Episode 116: The Decoy Tots [The Giver; Magic in the Moonlight; A Walk Among the Tombstones]
Episode 116: The Decoy Tots
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It’s Episode 116 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.
After last week’s super-long episode, we lament Cal’s laissez faire approach to editing, but this edition managed to sail under the ninety-minute mark fairly smoothly. The Red Light District is back, as we discuss films starring Nina Hoss and Richard Burton, a dishonest Dogme flick, plus Cal’s return to awards completion gets us analysing two Best Actress Oscar races, one of which features one of the biggest snubs of all time. New releases include baseball underdog drama “Million Dollar Arm,” of which the MVP was plain for both of us to see, and Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight,” which Pete unsurprisingly snubbed. There’s also Liam Neeson thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” and Philip Noyce’s “The Giver,” which Pete managed to smear in innuendo and spend forever on divulging the plot of. Taylor Swift’s presence in the film forces both of us to admit some admiration for her lyrical hand, while her likeness to a famously jilted tennis player instigates discussion of a disastrous celebrity relationship. Elsewhere, there’s a postponed Joe Wright rant from last week, Pete’s parents’ holiday snaps struggle to emulate Michael Ballhaus, and the natural charm of one of this week’s actresses leads to a new qualification in the Olsen Factor.
The Week’s News
- Foreign Language submissions from France, Belgium, Canada, and Hong Kong
[2:25 – 8:20]
Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion of “Barbara,” “Elena,” “Mifune’s Last Song,” “Mourning Becomes Electra,” “Passion Fish,” “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold” and “Win/Win”
[8:25 – 23:15]
- Million Dollar Arm
- A Walk Among the Tombstones
- Magic in the Moonlight
- The Giver
[29:15 – 1:12:15]
Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Olsen Factor
The Isaac Range
Episode 71: The Lazarus Situation [London Film Festival; Captain Phillips; Prince Avalanche]
Episode 71: The Lazarus Situation
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It’s Episode 71 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 London Film Festival special, as we round up some of the films we caught in the capital, including competition winner “Ida,” and acclaimed German drama “The Police Officer’s Wife.” We discuss directors battling conflicts with studios, including Darren Aronofsky and Olivier Dahan, before launching into an assault on Harvey Weinstein, after one of us saw the compromised cut of Wong Kar-Wai’s “The Grandmaster.” Cal tackles new releases “Prince Avalanche” and Belgian Oscar entry “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” before we reveal whether we liked Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” as much as similar Danish thriller “A Hijacking,” and ponder what on earth Catherine Keener is doing in the film. Tune in for digressions about Melissa George’s hair, the Best Actor Oscar lineup of 1994, and the dangers of meeting Americans in Eastern Europe.
The Week’s News:
- Catherine Deneuve turns 70
- “The Wolf of Wall Street” to be released this year
- Olivier Dahan vs. Harvey Weinstein
- Darren Aronofsky vs. Christians
[3:35 – 12:30]
Opening Segment: Our round-up of the London Film Festival, featuring discussion of “Bends,” “The Grandmaster,” “Ida,” “Must Have Been Love,” “On My Way,” and “The Police Officer’s Wife.”
[12:35 – 47:50]
- Prince Avalanche
- The Broken Circle Breakdown
[52:25 – 1:02:30]
Closing Segment: Our take on seaboard-set adventure “Captain Phillips,” and discussing our favourite films set on the open water! [1:02:35 – 1:17:10]
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range
Outro Music: Tori Amos, “Talula”