Mar 29, 2023

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: March Round-Up

It was an especially illuminating month of podcast listening. Lots of great variety. All episode titles link to the show: 

Teenage Golden Age 
March 8, 2023 

I love this teen-hosted classic film podcast. Elsie is a natural at hosting. She shares some fascinating insights about Hepburn and her place in a male-dominated industry. The show brough back great memories of discovering classics as a teen myself, though I wasn’t half as good at analyzing what I saw.

The Movies That Made Me 
March 3, 2023 

This is a repost of a classic episode of the podcast. Anders knows so much about movies. She tells some great stories here about some of the best filmmakers to step behind a camera. Content Warning: extensive discussion about SA in the first 24:00.

Pure Cinema Podcast 
March 6, 2023 

Elric and Brian never fail to dramatically expand my to watch list with each episode. I had never even heard of several of their picks in this video store-themed show. The discussion really did evoke the feeling of walking the aisles, checking out the art on this rows of VHS boxes.

The Treatment 
March 18, 2023 

The segment with Farran Nehme aka Self-Styled Siren begins at 29:00, she talks about her writing, including a piece she did about John Wayne, Sacheen Littlefeather, and a notorious moment at the Academy Awards 50 years ago. She does a good job unpacking the incident and how, as always, she carefully researched what happened to ensure she had the facts.

Mar 1, 2023

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: February Round-up

These are interesting, evolving times for film fans. That was reflected in my podcast listening this month. Episode titles link to the show: 

Cinema Junkie 
February 24, 2023 

While I wasn’t surprised to see TCM Underground cancelled after its programmer Millie de Chirico was laid off in December 2022, it was still sad to realize there would be no more exciting discoveries to be found from this fascinating program. I felt a bit better after listening to this conversation with de Chirico. Not only is she still out there ready to share more films, she has co-written a great book about cult movies that will endure.
The Video Essay Podcast 
February 16, 2023 

I love how honest this YouTuber is about the ups and downs of making a living creating video essays. It’s interesting how he’s balanced his work between popular topics and more soul stirring projects.
Maltin on Movies 
February 24, 2023 

Jamie Lee Curtis has a lot of interesting insights to share about her famous parents Tony Curtis and Janet Lee in this open-hearted conversation. It’s a bit amusing how she still doesn’t seem to understand the full array of ways that being a nepo baby has helped her career. I think she means well and truly isn’t able to get it from her perspective. Still, it was funny how she insisted she’d never used her parent’s connections only to share several minutes later that she did just that to get a literary agent.
Pop Culture Happy Hour 
February 15, 2023 

There’s a great appreciation for all kinds of movies here, from strictly thrills to arthouse, and acknowledgement that the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. I also loved the tips about how to watch movies, the most valuable information for me being how to stay awake for the full running time after a long day.