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Episode 134: The Muttley Snigger [Selma; Jupiter Ascending; Miss Julie; Shaun the Sheep]

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Episode 134: The Muttley Snigger
[1:33:11]
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It’s Episode 134 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 discuss the various Oscar races in the wake of the BAFTA winners, touching upon Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s amusingly reduced moniker at the ceremony, the best of the speeches, and the closeness of the Boyhood vs. Birdman Best Picture tussle. It’s a week of mixed expectations on the podcast, as we review the ethereal Jessica Chastain’s latest passion project “Miss Julie,” helmed by Pete’s favourite actress and female director Liv Ullmann, while buzz was in the gutter for the Wachowski siblings’ “Jupiter Ascending,” which Cal managed to catch this past weekend. Meanwhile, Pete’s decision to venture out for the “Shaun the Sheep Movie” was the talk of the workplace, and we finally get around to digging into the controversies surrounding Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” starring an Oscar-snubbed David Oyelowo. It’s fair to say that the plot rundown of the week’s sole Science-fiction effort didn’t exactly go smoothly, while Pete underwent a Punjabi plight at one of this week’s screenings, and Ernest Borgnine’s infamous Brokeback bigotry gets dragged up for another airing. 

The week’s news:
  • Ziyi Zhang receives a grandiose marriage proposal
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu wins the DGA
  • BAFTA winners

[2:45 – 20:35]

Preconception Corner


Reviews of:

  • Jupiter Ascending                                             32:40 – 44:33
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie                                   44:34 – 54:32
  • Miss Julie                                                            54:33 – 1:06:10
  • Selma                                                                   1:06:11 – 1:22:00


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Lucinda Williams, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road”

Episode 88: The Cheese Connection [Oscar Predictions; The Lego Movie; Only Lovers Left Alive]



Episode 88: The Cheese Connection

[1:18:54]
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It’s Episode 88 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 deviate between the worlds of arthouse and animation, as we review critical cartoon hits “The Lego Movie” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” gay murder mystery drama “Stranger By the Lake” and moody vampire tale “Only Lovers Left Alive,” but was everything awesome on all fronts? And then we launch into some Oscar predictions in 21 of the 24 categories, discussing if the year might echo 1972’s Godfather vs. Cabaret tussle, and whether justice can prevail in the Supporting Actress race. We ponder whether anyone will remember what Tilda Swinton won her Oscar for, why Pink might be the hottest colour at the ceremony, Tom Ford’s idealisation of street corners, and the revelation that dwarf-throwing is still prevalent in modern society. Pete’s Dad also makes a brief cameo, although he didn’t get a chance to enlighten us on the virtues of Lindsay Lohan and Dolly Parton.


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Harold Ramis
    • Performers announced for the Oscars
    • Zhang Yimou to helm first English language film

[2:20 – 8:10]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Lego Movie
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  • Stranger By the Lake
  • Only Lovers Left Alive

[15:05 – 48:55]

Closing Segment: Our predictions for this year’s Academy Awards!

[49:00 – 1:10:30]

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

Outro Music: Rihanna, “Russian Roulette”

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



Episode 81: Patience Is a Virtue

[1:22:17]
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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 80: The Tale of the Two Redheads [American Hustle; Walter Mitty; All Is Lost]



Episode 80: The Tale of the Two Redheads

[1:19:59]
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It’s Episode 80 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 dominated by Amy Adams, whose plunging necklines in “American Hustle” ruffled Pete’s feathers, but did we both think her strangely-accented performance was up to scratch? After Pete dismantled the plot mechanics of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” seaboard adventure “All Is Lost” is the latest solo star vehicle to face the podcast’s scrutiny, while a parody of a certain film in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” had us both on the floor. Elsewhere, we discuss the regular topic of the Foreign Language Film Oscar, in the wake of the recently announced shortlist, and reveal films from world cinema that are technically eligible for bigger prizes. We’re giving our brief thoughts on the year in film before our top ten lists are announced next month, plus there are extensive thoughts on the severity of Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar-tipped performance, and some choice words about Robert Redford’s vanity.


Opening Segment: 
Discussing the nine-film shortlist for the Foreign Language Oscar, general observations about Foreign Films’ troubles with eligibility, and which under-seen films are Oscar eligible this year!

[2:55 – 19:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • All Is Lost
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

[26:15 – 48:15]

Closing Segment: Our take on David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” discussing 2013 films we’ve been catching up on, and our overall view of the cinematic year!

[48:20 – 1:10:30]

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

Outro Music: Taylor Swift, “Red”

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 71: The Lazarus Situation [London Film Festival; Captain Phillips; Prince Avalanche]



Episode 71: The Lazarus Situation
[1:26:29]
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It’s Episode 71 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 a London Film Festival special, as we round up some of the films we caught in the capital, including competition winner “Ida,” and acclaimed German drama “The Police Officer’s Wife.” We discuss directors battling conflicts with studios, including Darren Aronofsky and Olivier Dahan, before launching into an assault on Harvey Weinstein, after one of us saw the compromised cut of Wong Kar-Wai’s “The Grandmaster.” Cal tackles new releases “Prince Avalanche” and Belgian Oscar entry “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” before we reveal whether we liked Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” as much as similar Danish thriller “A Hijacking,” and ponder what on earth Catherine Keener is doing in the film. Tune in for digressions about Melissa George’s hair, the Best Actor Oscar lineup of 1994, and the dangers of meeting Americans in Eastern Europe.

The Week’s News:

  • Catherine Deneuve turns 70
  • “The Wolf of Wall Street” to be released this year
  • Olivier Dahan vs. Harvey Weinstein
  • Darren Aronofsky vs. Christians

[3:35 – 12:30]

Opening Segment: Our round-up of the London Film Festival, featuring discussion of “Bends,” “The Grandmaster,” “Ida,” “Must Have Been Love,” “On My Way,” and “The Police Officer’s Wife.”
[12:35 – 47:50]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Prince Avalanche
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

[52:25 – 1:02:30]

Closing Segment: Our take on seaboard-set adventure “Captain Phillips,” and discussing our favourite films set on the open water! [1:02:35 – 1:17:10]

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


Outro Music: Tori Amos, “Talula”

Episode 67: Advanced Iconography [Diana; 42; The Call]



Episode 67: Advanced Iconography
[1:28:59]
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It’s Episode 67 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 asking ourselves whether this is the real life or just fantasy, as biographical dramas about two very different people hit cinema screens in the UK. As self-confessed baseball fans, the Jackie Robinson movie “42” was very high on our agenda, while Olivier Hirschbiegel’s heavily derided “Diana” gave us uneasy preconceptions. From there, Cal tackles serial-killer thriller “The Call,” and Pete caught coming-of-age tale “The Way Way Back” and Arabian drama “Winter of Discontent.” A modest news segment turns into a lengthy discussion about Foreign Language Oscar nominees of the past (like that’s never happened before) and we launch into digressions involving the measure of Marcello Mastrioianni’s Oscar nominations, the patriotism of the French, and some huge concerns about next week’s releases.  

The Week’s News:

  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions: Hong Kong submit “The Grandmaster,” France submit “Renoir,” and the UK submit “Metro Manila”
  • “Grace of Monaco” and “Wolf of Wall Street” pushed to 2014
  • Terrence Malick is counter-suiting the people suing him for the “Voyage of Time” debacle
  • Quentin Tarantino to star as Roger Corman in a biopic directed by Joe Dante
  • Sofia Coppola directing the next Phoenix video
  • Abdellatif Kechiche hits back at criticism

 [2:15 – 20:15]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • 42
  • The Way, Way Back
  • The Call
  • Winter Of Discontent

[29:30 – 1:02:10]

Closing Segment: Our take on Olivier Hirschbiegel’s “Diana,” and assessing just how much of a disaster it is for those involved! [1:02:15 – 1:17:55]

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

Outro Music: D:Ream, “Things Can Only Get Better”

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