Episode 153: The Dash for Viv [Song of the Sea; Dear White People; Housebound]
It’s Episode 153 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 going full-blown indie, with reviews of Irish animated adventure “Song of the Sea,” and New Zealand-set horror comedy “Housebound,” while the racial politics of college-set satire “Dear White People” leave us with conflicted thoughts. We get off to an overwhelmingly positive start, as July’s instalment of the Red Light District features a Colombian festival hit and a Hammer Horror classic, and leads to digressions about the Best Actress Oscar race of 1963 and the richness of 2013’s world cinema. Elsewhere, there’s a competition which could see you win DVDs of a Bresson classic and a recently restored Ealing Studios pic, plus Pete brings up an interesting anecdote involving Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.
The week’s news:
- The death of Omar Sharif
- The week’s birthdays
[4:10 – 12:04]
Red Light District: Our regular feature in which we discuss non-new releases we’ve seen from the past month, featuring discussion of “The Curse of Frankenstein,” “Heartbreaker,” “Hue and Cry,” “A Man Escaped,” “Manos Sucias,” “A Most Wanted Man,” and “Out of the Clouds”!
[12:05 – 30:20]
- Dear White People 32:50 – 46:09
- Housebound 46:10 – 51:59
- Song of the Sea 52:00 – 1:01:23
Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Garrett Gauge
Outro Music: The Smiths, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”
Episode 116: The Decoy Tots [The Giver; Magic in the Moonlight; A Walk Among the Tombstones]
Episode 116: The Decoy Tots
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]
- 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
Episode 109: All About the Bantz [Hercules; Joe; The Films of 1977]
Episode 109: All About the Bantz
It’s Episode 109 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 let the reviews take a back seat, as we focus on festival fare and classic cinema. Podcast stalwart Irini M. is back with us to discuss the line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival (which she will be attending) but abandons us after half an hour, forcing Pete to turn to poetry for consolation. We take (a lot of) time out to discuss the year that was 1977, talking about the year’s critics prizes, Oscar winners, and our personal top tens, leading to digressions about a classic catfight between Shirley MaClaine and Anne Bancroft, and a disappointing gay denial from Cal’s student days. Elsewhere, we chat about David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” sci-fi adventure “Earth to Echo,” and mythological action film “Hercules,” which Pete’s piano pupil was conspicuously absent from. Tune in to discover which Hong Kong director (no – not that one) got Pete and Irini excited, how the approach to casting of Luis Bunuel and Pier Pasolini was beyond liberal, and why the party island of Ibiza will force a mini-podcast hiatus.
The Week’s News:
- The trailer for Liv Ullmann’s “Miss Julie” is released
Opening Segment: Discussing the recently-announced lineup for this year’s Venice Film Festival, featuring films from Roy Andersson, Ramin Bahrani, and Andrew Niccol!
[3:55 – 20:40]
Listener Questions [Ibbi]
[20:45 – 29:35]
Classic Segment: Discussing our favourite films and performances from 1977, touching upon films by William Friedkin, Paul Verhoeven, and Fred Zinnemann, and performances by Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, and Quinn Cummings! Plus much more!
[38:35 – 1:16:55]
- Earth to Echo
[1:17:00 – 1:34:05]
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A”