Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Perusing Podcasts

The podcast phenomenon really took off over the past couple of years. It is a great way to turn routine tasks and activities into opportunities to expand your mind and learn things, or just to entertain yourself while you are exercising or walking the dog. Here are three film related podcasts that have turned into weekly events for this listener: (All are available at iTunes or at their website linked below.)

Filmpsotting: PG/ Quality information and entertainment

This is the 60 Minutes of the film podcasting universe. A standard for years, Adam Kempenaar and Matty Robinson review one current release, destroy a film scene, and create top five lists for a new category each week. They also engage in occasional film marathons covering movies of a particular genre or director that are very educational. Any film fan wanting more content should look to these guys first.

The /Filmcast: R (for occasional language)/ Guilty pleasure with a good core

David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigly spend a couple hours a week discussing movies and TV they have been watching, current news, and reviewing one theatrical release. The first two parts are usually good, and the third part can be skipped or saved if you want to watch the film first. At times they seem to have the perspective of the very early 20 somethings they are, (Adam had a lengthy moment revealing that he thought Casablanca was over-rated.) and a very dangerous drinking game could be created for all the times they say “sort of,” kind of,” and like. In fact, the show would be half its current length without such fillers. If you can stand this delivery, you have an informative and enjoyable show.

Film Sack: PG13 (for some occasional crude humor)/ Pure genius

Scott Johnson and co. take a humorous look at lesser known or “bad” quality movies. Many of the movies are guilty pleasures from the 80s, 50s, or really any genre movie ever. Many of these episodes have prompted immediate re-listening, and all merit revisits. Not every movie they review is worth a visit, but they have prompted me to pull more than one disk out of my collection after listening.

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