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A Great Podcast Can Come From Anywhere

Photo by Mohammad Metri

The rise of independent podcasting, explained by someone who lived it.

My podcasting story is similar to most, in the sense that it is mostly…unique. A lot of people start different podcasts of various shapes and sizes, usually with similar goals in mind. But they’re all working within the same ecosystem of a burgeoning, on-demand streaming platform that has taken over traditional radio in the last decade.

These days, everyone seems to have a podcast, or they at least want to start one. Celebrities have podcasts. Corporations have podcasts. Even characters from fictional movies have podcasts.

Recently, The New York Times did an entire story on whether or not we’ve reached “Peak Podcast,” whatever that means:

Like the blogs of yore, podcasts — with their combination of sleek high tech and cozy, retro low — are today’s de rigueur medium, seemingly adopted by every entrepreneur, freelancer, self-proclaimed marketing guru and even corporation. (Who doesn’t want branded content by Home Depot and Goldman Sachs piped into their ears on the morning commute?) There are now upward of 700,000 podcasts, according to the podcast production and hosting service Blubrry, with between 2,000 and 3,000 new shows launching each month.

For context, there were approximately 270,000 podcasts available just four years ago. In short time, podcasting has developed into a mainstream pastime, and one that is still seeing new adoption overseas. How did this happen, and so quickly?

The answer depends on the type of podcast you’re curious about. I can’t speak much about podcasts owned by corporations, or shows that exist on major networks. Their machinations are removed from my own experience. But I can speak to the phenomenon of seemingly ordinary people gathering around a microphone and reaching an audience far larger than they anticipated.

In other words, I can probably best explain the rise of podcasting by sharing my own story with the medium, and how it’s changed and grown over the years. Six years, to be exact.

Go on…A Great Podcast Can Come From Anywhere

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Is Pixar in Decline? Cinemaholics Happy Hour w/ T.J. Wolsos

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It’s finally happened. T.J. Wolsos of PixarPost and I have collaborated on a project. Above, you’ll hear our full conversation on all things Pixar, mostly centering around the feeling that the animation studio’s best days are in the past. T.J. and I have a hearty debate and discussion about whether or not this is really true, and if it is, what caused the change (or “evolution” as T.J. aptly points out).

Is Pixar making too many sequels? Did Disney cause all of this? Has Disney animation surpassed Pixar? And what movies are coming next from the Emeryville campus? We answer these questions and tons more, plus we read your tweets and comments to parse out how everyone else feels about the subject. This is one podcast episode you Pixar fans don’t want to miss.

Go on…Is Pixar in Decline? Cinemaholics Happy Hour w/ T.J. Wolsos

Maniac and Smallfoot Review – Cinemaholics Episode #84

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We had a packed show this week. First we reviewed Maniac, the new Netflix limited series starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. We also reviewed the new animated film Smallfoot, and right before that you’ll hear my interview with Karey Kirkpatrick, the director of the film. For mini reviews, we also covered The Hate U GiveHell Fest, Night School, and more.

Next week: We’re planning on doing a double feature of Venom and A Star is Born. Help us decide which review comes first by voicing your opinion in the comments. You can also become a patron and vote in our poll.

Go on…Maniac and Smallfoot Review – Cinemaholics Episode #84

The Predator Review – Cinemaholics Episode #82

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Franchise, franchise, franchise! The Predator aims to be a revival of the late 80s action franchise continued by a direct sequel, two spin-off crossovers, and a previous attempt at reigniting the hunt. Directed and co-written by Shane Black (who appeared in the first Predator), this latest imagining of the alien horrors is an action horror…comedy? On Cinemaholics this week, I discuss how that works with Will Ashton of Cinemablend and Maveryke Hines, our sound producer.

Mini reviews this week include A Simple FavorBojack Horseman Season 5, White Boy RickThe NunPeppermint, Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4, Iron Fist Season 2, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 1, and The Dragon Prince Season 1.

Next week: Should we review The House with a Clock in its Walls or Life Itself? Let us know which you’d prefer in the comments!

We also have a big announcement…

Go on…The Predator Review – Cinemaholics Episode #82

Fall Movie Preview 2018 – Cinemaholics Episode #81

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We have an exciting film season ahead of us, so as voted by the listeners, here’s our full preview of what you should be watching this fall. From Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic and Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of the classic James Baldwin novel, to the horror remake antics of Halloween and Suspiria, there’s something for just about everyone to enjoy over the next three months.

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Searching Review – Cinemaholics Episode #80

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On the podcast this week, I’m joined by Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines to review Searching, one of my favorite films of 2018. We also start the show with some movie news and announcements, then get into mini reviews for The Little StrangerThe Miseducation of Cameron PostSupport the Girls, and more.

Before you start listening, be sure to help us decide the content of next week’s show. We’re debating either doing a Fall Movie Preview (as per tradition) or a feature length review of The Nun. Sound off in the comments.

Go on…Searching Review – Cinemaholics Episode #80

The Happytime Murders Review – Cinemaholics

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I was out of town for this week’s episode of Cinemaholics, but my regular cohost Will Ashton filled in hosting duties to review The Happytime Murders along with special guests Matt Serafini and Chris Sheridan. The trio also did an early sneak peek review of Searching and dove into some film and TV news at the start of the show.

I’l be back this weekend for our full review of Searching, which should be a contentious one. In the meantime, we’re still collecting your questions for our upcoming Q&A episode. Feel free to ask us anything movie-related or otherwise and we’ll add it to the list.

Go on…The Happytime Murders Review – Cinemaholics

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