Cinema of Meaning is a conversational podcast that seeks to explore the depths of what cinema has to offer. Each week, we discuss an individual film to get a better understanding of its storytelling qualities, to examine its cinematic techniques, and to uncover its deeper meanings. Hosted by video essayists Tom van der Linden from the channel Like Stories of Old and Thomas Flight.
The Irishman | Gangster Cinema #5
In Part 5 of our Gangster Cinema Series we move into the 2010s to discuss Martin Scorsese's The Irishman.
American Gangster | Gangster Cinema #4
Welcome back to our series on Gangster Cinema through the decades, in which we discuss 5 different gangster movies from 5 different decades in order to get a better understanding of the deeper meanings and evolution of the genre; continuing today in the 2000s with Ridley Scott's American Gangster.
Goodfellas | Gangster Cinema #3
In Part 3 of the Gangster Series we move into the 90s to discuss Martin Scorsese's iconic masterpiece Goodfellas
Scarface | Gangster Cinema #2
In Part 2 of the Gangster Series we move from the sobering 70s into the neon-lit 80s and follow Al Pacino into yet another iconic gangster movie: Brian DePalma's Scarface.
The Godfather | Gangster Cinema #1
We are excited to announce our new series on Gangster Cinema through the decades. Over the course of 5 episodes, we will discuss 5 different gangster movies from 5 different decades, in order to get a better understanding of the deeper meanings and evolution of the genre; starting in the 1970s with Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather.
The Oppenheimer Discussion | Cinema of Nuclear Dread #3
In this special 3-part series titled Cinema of Nuclear Dread, we explore cinema’s relation to the atomic bomb, and all the implications it represents, concluding today with an in-depth discussion of Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer.
Love the show. Find it very fulfilling.
I would like to suggest a show or two separate shows first covering the movie “After Life” from 1998 by Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda. What a fantastic film it is.
Then cover the movie “Nine Days” by Edson Oda who said he was inspired by After Life when writing it. Both films hit me like a ton of bricks so I’d love to hear your views of them.
The hosts are thoughtful film critics. They’re always attempting to bring a new insight to the film they’re discussing. I appreciate their focus on fostering film appreciation vs shocking the audience or relying on gimmicks. I also appreciate that it’s a clean film podcast as I can share it with my niece and nephews.
I would appreciate more structure to the conversation as sometimes it meanders. But just like the films they discuss this podcast is worth engaging with.
Solid but far from perfect
I enjoy both of the hosts YouTube channels but in the podcast they tend to ramble on too much often about something really not that subjectively or objectively important. Losing the trains of thought from jumping from one topic to the other also makes it boring. I still listen to the episodes of movies I watch/ed cuz I do like Thomas’ content but hope they map out the episode and move from one pointer to the next in an order so it feels more structured but maybe that’s just me. They can take turns doing the pointers for each ep too. Ads are too intrusive and repetitive honestly. I do have to add that Thomas’ channel is one of my faves too.