Pretend Radio

Hey guys! Ren here with another podcast review:

This week I have had the pleasure of listening to “Pretend Radio”. This podcast is amazing. It combines two of my favorite things: True Crime and Documentaries. Our fearless host, Javier, goes out of his way to be fair and thorough with his topics. He also does a wide array of topics. Now, let’s talk about some episodes!

His first episode I listened to is his first. This episode is part of a three part series about a self-proclaimed Prophet entitled “The Prophet”. Javier talked with someone who “escaped” the religion which has several hallmarks of a cult. The story was sad and frightening, but our host handled it with care and intelligence. The last part he talked with and played sound bites of people still in the religion. Javier even tried to talk to the Prophetess herself. Sadly, she didn’t acquiesce to his requests.

After enjoying those episodes immensely I tuned into his latest podcast episode, “The Jolly Roger Social Club”. I cannot put into words what a wild ride that story is to listen to and realize it’s a true story. Tune in for yourself. It is shocking tale of criminality run wild. I think you’ll be on the edge of your seats when you realize what exactly happened.

The next podcast episode is another multi episode podcast this time a two parter…”The Gambler”. If “Jolly Roger” makes you wonder about the world today, this one will break your heart. This story had me cheering for a child that suffered such a horrible experience then crying about this amazing story ended. I wanted to hug the woman who was used and basically abused. You will smile and probably cry, but it’s worth it.

I normally only list three episodes(I listen to many more). In this instance I am making an exception for “The Reporter”. This episode is about the on-air shooting of a reporter, her camera person and the person she was interviewing. You may remember this story as it was all over the news when it happened.

Javier worked with the shooter years before he decided to kill two people and wound another on air and using Facebook as a way to share his own story of murder. This episode is the one that made me realize that our host cares about all his stories. This was a personal story, yet he was professional and let the listener come along as he tried to reconcile the man he knew with the one who killed two people and then himself. Javier didn’t take advantage nor did it feel like he was using this episode to get reviews or downloads. As a listener, I felt he was trying to bring a new angle to this story.

All in all, this is an amazing podcast that I highly recommend. The episodes are usually around twenty minutes so it’s easy to binge and catch up!

Dark Poutine

Dark Poutine

Hey guys, Ren here with another review!

This week I have had the extremely good luck to get to review “Dark Poutine”. This is a podcast about Canada’s not so nice side. True Crime Stories From…Canada. There is a wide range of murders in Canada covered by this podcast. As an American, I know of very few crimes in Canada so it was so interesting to learn about the true crime scene in Canada.

The hosts research these cases and what sets them apart is the reaction of the host not telling the story. It is things we, the audience, are probably thinking and saying to ourselves. It adds an extra bit of depth to the story. Another thing that sets them apart is the fact that the crime in their hometown of Vancouver may have a connection to one or both of our wonderful podcast hosts.

One of the episodes was a very personal story in line with the “MeToo” movement. I found the host telling his story brave and amazing. Thank you for sharing that with us, Sir. I don’t have adequate words to tell you how much this means to so many survivors out there. I won’t say more about this episode or the story behind it.

I also listened to Part 1 and 2 of “The Happy Face Killer”. This concerned a man who was born in Canada, moved to The United States and later became a serial killer. They even give us a book suggestion to read further about this creepy man who would murder women all over as his job as a professional truck driver allowed him to travel. I enjoy how they make comments we are all probably thinking about these killers.

Other things: I learned Stanley Park is named for the same man that Lord Stanley’s Cup is named for! I can now pronounce Poutine! And that Canada is our nicer neighbor to the North they also have some pretty sick people killing other people.

Give Mike the creator and host along with his friend Scott a chance. It’s a good podcast and a good binge when you need a show to binge.

http://www.darkpoutine.com

Super Movie Bros.

Super Movie Bros.

Ren here with another review .

I am so thrilled to be reviewing this podcast. I am new to the podcast world and to superhero movies. This podcast isn’t ONLY for die hard fans of these films or action films. I am not that well versed in movies. What I LOVED was how much they explained stuff that as a casual viewer I just shrugged off. This alone makes me a new subscriber.

To be fair, I had my comic loving and action movie buffs listen to a few of their podcasts and I am told “They know what they’re talking about.” By a friend who has read so many comics and is a movie buff (I’m not kidding with this man’s prowess) so you can trust him. If you love movies? You will LOVE this podcast.

Dave and Jay are great hosts. On many episodes they talk beer. Another thing I know very little about, but now I feel I might be able to discuss beer! Thanks, guys! They talk about their personal lives which makes you feel like you are hanging out with friends. They even do movie cocktails with more hosts. I now have new drinks to make and impress my friends with them. This is a multi dimensional podcast.

The first episode I listened to do was the “Deadpool 2” episode. I was dragged to the movie. I had seen the original and was less than excited to see the sequel. I enjoyed the movie itself, but the review helped me to understand and remember things I forgot so that by the time they were done with everything I understood the movie better. As a listener, I appreciate that they tell you things without demeaning you or taking away from the less than movie buff listener.

The guys also review “Black Panther” I prefer the spoilers part of this review much more than the spoiler free part. As they dissect the movie and talk about future Marvel movies I am able to follow this easily and was enjoyable to my comic and Marvel fans.. Dave and Jay, make it fun to speculate on the movies and this movie is one of the better movies to speculate about with people who KNOW movies.

I listened to “Solo” movie review. The hosts completely bring you on a ride with them. the first part is spoiler free so you can find out facts and interesting points. The guys talk about stand outs and scenes without spoilers (which I will not include). The main selling point, aside from the cocktails on the monthly cocktails episodes, is the in depth explaining of things from comic, tv shows and other sources that I didn’t get while watching it. I know I will watch it again and have a much better understanding of the movie. Thanks, Super Movie Bros.

Myopia: Defend Your Childhood

HI! Ren here with another review.

Today I want to review “Myopia: Defend Your Childhood” a fun podcast that literally makes you defend your childhood. They take movies that are at least ten years old (and the occasional cartoon) and review them and ask “Do they stand the test of time?” I, for one, loved a lot of movies as a kid or younger adult and now I wonder if I was stupid or just that easily entertained.

I listened to a few of the podcasts as I always do to get a feel for the podcast and the hosts. I wanted to listen to “The Princess Bride”, but I have yet to watch it (don’t judge me! It is on my summer bucket list). They have an excellent assortment of movies to choose from and I think anyone can find something that they want to listen to them defend and discuss.

My Choices (which wasn’t easy and I know I will be listening to the entire episode list)

First up: “Weird Science” The 1985 John Hughes movie where two high school boys somehow build a supermodel looking girlfriend that once made they have no clue what to actually do with her. I was happy to hear that they generally agreed with me that this is John Hughes worst movie, ever. Thank you! They do this in a much more hilarious and entertaining way.

Second up: “Iron Man” I was someone who was at the theater opening day. I should probably say that I have a tiny obsession with RDJ (Robert Downey Jr who was also in Weird Science…I told you tiny obsession. I have even seen “Less Than Zero” and his episodes of Ally McBeal). I was so happy that they agreed with me again that this movies did stand the test of time. They mostly agreed and even reminded me of parts I had forgotten!

Last, but not least: “Speed”- I laughed so hard during this episode that I pulled a stitch (worth it!). There was much debate over this movie and I will say I agreed with several points and others I gave my phone a dirty look. Keanu Reeves is amazing and I don’t care what movie he is in.

I love that this podcast has different people doing certain movies which keeps it interesting and you can’t assume to know what someone will say. The hosts all seem to get along and are friends so it has the feel of hanging out with a new group of friends. The host of all episodes, so the podcast does have an actual host is Nicolas and he is sometimes a defendant and other times he is leading the charge that the movie didn’t stand the test of time.

In conclusion, this is a podcast that specializes in nostalgia. You may learn that a movie isn’t as good as you once thought. You might equally find that your favorite movie is in fact a classic that has stood the test of time. Who doesn’t like a bit of nostalgia? Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Corpus Delicti

CORPUS DELICTI

Hey guys! Ren here with another podcast review! Hope everyone is having a good week.

This time I am reviewing “Corpus Delicti” a true crime podcast. It is hosted by Jenn and Linds. These are two southern babes who adore true crime as much as I! They research throughly and it’s evident because they often know little details that this true crime fan hadn’t heard before. They have both mentioned falling down the rabbit hole with these stories. I also like that they are Southern girls and find it charming that they don’t curse often and do their best to not be too gory with the details. There are times they can’t help it and that’s okay. Sometimes the details are needed. They aren’t exploitative about the crimes and seem to be concerned about the crime victims.

I chose a few different podcast episodes to review: the first one I will talk about is Rose Larner. Rose was an eighteen year old with some problems, but she was a loving daughter. One night Rose borrowed her Mom’s car (also named Rose) to go to her former boyfriend’s grandma’s house with him and their mutual friend. This would be the last night of young Rose’s life. Her two best friends would kill her. I won’t go into the details, but will say this one time the ladies had to get a bit gory with the details to truly let you know how horrific this crime is and how much Rose went through. Their concern for Rose’s Mom was something that really set this podcast apart for me.

The second podcast episode I want to review is episode 25: “Los Feliz Murder Mansion”. This crime is about a doctor (cardiologist) who seemingly out of nowhere kills his wife, tries to kill his oldest daughter and then himself. There is no clear cut reason for him to decide to do this, but our lovely hostesses speculate and I found myself joining in and wondering too! I did thoroughly enjoy the thoughts on the book the Doctor was reading just before deciding to go upstairs and kill his wife(presumably). This is really an intriguing episode and I definitely recommend listening to it and then maybe come here to tell me your thoughts? I have some of my own!

I have listened to almost their entire series and I can say this podcast is fun yet serious. It strikes the right balance to keep you entertained while being respectful. I enjoy the the ladies and their sense of humor not to mention their southern charm. I appreciate the work and research and speculation they put into each episode. I definitely recommend this podcast for my fellow true crime fans. Come join me in becoming a “delicti-ble”!

Most Notorious: A True Crime Podcast

Hi guys, Ren here with another podcast review for your enjoyment.

Today’s review is “Most Notorious” a true crime blog that is different from the other one’s I have reviewed thus far. 
“What makes it different?” You ask.

Well, first of all it’s an interview format not storytelling. The second thing is every person that is interview is there to talk about a book. These authors have spent years researching crimes and then writing a book. Our host Erik Rivens asks the questions that really draw the listener into the book.

Mr. Rivens is also a writer. I think that helps him to understand the research, footwork and writing sweat that goes into writing a book. He has a clear respect for the authors on his show. Mr. Rivens clearly enjoys the books and talking with the people who are on his show to promote his/her book.

I listened to several podcasts and was completely riveted. I love listening to stories I know because I always learn something new. I had never heard of several of the crime stories that are featured on this podcast.

The first podcast I chose was “Indiana Serial Killer Belle Gunness with Harold Schechter”. This story was engrossing. I quick overview, but I won’t spoil the podcast! Belle is an immigrant from Norway to America. As the name of episode tells you…Miss Belle has some issues with letting people live especially if there is money to be made.

The next episode I listened to “Lucky Luciano’s 1930’s NYC Prostitution Trial with Ellen Poulsen”. The author was engaging with the interview and drew me into her stories of Mr. Luciano. I was impressed by Mr. Rivens and his amount of research and the Ms. Poulsen who had worked for years on this book. The facts made me want to know more and more.

I will admit I was giddy when I saw the last podcast I will talk about today. The podcast episode is entitled “Chicago Murderer H.H. Holmes: The True Story of the White City Devil with Adam Selzer”. Again, I won’t wreck this gripping podcast, but I learned several things I thought were true about this killer are in fact not true. Mr. Selzer’s research was impressive and I enjoyed the interview.

In conclusion, this is an interesting podcast and highly recommended. Now, I am off to buy books!

Redhanded

Redhanded.

Hey guys! Ren with another podcast to review. I must say so far I’ve been really lucky with the podcasts I have been assigned to review. True crime and people who love it too is a lucky break for me. I do know I will be doing some that aren’t and I can’t wait to learn some new stuff about things I don’t know about.

Redhanded is a relatively new podcast and is hosted by a couple of ladies from across the pond from me. First, I love their accents and tend to just get lost in the lovely accents. Can my fellow Americans agree that sometimes just hearing things in a British accent makes them sound better or not as bad? These ladies, like yours truly, will let a cuss word fly when appropriate. Let’s be real talking about murderers means it’s always appropriate.

Suruthi and Hannah are smart women who make you want to listen to their take on stories you may have already heard of. I like that they have quite a few I don’t know and many of the British ones I’ve never heard of. One of my favorites is “The White House Massacre”. This one was new to me and completely had me engrossed. I love that it is well researched and the crimes and victims are always treated with respect with a bit of comedy when they can.

One of my favorite things is that the ladies do not just take everything at face value. Both have called BS on certain details. What I love even more is that they question things and often comment on how they need to know more. This by no means is to be taken as they don’t thoroughly research their topic, because they do. Sometimes there are just questions that are unanswered or were never asked. As a naturally curious person, it is nice to hear others ask questions that I wonder about myself.

I always pick a couple of episodes to listen to and get an idea about the podcast. I pick one that interests me and one that doesn’t (then at least three or four more). I picked for the interest for me Episode 10 The Oklahoma Girl Scouts Murder. I will say I picked this one because I was a Girl Scout and I went camping. My dream was to be counselor at a camp eventually (that dream never came true).

Three young girls are sexually molested and murdered. This had me on edge from the beginning. The ladies make even grisly murder not horrible as it can be. Their discussion of “Soccer” was hilarious and helped to break up the knot in my stomach. Kids and crimes is hard for me and this really helped me. The girls don’t overdramatize things and I appreciate this.

My favorite line ever: “It’s insane to me that someone could be a local celebrity because they are good a PE.” This line is reference to a convicted rapist that an entire town hides because…he was good a PE because here in America that makes you a hero. Their laughter with this and how they look at it endeared them to me forever.

Give them a listen! You won’t regret it.