Saturday, September 15, 2012

Outside the Cinema: Paragons of Podcasting

So many podcasts out there in the world and sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to listen to. You think about a topic and there are probably at least four podcasts about it. When it comes to things like comics, movies and most of the things I like; that normally multiplies. It can be daunting to a person looking for a starting point. I thought it was probably time to quickly delve into a podcast that not only got me listening to podcasts, but gave me the inspiration to start writing this blog.

While I love films in general, I do have a soft spot for slashers, exploitation and well really bad cheesy horror and science fiction films. It was by chance that I stumbled on to Outside the Cinema, a podcast/webcast that features many a cult movie. The show is brought to life by Bill Fulkerson, a man who not only has a passion for cult cinema, but has an ear for sound quality which lends the show a level of professionalism not seen in many podcasts. However I didn’t truly become a rabid fan of OTC until the original co-host stood down and Chris Bricklemeyer took over.

(From Left) Chris, Rev Scott and Bill. Who's Reverend Scott you ask?
I'll leave that as a surprise for those who tune in.
In Bill and Chris you have two lovers of film but coming from different places. Bill loves the type of movies they cover and has a lot of knowledge on the subject of Giallo, Blacksploitation and other sub genres. Chris on the other hand hasn’t watched as many of these old movies, long forgotten by the main stream, and it is through him that a new listener with no idea about what black gloves means to Italians, masked individuals or Rudy Ray Moore can hitch their wagon to. With two people who share a passion but come at it from a different perspective, it allows the listener to get a well balanced view on the movies.

Up to 241 episodes that doesn’t include the now defunct OTC Live and special editions, the boys have been around for a good chunk of time and the fact that they are still going at such a consistent rate is a testament to the professionalism that they bring to this project. Given that time it would be a lie if the show hasn’t hit some lows, but that’s normally thanks to the unreliable nature of some internet services from awards sites to hosting sites. But no matter what Bill and Chris manage to get through it all. Maybe a little battered, a little bruised and possibly with someone’s head adorning their house spikes, but still up and ready for round two learning from past mistakes.

The type of movie reviewed at OTC
A typical show will have a top six list of someone’s devising and two reviews; there is banter in-between and some feedback. It’s a full show and normal takes a little over two hours in total. That might be a bit of a commitment for some people, thankfully with each section broken down there is a way to listen in bite size chunks. Also with the playful nature of the two it is never a chore to listen to.

Of course this is all sounding like a paid for ad, and I would be a liar if I said OTC is perfection personified. For such lies I believe one would be destined to be killed by some lame horror icon like Killjoy. With that threat ever looming let me say that most of the show’s flaws would come down to a matter of personal taste. I know the things I’m not to fond of are loved by others, so the only real way to find out would be to listen to a few episodes and figure it out for yourself.

At the end of the day you need to ask two questions. Are you a fan of movies? Want to find some more obscure films? Then OTC is a podcast that deserves your time. Both Bill and Chris put a lot of time and effort into this show, and it is one of the best podcasts out there, this even includes professional podcasts that are in it for money. I guess Outside the Cinema is just one of those things that proves that cash is no real substitute for passion, because those who are passionate will always find a way to outdo those who are just in it for the money.

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