I have been listening to podcasts regularly for quite a while – so much so that I don’t listen to music nearly as much as I used to – and now everyone else seems to have jumped on that particular bandwagon. But, you know, I like to think I was here on the ground floor.
I’ll listen in the car, in the shower, or maybe when I’m walking around Tesco (other supermarket chains are available) because it’s a more active experience than sticking Taylor Swift on shuffle.
I wanted to give a shout-out here to Now Playing. It’s a weekly movie podcast that I first discovered by accident when I had fallen down the Google well one day, and ever since then I’ve had it on my audio rotation.
Now Playing is hosted by three guys (sometimes there’s a girl) and it’s been going for over a decade. Each episode is at least an hour and often goes beyond two. Their primary focus is franchises, but they also manage to keep up with a lot of the new releases too.
They discuss the movies in great depth, breaking down the plot and the performances, usually with some detailed insights into the production along the way. Each person invariably comes at the movie from a different angle – with their own personal thoughts and biases – and it encourages some good conversation. At the end they each give it a thumbs up or down.
Occasionally, if I have not seen the movie for a particular episode, I’ll try to find it on one of the various subscription services we have and watch it first. They’re not always worth the effort, but it’s good to have a fresh opinion.
Once I found them I scrolled all the way back to where they began and started listening to their words chronologically. I’ve listened to about seven years worth of their content, but there’s still about four years for me to catch up on.
Now Playing. You’ll find it on your favourite podcast player. Failing that, you can find out more information here. If you’re a movie buff you won’t be disappointed.