If you’re looking for a late-summer/early-fall adventure, might we suggest NOT taking a rafting trip? Ample evidence of why rafting is a terrible idea is provided by classic river pictures “Deliverance” (1972), “The River Wild” (1994) and “Without a Paddle” (2004). Even if you have enough river savvy to navigate the white water of the Gauntlet or the burning marijuana fields of Oregon, you’re definitely going to get picked off (or picked up) by the river hillbillies! Chance and Noah investigate why these movies are a genre, why they’re so sympathetic to the male ego (even when Meryl Streep is the protagonist) and how Hollywood has no empathy for the rural poor. Make sure to pack a fresh pair of socks for this episode, because very few of the rafts actually make it to the end.
Be Reel is a movie reviewing & reappraising podcast hosted by Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard.
Each time out, they select three movies based around a genre: as conventional as "Baseball Movies" and as specific as "Movies featuring Disturbed Hosts on Surrealist TV Shows." Then, they rate the movies, weighing both technical quality and entertainment.
Noah and Chance are old friends who mostly respect each other's opinions. Even though Chance is a fool and a traitor.