Here’s a very abridged selection of recently discovered things I shoot into my ears that are shaped like podcasts:
This one is a recent addition, but it’s fast becoming a firm favourite. Film critic Karina Longworth tells tales of old Hollywood. You enjoy that Devin Faraci penned essay in the back of Brubaker and Phillips Fade Out? That’s the kind of story you’re dealing with here. The episode on Frances Farmer is my personal favourite so far, but the opening episode on Kim Novak is heartbreaking and fascinating in equal measure.
This podcast (part of the awesome Radiotopia network) dubs itself ‘movies for your ears’, and that’s a pretty accurate description. Short stories, wonderfully acted. “It’s Your Funeral” was the episode that hooked me.
I listen to a few movie podcasts but this is the one that aligns most with my own personal tastes, I think. They also recently had a 24-centric episode (the only TV show they allow themselves to talk about) featuring the excellent David Brothers, that makes me want to give that show a second chance.
I presume a lot of people already know about this one, but I’m late to the party. Their recent interviews with Ed Brubaker, Kelly Sue DeConnick and JH Williams are all worth your time.
Part of the Nerdist network, this podcast is hosts Matt Gourley and Matt Mira sitting down with a guest or two and discussing every James Bond movie. Personal favourite is the OHMMS episode.
A podcast about the unknown. This show (another from Radiotopia) covers quite a wide range of subjects, but all relate back to that tagline in one way or another. My personal favourite is the episode called “What One Does” about a guy who is currently trying to collect every VHS copy of the movie Speed. A man’s gotta have goals.
This is a relatively new podcast, and the episodes aren’t too lengthy, so this is a good one to give a whirl if time is a factor. This show covers various aspects and issues surrounding crime and criminal behaviour. The episode “Call Your Mom” about a mother/daughter pair who are both coroners is an example of what the show does best – putting a human face on tragedy, and the darker areas of humanity.