Fancy yourself a film buff? You’ll be in your element here.
Podcasts have quickly become one of the biggest forms of entertainment over the past decade. What is such a simple concept, a person or group of people talking about a subject, is now a multi-million dollar industry that’s transfixed people across the world. Whether you’re a true crime fan, enjoy celebrity interviews or just want to better yourself, there’s a podcast for you.
For film fans, podcasts are a great way to learn more about your favourite flicks and actors while on your daily commute. So, if you’re a film nerd and want to know more about the industry, here are seven podcasts you need to hear.
Media mogul Bill Simmons is the founder of The Ringer, one of the leading podcast networks in America, dealing with pop culture and sport. One of the company’s best podcasts is The Rewatchables. Each episode takes a look at a film that, as the title suggests, is rewatchable. A rotating roster of Ringer staff discuss each film using a variety of categories, including Best Quote, Half-Assed Internet Research and the Vincent Hanna “They Knew” award for overacting. Simmons is great at steering the chat towards each category and doesn’t suffer fools. Recent episodes have included special guests including Quentin Tarantino and the Safdie Brothers.
Must-listen episode:The Town with Bill Simmons, Ryen Russillo and Chris Ryan
Serious film nerds will get a kick out of The Canon. Host Amy Nicholson is joined by a different guest each week to discuss a particular noteworthy film and decide whether it deserves a spot in The Canon. Cinematic classics such as Goodfellas and Blade Runner are dissected along with pop culture fodder such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Starship Troopers. Nicholson consistently constructs strong, convincing arguments for each film in her mission to determine whether they make the cut.
Must-listen episode:Point Break with Ander Barker
How Did This Get Made?
Hosted by Paul Scheer (Veep, The Disaster Artist), June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie, New Girl) and Jason Mantzoukas (The House, The League), this eclectic trio bring the laughs as they chat about some of Hollywood’s biggest missteps. Whether taking the piss out of the Fast & Furious franchise, discussing Alyssa Milano’s pants in video game adaptation Double Dragon or talking about the Dolph Lundgren classic Masters of the Universe, each episode takes a light-hearted look at the film industry. The live shows are more raucous and often include special guests – the Randall Park featuring look at Face/Off is particularly tremendous.
Must-listen episode:The Room with Greg Sestero and Steve Heisler
Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period
While you may not agree with this podcast’s mildly-aggressive title, Denzel Washington fans Kevin Avery and W. Kamau Bell make a great case as to why the Training Day star is a once-in-a-generation actor. Each episode sees the comedy duo discussing one of Washington’s films or talking with famous guests who know the man himself. What makes this podcast interesting is the sometimes-serious nature of the discussions, with Avery and Bell often delving into black history, politics and social issues amongst discussing quirky Washington facts and why Virtuosity might be his worst film.
Must-listen episode: Devil In A Blue Dress with Issa Rae
The Qwipster Film Review Podcast
If you want to keep up to date with all the latest film releases and find out what movies are worth seeing on the big screen, look no further than The Qwipster Film Review Podcast. Vince Leo gives comprehensive insights into all the new releases, from box office blockbusters to indie releases and foreign films. Each episode is roughly ten – 20 minutes long, making them perfect for your daily commute.
Must-listen episode:Dragged Across Concrete
With the release of No Time To Die just months away, there’s no better way to get your James Bond fill then with this podcast. Each episode sees 007-loving pair Matt Mira and Matt Gourley take a deep dive into the Bond catalogue with a special guest, chatting about everything from drafting their fantasy Bond team to providing real-time commentaries of each movie. These guys have a lot of fun with their podcast and have managed to make 24 films stretch to over 100 comical episodes.
Must-listen episode:Villain Deaths Ranked
The No Film School Podcast
Aspiring filmmakers take note, The No Film School Podcast will provide you with all the details you need without having to fork out thousands of dollars for film school. An offshoot of the popular No Film School website, this weekly podcast covers all areas of filmmaking, from screenwriting to production to editing. Special guests from the industry offer their advice on this informative and easy to understand podcast.
Must-listen episode:The Ultimate Screenwriting Masterclass With John Fusco And Jon Fusco
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