It’s Episode 163 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 return with a lively episode, featuring (sorry!) not a great deal of positivity, but we try and make the best of a bad situation regardless. There’s two helpings of Michael Caine, firstly in the supernatural Vin Diesel vehicle “The Last Witch Hunter,” and then in Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” which had to ride some heavy preconceptions about its director’s historic use of music. Elsewhere, Cal reviews gambling affair “Missisippi Grind” and we turn our attention to “Spectre,” the latest film in a recent purple patch for the James Bond franchise. Other issues which emerge include Taylor Swift’s legal problems, the history of curses in the game of baseball, and laughable accents of Jude Law past. We assess the history of BIFA Best Actress winners, there’s speculation about Judi Dench’s fondness for Vin Diesel, and the writing’s on the wall for Sam Smith as we dig our claws into his latest assault on the eardrums.
The week’s news:
- Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globes
- British Independent Film Award nominations
[3:48 – 17:15]
- The Last Witch Hunter 25:37 – 35:08
- Youth 35:09 – 46:50
- Mississippi Grind 46:51 – 54:08
- Spectre 54:09 – 1:16:22
Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Garrett Gauge
Outro Music: Neil Diamond, “Forever In Blue Jeans”
Welcome to week 57, in which recording the podcast was so troubling Cal thinks that he deserves an Oscar for editing it. This week Danny Boyle might be on the verge of a reprieve, as we encounter multiple films capable of rivalling “Trance” as our worst of the year, but will any of them budge it? We have reviews of magic caper “Now You See Me,” Ben Wheatley’s “A Field In England,” French drama “Therese Desqueyroux” and Bollywood period goodness in “Lootera.” We end the podcast by tackling Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring,” which proves a long and heated discussion, and we answer questions from treasured listeners. Listen for this month’s Red Light District, and unplanned asides concerning Xavier Dolan, 1990’s Best Actress lineup, and whether the world will implode when Emma Watson faces off against herself in The Watson Factor. She’s stressing us ouuuuut!
- What are your favourite films directed by sons/daughters of famous people? [Ibbi] [6:00 – 9:44]
- What are your favourite films from Japan or Korea? [Irini] [9:45 – 13:25]
Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District! Pimped films include “Deathtrap,” “A New Leaf,” and “Sofie.” [13:30 – 19:55]
- Now You See Me
- Therese Desqueyroux
- A Field In England
[26:20 – 56:35]
Closing Segment: Our take on Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring,” and our favourite films about celebrities! [56:40 – 1:17:35]
*Shag, Marry or Kill?*
*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*
Outro Music: Nneka, “Lucifer (No Doubt)”