Podcasts are awesome (especially From First to Last) and each week sees brand new, fantastic shows appearing, demanding to be fed into your ears. How do you decide what to listen to and what to ignore? Not to worry, Audiences Everywhere has you covered. Each week we’ll give our picks for the best podcasts you should be listening to about movies (and other things) so you don’t have to make any more hard podcast decisions ever again.
Movie Podcast of the Week
The Director’s Cut – A DGA Podcast
Movie maker interviews tend to, like all interviews, live and die on the quality of the interviewer. It’s very frustrating to watch a great interview subject get softball questions from a bad interviewer or a star struck fan that can’t get past the glow of meeting their hero.
The great thing about The Director’s Cut is that the directors being interviewed are being interviewed by fellow directors. Both people on stage are versed in the language of movie making and through interest and mutual respect can usually get into the good bits of a director’s work.
Each episode features two directors talking about one of the directors’ most recent film. Pairings have included Lawrence Kasden and JJ Abrams, Martin Scorsese and Alexander Payne, Pedro Almodavar and Jonathan Demme, Mira Nair and Ana DuVernay, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, and many, many more. As a filmwatcher and critic it is wonderful to hear these directors talk craft, and for budding filmmakers this is a class taught by the masters.
Where to Begin: Pick a pairing you like and go for it.
Non-Movie Podcast of the Week
No Such Thing as a Fish
If you’re like me, you like odd, bizarre facts that you can drop at parties and gatherings in lieu of having to talk about your day job or the weather. You probably also like the show QI in that case. If both of these things are true then you’re doing yourself a disservice is you’re not listening to No Such Thing as a Fish, a weekly podcast from the information gathering QI Elves, in which odd and bizarre facts are discussed at length and each week you learn a new thing that will probably benefit your life in no way at all.
The QI Elves, James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski, and Dan Schreiber, began the podcast after they found themselves having too many facts to fit on the show, and also finding that these facts were too good to waste. Each week they gather together and discuss their favourite new facts from the week.
It’s hard to give a taste of the show as each episode is so utterly random and eclectic, but it’s easier to just say that it’s fascinating, funny, and intensely weird. It’s also one of those podcasts in which you listen to the guests and want to hang around them all the time just to hear more crazy facts.
Where to Begin: Anywhere