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Episode 147:The Birdseye Debacle [Tomorrowland; Poltergeist; Return to Sender]


Episode 147: The Birdseye Debacle
[1:18:38]
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It’s Episode 147 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 much-delayed episode sees us discuss last week’s big releases at the cinema, including Brad Bird’s adventure tale “Tomorrowland,” and horror remake “Poltergeist.” We also had time to chat about Rosamund Pike’s latest twisted thriller, “Return to Sender,” and Cal reveals all about Samuel L. Jackson’s “Big Game,” which had a rather ludicrous plot setup to live up to. Simon Pegg’s recent outspoken antics may have upset comic-book geeks far and wide, but his thoughts on modern blockbusters instigate a lengthy chat about the future of the industry, while the prizes from the Cannes Film Festival dredge up longstanding observations about the festival’s politics. We may only be in June, but tune in to find out which leading performance Cal has already declared the worst of the year, which fishy figurehead Nick Nolte reminded Pete of, and which lesser-known actress emerged as the star of her film.

The week’s news: Discussing some interesting birthdays in the world of film, Simon Pegg’s assault on modern studio filmmaking, and the prizes from the Cannes Film Festival!

[3:10 – 22:00]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Poltergeist                                                   29:28 – 38:21
  • Return to Sender                                       38:22 – 50:07
  • Big Game                                                      50:08 – 56:39
  • Tomorrowland                                           56:40 – 1:08:12


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Eurovision Mini-Mix (Slovenia, “Here for You”; Latvia, “Love Injected”; Greece, “One Last Breath”)

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

chappie

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 130: Jardiner du Jour [Foxcatcher; Into the Woods; Predicting the Oscar Noms]

Gold Trophy

Episode 130: Jardiner du Jour

[1:34:05]
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It’s Episode 130 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 only have two films this week, but the episode is jam-packed, thanks to Sunday’s Golden Globe awards and the impending Oscar nominations. We discuss the highlights from the ceremony, and the impact of recent events on all of the major Oscar races, speculating whether Jennifer Aniston can really seal the deal, and if there’s any room for manoeuvre in that seemingly locked Supporting Actress lineup. Elsewhere, negative preconceptions concerning Steve Carell are tested when we review Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” and Pete’s far-from-impressed verdict on “Into the Woods” sees Cal and Irini scrambling to defend the Disney musical. The return of the Red Light District sees us chat about the days when Leos Carax was joyful, the banality of Adolf Eichmann, and Jean-Luc Godard’s contempt for iPhones, while Pete has his own bridges to burn with social media, and none of us are quite sure how to pronounce Isabel Coixet’s name.

The Week’s News:
  • The death of Anita Ekberg
  • The death of Francesco Rosi
  • The death of Samuel Goldwyn Jr
  • Isabel Coixet’s new film to open Berlin Film Festival

Opening Segment: 
Our review of Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, featuring reaction to the winners, the speeches, and of course the fashion!

[7:20 – 27:35]


Preconception Corner


Reviews of:

  • Foxcatcher
  • Into the Woods

[33:50 – 57:10]


Red Light District: 
Pimping the best films we’ve seen lately, featuring discussion of “Alice in the Cities,” “Beginners,” “Cleo from 5 to 7,” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” “Force Majeure,” “Goodbye to Language,” “Hannah Arendt,” “Haute Cuisine,” “The Night Is Young,” and “Trial”!

[57:20 – 1:10:50]


Closing Segment: 
Predicting the upcoming Oscar nominations! Will “Foxcatcher” go the way of “The Master”? Will Amy Adams make it six nominations in nine years? Will Cal have to see “The Judge”?

[1:10:55 – 1:27:15]

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

Outro Music: Beck, “Devil’s Haircut”

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



Episode 96: Pfists & Trysts

[1:32:16]
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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 87: The Myth of Socrates [Top Tens of 2013; Monuments Men; BAFTA winners]



Episode 87: The Myth of Socrates

[1:29:48]
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It’s Episode 87 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 sees the return of previous podcast guest Irini M, who helps us discuss George Clooney’s World War II caper “Monuments Men” and ponder some latest film news, featuring a death, a coming-out, and a Supporting Actress tragedy. And then we all reveal our top tens of 2013 (which takes a while), but it proves difficult for some to bite their tongues about each others’ picks. 
Listener questions instigate a Greek history lesson, but our guest remains coy throughout the interrogation, meanwhile we discuss one of Gregory Peck’s more bizarre performances, which films should have replaced “Before Sunset” and/or “Before Midnight” in the romantic trilogy, why one of Cal’s top ten was lucky to have seen the light of day, and which of Irini’s inclusions she had to apologise to Pete about. We have some audio issues in the early part of the podcast, but the last hour recorded well, and we end with Jennifer Lawrence’s karaoke favourite.


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Shirley Temple
    • Ellen Page comes out
    • BAFTA winners

[2:40 – 15:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Monuments Men

[25:35 – 32:55]

Closing Segment: Our top tens of 2013, featuring discussion of “The Grandmaster,” “Her,” and much more, plus our favourite performances of the year!

[33:00 – 1:25:00]

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

Outro Music: Wings, “Live and Let Die”

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 61: Harsh Terrain [The Lone Ranger; The Canyons; From Up on Poppy Hill]



Episode 61: Harsh Terrain
[1:29:25]
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It’s Episode 61 of In the Mood for Podcast, a British-based film podcast hosted by Calum Reed of Ultimate Addict and Pete Sheppard of In the Mood for Blog.

After Pete’s whirlwind trip to Croatia we unite for cinematic visits to canyons, hills, and valleys. The return of a flesh-baring Lindsay Lohan sets pulses racing, but the trashy politics and Hollywood commentary of “The Canyons” only works for one of us. Cal goes it alone for the latest Studio Ghibli offering “From Up on Poppy Hill,” before we dig into Disney’s big-budget “The Lone Ranger,” ending with a fierce takedown of attempts by its producer and stars to blame the film’s failure on critics. We have a ton of film news to chew up, as well as part two of our 2009 Venice retrospective, and digressions about Rosalind Russell, Sergio Leone, and Oscar’s Foreign Language Film category. Yes, again. 

The Week’s News, featuring discussion of the death of Karen Black, Meryl Streep’s Oscar category switch, and “Saving Mr. Banks,” among other things [4:05 – 14:20]

Opening Segment: Part two of our 2009 Venice retrospective, featuring discussion about   [14:25 – 35:40]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • The Canyons
  • From Up on Poppy Hill

[42:40 – 1:02:35]

Closing Segment: Our take on Disney’s “The Lone Ranger,” and discussing whether the critics are at fault for its box-office failure and discussing memorable buddy/cop movies!  [1:02:40 – 1:20:45]

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

Outro Music: Foxes, “Youth”

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