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The Canon

By Earwolf and Amy Nicholson

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Film critics Devin Faraci (BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH.) and Amy Nicholson (MTV News) have a weekly conversation about if a film is worthy to enter the Canon. They will put it up to fan vote at the end of the show, and the legacy of each movie will be officially decided forevermore. [This show is currently on hiatus]. Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Howl.FM, ad-free. Use promo code ‘Earwolf’ for a 30-day free trial.

Customer Reviews

Episode 1: Just like getting a vigorous tooth cleaning, except this doesn’t clean your teeth.

I like the concept of The Canon. I like Nicholson and Faraci, the two critics who participate. I like hearing people talk about movies. I even like the faux-Cannon Group logo they use.

But, good God, based on the first episode this is one of the most excruciating podcasts I’ve ever heard, and I listen to a lot of them. This made me want to throw a large bucket of ice water on the both of them.

Basically it's two people taking an unyielding position on a movie and trading shrill verbal slaps for an hour. They shout over top of each other, and they’re openly insulting and condescending. But that makes it sound more entertaining than it is because, worst of all, strangely, their individual arguments are defensive and scattered and never that strong.

Even when Siskel and Ebert didn't get along, they displayed a surly respect for each other. And when they couldn’t even manage that, they were at least entertaining. Neither of those qualities is on display here. This has potential, guys. Stop with the Punch and Judy and live up to it.

Great Idea, poor execution

Both hosts staked themselves to extreme positions and refused to back down. Even when it seemed the other made a valid point there was no conceeding any point.

Great concept, horrible execution

The idea of two people discussing if a movie is truly great is an interesting idea, but when you have two people who argue like school kids instead of saying anything constructive, it's just irritating. I had to shut it off halfway through.