Film Junk Podcast Episode #582: Blair Witch and TIFF 2016


0:00 – Intro
13:00 – Review: Blair Witch
34:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Snowden, La La Land, Salt and Fire, Into the Inferno, Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, Colossal, The Bad Batch, The Handmaiden, Loving, A Monster Calls, Arrival, Fire at Sea, Nocturama, The Girl with All the Gifts, Safari, The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, Moonlight, Rats
2:50:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:56:50 – Outro

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  • Colin

    Wow, didn’t expect this so quick! Thanks boyssssss

  • no one important

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople is now on Vod from various sources.
    That would be my recommendation for the next show.

  • Brian.M

    Nice. Episode hitting my ears just…now.

  • Sean

    I think we should finally get to it next week.

  • Matthew Goddard

    Did you guys go to the midnight show of Blair Witch or a later afternoon showing?

  • Jonny Ashley

    Was worried this show wasn’t gonna happen this week. Thank you for keeping the junk flowing. <3

  • Sam

    I’d be happy with an episode on either Hunt for the Wilderpeople or Hell or High Water, but would prefer Hell or High Water discussion slightly more.

  • Indianamcclain

    Indeed Blair Witch was garbage. One of the most disappointing films of the year.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    My prediction for Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Jay will hate it, Sean will ‘like it, not love it’ and Frank will love it but will see humour all through it where other people don’t. In saying that, hope I’m wrong and they all end up loving it!

  • Jameson

    Jay has me worried about Arrival…still looking forward to it.

  • ProjectGenesis

    How would you guys compare Blair Witch to, say, As Above So Below? Better? Same? Worse?

  • Frankie Knuckles


  • Glen

    Jay and his movie “Twisted” was profiled in the local newspaper, the St. Catharines Standard last week.

    Here’s the link:

  • Indianamcclain

    “Anne Hathaway, I know a lot of people have it out for her. …I feel like they don’t want to see anything she’s in for whatever reason..”

    No Sean, from what I’ve seen Jennifer Lawrence has become the actress you described. As for why people hate her, I have no idea.

  • In its seventh week of release.

  • Glendon

    Can confirm Saturday’s audience was really into Twisted. It was fun spotting Frank’s cameo too.

  • Sean

    I guess it wouldn’t surprise me if Jennifer Lawrence drew this kind of reaction from people although I haven’t really seen it yet. Not sure if you’re saying that the Hathaway hate doesn’t exist, but a good example was the huge fanboy backlash when she was cast in The Dark Knight Returns.

  • Sean


  • Sean

    We didn’t actually see it at TIFF since it was playing in theatres everywhere anyway.

  • Sean

    Easy bud

  • Indianamcclain

    The hate was there but, just like Heath Ledger in Dark Knight, when people saw her performance the rage subsided. However, before X-Men Apocalypse came out everybody was complaining about Jennifer Lawrence, and they still complained after the fact.

  • Sean

    Anne Hathaway’s Oscar win and her acceptance speech also seemed to rub people the wrong way, which was after The Dark Knight Rises. But maybe the tide is turning. I guess my point is, Colossal could help with that.

    People complained about Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: Apocalypse? Weird. I suppose her association with Amy Schumer could have something to do with a potential backlash. Not to mention this upcoming Passengers movie.

    Coincidentally, I did just find this article:

  • Sean, I only expect Frank to get upset by facts, not you.
    Not you.

  • Sean

    We had other important stuff to get to. Like Skiptrace.

  • No one important

    6/5 across the board. Although, I did just listen to Franks review of the Ridiculous 6 so.. Who knows?

  • Tommy

    Ghostbusters had the ‘Answer The Call” subtitle in the final credits. Or at least it did in this territory.

    Also, I found the island bits of Fire At Sea pretty staged feeling. Maybe they were real people doing their real roles, but it seemed quite set up. That kind of made the insertion of the actual refugee footage within the story feel exploitative.

  • Craig

    A double bill of Hell Or High Water and Hunt For The Wilderpeople would be cream, dream, supreme. Both are wonderful in different ways.

  • Matthew Goddard

    Did you go to any of the Midnight Madness showings this year?

  • Sean

    No Midnight Madness for me this year. Getting too old for that shit!

  • Matthew Goddard

    I hear you but the energy from the audience no matter how bad the movie can be a lot of fun. I try to still make it out to just one but I take less risks with my choices. This year it was Headshot which was exactly what I expected: Fun, campy action.

  • frankw35

    I think Frank should start giving star ratings to theater audiences.

  • Nobody

    How does it compare to The Raid movies? It sounds like it’s more melodramatic but also relishes the gore.

  • Sam

    I’d say Jay will think it’s fine, Sean will like it a lot, and Frank will dislike it though not strongly.

  • Matthew Goddard

    I prefer the Raid movies. Although Iko’s character is more “vulnerable” and takes some damage (which is a nice change), some of the melodramatic parts don’t quite work and are laughable. In fact I’m pretty sure the audience was laughing at parts that we were not intended to find funny. I didn’t think the “Gore” was too much compared to similar movies.

  • Thom

    I think we should have more cold opens for Film Junk podcasts – Frank’s “It’s reference quality!” was too good to leave to the very end..

  • pcch7

    I’m finally fully caught up with FJ again, the last year and a half has been tricky. Jay’s clip of Frank lying a couple weeks ago was amazing haha