Three underground film critics—who refuse to call themselves that—launch “Couchcast” podcast

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Dave Carew


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Three underground film critics—who refuse to call themselves that—launch “Couchcast” podcast

By Dave Carew

Three budding film critics—okay, change that to three dudes who dig movies and like to talk about them—have launched “Couchcast,” a regular podcast featuring their take on recent flicks, not-so-recent flicks, and, basically, “all things movie.”  You can listen to past and future shows at

The three dudes on the couch are Vince Gaetano, Nick Benson, and Kenny Fisch, and the latest installment, “Robbing from Kevin Costner,” finds them talking about Robin Hood and offering their edgy, off-beat predictions about Prince of Persia.

Underground Nashville
recently was able to get the guys off the couch just long enough to interview them about their new podcast.  Part I of the interview is below, with Part II coming later this week:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What compelled you guys to launch “Couchcast”?

VINCE GAETANO: Nick compelled me to launch the podcast. Nick said to me, “I think we should do a podcast,” and after a lengthy explanation (and subsequent re-explanation) of what a podcast was, I was on board.

NICE BENSON: I think it was a combination of frustration and boredom. I was getting increasingly fed up with job hunting. Vince and I would call each other over Skype once a week and just talk about movies and vent about our lives. Eventually I thought it might be a good idea to record this and try to make something out of it. Podcasting is an unexplored market and I think we will be seeing much more of it in the future. Worst case scenario is that we chalk it up to experience; best case is we get some listeners and have a good time.

KENNY FISCH: I don’t really care about movies, but [Vince, Nick, and I] don’t get to talk as much these days, so it was a way to stay in touch and have fun at the same time. I think my role is partially comic relief, and the other part is to remind Nick and Vince that not everyone dissects movies as much as they do.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground
Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

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