Episode 104: Miscarriages of Justice
It’s Episode 104 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.
Irini M. returns this week to help us discuss our favourite films and performances from 2014 so far, leading to a disagreement about Wes Anderson, yet more discussion of Xavier Dolan, and a fierce defence of a podcast fantasy favourite. The week’s reviews see us flirt with both familiarity and contempt, as Cedric Klapisch’s trilogy-capping “Chinese Puzzle” was finally released in the UK, while not all of us were happy about the Venice trophy haul of Greek family drama “Miss Violence.” We tackle cancer flick “The Fault In Our Stars,” Cal goes it alone for Clint Eastwood’s foray into the musical genre, “Jersey Boys,” while the latest batch of non-sporting news calls for a Desplat love-in, and a discussion of everyone’s favourite Hong Kong auteur. Pete continues to liken the faults of World Cinema to Roy Hodgson’s World Cup tactics, a listener question provokes a passionate defence of Greek patriotism from Irini, and a controversial pitch for a new Jennifer Lopez rom-com provides an early FYC for next year’s compilation.
The week’s news:
- Alexandre Desplat announced as the President of the jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival
- Wong Kar-Wai’s new film is on the way
- Gerry Conlon, subject of the film “In the Name of the Father,” dies aged 60
[2:30 – 14:45]
Listener Questions from Ibbi
[14:50 – 20:35]
- The Fault In Our Stars
- Chinese Puzzle
- Miss Violence
- Jersey Boys
[33:45 – 1:14:00]
Closing Segment: 2014’s mid-year awards, in which we discuss our favourite and least favourite films and performances from the year so far!
[1:14:05 – 1:35:35]
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: Alexandre Desplat, “Depart Pour La Guerre” (from “The Well Digger’s Daughter”)
Episode 95: The Pullitzer Puzzle
It’s Episode 95 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 welcome Irini M back to the podcast to help us discuss the much-anticipated lineup of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, featuring the upcoming works of David Cronenberg, Mike Leigh, and many more European auteurs, some of which fill us with dread. We’re reviewing the Miranda Otto-led lesbian drama “Reaching for the Moon,” British heist comedy “The Love Punch,” and Tom Hardy’s one-man show “Locke,” which divided the camp in its depiction of drama and geography. Cal’s review of psychological horror film “Magic Magic” gets hijacked by Pete’s rant about a certain Pullitzer Prize winner, while Irini had a bone to pick with him about his “failure to understand” the point of Xavier Dolan’s latest delight. There are predictably many digressions, concerning Mr. Potato Head’s liberal use of his lips, Tom Hardy’s neglect of his razor, and Faye Dunaway’s fear of apostrophes, as well as a shocking Hathaway Protocol. It’s a week of regrets, as Irini’s belief in her own festival foresight lost her a fair bit of cash, while Naomi Watts finally bit the bullet and admitted that “Diana” wasn’t all that. Who knew?
Opening Segment: Discussing the recently announced line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, featuring anticipation of films by David Cronenberg, Xavier Dolan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and Andrey Zvyagintsev!
[3:50 – 26:55]
- Reaching for the Moon
- The Love Punch
- Magic Magic
[36:00 – 1:00:25]
Closing Segment: Our take on Steven Knight’s “Locke,” and random asides involving Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway!
[1:00:30 – 1:17:05]
The Poupaud Range
Outro Music: Radiohead, “Jigsaw Falling Into Place”
Episode 83: The Drugs Don’t Work
It’s Episode 83 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 heavy on narcotics, as we discuss the pill-popping patients in Jean Marc Vallee’s “Dallas Buyers Club,” the coke-fuelled antics of the stockbrokers in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and the hallucinogenic charms of indie Chilean adventure “Crystal Fairy.” We give our lengthy verdicts on this year’s Oscar nominations, offering our best and worst picks, speculating which films would have made the cut in the old-fashioned system, and discussing historical low points for the Academy. Tune in to find out how Mary Pickford bought her Oscar, whether Pete managed to finish a film this week, and why next week’s flock of facial hair spells disaster for Melvil.
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Crystal Fairy
- Dallas Buyers Club
[10:40 – 43:10]
Closing Segment: Discussing the recently announced Oscar nominations, and speculating on the various races!
[43:40 – 1:09:20]
The Poupaud Range
Outro Music: Duran Duran, “Hungry Like the Wolf”
Episode 77: To Seydoux Or Not Seydoux
This week’s episode is particularly risque, as controversial erotic French drama, “Blue is the Warmest Colour,” hits UK screens. Both of us were taken aback by the sapphic desires, but did its all-girl relationship work for us? We had dramatically different opinions of Brian De Palma’s “Carrie,” but Cal caught Kimberley Peirce’s remake and had some choice words to say about it, while a review of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” forces Pete to ponder questionable costume designing. We discuss the mythologising in Disney’s factually dodgy “Saving Mr. Banks,” before chatting about our favourite films about authors. Tune in to hear us re-introduce the Cage Scale, joke about vagina and side-boob shots, and reveal which of the week’s films channels “Mommie Dearest.” All that, plus an epic news segment concerning the latest critics awardsfoils Pete’s plan for an hour-long episode. Maybe one day we’ll get there.
The Week’s News:
- Smooth FM’s Top 500
- Tom Daley comes out of the closet
- The death of Paul Walker
- Peter O’ Toole comes out of retirement
- Oscar Documentary Shortlist announced
- New York Film Critics winners
- National Board of Review winners
[2:10 – 26:25]
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Blue Is the Warmest Colour
[31:35 – 1:04:25]
Closing Segment: Our review of Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” and discussing our favourite films about real-life authors!
[1:04:30 – 1:24:05]
The Poupaud Range
Outro Music: The Temptations, “Treat Her Like a Lady”
Episode 71: The Lazarus Situation
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”
Episode 61: Harsh Terrain
It’s Episode 61 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 Pete’s whirlwind trip to Croatia we unite for cinematic visits to canyons, hills, and valleys. The return of a flesh-baring Lindsay Lohan sets pulses racing, but the trashy politics and Hollywood commentary of “The Canyons” only works for one of us. Cal goes it alone for the latest Studio Ghibli offering “From Up on Poppy Hill,” before we dig into Disney’s big-budget “The Lone Ranger,” ending with a fierce takedown of attempts by its producer and stars to blame the film’s failure on critics. We have a ton of film news to chew up, as well as part two of our 2009 Venice retrospective, and digressions about Rosalind Russell, Sergio Leone, and Oscar’s Foreign Language Film category. Yes, again.
Opening Segment: Part two of our 2009 Venice retrospective, featuring discussion about [14:25 – 35:40]
- The Canyons
- From Up on Poppy Hill
[42:40 – 1:02:35]
Closing Segment: Our take on Disney’s “The Lone Ranger,” and discussing whether the critics are at fault for its box-office failure and discussing memorable buddy/cop movies! [1:02:40 – 1:20:45]
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range
Outro Music: Foxes, “Youth”
This week we’re rather united in our praise/derision of this week’s cinematic offerings, although there’s little diplomacy to be seen in the films themselves. We tackle Bruce Willis’ latest actioner “A Good Day to Die Hard,” and another potential franchise movie in teen-oriented magic tale “Beautiful Creatures.” We’re checking in with Judd Apatow’s latest peek into the perils of ‘adulthood’ in “This Is 40” and the fractured political situation in 1980s Chile in Pablo Larrain’s “No.” All this, and we’re predicting Sunday’s Oscar winners, instigating yet another contest in the process. Those awaiting news of Pete’s forfeit for his previous contest loss will receive encouragement. It will soon be Tarkovsky time!
Opening Segment: Looking ahead to our most anticipated films of Spring 2013 [1:45 – 11:20]
- “A Good Day to Die Hard”
- “Beautiful Creatures”
- “This Is 40”
[16:45 – 58:20]
Closing Segment: Predicting the Oscar winners in all categories! [58:25 – 1:18:00]
*Shag, Marry or Kill?*
*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*
Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Fiona Apple, “Dull Tool”