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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 146: Wasted Heartbeats [Mad Max: Fury Road; Pitch Perfect 2; The Age of Adaline]


Episode 146: Wasted Heartbeats
[1:20:17]
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It’s Episode 146 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 back, with some post-election blues, but there are a host of birthdays from the world of cinema to celebrate, leading to digressions about the work of Richard Brooks and Frank Capra. In the wake of the on-going we take time out to discuss the conversely different reviews for Todd Haynes’ and Gus Van Sant’s new films, plus there is (already) news of the next jury president at the Venice Film Festival. As for the reviews, Cal caught up with Chris Rock’s semi-autobiographical romance, “Top Five,” and the sequel to the popular acapella tale “Pitch Perfect,” while we both saw the trailblazing “Mad Max: Fury Road” and Blake Lively’s stab at Benjamin Button, “The Age of Adaline.” Elsewhere, Christopher Doyle’s words of wisdom infiltrate their way into this week’s critiques, we lament the demise of Thora Birch’s career, there’s a rant concerning one of Charlize Theron’s upcoming projects, and Pete’s culinary limitations as a bachelor are laid bare.

The week’s news: Discussing some interesting birthdays in the world of film, and the buzz from the on-going Cannes Film Festival!

[3:10 – 17:50]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Pitch Perfect 2                                                    27:53 – 36:19
  • The Age of Adaline                                            36:20 – 47:02
  • Top Five                                                                47:03 – 56:07
  • Mad Max: Fury Road                                        56:08 – 1:10:03


Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Jessie J, “Flashlight” (from Pitch Perfect 2)

Episode 135: The Shame of Seamus [Fifty Shades of Grey; Kingsman; Love Is Strange; Oscar Predictions]

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Episode 135: The Shame of Seamus
[1:36:58]
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It’s Episode 135 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 discuss the upcoming Oscars, casting our predictions for 20 of the 24 categories, and mulling over the scenarios that could befall presumed leaders “Birdman” and “Boyhood,” plus there’s big news from Berlin, as Charlotte Rampling stakes a claim for a place at next year’s Oscars. We get physical, as Pete was the podcast representative for Matthew Vaughn’s violent spy thriller “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” while Sam Taylor-Johnson’s hotly-anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” had its own share of weaponry. It’s fair to say that the erotic mega-hit wasn’t really going to be up either of our alleys, but the assembled crew generated cause for excitement. Pete snubbed Marisa Tomei but Cal managed to catch Ira Sachs’ latest gay-themed drama “Love is Strange,” while a seven-film haul in the Red Light District leads to discussion of the Best Actor Oscar race of 1998, Tyrone Power’s limited acting ability, and the allure of Dylan McDermott. Elsewhere, this week’s Joe Wright rant concerns a lesser-known Scottish actor, we’re once again reminded of the original Huston Problem, and there’s an unexpected nod to Sabrina the Teenage Witch. 

The week’s news:
  • The death of Louis Jordan
  • Berlin Film Festival winners

[2:35 – 10:04]

Red Light District: Pimping the best films we’ve seen from yesteryear, featuring discussion of “The Flight of the Phoenix,” “Gods and Monsters,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Inside Moves,” “The Luck of the Irish,” “The Prowler,” and “Reuben, Reuben”!

[10:05 – 26:53]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service                      36:13 – 45:33
  • Love Is Strange                                                  45:34 – 56:03
  • Fifty Shades of Grey                                         56:04 – 1:13:07

Closing Segment: Predicting this year’s Oscar winners, featuring discussion of everything from the big “Boyhood” vs. “Birdman” tussle, to the closely fought Best Editing race, to the likelihood of an upset in the Best Foreign Language Film category!

[1:13:08 – 1:29:30]

Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Pootsition
The Garrett Gauge

Outro Music: Coldplay, “Yellow”

Episode 116: The Decoy Tots [The Giver; Magic in the Moonlight; A Walk Among the Tombstones]


Episode 116: The Decoy Tots

[1:26:57]
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It’s Episode 116 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 last week’s super-long episode, we lament Cal’s laissez faire approach to editing, but this edition managed to sail under the ninety-minute mark fairly smoothly. The Red Light District is back, as we discuss films starring Nina Hoss and Richard Burton, a dishonest Dogme flick, plus Cal’s return to awards completion gets us analysing two Best Actress Oscar races, one of which features one of the biggest snubs of all time. New releases include baseball underdog drama “Million Dollar Arm,” of which the MVP was plain for both of us to see, and Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight,” which Pete unsurprisingly snubbed. There’s also Liam Neeson thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” and Philip Noyce’s “The Giver,” which Pete managed to smear in innuendo and spend forever on divulging the plot of. Taylor Swift’s presence in the film forces both of us to admit some admiration for her lyrical hand, while her likeness to a famously jilted tennis player instigates discussion of a disastrous celebrity relationship. Elsewhere, there’s a postponed Joe Wright rant from last week, Pete’s parents’ holiday snaps struggle to emulate Michael Ballhaus, and the natural charm of one of this week’s actresses leads to a new qualification in the Olsen Factor.


The Week’s News
    • Foreign Language submissions from France, Belgium, Canada, and Hong Kong

[2:25 – 8:20]


Opening Segment: 
This month’s Red Light District, featuring discussion of “Barbara,” “Elena,” “Mifune’s Last Song,” “Mourning Becomes Electra,” “Passion Fish,” “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold” and “Win/Win”

[8:25 – 23:15]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Million Dollar Arm
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones
  • Magic in the Moonlight
  • The Giver

[29:15 – 1:12:15]

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

Outro Music: Tori Amos, “Give”

Episode 87: The Myth of Socrates [Top Tens of 2013; Monuments Men; BAFTA winners]



Episode 87: The Myth of Socrates

[1:29:48]
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It’s Episode 87 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 the return of previous podcast guest Irini M, who helps us discuss George Clooney’s World War II caper “Monuments Men” and ponder some latest film news, featuring a death, a coming-out, and a Supporting Actress tragedy. And then we all reveal our top tens of 2013 (which takes a while), but it proves difficult for some to bite their tongues about each others’ picks. 
Listener questions instigate a Greek history lesson, but our guest remains coy throughout the interrogation, meanwhile we discuss one of Gregory Peck’s more bizarre performances, which films should have replaced “Before Sunset” and/or “Before Midnight” in the romantic trilogy, why one of Cal’s top ten was lucky to have seen the light of day, and which of Irini’s inclusions she had to apologise to Pete about. We have some audio issues in the early part of the podcast, but the last hour recorded well, and we end with Jennifer Lawrence’s karaoke favourite.


The Week’s News:

    • The death of Shirley Temple
    • Ellen Page comes out
    • BAFTA winners

[2:40 – 15:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of:
  • Monuments Men

[25:35 – 32:55]

Closing Segment: Our top tens of 2013, featuring discussion of “The Grandmaster,” “Her,” and much more, plus our favourite performances of the year!

[33:00 – 1:25:00]

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

Outro Music: Wings, “Live and Let Die”

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 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”

Episode 66: Fast and Loose [Rush; White House Down; Ain’t Them Bodies Saints]



Episode 66: Fast and Loose
[1:21:45]
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It’s Episode 66 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.

It’s a loose, on-form episode this week, as a modest amount of films allows the digressions to flow! Pete is quick to take down James Franco, before launching into a vitriolic monologue about Rooney Mara in his assessment of Malick-inspired “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and hijacking Cal’s “White House Down” review with theories on how Bill Clinton’s former indiscretions could have killed us all, and how on earth James Woods managed to get an Oscar nomination for “Ghosts of Mississippi.” The barrage of lowbrow jibes is stemmed by a review of French drama “The Artist and the Model,” before we follow up an epic set of preconceptions about Ron Howard with our remarkably attuned view of sports flick “Rush,” and some views on its awards prospects. Sit back for random tangents on who Pete’s Orient Princess is, what we think 2011’s Best Picture lineup would have looked like with just five nominees, and how Nicholas Cage’s filmography forms the basis of a brand new measure of cinematic absurdity.

The Week’s News:

  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions from Saudia Arabia, The Netherlands, and Australia
  • Woody Allen to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at this year’s Golden Globes
  • “12 Years a Slave” wins the People’s Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival
  • “The Butler” passes $100m in domestic box-office
  • The first teaser trailer is released for “Grace of Monaco”

 [1:40 – 15:10]

Listener Request: Discussing Venice’s 70th anniversary short films project [Irini] [15:15 – 20:05]

*Preconception Corner*

Reviews of:
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
  • White House Down
  • The Artist and the Model

[26:35 – 54:35]

Closing Segment: Our take on Ron Howard’s “Rush,” dissecting its Oscar chances, and discussing our favourite cinematic playboys [54:45 – 1:12:35]

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

Outro Music: Kelis, “Caught Out There”

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”

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