I've been saying the headline of this post for a few weeks now, at the top of every recording session for what I am proud to announce here today as my first podcast. It's titled KubrickCast, fittingly enough, being the adventures of myself and co-host Renan Borelli examining the filmography of Stanley Kubrick. Just this morning we've published not the first episode but the third, though our first since we've been listed on iTunes and, besides, three's a trend, right?
The premise of the show is simple: each episode will focus on one film directed by Stanley Kubrick, focusing on the the story, characters, themes, production and legacy of each. The latest episode focuses on The Killing, Kubrick's third film and first genuine classic. He only directed 13 features over the course of his career, so this podcast has always had a built-in end date. But we'll see as we go along: perhaps we'll try something different on occasion.
I hope you'll listen and, if you do, I hope you'll enjoy the show. In the words of every podcaster pretty much ever, if you like it, please leave a favorable review on iTunes. You can also follow us on Twitter via @KubrickCast, and on Tumblr at KubrickCast.com.
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If you'll indulge me, a personal note on this project: this one combines two longstanding passions, which you may be unsurprised to learn are Stanley Kubrick and podcasting.
I've been a Kubrick fan about as long as I've been a fan of the motion picture. After a too-early attempt to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, quickly growing bored of the incomprehensible monkey scene, then seeing The Shining in the fifth grade, courtesy of the cool parents of a classmate, and finally getting hip to Dr. Strangelove in high school, he'd become my favorite film director. More than a decade after abandoning my precocious determination to become a Hollywood director myself, this is the first time I've found a creative outlet for my fandom.
Meanwhile, as one who has never regularly commuted by automobile, I haven't listened to radio since maybe the second of Art Bell's many retirements, but I'd been interested enough in the medium to spend some time behind the mic at the University of Oregon's KWVA 88.1 FM. When podcasts became a thing in the middle of the last decade (with a big boost from iTunes), I was an early listener, and eventually talked my way into occasional appearances on Bloggingheads and Wikipedia Weekly. There are many like it, but this one is mine.