by Rosalie Lewis
my first column ran in August of 2019 -- and I discovered the podcast and site about a year before that--but I’m overjoyed to be sharing in the 10th anniversary celebration. I adore this site and the people behind it, and even though I was clearly late to the party, I’ve often found myself going back through the archives to listen to podcasts or read articles from years past.
Below are just a few of my favorite selections from memory lane--enjoy!
An article that sums up the spirit of F This Movie: Movies We Shouldn’t Like But Do
I love how the movie love supersedes what we’re “supposed” to like or love on this site. When it comes to movies, we love what we love. And as that guy who wrote Hamilton once said, “Love is love is love is love is movie love for movie lovers.”
A podcast with Erika & Patrick, because those are always special (but what about Phone Booth?): Re-doing Our Favorite Movies of 2002
The one where Mark tells his crazy true story: Taken podcast
Two articles that are time capsules: Doug’s 9 Worst Movies To Watch Right Before Your Wife Has a Baby and Mike’s A Movie I’m Thankful For: American Movie
Several Riske columns filled with rollicking short stories, all somehow related to movies: Date Night At the Movies, Blockbuster After Dark volumes 1 , 2, 3
It’s columns like these that make me laugh, cringe in empathy, or cheer for the odd/great/bittersweet experiences the movies can bring us. Riske’s a great storyteller, and I could read columns like these every day and never tire of them.
A few articles where Rob goes deep and makes me feel things: Without a Paddle: Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat ; A Movie I’m Thankful For: That Thing You Do ; The Horror Movie I Identify With Most
A podcast where Robyn and Patrick discuss kindertrauma in delightful ways: Return to Oz
An article where JB shares his vast film knowledge and raises the profile of a forgotten classic: The Overlook: The Swimmer
When the Pope of F This Movie! says a movie is worth a second look, I’d like to think people listen. He’s always championing classic films and sharing random trivia, in between spending time on the Twitter Machine and watching Dickshark (you’re gonna have to check out the FTM Zoom recording for context on that). I love classic film too, but there’s a lot I don’t know so I always appreciate his knowledge and passion about it. The Swimmer is a movie I love, and that’s why I picked this column. If you still haven’t seen it, you should really listen to JB and track it down.
A couple classic Patrick-programmed movie marathons: Female Directed Horror Movies , Back in Time , Happy Birthday Erika
Listen, no one programs a movie marathon like Patrick, alright? We all know this to be true. I have not stayed awake for 24 hours straight in a few years, but every one of these columns makes me think, “Maybe I’d be willing to sacrifice my sleep and sanity for this marathon.”
An article where Erika appreciates nudity: Shelf Life (Letter D): Deep Red & Daughter of Dracula
An article that could sincerely change your life, by Adam Riske: My Depression Story
I love how there’s room on this site and in the FTM community for realness and honesty. This column, which followed Chester Bennington’s tragic demise, took courage to write and it resonates with me and probably countless others. It’s not preachy or self-involved, it’s just vulnerable and relatable and it’s coming from someone we’ve gotten to know through years of movie columns and podcasts. Thanks for sharing your story, Adam.
A shameless plug for something I wrote: Choose Your Own Noirvember
I could add a lot more columns and podcasts from the various lovely contributors to this site -- I have another Word doc open right now with about 50 links in it -- but I’ll close here. What are your favorite articles and podcasts from the past 10 years? Is there one you point people to when you’re introducing FTM to a friend? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.