A version of this post originally appeared on Moviepilot.com in December, 2015

Podcasting is an entertainment and communications medium that is just beginning to show its potential, even though it’s been around for over a decade.  There are hundreds of thousands of podcasts available, in almost every conceivable genre and style. It comes as no surprise that sizable slice of them deal with movies, but attempting to find your new favorite show can be a challenge.

This is a list of podcasts that feature knowledgable and passionate hosts who provide information and insights about both what goes on behind the camera, and what makes it onscreen. They examine the merits & shortcomings of story, character and production, and the cultural impact of the movies in question.

Some shows are narrowly focused, while others cast wider nets–but the aspects that they all have in common are what make these shows some of the best movie-oriented podcasts around.


1. Wham Bam Pow

Wham Bam Pow is a podcast hosted by comedians Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, Ricky Carmona that focuses primarily on Action and Sci-Fi movies. Though they are no longer recording new episodes, there are 112 in the archive for your listening pleasure. Cameron, Rhea & Ricky are hilarious and opinionated and thoughtful, and they might just make you think harder about your favorite movies.

2. Out of the Blue

David Blue is one of an increasing number of professional multi-hyphenates, as an actor, writer, director, producer, acting coach, and podcaster.  On this show, David invites some friends on to talk about their careers and their interests.  Out of the Blue is a fun and enlightening peek behind the curtain for the uninitiated, with conversations about auditioning, production & development, and what life is really like for the journeyman performers who may not get their face on a billboard in Times Square.

3. Making It with Riki Lindhome

This podcast is an essential resource for understanding how people achieve success in the entertainment industry, which unfortunately is not currently releasing new episodes.  Making It explores topics like productivity & motivation, the heart-wrenching roller-coaster of the audition process, and how most people in the entertainment industry don't make as much money as you think.  Riki is a writer, actress, and musician with an easy-going hosting style, and her podcast is a really fun way to spend an hour & change listening to talented creative people discuss their passions.

4. James Bonding

James Bonding hosts Matt Mira and Matt Gourley are superlative James Bond fans.  They not only watch the movies, they know all of the various trivia, from the cars and the clothes, to the villains and the henchmen, to the gadgets and the “Bond Girls.”  Matt & Matt expound on the triumphs and the flaws of this 53-year-old franchise, usually with guests who also have a lot to say about the adventures of 007. 

5. I Was There Too

This is a podcast that highlights actors who played smaller roles in the great moments in cinema history.  Host Matt Gourley has so far explored films like Alien, Total Recall, The Untouchables, and Speed.  The guests on I Was There Too always provide valuable insights into the process of being a supporting player or a featured extra–as opposed to the names on the marquee who usually get all the attention.

6. How Did This Get Made?

Paul Sheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas ask this penultimate question of some of the most inexplicable movies in film history.  The hosts and their guests take a good-natured approach to examining films that won’t be winning any Oscars–in fact their subjects are more typically Razzie contenders.  This podcast is breathlessly hilarious, and will cause you to enjoy your guilty pleasures on a whole new way.

7. Comedy Film Nerds

Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini recently celebrated the 300th episode of their podcast, which has developed a global following because of its hosts’ passion and forthrightness.  Chris and Graham are comedians, filmmakers, LA Podfest founders, and firm believers in the principle that Han Shot First.  The CFN podcast is at the center of an online community of fans and fellow podcasters which will be featured in the upcoming documentary Ear Buds coming in 2016.


Honorable Mentions

There are also a handful of podcasts which movie fans will enjoy. Not all of them are nominally movie-themed, but still spend time talking about movies or help contribute to an understanding of the filmmaking process. These additional shows exhibit guests who are actors, writers, directors, producers, composers, effects designers... anyone who has a behind-the-scenes look at movie-making to share.

These lists are by no means comprehensive, but they are a good place to start for those still new to podcasting, but passionate about movies.

  • The Smartest Man in the World – Intrepid host Greg Proops (who is also the author of the book version of The Smartest Man in the World) frequently lets the lighthouse of his particular wisdom illuminate the cinematic realm. Greg will proffer advice and guidance about any and all genres across the entire span of the history of filmmaking.
  • The Nerdist – Chris Hardwick, alongside his co-hosts Matt Mira & Jonah Ray, talks with anyone and everyone involved in all facets of the entertainment industry. In 800 episodes, Hardwick has been able to sit down with more and more prominent filmmakers & performers, and try to borrow from them just a little bit of wisdom to share with the rest of us.
  • The Dana Gould Hour – Dana Gould is a professional comedian and writer, with a great appreciation for movies. The Dana Gould Hour frequently features guests who are authors or documentarians (in addition to his regular staple of comedians, actors and writers) who talk at length about their projects and their interests. Dana himself drives the show with his incredible enthusiasm and breadth of knowledgeable.
  • Pop My Culture – Hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland take a broader focus with their show, which includes not just film but television, music, literature: all of popular culture. Cole & Vanessa are hilarious, thoughtful and charming hosts; PMC is a podcast well worth checking out.
  • Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show – While Kevin himself has a name everyone should recognize, he has been able to wrangle some truly legendary guests onto his podcast.  Unlike the rest of the shows on this list, KPCS is filmed and streamed live to YouTube each Sunday with the assistance of producer Jamie Fox and kick-in-the-side Samm Levine. The Chat Show is often formatted as a career survey, but each episode can range widely over the landscape of the entertainment industry.
  • Fatman on Batman – Filmmaker Kevin Smith talks about the Caped Crusader and all of his contemporaries–be they heroes or villains, DC or Marvel. The Fatman on Batman podcast principally discusses the mythology and impact of The Dark Knight, but also branches out into the growing superhero franchises on television and on the silver screen.
  • Doug Loves Movies – Doug Benson is a standup comedian who hosts live shows that are recorded for the podcast. The shows are comprised of a variety of games, typically tailored for the panel of guests on each particular episode. Doug and his guests use the games as vehicles to revel in the details of movies and performers