Looking for a book club but for films?
Me too! Film fans, assemble!
There is a sea of film podcasts out there. Luckily, they come in all shapes, sizes and varieties so you’ll want to subscribe to more than just a few. Whether you’re looking for a classic movies podcast that gives you behind the scenes information or a comedic look at your favourite movies, I’m certain there’s a new podcast for you here.
I listened to 90+ and these are the best film podcasts on Spotify I’ve found so far.
I’ve included my favourite episode to give you an idea why you’ll want to subscribe too.
Never seen it with Kyle Ayers
My girlfriend bought me a ‘100 movies to watch’ poster and I’ve scratched off about half of them. Some popular films that remain on the poster I haven’t seen include Star Wars, Citizen Kane and The Matrix.
Comedian Kyle Ayers’ invites his fellow comedians to rewrite and play out a script for a famous movie or TV show they’ve never seen. Whilst scoring it with kids instruments.
Yep, it’s as ridiculous as it sounds.
The guests change every episode so you’re always getting a new take on good and bad movies seen.
There are also fun quizzes using IMDb trivia, guess which two films make up this plot (title consists of the two movies cleverly mashed together) and guess what movie my dad is trying to describe having only seen the trailer and having never heard of the movie (actual name of the segment).
I love this podcast so much I subscribe to the Patreon page which has bonus footage and clips.
Have a listen to the accent of Softface as they rewrite Scarface. And check out Kyle’s ridiculous photoshopping skills as he adds his guests to the movie they rewrote.
Shat the Movies
Are the movies from your childhood as good as you remember them?
Shat The Movies rewatch films from the 80’s and 90’s and discuss whether they’ve got better or worse over time. Does rewatching as an adult make a difference? Who knew for instance that Big starring Tom Hanks is actually a little disturbing and creepy?
Movies covered span all genres and are chosen by the public via poll.
Each podcast asks the team where they when it was released and what do they remember of it. Movies are broken down into five acts where they debate what worked well and funny plot holes. They even play the original movie trailer (makes you realise they used to be so much better).
At the end they rate the movie on their Shat Scale (0 wipes is the perfect movie and 5 is a total mess).
Listen to this episode about the depiction of relationships in the classic Rom-Com’ When Harry Met Sally.
Science for the win!
Is the science in films totally unrealistic? Find out as Science(ish) ask academic experts three big questions about science from the movies, in the real world.
Can you plant the seed of an idea in someone’s head like Inception? Can we extract the DNA of dinosaurs and recreate them like Jurassic Park?
Listen to this fascinating episode on whether Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind could happen.
Dreamgun Film Reads
I saw Dreamgun at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival performing their rewrite of Goldeneye and it had me in tears.
Dreamgun rewrite popular movies such as Jaws, Back To The Future and Die Hard whilst playing up to movie tropes and embracing bad impersonations.
If they’re touring near you, I definitely recommend buying tickets. I’m seeing them perform Jaws at the Underbelly Festival Southbank.
Here’s the hilarious Goldeneye episode.
From the founder of Den of Geek and all round nice guy comes Film Stories, a podcast that takes you behind the scenes of your favourite movies.
Simon Brew offers in-depth insight of films from start to finish, including problems encountered and who the lead role was initially offered to. Tom Hanks as Jerry Maguire anyone? Yeah me neither. Imagine Hanks shrieking ‘show me the money!’ *shivers.
If you enjoy Film Stories (I know you will) and you want more, there’s also the Film Stories monthly magazine. Every writer is paid (told you he was a nice guy).
Listen to this episode which discusses how The Truman Show could have had a different tone and the incredible pace Whiplash was filmed.
Scriptwriters John August and Craig Mazin take you through the fascinating world of scriptwriting.
Scriptnotes is what I imagine a screenwriting course would be like, discussing story structure, the problems that can occur and how to fix them.
The podcast also talks about the business world of screenwriting, movies and TV shows. If you enjoyed either of William Goldman’s books on screenwriting (and I did), you’ll love this podcast.
In this episode, John and Craig talk about the challenge of creating a movie with multiple heroes and multiple view points.
Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith
Every wondered what a director or writer was thinking when they created their movie? There’s a good chance Jeff has asked them. Jeff sits down with the biggest names in the movie industry to chat about their film including their writing process, how key scenes where shot and choices made.
Listen to Jeff talk to Jeb Stuart and Steven E de Souza about the legendary Die Hard (which will no doubt make you want to watch it afterwards).
The Dana Buckler Show
If you like film critics like Roger Ebert or David Thomson, you’ll probably love The Dana Buckler Show.
It seems like he’s seen every film ever created so if you’re looking for some film recommendations, listen to the 20th Century Movie Club episodes where they discuss their favourite films from a particular theme, like best directorial debut movies.
Other episodes also include deep dive analysis and history of iconic films, movie stars and directors together with guests who are also fanatic about film. Listen to their thoughts on Avengers: End Game and whether it was a fitting end.
Hosted by actor Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson, Unspooled dives deep into the top 100 films on the American Film Institute’s list and decide whether they merit their place (Die Hard not on the list? Controversial).
It’s well researched, uncovering fascinating facts into the making of the movie, interviews with artists and experts as well as the segment ‘is there a Simpsons episode referencing this?’.
Listen to the episode of Indiana Jones and The Raiders of Lost Ark.
How Did This Get Made?
Ever watch a bad movie and wonder how it got the go-ahead to be made? Chances are the How Did This Get Made team have seen an even worse film. Their aim is to find and take the piss out of them. They made me realise how ridiculous Con-Air actually is…
The podcast consists of comedians Paul Scheer (The League), June Diane Raphael (New Girl) and Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn 99).
Listen to some very hilarious and bad London accents as they pick apart Jason Statham in Cellular.
What are your favourite film podcasts? Let me know in the comments section below!