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Episode 129: Flights of Fancy
It’s Episode 129 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 episode, we turn our attention to the awards race, as this week sees the release of two films vying for Oscars, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s meditation on the theatre, “Birdman,” and spirited Stephen Hawking drama “The Theory of Everything”. We also take the opportunity to discuss the Producers Guild Award nominations and the winners from the National Society of Film Critics’ annual round of voting, touching (lightly) upon a victory for Jean-Luc Godard, and speculating about the Oscar chances of Timothy Spall, Marion Cotillard, and Rene Russo among others. Elsewhere, Pete’s improvable opinion of Denis Villeneuve is tested when Jake Gyllenhaal takes on a double role in “Enemy” and last year’s Norwegian Foreign Language Oscar entry “Kon-Tiki” finally made British shores, while some disappointing controversy about the latest Nicholas Cage film, “Dying of the Light,” threatens to overshadow the review. Meanwhile, there’s news of upheaval for the Factor and Range, Cal’s latest reading material provides a window into the Best Picture Oscar race of 1967 and Rex Harrison’s bad behaviour, and Felicity Jones’ sixties attire may finally have won over her childhood cohort.
- Mark Schultz turns his back on “Foxcatcher”
- Producers Guild Award nominations are announced
- National Society of Film Critics winners
[2:40 – 14:45]
- The Theory of Everything
- Dying of the Light
[26:00 – 1:03:10]
Closing Segment: Our take on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” discussing the Best Picture race, and our favourite films about the theatre!
[1:03:15 – 1:22:45]
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: The National, “All the Wine”
We might be a little off-form this week, as Pete is still ill and Cal is hungover, but we’ve got some juicy-looking films to ponder. We aim to be positive by bringing out our irregular Red Light District segment and pimping the best films we’ve seen in the past month, which include a Russian classic and a film about a woman who rents cats. We check out “Stoker,” the latest bloodthirsty offering from arthouse favourite Park Chan-Wook, and there’s blood on the hands of Richard Gere’s troubled billionaire too, in Nicholas Jarecki’s “Arbitrage”. While Pete opted for masculine thriller “Broken City” Cal sat down for Lasse Hallstrom’s adaptation of Nicholas Sparks novel “Safe Haven,” but we both saw part two of Terrence Malick’s prolific streak, the grand, romantic “To the Wonder.” Tune in to find out which one of us was reduced to tears by Malick’s film, and listen to our confessions of which films never fail to make us blub.
Introduction: The week’s news, and announcing Pete’s forfeit
Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District! Films pimped include: “Another Woman’s Life,” “The Company,” “The Cranes Are Flying,” “Rent-a-Cat,” “Us Two,” and “Vanya on 42nd Street” [5:45 – 17:55]
- “Broken City”
- “Safe Haven”
[22:45 – 49:25]
Closing Segment: Discussing Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder” and our top three films which make us cry [49:50 – 1:13:45]
*Shag, Marry or Kill?*
*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*
Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Naughty Boy feat. Emeli Sande, “Wonder”