The 2013 F This Movie Fest is in the books. After five movies and thousands of Tweets, members of the FTM crew sat down to talk about the movies they saw and everything that happened during the fest. Thanks to everyone who participated and made it such a big success! We know what we're doing!
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A very fun podcast that made me regret I couldn't do the entire fest. Well, there's always next year. For the record, I enjoyed both The Last Boy Scout and T2 (although T2 was clearly my favorite).ReplyDelete
And extra thanks to Patrick for pronouncing the "K" in my last name! You're maybe the only person EVER whose first instinct was to do that.
Now I feel bad that I second-guessed myself. Thanks for joining us as much as you could, Steve! It was great to have you and a ton of fun reading your tweets.Delete
Fun podcast guys - always great to hear everybody together! I agree that Asperslobber was the star tweeter of the night - a lot of good stuff there, though I am giving myself honourable mention with the suggested T2 one-liner at the end - "I dealt it, he smelted." Better than "I need a vacation," right?!ReplyDelete
(Posted the below yesterday under a different article - seems more appropriate here.)
Another great event everybody - I feel like I may not have tweeted quite as much as I did last time but that perhaps speaks to my even greater enjoyment of the actual movies and just reading everyone else's tweets.
The star of the night for me was definitely Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey but that was not a surprise. It had fallen off my radar but I loved it (and more than the original) around the time it came out. How easily could that sequel just been a story built around some other reason they had to travel through time in their trusty phonebooth picking up new historical figures; i.e. more of the same. It was a brave choice taking it in such a different direction and I've always thought it paid off big time.
I also kinda liked The Last Boy Scout though it seems I was fairly alone on that one - I assume it wasn't on the list for purely ironic viewing, was it? I thought there was a lot to like about it - Damon can be a bit annoying but I thought he brought some genuine warmth to what could have been the standard antagonistic relationship. Like the CONSTANT bickering in Bad Boys always bugged me - I never rewatched either of those movies - they dynamic of Wayans being a former sports idol of a disillusioned Bruce Willis but then regaining some of that respect, I dunno, I just found it a bit more interesting than many of those kinds of setups.
New Jack City was cool - hadn't seen it before and will likely watch it again less distracted by tweeting - really reminded me of what a charismatic dude Wesley Snipes is and that I'm way overdue for a White Men Can't Jump viewing.
I liked Rocketeer though I'd probably say it was my least favourite - I hadn't seen it since it first came out (and even then it didn't REALLY grab me) so I appreciated it in new ways. It too probably deserves a distraction-free viewing.
Nothing more to say about T2 - had the most Twitter-fun with that one as I didn't need to be as engaged in the movie itself (having seen it probably 20 times) and it was definitely the perfect pick to close out the event.
Great job everybody!
Thanks, Sol! It was great to have you again. Your tweets were great. We have a ton of fun at FTM central reading people's tweets out loud and cracking up -- your "smelted" tweet was definitely one that we all laughed at. That's the thing that makes me wish we could all be together in the same room (like at a proper film festival), because it would be great for everyone to hear what a reaction their comments get. So much fun.Delete
Thanks Sol! Sorry to report that the Stroke My Ego sweepstakes ended early for legal reasons, but I had a blast. Love that "smelted" line.Delete
I was afraid that 5 movies in a row would be too much for me, but it flew by. My favorite movie of the day was Bill & Ted, which surprised me because I didn't like it the first time I saw it. I was SO wrong. It played really really well during the fest. The Rocketeer was another high point for me. I hadn't seen it since junior high. Even in non-anamorphic widescreen it was a lot of fun.
For some reason I found last year's Fest a bit more "exhausting" (insofar as lounging on a couch watching movies could be considered exhausting!), but I thought it flew by this year too. Not that our humble hosts would say so, but I think they knew what they were doing.Delete
Great podcast gang. The more participants the most fun the podcasts are. Love that there's no consensus among the group about which was their favorite movie of the Festival, unlike last year when "Star Trek II" was universally loved and "The Dark Crystal" was, well, tolerated. Welcome to the party, pal! (that's you, Adam :-)).ReplyDelete
Here's my summary of each movie including my new-to-me movie for 2/3/13, BILL & TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY, along with my new-to-me-movie for today, 2/4/13, THE GANG THAT COULDN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT (1971): http://www.dvdverdict.com/juryroom/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=6028&p=74555#p74555
Random thoughts on the podcast:
--My favorite shot of "The Rocketeer" is the one JB talked about. That glance between Sorvino and G-Man as they're shooting at the Nazis says so much in such a neat way.
--There has been serious talk about a reboot/remake of "The Rocketeer" as late as last summer: http://www.hitfix.com/news/remake-of-the-rocketeer-being-eyed-at-disney
--Saw "The Rocketeer" twice on Saturday, once early on Saturday so I would be familiar with it (and because I wanted to give it a fair shot) and again during the Film Festival. So my thought on "Rocketeer" are not based on a viewing in the middle of a Twit-a-thon.
--The shot in "Bogus Journey" that blew my mind (like JB with the gangster/G-man look): Evil Bill & Ted are about to toss the real Bill & Ted off a cliff and we get a SFX shot in which the actors have to double-up their characters into the split diopter effect. So you have both Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves pulling so much acting twists on the roles they're playing in those 30 or so seconds. It's awesome.
-'The movies of 1920... five movies, 60 minutes.' Nice! :-)
Getting to the end of the podcast. I want to apologize again for being a pill during Terminator 2. My lack of patience for Cameron's writing and characters makes it hard to remember how good he is at staging big action. And that movie has lots of big, meaty action. I don't love it near as much as I did in the early '90s, but I'm glad it was part of the fest.ReplyDelete
A little historical perspective on the reception of "The Rocketeer" (as someone who went to a sneak preview showing of it back in '91)...ReplyDelete
The graphic novels that it was based on were adult. In the novels, "Jenny" was named Betty and was a dead ringer for Bette Page And rather than an aspiring actress she did nude modeling like Ms. Page. Also the creator Dale Stevens had an interest in bondage which popped up in the books often and was the basis of some of it's fandom.
When the freaks and geeks I knew at the time heard that the movie was being made by Disney they immediately decided it was a castrated kid's movie and not worth seeing. Also didn't help that it was one of those Disney/Paramount collaborations that had last produced "Popeye".
That being said, the audience I saw it with loved it. Guess the word of mouth wasn't enough.
BTW, I'll always love the movie also because it's the first time (but not the last) I saw Terry O'Quinn in a film.
The fact Disney released "The Rocketeer" on Blu-ray without one lousy extra (except for the trailer, like the bad old early DVD days of 1997) means that even within Disney it's still a stepchild movie, maybe worth rebooting/remaking to hold on to the rights but not worth the expense of seeking the cast/filmmakers (who all went on to bigger/better things except for Billy Campbell and Timothy Dalton, who had already peaked with Bond) for a retrospective or commentary track. It lives only within circles of movie fans like us or the folks at rocketeer.net, where it's at least appreciated.Delete
Campbell may not have had a long film career but he's been in a lot of TV series - starting with starring in "Once And Again" which ran for four years.Delete
Huge fan of the F Fest this year. I knew it would be a lot of fun, but I had an absolute blast. Thanks to all!ReplyDelete
Best movie of the day, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. I have always liked this film, so I "got" why it was included, but the way the community got into that flick was brilliant. I feel I may have gone a little over board with the amount of tweets when I started to with that movie, but I was just having so much damn fun!
Ill join in the Asperslobber circle jerk too. So bloody funny. 140 characters or less in the hands of a master craftsman....or something less cheesy but of equally positive praise.
Maybe it was because I was only part of it for 3 our of 5 (DAMN RIGHT!) of the movies, but unlike Scary Movie Month, which left me a little drained and in need for a rest, the F-Fest has left me fired up for more F-Head community events.
Days like this I am glad I stumbled across this site. (but then there are the "other" days. Sheeesh! ..... ;-) )
I felt the same way! When it was over, I was already excited to do it again next year. I did not feel the same way about SMM. I still haven't recovered from that.Delete
We're super glad to have you, Brad. You rule.
I concur. Brad rulez. Or, as they say down under, he's a bonzer mate, a dinky-di Aussie all right.Delete
Ok, so membership numbers in the Brad Rules Club are now four: You two, me and my mum. Ill send you out your membership kits complete with certificate, t-shirt iron-on transfer and decoder rings.
I'll join the elite club and say Brad L rox. It's the hip thing to do, all the cool kids in school are doing it... joining Brad's club that is! ;-P)Delete
Patrick, twice now you've said my last name on the podacst. You're about the only person to pronounce my name right every time without being told how to pronounce it.ReplyDelete
That was a great podcast, and a great movie fest. I missed Last Boyscout and Bill & Ted, but everything else was a lot of fun. My favorite movie turned out to be T2, oddly enough. Mostly because I remembered how good The Rocketeer was, and I remembered how good New Jack City was, but I had completely forgotten that T2 is sort of a good movie. I don't love it, but I do like it.
Oh yeah, and like Doug's Boob-Bot, after I mentioned the ATM hacking in T2 I got a tweet with a link to "How to ATM hack" from a very buxom asian girl. Finegrs crossed it works out between us.ReplyDelete
As a fan of consistency, I'm oddly proud that my twitter handle got laughed at on the podcast for the second year in a row. That being said, I do kinda feel like the odd man out as the only F This Movie Fest-er (Festerer?) without his actual name as his twitter handle so I may have to remedy that at some point.ReplyDelete
Anyway, I just wanted to say that the Fest was (once again) a blast, and I wanted to join in on the love for Erich and his insane prowess with the 140-character limit. While everybody had tweets that made me laugh, his are alarmingly consistent. Great stuff all around, and it's true: you know what you're doing.
Also, I totally want one of those buttons that Erika tweeted a picture of...how does one make such a thing happen?
You should keep your handle. I love it.Delete
Hit me up at our email address.
OK, I have to ask (and maybe I missed it earlier) -- what's your Twitter handle?Delete
Dr. David BannerDelete
Finally! I was wondering since I signed up for twitter why Dr. David Banner never posted on the site. Turns out he's been here all along AND he's Treat Williams' best buddy. :-)Delete
I've mentioned it before in the comments...I just thought everyone knew by now (especially since I tweeted the poster for every movie I watched each day of (30) Stars Of Summer). I'm not a terribly prolific commenter partly because I work 10-12 hr days and partly because most of my comments just end up being The Chris Farley Show: The Next Wave.Delete
Why is Treat Williams being mentioned? Did I miss Treat Williams hitting up F This Movie Fest?ReplyDelete
What does J.M. stand for?
If Doug doesn't name his forthcoming tiny person one of those two names, we all lose.Delete
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Treat replied to a comment me and Dr. David Banner, aka JP, made during the Film Fest: https://twitter.com/JMVargas2/status/297816843622707200ReplyDelete
J.M. stands for my 'Johnson Motherfucker.' What can I say? I'm a poe'd Dixie Democrat still mad we lost the South to Republicans for generations because we had to pass Civil Rights laws that resulted in Damon Wayans having equal star status with Bruce Willis in "The Last Boy Scout" in 1991. That just ain't right, and don't get me started on Johnson killing JFK to continue the Vietnam War and fund the secret Mutant X-Men project (and Johnson would have gotten away with it clean if it weren't for that meddlesome kid Oliver Stone).
Ice T was in "Breakin" 1. :)ReplyDelete