Film Podcast Review : How Is This Movie

How Is This Movie film podcast

I love How Is This Movie – while there are great film podcasts out there (see the film category for some examples!) that focus on current or retro film reviews together with top 3s etc., it is very very refreshing to find a show that talks around the subject of film, looking at topics such as streaming services & the demise of the video store to analysis of film certification and discussion of films & politics with the infamous Hollywood blacklist.

As well as general film subjects, they do also discuss specific films, for example they looked at the Star Wars saga and a recent episode examined Back To The Future, but they always come at it from a slightly different angle to other shows – you can tell that a huge amount of research has been undertaken, and a conscious effort has been made to approach the subject in a new way.

It is clear that the main host, Dana Buckler, doesn’t mind the work involved in researching the show – his love for movies is writ large throughout the shows and his general presentation style makes each episode fly by, you’re in safe hands here!  On some shows Dana is joined by co-host Jonathan Geneva, and on these episodes they take it in turns to tell aspects of the subject of that show.  The interplay between them is excellent and while they don’t play on it too much there is also a slight age gap that gives added depth to the conversation – for example the episode on Batman illustrates the perspective of Dana, who was in line to watch Michael Keaton don the cowl in ’89 (as was I!) compared to Jonathan who found it slightly later and therefore watched it without being surrounded by all of the Bat-hype of the time!

So this show isn’t necessarily the place to come for reviews of the movies currently packing out the multiplexes, this is for film fans wanting to expand their awareness of general movie issues, film history and to discover new information about much loved classics.  Highly recommended.

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Q Filmcast Podcast

Q Filmcast Podcast

Comedy Podcast Review : Succotash

Succotash comedy podcast

Who doesn’t love a laugh?!?!  If you’re a comedy podcasts fan then you should listen to the Succotash Comedy Podcast Podcast with Marc Hershon.  Marc is an enthusiastic supporter of comedy podcasts, and together with associate producer Tyson Saner they fill each episode with clips from a broad spectrum of shows, uncovering some real gems along the way.  The podcasts that are highlighted cover a broad range of comedy programmes, from shows that are more obviously comedy featuring sketches and comedy improvisation (such as GoodPodcasts favourites Inverse Delirium, John Dredge, ManBuyCow and 4am Cab) to the shows that are more free-wheeling, featuring amusing general discussions between hosts, for example What A Pair Of Trousers, Adam & JP and Screams & Moans.

Each episode also features its own sections including the regular ‘Bursts Of Durst’ where comedian Will Durst offers commentary on a range of subjects, and a look at the Top 10 Most Active Shows in the Stitcher comedy podcast list – note that podcasts may move down as well as up!!  Succotash also regularly features interviews with comedy podcast producers such as Monica Hamburg from the Dazed & Convicted podcast.

If you have a comedy podcast and haven’t yet been featured, don’t sit there grumbling as you’ve only yourself to blame – even though they trawl the comedy podcast lists themselves to source clips, there’s only so much time in the day, so they are very active on social media inviting podcasters to submit their own clips to potentially be featured on the show.

It feels a bit odd that this is a podcast recommendation for a podcast recommendation show, but Marc is an excellent host, the clips are varied and as I tend not to feature the non-scripted kind of shows on this site, I’ve no hesitation in recommending that you subscribe to Succotash to hear a huge range of comedy podcasts!

Find it on the web, iTunes, Twitter and Facebook

You can hear a podcast related to this review below (and this week we have some very special guests!) and you can also subscribe via the links page.

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Inverse Delirium Podcast

Inverse Delirium Podcast

Hip-Hop Music Podcast Review : Air Adam

Air Adam Hip Hop Music Podcast

I love a wide variety of music, and that isn’t something that is necessarily represented on this site – most of the music shows I’ve tipped are electronic dance music of one form or another, but I also like all forms of guitar music (for example the music played on the excellent Indiestry podcast) amongst classical music, the blues, and all sorts of other songs of all genres going back many years.  The post I wrote on music podcasts goes some way to highlighting that variety, but there was one glaring omission that has always bugged me – hip hop!

Over the years that I’ve been listening to podcasts I’ve often tried to find a good hip-hop/rap one but have always been found left wanting, and I’m not sure why – I may be wrong but I always thought that the legend of hip-hop was born and bred via home production of mix tapes, street-corner improvisation and underground rap battles.  Surely the ‘free-for-all’ attitude of podcasts means that it is the ideal place for aspiring DJs, producers and MCs to ply their trade?!

So it was a relief to finally find the Air Adam podcast – a music podcast focusing on rap & hip-hop, along with a bit of soul & funk.  Manchester (UK) based Adam is firmly entrenched in the hip-hop scene, producing his own tracks and DJing at events as well as being an accomplished photographer, documenting the Manchester hip-hop scene as well as other photography styles.  Air Adam should have a word with the Northern Soul people to show them about the northern hip hop scene – thankfully it’s not just all boys with guitars!

While it was a relief to find a hip-hop show, it was even more of a relief that it is an excellent one – there is a diverse selection of tracks within the genre from better known tracks to more obscure songs, mixed well and presented with a nice laid-back vibe.  Some of the best show notes I’ve ever seen too!

Find it on the main website, LibSyn and Twitter

You can hear the podcast related to this review below (but brace yourself for the MCing you will uncover!) and you can also subscribe via the links page.

Podcast Head To Head : James Bond Podcasts

PodClash – Battle Of The Bonds!

This post has gone through a few iterations!  Initially it was going to just be a review of James Bonding, however I then became aware of two other James Bond podcasts – James Bond Radio and The Q Branch – so the idea became to have a ‘Bond-off’ between the three.  However Q Branch seems to have gone quiet so instead, much as people debate who is the best Bond, we are going to have a head-to-head to decide the best Bond podcast!

James Bonding podcastJames Bonding is a podcast on the Nerdist network hosted by Matt Gourley and Matt Mira.  Each episode they, along with a fellow comedian guest, review an entry in the James Bond film series.  Cleverly they are flipping between eras, starting with the first film (“Dr. No”) then the last (“Skyfall”) then back to “Thunderball” then forwards again to “Quantum Of Solace” and so on.  This rather handily avoids the problem of having multiple podcast episodes in a row getting through the sometimes embarrassing Roger Moore period towards the wrinkly end as well as the appalling Pierce Brosnan films that could have very easily killed the series!

James Bond Radio PodcastKeeping the British end up is James Bond Radio hosted by Tom Seers and Chris Wright.  Where James Bonding bases each episode almost exclusively on discussions of the films, James Bond Radio has much more of a variety, with different episodes featuring discussion of current Bond news, interviews, episodes devoted to gadgets etc., as well as similarly in depth film reviews.

Both shows absolutely LOVE James Bond but that is not to say that that love is blind, they are equally aware that some of the films have their crap moments, and that the politics of the series are sometimes somewhat questionable!  They both also know the films inside out as well as being able to provide extensive cast & crew details, ‘making of’ trivia, along with potential alternate theme music, anecdotes and personal reminiscences.

As I mentioned at the beginning, the idea was to find the best Bond podcast in the same way that people debate the best Bond actor.  Of course though, the debate on the best Bond actor is continually ongoing as different people like different Bonds – and without sitting on the fence too much, these podcasts are both good in different ways!  However I can’t just sit on the fence though so if you put a Walther PPK to my head, my favourite is James Bond Radio.

As well as the variety in content that I mentioned earlier, the discussion in James Bond Radio is also natural and amusing without trying too hard, whereas James Bonding, featuring as it does professional comedians with a improvisation background, can sometimes disappear down rabbit holes with the result being that the shows can be overlong – there can be too much of a good thing!  Also, when James Bonding play film/music clips and then talk over them the audio can become quite jumbled.

Pick an episode of each show to start with and see whose approach you prefer – but be warned that your spare time will evaporate as the enthusiasm and love that all of these guys have for the series will compel you to either buy or get the box-set off the shelf and watch/listen along!

Check out James Bond Radio on the Web, Twitter, Facebook and iTunes

Check out James Bonding on the Web, iTunes and Twitter.

You can hear the review below and you can also subscribe via the links page.

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Now Playing film podcast

Now Playing film podcast

Podcast Review : A Better Life

A Better Life Podcast

The host of the ‘A Better Life’ podcast, Michael Ross, is the living embodiment of the principals that he espouses in this newcomer to the self-help podcast scene.  He has turned his life around from going off the rails as a younger man and it is this life experience that he draws on in these shows – his personal anecdotes help to lend credence to the self improvement tips that are being suggested.  Michael is an enthusiastic host, with an energy that fizzes through the airwaves – one of his mantras each episode is about taking action on the suggestions being made rather than just passively listening, and with a motivational host such as this one, you’ll have to be pretty lazy not to want to take up that advice!!

As well as Michael’s personal tales, the 20-30 minute shows also offer up other quotes and stories along with some scientific principals (don’t worry, they’re not too complicated!) that add colour and round out the points being made.  Finally there are some clear, practical tips and advice that, as mentioned, really should be listened to and actioned upon!

Check it out on the Web (have patience, the site is a bit slow to load), Facebook, Twitter and iTunes

You can hear the review below and you can also subscribe via the links page.

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Life Habits with Karel Vrendenburg

Life Habits with Karel Vrendenburg

Problems with Apple’s Podcasts App?  Here’s the alternative!

Apple Podcasts App

So there’s been another iTunes and accompanying Podcasts app update, and as usual it’s swiftly followed by a slew of complaints from users that it’s crashing, messed up their podcasts, and it’s coupled with another batch of embarrassing reviews in the App Store.

Apple are renowned for making products that ‘just work’.  Well the abysmal Podcasts app disproves that theory quite comprehensively.  I had endless issues with the Apple app, from it racing through my cellular data usage even though all such settings were off, to causing a sync with iTunes to freeze every time it reached the podcasts part.  For some mysterious reason, this piece of software does not seem to be subject to the usual Apple quality controls!


Downcast App

Downcast on the other hand does ‘just work’.  You can easily search for new shows either by browsing charts (with the added option of looking at charts from ALL countries, not just your native setting), searching manually or by adding in a specific RSS feed yourself.  You can create podcast lists, configure all sorts of updating/organisational settings, show notes appear with clickable links…the list of positives goes on and on and I’ve never had any problems using it.


This isn’t meant to be a review or a ‘how to’ for Downcast, it’s just a simple piece of friendly advice from one podcast fan to others – if you listen to podcasts on an iPhone and you’ve been persevering with the Apple Podcasts app, STOP!  Use Downcast instead, you won’t regret it!

Podcast Interview : Funky House London

Funky House London

Yes, the title is correct, this week’s post isn’t a review, it’s a break from the norm and features the first GoodPodcasts interview.  While I love all kinds of music, regular readers will have noticed that the majority of the music reviews on the site have been dance music podcasts, or Electronic Dance Music (EDM) as it now seems to be known.  I do find it a bit strange that there are lots of dance music compilation albums in the charts when there are plenty of free music downloads available in the form of podcasts!  Dance music especially has a monopoly in the podcast world – a quick glance at the UK top 10 iTunes Music Podcast chart for example shows 8 out of 10 shows feature dance music in one form or another.

Dance music sub-genres come and go, with only a few having any staying power – it could be age catching up with me, but if, in 10 years time, Good Podcasts Jr. is blasting out dubstep in his bedroom I will no doubt turn into a stereotypical out-of-touch parent, banging on the ceiling and bemoaning the lack of any discernible tune…leaving aside the fact that I used to listen to some pretty horrendous Dutch gabba as a teenager!!

A branch of dance music that has endured however is Funky House – as well as being music that just makes me want to dance, it’s a genre that is so uplifting it could almost be prescribed as mood-medicine, you’d have to be the staunchest emo-kid for this it not to bring a smile to your face.  Funky House London celebrates the genre, and I’m delighted to present this interview with the creator of the show, Andy, in order to celebrate his 8 years of podcasting.  Here is the interview :-

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Thank-you very much again to Andy for the interview – if you haven’t yet checked out Funky House London then I really do urge you to do so!  If you’ve read this far then you are already part of the podcast movement but if you know people who love this kind of music and who don’t yet know what a podcast is, do them a favour, tell them about Funky House London, show them how easy it is to download and listen to a podcast – let’s get the word out there!

Find Funky House London on the web, Twitter and Facebook

Podcast Review : Attaboy Clarence

Attaboy Clarence PodcastAttaboy Clarence (from the final line in It’s A Wonderful Life) is a classic movie and old time radio podcast.  In a similar way that I don’t review shows like the Ricky Gervais podcast as it’s so popular there’s little point, host Adam Roche is using this show to give some love to some of the the forgotten gems from the era.  Each episode presents reviews, trivia and soundclips together with a complete ‘old time radio’ episode.

There are also episodes in the feed that are feature length documentaries, so far including a special on Sherlock Holmes as played by Basil Rathbone on film & radio and more recently the superb ‘Sex in Monochrome’ episode detailing how Hollywood handled sex prior to the Hays code in the ’30s.  These are comprehensive documentaries detailing cast and crew biographies, plot synopses, trivia, production details, critical reception, and also taking into account real-world events and their impact on the stories.  The shows clearly represent a huge amount of work both in terms of research and in compiling the soundbed of music and film/radio clips running throughout.  The effort really pays off and they are a high watermark for the podcast world – this is how podcasts should be made.

As with Down These Mean Streets, it’s great that these films and radio shows are being kept alive, and they’re certainly being done justice with the excellent production of this podcast by a very likeable host!

Find it on the Web, Facebook, Twitter and iTunes

You can hear the review below and you can also subscribe via the links page.

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Down These Mean Streets Podcast

Down These Mean Streets Podcast

The week in GoodPodcasts…02-05-14


It’s GoodPodcasts first birthday so we highlighted some of the best of the best over the last year :-

John Dredge Podcast small

Live Wire Podcast Radio small

Now Playing Film Podcast small

The Self Help Podcast small

Art Of Photography Podcast small

If you have any comments let me know on Twitter or Facebook.  You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or if you don’t want to use Apple products(!) then it’s also in Stitcher or here.  As always, the emboldened bits are the links – for a mysterious reason some appear as normal ‘links’ (underlined), some don’t – no idea why!!  They’re all clickable though!

Music Podcasts

  • An absolutely fantastic mix from Indiestry this week – it’s an essential listen!
  • If you have even a passing interest in #hiphop you MUST listen to this awesome mix from Krafty Kuts

Podcasting Podcasts!

  • UK based podcasters should check out the latest episode (a beta Google+ hangout) from UK Podcasters and think about getting involved!
  • Interesting chat on podcasting between Pizza Beer Revolution and The Angry Ginger!

Comedy Podcasts

  • Another great episode of the John Dredge ‘Nothing To Do With Anything’ comedy podcast!
  • It’s the last episode of the current series for Angry Chimp, hurry back soon!

Sport Podcasts

  • An always entertaining look at F1 from F1 Rejects!

Spiritual Podcasts

  • Fascinating and powerful stuff on the spiritual podcast from Things Unseen

Film Podcasts

  • For a discussion on some of the biggest film fights plus a review of The Raid 2 see the latest In Session Film show
  • The latest episode of Attaboy Clarence is excellent feature length documentary on silver screen sex in the 30s/40s – this is how podcasts should be made, you must listen to it!

Business Podcasts

  • The legend that is Seth Godin features on the latest Copyblogger show.

See you next week!

GoodPodcasts is 1!

GoodPodcasts BirthdayGoodPodcasts is 1!  That means that we are walking but we still fall down a lot, and mess our pants regularly.  I’m celebrating the first birthday by giving myself licence to relax the schedule – going forwards there may not necessarily be a review each week.  There is a common wisdom that to create a successful blog/podcast you should stick to a regular schedule, but I believe that if you are interested in something then you”ll subscribe and won’t mind too much when new posts appear – I hope I’m right and that you stick with me(!), make sure you are subscribed via the links here to make sure you don’t miss any updates!

It has been an interesting year – I’m heading towards 1,000 Twitter followers which was beyond my wildest dreams when I started, and the number of visitors to the site has been fantastic.  I have had conversations with lots of podcasters and podcast fans alike, the world of podcasts has a great community.

It’s also been amazing that I’ve had some reviews on iTunes so it’s a huge thanks to chezR who said :-

“A podcast about good podcasts! If your a podcast junkie here’s the place to go to help find the good ones without wasting your time. A novel concept whose time has come!”

and to Kickbot who said :-

“I listen to a lot of podcasts and this is a great way to find new good ones. Thanks!”

Thank you for those kind words and ratings, it is really appreciated to get feedback like that!

So I thought I would use the first birthday post to highlight a small handful of some of the ‘best of the best’ podcasts that I have found.  This has been a very difficult list to come up with – obviously given the remit of the website all of the podcasts I have recommended are good podcasts, so narrowing them down to one per category was very hard!  It is no reflection on the other shows I’ve listed anywhere else on the site as I was happy tagging all of them as ‘GoodPodcasts’ and they are all shows that I would easily recommend to everyone, it’s just that these are my personal favourites.

Comedy Podcast

John Dredge Series 3I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again but if this website is for anything, it is to get the word out in whatever small way I can about the shows of John Dredge, specifically the current series of the ‘Nothing To Do With Anything Show’.  The surreal sketch show is one of the funniest, most imaginative comedies around, podcast or otherwise.

See the original review here.

Music Podcast

Live Wire Podcast RadioUndoubtedly one of the best music podcasts I could recommend is Live Wire Podcast Radio. Each episode focuses on a different genre of music, featuring artists who are either currently unsigned or on their way up.  You may not have heard of the artists, but the music is always excellent, and as I mentioned, the style changes every week, so there will be something for everyone, and if you aren’t familiar with a certain genre of music then who knows, you might find the start of a route down a whole new musical path!

See the original review here.

Film Podcast

Now Playing film podcastAs I think I made clear in the original review, the Now Playing Podcast hosts are some of the hardest working, professional and affable podcasters around.  It is a joy to spend time in the company of these guys each episode, and the amount of work they put in to this series puts other podcasters to shame.

See the original review here.

Self-Help Podcast

The Self Help PodcastThe Self-Help Podcast by Edward Lamb and Sean Orford is a great self help podcast in that it isn’t too ‘self-helpy’!  Each episode features a very natural discussion on a topic that affects us all, giving plenty of food for thought!

See the original review here.

Photography Podcast

Art of Photography PodcastThe above categories are the ones that I tend to favour the most, but I’ve added in this one as well as another show that definitely deserves to be included in this ‘best of the best’ podcasts list is the Art Of Photography by Ted Forbes – this long-running photography video podcast really is essential for any photographers out there, and with the ubiquitous smartphone in our pockets making all of us potential snappers, this means that it is for everyone!  Ted is a professional and very likeable host, and the content covers all aspects of photography – even if you weren’t especially interested in the subject to begin with, if you give a couple of episodes a go you will find yourself getting hooked!

See the original review here.

Again, thank you very much to everyone who has contacted me over the last year or so, but more importantly, thank you to all of the podcasters out there – mainstream entertainment is produced by committee so the unadulterated voice of the true fan, of the passionate advocate for a subject can now only be found in blogs and podcasts and it is important that those voices are heard.

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