In the spectrum of playing or not playing, I’m always playing baby!
Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob are the three hosts of Now Playing Podcast. A weekly podcast, the episodes of Now Playing Podcast appear to clock in anywhere from an hour to over two hours in length. The premise of the podcast is that the hosts will review a series of films (such as the Child’s Play or Superman series of films) over a course of episodes one movie at a time. Now Playing Podcast is a member of the Venganza Media family of podcasts, and as far as I can tell Now Playing Podcast has been around for three or four years now.
Episodes Listened To
#Unknown: Return of the Living Dead – A Podcast Preview
#Unknown: Iron Man 3
#Unknown: Return of the Living Dead Part II – A Podcast Preview
Maybe it’s selfish of me, but I have a problem with Now Playing Podcast’s donation model. Donations to a podcast are fine, and so are the few podcasts that are able to charge for access to their content. The reason that Now Playing Podcast’s donation model rubbed me the wrong way is because it’s disingenuous. When Arnie goes into his spiel about Now Playing Podcast being a fee podcast, I can’t help but roll my eyes. When you restrict access to a lot of your new content based on whether or not people donate that’s not free. That’s a pay to play model, no matter how Mr. Arnie tries to spin it in his spiel. Taking the pay for play approach would have been fine for the podcast. I wouldn’t have paid for their content, but it wouldn’t have bothered me that their content was pay for play. Masking pay for play as “free, except for a bunch of new episodes that are only available with a donation” really irks me and left a bad taste in my mouth.
Had the content of Now Playing Podcast been of a higher quality the bad after taste of the podcast’s donation model could have possibly been squelched. No squelching was to take place as I also had some problems with the content of Now Playing Podcast. I’m judging all three episodes I listened to, even if two of the three were previews of episodes I would have to pay to hear in full. The reason for this is because the Iron Man 3 episode and the brief snippets provided in the two preview episodes told me all I needed to know about the discussions taking place on Now Playing Podcast.
I’m not a fan of a lot of minutiae arguing. After a while that sort of arguing or discussion style becomes extremely tiresome. After about fifteen minutes of the Iron Man 3 episode I was extremely tired of the discussion taking place. All three hosts were well informed, and they were presenting well thought out arguments. However, the way they tackled every single aspect of the film was exhausting. I’m more of a theme guy, I like discussions about the greater impact of the film. I love discussions about the cinematography of a film, the set design, the themes found in the writing, directorial flourishes, and so on and so forth. Now Playing Podcast was more interested in delving deep into every single plot point found in Iron Man 3. I could also hear inklings of that in the two preview episodes. I don’t need that much plot detail, or plot breakdown, because plot isn’t of the utmost importance when it comes to the way I engage with movies.
The discussion style of Now Playing Podcast didn’t work for me. The hosts knew the areas of the films they wanted discuss, but most of the time I wasn’t interested in hearing those areas be discussed. The donation model of Now Playing Podcast did really irk me, but as I’m not paying for any episodes it’s something I’m not factoring into my verdict. When it comes to the film discussion provided by Now Playing Podcast I simply was not a fan. My vote is to unsubscribe from Now Playing Podcast, don’t let the minutiae bog you down.
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