Serial: Murder Mystery Podcast Series from This American Life Producers

    By: Brn

    The producers of This American Life began a new podcast series last week. They call it Serial and it is the most exciting development in podcasting since its inception.

    Podcasting is perhaps best known as a delivery system for traditional media. Other creators have used it for dramatic storytelling, the most popular result being Welcome to Night Vale. But the production values and the storytelling credentials of Ira Glass, Sarah Koenig and others at This American Life, and the fact they are unearthing evidence related to a true crime, elevate this series above all others in my opinion. Serial reminds me of 1996, eagerly awaiting each installment of Stephen King’s The Green Mile (originally released in 6 monthly volumes).

    While being reminiscent of Old Time Radio from the first half of the 20th Century, Serial feels like the birth of a new art form. Subscribe now for weekly installments. Ira Glass and “Irish friend” Mary Ahearn will now explain how to listen to a podcast:


Veronica Mars the Movie!

Sadly, the Veronica Mars movie isn’t playing in my local theater. Thankfully, though, its unusual theatrical release was accompanied by a simultaneous On Demand release, so we were able to watch the film its opening weekend from the comfort of the Muruch home. And it did not disappoint.

The cool opening sequence gives a quick but interesting summary of the tv series that’s beneficial for those who didn’t watch the show and nostalgic for those of us who did.

The movie is speckled with what may be the best, most eclectic collection of cameos ever. I don’t want to spoil things, but let’s just say if you like NPR and a certain alt-rocker on the movie soundtrack you’ll squeal in delight at the first two non-character cameos. There are also brief appearances by former cast members of Freaks & Geeks, New Girl and The State. In fact, Freaks & Geeks fans will be almost as giddy as “Marshamallows” (a.k.a. Veronica Mars fans).

And, of course, Marshmallows will be even more happy with the character cameos, questions answers (Did she choose Piz or Logan?!) and plethora of in-jokes – which include references to the tv show, the movie’s Kickstarter campaign, Buffy, The O.C. and a lot of great music.

It may not quite live up to the superhuman hype it’s received, but it comes pretty darn close and leaves welcome room and a lot of potential for sequels. And I suspect it’d be even better on the big screen.

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