Top 5 Movies That Break The Fourth Wall

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Connect with Anderson and Bryan as they explain the TOP 5 MOVIES THAT BREAK THE FOURTH WALL.  They’ll argue over the many interpretations of what that means, and review Star Trek Into Darkness.

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31 thoughts on “Top 5 Movies That Break The Fourth Wall

  1. I always thought that the crux of Ferris ‘Bueller’s Day Off’ is whether Ferris means it or not when he says he take the blame for the wrecked car. If he does then there is genuine humanity behind the selfish-assholeness (and the movie) but if he doesn’t (knowing the offer won’t be accepted) then the movie remains cynical and Ferris all-knowing and powerful.


    Posted by cm | May 29, 2013, 4:12 AM
  2. Lame Bryan – “I didn’t ask her to be there…” You can thank your over-hyped creepo Tarantino Anderson for “gratuitous torture porn”.


    Posted by BW | May 28, 2013, 10:26 PM
  3. Please, please, please if you are going to spoil a movie, have Logan put a marker so you can move it to the end of the podcast. Luckily I had seen Star Trek, but I purposefully avoid trailers and behind the scenes type stuff for movies I am excited about. My fingers are too fat to fast-forward on my phone. Thank you and Good day.


    Posted by Hashmeer | May 28, 2013, 8:46 PM


    Posted by Alber | May 28, 2013, 3:21 PM
  5. I watched Sushi Girl after listening to this episode. I enjoyed it and didn’t think it was nearly as violent as Anderson made it out to be. The IMDB rating is scandalously low.


    Posted by Liam | May 28, 2013, 1:30 PM
  6. Anderson is wrong about this! When a character looks into a camera or a mirror that is part of “their world” they are not breaking the fourth wall. To BREAK the fourth wall the character in the film needs to acknowledge the audience or look at the audience. If the camera is part of the film e.g. Silence of the Lambs, Bill is looking into his camera not the audience. In The Truman Show, Truman looks into the mirror in his bathroom and into a hidden camera that is in the film. He is not looking at the audience. In these examples the fourth wall is intact! Would Anderson say that Chronicle or The Blair Witch Project break the fourth wall. If so he is wrong. Sorry, buddy. Bryan is right on this one.


    Posted by Ryan Lewis | May 27, 2013, 10:07 AM
  7. In regard to Fight Club and Goodfellas seemingly abandoning the fourth wall at the end: I believe they stop breaking the fourth wall because they have reached the point in the film where the narration originates from. I.e. Ed Norton is telling you the Fight Club story from around the point in the film where the quip “flashback humor” comes in. In Goodfellas Ray Liota’s character is telling us and the jury the story from the courtroom so when we reach that point the film ‘resumes’.

    Also in defining breaking the fourth wall I think there is a difference between looking at and looking past the camera. Burt Reynolds looks at the camera acknowledging the audience with a look in the classic Smokey and the Bandit. Anthony Hopkins looks at the camera to let you know he sees you and is possibly interested in eating you at the end of Silence of the Lambs. I can’t come up with an example of looking past the camera off the top of my head, but I would guess it is usually followed by a shot of what the character was looking at.


    Posted by handerson | May 27, 2013, 6:11 AM
  8. Sorry, theatre geek here. I love your podcast! BUT…the fourth wall is not a TV or film device originally as you mentioned. I hate going to wikipedia, but had to check if I was correct. The fourth wall was originally breaking the proscenium arch in stage productions.

    “The fourth wall is the imaginary “wall” at the front of the stage in a traditional three-walled box set in a proscenium theatre, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. The idea of the fourth wall was made explicit by philosopher and critic Denis Diderot and spread in 19th-century theatre with the advent of theatrical realism, which extended the idea to the imaginary boundary between any fictional work and its audience.”

    It’s typically addressing the audience directly not as a character in a monologue or a soliloquy, but as the character(or actor)acknowledging and speaking directly to the audience


    Posted by gobignumber7 | May 26, 2013, 6:48 PM
  9. its tony todd fucktards


    Posted by ANDERSONISWRONG | May 25, 2013, 11:19 PM
  10. Thanks for spoiling Star Trek Bryan, a movie that has been out for two weeks. You stupid piece of shit.


    Posted by Biehn | May 25, 2013, 5:13 PM
  11. Thanks to Anderson for mentioning the IMDb playlist of films he’s mentioned on the show. The list shows the titles that are streaming on Netflix Instant.

    The current episode ‘Fourth Wall’ is up and nearly 1 out of 4 of the current 220+ titles being tracked are streaming on Netflix.

    Here’s the reddit thread he spoke about:

    Here the location of the IMDb playlist:

    Credit to Bald Bryan for understanding! There’s definitely no hate being sent your way. I am impressed by the support you’ve received via reddit.



    Posted by Ben Cacace (@NYCbirder) | May 25, 2013, 2:32 PM
  12. I just watched Holy Motors and Netflix has electronically blurred the male genitalia. Whats up with that?!


    Posted by Sam | May 24, 2013, 8:46 PM
  13. Thanks for picking my fan art Logan!


    Posted by Matt Charoenrath (@mattcharoenrath) | May 24, 2013, 2:50 PM
  14. Bald Bryan-.
    1. Hello.
    2. I see that you are hosting a movie podcast and might not follow the gaming world, however I feel that it is necesssary to tell you that Michael Beihn’s likeness is in a new videogame called Far Cry 3:Blood Dragon and that it is bloody awesome. He plays Sergeant Rex Power Colt.
    3. You said that “Heat” was among your favorite movies of all time. In September, the Grand Theft Auto series is releasing “Grand Theft Auto V” which is heavily inspired by Heat.

    3. Thanks, keeping doing all that you do


    Posted by Mienshein | May 24, 2013, 2:34 PM
  15. The same “mind-blowing” experience Anderson had in 1986, occured for me 4 years later during “Gremlins 2 -The New Batch.” The scene were the “Hulkster” himself threatens to come up to the Projector booth, and rid the theatre of Gremlins, was the first time my worlds of Reality and Fiction merged on film. I feel like any TOP 5 of “4th Wall Breaking” without Joe Dante, or his predecessor, Frank Tashlin (of Hellzapoppin’ fame) is not worthy of “TFV.”


    Posted by Frank Farina | May 24, 2013, 9:09 AM
  16. Surprise there was no mention of “Funny Games”. Creepiest 4th wall breaking I’ve ever seen, makes you feel like a perverted voyeur.


    Posted by Paul Barber | May 24, 2013, 8:39 AM
  17. Bald Bryan likes Pain and Gain and doesn’t like the new Star Trek movie.
    It’s too much. I can’t take it.


    Posted by The God Of Truth | May 24, 2013, 8:12 AM
    • He liked GI Joe and Transformers!


      Posted by Adrow1x | May 24, 2013, 9:37 AM
    • BB also liked GI Joe Part Deux! LMAO. After watching a few of his terrible suggestions (including “Young at Heart”), I’m done with B’s advice. It’s like taking film advice from an 8 year old boy, “Transformers was SO coooool! Can I watch it again Mom?!”.

      But I do enjoy the podcast; Anderson’s reviews are knowledgeable and definitely worth paying attention to. Maybe Logan really would make a better co-host. Sorry Bryan, but on the bright side: you’d be a great sound effects guy for the podcast. Cheer up, little buddy.


      Posted by Chronic Blunts | May 24, 2013, 10:05 AM
    • Anderson’s sighs of disgust typically match my own.


      Posted by Jared | May 24, 2013, 10:23 AM
  18. I agree with Anderson’s proffered third interpretation of 4th wall breaking. Staring directly into the camera, even when the actor doesn’t acknowledge the eXistenZ of an audience is the director breaking the fourth wall. It’s used to help the audience self identify with a character, which is why it’s a common technique in horror films, right before someone is murdered.


    Posted by Paul Barber | May 24, 2013, 7:40 AM
  19. Deep 6 9 brah!


    Posted by Andrew | May 24, 2013, 6:27 AM
  20. the purpose of Spock primes scene was Spock prime told Spock how to defeat Kahn, or more specifically how he was defeated before.

    also another good mel brooks breaking the forth wall is when hedley lamarr in blazing saddles is seemingly talking to himself.

    “If I could find a sheriff who so offends the people of Rock Ridge that his very appearance would drive them out of town! Wherever will I find such a man? [breaking fourth wall] Why am I asking you?”


    Posted by p1nbacker | May 24, 2013, 6:08 AM
  21. Most weeks the picture is good but this one is AWESOME! Look at that face on the Ted bear!


    Posted by icewalker946 | May 24, 2013, 2:50 AM
  22. Chet, buddy….
    I read this week’s L.A. Weekly. Guess what phrase is used by a loon who wore a Joker outfit on Hollywood Boulevard and was arrested?
    Check out the fifth paragraph on the second page of the article:


    “‘You’re lucky. Some of these guys got a rap sheet 20 pages long.’ Then he moved in close to my ear to whisper, ‘One of ’em is a convicted sex offender.’ Next to me, the Joker — no lie — mumbled, ‘Welcome to Obama’s America.'”

    Either you’re inspiring a movement amongst people who are taking this phrase very seriously or ……..
    well… “Joker?”


    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | May 24, 2013, 12:54 AM

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