Apr 19, 2019

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: April Round-up

It’s been a great month in podcasting. So many entertaining and enlightening shows! Here are my favorites. Title links go to the episode:

Pure Cinema Podcast
Kiddee Midnights
March 17, 2019

It’s always a bit overwhelming to listen to Brian Sauer and Elric Kane’s epic film recommendation show, now the official podcast of New Beverly Cinema. I’ve gotten more viewing suggestions from them than I can watch in a lifetime, but it’s a problem I’m quite happy to have. This is my favorite episode by far, because their guest is the amazing TCM/Filmstruck (RIP) programmer Millie De Chirico and their theme is the fantastically weird idea of creating double features of kiddee flicks paired with Midnight movies. In the first part of the show, De Chirico offers a fascinating glimpse at what she does as a programmer and some of the challenges she faces getting her choices on air. Then the trio jumps into the recommendations, which as can be expected are pretty amazing given the movie love and knowledge on hand here.

Twenty Thousand Hertz
The Booj
Episode 62
March 11, 2019

While it isn’t about classic movies, this episode about the sounds in movie trailers should be an entertaining 26 minutes for any movie fan. I laughed out loud when I found out what a booj is.

Cinema Shame
Season 3, Episode 1
March 13, 2019

After years of getting looks of disdain when I talk about my love of the Joseph Losey film BOOM! (1968), starring the explosive Taylor/Burtons and Noël Coward, it’s been heartening to see this wild flick get a little more love over the past year. I am guessing that the upcoming Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory has something to do with getting the film back into people’s minds. I was delighted that Cinema Shame host James David Patrick and his guest Allan Mott devoted an entire episode to the film. They do a great job unpacking the odd moments and genuine brilliance of this beautiful cinematic mess.

I’m Horrified!
Dorothy Dandridge and the Sham Wow Guy
Episode 52
March 11, 2019

I spend so much of my time talking about classic movies with devoted film lovers, that it’s always a bit of a shock to be reminded that most people don’t know much about them. Hosted by Sam Buntich and Allie Raynor, the I’m Horrified! Podcast covers two horrific subjects an episode, one selected by each host. I could listen to these charismatic ladies talk about anything, but it was nice to take a break from medical industry scandals and earthquake subduction zones and hear them discuss the life of Dorothy Dandridge. While it is a difficult life story to take in, it’s also fascinating and it was interesting to get their point of view. I thought they did a great job with their research as well; packing in a lot of detail about a completely new-to-them subject and getting it right. Stick around for the second half of the show if you’re dying to know more about the Sham Wow Guy.

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