FMP Ep. 049 – ‘Brave,’ ‘Magic Mike,’ ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ / Top 5 Best Movie Grandpas

Best Movie Grandpas, Brave, Magic Mike, Spider-Man (2012)

Both Alex and Phil lost their grandfathers in the last two weeks and so they decided that a fitting tribute would be to countdown the top 5 best movie grandpas. We also play some catch up on the movies that have been released over the past two weeks with quick reviews of Brave, Magic Mike, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Be sure to share your favorite movie grandpa in the comments!

Show Schedule:

  • 00:32 – 02:26 – Introduction
  • 02:26 – 31:33 – Review of Brave, Magic Mike, and The Amazing Spider-Man
  • 32:33 – 37:31 – Movie Musicals Poll and New Question of the Week
  • 38:21 – 59:56 – Top 5 Best Movie Grandpas
  • 1:00:34 – 1:05:14 – Recommendations and Contact Information


  • Music for Episode 49 was provided by Trampled by Turtles. [Website]
  • Tracks played included “Victory” and “Alone.”

Show Notes:

  • Phil Kollar can be read at his new site Polygon.
  • We would love you to review us on iTunes.

Question of the Week:

  • What is your opinion of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man? [Vote in the Poll]

Next Week:

  • Next week we will be reviewing the new Sarah Polly film Take This Waltz.
  • We will also be sharing our favorite movies and performances from the first half of 2012.

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  • Thank You Alex, i really wanted you to put Don Vito on your list!!
    awesome reviews and really liked this list.

  • I lost my grandfather back in May, and back then I just started seeing him in so many different characters. One is Brad Pitt’s character in “The Tree of Life”, who seems like the strict militaristic hand that formed who my dad would become. The other is, quite similarly, Chris Cooper’s character in “American Beauty”, who also has such strict beliefs that restrict his children’s sense of freedom, but also feel restricted by that sense. You get the impression they got it from their fathers. Neither of them are grandfathers, but they both serve that purpose to me.

    The choices that you make for your lists are so much more perfect than I could have come up with. Clearly, these are films I need to experience more.

    • Thanks for sharing that, Duncan.

      I see my Grandpa mostly in Martin Vanderhoff from ‘You Can’t Take It With You.’ We definitely did not see eye to eye on politics, but my Grandpa never spoke about his beliefs (I only know them because of his e-mail forwards) and was most concerned that his family was doing what made them happy. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile, especially when there were a lot of people around.

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