by Adam Riske
A: F This Movie!
Happy Birthday F This Movie! It’s humbling to think you’re coming up on 10 years of existence. I’m forever grateful you’ve reached this milestone and forged your way through one of the most bewildering, difficult decades I can imagine. You’re an essential resource in my life; a daily reminder that every day might not be good but there’s good in every day.
I’ve spent seven years as a contributor to the site but three years as a fan before that. I’ve said it many times, but from the first time I listened to the podcast (which was F The Music Box Massacre) I knew it was special. Patrick and JB talked about movies like I talked about movies. They were smart (they’re still smart) but didn’t talk down and they gave me a way to stretch as a movie fan. There’s been many cases where someone’s influence or passion at F This Movie! has inspired me to seek out a film or genre that I might not have ordinarily. Plus, the variety of recommendations over the 10 years has been tremendous. It’s not the syllabus of the same 1001 movies I need to see before I die.
I’ve told Patrick this before, but one of the biggest gifts he gave me as a writer – something that’s hard for me to think about some days (I guess I am a writer) – is he was cool with me writing about whatever I wanted and pivoting to new ideas when I felt creatively tapped out on something (e.g. my early Doc Hollywood column, which I quickly felt was too condescending). More importantly, he seemed interested in allowing me to be myself. At the heart of it, I think the main reason F This Movie! is so important to me is because I’ve been myself here for seven years and our hub of the world seems to like that. I dabbled in trying to be serious on the site, such as writing a ton of reviews to try to get into critics’ groups, and while that didn’t work out as planned it honestly didn’t even bother me. I was part of the group that I really wanted to be a member of already. I won. Asking for more was no longer necessary for me. Plus, now that I had no fear of recourse from film critics; I could follow my heart and put Wish Upon at #6 on my top ten list.
Birth of the Dragon, Parasite, and non-classics like Rambo: Last Blood, which was my recommendation we see, and, of course, the last movie we’d see in theaters for a long long time – the now infamous Bloodshot. Side note: I bet Bloodshot is kind of a little happy it has stayed in the national film consciousness this long. Erich’s my dude. I love his music. I love that he asks me about his music. I love that he’ll create an entire song about a woman on PTO after I send him some chicken scratch lyrics as a goof. Robyn is so much fun to talk to and shares my love of Disney movies (even though I suck at watching them on Disney+) and YouTube vloggers – an essential outlet for me so Thank You, Robyn. Doug is the only person, for real, that I worried for a long time about impressing. It was all in my head but for some reason I didn’t think I was worthy until I got an endorsement from Doug. I think I have it???? Finally, my brother in arms at Reserved Seating, Rob DiCristino. I suggested we write reviews together because his reviews and my reviews were so different that I thought a formula was there for something interesting. What ended up happening was I met a dude who sneakily has become my best friend. Even though I’m older, Rob is my consigliere in many ways (not for crime; that’s Erika).
I love our followers, affectionately referred to at times as F-Heads. I feel like I want to adopt many of you and claim you as my own before one of the other contributors on the site does. I’d name all the names (Hi Dana! Hi Sonia! Hi Margo! Hi Daniel! whose own shows I’ve been lucky enough to guest on), but I don’t want to leave anyone out. Let’s just say if you’re sitting here reading this, I’m thankful for you too. You are all so nice and knowledgeable and you make F This Movie! better by being part of our family everyday, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here with us these past 10 years. Is that all I have to say? Yeah, I think so. For fun, though, here’s some of my favorite podcasts we’ve done.
Here’s to many more years of F This Movie! It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
Favorite F This Movie! Episodes (shows I wasn’t on)
Runner-Up: American Reunion – Doug and Patrick really dug deep on a movie that’s not great. I still remember Patrick’s real concern that Jason Biggs might lose his family.
10. (tie) Wanted/Ghost – My favorite Mark Ahn episode from another movie I don’t like. Snowmageddon! Thunder Snow! Plus, Ghost-schmoopy is my favorite schmoopy.
9. Fighting Cancer with Movies – I remember listening to this in my car as I drove over to do my spot (following Jan) for the F Breast Cancer! event and thinking “I can’t follow that!”
8. The Leprechaun franchise – Mark Jones remains the best bit in the history of the site.
7. UHF – Erich and Patrick really knew what they were talking about and further elevated a movie I like. Erich episodes are always sneakily great for me.
6. Top Gun – The Haverick should have been an entire line of merch.
5. Halloween (2007) – Just like this movie kept Patrick up the night he saw it, this show kept me up the night I listened to it. There’s a lot to unpack in the Rob Zombie Halloween movies.
4. Josie and the Pussycats – Prime Rob. I love hearing his love (which I share) of early-2000s female rockers on full display.
3. High Fidelity – The analogy of the site being the record store and Patrick is John Cusack was like when you find out what Rosebud means.
2. Plan 9 From Outer Space – Ed Wood is one of my top 10 favorite movies and this is the best supplement to it.
1. F The Music Box Massacre – My Sliding Doors moment. If this episode didn’t exist, I probably wouldn’t be here at the site. It’s the best show I will ever listen to of any podcast for the rest of my life for that simple reason.
Personal Favorite I Was On
The 2017 Holiday Show –I can’t explain it. I just had the best time recording this with Patrick and I think it shows on the episode. I was probably more insightful elsewhere, but those aren’t the episodes I remember as much as this one. This felt magical to me, which is ultimately the goal of a holiday special.