No, Totally! is a film podcast. It’s not a straight review show and they’re not audio essayists, it’s a more casual discussion-based style that they keep fresh with interviews and guests. This means that presenters Brian and Shaun aren’t bound to reviewing new releases, which is good as new reviews tend to give away inadvertent spoilers. If a film is going to be bad, I still quite enjoy finding that out for myself. I often break my own rule by watching Mark Kermode’s reviews.
Thankfully, Shaun and Brian aren’t quite as intense as Mark, or listening to them for 45 minutes might be a little trying. It’s more like chatting with your friends, but I don’t mean that in a derogatory manner. This isn’t one of those directionless, self-indulgent chatcasts. I mean that they’re like those few really interesting friends you have, who will indulge you with an in-depth conversation about their views on Blade Runner.
They have some unflattering ideas about Christopher Nolan, but even this doesn’t dissuade me from recommending No, Totally!. They argue their points well without disappearing up their own behinds.
It’s an odd thing to complement a podcast on, but I really like their funding method. Podcasts are free and take a lot of time, hard work, and love. They’re also very difficult to monetise. I’m glad that podcasts aren’t completely commercialised, but I also want the people who make them to break even at the very least. Lots of podcasts ask listeners for donations or monthly pledges, they run Kickstarter campaigns, or they end up getting advertisers on board. A lot of them will offer exclusive content to donators, or sell extra content separately. The guys at No, Totally! use Patreon, a website that gives various episodely rewards depending on how much you are willing to pledge. These rewards range from some bonus content to being allowed to select which film they’ll discuss in the next episode. They’ll even let you set them something to draw, hopefully using MS Paint. That’s the kind of audience interaction that TV shows can only dream of. In a culture where people are so disconnected from shows as adored as Game of Thrones that they’ll pirate them in their millions, it’s great that they will pledge $10.00 an episode to a podcast.