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”
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]
- 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 Garrett Gauge
Outro Music: Odyssey, “Inside Out”
Episode 144: From Maasai Mara to Agent Provocateur [Avengers: Age of Ultron; The Good Lie; The Falling]
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 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]
- 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 Garrett Gauge
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.
- 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]
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: Kristina Train, “Dark Black”
Episode 119: The Joys of Denim
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.
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]
- The Calling
- The Rewrite
[34:50 – 1:04:30]
Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Olsen Factor
The Isaac Range
Episode 115: The Torvill & Dean Years
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 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]
- A Most Wanted Man
- 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]
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: Ravel, “Bolero”
Episode 98: Winners & Losers
It’s Episode 98 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 starts out sporty, as we look ahead to next month’s World Cup, and celebrate the release of new underdog football film “Next Goal Wins” by revealing our favourite documentaries about sports. After that, we get onto the week’s other releases, which include the amusingly re-titled comedy “Bad Neighbours” and Hayao Miyazaki’s period swansong “The Wind Rises,” which prompts a discussion of the greatest biopics ever made, and a face-off between “The Pianist” and “Schindler’s List”. With only three films, we have plenty of time to anticipate next week’s double-dose of Elizabeth Olsen, and venture on a host of digressions, discussing the quality of the cinema of 2004, and what exactly constitutes a “performance piece.” Elsewhere, Pete uncorks a rather vicious burn on Hailee Steinfeld, Zac Efron makes Cal feel guilty and shallow, and there’s a proposed overhaul of the segments which may see Emma and Melvil banished from the podcast. Scandal!
Opening Segment: Discussing our favourite sports documentaries, and high benchmarks for sports films in general!
[8:45 – 16:55]
- Next Goal Wins
- Bad Neighbours
[24:20 – 47:10]
Closing Segment: Our take on Hayao Miyakazi’s “The Wind Rises,” and discussing our favourite biopics, with some other random asides!
[47:15 – 1:16:00]
The Poupaud Range
Outro Music: Conchita Wurst, “Rise Like a Phoenix”
Episode 89: Bad Badinage
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
Discussing the winners of this year’s Academy Awards, plus a listener question!
[4:25 – 22:40]
- Nymphomaniac: Volume I
- The Book Thief
- A New York Winter’s Tale (mild spoilers!)
[31:40 – 1:17:50]
The Poupaud Range
Outro Music: The Cardigans, “Erase & Rewind”
Episode 72: Out In Left Field
It’s Episode 72 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 leaning to the left, as the radical politics of Polish paean “Walesa, Man of Hope,” and terrorist thriller “Closed Circuit,” have conflicting degrees of success. We discuss some rather troubling casting news from this side of the ocean, before Cal dishes all on festival favourite “The Selfish Giant” and Pete reveals whether populist hit “Bad Grandpa” is worth a watch. Some probable Star Trek blasphemy gets in the way of this week’s review of “Ender’s Game,” as Cal dares to compare it to the long-running franchise, plus there’s love for Colleen Atwood, a nod to Reese Witherspoon’s scene stealing intonation in the trailer for “Rendition,” and a theory on why Alfred Hitchcock’s biggest regret is nothing to worry about.
The Week’s News:
- The death of Lou Reed
- Lorde storms the music charts
- Tom Hardy cast as Elton John
- Tim Roth cast as Sepp Blatter
- “Momuments Men” moves to 2014
- The Gotham nominations are announced
[4:10 – 11:55]
- Closed Circuit
- Ender’s Game
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
- The Selfish Giant
[19:50 – 1:01:30]
Closing Segment: Our take on Andrzej Wajda’s “Walesa, Man of Hope” and discussing our first-time cinema experiences of films by Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Altman, Wong Kar-Wai, and Orson Welles [1:01:35 – 1:22:50]
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range
Outro Music: Late Night Alumni, “All or Nothing”
Following up on last week’s listener question we take time out to discuss NBC’s Hannibal, which we have now watched all of despite Pete’s lack of enthusiasm for it last week. We discuss the show’s merits, and whether we think the network will cancel or renew it, as well as broadening the theme to offer our favourite movies about serial killers. As for the reviews, we tackle Jeff Nichols’ follow-up to “Take Shelter,” “Mud,” starring Cal’s favourite Southern gal Reese Witherspoon, and Eric Bana thriller “Deadfall,” which features some questionable accents. The ever-rugged Paul Walker lured Cal into sitting down for “Vehicle 19,” while Pete’s Asian allegiance led him to martial arts crime drama “Dragon.” And before all of that we kick off the episode by venting our thoughts about “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which neither of us was particularly looking forward to. Sit back and listen for digressions involving Terry Gilliam (yes! again!), the return of The Huston Factor, and yet more bitching about football. Don’t worry: the season’s nearly over!
Opening Segment: Leading off with our review of J. J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” starring Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch [8:30 – 18:15]
- “Vehicle 19”
[18:16 – 53:17]
Closing Segment: Discussing the merits of NBC’s new show “Hannibal,” speculating on its future at the network, and offering our favourite serial killer movies [53:18 – 1:10:00]
*Shag, Marry or Kill?*
*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*
Outro Music: Arcade Fire, “Keep the Car Running”