I wouldn’t take pride in being a thug, film or otherwise!
Jim Dirkes and Clarkson Campbell are the hosts of The Film Thugs Movie Show. I believe that the podcast is based out of Texas, but don’t quote me on that. Every week the guys put out an episode at around an hour and a half. They choose a theme for the show and the moment the episode starts the two hosts jump right into discussing said theme. The Film Thugs Movie Show has been around since March of 2010.
Episodes Listened To
#Unknown: Part 3
#Unknown: I Was Wrong.
#Unknown: Austin Film Festival 2011 Wrap Up
There are some podcasts that rub me the wrong way right from the start. The Film Thugs Movie Show is one such podcast. Halfway through the Part 3 episode I knew this wasn’t the podcast for me, but I kept listening to all three episodes under the hope that the podcast might improve. To be fair the hosts did show a level of interesting discourse in parts of the Austin Film Festival episode, but that was a case of too little too late. The problems that I found in The Film Thugs Movie Show were rather large and they never went away.
For starters there was a point in the Part 3 episode where while discussing The Lord Of The Rings series of films they started making fun of the fans of that franchise by employing a nebbish voice and referring to them as nerds. They did this in regards to the ending of The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King. The hosts reason for disliking the multiple endings of that film were sound and well thought out. However they then proceeded to bash and make fun of the fans of the franchise who would have complained had the ending been any different. They again adopted the nebbish voice and use of the word nerd when later discussing The Karate Kid franchise. I don’t understand this archaic mentality and the way of thinking the hosts employed in those instances and throughout all three episodes instantly put me at odds with the podcast. It’s not 1974 anymore, the great divide between popular culture and the supposed nerd/geek culture no longer exists. Trying to pretend that divide still exists is infantile and ignorant, and the irony of this line of thinking taking place on a podcast is not lost on me.
Something that was not lost to either host of The Film Thugs Movie Show was a frat boy mentality. This is present in the above examples but it’s also present when, I believe Clarkson Campbell, refers to Chris O’ Donnell in Batman & Robin as a “fruit sandwich.” That sort of homophobia isn’t funny, nor is it something I want in my film discussions. Even if it wasn’t intended to be homophobic and it was just a wrongly turned phrase I didn’t care for it and it played into the prevalent frat boy mentality of the podcast. The hosts can swear as much as they want and they can yell as loudly as they want to. That, however, does not make them interesting to listen to, knowledgeable about film, all it does is make them obnoxious and annoying.
The Film Thugs Movie Show is not a podcast I can relate to, nor does it feature conversations I can become engaged with. I wanted my time with this podcast to end and was very thankful when the final seconds of the third episode clicked off my iPod. If you’re into rambling discussions where the hosts always agree and have nothing to offer as far as actual worthwhile film talk is concerned then by all means check out The Film Thugs Movie Show. I, however, am looking for more in the podcasts I choose to listen to. It’s for that reason that I recommend everyone unsubscribe from The Film Thugs Movie Show and avoid their frat boy way of looking at the world and discussing film.
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