#TryPod: For Film Junkies

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For Film Junkies

There are SO many movie podcasts. Everyone has opinions about movies and everyone wants to share them, so I’m fairly picky about which film podcasts I’ll listen to. Here are some of my favorites.

TheFilmVault_300The Film Vault
This was the very first podcast I listened to. On a whim I thought I would try The Film Vault and I grew to really love that show. Anderson Cowan and Bryan Bishop host this ‘Top Five’ format show. They spend some time talking about movies they’ve seen in the last week before going through their ‘Top Five’ of the week. I like The Film Vault because it’s consistent, there is always a new episode up on Fridays and even if they cover a topic I’m not particularly interested in, I still enjoy the episode. Bryan and Anderson’s love/hate relationship is entertaining on its own, but they do give thoughtful analysis of the movies they see without giving away important plot points. The biggest thing that I’ve gained from this podcast is a reviewer whose opinion I trust. After many, many episodes of The Film Vault it has become clear that my taste in movies is nearly spot on with Anderson’s. So if there’s ever a movie I’m on the fence about seeing, I hold his opinion to a bit higher esteem than I would other movie critics. However, the biggest gift that The Film Vault has given me is to lead me to The After Disaster, a show so ridiculous that you should always make sure that the headphones are plugged in before you hit play.

  • Honorable mention: Cinemaddicts
    Anderson hosts this show with his friend Greg Srisavasdi, a professional movie critic. Cinemaddicts always covers films that are currently out in theaters and has a more academic approach where The Film Vault is a little more playful and informal. I get a lot of value out of Cinemaddicts, though, so I find it a good companion piece to The Film Vault.

chatterAwards Chatter, The Hollywood Reporter
I love the Awards Season, this blog was born out of a love for all things related to the Oscars so I will absolutely eat up a podcast about Awards Season. Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter has my career. His job is to cover all things related to the lead-up to the Academy Awards. He gets to do some incredible interviews and now those interviews take an audio form as well as a print form. In Awards Chatter Scott Feinberg talks to actors, writers, directors, producers, and more about their careers and the films that they worked on that are currently getting attetion. There’s a reason Scott Feinberg has this job and I don’t, he’s very good at it. He’s a great interviewer – he asks great questions and gives the interviewee room to give a full answer. I’ve learned a lot about the people who make the films that I love from Awards Chatter.

  • Honorable mention: The Awards Show Show, KPCC &
    Another great episode surrounding the Awards Season. Awards Chatter never offers you an opinion or critique of the nominations, Scott Feinberg is more of a journalist than a critic in his role, but The Awards Show Show offers great critique and educated opinions from people who see just about every movie nominated. I really valued their debates and discussions during this last Awards Season. 

Review: Arrival


Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Written by: Eric Heisserer, based on the story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Summary: Linguist professor Louise Banks is brought in by the U.S. military to help communicate with aliens that have made their first contact with Earth. International tensions rise and Louise is under pressure find answers about the aliens and about herself.

I don’t know what I was expecting from Arrival but it wasn’t this. From the outside it looks like a potentially interesting movie about aliens, but it turns out to be far more complex than that. (more…)

Oscar Predictions: Part 3

This concludes my three part Oscar predictions posts. Check out parts one and two for my predictions in the other Oscar categories.


This post features the following categories:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress


Oscar Predictions: Part 2

<> on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.

Part 2 of my Oscar predictions! You can read part 1 here.
This post includes the following categories:

  • Best Original Score
  • Best Original Song
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Makeup and hair Styling
  • Best Costume Design


(bite size) Review: Brooklyn


Directed by: John Crowley
Written by: Nick Hornby based on the book by Colm Toibin
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson

Summary: A young Irish woman immigrates to Brooklyn where she falls in love with a young Italian man. After tragedy strikes back in Ireland, she is forced to choose between the life she left behind and the new life she has built in America. (more…)

Review: The Revenant



Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Written by: Mark L. Smith, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, based on the book by Michael Punke
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter

Summary: In the early 1800s American west, fur trapper Hugh Glass is mauled by a bear and near death. Believing him beyond help, he is left in the wilderness to die. The Revenant tells the story of Glass’ determination to survive and seek vengeance against those who have wronged him.

The Revenant is kind of a masterpiece. Between this and Birdman, Iñárritu and his team have been dominating the last two years.  (more…)

Review: The Big Short


Directed by: Adam McKay
Screenplay by: Adam McKay, Charles Randolph, based on the book by Michael Lewis
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Bratt Pitt

Summary: Financial analysts in New York City identify risks and fraudulent activity in the housing market and use this knowledge to predict the financial crisis of 2008.

“It’s like someone hit a piñata full of white guys who suck at golf.”


(bite size) Review: Mad Max: Fury Road


Directed by: George Miller
Written by: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

Summary: In a post-apocalyptic world Mad Max (Tom Hardy) and Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) are on the run from a tyrannous leader and his battalion of trucks and blood thirsty army. They are fleeing a society in which water and gasoline are highly sought after commodities and women are valued only by their ability to carry a child.


(bite size) Review: The Martian


Directed by: Ridley Scott
Written by: Drew Goddard (based on the novel by Andy Weir)
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristin Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Summary: An astronaut, Mark Watney (Matt Damon), is stranded on Mars by his mission team who believe him to be dead. Through determination, wit, and creative thinking he survives alone on the planet for over a year. (more…)