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



Episode 89: Bad Badinage

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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 87: The Myth of Socrates [Top Tens of 2013; Monuments Men; BAFTA winners]



Episode 87: The Myth of Socrates

[1:29:48]
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It’s Episode 87 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 sees the return of previous podcast guest Irini M, who helps us discuss George Clooney’s World War II caper “Monuments Men” and ponder some latest film news, featuring a death, a coming-out, and a Supporting Actress tragedy. And then we all reveal our top tens of 2013 (which takes a while), but it proves difficult for some to bite their tongues about each others’ picks. 
Listener questions instigate a Greek history lesson, but our guest remains coy throughout the interrogation, meanwhile we discuss one of Gregory Peck’s more bizarre performances, which films should have replaced “Before Sunset” and/or “Before Midnight” in the romantic trilogy, why one of Cal’s top ten was lucky to have seen the light of day, and which of Irini’s inclusions she had to apologise to Pete about. We have some audio issues in the early part of the podcast, but the last hour recorded well, and we end with Jennifer Lawrence’s karaoke favourite.


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Shirley Temple
    • Ellen Page comes out
    • BAFTA winners

[2:40 – 15:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Monuments Men

[25:35 – 32:55]

Closing Segment: Our top tens of 2013, featuring discussion of “The Grandmaster,” “Her,” and much more, plus our favourite performances of the year!

[33:00 – 1:25:00]

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

Outro Music: Wings, “Live and Let Die”

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 83: The Drugs Don’t Work [Wolf of Wall Street; Dallas Buyers Club; Oscar Nominations]



Episode 83: The Drugs Don’t Work

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It’s Episode 83 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 is heavy on narcotics, as we discuss the pill-popping patients in Jean Marc Vallee’s “Dallas Buyers Club,” the coke-fuelled antics of the stockbrokers in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and the hallucinogenic charms of indie Chilean adventure “Crystal Fairy.” We give our lengthy verdicts on this year’s Oscar nominations, offering our best and worst picks, speculating which films would have made the cut in the old-fashioned system, and discussing historical low points for the Academy. Tune in to find out how Mary Pickford bought her Oscar, whether Pete managed to finish a film this week, and why next week’s flock of facial hair spells disaster for Melvil.


Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Crystal Fairy
  • Dallas Buyers Club

[10:40 – 43:10]

Closing Segment: Discussing the recently announced Oscar nominations, and speculating on the various races!
[43:40 – 1:09:20]

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


Outro Music: Duran Duran, “Hungry Like the Wolf”

Episode 77: To Seydoux Or Not Seydoux [Saving Mr. Banks; Blue Is the Warmest Colour; Catching Fire]



Episode 77: To Seydoux Or Not Seydoux
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It’s Episode 77 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 is particularly risque, as controversial erotic French drama, “Blue is the Warmest Colour,” hits UK screens. Both of us were taken aback by the sapphic desires, but did its all-girl relationship work for us? We had dramatically different opinions of Brian De Palma’s “Carrie,” but Cal caught Kimberley Peirce’s remake and had some choice words to say about it, while a review of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” forces Pete to ponder questionable costume designing. We discuss the mythologising in Disney’s factually dodgy “Saving Mr. Banks,” before chatting about our favourite films about authors. Tune in to hear us re-introduce the Cage Scale, joke about vagina and side-boob shots, and reveal which of the week’s films channels “Mommie Dearest.” All that, plus an epic news segment concerning the latest critics awardsfoils Pete’s plan for an hour-long episode. Maybe one day we’ll get there.  

The Week’s News:

  • Smooth FM’s Top 500
  • Tom Daley comes out of the closet
  • The death of Paul Walker
  • Peter O’ Toole comes out of retirement
  • Oscar Documentary Shortlist announced
  • New York Film Critics winners
  • National Board of Review winners

[2:10 – 26:25]

Preconception Corner


Reviews of:
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Blue Is the Warmest Colour
  • Carrie

[31:35 – 1:04:25]


Closing Segment: Our review of Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” and discussing our favourite films about real-life authors!

[1:04:30 – 1:24:05]

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

Outro Music: The Temptations, “Treat Her Like a Lady”

Episode 75: Pillow Talk [The Counsellor; The Butler; Don Jon]



Episode 75: Pillow Talk
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It’s Episode 75 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 sees the return of the French quarter, as Pete ventured to a local film festival to catch his beloved Daniel Auteuil’s recent double-feature, “Marius” and “Fanny,” as well as Juliette Binoche in “Camille Claudel 1915.” Elsewhere, we’re discussing the joys of this week’s mainstream releases, including Scarlett Johansson’s womanly prowess in sexed-up comedy “Don Jon,” and the varying degrees of raunch Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz bring to Ridley Scott’s brutal thriller “The Counsellor.” We ponder the difference between BAFTA and Oscar, discuss whether voice performances should vie for awards, while a listener question forces us to address the mediocrity of some of the Academy’s Supporting Actress winners from years gone by. There are huge preconceptions about Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” but can its depiction of the civil rights movement survive our scrutiny and mark a mature step forward for the director? Listen to find out, and enjoy musings on the absurdity of John Cusack’s fake nose , how Zooey Deschanel might have ruined one of the week’s offerings, and why Cuba Gooding Jr. and Jane Fonda really need to hang out more.

The Week’s News:

  • The Honorary Oscars have been handed out
  • Scarlett Johansson wins Best Actress at the Rome Film Festival for “Her”
  • There’s going to be a sequel to “It’s a Wonderful Life”

[2:25 – 13:25]

Preconception Corner


Reviews of:
  • The Counsellor
  • Don Jon
  • Marius / Fanny
  • Camille Claudel 1915

[36:40 – 1:04:55]

Closing Segment: Our take on Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,”* and discussing historical inaccuracies in films! [1:03:50 – 1:23:40]

*Listener questions addressed at the end of review
Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Watson Factor
The Poupaud Range


Outro Music: Rhye, “Hunger”

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