Published April 4, 2018 as the first entry in a monthly series I manage at ZekeFilm.org.
3 Film Podcasts to Add to Your Queue
You love movies? What a coincidence! So do we, and there’s an explosion of awesomeness happening in the world of film. The twist? It’s not all on the screen.
More and more film critics, filmmakers, and film enthusiasts are making their mark on the world of podcasting, and we don’t want you to miss anything you can learn, laugh at, and love through your headphones.
Each month, ZekeFilm is recommending three new podcasts in these categories:
- Behind the Scenes: Film history and interviews
- Arts & Criticism: The craft of filmmaking and storytelling
- Just for Fun: Anything else you’ll love, maybe focused on a niche topic or full of jokes for movie buffs
We’ll tell you why these shows are awesome and where to start. Plus, we’re taking recommendations! If you love a podcast you think we should feature, read to the bottom to see how you can suggest entries for next month. Happy listening!
Behind the Scenes: The Director’s Cut – A Director’s Guild of America Podcast
Did you ever want to ever listen in on a conversation between Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg? Hear Superman director Richard Donner pass the baton to Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins? What each batch of directing Oscars nominees want to say to each other? You can with The Director’s Cut.
Each episode is a conversation between at least two directors about the latest big-budget blockbuster, awards season favorite, or fresh indie. Because it’s one director interviewing another, we don’t have to sit through hackneyed questions like, “What was your favorite part?” The conversations cover everything from camera angles and filming techniques to the story’s inspiration and the director’s history. With most episodes under an hour, these go deep without any fluff.
Episodes to Start With:
- Episode 1: Bridge of Spies with Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese (Dec. 2015)
- Episode 46: Fences with Denzel Washington and Bennett Miller (Dec. 2016)
- Episode 77: Wonder Woman with Patty Jenkins and Richard Donner (June 2017)
- Episode 81: Baby Driver with Edgar Wright and Christopher Nolan (July 2017)
- Meet the Nominees Feature Film Symposium (recurring series each year before the Oscars)
Find the full history of episodes and more on the DGA’s website.
Arts & Criticism: ZekeTalk
You don’t think we’d make podcast recommendations without touting our own series of interviews, criticism, and news coverage do you?
Almost every week, our critics are joining forces—sometimes with authors, speakers, and outside critics—to dig into new releases that deserve longer conversations, analyze trends in TV and film, and predict our awards show winners. Since you’re already loving our written reviews and features (you’re here reading this, aren’t you?), we recommend listening into the conversations we can’t fit into those articles.
Episodes to Start With:
- 2017’S Best of TV and Movies with Mike & Jim (Jan. 2018)
- Reel Theology – The Gospel According to Star Trek with Kevin C. Neece (Jan. 2018)
- The 90th Annual Academy Awards Preview Chat (Feb. 2018)
- Superhero TV & the Arrowverse! (March 2018)
See our full lineup of episodes.
Just for Fun: After the Ending
At the beginning of each episode, Mike Spring and Phil Edwards remind us they’re making the only film podcast that takes you after the ending of your favorite films. As far as I’m concerned, no one else needs to try.
As their title and tagline suggest, this pop culture-savvy duo predicts what happens after the credits roll of the stories and characters we love, starting the day after we leave them all the way to the long-term. Their imaginations take crazy and funny turns in this exercise, often with impressions they’ll be first to admit are terrible. Fortunately for us, they’re to hilarious effect.
And don’t just come for their fortune telling—stay for the interviews, the film history, and the Mighty-Morphing Mini-Feature! After they finish their main task, they interview actors and filmmakers on press junkets, work their way through 100 Years of Hollywood in 100 Episodes (citing their 10 favorite films of each year), and cover additional topics they’re passionate enough to provide humorous and/or thoughtful criticism on. These two are making the closest thing to a film magazine I’d like to read, with even their mini episodes way more fun a year’s worth of Hollywood Reporter issues.
Episodes to Start With:
- Episode 8: Field of Dreams & The Natural (April 2016)
- Episode 13: Top Gun & Monster Squad / Top 10 Films of 1955 / Why Aren’t You More Famous? (May 2016)
- Episode 36: Elf & It’s a Wonderful Life / Top 10 Christmas Movies of the 1990s / Stocking Full of Santas (Dec. 2016)
- Mini Episode 15: Top 5 Batman Movie Scenes / Adam West Tribute (June 2017)
- Episode 74: Inside Man & Citizen Kane / Top 10 Films of 1980 (Jan. 2018)
Find out more about the podcast on Mike Spring’s website.
Back to You!
What film podcasts are you listening to? We’re taking recommendations for next month! Share with us on Twitter or in our Facebook group.
Taylor Blake is a contributor on ZekeFilm, including contributing to the conversations on ZekeTalk. She co-hosts her own podcast, SO IT’S A SHOW?, which analyzes Gilmore Girls pop culture references.