FMP Ep. 010 – ‘Super 8’

This week’s episode of Film Misery is out of this world! Apologies for the horrible pun, but Alex and Phil dedicated this week’s show to talk of aliens in honor of the new film Super 8. We also hear feedback about X-Men: First Class and entertain questions about the existence of extraterrestrial life. Strap in, because this one is a ride!

Show Schedule:

  • 00:34 – 02:48 – Introduction
  • 02:48 – 24:27 – Review of Super 8
  • 25:36 – 34:57 – Favorite X-Men Movie, Question of the Week
  • 35:44 – 55:00 – Top 5 Alien Movies of All-Time
  • 56:01 – 1:02:52 – Recommendations and Contact Information


  • Music for Episode 10 was provided by Phil Jents. [Website | Facebook]
  • Tracks included “Movin On (Part 1)” and “End of Days.”
  • See Phil this Thursday, June 18 at the Thirsty Pagan in Duluth, MN.

Show Notes:

  • We need you to “Like” our Facebook page and tell all your friends to do so as well. When we hit 300 Likes we will randomly select one person to choose a movie for us to review.

Question of the Week:

  • What are your cinematic summer plans?

Next Week:

  • There will be no show next week because both Alex and Phil will be out of town.
  • The following week we will be covering Cars 2 and The Green Lantern.

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  • Cinematic summer plans: 7 Harry Potter movies marathon probably 2 or 3 nights before the opening day.

    Also finishing We Need to Talk About Kevin and Inc Loud & Ext Close so I know what’s going to happen in the movie when they’re out this fall.

  • Jose

    My plan is to watch The Lord of the Rings extended trilogy in theaters.

    I missed the original movies when they were in theaters because I was young then and my parents had to accompany me in theaters and they refused to watch a movie that was aver 2 hours. I remember when we had the chance to catch Return of the King they said no so I was forced to watch Cheaper By the Dozen. To get back at them I’ll probably make them come with me to watch the over 4 hour cut of ROTK.

    My list of favorite alien films (in no particular order):
    The Iron Giant
    District 9
    The Thing
    and just because an aliens are included, Team America: Wolrd Police

  • Thanks for another spectacular podcast guys! And thanks again for the shout out.

    My favorite 5 alien films leans more towards the horror edge of the spectrum (with the exception of #5), but here goes:

    5. Galaxy Quest
    4. District 9
    3. Close Encounters of a Third Kind
    2. Alien
    1. The Thing

    Never cared for E.T. though I was definitely the right age for it, and I didn’t see Close Encounters until the past five years or so. Close Encounters holds up as a better film, in my opinion.

    Which leads me to my summer cinematic goal this year – to visit Devil’s Tower in WY. Working on putting together a camping trip to Yellowstone in August, so I’m hoping to be able to swing by and see the site of the climatic scene of Close Encounters. Fingers crossed!

  • Jose

    Wow, I forgot about Galaxy Quest. I should add that as an honorable mention. And I realize that I should watch Close Encounters.

  • I’ve got to say, having now seen “Super 8”, that overall I didn’t care much for it. Nothing particularly bad, and I thought the kids (I call them kids, though I had no clue as to their ages and they all seemed to be different) did a good job overall. I thought the deputy was the most interesting character, and the dynamic between him and his son the strongest story presented. But the creature, and the third act in general, left me asking questions that there were no answers to, fundamental questions I thought that speak to failings in the basic overall narrative. I guess you could group these questions under “aliens aren’t people!” but that feels like a dodge.

    Also, I hate lens flares. Gosh darn it, JJ Abrams, lay off the freakin’ lens flares!

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