cal’s off to New York next week, so we’re taking a fortnight hiatus, but hopefully we’ll return with news of Pete’s first four-star film of the year.

The week’s news

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Seventh Son                                17:41 – 29:26
  • Get Hard                                      29:27 – 40:50
  • Wild Tales                                    40:51 – 48:22
  • Cinderella                                   48:23 – 1:00:32


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Fiona Apple, “Extraordinary Machine”
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Episode 140: The Birthday Quintet [Insurgent; The Gunman; The Voices]


Episode 140: The Birthday Quintet
[1:11:25]
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It’s Episode 140 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 discuss Sean Penn’s brawn in the critically-derided “The Gunman” and Ryan Reynolds’ form in the flat-out weird horror comedy “The Voices,” while the return of Shailene Woodley in Robert Schwentke’s “Insurgent” brings excitement (as does the surprise appearance of Naomi Watts), but did the Divergent sequel live up to the promise of its predecessor? Elsewhere, in the wake of the release of “Mommy” we take the opportunity to discuss the career of Xavier Dolan (leading to a Greek peace offering), we discuss the crowded Best Actor field of 2007, one of this week’s performers prompts a resurrection of the “best actress under thirty” debate, and Pete has taken to social media with his frustration at radio airplay.

Preconception Corner

A Conversation on Xavier Dolan: Discussing the filmmaker’s work thus far, in the wake of this week’s release of “Mommy”
[15:25 – 25:12]

Reviews of:

  • The Gunman                              25:13 – 33:30
  • The Voices                                  33:31 – 42:06
  • Insurgent                                   42:07 – 58:08


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Seal, “Kiss From a Rose”

Episode 139: The Alexa Conjecture [Run All Night; The Duke of Burgundy; Suite Francaise]

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Episode 139: The Alexa Conjecture
[1:23:31]
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It’s Episode 139 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 the Red Light District returns, bringing news of films from the fifties, a World Cinema classic from Scandinavia, and digressions involving Maria Schell, Ava Gardner, and Otto Preminger. We have reviews of the latest Jaume Collet-Serra/Liam Neeson project “Run All Night,” wartime romance “Suite Francaise,” and meditative drama “Still Life,” while one of us was more prepared than the other for the Sapphic shenanigans in Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy.” Elsewhere, Pete’s fondness for Sidse Babett Knudsen goes into overdrive, Cal feels guilty for a second consecutive snub of Matthias Schoenaerts, and we’re all about the Arri Alexa.

Red Light District: Pimping the best old films we’ve seen in the past month, featuring discussion of “Gervaise,” “Pelle the Conqueror,” and “The Smallest Show on Earth”
[8:50 – 20:30]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Duke of Burgundy                               30:45 – 44:54
  • Suite Francaise                                            44:55 – 53:30
  • Still Life                                                         53:31 – 1:02:25
  • Run All Night                                               1:02:26 – 1:14:28


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Melanie B, “Tell Me”

Episode 138: Bemoaning the Mullet [Chappie; White Bird in a Blizzard; Kill the Messenger]

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Episode 138: Bemoaning the Mullet
[1:04:06]
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It’s Episode 138 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 our 138th effort, we managed to keep this episode to a reserved sixty four minutes, allowing for discussion of Gregg Araki’s latest take on adolescence, “White Bird in a Blizzard,” Jeremy Renner as a crusading journalist in “Kill the Messenger,” while Cal revealed whether “Chappie” is as bad as the trailer (and most of the reactions to the film) suggests. It’s fair to say that this week’s slate of films leave a lot to be desired, but we try and find the positives as best we can. Elsewhere, the UK’s Eurovision entry fails to get us excited, we discuss the litany of queer roles for the actors of 2005, Neill Blonkamp’s recent fascination with female villains leads to an unexpectedly crude remark about Jodie Foster, and Hugh Jackman’s radical hairstyle rocks the Gauge.

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • White Bird in a Blizzard                            12:07 – 24:50
  • Chappie                                                          24:51 – 35:18
  • Kill the Messenger                                      35:19 – 46:42


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Carly Rae Jepsen, “I Really Like You”

Episode 137: The Sexual Menace [Focus; Clouds of Sils Maria; The Boy Next Door]

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Episode 137: The Sexual Menace
[1:16:53]
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It’s Episode 137 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.


After last week’s epic trawl through the best of 2014, we move onto this year’s delights, sampling the A-list, B-list, and indie offerings from stateside. We review crime caper “Focus,” starring the overcharged coupling of Will Smith and Margot Robbie (the latter of which dominated most of Pete’s attention), while Jennifer Lopez’s infrequent on-screen activity of late is remedied in trashy thriller “The Boy Next Door.” Cal managed to catch queer Sundance hit “Appropriate Behaviour,” plus, off the back of Kristen Stewart’s Cesar win, we review Olivier Assayas’ Alpine foray into the world of acting, “Clouds of Sils Maria.” Elsewhere, we reveal some exciting plans for the month ahead, there’s some speculation about how J. Lo’s Tinder profile might read, and the trailer for Neill Blonkamp’s latest robot-dominated effort instigates fear, sympathy, and eventually derision.

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Boy Next Door                                     14:50 – 23:23
  • Clouds of Sils Maria                                   23:24 – 36:26
  • Appropriate Behaviour                             36:27 – 45:23
  • Focus                                                              45:24 – 1:00:35


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: The Cure, “Friday I’m In Love”
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