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Episode 168: The Garrel Grievance [Cannes Film Festival Line-Up]

Episode 168: The Garrel Grievance
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News from the Croisette lures Irini and Cal back to the microphone, as we discuss yesterday’s announcement of the 70th Cannes Film Festival lineup, featuring (among others) new films from Andrey Zvyagintsev, Lynne Ramsay, Todd Haynes, and podcast favourite Sofia Coppola. We’re also catching up with news we haven’t discussed since the last episode, chief of which is *that* infamous Oscar mix-up, plus we touch upon the surprise smash hit “Get Out” and dig into some seriously juicy female-led TV shows. Elsewhere, Irini shamelessly flaunts some national pride when we discuss one of the festival’s entries, we vehemently disagree on the virtues of the Safdie brothers, and Cal tests Irini’s patience by taking a pop at Xavier Dolan and all but killing off Michael Haneke.

News Catch Up:

  • Oscars catastrophe
  • Oscar rule changes
  • Get Out
  • Big Little Lies / Feud

[1:51 – 11:53]

Listener Question [ibbi]

Cannes Film Festival:

  • Discussing the line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May!

[16:20 – 56:25]

Intro Music: Alma, “Requiem”
Outro Music: Loreen, “Statements”

Episode 166: While the Cat’s Away [Venice and Toronto Round-Up; Foreign Language Oscar Race]

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Episode 166: While the Cat’s Away
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It’s Episode 166 of In the Mood for Podcast!

Irini and Cal return from Venice and Toronto respectively, worn out but nevertheless enthused about many of the films showing in this year’s festival season. Tune in for thoughts on the prizes from each festival, plus commentary on La La Land, Arrival, Toni Erdmann, Jackie, and much much more! We also dig a little into the entries for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar, and speculate on whether this can finally be the year of Amy Adams. Elsewhere, there’s a silent prayer for Brad and Angelina’s marital collapse, thunder threatens to halt the podcast, and nobody can seem to find Irini’s cat Chiara.

Intro Music: Lana Del Rey, “High By the Beach”
Outro Music: B*Witched, “Blame It On the Weatherman”

Episode 165: The Tokyo Anecdote [Best Films of 2016 So Far; Venice and Toronto Festival Preview]

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Episode 165: The Tokyo Anecdote
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It’s Episode 165 of In the Mood for Podcast!

After an eight-month absence, Irini joins Cal to discuss all that cinema has had to offer us in 2016 so far, with both giving their favourite five films and performances of the year, and discussing their personal highlights. With Irini heading to Venice and Cal heading to Toronto, there’s plenty to be excited about concerning festival season. We dig into our biggest hopes from the festivals, and look ahead to year-end releases from Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese, among others. Elsewhere, there’s a Lobster-related story from the heart of Japan, trepidation over Xavier Dolan’s latest cinematic effort fails to faze Irini, and some unexpected virtues of Jaden Smith are revealed.

Best of 2016:

  • Counting down our top five films of the year so far!

[10:30 – 23:15]

2016 Round-Up:

  • Favourite performances, personal highlights, and discussing what films so far may be in the running for year-end awards!

[23:20 – 43:30]

Festival Previews and Anticipation:

  • Discussing our biggest hopes from the Venice and Toronto Film Festival lineups, and anticipating end-of-year releases! 

[43:35 – 1:06:50]

Intro Music: Channing Tatum, “No Dames”
Outro Music: Dev, “Fireball”

Episode 159: Cruising for a Bruising [Legend; Irrational Man; No Escape]


Episode 159: Cruising for a Bruising
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It’s Episode 159 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 sliced up the new releases, which include Tom Hardy’s dual-role as the Kray twins in “Legend,” Willem Dafoe as famous Italian director Pier Paolo “Pasolini,” and action-packed thriller “No Escape.” Cal caught this year’s German entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, “Labyrinth of Lies,” and Woody Allen’s latest, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, plus the week’s birthdays see us discuss the great Alexander Korda, and everyone’s favourite beefcake, Mickey Rourke. Elsewhere, the pair of us lament the absence of “Phoenix” from this year’s Oscar hunt, a Lake Bell monologue is memorable for all the wrong reasons, and one of the biggest surprises on the podcast ever sees one of the week’s performers redeemed in Pete’s eyes.

The week’s news: Featuring discussion of Wendy Ide’s exit from The Times, the week’s birthdays, and the winners from this year’s Venice Film Festival!

[4:30 – 18:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Irrational Man                   28:10 – 39:00
  • No Escape                           39:01 – 45:23
  • Pasolini                               45:24 – 53:19
  • Labyrinth of Lies             53:20 – 1:04:30
  • Legend                               1:07:00 – 1:17:30


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Queen, “Hammer to Fall”

Episode 155: Rachel, Rachel [Inside Out; Mission Impossible 5; Southpaw]

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Episode 155: Rachel, Rachel
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It’s Episode 155 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.


We’ve spent the past two weeks topping up the tan, but now we’re back with an episode packed full of criticism, as we turn our attention to the most anticipated film of the year, Pixar’s “Inside Out”. We also assess whether Tom Cruise has still got it, in the latest instalment in the Mission Impossible franchise, “Rogue Nation,” while Cal reviews heavy-going boxing fable “Southpaw,” and Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara in ramshackle comedy “Hot Pursuit.” Meanwhile, we turn our attention to the start of the awards season by digging into the Venice and Toronto Film Festival line-ups, touching upon (among other things) Charlie Kaufman’s return to directing and Tom Hooper’s latest piece of Oscar bait. Plus there’s news of Mads Mikkelsen’s unlikely collaboration with a pop star, Alicia Vikander’s prolific year in film continues, and Xavier Dolan’s foray into the world of voice-over acting comes as somewhat of a surprise.

The week’s news

Opening Segment: Discussing the line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival, featuring anticipation for films from Charlie Kaufman, Atom Egoyan, and Pablo Trapero, plus we discuss some of the awards hopefuls playing at this year’s film festival in Toronto! 

[3:27 – 26:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Southpaw                                                            35:50 – 42:11
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation            42:12 – 53:42
  • Hot Pursuit                                                        53:43 – 1:00:47
  • Inside Out                                                          1:00:48 – 1:15:36


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Odyssey, “Inside Out”

Episode 152: Naked on the Freeway [Terminator: Genisys; Magic Mike XXL; Comet]

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Episode 152: Naked on the Freeway
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It’s Episode 152 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 turn our attention to two high-profile sequels, as the James Cameron-endorsed “Terminator: Genisys” lit up cinema screens this past week, while Cal was alone for “Magic Mike XXL,” the follow-up to the 2012 stripper hit we famously (if rather predictably) disagreed on. Parallel dimensions are brought out in the Justin Long-Emmy Rossum romance “Comet,” which confused Cal and made a rather negative impression on Pete’s screening partner, plus there’s news from the on-going East End Film Festival. Elsewhere, Dustin Hoffman’s been a bit outspoken, we take some time out to celebrate a milestone for Lena Endre, and Jai Courtney’s abs are under the microscope. 

The week’s news:

  • The death of Diana Douglas                                            
  • “Everest” to open the Venice Film Festival                           
  • Dustin Hoffman attacks Hollywood                
  • Lena Endre turns sixty               
  • East End Film Festival round-up: “Containment”; “MLE”; “Norfolk”           
[3:50 – 22:53]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Comet                                               30:30 – 45:41
  • Magic Mike XXL                            45:42 – 54:03
  • Terminator: Genisys                   54:04 – 1:05:50

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Duffy, “Mercy”

Episode 151: Duty to Serve [She’s Funny That Way; Minions; The Longest Ride]

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Episode 151: Duty to Serve
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It’s Episode 151 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.


As 2015 races on, we’re joined this week by Irini M. to talk about our highlights from the year so far, plus she gives us a recap of her latest successful film viewings in a special edition of the Red Light District. Reviews this week include Roy Andersson’s quirky Golden Lion winner, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Mauritanian drama “Timbuktu,” while Cal dishes all on the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Longest Ride,” paying particular attention to Scott Eastwood. Elsewhere, we sat down for Peter Bogdanovich’s latest screwball emulation “She’s Funny That Way,” and Pete caught the Despicable Me spin-off “Minions,” which it’s fair to say tested his patience. Tune in for an unexpected tirade against Mickey Rooney’s longevity, some love dramas concerning the Stratten family, and the occasional jibe about Greece’s disastrous financial situation.

The week’s news 

Red Light District: Irini “pimps” the many films she’s seen lately, featuring discussion of “Ana and the Wolves,” “Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem,” “The Invisible Man,” “Lifeboat,” “Spring,” and much more!

[8:35 – 24:53]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • The Longest Ride                         33:20 – 43:52
  • Minions                                           44:53 – 49:44
  • A Pigeon Sat…                               49:45 – 58:15
  • Timbuktu                                       58:16 – 1:02:07
  • She’s Funny That Way               1:02:08 – 1:12:49


Halfway through 2015: 
Discussing our favourite films and performances from the year so far!

[1:12:50 – 1:26:58]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Black Eyed Peas, “Meet Me Halfway”

Episode 114: The Paris Clanger [Before I Go To Sleep; Life of Crime; They Came Together]


Episode 114: The Paris Clanger

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It’s Episode 114 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 tale of two halves, as Irini M. joins us once again, having spent the past week or so trawling across the lido of Venice. She brings us extensive coverage of the film festival, reviewing most of the competition line-up, and dishing her verdict on (among other things) why Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” left Italy empty-handed, and why Kim Ki-Duk’s filmmaking style is getting rather insufferable. Eventually we get to reviewing new releases, with Nicole Kidman’s new amnesiac thriller “Before I Go To Sleep” leaving us with head-scratching thoughts on the film’s title, and even more perplexing notions about its logic. We’re also on board for the sequel to Nicholas McCarthy’s promising “The Pact,” worryingly left in the hands of new directors, while Cal reviews David Wain’s romantic comedy pastiche “We Came Together,” and we tackle Elmore Leonard adaptation “Life of Crime. Listen for our theories on why Kirsten Dunst won Best Actress at Cannes, which former feline-loving Oscar winner Al Pacino may be slyly mocking, which British singer forces Pete to recoil in horror, and what this week’s Christie clanger has to do with Paris Hilton’s wardrobe.


The Week’s News


Opening Segment: 
Discussing the prizes awarded at this year’s Venice Film Festival, plus guest Irini M. provides coverage of many other films which played at the festival, including “Birdman,” “3 Hearts,” “Manglehorn,” “Red Amnesia,” and “She’s Funny That Way”

[4:35 – 40:40]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Pact II
  • Life of Crime
  • They Came Together
  • Before I Go To Sleep

[47:20 – 1:23:50]

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

Outro Music: Friendly Fires, “Paris”

Episode 109: All About the Bantz [Hercules; Joe; The Films of 1977]


Episode 109: All About the Bantz

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It’s Episode 109 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 let the reviews take a back seat, as we focus on festival fare and classic cinema. Podcast stalwart Irini M. is back with us to discuss the line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival (which she will be attending) but abandons us after half an hour, forcing Pete to turn to poetry for consolation. We take (a lot of) time out to discuss the year that was 1977, talking about the year’s critics prizes, Oscar winners, and our personal top tens, leading to digressions about a classic catfight between Shirley MaClaine and Anne Bancroft, and a disappointing gay denial from Cal’s student days. Elsewhere, we chat about David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” sci-fi adventure “Earth to Echo,” and mythological action film “Hercules,” which Pete’s piano pupil was conspicuously absent from. Tune in to discover which Hong Kong director (no – not that one) got Pete and Irini excited, how the approach to casting of Luis Bunuel and Pier Pasolini was beyond liberal, and why the party island of Ibiza will force a mini-podcast hiatus.


The Week’s News:
  • The trailer for Liv Ullmann’s “Miss Julie” is released

Opening Segment: Discussing the recently-announced lineup for this year’s Venice Film Festival, featuring films from Roy Andersson, Ramin Bahrani, and Andrew Niccol!

[3:55 – 20:40]

Listener Questions [Ibbi]

[20:45 – 29:35]

Preconception Corner

Classic Segment: Discussing our favourite films and performances from 1977, touching upon films by William Friedkin, Paul Verhoeven, and Fred Zinnemann,  and performances by Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, and Quinn Cummings! Plus much more!

[38:35 – 1:16:55]

Reviews of:
  • Joe
  • Earth to Echo
  • Hercules

[1:17:00 – 1:34:05]

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

Outro Music: Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A”

Episode 107: The Four Percent Rule [Boyhood; Begin Again; How To Train Your Dragon 2]



Episode 107: The Four Percent Rule

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It’s Episode 107 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 turn our attention to the upcoming Venice Film Festival, discussing the just-announced opening film for 2014, and the recent history of openers at the festival, which include two Steven Spielberg films and a derranged noir effort from Brian DePalma. Change is on the horizon, as the World Cup is over and Pete is now a home owner, but he still couldn’t pluck up the courage to experience Keira Knightley’s vocal tones in John Carney’s “Begin Again,” leaving Cal all alone with some awkward preconceptions about Adam Levine. Meanwhile, we discuss animated Sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” becomes the longest review on the podcast since… Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight,” but did our lofty hopes for it get answered? Elsewhere, we talk about our personal experiences of open mic nights, and there’s an epic preconception corner, featuring an infamous slur by John Wayne on Barry Norman, and a major sexual indiscretion by the Maroon 5 front-man concerning everyone’s favourite tennis pro.


Opening Segment: 
Discussing the recent history of opening films at the Venice Film Festival, in the wake of the announcement that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” will open this year’s event!

[4:00 – 24:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Begin Again

[39:10 – 1:04:20]

 

Closing Segment: Our lengthy take on Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” featuring a small discussion of films founded upon gimmicks!

[1:04:25 – 1:24:10]

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

Outro Music: Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, “When Your Mind’s Made Up”

Episode 104: Miscarriages of Justice [The Fault In Our Stars; Jersey Boys; Miss Violence]



Episode 104: Miscarriages of Justice

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It’s Episode 104 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.
 
Irini M. returns this week to help us discuss our favourite films and performances from 2014 so far, leading to a disagreement about Wes Anderson, yet more discussion of Xavier Dolan, and a fierce defence of a podcast fantasy favourite. The week’s reviews see us flirt with both familiarity and contempt, as Cedric Klapisch’s trilogy-capping “Chinese Puzzle” was finally released in the UK, while not all of us were happy about the Venice trophy haul of Greek family drama “Miss Violence.” We tackle cancer flick “The Fault In Our Stars,” Cal goes it alone for Clint Eastwood’s foray into the musical genre, “Jersey Boys,” while the latest batch of non-sporting news calls for a Desplat love-in, and a discussion of everyone’s favourite Hong Kong auteur. Pete continues to liken the faults of World Cinema to Roy Hodgson’s World Cup tactics, a listener question provokes a passionate defence of Greek patriotism from Irini, and a controversial pitch for a new Jennifer Lopez rom-com provides an early FYC for next year’s compilation.

The week’s news: 

  • Alexandre Desplat announced as the President of the jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival
  • Wong Kar-Wai’s new film is on the way
  • Gerry Conlon, subject of the film “In the Name of the Father,” dies aged 60

[2:30 – 14:45]

Listener Questions from Ibbi

[14:50 – 20:35]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • The Fault In Our Stars
  • Chinese Puzzle
  • Miss Violence
  • Jersey Boys

[33:45 – 1:14:00]

Closing Segment: 2014’s mid-year awards, in which we discuss our favourite and least favourite films and performances from the year so far!

[1:14:05 – 1:35:35]

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

Outro Music: Alexandre Desplat, “Depart Pour La Guerre” (from “The Well Digger’s Daughter”)

Episode 97: Continental Drift [Tracks; A Thousand Times Good Night; Blue Ruin]



Episode 97: Continental Drift

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It’s Episode 97 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.
 
Dubbed “Mr. D+” by Pete, Cal hopes for a better run of films this week, as our slate of continent-spanning sober dramas force us to tone things down a little. We review Erik Poppe’s “A Thousand Times Good Night,” starring the ever-exemplary Juliette Binoche, but is the moral-heavy family crisis at the film’s centre worthy of her abilities? It’s been eight months since Pete saw and liked John Curran’s “Tracks” at Venice, but does Cal feel the same way about the Aussie desert quest’s quality? Elsewhere, Pete caught up with Paddy Considine-led British thriller “Honour,” while Cal opted for American indie revenge pic “Blue Ruin,” plus a listener question leads to a slew of digressions about the Cannes Film Festival’s history of politics and prize-giving. Tune in to hear our thoughts on the biggest Oscar snub of the 1980s, which Terrence Malick film receives a radical re-evaluation from Pete, and why a foolish display of canine companionship gets Cal all self-righteous.


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Bob Hoskins
    • A sequel to “Spring Breakers” is announced
    • Cal’s been reading a Cannes-related book

Listener Question: “What are your thoughts on “Clean,” and specifically Maggie Cheung?” [Ibbi]
[7:55 – 13:10]

Opening Segment:
 The return of the Red Light District, featuring discussion of “Chaotic Ana,” “Into the Night,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “The Search for Bridey Murphy,” “To the Wonder,” and “Youth Without Youth”
[13:15 – 26:45]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • A Thousand Times Good Night
  • Blue Ruin
  • Honour
  • Tracks

[29:55 – 1:02:25]

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

Outro Music: Faye Wong, “Dream Person”

Episode 95: The Pullitzer Puzzle [Locke; The Love Punch; Cannes Lineup]



Episode 95: The Pullitzer Puzzle

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It’s Episode 95 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 welcome Irini M back to the podcast to help us discuss the much-anticipated lineup of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, featuring the upcoming works of David Cronenberg, Mike Leigh, and many more European auteurs, some of which fill us with dread. We’re reviewing the Miranda Otto-led lesbian drama “Reaching for the Moon,” British heist comedy “The Love Punch,” and Tom Hardy’s one-man show “Locke,” which divided the camp in its depiction of drama and geography. Cal’s review of psychological horror film “Magic Magic” gets hijacked by Pete’s rant about a certain Pullitzer Prize winner, while Irini had a bone to pick with him about his “failure to understand” the point of Xavier Dolan’s latest delight. There are predictably many digressions, concerning Mr. Potato Head’s liberal use of his lips, Tom Hardy’s neglect of his razor, and Faye Dunaway’s fear of apostrophes, as well as a shocking Hathaway Protocol. It’s a week of regrets, as Irini’s belief in her own festival foresight lost her a fair bit of cash, while Naomi Watts finally bit the bullet and admitted that “Diana” wasn’t all that. Who knew?


Opening Segment: 
Discussing the recently announced line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, featuring anticipation of films by David Cronenberg, Xavier Dolan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and Andrey Zvyagintsev!

[3:50 – 26:55]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Reaching for the Moon
  • The Love Punch
  • Magic Magic

[36:00 – 1:00:25]

Closing Segment: Our take on Steven Knight’s “Locke,” and random asides involving Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway!

[1:00:30 – 1:17:05]

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

Outro Music: Radiohead, “Jigsaw Falling Into Place”

Episode 65: Preferential Pork [About Time; Blackfish; Any Day Now]



Episode 65: Preferential Pork
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It’s Episode 65 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.

Festivals are on the brain this week, as we discuss the unexpected winners from Venice’s Bertolucci-headed jury, and what to expect from the London Film Festival in October. Cal saw a rare film outing for Alan Cumming, in gay adoption drama “Any Day Now,” and braced the bloody horror “No One Lives,” while Pete opted for killer whale documentary “Blackfish.” We have a review of the academic “Museum Hours,” and Richard Curtis’ “About Time,” which Cal only saw a quarter of, due to some terrible projection incompetence in Hammersmith, and the Red Light District returns with films from the 1940s and 1980s. All this, plus our usual digressions, in which we launch into tangents on the prospect of a Liv Ullman comeback, the benefits of “Certified Copy,” and why Charles Laughton’s ham is more tolerable than Philip Seymour Hoffman’s. 

The Week’s News, featuring discussion about this year’s honourary Oscars, Meryl Streep’s Oscar category reversal, Germany’s Foreign Language Oscar submission, and some “Blue is the Warmest Colour” controversy [3:00 – 12:20]

Opening Segment: Discussing the winners from this year’s Venice Film Festival, and the recently announced lineup for the London Film Festival! [12:25 – 22:10]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Any Day Now
  • About Time
  • No One Lives
  • Blackfish
  • Museum Hours

[25:45 – 1:10:00]

Closing Segment: This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion about “Barfly,” “Flying Lessons,” “The Suspect,” and “World War Z”  [1:10:05 – 1:18:40]

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

Outro Music: Cat Power, “The Greatest”

Episode 64: The Return of Wowface [Venice Film Festival; Upstream Color; You’re Next]



Episode 64: The Return of Wowface
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It’s Episode 64 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 Pete return from the Venice Film Festival with reviews of Stephen Fears’ “Philomena” and Sion Sono’s “Why Don’t You Play In Hell,” among other work by Miguel Gomes, Kelly Reichardt, and John Curran. We also take time out to discuss reaction on the Lido to Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity.” This week’s films see the highly-anticipated release of abstract entanglement drama “Upstream Color,” claustrophobic horror “You’re Next,” and the return of Michael Bay with “Pain & Gain,” which had Cal somewhat worried. As usual we go off on a few tangents, as Pete pimps the beauty of 2004 in film, laments the absence of Nadine Labaki from one of the week’s offerings, and we ponder how Liv Ullman would have fared in “Miss Congeniality.” And then we reveal the exciting news that an underseen long-time podcast favourite may soon be coming to a website near you, but keep that one quiet, won’t you?
 

The Week’s News, featuring discussion about the death of Sir David Frost, and the casting of “Fifty Shades of Grey”!  [2:35 – 6:05]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Upstream Color (warning: minor spoilers)
  • Pain & Gain
  • You’re Next

[9:10 – 33:45]

Closing Segment: Pete’s report from the Venice Film Festival, featuring reviews and commentary on “Why Don’t You Play In Hell?” “Tracks,” “Holding Breath,” “Redemption,” “We Are the Best!” “May in the Summer,” “Philomena,” “Night Moves,” and some brief thoughts about “Gravity”  [33:50 – 1:18:30]

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

Outro Music: Placebo, “Taste In Men”

Episode 63: Puzzling Downfalls [Elysium; Lovelace; We’re the Millers]



Episode 63: Puzzling Downfalls
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It’s Episode 63 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.

Peroni comes out to play in this week’s episode, as Pete prepares for his impending flight to Venice by cracking open a bottle or two and lays into some usual suspects, including Nicolas Winding Refn and Kate Hudson. Cal saw Jennifer Aniston bare all in “We’re the Millers” and Amanda Seyfried get it all out in “Lovelace,” and reveals a risqué podcast game to test Pete’s knowledge of steamy film scenes. We review Nell Blonkamp’s sci-fi spectacle “Elysium,” which features some remarkable performances, and welcome Julianne Moore’s return to the podcast in “What Maisie Knew.” All that, plus an epic news segment, some banter about Glenn vs. Sigourney in 1988, and discussing how nobody can quite remember what Ruby Dee’s two lines were in “American Gangster.”

The Week’s News, featuring discussion of Miley Cyrus’ performance at the VMAs, the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, and the death of Julie Harris, among other things!  [1:55 – 15:10]

 

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Lovelace (plus a game!)
  • What Maisie Knew
  • We’re the Millers

[21:40 – 1:03:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on Nell Blonkamp’s “Elysium,” starring Matt Damon, and summarising this past Summer in film!  [1:03:05 – 1:19:50]

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

Outro Music: Alice Russell, “Drinking Song Interlude”

Episode 62: Nights to Forget [Bachelorette; 2 Guns; Chennai Express]



Episode 62: Nights to Forget
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It’s Episode 62 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 features two epic tales of unfortunate evenings, as Pete takes the role of storyteller for a missed flight debacle and a drunken car-key faux pas. We give our verdict on a night from hell for the characters in wedding comedy “Bachelorette,” and dig into the viability of the politics in Scandinavian prostitution procedural “Call Girl.” Cal went to bat for the rampant action comedy “2 Guns,” and Iain Softley’s welcome return to directing, “Trap for Cinderella,” while Pete (surprise, surprise) was this week’s Bollywood correspondent by opting for Indian smash hit “Chennai Express.” Illness brings out Cal’s Kathleen Turner voice for a podcast reprise, while we lambast the academy for their 1997 shortcomings and look ahead to Julianne Moore’s ‘In the Mood’ debut next week.

The Week’s News, featuring discussion of Harrison Ford’s latest box-office bomb, and the prospect of a possible Ben-Hur remake, plus Pete’s epic story about losing his car keys [0:55 – 6:25]

Opening Segment: The final part of our 2009 Venice retrospective, featuring discussion about “Women Without Men,” “Crush,” “One-Zero,” and “Mr. Nobody”  [6:30 – 21:15]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • 2 Guns
  • Call Girl
  • Chennai Express
  • Trap For Cinderella

[26:05 – 54:35]

Closing Segment: Our take on R-rated wedding comedy “Bachelorette” and discussing other movies to document madcap nuptials!  [54:40 – 1:06:25]

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

Outro Music: AlunaGeorge, “Bad Idea”

Episode 61: Harsh Terrain [The Lone Ranger; The Canyons; From Up on Poppy Hill]



Episode 61: Harsh Terrain
[1:29:25]
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It’s Episode 61 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.

After Pete’s whirlwind trip to Croatia we unite for cinematic visits to canyons, hills, and valleys. The return of a flesh-baring Lindsay Lohan sets pulses racing, but the trashy politics and Hollywood commentary of “The Canyons” only works for one of us. Cal goes it alone for the latest Studio Ghibli offering “From Up on Poppy Hill,” before we dig into Disney’s big-budget “The Lone Ranger,” ending with a fierce takedown of attempts by its producer and stars to blame the film’s failure on critics. We have a ton of film news to chew up, as well as part two of our 2009 Venice retrospective, and digressions about Rosalind Russell, Sergio Leone, and Oscar’s Foreign Language Film category. Yes, again. 

The Week’s News, featuring discussion of the death of Karen Black, Meryl Streep’s Oscar category switch, and “Saving Mr. Banks,” among other things [4:05 – 14:20]

Opening Segment: Part two of our 2009 Venice retrospective, featuring discussion about   [14:25 – 35:40]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • The Canyons
  • From Up on Poppy Hill

[42:40 – 1:02:35]

Closing Segment: Our take on Disney’s “The Lone Ranger,” and discussing whether the critics are at fault for its box-office failure and discussing memorable buddy/cop movies!  [1:02:40 – 1:20:45]

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

Outro Music: Foxes, “Youth”

Episode 60: Sobriety Is a Virtue [The Conjuring; The Heat; Only God Forgives]



Episode 60: Sobriety Is a Virtue
[1:25:02]
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It’s Episode 60 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.

A peroni-less podcast sees Pete on his best behaviour when confronted with a listener question that dares to approach the subject of Keira Knightley (see, we will answer questions about literally anything!) and when forced to tackle “Paris-Manhattan,” a French love letter to Woody Allen. Cal shows less resistance when he reviews “Only God Forgives,” before we unite for reviews of the week’s Hollywood fare, buddy-cop comedy “The Heat,” star-studded action sequel “Red 2,” and spooky box-office smash “The Conjuring.” We’ve also got this week’s Red Light District, which handily ties into Joe Wright’s filmography, and part one of our 2009 Venice retrospective, featuring comment on “I Am Love” and “White Material,” among others. Tune in to find out which country Pete is jetting off to this week, which film’s marketing annoys Cal, and whether Kristin Scott-Thomas’s embodiment of a famous fashion personality bests Helen Mirren’s channeling of Bette Davis. It’s diva overload!

The Week’s News

Listener Question: Is Keira Knightley the Queen of period films? [Zed] [8:15 – 13:00]

Opening Segment: This month’s Red Light District (pimped films include “Letter Never Sent” and “Romancing in Thin Air”) and part one of our 2009 Venice Diaries!   [13:05 – 32:30]


*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • The Conjuring
  • Red 2
  • Paris-Manhattan
  • Only God Forgives

[37:45 – 1:04:05]

Closing Segment: Our take on Paul Feig’s feminist comedy “The Heat,” and discussing memorable buddy/cop movies!  [1:04:10 – 1:16:50]

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

Outro Music: Holly Valance, “Down Boy”

Episode 59: Car Crashes in Black & White [Frances Ha; Blancanieves; The Internship]



Episode 59: Car Crashes in Black & White
[1:26:32]
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It’s Episode 59 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.

We’re going retro with this week’s podcast, as we discuss the otherworldly prowess of Rita Hayworth in 1946 noir “Gilda,” which Pete caught recently in all of its digitally restored glory. We also discuss two films deliberately harking back to the good old days, with silent fairy-tale “Blancanieves” facing off against Noah Baumbach’s “Manhattan” wannabe, “Frances Ha.” We both snubbed hairly Hugh Jackman in “The Wolverine,” Pete opting for French biographical drama “Renoir” and Cal badly in need of light relief in the form of “The Internship.” We take time out to discuss the lineup of this year’s Venice Film Festival, which Pete will be attending, while Cal is perturbed by the loss of a super comedic actress. Listen for digressions involving Miley Cyrus, Rose Byrne’s portrayal of blindness, and a distasteful slur on Greta Gerwig which caused Cal to label Pete “below the belt.”

Opening Segment:
 The week’s news, featuring three major deaths in the world of sport, TV, and film, and discussing this year’s Venice Film Festival lineup, featuring work from Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, and Kelly Reichardt!   [1:30 – 17:20]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Blancanieves
  • The Internship
  • Renoir
  • Gilda (re-release)

[26:20 – 1:04:50]

Closing Segment: Our take on Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha,” Shag Marry or Kill, and discussing director/actor partnerships between real life partners!  [1:04:55 – 1:19:25]


*The Watson Factor*
*The Poupaud Range*

Outro Music: Mika, “Grace Kelly”

Episode 58: Less Quality Fringe [The World’s End; Breathe In; Stories We Tell]


Episode 58: Less Quality Fringe
[1:18:30]
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It’s Episode 58 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. The Gods of podcasting deride us from above as several interruptions (including a mouse!) curtailed last week’s documentary-heavy episode. We provide a quick round-up of last week’s offerings including Alex Gibney’s topical Wikileaks feature, “We Steal Secrets,” grim Indonesian piece, “The Act of Killing,” and Sarah Polley’s third theatrical venture, “Stories We Tell.” Pixar is mercifully spared as Pete summarises “Monsters University” in less than a minute, and Cal has some observations about “The Deep.” Moving onto this week, we tackle the pub crawl politics in Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End,” while Pete goes it alone for Austrian film “The Wall,” and Cal dishes the dirt on crime thriller “Eden” and Drake Doremus’s “Breathe In.” Listen as Cal apologises for last week’s technical debacle, and we go on tangents involving Samsara, the Best Actress Oscar race of 1989, Felicity Jones’s eternal youth, and some personal drinking anecdotes.
Opening Segment: The week’s news (including a big festival announcement!) and a round-up of last week’s reviews, featuring comment on “Monsters University,” “The Deep,” “The Act of Killing,” “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks,” and “Stories We Tell”  [2:30 – 16:10]
*Preconception Corner*
Reviews of:
  • Breathe In
  • The Wall
  • Eden

[22:00 – 53:00]

Closing Segment: Our take on Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End,” the final film of his jokingly self-titled Cornetto Trilogy, and discussing great final films in trilogies!  [53:05 – 1:08:10]

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

Outro Music: The Doors, “Whisky Bar”

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