A serious yet accessible film discussion podcast?
August 4, 2017 12:13 PM   Subscribe

My searches have been fruitless, so I come to you, AskMe. I'm looking for a podcast where multiple people discuss films—not just new releases—and they actually kind of know what they're talking about. Like if Siskel & Ebert hadn't had time constraints on their show. But I have further parameters:

- The discussion should be accessible to a general audience, yet consisting of genuine semi-academic film analysis. Some cinephile terminology is OK, but constant casual references to Truffaut are not.
- Covering major/classic films in at least some installments is a must.
- Each episode shouldn't be longer than about an hour.
- Video podcasts are acceptable.
- This might be asking a lot, but it'd be very nice if the hosts have some sort of professional background relevant to cinema (e.g. they're film critics, they work IN the industry, etc.).
- This is for an introductory course I'm teaching on film; my hope is to be able to assign selected episodes of such a podcast, if it exists. The idea would be to model analysis in a discussion format (as opposed to just "I liked this / I didn't like that").

Movie Sign with the Mads would work if there wasn't so much inside baseball in it w/r/t both cinema nerdery and Trace and Frank's personae.

I know about Filmspotting, and I may use it. Just fishing for other, maybe shorter/more focused suggestions. Thanks!
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
What about the Slate series on conspiracy thrillers?
The first episode on the Manchurian Candidate is free, the others are behind their pay wall.
posted by vunder at 12:42 PM on August 4, 2017

I haven't listened to it for a long time, but perhaps The Canon would meet (most) of your requirements (although the episodes are longer than an hour).
posted by dis_integration at 12:48 PM on August 4, 2017

The Next Picture Show: "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."
posted by ringu0 at 12:50 PM on August 4, 2017 [6 favorites]

Someone Else's Movie features thoughtful discussions on movies hosted by critic Norm Wilner. I'm a fan.

From the promo copy: "Each week, an actor, director, screenwriter, critic or industry observer will discuss a film that he or she admires, but had no hand in making."
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 1:19 PM on August 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

...missed the edit window, but Faculty of Horror is also frequently quite good, providing feminist analysis to horror films.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 1:26 PM on August 4, 2017 [2 favorites]

Best answer: Must it be a podcast? The YouTube shows Lessons from the Screenplay, Every Frame a Painting and Nerdwriter are excellent.
posted by _bartleby at 2:55 PM on August 4, 2017 [3 favorites]

The Bechdel Cast is very accessible feminist film analysis looking at women in popular movies. Their Titanic and Ghost episodes were great. Both presenters have a screenwriting qualification and I think.

posted by NoiselessPenguin at 3:12 PM on August 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

Elvis fucking Mitchell. He knows everydamnthing and I love him
posted by janey47 at 5:41 PM on August 4, 2017

Best answer: I think you'll enjoy the Film Comment podcast.
posted by Sheydem-tants at 6:06 AM on August 5, 2017

If you want serious discussion do not under any circumstances listen to The Flop House.
posted by sol at 10:02 AM on August 5, 2017 [3 favorites]

You could try Fighting in the War Room.
posted by Squeak Attack at 9:40 PM on August 6, 2017

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