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

Episode 113: The Eight Year Drought
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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 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”

Episode 47: Industrial Strength [Iron Man 3; The Look of Love; The Lords of Salem]


EPISODE 47: Industrial Strength
[1:19:59]
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It’s Episode 47 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.

As Summer is on the horizon we look ahead to the big-budget studio offerings hitting us in the next few weeks, but can we muster any enthusiasm for the prospect of another Zack Snyder or M. Night Shyamalan film? Pete opts for Michael Winterbottom’s porn biopic “The Look of Love,” while Cal tackles the popular “Bernie,” before crowing about Rob Zombie’s swag in his review of “The Lords of Salem.” And then we deal with Robert Downey Jr.’s third outing as Iron Man, which splits the camp dramatically. We lament the demise of Rene Russo and discuss the woes of Scottish transport, while Pete wonders if Kat Dennings’ rack will be a plot point in “Thor 2.” It’s all about the superheroes…

Opening Segment:  Looking ahead to the next three months of summer blockbusters, including “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “After Earth,” “Man of Steel,” “World War Z,” “Pacific Rim,” “Kick-Ass 2,” “Wolverine,” and “The Lone Ranger” [4:00 – 16:50]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Shell”
  • “Bernie”
  • “The Look of Love”
  • “The Lords of Salem”

[20:40 – 57:25]

Closing Segment: Our take on Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3” and discussing jettisoned voice-overs [57:30 – 1:10:10]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Bjork, “Army of Me”

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