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Episode 108: Behind the Vicarage [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; The Films of 1948]


Episode 108: Behind the Vicarage

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It’s Episode 108 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.
 
With a serious dearth of new releases this week, we’ve decided to go back in time to the cinema of 1948, giving our top tens, favourite performances, and disappointments from the year, which drags out the episode to a typically strenuous length. Meanwhile, there’s a trio of deaths in the film world, and a Franco double bill, which includes nuclear romance “Grand Central” and Fanny Ardant in bourgeois drama “Bright Days Ahead.” Pete’s rundown of the latter of those threatened to be as candid as the film itself, but you’ll have to listen to find out whether its boldness had us weak at the knees, or reaching for the sick bowl.  The week’s big movie is “Dawn of the Planet of Apes,” which neither of us were looking forward to, but which does give us time to ponder Mark Wahlberg’s ascent to leading man status, Gary Oldman’s recent career choices, and the absurdity of internal ape politics. Elsewhere, discover how Frieda Pinto gets the raw end of the deal, why Manohla Dargis is the Queen of the fake allegory, and why what happened behind the vicarage in Sutton Park remains a mystery.

The week’s news: 

  • The death of James Garner
  • The death of Elaine Stritch
  • The death of Tom Rolf
  • “The Imitation Game” will open this year’s London Film Festival
  • “Gone Girl” will open this year’s New York Film Festival

[5:15 – 15:20]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Bright Days Ahead
  • Grand Central

[23:30 – 52:55]

Closing Segment:Discussing our favourite films and performances from 1948, touching upon films by Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Rossellini, and John Ford, and performances by Olivia De Havilland, Walter Huston, and Laurence Olivier!

[53:00 – 1:24:45]

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

Outro Music: Madonna, “Lucky Star”
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Episode 50: Disparaging the Dead [The Great Gatsby; The Liability; In the Fog]

EPISODE 50: Disparaging the Dead
[1:25:00]
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It’s Episode 50 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.

Aside from digressions about Meryl Streep’s huge haul of Oscar nominations, and a Joe Wright rant about Ron Howard’s Oscar win, this week’s half-century edition is reasonably tight. The effervescent presence of Baz Luhrmann dominates, as we take a retrospective look at his work before discussing his latest picture, “The Great Gatsby.” We tackle a listener question concerning films booed at Cannes, specifically referencing the work of Michelangelo Antonioni, Martin Scorsese, and David Lynch. We launch into a review of comedic thriller “The Liability,” while Pete flies solo for British drama “Flying Blind,” and then we settle down for a Russian double-bill of Sergei Loznitsa’s acclaimed “In the Fog” and Alexey Balabanov’s “The Stoker.” The latter of those leads to a mid-podcast revelation which instigates guilty backtracking, but at least its Spanish-style soundtrack provides a handy accompaniment to this week’s episode.

Listener Question: Our thoughts on the BAM’s Booed At Cannes selection, pondering the reasons why people boo films, and the implications of that [3:35 – 10:30]

Opening Segment:  A retrospective on the work of Baz Luhrmann, featuring discussion of “Strictly Ballroom,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “Moulin Rouge!” and “Australia” [10:35 – 18:55]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:

  • “The Liability”
  • “Flying Blind”
  • “The Stoker”
  • “In the Fog”

[22:00 – 57:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s popular novel “The Great Gatsby,” and our favourite films set in the ‘roaring’ Twenties [57:05 – 1:16:45]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Wild Belle, “It’s Too Late”

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