by Michele Eggen
Debuting in February 2017, the Pure Cinema Podcast is hosted by cinephiles Elric Kane and Brian Saur. The show is now in its third season and has just under 60 episodes waiting for new listeners to enjoy. The basic conceit of the show is simple: the guys choose a general topic - alien movies, for instance - and then each give their (usually) five picks of movies that fall under that category. Except the PCP way is to pick “Five Films Because,” which are not necessarily the “best” movies in the category, but rather those lesser known or talked about gems that they want to highlight. Things have changed a little format-wise with each new season, but that core concept is still the heart of the show, and what keeps me eagerly coming back for each episode.
To be honest, I was a little reluctant to listen to the show at first. I’d heard Elric for years already on Shock Waves/Killer POV. I could tell that he was always itching to dive a little deeper into the movies he would talk about, and that his knowledge and interests extended far beyond horror. Brian’s Twitter account and Rupert Pupkin Speaks blog are both fantastic resources for little-seen films from all different time periods and genres. This makes them the perfect pair to host a show like this, but also a little intimidating as well. With their breadth of knowledge, I knew that they would be talking about movies that I had never even heard of before, and I didn’t think I could keep up. And sure, that’s still pretty much what the show is like every episode for me, but I quickly learned to embrace that in a big way.
If all that isn’t enough to get you on the Pure Cinema train, here I’ve picked six episodes of the show to get you started. Granted, these are mostly personal favorites, but I think they’re a great representation of what the show is and what you can expect.
Episode 1 – Introductions/"Handshake Five"
Episode 4 – "Death Wishes"
Episode 21 – "Life Cycle"
Episode 26 - "Romance"
Episode 27 – "Jail Bait"
"Scorsese: Part Two"
John Carpenter, going film-by-film chronologically. They are now in the middle of their three-part series on Martin Scorsese. Part two of this series, which goes from The King of Comedy to Casino, was one of my most anticipated episodes and it did not disappoint in the least. This is an incredible block of movies from an incredible filmmaker and the love that Brian and Elric have for these movies, and the pairings, is palpable. You can tell that they wanted to do right by the man, and I would definitely say they did at that. Like I said, this one was my favorite, but if you’re a fan of any of the directors they have chosen thus far, I can’t recommend those episodes enough because they are all wonderful.
This is only a little more than a handful of episodes to get you started with the Pure Cinema Podcast, though I would of course say listen to them all because I love them all and I love this show. Just looking over the episode titles and the topics that have already been covered, I think any film fan can find something that interests or means something to them. I have happily joined the ranks of the PCP Purists and want everyone to do the same, because I really think they are doing something special here. I look forward to each new episode, and even though I already have a long list of films to see because of them, I just want to keep adding more to feel that joy of discovery.
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