It was so popular last year that we decided to do it again! Join us this holiday season as we introduce you to twelve of our favourite podcasts in the 12 Days of Podmas.
There are a ton of film podcasts out there. Ranging from small independent shows right up to substantial corporate productions like the Empire Magazine Podcast, there are just infinite numbers. And why not? It’s easy. Watch a movie, and talk about it. It’s that simple.
But then there’s the Pure Cinema Podcast. Hosted by Brian Saur and Elric Kane, who live in Los Angeles, the podcast is a unique look at movies characterised by the depth of knowledge from its hosts and the subsequent deep dives into many films you’ve never heard of. This isn’t one where someone will say something like Trancers or Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend is obscure; this will look into movies that are literally super difficult to watch.
Brian and Elric have great chemistry, and while they both have comprehensive knowledge of movies, it’s nice that they can still surprise each other with things, especially when they host themed shows where they make picks. For example, they recently did a Film Noir sampler show for the social media event Noirvember, and each of them picked five movies based on a subtheme, such as “movies that have a femme fatale”. The picks are eclectic too, going from films like the 1948 André de Toth noir Pitfall to the recent Karyn Kusama picture Destroyer, which stars Nicole Kidman.
Pure Cinema Podcast also works with the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, so they do regular podcasts where they look at upcoming classic films the cinema is showing, with Phil Blankenship from the New Beverly appearing on the episodes. This may seem irrelevant when you live in Wales, but they delve into films that, again, you may not have seen and put together ideal double features – there’s nothing to say you can’t recreate these in your own home.
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And then there are the guests. Because of the quality of the show and the connection to the New Beverly, Brian and Elric are able to pull in a certain quality of guests, which notably includes a certain Quentin Tarantino, who owns the New Beverly. They’ve hosted Tarantino several times, as well as director Roger Avary, who has just started up the Video Archives podcast with Tarantino. Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) has also guested a couple of times, mainly to discuss horror, as well as comedian Patton Oswalt, and director Rian Johnson (Knives Out).
It’s a thoroughly fascinating podcast, and Brian and Elric will have you listening for hours on end before you come away with a to-watch list a mile long. No film is too trashy; no picture is off-limits. There are no gatekeepers here – just movie fans.
Pure Cinema Podcast is available here and on other platforms.