Film Junk Podcast Episode #422: Man of Steel and This Is the End

Man of Steel

0:00 – Intro
11:06 – Review: Man of Steel
44:07 – Review: This Is the End
1:01:51 – Headlines: Steven Spielberg and George Lucas Claim the Movie Industry Will Implode, World War Z $50 Mega Ticket Package, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer
1:21:53 – Other Stuff We Watched: Epic, Steel, The Odd Couple, Before Sunrise, Message From Space, Manhunt: The Search For Bin Laden, Before Sunset, It’s a Disaster, Ninja III: The Domination, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Crimewave
1:53:11 – Junk Mail: Best vs. Favourite Movies, Respecting Canadian Films and Filmmakers, Hiding Blu-rays From Baby
2:08:45 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:10:25 – Outro
2:11:04 – Spoiler Discussion: Man of Steel

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  • kyri

    awesome I can’t wait to find out what you have to say about the Steel film!

  • Sam

    A couple things:

    I’m too lazy to actually go back and listen and I could be very wrong but I think Frank completely backtracked on what he actually said and I think Jay, probably since he didn’t actually remember, let him off the hook. I think Frank actually said something to the effect of “There are about the same amount of horror as there is comedy every year” on last week’s show and he completely made up a different point this week that kind of weakened your point Jay.

    And you guys do review a ton of a bad comedy and usually stick to horror that has a decent a reputation/buzz. And completely disagree again with Frank saying avoiding review VHS 2 makes the show better. I have not liked the two VHS movies at all, but with the amount of buzz those films get, and the good reception that VHS 2 has been getting outside of your show and my personal opinion, it’s one of those films I feel you guys should be covering especially with the internet crowd. I’m completely with Jay regarding Frank’s stance on horror and his groaning every time you guys have to watch one, if though it’s only about 5 times a year.

    Also Jay I believe should use his “opt-out” on Lone Ranger.

    Good episode so far. Only listened to the first hour, and will have to personally side more with Sean on Man Of Steel.

  • Strybeck

    I don’t know if you guys have ever mentioned it on this episode or any other, but Evan Goldberg owns a poutine truck operating in Los Angeles, called the Gravy Train Poutinerie. He and Rogen both said they would choose poutine as their last meal. See this article for more:

  • Eric

    Well, seems so far i love all the things about man of steel that everyone else hates. I loved the non-linear storytelling, giant battle scenes, etc. I thought they could have slowed down for a little more dialogue with supes but aside from a few nitpicks this is a 4/4 for me.

  • Sean

    I heard about that but on their recent WTF episode he mentioned that he is going to be selling off the poutine truck.

  • Film Junk Fan 14

    Hey Sean why are jay and frank arguing about the state of the podcast i think the podcast is the best it has every been i just hope everything is okay between them and they are just kidding around.

  • Strybeck

    Yep, I just listened to that yesterday. Great podcast ep. I recommend to everyone. Lots of tangent stories.

  • Jay Cheel

    Interestingly enough Sam, I did have a clip ready to go from last week’s episode that featured me stating that there are more comedies and animated movies released than horror films and Frank responding with ‘I disagree’. I didn’t include it in the show because I thought the ‘editor’s advantage’ was unfair.

    Also, Frank might have simply misunderstood what I was saying. I will give him the benefit of the doubt because I love him like an aunt and I just want him to be happy

  • Sean

    They only do it out of love. It’s your classic Odd Couple scenario.

  • PlanBFromOuterSpace

    Quick correction: The female character that says Supes is hot and the Olsen character, while equally useless, are two different people. That female Army or Air Force captain definitely seems to be filling the role that Cobie Smulders filled in Avengers, meaning that she’s just there so that the main military authority figure isn’t just talking to himself. She doesn’t seem to know anything (“Terraforming? What’s that?”) and nearly all of her lines seemed to be questions. She’s a captain, she’s been around a little while and has been promoted a couple of times, but it seems like she’s just a driver or secretary or something.

    Also (and this was sort of brought up a little in the spoiler discussion), the action in the final fight had a pretty poor sense of geography. Lois DOES just magically appear at the train station or whatever it is in the end just seconds after being completely away from the carnage with all the other Planet folks. I think this happens a few times throughout the film.

  • Indianamcclain

    In Man of Steel when the the camera kept zooming in on the action, was anyone reminded of J.J Abrams Star Trek?

  • Sean

    I think I mentioned this either in the regular review or the spoiler discussion, but it reminded me of Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. I’d say it was a tad overused in the film.

  • Eric

    i could be wrong but i think when they crash into the train station supes and zod had kind of come full circle back to where the fight started(or close to it). i could swear i remember a shot of lois right as they are coming down, which explains how she knew they were in there.

  • Eric

    In general i remember thinking it was impressive that all this crazy shit was going down and i could still tell the who, what, when, and where of it all.

  • kyri

    I think it would be more interesting for both of us if you made it a Ridley Scott: Sci-fi Special and just reviewed BladeRunner-Alien-Prometheus.

    As much as I enjoy hearing to the show, I really hate re-watching shitty films because I really don’t have the time anyway

    I prefer a LONG in-depth discussion on 3 great films that I would LOVE to revisit than a short rant on how retarded part 3-4-5-6 of whatever franchise is..

    I am not saying that Alien-3-4 is garbage but I don’t think you can say much more about them. And since practically the The Alien special already exists mix it up a bit.

  • Nick

    This has me wanting to rewatch Man of Steel. I personally was disappointed by the movie because of the overly long and boring action sequences (we get it, you can both fly and smash through stuff) not to mention the spotty acting with a non-existent motive for the villain. Maybe when it hits the second-run theater…

  • ken bolden

    Her name is Jenny Jurwich, NOT Jenny Olsen.

  • PlanBFromOuterSpace

    Forget 90’s video game movies for the premium, how about just 90’s cyber-thrillers that happened before screenwriters really understood computers? The Net, Johnny Mnemonic, Hackers, Brainscan, The Lawnmower Man, and so on!

  • rocco rocco

    Scores on This is the End seemed too high. This movie will not hold up on rewatch and will be forgotten in a couple years.

  • Steve Kroodsma

    I’m really itching for an Alien premium, because it hits the sweet spot in terms of quality ratio: you’ve got two great films, one good but troubled film, and one piece of garbage to tear apart (Alien Ressurection). Then you have Prometheus which is the best work of art in human history.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    Jay, not sure if you watch the Colbert Report or not but he interviewed Alex Gibney a few weeks back and it was interesting to hear that Julian Assange would only agree to be interviewed for the movie if he got paid for it. Alex refused (I’m guessing this is a point of integrity for doco makers?) and so Julian then offered to be interviewed for free if Alex spied on the other people in the doco for him. Whatever your opinions of the legitimacy of Wikileaks there’s no denying that Assange is eccentric at best, disturbed at worst.

  • Cringe

    My vote is for you guys reviewing more horror and documentaries for the main review. I’ve always thought that you’ve had some of your best discussions on those two genres. Also, unless its a very high concept comedy movie I find your comedy reviews to be kind of lackluster and resulting in repeating the best jokes.

  • kyri

    It all sounds good on paper but it falls apart when you actually sit down and try to re-watch those problematic films. It was very hard for me to watch Superman-4 and.. as a programmer it was twice as painful to rewatch Superman-3..

  • MisterQuigley

    Frank – NBA finals, Stanley Cup, mid-season baseball = BALL JUNK 2!!!!

    Other ideas for Premiums would be Lynch, Coens, or – fuck it – just Nic Cage films…

  • Xidor

    That girl that say’s “Supes is hot” is apparently Carrie Farris, who is Hal Jordon’s girlfriend. Pretty weak tie in to Green Lantern for a JLA movie.

  • Kurt

    There is somewhat of an Alien Premium podcast here with the Film Junk guys and the Row Three folks:

    And this is why you should love Alien3:

  • Kurt

    It is totally time to retire this aesthetic…as I find it obnoxiously over-used.

  • Andrew James

    I’d take Julia Stiles over Christie Swanson any day of the year.

  • Andrew James

    McNeil and I did a show ranking what we thought are the top 5 BEST movies ever made. Not our favorites. It was a tough list to put together but fun to tall about.

  • Lior

    My childhood days were spent watching Ninja films. For me it was the coolest thing ever and they fired my imagination. Obviously, as an older film buff they don’t pass muster and their only cinematic importance is in representing a bizarre pre-occupation in the early days of 80’s b-movies.

    The original Ninja trilogy from Canon ran from 1980-1983 and included Enter the Dragon, Revenge of the Ninja and probably the most insane Ninja film ever made, Ninja III: The Domination, reviewed quite accurately on the show. As far as I know this is the only ninja film in existence that has a distinctly supernatural storyline. It’s also quite violent and brutal so who knows what damage it did to my young brain. Nobody cared about those things back then. You had to fend for yourself.

    Then Canon came back in 1985 with American Ninja (also directed by Firstenberg) which was a huge hit and spawned four sequels, the last one made in 1993 (I haven’t seen all of them). I still remember being blown away, though, by the somewhat epic American Ninja II with its island fortress of red and black ninjas. This was definitely the most ninjas ever seen in one movie. Like, ever.

    Then there’s the non-Canon Chuck Norris ninja film, The Octagon, which I remember fondly, as I remember most bad movies from my childhood which I haven’t re-watched.

    It’s nice to see this stuff come out on Blu-Ray.

  • I just watched the film and then read this:

    … totally confused right now.