I’ve been so bad at consuming popular culture this week (I’ve been having afternoon naps instead of watching television), so I don’t have anything to review. This weekend I’ll try to review a movie and some of The 100, but I don’t have anything to write about today, so I’m going to list some of my favourite podcasts, which are mostly television related, but there is also one about film, and Chat 10 Looks 3. There are other television podcasts I love, but they haven’t released episodes for at least six months, so they’re not included.
Chat 10 Looks 3: I was about to publish this post when I realised that I didn’t include my favourite podcast of 2014. Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales, two of Australia’s best political journalists talk about books, food and occasionally television and film. They’ve only released one episode this year, but they went to see 50 Shades of Grey, because they decided the theme for the week should be doing something you wouldn’t normally do. From what I understand, they giggled through most of the film, and their review was delightful.
Firewall and Iceberg: Dan Feinberg and Alan Sepinwall of HitFix review new and returning television shows, and answer listener mail whenever there are interesting questions. This past week, they did a show dedicated to the Parks and Recreation finale, which I have not seen because I’m so behind on the show, as well as another podcast reviewing one of my least favourite shows, House of Cards and the US remake of the terrible Australian drama Secrets and Lies, as well as the upcoming crime procedural whose pilot was written by Vince Gilligan, Battle Creek, and Will Forte’s Last Man on Earth. When Breaking Bad was on, they dedicated a segment of their show to the episode that aired that week (I can’t remember if they discussed “Ozymandias” that week because Alan was in the hospital with appendicitis, and he reviewed the episode not long after his operation). They also discuss Game of Thrones at the end of each season; they don’t do more of it because Alan hasn’t read the books and has a history of being spoiled by his readers in the comments, by Twitter accounts designed to spoil people, and in emails from readers asking why the show didn’t do certain things. They also do a ‘Worst television of the year’ podcast, which is always entertaining.
Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan: Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post, and Ryan McGee, who is a freelancer who has written for The A.V. Club, HitFix and Screencrush have been podcasting together for five years. Like Alan and Dan, they review upcoming shows, but what I love about them is that they also become obsessed with niche genre shows, like Spartacus and The 100, sometimes dedicating entire episodes to shows that don’t get a lot of critical attention.
The Station Agents: Joanna Robinson of Vanity Fair, Dustin Rowles of Pajiba and Josh Kurp of Uproxx talk about their favourite television shows of the past week. As much as I love the two podcasts mentioned above, there’s something nice about the way friends are sitting down and chatting about their favourite television of the week. They also came up with a spinoff of Suits called Skirts, which I really want to watch.
The /Filmcast: I had a lot of trouble trying to find a podcast dedicated to film that didn’t seem overwhelming, and since I had heard Dave Chen on other podcasts, I decided to give this one a try. He has a great dynamic with co-hosts Devindra Hardawar and Jeff Cannata, and I like the format of the show. They discuss what they’ve watched during the week, the film news of the week, then review one movie. Just one, which is why I like it. I don’t want to listen to a podcast about several films I haven’t seen, so this one is easier for me to listen to. There’s also a spoiler section after the review, which means that if I want to go and see a film based on the review, I can stop listening until after I’ve seen it.
Holler Back: This podcast about Justified is hosted by Joanna Robinson and Ryan McGee. Now that I’m writing about Justified, I really appreciate getting insight from other people about the show (the review over at The A.V. Club this week is really well written and gives some great insight into Raylan). Another great aspect of the podcast is how Jo and Ryan honour the fantastic dialogue in Justified and find a quotation from the show that they can use in real life.
A Cast of Kings: Dave Chen and Joanna Robinson began this Game of Thrones podcast during the show’s second season. Like The /Filmcast, it is hosted by /Film. Dave and Joanna have a great dynamic because Joanna has read the books and Dave hasn’t. This means that Joanna reads through all the emails so that Dave doesn’t read spoilers because she’s a good friend, and she also gets incredibly frustrated with him, which is amusing. It’s also really funny when Dave has his theories which are completely wrong.