Podcast Review: Alcohollywood

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Film is my thing, booze not so much…

Alcohollywood

The Gist

Alcohollywood, hosted by Jared Latore & Clint Worthington, has been around for a few years now. The weekly, most of the time, episodes clock in close to an hour in length. The premise of the podcast is that of a film review couched in a sort of drinking game. Basically, the hosts will review a film, while drinking an alcoholic beverage, and provide three rules for a drinking game based on the film they are watching. The hosts are also usually joined by a guest host of some sort.

Episodes Listened To

#Unknown: Mean Girls (2004)
#Unknown: Ichi the Killer (2001)
#Unknown: The Dinosaur Project (2012)

My Thoughts

Is Alcohollywood the podcast for me? That’s the question I found myself asking during all three episodes I listened to for this review. It’s a podcast that comes with some positives and some big hurdles to get past. Even after finishing all three episodes I didn’t really come up with an opinion of Alcohollywood. This is one of those times where I’m going to use the review itself to suss out my feelings on the podcast.

The fact that the hosts are from Chicago is a biased positive in the podcasts favor. I’ve lived in, although mostly around, Chicago my entire life and the hosts being from there did endear them to me somewhat. I also found that I enjoyed the hosts for the most part. They are friendly fellows who carry themselves well. They keep the conversations moving during the episodes and I did appreciate the way they went about digging into the movies they covered.

I’m still not sold on the premise of Alcohollywood, and that’s quite the problem. I’m not a drinker, I gave up any alcohol a few years ago because it’s just not for me. Drinking games were never for me, and couching the discussions in a drinking game is very hard to get past. It’s silly, but it is the premise of the podcast and thus it’s sort of necessary to accept the premise in order to enjoy the podcast. I didn’t really enjoy the premise, though I did enjoy the discussions. It just seemed to me like the drinking game was superfluous, but that may simply be the biased view of a guy who doesn’t care about booze or booze culture.

When all is said and done my vote is to unsubscribe from Alcohollywood. It’s not a bad podcast by any means, but it’s not the podcast for me. I enjoyed the film discourse, and with another premise I would enjoy hearing what Jared Latore and Clint Worthington have to say about the film world. As it stands, I couldn’t get into the premise of the podcast and that left me out in the cold when it came to the way the discussions were being framed. My unsubscribe vote is a minor one, as I know that lots of others will enjoy the podcast and I can understand why they would enjoy what Alcohollywood has to offer. In the vast sea of film related podcasts I’ve decided to not get on the Alcohollywood booze cruise.

The Bottom Line

Unsubscribe

Cheers,
Bill Thompson

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2 responses to “Podcast Review: Alcohollywood

  1. I think that’s a fair assessment, I’ve been listening to this one for quite a while now and thought you’d enjoy the film discussion (which you did), though I had no idea how you’d take to the drinking game portion. I’m also not a big drinker so I tend to tune out during the section where they talk about the special drink for the movie, but I think the drinking rules themselves aren’t necessarily strictly a drinking culture-only thing but are also three different elements of the movie that are often repeated and worth keeping an eye out for, either as an interesting filmmaking technique as is often the case for good movies, or as a point of humor in the case of the bad movies.

  2. You may be right, but for me I couldn’t get past the drinking aspect of the game.

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