We had a fun show on Memorial Day. A lot of great deals that I hope everyone took advantage of and a very exciting time for us as a podcast to have a sponsor. Although we are all very comfortable with each other and have been talking about these things for years amongst ourselves, I think that this may have been the first show in which we were really able to just let loose and have fun rather than feeling like we were on an actual radio show.
As far as Audible.com, I really hope that you guys take advantage of the amazing service that it provides. As someone that is finishing up school to be an English teacher, I find it sad how many people don’t read. I understand that a lot of people don’t read simply because they don’t have time or they get bored, but Audible allows you to listen to books while you are at work, exercising, doing chores, etc. It has definitely helped me with all of my courses (I had to read 17 books in a 14 week span last semester). Being able to get through books quickly is a huge benefit, especially for students. And, with our book club shows starting next month it is a great opportunity to start listening to books-even if it’s just one a month so that you can interact with our book club episodes. Ready Play One is the first one in the queue, so take advantage and start listening today. If you don’t have an account, head over to audibletrial.com/fandom and sign up!
As for the movies, I am definitely excited about the movies coming out this summer, but I have to focus on my favorite movies since I left you guys hanging in the podcast. I absolutely love film, so it is absolutely impossible to pick a favorite. I know that it’s a cop-out, but I could legitimately make a case for each one of these movies as to why any one of them is my favorite. I could probably pick a favorite son before I picked an absolute favorite movie. So, I’m going to give you guys a quick rundown on my favorite movies by genre. If you haven’t seen any of these, you definitely need to add them to your queue. I recognize that these are not all the best films, but they are my favorites. I tried to stick to/include all of the major genres, but I had to include some sub-genres as well.
Action: The Dark Knight-May be cheating a little bit right off the bat (Shouldn’t be surprising). But even though this is a super hero movie, it is a legit action movie and I contend that even if it weren’t Batman and Joker in name, but the premise and characters with pretty much the same, it would still be a great movie. Heath Ledger’s performance was one of the best of all time for action movies.
Adventure: The Phantom-This was my first favorite movie when I was a little kid. A lot of people don’t like it, but I absolutely love this film and it will always have a special place in my heart.
Animated: It’s really hard to pick one, I’ll have a few in the Honorable Mentions. But I have to go with Oliver & Company because it was my first favorite cartoon movie.
Biopic: The Doors-Jim Morrison is my absolute favorite person in the world and I thought that the movie was perfect.
Chick Flick: Mean Girls-Maybe I should have included a Teen Movie genre, but I think that this fits here. It is absolutely hilarious with so many great lines. Anything written by Tina Fey is golden in my book.
Comedy: Young Frankenstein-Some genres are hard, this one is easy for me. Mel Brooks absolute best film in my opinion. I still die laughing every time I watch it.
Crime: The Godfather-Is there really any other answer? The best trilogy of all time. Each film is absolutely amazing, but the first will always be the best.
Drama: Finding Forrester-My favorite director, great cast, and put me on the path to becoming an English teacher.
Fantasy: Underworld-I may be cheating a little bit, but these genres are really flexible. The Underworld series absolutely did vampires and lycans right. And it never hurts to have Kate Beckinsale kickin’ ass.
Historical: Milk-Another Gus Van Sant film. Sean Penn gives a great performance, but Van Sant’s directing really made this film great.
Horror: The Strangers-I know a lot of people didn’t think that it was scary. I call BS! I think it is their defense mechanisms that they employ when watching the film so that they’re not scared. It’s really easy to keep yourself from getting scared during a film (After all, it’s not real). But this movie legitimately scares me every time that I watch it.
Indie: Napoleon Dynamite-I will still quote the hell out of this movie to you. So simple, yet so genius.
Musical: Across The Universe-Really not the best film, but they took many Beatles songs and made them better. Absolutely love it.
Psych Thriller: Shutter Island-One of the few that I think the movie is clearly better than the book. Stars my boy Leo D and I like it better than Inception.
Rom Com: Bridesmaids-Not sure if a Rom Com is really that much different from a chick flick, but it allowed me to add an extra movie. Plus, Bridesmaids is so hilarious that I don’t think a lot of people see it as a chick flick.
Sci-Fi: Super 8-I don’t know exactly what it is about this film, but I absolutely love it.
Series: Saw-A little bit of cheating as a series isn’t a genre. But the plot through all 7 movies (Maybe with the exception of 2, but it works) is absolutely amazing. So many people write these movies off as just another bloody gore movie or even torture porn. That could not be further from reality. The writing through the Saw films is absolutely amazing.
Sports: Friday Night Lights-One of the few movies that I still cry during and I’m not afraid to admit it.
Super Hero: The Punisher (2004)-I thought that Thomas Jane’s portrayal of Frank Castle was absolutely perfect.
Supernatural: Insidious-I put this here so that I didn’t have to break up the Horror genres too much. I absolutely love these movies and will watch them over and over and over again.
War: Hart’s War-Carried by amazing acting from Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, and Bruce Willis and includes my favorite monologue in film history.
Western: Serenity-I debated on where to put this one because it is in space. But I truly like it better than any traditional Western.
Honorable Mentions: These are all films that I include in my favorite movies, but they didn’t quite fit in with how I did the list-Four Brothers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Catch Me If You Can, Doubt, Guardians of the Galaxy, Elephant, The Invisible, We’re Back, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Fox and the Hound, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Last Samurai, Charlie Bartlett, Man on Fire, Seven Psychopaths, The Departed…
Anyway, I hope that you guys enjoyed the episode and are as excited as we are for the movies coming out this summer. Let us know what you’re excited for and what some of your favorite movies are. The person with the best answer as to the movie they’re most excited for or their favorite movie will receive a $25 Fandango gift card from me! Just add #MovieTime to your comment. Give us your opinion on facebook.com/FandomPodcast, on Twitter @FandomCast, or right here on the site!