Film Junk Podcast Episode #405: A Good Day to Die Hard and Side Effects

0:00 – Intro
6:15 – Review: A Good Day to Die Hard
37:20 – Review: Side Effects
53:10 – Headlines: The Internship Trailer
1:01:05 – Other Stuff We Watched: Superman vs. The Elite, The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 and 2, Peter Pan, The Wild Geese, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, True Lies, Ticks, House of Cards, Identity Thief, Ocean’s 11, Flight, Top Gun 3D, The Last Boyscout
1:45:10 – Junk Mail: Movies We Want to See on Blu + Can Harrison Ford Act?, Letterboxd Pro, New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans, 3D TV Demo Movies, Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Next Gen Game Consoles
2:15:40 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:17:45 – Outro

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  • kyri

    Men are shaped by their women. Willis is now dating that younger chick, and he just can’t help it but to keep playing it cool all the time.. if he didn’t he wouldn’t be able to mate with her.

  • TheHero0fCanton

    Man, about time. Last week kinda felt off without my filmjunk fix. Appreciate what you guys do. Cheers!

  • Steve

    I still crack up when I think about how Sean thought the name “Harry Palmer” was funny because it sounded like “Harry Potter.” So innocent and naive!

  • Gerry

    Best 3D demo film for things coming out of the screen is Monsters Versus Aliens, best general film that just happens to be in 3D is Prometheus, best post convert is Titanic.

    3D isn’t dead Sean. According to some TV manufacturers on BBC programme Click, they’ve stopped actively promoting it but are relying on a gradual uptake by customers buying new TV’s.

    The new The Terminator blu ray transfer, available in the UK for a few months now, is amazing. Definately a buy.

  • Sean

    All I know is that one of the big news stories coming out of CES this year was that home 3D is dead. It may be a couple of years before that ultimately takes its course.

    However, one thing we didn’t discuss that might be announced for the new game consoles is streaming 3D via Netflix or other services. That could be… interesting.

  • Indianamcclain

    Die Hard 4 was WAY better than this.

  • Steve Kasan

    I have to agree with Frank, even though he still likes the Pelicans, True Lies is one of Arnold’s “best” in terms of acting. It is proof that given the right director Arnold can give a performance.
    I am not saying it makes Arnold look like Daniel Day Lewis here, but, his quips and interaction with Tom Arnold, Jaime, others he is more natural here than the caricature he has become with the two Expendalbe movies.

  • CrumbThumber

    A site that is similar to LetterBoxd is I personally like it better, but I use both, because of the amount of continuously updating official lists. Like IMDB Top 250, Oscar Best Picture Winners, etc. Also there are lists of directors filmography. And I feel like it is a little bit easier to navigate.

    One of the downsides is it doesn’t allow you to give movies star ratings, which is why I use both for the time being.

  • FDB

    Haven’t listened yet, but curious to see what’s said about those Dark Knight Returns movies. The first one was a shit sandwich.

  • Essie

    Maybe add a full review of Searching for Sugar Man or Amour instead of TMWTIF for the Oscar show.

  • Jonny Ashley

    GREAT PICK on the intro song :D

  • Sean Kelly

    If Jay can’t see Jamie Lee Curtis from a sexual perspective, I have to ask if he’s ever seen TRADING PLACES?

    In that film, Jamie Lee Curtis was in her prime (mid-20s), played a hooker, and had two topless scenes.

  • rjdelight

    Greg, I remember. They were amazing.

  • rjdelight

    Skip Woods did rewrites on Live Free or Die Hard. According to Kevin Smith, Woods was the writer who was on set.

  • Chris Morgan
  • Tum Tum Tyranus

    You gotta go Legend theatrical. Better paced and better atmosphere because of the Tangerine Cream Dream. And you guys did Die Hard 4.0 theatrical so you have no excuse. Eff Jerry Goldsmith’s generic ass score.

    @Steve #3
    Nice. That’s the type of thing I find funny. When I read your comment, for a second, I thought that I wrote it.

    @Sean Kelly #12
    Dude, she was in her “prime” in Halloween and she still looked 40

  • Jacob

    Still love that Frank’s house is called Site B.

  • Tum Tum Tyranus

    Y’know what, regarding Jerry Goldsmith’s Legend DC score, I take it back. I was speaking in hyperbole. It is a good score but next to Tangerine Dream though, it just doesn’t compare.

  • Captain Fram

    Frank’s call about the Entrapment trailer was gold.

  • Brendan

    Greg, I remember Shmoo too! I even remember the theme song (part of it at least):

    “It’s the new Shmoo, it’s the incredible new Shmoo!”

    I think the Shmoo is actually older than even the Flintstones. I remember an episode of MASH where Col. Potter had a Shmoo and said it was a big thing back home. I could google it, but I’d rather not be googling Shmoos at work.

    As for best 3D blu-ray, has great reviews of them, specifically about the 3D, so that’s helped me find the best ones. Personally, I’d say Avatar is still up there, but Hugo is pretty stunning, and Prometheus gets high marks as well. And the paratrooper scene in Transformers: DOTM is pretty cool too.

  • Owozifa

    That lineup for the 80s fantasy is my cream dream supreme.

    What was Greg’s addition to the pot, and how did Time Bandits get picked? I’m not complaining, mind.

  • Sean

    You just answered both of your questions. ;)

  • Owozifa

    Oh yeah, and I got a sudden burst of memory from the mention of the Shmoo too. (Hoo hoo)

    I watched that intro and that’s definitely the cartoon I remember. A Scooby-Doo type show. I have no idea where or when I saw it, just that I did. Might have been on Boomerang.

  • Owozifa


    Aha! I had my suspicions, which is why I asked them both. That was an unexpected pick, then.

  • Henrik

    Not sure if this is what you’re looking for, but if you want to replace TMWTIF with another kung-fu movie that is for sure worth seeing and talking about, I recommend you watch Iron Monkey directed by Yuen-Woo Ping. Spoiler alert: It’s awesome.

  • Nat Almirall

    The Shmoo is originally from the comic strip Li’l Abner —

  •!/ripplesdip James

    # 12

    I’m backing #12 re the JLC appreciation. She only started looking 40, when she became around 40. Anyway…it was her body that put her on the map (and I guess being Tony Curtis/Janet Leigh’s kid didn’t hurt either).

  • devolutionary

    I too saw True Lies on TV last week (maybe Jay is referencing the same airing?). As much as I really liked the movie, I tired of rewatches as years went on. I might’ve only seen it 2-3x since but having not seeing it in a long time, it was a really easy and enjoyable watch (TV editting, commercials, et al). Arnie’s acting was pretty decent and Tom Arnold didn’t bother me all that much. I definitely agree with Jay’s assessment of JLC although I don’t find as many things generally wrong with her acting. Perhaps she wasn’t the best female choice for Arnie’s wife? The casting choice already made them feel like an odd-couple.

  • PlanBFromOuterSpace

    I’m REALLY surprised that “Krull” hasn’t been re-issued with Liam Neeson’s mug all over the cover. I have the DVD from 2001 or so, and I don’t think there’s been a more recent release than that. It’s weird, because I’ve tried showing the movie to friends that are into anything with a fuckin’ dragon or space ship in it that haven’t seen it, and some of them just don’t see the appeal at all. One of these people saw “Dungeons and Dragons” four times in the theater. To me, “Krull” was my early 80′s Plan B for when “Star Wars” was checked out from the local video store. I know I have the story book from it somewhere, and I’m looking at the Marvel Comics adaptation of it right now.

  • rjdelight

    I loved Side Effects, going in not really knowing much about it other than it being a Soderbergh film. And man, after seeing it and watching the trailer…wow. It gives away the entire movie. Yet another reason to never watch trailers.

  • Owozifa

    For anyone else after The Beastmaster, it’s unfortunately been shuffled off to bargain hell, but this is still apparently a decent release:

    I’m going to Walmart tonight to see if they have it for five bucks. I’ve been holding out for a Blu-ray for an eternity, but I guess I can spend a little on Beastmaster with some crap attached for the sake of the podcast.

    All the other films are pretty readily available (most on Blu-ray), but I figured I’d share this because you’d be forgiven for not thinking it had the real 1982 Beastmaster in the collection of straight to video junk.

  • Owozifa

    Alternatively, there’s this South Korean import for pretty cheap that supposedly has the special features from the out of print US DVD. It ships for under $10 here. (NTSC and Region Free)

    Or slightly cheaper even with this decent looking eBay listing:

    I’m…thinking of getting both just to see now.

  • Owozifa

    Oops, managed to trip the spam filter~

    To sum up, there’s a domestic multi-pack for $5-7 with The Beastmaster and a South Korean import for around $7-9 that might have the extras from the old DVD. I’ve now bought both, so I’ll be able to compare them for anyone else that’s looking for a copy of the movie. (You can also just rent it on Amazon Streaming, but what fun is that?)

  • MrHorse

    i like the jamie in that eddie murphy comedy – she chews gum as it should. oh crap, thanks imdb, it is Trading Places. gg sean kelly

    +1 for krull. ladyhawke, is that on the list?

    i’ll be back with some impressions after another listen cuz i’ve had some nice things to say and i don’t wanna sound like a kid when i do it

  • Steve

    Don’t forget those plot synopses, Sean. Greg, you gotta remind him when he forgets ;)

  • Brendan

    Just wanted to add that I just bought Beauty Day on iTunes, in HD! I haven’t watched it yet, just the first few minutes (great opening, made it hard not to watch more).

    I had been holding off getting the DVD, hoping for a blu release, but since that’s not happening, this seems to be the next best thing. One note, I first tried to get it on Amazon, but found that you can’t get it in HD for pc, only “certain devices.” While I do have some of those devices, I opted for iTunes instead so I could watch it in HD anywhere.

    And Amazon’s SD version takes forever to download and looks horrible, worse than DVD. The 1.7 gb .wmv file took 7 hours to download! I think the HD iTunes version only took about 30-45min. I forgot to check “prefer 1080p” in iTunes though, so that’s the 720p time (not sure if Beauty Day is available in 1080p, I’d have to redownload to find out).

    Long post, just wanted to help inform anyone looking to buy Beauty Day.

  • Glen

    The next Die Hard movie should return to LA in a new Nakatomi building where John Mclean fights his final battle.

    I’m very serious.

  • mattTO

    Anyone have a list handy of the 80s fantasy picks? I can’t seem to remember them all.

  • Owozifa

    Willow (Upcoming Blu-ray March 12)
    Time Bandits
    The Beastmaster
    The Neverending Story

  • Falsk

    Frankie, Frankie, Frankie. You answered my question without even realizing it. Top Gun on Bluray 3D? And $20 on Amazon? Early father’s day present WHAT UP.

  • Owozifa

    Sean, you’re totally right, Die Hard 5 makes Live Free or Die Hard look like a masterpiece of film-making.

    It’s probably near the top of the worst movies I’ve ever seen in a theater.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    Side Effects of too much Viagra…a good way to die hard.