I am a podcast fanatic. Nine times out of ten when I have my IPod in, I’m listening to people blabber on about a variety of subjects and I find that more interesting than listening to music on most days. Today, I would like to share with you five movie podcasts that I listen to (because I doubt you care as much about professional wrestling or basketball as much as I do). They are not in any particular order, at least I don’t think, and one of them is a technicality entrant. Let’s get this going!
1. /Filmcast (http://www.slashfilmcast.com/)
Hosted by David Chen, Adam Quiggley, and Devindra Hardawar, this is on the fast track to becoming the most well-known movie podcast on the internet. Every week, they have a guest on the show (which range from fellow movie writers to directors like Rian Johnson) and discuss movie news, what they have been watching, and one specific film review. What I like best about this is that they are more attuned to mainstream fare; while a podcast like Filmspotting will devote its time to more independent fare, the /Filmcast will tackle The Losers or How to Train Your Dragon instead. Occasionally, especially on slower days, they will devote time to smaller films, but their commitment to a more mainstream outlook is an asset to their accessibility by hardcore movie buffs and less knowledgeable fans alike. The three have excellent chemistry and dynamic as well, and play off each other like professionals (which they are now I guess). Always worth a listen.
2. Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider (http://moviebs.pdx.fm/)
A newer podcast in its tenth episode (11th probably by the time you read this), it is a weekly one hour show hosted by respected (and mainly online) critics Jeff Bayer and Eric D. Snider (a personal favorite of mine). They go through all the week’s big releases and give their thoughts, and also talk about Portland, OR-related events (which is where they live and where the show is aired on local radio). Now, it’s not anything that breaks the bank, but Bayer and Snider are insanely funny and their humorous takes on things has me laughing more often than not. They also play games during their show, like “Pitch This!” where they think of two actors and their producer gives them a movie genre (without knowing who they picked) and the two have to create a movie plot around it. It’s laid back movie talk at its finest.
3. Doug Loves Movies (http://www.douglovesmovies.com/)
Not updated as frequently as other podcasts, Doug Loves Movies is a recording of a live show comedian Doug Benson (of Super High Me fame) does at UCB Theater in California. It’s half stand-up/half movie related and features some pretty high profile guests (Adam Scott, Thomas Lennon, and a host of comedians have all been on the show, amongst others). Benson’s form of comedy is an acquired taste, but he is pretty knowledgable about film and as long as he isn’t making weed jokes, he can be pretty gut busting. A highlight is “the Leonard Maltin Game”, where he plays name that movie using the Leonard Maltin app on his IPhone with his guests. It lends itself well to some hilarious moments.
4. Geek Out Loud (http://geekoutpodcast.com/)
This is the technicality of the list. Hosted by uber geek Big Honkin’ Steve, the podcast covers everything geek, from comics to television, with a heavy emphasis on Star Wars (films and expanded universe material). While not completely a movie podcast, there are movie discussions involved (again, mainly Star Wars), but he is possibly the funniest podcast host I have ever heard. He’s like the fanboy inside every one us, but more Southern and more jolly. If you are a geek about anything (Star Wars, wrestling, comics, Doctor Who, etc.), this is definitely worth a listen, but beware; they can be anywhere from 1 hour to 3, depending on the topic.
5. Filmspotting (http://www.filmspotting.net)
I brought up Filmspotting earlier when talking about the /Filmcast, and it deserves mention again; Filmspotting is one of the more professional and “serious” film podcasts out there. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Matty Robinson (and sometimes featuring former host Sam Van Hultgren, who I miss), it’s a show that is designed for more serious film fans. The ones that went to film school or the ones that are more in tune with Kubrick than Emmerich will get a kick out of this. I like it because it presents a different view on film for me and discusses movies that I would have otherwise never paid attention to. I also dig their weekly segment “Massacre Theater”, a contest they run where they re-enact a scene from a movie (accents and all) and the listeners have to guess which one. Although I tend to disagree with some of their opinions, it’s nice to hit the other end of the spectrum from time to time.
In Memorium: Scene/Unseen Movie Reviews (http://www.sceneunseenpodcast.com/)
I can’t complete a movie podcast list without including Scene/Unseen Movie Reviews, a podcast that finished up December of last year. It was a unique premise, where one host would see the movie (Chris), the other wouldn’t (Jimmy), and they’d discuss the film both quality-wise and marketing-wise. They were absolutely hilarious and their passion bled right through, and their recommendations were something I’d always take into consideration (others aren’t so “lucky”). My IPod is empty without them, and someday I hope they return to show hosting duties (I hope they haven’t already or I’m gonna look like an idiot).
Agree? Disagree? Did I miss one? Feel free to comment below! Any suggestions are welcome, I always welcome new listening material.