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Episode 131: The Oxford Issue [American Sniper; Whiplash; Wild]

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Episode 131: The Oxford Issue
[1:34:53]
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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.


Preconception Corner


Reviews of:

  • 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]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Olsen Factor
The Isaac Range

Outro Music: Kristina Train, “Dark Black”
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Episode 102: Dial M for Mayday [Grace of Monaco; 22 Jump Street; Venus in Fur]



Episode 102: Dial M for Mayday

[1:35:51]
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It’s Episode 102 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 fears of a Greek backlash bubble to the surface, as we review friend of the podcast Irini’s favourite film of last year, Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur,” touching on the prowess of an older, fishnet-less Emmanuelle Seigner. Meanwhile, Cal was the only one in the queue for buddy cop sequel “22 Jump Street,” and creepy cult horror “The Sacrament,” while Pete caught Cal off-guard at the last minute with a surprise review that absolutely nobody was expecting. Find out whether this podcast is kinder to Olivier Dahan’s “Grace of Monaco” than most critics have been thus far, and listen to us discuss the ups and downs of Grace Kelly’s short-lived film career, including her generally-disliked Best Actress Oscar win. Elsewhere, we float potential nicknames for Channing Tatum, anticipation for an upcoming Richard Linklater film is at fever pitch, while there’s yet more concern voiced for Shailene Woodley (and a distinct lack of medical knowledge) as her new cancer flick edges perilously closer.


The week’s news: 

  • The death of Rik Mayall

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Venus in Fur
  • 22 Jump Street
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • The Sacrament

[16:35 – 52:35]

Closing Segment: Our take on Olivier Dahan’s critically-savaged “Grace of Monaco,” and discussing the career of the one and only Grace Kelly!

[52:40 – 1:26:05]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Olsen Factor
The Isaac Range

Outro Music: Sia, “Breathe Me”

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 56: Unoriginal Sin [Despicable Me 2; The East; Hummingbird]


Episode 56: Unoriginal Sin
[1:24:33]
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It’s (again, finally!) Episode 56 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.

Cal’s out on the lash, so Pete has been forced/allowed to upload a podcast so if this doesn’t work … blame Cal. Or Andy Murray. This week Shep braves an onset of tiredness during his thoughts on “Despicable Me 2” (as well as an inability to remember the previous film), Cal braves masturbation jokes in “This is the End”, a severe lack of Ellen Page (and her voiceover) in “The East”, both ponder the ridiculousness of Jason Statham’s headwear in “Hummingbird”, and find out our choices for our half-year awards including why Pete was able to dictate to Cal what Mr. Reed’s favourite film of 2013 so far actually was.

Opening Segment:  Shep bragging about his £1 tennis bets, and the rest of the week’s film news [0:30 – 5:50]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:

  • Hummingbird
  • This is the End
  • Despicable Me 2
  • The East

[13:37 – 53:20]

Closing Segment: Our top 5s of the year so far, along with our favourite acting performances. [54:20 – 1:17:40]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Azealia Banks, “212”

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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