New podcast! Introducing the Very Important Podcast on The Substream

Mamo and The Substream are proud to present our brand new podcast! As an offshoot of Matt Price’s series on The Substream, Very Important Dudes and Dudettes In Film History, Team Mamo and Team Substream have come together to make a fiendish podcast-baby.

We call it The Very Important! Podcast.

Our aim is to do these roughly monthly, with a panel discussion of the career, themes, and influences of one or more Very Important Dude or Dudette in Film History. We kick things off with the Wachowskis, co-directors of Cloud Atlas. Joining us on the panel this month is special guest star / Row Three podcasting guru Kurt Halfyard.

The podcast is being submitted to iTunes even as I write this, and in the meantime you can listen to the show over on The Substream.

Matt Brown
Matt Brown co-hosts the Mamo!, Super Zero, Get Your Cast To Mars, and My So-Cast Life podcasts, and has a weekly column at Screen Anarchy called Destroy All Monsters. Imagine Thor crossed with a 12-year-old girl.


    • If you are talking about direct download, based on my experience researching my “on again, off again” plans to do my own podcast, it can be difficult to find good podcast hosting (especially since most require you to pay for bandwidth).

      I actually like The Substream’s idea to use SoundCloud. I might copy it if I get the podcasting bug again. 😛

    • We are working on getting the podcast up in the iTunes store. There is a global iTunes error this week which is preventing new podcasts from being added. Once that’s cleared up, it will be downloadable.

  1. The ‘how come nobody’s seeing their movies’ argument is so weak, especially when Mike expects Speed Racer to be the Wizard of Oz.

    I’d say more like… Children of Men. or Scott Pilgrim. Nobody saw them in theaters, and both are still not HUGE whatsoever, but it’s around the level of Speed Racer in terms of people who own it, and have devoted proponents.

    • I wish the podcast followed a more free flowing structure–more Mike, Halfyard, and Price arguing with each other. As it is, it is still a pretty neat podcast.

      • Thanks for your feedback guys, please feel free to leave comments on the Substream page as well if you like.

        We are, of course, actively fine-tuning the format over the first few shows and will take any feedback under consideration.

    • Children of Men has a pretty large mainstream following now and even Pilgrim has broken out to have a decent sized following. I’d say they both compare with something like Shaun of the Dead in how they resonate in the public concious,Children of Men a little bit more and Pilgrim a little bit less, though they all sort of appeal to different demos. I expect as Pilgrim’s teen audience ages its appeal will grow even more. Children of Men has an older audience that doesn’t tend to be as Internet savy.

      Speed Racer’s big issue is the largest group it appealed to were little kids when it came out, which means it could take several decades before it has any sort of popularity swell to counter the negativity that originally greeted it.

  2. A very enjoyable episode – well done! I dig the format and how it allows the speakers to present their cases individually first, then take part in a debate/discussion with the others later on.

  3. IMDb ratings has over 240K people rating Children of Men (~70% rating an 8 or higher) with just over 40K rating Speed Racer (~40% rating 8 or higher). For comparison, Shaun of the Dead has 225K ratings (~72% rating 8 or higher). Scott Pilgrim has 150K ratings (63% 8 or higher).

    Speed Racer’s fans might be passionate, but they are a very tiny population and they are fighting a huge up hill battle against public perception.

    • I don’t think I know a single person who has watched Speed Racer. Not one. Certainly not a single person who is vocal about it (not counting you all, obviously).

      I think a lot of it has to do with the crowds that we surround ourselves with.

      • Yeah, cinephiles are living in their own bubble(s). For example, I was surprised when I found out that many of my college peers did not know that Michael Bay’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a remake of a horror classic. Yikes!


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