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Episode 141: The Sprinkler of Sadness [Cinderella; Get Hard; Seventh Son]

Episode 141: The Sprinkler of Sadness
[1:12:25]
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It’s Episode 141 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 reviews include medieval fantasy adventure “Seventh Son,” the latest incarnation of the fairy tale “Cinderella,” and Argentinian Oscar nominee “Wild Tales,” which is courting controversy in the wake of some bad release timing. Elsewhere, we discuss comedy caper “Get Hard,” which already had preconceptions reeling from Tim Robey’s assault on its homophobic tendencies, plus we chat about the horrendous title of Russell Crowe’s upcoming directorial debut feature, and the bizarre nature of Jeff Bridges’ vocal work. Meanwhile, the memory of Marlene Dietrich lives on the attire of one of this week’s performers, Ed Sheeran’s Australian exploits has Pete hoping he’ll stay there, and why is nobody mentioning the Grimm brothers’ glaring plot hole? Cal’s off to New York next week, so we’re taking a fortnight hiatus, but hopefully we’ll return with news of Pete’s first four-star film of the year.

The week’s news

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Seventh Son                                17:41 – 29:26
  • Get Hard                                      29:27 – 40:50
  • Wild Tales                                    40:51 – 48:22
  • Cinderella                                   48:23 – 1:00:32


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Fiona Apple, “Extraordinary Machine”

Episode 117: The Ballad of Pitt & Brit [Maps to the Stars; I Origins; Ida]


Episode 117: The Ballad of Pitt & Brit

[1:29:34]
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It’s Episode 117 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 distinctly non-sober affair, as birthday drinks crippled Cal’s ability to function (he wants you to know that he is fully aware that Joanne Woodward is American), but we managed to get through this week’s busy line-up of films in under ninety minutes. Pete caught Denzel Washington thriller “The Equalizer” and Mike Cahill’s treatise on faith vs. science, “I Origins,” while Cal was in the queue for horror flick “Honeymoon” and had time to rewatch Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida.” After that, both of us weigh in on David Cronenberg’s Hollywood satire “Maps to the Stars,” featuring Cannes Best Actress winner Julianne Moore, which leads us into a discussion of women from the past who have received that honour. Elsewhere, banter about pop music shifts from Taylor Swift onto Cheryl Cole, we ponder how long George Clooney’s marriage will last, a Christie Clanger from last week is addressed, and preconceptions for David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” (reviewed next week) get laid bare.

The Week’s News:
  • George Clooney marries in Venice
  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions: Russia submit “Leviathan”; Argentina submit “Wild Tales”
  • Al Pacino receives a BAFTA Fellowship

[5:10 – 19:15]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Ida
  • The Equalizer
  • Honeymoon
  • I Origins

[25:00 – 1:00:05]

Closing Segment: Our take on David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars,” and discussing the history of Best Actress winners at the Cannes Film Festival!

[1:00:10 – 1:21:15]

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

Outro Music: Cheryl Cole, “Crazy Stupid Love”

Episode 84: Race to the Finish [Inside Llewyn Davis; August: Osage County; The Missing Picture]



Episode 84: Race to the Finish

[1:00:00]
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It’s Episode 84 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 our shortest yet, as Pete seized the opportunity to cut the podcast at its knees in the final fleeting minutes. We didn’t quite manage to get it under an hour, but our reviews of starry ensemble drama “August:Osage County” and dour folk-scene tale “Inside Llewyn Davis” are concise enough. We discuss lesser known Oscar-nominated films “The Missing Picture” and “Cutie and the Boxer,” and ponder the Cold War charms of Kenneth Branagh’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” Pete pines for the presence of Lena Endre in one of this week’s movies, while we also chat about the politics behind foreign, animated, and documentary crossover movies, and 2013’s highs in cinematography.


The Week’s News:

    • “Grace of Monaco” to open Cannes Film Festival, but which cut?
    • Lindsay Lohan announces her latest project
    • Alfonso Cuaron wins the Directors Guild Award

[2:25 – 8:15]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • August: Osage County
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  • Cutie and the Boxer
  • The Missing Picture

[14:50 – 43:30]

Closing Segment: Our take on the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and our favourite fictional musicians on film!

[43:35 – 57:20]

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

Outro Music: Go West, “King of Wishful Thinking”

Episode 76: The Threesome [The Family; Parkland; Short Term 12] with Special Guest Irini M.



Episode 76: The Threesome
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It’s Episode 76 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 week’s episode we’re joined by special guest and friend of the podcast Irini Markogiannaki, who helps us discuss the new releases at UK cinemas and chimes in with thoughts on eventful news items from the past few days. Some minor audio issues should mostly have been ironed out in the editing process, so you can enjoy our reviews of Luc Besson’s mafia comedy “The Family,” and Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination movie “Parkland” in relatively audible splendour. Cal and Irini reveal whether indie critics darling “Short Term 12” lives up to the hype, and there are verdicts on angst-ridden baby swap drama “Like Father Like Son” and black and white mumblecore offering “Computer Chess.” We ponder Leeds Film Festival’s audience favourites, conduct a
 rather epic pre greekconception corner, while a revelation about a planned remake of one of the week’s films causes Pete to recoil in horror. Tune in to find out which movie dumbfounded us with its music choices, which actor caused the man-loving podcasters to go weak at the knees, and why Irini’s encounter with Quentin Tarantino means that she owes Pete a huge apology.

The Week’s News:

  • 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who airs
  • The first explicit trailer for Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” is released
  • Jason Statham calls for an Oscar to be introduced for stuntmen
  • Leeds Film Festival reveals its top 20 audience favourites

[2:10 – 24:15]

Preconception Corner


Reviews of:
  • Parkland
  • Short Term 12
  • Like Father, Like Son
  • Computer Chess
  • The Family

[34:15 – 1:13:10]

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

Outro Music: Cat Power, “The Greatest”

Episode 74: The Single Life [Gravity; Gloria; The Nun]



Episode 74: The Single Life
[1:29:48]
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It’s Episode 74 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 sees the belated return of the Red Light District, after it had to be excised from last week’s epic 100+-minute recording. Cal is the only one bringing glad tidings, with discussion of a Coen brothers classic, and a semi-positive take on one of Nicholas Cage’s stranger efforts. It’s the week of the singletons, as we caught up with Paulina Garcia’s free-spirited “Gloria,” while Sandra Bullock finds herself alone and stranded in awards juggernaut “Gravity.” It’s safe to say that one of us was rather unimpressed by the space-set adventure, which prompts a brief discussion on films that failed to convince us, including an Ashton Kutcher vehicle and a recent sci-fi hit. Pete’s back from the Leeds Film Festival having seen Serbia’s submission for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, “Circles,” and a concert marred by technical debacles. Listen as we discuss the year’s latest batch of nominations, Isabelle Huppert’s lustful imposition, and Pete’s lament over the lack of viable romantic options among women over thirty. Violins at the ready!

The Week’s News:

  • Lynne Ramsay is being sued by the producers of “Jane Got a Gun”
  • Judi Dench and Harvey Weinstein fight the MPAA
  • European Film Award nominations are announced
  • British Independent Film Award nominations are announced

[3:35 – 20:55]

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring comment on “Blood Simple,” “Knowing,” and “Mouchette”

Preconception Corner*


Reviews of:
  • Gloria
  • Circles
  • The Nun

[36:40 – 1:04:55]

Closing Segment: Our take on Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” and discussing films we struggle to find convincing!  [1:05:00 – 1:22:10]

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


Outro Music: Ugo Tozzi, “Gloria”

Episode 66: Fast and Loose [Rush; White House Down; Ain’t Them Bodies Saints]



Episode 66: Fast and Loose
[1:21:45]
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It’s Episode 66 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 a loose, on-form episode this week, as a modest amount of films allows the digressions to flow! Pete is quick to take down James Franco, before launching into a vitriolic monologue about Rooney Mara in his assessment of Malick-inspired “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and hijacking Cal’s “White House Down” review with theories on how Bill Clinton’s former indiscretions could have killed us all, and how on earth James Woods managed to get an Oscar nomination for “Ghosts of Mississippi.” The barrage of lowbrow jibes is stemmed by a review of French drama “The Artist and the Model,” before we follow up an epic set of preconceptions about Ron Howard with our remarkably attuned view of sports flick “Rush,” and some views on its awards prospects. Sit back for random tangents on who Pete’s Orient Princess is, what we think 2011’s Best Picture lineup would have looked like with just five nominees, and how Nicholas Cage’s filmography forms the basis of a brand new measure of cinematic absurdity.

The Week’s News:

  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions from Saudia Arabia, The Netherlands, and Australia
  • Woody Allen to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at this year’s Golden Globes
  • “12 Years a Slave” wins the People’s Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival
  • “The Butler” passes $100m in domestic box-office
  • The first teaser trailer is released for “Grace of Monaco”

 [1:40 – 15:10]

Listener Request: Discussing Venice’s 70th anniversary short films project [Irini] [15:15 – 20:05]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
  • White House Down
  • The Artist and the Model

[26:35 – 54:35]

Closing Segment: Our take on Ron Howard’s “Rush,” dissecting its Oscar chances, and discussing our favourite cinematic playboys [54:45 – 1:12:35]

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

Outro Music: Kelis, “Caught Out There”

Episode 59: Car Crashes in Black & White [Frances Ha; Blancanieves; The Internship]



Episode 59: Car Crashes in Black & White
[1:26:32]
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It’s Episode 59 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 going retro with this week’s podcast, as we discuss the otherworldly prowess of Rita Hayworth in 1946 noir “Gilda,” which Pete caught recently in all of its digitally restored glory. We also discuss two films deliberately harking back to the good old days, with silent fairy-tale “Blancanieves” facing off against Noah Baumbach’s “Manhattan” wannabe, “Frances Ha.” We both snubbed hairly Hugh Jackman in “The Wolverine,” Pete opting for French biographical drama “Renoir” and Cal badly in need of light relief in the form of “The Internship.” We take time out to discuss the lineup of this year’s Venice Film Festival, which Pete will be attending, while Cal is perturbed by the loss of a super comedic actress. Listen for digressions involving Miley Cyrus, Rose Byrne’s portrayal of blindness, and a distasteful slur on Greta Gerwig which caused Cal to label Pete “below the belt.”

Opening Segment:
 The week’s news, featuring three major deaths in the world of sport, TV, and film, and discussing this year’s Venice Film Festival lineup, featuring work from Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, and Kelly Reichardt!   [1:30 – 17:20]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Blancanieves
  • The Internship
  • Renoir
  • Gilda (re-release)

[26:20 – 1:04:50]

Closing Segment: Our take on Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha,” Shag Marry or Kill, and discussing director/actor partnerships between real life partners!  [1:04:55 – 1:19:25]


*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Mika, “Grace Kelly”

Episode 58: Less Quality Fringe [The World’s End; Breathe In; Stories We Tell]


Episode 58: Less Quality Fringe
[1:18:30]
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It’s Episode 58 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 Gods of podcasting deride us from above as several interruptions (including a mouse!) curtailed last week’s documentary-heavy episode. We provide a quick round-up of last week’s offerings including Alex Gibney’s topical Wikileaks feature, “We Steal Secrets,” grim Indonesian piece, “The Act of Killing,” and Sarah Polley’s third theatrical venture, “Stories We Tell.” Pixar is mercifully spared as Pete summarises “Monsters University” in less than a minute, and Cal has some observations about “The Deep.” Moving onto this week, we tackle the pub crawl politics in Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End,” while Pete goes it alone for Austrian film “The Wall,” and Cal dishes the dirt on crime thriller “Eden” and Drake Doremus’s “Breathe In.” Listen as Cal apologises for last week’s technical debacle, and we go on tangents involving Samsara, the Best Actress Oscar race of 1989, Felicity Jones’s eternal youth, and some personal drinking anecdotes.
Opening Segment: The week’s news (including a big festival announcement!) and a round-up of last week’s reviews, featuring comment on “Monsters University,” “The Deep,” “The Act of Killing,” “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks,” and “Stories We Tell”  [2:30 – 16:10]
*Preconception Corner*
Reviews of:
  • Breathe In
  • The Wall
  • Eden

[22:00 – 53:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End,” the final film of his jokingly self-titled Cornetto Trilogy, and discussing great final films in trilogies!  [53:05 – 1:08:10]

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

Outro Music: The Doors, “Whisky Bar”

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