Gold star

Snip20150228_218I’m a little late with this post, but I wanted to congratulate the Now Playing Podcast team and all of the listeners on a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The 30-day campaign to fund “Underrated Movies We Recommend” was fully funded in just 10 days. That’s insane.

Now things get really interesting. The pledges haven’t stopped, and the higher they get the more rewards are added to the campaign. Since reaching the $40,000 target the hosts of Now Playing have added exclusive bonus podcasts for donors, and even the option to get “Underrated” as an audio book. The latter could end up being 25 hours long.

We’ll see what happens over the next couple of weeks. I’m incredibly grateful to all of the listeners who have supported the show and shared the campaign with others. This is just a really great time for Now Playing Podcast.


Ride out


“The Fast and the Furious” retrospective starts Feb. 24.

In what might be the greatest honor bestowed upon me as a member of the Now Playing Podcast team, I just posted the cover art for the Fast & Furious retrospective to social media and the Venganza Media website.

It’s a series I’ve been waiting three years to hear, and I cannot wait for things to get started when the first review of 2001’s The Fast and the Furious goes online tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I’m becoming more than a little obsessed with the single “Ride Out” from the Furious 7 soundtrack. It’s got that great anthem feeling like I got from We Own It on the Fast and Furious 6 soundtrack.

Catching up

It’s been a ridiculously busy week, I realized today I’ve been on every site in my network except for this one. So maybe I’ll just post some highlights of everything that’s happening:

1) Now Playing “Pick a Podcast” Poll

Over at the Now Playing Podcast website, we’re running a poll where you can choose one of five films for an upcoming review. The contenders are Babadook (haven’t seen it), Wes Craven’s Shocker (legendary horror bomb), Sinister (haven’t seen that either), John Carpenter’s They Live (a classic), and The Usual Suspects (another classic).


The poll closes Feb. 27, so there’s still time to cast your vote. I’m backing They Live, because I think it’s the last really great John Carpenter film, and I loved it as a kid.

The winner of the poll will be announced during the March 3 review of 2 Fast 2 Furious.

2) Preview of Furious 7 soundtrack

Speaking of The Fast and the Furious franchise (because that’s something I never write about), two tracks from the Furious 7 soundtrack are online now, and more will be coming ahead of the films April 3 release.


I’ve been thinking about writing some articles about the F&F soundtracks, going back to the first film, which was heavy on Ja Rule, back when he and Limp Bizkit were still popular.

I listened to one track from Furious 7, “Ride Out” by Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG, and Rich Homie Quan. It was pretty good. By the way, writing all of those names made me feel very old.

3) The campaign has begun

Tuesday night’s live Now Playing Podcast review of Kingsman: The Secret Service was such a blast. It was great fun interacting with all of the listeners in the chat room and on Twitter.

The show kicked off Venganza Media’s first Kickstarter campaign to fund “Underrated Movies We Recommend.” The listeners have been incredibly generous so far, and $23,000 was raised within the first 24 hours.

The campaign runs until March 19.


The Campaign


I wanted to share the artwork for Now Playing Podcast’s upcoming Kickstarter campaign, featuring hosts (from left to right) Marjorie and Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Jakob Conkling.

Here’s a link to the news release announcing the project, and mark your calendar for the live Feb. 17 show where the project and all of the rewards will be discussed.

The secret is out

While it doesn’t officially begin for another week, Now Playing Podcast let the cat out of the bag during its Boyhood review and announced its upcoming Kickstarter project to fund a new publishing venture.

“Underrated Movies We Recommend” will feature 100 written reviews of forgotten films. Each entry will have the familiar Now Playing Podcast feel, with one “fan” leading the discussion and two other hosts sharing their thoughts.

The campaign launches during next week’s live Kingsman review, and the rewards… well, they’re juicy. For starters, who wants a chance to co-host an episode of Now Playing Podcast? Listen to the Boyhood review for more details.

Some other rewards offered in the Kickstarter campaign will be given away during the live Q&A following the Kingsman review, so be sure you’re there for the show. A link to the live stream is coming, and listeners can discuss the project using the hashtag #Underrated.


Breaking news…


I never thought I’d get over Craig Kilborn leaving “The Daily Show” show, seeing Stewart leave is going to be even harder.

This story’s still developing — Stewart told his guests at today’s taping in New York — so we’ll likely know more about his future plans soon. But still, that’s a blow.

Whatever the reason, best of luck to him and his team. What they’ve accomplished in the last 17 years is remarkable, and I can’t even imagine the next host (if there is one) doing it better.

Although, I did say the same thing about Kilborn.

Loot the vault!

Snip20150202_24I just updated the Venganza Media blog with the official announcement that Now Playing Podcast will open its super-secret vault of previously released donation shows during the live Feb. 17 review of Kingsman: The Secret Service.

That vault contains some of the most wanted reviews in NPP history, including Aliens, Child’s Play, Jaws, Psycho, and Poltergeist. Fans who have just caught on to NPP in the last couple of years have been clamoring for those reviews, but read the piece to hear what host Arnie Carvalho has to say about this one-time event.