What happens when a midnight movie show isn’t all that midnight?
Periodically released, Midnight Movie Cowboys has been around for a little over two years now. While the name of the podcast may contain the word midnight, the aim of the show is simply to cover the world of film as the hosts see fit. The episodes I listened to varied in length from a little over an hour to a shade over two hours long. The hosts are Hunter Duesing and Stuart Baulk.
Episodes Listened To
#Unknown: The Eh-Vengers Review
#13: Fury Of The Little Dragon
#Unknown: The Dark Knight Rises
I didn’t come away with a whole lot positive to say about Midnight Movie Cowboys. That’s not to say that I came away with nothing but negative thoughts, but I simply ended up not aligning with the hosts all that well. I found myself disagreeing with what the hosts had to say more often than not. I don’t need to agree with other people about movies, but I do need some sort of area of understanding. I need to understand where someone is coming from, and that was never the case with Misters Baulk or Duesing. They didn’t lack knowledge about the world of film, but our tastes were so far askew that I found myself tuning them out quite often. For a podcast the audience tuning out your words are a red flag, but that’s the way I came down on Midnight Movie Cowboys most of the time.
There were a couple of areas where I did come away feeling very negative towards Midnight Movie Cowboys. First and foremost was the rant by Mr. Baulk towards an usher during The Dark Knight Strikes Back episode. Mr. Baulk admitted that he snuck into a movie (not an act I have a problem with mind you) and when asked to leave by an usher doing her job described the usher as a “stupid bitch twat.” I can’t go along with that sort of response, and I found it abrasive in a way that made me want to stop listening to the podcast right away. Everyone knows the rules of sneaking into a movie, if you get caught you get caught, calling the person who catches you any sort of expletive is just uncalled for.
Then there was the issue of the hosts fanboys rant during The Eh-Vengers Review episode contrasted with their thoughts at the end of the last episode I listened to. Mr. Baulk especially unleashed a lot of vitriol towards so called fanboys during their review of The Avengers. People can like or dislike The Avengers as they please. However, calling out people as fanboys drops you down to the same level as the people you are calling out. Mainly it was the language that Mr. Baulk uses to talk about certain sections of fans in the two episodes I’m highlighting. Calling people fucking idiots, and much worse, only serves to turn me off of what you have to say. Yes, the people who called for a female critics head after a negative review of The Avengers for no other reason than her being a female are in the wrong. But, when you sink to their level my response is to shrug at your review and not bother paying attention to anything else you have to say.
I can ignore the ignorant comments made about Mixed Martial Arts by a couple of guest hosts in the Fury Of The Little Dragon episode. I can deal with the tastes of the hosts and my own not matching up. I may not have come away from Midnight Movie Cowboys with a lot of negative things to say were those my only issues with the podcast. But, as I wrote this review and thought further about the attitude of Mr. Baulk I was left unimpressed. My verdict is to unsubscribe from Midnight Movie Cowboys, save yourself the aimless name calling and unneeded vitriol, it’s not worth taking in.
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