Wednesday, July 19, 2017

F This Movie! 397 - The Downeaster Alexa

Doug returns after a long absence (like, a long absence) so he and Patrick can discuss the passing of George Romero, answer listener questions and get replaced by artificial intelligence.



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Also discussed this episode: Star Trek: Generations (1994, dir. David Carson), The Dark Knight (2008, dir. Christopher Nolan), Baby Driver (2017, dir. Edgar Wright), The Corpse of Anna Fritz (2015, dir. Hèctor Hernández Vicens), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984, dir. Steven Spielberg), The Big Sick (2017, dir. Michael Showalter)

15 comments:

  1. Was relistening to the best of 2015 show yesterday and wondering where the hell Doug had been lately.

    Thank you universe for his safe return.

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    1. I'd also like to confirm something you guys said towards the end about sharing your personal lives. As an eighteen year old who lives with depression, it really is comforting to hear someone I respect as much as Patrick is in a similar situation and is able to live such a full life with it. Hes really the only adult I know who talks about it openly and without treating it like some dirty thing. It's strange just how honest everyone on the cast is about themselves, especially on the internet when everyone is just promoting their best selves. But hey that's F This Movie; come for Doug's masturbation jokes, stay for the life-affirming humanity.

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  2. Always great to have Doug back. If only it happened more often!

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  3. Great listen as always, guys!

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  4. "I think with artificial intelligence being what it is..." (I'm laughing so hard!)

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  5. I think it's absolutely true that every single member of this crew has something unique to bring to the podcasting table, which makes choosing a favorite impossible and unnecessary. The show is great in general, but it would not be the special thing that it is without each unique voice. You're all wonderful! :)

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  6. I have been listening to this podcast since the Braveheart episode (2012, I believe) and this is the first time I've posted. I've dabbled in Junesploitation, done a half-assed job during Scary Movie Month, and read just about every article or review. I felt compelled to post my appreciation after this episode because it struck me how much you have to be proud of with this podcast. Friends sitting around and talking fairly about a film is spot on. I can get my pretentious fix with some other Chicago-area movie podcasters when I need it, but I rush here and anxiously await Wednesday morning to hear what Patrick and the crew thought of whatever film I want to talk about. Because that is how I see it, this podcast includes us, as listeners, with a variety of friends in some great and funny dialogue about whatever nth-MCU film just opened or whatever horror film I kick myself for not seeing yet. The personal stories and the passion about film and filmmakers are added bonuses in episodes such as this one.

    Keep up the great work. It is more than appreciated.

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  7. I love that you guys are willing to get personal. To me, this isn't a show about movies. It's a show about people who love movies. That's what makes it so special.

    Thanks Patrick and crew.

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  8. Doug and Alexa were like that cartoon with the singing frog (that would go on to be the WB mascot). Only when there are no other witnesses around but Doug does she show off her talent.

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  9. Thanks for responding to my question! It's me!!! (My ill thought out twitter alias is PJ Hooker).

    I agree that for most comedies there is less to deconstruct. My impetus for the question was that some of my favourite episodes are comedic, like Holy Grail and Muppets, while I've been introduced to funny stuff I didn't know like Wet Hot American Summer and Where's My Car, Dude.

    Mostly, I'm happiest when the gang is putting out episodes that speak to them, or that they have a history with (rather than the latest blockbuster, for example). But just keep doing what you're doing. What you've fostered here, a community of open minded people that love movies, that share their appreciations, without all the usual garbage internet stuff, is really commendable.

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    1. Yeah I got introduced to Wet Hot American Summer from here too, feel like I appreciated it more cos of the podcast. And because of that movie I watched They Came Together as well, which is so funny and has one of my favourite gags ever with how it makes fun of 'New York being another character in their story.'

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  10. Just wanted to say that you guys have been killing it lately. This podcast, last weeks Future Horror Classics, the Batman and Robin episode, the Drive episode, the Italian Horror one have been some of my favourite episodes ever :) Everything you said about what makes the show great is so true. Love all the new voices coming to the site, but also love Doug being back ahaha Oo also, I remember really liking the Interstellar episode. It was one of the first I listened to, I think I probably benefited from having a similar opinion as you guys and I remember thinking you really clearly expressed the problems the film had, even if you maybe didn't get to all the positives.

    Also, that Alexa segment was the best thing ever ahaha Patrick getting angry at an AI for it's terrible movie taste is my new favourite thing ahaha

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  11. I never wanted the Alexa bit to end. Doug's actual rage was cracking me up.

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  12. Protip: Ask Alexa to tell you a Star Wars joke.

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