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Episode 164: Awakenings [The Revenant; The Force Awakens; Spotlight; Carol]

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Episode 164: Awakenings
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It’s Episode 164 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’re back from a two-month absence with a jam-packed podcast, focusing on the big juggernauts of this year’s awards season, as well as the seventh instalment of a certain sci-fi franchise. We tackle Steven Spielberg’s latest moody historical drama “Bridge of Spies,” claustrophobic double-hander “Room,” and Todd Haynes’ lesbian tale “Carol,” which had to hurdle prickly preconceptions from Pete about one of its main stars. We give our verdict on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s forest-set revenge tale “The Revenant,” Thomas McCarthy’s journalism drama “Spotlight,” and the biggest film of 2015, “The Force Awakens,” while we may have had a few choice words to say about the use of Margot Robbie in fancied finance crisis comedy “The Big Short.” Elsewhere, we predict this year’s Academy Award nominations (happening tomorrow!), we mourn the death of the great David Bowie, there’s a digression on the films of 1988, and a listener question prompts an upheaval of The Pootsition.

Opening Segment: Discussing the film career of musician, actor, and all-around legend David Bowie, who sadly passed away this week

[1:40 – 9:30]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens         27:40 – 37:24
  • Bridge of Spies                                        37:25 – 45:36
  • Carol                                                           45:37 – 51:53
  • The Revenant                                          51:54 – 1:04:14
  • Room                                                        1:08:10 – 1:16:41
  • The Big Short                                          1:16:42 – 1:24:12
  • Spotlight                                                  1:24:13 – 1:31:46

Closing Segment: Previewing this week’s Academy Award nominations!

[1:31:47 – 1:46:45]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: David Bowie, “Five Years”

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Episode 128: ‘Tis the Season to be Juli [Still Alice; Big Eyes; Exodus; Unbroken]

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Episode 128: ‘Tis the Season to be Juli

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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 Week’s News:
  • The death of Luise Rainer
  • Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter split up
  • Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist is revealed

[2:35 – 16:40]


Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Big Eyes
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Unbroken
  • 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]

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

Outro Music: Baha Men, “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

Episode 103: Kiss of the Spider Tattoo [Devil’s Knot; Oculus; T.S. Spivet]



Episode 103: Kiss of the Spider Tattoo

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It’s Episode 103 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 is tangent central, as two deaths in the Actressing world instigates a lengthy opening segment about one-time Supporting Actress Oscar nominees, which includes discussion of performances by Judith Anderson, Juliette Lewis, and many others. New releases include the promising Daniel Auteuil/Kristin Scott-Thomas thriller, “Before the Winter Chill,” and haunted mirror horror film “Oculus,” plus Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s latest colourful tale, “T.S. Spivet,” which reminded Cal a little too much of a certain David Fincher film. We end in grisly fashion with an uber-serious chat about Atom Egoyan’s child murder drama “Devil’s Knot,” featuring the unlikely pairing of Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, and a discussion of films based on documentaries. This week’s rule of not mentioning the World Cup is established (and broken) early, while we express our desire to re-cast roles in “The Lord of the Rings” and “Noah” as Michael Haneke, and go off on a mutual Joe Wright Rant about a bitter Oscar snub from the Eighties. 

The week’s news: 

  • Michael Schumacher wakes from Coma
  • Daniel Day-Lewis to receive a Knighthood

Opening Segment: Discussing one-time Supporting Actress nominees, in the wake of the deaths of Ruby Dee and Martha Hyer!

[5:35 – 23:15]

Red Light District: Pimping films we’ve seen in the last month, including “King of Hearts,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” and “Time Without Pity”

[23:20 – 32:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
  • Before the Winter Chill
  • Oculus

[38:10 – 1:05:50]

Closing Segment: Our take on Atom Egoyan’s “Devil’s Knot,” discussing its role in promoting the “Paradise Lost” documentaries, and offering examples of other films born out of the documentary process!

[1:05:55 – 1:23:10]

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

Outro Music: Jordin Sparks, “Tattoo”

Episode 85: The Saldana Situation [Lone Survivor; Out of the Furnace; 2013 Catch Up]



Episode 85: The Saldana Situation

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It’s Episode 85 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 back to a fairly lengthy running time, when the week’s slate reaches a lofty seven films, as we catch up on 2013 films we missed. The jury’s out as to whether Pete will agree with Cal’s affection for “The Spectacular Now,” “Short Term 12” and “Museum Hours,” and whether Cal will share Pete’s disdain for “The Place Beyond the Pines” and admiration for “The Wall.” We also take the time out to discuss a couple of Friday’s cinema releases as Cal tackles raucous war drama “Lone Survivor,” and Pete deals with the blue-collar criminality in “Out Of The Furnace.” We mourn the recent passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman with a discussion of our favourite performances of his, and mull over some recent Oscar controversy. Tune in to find out how Zoe Saldana may have unwittingly spawned a new segment for the show, why Pete is (wrongly) outraged over a previous episode’s Poupaud ruling, and which Latin singer bears the brunt of our displeasure. All this, plus a random bout of singing leads to a Dolly Parton number closing out the podcast. Yes, again.


The Week’s News:

    • The deaths of Maximillian Schell and Philip Seymour Hoffman
    • Kristin Scott-Thomas Is Done With Films
    • Oscar nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone” rescinded
    • Cesar nominations announced

[4:30 – 19:00]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Lone Survivor
  • Out Of The Furnace

[27:55 – 47:40]

Closing Segment: Catching up with 2013 films, with comment on “Museum Hours,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “Short Term 12,” “The Spectacular Now” and “The Wall”

[47:50 – 1:13:50]

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

Outro Music: Dolly Parton, “Jolene”

Episode 80: The Tale of the Two Redheads [American Hustle; Walter Mitty; All Is Lost]



Episode 80: The Tale of the Two Redheads

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It’s Episode 80 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 dominated by Amy Adams, whose plunging necklines in “American Hustle” ruffled Pete’s feathers, but did we both think her strangely-accented performance was up to scratch? After Pete dismantled the plot mechanics of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” seaboard adventure “All Is Lost” is the latest solo star vehicle to face the podcast’s scrutiny, while a parody of a certain film in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” had us both on the floor. Elsewhere, we discuss the regular topic of the Foreign Language Film Oscar, in the wake of the recently announced shortlist, and reveal films from world cinema that are technically eligible for bigger prizes. We’re giving our brief thoughts on the year in film before our top ten lists are announced next month, plus there are extensive thoughts on the severity of Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar-tipped performance, and some choice words about Robert Redford’s vanity.


Opening Segment: 
Discussing the nine-film shortlist for the Foreign Language Oscar, general observations about Foreign Films’ troubles with eligibility, and which under-seen films are Oscar eligible this year!

[2:55 – 19:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • All Is Lost
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

[26:15 – 48:15]

Closing Segment: Our take on David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” discussing 2013 films we’ve been catching up on, and our overall view of the cinematic year!

[48:20 – 1:10:30]

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

Outro Music: Taylor Swift, “Red”

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