Today I'm reviewing Movie Mavericks. According to their website, “Established in 2010, Movie Mavericks is a leading movie review website including articles about the industry, interviews, contests and videos.” Their iTunes description states, “Join hosts T & J as we discuss movies, box office, news and more! Movie Mavericks is a leading movie review website including articles about the industry, interviews, contests and videos. – http://moviemavericks.com This Podcast was created using www.talkshoe.com.” With this in mind this is an area that I would say is in need of some retouching. I'm not sure why a potential listener cares that it was created on Talkshoe.com.
A key point when you go to iTunes and click on the link for the Movie Mavericks website do you go to moviemavericks.com ? Nope. You go to the talkshoe version of the podcast. All I can say is that I hope they aren't paying for this “service.” As there is no way to get out of this arrangemen without having your audience resubscribe to a new feed, you're screwed.
My first impression of their website is “Cool” then seconds later is was “Bad” as an advertisement took over the screen came on and took over the entire screen (with a “Skip this add” link at the top). I skipped the ad and scrolled down. I found the link for the podcast and – you guessed it – was greeted with another full page advertisement. This time the ad had an error message. I scrolled down looking for an episode to listen to and – yet another ad. I see where you can subscribe in iTunes, and I'm glad as I will never go to this website again…
Built in Bias. I will say up front that I was disappointed to see their media was hosted at Talkshoe.com. This website along with Blog Talk Radio make it easy to produce a “Call in” show, but produced the WORST audio quality on the Internet. With this in mind, they have one strike against them and I haven't even pressed play. One of the things that might confuse people (it confused me) is when you use Talkshoe as a media host they rename your file to start with TS. I was looking for something MM, etc. The good news is the show is not recorded using Talkshoe, and the audio quality is good.
I listened to episode 106 (Kick-Ass 2, Avengers Box Office, Vince Vaughn As Starbuck, More News). The intro is quick and to the point. The hosts introduce what they will be discussing which is great as I can decide if I want to listen to this episode or not. You instantly know that these two guys are WAY into movies and they are very passionate about their topics as they discuss movies that will be coming out in the future.
If you love movies, this is the podcast for you. These guys know the ins and outs of movies. If you're involved with movies be it actor, director, etc you're probably going to get into this podcast. It's delivered twice a week, and the episode I listened to was lengthy so you can see where they LOVE to talk about movies and the entertainment industry.
When I looked at their audio file they passed all my technical specs (in terms of volume), and they do a good job of giving a listener a break. Their ad spots are quick and to the point.
Things That Could Be Better
My guess is that they (along with everyone else that has got this part of podcasting wrong) are using iTunes to enter their ID3 tags. MP3 files that are tagged using iTunes do not display correctly in Windows Media player. I would use mp3tag, or ID3 tag editor is you're on a mac.
The advertisement system on your website is a deal breaker for me. It was beyond intrusive. Unless this is bringing in some big bucks, I would find a more subtle pop up system.
I forgot to mention this on the episode, but you have a “Subscribe in iTunes” button, but more and more people are cutting the iTunes cord. You need a “generic” RSS button as well. If I wanted to subscribe to this on my droid phone, I would have to go into iTunes and reverse engineer your pdocast to get to the RSS feed. Most people won't do that because most people don't know how.
The Good News
Without knowing the movie industry myself, these guys seemed to know everything baout everything. Very impressive knowledge. Their passion comes through, and they do a good job of picking a topic, sticking to it, and then moving on. Their audio quality is good, and the flow of the podcast seem to move along at a good clip.
Listen to the Movie Mavericks Podcast
Check them out at www.moviemavericks.com