Episode 97: Continental Drift
It’s Episode 97 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.
Dubbed “Mr. D+” by Pete, Cal hopes for a better run of films this week, as our slate of continent-spanning sober dramas force us to tone things down a little. We review Erik Poppe’s “A Thousand Times Good Night,” starring the ever-exemplary Juliette Binoche, but is the moral-heavy family crisis at the film’s centre worthy of her abilities? It’s been eight months since Pete saw and liked John Curran’s “Tracks” at Venice, but does Cal feel the same way about the Aussie desert quest’s quality? Elsewhere, Pete caught up with Paddy Considine-led British thriller “Honour,” while Cal opted for American indie revenge pic “Blue Ruin,” plus a listener question leads to a slew of digressions about the Cannes Film Festival’s history of politics and prize-giving. Tune in to hear our thoughts on the biggest Oscar snub of the 1980s, which Terrence Malick film receives a radical re-evaluation from Pete, and why a foolish display of canine companionship gets Cal all self-righteous.
The Week’s News:
- The death of Bob Hoskins
- A sequel to “Spring Breakers” is announced
- Cal’s been reading a Cannes-related book
Listener Question: “What are your thoughts on “Clean,” and specifically Maggie Cheung?” [Ibbi]
[7:55 – 13:10]
Opening Segment: The return of the Red Light District, featuring discussion of “Chaotic Ana,” “Into the Night,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “The Search for Bridey Murphy,” “To the Wonder,” and “Youth Without Youth”
[13:15 – 26:45]
- A Thousand Times Good Night
- Blue Ruin
[29:55 – 1:02:25]
The Poupaud Range
Outro Music: Faye Wong, “Dream Person”
Episode 64: The Return of Wowface
It’s Episode 64 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 Pete return from the Venice Film Festival with reviews of Stephen Fears’ “Philomena” and Sion Sono’s “Why Don’t You Play In Hell,” among other work by Miguel Gomes, Kelly Reichardt, and John Curran. We also take time out to discuss reaction on the Lido to Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity.” This week’s films see the highly-anticipated release of abstract entanglement drama “Upstream Color,” claustrophobic horror “You’re Next,” and the return of Michael Bay with “Pain & Gain,” which had Cal somewhat worried. As usual we go off on a few tangents, as Pete pimps the beauty of 2004 in film, laments the absence of Nadine Labaki from one of the week’s offerings, and we ponder how Liv Ullman would have fared in “Miss Congeniality.” And then we reveal the exciting news that an underseen long-time podcast favourite may soon be coming to a website near you, but keep that one quiet, won’t you?
The Week’s News, featuring discussion about the death of Sir David Frost, and the casting of “Fifty Shades of Grey”! [2:35 – 6:05]
- Upstream Color (warning: minor spoilers)
- Pain & Gain
- You’re Next
[9:10 – 33:45]
Closing Segment: Pete’s report from the Venice Film Festival, featuring reviews and commentary on “Why Don’t You Play In Hell?” “Tracks,” “Holding Breath,” “Redemption,” “We Are the Best!” “May in the Summer,” “Philomena,” “Night Moves,” and some brief thoughts about “Gravity” [33:50 – 1:18:30]
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range
Outro Music: Placebo, “Taste In Men”
Episode 59: Car Crashes in Black & White
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]
- The Internship
- 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”