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Episode 161: The Chinese Intervention [The Martian; Macbeth; The Intern]


Episode 161: The Chinese Intervention
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It’s Episode 161 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.


A big congratulations to Pete, as this week he proposed to his other half Jane, prompting the women of the West Midlands to cross him out in their little black books, and the podcast to indulge in a Taylor Swift-inspired celebration. The week’s reviews include “The Intern,” Nancy Meyers’ latest frothy window into the life of a working woman, and “McFarland,” the latest of many sports movies in the lengthy filmography of Kevin Costner. Cal dares to take on William Shakespeare’s story structure in his review of the latest adaptation of “Macbeth,” while many of the plot developments in “The Martian” are up for scrutiny, particularly with regard to the Chinese. Elsewhere, two composers’ birthdays get us discussing their finest works, there’s a sizeable digression about the Best Actress crop of 2003, and Pete can’t help but veer into profanity while ranting about one of the week’s scripts.

The week’s news: The career of the late John Guillermin, plus the week’s birthdays!

[5:40 -13:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Macbeth                          19:55 – 32:25
  • McFarland                      32:26 – 43:19
  • The Intern                      43:20 – 50:54
  • The Martian                  50:55 – 1:05:40


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Britney Spears, “Oops, I Did it Again”

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Episode 155: Rachel, Rachel [Inside Out; Mission Impossible 5; Southpaw]

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Episode 155: Rachel, Rachel
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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]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • 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 Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Odyssey, “Inside Out”

Episode 99: The Changing of the Guard [Godzilla; Two Faces of January; In Secret]



Episode 99: The Changing of the Guard

[1:25:59]
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It’s Episode 99 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 marks the end of an era, as we announce who will take over from Emma Watson and Melvil Poupaud in our factor and range segments, so tune in to find out which delectable actor and actress will assume the baton. It’s a week of good cast lists, as the latest blockbuster incarnation of “Godzilla” managed to assemble a who’s who of Thespian talent (if you discount Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and we review period thriller “The Two Faces of January,” despite not having a clue why it’s titled as such. Cal goes it alone for “Concussion,” the sapphic answer to “Belle De Jour,” which Pete took as a cue to go into innuendo overdrive, while love triangle melodrama “In Secret” instigates fierce preconceptions about Jessica Lange. A recent death in the cinematography world leads to a digression about the best shot films of 1990, a discussion of anti-heroes turns into an analysis of category placement politics, plus the Huston problem rears its ugly head to plague one of our new replacements.


The week’s news: 

  • “Grace of Monaco” trashed at Cannes
  • Broadchurch wins three BAFTAs
  • The death of Malik Bendjelloul
  • The death of Gordon Willis

[4:20 – 10:55]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Two Faces of January
  • In Secret
  • Concussion

[19:40 – 52:50]

Closing Segment: Our take on Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla,” and discussing the history of anti-heroes in cinema!

[52:55 – 1:13:00]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range

Outro Music: Shout Out Louds, “1999”

Episode 98: Winners & Losers [Bad Neighbours; The Wind Rises; Next Goal Wins]



Episode 98: Winners & Losers

[1:25:49]
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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]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • 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]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range

Outro Music: Conchita Wurst, “Rise Like a Phoenix”

Episode 81: Patience Is a Virtue [Mandela; Last Vegas; The Patience Stone]



Episode 81: Patience Is a Virtue

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It’s Episode 81 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.
 
Any New Years resolutions to be kinder about films get well and truly broken today, as we discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of geriatric Hangover-style comedy “Last Vegas,” although at least one of the cast members appears to be keeping the hands of time at bay. Cal tackles the latest biopic of the late Nelson Mandela, subtitled “Long Walk to Freedom,” while Pete opted for the rigidity of Keanu Reeves in samurai tale “47 Ronin.” After recovering from Amy Adams’ sexy exploits last week, Pete finds a woman worth coveting in middle-Eastern drama “The Patience Stone,” but the film itself may have tested the patience of at least one of us too much. We discuss several organisations’ nominations this week, chief of which is BAFTA, while there are asides concerning Faye Dunaway’s lack of humility and Rinko Kikuchi’s vulpine ability, plus the Cage Scale makes a welcome return.

The Week’s News:

  • Jane Campion will head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival
  • Costume Designers Guild nominations
  • American Society of Cinematographers nominations
  • Directors Guild of America nominations (plus listener question from Alex!)
  • BAFTA nominations

[5:00 – 21:50]

Preconception Corner


Reviews of:
  • Last Vegas
  • 47 Ronin
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • The Patience Stone

[27:15 – 1:06:15]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range


Outro Music: Kylie Minogue, “Love At First Sight”

Episode 76: The Threesome [The Family; Parkland; Short Term 12] with Special Guest Irini M.



Episode 76: The Threesome
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It’s Episode 76 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’re joined by special guest and friend of the podcast Irini Markogiannaki, who helps us discuss the new releases at UK cinemas and chimes in with thoughts on eventful news items from the past few days. Some minor audio issues should mostly have been ironed out in the editing process, so you can enjoy our reviews of Luc Besson’s mafia comedy “The Family,” and Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination movie “Parkland” in relatively audible splendour. Cal and Irini reveal whether indie critics darling “Short Term 12” lives up to the hype, and there are verdicts on angst-ridden baby swap drama “Like Father Like Son” and black and white mumblecore offering “Computer Chess.” We ponder Leeds Film Festival’s audience favourites, conduct a
 rather epic pre greekconception corner, while a revelation about a planned remake of one of the week’s films causes Pete to recoil in horror. Tune in to find out which movie dumbfounded us with its music choices, which actor caused the man-loving podcasters to go weak at the knees, and why Irini’s encounter with Quentin Tarantino means that she owes Pete a huge apology.

The Week’s News:

  • 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who airs
  • The first explicit trailer for Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” is released
  • Jason Statham calls for an Oscar to be introduced for stuntmen
  • Leeds Film Festival reveals its top 20 audience favourites

[2:10 – 24:15]

Preconception Corner


Reviews of:
  • Parkland
  • Short Term 12
  • Like Father, Like Son
  • Computer Chess
  • The Family

[34:15 – 1:13:10]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range

Outro Music: Cat Power, “The Greatest”

Episode 54: Nice Guys Finish First [Man of Steel; Stuck in Love; Admission]


Episode 54: Nice Guys Finish First
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It’s Episode 54 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 took place after dark, as technical issues prevented the recording from going ahead as scheduled. We braved sleep deprivation in the early hours to bring you a loaded review of Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” which neither of us were particularly enthralled to visit. Cal sat down for “Admission,” starring comedic stalwarts Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, before embarking on the shady world of sex tourism in Ulrich Seidl’s “Paradise: Love.” Pete welcomed the return of Jennifer Connelly in ensemble piece “Stuck in Love,” and we offer you a special segment where we “fix” past injustices at the Oscars, featuring a mammoth conundrum from the 1970s. Listen to hear who Christopher Doyle is offending this week, yet more discussion about Michael Shannon’s facial hair, and why Amy Adams is responsible for Pete’s well-being. And it has nothing to do with sinks.

Opening Segment:  The week’s film news, plus a special segment where we talk about overdue wins at the Oscars, and attempt to “fix” past injustices [3:00 – 16:15]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:

  • Admission
  • Stuck in Love
  • Paradise: Love

[21:20 – 52:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot “Man of Steel,” and a little chat about tenacious casting coups [52:05 – 1:08:40]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Spin Doctors, “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues”

Episode 52: Finding Our Voice [Byzantium; The Purge; Populaire]

EPISODE 52: Finding Our Voice
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It’s Episode 52 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.

You’ll need to forgive us this week, but we’re a little late to the party. Pete is a very weary traveller having just returned from Nice, but we’re on top form with our discussions of this week’s bevy of releases. We start off with a little news and discussion of our compilation episode, before Cal launches into a colourful review of “Byzantium,” and divulges the somewhat welcome left-wing politics in “The Purge.” “The Big Wedding” left us so bemused and bewildered that our review turns into a barnstorming takedown, and then we dish all on frothy comedy “Populaire,” which we’ve been anticipating for some time. Listen for digressions about “Vertigo,” Oscar’s Best Actor politics, and Pete’s semi-faux pas regarding Gemma Arterton, which barely made the final cut.

Opening Segment:  Discussing our compilation episode and the week’s film news [1:50 – 10:40]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:

  • Byzantium
  • The Big Wedding
  • The Purge
  • Populaire

[17:40 – 1:01:05]

Closing Segment: This month’s Red Light District! We pimp “10 Years,” “Compulsion,” “The Guard,” “House of Pleasures,” and “Rashomon” [1:01:10 – 1:15:20]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: New Order, “Ceremony”

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