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Episode 166: While the Cat’s Away [Venice and Toronto Round-Up; Foreign Language Oscar Race]

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Episode 166: While the Cat’s Away
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It’s Episode 166 of In the Mood for Podcast!

Irini and Cal return from Venice and Toronto respectively, worn out but nevertheless enthused about many of the films showing in this year’s festival season. Tune in for thoughts on the prizes from each festival, plus commentary on La La Land, Arrival, Toni Erdmann, Jackie, and much much more! We also dig a little into the entries for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar, and speculate on whether this can finally be the year of Amy Adams. Elsewhere, there’s a silent prayer for Brad and Angelina’s marital collapse, thunder threatens to halt the podcast, and nobody can seem to find Irini’s cat Chiara.

Intro Music: Lana Del Rey, “High By the Beach”
Outro Music: B*Witched, “Blame It On the Weatherman”

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 159: Cruising for a Bruising [Legend; Irrational Man; No Escape]


Episode 159: Cruising for a Bruising
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It’s Episode 159 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 sliced up the new releases, which include Tom Hardy’s dual-role as the Kray twins in “Legend,” Willem Dafoe as famous Italian director Pier Paolo “Pasolini,” and action-packed thriller “No Escape.” Cal caught this year’s German entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, “Labyrinth of Lies,” and Woody Allen’s latest, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, plus the week’s birthdays see us discuss the great Alexander Korda, and everyone’s favourite beefcake, Mickey Rourke. Elsewhere, the pair of us lament the absence of “Phoenix” from this year’s Oscar hunt, a Lake Bell monologue is memorable for all the wrong reasons, and one of the biggest surprises on the podcast ever sees one of the week’s performers redeemed in Pete’s eyes.

The week’s news: Featuring discussion of Wendy Ide’s exit from The Times, the week’s birthdays, and the winners from this year’s Venice Film Festival!

[4:30 – 18:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Irrational Man                   28:10 – 39:00
  • No Escape                           39:01 – 45:23
  • Pasolini                               45:24 – 53:19
  • Labyrinth of Lies             53:20 – 1:04:30
  • Legend                               1:07:00 – 1:17:30


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Queen, “Hammer to Fall”

Episode 158: The Glastonbury Flashback [Ricki and the Flash; 45 Years; American Ultra]

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Episode 158: The Glastonbury Flashback
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It’s Episode 158 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 turn our attention to a flurry of recent awards news, as the recipients of this year’s Honorary Oscars were announced, and several countries have submitted their entries for this year’s Foreign Language Film contest. We pay tribute to the late great Wes Craven, while Cal uncorks a trio of European classics in the latest edition of the Red Light District, featuring discussion of Francois Truffaut and Vittorio De Sica. The week’s reviews include Andrew Haigh’s tense marital drama “45 Years” and Jonathan Demme’s rock star romp “Ricki and the Flash,” while Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart were reunited in action comedy “American Ultra,” and Jafar Panahi managed to get another film made (“Closed Curtain”) despite being a prisoner in his own home. Elsewhere, we discuss Charlotte Rampling’s incredible decade-and-a-half, Kristen Stewart’s hair dye does the trick, and there’s trepidation for double-Tom Hardy in next week’s Krays film.

The week’s news: Featuring a retrospective of Wes Craven’s career, plus we chat about the recipients of this year’s Honorary Oscars, and the first submissions for this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar!

[2:30 – 24:14]

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion of “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis,” “The Marquise of O,” and “Stolen Kisses”!

[24:15 – 29:35]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Ricki and the Flash              42:20 – 51:40
  • American Ultra                    51:41 – 1:02:10
  • Closed Curtain                     1:02:11 – 1:07:15
  • 45 Years                                 1:07:16 – 1:24:38


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: The Platters, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”

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

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Episode 133: Finger on the Pulse
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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 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 123: The Folly of Ambition [Interstellar; Leviathan; Human Capital]

Episode 123: The Folly of Ambition
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It’s Episode 123 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 joined once again by Irini M., who brings us news from her home country’s Thessaloniki Film Festival in a notably more concise fashion than September’s Venice round-up. She also joins in our discussion of some interesting recent events, which includes some rare exciting news involving David O. Russell, and the bizarre spectrum of films vying for this year’s Animated Feature Oscar. We discuss two Foreign Language Oscar contenders, as Paolo Virzi’s “Human Capital” enlivens the middle-class misery of bourgeois Italy and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan” documents the coastal conflicts of rural Russia, before giving ambition a dressing down, as Christopher Nolan’s epic “Interstellar” comes to town. We reveal whether the cinematic influences used in the film are a blessing or curse, and whether Nolan’s scope and logic holds up under scrutiny. Elsewhere, we recount a horror show from Venice which saw Pete become a gay advocate, a mistaken text briefly convinced Cal that his niece was a child genius, while Keira Knightley’s recent quest to boost female self-image has us rather baffled.

The Week’s News:
  • Darren Aronofsky to head the jury at next year’s Berlin Film Festival
  • David O. Russell’s long-delayed “Nailed” re-titled as “Love in Politics” and scheduled for release in the UK
  • Animated Feature Oscar qualifying list is announced
  • European Film Award nominations are announced

[3:05 – 20:55]

Opening Segment: Irini M. provides a round-up of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, which includes discussion of films by Peter Strickland, Susanne Bier, and Mia Hansen-Love!

[21:00 – 34:45]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Leviathan
  • Human Capital

[43:25 – 1:01:30]

Closing Segment: Our take on Christopher Nolan’s space-set epic “Interstellar,” and discussing cine-literate films, with comment on “Allegro,” “Kill Bill,” and “Once Upon a Time in the West”!

[1:01:35 – 1:28:40]

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

Outro Music: Adam and the Ants, “Prince Charming”

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


Episode 116: The Decoy Tots

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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 110: Past the Magenta [Guardians of the Galaxy; Welcome to New York; Lilting]


Episode 110: Past the Magenta

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It’s Episode 110 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.

Pete’s antics in Ibiza are over, so the podcast returns from a fortnightly break, bringing with it five films, and some extremely early news of Foreign Language Oscar submissions. The French are represented well this week, led off by Agnes Jaoui’s fairytale-inspired “Under the Rainbow” and followed up by Michel Gondry’s eccentric “Mood Indigo,” but did the fantasy aspects of both films draw us in or have us running for the hills? Life is far from a fairytale in Abel Ferrara’s political drama “Welcome to New York,” in which we see far too much of Gerard Depardieu, while the presence of a famous cinematic villain of the past in gay drama “Lilting” ensures that it isn’t just The Ben Whishaw Show. All that, plus we finally catch up with Marvel’s mega financial and critical hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” with all eyes on one guy in particular. Elsewhere, Pete dares to liken a Larry Olivier film to the Twilight series, we discuss how Colin Firth’s eagerness towards a certain leading lady was wholly inappropriate in the context, and one of the reviews inexplicably leads us to reminisce about the days of Craig David and S Club 7. No, really.

The Week’s News:
  • Directors rally around the cause of film
  • First Foreign Language Oscar submissions of the year: Turkey, Poland, and Hungary announce their picks!

[3:20 – 12:40]

Reviews of:
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Lilting
  • Under the Rainbow
  • Mood Indigo

[21:40 – 58:40]

Closing Segment: Discussing Abel Ferrara’s French political drama “Welcome to New York,” and discussing films that are thinly-veiled assaults on public figures!

[58:45 – 1:14:50]

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

Outro Music: The Vengaboys, “We’re Going To Ibiza”

Episode 101: The Besmirchment of Hermione [Edge of Tomorrow; Maleficent; Ilo Ilo]



Episode 101: The Besmirchment of Hermione

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It’s Episode 101 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 sees the debut review of perennial podcast talking point and all-around legend, Liv Ullmann, whose return to the screen in German Oscar entry “Two Lives” got tongues wagging, but did its tepid tale of espionage make a lasting impression on us? In the wake of this week’s Singapore film “Ilo Ilo,” we get to talking about other recent Camera d’Or winners at the Cannes Film Festival, touching on some films Pete doesn’t really like, and one in particular that he can’t get enough of. Elsewhere, only one of us saw Angelina Jolie strut her stuff in Disney spin-off “Maleficent,” and the sheer insanity of Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow” had us knocked for six. Listen, as we rue a series of missed opportunities and get into a passionate discussion about the importance of film critics, while Pete rants about the recent career choices of a podcast favourite and a former co-star of Emily Blunt gets an unexpected shout-out. Vive le Yorkshire! 


The week’s news: 

  • Ken Loach complains about critics

[5:25 – 11:25]

Opening Segment: Discussing the winners of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, since 2000, featuring discussion of “Reconstruction,” “Hunger,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and more!

[11:35 – 21:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Ilo Ilo
  • Maleficent
  • Two Lives

[29:10 – 58:05]

Closing Segment: Our take on Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow,” starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt!

[58:10 – 1:11:15]

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

Outro Music: The Shirelles, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”

Episode 91: Serial Offenders [Starred Up; About Last Night; The Rocket]



Episode 91: Serial Offenders

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It’s Episode 91 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.
 
Pete makes plans to search for Caroline Dhavernas this week, as he jets off to her homestead of Canada for a family wedding, but before that we have news of a seriously enticing new sitcom, a musical comeback of epic proportions, and we remember a couple of great contributors to the world of cinema. We also talk quite a bit about football, touching on last week’s “Under the Skin,” Celtic vs. Hibs controversy, but if you’re sick of us banging on about sport, you might want to skip the first ten minutes. This week’s films include blomantic comedy “About Last Night,” touching Australian tale “The Rocket,” and British thriller “Starred Up,” the latter of which Cal managed to get through the entirety of thinking that Rupert Friend was actually Orlando Bloom. Meanwhile, we head on a litany of digressions, some of which concern the best uses of Rita Hayworth, the career of the Dardennes brothers, and our favourite portrayals of alcoholics. Dig in.


Introduction and news


This month’s Red Light District: Featuring discussion of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “The Emperor’s New Groove,” “Robot & Frank,” “Sherman’s March,” and “The Westerner”

[12:00 – 24:00]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • About Last Night
  • Starred Up
  • The Rocket

[33:45 – 1:16:00]

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

Outro Music: Kim Wilde, “Cambodia”

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”

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



Episode 74: The Single Life
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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 73: Smooth Digressions [Philomena; Enough Said; Turbo]



Episode 73: Smooth Digressions
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It’s Episode 73 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 got plenty of material for you this week, as we bring you five films, a healthy news segment, and an epic Preconception Corner. Having already achieved the Sheppard seal of approval, Cal caught up with Stephen Frears’ “Philomena,” plus we tackle the Romanian Oscar hopeful “Child’s Pose,” and well-received animated film “Turbo.” As Awards Season hots up, we assess where the finalists for the Best Animated Feature Oscar all stand, and look at the nominees for France’s distinguished Louis Delluc prize.  There’s a mini faux-pas regarding James Gandolfini during this week’s review of “Enough Said,” while only one of us managed to sit through all of booze-filled comedy “Drinking Buddies.” Listen to hear which former Oscar nominee’s family member contacted Cal this week, which sitcom scarred Pete’s early cinema-going days, and how anticipation of cartoon snails somehow evolves into a rant about a certain British radio station. You couldn’t make it up.

The Week’s News:

  • Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will open next year’s Berlin Film Festival
  • “Renoir” snubbed by the Louis Delluc Prize committee
  • Pete’s going to another film festival
  • Cal has a story about a former Oscar nominee

[2:30 – 15:40]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of:
  • Philomena*
  • Enough Said*
  • Child’s Pose
  • Drinking Buddies

[25:00 – 1:02:00]

*Listener questions are addressed at the end of each review

Closing Segment: Our take on Dreamworks’ “Turbo”  plus a discussion of the finalised list of entries for the Animated Feature Oscar, and an analysis of the race!  [1:02:15 – 1:20:25]

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


Outro Music: Santana feat. Rob Thomas, “Smooth”

Episode 70: Home Truths [The Fifth Estate; Baggage Claim; Le Weekend]



Episode 70: Home Truths
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It’s Episode 70 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 epic episode is our longest yet, as we give our take on two films with radically different approaches to marriage. We found romantic comedy “Baggage Claim” a tad bonkers, but certain members of its Paula Patton-led cast won us over, while we reveal whether Roger Michell’s “Le Weekend” can shrug off its terrible title and avoid becoming another chronicle of an elderly gentleman’s libido. We have reviews of Wikileaks drama “The Fifth Estate” and Kim Ki-Duk’s twisted thriller “Pieta,” before embarking on a lengthy discussion of Oscar highs and lows from years gone by. We take your suggestions, address a listener question regarding this year’s Best Actress race, and tease next week’s report from the London Film Festival. Tune in to find out which film prompted Pete to start juggling marshmallows, which critical faux-pas caused Cal to become appalled, which famous British actress played the flute in Pete’s school orchestra, and how Willem Dafoe’s character poster for “Nymphomaniac” may have us crying out for “Body of Evidence,” despite what Julianne Moore might think.

The Week’s News:

  • The Death of Mark ‘Chopper’ Read
  • Character posters are released for “Nymphomaniac”
  • The first Oscar screeners are sent out (“Mud”; “Stories We Tell”; “The Croods)
  • Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to host the Golden Globes
  • Golden Globe category placements: “Blue Jasmine” goes drama, while “Before Midnight” goes comedy

[1:40 – 14:30]

Listener Question: “Is there ANY WAY Cate Blanchett won’t win the Oscar for “Blue Jasmine”? [Eoin]
[14:40 – 18:55]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • The Fifth Estate
  • Pieta
  • Baggage Claim
  • Le Week-End

[27:05 – 1:09:30]

Closing Segment: Revealing our most loved and loathed Oscar lineups from years gone by, and discussing listener suggestions! With comment on 1937’s Best Actress Lineup and 1955’s list of supporting actresses, plus much more! [1:09:35 – 1:27:55]

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


Outro Music: Javiera Mena, “Luz de Piedra de Luna”

Episode 67: Advanced Iconography [Diana; 42; The Call]



Episode 67: Advanced Iconography
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It’s Episode 67 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 asking ourselves whether this is the real life or just fantasy, as biographical dramas about two very different people hit cinema screens in the UK. As self-confessed baseball fans, the Jackie Robinson movie “42” was very high on our agenda, while Olivier Hirschbiegel’s heavily derided “Diana” gave us uneasy preconceptions. From there, Cal tackles serial-killer thriller “The Call,” and Pete caught coming-of-age tale “The Way Way Back” and Arabian drama “Winter of Discontent.” A modest news segment turns into a lengthy discussion about Foreign Language Oscar nominees of the past (like that’s never happened before) and we launch into digressions involving the measure of Marcello Mastrioianni’s Oscar nominations, the patriotism of the French, and some huge concerns about next week’s releases.  

The Week’s News:

  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions: Hong Kong submit “The Grandmaster,” France submit “Renoir,” and the UK submit “Metro Manila”
  • “Grace of Monaco” and “Wolf of Wall Street” pushed to 2014
  • Terrence Malick is counter-suiting the people suing him for the “Voyage of Time” debacle
  • Quentin Tarantino to star as Roger Corman in a biopic directed by Joe Dante
  • Sofia Coppola directing the next Phoenix video
  • Abdellatif Kechiche hits back at criticism

 [2:15 – 20:15]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • 42
  • The Way, Way Back
  • The Call
  • Winter Of Discontent

[29:30 – 1:02:10]

Closing Segment: Our take on Olivier Hirschbiegel’s “Diana,” and assessing just how much of a disaster it is for those involved! [1:02:15 – 1:17:55]

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

Outro Music: D:Ream, “Things Can Only Get Better”

Episode 48: Low on Charm [I’m So Excited; Dead Man Down; 21 & Over]


EPISODE 48: Low on Charm
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It’s Episode 48 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 a week where we bring out our monthly Red Light District segment we see precious little positives from the crop of new releases at the cinema. First up to the plate is Hangover-style comedy “21 & Over,” which Cal snubbed at the last minute,  before “Dead Man Down” raises the pulse with a casting revelation.  Pete has to jog his memory to recount what on earth happens in “The Eye of the Storm,” while we lament Vinessa Shaw’s recent career in our review of Mexican horror film “Come Out and Play.” And then we get onto Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited,” which at least ensures activity on the Factor and Range, as its bevy of hunks impresses Cal and Pedro’s styling of Paz Vega outrages Pete. We also take time to answer a listener question involving Caroline Dhavernas, before pitching an idea for her next project.

News about the Oscars’ rule change regarding the Foreign Language Film Oscar, and responding to a listener question [2:50 – 9:40]

Opening Segment:  This month’s red light district, in which we ‘pimp’ recent viewings. Films pimped include: Inch’allah,” “Intruder in the Dust,” “Must Have Been Love,” “Pennies from Heaven,” “The Red and the Blue” and “Starlet” [9:45 – 22:50]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “21 & Over”
  • “Dead Man Down”
  • “The Eye of the Storm”
  • “Come Out and Play”

[28:30 – 1:00:30]

Closing Segment: Our take on Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited” and discussing films set on board an airplane. [1:00:35 – 1:10:20]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Nelly Furtado, “Big Hoops (The Bigger the Better)”

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