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The best podcasts for Appreciating cinema history

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Who am I?

I am a lifelong passionate fan of film and music. I've always tried to search out the artform from the corners not always explored by the mainstream outlets (although there's plenty there that's wonderful as well). I started listening to podcasts in 2009, and since then, my taste in film and music has expanded greatly. I owe a lot to these other shows who expanded what I love....if you can't talk with the hosts in a pub over a drink, you can listen to their recommendations via the podosphere. I've made many friends over the years and have travelled to celebrate our common interests and friendship. Like many, I have watched tons of films since childhood - in the cinema and on home media. I always loved the idea of discussing in depth the nature of the films I watched, but didn't have a film club to attend. However, through one of the many film forums online, I met kindred spirits, and we have been discussing films for our podcast for 9 years. The podcast is like our film club....that we just get others to listen to.

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What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

See Hear is devoted to the niche / not so niche topic of films that are music-centric. The films have to have music, musicians or music culture as part of the narrative. Documentary or fiction is fine. We have been doing both round table discussions on specific films and interviews with directors. Occasionally, we have strayed into musiCALS where the topic is not not necessarily about music, but....our pod, our choice. I love where we do interviews with independent directors who have turned a passion project into something to be enjoyed by many viewers. I also love the round table episodes where my co hosts select films I have never been aware of to discuss, and can do research into before giving our thoughts. My selections are going to be favourite film podcasts that inspired the way my co hosts and I do ours (some of whom are hosts we have collaborated with and count as friends).

What is my podcast playlist about?

My list is about 5 shows where the focus is on films from the history of cinema that may have eluded your attention. The hosts are always knowledgeable enough, and are great raconteurs to entice you to watch the films they recommend. These are not shows that zero in on "the latest" or serve as echo chambers to talk about films you've probably seen a million times.....yet they're not deliberately obscure either. These are just run by people who are passionate enough for film in the way that some feel about literature.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. The Projection Booth Podcast

Why this podcast?

My favourite film podcast. Mike always picks a large variety of films from the entire history of cinema to discuss with his co hosts, then (where possible) brings in writers, directors or actors associated with that film, or academics who can put the films in their historical context. The show is always informative, but never dry, and is a lot of fun. Mike does regular theme months like Czechtember, Noirvember, and will cover all sorts of things from mainstream, cult favourites, silent cinema, Europena and Asian cinema. You are never lost for an episode to listen to, no matter your taste.

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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, Sir Tim Rice, Julie Taymor, John Waters, and more. The podcast features discussions of films from a wide variety of genres with in-depth critical analysis.
Visit us at http://www.projectionboothpodcast.com
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2. Reel Britannia

Why this podcast?

Scott and his rotating series of co hosts regularly discuss films from the history of British cinema, with a heavy emphasis on older films (and many obscure ones). The conversations are always fun from gents who know their stuff.

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A very British podcast about very British movies...with the occasional hint of professionalism

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3. The Gentlemens Guide To Midnite Cinema

Why this podcast?

This is the show in this list I've been listening to the longest. Will Smith (not that one) and Sam U. Rai talk mainly (though not exclusively) about cult films that are action oriented, be they Asian martial arts, Eurocrime, or 80s direct to video crime films. They know about a wider range of films than those topics, but these are their passion. I have been tuning in since 2010, and love the rapport the gents have with each other and their community (not just an audience). They are one of the reasons I started podcasting in the first place. My co hosts are part of the GGTMC community.

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A show for those of us who love genre movies. We cover horror, westerns, giallo, sci-fi, sports, sleaze, action and just about any other genre you can think of during the wee hours of the night. Join us every week here at the GGtMC!!!

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4. Cult Movies Podcast

Why this podcast?

Host Anthony King and guests discuss films from the beloved Cult Movies series of books by Anthony Peary, then bring up pairing recommendations at the end of the main discussion. Knowledgeable and entertaining.

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Celebrating underseen films, lesser-known gems, and unrecognized masterpieces maligned and panned by audiences and critics alike. Based on Danny Peary's books.

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5. The Movies That Made Me

Why this podcast?

Hosted by screen writer Josh Olson and film director (and movie history geek) Joe Dante, this show is an offshoot of the brilliant Trailers From Hell website. The gents bring in guests who are also in the film biz to discuss 10 films that played a part in making them who they are. Always humorous and never formal, it feels like you're eavesdropping on 3 movie geeks having a wonderful time talking about film history.

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The Movies That Made Me

Trailers From Hell, Josh Olson, Joe Dante

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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.

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