Well 2011 was a big shaking up point for a lot of podcasts I listened to, with a lot giving up the ghost.
So now here at the beginning of 2012, my current favorite podcasts are as follows:
COMIC GEEK SPEAK
11 OCLOCK COMICS
THE TREATMENT-One of the new podcasts on this list. So I’ll give a quick description: Elvis Mitchell is the host of THE TREATMENT, one of the better cinema interview shows I’ve come across. It’s typically great,and incise and smart, avoiding the inane questions that most reviewers ask.
That said, if there’s one demerit you can lay against Elvis Mitchell’s interviewing style is he comes into interviews with a thematic agenda, or thematic viewpoint that he tries to foist upon the people he interviews.
And when they politely say, ‘uhh not really’. He still over their objections insists ‘these are the things you try for in each of your films’, etc, no doubt because he’s worked the interview out in his head and doesn’t want to relinquish his hypothesis/preconceived notions; but it still comes off as more than a bit… suspect,
To pursue a line of inquiry that has been asked and answered seems like you’re not listening to your guest. We’re here to hear the personalities viewpoint on their work, not for them to signon on a reviewers viewpoints.
Thematic even stylistic agendas are typically more about the viewer than the filmmaker. Concepts like filmnoir are hindsight discoveries or designations by armchsir film critics, often trying to create parallels or themes or constants, when viewing a filmmakers work in quantity, when really that’s often not what the filmmaker was going for at all.
So rare is the filmaker or actor who thinks in terms of playing the same stylistic tune, but more readily thinks simply in terms of telling the story. And if there is a thruline between products/films its less something imposed than something ingrained, So yeah I typically find interviews trying to convince filmmakers about their style, sketchy at best.
But when not leaning on that particular crutch, Mitchell can make for intriguing and fun interviews. He interviews everyone from David Cronenberg to Lawrence Fishburne to Kevin Smith to John Landis to John Ridley to Mark Waid, etc. And manages to do it all in a scant short form format. Go listen now.
You can check them all out at the links below:
There are a few shows I’m going through to fill spots 9 and 10. One forerunner being THE RED PANDA. If you want to suggest some podcasts, please do.
Check back soon!