With BRWC hitting the double digits I wanted to come up with my Top 10 film podcasts. The trouble is I couldn’t whittle my list down without missing some awesome shows. I subscribe and regularly listen to a ridiculous number of podcasts. Most are film related and some are extremely popular. So instead of fashioning some kind of definitive Top 10 I want to champion some of my favourites that you may not have heard of, with a brief mention up top of some that you probably already have.
Straight off the bat, Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review Show is the show that got me into podcasting. Hell, Sudden Double Deep’s USP comes from an old episode of the Kermode & Mayo show in which a listener emailed in with an odd triple bill of films (Iron Giant, Iron Man and The Iron Lady), which in turn sparked the concept of our podcast.
Soundtracking with Edith Bowman, in which she interviews directors and composers, giving insight into the aural element of filmmaking. It’s a fantastic show that a lover of soundtracks and scores should absolutely get behind.
Now, one podcast that I love, but felt reticent to include in the Top 10 is Skip to the End. A review show that covers both contemporary and retro reviews, the three hosts are insanely entertaining and offer a shining example of what happens when you work hard and persevere at your craft. This show is a thorough recommend but it’s likely, you’ll already know this slice of fried gold!
In no particular order, I want to offer a heads-up of podcasts that I most regularly listen to. These shows cover everything from retro and contemporary reviews to interviews with cast and crew, some specialise in a specific sub-genre while others poke fun at bad films or simply cover the filmography of a dark eyed, 40-year-old heartthrob.
1: Fatal Attractions
A show dedicated to erotic thrillers might not sound like your cup of tea at first, but listening to this awesome foursome re-evaluate some of Hollywood’s weirder efforts is a whole heap of fun. Each week, Matt, Leslie, Amèlie and Paul delve into the seedier end of the cinematic spectrum. The show is insightful, funny and often unearths factual nuggets that make you realise there’s often more to this maligned genre than final reel twists and stunt-cocks!
2: The Franchise
Hosts Daniel and Henry cover film franchises in their entirety, reviewing them over several episodes. As a franchise completest myself, this show is right up my alley, covering the ups and downs, the facts and the fall-out of some of cinema’s greatest, brightest, silliest and most regrettable endeavours. Whether it’s Rocky, Star Wars, Chinatown (yes… there was a sequel), Scream or Mission colon Impossible, there’s a little something for everyone. Although… they still haven’t covered the Madea movies yet!