Reel Reviews' first podcast published on October 17, 2004 - yes, podcasting in 2004!
After 10 years of no new episodes, AOL finally pulled the epsiodes from their servers.
Most links to the podcasts are now dead.
I keep this here as a record of one of the original podcasts.
- Michael

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Reel Reviews – The King of Kong

The King of Kong

Reel Reviews #62: “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs… I play video games.” A fascinating documentary about the pursuit for the world championship Donkey Kong score. A true David and Goliath tale that keeps sucking you in the whole time. Find out “what happens when a loser who needs to wins, faces a winner who refuses to lose.”
Download from the AOL servers: Reel Reviews – The King of Kong (15:19 min 14.2MB)


Reel Reviews Syndicated On DVD Talk Radio

We are excited to announce that Reel Reviews – Films Worth Watching is now made available to listeners on DVD Talk Radio. DVD Talk is the largest DVD review and news site on the internet. In addition to their web, television and radio presence they have now added podcasting. With over 1.6 million unique users a month, we are excited to expand the Reel Reviews audience to include fans from DVD Talk. While Reel Reviews – Films Worth Watching will stay the same, our new relationship with DVD Talk allows us access to advanced copies of DVDs (worth watching) as well as celebrity and filmmaker interviews. Lots of great stuff coming – stay tuned!

Call For Help – My Christmas Wish List

There are a number of things I would like to accomplish in order to improve Reel Reviews. I put up a post this morning about some help I need with an AppleScript. This got me thinking about all the things I’d like to do. With such great listeners, I thought I’d type up list to see if anyone can help with any of them.

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Give it up – Name Your Guilty Pleasure

Feeling pretty good on my birthday, I turned 36 today. I figured I should take myself down a few notches by exposing some guilty pleasure films. I’ll go first. Read more…

Submitted Review – Primer

Brian Alkerton has submitted another guest review, this time for Primer an independent film that has been causing quite a buzz. Brian does movies reviews for his college paper at Glendon College in Toronto. Thanks for the submission Brian.

Direct Download: Listener submitted: Brian Alkerton – Primer (4:43min 1.6 MB)

Mulholland Drive – Dangerous Curves Ahead

Mulholland Drive is rapidly approaching. This is your last chance to get your questions in at (206) 888-BLOG. I’ll use the best – but this is your call to “chime in” – what do you want to hear about? Remember, it also enters you for the Bullitt DVD giveaway. Call now!

Bullitt DVD Give Away!

Pete from RasterWeb requested another Steve McQueen film. I am happy to oblige. In fact I am offering up an unopened copy of the 1968 classic – Bullitt on DVD. I’ll pay the shipping and everything! Here is the deal:

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Finally Got Asides to Work

You’ll notice the little boxes between the posts. I wanted a way to put up quick links and takes on the things I saw around the web. The problem was these quick takes didn’t warrant a full post with a big title and all. Well I’m no programmer – but after banging my head against PHP and CSS for four hours they are up! It will take a while to fill them all up, but I am stoked. Update: You can comment on the Asides by clicking on the number between the () at the end of the Asides post. The first Asides comment – Thanks Wayne!

Reel Reviews – Updates

My “quick” update ends up lasting ten minutes. All kinds of great stuff and I finally have listener calls with audio quality that we can play! Lots of plugs and links. Check it out.

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Interview Posted at

I was interviewed for an upcoming radio appearance on a local station – TPSRadio. If you are interested, the interview has been posted over at

Henry Rollins and Overnight

John at Dogmatic had a good post about Henry Rollins’ new film show on IFC. He also points to an interesting interview. Of particular interest is this:

DRE: What people do you want on the show?
ROLLINS: Werner Herzog, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, PT Anderson, Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Billy Bob Thornton.

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Reel Review Studio Upgrades

I get a good number of questions about how I record everything. So I Figured I’d pass along an update: I have been fortunate in always having been able to obtain a reasonable level of sound quality in my podcasts. However, over the last few weeks I have been trying to figure out how to get the best sound possible. This turns out to be really hard. (And involves a lot of reading for the non sound engineer.)

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Nov. 30th – My Best Podcast Day Ever!

Tuesday November 30th blew me away. It was one of those days where a confluence of the things I am up to in the podcast world all came together. Reel Reviews got plugs like I couldn’t believe! Adam Curry picked up on my sponsorship of fellow PodSquader Michael Butler and had lots of positive things to say – including a lesson on how to pronounce my last name (it is GO-HAY-GUN). Then feedback on my Rodney Bingenheimer documentary review kicked in big time. Dave Slusher of Evil Genius Chronicles talked about both the sponsorship and named me “His Critic.” Drew, from the Dawn and Drew Show had all kinds of great stuff to say about my Rodney comments – thanks man! The Rodney review also got picked up by the Rock and Roll Geek Show. Podcat put it to use as well, including audio clips from the film – cool move. Finally Michael Houser over at CasdraBlog had some good things to say about Reel Reviews.

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New Feedback Number: (206) 888-BLOG

Just upgraded the audio feedback number. The new service allows for PCM/WAV files so the audio quality should be up to podcast standards. If you have feedback – give us a call. I’d like to start adding the feedback to the end of the reviews. Make sure to include your name and town and keep it pithy and you’ll get your say.

MWGblog is Big in Japan

I have no idea what this says but I got a ton of hits from this link. Anyone read Japanese?

Cinephile – David Lynch Clues

For those of you looking forward to the upcoming Cinephile Series podcast on Mulholland Dr. don’t forget David Lynch has given us some hints.

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Homebrew DVD Commentary

Eric Rice had some interesting comments in the podcast he posted today. Among other things he talks about doing your own DVD commentaries. This is something Eric and I discussed briefly at the pre-BloggerCon dinner. I have actually downloaded and listened to a few of these over the years including their Texas Chainsaw Massacre commentary. The main site that seems to host them, DVD tracks, appears to have stagnated recently. However, today I found one for Mulholland Dr. For us frustrated cinephiles it is an interesting idea – any takers?

Rock and Roll Geek Show Sponsorship

As some of you my know, I have agreed to sponsor the next few editions of the Rock and Roll Geek Show. Why you may ask? Because, Michael Butler puts on a kick ass show, one that I listen to. At the same time, I keep hearing him try to get a Heineken sponsorship. I think he will, but in the mean time, since I am a fan I want to support him. I figured the best way to go about that was to sponsor the show.

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Cinephile Series Reminder

Just a quick reminder to everyone that our Cinephile Series #2 podcast is going to be Mulholland Dr. I hope to post #2 right around December 6th, so you have roughly one more week to get in on the fun. If you don’t know about the Cinephile Series, you can listen about it here.

Overnight – Film Worth Watching

I don’t often go to the theater anymore, I simply wait for the DVD. However, the other day I read about a film that interested me and realized it might not make it to DVD so I went to see it. While it is an overused term, this is truly a cautionary tale of unchecked hubris and ego. Overnight is documentary about the meteoric rise and fall of Troy Duffy, a one-time bartender who is “given” the ultimate gift by none other than Harvey Weinstein of Miramax.

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As seen on the BBC

How geeky is it to get excited that the BBC podcasting story showed screenshots of my XML file and website. While the average viewer would have never noticed the blur, I took some screenshots for posterity’s sake. That way I can prove my statement: “As seen on the BBC”. In fact I have a screen shot of my feed on G4-Tech TV’s Screensavers. I’m a media darling. It was a great story and I’m glad so many podcasters got mentioned.

UPDATE: Well I would have never thought anyone would have been interested but I have had a few requests for the screenshots. Here they are: XML file and Memento post. Here is the torrent for the show Enjoy!

This is a first!

I have actually created something people have deemed worthy of copying. As I stumble along trying to make the blog easy for everyone to use I realized I didn’t have a succinct explanation of how to subscribe to my podcast feed. So a few weeks ago I put together a 5 step “how to” in the right hand column entitled “How To Subscribe”. Today I noticed it has been picked up by a few others. Michael Butler has added it to his site as well as the folks at Found Sound . I think that is cool.

UPDATE: I particularly appreciate the credit Curtis at The Sports Pod provided when he used my How To Subscribe. Thanks man. Also spotted it used over at Podcasting in Ireland.Spotted a variation over at the the Bitterest Pill. It has also popped up at The Bob and AJ show as well as at one of the podcasting pioneers Mr. Matthew Bischoff at Esc From The World. It keeps spreading – cool.

Proud PodSquad Member

Adam Curry has come up with an interesting idea for listing the podcasts that he currently subscribes to. He calls it the PodSquad. It is an OPML file, but the way he is using it might best be described as a link list or blogrole on steroids. The hope, with help from some developers, is that a user could import the OPML file into their podcatching client and subscribe to all the included feeds in one fell swoop. With the number of podcasts exploding and not enough time to sort through them all, this would make it easy to find a “trusted source” and subscribe to the feeds they subscribe to. This opens the way for pseudo stations. I think we just saw the first step in podcast programming.

Update – Cinephile Series #2

Listen to the audio update for details on our movie choice for the second Cinephile Series. The film for Cinephile Series #2 is Mulholland Dr. The podcast will be posted in approximately 14 days. So go out, get the film – watch it!

Direct download of the podcast: Update.
or subscribe to the feed: Subscribe


Behold the sign of podcasting success!

Shut down notice

My podcasting compatriot Michael Butler from the Rock and Roll Geek Show has once again earned the podcasting badge of honor – an Account Suspension Notice for exceeding his bandwidth quota. I am thinking of starting a podcasting Hall of Fame where you have to submit you hosting shut down notice to be considered for membership. Congratulations Michael! Not to worry, we will get this bandwidth thing figured out soon enough.

This week’s DVDs

Another mixed bag. My favorite recent British comedy, The Office – Special. A film I have heard lots of good things about, City of God. A more family oriented film, Elf – always got to give John Favreau and Will Ferrell the nod. Finally the dark horse of the bunch: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. Mike Hodges, Clive Owen and Malcolm McDowell. Good things can come from a group like that – I’ll keep you posted.

I’ll be on TV tomorrow night

I am supposed to be interviewed on the Emmy Award winning Real Orange Wednesday, November 17th. The show is produced by the local PBS station KOCE. It is on a topic other than podcasting. (Though I’m going to try to sell them on having me back to talk about that.) You might have heard Adam Curry refer to the other “interesting” things I do in a recent Daily Source Code. One of them is the focus of this interview. I am the current president of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO) in Orange County. They are having me on to talk about YEO. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Cinephile Series Update

I am just finishing up my notes on Memento. I’ve seen the film three times now, including once in chronological order. (That took some doing.) I’ll be sure to post links on how to achieve this. Hopefully I’ll have time tonight to record the Cinephile Series podcast. A lot of my listeners have written saying they are looking forward to this particular podcast. I appreciate all the nice comments – we are close.

Podcasting 101 – Session Links

Here are the links from the Podcasting 101 sessions:html links

Listener Submitted Review – The Incredibles

Brian Alkerton, who attends Glendon College in Toronto, has submitted a recorded version of his review of the Incredibles he did for his college newspaper. I have had a few people ask if I know anything about the Incredibles and thought I would pass this along. See what happens when you submit audio.

Direct Download: Listener submitted: Brian Alkerton – The Incredibles

Tuesday’s new DVDs

Picked up three rather eclectic films today. I got Ju-On, a Japanese horror film. The recently released film The Grudge with Sarah Michelle Gellar is the US remake version. I also picked up a film I saw in the theater not too long ago which was great – Zatoichi – The Blind Swordsman. This film is awesome and I’m excited it is out on DVD. Best of all it comes with another good Japanese film Sonatine. Both films are written by, directed and star Japanese film superstar Takeshi Kitano. Don’t let sub-titles hold you back; Japanese filmmakers are putting out some great cinema. Finally, I picked up a film I have yet to see: A Day Without A Mexican. I

Updates – BloggerCon, Cinephile Series and more

Audio update on my new header graphic, BloggerCon, Podcasting 101 and the Cinephile Series. The number for Cinephile Series comments and feedback or any other audio you wish to send by phone is (267) 224-2339. Just leave a message after the beep and it will automatically get sent to me.

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BloggerCon Wrap Up

First of all a big “Thank You” goes out to Dave Winer and everyone who worked so hard to put together BloggerCon. It was quite an experience. I was focused on the opportunity to interact with other podcasters so, for me, it was PodcasterCon. I spent a good deal of time talking with Dave Slusher of Evil Genius Chronicles. He is a really smart and interesting guy. I appreciated the opportunity to meet him. I also had an opportunity to sit down with Adam Curry and Steve Gillmor over drinks and get their perspective on where we are headed. Dannie Gregoire, the man who invented the term


I had a great time at BloggerCon. Tomorrow I’ll post/podcast about it. I want to post about so many great people I met, it will take me a day just to put all the links together. I’m not the superman blogger some of these guys are. One thing I will comment on is the real feeling of esprit de corps among the “early” (read first 12 weeks) podcasters. Everyone has a positive attitude and is really receptive to each other. I’ll post all about it tomorrow. I’m tired – time to go watch Memento!

Thank you John from Dogmatic

As you probably noticed I have a new header. It has been provided courtesy of John over at Dogmatic. John is a Co-Director of a new media & web-development company in Melbourne Austrailia. (Check out his new Texas Chainsaw Massacre theme – it rocks!) I really appreciate his generosity, without it we would be stuck with the plain blue header image forever – I have no game when it comes to design/ graphic artist skills. Let me know what you guys think!

Thanks again John.

Podcasting 101

I have been asked to be the presenter for two seminars entitled “Podcasting 101” at the Southern California Mac Fair November 13 & 14. It is going to be held at Cerritos College, Student Activities Center, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, CA The Podcasting Seminars are at 1:30PM on Saturday and 2:30PM on Sunday. If you are local and want to learn about podcasts or how to produce them please come on by. It is a good event and should be a lot of fun. If you come, please be sure to introduce yourself – I’d love to meet you.

Update – Cinephile Series

Listen to the audio update for details on our movie choice for the first Cinephile Series. The first film is Memento. The Cinephile Series podcast will be posted in approximately 10 days. So go out, get the film – watch it!

Direct download here.
or subscribe to the Reel Reviews podcast feed: Subscribe


Good picks for November 2nd!

Two great movies will see new DVD releases on Tuesday the 2nd. Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater’s first studio backed production after his groundbreaking independant release Slacker (now available from Criterion). This is the first anamorphic DVD release for D&C. Also, Dr. Strangelove, a Kubrick classic, will be released in a special 2 disc special edition. These are two movies I really enjoy, so look for reviews that will be forthcoming.

Reel Reviews gets 5 stars!

Reel Reviews received a five star rating from Podcast Bunker. Thanks guys!



Update – New Cinephile Series!

Listen to the audio update for details on our exciting new cinephile series.

Direct download here.

NY Times & Philadelphia Inquirer

Reel Reviews was featured in two different newspaper articles today. A New York Times article about podcasting mentioned Reel Reviews among 5 featured podcasts in the sidebar. I was also interviewed for a Philadelphia Inquirer article that talks about Reel Reviews and podcasting.

Reel Reviews update

Check out the audio update for Reel Reviews subscribers. Listen here.

Reel Reviews gets reviewed

Well it was bound to happen – the reviewer gets reviewed. Kinrowan posted a very positive review over at It also looks like we gained him as our newest subscriber. Check out the review here.

What a day!

This morning Dave Slusher had some very kind things to say about Reel Reviews. This afternoon Jimbob at Whole Wheat Radio cites Reel Reviews in a list of “treasure” among podcasts. I get home from work today to find MWGblog appearing in a segment on G4 Tech TV’s The Screensavers about iPodderX. Tonight, I did an interview with a reporter from the New York Times. I’ve been at this for 10 days – I can’t believe this. I really appreciate all the positive attention. Thank you!

Look for some exciting new Reel Reviews this weekend!

Reel Reviews in on Evil Genius Chronicles

Wow – I feel like the Red Sox. Today I was pleased to hear Dave Slusher mention Reel Reviews on the Evil Genius Chronicles. Dave gave us a very favorable review. I was particularly pleased to hear that my review of The Kid Stays in the Picture has inspired Dave to see the film. That was my goal when I started this – there is no better compliment. Thanks Dave.

Reel Reviews is on The Daily Source Code

Adam Curry was kind enough to mention Reel Reviews on the Daily Source Code today. While I was pleased to receive such a favorable mention it was also quite an emotional show. Rather than me trying to explain, if you have not listened to the Oct 20th DSC please take the time to do. Thanks again Adam.

Thanks for the feedback!

I have received terrific feedback from my first podcast. Thank you! Please keep it coming. As you might imagine I am still learning and gaining a level of comfort in this. I have no radio or professional experience so any comment, criticism or encouragement is greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

Tuesday’s DVDs

Picked up Ed Wood, a film I have been waiting for and Van Helsing. I bought Van Helsing for a simple reason – I’ll buy any film that Kate Beckinsale is in. Ever since Last Days of Disco, I have been a Beckinsale fan – perhaps one day she’ll be in a good movie again. I expect Van Helsing will give the subwoofers a workout – probably not much else. We’ll see.

Adam Curry on IT Conversations

There is a good interview of Adam Curry by Doug Kaye on IT Conversations. Here it is: IT Conversations: Adam Curry – Behind the Mic.

My comments appeared on Trade Secrets

Once again, some of my comments were featured on Trade Secrets today. Check it out – 42:05 in.Trade Secrets

Genre = Podcast & Doug Kaye

Blogarithms: Doug Kaye posted this opinion on Podcasting and the Genre tag. He’s wrong – but for the right reasons. From an altruistic or purist point of view he is correct, but we live in the real world. See my comments below.


Regarding your comments about genre assignment as podcast – in an ideal world where all podcaster’s take the time to carefully complete their metadata in a consitent manner, I would agree with you. However, as anyone who is aggregating podcasts can attest, the id3 tags are all over the map from nonexistent to quite informative. My original suggestion as setting genre to podcast was to make it easy for people to set playlists of newly acquired material. Without some consistent tag it becomes difficult to organize podcasts from your audio books, music and actual speech recordings. While one can argue that podcast is not a genre in the dictionary sense of the word (I would agree with you there) that is not really the point. Genre in terms of mp3s and playlists is a subjective tag used to identify content. From my reading of the id3 v2.4 spec, genre is part of the TCON or content type frame. Of all the possible choices, that seems the most accessible for setting as a consistent identifier of podcasts.

As an example, would you suggest the genre of a show with interviews, music and commentary to be set as rock, speech, interview, audioblog or commentary? How would you find it among the 8000 other audio items on your hard disk a year from now? (Obviously, as a skilled producer of audio content I know that you have a sophisticated organizational system, but I am talking about the average user here my wife for example.) If it has a tag consistent to the transmission mechanism “podcast” the average user will be much closer to finding it quickly. Additionally, should the content be passed along to someone else, that person would be introduced to the world of podcasts by simply looking at the tags. One more way of growing the community couldn’t hurt.

Ultimately, I think we agree. Podcasting is a transmission mechanism. It is, I believe, revolutionary and important. However, the reality is that we are currently importing podcasts into organizational systems whose default assumption is that the content is music. As such, items like audio books get a genre assignment of audiobook rather than the countless possible “real” genres one could assign them. Not because one is trying to undermine the importance of autobiography vs. murder mystery, but because it makes it easier and more convenient for the end user. I don’t see how that is a “bad idea”.

P.S. I really enjoy your work with IT Conversations, I look forward to each edition. Though, in the spirit of full disclosure I must confess, iPodderX is set to change the genre to “podcast”when it imports that way it gets right onto my iPod.

I’m on the Daily Source Code!

39:06 in to the podcast Adam plays my comments to Dave Slusher regarding podcasting! Daily Source Code

I’m on Evil Genius Chronicles!

Check it out 2:00 minutes in – there I am! Evil Genius Chronicles

First appearance on Daily Source Code!

Adam reads my email – 3:50 into the show.Daily source Code 9/15/04