July 11, 2014
The World That I See: Reads and Listens #21
Tomorrow, I’m hopping in my car and driving to Chicago to meet a group of film fans that I’ve been talking with online for years. I’ve also appeared with them on podcasts, so there’s a familiarity that you normally don’t have without meeting people in person. It’s going to be surreal, but I can’t wait to hang out with such a cool group. To prepare for the 300-mile drive to Chicago, I’ve loaded my iPod with podcasts. This week, I’ve already caught up with a bunch of interesting shows that had been lingering on my computer for too long. In honor of the impending meet-up, I’m making this an all-podcast post and including episodes that are definitely worth your time. Some are new and others are from a few months back, but they all have something interesting to say about the film world.
Here are some interesting podcasts that are definitely worth your time:
I’ve been participating in the Blind Spots Series for the past three years, and it’s been a great way to push me to finally catch up with movies that have been on my watch list for a long time. The topic of blind spots was the focus of an episode of Filmwhys, hosted by Bubbawheat of Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights. His guests were Steve Honeywell of 1001 Plus and Ryan McNeil of The Matinee, and both have seen a lot of classic films. Ryan leads the blind spots project, and Steve has completed the 1001 Movies You Must See before You Die list. The fun conversation reveals a lot about each person’s approach to catching up with the classics and the challenges of seeing all the essential films.
Speaking of the difficulties in doing everything, The Film Pasture covered this topic in the “Get a Life” episode. Host Lindsay Street from French Toast Sunday brought Mette from Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions and Chris from After Credits onto the show to talk about finding that balance of life and film blogging. It’s quite a challenge to make time for everything, and something is bound to get left behind. Lindsay makes a great point that having other hobbies beyond movies is a major hurdle. I’ve been trying to get back in shape with lots of swimming, and it’s hard to do that along with family, work, and keeping up with new movies. I’ve been failing on the last task, but I’m okay with it.
The guys at Mamo have been cranking out the episodes this summer. I blinked and four new shows had arrived. Matthew Brown and Matthew Price are the only guys that I regularly listen to that cover the box office side of the year’s big movies. One of their recent episodes tackles a different topic and covers another wave of price increases at TIFF. They’ve been regular attendees for years, but the huge costs are becoming too much even for adults with a solid income. When does the quest for profits change the nature of the festival? Or has that already happened? This informal discussion hits on so many topics and reminds me why Mamo is one of the best shows out there.
Staying in Canada, Ryan McNeil (he’s all over this post!) recently brought Matthew Brown onto his podcast The Matineecast to talk about How to Train Your Dragon 2. I bypassed that discussion since I hadn’t seen the film, but I stuck around to hear them talk about Dragonslayer and Reign of Fire. Their conversation about the latter was very entertaining. Both admitted that it’s extremely dumb and has a ridiculous premise yet still has a certain charm to it. It was an enjoyable show from two guys who know each other well and have a relaxed camaraderie that’s impossible to fake.
I’ll close this post with a show that brought a huge smile to my face. Nick Jobe of Your Face and Pat McDonnell of 100 Years of Movies have found a great formula with the We Sing Poorly podcast. Instead of just talking about a movie, they sing about it and ask a guest to join them. Each week, they tackle a musical and sing their reviews in hilarious fashion. I checked out the Beauty and the Beast episode, which brought in Mette (again!) to belt out variations on the tunes from the classic soundtrack. This was a clever way to get into some possible issues with the beloved movie while having a great time doing it.