It’s Episode 166 of In the Mood for Podcast!
Irini and Cal return from Venice and Toronto respectively, worn out but nevertheless enthused about many of the films showing in this year’s festival season. Tune in for thoughts on the prizes from each festival, plus commentary on La La Land, Arrival, Toni Erdmann, Jackie, and much much more! We also dig a little into the entries for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar, and speculate on whether this can finally be the year of Amy Adams. Elsewhere, there’s a silent prayer for Brad and Angelina’s marital collapse, thunder threatens to halt the podcast, and nobody can seem to find Irini’s cat Chiara.
Intro Music: Lana Del Rey, “High By the Beach”
Outro Music: B*Witched, “Blame It On the Weatherman”
In a week where we bring out our monthly Red Light District segment we see precious little positives from the crop of new releases at the cinema. First up to the plate is Hangover-style comedy “21 & Over,” which Cal snubbed at the last minute, before “Dead Man Down” raises the pulse with a casting revelation. Pete has to jog his memory to recount what on earth happens in “The Eye of the Storm,” while we lament Vinessa Shaw’s recent career in our review of Mexican horror film “Come Out and Play.” And then we get onto Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited,” which at least ensures activity on the Factor and Range, as its bevy of hunks impresses Cal and Pedro’s styling of Paz Vega outrages Pete. We also take time to answer a listener question involving Caroline Dhavernas, before pitching an idea for her next project.
News about the Oscars’ rule change regarding the Foreign Language Film Oscar, and responding to a listener question [2:50 – 9:40]
Opening Segment: This month’s red light district, in which we ‘pimp’ recent viewings. Films pimped include: “Inch’allah,” “Intruder in the Dust,” “Must Have Been Love,” “Pennies from Heaven,” “The Red and the Blue” and “Starlet” [9:45 – 22:50]
- “21 & Over”
- “Dead Man Down”
- “The Eye of the Storm”
- “Come Out and Play”
[28:30 – 1:00:30]
Closing Segment: Our take on Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited” and discussing films set on board an airplane. [1:00:35 – 1:10:20]
*Shag, Marry or Kill?*
*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*
Outro Music: Nelly Furtado, “Big Hoops (The Bigger the Better)”