Get obsessed with us. Five days a week, Pop Culture Happy Hour serves you recommendations and commentary on the buzziest movies, TV, music, books, videogames and more. Join arts journalists Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Aisha Harris - plus a rotating cast of guest pop culture aficionados. The Happy Hour team leaves room at the table for exploring a range of reactions and opinions on every bit of the pop universe. From lowbrow to highbrow to the stuff in between, they take it a...
Release date: 2023-03-06
1. Show has completely unraveled - The show USED to be a celebration of all forms of art, artists and the artistic process - from the silly to the superb. Now it’s just dissecting a movie’s representation (and how it fails to meet the panel’s standards), condescending laughter, and no heart. Ever since they moved to a day format and introduced Statler and Waldorf - Aisha - the show took on an increasingly negative and dismissive tone. Looking at the most recent reviews, it seems quite clear that many feel similarly so I don’t understand why they keep pushing further in this direction. Linda is still the absolute greatest and if they included who was hosting each episode in the description, I could at least know which ones to listen to. Since they don’t, it’s going to have to be a full unsubscribe. After a decade of listening.
2. Awful Podcast. Definitely not the level of professionalism that I expect from NPR. - Listened to a few episodes and could not finish. Each host and guest are pretentious, awful, and are no way even remotely interested in the topic. I’m all for different opinions, but if they have to resort to making fun of something to get their point across, that’s just juvenile. I expected better, NPR!
3. The Best Man Final Chapters - Hated their description of The Best Man Final Chapters. The series gave the fans closure and a deeper dive into the each character and what they were battling with regarding friendship, family, marriage, aging parents, health. Murch’s character was the prime example of him trying to find his own way, sharing his true feelings about his friendships and finding time for self-care.
4. Enjoyable listen - For the most part I enjoy this podcast and really like the hosts. Their have been a few instances where I have deeply rolled my eyes. The Yellowstone episode, for example, was ridiculous. Rather than be a review of the show, it decided to make a it political critique, insulting and making assumptions about the type of people who watch it. These types of mishaps don’t happen often, but when they do, it turns me off.
5. Smart pop culture recommendations - Love the PCHH team’s reviews of different varieties of pop culture specially on some of less known programs.
There is a small film called “The half of it” on Netflix almost checks every box Linda’s wish list while reviewing “smiley” excepts it’s coming of age movie. Check it out and hope you’ll like it.
6. Daily Degrade - I used to really enjoy this podcast, but the change to daily episodes has really degraded the overall show. There are MANY episodes now that I skip as they try to fill every day of the week. In addition to that, they rarely have a full panel anymore. Often episodes are just two people talking about the movie. I personally like it a lot more when there are more opinions presented. I really wish they would go back to once a week and only focus on movies/shows that are worth discussing. Do a bonus episode every so often - sure! But the forced daily episodes are just not working.
7. Love the honesty and also Aisha’s Millennial attitude - The criticism and knowledge is fantastic. Glen (who is brilliantly hilarious) and Linda (who is honest and trustworthy) are both thoughtful and professional. Aisha brings the Millennial energy of self-congratulatory correction and Stephen is self-congratulatory of his own humor. Together, they all work. A great listen.
8. Overly critical film reviews - I really love so many NPR radio shows, podcasts, etc., but find this particular podcast frustrating to listen to since the podcasters are often critical based on their personal experiences and their personal lives, and are not inclusive of age, diverse backgrounds and more in their reviews. I find they tend to be contrarian and critical just for the sake of being critical. Perhaps a more broad-based background of the reviewers would help.
9. Too spoilery - I generally don’t agree with the reviewer’s opinions on the movies for the most part, but I still enjoy listening to their opinions on them overall. The reason for the lower review is that they really don’t give spoiler warnings like they used to. I get some of the movies and TV shows are based on books, but some of us haven’t read the books or it’s been a long time since we had read them and don’t want spoilers. I don’t think it would be that difficult to give a spoiler warning and then talk about those things at the end of the episode.
10. Love this show so much but OMG SPOILERS - Longtime listener and big fan but it seems like we’re not getting the spoiler warnings we used to (see: Chippendales episode especially but also Fleishman…, sorry if we haven’t read the books they’re based on but geez). I thought if I’d watched all available episodes of the shows in question (but not the full seasons like the hosts might have), these would be fair to listen to. Now I’ll wait to listen until I’ve finished a full season. Not usually a complainy reviewer. Still love you guys. But let us enjoy the story if we can!
11. Honest and Fair - I love pop culture podcasts, but I’ve noticed an irritating habit for new ones to tense up every time someone communicates critical feedback about the property being reviewed, as if they feel the negative review will keep them from growing their audience or getting guests on the show. What a relief it was to hear these hosts confidently state when they don’t like something and why! They are smart, decisive, and knowledgeable, and I find their observations insightful. Grateful to have this one in my feed!
12. screening ourselves is a masterpiece! - In particular, the episode on “The Color Purple” was tremendous. It was especially interesting to hear from multiple perspectives over the years. The mini-series does such a good job capturing how pop culture is an important lens for how we view our own communities as well as those with which we’re less familiar. Great job, Aisha!
Not just another bad movie podcast, Blank Check reviews directors' complete filmographies episode to episode. Specifically, the auteurs whose early successes afforded them the rare ‘blank check’ from Hollywood to produce passion projects. Each new miniseries, hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims delve into the works of film’s most outsized personalities in painstakingly hilarious detail. Produced by Ben Hosley.
Release date: 2023-02-26
1. Justice for Griffin - David, chill out! Sometimes the most fun in Podcasts can be had by getting a little off track. It drives me nuts when you get irritated at Griffin for coloring outside the lines. I was genuinely interested in you guys thoughts on Marcia Lucas’ overall input on the OT and a million others things until you shut them all down. This is a five-star podcast if you lighten up a bit. Overall, great podcast, just let it breath a little.
2. The best podcast about movies - Lin Manuel Miranda rapping all of producer Bens nicknames in the “All that Jazz” episode might be the best thing to ever Grace my ears let alone in podcasting. While most people who talk on the internet about movies usually feel like there is anger behind even the most positive review or seem tired, On “Blank Check with Griffin and David” there is a joy to just discussing movies. All movies, big small sideways upside down indies blockbusters anything. If it’s filmed with a camera and feature length they will discuss it with joy. I started in with there Star Wars podcast and then picked the filmography’s I have seen and gone back and filled in the gaps. I leaned something new from ever new episode I listen too.
3. more of everything - i love it all. i love the tangents, i love the interruptions, i love the weird alleys they turn down that more often than not lead somewhere cool, i love when david gets exasperated at griffin, i love when griffin says ‘you know’ for the th time to just make sure everyone heard his point, i love when they giddily laugh at dumb stuff, and i love movies and the way these lovely knuckleheads discuss them. i also love alex ross perry and vehemently disagree with every review which says otherwise. his absolute ocd love of movies and movie ephemera makes me happy every time i see he’s the guest. i hereby vote for more alex ross perry. also ben is alright for a porch watching and jeans burying finest film critic the world has ever known. he’s the cheese holding the sandwich together, making it just a bit tastier. and like good cheese. a nice munster or cave aged cheddar.
4. Just listened to Beyond the Lights - Long time listener, first time reviewer. Love the pod like crazy, but Ayo Edebiri was an absolute joy. At the end of the episode, when she makes the boys all say they love each other, it made me smile so much I had to share some love for the podcast myself. Love you Griffin! Love you David! Love you Ben! Great episode to start on IMO
5. Intelligence and insightful hosts but frustrating listen - The host of the show really know their stuff but unfortunately it’s one of those podcasts where they seem to think it’s really cute to endlessly go off on weird tangents instead of discussing this subject at hand. For example it’s sometimes minutes before they introduced the show and just ramble up until then. I just wish they had a good editor or there was someone to enforce some kind of discipline on their proceedings
A feelings podcast about movies.
Release date: 2023-03-02
1. Miraculous - You Are Good never disappoints, but the Waiting for Guffman episode is next level. I listened to the episode, re-watched Guffman the same night then re-listened to this episode the next morning. Sarah and Alex always approach their work with such sincerity and Woody is absolutely gorgeous!!
2. Intelligent, sweet, soothing - The coziest podcast in town. I always get excited when a new episode comes out. The content is funny and charming. I like that there aren’t loud, interruptive ads. I subscribe to their Patreon as well, and recommend it. I haven’t seen all the movies they discuss, and you don’t need to. It’s a fun ride either way.
3. Listening to You Are Good is doing yourself a favor!! - I found this podcast after listening to You’re Wrong About & then wanting to devour all of Sarah’s work, but I have come to love it in it’s own right as my favorite podcast about movies. This one lets me see what other people find and connect to in movies, lets me discover movies I never noticed, and encourages me to make space for my own relationship with movies, as messy and emotional and inexplicable as that is. Their guests are engaging, the hosts are the best, and I sincerely adore this podcast. Cannot recommend it enough!!
4. Vulnerable, Unique approach to Criticism - The discussion space cultivated by Alex, Sarah, and Catherine in the pod is unlike any others that I have heard. I find that even if I have not seen the movie, I am greeted by a warm blanket of discussion and reflection about the impact and meaning of stories in our culture. Beautiful show, and I appreciate it immensely.
5. Comforting Podcast - I really enjoy this podcast. Sarah is so insightful and I love her intellectual takes on movies and how well she correlates them to the events in history that were taking place before or at the time they were made. I also have an English degree and I wish that I could think about art on her level. Sarah and Alex are an endearing combination for a podcast about movies and feelings. Every episode makes me feel good and makes me think from a new perspective. Sarah speaks so eloquently and her thoughts are so deep. Thanks for your all of your work.
6. The absolute best. Truly. - I look forward to this podcast every week. I love movies and feelings and this nails it. The hosts are so wonderful and I always end up nodding along, laughing and sometimes even tearing up. A gigantic thank you to Sarah and Alex for this warm hug every week. Also! It’s named after my favorite line in my favorite movie that I have often in my life tried to hold close in my mind. YOU ARE GOOD!
7. A gem - You Are Good has been a really bright spot for me over the last couple of years. I have been able to revisit so much of the media I was drawn to as a kid and teen but felt some shame about (hello Saw). I believe there’s something for everyone in this show, and the conversations are always warm, funny, and thoughtful.
8. This podcast is good - I have listened to a ton of movie review podcasts. Each seems to try and find their own voice and niche. None, though, have ever caused me to reassess the reason I love the movies I love on an emotional level. I love that they have guests that get to talk about why they love the movies they do. It causes me to really see the art form of cinema from a different perspective.
9. You are good eternal sunshine of the spotless mind - Good show-love this movie! Your discussion of neurodivergent brains reminded me of a movie from that I saw when I was . It’s called “The Fool Killer” and stars Anthony Perkins as a philosophical axe murderer who befriends a runaway boy. For some reason this strange film had a profound affect on me, and I saw it as many times as I could given that you had to actually go to a theater and buy a ticket every time you wanted to see a movie. I was obsessed with it and now it’s almost completely disappeared. The only place I could find it was on YouTube. Even Movie Madness in Portland doesn’t have it and they have EVERYTHING!
10. Lots of love for this pod - Y’all are the best podcast hosts ever. The dynamic of you both and the fact that you seem to show up honestly, thoughtfully and kindly every episode is incredible and just feels like a much needed warm hug to listeners, no matter the lightheartedness or difficulty of the subject at hand. Thanks for doing what you do
11. No, YOU are good! - I’m another devoted Sarah Marshall fan who listened, because of course, and immediately became a devoted Alex Steed fan as well. It doesn’t matter if I’ve seen the movie or not, I love the discussion regardless. The hosts and guests are kind, thoughtful, entertaining film enthusiasts who are a delight to listen to. I absolutely can’t imagine another group of people who could entice me willingly into Saw, and the Sawniverse, with such compassionate takes. I’m giving you five stars because, “YOU, my friends, are good!”
12. Too much religion - They keep bringing on an astrologer/Wiccan to talk about movies, where the guest crams in a LOT of their belief system/religion. The episodes without someone shoving a religion or astrology down your throat are great, however. But the second I see the guest is one of the astrologers, I know the entire episode is going to be trashed full of belief system myths only loosely tangentially related to the movie and NOT about the movie. (The Newsies and Practical Magic episodes are particularly horrendous.). I unsubscribed based on the Newsies episode because if I wanted to hear a podcast about astrology crap, I’d go find one. I wanted a podcast about films.
Welcome to Cinephobe: The Podcast where Zach Harper, Amin Elhassan and Anthony Mayes review movies that are poorly rated on Rotten Tomatoes, and try to ascertain whether or not those movies are accurately poorly rated, or maybe just didn’t get a fair shake. Cinephobe! Wherever you get Podcasts!
Release date: 2023-03-02
1. s Internet Movie Month?… - Remember when we didn’t understand the internet in the s and they just made crappy visuals to let us know information was moving. Johnny Mnemonic, the one with Russell Crowe and Denzel, Hackers…
Addition like months later, does this count as another review? Just listened to the departed. Kingdom of heavan qualifies!
2. Louis Pinnock isn’t Denzel?!?!?!? - I’ve been listening in reverse order and I love hearing where the show bits come from. I just hit March and White Man’s Burden. Was excited to listen, because y’all mention it all the time. (Outside of the pod I had never heard of the movie) I have listened to episodes thinking that the Louis Pinnock award clip is Denzel Washington’s voice. Talk about a film noir.
3. Great Pod and Movie Suggestions - I feel like you are best in action or action/comedies. Video Game Month! Super Mario Brothers Legendary Disaster, Tomb Raider () Angelina Jolie’s poppy talk and bad English accent, Resident Evil Campy and much higher rated with fans, Doom Dwayne Johnson and Karl Urban guns in space, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Jake Gyllenhaal trying to pass as Middle Eastern. Another suggestion - Out Cold ()
4. Awesome and Hilarious - The show makes me laugh even on the worst day. Thank you guys. Also, great editing. Great edition to the Le Batard Network. Would suggest Van Wilder (the first one) and Elizabethtown. Also, there should be a cinephobe movie staring Denzel Washington, John Travolta, and Nic Cage. And John Moose Travolta as Amin, I will leave you to guess the other two. Amin, since you love disembodied voices, please tell me you’ve seen Ghost and Mr Chicken
What’s your favorite scary movie? Are you a fanatic or a fraidy-cat? Either way, we’ve got you covered. Each week, horror fans Mikey and Paige will take Horror Virgin Todd through the encyclopedia of horror one movie at a time. We’ll discuss classics as well as fan favorites, with the occasional new release thrown in for good measure. Mikey will make inappropriate jokes and Todd will scream like a little girl at every jump scare. It’s hilarious. Prepare yourself for spoilers, tangents, a...
Release date: 2023-03-06
1. Absolutely obsessed - (Mikey please please please read this as Confederate Ouija General ) In I
I stumbled across this podcast searching for spooky season content back in the fall and immediately fell in love with Paige, Todd, and Mikey. Their chemistry is so fun and witty that I’m always listening and giggling like a maniac. Usually while I’m wearing ear buds and alone. It’s my favorite podcast for long walks, and it’s probably made everyone is my small town even more convinced that I’m a weirdo. Lol I’m usually a coward when it comes to scary movies, but if Todd can watch them, so can I! So I rewatching some classics and trying to work up the nerve to watch Hereditary Thanks for all the laughs and Christmas Mikey is my favorite
2. Get your horror fix wrapped in humor - This podcast is awesome! I listen to this show and it’s sister show all the time. The hosts are hilarious, and knowledgeable about movies. You can tell they really enjoy watching and talking about movies. They’re opinions are mostly wrong, particularly about Scream and New Moon. Anywho, one thing that the hosts need to work on is being more proud about the podcast. I get the impression that they’re embarrassed to share or talk about the podcast in real life, guys you should be proud! You created awesome podcasts that are a joy to listen. Plus, if you’re constantly talking about not wanting people to know you podcast, why would we share it with ours?
3. Love this podcast! Mikey, read this with an Italian accent (and hands even though we can’t see it) - I hate horror movies but love this podcast. I had gone through the whole backlog of Cult Podcast in - and loved Paige so much, I had to give this and Romancing the Pod. Being an annual Hallmark marathoner with my mom during Christmas, Romancing the Pod was an easy one to try, but I have found I love the Horror Virgin x more than Romancing the Pod. I totally identify with Todd, but love to hear all the horror knowledge that Paige and Mikey drop. I still can’t get myself to watch most of the movies before listening to the podcast, but listening to the retelling, and all the digressions that occur, makes it totally enjoyable to the point that I make sure I have the Patreon Sunday release on my schedule amongst my homework, clinical hours and other social events (I’m finishing my degree to be a Nurse Practitioner). As busy as I am, listening to a podcast about a movie genre I don’t like has become a much needed stress reducer. Thank you for all you guys do on it!! Molte Grazie!! Cinque su cinque ( out of )! Ciao!
4. How dare you not make episodes every day - I would listen to these talk about complete nonsense for hours on end, and I do! This is my all time favorite podcast. I found Horror Virgin & RTP through Paige’s Cult Podcast. I love them all but this quickly became my . I listen in the car, while I’m at work, and even when I’m falling asleep. Not many people in my life enjoy scary movies so having Mikey, Paige & Todd to hyper analyze them with me really fills the void. The only negative is that I have to wait a week between episodes! I adore you
5. I almost fell off the treadmill - I absolutely love this podcast, I listen while I’m at the gym and it gets me through every workout. On the flip side, I was listening to the Poltergeist episode and started laughing so hard that I tripped while I was running and almost smacked my head on the safety rails. / from me, and be cautious of vigorous activity while listening lol. Love y’all!
6. A go to - I’m an Amazon driver and all I do is listen to podcasts and books. The one thing I definitely listen to at least once a day as I catch up is the horror virgin. I love horror and to hear the perspective from a new horror viewer, a woman’s perspective AND a actual counselor’s perspective is such a brilliant concept! Their guest hosts are on point and they try to stay very inclusive and aware of what they say which seems to be a problem for some podcasts - but not this group!
7. Kurt Russel made my dad punch my mom - My dad dreamed he was fighting Kurt Russel and woke up to my mom crying with a busted lip. Don’t worry, everything’s okay – my dad just isn’t allowed to watch Kurt Russel movies anymore. Anyways, the Horror Virgin is a daily staple for me. Much love to Paige, Mikey, and Todd for making horror movies fun. This podcast hits hard… much like my dad did. Cheers!
8. Horror and humor fans must listen - Mikey, Todd and Paige have such a great chemistry and friendship, it makes their reviews even better with long running jokes. They each bring a different perspective and insight to the movies they review. I started out being a Horror Virgin, but now I am a true horror fan, watching the movies before I listen to their episodes. Highly recommend to horror virgins and fanatics alike!
9. (Mikey- please read this like the old man who loves eating Crispix) - I’m a Benjamin Button Horror Virgin. I loved horror movies when I was younger and now I’m too scared to watch them. Thank goodness for this power thruple of Paige, Mikey and Todd for giving me my fill of horror. The chemistry of these three is unmatched and their take on each horror movies is great! Paige has an unlimited amount of pop culture/movie memory and humor. Mikey’s insight into the mental health profession is so appreciated from this person who dabbles in depression. And Todd your voice isn’t that bad, but your production and editing skills are % Love to you all.
10. A Delightful Horror Movie Podcast Gem - I don’t recall how I came across this delightful gem of a podcast, but I’m so glad I did. Paige, Mikey, and Horror Virgin Todd have the type of best friend energy that makes this podcast easy to binge and hard not to love. The trio each lends their own unique voice and perspective to the movies they cover, literally and figuratively. I love the all-around structure of this podcast, and how they combine interesting fun facts, humor, and commentary. I also really appreciate how they include trigger disclaimers when discussing sensitive topics, and do so with genuine compassion with respect to their listeners mental health. If you are a fan of horror but deal with trauma, I highly recommend checking out The Horror Virgin. Thanks for doing what you do. Wishing y’all a happy and healthy !
11. Best thing since sliced bread - I am fairly new to podcasts. I was searching horror movies and came across this podcast and started listening, in no particular order except movies I have watched. I am a horro fan - movies books all the things. I fell in love with this podcast immediately. I love the different points of view. I love the explanations and hearing things I have missed or not understood in the movies. I love the humor! I always smile and giggle multiple times through out an episode. It has made me watch movies I havent and rewatch movies from a different perspective. And lets be honest I constantly watch movies now and think oooh wonder what Todd thought of that part - or how he will react to that part. I am a forever fan!
12. My New Work Buddies - This podcast has been an absolute joy to me. I recently started my first desk job and discovered this podcast when looking for something to listen to while I work. Well these three have been a great gift to me this year. Todd
Thank you for putting yourself through the stress and excitement of horror movies. You’re voice makes me swoon and your box office facts add to my ever growing movie knowledge Paige
I can’t count the amount of times I’ve had to hold back laughter from your jokes at work. You’re hilarious and your fun facts are the icing on the tasty horror cake Mikey
Your perspectives from your your job have been the most interesting part of this podcast to me, and thank you for your service. You’re a major goofball and the wild card I always enjoy to hear Thank you all for making this year a little sweeter
A horror movie recap podcast for those too scared to watch for themselves; hosted by Emily Gonzalez, Henley Cox and Sammy Smart. New episodes every Wednesday!
Release date: 2023-02-24
1. Horror can be fun for everyone - My first episode was the livestream of ORPHAN: FIRST KILL with guest Paul F. Tompkins, and I was immediately hooked — hilarious rapport, engaging guest, a fun mix of plot storytelling and “audience” reaction. I’m definitely the Sammy of my friend group, up for anything no matter how horrific and ready to research and study for my own edification. Despite the stereotype of horror fans as (mostly male) socially maladjusted gorehounds, the hosts and especially the guests prove that the genre can be enjoyed by anyone with enough open-mindedness and a healthy irreverence.
2. All Hail Toni F’n Collette - I love this podcast. Listening to Emily, Henley and Sammy brings me great joy. I consume % of the same content as them- so much so that if Henley mentions another book at the same time as I’m currently reading or a semi-obscure podcast at the same time as I’m listening it will be irrefutable evidence that we ARE in fact in a simulation. I love hearing them talk about whatever they want but especially how men are the worst. I can’t explain my delight when Henley yelled “Men can take a hike!” during the Watcher episode. These women are funny and smart. I came for the scary movie recaps but stay for the inside jokes, pop culture hot takes & top tier female friendship.
3. Too loud, couldn’t listen - Tried The Nun episode, but the constant use of the word “like” and shrieking laughter over every little thing was brutal. Falls victim to the hosts feeling obligated to find almost everything the guests say as hysterically funny, when we have ears and, not so much. I fast forwarded through most of the banal preamble because “scuba mask” nitrous oxide issues and OMG, an elderly lady jumped the queue isn’t very compelling.
4. Best of the best! - I only started listening a few months ago but I’ve gone through most of the library already since it’s my go to podcast at work. I’ve always despised horror movies but after giving the podcast a try after hearing about it from SYSK, it’s become one of my favorites and has gotten me to actually want to watch some of the films. My girlfriend and I recently binged the first Scream movies (free on YouTube as of this review). I’m not sure about some of the really scary ones yet but I’m more open to them than ever. Awesome show and as a horror hater who’s seen many, I’m dying for a “Ghost Ship” recap. Keep it up!
5. Good overall but… - I totally agree with another reviewer about the sticky mouth noises! Mute yourself when you’re not talking or move away from the mic. I enjoyed the latest episode but between the background environment noise and the mouth sounds I almost had to turn it off. I think the banter is great. I love hearing about the movies. But there is much technical fine tuning needed.
6. A LOT of noise - I don’t know which one of you keeps making those horrible sticky mouth sounds but PLEASE step back from the mic. It’s one of the girls that just listens, not the main talker. Please stop. You’re barely talking, just keep your mouth closed. It’s horrible. Also, since this is a horror retelling pod, maybe spend more time on the movies and less on your personal lives. There are too many of you and it takes way too long. Lastly, I % agree with the other reviews that the two listening girls need to chill with their groans and sighs. What do you add to this podcast besides incredibly annoying noise?
7. My Favorite Podcast - I have been listening to this podcast daily for the passed months and I'm about to catch up and I will truely miss hearing your scary moments of the week days a week. I'm going to have to subscribe to the Patreon once I'm caught up. The recaps are great but I mostly like the stories of what's going on in each of the three hosts' lives. I can't wait for the Knock at the Cabin Live Show!
8. Terrible - Too many hosts. The reteller is horrible! Listened to the “Terrifier” episode and how did you not know what interview they were talking about? Like I understand they’re trying to be the first pod to retell but they’re so terrible and leave out details. They take so long to get to the retelling and don’t leave time stamps to when it starts. Normally takes half an hour. I tried to listen because I’m caught up on my other pods but I can not listen to these girls.
9. Love this podcast!! - My coworker recommended this pod to me a little while ago, and I've been binging it ever since! I identify as the "Sammy" of my friend group, being the brave one (for the most part lol). Even though I've seen a lot of these movies, I love horror movie recaps. Getting to listen to Sammy retell these crazy stories and picturing Henley and Emily's jaws dropping is something I look forward to every day now! Every episode is full of fun facts, laughs & the perfect amount of disturbing imagery to get you through your day! Thank you Emily, Henley, Sammy & Silent Jenna for this wonderful podcast
10. I listen like way too much - I found TSDW from Sammy being on the Horror Virgin and then started listening because they have done a lot of movies other shows haven’t and quickly became obsessed! This show is like having a girls night while talking about a gross scary movie and I can’t think of anything better. Five stars!
11. Awesome! - I love this podcast! I love the banter at the beginning with the three hosts, I could listen to that forever. I almost wish they talked about some movies scenes more, especially if I’ve seen the movie and I think something deserves a little more time and description to really drive home the impact. But I would recommend this podcast to anyone, it brings me so much joy, keep it up!!
12. Awful - Just listened to the Terrifier/Terrifier episode. Being this was my first experience with the pod, I didn’t know what to expect, but every single person on this podcast was miserable and exhausting. We get it, you didn’t like the movies, but this was the most insane overkill of groans and sighs that I’ve ever heard. No thanks!
A movie podcast for the common man by the Big Time Movie Boys @JeffDLowe, @KenJac and @Trillballins. We talk about movies, food and pop culture the same way you talk about movies and pop culture with your friends. You can find every episode of this show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or YouTube. Prime Members can listen ad-free on Amazon Music. For more, visit barstool.link/lightscamerabarstool
Release date: 2023-03-02
1. Still good? - This has been my go to pod for movies for a while. The addition of the bracket just feels like a new pod that wanted to use this RSS feed to get listeners. Chris seems miserable for every tv show that has come out since he’s joined. I’d rather him just not be a part of those segments. Because I can go ahead and say what will be said next week “ I don’t know guys. The show just isn’t for me. I’m not enjoying it but it’s not for me. It’s not as bad as she-hulk”. I’d like to hear some different voices in the pod. Jeff and Kenjac are still great! Will continue to listen but I’ve started fast forwarding through the tv show segments.
2. Chris, lighten up a little - Lights Camera Barstool used to be my go to favorite podcast back in the big time movie boys days. Obviously Trill leaving is out of Jeff and Kenjac’s control, but listening now is such a bummer. The effortless humor is gone, now all we get is a guy who takes out his anger for being from Detroit on every movie he sees. I respect having a different opinion, but find me one review that Chris doesn’t start with “the thing I didn’t like about this…” I keep coming back because I feel like few others have as relatable a movie opinion as Kenjac, and Gooch has become a competent co-host, but Chris’s negativity is so exhausting to listen to on a weekly basis
3. A Great Podcast ruined by new people - Going from Trill Ballins to Chris whatever his name is, has to be one of the biggest downgrades in podcast history. Chris doesn’t add anything to the show and his opinions kind of seem random. Almost as if he’s just saying stuff so he can. A random addition to the podcast that really points out how much this show misses Trill.
4. An Impromptu Discord Call - I’ve been following these guys on Instagram for their quick updates on movie related post. I figured that it’d be a put together show but it quite literally sounds like me and my buddies talking about movies on a discord call, with half of us not knowing anything about it. Like not even bullet points, just takes off the dome.
5. Get rid of Chris - Please stop having that whiny little man Chris on. He is so negative and all of his takes are so artsy. Chris tries to make it like he knows best and everything is a disappointment in his eyes. He has a nasally voice and he seems to hate everything. Get rid of him and I’ll make this a star review again.
6. Best Movie Pod - Love this podcast! I listen every week, even if I haven’t seen the movies that are being reviewed. It is also the best movie podcast around. Definitely would recommend if you love movies and want some good reactions/reviews of the best/worst movies then this is the pod for you. They always give honest reviews and don’t get political which is always a refresher.
The Bechdel Cast is a podcast about the portrayal of women in movies hosted by Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus.
Release date: 2023-02-23
1. Needs editing! - The titanic VHS tape episode. Why are we minutes in and you haven’t gotten to the content yet?! Why are you talking about the door and mythbusters? Shouldn’t that be for VHS ? Are you even going to talk about the first half of the movie at all in this episode or are you just going to talk about how many times you’ve covered it on the Matreon? Oof, I’m sorry. I love you all but there is so much rambling sometimes that it becomes infuriating to listen to. “Is that all of our business?” happens at almost the minute mark. Am I missing something here? Are you not wanting to discuss the actual content of the film? I’m giving stars because I want to like the podcast. I feel like it could be better if you just thought more about your listener. Some of the episodes are very good and very funny but some are just so full tangents it doesn’t even feel like there is a substantial conversation or analysis which is disappointing for a podcast called the Bechdel Cast where you’re supposedly analyzing films through a feminist lens. I would like more of that.
2. Love the show! - Thank you guys for keeping me company and making me laugh while we all collectively watch the world burn. Also! Fun fact, Common tenrecs have nipples. (Ps. I just listened to the cats episode and you guys were coming up with cat pun names in the intro… and completely walked past Jamie clawftus)
3. Simply the best! - I’ve loved this show for a long time and recommend it to everyone I know that enjoys movies and/or pop culture analysis. Caitlin and Jamie are so smart, passionate, and well-researched. Their takes are both nuanced and entertaining. The guests are always incredibly fun. Caitlin and Jamie strike a perfect balance between critiquing harmful film tropes/acknowledging systemic problems in the film industry and maintaining humor and leaning into silly repeating bits that let you feel like you have a lil inside joke with them. I’m a Patreon subscriber because I just want to hear as much as they are willing to share with the world!! This show has given me lots of giggles and made me a small amount smarter about the art I consume. nipples every time.
4. I laughed, I cried, I thought seriously about Christina Applegate - I adore this podcast. Jamie and Caitlin are thoughtful and funny and kind to their guests. The Avatar ep was hilarious and thorough even though I never saw that film. (Also deeply frustrated why one would name a character Sully and not have it be short for Sullivan? Hello?) I look forward to more of their work!
5. Really wanted to like it! - I found this podcast when Jamie Loftus appeared on You’re Wrong About (one of my long—time favs). I was super excited by the concept - exploring intersectional feminism in film, but have disappointingly found it to be more about jokes than analyzing and dissecting these films. I often don’t understand why they choose the films that are discussed, the hosts regularly admit they didn’t do research on a specific idea/topic but talk about it anyway, and there is frequent explicit sexualization of men. I truly can’t tell if it’s a self-aware joke, like “Look how annoying it is when people are so sexualized in film that their character means nothing else!” or if Caitlin is just so horny she can’t see the irony of what she’s doing. But it’s just as annoying as when women are hyper-sexualized. I came for the film analysis, not the in-depth descriptions of how sexy some dad character is (to you). The episodes with guest hosts are usually really good. Definitely give those a try - having a voice of color or a specialized expert, helps provide some structure to reign these hosts in.
6. Like it but question - I followed JL from her other work and am glad I found this one. The Avatar episode was great and the guest provided a ton of insight on aspects of indigenous character coding I never considered and on what Native communities say about the film. One thing I find a little weird tho is the logo for this podcast has two white ladies and two ladies of other races, but the actual two hosts are white ladies. It just seems like a weird choice to put darker skinned people in the logo unless those two are meant to be specific people. The two white ladies are smart and have great insight but why use these cartoon people to legitimize themselves? Maybe I missed something but… it is weird.
7. couldn’t recommend this more… - these Bechddelles are smart, funny and three other compliments of your choosing. thank you for the years and years of excellence! i have a movie for you my wife and i just watched called Baba Yaga from that we feel passed the test quite easily. a real surprise film treat! thank you again,
8. A little Performative - I like this podcast and the two hosts BUT I noticed how they ONLY bring Black women and WOC on the podcast when they are doing a “Black or ‘ethnic’ movie.” And it’s usually a black movie about a super serious topic and the guest host is forced to talk about something serious in the Black experience. When they do a fun romantic comedy or a thriller or whatever , it’s always a white or white adjacent guest host. If you’re going to choose your guest host based only on the “race” of the movie - at least pick a Black romantic comedy every once in a while so your guest hosts don’t always have to trauma dump on the podcast and speak from the “black experience” constantly. Also for the love of God please PLEASE stop addressing WHITE Women as just WOMEN. You guys speak about White women like y’all are just default for women and you preference everyone else as a “type” of woman. White women are NOT a default for women so if you’re going to preference everyone else by their race preference white women by their race as well. Other than those things I noticed the podcast is pretty good.
9. Current obsession - My sister has been recommending this podcast to me for years (convos that did indeed pass the bechdel test go us!) and finally I gave it a go. Now I’m binging the entire catalog at a terrifying speed. I don’t currently subscribe to anyone on patreon, but I happily will once I’m out of episodes. Moral of the story is go listen to the podcast your sister has been begging you to try.
10. Podcast of my dreams - This podcast has been my loyal companion as I work on my doctoral degree. I love hearing Caitlin and Jamie’s takes on movies, which have helped me think more critically about the media I choose to consume. Also, I cannot adequately explain my own stance on the debate of our generation (Beetlejuice wet vs. dry scabs), but maybe some day I’ll finally take a side. Either way it won’t be pleasant. ;)
11. Fun, but so much interrupting! - I definitely enjoy this podcast and feel I have learned a lot from their analysis. However, Jamie interrupts Caitlin SO OFTEN that it has started to become frustrating for me to listen to. Jamie, please let your cohost finish her thoughts! Sometimes Caitlin will even say “I have a whole point to make here” and she gets sentence out before Jamie cuts her off!! Both hosts have really interesting thoughts and ideas and I’d like to hear them without so much interruption. I’ll continue to listen for now, but if the issue does not improve, I think I’ll have to skip this in the future.
12. Great podcast, but the ads are frustrating! - This is a really fun podcast to get you thinking about how gender and social issues appear in movies. The hosts have a great sense of humor and make each episode fun. I love to listen to episodes about movies that I don’t plan on seeing but I feel like I should know a bit about. The ads are frustrating though. I don’t know if the hosts have control over this, but it’s weird to hear a prosecutor advertise their podcast in this context.
The Dead Meat Podcast is your horror safe haven. Reviews, film history, and all things that make your skin crawl.
Release date: 2023-02-15
1. my favorite at the moment - I love the youtube channel, and I found this and am obsessed, I love Chelsea and James together and they’re both a great mix of funny, relatable, and well-educated on horror movies. As someone who loves horror but doesn’t know many other people who are, this channel is like listening to friends talking about stuff I like!!
2. First video on dead meat was my first video I watched on YouTube - Ok so I have my own channel but it got banned so I made a new one so James if you see this the first video you made on YouTube was the first video I watched on YouTube and I’ve been watching every single video you made and now I wanna collaborate channels or shout out
3. The Best Podcast For Horror Nerds! - For years I have always wanted to find a podcast that I could listen to that wasn’t boring, kept my attention, and allowed me to learn things about subjects I love. I have been a fan of the Dead Meat channel for a few years now, and have recently dove into this podcast in the last year and I am SO HAPPY I DID! This podcast is perfect; great hosts, awesome games and reviews, and of course the RESEARCH EPISODES! I never have thought to get into horror history and moviemaking, but because of this podcast a door has been opened! This podcast is DEFINITELY recommended for anyone who likes horror or even movies in general! Thank you Chelsea and James for getting me through everyday chores!
4. Hates their fans - For being a horror centric podcast. They really don’t know much about horror. Actually if you listen to James, he really just hates horror. They only do this to make money. I can’t tell you how many times one of them brought up a horror movie and the other said “I’ve never seen it.” They only know what they want to know and even that seems forced. They are also unappreciated of their fans. James does a live stream of him editing a video and most of the time he just looks at the screen to see how much people are donating and never thanks any of them. These people are greedy jerks. They also take more breaks than Howard Stern. Don’t listen. And they look like brother and sister. Awwkkwarrdddd
5. My Horror Safe Haven - Chelsea, James, and the entire dead meat team have beautifully provided a plethora of horror content for all horror fans to enjoy. I particularly enjoy episodes that focus on a broad topic like the movies that changed the genre episode! All film reviews are thorough and specific and provide a truly unbiased analysis of each film reviewed. I love that James and Chelsea always make sure to provide proper social commentary which can help people like me feel welcomed in a community that tends to be pretty hostile. Thank you James and Chelsea for being my horror parents. Love you, keep being good people!
6. Perfectly mixes horror, education, and comedy into one. - James and Chelsea both know how to make their podcast entertaining by making you laugh while also allowing you to learn something at the same time. They also are very pleasant to listen to. With each episode whether it be a movie review or a deep dive into something else you can always tell that they put in the research and do phenomenally at it. When listening I have learned so many things horror-related and not, that I’d never had known without this podcast. This beautifully talented couple know how to create good content and I sincerely hope they continue to do so very far into the future.
7. Smashing you over the head with their politics - You want to like this podcast, you really do, because when they’re actually talking about the movie, the two of them are fantastic. The issue is they seem to be extremely orthodox politically (people on the extremes usually don’t realize they are extreme) and they evangelize their messaging with an almost religious zeal. Really at some point it is religious (just without the advantage of any virtue) and it is unrelenting. If you’re more moderate this can become really monotonous. I want to underscore, it’s not that they are liberal (so am I to some extent), it’s that they are zealous and you receive a lecture from the pulpit every minutes. Enough, please, we get the message.
8. Absolutely Amazing for Horror Fans! - I am not a huge podcast person, I’ve only listened to a few here and there because I find most of them hard to get into. But not Dead Meat! Chelsea and James are so good at talking seriously about horror movies and the horror genre, while keeping it extremely engaging and interesting. I am always impressed on their research (of course, I think Chelsea does most of the podcast research!) One important thing for me is that this podcast is not pretentious in the slightest. You never get the sense that you’re being talked down to or lectured to, it feels like a casual yet engaging conversation with friends. I have been a huge fan of the Kill Count videos on youtube for years and have just recently started binging this podcast, and it’s been great. % recommend for any fan of horror, even if you haven’t seen a ton of it! Sincerely thank you to Chelsea and James for being so down to earth, funny, interesting, well-researched, and extremely entertaining and well spoken. This podcast has been a joy to listen to so far and I’m excited to listen to even more :-)
9. Can’t watch horror movies - …but I love to hear James & Chelsea describe them. Today’s horror is just too graphic for me to stomach but I do love spooky stories so I enjoy listening to the movie reviews and the interviews about horror stuff. I was actually convinced to watch of the reviews - granted it was a documentary, not a movie (Haunters: Art of the Scare). Many reviews I listened to, I just said, “Eww, nope.” I LOL often during the show - it’s like listening to friends MSTK forbidden movies.
10. Made Me Love Horror - I’ve been a fan of the channel for a while, but hadn’t started listening to the pod until about a month ago. I wanted to hear about James and Chelsea’s wedding, so I listened to the We’re Back episode and it made me want to check out the Scream movies. Since then, I’ve been watching/listening to the pod religiously and it’s made me like horror more and more. I hate watching horror movies without knowing what will happen, so I love listening before I check out a movie. I also love to learn about the making of things and cultural importance of film, so Chelsea’s research episodes very much appeal to me. I normally don’t like when people play games on podcasts, but the way James and Chelsea do it makes it very entertaining. When I listen to this, I feel like I’m hanging out with friends.
11. Like talking about your favorite movies with friends - I discovered the Dead Meat Podcast via YouTube. And I quickly became addicted. James and Chelsea are non-condescending. They openly talk about the things they like about the movie things they didn’t like about the movie but in a non-judging way and it allows you to have a conversation in lots of ways about movies that you enjoy watching that maybe your husband doesn’t. so it’s a great platform in order to work through some of the finer points of horror movies. I consistently recommend them to all of my friends who like horror.
12. Love these two - I’m a huge horror fan and absolutely love James and Chelsea. This podcast is an absolute blast and always gives insightful and enjoyable reviews, while also not taking itself too seriously. I admire the work and effort that went and continues to go into it, and look forward to seeing even more.
“...affable, insightful film analysis since 2005."–NY Times / New + classic reviews and top 5s. Every episode and exclusive content at filmspottingfamily.com. Also on WBEZ Chicago.
Release date: 2023-02-24
1. The best film podcast out there - I’ve been listening to this show for almost ten years now and I have to say that it is an absolutely amazing show. I enjoy it on my morning commute for new movies I’ve just seen and I enjoy it in a tank turret in the desert listening to reviews of classic favorites when I can’t watch the movies myself. Could not say enough positive things about the show.
2. Film star spotting - I was expecting some analysis on specific movies on their themes. However the podcast seemed more interested in talking about the awards won, box office, or real release year. Even when they we’re talking about the movies, they were more interested in the movie as it fit into the film makers life work than as a movie by itself with ideas and themes
3. The best place to find new movies to watch. - I’ve been listening to filmspitting for over ten years now. Between marathons, madness and sacred cows I’ve heard about so many movies I never would have heard of. It’s the best place to hear about both current movies, movies from the past and around the world.
4. Nerdy in a good way - I’ve been a regular listener since or so. What keeps me coming back? Filmspotting is the right balance of nerdy and approachable. Their conversations have broadened my horizons (see: Fassbinder) and deepened my appreciation (see: Hitchcock). Plus, they both have great radio voices.
5. After a decade, still one of my go-tos. - I’ve been listening to Filmspotting for more than a decade now. Even as the number of film related podcasts that I listen to has grown over the years (including the Next Picture Show), Filmspotting remains my most beloved and one that I always look forward to spending time with. I recently caught up with Tar and while I was certainly impressed by nearly every aspect it - the writing, directing, the performances - the film left me feeling cold. I needed to hear what Adam and Josh had to say, hoping that they would help me sort through my thoughts. In the end, they helped me realize I want to sit down with the movie again - and then likely their conversation again - both are rich with consideration and attention to detail. As Aviv left a review? Doubt it.
6. Essential listening if you love film - I listen to several film podcasts. I enjoy them all but this is the most essential weekly. The hosts have a great rapport, it has the most thoughtful discussions of films both old and new, it leans toward arthouse but not at the exclusion of popular cinema, it has a tremendous appreciation for and analysis of film history, and, perhaps surprisingly given the above description, it’s very fun and funny, with varied segments that constantly keep the content fresh.
7. Favorite Podcast Hands-down! - I have been a faithful Filmspotting listener for over years, and the leap of joy I get when I see a new episode has not faded. Adam and Josh are funny, insightful, easy listening, and their guest hosts and interviews are a pleasure as well. I can’t begin to describe what Filmspotting has added to my life and my passion for films. I have been so enriched by the discussions on this show. I am always learning and discovering new films and artists, and I trust Adam and Josh’s reviews. It’s thanks to Adam’s high praise that I checked out The Worst Person in the World, and then proceeded to recommend it to all my friends! I refer to Filmspotting as “my podcast” because it is the only one I never miss and hope goes on forever. Thank you, Adam, Josh, Sam, and all those behind the scenes that make this such a special listen! Do yourself a HUGE favor and check it out!
8. An excellent resource for movie buffs - This is one of the best podcasts available, a must for the filmgoer, serious or not. Adam and Josh review movies worth seeing, and don't waste time with junk, which means that my time is not wasted. The discussion is usually well informed. They have holes in their viewing history (and who does not?) but these are filled in (occasionally) by their marathons. I encourage anyone who likes movies more than casually to check out this podcast. You'll probably get hooked as I did after the first one. I have now been listening for more than years and this is the only podcast I regularly make time for.
9. The best film podcast. Period. - Can't express enough how much I look forward to hearing from Adam and Josh (and Michael Phillips too!) every week. As soon as I see a movie, I'm eager to hear their take -- it always expands my own view and appreciation. They're so smart, knowledgeable about film, and open-minded. I feel like they're my friends at this point! Over time they've been mindful of looping more women's perspectives, too, having women critics drop in (h/t to Marya Gates, Tasha Robinson, etc.)
10. By far, my favorite movie podcast… - There are few places on earth that dive in to movies as well as Filmspotting. One of the rare podcasts that you can enjoy what they’re talking about regardless of whether you saw the film they’re covering or not. Been listening since almost the beginning and have no plans to stop anytime soon. Podcasts like this remind me of Roger Ebert and how he believed in reviewing a film.
11. THE Go-To Film Podcast - I’ve been a faithful Filmspotting listener for nearly years now, and I can say without a doubt that this should be the go-to film podcast for everyone. It is a weekly ritual now for me to make sure to watch the films being covered in the podcast so that I can fire up the show over the weekend. With everything from reviews of new releases, to top lists, to marathons of directors and actors, and even a March Madness style film tournament voted on by listeners each year, there is always a lot of fun to be had with Adam and Josh. Not to mention becoming a Filmspotting Family Member gets you access to bonus episodes, the whole archive of podcasts, trivia nights, occasional watch parties, and more. I have come to greatly respect the opinions of Adam and Josh and other guests they have on, and they help me to process my thoughts on films each week. This is not just my favorite film related podcast but also one of my favorite podcasts overall. I highly recommend tuning in and joining the family.
12. Still the Best - One of the longest running movie podcasts is still the cream of the crop. Adam and Josh’s chemistry is awesome. The top lists allow for deep dives into cinema past which complements the current reviews. And where else can you hear Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips pretend to be a grumpy old man? I’m a proud long-time listener and proud supporter. If you’re not listening to Filmspotting, you’re not getting all you can out of film fandom.
A horror movie podcast that started with hostile movie discussions and has evolved into hostile informative movie discussions. Hosted by Ash & Alaina from Morbid: A True Crime Podcast & Caleb from Horror Soup. We don't always agree, and that's just fine. Part of the Morbid Network & produced by Caleb from Horror Soup & Alaina from Morbid Podcast. Releases every other Thursday.
Release date: 2023-02-23
1. Could do without Caleb - Listening to him drone on and on about Deena “being an incel” on Fear Street made me want to turn the podcast off. The other two understand. If you’re a male, please don’t speak to how women are in a relationship and then go on to say a boyfriend threatening to kill said girl isn’t such a bad guy. That ain’t it.
2. Someone Lied to Caleb Several Times. - I absolutely love listening to this podcast. Love Ash and Alaina and the banter between the two. It’s like listening to Morbid but about movies. Unfortunately, Caleb has such a rudimentary knowledge of horror movies and what seems to me to be a basic understanding of the English language. Did he finish high school? Each epsiode is filled with incorrect references, mispronunciations of filmmakers, movies, actors, movie characters, and just a complete lack of anything horror related. I am shocked this dude has as many podcasts as he does. Ash and Alaina don’t seem to be the type of people that would reinforce this type of behavior in a person. I’ve seen the way he acts on his other podcasts. Just a loser in a beanie and poncho with a microphone. It’s an absolute chore to listen to his so called “musings” when it comes to the movies picked for this podcast. Every time he speaks … I cringe. Ash and Alaina if it weren’t for you, this podcast would be garbage just like HorrorSoup. Two stars… one for Ash and one for Alaina.
3. Dislike the podcast, love the hosts - It’s hard for me to properly rate this podcast, because while I have nothing but respect for the podcast and all hosts, I don’t actually like the podcast very much. I’ve seen a lot of reviewers state that they enjoy the podcast because they love horror movies. Well I feel quite the opposite, I don’t care for this podcast very much because I LOVE horror movies. I definitely have a deep appreciation and love for “bad” horror movies, they’re the best! So for me, this podcast is really just three people who I generally really enjoy, just crapping all over movies that I truly love. Everyone is of course entitled to their own opinion, and can dislike whatever they want, it just takes away the joy of listening for me when the they are taking movie after movie that I adore, and talking endlessly about what trash garbage they are. It’s really disheartening and hard to listen to. I still give the podcast stars, because the reasoning that I have for not liking it does not actually mean it’s a bad podcast, just that it’s not my personal taste. Love all three hosts though!
4. Caleb is Annoying - I came to this pod from Morbid. Love the subject matter, but I find myself rolling my eyes every single time Caleb opens his mouth. Its like, if he likes it, he gets audibly offended of other’s opinions and then tries to be funny about it, but just comes off as catty, rude, and butthurt. If he doesn’t like the movie, he literally complains about every single little thing endlessly in the raunchiest, most childish, middle school sex jokes type way. I just don’t like his personality. Like, Ash has trauma but is actually funny about it. Caleb is trying to be funny about his trauma, but it doesn’t ever land. It’s not funny, it’s sad. And if you’re going to make a joke song, cut it to a little ditty! Stop improving a whole first verse. It’s not funny, it’s annoying.
5. Baffled by the Caleb hate - The dynamic between these three is amazing! They have explained many times that they go out of their way to mess with each other and goad their fake arguments. It’s obvious (at least to me) that this is all in good fun for them. Caleb is the big horror film buff, Ash is here for the fun, and Alaina is right in the middle. They play they’re parts perfectly. Together they give hilariously entertaining reviews of movies and cool deep dives into horror sub genres. Half these reviews seem like they’re Morbid fans who just can’t handle someone disagreeing with Ash and Alaina. I get it the girls rock, but Caleb genuinely holds movies accountable for their flaws and gives real criticism… what’s the point of a review podcast if every episode is “that was good.” My only complaints is that I wish they did all genres of movies and more episodes cause I could listen to them all day.
6. Obsessed! - I am OBSESSED with this podcast! I love everything horror and I have yet to listen to an episode I didn’t love! Came across Scream! while listening to Morbid which is another favorite podcast! I love the banter between Ash and Caleb! I catch myself literally laughing out loud at work. My only complaint is there aren’t enough episodes!
7. Honestly just pick and choose - I love the movie reviews and I’m a big horror and scary movie fan. Alana is funny and I don’t know the guys name but he’s funny maybe / the time. Mostly he’s obnoxious and just thinks he’s funny when really he’s just childish. Could be better with more focus on the movies and less tangents. Only listening to the episodes of movies I know and would enjoy the review on. The rest I skip cause the guy is annoying to listen to in long periods.
8. Two out of three ain’t bad? - Alaina and Ash offer enjoyable commentary during their recaps while remaining respectful of the works and opinions of others. They demonstrate their experience as successful podcast hosts by creating opportunities for open discussion and remaining open-minded. Caleb, on the other hand, offers little more than the petty opinions and condescending tone of a first-year film student.
9. Iconic Trio - I've been listening since the beginning, so I don't know why it took me so long to review. Found this through Morbid and then through this podcast I started listening to Horror Soup. You can tell there's a lot of love between these three and I love listening to their banter while I work. Keep it up guys!
10. Caleb, I love you - I would have never thought I would enjoy this podcast, but here I am. I happened to glance at the ratings and reviews, and wow, why the hate for Caleb? He’s a gem. I adore his willingness to critique holes in plot lines, tired tropes, terrible dialogue, etc., and it does it in a hilarious way. I also love the way he and Ash have often have such contrasting viewpoints-the divergent viewpoints of the hosts, and the conversation that comes from those differences is what makes this show great!
11. Love the gals - Love The Morbid gals so much and the positivity they bring. They try to see the points of view of the others opinions and even change their minds. Caleb however seems to be negative and stubborn. I understand not liking it agreeing but it’s to the extreme sometimes. I really enjoy when it’s just Ash and Alaina.
12. I get it… - Nice Caleb is “boring”, but do you have any actual feedback that isn’t just being negative and ripping on everything Alaina likes? The beetlejuice episode was great but the hocus pocus one made me want to pull my hair out. Do you like anything my dude? Sticking with my girls Ash and Alaina yikes
13. Wonderful Ladies - Been a Morbid stan for years (Alaina Ash are perfection, always) and really wanted to love this. Started by listening to episodes on my favorite movies but grew weary real quick of Caleb. Constant negativity, interrupting everyone else and generally comes off as insufferable and demeaning. He doesn’t like…. anything…. ever…. So what’s the point?
Become a Paid Subscriber and get bonus podcasts: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/subscribe Three playful movie reviewers break down a variety of film franchises by dedicating a podcast to every single sequel, reboot, and spin-off in a series. In-depth conversations cover production history, literary sources, gossip, merchandising, and personal opinion with humor and critical insight. No cinematic universe is too obscure or sacred! Over 1,200 reviews at http://nowplayingpodcast.com
Release date: 2023-02-28
1. Rough - I just listened to The Two Jakes episode. That’ll do it for me. They’ve seen the film once, didn’t follow the basic plot, and don’t know about basic things like wire recordings. The film is a s take on noir, just like Chinatown is a s take. It’s a simulacrum. These guys need to read some books (start with Frederic Jameson’s Postmodernism) and not “give up halfway through the film.” There are too many characters, really? It’s no Chinatown, but as many have noted, like Roger Ebert, it’s a great film. It’s not about the mystery, it’s about characters. Both Jakes are incapable of doing what they think men should be able to do. One gives up, one keeps trying.
2. Used to be great - This used to be my movie review go to podcast. The chemistry used to be great but it seems like ever since they added Marjorie the show is not enjoyable at all. She is only on the show because of her husband and honestly her voice and contribution to the episodes bring nothing to the table. She is super annoying and try to be funny but fails. For the love of god you need to get rid of marjorie. I know I'm not the only one with the annoyance of Marjorie
3. Covered on all sides - I really appreciate this podcast for how they make sure to have a newbie, a moderate familiar and a fan on every show. Though u may not always agree with all of them I like to listen to how and why their opinions differ and why. This also leads to some good comedic arguments. They also do so many ad on reviews to movie series that aren’t really necessary but amazing. They are also pretty fearless in the face of the fan bases of franchises. Giving “not recommend’s” regardless of the fall out. They express their true opinions. If you really deep dive some of them even change their opinions after a few years to reflect or a reboot is so bad it makes the old ones look better lol.
4. Overall: great - This might be my favorite podcast. Incredible backlog, which is made even better by their format. Not much “what you been up to?” talk, just solid reviews. I don’t always agree with the hosts but almost always enjoy hearing the differing opinions. If you like movie podcasts give them a follow and maybe a few bucks.
5. Slow decline into mediocrity - Once upon a time I enjoyed listening to this podcast. Then came the time when they felt like everything needed to be ridiculed and hated on. If you don’t enjoy watching certain movies then don’t do series on them. It gets old listening to people complain about things.
6. Awesomeness - I am a musician and comic book enthusiast. I say that to say this/ I actually have to make myself listen to music sometimes, because I listen to Now playing so much. If there is a movie you don't care for, it is exponentially more entertaining to listen to this team of reviewers "rip it a new one". Great podcast. (Btw, I didn’t think this podcast could get any better until I read some of the ridiculous whining in the reviews which were almost as entertaining! )
7. ‘Now Playing’ Is one of the Greats! - I just discovered these guys! And what fantastic content they produce— in contrast to some other movie podcasts that tend to just de-evolve in to a lot of circular, mindless chit chat — — the ‘Now Playing’ crew keeps their pod episodes trimmed and focused. These guys are definitely humorous, but they go deep on every movie they cover as well. It’s obvious this team does a lot of research for each episode, so you get great trivia along side winsome delivery and impassioned opinions. Example: I highly recommend their series on David Lynch. I’m a huge Lynch-Head, and I’m still learning a lot (all the while, getting a great mix of informed yet varied opinions on Lynch’s filmography & importance as a auteur). These guys deserve to be at the forefront of the ‘greatest movie podcasts’ conversation Keep it up ‘Now Playing’ Team!
8. Love the show! - These dudes are great, and they’re always my go-to for work and other down time. They always offer great insight into films, have well put together arguments, and offer plenty of behind the scenes facts. All of the hosts are great, and I especially appreciate Stuart’s filmmaking knowledge. I feel like I learn a lot when I listen to these guys and I’m usually always engaged with what they’re talking about, even if I don’t care to see the movie they’re reviewing! Give them a listen!
9. Millennial grudge - Been listening to these guys for a good while Best movie reviewers around, beside Arnie being annoying most of the time my only gripe is their hate for younger generations. If they don’t get something it’s because the movie is for millennials lol
Edit Arnie lost all credibility saying Lego Batman is his favorite Batman movie Get rid of Arnie and this review goes to
10. Not everything is / - Listening to all the podcasts and it’s a joke anymore guarantee you that you can’t make it through one episode without a / reference even lord of the rings a book that’s been out years before the event As for the hosts: one’s a so called “completest” can’t complete a series to save their life
One’s voice really is grating on me they constantly need “donations” to pay for their horrible shows all in all NOT RECOMMENDED
11. Such a fun deep dive for movie lovers - Was looking for a podcast about horror movies, just wanted to hear people who love the movies I love to chat it out and was thrilled to find this podcast because it’s ALL the movies I love and all the things I’ve wanted to hear more about. Even when they don’t love a movie, I learn a ton, have fun and then need to watch the movie anyway. I also love when they commit to a series - it’s like sitting with good friends who are nerding out while also bringing a lot of knowledge and appreciation to the table. Can’t get enough!!!
12. Amazing Podcast - I LOVE these podcasts. I just randomly stumbled across these and instantly fell in love. Some of the hosts (particularly Stuart) seemed really smug when discussing movies but over the past decade of listening I completely understand where he comes from. You can tell these host have a deep love and passion for film and I appreciate it. The put in a ton of work into this show. I randomly came across this podcast in while looking for a Nightmare on Elm Street review and their review was the PERFECT format for what I was looking for. So glad to have invested in this podcast.
13. Used to be great - I’ve been listening for over years, and this used to be one of my favorite podcasts. I participated in most of their donation drives, and I even had one of their mouse pads. Nice discussion about movies and a comprehensive look at a franchise or filmography. HOWEVER. This show has really changed over the years. The hosts seemed to be frequently more and more pessimistic and negative when reviewing films. Not fun to listen to anymore. They’ve also become more political, frequently inserting much of their personal politics and worldview into the discussion. It’s starting to become grating. I’ve always found Jakob a little annoying, but now he is so pretentious and almost unbearable. Go back and listen to old episodes. Stay away from anything they’ve made in the last few years.
New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie and freelance writer John Ganz delve into the world of 90s post-Cold War thrillers with Unclear and Present Danger, a podcast that explores America in an age of transition to lone superpower, at once triumphant and unsure of its role in the world.
Release date: 2023-03-06
1. Waiting on sum of all fears - This is an interesting idea for a podcast slash way for Jamelle to indulge in his taste for trashy movies. They explore the politics and culture of a genre of film that I grew up with, one that is often ridiculous in its portrayal of heroic masculinity. Always amazes me to see how little has changed since the nineties, politically and culturally, even tho we usually focus on the differences. I just can’t figure out why they haven’t done Sum of All Fears. Is it too late, coming in ? I mean you gotta look past that. Not only is it another Jack Ryan but they actually explode the bomb in this movie but they f-ing KILL MORGAN FREEMAN in the process it is truly shocking stuff. Has nuclear terrorism been discussed on the pod yet? Then you factor in the “competent girlfriend” trope and the mix of Eastern European and middle eastern enemies with a Cold War basis and wow just do a pod on this movie already. Srsly checked multiple times for a SoAF episode, could I have missed it somehow? Five stars. There aren’t any deep revelations, in fact a lot of the episodes listen more like a college level analysis of the films, but it’s still nostalgic and thought provoking to look back to the recent past, especially focusing on the cultural aspects and impacts of the films more than their often questionable screenplays.
2. Love this show - If you were a kid in the ’s, these were the movies you saw at the video store. Occasionally one of your friends would see one and tell you about all the cool guns in it. Another way to think about it is these are “Seinfeld movies”, films that Jerry and the gang got into comedic situations trying to go and see. These are the kind of movies that don’t get made anymore, true middle brow art for a truly middle brow decade.
3. Jamele is great other guy not so much - Big fan of jamele he’s great whenever he’s a guest host on other pods. He’s a great movie critic. He knows the subject matter well. Love listening to him breakdown these movies from my youth. No idea why he chose this other guy to co host. He’s always unprepared and can’t string together a sentence without sounding like a teenage girl. It’s inarticulate when he reviews the New York time headlines because he reads too fast. I listen for jamele but the other guy is driving me away. He needs a new co host that is a pro like him.
4. Fun and Informative - I love this podcast. Not only is it a great excuse to watch some fun and occasionally great s movies, the host's casual, yet deeply thought out commentary is a mind expanding bonus. Gaining a better understanding of the political reality of my youth in the s and how that continues to affect so many important aspects of our lives today all while discussing a ridiculous to the point of surreal Steven Seagal flick? Yes please!
5. Smart and insightful - just needs an editor - I really love the concept of this show, which fills a gap in my feed left by the ill-fated "Friendly Fire." The hosts are really smart and insightful and I genuinely learn something every time I listen. I have nothing but respect for their reviewing and writing ability. Trouble is, I can almost never get through an episode because the hosts' delivery is so unfocused. One of the guys will start a sentence, interrupt himself for the entire duration of it with interjections and stammers, and only occasionally finish the point he started. This is an actual sentence from the latest episode: "This to me is like pause it's not even, it's like, just, totally vapid, you know what I mean? Like I think that that's, that's the difference, like they're, there's like, and when I, when I like, when I see this, like I react really strongly against it. Like I don't -- and that's like what bugs -- it's like stupidity bugs me, like: I, it's, it's not ab-- and I think like every- the reaction of people who hold this is like "oh you're so, you're overly woke" and I'm like no, you're just an idiot, like, I can tolerate ... I can tolerate a certain degree, I mean like, I think everyone can tolerate masculinity ..." Genuinely not trying to be a jerk. I've hosted podcasts before, and I know how hard it can be. I'm also not coming down on this person for the way he speaks -- it's just that it needs, desperately, to be condensed in the editing process. That whole ... mess up there could have been a ten-second sentence, given a clean edit. Anyway I'm apparently in the minority here, beccause these reviews are all glowing -- and in terms of the insights themselves it's well-earned praise! If you care more about the substance of the material than the manner in which it's delivered, you'll probably love this show. I just can't get past how much better it would be if it were cut more aggressively in the edit.
6. Insightful and Fun - As a child of the Cold War I’m loving listening to reviews of movies I grew up with and came of age to, through the perspective of some guys who are younger than me but very informed and thoughtful. Every show is fun and introspective. The episodes give me new frames of reference for the experiences of a time when we accepted that nuclear death could come at any moment—a time that ended suddenly, and seems to be forgotten.
7. Walk-Off Homerun - Perfect for film and history buffs, especially those born in the s which I happen to be. Captures the rare spirit of s culture and how it both shines through these movies and also still resonates today. Also a great way to discover and re-discover some real good movies that are kind of sleeper-picks. Like Sleepers ()
8. Making sense of the world I was born into - When I was a kid my dad used to watch grainy TV movies about Vietnam and WWII and I never understood it. Why spend so much time learning about something that happened a long time ago. Now, I watch grainy TV movies about Waco and the Cold War. Why? Because I was a child when those things happened. Adults were telling me what to think, but I need to go back as an adult and reevaluate my beliefs. This show is gold. Thank you.
9. A blast from the past - I love discovering (and rediscovering) these great dad movies! Just a wealth of context I never would have grasped during my youth which makes even some of the lesser entries a fascinating watch. I would suggest putting the next film in the episode description due to my own forgetfulness, style guide permitting of course!
10. New Fave - From the opening theme that makes you imagine the darkly lit flag flying over a foreboding shot of various DC landmarks to the final summations, this is an excellent podcast for movie and political junkies. Two smart guys going deep on a movie and its attached themes. It answers the question “will I enjoy a discussion on the largely forgotten SNIPER and American adventurism in Central America?” Oh yes. Yes, you will.
11. Great podcast - A wide range of movies are reviewed, not just your blockbusters. Makes for an interesting podcast. I would recommend that you watch a movie called the Fourth Protocol staring Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan. It’s available at no cost on YouTube. It’s an excellent Cold War thriller that Brosnan filmed after he was forced to turn down Bond the first time.
12. Raise your game, fellas - I was drawn to this podcast because of both the premise and Jamelle Bouie. I read him in NYT, and his appearances on the Ezra Klein Show are compulsory listening - his thinking and communication skills are so sharp that I will frequently rewind and play an episode again immediately on coming to its end. They are maestro-level performances. Are there two Jamelle Bouies out there? The guy I know is a very talented young writer who is in part responsible for a long-needed refresh and update at the New York Times. Yet this podcast unfolds like a dorm room conversation after too many bong hits. Jamelle is certainly more relaxed here, and much less crisp. The dialogue is at times painfully inarticulate and the insights more pedestrian than I’d expected. Is that the point? John Ganz needs communications coaching. His turns on the microphone are saturated with value-subtracting phrases such as “and so forth and so on,” “sort of like,” “kinda,” “it’s like…you know?” Jamelle cued him at one point, and he began his comment with “Well, yeah. No, I mean it’s like…” This is how teenagers talk. Any insights that you’re bringing to this discussion are obscured by all of this useless verbiage. I’ll check in with this show again at some point, but I expected to subscribe to it today. Not in any hurry to do so after this test drive, however.
13. Great topic, Weak content - I think this is a great idea for a podcast and there are some fun and thoughtful moments in this podcast. But, generally speaking, the point of view being presented is stale rehashes of left wing critiques of US foreign policy that were themselves half-baked at their inception. Likewise, it presents charicatures of right-wing military porn fantasies that compounds their original stupidity. The critique presented is more a contrast of equally ridiculous left-wing and right-wing fantasies built on a very weak understanding of the way national security institutions actually operate. The lead commentator speaks with the unearned, overestimated confidence of freshman undergrad who is sure that his six hours of course work has gained him complete understanding of and mastery over world events. Still though...the topic is so much fun.
Zetus Lepetus: A Mammoth Club Original Podcast is hosted by Molly, Alan, and Max. Each episode features a detailed breakdown and discussion of the wild world of Disney Channel Original Movies, or DCOMs, chronologically.
Release date: 2023-02-27
1. One of my favorite podcasts ever - Hands down one of the best. I followed Molly over from YouTube and absolutely love the dynamic here. It’s been plus years since I’ve seen these movies so the detailed reviews are great. Literally takes me back to my childhood. Every episode has me laughing out loud in the car. Love that it’s a grown up version with grown up language. Anyone rating this less than stars doesn’t understand humor or maybe just are the bitter didn’t succeed in anything else movie writers. Love MAMFAM!
2. fun! - i found this podcast after finding mammoth club on youtube and i'm so glad i started listening! each episode is a great mix of plot synopsis and opinion with a funny adult spin. it feels like your listening to friends having a conversation over drinks, not like a production. super fun listen, even if you've never watched the movies they're reviewing (in fact, it's more fun when you haven't).
3. Can’t get enough! - Love listening to this podcast! It never fails to make me laugh! Max’s random comments and Molly’s degrees of Armageddon are great, but Alan’s gut busting laughter at his friends jokes gets me every time! I especially love listening to the podcasts about movies I’ve never seen because I get to see it through their eyes. So happy this is part of the Mam Fam!
4. Love love love! - I LOVE this podcast. Most of these movies I didn’t watch growing up as we couldn’t afford cable but I LOVE hearing about them from these fabulous three! I had previously deleted the podcast app on my phone as I never used it, but once I heard they had a podcast I re-downloaded it! Would recommend, just be aware it isn’t for kids!
5. Makes me laugh out loud - I’ve been watching Molly on YouTube for years… this sounds creepy, sorry! She is lovely and so are Alan and Max. They have a lot of chemistry and appear to have so much fun talking about this nostalgic movies. As a Disney adult with no kids, the podcast feels like a cool weekly hang with friends.
6. Not terrible, but... - While this trio clearly has a great relationship and rapport with one another, the seriousness and dismissiveness with which they treat the ridiculousness of DCOMs (“This happens, because script.” etc) isn’t quite as fun as if they leaned into the absurdity and reveled in it. A better example of a DCOM podcast that has so much more fun with the topics at hand is Mom Can’t Cook, in which the hosts just delight in how bizarre these late s/early aughties curiosities are. And the seven degrees of Armageddon bit was funny at first, but really went on well beyond the joke being funny. Otherwise the hosts are pleasant, and even if they often miss the humor right in front of them they find it in one another.
7. YAAAAASSSS - Umm why didn’t anyone think of this podcast before now?? I am completely reliving my ’s childhood through this podcast, and it’s amazing! As a side note—hearing Molly from the wholesome Disney YouTube videos drop the occasional F-bomb absolutely gives me life. As a mid- something mom, this podcast validates my entire brain. Thank you, Molly, Alan, and Max!
8. The great escape - In a time where everything is so serious and so sad this podcast is the greatest escape to my childhood. reliving memories through these dcom‘s has been everything!! I find myself re-listening to episodes for nostalgic reasons but also this trio is absolutely hilarious! please never stop
9. Don’t know why I slept on this so long - I toggle between listening to podcasts and audiobooks, and didn’t make this a priority as I haven’t seen most of these movies, even though I love Molly and the Mammoth club and watch every YouTube video. These are SO FUNNY. The Mam hosts shine, and are incredibly clever. I love that this is more unfiltered (yay for cursing, honestly). I loved Gilmore Guys and this has a similar feel with less bits. I can’t wait to listen to them all.
10. A must listen to! - These three are so fluid together & really make the listener feel like they’re in a conversation with their friends. All while giving a great synopsis & fun facts (including degrees of Armageddon) in every episode. Whether you have watched the DCOM of the week or not it doesn’t matter, you will get an excellent, nostalgic review of these movies. I find myself laughing out loud during every episode (except The Color of Friendship). I love listening on my long runs because it brings me joy, is distracting & educational. Thank you for a wonderful podcast!! Cheers!
11. Highly Entertaining - These three are epic! The chemistry is off the charts. I’ve only watched a handful of DCOMs but I have listened to every podcast. I don’t know the movie they are talking about most of the time and I still listen! It feels like you’re in a conversation you’d have with your friends. Such a wonderful podcast. Keep up the awesome work.
12. So entertaining! - I love listening to Molly, Alan, & Max so much! They are so much fun and their dialogues are amazing! The knowledge and experiences the three of them are so interesting & varied, you always learn something. And Molly’s “Armageddon” connections are the absolute best Thanks for sharing your time with us and for all the laughs!
13. Different, interesting - I love the MAM club! Although, it was surprising to have dcom content instead of typical WDW info, which is definitely a change of pace to keep it going. I would suggest to change the rating from “clean” to mature or similar. The language is fine as an adult, but certainly not kid appropriate and talking how year old kids “want it” and are “horny” was a little much for me on here. No shade, just not sure I like how this is steering on podcast. It is incredibly funny to relive these movies as an adult that i loved as a kid and getting to see your personalities on a little more personal level than the youtube channel. I LOVE “Armageddon” section! The interactions and your relationships with each other is wonderful. You all have chemistry, which is not always the case with these types of teams. Bravo on all that you guys have achieved so far. Wishing everyone all the luck.