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Episode 164: Awakenings [The Revenant; The Force Awakens; Spotlight; Carol]

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Episode 164: Awakenings
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It’s Episode 164 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 back from a two-month absence with a jam-packed podcast, focusing on the big juggernauts of this year’s awards season, as well as the seventh instalment of a certain sci-fi franchise. We tackle Steven Spielberg’s latest moody historical drama “Bridge of Spies,” claustrophobic double-hander “Room,” and Todd Haynes’ lesbian tale “Carol,” which had to hurdle prickly preconceptions from Pete about one of its main stars. We give our verdict on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s forest-set revenge tale “The Revenant,” Thomas McCarthy’s journalism drama “Spotlight,” and the biggest film of 2015, “The Force Awakens,” while we may have had a few choice words to say about the use of Margot Robbie in fancied finance crisis comedy “The Big Short.” Elsewhere, we predict this year’s Academy Award nominations (happening tomorrow!), we mourn the death of the great David Bowie, there’s a digression on the films of 1988, and a listener question prompts an upheaval of The Pootsition.

Opening Segment: Discussing the film career of musician, actor, and all-around legend David Bowie, who sadly passed away this week

[1:40 – 9:30]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens         27:40 – 37:24
  • Bridge of Spies                                        37:25 – 45:36
  • Carol                                                           45:37 – 51:53
  • The Revenant                                          51:54 – 1:04:14
  • Room                                                        1:08:10 – 1:16:41
  • The Big Short                                          1:16:42 – 1:24:12
  • Spotlight                                                  1:24:13 – 1:31:46

Closing Segment: Previewing this week’s Academy Award nominations!

[1:31:47 – 1:46:45]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: David Bowie, “Five Years”

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Episode 147:The Birdseye Debacle [Tomorrowland; Poltergeist; Return to Sender]


Episode 147: The Birdseye Debacle
[1:18:38]
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It’s Episode 147 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 much-delayed episode sees us discuss last week’s big releases at the cinema, including Brad Bird’s adventure tale “Tomorrowland,” and horror remake “Poltergeist.” We also had time to chat about Rosamund Pike’s latest twisted thriller, “Return to Sender,” and Cal reveals all about Samuel L. Jackson’s “Big Game,” which had a rather ludicrous plot setup to live up to. Simon Pegg’s recent outspoken antics may have upset comic-book geeks far and wide, but his thoughts on modern blockbusters instigate a lengthy chat about the future of the industry, while the prizes from the Cannes Film Festival dredge up longstanding observations about the festival’s politics. We may only be in June, but tune in to find out which leading performance Cal has already declared the worst of the year, which fishy figurehead Nick Nolte reminded Pete of, and which lesser-known actress emerged as the star of her film.

The week’s news: Discussing some interesting birthdays in the world of film, Simon Pegg’s assault on modern studio filmmaking, and the prizes from the Cannes Film Festival!

[3:10 – 22:00]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Poltergeist                                                   29:28 – 38:21
  • Return to Sender                                       38:22 – 50:07
  • Big Game                                                      50:08 – 56:39
  • Tomorrowland                                           56:40 – 1:08:12


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Eurovision Mini-Mix (Slovenia, “Here for You”; Latvia, “Love Injected”; Greece, “One Last Breath”)

Episode 146: Wasted Heartbeats [Mad Max: Fury Road; Pitch Perfect 2; The Age of Adaline]


Episode 146: Wasted Heartbeats
[1:20:17]
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It’s Episode 146 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 back, with some post-election blues, but there are a host of birthdays from the world of cinema to celebrate, leading to digressions about the work of Richard Brooks and Frank Capra. In the wake of the on-going we take time out to discuss the conversely different reviews for Todd Haynes’ and Gus Van Sant’s new films, plus there is (already) news of the next jury president at the Venice Film Festival. As for the reviews, Cal caught up with Chris Rock’s semi-autobiographical romance, “Top Five,” and the sequel to the popular acapella tale “Pitch Perfect,” while we both saw the trailblazing “Mad Max: Fury Road” and Blake Lively’s stab at Benjamin Button, “The Age of Adaline.” Elsewhere, Christopher Doyle’s words of wisdom infiltrate their way into this week’s critiques, we lament the demise of Thora Birch’s career, there’s a rant concerning one of Charlize Theron’s upcoming projects, and Pete’s culinary limitations as a bachelor are laid bare.

The week’s news: Discussing some interesting birthdays in the world of film, and the buzz from the on-going Cannes Film Festival!

[3:10 – 17:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Pitch Perfect 2                                                    27:53 – 36:19
  • The Age of Adaline                                            36:20 – 47:02
  • Top Five                                                                47:03 – 56:07
  • Mad Max: Fury Road                                        56:08 – 1:10:03


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Jessie J, “Flashlight” (from Pitch Perfect 2)

Episode 86: Rue De Simple [Her; Bastards; An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty]



Episode 86: Rue De Simple

[59:59]
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It’s Episode 86 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.
 
Pete finally got his wish, as our latest episode sneaks in under the hour mark, with just three films featured this week. Nevertheless, we get into fairly meaty discussions about Claire Denis’s sexually-charged “Bastards” and Terence Nance’s incredibly personal documentary “An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty,” which had both of us rather perplexed. Pete was counting on Spike Jonze’s “Her” to be the saviour of 2013’s cinematic worth, but did either or both of us get past that dead cat phone-sex convo? An odd opening news segment leads to the pimping of an underseen world cinema classic, some rare positive words about Clint Eastwood, and a chat about the spectrum of quality in Hitchcock remakes, while we lament the fall from grace of a famous child actor, discuss the President of France’s bit on the side, and ponder the beastly attributes of a certain French actor.


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Gabriel Axel
    • Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host next year’s Golden Globes
    • Clint Eastwood is a real-life hero
    • Channing Tatum is writing “Magic Mike 2”
    • Shia LaBoeuf wears paper bag to premiere of “Nymphomaniac” at Berlin; echoes Eric Cantona

[2:40 – 10:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Bastards
  • An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty
  • Her

[15:25 – 51:15]

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

Outro Music: Terrorvision, “Perseverance”

Episode 66: Fast and Loose [Rush; White House Down; Ain’t Them Bodies Saints]



Episode 66: Fast and Loose
[1:21:45]
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It’s Episode 66 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 a loose, on-form episode this week, as a modest amount of films allows the digressions to flow! Pete is quick to take down James Franco, before launching into a vitriolic monologue about Rooney Mara in his assessment of Malick-inspired “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and hijacking Cal’s “White House Down” review with theories on how Bill Clinton’s former indiscretions could have killed us all, and how on earth James Woods managed to get an Oscar nomination for “Ghosts of Mississippi.” The barrage of lowbrow jibes is stemmed by a review of French drama “The Artist and the Model,” before we follow up an epic set of preconceptions about Ron Howard with our remarkably attuned view of sports flick “Rush,” and some views on its awards prospects. Sit back for random tangents on who Pete’s Orient Princess is, what we think 2011’s Best Picture lineup would have looked like with just five nominees, and how Nicholas Cage’s filmography forms the basis of a brand new measure of cinematic absurdity.

The Week’s News:

  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions from Saudia Arabia, The Netherlands, and Australia
  • Woody Allen to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at this year’s Golden Globes
  • “12 Years a Slave” wins the People’s Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival
  • “The Butler” passes $100m in domestic box-office
  • The first teaser trailer is released for “Grace of Monaco”

 [1:40 – 15:10]

Listener Request: Discussing Venice’s 70th anniversary short films project [Irini] [15:15 – 20:05]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
  • White House Down
  • The Artist and the Model

[26:35 – 54:35]

Closing Segment: Our take on Ron Howard’s “Rush,” dissecting its Oscar chances, and discussing our favourite cinematic playboys [54:45 – 1:12:35]

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

Outro Music: Kelis, “Caught Out There”

Episode 40: Lasting Legacies [Oz the Great and Powerful; Side Effects; Parker]


EPISODE 40: Lasting Legacies
[1:18:12]
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It’s Episode 40 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.

But for some football-related rants this week’s episode is surprisingly concise, as we turn our attention towards legacies. As Steven Soderbergh prepares to fold up his chair and retire (we’ll believe it when we see it) after his final film “Side Effects,” we reveal whether we think his pharmaceutical thriller is a worthy swansong, and offer our favourite examples of final films from directors. Sam Raimi is resurrecting L. Frank Baum’s series of Oz books with “Oz the Great and Powerful,” but can this kaleidoscopic 3D adventure even come close to replicating the magic of the original? And will Barbra Streisand’s Razzie-nominated return to acting in “The Guilt Trip” affect her long-standing reputation as a Queen among actresses? We have reviews of Jason Statham vehicle “Parker,” the acclaimed British thriller “Broken,” and Pete’s precious “Robot & Frank,” while we assess the power of Bette Midler’s Oscar-nominated performance in “The Rose” and look ahead to Sofia Coppola’s latest foray into the perils of youth, “The Bling Ring.” Sit back and listen to us bitch!

Opening Segment:  Discussing the trailer for Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” [suggested by Irini] and Pete’s review of 1979’s “The Rose,” starring Bette Midler [3:45 – 16:55]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Oz the Great and Powerful”
  • “Parker”
  • “Robot & Frank”
  • “Broken”
  • “The Guilt Trip”

[21:30 – 52:00]

Closing Segment: Discussing Stephen Soderbergh’s self-proclaimed ‘final’ film “Side Effects,” and our top three directorial swansongs [52:05 – 1:09:55]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Gloria Estefan, “Go Away”

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