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The movie podcast for people who hate movies
Finally deleted this one off my feed after two years of frustration with reviewers (not gonna dignify them as “critics”) who not only seem to be disappointed in every movie they see, but can’t be bothered to pay attention to those movies in order to coherently explain what they didn’t like. It’s become funny, in a sad way, to hear Stevens say for the umpteenth time that she’s totally spaced on this or that aspect of the story of any given picture. Maybe she (all of them, really) would be happier finding other things to cover at Slate. Child care, maybe, or animal news?
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Just Good Sense
Lazy reviewing
Just listened to one episode on the movie Power of Dog. I was really hoping to get good insight into the twists of this movie. Disappointed that both reviewers got many parts of the movie wrong admitting that they couldn’t remember scenes and omitted many key scenes. Kinda half-baked and lazy reviewing, in my opinion. If you’re going to do a spoiler podcast review of a movie, maybe try taking some notes.
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Broad array of topics including current and classics, TV and movies, intelligent, insightful, animated, and witty discussions.
Mark from Rhinebeck
So negative
The hosts are always so negative about the movies they review. I’m not claiming any of these are the films of our generation but the constant tearing down of the films gets old really fast.
Saying Stupid a lot is not Film Criticism
I suppose it doesn’t matter since I have unsubscribed and will not be coming back. But all I think about is how too many people (podcasting, YouTube, TikTok) believe they can pull off intelligent commentary with humor & sarcasm. Being reductive, saying “That’s Dumb” A LOT and replacing snarky insults where actual thoughts about plot should be is like listening to some self important college freshman who read one book on film theory. The worst part is the episode was about a movie that’s completely bananas with an odd plot so I showed up because I expected criticism and discussion. What I got was lazy and unfunny. Truly just a turn off so I turned it off.
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It’s not great, but can be good at times
I’ve listened to several of the episodes. Sometimes it seems as if the hosts didn’t really watch the same movie I did, often missing key points from the movie. However, there are other times when they do catch things that tease out some profound moments. I do have one extra note: while the hosts are quick to point out misogyny when it comes to men, they don’t always do the same with women. For instance, actresses like Tilda Swinton supported Roman Polanski (and still do, I think). There has never been a clearer case of rape and abuse of a minor than what Roman Polanski essentially admitted to. And yet, for some reason, the hosts (and others) don’t seem to have a problem with Polanski’s supporters or actors who continued to act in his films.
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Shallow, horrible analysis
Allegra Frank and Nitish Pahwa are terrible at this! Listening to them is like listening to two junior high kids try and recall a movie without any insight or interest in its thematic ideas. No attempt at subtext or symbolism. Just, this happened… and then this happened… and it was dumb. What absolutely useless and mindless commentary. They are incredibly shallow and inarticulate. Find better critics!
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Boring. There are too many good podcasts to choose from to waste time listening to this.
Something obnoxious
I don’t really use the word ‘obnoxious’ very often, yet it describes something I keep experiencing with this podcast. I think the host is Dana; in the past two podcast episodes I’ve listened to, “Borat Subsequent Film“ and “Promising Young Woman,” Dana often uses a lot of words to express disappointment in the films basically not being what she expected. As though the film should’ve consulted with her first somehow. I tried to not be annoyed by this and keep listening, because it seems like this podcast gives relatively thorough reasoning behind their statements, but it really boils down to the movies not going in the direction she expected or not meeting her expectations, and how the movies are lacking because of it. The directors and creative teams made the movie they wanted to make, with the message they wanted to send. For “Promising Young Woman” to not end on a hopeful enough note for Dana... for her to say that she expected a lot more humor from Borat, and that when she watched it, she sat down specifically expecting to laugh a lot and yet it didn’t make her laugh out loud... for her to then say to her co-host Sam, “so you’re on the same page as me, it wasn’t laugh out loud funny as you expected...” Her while vibe is very “my opinion is right, and I’m also leading the witness to think as I do.” Kudos to Sam for his tactful and non-placating response. I stopped the episode right as I was listening to that moment and wrote this review.
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De Vanna 7654
The hipster friends you gladly left behind
First of all people need to chill with the whole “Inkoo uses the word like too much!” criticism. Plenty of people do and it doesn’t alter the quality of their inputs. That being said the quality of the inputs on this show can be severely lacking. I was surprised that they reviewed The Witcher after having only seen 1 or 2 episodes. How on earth can you know anything about a show after having seen so little of it? And yet they were so confident in their criticisms. This is a recurring theme. I also find that the main criticism of many, many films and shows is that something is too “stylized” or “twee”. I can understand that being a valid criticism when that is all a film or show has to offer but if a well written and well acted film/show is heavily stylized I don’t think it needs to be remarked on constantly. I also don’t think it’s a valid enough criticism to deem a film to be “good” or “bad”. In all honesty some of the regulars on this show remind me of my overly hipster friends in high school who were so above everything that it made them insufferable. I found it particularly rude that in your Uncut Gems episode Willa repeatedly referred to the gem mine as being in “Africa” despite the fact that other hosts and guests referred to it as Ethiopia and it was obvious in the film that it was Ethiopia. This is a form of erasure. If I was talking about a coal mine in England but I kept referring to it as Europe that wouldn’t do much to paint a picture, would it? Not to mention Willa’s treatment of Nichole during the Bridgerton episode. I think Willa needs to examine some ingrained biases.
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El of Oz
Like like like
All they say is like and it’s like like jus say like instead of like making like sense like it’s terrible don’t like bother like
Thoughtful and smart conversations
Love this podcast. I’m probably in the minority of people who don’t care about getting movies spoiled and I love listening to these spoiler conversations prior to watching the actual films. It helps me view and understand films in a new way.
They minimized/excused a rape because a woman committed it. Embarrassing
Great Episode
Your Promising Young Woman episode was great. I have been listening to a lot of podcasts about it, and yours has been my favorite. I listened to an episode about that movie by The Cinema Guys and they basically said that the rapist was probably just as traumatized as the victim. So maybe we don't let CIS white dudes talk anymore.
White Woman Talks Over Black Woman
Why even bother bringing a black guest host to discuss Bridgerton if the white host is just gonna talk over her the entire time? Willa, the white host, rambled on so much in this episode and even when she’d remember she wasn’t alone, she’d interrupt Nichole, the black guest host, before she could even finish answering. Nichole, the one who has read the books, criticizes the adaptation and Willa stills seems to share more thoughts on it than Nichole. And the worst part is when Nichole, a WOC who has a very different perspective on representation in TV from a white woman, expresses some criticism with the way the shows’ black characters are portrayed, and Willa pushes back and justifies the show choices repeatedly. I felt awful for Nichole and I hope Slate treats her better than this going forward.
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Fantastic Tenet Examination
Thoughtful discussion of Tenet; professional production with thoughtful insights from Both hosts; pleasant sounded voices, too
So “like “ANNOYING!
I tried to listen to the episode about Parasite, but it was so annoying hearing “like” constantly. I’m sure in Inkoo Kant is a fine writer, but as a podcaster she’s unlistenable. Not everyone should do everything. Stick to writing. Speaking is not your thing.
Smart, engaging
I’m a relatively new listener, but I’ve been loving this Podcast. Smart people having interesting conversation. I appreciate having women’s perspective as well, since most of the movie Podcasts I listen to our hosted by men. Love it! I definitely recommend.
Needs more perspective
Would have loved this show, and the format, however, it has become too tiresome to listen to such narrow viewpoints. I appreciate that the show invites “different perspectives” into the films/shows however, rarely do the insights go deep enough, especially when it comes to speaking about race. When people of color go on to the show to point this perspective out, it is never discussed or recognized, instead challenged as if it was an artistic “choice” to be “race blind”, like this show. It’s just tiring!
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My favorite film podcast
Great work guys! Wish you would revisit more classics!
Nits will be picked
Their review of doctor sleep made little sense. They thought it was weird to have a scene of Danny and his mom at the end. Not sure why that would be weird? That was an often repeated criticism. It’s weird how this is in the movie. However no explanation as to why it would be weird was offered. It’s weird how that was the depth of their analysis. Very subpar art criticism. Roger ebert these guys are not.
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Ads are way too loud
Love you guys but your ads come across as around 200% louder than the actual programming. We play podcasts on our Sonos so the podcast is a no-go due to us needing to desperately rush back and turn down the volume when the ads start, at risk of getting in trouble w the neighbors.
Don’t mistake this for a review
This is not a review. It’s a group of friends gabbing about the movie that just came out, and explaining to you what happened. When the explanation is not perfect is generally because the movie was confusing (or boring), when the discourse isn’t perfect it’s because they’re just gabbing. It’s fun to hear different voices, different passions and different perspectives. Come back soon please!
Turned me off
I listened to 20 minutes and gave up. Some speakers use the word “like” in nearly every other sentence, and just generally talk too much. I came to this by way of Slate’s Culture Gabfest, which is much more articulate and insightful.
Sloooow down
I found it interesting but so hard to listen to - you tall waaaay too fast and say like as like idk like every other like word like . I kept having to check if my audio was at 1 1/2 times the speed
Good but...
Why does Rebecca sound so out of breath during this episode?
Vocal Fry Fest
One host will describe a scene in more time than the scene takes. Partly because she decorates every phrase with “like”. Another needs to find some synonyms for “extremely” since he uses the word extremely often in extremely repetitive ways. How the primary host can stand the gravel in their throats is a mystery I would like spoiled so I don’t need to wait for the end of this annoying podcast. And the worst part is their insipid summaries.
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Spoiling too much!
Stop spoiling movies/books not in the title of the episode! You spoiled Sharp Objects in the Little Woman episode!! You could have edited that out.
Kristen Mary Fitzpatrick
Reasonable as long as Inkoo Kang not included
She’s the one who says “like” every third word. Without her, it’s pretty good. Revisits movies and adds info, observations and insights that are enjoyable. Take a discount, however, for the upspeak, where they phrase sentences as questions. And also, somewhat hilariously, when they cannot remember things because they’ve seen the movie so long ago and then use faulty memory to replay details incorrectly.
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Love this podcast!
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” much mansplaining.
Ava Knits
Has perfect episodes
5 stars because when it is good... It's perfect! This is when Dana is in them and usually with only one other person. A nice back and forth with her soothing voice breaking down a movie i am too scared to see is all I want! The ""Us" episode is a perfect example.
I wanted to LIKE this podcast and I probably would if it wasn’t for the 1 host who says LIKE like a thousand times. Omg! Maybe she is a great journalist but podcasting or public speaking is not her thing, please take her off.
Sound Moronic. It’s “like”...Painfulllll
One woman giggles and says “like” 3-4 times per sentence! And she and the guy have that vocal fryyyyyy where they drag out the last letterrrrr. Come on. You’re supposed sound as if you’re educated journalists. Had to stop listening.
Lacrosse MD
Too many “likes”
I’m looking for a good film podcast with spoilers and found this one. Unfortunately, I read the reviews and the use of “like”. Now I can’t concentrate on anything but the word “like”. Just work on presentation skills and this podcast would be top notch.
Please remove the woman with the lisp!
I have zero issue with her lisp, I do have issue with a grown woman saying “LIKE” every three words. She sounds as if she’s in 4th grade. Makes this unlistenable.
Call Me By Your Name
I was looking back for your review of Call Me By Your Name and so disappointed not to find it. That movie is one of my favorites and would love to listen to you review it.
How many times can you say “like”?
Kang’s use of “like” 47 TIMES (I stopped counting at some point) is beyond distracting - it makes the episodes unlistenable. Terrible! Please - stop!
Worth it for Dana Stevens. Brilliant.
I don’t know why, but I’ve really wanted to experience Cats without having to watch it. I can stomach almost everything about it, but have a hard time trapped listening to music I hate. So, I’ve listened to several podcasts discussing this movie. THIS was the episode that finally scratched that itch. The tone, thoroughness, fairness, pacing, descriptiveness... I just like these people. They’re down to Earth and smart. Now I can move on with my life never having seen Cats in any format but knowing enough about it to understand why it’s important to some fans and where it fits in Broadway history. Thank you 🙏🏼📽🐈
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Tim Buck Too
Please stop making Dana review marvel movies
Dana seems to LOATHE superhero movies, which is...fine. I loathe sports movies. But I’m not a film critic and her dismissive treatment of these (often not terrible) films gets old very quickly. I enjoy her reviews generally, but ye GODS stop making her do hero movies.
Complete lack of knowledge of film language
Sadly only cares to listen to each other’s lack of the rules of cinema. Disappointed.
objects de trouvee
Missing the point
I listen to and will continue to listen to this podcast because I do like most of the hosts. I do agree with other reviews that this podcast tends to miss the point, or underlying theme of a movie on occasion; however, that seems to only be the case when specific hosts are on the show. I’ll admit, it mostly happens when Inkoo is a co-host. It has nothing to do with her overuse of the word like. Fellow millennium woman here who like speaks the same way. It is instead Inkoo’s narrow mindedness, and her need to insert herself into every movie in an uninteresting and pointless way that distracts the other hosts. Not to be rude, but I think the comments speak for themselves on Inkoo’s presence on this podcast. It sounds like I’m not the only one who deletes episodes that she’s a co-host of.
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Disappointingly bad
Totally inane. Difficult to listen re: voices and comments. Host and guests cannot recall actual facts from the movies, let alone impart meaning or importance. Their position is one of narrow self-centeredness, which does not lead to a valuable critical examination of art.
Ignore the bad reviews
They pertain to a guest contributor who’s rarely there. That’s not how a show should be judged. Most episodes are hosted by Dana Stevens and Dan Kois, who are a great team.
Bow down to Kang the Conqueror you dorks
Inkoo Kang was the inspiration for the Angelo Bruno character in the Irishman and you losers should bow down.
juan in a trillion
Inkoo Kang is insufferably annoying.
With her grating vocal fry and constant peppering of "like" into her meandering and poorly informed utterances (they really don't rise to the level of sentences), Inkoo Kang makes unlistenable any episode she appears in.
The voices
Just too unbearable to listen to for more than a few minutes.
Had to stop 15 minutes into the Parasite episode for all the reasons state below (a particular host) and I think I'm officially done with this podcast after dipping into it over the past few years when there's a movie I want to hear more about. They're constantly get details wrong or miss the point.
Like, Stop Saying Like.
Like Thanks. Like they like talk like valley girls. Like.
So much potential!
Some episodes are excellent; I enjoy the insights into film and TV. That said, I absolutely can’t stand the excessive use of “like” by some hosts. I had to turn off the episode on Last Christmas because it was too distracting and irritating.
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