After 500 episodes and a decade of podcasting about film, the Cinecast has decided to conclude.
We all have to move on sometime, and honestly, it is inevitable that any creative endeavor will cease or its participants have to retire. Nothing lasts forever. Directors, musicians, and podcasters, all decide when the time is right for them. It is truly sad when a favorite podcast of mine will no longer have new episodes, but such is the case for the one and only Cinecast from RowThree.com.
For those who don’t know, the only podcasts I was listening to about a decade ago mainly consisted of comedy showcases due to the fact that I worked a cubicle job and had the pleasure of listening to anything and everything with headphones on. I’m not even exactly sure how I came across The Movie Club Podcast as well as Film Junk at the time, but once I did, I began listening to every episode. It was my favorite form of binging at the time, and since I discovered The Movie Club, it was inevitable I would find myself transitioning over to the Cinecast. I remember my IPod being full of Film Junk and Cinecast episodes, often laughing out loud at work disrupting my co-workers from the routine of data entry and some bizarre form of what my company called “media monitoring.” Don’t ask, it was a public relations firm that granted me the luxury of working 4 ten hour shifts, thus giving me a three-day weekend. It was around Episode 175 that I became a Cinecast junkie, possibly as a result of going back to Episode 151 and hearing a lengthy argument about the movie Daybreakers.
Kurt overanalyzed, Matt criticized, and Andrew was the mediator. Somehow they all made three hours plus fly by. I remember thinking to myself, “I have similar arguments with my friend Patrick about movies. I wonder if we could pull off a podcast of some kind.” I wanted it to stand out but I also liked the format of The Movie Club, where the hosts chose two movies to deconstruct and review at length. Then in 2010, after a few months of contemplation, my friend Patrick and I began Director’s Club. I was in Patrick’s basement telling him about the Cinecast and Film Junk, their format, their running time, and how what they did always made me excited about movies new and old. Six years later, I retired as full-time host of Director’s Club due to burn-out. It still hasn’t changed my movie-viewing habits, especially when a new release comes out that I know might be covered on either Film Junk or the Cinecast. Believe it or not, making it to 122 episodes of Director’s Club felt like a true accomplishment for me. Andrew and Kurt were always contributing throughout the episodes too. But I had to hang my hat and allow for others to keep the format alive and thriving. (Thank you Brad and Al). Binging on movies, recording interesting conversations, and then editing it all together on top of social media plugs, began to take its toll on me as a cinephile. Now I would even prefer to write than to record myself rambling on about why I think a movie is great or terrible. As much as I loved recording a podcast, there is something more leisurely and soothing about sitting back and listening to friends talk about movies like I started out doing in the first place. The Cinecast was always there, and responsible for so much greatness in my life. It definitely got through me through some difficult transitions, many moves, relocations and job changes.
And now at Episode 500, the Cinecast is closing its doors and no longer adding new episodes to the RSS feed. Truly, a decade of podcasting is remarkable in so many ways. From the countless hours of entertainment, insight, and hilarity that ensued, I couldn’t be more grateful for the experience of listening to Andrew, Kurt, and Matt talk at length on a weekly basis. If I hadn’t heard them or the Film Junk guys, I never would’ve asked my friend Patrick to start a podcast with me. Hearing the Cinecast plug our show early on around Episode 250 I believe, was unreal to me. Then to have the hosts of both Film Junk and the Cinecast on Director’s Club, felt like a dream come true. I actually remember where I was specifically when I heard Jay Cheel (my favorite podcaster) say on a Film Junk episode that the only two podcasts he followed were Director’s Club and the Cinecast.
More importantly, I am thankful for the friendships I’ve made even if we all live in different parts of the country. Andrew is always kind enough to share thoughts about film, music, and Weird Al with me via email. Matt is responsible for one of the more controversial episodes of Director’s Club when he came on to trash Brian DePalma. And Kurt remains one of my favorite guests, also responsible for one of my favorite latter-day episodes of Director’s Club when he came on to talk Jonathan Glazer. And to this day, there is true gratitude for the fact that both Patrick and I are among some of the regular crew that contributes to The Movie Club podcast, which again if I hadn’t heard that show, I may have never felt inspired to begin my own podcasting endeavor. That changed my life beyond words can describe. I took film viewing more seriously and the experience of hosting Director’s Club was better and less expensive than attending film studies courses at college. The same way I would look forward to Siskel & Ebert back when I was younger is how I looked forward to hearing the Cinecast on a weekly basis. Yes, some of the conversations went on tangents and detours that were lengthy and meandering, but I never found any digression to be tedious or uninteresting.
It felt like listening to passionate friends defend and think deeply about cinema and to lose that weekly interaction is a sad realization. But I stopped podcasting at Episode 122 of my own show, so the sheer fact that the Cinecast ran a decade with 500 episodes stored in a cloud, is a marvel. It’s hard to pinpoint specific favorite moments, but obviously, I can’t help but mention the end-of-year reviews that I had the pleasure of showing up for these past couple of years. Start there, and I’m positive you can hear the joy in my voice throughout, simply due to the fact that I got to appear on one of my favorite podcasts. I know it’s a cliche, but all good things do come to an end. I know even Film Junk won’t last forever too, but maybe, just maybe, we can still keep The Movie Club going even if episodes only come out every few years or so. It would be nice to think that even as we grow older and older, that the connection among such great podcasters and friends will never subside or deteriorate. In other words, when we’re in our death beds and in our 90s, we can still pick up a microphone, argue, review, and share in our passion of one of the great art forms of all time. Thank you Kurt, Andrew and Matt for all that you do, and all that you continue to do in life. And yes, this is also a plea for you guys to continue The Movie Club just so I can be yelled at by Matt Gamble or anyone from the RowThree family in the future.