Listen up, film fans! Actor & comedian Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson want your advice as they make the ultimate list of the greatest movies of all time. In Season 1, they watched every one of the AFI’s Top 100 films...and decided they could kick off half. Now, they're filling in the gaps by investigating wildly diverse areas of film through miniseries on topics like horror movies, documentaries and romantic comedies, with help from listeners' picks. Along the way, they’ll dissect...
Release date: 2023-03-17
1. Amy makes this unlistenable - update: Amy is just as grating as ever. Her rants about John Wick are unlistenable. This podcast has potential but I find Amy’s contributions to be distracting if not detracting from the experience. I can’t seem to finish an episode. Most recently I tried listening to the Jurassic park episode and her takes were just ridiculous. “Safety is overrated” “it’s ok to die in an amusement park because it’s fun!”. Amy is very narrow in her arguments and seems incapable of having nuanced discussions.
2. Blue Velvet - I watched Blue Velvet several months ago or maybe sometime during the pandemic, I can’t remember—time is ruined! But I’m still thinking about this movie months after watching it and decided to look for a movie pod that could articulate what it is about this film that makes it feel so impactful. The episode was super insightful and interesting. I’m a new fan! Great episode! Thank you!
3. Learned so much - I’m assuming people are complaining about this podcast because it acknowledges issues issues like feminism, racism, sexism structural inequality, power dynamics and other concepts that Upset the Public despite the fact they are often critical to a director and writer’s vision and central to the plot. Some might say this is what defines a good film from a great one, but this is also Upsetting to the Public. As for myself, I love this podcast and the length is really suitable for running, taking a long walk, or when you’re trapped on a long haul flight. I’ve also learned a lot! Hope they keep going and would love to see some more world cinema at some point because I am selfish and want to learn more about non western directors.
4. Good but not woke enough - This podcast is quite enjoyable to listen to. I like the deep dive analysis and the fun discussion between the two hosts. I would give this stars if the male host would stop being so not woke enough. It's a film podcast but he feels the need to in constantly inject his not far left enough ideology onto movies. Let's keep the conversation around movies and not your smug, rich, California viewpoints.
5. Wise Up - Thank you for discussing the very complex movie that is Crash.
A few points: Although it’s not a movie that makes it’s point well, it does make a points. ) Systemic racism will always be a cycle. The imagery of the cars crashing, the first scene and the last, alludes to the inevitable force of racism and how it rear ends you.
You don’t see it coming but it makes a huge impact. ) Aimee Mann does sing Wise Up which is an absolute call for action. So Amy, I know you want to give this movie the credit of being ambiguous, but the song is literally telling you to take notice. ) Paul- I agree this isn’t an allegory but it is a fable. A heighten story that captures the hypocrisy of racism and the consequences. We the viewers see the excess of racism but these characters are only aware of an instant. A micro aggression that goes too far.
6. Great podcast - This is a really great podcast if you enjoy movies and movie criticism. Really insightful with fun conversations about movies and pop culture. They make some really awesome movie choices so they are always talking about something different than just the latest blockbuster. While I don’t always agree with Amy or Paul’s opinions on movies, I always enjoy their differing perspectives. They are a delight. From my review of some of the other reviews on here, I guess this podcast isn’t going to be your thing if you are some poor MAGA incel. But who knows, maybe this will convert you. Good luck and may the force be with you.
7. True masters of culture and class - So…. I listen to a healthy amount of podcasts. I decidedly do NOT tend to rate and/or review. (I know, I know, I am the lowliest of low-lifes) I’ve been a faithful follower of HDTGM since around . This past decade of fighting cancer has been so much more enjoyable thanks to the likes of the Howdies and the sister-pod- UNSPOOLED. Specifically, I’m going to have to call out Mr. Paul-Tall-John Sheer. As if opining on LOST in a succinct, favorable, and ahem correct way wasn’t enough… you were also able to make one of the best critical analysis of The Last Jedi I’ve had the pleasure of hearing (and sharing for each). These stars are so well deserved, I’m sincerely considering creating a ghost Gmail account to give yous all even more kudos!
A sincere thank you, for all the hours of entertainment
8. Fun but obnoxious? - I love the insight and deep dives into different films. The conversation is usually pretty awesome and I always learn something. That being said, sometimes the hosts overuse a socio-political lens and insert meaning into things where there probably isn’t any. I do love the show, but it seems as though there’s a strange strain of pretentious condescension that I don’t really like. Both Amy and Paul occasionally make statements that imply or infer that audience members who do not agree with them or their opinions are either ignorant or just bad people. Additionally, both tend to look down on the sort of “middle America” viewers in a lot of ways. Its pretty patronizing.
Few shows are as beloved as the HBO Original Series The Wire. In honor of its 20th anniversary, HBO is releasing a brand new podcast hosted by musician and actor Method Man and featuring revealing interviews with the show’s most memorable voices. Over eight episodes, the podcast will look back at David Simon’s sprawling five-season drama and unpack its complex themes, cultural influence, and ongoing legacy. The Wire at 20 podcast is produced by HBO and Campside Media. Stream all five se...
Release date: 2022-07-21
1. Overjoyed! - I was just so thrilled when I saw that this podcast was up. I have watched all seasons of The Wire at least times, and I love the interviews with the actors and creators behind the scenes. I love to hear all of the stories about what was going on during filming. I love to hear about how the series got started and about the message it was trying to convey of the culture and the struggles of Baltimore. I’m a fan of Homicide, and We Own This City, painting a clear picture of decades of life on the streets of Baltimore. Thank you for this podcast! Will recommend it to all of my friends who are fans of the show!
2. Wow! - This whole show was awesome. One of my best friends who passed away awhile ago introduced me to the Wire on the premiere of season for a watch party, in the hood. Afterwards, i skipped the entire week of classes and watched every episode so that I would be caught up on the story. JY was one of my best friends, he put me on this show and I want the following (hopefully) true story to live on forever: JY was running lights for a jam band at a festival that also had the WuTang Clan on the bill. He’s backstage loading equipment after their set, when “Cheese” arrives. JY walks up to Meth, and just says “Why you gotta do Prop-Joe like that?”
Meth laughed, and invited JY to the WuTang compound. Crazy story, but it’s why I still love this show and remember him for crazy stories like this. Love you Homie! RIP JCY
3. A celebration - Insights from the producers, directors and some of the cast are of the sort that a Wire fanatic craves. Tales of the camaraderie and respect between cast members are also heartwarming and often pretty amusing. Meth’s hosting can be a little contrived but he otherwise navigates the varied themes and interviews of the series well. The biggest surprise is that Idris Elba’s swoll head is able to fit down the dodgy phone line he uses.
4. Best th Anny Wire Podcast - This is a great podcast about the series. Better than the others celebrating the th anniversary of the show. I didn’t realize Method Man was this good at the whole podcasting game, either. There have been a lot of tidbits about the show I first heard here. You sort of see a lot of the characters/actors for who they are, specifically the stories about Michael K. Williams are best. Wendell Pierce, Clarke Peters and Andre Royo also seem like solid people and good storytellers about the show, probably the better ones in the podcast series. I’m looking forward to the last few episodes of the series as they are going to be good.
5. The podcast that I didn’t know I needed! - The Wire is the only drama that I return to over and over again. I knew first episode that The Wire was different. Now I am gonna go back and watch The Wire again. You always see something different when you rewatch the series. I am excited about the podcast as I am a poddie from way back this podcast fills a void.
6. Years!!! - I was a community based advocate in Baltimore for years from Cherry Hill to Edmondson Village to Highlandtown literally every neighborhood in the city then a middle school teacher for years at Highlandtown Middle School until . This is by far the most realistic/best show to ever be produced. Everything is REAL. Love that Cheese is the host of this podcast and appreciate the guests and commentary from David Simon and Ed Burns. Can watch this show over and over.
For our fourth season, we're bringing you the story of Pam Grier as only she can tell it. Her overnight stardom, her iconic roles, her fights against the system. It’s a story of bravery, both onscreen and off. It’s a story about race in Hollywood and race in America. And it’s a story about how real life is a lot messier than the movies. Pam Grier joins host Ben Mankiewicz for the new season of The Plot Thickens, starting October 25.
Release date: 2023-01-24
1. Amazing Podcast! - Thanks again TCM! I devour all the wonderful content they provide. I have to say I agree with Quentin Tarantino “All Hail Queen Pam Grier”. I can’t tell you what joy it brought me to hear this beautiful soul greet Ben In her barn with music playing after all she has been through. Thank you Ben for so much knowledge. God bless you Queen Pam !!
2. Best Season! - I have listened to all of the seasons since the beginning and I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. The Pam Grier season has been my favorite so far. I love the interviews and the background information given in all of the seasons. Keep up the good work and I am looking forward to the next season.
3. My favorite podcast ever! - While I’ve listened to all seasons of The Plot Thickens, I didn’t have as much initial interest in the Pam Grier story. So it took me a few months to get to this one. My apologies. Not only is this the best of The Plot Thickens but it’s by far my favorite podcast of all time. . Her journey is incredible. She’s the real life Zelig or Forest Gump in the way that she was part of and present at seminal times in popular culture. Fellini, John Lennon, Freddie Prinze, Gloria Steinem, Richard Pryor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,Jimi Hendrix, and Sly Stallone to name but a few. . The story is told beautifully. Ben Mankiewicz who has the DNA to understand all things Movies, has been a great host from the start but he’s grown into a pro at the top of his games. His gentle yet probing questions and his ability to put different eras into their proper context is extraordinary. . The production team has outdone themselves and are now the benchmark by which I will measure all others. The sounds, the placement of the interview inserts and the pacing are unparalleled. . The discussion of blaxploitation movies and it’s resonance in the black and white communities is thoughtful, honest and as complicated as indeed it is. The bonus episode with Jacqueline Stewart is absolutely as good as taking film classes at UCLA which I actually did. . Quentin Tarantino’s interview is the frosting on an already delicious cake. His joyful fanboy admiration of Pam is balanced by his nuanced evaluation of her as an actor and a figure of popular imagination. . But in the end it’s Pam herself who is the biggest revelation. After hours , I just wanted more. So I watched Jackie Brown last night and will watch Coffey before the week is out. Kudos to all! Bravo!! Encore!!! Thank you
4. Anthological Artist Portrait Podcasting Perfection - This show is a podcasting gold standard on every level: fascinating subject, prestige media-level production, digestibly-sized episodes, a host who understands the job, and shockingly few/brief advertisements. Pam Grier‘s has lived an extraordinary life and has extraordinary stories to share across her career and her general perspective on the human experience. Thank you to all involved in this program.
5. Important Time Capsule of film History - What a life Pam Grier has led! Not just her movie life, but her personal life as well. From becoming the first female action star, to having a relationship with the world’s most famous basketball star and the world’s most famous comedian. What a fascinating life. Her life is a movie in itself… but who would play Pam Grier? I’m guessing only Pam Grier could. A terrific podcast! Kudos to Pam for being so open about sharing her life story. It probably wasn’t easy to talk about hard stuff. Just a great story all around. Thanks for sharing.
6. Wonderful insight into the great Pam Grier and that period of the US & Hollywood - Terrific !!!! I loved hearing Pam Grier telling her stories of her life and how she took chances to change her life. Fearless woman with great humanity and super intelligent.
Show is produced very well and has a smooth, deliberate rhythm which is a pleasure.
Ben is great, as always, as are the many different people brought on to give context or different points of view on that period and the various complexities of the US in those days and after. I have three sons and have urged them and friends to follow the podcast .
Thanks- Tomas Arana
7. Pam Grier - I’ve enjoyed most of the previous seasons, but this one is outstanding. The idea to include her in the series was brilliant. A story that needed to be told. Ben’s interview style was easy enough so that you can hear Ms. Grier’s comfort level growing. She is sharing some of her most intimate experiences. Gotta go…buying her book now.
8. So Good! - This is my favorite podcast of all time! So interesting and perfectly edited. I was engaged the entire time for all three stories, but really loved the Lucy episodes. It’s hard to wait for the new one each week! Whoo hoooo Pam Grier!!!! My only complaint is the episodes are far too short! I wish they were longer.
Welcome horror fans! The Evolution of Horror is a weekly movie discussion podcast that covers the history of horror cinema, one sub-genre at a time. From Universal Monsters to 80s slashers, from Alfred Hitchcock to Jordan Peele, we've got it covered! Each week, host Mike Muncer is joined by a different guest from the world of horror to discuss a movie in depth and its place in horror history.
Release date: 2023-03-13
1. Great - I started at the beginning and am only on season so I have a lot of listening to do still. I am a relatively new horror fan and this show has just made me a bigger one. I do not take their advice and watch the movies first. I really enjoy the story telling and break down of the movies. If I really love a film after listening I add it to my watch list on Letterboxd. I occasionally feel a bit left out or confused being an American listening to a British show but I quite enjoy it.
2. Best horror podcast - I want to thank the hard work of Mike and his great guest to provide such a thorough analysis of a variety of horror genres. The history of each is done with an such passion and attention to detail that any horror fan can appreciate. You have provided us all a detailed list of the evolution of these genres that we can always go back to to see how each has evolved. Thanks for all the great horror movies your podcast has exposed me and keep up the good work.
3. I’ll never see Barbarian now…thanks… - I wish your podcast would come with a trigger warning. I was looking for a film to watch on Halloween and your podcast said see Barbarian without knowing anything about it. Glad I used my own red flags to listen on. Your podcast shouldn’t recommend seeing a movie blind if it contains sexual assault and its aftermath to, let me put it bluntly, most women. It’s great that some entitled white guy can make a movie about it and ask women if it is “good”, yikes. I am sure female directors with the same idea probably would never get it made, while they try to navigate the horrors of being a women in film. Plus, why not film in Detroit all the way through? Why not support Michiganders? I feel bad when shows like Ash vs The Evil Dead and the like suggest Michigan love, but don’t film there. Plus, making Detroit a horrible place to live…why not give people jobs to balance this stereotype…sadly, I will probably never watch this. It bothers me on so many ends, and not the reasons the movie wants me to be bothered by. I like your podcast besides this. Seems a bit heavy on the slashers but I have been liking the folk horror and vampire bits. Just being a female film maker in Michigan…sigh…Barbarian rubs me seriously the wrong way and I haven’t even seen it. I was going to give you three stars instead of my original five just because it seems like you need more female directors on. Like have Rose Glass on or maybe Jennifer Kent if you can get her. Or Lisa Hammer. Or Dame Darcy, etc. Ugh, rape babies. Make them into monsters…it just seems like it would really upset a person who was a product of rape. I keep listening to this podcast anyway…I am a masochist, I guess.
4. A Gem, Glad I Found It - Chose this from several results from a Google search looking for a horror movie podcast and I'm glad I did. I haven't listened to the most recent episodes yet, but having sampled a few dozen, the host is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject matter and it shows in every episode. This is extremely important as nearly all of the podcasts run well over an hour. There are a wide variety of guests throughout the podcasts. They are also very knowledgeable and, equally as important, the interactions between host and guest are engaging and informative. This podcast has re-energized my interest in horror movies by providing enough information to enable me to decide whether to watch, re-watch, or avoid a particular film. I should also add that the sound quality of the podcasts is superb and the organization of the episodes, mostly by subgenre, is effective. Why only four stars? In some of the episodes the frequency of profanity is annoying. I get that occasionally it can be used for emphasis but in a few (not by any means all or even most) episodes the frequency renders the emphasis ineffective. Hope my final comment doesn't negate my overall enthusiastic endorsement of thie podcast. It is really, really good!
5. Best Horror Film Podcast - This is hands-down the best horror podcast I’ve listened to, and my favorite podcast overall. Whether you are a horror nerd or casual fan, there’s something here for you. I frequently find myself jotting down notes on films that I’ve somehow missed for future viewing. If you read Rick Worland’s book, “The Horror Film: An Introduction”, and listen to all episodes of this podcast, you’ll have a pretty thorough grounding in this genre.
6. The Quintessential Horror Film Podcast - Whether you have loved horror since you were just a kid, sneaking late night viewings on cable or huddled with friends after the cool parent rented you something transgressive and frightening; or you’re just starting to appreciate the genre as an adult, this podcast is for you. Covering an enormous library of horror classics and lesser known gems, Mike and his diverse group of lovely guests celebrate these films through thoughtful research and comparative analysis, personal fandom, and historical context. The hosts are lively and pleasant, even when discussing the most unpleasant of things. For horror fans brushing up on previous movie blind spots, rewatching their all-time favorites, and learning new facets about this fascinating and important niche of art and pop-culture, this is the only podcast you’ll need.
7. An Insightful Journey into a Maligned Genre - I have never been a fan of horror, but this podcast has done an excellent job of opening up my mind to what the genre offers and how it has changed throughout the years. A fantastic podcast filled with passion and insight. Would highly recommend it to anyone curious about horror, but has always been a little to scared to dive in head first.
8. Fantastic! - I am so happy to have found Evolution of Horror. I love the genre and appreciate the in depth discussions with interesting people that you’d want to spend hours with, dissecting things like The Shining or the vampire myth. I have been recommending it to people ever since I found it and am so happy to have several seasons to listen to. Really fantastic!
An ongoing series of specially produced histories, bringing to life the stories and secrets that shaped cinema. @moviehistories secrethistoryofhollywood.com www.patreon.com/attaboysecret
Release date: 2023-03-20
1. Wonderful -Cary - Just came across this podcast. Throughly enjoyed it. Definitely a lot work went into it. Well researched and keeps my attention. Will there be a continuation of the Cary series? Seemed to stop right after he did Penny Serenade film and his involvement with Barbara Hutton. There hasn’t been an update for several months. I’m sure they take a lot of time to produce. I greatly appreciate the effort. But, I wonder when/if there will be a new episode. Thank you.
2. A Must Listen - This is hands down one of my favorite podcasts. The stories of old Hollywood are great, and the amount of research and care that goes into production is incredible. But you don’t even need to be that interested in Hollywood - the podcast is worth your time just for the sheer joy of listening to top notch storytelling.
3. Amazing Listening! - Late to the party, I just recently discovered podcasts and ecstatically stumbled upon this superlative series. Run, don’t walk to listen. Adam Roche is a self-taught wunderkind. A voice to die for, a captivating story teller, a stellar researcher…and his audio editing is as professional as you can get. I listen while I’m hiking and can’t wait to get on the trail to pick up where I left off. Support this extraordinary talent!
4. - How Can I Turn My Star Rating Up To A Six? Adams Roche must be a mesmerist. Also, just look at his blonde hair and dark framed glasses, he’s a veritable Michael Cain. I’ve been waiting, with what seems like forever for Part of Cary Grant. It does my disappointment. I am completely under his spell. If his warm buttery smooth voice hasn’t melted you into a greasy puddle, “You’re a bigger man than I , Gunga Din.” Meanwhile, I must acknowledge my admiration for his Val Lewton Hidden Hollywood podcast. So evocative. He bring to life Mr Lewton’s vaunted contribution Hollywood’s orphan genre of the horror movie. Of his producing credits, I’ve seen nine. Five to go. It is hard to say which his best. How can you choose? Is Cat People is better than Ghost Ship, I Walked with a Zombie or Bedlam? It is very sad that his career was cut short by the machinations of Hollywood and spurious claims of plagiarism. We lost a genius and a visionary. Is is sad that he isn’t bettered remembered.
5. The best podcast ever! - I just stumbled across this podcast and have only listened to season about the Warner Brothers/ Jimmy Cagney. I listen to a lot of podcasts but I must say this is the best one ever! I love the narrator! And the writing too. It is so incredibly interesting and entertaining. I’m going back now to listen to the st seasons and I can’t wait!
6. Best storytelling to be found anywhere - I love classic movies, but whether you do or not, the breadth and depth of stories make the podcast captivating for everyone. They are moving, fascinating, funny, sometimes jaw-dropping. I heartily recommend the podcast, without reservation or fear of reprisal, to every single human being.
7. Great Podcast - I love cinema and all films including their history and how they got made. This podcast is right up my alley. But the storytelling is so good I believe someone whose never thought about classic cinema would be swept up in the storytelling. Everything else in my life has taken a backseat until I’ve finished every episode much to the chagrin of my family. Can’t wait for the next one!
8. Few years listener - Quality show Beyond quality, Listen here for a few years now love the early series loved the last two series. But it’s starting to get Obnoxious with the teases, I get it you have a pay wall I get that you need to make make money this is a full time job. But every time I see something new I think it’s a new episode and it’s a trailer for a new series on the pay wall, ok it’s really starting to get Obnoxious the point of the patreon is giving people bonus content. To purposely keep withholding a sequel episode that your “Associate producers” got to listen to last year is just obnoxious honestly by the time the episode drops what’s the point why bother having this feed if all you are doing is putting out teases?
When you spend all day in a studio shooting a YouTube series about drinking, things can run off the rails in a hurry, and carefully managing that chaos is vital if you’re going to make a show like How to Drink, and that’s what Greg & Meredith have done for years. Here at Midnight Local we give into that chaos and let the rails be damned. These are the conversations that make you pause the movie because it just can't wait. Things like how the Hays Code destroyed cinema from 1934 - 1968, why D...
Release date: 2023-03-20
Movie news, television news, discussion, and analysis from the writers at slashfilm.com.
Release date: 2023-03-22
1. Ryan’s the Best! - I’ve been listening to this podcast for a couple of years now, and I can confidently say that I love the addition of Ryan Scott to the regular lineup. I held off on reviewing for a few months to make sure my opinions were solid, but this guy really has it down. I love his perspectives and his presence being the microphone, and I love the box-office/business focus he brings to the show. He handles the audio medium extremely well and I look forward to hopefully hearing Peter introduce him in every intro to the podcast!
2. Still good, but not a must listen anymore - The show used to be an everyday staple, where I could look forward to half an hour to an hour of content with a roundtable of fun hosts. Nowadays, it's maybe days a week if we're lucky, one of the days usually taken up by a recap of a Disney show (Star Wars, MCU, normally). But I watched those shows so that wasn't an issue. They've also now gotten into ads, which really sours the experience. I know the purpose of ads and revenue, but why now? After years of doing this ad free, why do it now when the show is inconsistent at best? It's a huge turn off. Brad, Ben and newer host Ryan are all great! Love listening to them (go check out Brad's other podcast, "Go Flix Yourself," cause it's great). Everyone else, meh. Miss you, HT!
3. Good weekly news. Inconsistent audio quality. - I listen and enjoy each of the episodes however it annoys me about the inconsistent audio from episode to episode. Some episodes you can hear each speaker well and others sound poor and not edited properly. I wish that every episode would go through a post audio editing process to make sure each person’s audio is loud enough and doesn’t sound like a poorly recorded zoom conversation. Please make sure each guest microphone volume is consistent. My only other complaint is some of the host are a little too grumpy about movies that they don’t like. I come to this podcast to learn about what’s new in film, not about someone’s cranky, dislike for specific films.
4. My go to for TV and Movie updates - I am surprised they have only episodes I feel like I have been listening forever. I follow for the updates and recaps of shows I watch and also for suggestions of new shows. I think I started with Mandolorian. They brought on guests who know their Star Wars cannon unlike me. I like the format of quick news segments or longer show recaps.
5. Shallow Analysis - Review of She-Hulk episode : Two dudes declaring the show just isn’t quite good enough, not funny enough, not of high enough quality… and never once discussing the clear feminist messages from the episode about women in the workplace. Literally, they didn’t even ONCE mention the sharp critique of double-standards and how women have to work x as hard to get ahead in professional environments. The level of criticism on this show has diminished over the years, and this latest hit rock bottom.
6. Addictive Content! - Didn’t know I liked this type of content or even needed a podcast like this but boy was I wrong! I look forward to all the episodes each week and everyone on this show has a great chemistry and unique takes whether that goes with or against popular opinion! Do yourself a favor and listen to this podcast!
7. Very sad - I’ve listened to this show for years. It was a staple of mine everyday before the pandemic. A haven away from the hectic day, a space to crawl into and listen to some great revelations about film and entertainment news. Since the pandemic it has just fallen apart week after week. It’s sad that there hasn’t been a return to normal for a perfectly good podcast. I guess I was the only one listening. They used to have a solid, regular team of around a half dozen people contributing to a half hour to an hour podcast every day. The water coolers were never to be missed. They were well over an hour long with an energy and fervor from the entire cast that set the entire tone for your week. There were year end events of their favorite films and moments that went on for hours. There is still plenty of stuff to talk about. They’ve simply given up on all of that and abandoned the show to a dismal minutes daily if we’re lucky with one or two contributors that you hardly recognize. As a matter of fact, they’ve now solely abandoned the show into the hands of someone who we have little or no recognition and with little experience running a show by himself it seems. I’m just going to have to stop putting myself through the torment of trying to gleam quality content from this podcast. Very sad.
8. Great Scott! - I’m not one to ever leave a review anywhere..or has great writing skills like you all. I love the podcast and have been listening for the past few years. Seriously all make my week! You’re Rogue’s gallery of writers and podcasters are phenomenal. Just wanted to say that Ryan Scott has been an amazing addition to the podcast with his analytical style along with his true love with movies. Need to hear him with Chris..would make for great banter. Keep up the great work to you all!
Join your friends Bob Mackey and Henry Gilbert for a chronological and cromulent exploration of the greatest show ever made! Each week we're joined by funny guests to tackle a different episode of The Simpsons, breaking down every 22 minutes of animated entertainment into an embiggening discussion about Our Favorite Family. Support us directly at https://Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons
Release date: 2023-03-15
1. Get in Touch with Your s Childhood! - Love the research, love how truly inculcated Henry and Bob get into the show and the zeitgeist of the era that housed the best of the Simpsons. I take a break sometimes because on each episode, a host will make a joke that really makes me laugh, but then it will be almost always be repeated as a piggy-back and deflate the original joke into redundancy. Still, both hosts make four hours go by quickly with a lot of Simpsons info you wouldn’t think of otherwise.
2. Ah, infotainment. - Even if you feel like you know everything there is to know about Simpsons, give this a listen. Talking Simpsons has really come into its own over the past couple years to be one of the best podcasts out there. Incredibly informative and impeccably researched (the interview episodes are particularly good). For good and bad, I’m seeing a lot of the show in a new light. I have to recommend subscribing via Patreon to get the equally excellent and well-researched What a Cartoon and What a Cartoon Movie podcasts. Its a little steep at $ a month but very much worth it if you like the main feed stuff.
3. This is a PHENOMENAL show - Okay, so I figured I’d branch out one day and download random podcasts on a whim. This was by far one of the gems I discovered. In depth analysis of the Simpsons, with commentary on the cultural climate the episode was released in, AND audio clips from the actual episode? This show is a slam dunk if you ask me. It was a very welcome and unexpected trip down memory lane. Thanks guys!
4. This was once my favorite podcast, but quality has plummeted - As a massive Simpsons fan, I started listening to this podcast in the very beggining back in , and for years I absolutely loved it. Bob, Henry, and Chris (gone years ago now) were funny and chill, and they talked intelligentally about The Simpsons -- my favorite show. What could be better? It has sadly gone way downhill in the last few years now though. The previously to minute episodes are now regularly pushing HOURS...sometimes they don't even START talking about the episode until nearly an hour in. The time killing is obvious and tedious. They've also fallen way down the rabbit hole of miserable dirtbag leftism in the last few years. You'll find less discussion of The Simpsons than you will endless rants about how the Clintons destroyed America in the s. They claim they're doing so from the left but when the content of your argument is basically indistinguishable from the nightly airing of Fox News, what difference does it make? They also keep having those nihilist pervert losers from Crapo Trap House on. Finally, I was actually interested in them moving beyond the show's "golden years" into the more forgotten and controversial latter seasons of The Simpsons, but the progress of the podcast has slowed to a glacial crawl. We used to get or new episodes a month. Now, with the "audience chat" podcast no one cares about, frequent "bonus" episodes no one cares about, and the CONSTANT mixing of new episodes with looped-back rehashes of classic season eps they've ALREADY COVERED, you sometimes only get one-- ONE!!! -- forward-moving episode in an entire month! It is ridiculous. I know I'm sounding like the world's most bitter hater here, but I genuinely loved this podcast. I didn't miss an episode between and . Now, I'm out and I don't care anymore. It's sad.
5. Great knowledge and research - I have always loved The Simpsons. I watched the “golden years” live, and continue to watch regularly through the magic of DVD. These guys bring a whole new level of knowledge and insight. From different takes on jokes, to delving into references I never got, to producer and writer influence, they are giving me a whole new insight into the show I love. Also, lots of star reviews from people pretending the Simpsons is a politically neutral show. These guys are not leftist extremists. They are level headed, intelligent individuals getting lambasted by bad-faith reviewers.
6. Podcast All Your Woes Aside - I originally discovered Talking Simpsons through Matt McMuscles posting a clip on his YT of Bob and Henry’s sister podcast, What a Cartoon!. The show always begins with everyone introducing themselves with a quick nod to something that appears or is said in the episode that is getting reviewed each time. Then, it is followed up by “This Week in Simpsons’s History” where they look at events that happened at the time of each episode’s release date. Occasionally there is a segment for new staff member and information surrounding the production of each episode. Followed by a lengthy, yet insightful overview of each episode. Let me just say that Bob and Henry have MUCH better show layouts and production values than other Simpsons podcasts such as Four Finger Discount, Best Darn Diddly, The Simpsons Show, and Two Bad Neighbors. Compared to Talking Simpsons, all the aforementioned shows can leave town with the Stone of Shame strapped to their necks. Thank you, Talking Simpsons.
7. Decent podcast that is occasionally ruined by its guest hosts - I’ve been listening to this pod since the Laser Time affiliation days, and the new format featuring a different guest every week is a neat idea, as long as they’re interesting. Some guys they bring onto the show are either boring, WAY too chatty (Griffin Newman) or just own crappy quality microphones with unintelligible audio (Nathan Rabin). Most of the time they rarely offer anything to the show other than slowing it down. Recently I listened to a free version of one of their TalKING of the Hill podcast and it was worlds better than what is normally offered by this pod, as it was JUST Bob and Henry. Overall, I still listen pretty often, but some of the guests are SO grating to me.
8. The definitive Simpsons podcast - I’ve been listening to this show for years now and have learned a TON about not only the Simpsons but how the animation industry works from writers room to storyboards to animation studio to broadcast. Bob and Henry provide a lot of context as to where the episodes fit in history and explain jokes and references that problem went over your head. You’ll gain an appreciation listening to episodes about seasons you may not even think are good!
Halloweenies® is a weekly horror franchise podcast. Each season, co-hosts Justin Gerber, Mike Vanderbilt, Dan Caffrey, McKenzie Gerber, and Michael Roffman slice and dice through one iconic series one movie at a time. In the past, they've covered Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Scream, and The Evil Dead. This year? They're hitting Playland Toys for Chucky. As always, there will be tricks, there will be treats, and, yes, there will be blood. Produced by Michael Roffman. Ed...
Release date: 2023-03-17
1. One of the best podcasts period. - Funny, insightful, smart, and like sitting around with your amazing friends talking horror movies. Yeah, your friends are too liberal and half of them went to Florida State, but my goodness you can overlook that for the amazing content they produce. Highly recommended.
2. Pay to play group think - Most of the good episodes are Patreon only. And all these guys have the same opinion. They may as well be clones. They need every horror film to follow the same formula. When a film breaks their rules, they complain. It’s like listening to annoying children. Don’t bother with these morons. It’s just the same old boring banter. Avoid this crap
3. Best horror movie podcast - I learned about Halloweenies from another poscast and am glad i did. I have listened to their take on Halloween and went back to their first podcast.....covering the original Halloween. For me, it is refreshing that they don't swear with every other sentence.... they are articulate and intelligent in their discussions and very entertaining..... you have to be when you are spending close to hours discussing one movie. If you like horror movie discussions this is definitely a podcast to follow. Keep up the good work....
4. Good podcast or whatever - I’ve been listening since the beginning and I’m one of those weirdos who listens to episodes over and over again. I kept meaning to leave you a five-star review, but I’m just so goddam lazy. However, when I heard Mike compare Rob Zombie dialogue to Julie Bowen I’m Happy Gilmore, I realized I’d found kindred spirits on a deeper, more profound and possibly more sexually intense level than I’d previously realized.
5. For the Love of the Game - I happened across the Halloween episode on a random Sunday afternoon while lying on my oldest son’s bedroom floor as I was scrolling through Twitter and I have tuned in ever since. These guys are the genuine article. They would be having these conversations in any setting at any age. For that, we should all be grateful they have decided to record and put it out there for us to enjoy. They have gotten me through many situations that would have otherwise not been nearly as pleasant, including multiple week long stays in the hospital this summer with my mother as she battled her third bout with cancer in years. She’s in remission and doing great now. If any of these guys find themselves in a less than ideal time in their lives, I hope they can take comfort in knowing how much it has meant that they continue to keep us engaged, entertained, and certainly informed. Thanks.
6. Rambling problem - Honestly , I was looking forward to listening to this podcast. I started one of their recent Halloween episodes and I thought it was going to be great. But then min in they haven’t even started talking about the movie. I fast forward multiple time and each time they were taking about something different not even the movie. I haven’t listened to any other episodes but if each one is like that then I’m not interested.
7. Like hanging out with a group of friends - In a parallel universe I live in Chicago and am a member of the Halloweenies. Love this podcast so much. Such a wonderful thing to find a group of people who love something as much as you do. I’m a supporter on Patreon—support these guys so they can keep making more riveting episodes!
8. Solid horror movie pod that could be better - I enjoy most of the conversations even though sometimes they drag on. However, the lead host Justin needs to spit his point out sooner and not ramble in circles for mins or attempt a dad joke that no one reacts to. Just stick to the script and please get rid of all the audio transition segments.
Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and fearless leader himself, director Joe Dante. The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.
Release date: 2023-03-17
1. Great show - I love this show (working my way through all of the episodes) and was just listening to the Josh Olson’s comment about the fan asking Dan Clowes about how he feels making fun of his own fans in his comics and Dan replies, “How does that make YOU feel?”. I was that fan at the San Diego Comic Con and I admire your memory of that. I’m still a Clowes’ fan and had a nice correspondence going with him in the mid-to-late ’s.
2. Depends Entirely on the Guest - If the guest is someone interesting or at the very least charismatic (William Friedkin or Alan Arkush) then the episode will be really good. If the guest is someone really boring, or a not awesome filmmaker then I usually skip. Audio varies episode to episode (we need to return to a time when Skype audio was NOT acceptable for a podcast) but the real problem is that Joe Dante barely contributes in some episodes and he’s the main reason I listen. No hate for Josh, but he has to do the thing where he LIES about the quality of a guest’s movie (Dear Evan Hansen, hello?) and play host. When Joe contributes the show really works well and I wish they’d have more classic filmmakers on. Overall an ok show, but misses more than it hits.
3. No more Bobcat but love the pod - I cannot follow the episodes with Bobcat they’re way too “inside” I have no idea what anyone is talking about especially him as he mumbles. Also what’s up with all the self promotion for their new movie which I can’t watch. This podcast is supposed to be diametrically opposed to that. Thumbs down!!!
4. Cream o’ the crop - Everyone praises Dante’s encyclopedic film knowledge but Olson is at the least wikipedic. We’re treated to a wide range of film industry guests, each revealing the surprising choices of films that inspired them. And I love that the show (mostly) avoids talking about whatever current production the guest has been publicizing in other venues. The hosts’ anecdotes about troubled productions or trouble actors are quite entertaining, as is hearing about deep cuts that inevitably pop up in every show. I wish they’d do more segments devoted to listeners’ questions. I have no idea how to submit some.
5. I am listening, keep them coming! - Loved the banter with Robert Picardo on East Falls, Allens Lane, Powelton Village. The cheesesteak talk about Dellissandros and Steve's steaks. It's the little things like this I like to hear. Especially since I'm listening from the North Shore of Massachusetts now longing for a little taste of Phila.
6. Geez with the elitist politics - Here lately the hosts feel it necessary to talk politics. Today they spoke about actors with conservative views as being on the “dark side”. What happened to being able to have your own independent views and being able to get along and agree to disagree with those who hold opposing views? I used to tune into this podcast to hear great conversations about movies from interesting and talented people not to get more of the same political talk I see and hear everywhere else.
7. Excellent, fun, and engaging - I discovered this podcast after watching Clancy Brown in The Mortuary Collection. The perfect episode for the Halloween season. I loved Joe Dante’s insights and film history knowledge intertwined with the discussion of films that influenced the guest. I look forward to listening to the other episodes as well.
8. Excellent! - A trifecta of riches for me! I just finished the Clancy Brown episode; awesome! Clancy is amazing! I’ve been a fan going all the way back to Bad Boys. He brings so much to each project and he’s so much fun on screen. I had the pleasure of doing his make up once and he’s a truly wonderful person. I was thrilled to work for Joe on Osiris Chronicles (XFX, inc.) and had a wonderful time. I’m also very sure that I met Josh at MastersFX when I was cleaning up Harlan Ellison after a lifecasting session. Wonderful podcast guys! Thank you so much for all the information and entertainment !
In 1973 Hell came home and invaded the body of a young girl. This is the story of a movie and its makers. It's a tale of dark and light, of loss and love. A story of faith and fury, of causes and curses, of horrors real and imagined, of unbridled ego and brute force filmmaking. It's the movie critics called "religious pornography" and "occultist claptrap." The movie that left audiences...hysterical. Decades later, it remains perhaps the most frightening movie we will ever see. From Wondery, this...
Release date: 2023-03-13
1. Great show but… - The concurrent stories are compelling even to a stone atheist like myself. The narrative is gripping and the narrator, a great tour guide then, out of nowhere…A COMMERCIAL.
Buzz. Killed. I get that this is a business but ruining the product to pitch another product is a stupid business model.
2. This was chaotic and annoying - I listened to the entire series, waiting for the host to get out of his own way. The back and forth time travel and no direction in each episode is the only cohesive thing about this project.
The sound effects are beyond annoying, to slurping sounds from bars the “stars” are supposed to be at to the host’s bored droning as Orson Wells and even Mercedes McCambridge! And to go on and on about how talented Linda Blair was/is and was cheated out of an Oscar and further career is embarrassing; have you seen the body of work of Linda Blair after “The Exorcist?” She went as far as she could with the limited abilities a child actor has, there was no career after this.
This is an idea that could’ve been great but the complicated direction of this and the weird ending feels like the giant question mark at the end of a William Castle film, not done by William Castle.
3. Overproduced cringy schlock - Opening the show with the first person narrative of a man completing suicide without any prior warning is UNBELIEVABLY harmful. Making up this real man’s thoughts, feelings, and hallucinations as he died is absolutely disrespectful to him and his loved ones. Disgusting. After that, the cringy phone call reenactment, and overdone sound effects, I turned it off after minutes. Honestly at this point, after so many terrible overproduced podcasts, I really should just avoid anything with the Wondery name attached.
4. Top Notch - I’ve listened to Inside Psycho, Inside Jaws, and Inside The Exorcist. I was riveted by all three. The writing is superb. The nonchronological sequencing shows a respect for the intelligence of the listener and offers microcosmic cliffhangers within the narrative. The pregnant pauses and the spaces left open to be filled with superb sound effects add to the drama and suspense. I’m a fan. I dig the entire experience. Thanks
5. Well, that jumped the shark - There was lots of fascinating backstory and correlation...that ended with a completely random fictionalization of the original inspiration kid still being demonically possessed. The overacting host gave Audrey Hepburn a red neck drawl. They ignored a lot of relevant facts.
6. I binged the whole podcast tonight. Great. - Very good. I really enjoyed this podcast. The writer has craftily intertwined the actual case of the possessed child with the writing of the story and production of the movie. The back stories in the lives of all involved are creatively added to make for a really entertaining show.
7. Extremely Well-Done - One of the best podcast series that I have heard. The Exorcist is one of those unforgettable movies that you only need to see once. I was amazed at the backstories and incidents with the cast, especially the voiceover actor, which led me to read more online articles. What a trip!
8. The idea is good - This podcast isn’t horrible by any means. I enjoy a narrative style of podcast and this had a lot of facts about the movie that I didn’t know at all. It just jumps around a lot and has a few scenes that don’t seem relevant to the overall story. The sound effects are a good touch and made it spooky to drive to but they are so much louder than the narration. Seriously be ready to turn your volume down.
What Went Wrong covers Hollywood’s most notoriously disastrous movie productions, digging into the behind the scenes insanity of everything from massive flops to record breaking blockbusters. JOIN OUR PATREON FOR 'WWW' BONUS CONTENT! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Release date: 2023-03-06
1. Best Pod Ever! - Like a lot of folks, I found myself stranded by Southwest Airlines at the end of , ultimately leading to an unexpected road trip across the country with my dad. We found this show on a whim about miles in and listened to it all the from Indiana to Boston and back. My dad doesn’t even have a smartphone, but he tells everyone he meets about your show. We are big fans! (PS, the Sting song that Disney execs were referencing as sounding vaguely “Latin American” is probably “They Dance Alone” from ’s “…Nothing Like the Sun” which…maybe should have been the first sign of trouble for Emperor’s New Groove???)
2. My new favorite podcast - I absolutely love this podcast. They pull the curtain back on what it’s really like to make a movie and you get an in-depth behind-the-scenes “look”. There are two hosts, one that loves movies and one that hates them. You put the two together and you have podcast magic. I can’t get enough of this podcast. Do yourself a favor and start listening.
3. Great podcast - This is one of my favorite podcasts. As I usually read the books first, I’m always dumbfounded as to how Hollywood manages to screw up an excellent book. Case in point, Bonfire of the Vanities. Love how you explain what goes on behind the scenes. I also love Brian DePalma. He’s one of the best directors out there.
4. My New Favorite! - I’m a self proclaimed cinephile and I find this podcast SO insightful. I love hearing the troubled backstory of so many flops and gems! You all would make my year if you dedicated an episode to The Wiz. I remember watching this movie as a kid and having questions, Why is Dorothy being played by an adult and why is this movie so terrifying (those trash cans ) ?!! I do however think that the Scarecrow’s rendition of “You can’t win” is a bop to this day! Keep up the great work. You made working from home fun again!
5. A must have for movie fans - Basically How Did This Get Made except with a ton of research. You can tell each episode takes an insane amount of work to put together. I’ve learned new things about some old favs and sometimes learn a little too much (brb, still having panic attacks from the Roar episode). Very well crafted. Very funny. Keep them coming.
6. Stellar podcast - A very fact based and informative podcast on how these movies were made. Even when they do throw opinions in they are kept to a minimum and are always backed up by the facts from production. Love this podcast so much and hope you will one day do an episode on some classic “bad” films like plan or Santa Claus conquers the martians. Thank you both!
7. Podcast is Great, Wyrm is Beautiful - This podcast is one of my favorite things to listen to, but I also want to use this review to slide in a love letter to Chris’s film “Wyrm.” It was a beautifully told story, I laughed, I cried, I forced my friends to watch it with me, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
8. I can’t get enough! - I found this show in the height of the pandemic and I’m so happy I did! I love listening to new episodes, and I love going back to their catalogue and listening to some of my favorite episodes. Whether you are a movie buff or just a general fan of fascinating stories, this podcast is great for you!
It’s one of the wildest scandals in Hollywood history: In 1951, major Hollywood producer Walter Wanger (Jon Hamm) went to prison for shooting an agent who he suspected was having an affair with Joan Bennett (Zooey Deschanel), Wanger’s actress wife. When the dust settled, Wanger was accepted back into Hollywood’s inner circle with open arms, while a puritan panic virtually ended Bennett’s career in movies and her family would never be the same. How did Joan — the youngest member of one ...
Release date: 2022-11-11
1. No Improvement Necessary - I was surprised by the negativity of the other two reviews. For one, I thought the “narration” and the “inserts” of tapings and interviews were spot on. The objection to the “feminism” stuff was ridiculous as that was such an important part of the history. Beautifully written and presented, this is an important piece of American and Hollywood history, interestingly done by people with strong connections to the people involved. Could not be better!
2. Interesting story but annoying add-on opinions - Great story about a crime/ event I had never heard about. I did enjoy the story and the dramatization of it. The difficult part to deal with was the feminist agenda repeatedly discussed between the story. I wish I had known I would have to trudge through that part, I probably wouldn’t have listened to this podcast at all. However it was great to hear them contradict themselves when they reported Joan’s resentment of Wanger leaving her to fend for herself in the beginning of their marriage. Joan said Wanger thought she could take care of herself but that doesn’t mean she wanted to have to take care of herself. Then later in the podcast (a reckless moment) the hosts explain that Joan never needed a man at all and she resented Walter for his misogyny and sexism. Eye roll. Men need women and women need men. We are two halves of a whole. That is the reason we exist. To be different yet both essential. It was comical to see them prove their own feminist ideals wrong. Overall interesting story though so stars.
3. Karina, pay attention to your listeners! - Your content is great. Your affected, over pronunciation is painful and distracting. Your flat-out MIS-pronunciation of the names of actors, directors, and well-known places is disrespectful to both your listeners and your subject matter—and it really calls your credibility into question. This is both sad and preventable. I know for a fact that you didn’t start out this affected and fake-sounding. The early episodes of You Must Remember This were like a breath of fresh air—great content, well-researched, and presented in an imaginative way. Then for some reason you decided to have a “style” and make yourself distinctive. Well, it backfired and instead you annoy and alienate more and more listeners with every episode. That can’t be your intent. . .can it?
4. Fascinating Podcast - The story is entertaining and I enjoy the journey through Hollywood history. The narrators aren’t always the most jovial and can feel flat at times (usually it all sounds like de facto script reading, which makes sense, but could still do with some personality!)!but the fascinating history makes up for it, for the most part. But I’d still recommend listening to it on /x lol. Enjoyed the small bits from Jon Hamm and Zooey Deschanel, as well as the snippets from the real Joan and Walter.
5. A podcast in desperate need of an editor - I had very high hopes when I read the summary, as I had never heard this story before but couldn’t make it past the first two episodes. Needlessly drawn out storytelling and the slowest and, sorry to the women who I am sure worked very hard, but unappealing and stilted narration. Could have made this into about six -minute episodes. Might have saved it, but not sure.
6. Love is a Crime - This is preposterous. The narrators come off as ludicrous, pretentious idiots. It is insult to modern women. Please abandon this drivel. Many episodes about a story that has been well covered over decades. Whole story is in description. Is this part of the “dumbing down of America”? Episode after another repetitive, ridiculous dragged out reference to a well known scandal. Not relevant. STOP
7. Longworth & Hope - I really wanted to like this. In fact, I really want to like “You Must Remember This” but I can’t get through an episode without having to turn it off because of Longworth’s voice. When I read “Love & Crime” features Vanessa Hope (including the fabulous Zooey), it piqued my interest. Unfortunately Hope is as equally awful. Longworth has always done an excellent job of narrating as if her audience were year olds, now it is even more punctuated. Hope is the granddaughter of the subjects and it sounds like she is reading from a scratch pad. It is sad because this story is fascinating and goes down in the Hollywood books as one of the greatest. Aside from the voice overs, poorly executed. Skip this and stream “Root of Evil” - that’s a family that can tell a story.
8. Great Show, Some Technical Issues - Karina Longworth is absolutely amazing, her research is impeccable and I love listening to her. Echoing what others said about the volume of the ads (why! Just adjust the volume Vanity Fair!) and I think when you have a relative providing commentary, you sometimes lose a historical perspective in favor of what someone remembers about their family. Which isn’t to say that isn’t a true perspective but it lessens the historical nature of it a bit.
Do you like scary movies? We do, a lot! Made by horror fans for horror fans, Hello Sidney is a deep dive discussion podcast in which our hosts, Anna Bogutskaya, Mike Muncer and Louise Blain slice and dice their way through all the films in the Scream franchise one by one. From Woodsboro, to Windsor College to Hollywood, we'll be discussing favourite kills, scariest moments and speculating and predicting ahead of the new SCREAM coming in January 2022!
Release date: 2023-03-03
1. It’s a Scream, Baby - This podcast series is fantastic. They talk about one of the best if not THE best horror franchise in much more depth and detail. There are other podcasts that talk about specifically Scream yet, those others are very surface level. “I like Scream, it’s a good movie” is what you’ll get elsewhere. Much like Evolution of Horror, Mike does an incredible job with this Hello, Sidney. Thank You for the amazing work.
2. Exceptional Depth !!! - As a Scream franchise fanatic, I so appreciated the depth of each episode ! Talk about nostalgia overload. Everything was spot on from start to finish. Y’all do an excellent job of mentally, but darn near physically taking me back to the moment in time of each and every film. I was years old when the OG Scream was released, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve been fortunate enough to see everything film in theaters !! We’re now just days away from Scream IV ! To say I’ve enjoyed this limited series would be a supreme understatement. I hope y’all make an episode following Scream IV. Thank you all for an awesome experience. Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far.
3. It's a Scream dream-team! - I absolutely love the host(s) of this show and the other shows they're associated with - primarily Evolution of Horror. This was a great fun way to recap on some old favorites with some voices I know & enjoy. Cannot wait for the final episode to help me digest and review the final film before I go back to see it a second or third time.
4. Great short series podcast collaboration - Three of the best film podcasters collaborate on a short series for the franchise Scream. Even if Scream is not your jam, just hugely entertaining to hear this group discuss films period. If you love the Scream film franchise you will love this series even more! Perfect as we anticipate the new Scream movie coming out. Great podcasters great listening! The first episode will get you hooked!
5. If you like Scream, you’re gonna love this one… - Mike, Anna and Louise love horror and they all love Scream. This first episode is a true delight, diving into what it is about the original flick that makes it so special and how its impact changed the lives of the hosts. The trio’s passion for the slasher subgenre, and this sublime franchise, makes you wanna rewatch again. Bring on episode !
'Too Much Information' is a new iHeartRadio podcast that gives you the secret history, behind-the-scenes details and little-known fascinating facts about your favorite movies, music, TV shows and more. The series is brought to you by two trivia titans with too much free time. Jordan Runtagh and Alex Heigl are big-time pop culture nerds and longtime listicle writers who've worked at Rolling Stone, People, Entertainment Weekly, VH1, and Page Six. Now they're let off the leash and ready to dive dee...
Release date: 2023-03-17
1. New favorite show - TMI has become my new favorite show! I love the hosts and their rapport, I especially love learning behind the scenes stories about movies i loved as a kid. I crack up by myself in the car listening to this which is my ultimate barometer for a good show!! Thank you for keeping me company, TMI!
2. stars! - Jordan and Alex give incredibly researched overviews of pop-culture gems from our past, and nearly all of them are things that feel so specific to my childhood, every single episode is a hit of nostalgia and a blast. Just when I think I know everything about Disney’s Aladdin, Jordan and Alex pack my brain with stuff I didn’t think I needed to know but it turns out I do.
3. Hilarious, informative and fun!! - I absolutely love this show- these guys are HILARIOUS! I often find myself smiling or laughing out loud in the middle of whatever I’m doing. I love the juxtaposition of Jordan’s more positive, wholesome perspective mixed with Alex’s more cynical, irreverent humor, but really they both have a good balance of each and I also appreciate a good self deprecating joke. It’s apparent that they have a love of their craft- pop culture trivia and commentary, which they seem to have down to an art form. It’s impressive how much these guys know. I also gotta give props to them for a choosing an eclectic and interesting mix of pop culture to feature. Loved the episode on Aja as much as I did the one on The Parent Trap. Unexpected. Keep em’ coming guys. I’m hooked!
4. An utter delight - I absolutely love this show! Alex and Jordan are hilarious and learning the inside stories about some of my favorite movies, music and TV is my favorite part of my morning walks. These guys put in the work! I cannot recommend this one enough. Highly recommend the Oreos episode. It goes places you will not expect
5. Bring on more guest hosts that actually enjoy things. - This is such a great concept for a show. I get so excited for some episodes, only to have Alex lazily moan (sometimes brag) that he doesn’t like or know the topic of discussion. He then makes no attempt to do any research to sound… cool? Added a star because I used to hate-listen while I did chores and it made me finish faster.
6. Everything I want/need in a podcast as a pop culture nerd - The bait was the Legends of the Hidden Temple episode, and from then on, I’ve been hooked. The amount of research and background Jordan/Alex are able to surface and convey about each topic is truly remarkable and with very few exceptions, I’ve found all of the episodes I’ve listened to extremely enjoyable.
7. Disdain for anything that isn’t New York - Unable to keep their politics and elitism to themselves. Typical sort of contempt for anything that an average person might enjoy and with the undeserved arrogance that typifies millennials. All episodes include calling someone they don’t know a racists and then blame all problems on boomers, like a child would do.
Classic Movie Musts is a weekly movie podcast that aims to provide artistic and historical context to classic films. Classic Movie Musts is hosted by Max Baril. New episodes release every Friday. www.classicmoviemusts.com
Release date: 2023-03-21
1. Love this podcast! - I’ve enjoyed this podcast for years and have learned a lot and gained insights into many of the classic movies discussed. The weekly conversations have prompted me to rewatch movies I’ve already seen and view ones I never saw. My husband and I just watched Chinatown for the first time and we were delighted to hear Max’s conversation with Ted (of blessed memory) on this film that they both adore. Thank you Max Baril! Keep us up to date with your classics!
2. Great Podcast - I have been an avid listener and devoted fan for a number of years. As a lover of classic movies (and movies in general) I really appreciate the in-depth analysis and thoughtful approach taken by Max and his guests. It’s obvious that a lot of effort is expended and it certainly shows. Keep up the great work!
3. East of Eden episode - I enjoyed and learned so much from your discussion of East of Eden, a classic that I had not thought about in decades (I’m ). Finally, I have found a podcast on classic movies that presents discussion with real content and not just chats that are a waste of my time.
This particular episode was so insightful.
4. Movie Choices are Great- Pace not so Much - I love the choices. I think the length of the podcast is perfect. Gives you enough info. Yet the pacing of the narrator’s voice is interesting. Also too much “hyped language.” Do nothing need to dumb down at all but maybe limited the use of thesaurus enhancing words. Still worth a listen if the movie is something you like.
5. // - Thanks for this entertaining and informative podcast. The problem with you podcasters is assuming all listeners wish to utilize online methods to donate $. I prefer to mail donations. Podcasters need to provide physical mailing addresses for people like me who steer clear of using online methods “to patronage where my heart leads” and will support using old fashioned methods.
6. Informative and Fun - Love the podcast from start to finish. I was going to chime in on keeping the beginning summary, but no need now since you learned it assists the visually impaired! How cool is that? Anyway, I really enjoy hearing Max’s comments and insights, and I can’t get enough of the episodes with Ted. Great job all the way around.
7. Would be better off as a blog - The podcast consists of the host spending several minutes recapping the film’s plot, followed by reading an essay that is painfully overwritten, especially for an audio medium. It doesn’t make for a great listening experience. I would much rather read his essays on a blog, and listen to him discuss the film with a co-host.
8. Did NPR produce this? - This is a monotone reading of the synopsis of the movie. No insight. No interesting tidbits or facts. It’s basically just some guy retelling the plot of the movie. I don’t get it. I know what the movie plot is. I was looking for something new. Something about production, back story, anything. Heck. Just go read some IMDB trivia at least. The idea is fabulous. The execution is very poor.
The Projection Booth has been recognized as a premier film podcast by The Washington Post, The A.V. Club, IndieWire, Entertainment Weekly, and Filmmaker Magazine. With over 600 episodes to date and an ever-growing fan base, The Projection Booth regularly attracts special guest talent eager to discuss their past gems, including Ellen Burstyn, Willem Dafoe, Joe Dante, Bruce Dern, Chris Elliott, William Friedkin, Jeff Goldblum, Elliott Gould, Ed Harris, John Landis, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Palin, S...
Release date: 2023-03-24
1. The original movie podcast GOAT - As someone who also produces a movie podcast, I often find myself cribbing from Mike White’s notes. Every episode he puts out is just so wildly ambitious and deeply researched that it sets the bar so insanely high for the rest of us. I can’t get over the depth of knowledge brought on by various guests, as well as the insanely impressive interview subjects who provide the sort of insights you otherwise have to pay top bluray dollar to get. This show is a gift, and the hour episode on the incel masterpiece FADE TO BLACK is a testament to that fact. Also, occasionally Mike has on someone who isn’t some big cheese historian or film scene head or critic or artist or anything really, and sometimes it’s insanely fascinating. Like, I know what Snooty Boots thinks of the surreal gothic horror genre, and I know the star loves to say how proud they are to have been a part of surreal gothic horror, but you know what I don’t know? I don’t know what Jared thinks! Long live The Projection Booth!
2. Great film podcast for film fans - I found The Projection Booth podcast randomly this last year and I love it. Mike the host has an interesting mix of guests, interviews, film reviews and film background and production. And what a range of films! Not just whatever is current or famous, there's everything here from famous films to cult films to unknown gems. There's great stories about the productions, analysis and discussions from everyone from the people who worked on the film to other filmmakers and film fans. I like how the podcast is organized. If I want to skip to a portion of interviews, or just listen to the analysis, it's easy to find what you like. I have only listened to a fraction of the library in the last year, and I look forward to working my way through them. I highly recommend this podcast, especially for film geeks. Mr. White, thank you.
3. NOT JUST THE BEST MOVIE PODCAST - The Projection Booth is the best movie podcast out there. I’ll still on occasion give a listen to half a dozen new ones a week and twenty mins in they are wasting my time. For years now the work put into every episode has blown me away but it’s become not only the best movie podcast I know… it’s also a cultural touchstone for music, books, television, art as some of the most talented people in their field join Mike on a weekly basis. I’ve found my favorite pulp authors and sci-fi books and other podcasts that I enjoy in addition to The Projection Booth. I’ve broadened my love of films by listening to the podcast and I feel somehow kept in a conversation that I love having daily.
4. Horrible effete commentaries - I came across this podcast and decided to try it out because they featured an interesting selection of movies they were reviewing. It's a bit interesting that their commentaries and reviews can be triple the length of the movies themselves. I found many of the commentaries to be obnoxious from effete self-appointed elites. Specifically, I listened to the the reviews and commentary on "The Thing" and "The Running Man". Ascribing the box office failure of "The Thing" to Reagan-era politics as they did was just ridiculous. Reagan took office in Jan , "The Thing" was released in late . "The Thing" was indeed underappreciated then (and frankly still is) but the commentary was idiotic. In a similar vein, I was annoyed by the Brit reviewing "The Running Man". The ultimate irony in their commentary was that the very bit the commenters were talking about -- the selective editing by corporate media, manipulation of the general public, etc. is exactly what's been happening in the last or so years but by the people they presumably support. I was hoping to hear bits about the craft of the films and got a little of that on "The Thing" but "The Running Man" (which is sadly proving to be as prophetic as "Demolition Man") was filled with political diatribes and snide remarks. Some might say to give it more of a chance but I've wasted too many hours on this podcast as it is.
5. The Best Film Podcast? - Plenty of magazines and celebrities have started very strong film-related in recent years, in addition to the countless fan-generated shows. So what makes The Projection Booth arguably the best film podcast? Well, maybe it's because it marries together everything that's good about the different fan/critic discussion-driven and interview-driven film podcasts out there. Episodes usually feature in-depth, well-researched analysis AND exclusive interviews with production history/anecdotes. You get, more often than not, Criterion/Arrow-level DVD/Blu-Ray special features in a podcast form. The epic running times and occasionally esoteric selections might make this a hard podcast to keep up with for every episode. But if you're a passionate cinephile with adventurous taste, there really isn't a better show than this one.
6. Too many interruptions and bias - I used to consider this the best film podcast out there but lately, the amount of commercials which literally interrupt interviews mid sentence and very frequently, have taken over. And nowadays, they can’t help themselves to interject their personal politics into the discussion whether it calls for it or not. This podcast has really fallen in quality and I am dropping these guys for better shows.
7. One of the most thorough podcasts about film ever - Mike works hard, talks hard and does a fantastic job recruiting very smart, articulate guests that know the chosen film front to back. Everything about this show should be praised and embraced if you’re a cinephile or just looking for an extensive conversation complete with interviews with the cast and crew. Thank you Mike for all your dedication, talent and effort.
8. Quite good most of the time - Another show where I want to love it more than I do only because some episodes are home runs and others are strikeouts for me depending on the chosen guest. Really though there was a recent episode where the “r” word was used to describe something unintelligent and thought the host would know better than to be that politically incorrect in using that terminology. Regardless, I’ve come down in the middle on this one. Some episodes are a bit too long while others are the perfect length. Maybe I just need to be more picky and selective about which ones I want to explore further but this is another where I’m amazed at the knowledge of the guests and the dedication of the host. I’ll subscribe and keep listening but I’d be a little more sensitive to certain language being used.
"And the Runner-Up Is" is the Oscar history podcast that highlights past races at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress. Host Kevin Jacobsen and special guests break down why winners won, why losers lost, and which films and contenders were the likely runners-up, falling just short of taking home the gold.
Release date: 2023-03-15
1. Peerless podcast for Oscar completists - This is the one. If you have the luxury of a lifetime’s familiarity with these films you will enjoy these terrific conversations and interesting insights and perhaps come to see old favorites in a new light. Even the races you don’t recall as particularly memorable come to life again with these always erudite, always fun, reflections. Mr. Jacobsen’s enthusiasm for the subject is contagious and his revolving pool of guests are equally engaging.
2. I Really Love this Show - I listen to three or four podcasts on one topic - just to get the full of perspectives. And, I love CliffsNotes for books! This podcast is like CliffsNotes for movies! Highly intellectual insights with a very intelligent host and well-rounded guests! I also love that the episodes are bite size - perfect for a short drive, a waiting room or a sink full of dishes! Bravo!
3. Essential listening - LOVE Kevin and all he does here. He pours everything into researching and preparing. And it shows. This podcast is essential for any Oscar obsessive, veterans or newcomers alike. Great voice and his guests are just as knowledgeable and prepared as him. A podcast for Oscar nerds made BY an Oscar nerd. Kevin stays feeding the girls and we are grateful.
4. Great Oscar Awards Review - Thank you for the thoughtful, inside the industry, commentary by discussants of the award contenders, and the Oscar ceremony. Liked especially your pointing out that it is in the September-October window when nominees still up for grabs and the last opportunity for diversity and variety. Here is to the Oscars being a even stronger International competition.
5. Such fun yet in-depth analysis - This is a great listen if you’re into movie awards, since it provides fun, in-depth analysis of the films considered to have been the runner-up in their Oscar years. With a great host and a variety of guests, this podcast is always enjoyable and a source of new information and trivia.
6. A Must for Awards Junkies - If you're an awards-season addict like me, then you HAVE to listen to Kevin's pod And The Runner Up Is. It provides a unique look at not only the best movies of the year, but some forgotten favorites that slip through the cracks over the years. It's an easy listen and informative too while also being downright charming. An absolute must-hear!
7. Great Podcast! - One of the best podcasts I’ve heard to tackle the Oscars. I love the premise of the show and how Kevin (and guests) discuss what should have been. They’re very knowledgeable and insightful when it comes to awards, and the conversation is simply a lot of fun. Highly recommended. JD
8. A Must for Oscar Lovers - Being a dedicated fan of all things Oscar and awards season related, this podcast indulges on conversations that are endlessly fascinating. Kevin is a great host who sets up an entertaining and informative discussion about a given Oscar year and analyzing the major players. The guests are always lively and great, and listening to informed opinions wax poetically about not only the films themselves but of the intriciacies of the race is abundantly delightful. I cannot recommend this podcast highly enough!
Looking at cinema's present via its past. The Next Picture Show is a biweekly roundtable by the former editorial team of The Dissolve examining how classic films inspire and inform modern movies. Episodes take a deep dive into a classic film and its legacy in the first half, then compare and contrast that film with a modern successor in the second. Hosted and produced by Genevieve Koski, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson and Scott Tobias.
Release date: 2023-03-14
1. Walking to Talkies? - I’m anxiously awaiting a pairing on your show of two films, one recent and one classic (or maybe two classics) which are set in Hollywood during the transition from silent film to synchronized sound—talkies. The recent film is, of course, Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, and the classic is Singing in the Rain. And maybe a heavy dose of Sunset Boulevard, mixed in there.
2. The smartest film critics in podcasting - I’m a big fan of this team, having read them for years on the AV Club and The Dissolve. They are incredibly analytical and constantly surprise me with new insights on films I’ve watched for years. They have a nice rapport and a solid structure they stick to every week (no hour podcasts here.) I love them dearly and learn so much about how to read a film.
3. The studdering… - Really grating on the ears “an an annn na nand and…” “eh he he he I mean uh uh um he…” it may just be the way he speaks on the reg but for a podcast & at the length that these are it becomes impossible to ignore. Gather the thought / sentence/ words first - then vocalize it. There’s no need to rush what he wants to say, it’s not a race. Relax & have more confidence in what point you want to say & it may come out smoother. Just a thought.
4. Here For Scott Tobias - I could listen to Mr. Tobias talk about anything for hours. I’m a fan of Mr. Phipps as well, but unfortunately I find Miss Robinson and Miss Koskie’s remarks about the week’s movie pairing and topics a bit pompous and snobbish. I’m always interested in hearing intellectuals like this quartet talk about cinema (I marvel at their immense grasp of the English language to support their arguments— yes, smart people—especially when they’re way smarter than me, as in this case—are sometimes fun to listen to), it’s just that the ladies sometimes come across as rather pretentious (it’s the reason I refuse to listen to their parent podcast “Filmspotting”—I’ll never forget how those hosts spoke down to the fans of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise—-not a fan of that film series either but the smugness of those two hosts turned me off to that podcast permanently). I’ve left this one too at times, but Mr. Tobias brings me back when a particular film pairing is interesting. Also, I wish they would dump the obviously-scripted opening skit that they try to disguise as witty banter to start the shows. They think they’re being funny but the “comedy” usually lands like a bowling ball released from the Earth’s upper atmosphere.
5. One of the best film podcasts - I’ve checked out basically every noteworthy film-related podcast and NPS is definitely one of my favorites. I don’t listen to every single episode, but when the topic aligns with my own interests, I always find the conversations enlightening. The critics are thoughtful and not afraid to disagree with one another (in a friendly manner). Highly recommended.
6. Podcast is great. Tasha is insufferable :’) - I love this podcast and learn so much from it! No movie seems to be good enough for Tasha which is very annoying and pretentious to me as a listener. I appreciate the other hosts perspectives and how they push back on Tasha who seems to need the last word. One star for the Britney Spears and Paris Hilton hate. Honestly how dare you speak ill of Britney and say that she belongs on the “anti-feminist” island. Do your research... this is embarrassing for you.
7. Balanced and consistent - One of the things I've been very disappointed with in terms of most podcasts is their lack of consistency in regards to format. This one follows a meaningful and thought out format in every episode. This makes it feel refreshing and professional which also lends to an air of authority that is needed when listening to a podcast filled wit critics talking about art. I love that. Finally a podcast that isn't just a bunch of friends talking randomly for - min. There's a point to the podcast and they make a journey to get there. Plus, they are all knowledgeable, recognize when they aren't and don't try to talk about what they aren't knowledgeable about anyway. This happens all too often in this wasteland of modern criticism. Finally, they don't automatically trash a film simply because it's been highly regarded for so long. That's not to say they won't rip something a part if it deserves it. What they manage to do is make any criticism or praise feel validated because of their well laid out evidence to support their opinions. I hate that I found this podcast so late. I'm still trying to catch up(I'm just finishing season). Keep up the great work!
8. Reliably great film discussions - I’ve been reading / listening to Tasha, Keith, Scott, Genevieve, etc, ever since the days of The AV Club & AV Talk. With all the changes in the world & media landscape, I find it very comforting that they’re still around via this podcast delivering intelligent film discussion together.
The Soundtrack Show is a look at film scores and soundtracks for some of the most popular movies, TV Shows, Video Games and Theater pieces of all time.
Release date: 2021-12-18
1. Missing the best podcast! - I love this podcast so much! My favorite genre of music has been movie soundtracks since I was gifted my first CD… The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack… when I was years old. This podcast got me through Covid quarantine and I am so sad that there have been no new episodes since . David, I hope all is well with you and you come back to this podcast. There is still so much that I’d love to discover through your incredible insights.
2. Muuuuusic - If you like music and movies, this is your podcast. I’ve never done instruments before but I’ve been singing in choirs for years and counting and have been in theatre since I was born. I’ve always wanted someone who shares my love for movies and the music behind them. My family even found an arrangement of John Williams songs with Star Wars lyrics that we performed my entire childhood and I’ve never known what movies they were from until now haha. Thanks David for opening my eyes to a world I always wanted to get into and never knew how much I’d love it!
3. stars but should be higher - This is one of the best film score and game music podcasts on the internet right now. Being a degrees and trained musician, his breakdown of thematic elements and musical analysis combined with the industry knowledge and background has glues me to the entire series. I cannot say enough good things about it!
4. Great content for musicians or just music lovers - I have been a fan of David W Collins for a few years now and love this podcast. I am a professional orchestral musician and am blown away with how David is able to boil down complex musical concepts with ease. As an educator as well, I can appreciate his incredible gift in this arena. Bravo, David! Keep up the great work.
5. This is so up my alley - I randomly found this the podcast the other day when I was wondering whether such a podcast could possibly exist. I’ve been binge listening ever since and am LOVING IT! Like I’ve heard stated from fellow listeners, Jurassic Park was my gateway - love hearing that I have it in common with so many. The episode that touched on Hook was also extremely gratifying. Keep up the great work! Cannot wait to hear some Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat, Ludwig Goransson and so much from you.
6. Loved by All Ages - Our whole family loves this podcast. Our boys (ages , , and ) listen to their favorite episodes over and over. They regularly request to listen to The Soundtrack Show when we ride in the car or at bedtime. The eagerly wait for each Wednesday to see which episode will come out next. Thank you for providing something the whole family enjoys listening to!
7. Great podcast, but needs to branch out from John Williams - This is one of my favorite podcasts. It was such a nice surprise to stumble upon a podcast focused on film soundtracks, as I never realized there were so many people who enjoyed listening to soundtracks like I do. And I normally don’t like the single-host podcast format, but Collins handles it well and has a voice that just seems made for it. That said, there are a couple areas where I think it could be improved upon. The first is a lack of television soundtrack coverage. There is a lot of great TV scoring out there and I don’t think a single TV show soundtrack had been touched until this new season, but hopefully that’s changing as we’ve got Cobra Kai and The Queen’s Gambit covered early this season already. The other issue I have is the constant bombardment of John Williams. I think it’s universally agreed he is probably the king of movie scoring, but it feels like nearly a third (if not more) of the episodes focus on Williams soundtracks. I see this has been a pretty consistent criticism of the podcast, then I saw the first episodes of the new season would focus on Home Alone and just laughed and rolled my eyes. Here we go again. There must have been at least or times already where a Williams movie has gotten entire episodes (sometimes more) for that single movie, and sometimes for multiple movies in the same trilogy, and now we start the new season off with another one. I know he’s great, but we haven’t even had a single episode dedicated to any of the great works by other legends such as James Horner or James Newton Howard (just to name a few), which seems baffling. Collins does a great, in-depth, and interesting analysis of each soundtrack he covers. I would love to start seeing a little more variety in the composers he does that with instead of just doing John Williams every other episode.
8. My Favorite Podcast Ever!!! - I look forward to every Wednesday for this podcast. It perfectly merges my two favorite things Film and Music, both which have such a beautiful type of synthesis through the creating of movie scores. This podcast captures and teaches why the melodies we live are so powerful to us, and the stories they tell. It’s all inspired me to follow my passion and dreams to pursue a career in sound design (hopefully for films and games). Thanks David for creating such a marvelous podcast!