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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”)
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Episode 141: The Sprinkler of Sadness [Cinderella; Get Hard; Seventh Son]

Episode 141: The Sprinkler of Sadness
[1:12:25]
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It’s Episode 141 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 reviews include medieval fantasy adventure “Seventh Son,” the latest incarnation of the fairy tale “Cinderella,” and Argentinian Oscar nominee “Wild Tales,” which is courting controversy in the wake of some bad release timing. Elsewhere, we discuss comedy caper “Get Hard,” which already had preconceptions reeling from Tim Robey’s assault on its homophobic tendencies, plus we chat about the horrendous title of Russell Crowe’s upcoming directorial debut feature, and the bizarre nature of Jeff Bridges’ vocal work. Meanwhile, the memory of Marlene Dietrich lives on the attire of one of this week’s performers, Ed Sheeran’s Australian exploits has Pete hoping he’ll stay there, and why is nobody mentioning the Grimm brothers’ glaring plot hole? Cal’s off to New York next week, so we’re taking a fortnight hiatus, but hopefully we’ll return with news of Pete’s first four-star film of the year.

The week’s news

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Seventh Son                                17:41 – 29:26
  • Get Hard                                      29:27 – 40:50
  • Wild Tales                                    40:51 – 48:22
  • Cinderella                                   48:23 – 1:00:32


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Fiona Apple, “Extraordinary Machine”

Episode 93: Of Gods and Jen [Noah; Divergent; Tom At The Farm]



Episode 93: Of Gods and Jen

[1:12:46]
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It’s Episode 93 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.
 
The Gods look from upon high this week, as Pete has seen two Jennifer Connelly films in a matter of days, having finally caught up with Akiva Goldsman’s bizarre fantasy “A New York Winter’s Tale,” which Cal had already seen. We’re both on board for Crowe and Connelly’s re-teaming in Darren Aronofsky’s ambitious epic “Noah,” but at least one of us was put off by its emulation of Middle Earth and strange addition of rock people (no, really). Cal has seen Xavier Dolan’s tempestuous “Tom At The Farm,” and horror maestro Vincenzo Natali’s supernatural chiller “Haunter,” while Pete settled down for futuristic blockbuster “Divergent,” starring podcast favourite Shailene Woodley. All that, plus Pete has a sofa story which recalls Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” Cal is under the spell of a certain farmhand, Abigail Breslin is at the centre of a retro-style Huston problem, and the reveal that Lady Gaga is in the new Muppets film is greeted with minimal enthusiasm. 


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Mickey Rooney
    • Disney announces a sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph”
    • Pete has seen “A New York Winter’s Tale”

[1:30 – 6:55]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Tom At The Farm
  • Divergent
  • Haunter

[17:25 – 44:30]

Closing Segment: Our take on Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” and discussing biblical epics!

[44:35 – 1:03:40]

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

Outro Music: Eugene McGuinness, “Shotgun”

Episode 89: Bad Badinage [Non-Stop; Nymphomaniac; The Book Thief]



Episode 89: Bad Badinage

[1:27:46]
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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


Opening Segment: 

Discussing the winners of this year’s Academy Awards, plus a listener question!

[4:25 – 22:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Nymphomaniac: Volume I
  • The Book Thief
  • A New York Winter’s Tale (mild spoilers!)
  • Non-Stop

[31:40 – 1:17:50]

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

Outro Music: The Cardigans, “Erase & Rewind”

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


Episode 54: Nice Guys Finish First
[1:18:45]
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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 39: Shostakovich & Shockers [To the Wonder; Stoker; Broken City]


EPISODE 39: Shostakovich & Shockers
[1:22:37]
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It’s Episode 39 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 might be a little off-form this week, as Pete is still ill and Cal is hungover, but we’ve got some juicy-looking films to ponder. We aim to be positive by bringing out our irregular Red Light District segment and pimping the best films we’ve seen in the past month, which include a Russian classic and a film about a woman who rents cats. We check out “Stoker,” the latest bloodthirsty offering from arthouse favourite Park Chan-Wook, and there’s blood on the hands of Richard Gere’s troubled billionaire too, in Nicholas Jarecki’s “Arbitrage”. While Pete opted for masculine thriller “Broken City” Cal sat down for Lasse Hallstrom’s adaptation of Nicholas Sparks novel “Safe Haven,” but we both saw part two of Terrence Malick’s prolific streak, the grand, romantic “To the Wonder.” Tune in to find out which one of us was reduced to tears by Malick’s film, and listen to our confessions of which films never fail to make us blub.

Introduction: The week’s news, and announcing Pete’s forfeit

Opening Segment:  This month’s Red Light District! Films pimped include: “Another Woman’s Life,” “The Company,” “The Cranes Are Flying,” “Rent-a-Cat,” “Us Two,” and “Vanya on 42nd Street” [5:45 – 17:55]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of: 

  • “Stoker”
  • “Arbitrage”
  • “Broken City”
  • “Safe Haven”

[22:45 – 49:25]

Closing Segment: Discussing Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder” and our top three films which make us cry [49:50 – 1:13:45]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Naughty Boy feat. Emeli Sande, “Wonder”

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