FMP Ep. 005 – ‘Thor’

Phil Kollar conducts a fantastic interview with Ashley Miller, one of the screenwriters of Thor, in the latest edition of the Film Misery podcast. Hopefully this interview will be the first of many that we conduct with individuals working in the movie industry. The interview is preceded by our review of the movie Thor and a discussion about how expectations affect a film-going experience.

Show Schedule:

  • 0:34 – 3:00 – Introduction
  • 3:00 – 26:24 – Review of Thor
  • 27:37 – 36:54 – Listener Feedback/How Expectations Affect Movies
  • 38:02 – 1:06:16 – Phil’s Interview with Thor Screenwriter Ashley Miller
  • 1:07:30 – 1:08:24 – Cotact Information and Next Week Preview


  • Music for Episode 005 was provided by Brenna Vick of The Sweets.
  • Tracks included “Come Back (To See Me),” “You’re My Number One,” “Short Life,” and “Kiss You”
  • See The Sweets at the Medina Music Festival in Tennessee on May 21.

Show Notes:

  • Ashley Miller can be found on Twitter @ashman01

Question of the Episode:

  • How do expectations of a super hero movie affect your viewing experience?

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  • So, what software do you use to make these podcasts, anyway? I’ve been wanting to try it, but I’m really not sure how.

  • Weird Dave

    Thanks for addressing my question! As a film lover (and lover of FUN), I’ve found the expectations of a film color greatly my experience, and as you stated it’s best to be upfront about those expectations. Darn, no secret trick I can steal from your brains.

    As far as super hero movies, I find my expectations brought low by simple history. Fantastic Four was terrible, and pretty much every super hero movie made prior to the first X-Men film falls to the negative end of the “fun-cheesy-terrible” spectrum (minus the original Tim Burton Batman, maybe). Batman Begins restored my faith in the Batman franchise, but I still have the terrible taste of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin on my tongue to keep my expectations in check.

    Hmm, this seems like a much longer answer than I anticipated. Bottom line – for super hero movies, I think the general awfulness of everything made prior to the year 2000 keeps expectations in check, but the quality of films in the last 10 years in that genre are restoring my faith.

    Except Fantastic Four. Which was terrible.

  • @G1000 – We use Garage Band to do the recording and editing and for hardware we use a MIDI Box we bought from Best Buy and two standard microphones. It’s actually much easier than I thought to produce.

    @Weird Dave – Thanks for the question. Also, what did you think of ‘Thor’?

  • Weird Dave

    @Alex Carlson – I enjoyed Thor more than I thought I would, which is to say I put it on the same level as Iron Man (lots of fun, engaging). I thought Branagh did a good job condensing down a fairly complex mythos and presenting it in easily digestible chunks. While I do agree with the observation that the theme of Thor as an arrogant warrior who discovers redemption on Earth should have been fleshed out more, what was there was enough for me without feeling TOO rushed.

    Overall, I’m definitely in the Kollar camp!

  • @Weird Dave – Yeah, I had a feeling more people would find themselves in Kollar’s camp. I guess that’s because I hate fun.

    I’m gonna go watch a black and white Swedish movie about emptiness.

  • Jose

    No idea how to answer this, I guess that overall I at least expect them to be entertaining and if they at least accomplish that then I’m satisfied.

    But superhero movies are different so lately I’m seeng myself having different reservations toward seperate superhero films. For example the ones that are more realistic like Nolan’s Batman, The Amazing Spider Man and (I assume) X Men and Captain America.

    Then you have the ones that are not realistic at all and seem to embrace it and I have to prepare myself for how silly a lot of the stuff might look like, specifically Thor and Green Lantern.

    I mean when I went to watch Thor I expected something fun, like the Iron Man movies but I was bored watching the movie. And I couldn’t get past how silly a lot of the movie looked like, it seemed that the film relied a lot on the (bad) special effects.

    I guess that a big issue with superhero movies is how I’m really not the prime target audience or that well educated in comics. To prepare myself for a superhero movie I have to wikipedia the source material to get familiar with it.

    Oh and something else, I know that this movie is tying it up for the Avengers movie next year, but I still think that the heroes should’ve gotten their solo movies and waited a few sequels until the teamed them up. I think that they’re rushing the Avengers movie.

  • Weird Dave

    @Alex Carlson – If you’re referring to the Seventh Seal I need you to tell me where the seventh seal was supposed to be. I mean, I didn’t see a single marine animal of any kind! And I looked. Oh yes, I looked hard in those ocean scenes. I’m not convinced there were any seals.

    I … might have been drinking when I saw that movie last, however. Would it be significant if the bottle was empty by the time the movie was finished? There’s got to be a connection there somewhere …

  • Jose

    ^ Win

  • @Weird Dave- Don’t question the brilliance of Ingmar Bergman.

    @Alex- I would much rather watch an Ingmar Bergman movie than Thor. I geuss I hate fun as well.

  • Any Bergman will do.

  • I’m in the Bergman boat too, but I can appreciate what Branagh did. I can see why ‘Thor’ is better than the average superhero flick, but I still just… don’t care.

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