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Episode 154: The Story of Adele H [Ant-Man; True Story; Les Combattants]

  antman

Episode 154: The Story of Adele H
[1:22:20]
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It’s Episode 154 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 features a lengthy review segment, as we discuss Marvel’s latest superhero introduction, “Ant-Man,” starring a youthful looking Michael Douglas and a buff looking Paul Rudd, and Rupert Goold’s courtroom thriller “True Story,” which prompted objections from Cal concerning its casting. Our latest dip into world cinema saw Cal test out the Spanish period serial killer drama “Marshland,” which made at least a visual impression, while Pete saw the coming of age tale “Les Combattants,” the English translation of which is laughably off-the-mark. Elsewhere, an Oscar-nominated performance from the 90s gets a dressing down, the under-utilized Felicity Jones is the subject of our sympathy, and a French Lesbian director-actor romance is but a chapter in the story of Adele H. 

The week’s news: 

  • Ava DuVernay pulls out of directing Marvel’s Black Panther film
  • Sam Mendes to bow out of Bond with “Spectre”
  • Carol Burnett to be honoured at the Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • The week’s birthdays                                           

[3:10 – 14:00]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • True Story                                      21:14 – 34:18
  • Les Combattants                          34:19 – 45:55
  • Marshland                                      45:56 – 55:34
  • Ant-Man                                          55:35 – 1:09:15


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Taylor Swift, “State of Grace”

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Special Episode: Best of the Podcast, Year 3 Compilation


Special Episode: Best of the Podcast, Year 3
[57: 58]
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It’s a special episode 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 been three long years and the podcast is still going, so sit back and listen to a compilation of our past year of putdowns, innuendo, and general banter. For those unfamiliar with the podcast, we do discuss films with intelligence and depth, and sometimes even like them, but none of that seemed as entertaining as Pete’s homoerotic plot rundown of “The Giver,” Cal’s unexpected remark about Jodie Foster, or our dissection of Roger Ebert’s anecdotal “Memoirs of a Geisha” review. Anyway, enjoy!

Episode 120: L’entrecôte de Belgique [The Maze Runner; The Judge; Annabelle]

Episode 120: L’entrecôte de Belgique
[1:31:45]
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It’s Episode 120 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 Pete is recovering from the gruelling tasks of running a half-marathon and tackling the Cougars of Sutton, while Cal is exhausted from a week’s worth of screenings at the London Film Festival. We’re braving hit horror prequel “Annabelle,” despite Pete being unable to remember its predecessor, “The Conjuring,” and we both saw futuristic flick “The Maze Runner,” which we only really watched for the presence of the delectable Kaya Scoledario. Pete saw Robert Duvall get his grump on in David Dobkin’s courtroom thriller “The Judge,” while Cal caught the James Franco-penned “Palo Alto,” the plot of which forced Pete into demonstrating his eye-rolls through sound bites. Audio cues continue to invade the episode from then on, so listen as we discuss a history of unappealing subplots involving Vera Farmiga, an 80s cult classic starring David Bowie, and the promise of Val Kilmer’s son Jack. Elsewhere, a certain horticultural film sees much of Matthias Schoenaerts on display, Cal braves the wrath of Irini when he reviews Xavier Dolan’s latest, and anticipation for next week’s “The Babadook” leads to hilarity.

The Week’s News:
  • The death of Misty Upham
  • The death of Kit Carson
  • Neil Patrick Harris to host the Oscars
  • Leviathan wins Best Film at the London Film Festival

[4:45 – 12:25]

Opening Segment: Coverage from the London Film Festival, featuring discussion of “A Little Chaos,” “Mommy,” and “Something Must Break”

[12:30 – 22:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Annabelle
  • The Judge
  • Palo Alto
  • The Maze Runner

[32:55 – 1:18:00]

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

Outro Music: Pompeii, “Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads”

Episode 59: Car Crashes in Black & White [Frances Ha; Blancanieves; The Internship]



Episode 59: Car Crashes in Black & White
[1:26:32]
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It’s Episode 59 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’re going retro with this week’s podcast, as we discuss the otherworldly prowess of Rita Hayworth in 1946 noir “Gilda,” which Pete caught recently in all of its digitally restored glory. We also discuss two films deliberately harking back to the good old days, with silent fairy-tale “Blancanieves” facing off against Noah Baumbach’s “Manhattan” wannabe, “Frances Ha.” We both snubbed hairly Hugh Jackman in “The Wolverine,” Pete opting for French biographical drama “Renoir” and Cal badly in need of light relief in the form of “The Internship.” We take time out to discuss the lineup of this year’s Venice Film Festival, which Pete will be attending, while Cal is perturbed by the loss of a super comedic actress. Listen for digressions involving Miley Cyrus, Rose Byrne’s portrayal of blindness, and a distasteful slur on Greta Gerwig which caused Cal to label Pete “below the belt.”

Opening Segment:
 The week’s news, featuring three major deaths in the world of sport, TV, and film, and discussing this year’s Venice Film Festival lineup, featuring work from Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, and Kelly Reichardt!   [1:30 – 17:20]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Blancanieves
  • The Internship
  • Renoir
  • Gilda (re-release)

[26:20 – 1:04:50]

Closing Segment: Our take on Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha,” Shag Marry or Kill, and discussing director/actor partnerships between real life partners!  [1:04:55 – 1:19:25]


*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Mika, “Grace Kelly”

Episode 56: Unoriginal Sin [Despicable Me 2; The East; Hummingbird]


Episode 56: Unoriginal Sin
[1:24:33]
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It’s (again, finally!) Episode 56 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.

Cal’s out on the lash, so Pete has been forced/allowed to upload a podcast so if this doesn’t work … blame Cal. Or Andy Murray. This week Shep braves an onset of tiredness during his thoughts on “Despicable Me 2” (as well as an inability to remember the previous film), Cal braves masturbation jokes in “This is the End”, a severe lack of Ellen Page (and her voiceover) in “The East”, both ponder the ridiculousness of Jason Statham’s headwear in “Hummingbird”, and find out our choices for our half-year awards including why Pete was able to dictate to Cal what Mr. Reed’s favourite film of 2013 so far actually was.

Opening Segment:  Shep bragging about his £1 tennis bets, and the rest of the week’s film news [0:30 – 5:50]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:

  • Hummingbird
  • This is the End
  • Despicable Me 2
  • The East

[13:37 – 53:20]

Closing Segment: Our top 5s of the year so far, along with our favourite acting performances. [54:20 – 1:17:40]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Azealia Banks, “212”

Episode 53: Rolling Back the Years [After Earth; Behind the Candelabra; The Iceman]


EPISODE 53: Rolling Back the Years
[1:19:12]
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It’s Episode 53 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 some fairly interesting cosmetic changes, as Winona Ryder and Matt Damon roll back the years to star in 70s-set dramas, while the facial hair burdened upon the actors in “The Iceman” gets Cal’s dander up. We review the gangster drama, as well as Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace movie, “Behind the Candelabra,” of which only one of us is counting as movie eligible. Pete sat it alone (literally) for Viggo Mortensen showcase “Everybody Has a Plan,” but we both caught the Smith family outing “After Earth,” which gets us talking about famous film families, among other things. We also take time out to discuss Werner Herzog’s distinguished career, while pondering what prompts Sir Christopher Doyle’s outspoken nature, and whether Munich will take kindly to Abdelatif Kechiche’s Lesbian Palme d’Or winner. Cal struggles to control himself when divulging the plot of a recent Chloe Moretz movie, before we pledge to watch it for next week’s episode.

Opening Segment:  The week’s film news, plus a discussion of Werner Herzog’s work, in the wake of the BFI’s two-month retrospective [2:35 – 16:40]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:

  • The Iceman
  • Behind the Candelabra
  • Everybody Has a Plan

[22:10 – 51:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on M. Night Shyamalan’s  “After Earth,” starring Will and Jaden Smith, and discussing on-screen partnerships between famous parents and their offspring [51:05 – 1:05:25]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: The Orb, “Little Fluffy Clouds”

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


EPISODE 44: Mere Mortals
[1:25:35]
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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”

Episode 40: Lasting Legacies [Oz the Great and Powerful; Side Effects; Parker]


EPISODE 40: Lasting Legacies
[1:18:12]
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It’s Episode 40 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.

But for some football-related rants this week’s episode is surprisingly concise, as we turn our attention towards legacies. As Steven Soderbergh prepares to fold up his chair and retire (we’ll believe it when we see it) after his final film “Side Effects,” we reveal whether we think his pharmaceutical thriller is a worthy swansong, and offer our favourite examples of final films from directors. Sam Raimi is resurrecting L. Frank Baum’s series of Oz books with “Oz the Great and Powerful,” but can this kaleidoscopic 3D adventure even come close to replicating the magic of the original? And will Barbra Streisand’s Razzie-nominated return to acting in “The Guilt Trip” affect her long-standing reputation as a Queen among actresses? We have reviews of Jason Statham vehicle “Parker,” the acclaimed British thriller “Broken,” and Pete’s precious “Robot & Frank,” while we assess the power of Bette Midler’s Oscar-nominated performance in “The Rose” and look ahead to Sofia Coppola’s latest foray into the perils of youth, “The Bling Ring.” Sit back and listen to us bitch!

Opening Segment:  Discussing the trailer for Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” [suggested by Irini] and Pete’s review of 1979’s “The Rose,” starring Bette Midler [3:45 – 16:55]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Oz the Great and Powerful”
  • “Parker”
  • “Robot & Frank”
  • “Broken”
  • “The Guilt Trip”

[21:30 – 52:00]

Closing Segment: Discussing Stephen Soderbergh’s self-proclaimed ‘final’ film “Side Effects,” and our top three directorial swansongs [52:05 – 1:09:55]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Gloria Estefan, “Go Away”

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