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]
- 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 Garrett Gauge
Outro Music: The Platters, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”
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.
- 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]
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- 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]
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: The Vengaboys, “We’re Going To Ibiza”