Down in Front!
I was going to write a fancy blog post full of backstory and nuance, as you fine readers have come to expect, but I’m tired and I need to get to the Terminator Salvation midnight showing. So instead, the short version:
I’m co-hosting a new movie podcast called Down in Front with three other fellas as the regulars, and over time we may add/swap others in for particular films, or as one or the other of us is unavailable for a recording session.
What is Down in Front? Each week we release a movie commentary, which you can sync up to a DVD or digital copy and listen to us discuss the film as it goes. Just like a regular DVD commentary, except it’s a group of dudes on a couch for movie night rather than the director or lead actors. When we love a film, we talk about why. When we hate a film, we try to focus our rage into coherent syllables. I may be biased, but I think it makes for very interesting conversation.
Now, I know that many of us are busy and don’t have the time to sit down and watch a whole movie with commentary by random yahoos, especially movies we’ve seen before. Not to worry: although we give the listener a sync point so that they can view the discussion to picture, we’ve had a lot of feedback letting us know that many people find the conversation interesting without needing to watch the movie. We often take what’s happening onscreen simply as the springboard to start a discussion/rant, and so they’re really more like “movie reviews in context.” As long as you have a general familiarity with the film in question, you should be able to listen to it like any other podcast and follow along just fine.
We’ve got a number of commentaries already up, with more recorded and even more in the queue. It’s hard to pick favorites, but if you need a recommendation, I will say that The Phantom Menace, our flagship episode, was and is a great place to start.
If you like it, tell your friends. If you don’t, tell your enemies.