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From Bladerunner 2049 to Get Out, 2017 has been chock full of films that have everyone talking (and we’ve still got a month to go!). With film awards season just around the corner, we want to make sure you’re up to date on all of the latest releases. We’ve rounded up our favorite movie review podcasts, that feature in-depth interviews with your favorite directors or give you the fast take you need. If you’re the type of person who loves making Oscars ballots with your friends and enjoys dropping the word “diegetic” into everyday conversation, these podcasts are for you.

1. The Next Picture Show | Filmspotting

Each week hosts Scott Tobias, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson, and Rachel Handler get together to talk about how a classic film has shaped their take on a new release. This refreshing approach gives each new release context within film history, inviting listeners to go beyond a straightforward review.

“‘It’s a great film, asterisk’ is a great way to describe it. My experience in the theater watching [Mother] was pretty much the split that’s developed over whether it’s a good or bad movie, whether it’s overly obvious or a terrific piece of filmmaking.”

2. The Director’s Cut | Director’s Guild of America

How often do you get to hear your favorite directors talk in-depth about the ins and outs of their newest film? The Director’s Guild of America’s podcast brings you just that with fresh and insightful interviews featuring top directors sharing behind the scenes anecdotes, in-depth script breakdowns, and on-set challenges on their most recent releases.

“We love what we do and we get to talk about it anytime we want which is mostly a good thing but sometimes when you’re brushing your teeth and you have an idea and you want to talk about it, your partner may not be eager.”

3. Filmspotting | WBEZ

Can’t decide which movie to catch this weekend? We’ve all been there. Filmspotting takes the stress out of potential film FOMO by giving their fast take on the new releases of the week. They also share informative top five lists that can help you load up on film trivia.

4. Little Gold Men | Vanity Fair

Want to be the most in-the-know at your next Oscars party? Little Gold Men pulls back the curtain on the Oscars race, covering everything from the glitzy premieres to the incredulous acceptance speeches and all the highs and lows in between. It also explores the fascinating history of the Oscars and ruminates on the complex politics behind who wins Best Picture.

“The big asset for [Bladerunner 2049] is the visual grandeur of the movie, the music, this Han Zimmer rattling aural soundscape. They’re so overwhelming in a good way…that the thinness I saw underneath it might just not bother other people.”

5. Lights, Camera, Podcast! 

Here’s a high-energy movie podcast hosted by an electric trio, made up of Jeff Lowe, Kenjac, and Trilly, that is as fun as it is informative. Not only do they offer their brutally honest opinions on current box office releases, they also love debating everything movies: from best comic book adaptations to worst films of all time.

“The original Superman is considered one of the best comic movies of all times. It hits all the right beats for being a Superman movie, Christopher Reeves is Superman for a lot of different people. People who are 40 and 50 right now, this is probably their favorite comic book movie cause it was the only good one in forever.”

6. /Filmcast and /Film Daily | /Films

If you want to take a bite into the geek/genre side of the movie-verse, /Filmcast and it’s companion podcast, /Film Daily, are exactly what you need. /Filmcast is a weekly podcast that delves into the latest films, with a focus on sharing well-formed opinions on films with a particular fandom and outlining trends within the industry. /Film Daily is a daily broadcast that airs every weekday and offers breaking news on entertainment-related announcements, releases, and controversies.

“I find the Thor franchise in general to be the least essential of the Marvel films but the trailer for [Thor Ragnorak] had me really excited and also the cast, it has a great cast. It just sort of.. it’s very funny, but beyond that the script is very weak. There’s no depth to it, is the best way I can put it.”

7. Filmhaus | Rooster Teeth

This zany bi-weekly podcast will ensure that you impress friends with quippy, film-school-like analysis of newly released films. After discussing new releases, they spend the second half of each episode talking at-length about a classic film, which they announce to their listeners beforehand so everyone has time to watch it and join in on the discussion.

“I don’t want to say Ryan Gosling has range in [Bladerunner 2049], but he has subtle range. I feel like this movie played that perfectly especially because he’s an android/robot/replicant thing. When he had those moments when he burst out, it had more weight as opposed to someone who’s always charismatic or funny.”

Whether you’re an Amazon Alexa, Google Home, or Siri kind of household, we can all agree that it’s pretty great to have a smart assistant within shouting distance. When you’re home, it can help you with a plethora of tasks, from telling you the next step in a complicated recipe to dimming the lights to getting live, relevant updates from top news outlets. Now you can have a smart assistant by your side at all times with smart headphones powered by voice assistants. These smart headphones are looking to change the way you workout, shop, manage your calendar, and order food when you’re on-the-go – check out our six favorite pairs.

1. OV by OnVocal | Alexa, Google, and Siri

These bluetooth headphones are compatible with all three voice assistants and you can use them to choose which song you want to listen or even order flowers for a loved one. With over eight hours of battery life, you can use them all day without giving it a second thought.

Price: $299

2. QuietComfort 35 by Bose | Google 

Sure, the noise cancellation and sound quality on the QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones is great, but what’s even better is being able to play music, receive texts, and manage your to-do list – all with your voice.

Price: $350

3. The Dash Pro by Bragi | Alexa

These wireless smart headphones are compatible with Alexa, and they take it a step further by offering innovative ways to track your fitness workouts. With 23 sensors in each ear The Dash counts your steps and monitors your heart rate and analyzes other fitness metrics. It’s also waterproof which make it perfect for swimmers. Fun fact: Audioburst was one of the first skills included in The Dash Pro at launch.

Price: $329

4. Vinci by Vinci | Alexa

This is essentially a standalone music player built into a pair of headphones. With a gorgeous color touch screen with an easy-to-use UI and the option for 16 or 32GB of storage, Vinci really sets itself apart from the crowd. It’s Alexa-compatible and uses dual-mic noise reduction technology that filters out ambient noise so it can hear your commands clearly even if you’re on a crowded train.

Price: $150

5. AirPods by Apple | Siri

Apple’s first wireless smart headphones contain a W1 chip that improves connectivity and manages battery power. Like magic, smart sensors know to play audio as soon as you put the buds in your ears and to pause when you take them out. Simply double-tap to talk to Siri without having to take your phone out of your pocket.

Price: $220

6. Pixel Buds by Google | Google

Ready for the future? Google’s wireless Pixel Buds has a truly special feature: it offers real-time translation for over 40 languages with virtually zero lag time. It has the potential to change the way we communicate with each other across cultures.

Price: $160

Want to learn more? Here’s an audio clip that talks about Pixel Bud’s real-time translation feature from This Week In Google: