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Episode 170: The Drive-Thru Dig [Parasite; The Irishman; Marriage Story]

Episode 170: The Drive-Thru Dig
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It’s Episode 170 of In the Mood for Podcast!

It’s been four years, but Cal and Pete are finally back together in a bumper two-hour episode that features lots of discussion of the Oscars, and that history-making win for Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite”. We reveal our feelings about the film, while Pete gets his statistician head on as we detail some interesting Oscar trends that have emerged in the past decade. Elsewhere, we chat about the length (among many other things) of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” troubling preconceptions of Renee Zelwegger are tested when we review “Judy,” while we discuss an unexpected best-in-show in “Bombshell”. Five acting nominations between “Marriage Story” and “The Two Popes” get us discussing the worthiness of this year’s crop of nominees, while a snub from times-gone-by sets us off on a digression on the 1990 Best Actor lineup. In other news, Pete finally saw the end of “Wolf of Wall Street,” Cal has a bee in his bonnet about flashbacks, and Pete saves a scathing fast food-related diss until late in the day.

Opening Segment:
A quick look back at the last four years, and although Pete’s cinema going has taken a hit, he offers some of his notable watches since we last did an episode together!

[5:00 – 20:23]

Preconception Corner (including a listener question from Ibbi!)

Reviews of:

  • The Irishman                             39:25 – 53:46
  • Bombshell                                  53:47 – 1:04:40
  • Judy                                             1:04:41 – 1:14:02
  • Marriage Story                        1:14:03 – 1:24:38
  • The Two Popes                        1:24:39 – 1:31:20
  • Parasite                                      1:31:21 – 1:40:00

Closing Segment: Discussing new Oscar trends since we started the podcast eight years ago, including acting sweeps, picture/director splits, and diversity scandals!

[1:40:01 – 1:55:27]

Shag, Marry or Kill?

The Pootsition

The Garrett Gauge

Intro Music: Thin Lizzy, “The Boys are Back in Town”
Outro Music: Marmalade, “Reflections of My Life”

Episode 24: Disrupt the Peace [Argo; The Sapphires; People Like Us]

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It’s Episode 24 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 Ben Affleck’s awards juggernaut “Argo” lands on British shores, but does it live up to the considerable hype? “Transformers” scribe Alex Kurtzman is the latest to lure Michelle Pfeiffer back to the screen in the family drama “People Like Us,” while the established pull of Chris O’Dowd is tested in Wayne Blair’s “The Sapphires.” Pete endures Kevin James in “Here Comes the Boom,” and Cal sits in for daunting “Dogtooth” director Giorgos Lanthimos’s eery follow-up, “Alps.” All this, and an opening segment on Wong Kar-wai’s upcoming “The Grandmasters,” which goes a little awry when an unexpected intruder stymies Pete’s reverent flow. Well, not everyone liked My Blueberry Nights”…

On the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the week’s news, reactions to the first trailer for Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmasters,” and some fond thoughts about the filmmaker’s career thus far. [1:10 – 15:30]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “The Sapphires”
  • “People Like Us”
  • “Here Comes the Boom”
  • “Alps”

[18:50 – 54:25]

Closing Segment: Discussing “Argo,” crazy real-life stories adapted for cinema, and looking at early betting odds for the Best Picture Oscar. 
[54:30 – 1:13:05]

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

Intro Music: Faye Wong, “Dream Person”
Outro Music: The Supremes, “The Happening”

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