Podcast Review: Podcast Without Honor And Humanity

My second foray into the world of Asian cinema focused podcasting does not return the same results as the first!

Podcast Without Honor And Humanity

The Gist

Each episode of Podcast Without Honor And Humanity clocks in between an hour to an hour and a half. This weekly podcast has been around since February of 2011, and is a single host podcast with that host being Jake Feltner. The podcast focuses on Asian cinema with a slightly tighter focus on Korean and Japanese cinema. Each episode features a Shout Out segment where the host talks about what he has watched or been doing lately, a review section where various movies are given the standard review treatment, and a Rundown segment where plugs are handled.

Episodes Listened To

#33: White Devil Fetus Melody
#34: Sweet Secret
#35: Black Magic Rape

My Thoughts

I don’t like having to give a less than positive review about a podcast that is run by such a nice guy. I have nothing bad to say about Jake Feltner as a person or a movie fan. I don’t know him personally, but through his podcast I get the impression that he is quite the nice fellow. I don’t like writing negative reviews in general, but my desire to write said reviews is lessened even more when the host comes across as a very nice guy who has a genuine love for cinema.

That being said, I can’t be all that positive about Podcast Without Honor And Humanity. It is well produced, and Mr. Feltner has a good general knowledge of cinema. I did enjoy hearing some of his thoughts on the films he was reviewing, but he never went deep enough in his thoughts for my liking. However, the main reason why I wasn’t able to latch onto Podcast Without Honor And Humanity and go along for the ride was that the podcast meandered off of the topic of movies too much for my liking. This is a pet peeve of mine, but I like it when my film related podcasts spend the majority of their time discussing film. This wasn’t always the case with Podcast Without Honor And Humanity. In episode 34 the Shout Out segment was taken over by discussion of mixed martial arts. I love MMA, I used to train and compete in MMA, but I don’t want to hear it broken down on a film related podcast. Episode 34 featured a lengthy discussion about barbecue. Again, I love to eat and I love barbecues, but I don’t want to spend a lot of time hearing about barbecue on a film related podcast. Podcast Without Honor And Humanity spent too much time talking about topics outside of film for me to want to keep coming back and listening to more.

The show does suffer from the single host syndrome I have spoken of in past reviews. Mr. Feltner does fall into the trap of speaking at his audience, and I don’t believe he intends to or is meaning to lecture in any way. It’s simply a problem of single host podcasts. Episode 35 highlighted this because the addition of his fiancee (at least I believe she’s his fiancee) to the proceedings allowed for more organic conversation and conversation that was less like a lecture. It’s hard for a podcast to overcome the drawbacks of the single host format, and even with Mr. Feltner being a very nice guy he can’t overcome those drawbacks.

I wouldn’t call Podcast Without Honor And Humanity a bad or terrible podcast. It’s just not a podcast for me. I’m sure there are others who will listen to Podcast Without Honor And Humanity and like what they hear. I would like to tell you I was one of those people, but I wasn’t. Podcast Without Honor And Humanity didn’t deliver the depth of film talk I was looking for nor did it overcome the drawbacks of the single host podcast. For those reasons I must tell you to unsubscribe from Podcast Without Honor And Humanity.

The Bottom Line

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Cheers,
Bill

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