Today on the Pop Almanac, after talking about the weather (and talking about talking about the weather), Brendan and Duncan determine what we mean when we refer to our "favorite" movies.
Do we mean the best films of all time, or the movies that we rewatch over and over again? Are they one and the same? As a middle-schooler in the arid, desolate hellscape of Southern California, Brendan didn't have the opportunity for whimsicial, woods-and-stream-filled afternoon adventures like Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes—instead, he watched the Kevin Bacon creature feature Tremors on the USA Network (and it remains a favorite to this day). Duncan blew up red ant hills with firecrackers in Houston, but had a similar love for a beat-up copy of Peter Jackson's The Frighteners from the rental section of a Randall's.
But does that replay value mean that those films are as "good" as, say, Lawrence of Arabia, which Brendan only feels the need to see one time despite loving it?
And this is not to mention dramas that are exhaustively instense, like There Will Be Blood. Just because it's rare for someone at a party to say "Hey, let's throw in Schindler's List!" doesn't mean that that film is "worse" than The Big Lebowski.
Listen as your hosts delve deep into the validity of their own opinions, as always. Other pressing issues: what food analogy will Brendan think of for Mark Wahlberg when put on the spot? Would you rather see John Travolta play a telekinetic or an angel? And why is there an imaginary psychopath from Vermont, forcing people to choose a favorite movie at gunpoint?
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