Wednesday, February 15, 2012

F This Movie! - Doug's Favorite Movies

On the penultimate installment of the "favorite movies" series, Doug explains to Patrick why he's the richest man in town, how a German orders three drinks and why the only good bug is a dead bug.

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Also discussed this episode: Haywire, The China Syndrome, Chronicle, It'$ Only Money, The Innkeepers


  1. Wow, Doug threw us all a curveball with a B&W movie from '46 as his favorite movie of all time. Who knew? :-) Seriously though, I've never seen "It's A Wonderful Life" but I'm not surprised anybody that knows movies (even Doug, who at least rubs shoulders constantly with fellow 'F This Movie' crew members from whom some movie knowledge shall be inherited just as the meek shall inherit... something, something, The Holy Bible) would love something that has been shown on TV since the 70's as part of the Christmas holiday. This, "The Ten Commandments" (1956) and "The Sound of Music" (1965) are the only three old movies shown annually on national TV anymore.

    Never seen "Wet Hot American Summer" and, knowing it's a litmus test for you guys to even acknowledge other's existence, makes me not want to see it so I can have plausible deniability if I don't like it (never liked 'The State' show on MTV the few times I watched it). The other three movies I've seen one time each and will watch again... sometime... in my lifetime, I think. I only saw "Starship Troopers" once (another DVD I've owned for years that's still shrink-wrapped) at a test screening with a friend a couple of weeks before it opened nationally. The crowd and us went absolutely nuts for it, it was like opening night for "Independence Day." Hearing you guys make me want to watch it again. Love Patrick's comment that 'everybody is Ferris Bueller's bitch' in his movie. If "FBDO" hadn't been made then "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" (the Fox tween sitcom that killed NBC's tween sitcom version of "Ferris Bueller" the year both premiered) wouldn't have existed. And if that hadn't happened then the "Parker Lewis" producer, Clyde Phillips, wouldn't have had the clout to produce the TV version of "Dexter" for Showtime. So, "Ferris Bueller's" success = "Dexter" on TV. Thanks Bueller, you're the (2nd) coolest! :-)

    BTW gents, since next week Patrick's favorite movies are center stage, how about flipping the roles and Doug hosts while Patrick guests? Doug's been on the podcast the longest after Patrick and can just read the opening schpiel to get it out of the way. Paul Schaffer has hosted "The Late Show" for God's sake, why can't Patrick relinquish the throne for one podcast and let his best friend be queen for day (metaphorically speaking)? Just sayin'. ;-)

  2. Starship Trooper fascinates me in how it manages to be both an action movie and a satire of actions movies. It's worth checking out Verhoeven's Black Book, his excellent movie about the resistance in WWII Netherlands (a period he grew up in) that almost acts as counterpoint perspective on how war affects people, but filmed in a completely different form and aesthetic. (Also, Black Books has two simply great performances, one of them by the guy who was the author being surveilled in The Lives of Others.)

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    1. Don't talk your way out of a supporting role as the wacky best friend.

  4. Oh f*** my sides, Doug's comparison of himself to JB and the description of upside down sex. Hilarious. Was the mention of the spin off a joke or real?

    Soooo Glad that you list Jackie Brown as one of Tarrantino's best. Jackie Brown has always been my favourite, but it has a personal meaning for me (right place/right time)so Ive never been able to tell if my love for it is my bias or not because its always seemed like the forgotten child of the Tarrantino Collection which is disapointing to me. So, im glad we are on the same page. Forget Sam L Jackson, when it comes to SuperCool, Robert Forster is the man! (cool fact that I didnt realise til much later, the "score" tracks that didnt appear on the soundtrack were primarily taken from Roy Ayers soundtrack for Cofy, Pam Grier's iconic there's that).

    To do list: "Wet Hot American Summer"

    Great show, yet again.

    1. There's not going to be an actual spin off. But if there was, I'm sure it would be a lot like Dougz Beanz. Only instead of a coffee shop, it would be a bean store. We're very literal that way. And instead of Doug, it would be JB. But he would be played by Doug. And instead of Doug playing JB, he'll be playing Doug. And he would own a coffee shop.

      Even Tarantino seems to ignore Jackie Brown a little, which is too bad, because it's crazy good. Also, I LOVE COFFY.

      I will open a Coffy shop in my spin off. And it will called SHUT YOUR MOUTH, CRACKER.

    2. This is the end of your decaffinated life you coffee sucking dope pusher!

  5. Wow, what an interesting (read: you're stupid and I don't like you) list:

    Inglourious Basterds - not much to say here, certainly one of my faves of the past few years; one of those perfect movies I can rewatch pretty much any time (much like Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill) - as Brad said above, Jackie Brown really is the forgotten child for me at least - ashamed to say I've never seen it - will do so!

    Wet Hot American Summer - haven't seen it! I think it's safe to say us fans of the podcast share a similar sense of humour so I'm sure I'll "get" it - I'll queue that up with Jackie Brown! Will it crack the nearly impregnable fortress of my Top 5 - kinda doubt it!

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off - Hard to argue with loving this classic but Top 5? I guess I'll give you a pass on this as it's based on Chicago-love - The Scarlett Letter was filmed in my hometown so I assume you'd give me a pass if that was on my list?

    Starship Troopers - Probably on my Top 5 Bug-Related SF Satirical Social Commentary Action Movies, almost certainly on my Top 5 Movies I Went to See for Denise Richards' Boobs and definitely in my Top 5 Movies I Went to See for Denise Richards' Boobs but Had to Settle for Other Boobs Instead, but Top 5 Favourite Movies of All Time? YES. I mean, NO. I do love Starship Troopers though and for all the right reasons (i.e. boobs).

    It's a Wonderful Life - That's what I thought too, and then the C.H.U.D.S. came... Having never seen this and having just watched and enjoyed my first Jimmy Stewart flick recently, I will certainly give this a go next holiday season and then not put it in my Top 5. Remember Doug, no man is a failure who has friends - except YOU!

    Congratulations - you just made my Top 5 List of Worst Top 5 Lists - go cry to your momma!

    Hahah - not sure why I felt inspired to dump a cooler full of Hateorade on your head, Doug, but all in good fun - great podcast, as usual.

    1. I THOUGHT we all shared a similar sense of humor, but then you came up with this weird "I hate Doug" shtick, and now I'm just not sure about anything anymore.

      I'm pretty sure, based on the funny jokes you've made IN THE PAST, that you would really like WHAS.

      What was the Jimmy Stewart movie you watched recently? PLEASE SAY An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.

      All of our top fives are subjective, so, yes, Ferris Bueller belongs on the list. Because he likes it more than the other movies. Just out of curiosity, what is your top five? I'm NOT asking so I can MAKE FUN of it. I would NEVER do that.

      Seriously, though, I would love to know your list. Or anyone else that would care to share.

    2. Wow, this is SO hard - okay, GO:

      5. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (before I actually saw it)
      4. Grab My Goat and Ram It 8
      3. King Kong Lives
      2. A: The Scarlet Letter (still eagerly awaiting B: The Yellowy-Greenish Letter)
      1. Citizen Kane

      No wait, let me try that again - GO:

      5. Jaws III
      4. Jaws IV: The Revenge
      3. Jaws II
      2. Jaws: The Video Game: The Movie
      1. Jaws

      Okay, seriously, this is really hard - I'm torn between listing movies I just love and can watch over and over again and movies that I feel represent great works of art (but that I might not feel like rewatching often) combined with the apprehension of putting myself out there (and potentially subjecting myself to ridicule from JERKS) with something that potentially says so much about me. Ah, whatever, here goes (subject to all caveats you guys had for your Top 5’s):

      5. Dr. Strangelove (A very recent addition – I’ve watched a lot of great classics lately and this is probably the one I most look forward to watching again – SO FAR)
      4. The Big Lebowski (A boringly easy choice, but I can’t imagine my list without it)
      3. Godfather (Took me a couple times, but now I LOVE this movie)
      2. Pulp Fiction (Another easy one, but man, I just remembering HAVING to be the one that watched it with friends their first time)
      1. Jaws (Not the BEST movie on the list but my absolute lifetime favourite)

      And there’s so many others that could easily be switched out of any of those spots – some I can think of immediately, others that would require digging deeper into the old memory banks. What do these say about me other than the fact that I’m almost Mike? I don’t know – that I’m boring and unoriginal (sorry Mike)? – hopefully not! Must say this exercise gave me a newfound appreciation for Doug’s picks which were kinda bold and refreshing in comparison to my old standards – perhaps with a bit more thought I could come up with my Top 5 More Interesting Favourite Movies…

    3. It's so hard, right? That's what she said.

      But, seriously, thanks for sharing those. I think many of us have found ourselves in the exact position you pointed out, stuck between movies we love and movies that "matter." I'm always much more interested in the movies that people genuinely love, because it lets me get to know that person as opposed to someone listing a movie because they think they should. All that tells me about them is that they seek approval.

      I'll admit that some of my list is made up of movies I don't watch as often as some stuff that's not on there, but usually because I think the one I'm including is more representative of ALL of the movies I love, instead of just being a singular example. If that makes ANY sense.

      Your list is pretty bulletproof. Thanks for sharing.

    4. Bah, bulletproof is no fun - though obviously you can't legitimately bash someone's favourite movies (my "roasting" of Doug's picks was by no means serious), my perhaps more vulnerable Top 5 would be as follows:

      5. The Matrix - I love the Matrix and after listening to commentaries from the oh-so-brilliant Brother Cornel West, I even love the sequels. If you can buy into the idea that the Wachowski Br...whatever they are now...have a lot of knowledge of philosophy, than there really is a lot more going on in these movies than meets the eye (unlike Transformers) with more allusions than a T.S. Eliot poem. And brilliant casting - who better than Keanu Reeves to play the role of, essentially, a computer program.
      4. Braveheart - I dinna cry when me own father was hung for stealing a pig, but I'll cry when Mel Gibson shouts "FREEEDOM"!
      3. As Good as it Gets - I can't put my finger on exactly why, but I immediately fell in love with this movie and I'll watch it any time it's on and buy the blu-ray as soon as it comes out! This movie really is as good as it - ah, fuck off.
      2. The Shawshank Redemption - I feel like I've heard people's love for this movie dissed on the podcasts before, but dammit, I just love it, okay?!
      1. True Romance - This actually should have been on my original list, perhaps in place of Pulp Fiction (as representational of my Tarantino love in general). If my father and I have "OUR movie" it's this - I remember when he brought it home (I was 13 or 14) and it was like TRUE ROMANCE? This is going to suck! And then WOW. The scene with Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken just might be the best single scene in movie history. And I had no idea Tarantino wrote it until after Pulp Fiction came out. Anyway, my Dad is one of those "what's the point in watching a movie more than once" kinda guys with the sole exception of this.

      So there you have it, sorta cheating the system to have two Top 5 lists I guess, but it just didn't seem fair to have presented such a "bulletproof" list after taking a whack (jokingly but perhaps not funnily?) at Doug's!

    5. Another good list! Thanks for posting (again). I don't think any of us are anti-Shawshank; if you've heard us goofing on it, it was probably just the fact that it's rated THE BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME on IMDb. I like the movie, but I don't know if I can get behind that claim.

      Not to spoil my own list, but True Romance could easily have been on it. I tried starting a 'Movies I Love' column on it (because I LOVE IT) but had a really hard time putting into words what that movie meant to me when I saw it.

      Here's some trivia: in Japan, As Good As It Gets was released under the title Mr. Cat Poop. YOU BLEW IT, AMERICA.

    6. Ah man, my list would've looked SO much better if I could have had "Mr. Cat Poop" on there!

    7. It's never too late, Sol. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE.

  6. I for one, cannot wait to see Doug's Beans (that's what she said). It sounds delightful, and I'm seriously hoping for some guest appearances by our favorite F This Movie peeps in cameo roles. JB in an elevator? Mark as a taxi driver?

    And I am so confused. Am I to understand that this, in fact, is not the year of Haywire? I planned my entire year around that. You said! You said it was the year of Haywire! You say stand against wall, I listen to what you say! Not my fault!

    Now incorporated into my lexicon is "Human Equivalent of Mountain Dew."

    I've never seen a single Jerry Lewis movie, and it sounds like I'm not missing too much. That kind of humor just doesn't seem to be my cup of tea. Or since Doug is headed to Europe, my cuppa. His voices get on my nerves, and only Jim Carrey has the ability to crack my cynical exterior with his facial acrobatics.

    As for Austin Powers, I can corroborate that no one saw it in the theaters. I saw it opening day in 1997 after class, and I remember being the only person in the theater. I told people at school about how great it was but no one seemed interested. It was like that movie was my secret for a couple of months while the rest of the world caught up. For a few short months, I was ahead of the curve, but then everyone not only discovered how funny the movie was, but they ran every single gag into the ground.

    Wet Hot American Summer is awesome. I've only seen it once, back when it was new, but I think the guys from The State are genius. Michael Ian Black particularly really speaks to my sense of humor.

    Starship Troopers didn't make much of an impression on me one way or the other. I remember Michael Ironside chewing up some scenery and I remember we got to see the boobs of the chick who's boobs we weren't waiting to see, but I don't remember loving it or hating it. One of these days, I'll spin it again.

    While Jackie Brown is my favorite QT movie, Inglorious Basterds is really awesome. There are so many scenes in that movie that already feel iconic. This kid is going to go places, I think.

    Doug, I love the list. It's unique, unexpected, and personal. How can you argue with someone's personal taste and preference? You didn't say they were the best movies, you said they were your favorite. Excellent episode! I wanna dip my BALLS in it!

    1. I don't know how I missed the "Human Equivalent of Mountain Dew" thing but that really is fucking haywire. I have a couple friends that I can't wait to use that line on.

  7. Everything Heath said is right. Except for Mark playing a taxi driver, which is racist.

    I wouldn't recommend any of the Jerry Lewis movies. The affection I had for them is probably because I like those technicolor comedies of the late '50s and '60s. And there's at least one shot in THE LADIES MAN that's incredible, and ripped off by Wes Anderson. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT??

    I was at Austin Powers opening day, too (but in Illinois -- THAT'S HOW COME WE WEREN'T IN THE SAME THEATER), and it was pretty empty. And, YES, all of the jokes were ruined by SOCIETY.

    Thanks for all the nice comments about the list and the show. Your top five, Heath! GO!

    1. I am totally willing to drive a taxi with Queen Latifah.

  8. Listen to me, stream of consciousness shit is shit. You're like Terror Transmission, just not complete idiots. Fucking wise up.
    And that J B teacher is a buzz kill, get rid of him.

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    2. Mom, I told you to stop posting comments to the blog! Also, watch your language.

  9. Well, when you get anonymous douche bags dropping by just to spout juvenile stuff like this winner, you know you've hit the big time. I guess people like that wouldn't exist if the show wasn't being exposed to new people. Onward and upward, to the toppermost of the poppermost.

  10. Thanks, Heath. We ignore dummies, but it's good to know that there are good people who will come to our defense.

    I'm with you. We've now made it.

    You, sir, are the shit's meow.