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Episode 169: Givenchy in No Man’s Land [The Beguiled; Okja; Wonder Woman]

  

Episode 169: Givenchy in No Man’s Land
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It’s Episode 169 of In the Mood for Podcast!

This week we’re finally back with a jam-packed episode full of news and reviews! First on the agenda is Daniel Day-Lewis’ shock retirement announcement (which fails to convince) and Annette Bening ruling the roost in Venice, plus a record amount of invitations from AMPAS gets our seal of approval. There are reviews of Bong Joon-ho’s madcap fable “Okja” and Sofia Coppola’s period potboiler “The Beguiled,” while we venture into superhero territory with verdicts on Marvel’s latest spidey story “Spiderman: Homecoming” and DC’s critical and box-office hit “Wonder Woman”. Elsewhere, Gal Gadot’s pacing on the front line conjured up images of the catwalk for Cal, there’s a pitch for a Miranda July-led superhero movie, and 
Irini unforgivably mistakes Garrett Hedlund for a certain Amazonian explorer.

The week’s news: 

  • “The Square” wins the Palme d’Or
  • Daniel Day-Lewis retires from acting
  • Annette Bening to head this year’s Venice Film Festival jury
  • 774 people invited to AMPAS

[3:30 – 11:25]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Wonder Woman                               17:45 – 26:55
  • Spider Man: Homecoming           26:56 – 32:29
  • Okja                                                       32:30 – 42:02
  • The Beguiled                                      42:03 – 54:18

Final Segment: 

  • Top Films, Performances and Moments of 2017 so far

[54:19 – 1:15:55]

Shag, Marry or Kill?

The Garrett Gauge

Intro Music: Lolawolf, “House Key”
Outro Music: Dua Lipa, “Be the One”

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Episode 168: The Garrel Grievance [Cannes Film Festival Line-Up]

Episode 168: The Garrel Grievance
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News from the Croisette lures Irini and Cal back to the microphone, as we discuss yesterday’s announcement of the 70th Cannes Film Festival lineup, featuring (among others) new films from Andrey Zvyagintsev, Lynne Ramsay, Todd Haynes, and podcast favourite Sofia Coppola. We’re also catching up with news we haven’t discussed since the last episode, chief of which is *that* infamous Oscar mix-up, plus we touch upon the surprise smash hit “Get Out” and dig into some seriously juicy female-led TV shows. Elsewhere, Irini shamelessly flaunts some national pride when we discuss one of the festival’s entries, we vehemently disagree on the virtues of the Safdie brothers, and Cal tests Irini’s patience by taking a pop at Xavier Dolan and all but killing off Michael Haneke.

News Catch Up:

  • Oscars catastrophe
  • Oscar rule changes
  • Get Out
  • Big Little Lies / Feud

[1:51 – 11:53]

Listener Question [ibbi]

Cannes Film Festival:

  • Discussing the line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May!

[16:20 – 56:25]

Intro Music: Alma, “Requiem”
Outro Music: Loreen, “Statements”

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

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Episode 164: Awakenings
[1:55:11]
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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”

Episode 162: The Absence of Metaphysics [Sicario; Suffragette; The Walk; The Lobster]

Episode 162: The Absence of Metaphysics
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It’s Episode 162 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 episode’s stacked roster sees six films reviewed, including controversial feminist drama “Suffragette” and concept horror “Circle,” as well as Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” which leads us to a discussion of Netflix and the future of film distribution. Pete would have liked to re-cast Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” with favourable enough actors to get him to watch it, but Cal didn’t mind so much, while Denis Villeneuve has to ride some significant preconceptions when we review drug thriller “Sicario.” Elsewhere, colourful hats pose a Huston Problem for Cal, and Robert Zemeckis is the flavour of the week, as Pete reviews “The Walk” and we have a chat about Back to the Future in the wake of its 30th anniversary.

The week’s news: Chris Rock to host the Oscars, plus Cal reviews “Son of Saul” and “Dheepan” from the London Film Festival!

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Beasts of No Nation          22:42 – 31:11
  • Suffragette                           31:12 – 37:44
  • The Walk                              37:45 – 45:56
  • The Lobster                         45:57 – 52:48
  • Circle                                     52:49 – 56:40
  • Sicario                                  56:41 – 1:07:15


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Steps, “Deeper Shade of Blue”

Episode 161: The Chinese Intervention [The Martian; Macbeth; The Intern]


Episode 161: The Chinese Intervention
[1:15:39]
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It’s Episode 161 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.


A big congratulations to Pete, as this week he proposed to his other half Jane, prompting the women of the West Midlands to cross him out in their little black books, and the podcast to indulge in a Taylor Swift-inspired celebration. The week’s reviews include “The Intern,” Nancy Meyers’ latest frothy window into the life of a working woman, and “McFarland,” the latest of many sports movies in the lengthy filmography of Kevin Costner. Cal dares to take on William Shakespeare’s story structure in his review of the latest adaptation of “Macbeth,” while many of the plot developments in “The Martian” are up for scrutiny, particularly with regard to the Chinese. Elsewhere, two composers’ birthdays get us discussing their finest works, there’s a sizeable digression about the Best Actress crop of 2003, and Pete can’t help but veer into profanity while ranting about one of the week’s scripts.

The week’s news: The career of the late John Guillermin, plus the week’s birthdays!

[5:40 -13:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Macbeth                          19:55 – 32:25
  • McFarland                      32:26 – 43:19
  • The Intern                      43:20 – 50:54
  • The Martian                  50:55 – 1:05:40


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Britney Spears, “Oops, I Did it Again”

Episode 160: The Back of Black [Everest; The D Train; Solace]

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Episode 160: The Back of Black
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It’s Episode 160 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 there’s a ton of news, as we discuss the possibility of Damian Lewis as James Bond, the decision by Sean Penn to sue Lee Daniels, and the final submissions for the Foreign Language Oscar, which include a surprising move from the French committee, and a nationally-questionable entry from Ireland. The week’s reviews see us tackle the frosty climate and eclectic cast of Baltasar Kormakur’s “Everest,” Cal caught Anthony Hopkins’ clairvoyant antics in “Solace,” while an unforeseen plot device in Jack Black comedy “The D Train” saw us glimpse far more of him than we’d like. Elsewhere, Ryan Adams’ cover of Taylor Swift’s album has Pete enthused, and the week’s array of hunks pleases Cal greatly.

The week’s news: 

  • Sixty years without James Dean
  • Damian Lewis rumoured to be the next James Bond
  • Sean Penn sues Lee Daniels for $10m
  • Foreign Language Oscar deadline ends

[4:45 – 20:40]

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion of “Daisy Kenyon,” “It Follows,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Singles,” “So I Married An Axe Murderer,” and “There’s Always Tomorrow”!

[20:45 – 30:10]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The D Train               34:35 – 47:20
  • Solace                         47:21 – 54:04
  • Everest                      54:05 – 1:07:30


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: The Waterboys, “The Whole of the Moon”

Episode 157: The French Horn [The Man From UNCLE; Love and Mercy; Gemma Bovery]

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Episode 157: The French Horn
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It’s Episode 157 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.


With the exception of Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” this week’s selection of films is fairly highbrow, as we discuss the acclaimed story of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson, “Love and Mercy,” and the elderly romance arthouse hit “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” while we seemed to spend an age discussing our various issues with Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery.” Elsewhere, Blythe Danner’s Pinot Grigio diet appeals to Cal, Universal’s domination of the marketplace gives us pause for thought, and there are titanic preconceptions for next week’s re-appearance of Charlotte Rampling.

The week’s news

[4:40 – 13:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Love and Mercy                                 24:50 – 33:29
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E               33:30 – 40:45
  • I’ll See You In My Dreams              40:46 – 51:59
  • Gemma Bovery                                  52:00 – 1:08:05


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Boston, “More Than a Feeling”

Episode 156: The King James Clobber [Trainwreck; The Gift; Beyond the Reach]

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Episode 156: The King James Clobber
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It’s Episode 156 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 this week with laments of last week’s disastrous attempted episode, and some devastating news from the film world, as we say goodbye to a much beloved cinematic canine. We chat about Aaron Sorkin’s latest project and Edward Norton’s controversial comments about the Academy Awards, plus this month’s Red Light District brings rapturous word about a French model-turned-actress and some rare positivity concerning Neil Diamond. The week’s reviews include Judd Apatow-helmed “Trainwreck,” desert-set thriller “Beyond the Reach,” Nanni Moretti’s meditiative drama “Mia Madre,” and Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut, “The Gift,” plus Jeremy Irvine’s physique wins points from Cal, Tilda Swinton’s stylist wins points from Pete, and LeBron James’ appearance in one of the week’s films wins (off-the-court) points all round.

The week’s news

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion of “Blind Date,” “Death of a Salesman,” “Empire of Passion,” “The Jazz Singer,” “Love in the Afternoon,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “That Is the Dawn,” and “Walk on the Wild Side”!

[10:46 – 27:10]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Gift                                  38:13 – 50:49
  • Beyond the Reach              50:50 – 1:00:12
  • Mia Madre                           1:00:13 – 1:06:00
  • Trainwreck                          1:06:01 – 1:18:03


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Lana Del Rey, “Ride”

Episode 155: Rachel, Rachel [Inside Out; Mission Impossible 5; Southpaw]

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Episode 155: Rachel, Rachel
[1:24:05]
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It’s Episode 155 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’ve spent the past two weeks topping up the tan, but now we’re back with an episode packed full of criticism, as we turn our attention to the most anticipated film of the year, Pixar’s “Inside Out”. We also assess whether Tom Cruise has still got it, in the latest instalment in the Mission Impossible franchise, “Rogue Nation,” while Cal reviews heavy-going boxing fable “Southpaw,” and Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara in ramshackle comedy “Hot Pursuit.” Meanwhile, we turn our attention to the start of the awards season by digging into the Venice and Toronto Film Festival line-ups, touching upon (among other things) Charlie Kaufman’s return to directing and Tom Hooper’s latest piece of Oscar bait. Plus there’s news of Mads Mikkelsen’s unlikely collaboration with a pop star, Alicia Vikander’s prolific year in film continues, and Xavier Dolan’s foray into the world of voice-over acting comes as somewhat of a surprise.

The week’s news

Opening Segment: Discussing the line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival, featuring anticipation for films from Charlie Kaufman, Atom Egoyan, and Pablo Trapero, plus we discuss some of the awards hopefuls playing at this year’s film festival in Toronto! 

[3:27 – 26:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Southpaw                                                            35:50 – 42:11
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation            42:12 – 53:42
  • Hot Pursuit                                                        53:43 – 1:00:47
  • Inside Out                                                          1:00:48 – 1:15:36


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Odyssey, “Inside Out”

Episode 153: The Dash for Viv [Song of the Sea; Dear White People; Housebound]

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Episode 153: The Dash for Viv
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It’s Episode 153 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 going full-blown indie, with reviews of Irish animated adventure “Song of the Sea,” and New Zealand-set horror comedy “Housebound,” while the racial politics of college-set satire “Dear White People” leave us with conflicted thoughts. We get off to an overwhelmingly positive start, as July’s instalment of the Red Light District features a Colombian festival hit and a Hammer Horror classic, and leads to digressions about the Best Actress Oscar race of 1963 and the richness of 2013’s world cinema. Elsewhere, there’s a competition which could see you win DVDs of a Bresson classic and a recently restored Ealing Studios pic, plus Pete brings up an interesting anecdote involving Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

The week’s news: 

  • The death of Omar Sharif                                     
  • The week’s birthdays                                     

[4:10 – 12:04]

Red Light District: Our regular feature in which we discuss non-new releases we’ve seen from the past month, featuring discussion of “The Curse of Frankenstein,” “Heartbreaker,” “Hue and Cry,” “A Man Escaped,” “Manos Sucias,” “A Most Wanted Man,” and “Out of the Clouds”!

[12:05 – 30:20]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Dear White People                                32:50 – 46:09
  • Housebound                                            46:10 – 51:59
  • Song of the Sea                                       52:00 – 1:01:23


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: The Smiths, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”

Episode 150: The Military Potential [Jurassic World; Mr. Holmes; Accidental Love]


Episode 150: The Military Potential
[1:30:35]
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It’s Episode 150 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 this week with a packed episode, as we get around to tackling the record-breaking blockbuster “Jurassic World” and the latest collaboration between Bill Condon and Ian McKellen, “Mr. Holmes,” while some interesting news items get us chattering about Kristen Stewart’s sexuality and Ingrid Bergman’s past indiscretions. We pay tribute to the late James Horner by discussing some of our favourite work of his, Cal reviews Celine Sciamma’s latest coming-of-age tale “Girlhood,” and trepidation for the the heavily-delayed and part-disowned “Accidental Love” is tested when we review David O. Russell’s foray into the world of political satire. Meanwhile, Cal has caught up with a British Springtime hit and one of Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar hopes, Pete is distinctly unimpressed with Vincent D’Onofrio’s military mindset, and Laura Linney’s stab at a regional English accent goes down like a lead balloon.

The week’s news: 

  • James Mangold to direct “Seducing Ingrid Bergman”                                     
  • Kevin Spacey receives an honorary Knighthood                                        
  • Kristen Stewart is outed?                                             
  • The death of James Horner                                            

[4:50 – 18:27]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Jurassic World                                      33:45 – 45:39
  • Accidental Love                                     45:40 – 58:33
  • Girlhood                                                  58:34 – 1:06:23
  • Mr. Holmes                                            1:06:24 – 1:18:50


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Scissor Sisters feat. Ian McKellen, “Invisible Light”

Episode 149: The Garland Giveaway [Spy; Survivor; Black Coal Thin Ice]


Episode 149: The Garland Giveaway
[1:13:16]
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It’s Episode 149 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 dealing with a litany of deaths in the film world, as two actors, a screenwriter, and a producer all passed away, plus we dust off the cobwebs for a lengthy Red Light District. The week’s reviews include James McTeigue’s secret service drama “Survivor,” the latest collaboration between Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy, “Spy,” and Chinese Golden Bear winner “Black Coal Thin Ice” (again). Meanwhile, Helen Mirren’s won yet another award for playing the Queen, there are rumblings of discontent about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s attempt at a French accent, and Cal’s drunken encounter with a singer is contradicted by his love of Judy Garland.  

The week’s news: 

  • Helen Mirren wins a TONY                                       
  • The death of Sir Christopher Lee                                         
  • The death of Ron Moody                                               
  • The death of Jean Gruault                                             
  • The death of Robert Chartoff    
  • “The Walk” to open the New York Film Festival   

[4:23 – 14:40]

Red Light District: This month’s round-up of films seen from the past, featuring discussion of “Cuban Fury,” “Curtain Up,” “The Harvey Girls,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Time After Time,” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

[14:41 – 26:42]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Survivor                                                  31:08 – 41:51
  • Black Coal, Thin Ice                             41:52 – 49:08
  • Spy                                                           49:09 – 1:02:38


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Wild Beasts, “We Still Got the Taste Dancin’ On Our Tongues”

Episode 145: The Two Toms [Far From the Madding Crowd; Unfriended; Elsa + Fred]

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Episode 145: The Two Toms
[58:49]
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It’s Episode 145 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.


Our latest episode is our shortest yet, as connection problems plagued our recording, and this week’s offering of films was fairly minimal. The big question this week is whether negative preconceptions about Thomas Hardy and Thomas Vinterberg respectively, could be conquered when we sat down for  period romance “Far From the Madding Crowd”. Elsewhere, we both caught geriatric romance “Elsa + Fred,” starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, while Cal was in the queue for social media horror “Unfriended,” which gets us talking about the value of gimmicks. Plus: a series of listener questions leads to an inquisition into last week’s Pootsition and the advent of a new segment, there are digressions about the strength of 1964’s Best Actress and 2004’s Best Actor fields, and Pete launches an unexpectedly vicious assault on the work of Julian Jarrold.

Listener Questions [Ibbi]

[3:50 – 13:19]

Red Light District: Revealing the non-new films we’ve been catching up with in the past month, featuring discussion of “Dead Ringer,” “Middle of the Night,” The Pirate,” and “Up”

[13:20 – 19:08]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Elsa + Fred                                                    22:45 – 31:52
  • Unfriended                                                    31:53 – 37:40
  • Far From the Madding Crowd                 37:41 – 47:32


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige, “F For You”

Episode 144: From Maasai Mara to Agent Provocateur [Avengers: Age of Ultron; The Good Lie; The Falling]

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Episode 144: From Maasai Mara to Agent Provocateur
[1:13:25]
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It’s Episode 144 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 there’s some festival fever, with the upcoming Cannes Film Festival generating fervour abroad, and Derby’s incarnation providing some local interest. We split the reviews segment, as Pete was there for Marvel’s huge sequel to “The Avengers” and Carol Morley’s acclaimed period drama “The Falling,” while Cal caught the gothic thriller “Stonhearst Asylum” and his favourite, Reese Witherspoon, in immigrant tale “The Good Lie.” Elsewhere, we talk about a couple of deaths in the film community, which instigates a discussion of cinematography in the early Noughties, there’s been drama on the set of the new Adam Sandler film, and the return of Greta Scacchi leads to a bit of a love-in. Tune in to discover what Xavier Dolan’s huge faux-pas might have been, which Avengers actress does not survive The Pootsition, and why Reese Witherspoon’s underwear was somewhat of an issue for Cal.

The week’s news:
  • The death of Richard Corliss
  • The death of Andrew Lesnie
  • Denis Villeneuve to helm Blade Runner sequel
  • Further Cannes Film Festival updates
  • Upcoming Derby Film Festival

[2:20 – 14:28]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron                 22:27 – 30:54
  • Stonehearst Asylum                                 30:55 – 39:58
  • The Falling                                                   39:59 – 50:20
  • The Good Lie                                              50:21 – 1:01:34

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: HAIM, “Falling”

Episode 143: The Ehle Atonement [A Little Chaos; Woman In Gold; The Salvation]


Episode 143: The Ehle Atonement
[1:21:08]
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It’s Episode 143 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 it’s time to go retro again, as this month’s Red Light District is a Best Actress spectacular, which gets us discussing (among other things) the women of 1948, and the testiness of Barbara Stanwyck. The week’s reviews concern Nazis, outlaws, gardeners, and wild goose chases, as we tackle Kristian Levring’s Western “The Salvation,” and courtroom drama “Woman in Gold.” Cal reveals all on the wilderness-set “Jauja,” while Alan Rickman’s sophomore effort “A Little Chaos” offered Pete a chance to atone for an earlier egregious omission. Elsewhere, there’s an unexpected shout-out to Courtney Love, Daniel Bruhl is saddled with another thankless role, and the trailer (and tagline) for Blake Lively’s latest project has us howling.

Red Light District: Revealing the non-new films we’ve been catching up with in the past month, featuring discussion of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “The Furies,” “Joan of Arc,” “Lady Sings the Blues,” “Three Comrades,” and “Xenia”!

[6:00 – 25:37]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Salvation                                                    32:27 – 40:02
  • Woman In Gold                                                40:03 – 50:24
  • Jauja                                                                    50:25 – 54:46
  • A Little Chaos                                                   54:47 – 1:07:00


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Kate Winslet, “What If?”

Episode 142: Age Of Consent [The DUFF; John Wick; While We’re Young]

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Episode 142: Age Of Consent
[1:34:55]
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It’s Episode 142 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 after a two-and-a-half week absence with a packed lineup! As we catch up on the releases from the past fortnight, we’re reviewing five films, including the highly-anticipated new film from Christian Petzold, “Phoenix,” and Keanu Reeves’ foray into the action genre with “John Wick.” Cal reveals all about Noah Baumbach’s latest observation on the middle-classes, “While We’re Young” and Andrew Niccol’s moralistic war drama “Good Kill,” while we finish by talking about teen flick “The DUFF,” which Pete suspected that Cal would like. Elsewhere, in the wake of Thursday’s announcement of the Cannes Film Festival lineup, we assess upcoming films from Gus Van Sant, Paolo Sorrentino, and more, a listener’s rant re-instigates a costuming discussion from our last episode, and a controversial Pootsition flies narrowly close to the age of consent.

Listener question/rant [Ibbi]: Colleen Atwood vs. Sandy Powell 

Cannes Film Festival: We dig into the line-up for this year’s festival, featuring films by Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Jacques Audiard, and Hirokazu Koreeda!
[10:52 – 27:52]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Phoenix                                                         34:30 – 46:00
  • While We’re Young                                    46:01 – 52:47
  • John Wick                                                    52:48 – 1:03:12
  • Good Kill                                                      1:03:13 – 1:09:49
  • The DUFF                                                    1:09:50 – 1:23:07


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Beyonce feat. Jay-Z, “Drunk In Love”

Episode 139: The Alexa Conjecture [Run All Night; The Duke of Burgundy; Suite Francaise]

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Episode 139: The Alexa Conjecture
[1:23:31]
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It’s Episode 139 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 the Red Light District returns, bringing news of films from the fifties, a World Cinema classic from Scandinavia, and digressions involving Maria Schell, Ava Gardner, and Otto Preminger. We have reviews of the latest Jaume Collet-Serra/Liam Neeson project “Run All Night,” wartime romance “Suite Francaise,” and meditative drama “Still Life,” while one of us was more prepared than the other for the Sapphic shenanigans in Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy.” Elsewhere, Pete’s fondness for Sidse Babett Knudsen goes into overdrive, Cal feels guilty for a second consecutive snub of Matthias Schoenaerts, and we’re all about the Arri Alexa.

Red Light District: Pimping the best old films we’ve seen in the past month, featuring discussion of “Gervaise,” “Pelle the Conqueror,” and “The Smallest Show on Earth”
[8:50 – 20:30]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Duke of Burgundy                               30:45 – 44:54
  • Suite Francaise                                            44:55 – 53:30
  • Still Life                                                         53:31 – 1:02:25
  • Run All Night                                               1:02:26 – 1:14:28


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Melanie B, “Tell Me”

Episode 138: Bemoaning the Mullet [Chappie; White Bird in a Blizzard; Kill the Messenger]

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Episode 138: Bemoaning the Mullet
[1:04:06]
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It’s Episode 138 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 our 138th effort, we managed to keep this episode to a reserved sixty four minutes, allowing for discussion of Gregg Araki’s latest take on adolescence, “White Bird in a Blizzard,” Jeremy Renner as a crusading journalist in “Kill the Messenger,” while Cal revealed whether “Chappie” is as bad as the trailer (and most of the reactions to the film) suggests. It’s fair to say that this week’s slate of films leave a lot to be desired, but we try and find the positives as best we can. Elsewhere, the UK’s Eurovision entry fails to get us excited, we discuss the litany of queer roles for the actors of 2005, Neill Blonkamp’s recent fascination with female villains leads to an unexpectedly crude remark about Jodie Foster, and Hugh Jackman’s radical hairstyle rocks the Gauge.

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • White Bird in a Blizzard                            12:07 – 24:50
  • Chappie                                                          24:51 – 35:18
  • Kill the Messenger                                      35:19 – 46:42


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Carly Rae Jepsen, “I Really Like You”

Episode 133: Finger On the Pulse [Inherent Vice; Big Hero 6; Tangerines]

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Episode 133: Finger on the Pulse
[1:12:27]
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It’s Episode 133 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 with a diverse array of films, from the artistic flourish of animated science fiction yarn “Big Hero 6,” to the war-torn meditation of Foreign Language Oscar nominee “Tangerines,” the review of which led to some rather distasteful fruit-based innuendo. Elsewhere, we were both in the queue for the second collaboration between Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix, the stoner detective tale “Inherent Vice, while Cal’s long-standing perplexity with religion was tested when he sat down to watch Berlin Film Festival runner-up “Stations of the Cross.” Meanwhile, a big news segment sees us discuss the possibility that the French aren’t all that snobby, an unexpected coming out story leads us into a discussion of the 1972 Oscars, Imogen Poots is bested by the unlikeliest of characters, and Pete likens Judy Greer’s association with Jason Reitman to self-flagellation.

The week’s news:
  • Harper Lee has penned a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird”
  • The death of Geraldine McEwan
  • Joel Grey comes out as gay
  • Announcement of an all-female “Ghostbusters” sequel
  • Cesar nominations

[2:37 – 15:43]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Tangerines                                                   20:10 – 28:35
  • Inherent Vice                                              28:36 – 40:58
  • Stations of the Cross                                40:59 – 53:48
  • Big Hero 6                                                    53:49 – 1:02:15


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Juliette Lewis + the Licks, “Hot Kiss”

Episode 124: The Gay in Engaging [The Imitation Game; The Drop; Life Itself]

Episode 124: The Gay in Engaging
[1:24:54]
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It’s Episode 124 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 the beer is flowing, and so is the innuendo, as Pete finally has the keys to his brand new house. This forces Cal into a distillation of jukebox classics, before we review the new releases, which include Michael Roskam’s “The Drop” and Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself,” which prompts Pete to recite some of Roger Ebert’s more baffling reviews. In the wake of Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game” we get chatting about our favourite gay characters and icons of cinema, featuring discussion of Oscar Wilde and Billie Holiday, while Cal discloses some of the recent films he’s caught up with from earlier in the year, including a horror film about an urban archaeologist. A hefty news segment sees us discuss Angelina Jolie’s adoption of Derbyshire dialect, plus Eddie Redmayne’s fuckability sees a boost, and Fashion Police finally found a replacement for Joan Rivers. Elsewhere, the cast of Downton Abbey are out in force this week, Cal is feeling guilty for leaving Matthias Schoenaerts in the lurch, we float the possibility of a Tallulah Bankhead biopic starring Cate Blanchett, and Pete recounts a regretful dancefloor moment set to the music of Vanilla Ice.

The Week’s News:
  • Chris Hemsworth voted People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”
  • Angelina Jolie’s Derby Moment
  • Kathy Griffin announced as Joan Rivers’ replacement on Fashion Police
  • The trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” is out
Plus! Cal gives a round-up of 2014 films he’s been catching up with, including “As Above, So Below,” “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” and “The Guest”!

[4:15 – 23:10]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Drop
  • Life Itself

[30:25 – 52:15]

Closing Segment: Our take on Oscar-tipped Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game,” and discussing LGBT heroes of the film world! 

[52:20 – 1:13:00]

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

Outro Music: This Mortal Coil, “Holocaust”

Episode 118: The Dangers of Swiping Right [Gone Girl; Life After Beth; Draft Day]


Episode 118: The Dangers of Swiping Right

[1:24:05]
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It’s Episode 118 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.


To donate to Pete’s half-marathon run, on behalf of the Midlands Arts Centre, follow this link


This week’s episode begins with an apology from Cal for last week’s drunken debacle, plus we plug Pete’s athletic abilities, and Cal tips a couple of worthwhile films playing at this year’s London Film Festival. In the wake of this week’s “Gone Girl” we dig into David Fincher’s chilly and distinguished career, before reviewing his new mystery thriller, but who was the unexpected stand-out of the cast? We tackle zombie comedy “Life After Beth,” before speculating on why The Times critic Wendy Ide may not have taken too kindly to the whole affair, while Pete left Cal to watch NFL procedural “Draft Day” alone, despite him knowing almost nothing (thank you, Mrs. Henderson) about the inner workings of the sport. Elsewhere, we conclude that Blake Lively’s impending arrival spells good news for the entire film community, Ellen Burstyn’s savvy use of social networking is too much for one of us to comprehend, and Ed Sheeran’s lyrical over-sensitivity towards hookups doesn’t go down too well. The bright side? There’s no sing-a-long.


The Week’s News:
  • David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” to return for a third season in 2016!
  • Steve Martin to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AFI
  • Blake Lively is pregnant
  • Films to look out for ahead of this week’s London Film Festival

[6:25 – 16:15]


Opening Segment:
In anticipation of “Gone Girl”: A retrospective of David Fincher’s career to date, featuring discussion of all of his films!

[16:20 – 32:45]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Gone Girl
  • Draft Day
  • Life After Beth

[38:30 – 1:13:15]

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

Outro Music: La Roux, “Bulletproof”

Episode 116: The Decoy Tots [The Giver; Magic in the Moonlight; A Walk Among the Tombstones]


Episode 116: The Decoy Tots

[1:26:57]
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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]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • 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

Outro Music: Tori Amos, “Give”

Episode 115: The Torvill and Dean Years [A Most Wanted Man; Pride; The Boxtrolls]

Episode 115: The Torvill & Dean Years
[1:52:05]
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It’s Episode 115 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 tops the 100-minute mark, as we take (a lot of) time out to discuss the many memorable films from 1999, revealing our top tens, and weighing in on some grandiose performances from the year. We also tackle some new releases, with Pete dishing all on the bonkers animation “The Boxtrolls” and Cal revealing how proud the LGBT community should be of “Pride”. We review Norwegian festival circuit favourite “Blind” and Anton Corbijn’s Hamburg-set thriller “A Most Wanted Man,” which features the final leading performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman. Tune in to find out what Pete has spent an excessive amount of money on this week, why Dominic West’s dancing is under scrutiny, and the sheer volume of affection extended to Rachel McAdams. Elsewhere, we discuss the unstoppable Jack O’Connell, Pete’s interruptions during Cal’s review of “Pride” leads to strikes being called, while this week’s Christie Clanger concerns the presence (or lackthereof) of Julie Delpy. 

The Week’s News:
  • “The Imitation Game” wins the People’s Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival
  • George Clooney to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes

[3:40 – 10:45]

Reviews of:
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • Pride
  • Blind
  • The Boxtrolls

[22:05 – 1:05:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on the cinema of 1999, featuring discussion of films such as “The Road Home,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and “Rosetta,” and performances by Russell Crowe, Reese Witherspoon, and Cameron Diaz!

[1:05:05 – 1:45:15]

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

Outro Music: Ravel, “Bolero”

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 113: The Eight Year Drought [Night Moves; The Rover; Obvious Child]

Episode 113: The Eight Year Drought
[1:29:57]
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It’s Episode 113 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 begin by discussing the recently-announced recipients of this year’s Honorary Oscars, which leads us to several Oscar-related issues of the past, including the 1937 Best Actress race and the much-maligned Best Picture winner of 1941. Masculinity is alive and well, as Guy Pearce exercises badass tendencies in David Michod’s “The Rover,” which, thankfully for Pete, Jacki Weaver was absent from, while the talent on show in Scandinavian crime drama “The Keeper of Lost Causes” had Cal clamouring for more. By contrast, there are reviews of two films from female directors, with Gillian Robespierre’s indie comedy “Obvious Child” tackling the tricky subject of abortion, and Kelly Reichardt’s “Night Moves” deconstructing the folly of environmental activism. Pete walked out of the latter at Venice and did not turn back, but tune in to find out whether he managed to finish it at the second time of asking. Meanwhile, Cal has much to say about the sexual politics in John Slattery’s “God’s Pocket,” Pete dictates when co-incidences in film scripts are acceptable, and we bitch about a particularly unwelcome trend in world cinema. Elsewhere, Cal is baffled by a bizarre Robert Pattinson car sing-a-long, there’s a rare shout-out for a former co-star of Dakota Fanning, and there is some serious trepidation in advance of next week’s trashy-looking Rowan Joffe thriller.

The Week’s News:
  • The Academy announces the recipients of this year’s honorary Oscars

[3:10 – 13:50]

Reviews of:
  • Night Moves
  • Obvious Child
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes
  • God’s Pocket

[25:35 – 1:04:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on David Michod’s revenge thriller “The Rover,” starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson!

[1:04:05 – 1:17:50]

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

Outro Music: Keri Hilson, “Pretty Girl Rock”

Episode 109: All About the Bantz [Hercules; Joe; The Films of 1977]


Episode 109: All About the Bantz

[1:40:21]
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It’s Episode 109 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 let the reviews take a back seat, as we focus on festival fare and classic cinema. Podcast stalwart Irini M. is back with us to discuss the line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival (which she will be attending) but abandons us after half an hour, forcing Pete to turn to poetry for consolation. We take (a lot of) time out to discuss the year that was 1977, talking about the year’s critics prizes, Oscar winners, and our personal top tens, leading to digressions about a classic catfight between Shirley MaClaine and Anne Bancroft, and a disappointing gay denial from Cal’s student days. Elsewhere, we chat about David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” sci-fi adventure “Earth to Echo,” and mythological action film “Hercules,” which Pete’s piano pupil was conspicuously absent from. Tune in to discover which Hong Kong director (no – not that one) got Pete and Irini excited, how the approach to casting of Luis Bunuel and Pier Pasolini was beyond liberal, and why the party island of Ibiza will force a mini-podcast hiatus.


The Week’s News:
  • The trailer for Liv Ullmann’s “Miss Julie” is released

Opening Segment: Discussing the recently-announced lineup for this year’s Venice Film Festival, featuring films from Roy Andersson, Ramin Bahrani, and Andrew Niccol!

[3:55 – 20:40]

Listener Questions [Ibbi]

[20:45 – 29:35]

Preconception Corner

Classic Segment: Discussing our favourite films and performances from 1977, touching upon films by William Friedkin, Paul Verhoeven, and Fred Zinnemann,  and performances by Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, and Quinn Cummings! Plus much more!

[38:35 – 1:16:55]

Reviews of:
  • Joe
  • Earth to Echo
  • Hercules

[1:17:00 – 1:34:05]

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

Outro Music: Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A”

Episode 108: Behind the Vicarage [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; The Films of 1948]


Episode 108: Behind the Vicarage

[1:34:49]
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It’s Episode 108 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.
 
With a serious dearth of new releases this week, we’ve decided to go back in time to the cinema of 1948, giving our top tens, favourite performances, and disappointments from the year, which drags out the episode to a typically strenuous length. Meanwhile, there’s a trio of deaths in the film world, and a Franco double bill, which includes nuclear romance “Grand Central” and Fanny Ardant in bourgeois drama “Bright Days Ahead.” Pete’s rundown of the latter of those threatened to be as candid as the film itself, but you’ll have to listen to find out whether its boldness had us weak at the knees, or reaching for the sick bowl.  The week’s big movie is “Dawn of the Planet of Apes,” which neither of us were looking forward to, but which does give us time to ponder Mark Wahlberg’s ascent to leading man status, Gary Oldman’s recent career choices, and the absurdity of internal ape politics. Elsewhere, discover how Frieda Pinto gets the raw end of the deal, why Manohla Dargis is the Queen of the fake allegory, and why what happened behind the vicarage in Sutton Park remains a mystery.

The week’s news: 

  • The death of James Garner
  • The death of Elaine Stritch
  • The death of Tom Rolf
  • “The Imitation Game” will open this year’s London Film Festival
  • “Gone Girl” will open this year’s New York Film Festival

[5:15 – 15:20]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Bright Days Ahead
  • Grand Central

[23:30 – 52:55]

Closing Segment:Discussing our favourite films and performances from 1948, touching upon films by Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Rossellini, and John Ford, and performances by Olivia De Havilland, Walter Huston, and Laurence Olivier!

[53:00 – 1:24:45]

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

Outro Music: Madonna, “Lucky Star”

Episode 106: Cute, Amusing, and Cringe [Tammy; Cycling with Moliere; Cold in July]



Episode 106: Cute, Amusing, and Cringe

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It’s Episode 106 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 splitting the American releases down the middle, with Cal opting for raucous Melissa McCarthy comedy “Tammy,” and Pete settling down for moody thriller “Cold in July.” Cal’s fondness for musicals led him to colourful Aussie flick “Goddess,” featuring the vocal talents of none other than Ronan Keating, while France is represented in our review of “Cycling with Moliere,” which (spoiler!) has very little to do with actual cycling. Elsewhere, our crop of films in this month’s Red Light District features an unconventional biopic and a sports documentary, plus there’s an unexpected rant about “Out of Africa,” and an extremely short discussion of Kelly McGillis’ career. This week’s episode is a badly behaved one, as Pete uncorks the C word within the first half an hour (albeit in a quote), while other bouts of innuendo involve Vinessa Shaw and lucrative webcam placements, and some honest family nostalgia leads to rash likenesses between Melissa McCarthy and canines.

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, in which we “pimp” films we’ve seen in the last month. This month’s crop includes “King & Country,” “Mahler,” “One Night in Turin,” and “They All Laughed”

[4:50 – 21:55]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Tammy
  • Cold in July
  • Goddess

[30:15 – 58:10]

 

Closing Segment: Our take on Philippe Le Guay’s “Cycling with Moliere,” starring Fabrice Luchini and Lambert Wilson, and discussing cinematic bromances!

[58:15 – 1:13:15]

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

Outro Music: Banks, “Goddess”

Episode 105: The Twin Peakes [Chef; Arthur & Mike; Run & Jump]



Episode 105: The Twin Peakes

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It’s Episode 105 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.
 
With the Summer release schedule awash with unappealing blockbusters and unobtainable world cinema, we’re left with three small dramas to review for you this week. Understated Irish film “Run & Jump” has us singing the praises of one actor in particular, while Cal’s usual appreciation for Emily Blunt’s chemistry is challenged in “Arthur & Mike,” a chronicle of identity crisis which also stars Cal’s neighbour Colin Firth. It’s going to be a job for Pete to overcome the troubling preconceptions he has for Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” (including about the man himself) but will the film’s culinary delights and road trip format win us over? Meanwhile, there’s a ton of news, including two deaths, a controversial interview with a former Oscar nominee, and a discussion of the latest crop of cinematic “talent” invited to join AMPAS. Listen as we encounter digressions involving debut performances of the 1950s, the many virtues of Eric Stoltz, Barbra Streisand’s vanity, and a hysterical pitch for a sequel to a Juliette Binoche film. 

The week’s news: 

  • Cal watched “Calvary”
  • The death of Eli Wallach
  • The death of Paul Mazursky
  • Gary Oldman’s Playboy interview
  • AMPAS invites new members

[1:50 – 22:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Run & Jump
  • Arthur & Mike

[29:30 – 50:10]

Closing Segment: Our take on Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” discussing films about food, and some other random asides!

[50:15 – 1:05:50]

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

Outro Music: Aphex Twin, “Avril 14th”

Episode 99: The Changing of the Guard [Godzilla; Two Faces of January; In Secret]



Episode 99: The Changing of the Guard

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It’s Episode 99 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 marks the end of an era, as we announce who will take over from Emma Watson and Melvil Poupaud in our factor and range segments, so tune in to find out which delectable actor and actress will assume the baton. It’s a week of good cast lists, as the latest blockbuster incarnation of “Godzilla” managed to assemble a who’s who of Thespian talent (if you discount Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and we review period thriller “The Two Faces of January,” despite not having a clue why it’s titled as such. Cal goes it alone for “Concussion,” the sapphic answer to “Belle De Jour,” which Pete took as a cue to go into innuendo overdrive, while love triangle melodrama “In Secret” instigates fierce preconceptions about Jessica Lange. A recent death in the cinematography world leads to a digression about the best shot films of 1990, a discussion of anti-heroes turns into an analysis of category placement politics, plus the Huston problem rears its ugly head to plague one of our new replacements.


The week’s news: 

  • “Grace of Monaco” trashed at Cannes
  • Broadchurch wins three BAFTAs
  • The death of Malik Bendjelloul
  • The death of Gordon Willis

[4:20 – 10:55]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Two Faces of January
  • In Secret
  • Concussion

[19:40 – 52:50]

Closing Segment: Our take on Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla,” and discussing the history of anti-heroes in cinema!

[52:55 – 1:13:00]

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

Outro Music: Shout Out Louds, “1999”

Episode 96: Pfists & Trysts [Transcendence; Amazing Spider-Man 2; Labour Day]



Episode 96: Pfists & Trysts

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It’s Episode 96 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 especially sweet for Pete, as Rebecca Hall features in two very different releases: Wally Pfister’s ambitious Sci-fi project “Transcendence,” and Patrice Leconte’s reserved romantic drama “A Promise.” Despite general dread at the prospect of Jason Reitman’s “Labour Day,” Cal managed to catch it, but did he find something of worth besides an appreciation for Diane Lane’s taste in men? We both saw “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” of which there are fairly lengthy preconceptions, and elsewhere we discuss some relationship news, an odd piece of casting, and the eclectic competition jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Tune in to find out why Cal is on particularly grumpy form, how many times Pete had to recount the plot of “Transcendence” in order to perfect it, and our potentially epic plans for our upcoming 100th episode!


The Week’s News:

    • Jodie foster marries her female partner
    • George Clooney gets engaged
    • Jessica Chastain cast as Marilyn Monroe
    • A new Dad’s Army film to be made
    • Cannes jury is announced

[4:45 – 16:10]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • A Promise
  • Labour Day

[28:05 – 59:15]

Closing Segment: Our take on Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence,” discussing debut screenwriting feats, and cinematographers-turned-directors!

[59:20 – 1:20:40]

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

Outro Music: The National, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”

Episode 90: Celtic Confusion [Under the Skin; The Past; The Zero Theorem]



Episode 90: Celtic Confusion

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It’s Episode 90 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.
 
The podcast is back after a fortnight’s absence with some St. Patrick’s day cheer, but will we be cheering in response to this week’s films? Asghar Farhadi fans may want to beware, as we review French language drama “The Past,” while those who helped kick-start a movie adaptation of TV show “Veronica Mars” will have to deal with a fresh take on the crime caper. Pete’s seen another quirky Tilda Swinton film this week in Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorem,” before Cal reveals whether the second half of Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” lived up to the educational might of the first. Jonathan Glazer’s shady “Under the Skin” gets us discussing (among other things) why meeting Scarlett Johansson in a nightclub is a very bad omen, and which football team’s fans bears the brunt of her seduction. The usual digressions occur, as we’re forced to address the original Huston Problem, Pete’s trepidation for an upcoming Dostoyevsky adaptation, and which TV shows we’d love to see a big-screen version of. We offer a quick lesson on grammatical composition, the Earth threatens to fall off its axis when Cal associates Katy Perry with Bjork, and Cillian Murphy throws a spanner in the works of this week’s Watson Factor. It’s all about the Celts.


Introduction and news


Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Past
  • Veronica Mars
  • The Zero Theorem
  • Nymphomaniac: Part II

[13:40 – 51:20]

Closing Segment: Our take on Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” and discussing films set in Glasgow

[51:25 – 1:07:10]

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

Outro Music: Beach Boys, “Caroline No”
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