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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 44: Mere Mortals [Spring Breakers; Dark Skies; A Late Quartet]

EPISODE 44: Mere Mortals
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It’s Episode 44 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 starts off in morbid fashion as we acknowledge the deaths of some important people, both in the film industry and outside of it, before we look ahead to Kimberly Peirce’s remake of “Carrie,” which triggers guilt in Pete over his lack of appreciation of Julianne Moore on the podcast. Things get more cheerful when we get to the reviews, which include the leafy family offering “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” and Harmony Korine’s colourful “Spring Breakers.” We get gritty with the Aaron Eckhart-led “The Expatriate” while Pete goes it alone for British drama “All Things To All Men,” before the toil of “A Late Quartet” strikes too many chords for one of us. And then we round everything off with a discussion of supernatural thriller “Dark Skies,” where once again actor Josh Hamilton gets mistaken for somebody else. He must have one of those faces…

Opening Segment:  Talking about the week’s news: the deaths of Margaret Thatcher, Roger Ebert, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and Richard Griffiths, and the premiere of the new “Carrie” trailer [2:10 – 14:05]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Spring Breakers”
  • “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”
  • “All Things To All Men”
  • “The Expatriate” (aka “Erased”)
  • “A Late Quartet”

[22:05 – 1:03:15]

Closing Segment: Our take on Scott Stewart’s “Dark Skies,” and our top one-scene cameos, as inspired by J.K. Simmons [1:03:20 – 1:16:25]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, “Cut Me Down”

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