Episode 127: Size Matters
It’s Episode 127 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 the week of the epics, as Peter Jackson finally ends his Middle Earth fascination (we hope, anyway) with the last instalment of The Hobbit, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan has made his longest film yet, with the solemn Palme d’Or winning “Winter Sleep.” We had an awful lot to say about Ceylan’s 196-minute effort, which leads to a discussion of films about actors and an all-out celebration of Ava Gardner, while we managed to get around to festive favourite “Get Santa” and Cal caught the middle-class melodrama “The Face Of Love.” Elsewhere, we discuss the impact of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations, whether Jennifer Aniston can get that Oscar nod, and the early announcements for the Berlin Film Festival brings encouraging news of new films by Terrence Malick, Andrew Haigh, and Kenneth Branagh. We reveal our tentative plans for the festive period, a Turkish delight creates a dilemma for Pete in the Olsen Factor, and a dodgy looking sci-fi effort looks to bring awards favourite Eddie Redmayne crashing back to Earth.
- Berlin Film Festival reveals it will premiere Terrence Malick’s “Knight Of Cups”
- Screen Actors Guild Award nominations
- Golden Globe nominations
[4:10 – 23:35]
- Get Santa
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
- The Face Of Love
[29:50 – 1:00:25]
Closing Segment: Our take on Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or winning “Winter Sleep,” and discussing films about actors!
[1:00:30 – 1:21:20]
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: Nancy Sinatra, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”
This week we finally put awards chat to bed (any bets on when that vow will end?!) when we discuss the winners and losers from Sunday’s Academy Awards, and at least one nominee is on show as Jessica Chastain’s foray into Horror, “Mama,” gets the ‘mood for’ treatment. Pete goes it alone with choral cancer flick “Song for Marion,” before we go all world cinema on you with reviews of the Australian “Lore” and the Japanese “I Wish.” We tackle the long, puzzling, and divisive “Cloud Atlas,” and then Pete sinks his teeth into Tarkovsky’s “Andrei Rublev,” which Cal made him watch as a forfeit. Perhaps the moral of this week’s podcast is “patience is a virtue”?
Opening Segment: Our reaction to this year’s Oscars: we discuss the ceremony, the fashion, and of course the winners! [2:00 – 20:15]
- “Song for Marion”
- “I Wish”
[25:40 – 56:45]
Closing Segment: Discussing the big-budget adaptation of “Cloud Atlas,” directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis, and offering our favourite projects by collaborative directors [56:50 – 1:10:40]
Bonus Review: Pete dishes all on Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Andrei Rublev,” which Cal made him watch as a forfeit for losing their last Oscar contest [1:10:41 – 1:14:05]
*Shag, Marry or Kill?*
*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*
Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: The Deadly Syndrome, “It’s a Mess”