Film Junk Podcast Episode #581: Skiptrace


0:00 – Intro
11:20 – Review: Skiptrace
40:35 – Other Stuff We Watched: Pete’s Dragon (2016), Hitchcock/Truffaut, Weiner, Beauty and the Beast (1946), Better Late Than Never, Microwave Massacre, House on Haunted Hill (1959)
58:35 – Junk Mail: Movies That Make You Cry, Ghost Dog + Leon: The Professional + Matt Damon v Mark Wahlberg, Christoph Waltz’s Samsung Ad, The Boardroom + Favourite Celebrity Apprentice Moments, The Lack of 6/5s in 2016
1:25:10 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray / Outro

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  • Ken

    a 90 min episode? Is this 2007? ;)

  • traie

    I guess Hell or Highwater was not playing anywhere near you guys?

  • Sean

    No it’s not in wide release here.

  • traie

    When I opened the latest episode on my phone App I thought what’s Skiptrace?? Assumed it was a new Horror movie haha. Weird Hell didn’t play there, opened here in Montreal a few weeks back. Thought I don’t think you guys are missing anything, I thought it was pretty poor to average but likely better than Skiptrace…or not

  • Colin

    Episode 600 really does need to be the Film Junk 6/5 Sixtacular

  • Maik

    For next week´s retro FJ may I recommend the CLASSIC episode where Jay confessed about his parents walking in on him furiously jerking off? Cream Dream Supreme.

  • traie

    Also, listening now and Sean, you mention that you like offbeat Travel shows, have you tried Travel Man?

  • Sean

    I have not. Richard Ayoade? I’m in.

  • milan

    Hopefully renny harlin premium coming soon…

  • Len F.

    Paris, Texas is the only film that can make me cry no matter how many times I watch it. That last scene between Harry Dean Stanton and Nastassja Kinski is absolutely devastating.

  • Indianamcclain

    I think that’s the same one where Sean confessed he sharted.

  • Indianamcclain

    90’s were the Harlin heyday. I actually think Cutthroat Island is very underrated.

  • milan

    100% agree, love renny and his movies (12 hours is his last goods one), CI should be part of mega flops premium, still a good movie thou…

  • Bill

    I believe the Renny Harlin action classic you are referring to is 12 Rounds. Although it did feel like it was 12 hours long at times. :)

  • Sam

    Solid episode even if it was about a lackluster movie that was not even on my radar.

    Enjoy TIFF and come back free of TIFFilis

  • Frankie Knuckles

    Another movie that can usually make me cry (not 100%) is Scrooged.

  • No one important

    The disdain for both Jackie Chan and Renny Harlin in this episode was disappointing. Regardless of what a disappointment Skiptrace is Jackie Chan’s stunt work back in the day was phenomenal. I remember first being made aware of JC back in 1995 when Quentin Tarrantino presented him with the lifetime achievement award at the MTV movie awards. It’s on YouTube. How much stunt work he does now is irrelevant. He’s 62 years old.

    Renny Harlin was the action director of the nineties. Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Die Hard 2 and Deep Blue Sea are all quality action flicks. Elm St 4 was the first Freddy movie I saw at the cinema so it holds a special place. Ford Fairlane, Prison and Mindhunter are also decent movies. He’s had nothing good for a long time, that is true… But neither has John Carpenter. John barely made it out of the 80’s. I’d go as far to say that the ratio of good movies to bad movies is similar between the two.

  • Ji-a

    Skiptrace had Jackie’s all time biggest opening weekend in China.

  • CagneyB

    Did Frank ever come up with the “incredible” Frankenberry papier-mache, homemade Halloween mask? People have a right to know.

  • Craig

    A Bigger Splash that was part of the new BR releases is well worth checking out, an art house film that is also very entertaining. Ralph Fiennes plays a character that swears nearry as much as the one in In Bruges :-)

  • Thom

    Totally agree with Sean and Frank about Hitchcock/Truffaut. Sean, this is the best one-off Hitchcock documentary that I’ve seen (shown originally on the BBC in two parts):

  • Sean

    Nice, thanks!

  • Thom

    Alternatively, if you have a spare 9 hours this is the ultimate audio documentary on the great man:

  • Indianamcclain

    As a longtime listener of the show, Jay sounds like a Jackie Chan fan to me. I think he’s just saying that it’s unrealistic to say that he does every single one of his stunts, which is a rumor that everyone has heard.


    People that feel the need to defend renny harlin are so creepy

  • Nobody

    You guys forgot to mention Mark Wahlberg has experience in assaulting Vietnamese men and throwing rocks at black kids. Wahlberg would crush Damon.

    Do any of you have the new Kim Jee-woon on your TIFF schedule?

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    A great recent Hacker TV show for Sean would be “Mr.Robot”. It has a definite Fight Club vibe but with more hacking than fighting.

  • No one important

    I’ll defend any director that makes what I deem to be a great movie. The movies I mentioned are not “Garbage”. Mad Max aside, I struggle to think of a Hollywood action flick made in the last 10 years that comes even close to Cliffhangers greatness.

  • Sean

    Not on my list currently but I might try to fit it in on the last day if I can get a single ticket for it.

  • Sean

    It’s good although I am still working my way through the first season.

  • Jr

    I think is available if you want it.

  • DrewNugent

    You guys really should of reviewed The Light Between Oceans. It’s so much better than people are giving it credit for.

  • No one important

    Having only discovered Film Junk less than a year ago I’d like to request an upload of Franks very first film junk episode.

  • Just read the cinematographer of Skiptrace Died while making the Film, very sad!

  • Reed Farrington

    Yes, I saw the Frankenberry mask. And it was more magnificent than I imagined it could be.

  • j-diggle

    Is it just me or have they tried to make Knoxville look Chienese on the Skiptrace poster?

  • CagneyB

    Thanks for the feedback, Reed!