The variety and quality of the podcasts I listened to this month was especially impressive. This is one of my most extensive round-ups because I kept finding amazing things! Click on the episode title to link to the show:
Twenty Thousand Hertz
Foley Artists , June 9, 2021
Prop ‘til You Drop , June 23, 2021
I never guessed the right source of the things I heard in this two-parter about Foley artists, the people who make sound effects for the movies. I kept shouting out “cornflakes!” and it was always some other astonishing, but everyday item making the sound. What a fun job this would be.
May 5, 2021
This is an excellent conversation about A Trip To The Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune) (1902). Hosts Amy and Paul put Georges Méliès’ film in the context of its times and thoughtfully analyze what it meant then and how it has endured today.
June 8, 2021
I love this family podcast, in which the mother and father of a 10-year-old show their daughter films they would normally not seek out and then discuss them together. As co-host/mom Christina Rice’s biography, Mean…Moody...Magnificent! Jane Russell and the Marketing of a Hollywood Legend, has recently been published it is fitting that the trio would discuss Russell’s most popular film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).
May 21, 2021
Ben Burtt, the guy who created the sound of the light saber, is in love with his work as a movie sound designer. It’s fascinating the lengths he will go to to understand where classic film sounds come from and how to create that perfect sound for his own projects. Of course, Burtt is well-loved among attendees of TCM Classic Film Festivals for the presentations about the origins of film sound effects he has done for many years with visual effects artist Craig Barron.
March 25, 2021
Francine Stock elicits an impressive amount of insight from Christopher Plummer, Warren Beatty, Michael Caine, Jack Nicholson, and Peter O’Toole in this brief compilation of interview clips. This retrospective is all the more touching because Plummer and O’Toole are no longer with us.
April 13, 2021
I appreciate the way hosts Vince and Len aren’t afraid of silence. They will pause as long as it takes to get a thought right. They talk about a lot more than Lizzie Borden’s feminist classic Born in Flames, but I liked the film discussion the best. They work through their disagreements about it so well.