FMP Ep. 012 – ‘Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop’

This week we avoid the film-that-shall-not-be-named in order to see a film that actually looked somewhat interesting. Alex and Phil mostly agree on Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, but are on different pages on the Harry Potter films 1 through 4. We definitely want feedback on the discussion so comment away!

Show Schedule:

  • 00:32 – 01:40 – Introduction
  • 01:40 – 22:47 – Review of Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop
  • 23:45 – 30:52 – Pixar Movies/Question of the Week
  • 31:27 – 56:48 – Reviews of Harry Potter 1-4
  • 57:57 – 1:04:56 – Recommendations and Contact Information


  • Music for Episode 12 was provided by Michael Vanasek. [Facebook]
  • Tracks included “Eternal Disaster” and “Come On.”

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:

  • Which film franchise do you prefer – Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?

Next Week:

  • We will be reviewing the new film Trollhunter.
  • We will also be continuing our Harry Potter retrospective with films 5-7.

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  • I’m definitely on Team Alex when it comes to the ranking for the first four Harry Potter films. The first two movies focused on the setting so much that so much felt boring and worthless, though the first one handled it well enough. Prisoner of Azkaban was the first film in the franchise that truly focused on a story, where each scene served to further the story. The first two … not so much, and even the fourth film stumbled a bit here and there. But overall my ranking falls squarely with Team Alex – 3, 1, 4, 2. For the record, when comparing all of the films in franchise to date, #2 sits on the bottom and #3 sits at the top for me.

  • My opinion is the exact opposite. My favorite in the entire series is 2 and I absolutely hate the Prisoner of Azkaban. The first two succeeded at being kids movies, but after that it was downhill for the series. The third and fourth movies tried to take everything more seriously and they failed at doing that. In the third movie the scenery changed and then for some reason the overall style and atomosphere of the film became obnoxious like in the Night Bus scene. The fourth one was tolerable, but disappointing because of how much potential it had. Here is my ranking from best to worst: 2, 1, 4, 3

    The question of the week is rather easy this time. The Lord of the Rings is a better franchise in every single way. The acting, direction, screenplay, visual effects, cinematography, etc. are all better.

  • Oh right, forgot about the question of the week. Totally Lord of the Rings, hands down in every respect. I’m sure this has something to do with a unified team of film makers creating the Lord of the Rings, and the fractured and disparate landscape that has marred the Harry Potter film series through constant director and direction changes. And, Harry Potter doesn’t have Gimli. Simple as that.

  • for entertainment purpose, I prefer Harry Potter. But it’ not like LOTR are not enjoyable, it’s just that LOTR are done more skillfully.

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