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.

The Last Ovation Review – Zimbellina

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The Last Ovation Review 

This podcast is hosted by Melissa and is about the lives and deaths of famous celebrities. It spans over various decades, with a range of older icons and more recent deaths.

The episodes go through the lives of the celebrity, so it doesn’t just focus on the death of the person but celebrates their lives as well. It delves into their past and the pasts of anyone involved in the celebrity’s death, for example in the Rebecca Schaeffer episode, her killer, Robert, is also talked about in depth.

The episodes are not very long, anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes which are perfect for a commute or small binges. Or, if you’re like me, it makes it easy to binge entire seasons.

The episodes are very well researched and thorough especially considering the length of the episode. There’s a lot of information in each episode. The sound quality is very good and the host’s voice is soothing and easy to listen to. There is a lovely use of background music, not too little and not too much and just at the right time to help accentuate what is being said. Additionally some episodes have snippets of interviews or songs which enriches the story being told.

The death’s are treated with respect, it doesn’t feel lurid or sensationalist to listen to. There’s also a fun little trivia section at the end of the episode as a palette cleanser which lifts your spirits after hearing about the person’s death.

Standout episode: Bruce and Brandon Lee – This episode was a longer episode since it covered both father and son, Bruce and Brandon Lee. Both of these deaths were sudden and under slightly mysterious circumstances which has led to a lot of conspiracy theories. However, Melissa goes through the life of both Bruce and Brandon Lee and explains their deaths plainly and without sensationalising them. Both deaths are tragic but Melissa treats the actors with great respect and tells their stories very well. Greatly recommended if you are interested in learning more about either of these men.

The podcast covers a great range of celebrities, with season 1 covering movie stars and season 2 focusing on musicians. People from all parts of fame are represented and it covers a wide range of people so there’s something here for everyone. This podcast was thoroughly enjoyable to binge and will become part of my regular rotation.

5/5 shining stars

– Zimbellina

The Human Circus Review – Zimbellina

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Firstly a confession. I know nothing about Medieval history. I don’t know anything about the geography, the travelling, the religion, the countries, the wars or any of it. This I am rapidly remedying through this podcast, The Human Circus.

The Human Circus dives deep into medieval history through key historical figures over loose seasons. The starting ‘season’ has 4 episodes whereas their second one has 7. The seasons run as long as it takes to tell the story of that key figure. With each season different aspects are spoken about but the podcast entails all those things that I don’t know anything about. Trade is very important, especially for travellers so there’s a lot of trade talk and stories about travelling through different countries. It’s very interesting to witness whole countries come and go through the eyes of different people.

The podcaster, Devon Field, uses a lot of sources and knowledge about a lot of different things. He also uses primary sources which I liked a lot because it shows how invested Field is in getting the information right. He also has a lovely voice, it’s melodious and soothing. The voice work is excellent and very easy to listen to. It’s not boring and you’re interested in everything he has to say.

This podcast is jam packed full of information. It’s a huge, interesting infodump of all you need to gain an understanding of what was happening in the world in medieval times. This is done through focusing on one person and their travels, but a lot is explained and talked about through slight tangents. Mainly it focuses on famous travellers and looks at the world through their eyes, going into meetings with allies and enemies that each traveller experiences.

Religion, trade, economy, wars, clothes, royalty and the movement of key players of the medieval years are all talked about in great depth, which is difficult to do seeing as there is a lot of history to talk about here and the episodes are around the 40 minute mark. But this is just enough time to get a good amount of information exchanged without boring the listener or going on too many tangents.

So far the people covered have been Johann Schiltberger, Thomas Pallam with the current season being about Marco and the Polos.

Standout Episode: To See the Mongols 1: Giovanni Carpine Goes East. This focuses on the Mongols expanse into the rest of the world. in 1241 Latin Christiandom was having a crisis and the Mongols seemed to be knocking on their door. They had defeated and then united all their rivals, destroying empires and then absorbing them or leaving them totally desiccated. They defeat everyone and they were coming for Europe. But then, suddenly, they’re gone. With the use of hindsight we can see some issues which led them to withdraw, the main one being that their Kahn had died and a new Kahn needed to be chosen, but the weather played a part too. So in this breathing space steps Giovanni Carpine.

I’ll let you get the rest of the story from the episode but it’s an interesting one. I’m happy to have discovered this podcast so I can fill the hole in my head about medieval history. Additionally, I found out this podcast is part of The Recorded History Network which has a lot of interesting history podcasts on it that I’m going to binge as well. Too many podcasts, not enough time!

5/5 sailing stars!

Corpus Delicti

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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!

Who’s Right?

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I’ve referred to them as “the 4chan of podcasts” a million or so times. As a disclaimer, because I want to make this perfectly clear, this podcast is not for everyone. If you are easily offended, this isn’t the show for you. But if you’re like me and can spend hours browsing 4chan and Reddit without batting an eye, then you may wanna check them out.

Doug and Anthony are…interesting. They are two self-proclaimed assholes who, according to several of their episodes, don’t care as long as they make themselves laugh. It’s an interesting concept to have a podcast that doesn’t really have any sense of direction. They kind of just talk about random stuff, whatever they find funny at the moment. Topics include news stories with incredibly strange headlines, personal anecdotes from their day to day lives, their opinions on current events, Twitter feuds, and dark humor.

It is one of the most unique podcasts I’ve listened to…ever.

Like I said, Doug and Anthony are self-proclaimed assholes. But they’re also…not that bad. They’ve always been really…kind?…to me, and pretty encouraging when they see I’ve been struggling. They have a messed up sense of humor, but I’d argue that they’re probably good guys. Or maybe the show is just funny. Either way, I like them.

And I’m not the only one. They have over 4,000 followers on Twitter and several five-star reviews on iTunes. They’re a podcast that people from all walks of life listen to, and I’ve never listened to a pod that has made me laugh as hard as these guys do.

Like I said, it really isn’t for everyone. But if you can stomach it, give them a listen. You may be surprised at how much you actually like it (I know I was).

Anthony, Doug – keep doing what you do, guys. Thanks for always being hella cool. You’re doing a damn good job at keeping me laughing, and for that I thank you.