Wednesday, March 25, 2015

F This Movie! - Backdraft

You go, Patrick and Adam Riske go.



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Also discussed this episode: Run All Night (2015), What We Do in the Shadows (2015) Deep Cover (?), Deli Man (2015), It Follows (2015), Kill Me Three Times (2015), Merchants of Doubt (2014), Avenged (2015), Alien (1979)

19 comments:

  1. I love De Niro's monologue about how fire is a living breathing thing. LOL.

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  2. Really enjoyed the show guys, and was happy to finally have a reason to watch Backdraft, since I have obsessed about it from my days at the Universal theme park as a kid. After all the wait, I didn't much care for it in a similar way that I hate Top Gun: cool action with way too much forced drama. I didn't mind the DeNiro stuff and thought that the arson investigation would have made a better flick on its own, but I also realize that part of what makes his character so enticing is that he doesn't overstay his welcome. All this talk of fire being "the animal" reminded me of my days in elementary school assemblies when you learned to drop and roll and overzealous public servants were trying to convince you that fire wasn't cool. But then in the movie it is given dozens of slow motion shots to show you just how cool (and photogenic) it is. In short, the movie had its moments but without the benefit of nostalgia I don't think I'll be checking it out again for a long long time. But, could the Alien franchise be getting the franchise podcast this Scary Movie Month? That would be amazing!

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  3. "...thought that the arson investigation would have made a better flick on its own.." I have always thought the same thing. It's the old idea of when watching a movie that has a seed of something else you kind of wish you were watching that something else instead.

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  4. The Killing was a great show and made me all in on Kinneman. I am waiting for him to do something worthwhile.

    Awww...thanks for the love, guys! Yeah, Adam, I had a great time discussing WOWS with you. It's forever on my list of one of the worst movies I've ever seen but no love lost for difference of opinions. That's what discussing movies is all about, right? More recently "The Intouchables" (2011) or as I call it "The Insufferables" has cracked that list as well. Man, F-that movie.

    Patrick, sorry you didn't dig "Avenged" that much. I really liked the throwback aspect and thought the story was great. I also thought for the budget that it was really well done. I didn't see the film as being one of those cheap "Grindhouse" throwback fake me outs. Adam, I agree though that the Grindhouse "look" is being overused a ton these days. I can see right through it though when it's an attempt to give an aesthetic to a really bad movie and call it "Grindhouse". No, you had a shitty movie and putting the old "grain effect" on top doesn't make it good, nor a throwback by any means.

    I cannot wait for "It Follows". I have somehow managed to avoid knowing ANYTHING about the movie (I had to stay away from you review, Patrick but will read it once I see the flick.) I haven't watched a trailer or read anything. All I have seen is the poster and I know that the lead female from "The Guest" is in it. That's it. I'm fired up!

    I really try to do this for every movie I see but it's so hard to do these days. I have even had films spoiled for me just by seeing information on it's IMDB listing. It's really annoying.

    I haven't revisited "Backdraft" in quite some time but I'm guessing the nostalgia factor would be in full effect. If Val Kilmer would have taken the role, his ego would've would have set fire to the rest of the cast.

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    1. I eventually got to see Avenged just last week. I was closer to Chaybee than Patrick on this one. I thought it was enjoyable and had some great scenes. Overall its kinda watchable and forgetfull but I enjoyed it while it was on and it has some memorable moments

      Also nice to hear Chaybee get some love. A great insightfull Fhead whos opinion I value ;)

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    2. I didn't mean to imply that Avenged was one of the MANY fake Grindhouse movies we've had in the last eight years, just that it's a movie that could have been in 1976 that happened to be made in 2014. The observation about the Grindhouse rip-offs was a side note. Thanks for the recommendation! Keep them coming.

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    3. Absolutely, Patrick! Btw - you did a "Netflix this movie" a few weeks ago (?) and had "Frequencies" recommended. I finally got around to checking that out two weeks ago and I really liked it. It was yet another great example of excellent micro budget filmmaking. It had me thinking about it days after as well.

      Right back at you, Dennis!

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  5. I love the juxtaposition of you guys talking about people just ignoring science to believe what they want to, then talking about food documentaries. I studied agriculture in college, and that's how I feel when I watch food documentaries. There are usually some really good points mixed in, but most of these movies are people saying "I don't care what the science says, my gut tells me this other thing so that's what I'm going with." The best example is GMO stuff, but organic food is kind of the same way. Also, I think the news media's handling of food scares was ultimately the reason I stopped trusting anything that the news hypes up as "frightening." Sorry for the rant haha.

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  6. Damn ive missed Riske, its good your back, that Nick Nolte impersonation was fantastic. Im typing and giggling at the same time, Im gonna record it as my ringtone.

    Ive got JB's Chappie meltdown at the moment and its still funny ;)

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    1. I'm flattered. Thanks for saying those nice things.

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  7. Great show guys, I really enjoyed listening to this one.

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    1. That's awesome. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  8. RE: Beep Iams. I have this theory that a lot of these kids that are emerging in Hollywood with these psychotic names, your Kodi Smit-McPhees and your Ansel Elgorts and what have you, are the victims of stage parents who give their children these absurd names in order to make them stand out from other kids at auditions. Living in LA, I see a lot of this sort of thing; I have a friend who is a sometimes-working actress who recently had a daughter and had the kid on commercial auditions when she was a month and a half old.

    Frankly, I think naming your child Kodi or Ansel (or the one that for whatever reason makes the angriest…Dakota Goyo…grrrrrrrr) is essentially a form of child abuse. It would be no difference than if Patrick had named his son Daily Playground Ass Beating Bromley.

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    1. You probably made Patrick so happy by starting your comment RE: Beep Iams.

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  9. Just showed my students The Breakfast Club today and had that EXACT conversation about how false the makeover beat feels. Eerie.

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  10. Great show, and does the post-credit tag mean that F This Movie! is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? That was the best.

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  11. "Adam Riske only has four fingers, everyone. He's the four-fingered man."

    #fourfingers

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  12. Wait... Nick Nolte impressions in this episode, too. There is definitely a fold in time between March and December of this year, centered in Patrick's basement.

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