On episode 20 of FTS podcast, we discussed out Top 5 favorite movies of the year so far. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you should. Because it’s really entertaining and…I said so. This is a quick look at the consensus of the Top 5 movies chosen within the group, as well as some neat info to go along. Here’s the podcast:



#5 Shutter Island

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Fun Facts:

  • The movie’s worldwide gross was over $293 million making it the highest grossing film of Martin Scorsese’s career.
  • Before Mark Ruffalo was slated to play Chuck Aule, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese both learned towards Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin.
  • A lot of the movie was filmed in at Medfield State Hospital in Massachusetts (pictured below)
Group List Rank:    

  • #3 Jess
  • #4 Rob & Will

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#4 Iron Man 2

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Fun Facts:

  • Emily Blunt, Jessica Biel, Gemma Arterton, Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie  were all considered for the role of Black Widow.
  • Sam Rockwell was one of the original choices to play Tony Stark/Iron Man. In this film he plays Justin Hammer.
  • Two identical Rolls-Royce Phantoms were made for the film to be destroyed during filming.
  • The film is dedicated to DJ AM (The DJ at Tony’s birthday party)  who died after shortly after filming.

Group List Rank:

  • #1 Will
  • #3 Rob & Marc
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#3 Toy Story 3 

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Fun Facts:

  • Jim Varney, of Ernest fame voiced Slinky Dog in the 1st and 2nd film but died in 2000.
  • Blake Clark became the new voice.
  • The screenplay took 2 1/2 years to write and storyboard.
  • There are 302 characters in the film.
  • The film’s worldwide gross of over  $1BILLION is the highest-grossing 2010 film worldwide and the 5th highest-grossing film of all time worldwide.
 Group List Rank:      

  • #1 Marc          
  • #2 Nick
  • #3 Lindsay
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#2 Scott Pilgrim vs the World 

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Fun Facts:

  • In order to use The Legend of Zelda theme song, Wright wrote a letter to to Nintendo saying that it is  “the nursery rhyme of this generation”.
  • Character’s age vs Actor’s Age =
    • Stacey Pilgrim, age 18 / Anna Kendrick, age 25
    • Scott Pilgrim, age 22 / Michael Cera, age 22
    • Knives Chau, age 17 / Ellen Wong, age 26
  • The movie is based off the Scott Pilgrim comics by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Group List Rank:

  • #2 Jess, Rob, & Lindsay
  • #3 Nick
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#1 Inception

Fun Facts:

  • The film’s current worldwide gross is estimated at over $732 million. The budget is estimated at $160 million.
  • Inception currently holds the #4 spot on the list on IMDb top 250 movies.
  • The part of Ariadine, played by Ellen Page, was originally offered to Evan Rachel Wood.
  • For the spinning hallway scene, Joesph Gordon Levitt performed all his own stunts.

Group List Rank:    

  • #1 Jess, Rob, Lindsay, & Nick
  • #2 Marc
  • #3 Will
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And here’s a graph representing all 12 movies that made our lists:

#1 Inception [30%]
#2 Scott Pilgrim vs the World [16%]
#3 Toy Story 3 [13%]
#4 Iron Man 2 [12%]
#5 Shutter Island [7%]
#6 Machete [6%]
#7 Hot Tub Time Machine [3%]
#8 Kick Ass [3%]
#9 Exit Through the Gift Shop [2%]
#10 Nightmare on Elm Street [2%]
#11 The Other Guys [1%]
#12 Cyrus [1%]