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Episode 148: The No in Pacino [San Andreas; Man Up; Danny Collins]


Episode 148: The No in Pacino
[1:25:34]
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It’s Episode 148 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 begins with a lengthy opening, featuring discussion of Sofia Coppola’s travails with the studio system, a long overdue film on the Suffragette movement, and a retrospective of Al Pacino in the wake of the release of “Danny Collins.” There are also reviews of disaster action movie “San Andreas,” Iranian vampire flick “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” and romantic comedy “Man Up,” which propelled us into a digression concerning the politics of internet dating. Elsewhere, Cal is forced into a Neil Diamond-style rendition, a certain Antipodean singer narrowly avoids a dreaded Ehle Omission, while Pete disses the vocal talents of a British redhead, much to Cal’s chagrin.

The week’s news: Some Birthday wishes, plus news on Sofia Coppola’s exit from “The Little Mermaid,” the opener of this year’s London Film Festival, and a chat about Al Pacino!

[4:40 – 23:43]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Danny Collins                                                       33:15 – 44:29
  • Man Up                                                                  44:30 – 55:14
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night               55:15 – 1:02:15
  • San Andreas                                                        1:02:16 – 1:15:07


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: The Connells, “74-75”
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Episode 140: The Birthday Quintet [Insurgent; The Gunman; The Voices]


Episode 140: The Birthday Quintet
[1:11:25]
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It’s Episode 140 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 discuss Sean Penn’s brawn in the critically-derided “The Gunman” and Ryan Reynolds’ form in the flat-out weird horror comedy “The Voices,” while the return of Shailene Woodley in Robert Schwentke’s “Insurgent” brings excitement (as does the surprise appearance of Naomi Watts), but did the Divergent sequel live up to the promise of its predecessor? Elsewhere, in the wake of the release of “Mommy” we take the opportunity to discuss the career of Xavier Dolan (leading to a Greek peace offering), we discuss the crowded Best Actor field of 2007, one of this week’s performers prompts a resurrection of the “best actress under thirty” debate, and Pete has taken to social media with his frustration at radio airplay.

Preconception Corner

A Conversation on Xavier Dolan: Discussing the filmmaker’s work thus far, in the wake of this week’s release of “Mommy”
[15:25 – 25:12]

Reviews of:

  • The Gunman                              25:13 – 33:30
  • The Voices                                  33:31 – 42:06
  • Insurgent                                   42:07 – 58:08


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Seal, “Kiss From a Rose”

Episode 139: The Alexa Conjecture [Run All Night; The Duke of Burgundy; Suite Francaise]

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Episode 139: The Alexa Conjecture
[1:23:31]
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It’s Episode 139 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 the Red Light District returns, bringing news of films from the fifties, a World Cinema classic from Scandinavia, and digressions involving Maria Schell, Ava Gardner, and Otto Preminger. We have reviews of the latest Jaume Collet-Serra/Liam Neeson project “Run All Night,” wartime romance “Suite Francaise,” and meditative drama “Still Life,” while one of us was more prepared than the other for the Sapphic shenanigans in Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy.” Elsewhere, Pete’s fondness for Sidse Babett Knudsen goes into overdrive, Cal feels guilty for a second consecutive snub of Matthias Schoenaerts, and we’re all about the Arri Alexa.

Red Light District: Pimping the best old films we’ve seen in the past month, featuring discussion of “Gervaise,” “Pelle the Conqueror,” and “The Smallest Show on Earth”
[8:50 – 20:30]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Duke of Burgundy                               30:45 – 44:54
  • Suite Francaise                                            44:55 – 53:30
  • Still Life                                                         53:31 – 1:02:25
  • Run All Night                                               1:02:26 – 1:14:28


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Melanie B, “Tell Me”

Episode 116: The Decoy Tots [The Giver; Magic in the Moonlight; A Walk Among the Tombstones]


Episode 116: The Decoy Tots

[1:26:57]
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It’s Episode 116 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.


After last week’s super-long episode, we lament Cal’s laissez faire approach to editing, but this edition managed to sail under the ninety-minute mark fairly smoothly. The Red Light District is back, as we discuss films starring Nina Hoss and Richard Burton, a dishonest Dogme flick, plus Cal’s return to awards completion gets us analysing two Best Actress Oscar races, one of which features one of the biggest snubs of all time. New releases include baseball underdog drama “Million Dollar Arm,” of which the MVP was plain for both of us to see, and Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight,” which Pete unsurprisingly snubbed. There’s also Liam Neeson thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” and Philip Noyce’s “The Giver,” which Pete managed to smear in innuendo and spend forever on divulging the plot of. Taylor Swift’s presence in the film forces both of us to admit some admiration for her lyrical hand, while her likeness to a famously jilted tennis player instigates discussion of a disastrous celebrity relationship. Elsewhere, there’s a postponed Joe Wright rant from last week, Pete’s parents’ holiday snaps struggle to emulate Michael Ballhaus, and the natural charm of one of this week’s actresses leads to a new qualification in the Olsen Factor.


The Week’s News
    • Foreign Language submissions from France, Belgium, Canada, and Hong Kong

[2:25 – 8:20]


Opening Segment: 
This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion of “Barbara,” “Elena,” “Mifune’s Last Song,” “Mourning Becomes Electra,” “Passion Fish,” “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold” and “Win/Win”

[8:25 – 23:15]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Million Dollar Arm
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones
  • Magic in the Moonlight
  • The Giver

[29:15 – 1:12:15]

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

Outro Music: Tori Amos, “Give”

Episode 102: Dial M for Mayday [Grace of Monaco; 22 Jump Street; Venus in Fur]



Episode 102: Dial M for Mayday

[1:35:51]
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It’s Episode 102 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 fears of a Greek backlash bubble to the surface, as we review friend of the podcast Irini’s favourite film of last year, Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur,” touching on the prowess of an older, fishnet-less Emmanuelle Seigner. Meanwhile, Cal was the only one in the queue for buddy cop sequel “22 Jump Street,” and creepy cult horror “The Sacrament,” while Pete caught Cal off-guard at the last minute with a surprise review that absolutely nobody was expecting. Find out whether this podcast is kinder to Olivier Dahan’s “Grace of Monaco” than most critics have been thus far, and listen to us discuss the ups and downs of Grace Kelly’s short-lived film career, including her generally-disliked Best Actress Oscar win. Elsewhere, we float potential nicknames for Channing Tatum, anticipation for an upcoming Richard Linklater film is at fever pitch, while there’s yet more concern voiced for Shailene Woodley (and a distinct lack of medical knowledge) as her new cancer flick edges perilously closer.


The week’s news: 

  • The death of Rik Mayall

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Venus in Fur
  • 22 Jump Street
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • The Sacrament

[16:35 – 52:35]

Closing Segment: Our take on Olivier Dahan’s critically-savaged “Grace of Monaco,” and discussing the career of the one and only Grace Kelly!

[52:40 – 1:26:05]

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

Outro Music: Sia, “Breathe Me”

Episode 94: Packing Meat [Muppets Most Wanted; Calvary; The Lunchbox]



Episode 94: Packing Meat

[1:25:12]
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It’s Episode 94 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.
 
Those tired of our sports banter may rejoice this week as we forego our usual sporty opening, instead heading on a tangent about the horrific state of 1994’s Best Actress Oscar race, and yet another aside involving the Dardennes brothers. This week’s episode sees us largely catching up with smaller films, as we tackle family drama “The Fold,” science-fiction horror “Last Days on Mars,” and John Michael McDonagh’s Catholic whodunit “Calvary.” Cal dishes all on the culinary allure of Indian romance “The Lunchbox,” before we react to the slew of cameos in the new Muppet movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” which sadly lacks the presence of Amy Adams this time around. Elsewhere, tune in to find out what Pete’s Annette Bening moment of the week was, whose bohemian attire caused this week’s Huston Problem, how Linford Christie’s manhood and the cast of “Magic Mike” could have spiced up one of this week’s films, and which leading males bear the brunt of our wrath when we discuss the Academy’s worst ever choices for Best Actor. “Cat Ballou” fans: stay away! 


The Week’s News:

    • Disfigured actor in “Under the Skin” is interviewed
    • Russian cinemas fined for showing “The Wolf of Wall Street”
    • French subtitling fund to be cut

[3:35 – 10:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Fold
  • The Lunchbox
  • Calvary
  • Last Days on Mars

[20:35 – 59:20]

Closing Segment: Our take on the latest Muppets movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” and discussing memorable dual-role performances!

[59:25 – 1:14:40]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range

Outro Music: K. Michelle, “Can’t Raise a Man”

Episode 89: Bad Badinage [Non-Stop; Nymphomaniac; The Book Thief]



Episode 89: Bad Badinage

[1:27:46]
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It’s Episode 89 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.
 
In this week’s episode we finally put 2013 to bed with discussion of Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, which features theories on how rule changes may have helped a certain Italian film, and when on earth Amy Adams will get her moment in the sun. A listener question turns our attention to acting winners of years gone by, while we review airborne mystery/thriller “Non-Stop,” the first part of the racy “Nymphomaniac,” and Akiva Goldsman’s bewildering “A New York Winter’s Tale.” We have our say on holocaust drama “The Book Thief,” but did its Oscar-nominated score make as much impact on us as its intermittent voice-over? Plus: listen to find out how Uma Thurman is channelling Gena Rowlands this week,  why Lars Von Trier’s use of Shostakovich is questionable, and a story from Pete about how unwelcome ‘entertainment’ almost turned nasty. It’s all about the badinage.


Introduction and non-film news


Opening Segment: 

Discussing the winners of this year’s Academy Awards, plus a listener question!

[4:25 – 22:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Nymphomaniac: Volume I
  • The Book Thief
  • A New York Winter’s Tale (mild spoilers!)
  • Non-Stop

[31:40 – 1:17:50]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range

Outro Music: The Cardigans, “Erase & Rewind”

Episode 88: The Cheese Connection [Oscar Predictions; The Lego Movie; Only Lovers Left Alive]



Episode 88: The Cheese Connection

[1:18:54]
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It’s Episode 88 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.
 
In this week’s episode we deviate between the worlds of arthouse and animation, as we review critical cartoon hits “The Lego Movie” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” gay murder mystery drama “Stranger By the Lake” and moody vampire tale “Only Lovers Left Alive,” but was everything awesome on all fronts? And then we launch into some Oscar predictions in 21 of the 24 categories, discussing if the year might echo 1972’s Godfather vs. Cabaret tussle, and whether justice can prevail in the Supporting Actress race. We ponder whether anyone will remember what Tilda Swinton won her Oscar for, why Pink might be the hottest colour at the ceremony, Tom Ford’s idealisation of street corners, and the revelation that dwarf-throwing is still prevalent in modern society. Pete’s Dad also makes a brief cameo, although he didn’t get a chance to enlighten us on the virtues of Lindsay Lohan and Dolly Parton.


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Harold Ramis
    • Performers announced for the Oscars
    • Zhang Yimou to helm first English language film

[2:20 – 8:10]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Lego Movie
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  • Stranger By the Lake
  • Only Lovers Left Alive

[15:05 – 48:55]

Closing Segment: Our predictions for this year’s Academy Awards!

[49:00 – 1:10:30]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range

Outro Music: Rihanna, “Russian Roulette”
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