Episode 167: The Life of Pablo [Oscar Nominations Reaction; Top Ten Films of 2016]
In the wake of the Oscar nominations, Cal and Irini are back to discuss the exciting inclusions and dastardly snubs from this year’s crop, dishing our opinions on an unfortunate Amy Adams and a crowded Best Actress race, conceding to the power of Michael Shannon, and generally shaking our heads in disapproval at Mel Gibson. Elsewhere, we each give our top ten films of 2016, which includes those from Korea, Germany, Argentina, and more! Plus there’s a lot of love for Pablo Larrain, and one of Irini’s favourites receives a less-than-enthusiastic response from Cal.
- Our reactions to this year’s nominees!
[1:35 – 21:00]
Top Ten Films of 2016:
- Our favourite films and performances from the year!
[21:05 – 56:55]
Intro Music: Lady Antebellum, “American Honey”
Outro Music: “Drive It Like You Stole It” (From Sing Street)
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 165: The Tokyo Anecdote [Best Films of 2016 So Far; Venice and Toronto Festival Preview]
It’s Episode 165 of In the Mood for Podcast!
After an eight-month absence, Irini joins Cal to discuss all that cinema has had to offer us in 2016 so far, with both giving their favourite five films and performances of the year, and discussing their personal highlights. With Irini heading to Venice and Cal heading to Toronto, there’s plenty to be excited about concerning festival season. We dig into our biggest hopes from the festivals, and look ahead to year-end releases from Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese, among others. Elsewhere, there’s a Lobster-related story from the heart of Japan, trepidation over Xavier Dolan’s latest cinematic effort fails to faze Irini, and some unexpected virtues of Jaden Smith are revealed.
Best of 2016:
- Counting down our top five films of the year so far!
[10:30 – 23:15]
- Favourite performances, personal highlights, and discussing what films so far may be in the running for year-end awards!
[23:20 – 43:30]
Festival Previews and Anticipation:
- Discussing our biggest hopes from the Venice and Toronto Film Festival lineups, and anticipating end-of-year releases!
[43:35 – 1:06:50]
Intro Music: Channing Tatum, “No Dames”
Outro Music: Dev, “Fireball”