Episode 127: Size Matters
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.
- 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]
- 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]
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: Nancy Sinatra, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”
This week is pretty stacked! Pete returns from Berlin with rapturous praise, but will that include some for his precious Wong kar-Wai? A review of “The Grandmaster” leads a Berlin round-up, followed by the multiplex fare of “I Give It A Year” and “Warm Bodies.” We’re taking time out to focus on animation, giving our feedback on the Oscar-nominated animated short films, before launching into a review of the Annies’ favourite “Wreck-It Ralph.” And then things get passionate with podcast favourite Alfred Hitchcock profiled in Sacha Gervasi’s
biopic pastiche comedy (?!) about the master of suspense, which not everyone is over the moon about.
Introduction: Greetings, recent news, and reaction to the BAFTAs
Opening Segment: Pete’s report from the Berlin Film Festival, led by Wong kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” (Also: “It’s All So Quiet,” “Jin,” and “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” [7:40 – 31:15]
- “I Give It A Year”
- “Warm Bodies”
- Oscar-nominated Animated Short Films: “Adam and Dog,” “Fresh Guacamole,” “Head Over Heels,” “Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare,” and “Paperman”
- “Wreck-It Ralph”
[35:50 – 1:08:25]
Closing Segment: Our review of Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock” and our top 3 Hitchcock films [1:08:35 – 1:20:30]
*Shag, Marry or Kill?*
*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*
Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: The White Stripes, “Seven Nation Army”