Episode 140: The Birthday Quintet
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.
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]
- The Gunman 25:13 – 33:30
- The Voices 33:31 – 42:06
- Insurgent 42:07 – 58:08
Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Garrett Gauge
Outro Music: Seal, “Kiss From a Rose”
It’s Episode 47 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.
As Summer is on the horizon we look ahead to the big-budget studio offerings hitting us in the next few weeks, but can we muster any enthusiasm for the prospect of another Zack Snyder or M. Night Shyamalan film? Pete opts for Michael Winterbottom’s porn biopic “The Look of Love,” while Cal tackles the popular “Bernie,” before crowing about Rob Zombie’s swag in his review of “The Lords of Salem.” And then we deal with Robert Downey Jr.’s third outing as Iron Man, which splits the camp dramatically. We lament the demise of Rene Russo and discuss the woes of Scottish transport, while Pete wonders if Kat Dennings’ rack will be a plot point in “Thor 2.” It’s all about the superheroes…
Opening Segment: Looking ahead to the next three months of summer blockbusters, including “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “After Earth,” “Man of Steel,” “World War Z,” “Pacific Rim,” “Kick-Ass 2,” “Wolverine,” and “The Lone Ranger” [4:00 – 16:50]
- “The Look of Love”
- “The Lords of Salem”
[20:40 – 57:25]
Closing Segment: Our take on Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3” and discussing jettisoned voice-overs [57:30 – 1:10:10]
*Shag, Marry or Kill?*
*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*
Outro Music: Bjork, “Army of Me”