Podcast Review: F This Movie!

I believe this is my third attempt at a podcast based out of my hometown of Chicago, let’s hope the third time is the charm!

*Make sure to read all the way to the bottom for an addendum to my original verdict*

F This Movie!

The Gist

I’m not one hundred percent positive that F This Movie! is based out of Chicago, but I’m fairly confident it is, or at the least one of its regular co hosts is out of Chicago. Either way, F This Movie! is a weekly podcast that is usually around an hour to an hour and a half. It is a part of the DVD Verdict Presents family of podcasts, but luckily all the nonsense about judges and the like is avoided. Unfortunately you can’t just subscribe to F This Movie!, you have to sift through all of the DVD Verdict podcasts just to find the episodes of F This Movie!. I know I sound like a broken record, but having to sift through six or seven podcasts for the two that I actually listen to is very annoying. The format of F This Movie! varies from discussions based on a topic, like superhero movies or the current summer blockbusters, to reviews of a single film for an entire episode. Patrick Bromley is the lone regular host of F This Movie!, but he is joined every week by a somewhat regular rotation of co-hosts.

Episodes Listened To

#Unknown: Star Trek (2009)
#Unknown: F This Summer! (2011)
#Unknown: Lost Highway

My Thoughts

I’ve been sitting on a review of F This Movie! for quite some time now. I’ve known some of what I wanted to say since I first started listening to the podcast. Other factors, which I happen to think are the most important when it comes to a film related podcast, were in need of some serious mulling over. I listened to episode after episode of F This Movie!, and every time I pushed back writing about the podcast because I wanted to keep mulling. I reached a point where I had to say enough is enough and go with my gut, and that is what I am doing.

First, here’s what I have known about F This Movie! for some time now. The podcast sounds great, the recordings are always clear, there’s never any volume issues and I like the professionalism on display in how the podcast is put together. I also quite like the format of F This Movie!. Patrick Bromley organizes the episodes in such a way that it never feels like a topic, or film, is given less thought than the hosts felt necessary. There’s also a decent amount of variety in the films covered, although it does admittedly skew far too mainstream and English speaking at times. But, Mr. Bromley and company will talk about what they want to talk about, and I take no real issue with the type of movies they cover.

The reason I have been mulling over F This Movie! for so long is because of the company part of Mr. Bromley and company. The rotating group of co-hosts does rid the podcast of any sort of consistency. From week to week it’s never clear who is going to join Mr. Bromley in the discussion, and it’s near impossible for the show to develop any sort of week to week cohesion. I know this complaint sounds odd, but one of the things that I love about the podcasts I find great is spending time with the host or hosts. Occasional guests are fine and dandy, but week in and week out I look forward to hearing more from the set hosts of a podcast. I can’t say that with F This Movie!, the rotating co-hosts have very different ways of discussing cinema. I respect the variety this adds to the podcast, but I also miss the consistency in tone and viewpoint that I can find in other podcasts with set hosts.

Then there is the issue of one particular guest host, J.B., who manages to grate on every nerve I possess. At first I was perfectly okay with J.B., but as time has gone by I have come to greatly dislike the way he goes about discussing film. He has an air and an attitude about him that I find pompous and often condescending. The worst aspect of his appearances is that for whatever reason Mr. Bromley ditches his usual mannered approach and joins J.B. in the muck and mire of talking down to the listeners when he is on the show. I’m hoping that Mr. Bromley is unaware of this, because when he is with any other host he comes across as quite a swell guy. Heck, he still comes across okay when he is with J.B., but there are moments when I can hear the tone of Mr. Bromley’s conversation changing from its usual affable nature into the pompous tone that J.B. uses. I have no issues with any of the other co-hosts, but J.B. rubs me the wrong way, and I don’t see that ever changing.

Sadly J.B. is a permanent part of F This Movie!, thus I can’t just tell you to Guest It Up when he is on. What I can do is tell you to, if you can, avoid the episodes that J.B. is a part of. After a lot of mulling I decided to not let him stop me from listening to a podcast that I otherwise enjoy. I don’t always agree with Mr. Bromley and the other co-hosts, but I do respect the way they talk to the audience and the attitudes they bring to the table. F This Movie! is a quality film related podcast that is worth your time. Just avoid the episodes with J.B., and subscribe to F This Movie!, trust me listening to the podcast that way will be a much better experience.

The Bottom Line

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Cheers,
Bill

Addendum

As time has gone by I’ve grown wearier and wearier of the inherent pessimism and negativity found in F This Movie!. It’s really a drag to keep listening to the podcast, and so I’m not anymore. I’m changing my original verdict, I now suggest you unsubscribe from F This Movie!, save yourself from the numbing negativity that is F This Movie!.

The New Bottom Line

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Cheers,
Bill

4 responses to “Podcast Review: F This Movie!

  1. Hey, Bill –
    Thanks for taking the time to listen to our show. Sorry to hear you longer like it. Just wondering what you’re referring to by “numbing negativity?”
    Thanks,
    P. Bromley

  2. In the final episodes I listened to a tone had developed, at least to my ears, of being negative for the sake of being negative. I understand that everyone is negative, and admittedly I found one particular host guilty of this more than anyone else, but it felt as if the show was now searching out reasons to be negative and that became numbing to me as a listener. I felt like I was being assaulted with negativity to the point where the show wasn’t fun to listen to anymore. That’s just my two cents.

  3. That Classy Guy

    I recently decided to unsubscribe this podcast also. The negativity wouldn’t be so bad if the host occasionally allowed opposing viewpoints to challenge his assertions. It’s great to have a podcast with your friends, but sometimes it can slide into groupthink when you spend close to 2 hrs agreeing w/ each other.

  4. There’s plenty of validity in what you’re saying, and it’s one of the reasons I stopped listening to the podcast.

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