Now Playing Podcast

Now Playing Podcast


Now Playing Podcast is a weekly film review podcast and the flagship program in the Venganza Media Podcasting Network.

Since 2007, Now Playing Podcast has delivered more than…


What We're Watching: July 16, 2021

Brock: "The boys did a great review of Black Widow (listen here], and they saw the same movie I did. The audience was given the old bait-and-switch. It's a Black Widow movie, but Yelena Belova Black Widow movie, not Natasha Romanov's Black Widow movie. Natasha is MCU's past, Yelena is MCU future. There are moments early on that seem like we'd be getting Natasha's Bourne Identity movie, and that is the movie I want to see. But the filmmakers had other plans. Black Widow feels like it serves a purpose,…

What We're Watching: July 30, 2021

Brock: "Two sports movies this week. Was pleasantly surprised how well Rookie of the Year (1993) holds up. A lighthearted baseball fantasy that the parents can enjoy along with the kids. And a long overdue rewatch of Hoosiers (1985) once again showed me why revisiting some movies can be like seeing them for the first time. Turns out I only remembered two scenes; everything else was brand new. Found Hackman once again terrific, and yes while the story is the standard 'new coach makes a difference in the…

Soundtrack Spotlight: Running Scared

This summer marked the 35th anniversary of Running Scared, a buddy cop action comedy starring Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines. A modest box office success – Lethal Weapon would take the formula to blockbuster levels one year later – upon release, the film has endured in the hearts of 80s kids largely because it was a perennial cable draw and because of Michael McDonald’s “Sweet Freedom.”

Everything Coming to Now Playing Podcast In August 2021

You better lock your doors, because Now Playing Podcast is about to break in with nine all-new episodes in August. The month sees our hosts head to theaters for three new releases, plus the finale of 2021’s Spring/Summer Donation Drive and the kickoff for the Fall/Winter bonus retrospectives. There’s also a new Podbean patron review and the return of horror as autumn rolls around. 

What We're Watching: July 23, 2021

Brock: "Shaft (1971): While the plot is typical private eye stuff, the style and attitude of this classic 1970s blaxploitation film still jumps off the screen. Richard Roundtree's commanding lead performance, the strong independent film vibe in how it is filmed and presented, the great costume design, and of course the iconic music make this a movie worth experiencing, especially if you haven't seen it before."

What We're Watching: July 9, 2021

Brock: "I applaud what Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) is going for. There is a definite good-natured vibe, and fun silliness in the characters and the screenplay. I hesitate to say anything too negative about it because frankly I recognize this movie wasn't made for me or my comic sensibilities. Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo have exceptional chemistry, no doubt. They looked like they had a ton of fun, but I found them really annoying. Really liked Jamie Dornan throughout, and…

Everything Coming to Now Playing Podcast In July 2021

It’s getting hot just about everywhere and one of the best places to cool off this July will be the movie theater. You might even see one of your favorite hosts, as the month brings us four all-new theatrical releases, including some long-delayed tentpoles, that will get the Now Playing Podcast treatment. On the streaming front, the show will cover the latest Disney Plus Marvel series, while wrapping up a donation drive retrospective and delivering another Podbean Patron pick for…

What We're Watching: June 25, 2021

Brock: "Got to introduce the children to one of my all-time favorites, The Sting (1973). Such a fun movie from top to bottom, and happy to say both kids were following it the whole time, and were quite surprised with the last few reveals. Now looking forward to introducing them to other fun con men and/or heist movies. If you yourself haven't seen it in a long while, or since you were a kid, The Sting is always, and absolutely, worth the revisit."

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