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Episode 144: From Maasai Mara to Agent Provocateur [Avengers: Age of Ultron; The Good Lie; The Falling]

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Episode 144: From Maasai Mara to Agent Provocateur
[1:13:25]
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It’s Episode 144 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 there’s some festival fever, with the upcoming Cannes Film Festival generating fervour abroad, and Derby’s incarnation providing some local interest. We split the reviews segment, as Pete was there for Marvel’s huge sequel to “The Avengers” and Carol Morley’s acclaimed period drama “The Falling,” while Cal caught the gothic thriller “Stonhearst Asylum” and his favourite, Reese Witherspoon, in immigrant tale “The Good Lie.” Elsewhere, we talk about a couple of deaths in the film community, which instigates a discussion of cinematography in the early Noughties, there’s been drama on the set of the new Adam Sandler film, and the return of Greta Scacchi leads to a bit of a love-in. Tune in to discover what Xavier Dolan’s huge faux-pas might have been, which Avengers actress does not survive The Pootsition, and why Reese Witherspoon’s underwear was somewhat of an issue for Cal.

The week’s news:
  • The death of Richard Corliss
  • The death of Andrew Lesnie
  • Denis Villeneuve to helm Blade Runner sequel
  • Further Cannes Film Festival updates
  • Upcoming Derby Film Festival

[2:20 – 14:28]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron                 22:27 – 30:54
  • Stonehearst Asylum                                 30:55 – 39:58
  • The Falling                                                   39:59 – 50:20
  • The Good Lie                                              50:21 – 1:01:34

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: HAIM, “Falling”

Episode 123: The Folly of Ambition [Interstellar; Leviathan; Human Capital]

Episode 123: The Folly of Ambition
[1:38:59]
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It’s Episode 123 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 joined once again by Irini M., who brings us news from her home country’s Thessaloniki Film Festival in a notably more concise fashion than September’s Venice round-up. She also joins in our discussion of some interesting recent events, which includes some rare exciting news involving David O. Russell, and the bizarre spectrum of films vying for this year’s Animated Feature Oscar. We discuss two Foreign Language Oscar contenders, as Paolo Virzi’s “Human Capital” enlivens the middle-class misery of bourgeois Italy and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan” documents the coastal conflicts of rural Russia, before giving ambition a dressing down, as Christopher Nolan’s epic “Interstellar” comes to town. We reveal whether the cinematic influences used in the film are a blessing or curse, and whether Nolan’s scope and logic holds up under scrutiny. Elsewhere, we recount a horror show from Venice which saw Pete become a gay advocate, a mistaken text briefly convinced Cal that his niece was a child genius, while Keira Knightley’s recent quest to boost female self-image has us rather baffled.

The Week’s News:
  • Darren Aronofsky to head the jury at next year’s Berlin Film Festival
  • David O. Russell’s long-delayed “Nailed” re-titled as “Love in Politics” and scheduled for release in the UK
  • Animated Feature Oscar qualifying list is announced
  • European Film Award nominations are announced

[3:05 – 20:55]

Opening Segment: Irini M. provides a round-up of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, which includes discussion of films by Peter Strickland, Susanne Bier, and Mia Hansen-Love!

[21:00 – 34:45]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Leviathan
  • Human Capital

[43:25 – 1:01:30]

Closing Segment: Our take on Christopher Nolan’s space-set epic “Interstellar,” and discussing cine-literate films, with comment on “Allegro,” “Kill Bill,” and “Once Upon a Time in the West”!

[1:01:35 – 1:28:40]

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

Outro Music: Adam and the Ants, “Prince Charming”

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


Episode 118: The Dangers of Swiping Right

[1:24:05]
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It’s Episode 118 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.


To donate to Pete’s half-marathon run, on behalf of the Midlands Arts Centre, follow this link


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

[1:29:34]
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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

[1:26:57]
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It’s Episode 116 of In the Mood for Podcast, a British-based film podcast hosted by Calum Reed of Ultimate Addict and Pete Sheppard of In the Mood for Blog.


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


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

[2:25 – 8:20]


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

[8:25 – 23:15]

Preconception Corner

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

[29:15 – 1:12:15]

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

Outro Music: Tori Amos, “Give”

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

Episode 115: The Torvill & Dean Years
[1:52:05]
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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 114: The Paris Clanger [Before I Go To Sleep; Life of Crime; They Came Together]

Episode 114: The Paris Clanger
[1:31:26]
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It’s Episode 114 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 tale of two halves, as Irini M. joins us once again, having spent the past week or so trawling across the lido of Venice. She brings us extensive coverage of the film festival, reviewing most of the competition line-up, and dishing her verdict on (among other things) why Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” left Italy empty-handed, and why Kim Ki-Duk’s filmmaking style is getting rather insufferable. Eventually we get to reviewing new releases, with Nicole Kidman’s new amnesiac thriller “Before I Go To Sleep” leaving us with head-scratching thoughts on the film’s title, and even more perplexing notions about its logic. We’re also on board for the sequel to Nicholas McCarthy’s promising “The Pact,” worryingly left in the hands of new directors, while Cal reviews David Wain’s romantic comedy pastiche “We Came Together,” and we tackle Elmore Leonard adaptation “Life of Crime. Listen for our theories on why Kirsten Dunst won Best Actress at Cannes, which former feline-loving Oscar winner Al Pacino may be slyly mocking, which British singer forces Pete to recoil in horror, and what this week’s Christie clanger has to do with Paris Hilton’s wardrobe.


The Week’s News


Opening Segment: 
Discussing the prizes awarded at this year’s Venice Film Festival, plus guest Irini M. provides coverage of many other films which played at the festival, including “Birdman,” “3 Hearts,” “Manglehorn,” “Red Amnesia,” and “She’s Funny That Way”

[4:35 – 40:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Pact II
  • Life of Crime
  • They Came Together
  • Before I Go To Sleep

[47:20 – 1:23:50]

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

Outro Music: Friendly Fires, “Paris”
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