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Kansas City Podcast: Two Views Movies

And we’re back, with another feature highlighting a podcast produced out of Kansas City. Like many of the podcasts I feature here, I found Two Views Movies via Twitter, and reached out to the hosts to find out more about their show.

What is the name of your podcast?

Two Views Movies

How did you come up with the name for your show?

It actually took us a lot longer than we would like to admit to come up with our name. We thought of funny stuff, move references, inside jokes, things we liked, etc. But in the end, we picked Two Views for two reasons:

  1. There are two of us sharing our (often differing) views on movies
  2. We both feel strongly that you don’t get a good grasp of a movie until after you’ve seen it twice. The first time gets all of the hype and expectations out of the way. The second time, you can really start to get get a sense of what your true feelings about the film are.

What are your names and roles in the podcast?

We are Garrett Wright and Carson Graff. We co-host the podcast together and we handle everything about it. Together we plan out what we watch and what and when to record. We also handle the actual recording, editing, and talking with people on social media. And since our podcast is spoiler-filled, we have branched out to writing spoiler-free reviews and posting them on our website.

We are a two-man team with no other help.

How would you describe your podcast?

Our official description is: A spoiler-filled podcast by two guys who love watching movies almost as much as we love arguing about them.

In non-official terms, we have always watched a lot of movies and talked about them non-stop. Our audience is anyone who loves movies and wants to participate in conversations about them. We don’t want our podcast to be one-way where we say our thoughts and that’s the end of it. We want to talk with people who love movies just as much as we do.

When did you launch the podcast?

We recorded our first episode in December 2017 after each getting in our two views of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. We built up a few episodes over the next few months and officially launched in March 2018.

What made you want to launch the podcast?

Since we’ve always loved movies and enjoyed talking about them, we’ve also looked for ways to keep those conversations going in different formats. We’ve logged our movie collections online for others to see. We’ve tracked every movie we’ve watched since 2014 on Letterboxd. We wrote short reviews on Letterboxd and even shared our ratings on Twitter and Facebook.

Writing reviews can be taxing especially if you are not gifted writers — which neither of us are. As we talked about what other options there are, we felt like podcasting seemed like the natural step. We were always talking about movies with each other, so quite simply, why not try to record our conversations and see if they translate well for other people’s enjoyment?

How often do you publish shows?

We publish new episodes weekly on what we’ve unofficially dubbed “Two Views Tuesdays.”

What do you discuss in your shows? How do you choose topics?

We have a few main things we discuss:

  1. Our views of a movie recently released in theaters
  2. “Retro Reviews” in which we share our views of older movies
  3. Top 5 lists which we usually try to make more obscure than the generic stuff you can find online

We also have a few other things that we are working on for 2019!

As you can imagine, the release calendar really dictates what we talk about. In the slow movie months where the quality of movies is lacking, we will have more opportunities for Retro Reviews and Top 5 lists. Sometimes the subject of these episodes are chosen by us and other times we like to let our listeners choose. When movie season really ramps up though, our time is quickly filled by all of the great movies that can release at a rate that can get up to 2-3/week.

How long are your shows?

On average, our episodes usually last between 40-60 minutes. For movies that are in our wheelhouses like Star Wars and Marvel, episodes can be 80-90 minutes. If we happen to see a movie that neither of us was interested in and didn’t feel strongly about, we may come in at 20-30 minutes.

What equipment and software do you use to produce your show?

We’ve kept it really simple since we were just starting out without any podcast experience at all. Our equipment includes:

What do you love about podcasting/your show?

The thing we love most about our show is that it gives us an excuse to see more movies and talk more frequently about them. We really want our podcast to be something that everyday people that watch movies can listen to and feel like they are a part of a natural, friendly conversation about what they liked and didn’t like about a film.

Neither Carson or I have ever taken a film class or participated in the making of a film. In no way do we consider ourselves critics. We are simply two movie fans who go into every single movie hoping to be entertained to the fullest. And when the credits roll, we love to talk about what we just experienced.

Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in your show.

Truthfully, it would the entire first episode discussing The Last Jedi for a number of reasons:

  • We are both HUGE Star Wars fans
  • This movie was divisive even in its first few days
  • We each saw it twice before we discussed it
  • It was our very first episode
  • Neither one of us said a word about it to each other until we turned the mics on

What podcasts do you enjoy listening to?

Keeping it mainly to just the movie realm:

And a few local favorites too:

What future plans lay ahead for your show?

We have A LOT of ideas. 2018 was a huge learning experience for us as we focused on ourselves and content. Now we are looking to apply what we’ve learned for 2019 and start to grow our audience. Some of our plans are smaller like new theme music and upping our production value. Other things are much bigger such as new content ideas, and recording remotely so that we have greater flexibility to produce more episodes in a much easier way.

Where can someone find more information about your podcast?

You can also find us tweeting a lot about movies at https://twitter.com/twoviewsgarrett and https://twitter.com/carsongraff

What’s something you love about Kansas City?

The people. You don’t often realize it when you’re here every day, but once you travel for a while and then come back, there’s just no place like Kansas City.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Part of what makes Two Views fun and interesting is that we each have our own favorite types of movies that we gravitate towards. Carson skews heavily towards comic book movies (mainly Marvel), and blockbusters. I have a soft spot for vintage Kung Fu movies and movies that can weave music into them in creative ways. But we also have a lot of similar tastes including action movies (especially the classics from the 80’s and 90’s), Star Wars, and the Rocky franchise.

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