Hey what do you know, I’m finally getting around to reviewing my favorite film related podcast!
Based out of Utah, A Damn Movie Podcast has been around since 2008. They try to get an episode out once a week, but their schedule does have the tendency to become a bit erratic. Each episode is between an hour and a half to two hours long usually. The hosts are a pair of longtime friends Adam Sherlock and Adam Palcher, but every once in a while they will have a guest host join the show. The format of the show is of two reviews, where the films are often related through some measure, followed by a top five list. The reviews aren’t of new releases, although they can be, and quite often the second review in a given episode is from whatever Festival (think of these as similar to my marathons, where they choose a topic, a set number of films from the topic, and each episode represents a new entry in the Festival) they are currently partaking in.They also engage in a lot of banter and will read listener feedback.
Episodes Listened To
#139: This Is Spinal Tap/Anvil: The Story Of Anvil/Top 5 Soundtracks
#140: Lawrence Of Arabia/Master And Commander/Top 5 Missed Classics
#141: The Killing Fields/The Year Of Living Dangerously/Top 5 Reporters
I put off writing about A Damn Movie Podcast for a long, long time. It’s funny that I did so because it was various conversations with fellow cinephiles where I tried to get the word out about A Damn Movie Podcast that made me think of doing podcast reviews on my blog. Week after week I picked a podcast to review instead of A Damn Movie Podcast because I figured most people already knew my feelings towards A Damn Movie Podcast. It made sense to me to review other podcasts that I had just started listening to or didn’t talk about much instead of the podcast that I spent the better part of two years talking up. Enough is enough I say, it’s high time that my favorite podcast and the best film related podcast out there got its due on this here blog.
The format of A Damn Movie Podcast is very reminiscent of a very popular podcast I have already reviewed, Filmspotting. Once the listener moves past the framework of the two shows they are worlds apart as far as I’m concerned. The main difference is that A Damn Movie Podcast is a podcast that breathes. If they want to have a discussion about a film then they will discuss it, they don’t hold themselves to some sort of restrictive timed out schedule. The two Adam’s give each film they review, as well as their top five lists, as much time as they think that film deserves. In a given episode the first film they review could get forty minutes while the second film only gets twelve, or vice versa. I absolutely love that sort of film discussion, the type where all avenues that are important to the hosts are explored. I never leave an episode of A Damn MoviePodcast thinking that either host held back, I never turn off my iPod wishing they would have had more to say because I know they say everything that they want to say about a film.
The variety positive that I have used with quite a few podcasts recently also applies to A Damn Movie Podcast. They will talk about mainstream cinema, classic Hollywood, foreign films, silent films, documentaries, art house cinema, grindhouse horror, and so on. Good variety is one thing, but discussing the wide variety of films a podcast can cover with an open mind is another game altogether. A Damn Movie Podcast approaches every second of their podcast with an open mind, clearly laying out why a film did or did not work for them and allowing their opinion of a film to be honest. The two Adam’s move beyond just being open, they are also able to admit when they are wrong and take criticism in the best way. Sometimes it’s not even that they are wrong, rather they are simply willing to acknowledge the validity of the different opinions that exist among the film going public. This may seem like a small issue, but I’ve found the majority of film related podcast hosts to be stuffy and unwilling to see the other side of the coin. The podcasts that do look the coin over completely impress me, A Damn Movie Podcast is one such podcast.
One of the facets of A Damn Movie Podcast that I first latched on to was the conversational style employed by the two hosts. When I started listening, back around their Dangerous Liaisons episode in 2008 I believe, I was having trouble finding a film related podcast where I felt the host/s were having a conversation with their audience. A Damn Movie Podcast fit that bill, and through every episode, every agreement, and every disagreement I have remained impressed by the laid back nature of their show and the easy way in which they make me as an audience member feel like I am a part of the conversation. I have in the years following my search discovered other film related podcasts that also carry on their conversations in such a way. I still have yet to find a podcast that is as good at having a conversation with the audience as A Damn Movie Podcast is, that says a lot right there.
The hosts of A Damn Movie Podcast, Mr. Sherlock & Mr. Palcher, are also a funny pair of dudes. I think it ties into their easy conversational nature, but I find myself really gelling with their comedic sensibilities. The two Adam’s are also knowledgeable about film, I wouldn’t describe either man as a scholar of film, but I don’t believe they would either. A Damn Movie Podcast is two guys who know about film cracking open some beers and talking about film. The show never tries to be anything more than that, nor does it ever sinks to a a level of lesser quality. There are also really good production values at play, but I’ve rambled on long enough. If you haven’t figured it out yet I think you may have some comprehension problems, but I highly recommend you subscribe to A Damn Movie Podcast. It remains my favorite podcast, and it is by far the best film related podcast out there.
The Bottom Line
P.S.: In the interest of full disclosure, I have had a few discussions with both Mr. Sherlock and Mr. Palcher. I do consider them friends, albeit very distant friends. I’ve come close to hanging out with one of them once, and I would gladly chill with either one of them if given the chance. All of this sprang out of me initially listening to the podcast though, so I know I am coming from an unbiased place, and hopefully my readers will see that as well. On the other hand by listening to them I did form another casual friendship with the quirky and awesome Mark Middlemas, and whether I should thank them or hate them for that I’m still not sure. :)