Film Junk Podcast Episode #586: 31 and Mascots


0:00 – Intro: Playstation VR
14:00 – Review: 31
39:40 – Review: Mascots
58:35 – Headlines: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer #3
1:07:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Swiss Army Man, Shin Godzilla, Pigs, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Slugs
1:26:00 – Junk Mail: Method Acting for Alcoholic Roles, Paralysis of Choice, Watching 3D Movies in 2D, Frank’s Favourite Action Movies, Movies to Show Your Kids, Reed Farrington’s Mental State
1:56:35 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:02:00 – Outro

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  • Colin

    You guys have got to do another Game Junk soon… I ~neeeeeed~ to know why Frankie doesn’t have a single trophy in No Man’s Sky


  • Lori Cerny

    Did I miss something? Not one mention of Werner Herzog’s online directing class?!

    “Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Werner will also critique select student work.”

    At $90.00 (USD), who’s in on this adventure?

  • devolutionary

    Sounds like a bargain compared to James Franco’s NYU film class.

  • Samb

    Love the James Gang intro! It sent me looking for alternate versions, and I found this:

    Top comment: “This drummer is an absolute motherfucker.”

  • No one important

    It’s really hard to look at the characters when reading subtitles so most of the time I had no idea who was who and the constant bombardment of new characters only added to the confusion. I’m usually for subtitles but this movie really needs to be dubbed.

  • Tommy

    Sean, the podcast has the same upload date as last week’s in the iTunes feed. I couldn’t see it right away cause it spawned way down in my ‘recent updates’ list.

  • no one important

    Have you guys seen episode 2 of Ash vs Evil Dead yet. It’s ahhh. Yeah. Check it out.

  • Nostra

    Could you give more information on How to Build a Time Machine being shown in The Netherlands? Couldn’t find any information on it

  • Frank, have you downloaded any of the virtual theaters? I like those things. You can watch Tango and Cash and will actually feel like being in a theater, with seats and other film goers etc. I watched a bit of The Matrix on a screen while sitting on the moon. It was pretty wild.

  • “31” is pretty boring. Someone nailed it: it’s just 90 minutes of Rob Zombie-isms. He’s got a great eye, but everything else is mediocre to terrible.

    I really REALLY liked that colorful scene in the tent with the girl tied down in the middle. The way the colors were filmed in that scene is one of my favorites of the year visually. It’s gorgeous.

  • Maik

    Jay : “I might have my FIRST gay experience.”

    (quietly sweeping all the sleepovers at his numerous cousins showing him porn under the carpet)

  • Sean
  • Sean

    Thanks. It should be fixed now. I hope.

  • Sean

    Yeah the subtitles were pretty insane. The main problem is just that every single person and every single location had a subtitle as well, so quite often you are trying to read two things at once. I feel like a rewatch might help in this regard, although ultimately the names of the people and places weren’t *that* important.

  • Sean

    We did talk about this briefly the last time Reed was on the show, but I believe Herzog’s film school has been around for a few years now.

  • ReelJunkie

    Sean, I don’t know if you guys have ever tried this before but here’s an idea. How about when you’re recording an episode you throw out a tweet urging people to send in questions and then you answer them live during the recording session? Could be a twist to the junk mail segment.

  • Frankie Knuckles

    I just downloaded one of the video apps and it was fun … I’m definitely interested in checking out the theater going experience. It’s kind of like what Jay described the future of cinema would be when Reed said it would be dead a few years back.

  • LordAwesome

    Has Frank jettisoned one off while playing PVR yet?

    That’s the real test.

  • Sean

    Could be an interesting experiment I suppose. For a while there we were posing a question on Twitter at the beginning of the show and then reading off answers from people at the end. We always seem to get bored of any regular segments or features after a while though.

  • Bas

    For the screening of How to Build a Time Machine in The Netherlands you can check it out here:

    It’s in Nijmegen which is just as close to Amsterdam as it is to Antwerp & Düsseldorf, so German & Belgian listeners in that region could also attend. It’s thursday Nov 3rd at 21:30 or sunday Nov 6th at 10 in the morning.

  • Bas

    And did you check out the 360 vid of the 2016 Oscars?

  • Tim

    PVR Circle Jerk?

  • SLionsCricket

    I know Jay has already voiced his dissent towards anime recommendations but can we please have some sort of Studio Ghibli marathon? It’ll be an interesting discussion from people not as in tune with anime while also giving you guys a reason to check some out! Please?

  • ReelJunkie

    Give it a test run.

  • no one important

    Hey frank,

    Nintendo NX reveal coming in just a few hours. Hope to hear your thoughts on the next podcast.

  • Sean, you’re totally wrong. Ratings are 100% voluntary. Any studio can release any film however they want. They choose to have things rated by the MPAA as that is their primary lobby and they like to keep them happy and NATO generally refuses to show any movies that are unrated or NC-17 so there is financial incentives to have movies rated if it is getting a theatrical release.

  • Dstrbpx

    I second that.
    Studio Ghibli is absolutely incredible and has more in common with classic cinema or Japanese arthouse than regular anime.
    And Jay not even wanting to stick the tip in should be a big plus cause we all know that the best, most entertaining reviews have the secret ingredient of either an overly enthusiastic Jay or a fucking miserable Jay.

  • Sean

    We have discussed the possibility of a Miyazaki premium and it will probably happen at some point.

  • Sean

    Yeah, all I was saying was that the incoherent editing seemed like it was a result of trying for an R-rating, because even though it was produced independently, Zombie still needed to achieve this if he wanted 31 to play in most theatres. And after reading further, that does appear to be the case. He has confirmed there will be an unrated cut on DVD and Blu-ray.

  • Frank Booth

    I’m guessing about halfway through Eaten Alive, you guys are really going to be wishing you were watching Salem’s Lot instead.

    It’s been a while, but the last time I watched Eaten Alive, it was kind of a slog to get through.

    But, as you guys mentioned before, sometimes you need a not-so-great movie in the premium to offset the masterpieces, which, in this case, is obviously The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

  • Sean and Jay were on the movie club podcast in which we reviewed Grave of the Fireflies. Jay and I were the dissenters:

  • SLionsCricket

    Andrew, is there any way to actually listen to this episode? When I go to download the mp3, I only get a 15KB file. I would very much love to hear this one.

  • SLionsCricket

    Ghibli’s latest film comes out in January to the US, I believe. I understand a Ghibli premium would not rank as a top contender for January but it might just be enough motivation to get it over and done with :)

  • Hey bud, I got an email from Disqus with a comment by you looking for a direct download for that show. Those links and such are super old. I will refresh everything and take care of it over the weekend. Some of those shows were hosted by Film Junk, but most of them were hosted by RowThree and myself. So I’ll take a look and get back to you on this by the end of the weekend. Hit me up with a DM on Twitter or Facebook and I can contact you directly. Otherwise here are my contact details:

  • SLionsCricket

    Thanks for the reply Andrew. I actually did a Google search of that specific episode and found the mp3 stream on podbay, and I’m currently listening to the episode on there.

  • Nobody

    I agree the movie does often have a dark or more serious tone, but I think there’s also a significant amount of humor in it as well, and I think the insane number of character descriptions seemed to play into that. It was the kind of odd touch to be expected from Hideaki Anno. I loved how the main character’s final updated job description took up about half the screen.

    I thought the finale could’ve been a bit stronger, especially coming after that awesome nighttime battle scene, which has to be one of the best sequences of destruction I’ve seen. Anyone who’s seen Evangelion will be reminded of the show during that scene. The worst part of the movie was all the laughable English dialogue, but bad foreign language delivery is a common problem in movies. Even Scorsese didn’t escape it.

  • Sam

    I might have the first one to lobby for Eaten Alive, so partly to “blame” I guess, but I do think it would be an interesting discussion. I also don’t think it’s great, like much at all. But it has a growing cult following and I think it’s interesting to look at what Tobe Hooper decided to make immediately following Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and I think Eaten Alive fits in line with all the discussion of comparing Rob Zombie’s work to some of Tobe Hooper’s as I think Eaten Alive sometimes comes across like what a very toned down Rob Zombie film might be. So following the Zombie premium and the 31 review, might be interesting comparison to tack on Eaten Alive to the bunch.

    I definitely would have been down for Salem’s Lot too though.

  • benvernel

    As a Film Junk/Game Junk fan AND a podcaster, I recommend my dumb games podcast. We do episodes every week.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    To the junker who wrote in asking about flagrant shots of shit flying at you in 3D films, look no further than the 80’s classic ‘Metal Storm’. I begged my parents to take me to this at the time…they refused. Sometimes parents are right:

  • Mrespony

    There needs to be a 3D release of this, I never saw it in all it’s theatrical glory but over-indulged on cable.

  • Frank Booth

    You’re in luck. It was just released last month on Blu-ray by Shout Factory.