Talk Without Rhythm: The Only Podcast That Will Not Attract the Worm
This is the second in a series of articles I’m writing to help promote some of the podcasts I feel are worth your time and I’m sharing these with you in an effort to alleviate your boredom and separate you from the monotony of not listening to entertaining podcasts. I hope you enjoy both the articles and the shows they promote!
Talk Without Rhythm is a podcast that takes two films tied tangentially together by a common theme and reviews them in an inimitable style by part-time luchador and full-time cinephile El Goro. El Goro has the perfect radio voice; calm, soothing baritone punctuated by occasional laughter. Put it this way- you may want Morgan Freeman to narrate your life, but Morgan Freeman wants El Goro to narrate his. Personally, I’d like a sweater made of El Goro’s voice.
That being said, El Goro is easily the best film critic I’ve ever encountered. He looks for merit in every film, and even if he thinks a film is utterly irredeemable, he still tries to find something positive to say about it. He is brutally honest, but not overly negative in his assessment of film. Conversely, when he likes a film, he doesn’t gloss over the fact that there may be glaring errors; he understands that just because you like something that doesn’t mean that thing is perfect, although he doesn’t go around trying to find imperfections just to point them out.
El Goro loves film, and you can tell this simply by listening to his podcast for only a few minutes, especially when he covers a film that is near and dear to him – you can hear the joy the film brings to him in his voice. Aside from that fact, this is a weekly show that has 387 episodes, not counting his” TWoRP Asides” that he does for his Patreon contributors. He does what he does for love of film, and encourages listener contributions in the form of voice memos, emails (TalkWithoutRhythm@gmail.com) or Tweets (@TWoRPodcast). He always takes time to thank his listeners for their patronage, whether it is their first time listening, 387th time listening he subscribes to the school of thought that each show could be the first time someone is listening to you, so put on the best show you can. As far as the types of films he covers, well there is nothing he won’t tackle, according to his Stitcher.com page, “Action, sci-fi, horror, high-brow, low-brow: it’s all fair game”.
One of the things I like best about his episodes is that he plays the trailer for the movie he’s about to review and gives you a lot of in-depth detail about not only the actors but the directors and the film itself. He delves into things that not many people are aware of, even about their favorite films. He spends a lot of time researching the films he chooses, it’s not just some arbitrary thing where he picks two films that seem like they might go together well. In many cases, there are relatively unknown films starring major actors that you’ll be surprised you’ve never heard of. After all, this is a man who watches hundreds of films a year; there’s bound to be a few he covers with which you’re unfamiliar.
Each May he delves into what he calls his “AniMay” and covers a slew of anime films that are again tied together with a common theme. In October, he goes a little crazy and watches 31 horror films he’s never seen to make special episodes. This is what I’m talking about when I mention his real love for film; if this was a passing fancy or a hobby instead of a labor of love he wouldn’t put in the effort that he does. It is for all these reasons, and more, that I wholeheartedly recommend this podcast. El Goro, in addition to being a fantastic podcaster and incredible film critic, is also a great person in real life. On one of the first podcasts I ever did I was a guest, as was El Goro. I mentioned that I was nervous, and felt out of my league. I’ll never forget what he said to me, and I’ve passed this advice to many people since then: “There are a million people who do what we do, but there’s no one else who has your voice or thoughts.”