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Escape From Quarantine

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"Cinema Junkie" podcast host Beth Accomando is pictured in this photo taken on April 7, 2017.

"Cinema Junkie" has been on a quarantine break, but returns healthier than ever on July 14.

It will be a leaner, 30-minute format, but will still feature in-depth interviews with filmmakers, scholars and cinephiles.

Hosted by KPBS film critic Beth Accomando, the new format will also feature new segments. Guests and listeners will share their rants and raves about movies through fun segments called "Share Your Addiction" and "Cold Turkey."

Plus, Beth is adding a companion video for each podcast called "Geeky Gourmet." She'll demonstrate how to make drinks, desserts and food themed to the films discussed in each episode.

The videos will be available on the KPBS YouTube Channel, look for the Geeky Gourmet playlist or go here:

If you’d like to share your addiction or rant about something that needs to stop cold turkey, you can call (619) 452-0228 to leave a message or email Beth your thoughts at Please put "Cinema Junkie" in the subject line.

As far back as I can remember I’ve always been addicted to film…

CLIP Goodfellas music…

Whether it’s Martin Scorsese or Monty Python…

CLIP Help, help I’m being repressed.

Paul Newman or Pam Grier…


Hong Kong action or film noir…

CLIP Don’t you believe me?... Baby I don’t care.

What can I say, I get high on movies and I have my dad to thank. He kept me home from elementary school one day to watch On The Waterfront because he felt it was an important film about power, corruption, and loyalty.

CLIP On the Waterfront You should have looked out for me Charley…

That laid the groundwork for me thinking about film in a larger context.

Hi I am Beth Accomando host of Cinema Junkie where you can satisfy your celluloid addiction and mainline film 24/7.

Cinema Junkie has been on a quarantine break but returns (July 14, in July) with some exciting new features. It now weighs in at a leaner 30 minute runtime and has new Share Your Addiction and Cold Turkey segments where celebrities and listeners get to rant and rave about movies. Plus There will be a companion video for each podcast called Geeky Gourmet where I show you haw to make a drink or food item themed to the movies discussed in the podcast.

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I created the cinema junkie podcast to share my addiction with you, because whether you are a casual filmgoer or a cinephile it’s always fun to talk about movies.

I love that unique sense of community that happens when you watch a film in the dark with a bunch of strangers and all cry, laugh or scream at the same time…

CLIP Psycho music and scream

Movies can take you to new places…

CLIP Toto we’re not in Kansas anymore…

Or maybe just see your world through new eyes.


For Cinema Junkie I speak with celebrities, scholars, cinephiles, geeks and people who just get as intoxicated by film as I do.

CLIP Truck Turner is everything that's great about an exploitation movie. It's just offensive enough and it's just politically incorrect enough. And there's just enough action and sex and violence. And it's just like I watch it and it's like, you know, like like I'm like cat getting its tummy rubbed. I'm just purring sort of like, this is this is exploitation perfection with Truck Turner.

So whether you like Blaxploitation or the Bard…

CLIP I was breathing in blank verse…

Cinema Junkie will have something for you and maybe sometimes it will challenge you to step out side your comfort zone and try something new.

If you were already a Cinema Junkie subscriber, you don’t have to do anything. You can find the podcast in the same place.

But if for some reason you haven’t sampled an episode yet, you can subscribe at K-P-B-S-dot-org-slash-cinema-junkie, on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

So till our next film fix, I’m Beth Accomando your resident Cinema Junkie.

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Cinema Junkie

Satisfy your celluloid addiction with the Cinema Junkie podcast, where you can mainline film 24/7. This film and entertainment series is run by KPBS Film Critic Beth Accomando. So if you need a film fix, want to hear what filmmakers have to say about their work, or just want to know what's worth seeing this weekend, then you've come to the right place.