Friday, 28 December 2012

Episode 30: 2D Or Not 2D



EPISODE 30: 2D Or Not 2D
[1:13:55]
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It's Episode 30 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 last podcast of 2012 sees us catch up on releases from the past ten days. They include the dubiously-casted "Jack Reacher," the aca-entertaining "Pitch Perfect," and Bette Midler's return to the screen in family comedy "Parental Guidance." We snubbed the 3D showing of "Life of Pi," but still discuss its visual prowess in length, and also chat about directors with a history of elevating their source material. All of this, plus a discussion about the hotly-contested Foreign Language Oscar race, and a pitch for a Greer Garson biopic.

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the recently announced shortlist of contenders for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar  [2:45 - 17:30]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 
  • "Jack Reacher"
  • "Pitch Perfect"
  • "Parental Guidance"
[20:20 - 49:45]

Closing Segment: Our take on “Life of Pi,” and discussing directors who elevate their source material 
[49:50 - 1:07:35]

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


Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Phoenix, "Rome"

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Episode 29: Long Day's Journey Into Middle Earth [The Hobbit; Globe/SAG Reaction; Rise of the Guardians]



EPISODE 29: Long Day's Journey Into Middle Earth
[1:25:24]
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It's Episode 29 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 give our reaction to the Golden Globe and SAG nominations, assessing the races as they stand. We find our patience severely tested by Peter Jackson's epic first installment of the Hobbit Trilogy, the first of which, "An Unexpected Journey," fails to be a tale of the unexpected. We catch up with the animated "Rise of the Guardians," but Santa and the Tooth Fairy may not make the ideal dream team for one of us. And while Kristin Scott-Thomas may find herself the only performer in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" without a nomination this week, she may at least take consolation in the fact that she can still rock a designer gown. She takes on the luscious Ludivine Sagnier in trashy french flick "Love Crime" ...

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Reacting to the Golden Globe and Screen Actors’ Guild nominations and assessing how that affects the Oscar race  [3:15 - 24:00]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 
  • "The Hobbit"
  • "Rise of the Guardians"
  • "Love Crime"
  • "Babette's Feast" (25th anniversary re-release)
  • "Baraka"
[27:35 - 1:05:45]

Closing Segment: Dishing the dirt on 2012 releases we’ve been catching up with: "A Royal Affair"; "Caesar Must Die"; "The Deep Blue Sea"; "The Giant Mechanical Man"; "Vamps"; "Bye Bye Blondie"  
[1:05:50 - 1:20:10]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*[Audio difficulties meant that *The Watson Factor* and *The Poupaud Range* failed to record this week -- for interested parties, 1.0 and 1.0.]

Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Sigur Ros, Hoppipolla

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Episode 28: Masculine/Feminine [Golden Globe Predictions; Seven Psychopaths; So Undercover]



EPISODE 28: Masculine/Feminine
[1:19:53]
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It's Episode 28 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. Awards dominate this week with discussion of the National Board of Review, LA film critics, and Boston film critics prizes, and predicting the Golden Globe and Screen Actors' Guild nominations. We talk about documentaries "The House I Live In" and "Knuckleball," before finally getting around to arthouse favourite "Tabu." And in straddling major extremes of masculinity, Martin McDonagh's male-dominated "Seven Pscyhopaths" faces off against our second Miley Cyrus film of the year, "So Undercover." The Miley vehicle brings giggles and shame to an otherwise level-headed episode, but we brought it on ourselves...

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the winners from the National Board of Review, LA film critics' association, and Boston Society of Film Critics'. [2:35 - 14:40]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 
  • "Seven Psychopaths"
  • "Tabu"
  • "The House I Live In"
  • "Knuckleball"
  • "So Undercover"
[18:20 - 55:35]

Closing Segment: Predicting the Golden Globe nominations, and the Screen Actors' Guild nominations 
[55:40 - 1:12:10]

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


Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Sky Ferreira, "Everything Is Embarrassing"

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Episode 27: Mental Playlists [Amour; Great Expectations; Trouble with the Curve]



EPISODE 27: Mental Playlists
[1:20:02]
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It's Episode 27 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 sees the old guard return, with Clint Eastwood back in front of the camera in "Trouble with the Curve," and austere Austrian mainstay Michael Haneke bringing his Palme d'Or winner "Amour" to Anglo eyes. Dickens' classic "Great Expectations" and gory Brit-comedy "Sightseers" get a dissection of their own, and after six months Cal has finally seen a 2012 Bollywood production, but is "normal" crime thriller "Talaash" the ideal candidate to ease him in? All this, plus our reaction to the NYFCC winners and a look ahead to the NBR...

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the winners of the New York Film Critics Circle's annual awards, and a brief look at the Golden Satellite nominations. [1:50 - 13:00]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 
  • "Amour"
  • "Great Expectations"
  • "Sightseers"
  • "Talaash"
[17:15 - 52:20]

Closing Segment: Our review of Clint Eastwood vehicle "Trouble with the Curve" and our predictions for the National Board of Review 
[52:30 - 1:14:25]

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


Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Army Navy, "Slight of Hand"

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Episode 26: A Little Bromance [Silver Linings Playbook; Gambit; End of Watch]



EPISODE 26: A Little Bromance
[1:22:20]
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It's Episode 26 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 warming up for awards with discussions of Oscar lineups from 1942, 1952, 1962, and 2003, as well as forecasting this year's nominees. The big release is David O'Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," of which the focus is firmly on Jennifer Lawrence, while buddy-cop drama "End of Watch" has the job of setting this week's pulses racing. The girls of hotline comedy "For a Good Time, Call.." get our inner-chick mode going, before Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz strip for "Gambit."  A late squabble about Indian cinema sets Jake and Michael's bar-setting bromance down some notches, but this was a fun one...

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: The contentious results of the Leeds Film Festival's audience votes, and championing films and performances that won’t make our year-end lists [2:05 - 14:00]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 
  • "End of Watch"
  • "For a Good Time, Call..."
  • "Gambit"
  • "Lawrence of Arabia" (50th anniversary re-release)
[18:20 - 57:55]

Closing Segment: David O'Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook": considering the awards chances of its cast, offering examples of actors Oscar-nominated for the wrong films, and predicting next week's New York Film Critics Circle prizes. 
[58:00 - 1:17:10]

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


Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Ellie Goulding, "Anything Can Happen"

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Episode 25: Tricks of the Trade [The Master; Actress Roundtable; Mental]




EPISODE 25: Tricks of the Trade
[1:21:19]
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A mini milestone is passed in Episode 25 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 our attentions are divided between nutritious world cinema and meaty awards chat, as The Hollywood Reporter's annual roundtables prompt us to gossip about the females of 2012. From there we move onto reviews of "Mental," "Jab Tak Hai Jaan," "Happy Happy," "A Better Life," and "On Air," before returning to process Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," well-publicised as having sent critics spinning. We're less concerned with the weight of the film than Amy Adams' elbow grease, which proves just too rich a source of innuendo for some...

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: We chat at length about The Hollywood Reporter’s Actress Roundtable, the participants of which were Amy Adams, Marion Cotillard, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, Naomi Watts, and Rachel Weisz. Who came off best, and which ladies are the frontrunners for awards? [2:40 - 18:10]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 
  • "Mental"
  • "Jab Tak Hai Jaan"
  • "Happy Happy"
  • "A Better Life"
  • "On Air"
[21:10 - 51:55]

Closing Segment: Our thoughts on Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” and discussing the art of balancing double features. 
[52:00 - 1:11:35]

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


Intro Music: New theme music!
Outro Music: Missy Elliot, "One Minute Man"

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Episode 24: Disrupt the Peace [Argo; The Sapphires; People Like Us]




EPISODE 24: Disrupt the Peace
[1:19:56]
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It's Episode 24 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 Ben Affleck's awards juggernaut "Argo" lands on British shores, but does it live up to the considerable hype? "Transformers" scribe Alex Kurtzman is the latest to lure Michelle Pfeiffer back to the screen in the family drama "People Like Us," while the established pull of Chris O'Dowd is tested in Wayne Blair's "The Sapphires." Pete endures Kevin James in "Here Comes the Boom," and Cal sits in for daunting "Dogtooth" director Giorgos Lanthimos's eery follow-up, "Alps." All this, and an opening segment on Wong Kar-wai's upcoming "The Grandmasters," which goes a little awry when an unexpected intruder stymies Pete's reverent flow. Well, not everyone liked "My Blueberry Nights"...

On the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the week's news, reactions to the first trailer for Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmasters," and some fond thoughts about the filmmaker's career thus far. [1:10 - 15:30]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 
  • "The Sapphires"
  • "People Like Us"
  • "Here Comes the Boom"
  • "Alps"
[18:50 - 54:25]

Closing Segment: Discussing "Argo," crazy real-life stories adapted for cinema, and looking at early betting odds for the Best Picture Oscar. 
[54:30 - 1:13:05]

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


Intro Music: Faye Wong, "Dream Person"
Outro Music: The Supremes, "The Happening"

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Episode 23: Cosmetic Clauses [Rust & Bone; Silent Hill 2; War Witch]




EPISODE 23: Cosmetic Clauses
[1:19:47]
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It's Episode 23 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. Looks are a hangup this week, as Marion Cotillard deglams majorly for Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone," and the delayed "Silent Hill" sequel sheds production design for computer wizardry. There's domestic drama in NYC-set "Keep the Lights On" and Greek film "Dinner With My Sisters," while the bloody horror in "Excision" has us grimacing and guffawing. Pete gives the rundown on some titles from the ongoing Leeds Film Festival, including Canada's Oscar submission "War Witch," and we introduce a new feature to celebrate the form of male actors. Lana Wachowski isn't the only advocate for gender equality...

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the week's news (The resurrection of Star Wars, the European Film Award nominations, and the British Independent Film Award nominations) and reviews from the Leeds Film Festival of "War Witch," "In The House," "John Dies At The End," and "Robot & Frank." [1:50 - 20:00]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 
  • "Excision"
  • "Silent Hill: Revelation"
  • "Keep the Lights On"
  • "Dinner With My Sisters"
[25:10 - 51:00]

Closing Segment: Discussing "Rust & Bone," and responding to listener questions 
[51:15 - 1:09:15]

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


Intro Music: Fleetwood Mac, "The Chain"
Outro Music: M.I.A, "It Takes a Muscle"

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Episode 22: Target Practice [Skyfall; Beasts of the Southern Wild; Sister]




EPISODE 22: Target Practice
[1:18:51]
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It's Episode 22 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 a continent braces itself for the force of nature this week, we tackle the winds of change going on in the Bond franchise. Does "Skyfall" revolutionise Bond for better or worse? We discuss the quaint family drama in Switzerland's Oscar submission, "Sister," and in awards hopeful "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Cal goes it alone with reviews of critics darling "Elena," and the film which united Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez in more ways than one: the seaboard adventure "Dark Tide." Expect disagreement, derision, and some anticipation for next month's Amy Adams feast. It's been far too long...

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the week's news (Sport, vicious weather & the Wachowskis) and some brief Bond memories ahead of our discussion of "Skyfall" [1:10 - 12:30]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 
  • "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
  • "Sister"
  • "Elena"
  • "Dark Tide"
[16:25 - 48:00]

Closing Segment: Discussing "Skyfall," our favourite Bond themes, and responding to listener questions 
[48:20 - 1:10:20]

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

Intro Music: Shirley Bassey, "Goldfinger"/"Propellerheads, "On Our Majesty's Secret Service"
Outro Music: Adele, "Skyfall"

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Episode 21: Post-Poisson Grande [Frankenweenie; Madagascar 3; Hitchcock]




EPISODE 21: Post-Poisson Grande
[1:17:40]
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It's Episode 21 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. Apologies for the delay! Cal is barely back from the capital and has to see a Tim Burton film (and we know how that went down last time) as we do an animated feature double-bill of "Frankenweenie" and the latest "Madagascar" instalment. Pete has Polish and French films to offer in the shape of "The Winner" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," while Cal opted for more martial arts fodder in the action-heavy "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate." Discussions of Hitchcock, Jessica Chastain, and animated shorts take place before a mild disagreement about "The Hurt Locker" threatens to curtail things. Let's hope this doesn't turn into a Tippi vs. Alfred-style stand-off...

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the latest trailer for "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 

  • "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
  • "The Snows of Kilimanjaro"
  • "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate"
  • "The Winner"

[?]

Closing Segment: Discussing "Frankenweenie," Tim Burton's recent filmography, and animated shorts.


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

Intro Music: Mark Morrison, "Return of the Mack"
Outro Music: Fiery Furnaces, "My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found"

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Episode 20: Travelling Light [London Film Festival; On the Road; The Hunt; Barbara]




EPISODE 20: Travelling Light
[1:21:52]
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It's Episode 20 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've been to London - Pete has returned home but Cal is still in the capital. Audio issues existed but aren't so apparent in our discussions of "On the Road," "Barbara," "Liberal Arts," and "Ruby Sparks." We run down what we've seen at the London Film Festival thus far, featuring a subtitles gaff and a perilously long film about the world of the transgender. And then we let loose on Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt," which proves expectantly controversial...

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: What we've seen at the London Film Festival: "Laurence Anyways," "A Few Hours of Spring," "Beyond the Hills," "I, Anna," "Like Someone In Love" [?]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 

  • "On the Road"
  • "Barbara"
  • "Liberal Arts"
  • "Ruby Sparks"

[?]

Closing Segment: Discussing Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt," the problem with overt subject matters, and interesting performances by Bond villains. 
[?]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

Intro Music: The Clash, "London Calling"
Outro Music: Kylie Minogue, "All The Lovers"

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Episode 19: The Importance of Being Earnest [Taken 2; Perks of Being a Wallflower; Sinister]




EPISODE 19: The Importance of Being Earnest
[1:22:59]
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It's Episode 19 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 review the high school angst in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," and the pains of the aspiring author in horror flick "Sinister." Pete's proposed revenge for last week's "Holy Motors" fell on deaf ears as Cal didn't get around to the daunting-looking "English Vinglish," but Sridevi's return to the cinema gets the 'mood for' treatment nevertheless. There's action abound in Poland's "80 Million," while we debate how much of 'action star' Liam Neeson's particular set of skills works for "Taken 2." Cal teaches Pete a little about American Idol in a discussion of "Sparkle," and some genuine praise of Emma Watson gets quelled by a late podcast faux-pas about the Harry Potter star. Bitchy? Us? Never.

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: A preview of this year's London Film Festival, which we'll both be attending. [5:50 - 13:20]

*Preconception Corner*


Reviews of: 

  • "Taken 2"
  • "Sinister"
  • "Sparkle"
  • "80 Million"
  • "English Vinglish"

[16:30 - 1:01:00]

Closing Segment: Discussing "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and the problem with mis-sold trailers. 
[1:01:10 - 1:17:00]

*Shag, Marry or Kill?*

Intro Music: "English Vinglish" (OST)
Outro Music: David Bowie, "Heroes"

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Episode 18: All That Is Holy [Looper; Untouchable; Holy Motors]




EPISODE 18: All That Is Holy
[1:19:40]
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It's Episode 18 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 begin by concentrating on those countries vying to be alien entrants in America's biggest awards ceremony, as Oscar submissions for Best Foreign Language Film draw to a close. We review two of the contenders: France's "Untouchable" and India's "Barfi!" We count down our favourite films concerning time travel after contemplating Rian Johnson's "Looper," as well as considering how sex and politics are explored in "The Campaign" and "Hysteria." The sinister comes in the form of Brit horror-flick "Berberian Sound Studio," and Leos Carax's horror show masterpiece  controversy "Holy Motors." 
(Sadly our conversation about staying power in the presence of Eva mendes (or Green) happened 2 mins after the recording was stopped. We'll try and get it in next time.)

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Assessing this year's race for the Foreign Film Oscar in the wake of the submission deadline, and reviewing one of the frontrunners, France's "Untouchable." [2:50 - 26:00]

Reviews of: 


  • "Barfi!"
  • "The Campaign"
  • "Hysteria"
  • "Berberian Sound Studio"
  • "Holy Motors"

[26:01 - 54:00]

Closing Segment: Discussing "Looper" and our top three films involving time travel. 
[54:10 - 1:12:40]


Intro Music: Flight Facilities, "Foreign Language"
Outro Music: Alice In Chains, "Don't Follow"

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Episode 17: Playing With Time [Killing Them Softly; Savages; House At The End Of The Street]




EPISODE 17: Playing With Time
[1:19:03]
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It's Episode 17 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 the return of the elder Fanning sister prompts thoughts on cancer films when we discuss the tearjerking "Now Is Good," but don't be surprised if we want it putting out of its misery. It Girl Jennifer Lawrence is back from her Hunger Games triumph with teen thriller "House At The End of the Street," while former It Boy Brad Pitt proves his muscle in adult thriller "Killing Them Softly." This week's arthouse delights come in the form of Brit flick "In The Dark Half" and the mysterious-looking "Samsara," before Oliver Stone's cock waves us a hearty hello in "Savages." All this, and some juicy Oscars and Emmys talk... because awards are Pete's favourite.

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: The week's news: next January's announcement of the Oscar nominations is brought forward, and the announcement of this year's Emmy winners takes place in LA. [1:45 - 15:20]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of: 


  • "Now Is Good"
  • "In the Dark Half"
  • "House At The End Of The Street"
  • "Samsara"
  • "Savages"

[18:10 - 1:00:20]

Closing Segment: Discussing "Killing Them Softly" and our top three films featuring hired assassins. 
[1:00:25 - 1:14:00]


Intro Music: Toddla T, "Take It Back
Outro Music: The Cardigans, "Erase/Rewind"

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Episode 16: Divide & Conquer [Hope Springs; Premium Rush; To Rome with Love]




EPISODE 16: Divide & Conquer
[1:24:25]
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It's Episode 16 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 have six films but have only seen two together: this week's big releases, "Hope Springs" and "Premium Rush." The rest is consigned to reliable snipes at auteurs (Woody Allen and Asghar Farhadi the unlucky victims on this occasion), while we ponder the male posturing in "The Sweeney" and "Dredd 3D." With the Oscars approaching, we take time to discuss the big film coming out of Toronto, "Silver Linings Playbook," and the big film coming out in November, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." 

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the week's news: The Toronto Film Festival ends, and the first trailer of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" debuts. [1:55 - 12:35]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of: 


  • "The Sweeney"
  • "Dredd 3D"
  • "Premium Rush
  • "To Rome with Love"
  • "About Elly"

[16:20 - 59:55]

Closing Segment: Discussing "Hope Springs," responding to listener questions, and pimping a great film we've seen lately. 
[1:00:00 - 1:19:40]


Intro Music: Marina and the Diamonds, "Hollywood"
Outro Music: Iamamiwhoami, "Sever"

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Episode 15: That's My Tolstoy! [Anna Karenina; Lawless; That's My Boy]




EPISODE 15: That's My Tolstoy!
[1:20:38]
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It's Episode 15 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 sticking with last week's freer structure, admitting our filmic peeves before laying the smackdown on some new releases. In theory, that should be easy this week, with Adam Sandler releasing a new movie, but will our review of "That's My Boy" play out quite as expected? The lone foreign language offering is "The Forgiveness of Blood," Joshua Marston's long-awaited sophomore effort, while the core genre material is out in force, with sci-fi represented by spiritual space-tale "Love" and John Hillcoat's latest western "Lawless." Unsurprisingly, the most contentious topic of the week is Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina," which has been likely to ruffle feathers in the Sheppard household for some time. Will this experimental adaptation of a classic novel gain our seal of approval?

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the week's news: Venice announces its festival winners, Toronto commences, and the full trailer of "The Master" is released. [1:40 - 16:05]

Preconception Corner

Reviews of: 


  • "Lawless"
  • "That's My Boy"
  • "Love"
  • "The Forgiveness of Blood"

[16:10 - 53:50]

Closing Segment: Discussing "Anna Karenina," our summation of the week in film, and responding to listener questions.

[53:55 - 1:15:40]


Intro Music: Etta James, "At Last"
Outro Music: Shirley Bassey, "The Performance Of My Life"

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Episode 14: Mixing With The Mainstream [The Possession; The Watch; Total Recall]




EPISODE 14: Mixing With The Mainstream
[1:22:48]
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It's Episode 14 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 lack of arthouse fodder leaves us stuck with middling multiplex fare, in the form of horrors and comedies. There's boysy humour abound in wedding farce "A Few Best Men," and the Sci-fi Ben Stiller-led "The Watch," plus we sample the natural in "The Myth of the American Sleepover" and the supernatural in the Sam Raimi-produced "The Possession." Cal flies solo for the third [REC] instalment, while Pete may regret opting in for "Total Recall." And a new experimental format sees us confess our potential biases towards the week's material, before revealing which of the lineup we'd banish to a fiery furnace.

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the week's news: Oscar category alterations, submissions, and the commencement of the Venice Film Festival []

Preconception Corner & Listener Questions

Reviews of: 


  • "Total Recall"
  • "A Few Best Men"
  • "The Watch"
  • "The Myth of the American Sleepover"
  • [REC]: Genesis

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Closing Segment: Discussing "The Possession" and our summation of the week in film.

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Intro Music: Sia, "You've Changed"
Outro Music: Syreeta, "Harmour Love"

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Episode 13: Identity Crisis [The Imposter; Shadow Dancer; Three Stooges]




EPISODE 13: Identity Crisis
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It's Episode 13 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. Nothing's what it seems this week, as we tackle two documentaries about deceit, "The Imposter" and Orson Welles' re-released "F for Fake." We're stopping in at Iran for "Circumstance," a dose of teen lesbian angst, while we assess how well Andrea Riseborough struggles with moral conscience in James Marsh's "Shadow Dancer." "Passion," the danger-filled new trailer from trash master Brian De Palma, gets the 'mood for' treatment, and the episode's light relief comes in the form of an update of "The Three Stooges."

Discussed on the podcast: 

Opening Segment: Discussing the trailer for Brian De Palma's new film "Passion." [1:40-13:25]

Reviews of: 


  • "Shadow Dancer"
  • "The Three Stooges"
  • "Circumstance"
  • "F for Fake

[13:35-49:20]

Closing Segment: Discussing "The Imposter" and our top three documentaries of all time.

[49:30-1:19:55]


Intro Music: Chris Isaak, "Wicked Games"
Outro Music: Radiohead, "Nude"