by Jan Bottiglieri
With that, I’d like to share my Top 5 FTM Impossible Possibilities:
28 Days Later or shamble along like the zombies in Night of the Living Dead. If I want to feel time stop altogether as the outside world melts away, I need to be in one of my Happiest Places on Earth: FTM’s palatial underground headquarters, i.e. Patrick’s Movie Basement. Some of my very favorite times with the FTM crew (actually some of my very favorite times ever) are our annual Scary Movie Night and F This Movie Fest. When it comes to programming movie marathons, Patrick ABSOLUTELY knows what he’s doing. The movies, the camaraderie, and the soul-satisfying bliss of an entire day and night of movie-watching create a time-stopping alchemy. Want to play “Time Lord” at home? Choose one of Patrick’s “24 Hours of Movies” columns (my favorites include “…Robots!” because Blade Runner and “…Back in Time” because I love time-travel movies.)
RE-WRITING THE CALENDAR:
If Sept-, Oct-, Nov-, and Dec- are prefixes that mean 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th, why are September, October, November, and December the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th months? Because when you’re the freakin’ Emperor of Rome, you can start a bunch of guilds, put your face on money, and add NEW MONTHS to the calendar. That’s what Numa Pompilius did about 2,700 years ago. #CalendarFactswithJan
A steady diet of F This Movie is like putting your movie love on steroids—without the blurred vision, hair loss, or Hulk-like rage. I’ve read plenty of comments and columns that back me up: being a fan of F This Movie will kick your movie love up to 11. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved going to the movies and discussing movies with friends. I didn’t think it was possible for movies to become an even more important part of my life, but that’s what happened. The passion, curiosity, and openness with which the FTM crew approaches movie-watching is infectious. If you’re like me, you can’t imagine living a life without movies, and FTM is here to insure we don’t have to.
ONE OF US, ONE OF US:
The Magnolia Tree fundraiser is not the only way this site has changed the lives of people in every part of the FTM family. We’ve heard from listeners who found belonging in times of loneliness. We’ve read comments about how the engaging podcast conversations have made long commutes bearable. Several writers for the site have been brave enough to share the profound effects that movies, and the opportunity to write about them, have had on their lives. Maybe movie love has saved your life too—or maybe you’re just here for the laughs. (Honestly, the FTM crew are the funniest people I know.) Either way, we’re glad you’re here. If you’d like to show your support, there’s a little “DONATE” button at the top of the page! Or just join in the conversation with a comment, a social media share, or by inviting a friend or two to check us out.
Here’s to 10 more years of making this impossible amount of Movie Love possible. Thanks, Patrick, and congratulations to everyone!