Top 5 Mentally Ill Characters

This week, Anderson and Bryan discuss the characters with lapses in sanity by going through the TOP 5 MENTALLY ILL CHARACTERS.  They each give their five favorite, not mentally disabled, but mentally ill characters.

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Featured Artist: ManX

Click here for a list of films discussed in this episode.




32 thoughts on “Top 5 Mentally Ill Characters

  1. Ok, I liked Hot Tub Time Machine, but Anderson! The fact that you like That’s My Boy and not Just Friends, in addition to hating Inception so much… well it proves to me that your intellect must be on a lower level (albeit only slightly) than I consider Bryan’s or my own. That being said, you make me laugh, so I guess I can deal.


    Posted by Elle | January 11, 2013, 4:24 PM
  2. Oh my god..how did we all miss this character. I don’t believe I overlooked him as well. Ben Kingsley as Logan in Sexy Beast. He had a few issues…and all of them were incredible to witness on screen. He makes Frank Booth look like a mentally sane pussy.


    Posted by anton1492 | November 27, 2012, 10:34 AM
  3. A&B, bad news… I haven’t been keeping up with current events and had not placed an Amazon order for at least a month. I was about to put a smile on your faces because I had my cart full of about 5 grand worth of Xmas stuff, including a SLR, a bunch of other electronics, blu-rays… you name it. Imagine my surprise, when I browsed over to the checkout area and saw almost 10% of Cali state tax. Seems the good times are over with Amazon since they will have in-state warehouses. Sadly, I will order elsewhere and you won’t be getting a piece. I feel bad for everyone involved here, you guys, Amazon, me, the state of California (because they STILL won’t get my sales tax). Everyone loses.


    Posted by Zen | November 21, 2012, 9:13 PM
  4. Wow – seems this weeks discussion is all about spoilers. I was really hoping they would discuss Skyfall as I have seen it. Part of the reason I listen is to hear them have an actual discussion about the movies I’ve seen. Skip ahead folks – they give you plenty of warnings!

    Listen – here is what’s worse than a spoiler – when you are excited about a movie and Anderson and Bryan gloss-over it quickly so as not to offend those who haven’t seen it. I would argue you’re doing your followers more of a disservice by not being in-depth on movies! Besides, when will I hear you discuss Skyfall in detail…maybe never! I HATE when you discuss a movie that’s 20 years old and dance around major plot points. For fucks sake!

    Episode idea: Top 5 Bond Films.


    Sniff on my friends.


    Posted by Jayson | November 21, 2012, 10:14 AM
  5. It’s a Colombian necktie (not Cuban).


    Posted by jr | November 20, 2012, 5:52 PM
  6. No mention of Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet? Dennis Hopper defined mentally ill with his character. “Don’t you fucking look at me!!!”


    Posted by anton1492 | November 20, 2012, 9:51 AM
    • Yes!…Frank Booth was one disturbed f*cker…..he carried around his own supply of O2….or was it nitros?….either way, it made him more disturbing…and hilarous, in a David Lynch kind-of way.

      “…mommy wants blue velvet.”

      “Now it’s dark”


      Posted by Scott in Seattle | November 20, 2012, 2:27 PM
  7. Anderson you dont get Colbert’s joke because you know nothing about current events/politics. If you did than it would be a hilarious show. I forgive you for your ignorance.


    Posted by lee robert | November 19, 2012, 8:38 PM
  8. I don’t mind this podcast… it’s alright, I’m a movie fan. But the fucking sniff thing is just dumb. Carolla does it and it’s funny because of what he said AND the sniff; you guys think that the sniff IS the joke! So fucking annoying.


    Posted by jabez | November 19, 2012, 12:36 PM
  9. Re: Spoilers. Stop hyperventilating over them, Anderson. (And, by extension, listeners.)

    Agreed that movies currently in theaters should not be spoiled, but there are exceptions even then, like Skyfall. As JJ asked above, can you spoil a Bond film? Better examples, which TFV has handled well, are Looper or Inception, which Anderson and Bryan have discussed without giving away surprises.

    But movies are long past release, please just discuss away. The ending, or the turn, of a movie is one of its essential parts. Why dance around it? I listen to the show to hear how you guys process and think about the movies as a whole — not the unsurprising 95% of movies.

    For example, could you have a meaningful discussion of The Village, faults and merits, without mentioning that the village turns out to be a modern fiction? No, you couldn’t, and, yeah, I spoiled it.


    Posted by Justin | November 18, 2012, 9:51 PM
    • Anderson, please continue to stand up for those of us who do not want to know the most surprising parts of a movie before we see it. (I can’t believe Justin is hyperventilating over WANTING spoilers.) If a film commentator/critic/buff feels they must reveal the most important twists/endings written in the story to be interesting, then they really don’t have anything to offer. It’s not a skill; I could spoil movies. The guys have proven they know how to entertain and inspire us without spoilers, so why spoil anyone’s enjoyment? Bryan.


      Posted by Gail | November 20, 2012, 5:43 PM
  10. Here’s to the best duo in cinema. You guys continue to amaze – in a suttle way. Right when I was going to raz Bryan for mailing in the last one – despite the one prior being brilliant – you redeem yourselves with this pod.

    How about Top Five Movies that deal with cancer? Terms of Endearment would be a good one.


    Posted by Robin | November 17, 2012, 5:18 PM
  11. How could both of you guys leave out Peter Finch’s Howard Beale in Network? Such a great performance.


    Posted by Tarv | November 17, 2012, 9:25 AM
  12. What was really spoiled? The helicopter is in the trailer. How does knowing where in the timeline it appears ruin anything for anyone? You kinda know it’s coming sooner or later and it’s a rather meaningless event in context–less spoilery than half a dozen other things highlighted in the trailer.

    I thought Skyfall was good, but didn’t like it quite as much as our fearless hosts. Less than Casino Royale. But I did kind of like the end. Neither of the character choices discussed really bugged me even if you have to chalk them up as dumb mistakes in a stressful moment. (I could come up with semi-plausible alternatives but it’s pointless. The movie was moving from X to Y and these shortcuts were fine enough to keep the momentum going.)

    What -did- bug me during the runtime was the baddie’s centerpiece “plan” as it reveals. It was just so elaborately ridiculous as it’s occurring and relying on chance events and coincidental timing that it distracted, pulled me out of the movie and thinking “wait… what?” and then it climaxes with an event that required absolutely zero of the preceding plan to occur. Could have gotten to the exact same plot point by taking the bus rather than the years in the making superplan. But it was still fun….


    Posted by J. Tanner | November 17, 2012, 9:22 AM
  13. I agree with the listeners for once: Brad Pitt in “Twelve Monkeys” deserved more consideration. It’s one of the few times when he wasn’t “just alright”– he excelled.

    I watched “Indie Game” per Anderson’s recommendation. Eh. I found myself thinking of ways that they could have improved it. I wanted less footage of the Canadian guy in his hotel and at the convention to pimp his game (couldn’t care less, for the most part) and more of a deeper explanation of how indie game-making came into being. The game developers talked about how when they were small children “Super Mario,” “Zelda,” etc. hooked them on gaming. Great. Me too. I’m from the same generation. They DIDN’T explain how it went from a Japanese AND group-dominated dynamic to a few guys becoming overnight multimillionaires. If I didn’t know anything about the history of gaming I would have believed that a handful of guys were cranking out hit games since the early ’80s.

    Anderson: couldn’t agree more about the flashlight in “Skyfall.” I almost literally asked in the theater, “WHO is THAT fucking stupid?” Alright, old man.. Is the moon not putting out enough light– and even if the moon isn’t out is THE MASSIVE BONFIRE 100 YARDS BEHIND YOU NOT PROVIDING ENOUGH AMBIENT LIGHT? … Oh, and standing near that massive bonfire: a guy who is hell-bent on killing your friend……


    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | November 17, 2012, 5:42 AM
  14. You guys need to see “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” if you haven’t yet. Ive watched it twice and it instantly jumped up to my number one movie of the year so far. The kid that plays Kevin in “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is in it and does a great job.


    Posted by damienvalley | November 17, 2012, 1:44 AM
  15. I haven’t been so upset since Bryan ruined the ending of Chinatown. Do you guys have any respect for your listeners? Do you enjoy ruining movies for everyone? Ruining Skyfall and Anderson giving away the most important emotional climactic part of One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. Very unprofessional! The only redeeming part is to hear Anderson discuss his love for Tom Cruise’s illness as it ironically mirrors his own (notice how I didn’t spoil the movie for people that read this?). Please, as a loyal listener, STOP SPOILING MOVIES!


    Posted by moviejunkie | November 17, 2012, 1:00 AM
  16. Way to spoil that one movie.
    I aughta give you a Glasgow kiss right on the bridge of the nose.


    Posted by erictheded | November 16, 2012, 8:08 PM
  17. G-Darn you Bryan. I listen to the podcast when I am riding my bike to work so I am unable to “skip ahead”. I have no choice but to listen to your spoilers.
    Love the show.


    Posted by Joel | November 16, 2012, 6:31 PM
  18. Way to spoil the fuck out of Skyfall. Bryan what the fuck is your problem?


    Posted by FormerListener | November 16, 2012, 4:47 PM
  19. “What is Zero Dark Thirty” – Bald Bryan Bishop

    As if we needed more evidence he was unqualified to host a movie podcast…


    Posted by Tom | November 16, 2012, 3:19 PM
  20. You guys look extremely svelte in this weeks pic! Keep up the good work !


    Posted by Ashlee | November 16, 2012, 8:51 AM
  21. Really, spoilers for Skyfall? it’s been out a week!


    Posted by Mike | November 16, 2012, 7:03 AM
    • Yeah, pretty unnecessary. Wait a few weeks… or just abstain from revealing spoilers period. It’s not that hard to discuss a movie without giving things away.


      Posted by Dan | November 16, 2012, 1:55 PM
      • Bryan just thinks us thinking what he has to say is clever is more important than us being able to enjoy the reveals in a movie because his mental illness is he’s a narcissist. He just doesn’t give a fuck about letting the podcast listeners experience the movie for themselves. Which sucks on a podcast for people that like experiencing movies.

        The spoilers in todays episode made me rage. Skip the first 15 minutes if you plan on watching Skyfall.


        Posted by FormerListener | November 16, 2012, 4:51 PM
      • i see no difference between a movie being out for a week or for 100years a spoiler is a spoiler. Please dont ruin good movies. Good thing skyfall is terrible. Scratch that it is not great. The previous 2 with craig were far better because you could connect with bond, not so much with this one. I was rooting for the bad guy. The movie is great to look at as a whole but the home alone parts in scotland were brutal.


        Posted by lee robert | November 19, 2012, 8:46 PM
    • Welcome to Obama’s America.


      Posted by Chet | November 16, 2012, 7:16 PM

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