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Episode 136: The Abrupt Apology [Blackhat; Cake; Predestination]

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Episode 136: The Abrupt Apology
[1:56:06]
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It’s Episode 136 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.


Despite Pete’s efforts toward the contrary, this week’s episode is our longest yet, as we dig into our year-end awards, disclosing more than a little about our favourite films and performances. We also react to this past Sunday’s Academy Awards, measuring “Birdman” up against the Best Picture winners of the past and speculating about how its leading man couldn’t also sail to victory. The week’s reviews include time travel thriller “Predestination,” starring podcast favourite Ethan Hawke, Jennifer Aniston’s failed Oscar bid, “Cake,” and Michael Mann’s latest procedural drama “Blackhat,” which one of us walked out on. Meanwhile, Anna Kendrick is – quite literally – a vision, there’s an appearance from Gloria Gaynor, and Pete has an abrupt apology for one of last week’s performers after omitting her from The Pootsition.

The week’s news:
  • Kristin Stewart makes history with Cesar win
  • Birdman wins the Best Picture Oscar (+ other reaction)

[4:00 – 20:53]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Blackhat                                28:10 – 38:48
  • Predestination                    38:49 – 46:55
  • Cake                                       46:56 – 1:00:26

Closing Segment: Revealing our top ten films of 2014, and discussing our favourite performances (in quite a bit of depth)!

[1:00:27 – 1:4]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Manic Street Preachers, “Australia”
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Episode 135: The Shame of Seamus [Fifty Shades of Grey; Kingsman; Love Is Strange; Oscar Predictions]

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Episode 135: The Shame of Seamus
[1:36:58]
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It’s Episode 135 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 discuss the upcoming Oscars, casting our predictions for 20 of the 24 categories, and mulling over the scenarios that could befall presumed leaders “Birdman” and “Boyhood,” plus there’s big news from Berlin, as Charlotte Rampling stakes a claim for a place at next year’s Oscars. We get physical, as Pete was the podcast representative for Matthew Vaughn’s violent spy thriller “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” while Sam Taylor-Johnson’s hotly-anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” had its own share of weaponry. It’s fair to say that the erotic mega-hit wasn’t really going to be up either of our alleys, but the assembled crew generated cause for excitement. Pete snubbed Marisa Tomei but Cal managed to catch Ira Sachs’ latest gay-themed drama “Love is Strange,” while a seven-film haul in the Red Light District leads to discussion of the Best Actor Oscar race of 1998, Tyrone Power’s limited acting ability, and the allure of Dylan McDermott. Elsewhere, this week’s Joe Wright rant concerns a lesser-known Scottish actor, we’re once again reminded of the original Huston Problem, and there’s an unexpected nod to Sabrina the Teenage Witch. 

The week’s news:
  • The death of Louis Jordan
  • Berlin Film Festival winners

[2:35 – 10:04]

Red Light District: Pimping the best films we’ve seen from yesteryear, featuring discussion of “The Flight of the Phoenix,” “Gods and Monsters,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Inside Moves,” “The Luck of the Irish,” “The Prowler,” and “Reuben, Reuben”!

[10:05 – 26:53]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service                      36:13 – 45:33
  • Love Is Strange                                                  45:34 – 56:03
  • Fifty Shades of Grey                                         56:04 – 1:13:07

Closing Segment: Predicting this year’s Oscar winners, featuring discussion of everything from the big “Boyhood” vs. “Birdman” tussle, to the closely fought Best Editing race, to the likelihood of an upset in the Best Foreign Language Film category!

[1:13:08 – 1:29:30]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Coldplay, “Yellow”

Episode 134: The Muttley Snigger [Selma; Jupiter Ascending; Miss Julie; Shaun the Sheep]

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Episode 134: The Muttley Snigger
[1:33:11]
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It’s Episode 134 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 discuss the various Oscar races in the wake of the BAFTA winners, touching upon Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s amusingly reduced moniker at the ceremony, the best of the speeches, and the closeness of the Boyhood vs. Birdman Best Picture tussle. It’s a week of mixed expectations on the podcast, as we review the ethereal Jessica Chastain’s latest passion project “Miss Julie,” helmed by Pete’s favourite actress and female director Liv Ullmann, while buzz was in the gutter for the Wachowski siblings’ “Jupiter Ascending,” which Cal managed to catch this past weekend. Meanwhile, Pete’s decision to venture out for the “Shaun the Sheep Movie” was the talk of the workplace, and we finally get around to digging into the controversies surrounding Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” starring an Oscar-snubbed David Oyelowo. It’s fair to say that the plot rundown of the week’s sole Science-fiction effort didn’t exactly go smoothly, while Pete underwent a Punjabi plight at one of this week’s screenings, and Ernest Borgnine’s infamous Brokeback bigotry gets dragged up for another airing. 

The week’s news:
  • Ziyi Zhang receives a grandiose marriage proposal
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu wins the DGA
  • BAFTA winners

[2:45 – 20:35]

Preconception Corner


Reviews of:

  • Jupiter Ascending                                             32:40 – 44:33
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie                                   44:34 – 54:32
  • Miss Julie                                                            54:33 – 1:06:10
  • Selma                                                                   1:06:11 – 1:22:00


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Lucinda Williams, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road”

Episode 132: The Virtues of Ed [A Most Violent Year; Citizenfour; Ex Machina]

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Episode 132: The Virtues of Ed
[1:17:33]
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It’s Episode 132 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 sees us catch up on last week’s excised news segment by discussing the line-up for the upcoming Berlin Film Festival, as well as the announcement that the Coen brothers will rule over this year’s Cannes jury. Elsewhere, we offer our thoughts on the shifting Oscar races in the wake of the PGA and SAG winners, before revealing our thoughts on the week’s releases which includes controversial nominated documentary “Citizenfour.” Cal was in the queue for Anna Karenina lovers Domnhall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander’s reunion in sci-fi flick “Ex Machina,” and he also had time to see Mark Wahlberg’s blackjack skills in Rupert Wyatt’s “The Gambler,” while we both settled down for the latest work from podcast favourites Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, in eighties-set drama “A Most Violent Year.” Elsewhere, some random digressions test our film geek credentials, an underappreciated child performance gets us discussing the 2001 Best Actor Oscar roster, and the unexpected cosmetic virtues of a certain whistleblower tickles Cal’s fancy.

The week’s news:
  • Joel and Ethan Coen to preside over this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury
  • The full line-up is revealed for this year’s Berlin Film Festival
  • Birdman wins the PGA
  • Screen Actors Guild award winners

[1:50 – 23:05]

Preconception Corner


Reviews of:

  • Ex Machina                                                   27:55 – 36:19
  • Citizenfour                                                    36:20 – 46:16
  • The Gambler                                                 46:17 – 55:17
  • A Most Violent Year                                   55:18 – 1:05:52


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Liza Minnelli + Joel Grey, “Money Money”

Episode 130: Jardiner du Jour [Foxcatcher; Into the Woods; Predicting the Oscar Noms]

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Episode 130: Jardiner du Jour

[1:34:05]
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It’s Episode 130 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 only have two films this week, but the episode is jam-packed, thanks to Sunday’s Golden Globe awards and the impending Oscar nominations. We discuss the highlights from the ceremony, and the impact of recent events on all of the major Oscar races, speculating whether Jennifer Aniston can really seal the deal, and if there’s any room for manoeuvre in that seemingly locked Supporting Actress lineup. Elsewhere, negative preconceptions concerning Steve Carell are tested when we review Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” and Pete’s far-from-impressed verdict on “Into the Woods” sees Cal and Irini scrambling to defend the Disney musical. The return of the Red Light District sees us chat about the days when Leos Carax was joyful, the banality of Adolf Eichmann, and Jean-Luc Godard’s contempt for iPhones, while Pete has his own bridges to burn with social media, and none of us are quite sure how to pronounce Isabel Coixet’s name.

The Week’s News:
  • The death of Anita Ekberg
  • The death of Francesco Rosi
  • The death of Samuel Goldwyn Jr
  • Isabel Coixet’s new film to open Berlin Film Festival

Opening Segment: 
Our review of Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, featuring reaction to the winners, the speeches, and of course the fashion!

[7:20 – 27:35]


Preconception Corner


Reviews of:

  • Foxcatcher
  • Into the Woods

[33:50 – 57:10]


Red Light District: 
Pimping the best films we’ve seen lately, featuring discussion of “Alice in the Cities,” “Beginners,” “Cleo from 5 to 7,” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” “Force Majeure,” “Goodbye to Language,” “Hannah Arendt,” “Haute Cuisine,” “The Night Is Young,” and “Trial”!

[57:20 – 1:10:50]


Closing Segment: 
Predicting the upcoming Oscar nominations! Will “Foxcatcher” go the way of “The Master”? Will Amy Adams make it six nominations in nine years? Will Cal have to see “The Judge”?

[1:10:55 – 1:27:15]

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

Outro Music: Beck, “Devil’s Haircut”

Episode 129: Flights of Fancy [Birdman; The Theory of Everything; Enemy]


Episode 129: Flights of Fancy

[1:32:38]
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It’s Episode 129 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 episode, we turn our attention to the awards race, as this week sees the release of two films vying for Oscars, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s meditation on the theatre, “Birdman,” and spirited Stephen Hawking drama “The Theory of Everything”. We also take the opportunity to discuss the Producers Guild Award nominations and the winners from the National Society of Film Critics’ annual round of voting, touching (lightly) upon a victory for Jean-Luc Godard, and speculating about the Oscar chances of Timothy Spall, Marion Cotillard, and Rene Russo among others. Elsewhere, Pete’s improvable opinion of Denis Villeneuve is tested when Jake Gyllenhaal takes on a double role in “Enemy” and last year’s Norwegian Foreign Language Oscar entry “Kon-Tiki” finally made British shores, while some disappointing controversy about the latest Nicholas Cage film, “Dying of the Light,” threatens to overshadow the review. Meanwhile, there’s news of upheaval for the Factor and Range, Cal’s latest reading material provides a window into the Best Picture Oscar race of 1967 and Rex Harrison’s bad behaviour, and Felicity Jones’ sixties attire may finally have won over her childhood cohort.

The Week’s News:
  • Mark Schultz turns his back on “Foxcatcher”
  • Producers Guild Award nominations are announced
  • National Society of Film Critics winners

[2:40 – 14:45]


Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Theory of Everything
  • Kon-Tiki
  • Dying of the Light
  • Enemy

[26:00 – 1:03:10]

Closing Segment: Our take on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” discussing the Best Picture race, and our favourite films about the theatre!

[1:03:15 – 1:22:45]

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

Outro Music: The National, “All the Wine”

Episode 121: The Porky Cheese Story [Fury; Serena; The Babadook]

Episode 121: The Porky Cheese Story
[1:28:30]
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It’s Episode 121 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 might have been delayed this week, but we’re back with four new releases, including the highly-anticipated horror film “The Babadook,” the trailer of which has been amusing us for weeks. Cal was the only one in the queue for Susanne Bier’s delayed period drama “Serena,” starring everyone’s favourite ballroom duo, while we both caught Bille August’s slow-burning mystery “Night Train to Lisbon,” although Cal saw it over a year ago! We end by discussing World War II drama “Fury,” which leads us onto calamitous film scores and the wonder of Terrence Malick. Elsewhere, we chat about the Best Picture races of 1998 and 1945, the Hibs vs. Celtic debate from our “Under the Skin” review is finally settled, and a listener question forces us to address the temperament of a certain female tennis player. We discuss why it doesn’t pay to be a fan of Ed Sheeran, Melanie Laurent is plagued with Huston problems, Pete manages to diss Carey Mulligan twice, and a sixty year-old sexpot has the potential to upset Elizabeth Olsen next week.

The Week’s News:
  • Stephen Daldry’s “Trash” wins Best Film at the Rome Film Festival 
  • Harvey Weinstein calls for a change to production credits
  • Gotham Film Award nominations are announced

[3:20 – 16:50]

Listener question: Favourite Serena Williams match? [Ibbi]

[16:55 – 22:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Babadook
  • Night Train to Lisbon
  • Serena
  • Fury

[30:25 – 1:09:35]

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

Outro Music: Perfume Genius, “Grid”

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 107: The Four Percent Rule [Boyhood; Begin Again; How To Train Your Dragon 2]



Episode 107: The Four Percent Rule

[1:32:12]
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It’s Episode 107 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 turn our attention to the upcoming Venice Film Festival, discussing the just-announced opening film for 2014, and the recent history of openers at the festival, which include two Steven Spielberg films and a derranged noir effort from Brian DePalma. Change is on the horizon, as the World Cup is over and Pete is now a home owner, but he still couldn’t pluck up the courage to experience Keira Knightley’s vocal tones in John Carney’s “Begin Again,” leaving Cal all alone with some awkward preconceptions about Adam Levine. Meanwhile, we discuss animated Sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” becomes the longest review on the podcast since… Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight,” but did our lofty hopes for it get answered? Elsewhere, we talk about our personal experiences of open mic nights, and there’s an epic preconception corner, featuring an infamous slur by John Wayne on Barry Norman, and a major sexual indiscretion by the Maroon 5 front-man concerning everyone’s favourite tennis pro.


Opening Segment: 
Discussing the recent history of opening films at the Venice Film Festival, in the wake of the announcement that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” will open this year’s event!

[4:00 – 24:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Begin Again

[39:10 – 1:04:20]

 

Closing Segment: Our lengthy take on Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” featuring a small discussion of films founded upon gimmicks!

[1:04:25 – 1:24:10]

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

Outro Music: Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, “When Your Mind’s Made Up”
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