Film Junk Podcast Episode #458: Cheap Thrills and Nymphomaniac Vol. 2

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0:00 – Intro
10:50 – Review: Cheap Thrills
32:50 – Review: Nymphomaniac Vol. 2
50:00 – Headlines: Veronica Mars Ultraviolet Download Controversy, Jason Sudeikis in Talks for Fletch Reboot, More Star Wars: Episode VII Casting Rumours, James Cameron and Jean-Pierre Jeunet Push for More Creative Use of 3D
1:20:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Verdict, The Edge, House of Cards: Season 2, Sideways, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nathan For You, Fletch
1:49:10 – Junk Mail: Roger Ebert Lied About Watching The Terminator, Best Final Films by an Actor or Director, Using CG Enhancement in Biopics, How Important Are Visuals in a Documentary?, Choosing Roommates from Past Oscar Winners
2:14:35 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:18:00 – Outro

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  • devolutionary

    I’d be down with a Bald Junk podcast. I could definitely contribute some questions and tips, ha!

  • Lori Cerny

    Frank – If you want a pared-down, text-based, minimal graphlc website for film releases, try BoxOfficeMojo.
    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/schedule/

    Amazon has a release page, too, but it requires click-through to secondary pages. Scroll to the bottom of this page:
    http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=2921748011

  • Indianamcclain

    How did u guys see these films? Did they come out early in Canada?

  • Lori Cerny

    Sorry, Jay, but you sound nothing like Alan Rickman to me… more like John Hurt from The Elephant Man.

    AR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxOOoxfIvGI
    JH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pJOdrchPlo

  • Brian.M

    This episode was just okay until the Alan Rickman bit. Brilliant!

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    I’ve also experienced similar ear wax build up problems that Jay has. I’ve found that periodically increasing the water pressure on your shower head and rinsing out each ear for about a minute each really helps delay the major build-up problems down the road. Also, using the chemical in the ear and rinsing the ear out in the shower does a good job of clearing out the ear when it’s fully clogged.

  • Sean

    Cheap Thrills has been screening at various rep cinemas for a while now. As for Nymphomaniac… no comment.

  • devolutionary

    In Lee Tamahori’s filmography defence, he also did Once Were Warriors (which is excellent). I never got around to watching the sequel based on the book series however (not directed by him). Need to check out the Verdict though as I wasn’t aware Mamet wrote that one.

  • bob

    Both are readily available at you local mom n’ pop torrent website.

  • kyri

    I wish I had plugged ears so I could unplug them again. . YOU WILL LOVE IT – Jay. it’s an amazing feeling. way better than sex

  • Sam

    As for Disney like Frank was thinking…I get a bit of a Stitch vibe from his impression at times.

  • Sam

    I like how Sean didn’t mention Once Were Warriors for Lee Tamahori, which along with The Edge, his two best.

    Also, glad Jay liked Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion. Been wanting to rewatch since being released on Criterion.

  • Indianamcclain

    Sean, is there any chance of the older episodes being restored?

  • Sean

    I haven’t seen it, was not aware that it was in any way noteworthy.

  • Sean

    Which ones aren’t working for you?

  • Sam

    Sorry if it came off a little prickish which it kinda does. I genuinely thought it was kind of funny that it was omitted, especially considering how crappy the rest of his filmography is. It’s a lesser known movie, but generally known as his best, as much as it can be for someone like Lee Tamahori.

  • Sam

    For a movie similar to Cheap Thrills, but crappier, check out Would You Rather. It’s not very good, but I did watch it fairly recently and kept thinking about it while watching Cheap Thrills.

  • Indianamcclain

    Never mind. They seem to be restored now.

  • devolutionary

    Haha yeah I saw that (kinda have a thing for Brittany Snow for some reason). Not terrible, and is probably a better premise than it had any right to be.

  • devolutionary

    I would rate Once Were Warriors ahead of the Edge (although Mamet’s writing and dialog really make Edge standout from other wilderness adventure films).

  • Sam

    For the discussion of directors finishing their career with a strong movie, it’s definitely tough to find. But tying in with one of Jay’s watches from last week (or a couple weeks ago), The Sacrifice by Andrei Tarkovsky is a good one. He did die fairly young though.

    Also, Sergio Leone with Once Upon a Time in America.

    And definitely a cheat, but Charles Laughton with Night of the Hunter, although it’s the only movie he directed.

  • John Abides

    I can’t believe you (Frank) like Amazon’s website. It’s so ugly, and the important information is buried. Specs are hidden (and often incomplete), so many buying options, Sponsored products (what the hell?), Frequently bought together (again, wtf) Customers who bought this item also bought (again again, wtf), Specs (finally), what do customers do after viewing this item (who gives a shit?), more sponsored links, Customer Q&A, Customer reviews. Seriously, there is so much garbage on just a simple product page, nevermind their persistent attempts to get me to sign up for prime every time I purchase something. Plus the method of shipping isn’t clear, which matters when one has a different PO Box and physical address, nevermind the confusion when Fedex decides to drop my item off at the Post Office and they have to figure it out. (luckily I’m in a small town and the PO peeps know me).

    There are so many products (and so many miscategorized) that browsing is an exercise in futility. It’s as bad as ebay, except I expect these shenanigans on a used site, not a real business. I still shop at Amazon, but it is only for specific items that I have picked out in advance.

    Regarding 3D, I’m interested to see different things done with it. I always thought the ‘action only’ reputation was unfair. Some of the coolest 3D scenes in Avatar were just people moving in a room and how 3D showed the space between them. And as Sean says, the slow parts of Gravity were very cool. I liked Lego in 3D, although there was nothing slow in that film. Essentially, I’ve liked every 3D movie because I try not to see garbage movies in the theater (at home, all bets are off). I’ve been annoyed at the critical community as they are never satisfied with 3D except when it is unanimously great, and then people will grudgingly say “This is the first film that justifies 3D”. Whatever.

    I think making better movies would help 3D’s reputation. Look through the list at Wikipedia, there’s some real shit, plus some decent action films. Gonna be hard to sell the legitimacy of your art when you only make Need for Speed, 300: RoaE, Robocop, Pompeii, I, Frankenstein, The Nut Job, Thor: TDW, The Hobbit, 47 Ronin, Free Birds, etc. Not all bad films, but also not very interesting or artistic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_3D_films

    Or perhaps it’s just getting bigger directors. The films I recall getting positive critical reactions for 3D are Gravity (Cuaron), Hugo (Scorcese), Coraline (Selick, exception here), and Avatar (Cameron).

    What do commentors think is the fix? More time for people to accept it? High level directors? Arty films? High frame rate?

  • Jameson

    Once Upon a Time in America is a great example. Forgot about that one.

  • Brian.M

    Oh and for Jay’s viewing and listening pleasure http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWtO0cfgewY

  • John Abides

    Ha, I was going to mention the Night of the Hunter cheat as well. Robert Altman’s final film A Prairie Home Companion is pretty good too. Not up with his best, but solid. I haven’t seen Kurosawa’s final film Madadayo (or many others, for that matter) but it’s well rated. Similar story for David Lean’s last film, A Passage to India.

    Hard to pull these off the dome! Directors I like are mostly alive at the moment.

  • Kasper

    Really looking forward to the next episode of Ball Junk. I’m guessing this will still just be Greg and Frank, but I really hope that they start adding in guest stars when it makes sense. Not necessarily people we already know from the “Film Junk Universe”, but just good guests in general.

  • Jr

    Finish this joke: A chinese guy, a jewish guy and a black guy walk into a catina on Tatooine…

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    I don’t know – Jay was sounding a little too robotic with his one word or short phrases. Speaking of ‘A Brief History of Time’, Jay’s impression reminded me of a cross between Stephen Hawking and HAL 9000.

  • Samb

    I read recently about how Charlotte Gainsbourgh seems able to handle von Trier’s material, whereas most actresses who work with him are one-and-done. The central thesis was that anyone whose father had her record a song with him called “Lemon Incest” when she was 12 years old turns out to be up for anything. This is a truly jaw-dropping artifact of….I don’t even know what:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnKt84AdUHA

  • Jameson

    For Horror fans, Terence Fisher’s last film was Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell which is a solid movie. Not his best but shouldn’t be dismissed.

  • Jr

    This was killing me…I was crying. Jay, you sound like Down Syndrome Alan Rickman.

  • patrik

    In terms of the 3D.. I don’t think us europeans love 3D, it’s more like we don’t always have a choice in the matter. At least not where I live.

  • pcch7

    Sergio Leone’s last movie was Once Upon a Time in America. Not his masterpiece but certainly very good.

  • Brad Mull

    Just read through the comments but couldn’t find a mention of it so ill ask, what’s the name of the sound board you were using jay? Apple or android? More use of it needed I lmao

  • Matt the Kiwi

    Once Were Warriors is an outstanding movie but not exactly an easy watch. Saw it at the movies with a capacity crowd and we all shuffled out like sad zombies at the end. And I rate the Edge pretty highly too but am a sucker for anything with an angry bear in it (pre-CGI animal days).

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    At first I thought the ‘Cheap Thrills’ poster was you guys posing for an Oscar-like selfie. LOL

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