From the silver screen to your headphones: 6 movie podcasts you need to try.
Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review
Brilliant and highly respected film critic Mark Kermode and radio presenter Simon Mayo tell it like it is on their show on BBC Radio 5 Live. They might be considered harsh, but when the theaters are awash in remakes, reboots, rehashes and redos, if something shines, Kermode and Mayo give the project its due credit. Their interviews with actors and directors are fantastic, and I recommend their podcasts featuring insightful talks with Zachary Quinto and Sir Ben Kingsley. If you’re just getting into film and want to have someone cut a trail for you straight to the things worth watching, you can’t go wrong listening to Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review.
Each week hosts Eric and Levi go through one film in a chosen auteur’s filmography. They track the director’s growth behind the camera and cap off each director series by ranking the work from worst to best — the hosts’ personal opinions, keep in mind, so no angry tweets, OK? Direct stands out among movie podcasts because, while the hosts are clearly movie fanatics, their positive attitudes and fun banter keep the show light — there’s no arguing or know-it-all showboating on Direct. Before long you’ll be finding yourself checking out the movies they’ve talked about, looking for the fun details you never would’ve thought to notice. If you want to catch up, Direct has covered the careers of Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, Guillermo del Toro David Fincher and more.
We Hate Movies
Ever get together with a few buddies and watch a terrible movie on purpose just to make fun of it? Well, with We Hate Movies’ hosts Andrew Jupin, Eric Szyszka, Stephen Sajdak and Chris Cabin, you can save yourself the Amazon rental fees and just listen to this hilarious group of guys tear down the likes of Hard Target, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and Face/Off (among my personal favorite episodes), as well as give hilarious impressions of Jim Belushi and Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Do yourself a favor and go grab yourself a tall glass of water, kick back and give the spectacularly funny We Hate Movies gang a listen.
The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith
Jeff Goldsmith, a highly talented interviewer, asks directors, actors and writers brilliant questions and really gets his guests talking about their chosen field and craft. With guests like Alex Garland (28 Days, Ex Machina), Max Landis (American Ultra) and M. Night Shyamalan (Sixth Sense), Goldsmith gets straight to the heart of the creatives’ passions and working processes. If you’re considering a career in filmmaking or screenplay writing, or if you just love movies, The Q&A is definitely worth your time.
Kefin’s friend Sam didn’t grow up like most of us. He was not fully submerged in pop culture and never saw many of the popular movies we can probably all recite by heart. But Kefin is here to fix that by showing Sam what he’s missed and then getting Sam’s opinion of the cinema classics that are brand-new to him. The pair of friends make this podcast shine with incredibly funny banter. It’s also a fascinating study to hear reactions from someone who didn’t see the likes of Star Wars, The Shining, Alien or Back to the Future in their heyday. It’s interesting to hear someone who knows the spoof version of the popular franchises because of The Simpsons and South Park and to hear Sam say how the references, in retrospect, now make much more sense. It’s almost surreal for people like us who grew up entrenched in the catchphrases and set pieces and characters Sam has no frame of reference for. All of the show’s episodes are highly recommended, but particular Cinema Swirl gems include coverage of The Big Lebowski, Jaws and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.
How Did This Get Made?
Now entering its seventh year, How Did This Get Made? shows no signs of running out of terrible movies to rip to shreds. Every two weeks hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas release another hilarious tear-down of what dreck Hollywood hath wrought. The three hosts, with an additional guest host, always have a great time. Some of the films they’ve covered (and promptly eviscerated) include The Room, Zardoz and the sci-fi exercise in masochism that is Jupiter Ascending. The trio also have live episodes (Steel, Xanadu) and interviews with industry legends — their talk with Mel Brooks really stands out.
Which movie podcasts would you add to the list?