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Episode 153: The Dash for Viv [Song of the Sea; Dear White People; Housebound]


Episode 153: The Dash for Viv
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It’s Episode 153 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 going full-blown indie, with reviews of Irish animated adventure “Song of the Sea,” and New Zealand-set horror comedy “Housebound,” while the racial politics of college-set satire “Dear White People” leave us with conflicted thoughts. We get off to an overwhelmingly positive start, as July’s instalment of the Red Light District features a Colombian festival hit and a Hammer Horror classic, and leads to digressions about the Best Actress Oscar race of 1963 and the richness of 2013’s world cinema. Elsewhere, there’s a competition which could see you win DVDs of a Bresson classic and a recently restored Ealing Studios pic, plus Pete brings up an interesting anecdote involving Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

The week’s news: 

  • The death of Omar Sharif                                     
  • The week’s birthdays                                     

[4:10 – 12:04]

Red Light District: Our regular feature in which we discuss non-new releases we’ve seen from the past month, featuring discussion of “The Curse of Frankenstein,” “Heartbreaker,” “Hue and Cry,” “A Man Escaped,” “Manos Sucias,” “A Most Wanted Man,” and “Out of the Clouds”!

[12:05 – 30:20]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Dear White People                                32:50 – 46:09
  • Housebound                                            46:10 – 51:59
  • Song of the Sea                                       52:00 – 1:01:23

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: The Smiths, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”

Episode 75: Pillow Talk [The Counsellor; The Butler; Don Jon]

Episode 75: Pillow Talk
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It’s Episode 75 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 the French quarter, as Pete ventured to a local film festival to catch his beloved Daniel Auteuil’s recent double-feature, “Marius” and “Fanny,” as well as Juliette Binoche in “Camille Claudel 1915.” Elsewhere, we’re discussing the joys of this week’s mainstream releases, including Scarlett Johansson’s womanly prowess in sexed-up comedy “Don Jon,” and the varying degrees of raunch Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz bring to Ridley Scott’s brutal thriller “The Counsellor.” We ponder the difference between BAFTA and Oscar, discuss whether voice performances should vie for awards, while a listener question forces us to address the mediocrity of some of the Academy’s Supporting Actress winners from years gone by. There are huge preconceptions about Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” but can its depiction of the civil rights movement survive our scrutiny and mark a mature step forward for the director? Listen to find out, and enjoy musings on the absurdity of John Cusack’s fake nose , how Zooey Deschanel might have ruined one of the week’s offerings, and why Cuba Gooding Jr. and Jane Fonda really need to hang out more.

The Week’s News:

  • The Honorary Oscars have been handed out
  • Scarlett Johansson wins Best Actress at the Rome Film Festival for “Her”
  • There’s going to be a sequel to “It’s a Wonderful Life”

[2:25 – 13:25]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Counsellor
  • Don Jon
  • Marius / Fanny
  • Camille Claudel 1915

[36:40 – 1:04:55]

Closing Segment: Our take on Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,”* and discussing historical inaccuracies in films! [1:03:50 – 1:23:40]

*Listener questions addressed at the end of review
Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range

Outro Music: Rhye, “Hunger”

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