Since the dawn of the medium, people have been using podcasts to talk about movies. Movie buffs make some of the nerdiest and most interesting podcasts out there. The best film podcasts can help you find your next favorite movie or the next so-bad-it’s-good cult hit.
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“Blank Check” is a podcast about filmographies. Actor Griffin Newman and film critic David Sims examine the films of directors who have massive success early on in their careers … as well as the films they made after those successes. Griffin and David both have near-encyclopedic knowledge of the film industry, and they invite you in to learn all about the insider drama behind Hollywood’s biggest successes and bombs. “Blank Check” is effortlessly funny, with ongoing gags like producer Ben Hosley’s growing list of nicknames (Producer Ben, Produer Ben, the Benducer, Our Finest Film Critic and Birthday Benny, to name a few), the quest to spot famous people eating burgers and Griffin’s photographic memory of box office scores. Take a look at their earliest episodes, in which they painstakingly dissect Episodes I-III of Star Wars without acknowledging the original trilogy at all.
Recommended Episodes: The Incredibles with Rebecca Drysdale, The Book of Henry, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with David Ehrlich, Toruk: The First Flight with Rachel Lang, Suicide Squad, The Angst of Anakin Skywalker – Attack of the Podcast
This show from NPR is a podcast staple, and it should be in everyone’s subscription list. “Pop Culture Happy Hour,” hosted by pop culture critic Linda Holmes, is a roundtable discussion of the latest in film, television and beyond. Recurring guests include NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson and comic book critic Glen Wheldon. They are also occasionally joined by other NPR personalities, like Audie Cornish, Kat Chow and Gene Demby. This friendly, biweekly chat session feels more like a club than a podcast, and their film recommendations have never steered me wrong.
On “Black Men Can’t Jump (In Hollywood),” hosts Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan and James III exclusively watch movies with black protagonists. The hosts are all very funny, but as they crack jokes about the movies, they also explore the evolving race problem in Hollywood films. They track the careers of black actors, the kinds of stories that black characters get to tell and the success (or failure) of the resulting films.
There’s nothing that scratches the same itch as watching a very bad movie, and one of the best film podcasts that deals with bad movies is “How Did This Get Made?” Actors and comedians Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas do a deep dive on the worst movies they can possibly find, asking the same question every time: How did this get made?! This celebration of film failures will have you doubled-over with laughter. Stick around for Paul Scheer’s reading of “second opinions” – five-star reviews of the film-of-the-week on Amazon.
Recommended Episodes: 187 Beautiful Creatures (with Erin Whitehead, Kate Hagen), 169 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie: LIVE! (with Jon Lovett), 166 Timecop: LIVE! (with Nick Kroll), 143 Gods of Egypt (with Erin Gibson, Bryan Safi), 80 Jack Frost: LIVE! (with Dan Harmon)
How to explain “The Worst Idea of All Time”? It’s an ongoing nightmare, a shared fever dream. It’s a podcast about movies and suffering. It’s about survival and endurance.
In “The Worst Idea of All Time,” comedians Guy Montgomery and Tim Batt choose a bad movie to watch together. Then they watch that same movie once a week. Every week. For a year. The three movies that they’ve given this treatment to are “Grown Ups 2,” “Sex and the City 2” and “We Are Your Friends.” It might be the worst idea of all time, but it’s one of the best film podcasts.
Recommended Episodes: Dive in wherever you feel safe. I wish I could help you, but I can’t.
“Slate’s Spoiler Specials” is a podcast about films that have just opened in theaters. Unlike other podcasts about new movies, however, “Slate’s Spoiler Specials” does not shy away from spoilers. In fact, it’s all about the spoilers. Critic Dana Stevens hosts a discussion about all of the juiciest parts of the newest movie, from unsuspected twists to after-credits surprises. It’s a great way to spend more time with a movie you loved.
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