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Cinema of Meaning

Thomas Flight and Tom van der Linden
Visual ArtsArtsFilm ReviewsTV & Film

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.


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Latest Episodes

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; concluding today in ... more

16 days ago

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 ... more

23 days ago

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 ... more

a month ago


4.9 out of 5 stars from 249 ratings
  • Underwhelming

    I have enjoyed quite a few of Thomas Flight‘s YouTube videos and was very disappointed with this podcast. I went through the entire five-part series on gangster films and found it lacking in substance, insight or any added value. The two hosts ramble along, with endless 'ums' and 'errs', looking for words, slowly developing fairly banal ideas while they speak, sometimes contradicting themselves within a few minutes. There is no editing to speak of, yet the two are simply not compelling enough wh... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Germany8 days ago
  • 100000 “Likes”

    I’m a big fan of both essayists and their content on YouTube, unfortunately there seems a massive difference in writing and narrating thoughts that are structured, and discussions between the 2. Mr Flight constantly seems to struggle verbalising his thoughts off the cuff, to the point where the awful inflection of constantly using the word “like” as a comma kills the conversation dead. Just listened to the Oppenheimer discussion and like it has like 100000 like likes within the podcast. To the p... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom16 days ago
  • I like the podcasts, and this is meant constructively, but both of you should try to drop the filler "like". Once you notice it, as I started to, it becomes very distracting.

    Craig Helm
    a month ago

    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. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago
  • 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 tur... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Yasith S
    United States3 months ago

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