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Episode 122: The Lake Malfunction [Mr. Turner; Nightcrawler; The Films of 1987]


Episode 122: The Lake Malfunction

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It’s Episode 122 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 going retro again, as the Red Light District is back for its monthly outing, bringing news of an amibitious take on spirituality and a French poison-pen mystery, while a BAFTA-winning Maggie Smith performance and a glorious turn by Anne Bancroft turn the discussion to the year of 1987, in which we discuss the qualities of Holly Hunter, Olympia Dukakis, Jack Nicholson, and more! Current releases reviewed include the much-delayed “Charlie Countryman,” Polish surgery procedural “Bogowie,” and Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” which had Seydoux repercussions for Jake Gyllenhaal. After that, attention is drawn to the painterly attributes of Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” but did either of us respond to the grunts and thrusts of Cannes Best Actor winner Timothy Spall? We engage in a brief hum-a-long of the film’s score, before taking the opportunity to discuss our favourite flicks based on the lives of artists, which includes talk of a Ken Russell biopic, a Tarkovsky epic, and a rare moment of non-objectification afforded to Emmanuelle Beart. There’s time to bitch about the running times of recent films in the wake of next week’s near three-hour “Interstellar,” while there are some rare kind words about Shia LaBoeuf, and an Adidas tracksuit unexpectedly provides a retrospective Huston Problem. Elsewhere, one of this week’s performers is unfavourably compared to Danny DeVito, the appeal of Mads Mikkelsen’s blondeness is swiftly dismissed by Cal, and the very thought of Lake Bell causes Pete to malfunction.

The Week’s News:
  • British Independent Film Award nominations are announced

[2:25 – 9:20]

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion of films by Darren Aronofsky, Jack Clayton, Henri-Georges Clouzot, and David Hugh Jones, plus an overview of the films of 1987!

[9:25 – 25:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Charlie Countryman
  • Nightcrawler
  • Bogowie (Gods)

[29:55 – 53:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on Mike Leigh’s biographical drama “Mr. Turner,” and discussing films based on the lives of artists!

[53:05 – 1:10:45]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Olsen Factor
The Isaac Range

Outro Music: Kate Bush, “The Painter’s Link”

Episode 34: The Wowface Concept [Zero Dark Thirty; Lincoln; Won’t Back Down]



EPISODE 34: The Wowface Concept

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It’s Episode 34 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 get heavy with reviews of Oscar-nominated political dramas “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” as well as getting into the controversy surrounding the latter. (It’s at this point that Cal would like to point out that he is a left-wing pacifist, despite how it might sound on the audio.) We tackle the education system with a discussion of “Won’t Back Down” before Pete takes on derided comedy “Movie 43” and Cal opts for Arnie in “The Last Stand.” We’re also analysing the Oscar races after the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, and previewing next week’s top ten lists. Listen out for whose performance Pete thinks is “nothing wowface,” kinder words than are offered to Jennifer Lawrence.

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Analysing the impact of the Screen Actors’ Guild awards on the Oscar races. [2:40 – 18:30]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Lincoln” [Audio was lost at 34:40 but resumes roughly a minute later]
  • “Won’t Back Down”
  • “Movie 43”
  • “The Last Stand”

[23:40 – 1:00:05]

Closing Segment: Discussing Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and digging into the controversy surrounding its depiction of torture  
[1:00:10 – 1:17:25]

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


Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Blondie, “Hanging on the Telephone”

Episode 31: Natural Disasters [The Impossible; Oscar Predictions; Quartet]


EPISODE 31: Natural Disasters

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The new year starts off with a minor tragedy, as our first recording of the podcast was lost due to a technical glitch. We reconvened later for round two, however, so you can listen to us vent our concerns about Tsunami-drama “The Impossible,” retirement home melodrama “Quartet,” indie dramedy “Celeste & Jesse Forever,” and the relatively drama-less “Playing for Keeps.” We also look ahead to the new Terrence Malick film, “To the Wonder,” before offering our oscar predictions (announced tomorrow!) in all of the major categories. 

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the trailer for the new Terrence Malick film, “To the Wonder”  [2:55 – 10:30]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 

  • “The Impossible”
  • “Playing for Keeps”
  • “Quartet”
  • “Celeste & Jesse Forever”

[16:50 – 56:35]

Closing Segment: Predicting the Oscar nominations, announcing a contest, and revealing what the loser will be forced to endure next week 
[56:40 – 1:19:35]

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


Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Bonnie Tyler, “It’s a Jungle Out There”

Episode 30: 2D Or Not 2D

EPISODE 30: 2D Or Not 2D
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The last podcast of 2012 sees us catch up on releases from the past ten days. They include the dubiously-casted “Jack Reacher,” the aca-entertaining “Pitch Perfect,” and Bette Midler’s return to the screen in family comedy “Parental Guidance.” We snubbed the 3D showing of “Life of Pi,” but still discuss its visual prowess in length, and also chat about directors with a history of elevating their source material. All of this, plus a discussion about the hotly-contested Foreign Language Oscar race, and a pitch for a Greer Garson biopic.

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the recently announced shortlist of contenders for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar  [2:45 – 17:30]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 

  • “Jack Reacher”
  • “Pitch Perfect”
  • “Parental Guidance”

[20:20 – 49:45]

Closing Segment: Our take on “Life of Pi,” and discussing directors who elevate their source material 
[49:50 – 1:07:35]

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


Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Phoenix, “Rome”

Episode 29: Long Day’s Journey Into Middle Earth [The Hobbit; Globe/SAG Reaction; Rise of the Guardians]

EPISODE 29: Long Day’s Journey Into Middle Earth
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It’s Episode 29 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 give our reaction to the Golden Globe and SAG nominations, assessing the races as they stand. We find our patience severely tested by Peter Jackson’s epic first installment of the Hobbit Trilogy, the first of which, “An Unexpected Journey,” fails to be a tale of the unexpected. We catch up with the animated “Rise of the Guardians,” but Santa and the Tooth Fairy may not make the ideal dream team for one of us. And while Kristin Scott-Thomas may find herself the only performer in “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” without a nomination this week, she may at least take consolation in the fact that she can still rock a designer gown. She takes on the luscious Ludivine Sagnier in trashy french flick “Love Crime”

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Reacting to the Golden Globe and Screen Actors’ Guild nominations and assessing how that affects the Oscar race  [3:15 – 24:00]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 

  • “The Hobbit”
  • “Rise of the Guardians”
  • “Love Crime”
  • “Babette’s Feast” (25th anniversary re-release)
  • “Baraka”

[27:35 – 1:05:45]

Closing Segment: Dishing the dirt on 2012 releases we’ve been catching up with: “A Royal Affair”; “Caesar Must Die”; “The Deep Blue Sea”; “The Giant Mechanical Man”; “Vamps”; “Bye Bye Blondie”  
[1:05:50 – 1:20:10]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*[Audio difficulties meant that *The Watson Factor* and *The Poupaud Range* failed to record this week — for interested parties, 1.0 and 1.0.]

Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Sigur Ros, Hoppipolla

Episode 28: Masculine/Feminine [Golden Globe Predictions; Seven Psychopaths; So Undercover]

EPISODE 28: Masculine/Feminine
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It’s Episode 28 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. Awards dominate this week with discussion of the National Board of Review, LA film critics, and Boston film critics prizes, and predicting the Golden Globe and Screen Actors’ Guild nominations. We talk about documentaries “The House I Live In” and “Knuckleball,” before finally getting around to arthouse favourite “Tabu.” And in straddling major extremes of masculinity, Martin McDonagh’s male-dominated “Seven Pscyhopaths” faces off against our second Miley Cyrus film of the year, “So Undercover.” The Miley vehicle brings giggles and shame to an otherwise level-headed episode, but we brought it on ourselves…

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the winners from the National Board of Review, LA film critics’ association, and Boston Society of Film Critics’. [2:35 – 14:40]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 

  • “Seven Psychopaths”
  • “Tabu”
  • “The House I Live In”
  • “Knuckleball”
  • “So Undercover”

[18:20 – 55:35]

Closing Segment: Predicting the Golden Globe nominations, and the Screen Actors’ Guild nominations 
[55:40 – 1:12:10]

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


Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Sky Ferreira, “Everything Is Embarrassing”

Episode 27: Mental Playlists [Amour; Great Expectations; Trouble with the Curve]

EPISODE 27: Mental Playlists
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It’s Episode 27 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 sees the old guard return, with Clint Eastwood back in front of the camera in “Trouble with the Curve,” and austere Austrian mainstay Michael Haneke bringing his Palme d’Or winner “Amour” to Anglo eyes. Dickens’ classic “Great Expectations” and gory Brit-comedy “Sightseers” get a dissection of their own, and after six months Cal has finally seen a 2012 Bollywood production, but is “normal” crime thriller “Talaash” the ideal candidate to ease him in? All this, plus our reaction to the NYFCC winners and a look ahead to the NBR…

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the winners of the New York Film Critics Circle’s annual awards, and a brief look at the Golden Satellite nominations. [1:50 – 13:00]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 

  • “Amour”
  • “Great Expectations”
  • “Sightseers”
  • “Talaash”

[17:15 – 52:20]

Closing Segment: Our review of Clint Eastwood vehicle “Trouble with the Curve” and our predictions for the National Board of Review 
[52:30 – 1:14:25]

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


Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Army Navy, “Slight of Hand”

Episode 26: A Little Bromance [Silver Linings Playbook; Gambit; End of Watch]

EPISODE 26: A Little Bromance
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It’s Episode 26 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 warming up for awards with discussions of Oscar lineups from 1942, 1952, 1962, and 2003, as well as forecasting this year’s nominees. The big release is David O’Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” of which the focus is firmly on Jennifer Lawrence, while buddy-cop drama “End of Watch” has the job of setting this week’s pulses racing. The girls of hotline comedy “For a Good Time, Call..” get our inner-chick mode going, before Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz strip for “Gambit.”  A late squabble about Indian cinema sets Jake and Michael’s bar-setting bromance down some notches, but this was a fun one…

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: The contentious results of the Leeds Film Festival’s audience votes, and championing films and performances that won’t make our year-end lists [2:05 – 14:00]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 

  • “End of Watch”
  • “For a Good Time, Call…”
  • “Gambit”
  • “Lawrence of Arabia” (50th anniversary re-release)

[18:20 – 57:55]

Closing Segment: David O’Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook”: considering the awards chances of its cast, offering examples of actors Oscar-nominated for the wrong films, and predicting next week’s New York Film Critics Circle prizes. 
[58:00 – 1:17:10]

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


Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Ellie Goulding, “Anything Can Happen”

Episode 25: Tricks of the Trade [The Master; Actress Roundtable; Mental]

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A mini milestone is passed in Episode 25 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 our attentions are divided between nutritious world cinema and meaty awards chat, as The Hollywood Reporter’s annual roundtables prompt us to gossip about the females of 2012. From there we move onto reviews of “Mental,” “Jab Tak Hai Jaan,” “Happy Happy,” “A Better Life,” and “On Air,” before returning to process Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” well-publicised as having sent critics spinning. We’re less concerned with the weight of the film than Amy Adams’ elbow grease, which proves just too rich a source of innuendo for some…

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: We chat at length about The Hollywood Reporter’s Actress Roundtable, the participants of which were Amy Adams, Marion Cotillard, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, Naomi Watts, and Rachel Weisz. Who came off best, and which ladies are the frontrunners for awards? [2:40 – 18:10]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 

  • “Mental”
  • “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”
  • “Happy Happy”
  • “A Better Life”
  • “On Air”

[21:10 – 51:55]

Closing Segment: Our thoughts on Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” and discussing the art of balancing double features. 
[52:00 – 1:11:35]

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


Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Missy Elliot, “One Minute Man”

Episode 22: Target Practice [Skyfall; Beasts of the Southern Wild; Sister]


EPISODE 22: Target Practice
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It’s Episode 22 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. As a continent braces itself for the force of nature this week, we tackle the winds of change going on in the Bond franchise. Does “Skyfall” revolutionise Bond for better or worse? We discuss the quaint family drama in Switzerland’s Oscar submission, “Sister,” and in awards hopeful “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Cal goes it alone with reviews of critics darling “Elena,” and the film which united Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez in more ways than one: the seaboard adventure “Dark Tide.” Expect disagreement, derision, and some anticipation for next month’s Amy Adams feast. It’s been far too long…

 
Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the week’s news (Sport, vicious weather & the Wachowskis) and some brief Bond memories ahead of our discussion of “Skyfall” [1:10 – 12:30]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 

  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
  • “Sister”
  • “Elena”
  • “Dark Tide”

[16:25 – 48:00]

Closing Segment: Discussing “Skyfall,” our favourite Bond themes, and responding to listener questions 
[48:20 – 1:10:20]

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

Intro Music: Shirley Bassey, “Goldfinger”/”Propellerheads, “On Our Majesty’s Secret Service”
Outro Music: Adele, “Skyfall”

Episode 18: All That Is Holy [Looper; Untouchable; Holy Motors]




EPISODE 18: All That Is Holy

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It’s Episode 18 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 begin by concentrating on those countries vying to be alien entrants in America’s biggest awards ceremony, as Oscar submissions for Best Foreign Language Film draw to a close. We review two of the contenders: France’s “Untouchable” and India’s “Barfi!” We count down our favourite films concerning time travel after contemplating Rian Johnson’s “Looper,” as well as considering how sex and politics are explored in “The Campaign” and “Hysteria.” The sinister comes in the form of Brit horror-flick “Berberian Sound Studio,” and Leos Carax’s horror show masterpiece  controversy “Holy Motors.” 
(Sadly our conversation about staying power in the presence of Eva mendes (or Green) happened 2 mins after the recording was stopped. We’ll try and get it in next time.)


Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Assessing this year’s race for the Foreign Film Oscar in the wake of the submission deadline, and reviewing one of the frontrunners, France’s “Untouchable.” [2:50 – 26:00]

Reviews of: 

  • “Barfi!”
  • “The Campaign”
  • “Hysteria”
  • “Berberian Sound Studio”
  • “Holy Motors”

[26:01 – 54:00]

Closing Segment: Discussing “Looper” and our top three films involving time travel. 
[54:10 – 1:12:40]


Intro Music: Flight Facilities, “Foreign Language”
Outro Music: Alice In Chains, “Don’t Follow”

Episode 15: That’s My Tolstoy! [Anna Karenina; Lawless; That’s My Boy]




EPISODE 15: That’s My Tolstoy!

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It’s Episode 15 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. We’re sticking with last week’s freer structure, admitting our filmic peeves before laying the smackdown on some new releases. In theory, that should be easy this week, with Adam Sandler releasing a new movie, but will our review of “That’s My Boy” play out quite as expected? The lone foreign language offering is “The Forgiveness of Blood,” Joshua Marston’s long-awaited sophomore effort, while the core genre material is out in force, with sci-fi represented by spiritual space-tale “Love” and John Hillcoat’s latest western “Lawless.” Unsurprisingly, the most contentious topic of the week is Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” which has been likely to ruffle feathers in the Sheppard household for some time. Will this experimental adaptation of a classic novel gain our seal of approval?


Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the week’s news: Venice announces its festival winners, Toronto commences, and the full trailer of “The Master” is released. [1:40 – 16:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of: 

  • “Lawless”
  • “That’s My Boy”
  • “Love”
  • “The Forgiveness of Blood”

[16:10 – 53:50]

Closing Segment: Discussing “Anna Karenina,” our summation of the week in film, and responding to listener questions.

[53:55 – 1:15:40]


Intro Music: Etta James, “At Last”
Outro Music: Shirley Bassey, “The Performance Of My Life”

Episode 13: Identity Crisis [The Imposter; Shadow Dancer; Three Stooges]




EPISODE 13: Identity Crisis

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It’s Episode 13 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. Nothing’s what it seems this week, as we tackle two documentaries about deceit, “The Imposter” and Orson Welles’ re-released “F for Fake.” We’re stopping in at Iran for “Circumstance,” a dose of teen lesbian angst, while we assess how well Andrea Riseborough struggles with moral conscience in James Marsh’s “Shadow Dancer.” “Passion,” the danger-filled new trailer from trash master Brian De Palma, gets the ‘mood for’ treatment, and the episode’s light relief comes in the form of an update of “The Three Stooges.”


Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the trailer for Brian De Palma’s new film “Passion.” [1:40-13:25]

Reviews of: 

  • “Shadow Dancer”
  • “The Three Stooges”
  • “Circumstance”
  • “F for Fake

[13:35-49:20]

Closing Segment: Discussing “The Imposter” and our top three documentaries of all time.

[49:30-1:19:55]


Intro Music: Chris Isaak, “Wicked Games”
Outro Music: Radiohead, “Nude”

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