Episode 166: While the Cat’s Away [Venice and Toronto Round-Up; Foreign Language Oscar Race]
It’s Episode 166 of In the Mood for Podcast!
Irini and Cal return from Venice and Toronto respectively, worn out but nevertheless enthused about many of the films showing in this year’s festival season. Tune in for thoughts on the prizes from each festival, plus commentary on La La Land, Arrival, Toni Erdmann, Jackie, and much much more! We also dig a little into the entries for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar, and speculate on whether this can finally be the year of Amy Adams. Elsewhere, there’s a silent prayer for Brad and Angelina’s marital collapse, thunder threatens to halt the podcast, and nobody can seem to find Irini’s cat Chiara.
Intro Music: Lana Del Rey, “High By the Beach”
Outro Music: B*Witched, “Blame It On the Weatherman”
Episode 128: ‘Tis the Season to be Juli [Still Alice; Big Eyes; Exodus; Unbroken]
Episode 128: ‘Tis the Season to be Juli
It’s Episode 128 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.
It’s our last episode of 2014 so we take the opportunity to celebrate the best films we’ve reviewed on the podcast this year, and our favourite performances, which includes a surprising Supporting Actress win from Pete. This week’s reviews include the Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and Angelina Jolie’s audacious survival tale “Unbroken,” while Pete caught Jimi Hendrix biopic “Jimi: All Is By My Side.” We discuss fradulent artist drama “Big Eyes,” starring Amy Adams, while we assess Julianne Moore’s bid for a long overdue Oscar in heavy-going Alzheimer’s tale “Still Alice.” Elsewhere, the death of the last remaining acting Oscar winner from the 1930s resurrects a common complaint, we scrutinize this year’s Foreign Language Oscar race some more, there’s a Razzie-level performance in one of this week’s films, and the podcast is interrupted by the children and dogs in Cal’s packed household.
- The death of Luise Rainer
- Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter split up
- Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist is revealed
[2:35 – 16:40]
- Big Eyes
- Exodus: Gods and Kings
- Jimi: All Is By My Side
- Still Alice
[24:25 – 1:11:40]
Closing Segment: Discussing our favourite films and performances reviewed on the podcast in 2014!
[1:11:45 – 1:17:55]
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: Baha Men, “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
Episode 124: The Gay in Engaging [The Imitation Game; The Drop; Life Itself]
It’s Episode 124 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 beer is flowing, and so is the innuendo, as Pete finally has the keys to his brand new house. This forces Cal into a distillation of jukebox classics, before we review the new releases, which include Michael Roskam’s “The Drop” and Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself,” which prompts Pete to recite some of Roger Ebert’s more baffling reviews. In the wake of Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game” we get chatting about our favourite gay characters and icons of cinema, featuring discussion of Oscar Wilde and Billie Holiday, while Cal discloses some of the recent films he’s caught up with from earlier in the year, including a horror film about an urban archaeologist. A hefty news segment sees us discuss Angelina Jolie’s adoption of Derbyshire dialect, plus Eddie Redmayne’s fuckability sees a boost, and Fashion Police finally found a replacement for Joan Rivers. Elsewhere, the cast of Downton Abbey are out in force this week, Cal is feeling guilty for leaving Matthias Schoenaerts in the lurch, we float the possibility of a Tallulah Bankhead biopic starring Cate Blanchett, and Pete recounts a regretful dancefloor moment set to the music of Vanilla Ice.
- Chris Hemsworth voted People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”
- Angelina Jolie’s Derby Moment
- Kathy Griffin announced as Joan Rivers’ replacement on Fashion Police
- The trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” is out
[4:15 – 23:10]
- The Drop
- Life Itself
[30:25 – 52:15]
Closing Segment: Our take on Oscar-tipped Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game,” and discussing LGBT heroes of the film world!
[52:20 – 1:13:00]
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: This Mortal Coil, “Holocaust”
Episode 104: Miscarriages of Justice [The Fault In Our Stars; Jersey Boys; Miss Violence]
Episode 104: Miscarriages of Justice
It’s Episode 104 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.
Irini M. returns this week to help us discuss our favourite films and performances from 2014 so far, leading to a disagreement about Wes Anderson, yet more discussion of Xavier Dolan, and a fierce defence of a podcast fantasy favourite. The week’s reviews see us flirt with both familiarity and contempt, as Cedric Klapisch’s trilogy-capping “Chinese Puzzle” was finally released in the UK, while not all of us were happy about the Venice trophy haul of Greek family drama “Miss Violence.” We tackle cancer flick “The Fault In Our Stars,” Cal goes it alone for Clint Eastwood’s foray into the musical genre, “Jersey Boys,” while the latest batch of non-sporting news calls for a Desplat love-in, and a discussion of everyone’s favourite Hong Kong auteur. Pete continues to liken the faults of World Cinema to Roy Hodgson’s World Cup tactics, a listener question provokes a passionate defence of Greek patriotism from Irini, and a controversial pitch for a new Jennifer Lopez rom-com provides an early FYC for next year’s compilation.
The week’s news:
- Alexandre Desplat announced as the President of the jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival
- Wong Kar-Wai’s new film is on the way
- Gerry Conlon, subject of the film “In the Name of the Father,” dies aged 60
[2:30 – 14:45]
Listener Questions from Ibbi
[14:50 – 20:35]
- The Fault In Our Stars
- Chinese Puzzle
- Miss Violence
- Jersey Boys
[33:45 – 1:14:00]
Closing Segment: 2014’s mid-year awards, in which we discuss our favourite and least favourite films and performances from the year so far!
[1:14:05 – 1:35:35]
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: Alexandre Desplat, “Depart Pour La Guerre” (from “The Well Digger’s Daughter”)
Episode 101: The Besmirchment of Hermione [Edge of Tomorrow; Maleficent; Ilo Ilo]
Episode 101: The Besmirchment of Hermione
It’s Episode 101 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 debut review of perennial podcast talking point and all-around legend, Liv Ullmann, whose return to the screen in German Oscar entry “Two Lives” got tongues wagging, but did its tepid tale of espionage make a lasting impression on us? In the wake of this week’s Singapore film “Ilo Ilo,” we get to talking about other recent Camera d’Or winners at the Cannes Film Festival, touching on some films Pete doesn’t really like, and one in particular that he can’t get enough of. Elsewhere, only one of us saw Angelina Jolie strut her stuff in Disney spin-off “Maleficent,” and the sheer insanity of Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow” had us knocked for six. Listen, as we rue a series of missed opportunities and get into a passionate discussion about the importance of film critics, while Pete rants about the recent career choices of a podcast favourite and a former co-star of Emily Blunt gets an unexpected shout-out. Vive le Yorkshire!
The week’s news:
- Ken Loach complains about critics
[5:25 – 11:25]
Opening Segment: Discussing the winners of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, since 2000, featuring discussion of “Reconstruction,” “Hunger,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and more!
[11:35 – 21:40]
- Ilo Ilo
- Two Lives
[29:10 – 58:05]
Closing Segment: Our take on Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow,” starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt!
[58:10 – 1:11:15]
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: The Shirelles, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”
Episode 65: Preferential Pork [About Time; Blackfish; Any Day Now]
Episode 65: Preferential Pork
It’s Episode 65 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.
Festivals are on the brain this week, as we discuss the unexpected winners from Venice’s Bertolucci-headed jury, and what to expect from the London Film Festival in October. Cal saw a rare film outing for Alan Cumming, in gay adoption drama “Any Day Now,” and braced the bloody horror “No One Lives,” while Pete opted for killer whale documentary “Blackfish.” We have a review of the academic “Museum Hours,” and Richard Curtis’ “About Time,” which Cal only saw a quarter of, due to some terrible projection incompetence in Hammersmith, and the Red Light District returns with films from the 1940s and 1980s. All this, plus our usual digressions, in which we launch into tangents on the prospect of a Liv Ullman comeback, the benefits of “Certified Copy,” and why Charles Laughton’s ham is more tolerable than Philip Seymour Hoffman’s.
The Week’s News, featuring discussion about this year’s honourary Oscars, Meryl Streep’s Oscar category reversal, Germany’s Foreign Language Oscar submission, and some “Blue is the Warmest Colour” controversy [3:00 – 12:20]
Opening Segment: Discussing the winners from this year’s Venice Film Festival, and the recently announced lineup for the London Film Festival! [12:25 – 22:10]
- Any Day Now
- About Time
- No One Lives
- Museum Hours
[25:45 – 1:10:00]
Closing Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion about “Barfly,” “Flying Lessons,” “The Suspect,” and “World War Z” [1:10:05 – 1:18:40]
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range
Outro Music: Cat Power, “The Greatest”