Our weekly UK movie podcast recommendation? Well, this time, it’s a show that takes a welcome look back at old movies.
When was the last time you watched a movie from 60+ years ago? With our minds often so focused on the newest releases (COVID-permitting!) and revisiting more recent fare on the bevy of streaming services, it’s easy to forget that cinema actually goes back over 100 years and that there’s a wealth of innovative, interesting and enjoyable films that our parents and grandparents grew up watching. Parents are probably not the coolest people to their children, regardless of age, but the films they loved definitely deserve a podcast spotlight to be shone on them and Easy Riders Raging is doing just that.
Creator and host Chris Johnston is no stranger to podcasting. He also runs a very successful podcast focusing on the films of Steven Spielberg, but Chris wanted to expand the scope of what his next podcast could achieve. Rather than focus on one director/producer, he could focus on all manner of films, including animation, documentaries and films not in the English language. Inspired by the title of one of his favourite books Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind, about the New American Cinema movement of the ’60s and ’70s, Chris set about in early 2017 developing Easy Riders Raging.
There are quite a lot of movie podcasts that focus on modern films, and Chris noticed a gap in the market for Easy Riders Raging to cover the older movies from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s that most podcasts don’t, or won’t. He thought it was an amazing opportunity to visit films made before his birth and experience the veritable smorgasbord of cinematic riches that each decade offers; not just the family favourites we revisit every year at Christmas, like Mary Poppins or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Premiering in January 2017, Easy Riders Raging is now almost 200 episodes in, and has covered the ‘60s and ‘70s and is now focusing on films from the 1950s. It’s very clear Chris has a passion for this podcast and for highlighting films that rarely get a mention, and Easy Riders Raging feels like a unique and informative podcasting window into decades gone by, hosted with enthusiasm, wit and intelligence alongside regular collaborators like his good friend Kieran and occasional special guests such as Empire magazine’s Nick de Semlyen.
You’ll be Raging if you don’t check out this excellent podcast…
Recommended episode: Season 1, Episode 46: Batman (1960s) (21 October 2017) – http://bit.ly/easyridersbatman
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