Get reeled into these 12 movie podcasts on National Cinema Day

TV & Film August 31, 2022

Saturday, September 3 is National Cinema Day, and 3,000 American theaters will offer $3 movie tickets to draw crowds during Labor Day weekend. To celebrate this occasion, we’ve selected 12 movie companion podcasts offering recaps, analyses, reviews, and recommendations to boost your streaming queue.

Tune in for podcasts focused on classics like “The Rewatchables,” and learn more about Hollywood’s Golden Age in the nonfiction narrative series “You Must Remember This.” Go behind-the-scenes of Netflix’s newest shows and documentaries with “You Can’t Make This Up.” To hear directors in conversation with peers about the buzziest films, check out “The Director’s Cut – A DGA Podcast.”



Listen to ‘Unspooled’

“Unspooled’s” hosts invite listeners to join as they watch AFI’s Top 100 films of all time. Actor/comedian Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson are watching their way through the film universe with genre miniseries, seeing the best from horror, rom-coms, documentaries, and more genres. They’ll share commentary, guilty pleasures, and chat with guests like Scott Aukerman on this Earwolf podcast.

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The Big Picture

Listen to ‘The Big Picture’

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins review films you ought to see – from newer releases to classics and top 5 rankings to award season coverage, movie drafts, and much more. Tune in to hear from guests like The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Shea Serrano, Van Lathan, and Bill Simmons.

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The Rewatchables

Listen to ‘The Rewatchables’

“The Rewatchables” is hosted by Bill Simmons and rotating guests from The Ringer’s universe. They’ll gush over films they’re most obsessed with and unpack classics. Check out deep dives into films including Grease, Godfather 2, Creed, The Hangover, and more in over 250 episodes.

How Did This Get Made?

How Did This Get Made?

Listen to ‘How Did This Get Made?’

Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas love watching films and sharing their reactions with some of their comic friends. Since 2010, “How Did This Get Made?” has shared takes on over 70 episodes, some of which are dropped on the podcast feed as recordings from live shows.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour

Listen to ‘Pop Culture Happy Hour’

NPR’s “Pop Culture Happy Hour” doles out recommendations and shares commentary on the latest music, movies, TV shows, books, video games, and much more. Arts journalists Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, Aisha Harris, and pop culture experts are dishing on culture 5 days a week to express a full range of reactions and opinions “all with a shot of cheer.”

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You Can’t Make This Up

Listen to ‘You Can’t Make This Up’

Learn more about the real stories behind Netflix’s documentaries and films on “You Can’t Make This Up.” Host Rebecca Lavoie is interviewing directors, crew, and more who worked on the shows to find out how they were created and learn new information. Recent episodes covered Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist, Woodstock ’99, Girl in the Picture, and The Most Hated Man on the Internet.

The Director's Cut DGA Podcast

The Director’s Cut – A DGA Podcast

Listen to ‘The Director’s Cut – A DGA Podcast’

The Directors Guild of America presents “The Director’s Cut,” sharing behind-the-scenes stories from today’s buzziest films. Tune in for directors being interviewed by their peers, sharing insight, and talking about how their films came to life. On a recent episode, Where the Crawdads Sing‘s director Olivia Newman spoke with fellow director Catherine Hardwicke. Many of these conversations are recorded live at the DGA theater in Los Angeles.

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Marvel’s Voices

Listen to ‘Marvel’s Voices’

Host Angélique Roché chats with storytellers about their creative processes, collaborations, and professional journeys on “Marvel’s Voices.” Tune in for convos with Marvel Cinematic Universe creators, writers, and podcast stars like “Wastelanders: Black Widow’s” Chasten Harmon.

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You Must Remember This

Listen to ‘You Must Remember This’

Fans of Hollywood’s Golden Age will love “You Must Remember This,” a narrative nonfiction series pulling back the industry’s curtain and sharing stories from when Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, and Judy Garland reigned supreme. Each themed season covers legends, old news stories, cover-ups, scandals, and histories.

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X-Ray Vision

Listen to ‘X-Ray Vision’

Emmy-award winner Jason Concepcion steers the helm of Crooked Media’s “X-Ray Vision” with co-hosts Rosie Knight and Cody Ziglar. This weekly series covers films, deep dives into your favorite franchises, TV shows, comics, and pop culture news. Episodes also let listeners test their fan knowledge with analysis, panel discussions, casting news, and lore.

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The Bechdel Cast

Listen to ‘The Bechdel Cast’

On “The Bechdel Cast,” Jamie Loftus, Caitlin Durante, and rotating guests explore how women are portrayed in films. Recent episodes dove into Tangled, Turning Red, and The Shape of Water. It’s okay if you haven’t seen the films discussed in each episode, since the interesting conversations and special guests alone are worth the listen. Tune in weekly for new episodes from iHeartPodcasts.

Werewolf Ambulance

Werewolf Ambulance: A Horror Movie Comedy Podcast

Listen to ‘Werewolf Ambulance: A Horror Movie Comedy Podcast’

Every week, hosts Allen and Katie watch a different horror film and recap it with plenty of jokes on “Werewolf Ambulance.” They’ll rate each film like their lives depend on it in spoiler-filled episodes. Check out over 400 episodes covering the spookiest films from all eras.

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