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Episode 169: Givenchy in No Man’s Land [The Beguiled; Okja; Wonder Woman]

  

Episode 169: Givenchy in No Man’s Land
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It’s Episode 169 of In the Mood for Podcast!

This week we’re finally back with a jam-packed episode full of news and reviews! First on the agenda is Daniel Day-Lewis’ shock retirement announcement (which fails to convince) and Annette Bening ruling the roost in Venice, plus a record amount of invitations from AMPAS gets our seal of approval. There are reviews of Bong Joon-ho’s madcap fable “Okja” and Sofia Coppola’s period potboiler “The Beguiled,” while we venture into superhero territory with verdicts on Marvel’s latest spidey story “Spiderman: Homecoming” and DC’s critical and box-office hit “Wonder Woman”. Elsewhere, Gal Gadot’s pacing on the front line conjured up images of the catwalk for Cal, there’s a pitch for a Miranda July-led superhero movie, and 
Irini unforgivably mistakes Garrett Hedlund for a certain Amazonian explorer.

The week’s news: 

  • “The Square” wins the Palme d’Or
  • Daniel Day-Lewis retires from acting
  • Annette Bening to head this year’s Venice Film Festival jury
  • 774 people invited to AMPAS

[3:30 – 11:25]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Wonder Woman                               17:45 – 26:55
  • Spider Man: Homecoming           26:56 – 32:29
  • Okja                                                       32:30 – 42:02
  • The Beguiled                                      42:03 – 54:18

Final Segment: 

  • Top Films, Performances and Moments of 2017 so far

[54:19 – 1:15:55]

Shag, Marry or Kill?

The Garrett Gauge

Intro Music: Lolawolf, “House Key”
Outro Music: Dua Lipa, “Be the One”

Episode 168: The Garrel Grievance [Cannes Film Festival Line-Up]

Episode 168: The Garrel Grievance
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News from the Croisette lures Irini and Cal back to the microphone, as we discuss yesterday’s announcement of the 70th Cannes Film Festival lineup, featuring (among others) new films from Andrey Zvyagintsev, Lynne Ramsay, Todd Haynes, and podcast favourite Sofia Coppola. We’re also catching up with news we haven’t discussed since the last episode, chief of which is *that* infamous Oscar mix-up, plus we touch upon the surprise smash hit “Get Out” and dig into some seriously juicy female-led TV shows. Elsewhere, Irini shamelessly flaunts some national pride when we discuss one of the festival’s entries, we vehemently disagree on the virtues of the Safdie brothers, and Cal tests Irini’s patience by taking a pop at Xavier Dolan and all but killing off Michael Haneke.

News Catch Up:

  • Oscars catastrophe
  • Oscar rule changes
  • Get Out
  • Big Little Lies / Feud

[1:51 – 11:53]

Listener Question [ibbi]

Cannes Film Festival:

  • Discussing the line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May!

[16:20 – 56:25]

Intro Music: Alma, “Requiem”
Outro Music: Loreen, “Statements”

Episode 164: Awakenings [The Revenant; The Force Awakens; Spotlight; Carol]

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Episode 164: Awakenings
[1:55:11]
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It’s Episode 164 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 back from a two-month absence with a jam-packed podcast, focusing on the big juggernauts of this year’s awards season, as well as the seventh instalment of a certain sci-fi franchise. We tackle Steven Spielberg’s latest moody historical drama “Bridge of Spies,” claustrophobic double-hander “Room,” and Todd Haynes’ lesbian tale “Carol,” which had to hurdle prickly preconceptions from Pete about one of its main stars. We give our verdict on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s forest-set revenge tale “The Revenant,” Thomas McCarthy’s journalism drama “Spotlight,” and the biggest film of 2015, “The Force Awakens,” while we may have had a few choice words to say about the use of Margot Robbie in fancied finance crisis comedy “The Big Short.” Elsewhere, we predict this year’s Academy Award nominations (happening tomorrow!), we mourn the death of the great David Bowie, there’s a digression on the films of 1988, and a listener question prompts an upheaval of The Pootsition.

Opening Segment: Discussing the film career of musician, actor, and all-around legend David Bowie, who sadly passed away this week

[1:40 – 9:30]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens         27:40 – 37:24
  • Bridge of Spies                                        37:25 – 45:36
  • Carol                                                           45:37 – 51:53
  • The Revenant                                          51:54 – 1:04:14
  • Room                                                        1:08:10 – 1:16:41
  • The Big Short                                          1:16:42 – 1:24:12
  • Spotlight                                                  1:24:13 – 1:31:46

Closing Segment: Previewing this week’s Academy Award nominations!

[1:31:47 – 1:46:45]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: David Bowie, “Five Years”

Episode 162: The Absence of Metaphysics [Sicario; Suffragette; The Walk; The Lobster]

Episode 162: The Absence of Metaphysics
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It’s Episode 162 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 episode’s stacked roster sees six films reviewed, including controversial feminist drama “Suffragette” and concept horror “Circle,” as well as Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” which leads us to a discussion of Netflix and the future of film distribution. Pete would have liked to re-cast Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” with favourable enough actors to get him to watch it, but Cal didn’t mind so much, while Denis Villeneuve has to ride some significant preconceptions when we review drug thriller “Sicario.” Elsewhere, colourful hats pose a Huston Problem for Cal, and Robert Zemeckis is the flavour of the week, as Pete reviews “The Walk” and we have a chat about Back to the Future in the wake of its 30th anniversary.

The week’s news: Chris Rock to host the Oscars, plus Cal reviews “Son of Saul” and “Dheepan” from the London Film Festival!

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Beasts of No Nation          22:42 – 31:11
  • Suffragette                           31:12 – 37:44
  • The Walk                              37:45 – 45:56
  • The Lobster                         45:57 – 52:48
  • Circle                                     52:49 – 56:40
  • Sicario                                  56:41 – 1:07:15


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Steps, “Deeper Shade of Blue”

Episode 161: The Chinese Intervention [The Martian; Macbeth; The Intern]


Episode 161: The Chinese Intervention
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It’s Episode 161 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.


A big congratulations to Pete, as this week he proposed to his other half Jane, prompting the women of the West Midlands to cross him out in their little black books, and the podcast to indulge in a Taylor Swift-inspired celebration. The week’s reviews include “The Intern,” Nancy Meyers’ latest frothy window into the life of a working woman, and “McFarland,” the latest of many sports movies in the lengthy filmography of Kevin Costner. Cal dares to take on William Shakespeare’s story structure in his review of the latest adaptation of “Macbeth,” while many of the plot developments in “The Martian” are up for scrutiny, particularly with regard to the Chinese. Elsewhere, two composers’ birthdays get us discussing their finest works, there’s a sizeable digression about the Best Actress crop of 2003, and Pete can’t help but veer into profanity while ranting about one of the week’s scripts.

The week’s news: The career of the late John Guillermin, plus the week’s birthdays!

[5:40 -13:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Macbeth                          19:55 – 32:25
  • McFarland                      32:26 – 43:19
  • The Intern                      43:20 – 50:54
  • The Martian                  50:55 – 1:05:40


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Britney Spears, “Oops, I Did it Again”

Episode 156: The King James Clobber [Trainwreck; The Gift; Beyond the Reach]

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Episode 156: The King James Clobber
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It’s Episode 156 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 back this week with laments of last week’s disastrous attempted episode, and some devastating news from the film world, as we say goodbye to a much beloved cinematic canine. We chat about Aaron Sorkin’s latest project and Edward Norton’s controversial comments about the Academy Awards, plus this month’s Red Light District brings rapturous word about a French model-turned-actress and some rare positivity concerning Neil Diamond. The week’s reviews include Judd Apatow-helmed “Trainwreck,” desert-set thriller “Beyond the Reach,” Nanni Moretti’s meditiative drama “Mia Madre,” and Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut, “The Gift,” plus Jeremy Irvine’s physique wins points from Cal, Tilda Swinton’s stylist wins points from Pete, and LeBron James’ appearance in one of the week’s films wins (off-the-court) points all round.

The week’s news

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion of “Blind Date,” “Death of a Salesman,” “Empire of Passion,” “The Jazz Singer,” “Love in the Afternoon,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “That Is the Dawn,” and “Walk on the Wild Side”!

[10:46 – 27:10]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Gift                                  38:13 – 50:49
  • Beyond the Reach              50:50 – 1:00:12
  • Mia Madre                           1:00:13 – 1:06:00
  • Trainwreck                          1:06:01 – 1:18:03


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Lana Del Rey, “Ride”

Episode 155: Rachel, Rachel [Inside Out; Mission Impossible 5; Southpaw]

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Episode 155: Rachel, Rachel
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It’s Episode 155 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’ve spent the past two weeks topping up the tan, but now we’re back with an episode packed full of criticism, as we turn our attention to the most anticipated film of the year, Pixar’s “Inside Out”. We also assess whether Tom Cruise has still got it, in the latest instalment in the Mission Impossible franchise, “Rogue Nation,” while Cal reviews heavy-going boxing fable “Southpaw,” and Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara in ramshackle comedy “Hot Pursuit.” Meanwhile, we turn our attention to the start of the awards season by digging into the Venice and Toronto Film Festival line-ups, touching upon (among other things) Charlie Kaufman’s return to directing and Tom Hooper’s latest piece of Oscar bait. Plus there’s news of Mads Mikkelsen’s unlikely collaboration with a pop star, Alicia Vikander’s prolific year in film continues, and Xavier Dolan’s foray into the world of voice-over acting comes as somewhat of a surprise.

The week’s news

Opening Segment: Discussing the line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival, featuring anticipation for films from Charlie Kaufman, Atom Egoyan, and Pablo Trapero, plus we discuss some of the awards hopefuls playing at this year’s film festival in Toronto! 

[3:27 – 26:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Southpaw                                                            35:50 – 42:11
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation            42:12 – 53:42
  • Hot Pursuit                                                        53:43 – 1:00:47
  • Inside Out                                                          1:00:48 – 1:15:36


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Odyssey, “Inside Out”

Episode 153: The Dash for Viv [Song of the Sea; Dear White People; Housebound]

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Episode 153: The Dash for Viv
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It’s Episode 153 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’re going full-blown indie, with reviews of Irish animated adventure “Song of the Sea,” and New Zealand-set horror comedy “Housebound,” while the racial politics of college-set satire “Dear White People” leave us with conflicted thoughts. We get off to an overwhelmingly positive start, as July’s instalment of the Red Light District features a Colombian festival hit and a Hammer Horror classic, and leads to digressions about the Best Actress Oscar race of 1963 and the richness of 2013’s world cinema. Elsewhere, there’s a competition which could see you win DVDs of a Bresson classic and a recently restored Ealing Studios pic, plus Pete brings up an interesting anecdote involving Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

The week’s news: 

  • The death of Omar Sharif                                     
  • The week’s birthdays                                     

[4:10 – 12:04]

Red Light District: Our regular feature in which we discuss non-new releases we’ve seen from the past month, featuring discussion of “The Curse of Frankenstein,” “Heartbreaker,” “Hue and Cry,” “A Man Escaped,” “Manos Sucias,” “A Most Wanted Man,” and “Out of the Clouds”!

[12:05 – 30:20]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Dear White People                                32:50 – 46:09
  • Housebound                                            46:10 – 51:59
  • Song of the Sea                                       52:00 – 1:01:23


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: The Smiths, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”

Episode 149: The Garland Giveaway [Spy; Survivor; Black Coal Thin Ice]


Episode 149: The Garland Giveaway
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It’s Episode 149 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’re dealing with a litany of deaths in the film world, as two actors, a screenwriter, and a producer all passed away, plus we dust off the cobwebs for a lengthy Red Light District. The week’s reviews include James McTeigue’s secret service drama “Survivor,” the latest collaboration between Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy, “Spy,” and Chinese Golden Bear winner “Black Coal Thin Ice” (again). Meanwhile, Helen Mirren’s won yet another award for playing the Queen, there are rumblings of discontent about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s attempt at a French accent, and Cal’s drunken encounter with a singer is contradicted by his love of Judy Garland.  

The week’s news: 

  • Helen Mirren wins a TONY                                       
  • The death of Sir Christopher Lee                                         
  • The death of Ron Moody                                               
  • The death of Jean Gruault                                             
  • The death of Robert Chartoff    
  • “The Walk” to open the New York Film Festival   

[4:23 – 14:40]

Red Light District: This month’s round-up of films seen from the past, featuring discussion of “Cuban Fury,” “Curtain Up,” “The Harvey Girls,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Time After Time,” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

[14:41 – 26:42]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Survivor                                                  31:08 – 41:51
  • Black Coal, Thin Ice                             41:52 – 49:08
  • Spy                                                           49:09 – 1:02:38


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Wild Beasts, “We Still Got the Taste Dancin’ On Our Tongues”

Episode 142: Age Of Consent [The DUFF; John Wick; While We’re Young]

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Episode 142: Age Of Consent
[1:34:55]
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It’s Episode 142 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 back after a two-and-a-half week absence with a packed lineup! As we catch up on the releases from the past fortnight, we’re reviewing five films, including the highly-anticipated new film from Christian Petzold, “Phoenix,” and Keanu Reeves’ foray into the action genre with “John Wick.” Cal reveals all about Noah Baumbach’s latest observation on the middle-classes, “While We’re Young” and Andrew Niccol’s moralistic war drama “Good Kill,” while we finish by talking about teen flick “The DUFF,” which Pete suspected that Cal would like. Elsewhere, in the wake of Thursday’s announcement of the Cannes Film Festival lineup, we assess upcoming films from Gus Van Sant, Paolo Sorrentino, and more, a listener’s rant re-instigates a costuming discussion from our last episode, and a controversial Pootsition flies narrowly close to the age of consent.

Listener question/rant [Ibbi]: Colleen Atwood vs. Sandy Powell 

Cannes Film Festival: We dig into the line-up for this year’s festival, featuring films by Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Jacques Audiard, and Hirokazu Koreeda!
[10:52 – 27:52]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Phoenix                                                         34:30 – 46:00
  • While We’re Young                                    46:01 – 52:47
  • John Wick                                                    52:48 – 1:03:12
  • Good Kill                                                      1:03:13 – 1:09:49
  • The DUFF                                                    1:09:50 – 1:23:07


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Beyonce feat. Jay-Z, “Drunk In Love”

Episode 136: The Abrupt Apology [Blackhat; Cake; Predestination]

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Episode 136: The Abrupt Apology
[1:56:06]
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It’s Episode 136 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.


Despite Pete’s efforts toward the contrary, this week’s episode is our longest yet, as we dig into our year-end awards, disclosing more than a little about our favourite films and performances. We also react to this past Sunday’s Academy Awards, measuring “Birdman” up against the Best Picture winners of the past and speculating about how its leading man couldn’t also sail to victory. The week’s reviews include time travel thriller “Predestination,” starring podcast favourite Ethan Hawke, Jennifer Aniston’s failed Oscar bid, “Cake,” and Michael Mann’s latest procedural drama “Blackhat,” which one of us walked out on. Meanwhile, Anna Kendrick is – quite literally – a vision, there’s an appearance from Gloria Gaynor, and Pete has an abrupt apology for one of last week’s performers after omitting her from The Pootsition.

The week’s news:
  • Kristin Stewart makes history with Cesar win
  • Birdman wins the Best Picture Oscar (+ other reaction)

[4:00 – 20:53]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Blackhat                                28:10 – 38:48
  • Predestination                    38:49 – 46:55
  • Cake                                       46:56 – 1:00:26

Closing Segment: Revealing our top ten films of 2014, and discussing our favourite performances (in quite a bit of depth)!

[1:00:27 – 1:4]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Manic Street Preachers, “Australia”

Episode 135: The Shame of Seamus [Fifty Shades of Grey; Kingsman; Love Is Strange; Oscar Predictions]

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Episode 135: The Shame of Seamus
[1:36:58]
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It’s Episode 135 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 the upcoming Oscars, casting our predictions for 20 of the 24 categories, and mulling over the scenarios that could befall presumed leaders “Birdman” and “Boyhood,” plus there’s big news from Berlin, as Charlotte Rampling stakes a claim for a place at next year’s Oscars. We get physical, as Pete was the podcast representative for Matthew Vaughn’s violent spy thriller “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” while Sam Taylor-Johnson’s hotly-anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” had its own share of weaponry. It’s fair to say that the erotic mega-hit wasn’t really going to be up either of our alleys, but the assembled crew generated cause for excitement. Pete snubbed Marisa Tomei but Cal managed to catch Ira Sachs’ latest gay-themed drama “Love is Strange,” while a seven-film haul in the Red Light District leads to discussion of the Best Actor Oscar race of 1998, Tyrone Power’s limited acting ability, and the allure of Dylan McDermott. Elsewhere, this week’s Joe Wright rant concerns a lesser-known Scottish actor, we’re once again reminded of the original Huston Problem, and there’s an unexpected nod to Sabrina the Teenage Witch. 

The week’s news:
  • The death of Louis Jordan
  • Berlin Film Festival winners

[2:35 – 10:04]

Red Light District: Pimping the best films we’ve seen from yesteryear, featuring discussion of “The Flight of the Phoenix,” “Gods and Monsters,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Inside Moves,” “The Luck of the Irish,” “The Prowler,” and “Reuben, Reuben”!

[10:05 – 26:53]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service                      36:13 – 45:33
  • Love Is Strange                                                  45:34 – 56:03
  • Fifty Shades of Grey                                         56:04 – 1:13:07

Closing Segment: Predicting this year’s Oscar winners, featuring discussion of everything from the big “Boyhood” vs. “Birdman” tussle, to the closely fought Best Editing race, to the likelihood of an upset in the Best Foreign Language Film category!

[1:13:08 – 1:29:30]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Coldplay, “Yellow”

Episode 134: The Muttley Snigger [Selma; Jupiter Ascending; Miss Julie; Shaun the Sheep]

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Episode 134: The Muttley Snigger
[1:33:11]
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It’s Episode 134 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 the various Oscar races in the wake of the BAFTA winners, touching upon Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s amusingly reduced moniker at the ceremony, the best of the speeches, and the closeness of the Boyhood vs. Birdman Best Picture tussle. It’s a week of mixed expectations on the podcast, as we review the ethereal Jessica Chastain’s latest passion project “Miss Julie,” helmed by Pete’s favourite actress and female director Liv Ullmann, while buzz was in the gutter for the Wachowski siblings’ “Jupiter Ascending,” which Cal managed to catch this past weekend. Meanwhile, Pete’s decision to venture out for the “Shaun the Sheep Movie” was the talk of the workplace, and we finally get around to digging into the controversies surrounding Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” starring an Oscar-snubbed David Oyelowo. It’s fair to say that the plot rundown of the week’s sole Science-fiction effort didn’t exactly go smoothly, while Pete underwent a Punjabi plight at one of this week’s screenings, and Ernest Borgnine’s infamous Brokeback bigotry gets dragged up for another airing. 

The week’s news:
  • Ziyi Zhang receives a grandiose marriage proposal
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu wins the DGA
  • BAFTA winners

[2:45 – 20:35]

Preconception Corner


Reviews of:

  • Jupiter Ascending                                             32:40 – 44:33
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie                                   44:34 – 54:32
  • Miss Julie                                                            54:33 – 1:06:10
  • Selma                                                                   1:06:11 – 1:22:00


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Lucinda Williams, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road”

Episode 132: The Virtues of Ed [A Most Violent Year; Citizenfour; Ex Machina]

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Episode 132: The Virtues of Ed
[1:17:33]
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It’s Episode 132 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 us catch up on last week’s excised news segment by discussing the line-up for the upcoming Berlin Film Festival, as well as the announcement that the Coen brothers will rule over this year’s Cannes jury. Elsewhere, we offer our thoughts on the shifting Oscar races in the wake of the PGA and SAG winners, before revealing our thoughts on the week’s releases which includes controversial nominated documentary “Citizenfour.” Cal was in the queue for Anna Karenina lovers Domnhall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander’s reunion in sci-fi flick “Ex Machina,” and he also had time to see Mark Wahlberg’s blackjack skills in Rupert Wyatt’s “The Gambler,” while we both settled down for the latest work from podcast favourites Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, in eighties-set drama “A Most Violent Year.” Elsewhere, some random digressions test our film geek credentials, an underappreciated child performance gets us discussing the 2001 Best Actor Oscar roster, and the unexpected cosmetic virtues of a certain whistleblower tickles Cal’s fancy.

The week’s news:
  • Joel and Ethan Coen to preside over this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury
  • The full line-up is revealed for this year’s Berlin Film Festival
  • Birdman wins the PGA
  • Screen Actors Guild award winners

[1:50 – 23:05]

Preconception Corner


Reviews of:

  • Ex Machina                                                   27:55 – 36:19
  • Citizenfour                                                    36:20 – 46:16
  • The Gambler                                                 46:17 – 55:17
  • A Most Violent Year                                   55:18 – 1:05:52


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Liza Minnelli + Joel Grey, “Money Money”

Episode 131: The Oxford Issue [American Sniper; Whiplash; Wild]

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Episode 131: The Oxford Issue
[1:34:53]
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It’s Episode 131 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 was so jam-packed that we had to cut the entire news segment, but don’t worry, we’ll get around to that in our next episode. Instead, we react to last week’s Oscar nominations with theories on everything from the race row, to the surprise Marion Cotillard inclusion, to the unexpected haul for “American Sniper”. We also review Clint Eastwood’s latest delight, as well as other nominated films, including musical drama “Whiplash,” and soul-searching adventure “Wild,” starring Cal’s favourite, Reese Witherspoon. We’re on board with a wine-quaffing Kevin Kline in Parisian jaunt “My Old Lady,” and Pete dishes all on Alicia Vikander’s received pronunciation in wartime romance “Testament of Youth,” which featured too much Oxford reverence for his liking. Elsewhere, Bradley Cooper’s fuller face is up for scrutiny, there’s an unexpected bit of advocacy from Jane Fonda, and Sienna Miller’s dark locks threaten to steal the gold in The Pootsition.


Preconception Corner


Reviews of:

  • American Sniper                                         10:40 – 22:24
  • Whiplash                                                       22:25 – 37:21
  • My Old Lady                                                  37:22 – 45:50
  • Testament of Youth                                   45:51 – 54:40
  • Wild                                                                54:41 – 1:07:23


Closing Segment: Our reaction to the Oscar nominations, featuring discussion of the snubs, the race row, and the quality of the nominees as a whole!

[1:07:24 – 1:27:12]

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

Outro Music: Kristina Train, “Dark Black”

Episode 130: Jardiner du Jour [Foxcatcher; Into the Woods; Predicting the Oscar Noms]

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Episode 130: Jardiner du Jour

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It’s Episode 130 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 only have two films this week, but the episode is jam-packed, thanks to Sunday’s Golden Globe awards and the impending Oscar nominations. We discuss the highlights from the ceremony, and the impact of recent events on all of the major Oscar races, speculating whether Jennifer Aniston can really seal the deal, and if there’s any room for manoeuvre in that seemingly locked Supporting Actress lineup. Elsewhere, negative preconceptions concerning Steve Carell are tested when we review Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” and Pete’s far-from-impressed verdict on “Into the Woods” sees Cal and Irini scrambling to defend the Disney musical. The return of the Red Light District sees us chat about the days when Leos Carax was joyful, the banality of Adolf Eichmann, and Jean-Luc Godard’s contempt for iPhones, while Pete has his own bridges to burn with social media, and none of us are quite sure how to pronounce Isabel Coixet’s name.

The Week’s News:
  • The death of Anita Ekberg
  • The death of Francesco Rosi
  • The death of Samuel Goldwyn Jr
  • Isabel Coixet’s new film to open Berlin Film Festival

Opening Segment: 
Our review of Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, featuring reaction to the winners, the speeches, and of course the fashion!

[7:20 – 27:35]


Preconception Corner


Reviews of:

  • Foxcatcher
  • Into the Woods

[33:50 – 57:10]


Red Light District: 
Pimping the best films we’ve seen lately, featuring discussion of “Alice in the Cities,” “Beginners,” “Cleo from 5 to 7,” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” “Force Majeure,” “Goodbye to Language,” “Hannah Arendt,” “Haute Cuisine,” “The Night Is Young,” and “Trial”!

[57:20 – 1:10:50]


Closing Segment: 
Predicting the upcoming Oscar nominations! Will “Foxcatcher” go the way of “The Master”? Will Amy Adams make it six nominations in nine years? Will Cal have to see “The Judge”?

[1:10:55 – 1:27:15]

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

Outro Music: Beck, “Devil’s Haircut”

Episode 129: Flights of Fancy [Birdman; The Theory of Everything; Enemy]


Episode 129: Flights of Fancy

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It’s Episode 129 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 episode, we turn our attention to the awards race, as this week sees the release of two films vying for Oscars, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s meditation on the theatre, “Birdman,” and spirited Stephen Hawking drama “The Theory of Everything”. We also take the opportunity to discuss the Producers Guild Award nominations and the winners from the National Society of Film Critics’ annual round of voting, touching (lightly) upon a victory for Jean-Luc Godard, and speculating about the Oscar chances of Timothy Spall, Marion Cotillard, and Rene Russo among others. Elsewhere, Pete’s improvable opinion of Denis Villeneuve is tested when Jake Gyllenhaal takes on a double role in “Enemy” and last year’s Norwegian Foreign Language Oscar entry “Kon-Tiki” finally made British shores, while some disappointing controversy about the latest Nicholas Cage film, “Dying of the Light,” threatens to overshadow the review. Meanwhile, there’s news of upheaval for the Factor and Range, Cal’s latest reading material provides a window into the Best Picture Oscar race of 1967 and Rex Harrison’s bad behaviour, and Felicity Jones’ sixties attire may finally have won over her childhood cohort.

The Week’s News:
  • Mark Schultz turns his back on “Foxcatcher”
  • Producers Guild Award nominations are announced
  • National Society of Film Critics winners

[2:40 – 14:45]


Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Theory of Everything
  • Kon-Tiki
  • Dying of the Light
  • Enemy

[26:00 – 1:03:10]

Closing Segment: Our take on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” discussing the Best Picture race, and our favourite films about the theatre!

[1:03:15 – 1:22:45]

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

Outro Music: The National, “All the Wine”

Episode 127: Size Matters [Winter Sleep; The Hobbit 3; Get Santa]

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Episode 127: Size Matters

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It’s Episode 127 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 the week of the epics, as Peter Jackson finally ends his Middle Earth fascination (we hope, anyway) with the last instalment of The Hobbit, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan has made his longest film yet, with the solemn Palme d’Or winning “Winter Sleep.” We had an awful lot to say about Ceylan’s 196-minute effort, which leads to a discussion of films about actors and an all-out celebration of Ava Gardner, while we managed to get around to festive favourite “Get Santa” and Cal caught the middle-class melodrama “The Face Of Love.” Elsewhere, we discuss the impact of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations, whether Jennifer Aniston can get that Oscar nod, and the early announcements for the Berlin Film Festival brings encouraging news of new films by Terrence Malick, Andrew Haigh, and Kenneth Branagh. We reveal our tentative plans for the festive period, a Turkish delight creates a dilemma for Pete in the Olsen Factor, and a dodgy looking sci-fi effort looks to bring awards favourite Eddie Redmayne crashing back to Earth.

The Week’s News:
  • Berlin Film Festival reveals it will premiere Terrence Malick’s “Knight Of Cups”
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nominations
  • Golden Globe nominations

[4:10 – 23:35]


Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Get Santa
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Face Of Love

[29:50 – 1:00:25]

Closing Segment: Our take on Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or winning  “Winter Sleep,” and discussing films about actors!

[1:00:30 – 1:21:20]

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

Outro Music: Nancy Sinatra, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”

Episode 126: The Volumes of Proust [St. Vincent; Black Sea; Penguins of Madagascar]


Episode 126: The Volumes of Proust

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It’s Episode 126 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 is a boozy one, as Pete managed to finish a six-pack during the recording, but we still manage to talk fairly eloquently about the week’s releases, which include seaboard thriller “Black Sea” and animated spin-off “Penguins of Madagascar.” We also had quite a lot to say about intergenerational connection, as “St. Vincent” tugs at the heartstrings, while the decidedly less wholesome “Eastern Boys” leads to a Joe Wright rant and a discussion about relationships that is alarmingly close to the bone. The latest edition of the Red Light District offers a lot of positivity, as we discuss of one of Israel’s finest efforts, an unexpectedly amusing romantic comedy, and a gay Brazilian romance, while we also chat about the latest critics’ awards, which look to be heading for a “Boyhood” sweep. Kathleen Byron instigates a quickfire celebration of legendary Supporting Actress performances, Naomi Watts’ Russian chatter leaves us a bit bewildered, and Pete risks the wrath of his father by revealing a whisky faux-pas that would have connoisseurs recoiling in horror.

The Week’s News:
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association winners
  • Boston Society of Film Critics winners
  • British Independent Film Award winners

[3:15 – 12:55]

Red Light District: Featuring discussion of “Belle,” “I Origins,” “Just Married,” “Late Marriage,” “Maleficent,” “The Meaning of Life,” “Nick + Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” “The Small Back Room,” and “The Way He Looks”!

[13:00 – 30:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Black Sea
  • Eastern Boys
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • St. Vincent

[37:00 – 1:28:50]

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

Outro Music: St. Vincent, “Strange Mercy”

Episode 125: Empty and Chortleless [Paddington; Mockingjay Part I; The Homesman]


Episode 125: Empty and Chortleless

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It’s Episode 125 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’re catching up for lost time with two weeks’ worth of films, and a ton of news, from the sad demise of Mike Nichols to the influx of awards action, featuring discussion of Marion Cotillard’s Oscar prospects and the underachievement of Edward Norton, while Pete is particularly aghast at the NBR’s fondness for “The Lego Movie.” Reviews this week include our take on podcast favourite Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of James Brown in “Get On Up,” the less-than-popular Hilary Swank in Tommy Lee Jones’ maybe-Western “The Homesman,” and the daunting prospect of Michael Bond’s “Paddington” being adapted for the big screen. Elsewhere, Pete found time to see Antipodean vampire comedy “What We Do In the Shadows,” while Cal was the only one queuing up to see Jennifer Lawrence in the latest instalment of The Hunger Games, “Mockingjay Part I.” Meanwhile, there’s a digression about 2006’s Best Actress Oscar lineup, one of Faye Dunaway’s many camp film roles is celebrated, Kevin Spacey’s private life gets an airing, and Pete is seriously torn between allegiance and detest in anticipation for Jason Reitman’s upcoming film, which stars the one and only Judy Greer.

The Week’s News:
  • The death of Mike Nichols
  • Cahiers du Cinema announce their top ten
  • New York Film Critics Circle awards
  • National Board of Review

[2:20 – 20:10]


Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Get On Up
  • The Homesman
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I
  • What We Do in the Shadows

[27:00 – 54:10]

Closing Segment: Our take on quirky children’s tale “Paddington” and discussing our favourite cinematic female villains!

[54:15 – 1:05:55]

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

Outro Music: Lana Del Rey, “Blue Jeans”

Episode 124: The Gay in Engaging [The Imitation Game; The Drop; Life Itself]

Episode 124: The Gay in Engaging
[1:24:54]
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It’s Episode 124 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 beer is flowing, and so is the innuendo, as Pete finally has the keys to his brand new house. This forces Cal into a distillation of jukebox classics, before we review the new releases, which include Michael Roskam’s “The Drop” and Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself,” which prompts Pete to recite some of Roger Ebert’s more baffling reviews. In the wake of Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game” we get chatting about our favourite gay characters and icons of cinema, featuring discussion of Oscar Wilde and Billie Holiday, while Cal discloses some of the recent films he’s caught up with from earlier in the year, including a horror film about an urban archaeologist. A hefty news segment sees us discuss Angelina Jolie’s adoption of Derbyshire dialect, plus Eddie Redmayne’s fuckability sees a boost, and Fashion Police finally found a replacement for Joan Rivers. Elsewhere, the cast of Downton Abbey are out in force this week, Cal is feeling guilty for leaving Matthias Schoenaerts in the lurch, we float the possibility of a Tallulah Bankhead biopic starring Cate Blanchett, and Pete recounts a regretful dancefloor moment set to the music of Vanilla Ice.

The Week’s News:
  • Chris Hemsworth voted People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”
  • Angelina Jolie’s Derby Moment
  • Kathy Griffin announced as Joan Rivers’ replacement on Fashion Police
  • The trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” is out
Plus! Cal gives a round-up of 2014 films he’s been catching up with, including “As Above, So Below,” “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” and “The Guest”!

[4:15 – 23:10]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Drop
  • Life Itself

[30:25 – 52:15]

Closing Segment: Our take on Oscar-tipped Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game,” and discussing LGBT heroes of the film world! 

[52:20 – 1:13:00]

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

Outro Music: This Mortal Coil, “Holocaust”

Episode 122: The Lake Malfunction [Mr. Turner; Nightcrawler; The Films of 1987]

Episode 122: The Lake Malfunction
[1:28:46]
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It’s Episode 122 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’re going retro again, as the Red Light District is back for its monthly outing, bringing news of an amibitious take on spirituality and a French poison-pen mystery, while a BAFTA-winning Maggie Smith performance and a glorious turn by Anne Bancroft turn the discussion to the year of 1987, in which we discuss the qualities of Holly Hunter, Olympia Dukakis, Jack Nicholson, and more! Current releases reviewed include the much-delayed “Charlie Countryman,” Polish surgery procedural “Bogowie,” and Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” which had Seydoux repercussions for Jake Gyllenhaal. After that, attention is drawn to the painterly attributes of Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” but did either of us respond to the grunts and thrusts of Cannes Best Actor winner Timothy Spall? We engage in a brief hum-a-long of the film’s score, before taking the opportunity to discuss our favourite flicks based on the lives of artists, which includes talk of a Ken Russell biopic, a Tarkovsky epic, and a rare moment of non-objectification afforded to Emmanuelle Beart. There’s time to bitch about the running times of recent films in the wake of next week’s near three-hour “Interstellar,” while there are some rare kind words about Shia LaBoeuf, and an Adidas tracksuit unexpectedly provides a retrospective Huston Problem. Elsewhere, one of this week’s performers is unfavourably compared to Danny DeVito, the appeal of Mads Mikkelsen’s blondeness is swiftly dismissed by Cal, and the very thought of Lake Bell causes Pete to malfunction.

The Week’s News:
  • British Independent Film Award nominations are announced

[2:25 – 9:20]

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion of films by Darren Aronofsky, Jack Clayton, Henri-Georges Clouzot, and David Hugh Jones, plus an overview of the films of 1987!

[9:25 – 25:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Charlie Countryman
  • Nightcrawler
  • Bogowie (Gods)

[29:55 – 53:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on Mike Leigh’s biographical drama “Mr. Turner,” and discussing films based on the lives of artists!

[53:05 – 1:10:45]

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

Outro Music: Kate Bush, “The Painter’s Link”

Episode 121: The Porky Cheese Story [Fury; Serena; The Babadook]

Episode 121: The Porky Cheese Story
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It’s Episode 121 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 might have been delayed this week, but we’re back with four new releases, including the highly-anticipated horror film “The Babadook,” the trailer of which has been amusing us for weeks. Cal was the only one in the queue for Susanne Bier’s delayed period drama “Serena,” starring everyone’s favourite ballroom duo, while we both caught Bille August’s slow-burning mystery “Night Train to Lisbon,” although Cal saw it over a year ago! We end by discussing World War II drama “Fury,” which leads us onto calamitous film scores and the wonder of Terrence Malick. Elsewhere, we chat about the Best Picture races of 1998 and 1945, the Hibs vs. Celtic debate from our “Under the Skin” review is finally settled, and a listener question forces us to address the temperament of a certain female tennis player. We discuss why it doesn’t pay to be a fan of Ed Sheeran, Melanie Laurent is plagued with Huston problems, Pete manages to diss Carey Mulligan twice, and a sixty year-old sexpot has the potential to upset Elizabeth Olsen next week.

The Week’s News:
  • Stephen Daldry’s “Trash” wins Best Film at the Rome Film Festival 
  • Harvey Weinstein calls for a change to production credits
  • Gotham Film Award nominations are announced

[3:20 – 16:50]

Listener question: Favourite Serena Williams match? [Ibbi]

[16:55 – 22:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Babadook
  • Night Train to Lisbon
  • Serena
  • Fury

[30:25 – 1:09:35]

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

Outro Music: Perfume Genius, “Grid”

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

Episode 120: L’entrecôte de Belgique
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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 119: The Joys of Denim [’71; The Rewrite; London Film Festival]


Episode 119: The Joys of Denim

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It’s Episode 119 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.


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We’re a little late this week, but we hope it’s worth the wait, as Cal has been to the London Film Festival, bringing news of films by Christian Petzold, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Francois Ozon, and a doozy of a performance by Reese Witherspoon. The week’s reviews consist of IRA thriller “’71,” starring everyone’s favourite young actor, Jack O’Connell, and scriptwriting comedy “The Rewrite,” which was somewhat overshadowed by Marisa Tomei’s jeans. Cal saw Susan Sarandon play Sheriff in religious serial killer drama “The Calling,” which just about escaped the dreaded “F” grade, while we also had time to discuss Stephen Frears’ BFI Fellowship, Lindsay Lohan’s theatre stint, and Michelle Pfeiffer’s history at the Oscars. Elsewhere, we argue about the main concerns of Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard,” pimp an underseen German exorcist drama, and chat about the eclectic cast of Judd Apatow’s upcoming film, the title of which greatly amuses Pete.

The Week’s News:
  • Stephen Frears receives a BFI Fellowship

[5:40 – 14:30]


Opening Segment: 
Coverage from the London Film Festival, featuring discussion of “Leviathan,” “The New Girlfriend,” “Phoenix,” and “Wild”

[14:35 – 26:45]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • ’71
  • The Calling
  • The Rewrite

[34:50 – 1:04:30]

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

Outro Music: Culture Beat, “Mr. Vain”

Episode 118: The Dangers of Swiping Right [Gone Girl; Life After Beth; Draft Day]


Episode 118: The Dangers of Swiping Right

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This week’s episode begins with an apology from Cal for last week’s drunken debacle, plus we plug Pete’s athletic abilities, and Cal tips a couple of worthwhile films playing at this year’s London Film Festival. In the wake of this week’s “Gone Girl” we dig into David Fincher’s chilly and distinguished career, before reviewing his new mystery thriller, but who was the unexpected stand-out of the cast? We tackle zombie comedy “Life After Beth,” before speculating on why The Times critic Wendy Ide may not have taken too kindly to the whole affair, while Pete left Cal to watch NFL procedural “Draft Day” alone, despite him knowing almost nothing (thank you, Mrs. Henderson) about the inner workings of the sport. Elsewhere, we conclude that Blake Lively’s impending arrival spells good news for the entire film community, Ellen Burstyn’s savvy use of social networking is too much for one of us to comprehend, and Ed Sheeran’s lyrical over-sensitivity towards hookups doesn’t go down too well. The bright side? There’s no sing-a-long.


The Week’s News:
  • David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” to return for a third season in 2016!
  • Steve Martin to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AFI
  • Blake Lively is pregnant
  • Films to look out for ahead of this week’s London Film Festival

[6:25 – 16:15]


Opening Segment:
In anticipation of “Gone Girl”: A retrospective of David Fincher’s career to date, featuring discussion of all of his films!

[16:20 – 32:45]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Gone Girl
  • Draft Day
  • Life After Beth

[38:30 – 1:13:15]

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

Outro Music: La Roux, “Bulletproof”

Episode 117: The Ballad of Pitt & Brit [Maps to the Stars; I Origins; Ida]


Episode 117: The Ballad of Pitt & Brit

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It’s Episode 117 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 is a distinctly non-sober affair, as birthday drinks crippled Cal’s ability to function (he wants you to know that he is fully aware that Joanne Woodward is American), but we managed to get through this week’s busy line-up of films in under ninety minutes. Pete caught Denzel Washington thriller “The Equalizer” and Mike Cahill’s treatise on faith vs. science, “I Origins,” while Cal was in the queue for horror flick “Honeymoon” and had time to rewatch Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida.” After that, both of us weigh in on David Cronenberg’s Hollywood satire “Maps to the Stars,” featuring Cannes Best Actress winner Julianne Moore, which leads us into a discussion of women from the past who have received that honour. Elsewhere, banter about pop music shifts from Taylor Swift onto Cheryl Cole, we ponder how long George Clooney’s marriage will last, a Christie Clanger from last week is addressed, and preconceptions for David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” (reviewed next week) get laid bare.

The Week’s News:
  • George Clooney marries in Venice
  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions: Russia submit “Leviathan”; Argentina submit “Wild Tales”
  • Al Pacino receives a BAFTA Fellowship

[5:10 – 19:15]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Ida
  • The Equalizer
  • Honeymoon
  • I Origins

[25:00 – 1:00:05]

Closing Segment: Our take on David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars,” and discussing the history of Best Actress winners at the Cannes Film Festival!

[1:00:10 – 1:21:15]

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

Outro Music: Cheryl Cole, “Crazy Stupid Love”

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


Episode 116: The Decoy Tots

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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 115: The Torvill and Dean Years [A Most Wanted Man; Pride; The Boxtrolls]

Episode 115: The Torvill & Dean Years
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It’s Episode 115 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 tops the 100-minute mark, as we take (a lot of) time out to discuss the many memorable films from 1999, revealing our top tens, and weighing in on some grandiose performances from the year. We also tackle some new releases, with Pete dishing all on the bonkers animation “The Boxtrolls” and Cal revealing how proud the LGBT community should be of “Pride”. We review Norwegian festival circuit favourite “Blind” and Anton Corbijn’s Hamburg-set thriller “A Most Wanted Man,” which features the final leading performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman. Tune in to find out what Pete has spent an excessive amount of money on this week, why Dominic West’s dancing is under scrutiny, and the sheer volume of affection extended to Rachel McAdams. Elsewhere, we discuss the unstoppable Jack O’Connell, Pete’s interruptions during Cal’s review of “Pride” leads to strikes being called, while this week’s Christie Clanger concerns the presence (or lackthereof) of Julie Delpy. 

The Week’s News:
  • “The Imitation Game” wins the People’s Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival
  • George Clooney to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes

[3:40 – 10:45]

Reviews of:
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • Pride
  • Blind
  • The Boxtrolls

[22:05 – 1:05:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on the cinema of 1999, featuring discussion of films such as “The Road Home,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and “Rosetta,” and performances by Russell Crowe, Reese Witherspoon, and Cameron Diaz!

[1:05:05 – 1:45:15]

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

Outro Music: Ravel, “Bolero”

Episode 113: The Eight Year Drought [Night Moves; The Rover; Obvious Child]

Episode 113: The Eight Year Drought
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It’s Episode 113 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 begin by discussing the recently-announced recipients of this year’s Honorary Oscars, which leads us to several Oscar-related issues of the past, including the 1937 Best Actress race and the much-maligned Best Picture winner of 1941. Masculinity is alive and well, as Guy Pearce exercises badass tendencies in David Michod’s “The Rover,” which, thankfully for Pete, Jacki Weaver was absent from, while the talent on show in Scandinavian crime drama “The Keeper of Lost Causes” had Cal clamouring for more. By contrast, there are reviews of two films from female directors, with Gillian Robespierre’s indie comedy “Obvious Child” tackling the tricky subject of abortion, and Kelly Reichardt’s “Night Moves” deconstructing the folly of environmental activism. Pete walked out of the latter at Venice and did not turn back, but tune in to find out whether he managed to finish it at the second time of asking. Meanwhile, Cal has much to say about the sexual politics in John Slattery’s “God’s Pocket,” Pete dictates when co-incidences in film scripts are acceptable, and we bitch about a particularly unwelcome trend in world cinema. Elsewhere, Cal is baffled by a bizarre Robert Pattinson car sing-a-long, there’s a rare shout-out for a former co-star of Dakota Fanning, and there is some serious trepidation in advance of next week’s trashy-looking Rowan Joffe thriller.

The Week’s News:
  • The Academy announces the recipients of this year’s honorary Oscars

[3:10 – 13:50]

Reviews of:
  • Night Moves
  • Obvious Child
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes
  • God’s Pocket

[25:35 – 1:04:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on David Michod’s revenge thriller “The Rover,” starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson!

[1:04:05 – 1:17:50]

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

Outro Music: Keri Hilson, “Pretty Girl Rock”

Episode 112: Plenty of Fish [Lucy; Two Days, One Night]

Episode 112: Plenty of Fish
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It’s Episode 112 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’re returning late from a rather heavy Bank Holiday weekend, with reviews of two films featuring mega Hollywood actresses. Luc Besson’s “Lucy” is the latest film in a prolific spell for the delectable Scarlett Johansson, while Marion Cotillard returns to her world cinema roots in the Dardennes brothers’ “Two Days, One Night,” which sees us getting personal about our own ethics. Elsewhere, we discuss the career of Richard Attenborough, some encouraging news for Scandinavian cinema, and Pete reveals his decision-making behind the decoration for his new house, a quarter of which features work by perennial podcast favourite Wong Kar-Wai. The week’s digressions include a brief lament over Amy Adams’ patchy filmography, Faye Dunaway’s destructive diva period, and Andie MacDowell’s bizarre behaviour on Twitter. We talk about the popular Ice Bucket Challenge (which we’re both snubbing), the Naomi Christie accent controversy rumbles on, and the Joe Wright rant of the week features some far from encouraging words for the men of Belgium.

The Week’s News:
  • The death of Richard Attenborough
  • Susanne Bier’s “Serena” to hit UK cinemas in October
  • Pete’s decoration of film stills

[1:35 – 23:40]


Red Light District: This month’s pimping session, featuring discussion of “Coherence,” “Philomena,” “Symptoms,” “Thirteen At Dinner,” and “What’s Up Doc?”

[24:50 – 34:10]

Reviews of:
  • Lucy
  • Two Days, One Night

[39:30 – 1:12:35]

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

Outro Music: Gossip, “Get a Job”

Episode 111: The Moribund Monologues [The Congress; Finding Vivian Maier; Blood Ties]


Episode 111: The Moribund Monologues

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It’s Episode 111 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 pay tribute to two legends of the screen, as we discuss our favourite career highlights of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. The week’s releases offered few options, but we both managed to catch photographic documentary “Finding Vivian Maier” and Ari Folman’s live action/animation hybrid “The Congress,” which led us to some mighty preconceptions about Robin Wright. Pete saw the latest Simon Pegg comedy “Hector and the Search for Happiness” but only managed to come out of it with appreciation for one woman, while a surprise masculine presence in Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties” had Cal rather satisfied. Digressions are aplenty this week, as we take time out from the films to discuss the downfall of Gary Busey, lament Miley Cyrus’s break from acting, and list the problems that arise when normal moviegoers see foreign films. Elsewhere, an unexpected Gorillaz sing-off makes the final edit, recent dread for Daniel Radcliffe’s new film sees it excised from this month’s schedule, while a factual clanger from last week’s episode forces Cal into an apology, much to the amusement of Pete.

The Week’s News:
  • David Ayer’s “Fury” to close London Film Festival
  • The death of Robin Williams
  • The death of Lauren Bacall

[4:45 – 21:00]

Reviews of:
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness
  • Blood Ties

[32:00 – 1:02:55]

Closing Segment: Discussing Ari Folman’s “The Congress,” the career path of Robin Wright, and revealing our favourite films that are bat-shit crazy!

[1:03:00 – 1:19:30]

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

Outro Music: A-Ha, “Take On Me”

Episode 110: Past the Magenta [Guardians of the Galaxy; Welcome to New York; Lilting]


Episode 110: Past the Magenta

[1:28:41]
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It’s Episode 110 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.

Pete’s antics in Ibiza are over, so the podcast returns from a fortnightly break, bringing with it five films, and some extremely early news of Foreign Language Oscar submissions. The French are represented well this week, led off by Agnes Jaoui’s fairytale-inspired “Under the Rainbow” and followed up by Michel Gondry’s eccentric “Mood Indigo,” but did the fantasy aspects of both films draw us in or have us running for the hills? Life is far from a fairytale in Abel Ferrara’s political drama “Welcome to New York,” in which we see far too much of Gerard Depardieu, while the presence of a famous cinematic villain of the past in gay drama “Lilting” ensures that it isn’t just The Ben Whishaw Show. All that, plus we finally catch up with Marvel’s mega financial and critical hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” with all eyes on one guy in particular. Elsewhere, Pete dares to liken a Larry Olivier film to the Twilight series, we discuss how Colin Firth’s eagerness towards a certain leading lady was wholly inappropriate in the context, and one of the reviews inexplicably leads us to reminisce about the days of Craig David and S Club 7. No, really.

The Week’s News:
  • Directors rally around the cause of film
  • First Foreign Language Oscar submissions of the year: Turkey, Poland, and Hungary announce their picks!

[3:20 – 12:40]

Reviews of:
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Lilting
  • Under the Rainbow
  • Mood Indigo

[21:40 – 58:40]

Closing Segment: Discussing Abel Ferrara’s French political drama “Welcome to New York,” and discussing films that are thinly-veiled assaults on public figures!

[58:45 – 1:14:50]

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

Outro Music: The Vengaboys, “We’re Going To Ibiza”

Episode 109: All About the Bantz [Hercules; Joe; The Films of 1977]


Episode 109: All About the Bantz

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It’s Episode 109 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 let the reviews take a back seat, as we focus on festival fare and classic cinema. Podcast stalwart Irini M. is back with us to discuss the line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival (which she will be attending) but abandons us after half an hour, forcing Pete to turn to poetry for consolation. We take (a lot of) time out to discuss the year that was 1977, talking about the year’s critics prizes, Oscar winners, and our personal top tens, leading to digressions about a classic catfight between Shirley MaClaine and Anne Bancroft, and a disappointing gay denial from Cal’s student days. Elsewhere, we chat about David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” sci-fi adventure “Earth to Echo,” and mythological action film “Hercules,” which Pete’s piano pupil was conspicuously absent from. Tune in to discover which Hong Kong director (no – not that one) got Pete and Irini excited, how the approach to casting of Luis Bunuel and Pier Pasolini was beyond liberal, and why the party island of Ibiza will force a mini-podcast hiatus.


The Week’s News:
  • The trailer for Liv Ullmann’s “Miss Julie” is released

Opening Segment: Discussing the recently-announced lineup for this year’s Venice Film Festival, featuring films from Roy Andersson, Ramin Bahrani, and Andrew Niccol!

[3:55 – 20:40]

Listener Questions [Ibbi]

[20:45 – 29:35]

Preconception Corner

Classic Segment: Discussing our favourite films and performances from 1977, touching upon films by William Friedkin, Paul Verhoeven, and Fred Zinnemann,  and performances by Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, and Quinn Cummings! Plus much more!

[38:35 – 1:16:55]

Reviews of:
  • Joe
  • Earth to Echo
  • Hercules

[1:17:00 – 1:34:05]

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

Outro Music: Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A”

Episode 108: Behind the Vicarage [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; The Films of 1948]


Episode 108: Behind the Vicarage

[1:34:49]
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It’s Episode 108 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.
 
With a serious dearth of new releases this week, we’ve decided to go back in time to the cinema of 1948, giving our top tens, favourite performances, and disappointments from the year, which drags out the episode to a typically strenuous length. Meanwhile, there’s a trio of deaths in the film world, and a Franco double bill, which includes nuclear romance “Grand Central” and Fanny Ardant in bourgeois drama “Bright Days Ahead.” Pete’s rundown of the latter of those threatened to be as candid as the film itself, but you’ll have to listen to find out whether its boldness had us weak at the knees, or reaching for the sick bowl.  The week’s big movie is “Dawn of the Planet of Apes,” which neither of us were looking forward to, but which does give us time to ponder Mark Wahlberg’s ascent to leading man status, Gary Oldman’s recent career choices, and the absurdity of internal ape politics. Elsewhere, discover how Frieda Pinto gets the raw end of the deal, why Manohla Dargis is the Queen of the fake allegory, and why what happened behind the vicarage in Sutton Park remains a mystery.

The week’s news: 

  • The death of James Garner
  • The death of Elaine Stritch
  • The death of Tom Rolf
  • “The Imitation Game” will open this year’s London Film Festival
  • “Gone Girl” will open this year’s New York Film Festival

[5:15 – 15:20]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Bright Days Ahead
  • Grand Central

[23:30 – 52:55]

Closing Segment:Discussing our favourite films and performances from 1948, touching upon films by Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Rossellini, and John Ford, and performances by Olivia De Havilland, Walter Huston, and Laurence Olivier!

[53:00 – 1:24:45]

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

Outro Music: Madonna, “Lucky Star”

Episode 107: The Four Percent Rule [Boyhood; Begin Again; How To Train Your Dragon 2]



Episode 107: The Four Percent Rule

[1:32:12]
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It’s Episode 107 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 turn our attention to the upcoming Venice Film Festival, discussing the just-announced opening film for 2014, and the recent history of openers at the festival, which include two Steven Spielberg films and a derranged noir effort from Brian DePalma. Change is on the horizon, as the World Cup is over and Pete is now a home owner, but he still couldn’t pluck up the courage to experience Keira Knightley’s vocal tones in John Carney’s “Begin Again,” leaving Cal all alone with some awkward preconceptions about Adam Levine. Meanwhile, we discuss animated Sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” becomes the longest review on the podcast since… Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight,” but did our lofty hopes for it get answered? Elsewhere, we talk about our personal experiences of open mic nights, and there’s an epic preconception corner, featuring an infamous slur by John Wayne on Barry Norman, and a major sexual indiscretion by the Maroon 5 front-man concerning everyone’s favourite tennis pro.


Opening Segment: 
Discussing the recent history of opening films at the Venice Film Festival, in the wake of the announcement that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” will open this year’s event!

[4:00 – 24:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Begin Again

[39:10 – 1:04:20]

 

Closing Segment: Our lengthy take on Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” featuring a small discussion of films founded upon gimmicks!

[1:04:25 – 1:24:10]

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

Outro Music: Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, “When Your Mind’s Made Up”

Episode 106: Cute, Amusing, and Cringe [Tammy; Cycling with Moliere; Cold in July]



Episode 106: Cute, Amusing, and Cringe

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It’s Episode 106 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’re splitting the American releases down the middle, with Cal opting for raucous Melissa McCarthy comedy “Tammy,” and Pete settling down for moody thriller “Cold in July.” Cal’s fondness for musicals led him to colourful Aussie flick “Goddess,” featuring the vocal talents of none other than Ronan Keating, while France is represented in our review of “Cycling with Moliere,” which (spoiler!) has very little to do with actual cycling. Elsewhere, our crop of films in this month’s Red Light District features an unconventional biopic and a sports documentary, plus there’s an unexpected rant about “Out of Africa,” and an extremely short discussion of Kelly McGillis’ career. This week’s episode is a badly behaved one, as Pete uncorks the C word within the first half an hour (albeit in a quote), while other bouts of innuendo involve Vinessa Shaw and lucrative webcam placements, and some honest family nostalgia leads to rash likenesses between Melissa McCarthy and canines.

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, in which we “pimp” films we’ve seen in the last month. This month’s crop includes “King & Country,” “Mahler,” “One Night in Turin,” and “They All Laughed”

[4:50 – 21:55]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Tammy
  • Cold in July
  • Goddess

[30:15 – 58:10]

 

Closing Segment: Our take on Philippe Le Guay’s “Cycling with Moliere,” starring Fabrice Luchini and Lambert Wilson, and discussing cinematic bromances!

[58:15 – 1:13:15]

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

Outro Music: Banks, “Goddess”

Episode 105: The Twin Peakes [Chef; Arthur & Mike; Run & Jump]



Episode 105: The Twin Peakes

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It’s Episode 105 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.
 
With the Summer release schedule awash with unappealing blockbusters and unobtainable world cinema, we’re left with three small dramas to review for you this week. Understated Irish film “Run & Jump” has us singing the praises of one actor in particular, while Cal’s usual appreciation for Emily Blunt’s chemistry is challenged in “Arthur & Mike,” a chronicle of identity crisis which also stars Cal’s neighbour Colin Firth. It’s going to be a job for Pete to overcome the troubling preconceptions he has for Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” (including about the man himself) but will the film’s culinary delights and road trip format win us over? Meanwhile, there’s a ton of news, including two deaths, a controversial interview with a former Oscar nominee, and a discussion of the latest crop of cinematic “talent” invited to join AMPAS. Listen as we encounter digressions involving debut performances of the 1950s, the many virtues of Eric Stoltz, Barbra Streisand’s vanity, and a hysterical pitch for a sequel to a Juliette Binoche film. 

The week’s news: 

  • Cal watched “Calvary”
  • The death of Eli Wallach
  • The death of Paul Mazursky
  • Gary Oldman’s Playboy interview
  • AMPAS invites new members

[1:50 – 22:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Run & Jump
  • Arthur & Mike

[29:30 – 50:10]

Closing Segment: Our take on Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” discussing films about food, and some other random asides!

[50:15 – 1:05:50]

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

Outro Music: Aphex Twin, “Avril 14th”

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



Episode 89: Bad Badinage

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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

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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”

Episode 87: The Myth of Socrates [Top Tens of 2013; Monuments Men; BAFTA winners]



Episode 87: The Myth of Socrates

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It’s Episode 87 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 the return of previous podcast guest Irini M, who helps us discuss George Clooney’s World War II caper “Monuments Men” and ponder some latest film news, featuring a death, a coming-out, and a Supporting Actress tragedy. And then we all reveal our top tens of 2013 (which takes a while), but it proves difficult for some to bite their tongues about each others’ picks. 
Listener questions instigate a Greek history lesson, but our guest remains coy throughout the interrogation, meanwhile we discuss one of Gregory Peck’s more bizarre performances, which films should have replaced “Before Sunset” and/or “Before Midnight” in the romantic trilogy, why one of Cal’s top ten was lucky to have seen the light of day, and which of Irini’s inclusions she had to apologise to Pete about. We have some audio issues in the early part of the podcast, but the last hour recorded well, and we end with Jennifer Lawrence’s karaoke favourite.


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Shirley Temple
    • Ellen Page comes out
    • BAFTA winners

[2:40 – 15:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Monuments Men

[25:35 – 32:55]

Closing Segment: Our top tens of 2013, featuring discussion of “The Grandmaster,” “Her,” and much more, plus our favourite performances of the year!

[33:00 – 1:25:00]

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

Outro Music: Wings, “Live and Let Die”

Episode 86: Rue De Simple [Her; Bastards; An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty]



Episode 86: Rue De Simple

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It’s Episode 86 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.
 
Pete finally got his wish, as our latest episode sneaks in under the hour mark, with just three films featured this week. Nevertheless, we get into fairly meaty discussions about Claire Denis’s sexually-charged “Bastards” and Terence Nance’s incredibly personal documentary “An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty,” which had both of us rather perplexed. Pete was counting on Spike Jonze’s “Her” to be the saviour of 2013’s cinematic worth, but did either or both of us get past that dead cat phone-sex convo? An odd opening news segment leads to the pimping of an underseen world cinema classic, some rare positive words about Clint Eastwood, and a chat about the spectrum of quality in Hitchcock remakes, while we lament the fall from grace of a famous child actor, discuss the President of France’s bit on the side, and ponder the beastly attributes of a certain French actor.


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Gabriel Axel
    • Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host next year’s Golden Globes
    • Clint Eastwood is a real-life hero
    • Channing Tatum is writing “Magic Mike 2”
    • Shia LaBoeuf wears paper bag to premiere of “Nymphomaniac” at Berlin; echoes Eric Cantona

[2:40 – 10:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Bastards
  • An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty
  • Her

[15:25 – 51:15]

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

Outro Music: Terrorvision, “Perseverance”

Episode 85: The Saldana Situation [Lone Survivor; Out of the Furnace; 2013 Catch Up]



Episode 85: The Saldana Situation

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It’s Episode 85 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’re back to a fairly lengthy running time, when the week’s slate reaches a lofty seven films, as we catch up on 2013 films we missed. The jury’s out as to whether Pete will agree with Cal’s affection for “The Spectacular Now,” “Short Term 12” and “Museum Hours,” and whether Cal will share Pete’s disdain for “The Place Beyond the Pines” and admiration for “The Wall.” We also take the time out to discuss a couple of Friday’s cinema releases as Cal tackles raucous war drama “Lone Survivor,” and Pete deals with the blue-collar criminality in “Out Of The Furnace.” We mourn the recent passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman with a discussion of our favourite performances of his, and mull over some recent Oscar controversy. Tune in to find out how Zoe Saldana may have unwittingly spawned a new segment for the show, why Pete is (wrongly) outraged over a previous episode’s Poupaud ruling, and which Latin singer bears the brunt of our displeasure. All this, plus a random bout of singing leads to a Dolly Parton number closing out the podcast. Yes, again.


The Week’s News:

    • The deaths of Maximillian Schell and Philip Seymour Hoffman
    • Kristin Scott-Thomas Is Done With Films
    • Oscar nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone” rescinded
    • Cesar nominations announced

[4:30 – 19:00]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Lone Survivor
  • Out Of The Furnace

[27:55 – 47:40]

Closing Segment: Catching up with 2013 films, with comment on “Museum Hours,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “Short Term 12,” “The Spectacular Now” and “The Wall”

[47:50 – 1:13:50]

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

Outro Music: Dolly Parton, “Jolene”

Episode 84: Race to the Finish [Inside Llewyn Davis; August: Osage County; The Missing Picture]



Episode 84: Race to the Finish

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It’s Episode 84 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 is our shortest yet, as Pete seized the opportunity to cut the podcast at its knees in the final fleeting minutes. We didn’t quite manage to get it under an hour, but our reviews of starry ensemble drama “August:Osage County” and dour folk-scene tale “Inside Llewyn Davis” are concise enough. We discuss lesser known Oscar-nominated films “The Missing Picture” and “Cutie and the Boxer,” and ponder the Cold War charms of Kenneth Branagh’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” Pete pines for the presence of Lena Endre in one of this week’s movies, while we also chat about the politics behind foreign, animated, and documentary crossover movies, and 2013’s highs in cinematography.


The Week’s News:

    • “Grace of Monaco” to open Cannes Film Festival, but which cut?
    • Lindsay Lohan announces her latest project
    • Alfonso Cuaron wins the Directors Guild Award

[2:25 – 8:15]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • August: Osage County
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  • Cutie and the Boxer
  • The Missing Picture

[14:50 – 43:30]

Closing Segment: Our take on the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and our favourite fictional musicians on film!

[43:35 – 57:20]

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

Outro Music: Go West, “King of Wishful Thinking”

Episode 82: This Mortal Coil [12 Years a Slave; The Railway Man; Delivery Man]



Episode 82: This Mortal Coil

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It’s Episode 82 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.
 
For once we’re getting serious, as the week’s offerings force us into discussions of torture, abortion, and slavery. The tears flowed for both of us (albeit in different films), so listen as we review wartime drama “The Railway Man,” moral dilemma documentary “After Tiller,” and awards juggernaut “12 Years a Slave.” It’s not all depression though, as Petedishes all on Vince Vaughn vehicle “Delivery Man,” while we discuss the weekend’s Golden Globe winners and look ahead to the upcoming Oscar nominations. Tune in for asides involving nomination indiscretions and 2004’s Best Actor race, find out why Pete needs a mocha before reviewing one of the week’s films, and the ranking of Paul Dano’s many crimes against humanity. 

The Week’s News:
  • Berlin Film Festival Jury is Announced
  • BAFTA member criticises nominations
  • Golden Globe winners (plus listener question from NW6 film!)

[4:35 – 17:30]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Railway Man
  • Delivery Man
  • After Tiller

[24:15 – 47:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” plus speculation on this week’s Oscar nominations!

[47:10 – 1:17:50]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range
Outro Music: Emily Wells, “Becomes the Colour” (Stoker); Kings of Leon, “Last Mile Home” (August: Osage County); Karen O, “The Moon Song” (Her)

Episode 81: Patience Is a Virtue [Mandela; Last Vegas; The Patience Stone]



Episode 81: Patience Is a Virtue

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It’s Episode 81 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.
 
Any New Years resolutions to be kinder about films get well and truly broken today, as we discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of geriatric Hangover-style comedy “Last Vegas,” although at least one of the cast members appears to be keeping the hands of time at bay. Cal tackles the latest biopic of the late Nelson Mandela, subtitled “Long Walk to Freedom,” while Pete opted for the rigidity of Keanu Reeves in samurai tale “47 Ronin.” After recovering from Amy Adams’ sexy exploits last week, Pete finds a woman worth coveting in middle-Eastern drama “The Patience Stone,” but the film itself may have tested the patience of at least one of us too much. We discuss several organisations’ nominations this week, chief of which is BAFTA, while there are asides concerning Faye Dunaway’s lack of humility and Rinko Kikuchi’s vulpine ability, plus the Cage Scale makes a welcome return.

The Week’s News:

  • Jane Campion will head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival
  • Costume Designers Guild nominations
  • American Society of Cinematographers nominations
  • Directors Guild of America nominations (plus listener question from Alex!)
  • BAFTA nominations

[5:00 – 21:50]

Preconception Corner


Reviews of:
  • Last Vegas
  • 47 Ronin
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • The Patience Stone

[27:15 – 1:06:15]

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


Outro Music: Kylie Minogue, “Love At First Sight”

Episode 80: The Tale of the Two Redheads [American Hustle; Walter Mitty; All Is Lost]



Episode 80: The Tale of the Two Redheads

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It’s Episode 80 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 is dominated by Amy Adams, whose plunging necklines in “American Hustle” ruffled Pete’s feathers, but did we both think her strangely-accented performance was up to scratch? After Pete dismantled the plot mechanics of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” seaboard adventure “All Is Lost” is the latest solo star vehicle to face the podcast’s scrutiny, while a parody of a certain film in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” had us both on the floor. Elsewhere, we discuss the regular topic of the Foreign Language Film Oscar, in the wake of the recently announced shortlist, and reveal films from world cinema that are technically eligible for bigger prizes. We’re giving our brief thoughts on the year in film before our top ten lists are announced next month, plus there are extensive thoughts on the severity of Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar-tipped performance, and some choice words about Robert Redford’s vanity.


Opening Segment: 
Discussing the nine-film shortlist for the Foreign Language Oscar, general observations about Foreign Films’ troubles with eligibility, and which under-seen films are Oscar eligible this year!

[2:55 – 19:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • All Is Lost
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

[26:15 – 48:15]

Closing Segment: Our take on David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” discussing 2013 films we’ve been catching up on, and our overall view of the cinematic year!

[48:20 – 1:10:30]

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

Outro Music: Taylor Swift, “Red”

Episode 71: The Lazarus Situation [London Film Festival; Captain Phillips; Prince Avalanche]



Episode 71: The Lazarus Situation
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It’s Episode 71 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 is a London Film Festival special, as we round up some of the films we caught in the capital, including competition winner “Ida,” and acclaimed German drama “The Police Officer’s Wife.” We discuss directors battling conflicts with studios, including Darren Aronofsky and Olivier Dahan, before launching into an assault on Harvey Weinstein, after one of us saw the compromised cut of Wong Kar-Wai’s “The Grandmaster.” Cal tackles new releases “Prince Avalanche” and Belgian Oscar entry “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” before we reveal whether we liked Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” as much as similar Danish thriller “A Hijacking,” and ponder what on earth Catherine Keener is doing in the film. Tune in for digressions about Melissa George’s hair, the Best Actor Oscar lineup of 1994, and the dangers of meeting Americans in Eastern Europe.

The Week’s News:

  • Catherine Deneuve turns 70
  • “The Wolf of Wall Street” to be released this year
  • Olivier Dahan vs. Harvey Weinstein
  • Darren Aronofsky vs. Christians

[3:35 – 12:30]

Opening Segment: Our round-up of the London Film Festival, featuring discussion of “Bends,” “The Grandmaster,” “Ida,” “Must Have Been Love,” “On My Way,” and “The Police Officer’s Wife.”
[12:35 – 47:50]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Prince Avalanche
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

[52:25 – 1:02:30]

Closing Segment: Our take on seaboard-set adventure “Captain Phillips,” and discussing our favourite films set on the open water! [1:02:35 – 1:17:10]

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


Outro Music: Tori Amos, “Talula”

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