Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’.
If you’re a regular subscriber to the Failed Critics Podcast and happened to listen to our final two episodes of 2014 – specifically, the Christmas and End of Year Awards – you may have noticed that something was… different. It wasn’t quite the same as our usual episodes. Mainly because there was something missing. Or, rather, someone was missing. That is to say, Carole Petts was absent from our drunken escapades.
Having already written for the site and covered the London Film Festival for us, Carole made her debut on the regular podcast series in April 2014 and later replaced James as the permanent member of the trio (along with myself and Steve) when he retired from running the site. The bad news is that sadly, for quite understandable reasons that I won’t go into, she has decided to take an indeterminate leave of absence, which has resulted in a fundamental change to the way we will be producing our podcast for 2015.
The good news is that we will be making a fundamental change to the way we produce our podcast for 2015! Although we are extremely grateful for the humour, knowledge and dedication that Carole brought to our weekly disorganised ramblings (not so much her quiz film choices! The Room for fuck’s sake!) and she will be sadly missed, we’ve decided to take the opportunity to spruce things up a bit.
Firstly, we are all too aware of the terrible sound quality of the podcast in the latter half of last year. Believe me, as much as it hurt your ears listening to it, it hurt mine hearing about it. We’ve been speaking to a few different people, got some fresh ideas from them about how to fix the audio issues and with a bit of luck it’ll all be fine before the new series even comes out.
Secondly, we toyed with the idea of continuing the podcast with just me and Steve. Nobody else. But we’ve had such great guests over the past two years! We’ve had Gerry McAuley (who was one of the “originals”) popping back every once in a while, our anime-expert Godzilla fanboy Matt Lambourne, sweary-shouty-angry Scot Dave McFarlane (from our sister site Bornoffside.net) and of course the man responsible for the majority of the written content that goes up on the site, Callum Petch. The problem is, we know just how much time this podcast eats up (believe it or not) and although we’ve enjoyed their company in the past, we didn’t want to force any one person to commit to being a regular again. Therefore, the most logical solution seemed to be to get them all back via the introduction of a rotating guest list.
But wait! There’s more…
As well as familiar voices returning to podcast, we’ve also managed to stick James into a sack and drag him to our darkened one-mic-only studio at Failed Critics HQ and will be forcing him to appear on a few of our episodes throughout the year.
Not only that. We will also be introducing some new guests to our listeners! You can expect appearances from occasional writers Paul Field (Tusk, Depeche Mode: Alive in Berlin, The Greatest Documentaries of All Time: A Rebuttal) Andrew Brooker (100 Greatest TV Episodes: Apéritif (Hannibal s1 ep1), contributor to our Decade In Horror series) and Mike Shawcross (The Impossible, Only Lovers Left Alive, Interview with Jessica Cameron and Ryan Kiser (Truth or Dare)).
There’s some great films released in the UK in the early part this year: Birdman, Whiplash, Foxcatcher, Inherent Vice, Fifty Shades of Grey – well maybe not so much that last one! But we hope you’ll stick with us throughout this period and normal service will be resumed later this week when we’re joined by Matt and Gerry to kick off the new year’s set of podcasts.
“‘If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain’. Do you know which philosopher said that? Dolly Parton. And people say she’s just a big pair of tits.” – David Brent, The Office