Patrick and Doug talk a cappella singing, FEARnet, sticky wickets and Dreddemption.
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Also discussed this episode: Dredd (2012), Pitch Perfect (2012), The Heat (2013), White House Down (2013), The Guilt Trip (2012), Chillerama (2011)
I have to rush to the defense of my beloved Anna Kendrick. Save for perhaps the Twilight movies and What to Expect When You're Expecting, neither of which I ever saw (and probably never will), she's been great in everything she's been in, as far as I can remember, especially 50/50 and Up in the Air. I just really love her. Pitch Perfect is totally a guilty pleasure movie of mine that I will admit to kind of liking, primarily because of Kendrick. I do hate how they think it is cute to add "aca" in front of everything, though. That's incredibly annoying. Also, I agree that, as far as comedy in the movie goes, the little mumbling Asian girl is definitely funnier than Rebel Wilson.ReplyDelete
Damn skippy John I agree Anna Kendrick is pretty awesome. She's the only for real good actor in the Twilight series (saw them with Rifftrax) and the one good thing about her in the Twilight is it's probably what led to her better roles. Kind of like Kevin Bacon in the first Friday the 13th movieDelete
Right on, Tom! I bet if I did subject myself to the Twilight movies, Kendrick would probably be my favorite thing about them. She makes everything she's in at least a little better just based on her presence.Delete
The topic of film ratings is interesting. I have often wondered how a something like White House Down is PG-13 while "Rain Man" or "Good Will Hunting" are R. Basically, it appears that violence is not as bad as a little sex/nudity or a few f-bombs.ReplyDelete
We could talk in circles about the MPAA and how arbitrary it all is. I only brought it up because it seems to be getting worse this summer -- as long as the budget is high and a studio is invested in it being a 'blockbuster,' it gets a PG-13 no matter the content. Something like The Heat, which only cost $40 million, is R.Delete
I know that's backwards, because movies only get bigger budgets if they agree to to the rating, but the MPAA seems complicit in giving a movie a rating it does not deserve in the interest of box office. I don't know. These are hardly original thoughts. It's just something that's been bugging me this summer.
Nico TOSCANI! D'oh!ReplyDelete
I agree with Patrick on David Fincher's best, "Zodiac" somehow made a movie about writing and researching paperwork look interesting. Also, can anyone think of another movie that has more date and location titles than Zodiac? This movie may hold the record...ReplyDelete
I've said at least once that Zodiac is the best movie of the first 2K decade. That movie is incredible.Delete
I'm actually watching it as I type, and I have to agree, it's very, very good. I'm a huge Fincher fan in general, and as much as I still love Fight Club, Zodiac has to be his best and most timeless movie so far. It's really well made.Delete
And you're probably right about the date/location identification titles, Sam. There are a whole bunch of them.Delete
1) What's not to like about Cherry 7-Up?ReplyDelete
2) I blame Man of Steel on anyone who tried to convince us that Sucker Punch was a good movie. :-p
3) If you're going to be upset with Star Trek The Wrath of Darkness, how about the way it was advertised as opposed to what we got? All of the posters promising "Earth Will Fall" while Khan walks through what looks like all of London in flames. In reality, one building gets bombed. And then, because Earth has no more defenses than Starfleet Headquarters had following a terrorist attack...yes, a ship is allowed to dive into San Francisco un-challenged killing god knows how many people plus the ocean life in the bay but don't see how that counts as Earth "falling".
4) Melissa McCarthy - this "scumbag fat woman" thing is getting old. And you'd think having a popular TV show, she'd be more picky. On the other hand, she's overweight and a woman in Hollywood. Probably thinking about the expiration date on all of this attention and wants to get it while she can. Looking at it that way, I can't really fault her.
Oh...and there is an incidental music track in The Breakfast Club. There are two tracks on the album - "Love Theme" and "Waiting".ReplyDelete
This episode of F This Movie was brought to you by Ritalin. Ritalin: Sit down and shut up.ReplyDelete
Fun episode guys - love these ones.
Totally with you on Anna Kendrick, Doug (sorry John) - her presence hurt End of Watch for me because I just couldn't buy her as Jake's love interest.
Happy July 4th, Yanks - who all here makes a point of watching ID4 today? I probably will...
Here's my plan:Delete
1. Watch Lone Ranger
2. Be consoled by family
3. Watch ID4
4. See fireworks
P.S. The Man of Steel theme better play during the fireworks. It no longer exists as a movie score. It's fireworks cannon.
Well, if it makes you feel better, I have a pretty smart friend who's very into snobby arthouse films (basically everything that isn't Man of Steel as far as I'm concerned) but who won advanced screening tickets to The Lone Ranger and actually kinda liked it (for what it was), so you never know - maybe it's getting After Earthed/John Cartered by the critics and no consolation will be required...On the other hand that friend is a chick, so may have fallen prey to the Depp-Effect.Delete
Bloody women. Always thinking with their vag.Delete
The Lone Ranger was good. Another much maligned movie on Rotten Tomatoes is totally fine. Patterns Boom.Delete
Nice - I haven't been using "Patterns, Boom" nearly enough.Delete
Glad to see The Lone Ranger wasn't a big flop for you, Adam, unless you're just thinking with your vag...
"3:10 to Yuma" still holds up. Next to "The Proposition", it's one of the best westerns that has come out of the 2000's. The problem with "Knight and Day" is that Tom Cruise's character is ALWAYS awesome. There's never a "oh no, he might not be awesome" moment. He's always awesome in the movie, which makes the movie boring.ReplyDelete
Agreed. I remember thinking that the trailer set up the idea that he may or may not be lying/crazy about being a secret agent, and I thought that sounded brilliant given Cruise's public persona in the last few years. I was disappointed that the movie wasn't about that.Delete
For Best and Worst, I am focusing on the films of John Badham this week.ReplyDelete
His best: WarGames (1983) - I saw this in high school and the film was ahead of its time giving about the computers and the Cold War, yet I actually really enjoyed this.
His worst: Nick of Time (1995) - It has a decent premise given where an ordinary man was forced by somebody to kill a senator in order to rescue his kidnapped daughter and it takes place in real time, yet the execution to this was completely squandered.
Other of Badham's films I have seen are Short Circuit (1986), Bird on a Wire (1990), The Hard Way (1991) and Point of No Return (1993).
WarGames is great (yes, Ally Sheedy in WarGames, I will marry you), but I have a major soft spot for Bird on a Wire, The Hard Way AND Point of No Return. That's a tough one.Delete
I really liked The Hard Way and saw it a few times in the years shortly after it came out, but not since - does it still hold up?Delete
I watched it around FTM Fest this year (because '91) and still had a really good time with it. Again, though, I have to give it one handicap for buddy cops and one big one for Michael J. Fox. I'm predisposed to like it more than most.Delete
Do I really got to be the one to say it best film for Badham is Short Circuit. Ally Sheedy has nice software and Johnny 5 cracks me up to no end. Worst film I think I would say Another Stakeout, my god Rosie O'Donnell is movie poison (except for A League of their Own, which also I think deserves a baseball podcast, since you loved The Sandlot:)ReplyDelete
Doug, move over on that 500 Days of Summer bench. Sure, I can see why it might drive certain, soulless people nuts, but I love it quite a damn lot. I've talked before about how my theory of the movie is that we only see the real Summer in one scene, toward the end, and all the quirk and the annoyances and other behaviors are completely Joe's perceptions and memories of her. (My one problem with the movie? The wise younger sister, a character trope that drives me nuts.)ReplyDelete
Yes on the sister. Her scenes are among the worst in the movie.Delete
I might not love the movie as much as either of you, but your characterization of the movie is right on -- I've always seen it as a movie about a boy who thinks he should be with a girl just because he wants to be, but the world doesn't work like that. Not a lot of movies (in particular romantic comedies) are willing to confront that reality. That split screen party sequence always punches me in the stomach, because I have BEEN THERE.