Podcast Review: Cinebanter

Another podcast that I’m giving a second chance!

Cinebanter

The Gist

Cinebanter has been around since about 2007, releasing episodes that are usually somewhere around an hour at the clip of an episode a month. The hosts are Michael Cummins and Tassoula. Every episode they review one new release, talk about the last five movies they watched, and recite some listener feedback. The general premise of the show is that one host is a guy and the other host is a girl and they talk about movies.

Episodes Listened To

#106: Tabloid
#107: Contagion
#108: The Ides Of March

My Thoughts

As the teaser says, this is my second go around with Cinebanter. I remembered the fact that I used to listen to the podcast but I didn’t remember anything about it or why I stopped listening to it in the first place. I do love that I’m returning to the show just for the simple fact that this column allows a show like Cinebanter a second chance. It didn’t survive that second chance, but I’m glad that this column has given a show like Cinebanter what I view as a fair shake.

My main issue with Cinebanter is that I couldn’t find a reason to be involved in the show. One of the key things I look for in a podcast is an interest on my part to keep coming back. I never formed that type of interest concerning Cinebanter and that probably explains why I gave up on the podcast the first time around. The one word I would use to describe Cinebanter is bland, the discussions the hosts engage in are very run of the mill and rarely go to an area that I wasn’t expecting or that made my ears perk up.

The mainstream nature of Cinebanter is another issue I had, they don’t really discuss a lot of movies that I am keen to hear about. I like mainstream films as much as the next guy, but the podcasts that interest me are usually either niche or able to surround the mainstream films with a nice variety of genre, indie, or otherwise non-mainstream films to make me happy. Cinebanter isn’t niche and they have no real variety. Every once in a while a film may sneak into the show that isn’t main stream or canonical in some way, but that is a rarity. I’m not an elitist snob of any sort, but I do like a little more than mainstream in my film related podcasts.

I have no issue with the hosts of Cinebanter. Their podcast has been going for a while now and it has a lot of fans. Clearly they appeal to people, but they did not appeal to me. I could have looked past some of the shaky audio and the preposterous idea of their last five segment being copyrighted (chances are that was a joke that I wasn’t in on) if the discussions interested me. The discussions didn’t interest me and neither did the content. I found Cinebanter to be very unremarkable and vanilla, that’s why I say everyone should unsubscribe from Cinebanter. It’s not a terrible podcast by any means, but Cinebanter isn’t a podcast that will leave you wanting to come back for more.

The Bottom Line

Unsubscribe

Cheers,
Bill

4 responses to “Podcast Review: Cinebanter

  1. I used to listen to this podcast but the fact they always give you a spoiler warning and force you to fast-forward and do all of that where the actual arguments aren’t very exciting left me to unsubscribe. I don’t really listen to a lot of podcast these days.

  2. I’m listening to a lot, mainly for this project. However, I find that I truly like very few podcasts and end up steering people away from the majority of the podcasts I write about.

  3. I tried really hard to like this podcast, but it creeped me out and made me angry in every episode. The guy would always make these borderline-explicit comments about how he lusts after various actresses, especially the ones below the age of consent, and then casually mention that he taught high school for a living. Then the lady would go through and list all of the merits of a film, but dismiss it because, and I quote, “it didn’t entertain me.” There are many artistic and challenging films that can make you think but aren’t necessarily entertaining, and to dismiss them outright in this way makes me think you aren’t a very good critic. Every time the “it didn’t entertain me” argument was made, I got infuriated. So the one-two punch of creepiness and shallowness drove me to unsubscribe.

  4. Oh man, I completely forgot about the creepy stuff. I guess I was lucky to not have to hear any of that my second time around with the podcast, but I do remember it from my first go through.

    I do remember the “it didn’t entertain me” argument, and it was present this go around too. It’s such a shallow argument, and like you was a major reason why I ended up unsubscribing.

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