There’s no such thing as a wrong opinion, that’s what makes film so great!
Matthew Bowers, Alli Martin, and Lara Eckener, although she goes by Kati on the podcast, are the hosts of this weekly podcast. The episodes I listened to were around an hour in length, but I would imagine that under their regular format episodes would be around an hour and a half. The format of the podcast is that of a news/what we’ve been watching segment, and then a pair of movie reviews. One is of a new release, the other is of an older film, and a theme is used to connect the two movies. Although, for the three episodes I listened to the podcast only reviewed one film, a new release, every week. Wrong Opinions About Movies has been around a couple of years and is a member of the Majestic Giraffe Productions podcast network.
Episodes Listened To
#109: Escape From Tomorrow
#110: The Counselor
#111: Ender’s Game
The title of Wrong Opinions About Movies should have been a tip, but for an episode and a half I was concretely in the middle when it came to this podcast. Nothing was wowing me, but nothing was turning me away either. The hosts seemed okay, and the guests, including those from the past, were an eclectic group of film people who I like for the most part. Then during the middle of The Counselor episode one remark started a downward spiral for my relationship with the podcast.
Matthew Bowers said that Richard Roeper’s review of The Counselor was stupid. He said this because Mr. Roeper presented an argument for the film he did not agree with. I have no great love for Mr. Roeper, I’ve never found him to be anything better than a mediocre critic. However, his opinion is his opinion, and it is neither wrong nor stupid. What makes film so great is that different opinions are presented and they can be disagreed with. They aren’t wrong and they aren’t stupid because differing opinions are the lifeblood of film. Mr. Bower’s comment towards Mr. Roeper made me rethink what I had heard from the podcast previously and listen more intently to the remaining episode and a half.
The conclusion I came up with is that I do not match up with Wrong Opinions About Movies at all. The podcast is well produced from a technical standpoint, but the vibe and opinions of the hosts didn’t mesh well with the way I view the film world. I honestly didn’t have a lot of issues with Alli Martin or Lara Eckener, as I found them fairly innocuous. Mr. Bowers seems like an okay guy, but he approaches film from a right and wrong perspective, and this then bleeds into the overall conversation. The way that Wrong Opinions About Movies approaches film discussion is the antithesis of my approach.
I’m not about to call Wrong Opinions About Movies a stupid podcast. Nor would it be in the interest of good discussion to tell the hosts they are wrong in their approach to film discussion. They have their approach, and that approach doesn’t align with my interests. My vote is to unsubscribe from Wrong Opinions About Movies, but how an individual views film discussion will determine how one truly feels about this podcast.
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