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Episode 50: Disparaging the Dead [The Great Gatsby; The Liability; In the Fog]

EPISODE 50: Disparaging the Dead
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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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