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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”
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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 78: The Nose of the Poots [Nebraska; Frozen; Kill Your Darlings]



Episode 78: The Nose of the Poots
[Or How Everyone Should Join Us in Loving Zack Snyder Being Owned]
[1:29:31]
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It’s Episode 78 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.
 
Our latest episode was recorded in two parts due to a technical hitch, but hopefully you won’t be able to tell. The break allowed us to return post-Screen Actors Guild Awards announcement to give a brief run-down of our thoughts, but are we happy with the nominees? Cal had some worrying preconceptions about awards player “Nebraska,” after the (among other things) criminal voice-over in the first fifteen minutes of “The Descendants,” but did its monochrome mumblecore ways win us over? The big questions of the week are where Ethan Hawke’s 73rd film of 2013, “Getaway,” ranks on the dreaded Cage Scale, and whether Selena Gomez can manage to keep her clothes on, while some unexpected female casting in “Kill Your Darlings” threatens to shake up this week’s edition of The Watson Factor. We discuss the virtues of Disney’s “Frozen,” which has us both rapturous about one thing or another, and we take time out to consider the fragility of the Supporting Actor Oscar race, the allure of Imogen Poots’ nose, and revel in Zack Snyder being dealt a body blow by AMPAS. 

The Week’s News:

  • Woody Allen will not accept his Cecil B. DeMille award
  • “Man of Steel” not on Oscar’s Visual Effects shortlist
  • European Film Award winners
  • British Independent Film Award winners
  • L.A Film Critics winners
  • Boston Film Critics winners

[3:10 – 17:15]

Listener Question [Alex], plus some anticipation for this week’s Golden Globe nominations

[17:20 – 24:45]

Preconception Corner


Reviews of:
  • Nebraska
  • Kill Your Darlings
  • Getaway

[32:00 – 59:20]


Closing Segment: Our review of Disney’s “Frozen,” and discussing yesterday’s Screen Actors Guild nominees!

[59:25 – 1:18:20]

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

Outro Music: Madonna, “Frozen”

Episode 74: The Single Life [Gravity; Gloria; The Nun]



Episode 74: The Single Life
[1:29:48]
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It’s Episode 74 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 episode sees the belated return of the Red Light District, after it had to be excised from last week’s epic 100+-minute recording. Cal is the only one bringing glad tidings, with discussion of a Coen brothers classic, and a semi-positive take on one of Nicholas Cage’s stranger efforts. It’s the week of the singletons, as we caught up with Paulina Garcia’s free-spirited “Gloria,” while Sandra Bullock finds herself alone and stranded in awards juggernaut “Gravity.” It’s safe to say that one of us was rather unimpressed by the space-set adventure, which prompts a brief discussion on films that failed to convince us, including an Ashton Kutcher vehicle and a recent sci-fi hit. Pete’s back from the Leeds Film Festival having seen Serbia’s submission for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, “Circles,” and a concert marred by technical debacles. Listen as we discuss the year’s latest batch of nominations, Isabelle Huppert’s lustful imposition, and Pete’s lament over the lack of viable romantic options among women over thirty. Violins at the ready!

The Week’s News:

  • Lynne Ramsay is being sued by the producers of “Jane Got a Gun”
  • Judi Dench and Harvey Weinstein fight the MPAA
  • European Film Award nominations are announced
  • British Independent Film Award nominations are announced

[3:35 – 20:55]

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring comment on “Blood Simple,” “Knowing,” and “Mouchette”

Preconception Corner*


Reviews of:
  • Gloria
  • Circles
  • The Nun

[36:40 – 1:04:55]

Closing Segment: Our take on Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” and discussing films we struggle to find convincing!  [1:05:00 – 1:22:10]

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


Outro Music: Ugo Tozzi, “Gloria”

Episode 68: Taking No Prisoners [Prisoners; Blue Jasmine; Runner Runner]



Episode 68: Taking No Prisoners
[1:21:45]
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It’s Episode 68 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 talking “Prisoners” but not taking any, as Denis Villeneuve’s first foray into the studio system leaves at least one of us distinctly unimpressed. Pete interrupts Cal’s plot run-down of the film with his best Paul Dano impression, while we dig into the hilarity of Melissa Leo, and cite the worst performances from actors in every film this week. Elsewhere, Pete gives his take on Italy’s official Oscar submission “The Great Beauty,” which features some interesting pubic design work, and Cal responds to Pete’s abandonment of Gemma Arterton by braving Latin-set thriller “Runner Runner.” We spend ages talking about Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-tipped turn in “Blue Jasmine,” and ponder Sally Hawkins’ chances of finally getting that overdue nod. How this didn’t turn into a bitching session about 2008’s Best Actress line-up is anyone’s guess.

The Week’s News:

  • Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” pushed to 2014
  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions: Egypt submit “Winter of Discontent”; Denmark submit “The Hunt”; Iran submit “The Past,” Cambodia submit “The Missing Picture”; Israel submit “Bethlehem”; Italy submit “The Great Beauty”

 [2:20 – 14:50]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • The Great Beauty
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Runner Runner

[22:20 – 53:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on Denis Villeneuve’s sobering drama “Prisoners,” and discussing our least favourite performances from this week’s crop of actors! [53:05 – 1:12:25]

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

Outro Music: Blondie, “Denis”

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