Yet another great FTM podcast guys and this one hits particularly close to home...given the subject matter. Sssssss (1973) is a definite favorite of mine and even though you didn't discuss it as "comfort food"...it is to me, the Friday the 13th series is one of my co-host Dion's favorite franchises...so many great films discussed and so many "sleepover classics." I love that you talked about It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World...even though there was no mention of Buster Keaton's cameo. 12 Angry Men, Doc Hollywood...JB is my new hero and not just because we have the same initials. You mention that Smokey and the Bandit is a film you would watch at a sleepover...and I need to point out that we did an epic podcast on that film last month. Also, you guys talked about disaster films...even though you didn't discuss it specifically, you guys may want to check out our episode on Tower Inferno.Anyway, great stuff...as usual. - J. Blake
lol...please excuse the typos. *Towering Inferno
JB is my hero too J! And on behalf of The Indefinsbles, our team love these mentions! They use the phrase Indefinsenble a lot and those types of movies are our very mission to discuss! http://www.outsidetheframe.co.uk/?page_id=360I will definitley go listen to your Smokey and the Bandit podcast, I am very much enjoying listening to you so far! http://www.outsidetheframe.co.uk/?page_id=360
Thanks Gabby, we are no F This Movie, but we try. We enjoy your site as well. - Blake
I was a journalism student in college and you had better believe I watched Shattered Glass multiple times. Fortunately, I like it a lot. I have a feeling Spotlight is going to become the new staple in journalism classes.
Hah, same! I was under the illusion that Hayden Christensen was a fine actor. I'm so glad Spotlight will be in the rotation for journalism students from now on. No doubt classes will be getting more and more tech-heavy and farther away from the grit and heart of things.
Shattered Glass is a total overlooked gem. I love that flick and I love how relentless the third act is. I was squirming in my seat.
That being said, I did not find Spotlight to be very good. The best compliment I can give the film is that it is the definition of a technically proficient piece of work both in script, acting and filmmaking. To me, that means generic. It's a perfect Oscar film.
I cried both times I saw Spotlight in theaters (both when Rachel McAdams talks to her grandmother and especially during the title cards). Technically proficient makes it sound cold, which I don't think it is at all. It may not be the most uniquely directed movie, but it does what it does excellently and I think it was the best movie of 2015.
I'll split the difference and say it was the fourth best movie of 2015, where I think it landed for me. It's not 100% perfect, but I still feel like it's an important, well told, well acted movie, worthy of praise.
Hmm...I didn't like Spotlight. I almost feel like I saw a different movie than everyone who liked it so much. It makes me kind of wonder if people's emotional responses to it were based on their sensitivity to the case. I mean I feel like I'm sensitive to that case, of course, but I had also already known like that entire story just from reading the news years ago.
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I think the intrigue of the whole thing is less about the case itself and more about the particulars surrounding the Boston Globe's excellent job uncovering and pursuing the story. It's like All the President's Men. So many people know the Watergate scandal, but the interesting part is watching Woodward and Bernstein chase after the scandal and eventually expose it. That's my two cents, anyway.
I love the podcast, and this is another great episode, but your contention (both of you!) that Dustin Hoffman gives a great performance in Runaway Jury CANNOT STAND. I encourage you to go back and count the number of times he substitutes "smacking a table" for actual, genuine emotion in that film. Or to emphasize his lines. That's all I will say. Just... watch it again, and LOOK TO THE FURNITURE...
Haha good point. You cannot argue with the idea that Rachel Weisz being in this is a massive pro at least!
My memory is that I like his performance, but this comment has me laughing out loud so I will concede that my memory could be faulty.
I'm not trying to be the kind of commenter that JB impersonates with wonderful voices here, but moreso to emphasize how much I agree with Patrick about William Powell's pimp status. He was actually married to Carole Lombard, another complete mega babe. Harlow died before they could get hitched.
Amen! Carole's parties were the stuff of legend. Especially her fancy dress ones. Some fantastic personalities in the Hollywood Golden age, that I just love reading about.
By far my biggest comfort food movie is While You Were Sleeping. Man, that movie is like a warm blanket. Other than that, every Universal Monsters movie, just about everything with Vincent Price, Fright Night, and Groundhog Day.Great show gents!
Patrick said something like Sandra Bullock is a human sweater of a human in that movie, and I couldn't agree more. I want to go back to find the wording because I thought that was a perfect way to describe my feelings on that adorable human.
Patricks short Vin Diesel impression sounded like a deep, dark Sly... oh - that's Vin Diesel.
I think the movies that I can rewatch the most right now are What We Do in the Shadows and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Reservoir Dogs, Highlander, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Star Wars, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly all use to fill that purpose for me as well.I'm making an effort though, this year in particular, to try to watch as much stuff as possible that I either haven't seen before, or where it's been so long that I want to revisit something.
I watched Beach Party after I heard it mentioned on a previous F This Movie Podcast and enjoyed it! I have yet to continue the series though. Does anyone have any thoughts on the 2000 movie Psycho Beach Party? It's one of those movies that I saw only once on cable and when I talk to people about it they look at me like I made it up. Dare I track it down and watch it again? Also, thank you Patrick for recommending Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers. I know you probably hear this a lot, but it's one of my staple podcasts now. The Hard Target episode is a lot of fun! Yay for Scott Adkins doing Hard Target 2!Thank you for the great content you produce here!
I totally agree on both Shattered Glass and 12 Angry Men.I'd throw in Hitchcock's Rope as a comfort movie, as it's fun getting to be the objective observer to a party (even one with a corpse) and it's interesting to pay attention to the side conversations that are happening just off-screen in many scenes. My embarrassing choice would be St. Elmo's Fire. I just get a nostalgic buzz watching it and in my youth I used to enjoy imagining which of my classmates would end up as which character, all of whom are so reprehensible I always feel better about where I am emotionally and ethically.P.S.: I legitimately love Rollercoaster.