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Top Ten podcasts for movie lovers

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Podcasts are generally free, wildly entertaining and there are a huge number just about film.  Here’s my pick of the 10 best.

OFF WHITE PODCAST

Dino-Ray Ramos and a panel of minority film aficionados (often joined by a token white straight guy) participate in lively debates on the depiction of race and diversity in the media. The podcast discusses everything from film to television to pop culture and is balanced perfectly with personal anecdotes and cutting criticism in both 20 minute bites and hour long discussions.

THE DIRECTOR’S CUT – A DGA PODCAST

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Run by the Director’s Guild of America, The Director’s Cut is a series of behind the scenes stories and interviews with the brains behind some of today’s most exciting films, both independent and commercial. The episodes sometimes contain spoilers so are best used to accompany films right after a viewing. Check it out when awards season approaches for great digests on all nominated films.

FIGHTING IN THE WAR ROOM

Fighting In the War Room is hosted by a talented panel of critics, including Indiewire writer David Ehrlich, who discuss the latest in film, television and all related news. The podcast is bi-weekly so it’s great for cinephiles who can’t wait a week for their next fix and is one of the longer podcasts on this list, with most episodes clocking in around the one hour mark.

I WAS THERE TOO

From Earwolf comes I Was There Too, the perfect podcast for cinephiles who can’t get enough of Hollywood history. Every week, Matt Gourley interviews individuals who were present at some of the most exciting and famous moments in film history despite possibly not being known for their contribution to the industry. The show is full of wonderful anecdotes and the one hour episodes fly by.

REPRESENT

This podcast, hosted by Slate’s Aisha Harris, covers a range of topics about the representation of people of color, the LGBTQ+ community and women in film and television. Represent is a great series made up of interviews with some of the leading voices in media representation and is mind opening with every single episode.

HOW DID THIS GET MADE?

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One of the funniest film podcasts around, How Did This Get Made? is hosted by actors Paul Scheer, (The League) June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie) and Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine). The trio is normally joined by a group of their funniest friends to discuss films that are so bad, they’re almost good. It’s laugh out loud whether you’ve seen the film in question or not. Episodes older than six months are archived and only accessible through purchase, so I suggest subscribing and getting the episodes while they’re still fresh.

YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS

Another great podcast for cinema history buffs, You Must Remember This host Karina Longworth explores the hidden and forgotten stories within Hollywood’s past. The show tracks the history of the biggest films, stars and scandals that are seldom remembered today.

THE CANON

Bicycle ThievesCitizen Kane and Vertigo just to name a few films that have made it into the cinematic canon. But what exactly decides if a film is good enough to stand the test of time? Devin Faraci and Amy Nicholson sit down once a week to decide just that, discussing which films deserve to enter the canon and what makes them classics.

THE BUSINESS

Whether you’re a filmmaker or just an avid film lover, The Business is a podcast that suits every aficionado. KCRW brings this great podcast full of lively banter and interviews with some of the biggest names in film to life. Recent guests include Ava Duvernay, Margaret Atwood and Bill Condon with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Kim Masters hosting.

SCRIPTNOTES

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Every screenwriter should be subscribed to Scriptnotes, the most extensive audio education on screenwriting one could want. The podcast is a great archive on discussions on the craft itself as well as the business side of screenwriting such as copyright law and creative rights. Hosted by John August (Big Fish) and Craig Mazin (Scary Movie 3), Scriptnotes perfectly balances education with entertainment.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

BLACK GIRL NERDS

From one of my favorite websites comes this amazing podcast dedicated to promoting nerdiness among Black women and people of colour. The show covers everything from pop culture and comic books to film and television.

ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY

Uploaded online after streaming live on East London Radio, Are You Sitting Comfortably hosts Roo, Scott and Joe cover everything film from new releases, classics and even film scores. This podcast is full of quick, funny stories and great in depth reviews of everything playing at your local cinema.

BLACK MEN CAN’T JUMP IN HOLLYWOOD

In this podcast, hosts Jonathan Braylock, James III, and Jerah Milligan review major Hollywood films with Black lead actors, both current and classic.

DOUBLE TOASTED

Featuring episodes between 20 minutes and a whole three hours (!) Double Toasted is the perfect film review podcast to pick and choose episodes based on current films you either just saw or just missed in cinemas.

DENZEL WASHINGTON IS THE GREATEST ACTOR OF ALL TIME PERIOD

Comedians W. Kamau Bell & Kevin Avery sit down with guests every week to discuss every film starring Denzel Washington (in mostly alphabetical order.)

5 responses to “Top Ten podcasts for movie lovers

  1. Good list, other good ones are Fimspotting and the Slash Filmcast.

    Also, Devin Faraci hasn’t been on The Canon since October 2016 due to some very disturbing behaviour….

  2. For something a little bit different, go MOVIE MAINTENANCE.
    Up and coming writers from Melbourne take movies that need work, and come up with different stories for them. They then pitch this story to the rest of the team.
    Some of the best were their Jaws 5, Dr Strange, and an Avatar sequel that was like Being John Malkovich meets The Player.
    Great stuff!

  3. Agree with Filmspotting, but also like KPCC’s Film Week and what about the King of film podcasts BBC Radio 5 Live Kermode and Mayo’s film review also known as ‘Wittertainment’. There is also the delightful ‘The Cinemile’ from Dave and Cathy, voted the UK’s Best New Podcast in 2017.

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