This month I was especially impressed by the quality of the interviews in my favorite episodes. These are all lively, though-provoking conversations. As always, please share in the comments if you know of a podcast I should be listening to, even your own! Episode titles link to the show:
The Film Programme
March 5, 2020
In her conversation with director John Boorman, Antonia Quirke asks all the right questions. She gets the legendary filmmaker to open up beautifully about his craft, from the reasons he prefers working with digital over film, to how his partnership with Lee Marvin unfolded during the filming of Point Blank (1967).
The Film Scene
February 13, 2020
The Love Witch (2016) director Anna Biller has a wide-ranging conversation with host Illeana Douglas about her own work and classic films. I was especially interested in Biller’s comments about the death of melodrama and a sincerity of tone in films and why those things are important to cinema.
January 9, 2020
I enjoyed the thorough exploration of the Italian Giallo genre in this episode. It’s a perfect introduction to the genre for beginners, but as a longtime fan of these films, I also found it an entertaining look at the history, tropes and flicks of this unique style of horror.
February 21, 2020
Sam Wasson is one of the best film writers working today. His books Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Dawn of the Modern Woman and a massive Fosse biography are addictive and impossible to put down. It turns out he’s quite a character too. He’s entertaining, insightful, and knowledgeable in this interview with host Elvis Mitchell, where they discuss his new book (to be reviewed here soon) The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood.