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

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Episode 130: Jardiner du Jour

[1:34:05]
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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 125: Empty and Chortleless [Paddington; Mockingjay Part I; The Homesman]


Episode 125: Empty and Chortleless

[1:18:58]
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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 121: The Porky Cheese Story [Fury; Serena; The Babadook]

Episode 121: The Porky Cheese Story
[1:28:30]
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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 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”
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