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Episode 148: The No in Pacino [San Andreas; Man Up; Danny Collins]


Episode 148: The No in Pacino
[1:25:34]
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It’s Episode 148 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 begins with a lengthy opening, featuring discussion of Sofia Coppola’s travails with the studio system, a long overdue film on the Suffragette movement, and a retrospective of Al Pacino in the wake of the release of “Danny Collins.” There are also reviews of disaster action movie “San Andreas,” Iranian vampire flick “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” and romantic comedy “Man Up,” which propelled us into a digression concerning the politics of internet dating. Elsewhere, Cal is forced into a Neil Diamond-style rendition, a certain Antipodean singer narrowly avoids a dreaded Ehle Omission, while Pete disses the vocal talents of a British redhead, much to Cal’s chagrin.

The week’s news: Some Birthday wishes, plus news on Sofia Coppola’s exit from “The Little Mermaid,” the opener of this year’s London Film Festival, and a chat about Al Pacino!

[4:40 – 23:43]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Danny Collins                                                       33:15 – 44:29
  • Man Up                                                                  44:30 – 55:14
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night               55:15 – 1:02:15
  • San Andreas                                                        1:02:16 – 1:15:07


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: The Connells, “74-75”

Episode 145: The Two Toms [Far From the Madding Crowd; Unfriended; Elsa + Fred]

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Episode 145: The Two Toms
[58:49]
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It’s Episode 145 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.


Our latest episode is our shortest yet, as connection problems plagued our recording, and this week’s offering of films was fairly minimal. The big question this week is whether negative preconceptions about Thomas Hardy and Thomas Vinterberg respectively, could be conquered when we sat down for  period romance “Far From the Madding Crowd”. Elsewhere, we both caught geriatric romance “Elsa + Fred,” starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, while Cal was in the queue for social media horror “Unfriended,” which gets us talking about the value of gimmicks. Plus: a series of listener questions leads to an inquisition into last week’s Pootsition and the advent of a new segment, there are digressions about the strength of 1964’s Best Actress and 2004’s Best Actor fields, and Pete launches an unexpectedly vicious assault on the work of Julian Jarrold.

Listener Questions [Ibbi]

[3:50 – 13:19]

Red Light District: Revealing the non-new films we’ve been catching up with in the past month, featuring discussion of “Dead Ringer,” “Middle of the Night,” The Pirate,” and “Up”

[13:20 – 19:08]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Elsa + Fred                                                    22:45 – 31:52
  • Unfriended                                                    31:53 – 37:40
  • Far From the Madding Crowd                 37:41 – 47:32


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige, “F For You”

Episode 117: The Ballad of Pitt & Brit [Maps to the Stars; I Origins; Ida]


Episode 117: The Ballad of Pitt & Brit

[1:29:34]
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It’s Episode 117 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 distinctly non-sober affair, as birthday drinks crippled Cal’s ability to function (he wants you to know that he is fully aware that Joanne Woodward is American), but we managed to get through this week’s busy line-up of films in under ninety minutes. Pete caught Denzel Washington thriller “The Equalizer” and Mike Cahill’s treatise on faith vs. science, “I Origins,” while Cal was in the queue for horror flick “Honeymoon” and had time to rewatch Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida.” After that, both of us weigh in on David Cronenberg’s Hollywood satire “Maps to the Stars,” featuring Cannes Best Actress winner Julianne Moore, which leads us into a discussion of women from the past who have received that honour. Elsewhere, banter about pop music shifts from Taylor Swift onto Cheryl Cole, we ponder how long George Clooney’s marriage will last, a Christie Clanger from last week is addressed, and preconceptions for David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” (reviewed next week) get laid bare.

The Week’s News:
  • George Clooney marries in Venice
  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions: Russia submit “Leviathan”; Argentina submit “Wild Tales”
  • Al Pacino receives a BAFTA Fellowship

[5:10 – 19:15]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Ida
  • The Equalizer
  • Honeymoon
  • I Origins

[25:00 – 1:00:05]

Closing Segment: Our take on David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars,” and discussing the history of Best Actress winners at the Cannes Film Festival!

[1:00:10 – 1:21:15]

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

Outro Music: Cheryl Cole, “Crazy Stupid Love”

Episode 114: The Paris Clanger [Before I Go To Sleep; Life of Crime; They Came Together]

Episode 114: The Paris Clanger
[1:31:26]
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It’s Episode 114 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 tale of two halves, as Irini M. joins us once again, having spent the past week or so trawling across the lido of Venice. She brings us extensive coverage of the film festival, reviewing most of the competition line-up, and dishing her verdict on (among other things) why Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” left Italy empty-handed, and why Kim Ki-Duk’s filmmaking style is getting rather insufferable. Eventually we get to reviewing new releases, with Nicole Kidman’s new amnesiac thriller “Before I Go To Sleep” leaving us with head-scratching thoughts on the film’s title, and even more perplexing notions about its logic. We’re also on board for the sequel to Nicholas McCarthy’s promising “The Pact,” worryingly left in the hands of new directors, while Cal reviews David Wain’s romantic comedy pastiche “We Came Together,” and we tackle Elmore Leonard adaptation “Life of Crime. Listen for our theories on why Kirsten Dunst won Best Actress at Cannes, which former feline-loving Oscar winner Al Pacino may be slyly mocking, which British singer forces Pete to recoil in horror, and what this week’s Christie clanger has to do with Paris Hilton’s wardrobe.


The Week’s News


Opening Segment: 
Discussing the prizes awarded at this year’s Venice Film Festival, plus guest Irini M. provides coverage of many other films which played at the festival, including “Birdman,” “3 Hearts,” “Manglehorn,” “Red Amnesia,” and “She’s Funny That Way”

[4:35 – 40:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Pact II
  • Life of Crime
  • They Came Together
  • Before I Go To Sleep

[47:20 – 1:23:50]

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

Outro Music: Friendly Fires, “Paris”

Episode 112: Plenty of Fish [Lucy; Two Days, One Night]

Episode 112: Plenty of Fish
[1:23:59]
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It’s Episode 112 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 returning late from a rather heavy Bank Holiday weekend, with reviews of two films featuring mega Hollywood actresses. Luc Besson’s “Lucy” is the latest film in a prolific spell for the delectable Scarlett Johansson, while Marion Cotillard returns to her world cinema roots in the Dardennes brothers’ “Two Days, One Night,” which sees us getting personal about our own ethics. Elsewhere, we discuss the career of Richard Attenborough, some encouraging news for Scandinavian cinema, and Pete reveals his decision-making behind the decoration for his new house, a quarter of which features work by perennial podcast favourite Wong Kar-Wai. The week’s digressions include a brief lament over Amy Adams’ patchy filmography, Faye Dunaway’s destructive diva period, and Andie MacDowell’s bizarre behaviour on Twitter. We talk about the popular Ice Bucket Challenge (which we’re both snubbing), the Naomi Christie accent controversy rumbles on, and the Joe Wright rant of the week features some far from encouraging words for the men of Belgium.

The Week’s News:
  • The death of Richard Attenborough
  • Susanne Bier’s “Serena” to hit UK cinemas in October
  • Pete’s decoration of film stills

[1:35 – 23:40]


Red Light District: This month’s pimping session, featuring discussion of “Coherence,” “Philomena,” “Symptoms,” “Thirteen At Dinner,” and “What’s Up Doc?”

[24:50 – 34:10]

Reviews of:
  • Lucy
  • Two Days, One Night

[39:30 – 1:12:35]

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

Outro Music: Gossip, “Get a Job”

Episode 111: The Moribund Monologues [The Congress; Finding Vivian Maier; Blood Ties]


Episode 111: The Moribund Monologues

[1:29:37]
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It’s Episode 111 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 pay tribute to two legends of the screen, as we discuss our favourite career highlights of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. The week’s releases offered few options, but we both managed to catch photographic documentary “Finding Vivian Maier” and Ari Folman’s live action/animation hybrid “The Congress,” which led us to some mighty preconceptions about Robin Wright. Pete saw the latest Simon Pegg comedy “Hector and the Search for Happiness” but only managed to come out of it with appreciation for one woman, while a surprise masculine presence in Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties” had Cal rather satisfied. Digressions are aplenty this week, as we take time out from the films to discuss the downfall of Gary Busey, lament Miley Cyrus’s break from acting, and list the problems that arise when normal moviegoers see foreign films. Elsewhere, an unexpected Gorillaz sing-off makes the final edit, recent dread for Daniel Radcliffe’s new film sees it excised from this month’s schedule, while a factual clanger from last week’s episode forces Cal into an apology, much to the amusement of Pete.

The Week’s News:
  • David Ayer’s “Fury” to close London Film Festival
  • The death of Robin Williams
  • The death of Lauren Bacall

[4:45 – 21:00]

Reviews of:
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness
  • Blood Ties

[32:00 – 1:02:55]

Closing Segment: Discussing Ari Folman’s “The Congress,” the career path of Robin Wright, and revealing our favourite films that are bat-shit crazy!

[1:03:00 – 1:19:30]

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

Outro Music: A-Ha, “Take On Me”

Episode 109: All About the Bantz [Hercules; Joe; The Films of 1977]


Episode 109: All About the Bantz

[1:40:21]
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It’s Episode 109 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 let the reviews take a back seat, as we focus on festival fare and classic cinema. Podcast stalwart Irini M. is back with us to discuss the line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival (which she will be attending) but abandons us after half an hour, forcing Pete to turn to poetry for consolation. We take (a lot of) time out to discuss the year that was 1977, talking about the year’s critics prizes, Oscar winners, and our personal top tens, leading to digressions about a classic catfight between Shirley MaClaine and Anne Bancroft, and a disappointing gay denial from Cal’s student days. Elsewhere, we chat about David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” sci-fi adventure “Earth to Echo,” and mythological action film “Hercules,” which Pete’s piano pupil was conspicuously absent from. Tune in to discover which Hong Kong director (no – not that one) got Pete and Irini excited, how the approach to casting of Luis Bunuel and Pier Pasolini was beyond liberal, and why the party island of Ibiza will force a mini-podcast hiatus.


The Week’s News:
  • The trailer for Liv Ullmann’s “Miss Julie” is released

Opening Segment: Discussing the recently-announced lineup for this year’s Venice Film Festival, featuring films from Roy Andersson, Ramin Bahrani, and Andrew Niccol!

[3:55 – 20:40]

Listener Questions [Ibbi]

[20:45 – 29:35]

Preconception Corner

Classic Segment: Discussing our favourite films and performances from 1977, touching upon films by William Friedkin, Paul Verhoeven, and Fred Zinnemann,  and performances by Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, and Quinn Cummings! Plus much more!

[38:35 – 1:16:55]

Reviews of:
  • Joe
  • Earth to Echo
  • Hercules

[1:17:00 – 1:34:05]

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

Outro Music: Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A”

Episode 91: Serial Offenders [Starred Up; About Last Night; The Rocket]



Episode 91: Serial Offenders

[1:24:19]
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It’s Episode 91 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.
 
Pete makes plans to search for Caroline Dhavernas this week, as he jets off to her homestead of Canada for a family wedding, but before that we have news of a seriously enticing new sitcom, a musical comeback of epic proportions, and we remember a couple of great contributors to the world of cinema. We also talk quite a bit about football, touching on last week’s “Under the Skin,” Celtic vs. Hibs controversy, but if you’re sick of us banging on about sport, you might want to skip the first ten minutes. This week’s films include blomantic comedy “About Last Night,” touching Australian tale “The Rocket,” and British thriller “Starred Up,” the latter of which Cal managed to get through the entirety of thinking that Rupert Friend was actually Orlando Bloom. Meanwhile, we head on a litany of digressions, some of which concern the best uses of Rita Hayworth, the career of the Dardennes brothers, and our favourite portrayals of alcoholics. Dig in.


Introduction and news


This month’s Red Light District: Featuring discussion of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “The Emperor’s New Groove,” “Robot & Frank,” “Sherman’s March,” and “The Westerner”

[12:00 – 24:00]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • About Last Night
  • Starred Up
  • The Rocket

[33:45 – 1:16:00]

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

Outro Music: Kim Wilde, “Cambodia”

Episode 88: The Cheese Connection [Oscar Predictions; The Lego Movie; Only Lovers Left Alive]



Episode 88: The Cheese Connection

[1:18:54]
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It’s Episode 88 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 this week’s episode we deviate between the worlds of arthouse and animation, as we review critical cartoon hits “The Lego Movie” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” gay murder mystery drama “Stranger By the Lake” and moody vampire tale “Only Lovers Left Alive,” but was everything awesome on all fronts? And then we launch into some Oscar predictions in 21 of the 24 categories, discussing if the year might echo 1972’s Godfather vs. Cabaret tussle, and whether justice can prevail in the Supporting Actress race. We ponder whether anyone will remember what Tilda Swinton won her Oscar for, why Pink might be the hottest colour at the ceremony, Tom Ford’s idealisation of street corners, and the revelation that dwarf-throwing is still prevalent in modern society. Pete’s Dad also makes a brief cameo, although he didn’t get a chance to enlighten us on the virtues of Lindsay Lohan and Dolly Parton.


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Harold Ramis
    • Performers announced for the Oscars
    • Zhang Yimou to helm first English language film

[2:20 – 8:10]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Lego Movie
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  • Stranger By the Lake
  • Only Lovers Left Alive

[15:05 – 48:55]

Closing Segment: Our predictions for this year’s Academy Awards!

[49:00 – 1:10:30]

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

Outro Music: Rihanna, “Russian Roulette”
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