Its sad to see that the long running At the Movies (formerly Siskle and Ebert) leave the air waves which probably never recovered after numerous hosting changes and even with the great final choices of A O Scott and Michael Phillips. However that doesn’t mean you have to miss these two audio gems:
The first being the Fresh Air episode that digs deep in the archives from an interview with both Siskel and Ebert in Chicago from 1996, its both great to hear two people who are deeply interested in breaking down a subject matter in a sort of analytical and enthusiastic manner, as well as being able to hear Gene Siskel again. There’s also a small part where Ebert describes his love for Raging Bull that is also quite good.
The second is this weeks Fimspotting where Chicago film critic Michael Philips (former host of At the Movies) guest hosts with regular Adam Kempenaar. I choose this episode not only because of the connection to “At the Movies” but also because you get to hear Michael Phillips, talk about he thinks to be one of the great movies of 2010, Animal Kingdom. Another plus of episode is hearing Phillips recite lines in the massacre theatre segment of the show (in which the host of the show massacre a beloved piece of cinema and the audience gets a chance to win a dvd of their choice), which is to be honest a big reason to listen. Filmspotting is an excellent movie podcast and for that alone its worth listening to but inclusion of Phillips reciting lines from a mystery movie makes it even more compelling.