Top 5 Movies Set In The 50s

Anderson and Bryan discuss their thoughts of this year’s Academy Award nominees right before a spirited round of Flickfessions.  Then, it’s time for the TOP 5 MOVIES SET IN THE 50s.  The guys discuss their favorite films that take place in a time before home videos even existed.

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25 thoughts on “Top 5 Movies Set In The 50s

  1. I really enjoyed the 50’s episode. I feel that Back to the Future was the obvious pick that you guys tap danced around at the end and renounced on a technicality. Although not set 100 percent in the 50’s, the 50’s time period setting immediately became a central character in the film once the Delorean made its 88mph leap back in time. From small town america to pop culture at that time, I think BttF captured and romanticized the bygone era.


    Posted by DaveyZ | February 2, 2012, 7:36 PM
  2. I thoroughly enjoyed last year’s Oscar’s episode and I think you should do another one this year. I don’t care if its a weak year, some us have gambling problems and would love some advice before making our wagers….


    Posted by Jacob | February 2, 2012, 2:56 PM
  3. I want to see Tree of Life, too; for the same reason. I would absolutely buy the sniff trax.

    I saw The Artist. Anderson and Bryan are both right. Most of the audience to my left clapped at the end. Noticed to my right no clapping. Then I heard a man bark, “I thought it was supposed to be a great movie!” A little something for everyone.


    Posted by gail | February 1, 2012, 3:16 PM
  4. Adam argues with Anderson for ten minutes about Bald Bryan while DAG entertains himself.


    Posted by Jim | January 31, 2012, 11:05 PM
  5. First time poster, but long time listener here. Awesome episode and awesome podcast in general. I love the podcast format and TFV is my favorite. Rock on fellas. (i just reread what I’ve written thus far and couldn’t hate myself more… No wonder i never post on these fuckin things!). Anyway, great stuff as always. Also, is it just me or anyone else in love with miss movies? Get her back on soon.


    Posted by Joe L | January 31, 2012, 10:52 PM
  6. Good on you guys. Love having your aural entertainment to help while the hours away. Moving thru the archive starting from the begining of recent return of The Film Vault.
    I’m painting my Mums house so your piercing voices are set to a level just above orbital sander.

    Its interesting reading the feedback, have you picked up on how many times people have mentioned the sniffing? I think it started out somewhere as a joke but now it happens subconsciously. All the time. Its an audio format guys, put a sheaf of A4 up in the studio, note to self- ‘Stop Fukin Sniffing.’

    Brian, its good that you dont pick the obvious selections for your list. It would be too easy to pick the 5 options that anyone might name without reference but why must you select films that obviously dont even fit in the chosen category?
    Biopics- movie dramatiztion of an actual person. Not ‘based on a true story.’ An atempt to tell a persons life story or the most historically important years. Goodfellas is not a biopic, its from the crime genre. Scorsese developed the script with Pileggi and some of it was adapted from studio improvisation by the 3 lead actors which was transcribed. So lots of it was made up from Pesci and DeNiro adlibbing and some of it is losely based on old stories from some wannabe gangster. A biopic- not even close.
    5 come backs. Implies a list of actors who had great success, fell into obscurity but refound success later on. So what great heights did Tom Arnold fall from to ‘come back’ in the film True Lies? Hes relatively unknown in the world of film until true lies. He could be in the ‘5 roles that made them established’ list. And you name a guy who no ones even heard of. I cant remember who it was, but com’on man. If hes a complete unknown he hasnt had a come back cos wasnt ever there to begin with.
    5 war films- Starship troopers. No no no, science fiction you fool. What war is that one based on Brian? And dont preface it by saying ‘this might be a controversial pick,’ frequently quoted line. Its not controversial at all. Just plain wrong. I dont know why I find your inability to select films from the quoted category so annoying, but it is. Anderson, if he does it again and hes obviously wrong again please give him a slap.
    And ignore all the pricks having a go at Miss Movies, she brings a nice change of pace. That is to say when she gets to talk, the fellas have a habit of verbally stomping her out.

    Sweet as.
    Keep up the irritating, unproffesional output.
    I love it


    Posted by Stupid Cracker | January 31, 2012, 9:40 PM
  7. Great list guys!

    1. Anderson, I will never forgive you for recommending Enemy Mine so enthusiastically. That movie was super lame.

    2. I think the leach scene in Stand By Me would be much less offensive than the new unforgivable sin of film: kids smoking! (ironically directed by Mr. anti-smoking, Rob Reiner)

    3. The Last Picture Show was great. I highly recommend for any fans of Cybil Shepherd as she looks amazing (and you see her nude)

    4. In Cold Blood was an amazing movie that takes place in the fifties (barely, November 15, 1959). The book from Truman Capote is also amazing. Good call Anderson!


    Posted by moviejunkie | January 29, 2012, 7:51 PM
  8. The Deus Ex Machina ending of The Hudsucker Proxy can be jarring, Anderson, but I would argue it fits into the flow of the film. You praised the pacing and the language but the movement of the camera and the characters is a big part of what drives the film, and almost none of the action is based in reality. Papers fly magically, a hula hoop appears to have a mind of its own, the laws of physics are ignored throughout the movie. This is essentially indicative of the early Coen comedies: some aspect of the fantastic. The two opposing forces inside the Hudsucker clocktower aren’t so different from Leonard Smalls, who is equally mystical in Raising Arizona. Or John Goodman in Barton Fink. It’s like a cinematic version of Magical Realism. Just go with it, dude.


    Posted by Austen | January 28, 2012, 3:53 PM
  9. Maybe I’m a simpleton for saying it, but I liked Pandora (It’s at 27% on rottentomatoes). Some plot elements were derivative, and there was a convoluted sub-plot that was more confusing than interesting, BUT the movie had a really cool premise in addition to being a well done, scary sci-fi thriller.


    Posted by Ian | January 28, 2012, 12:21 AM
  10. Has anyone watched The Take? Holy Shit that’s some good shit right there. Great story. It did feel like watching the Junior Varsity squad when Tom Hardy wasn’t on screen and at times the music was a little distracting, but you can’t win ’em all.

    Hopefully someone has seen this. I’m trying to get my friends to watch it, but I haven’t got to discuss it with anyone yet. I’d love to hear Anderson’s take on The Take, but it would be even better if Byran got to it first. It is a miniseries but it should get mentioned on TFV, IMO based on Hardy’s performance alone.

    Keep up the great work Anderson (save the Enemy Mine recommendation) and Bryan, and good luck not getting fired Logan.


    Posted by Mark | January 27, 2012, 10:30 PM
  11. All you Tree of Life haters can eat a dick.

    You obviously saw it wrong. Here’s the correct method:

    1. Big theatre.
    2. 10 mg of Percoset.
    3. Flask of bourbon.
    4. Feet up.
    5. Sink into seat.

    Best film of 2011, IMO.


    Posted by MGF Tech Guy | January 27, 2012, 1:36 PM
  12. The Tree of Life was a horrible movie and I can’t believe it got an Oscar nod. Be that as it may, I can’t wait to hear it flick-fessed.


    Posted by Suzanne | January 27, 2012, 1:05 PM
  13. Enemy Mine!!!!!!!!!


    Posted by Joey shanks | January 27, 2012, 1:03 PM
  14. If there was a trend of movies set in the 50’s having narration, I reckon Stand By Me was a little more influential than the Wonder Years since it came out earlier and was actually set in the 50’s. In that context I’d say the Wonder Years was very much influenced by Stand By Me.


    Posted by Hot Nikks | January 27, 2012, 11:00 AM
  15. The Hudsucker Proxy was hyped by HBO if I remember at the time it came out, they did a bunch of behind the scenes stuff at the time. Also how about a couple Top Five Choices:
    Top 5 Movies that were robbed at the Oscars (Any film nominated against Shakespeare in Love…)
    Top 5 Oscar Best Pictures that Don’t Hold up (Shakespeare in Love anyone…)

    There have been tons of Oscar snubs that looking back were for far superior films thatn what actually won, Forrest Gump and Shakespeare in Love do not deserve the wins….


    Posted by Max Maxwell (@thefilmvaultfan) | January 27, 2012, 9:22 AM
  16. I just spent $30 (minus shipping and handling) on Amazon through your link. I hope it will help.

    Re: “Tree of Life”: I had a joke about it many months ago on stage in which I said, “if you haven’t seen Tree of Life, let me sum it up for you (whispering in a Southern accent and a child’s voice)… Waaaaaaare weeerrreee yeeewwww? Waaaaare weerrrre yeeewwww X 5.” It cracked up the people who saw it, at least. It’s “ware were yew?” with National Geographic footage popping up every now and then. A slog to watch.

    Bryan: “In a year of weak movies, ‘The Artist’ was one of the best.”
    I agree completely, which makes 2011… tragic.


    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | January 27, 2012, 8:44 AM
    • I’m trying to think of a weaker year for films right now. In recent memory, only 2002 is coming to mind. In ’02 it went down to the wire with “Chicago” and “Gangs of New York” — one of Scorsese’s weaker films (which probably would have been one of his WEAKEST if Daniel Day Lewis wasn’t in it). 2011 is very similar because “The Artist” sort of reminds me of “Chicago.”


      Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | January 27, 2012, 8:56 AM
  17. Anderson, heighth isn’t a word. It’s height. Sorry for being a loser.


    Posted by AnnoyingFucker | January 27, 2012, 8:36 AM
  18. Love the extra long episodes for the free flowing feel. I vote YAY to a Sundance episode just so Bryan can squirm.


    Posted by LFC | January 27, 2012, 7:43 AM
  19. Great show as usual gentlemen. One question that popped in my head while listening, how have you guys not done a “Top 5 Kung Fu Movies” episode yet?


    Posted by Anthony | January 27, 2012, 2:40 AM

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