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.

Poop Culture

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If you think this show is going to be all about the history of defecation and how humans have dealt with it through the years, or a modern interpretation of the societal views of “bathroom culture”, then you are very wrong. It’s weird, it’s random, and it’s hilarious. You never know exactly what you will get each episode, and you wouldn’t have it any other way! You feel like you are one of the guys shootin’ the shit in the garage, with a combination of pop culture, sports, and movies, as well as varying guests that provide engaging interviews. A variety show of snorts and giggles, these guys are seriously funny and deserve a listen.

 

Each episode is around an hour long, and has the feel of a morning radio talk show, but with hosts who actually enjoy each others’ company. A memorable episode I listened to spent the first 20 minutes discussing and sharing their own man-boobs with each other, and I will admit I was ugly laughing after a while. They are just funny, with serious cases of diarrhea-of-the-mouth. The show progresses at a good pace, with both provocative questions and joking interspersed throughout.

 

I started listening to episode 11 (Killer Pinatas) and was hooked. The audio is a bit spotty in these earlier episodes, but stick with it! The sound quality improves while the guys also start to feel more comfortable in their banter. Not to mention, the notoriety of the guests increases with the show. You hear from the creator of Sharknado, porn stars, and plastic surgeons; there is never a lack of variety!

 

Yes, sometimes there is poop. And a serious case of fart sounds, but should we expect anything different? In a dark and depressing world, Marc James, Rick Mancrush, and friends serve us steaming piles of laughs and jokes. And don’t worry, this show has been going strong since 2013 and appears to have plans to continue for many more years. There are over 120 episodes on iTunes alone, and even more on the website (www.poopculture.com); these guys will keep you laughing for hours to come!

The Vocal Fries

The Vocal Fries

Hello, all! This is my very first review on this blog, and there is no better first podcast to review than The Vocal Fries, a current favorite of mine.

At its core, The Vocal Fries is an informational linguistic podcast that seeks to broaden the world’s knowledge of how much linguistic discrimination affects our daily lives. If it sounds at all boring, I am here to tell you that it is one of the most relateable and timely topics that everyone should learn more about. Each episode ends with a simple call-to-action, one that I think we can all truly get on board with: “Don’t be an asshole!”

Carrie and Megan are both trained linguistics with a long history of work in the academic field. However, their back and forth banter is not one of unintelligible academia, but rather of two friends sharing a topic they are passionate about. Being from two different countries and backgrounds, one American and one Canadian, their input is both varied and inclusive of global issues. Each and every episode is very easy to follow and understand, and the topics they cover are utterly fascinating. I will say that this is my first time delving into the fascinating world of linguistics and I have already found myself subscribing to more podcasts on the topic simply because of Carrie and Megan’s work. Language is such a unifying force throughout the world, and linguistic discrimination is unfortunately just as widespread (and I had NO idea!!).

In their first episode, they tackle what is called “vocal fry”, a term used in linguistics to describe a particular speaking pattern that is very common but often more recognizable in women. Because of the association with women, it has become a taboo in industries that require voice usage, such as radio hosts, news anchors, and actors, that honestly has no grounding in fact. A person is not of lesser intelligence simple because of the way they speak, despite what you hear and see in the media.

Starting with this topic, Carrie and Megan systematically proceed to dismantle everything I thought I had known about language and the way we speak and interact with other humans. From swearing to southern accents, grammar nazis to French-speaking Canadians, even a very well done and respectful episode on the usage of the singular they/them as a pronoun identity, these women make you completely rethink how you interpret the way others speak. Each episode includes a guest, sometimes other academics but often not, who have specialization in a particular type of linguistic discrimination. Carrie and Megan lead the guest through very thoughtful and interesting questions and ensure that everything is easily understood and explained while also joking about and throwing in some of their own personal anecdotes.

Some particularly fascinating episodes that I would suggest starting with (although they are all great):

Episode 1 – Uppity Women

Episode 4 – Grammar Not-zi

Episode 9 – ChicaNO? ChicanYES!

Episode 18 – Don’t be an Accenthole

If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of language and how it can positively and negatively affect the world around us, I would absolutely start listening to The Vocal Fries. It is so important, especially in the current political climate of anger and hate, to understand how our words and judgments can affect others. We can work to dispel hurtful judgments that can have real-world implications for so many people every day, and in doing so can contribute positivity and politeness.

That does it for The Vocal Fries, as always check them out on iTunes and follow their twitter for future updates: @VocalFriesPod

Remember: Don’t be an asshole!

– Sarah

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!

Murder Road Trip

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For today’s review, I’m snacking on Vanilla Coke and Sour Patch Kids as I tell you about a fun podcast called Murder Road Trip. The premise of this podcast is a simple one: the host takes a guest (who is often the host of a podcast of their own, so we get the bonus of hearing about their work, too) on a roadtrip to a destination related to the true crime case being discussed on the episode. There were quite a few crimes covered that I had never heard of, which is something I genuinely appreciate finding in a true crime podcast (specifically because of just *how much* I consume true crime podcasts, books, etc.). Some episodes have audio issues, but these issues are minimal and always addressed and corrected by the next episode.

 

I really like the concept of the show; framing it as a roadtrip and taking the guest with you somewhere is a fun take on the conversation with a guest host that is really common in so many forms of media. Episodes I recommend: Carl Panzram, Mark Barton, HH Holmes, and John Robinson.

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!