Three Companions for Your Summer Listening

Happy Summer! ‘Tis the season of popsicles, outdoor movie nights, and afternoons swimming in the pool. It’s also the season of road trips, long walks, and afternoons lying on the beach, which are the ideal settings for setting your podcast queues and letting them run for hours.

This month, Paul Hibbard and I recommend three new podcasts in our usual suspect categories:

  • Behind the Scenes: Film history and interviews
  • Arts & Criticism: The craft of filmmaking and storytelling
  • Just for Fun: Anything else you’ll love, maybe focused on a niche topic or full of jokes for movie buffs

Don’t forget to wear extra sunscreen—you just might get so sucked in you forget to reapply.How Is This Movie? podcast

Behind the Scenes: How Is This Movie?

When host Dana Buckler isn’t having the worst luck at the movies in the history of moviegoing (think seven “Movie Theatre Rant” episodes and counting), he’s compiling the history of movies you love and recording it for your pleasure. With a special love for the series he grew up on—Alien, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Karate Kid—he finds ways to make facts about studio politics, production costs, and marketing personal. He also did something I thought impossible—he’s piqued my interest in the horror genre. (Okay, I think Jordan Peele gets some credit for that, too.) Even though I’m not sure I’ll ever brave through watching them, I can’t resist Buckler filling me in on what I need to know about horror classics like Scream, Predator, IT, and Halloween. He mixes up his format with interviews, retrospectives, and more to keep the format fresh.

Episodes to Start With:

Follow all the updates on the How Is This Movie? Facebook page.

Fighting in the War Room podcast

Arts & Criticism: Fighting in the War Room

From Contributor Paul Hibbard

Fighting in the War Room is the perfect film podcast if you are looking to break away from a stale analysis or just a rambling recalling of the plot with no insight (two of the biggest flaws that fail most film podcasts).

What you’ll get is a blend of humor from hosts who are friends. They make you laugh when you least expect it and will self-deprecatingly point out when the topics go off the rails (which is always in the most fun way possible). You’ll get a wide array of topics discussed, from film to TV to pop culture to politics. And you will get some of the best and most biting commentary, including a recent episode where it was argued passionately that Avengers: Infinity War is just two acts of a film that tries to act like it’s a three-act movie with a bleak ending.

A great podcast that will entertain, help you solidify your opinions, and even when you disagree, it will challenge your thoughts.

Episodes to Start With:

Get your fight on at the official website for the podcast.

Listen Up A-Holes podcast

Just for Fun: Listen Up A-Holes

If three Marvel movies a year—oh, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and those Netflix shows—just aren’t enough for you, then we’ve got a podcast for you in the interim.

Story expert Lani Diane Rich and superhero scholar Joshua Unruh give you all the back story you could want (and then some) on the characters at the center of all of the movies and TV shows in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting back with the OG, Iron Man. Unruh provides the crazy comic book context behind creation of the characters and storylines—and trust me, it gets crazy—and Rich digs into how the production process impacted the final film. Then they dissect into the story structure, character work, and how each installment fits into the larger universe. Best of all, they can still laugh about how insane these plots can get—and trust me, they can get insane.

Episodes to Start With:

Listen up on the website.

What’s Your Favorite Film Podcast?

What film podcasts are you listening to? We’re taking recommendations for next month. Share with us on Twitter or in our Facebook group.

And don’t forget to check out ZekeFilm’s own ZekeTalk!

Taylor Blake is a contributor for ZekeFilm, including to episodes of ZekeTalk. She co-hosts her own podcast, SO IT’S A SHOW?, about Gilmore Girls pop culture references.