Film Junk Podcast Episode #603: Kong: Skull Island


0:00 – Intro
16:20 – Review: Kong: Skull Island
1:00:25 – Headlines: Baby Driver Trailer, Logan Black and White Cut, Joe Carnahan Leaves Bad Boys 4 Life
1:23:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Unfriended, Jackie, Deluge, It Came from Outer Space, Moby Dick, Nirvanna: The Band: The Show, Girls
1:50:45 – Junk Mail: Best Actor / Superhero Role, Thoughts on Sneaking Into Theatres / Stealing Movies, Monster Energy Drink, Frank’s Frankenberry Costume, Ladies Love Frank, The Longevity of Film Junk
2:26:55 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:30:30 – Outro

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  • DQ.

    Huge opening bit.

  • Colin

    This show is off the goddamned chain… good job, guys. Reaching new heights every damn week.

  • Newtman98

    Now THAT was a twist.

  • TP222

    Great meeting you, Frank. Too bad I am a shy bitch (and my Dad was in the hospital), or I would have tried to have a monster with you.

  • Cocky S.O.B.

    Gotta love the Tuesday release. What a pleasant surprise.

  • devolutionary

    The number of Kong censored spoiler bleeps was hilarious. Really making Sound Editor Sean work here guys!

  • Bill

    Kong had too many characters, not enough room for development.

  • schizopolis

    Shades of the trolling Jay Cheel of 2007 for this review. I hated listening to that guy. Though here, it’s a hamfisted resurgence. Much welcomed.

  • devolutionary

    They’re the podcasting equivalent of Laurel and Hardy. One is never as strong without the other.

  • LordAwesome

    The expression is “I COULDN’T care less”. Fuck’s sake.

  • Thurston

    Legendary twist only 4 1/2 minutes in! Nice job Frank!

  • Sam

    Come on guys, toss in the 1949 Mighty Joe Young. Might be a fun discussion!

  • Kong. My favorite movie of the year so far. The glossy Vietnam stuff is great. The film making alone should get Jay appreciative. Never stale always new and interesting locations; great camera shots and movement. It’s always changing. Unlike the repetitive and boring Logan and John Wick 2.

  • Colin


  • Phil

    Anything would make for a more interesting discussion than Son of Kong. I would prefer King Kong Escapes, but Mighty Joe Young or The Mighty Peking Man would also be nice.

  • Beat_C

    true that.

  • Jay Cheel

    Funny you mention that, considering the fact that I found the direction to be obnoxious.

  • If by obnoxious, you mean refreshing, then we agree!

  • Indianamcclain

    I wanted the kid that was trekking with Tom Hiddleston, and Brie Larson to bite it so bad. I thought he was very annoying. I’m surprised that Samuel L. Jackson saying “Hold on to your butts” wasn’t a negative for Frank.

    Btw Dax, check out Samurai Jack if you haven’t already. The new episode was definitely a feast for thine eyes.

  • Bubz

    The direction was not good in Skull Island. The entire thing felt rushed and incredibly forced. The attempt at saying something about war/vietnam was so bad. There’s nothing good about making that kind of thing glossy and fun and when it’s trying to be serious it’s so out of place with the rest of it, totally backed in to a corner. The script is the worst thing about the film though. Genuinely bad writing. Also certain scenes that while they were happening I didn’t know whether it was supposed to be taken seriously or not; Hiddleston turning super action hero samurai, Samuel L Jackson staring down King Kong, several of the deaths, the attempt to get emotion out of absolutely nothing etc.

    Having said that, the KONG scenes were awesome and worth the price I paid to see it. It’s just a shame that when it isn’t being a good monster movie, it’s being one of the worst war movies ever.

  • I don’t think you’re supposed to take anything too seriously here. It’s not a war movie, it’s an anti-war movie (or certainly anti-military). I agree that it’s ham-fisted in the script but that’s how I know not to take it seriously. It’s feels more like a graphic novel. Unlike Godzilla 2014 which was trying to make you care about all of the stupid, stupid characters and their stupid, stupid lives.

    All of the shots in this movie were super cool. Kong was never in the same light twice and each time was unique and interesting. The helicopter stuff in the beginning was outstanding action set piece that felt like a Tony Scott movie. Some of the locales felt like “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” meets “House of Flying Daggers.”

    I’m with Frank. This movie is incredible from top to bottom. It knows exactly what it is and what it wants to be. The pacing is pitch-perfect and full of surprising (anti-cliche) moments.

    If you need deep character motivations and interesting story arcs and emotional beats, go watch “Manchester by the Sea” or “Moonlight.” This is fucking KONG and makes no bones about it.

  • Andrija

    That opening bit made me realize how much Frankie brings to the show: sure, I think he has shit taste, and the statements he randomly comes up with (almost always wrong) get on my nerves, but he has this wonderful, sincere energy that makes the show feel completely unique. It’s kinda like family members; they can be obnoxious as fuck, but you love them anyway. Glad you liked Kong, Frank, I thought it was fun too.

  • Andrija

    Jesus Christ Frank, shooting “in camera” means that most of the effects are practical, not CGI: don’t be an idiot, do some research. Bay may be a garbage director, but he knows his shit when it comes to the effects work.

  • Sean

    I’m pretty sure we all knew that. It’s still a classic Bay humble brag.

  • Sean

    Not gonna lie, it’s all about the 70 minute run time on Son of Kong. If I have time I may check out King Kong Lives anyway.

  • Tommy

    King Kong Lives is out? Linda Hamilton! If time is of the essence, toss out PJ’s Kong ;)

  • SweetChuck

    Dax, I would never get tired of you if you joined the show on a permanent basis. I think you’re hilarious, and, while you may not bring the same type of film knowledge as the other guys to the discussion, you always have insightful stuff to say. I also love that you have an animation background and can critique the animated films in ways the other guys can’t. It also helps for breaking down the big cg work in all the blockbuster flicks.

    TLDR: More Dax!

  • Vigo the Despised

    Just got out of the movie and it sucked! It was flat and dull and about as entertaining as that movie “Congo” with Laura Linney and the talking gorilla. I was mainly interested in Skull Island because I thought the Vietnam stuff would be interesting but it also fell flat and was poorly done. Now I’m off to the podcast to see what you guys have to say about it…

  • Frankie Knuckles

    Easy bud, it had nothing to do with his ability, just the hubris of Bay. That’s what the Bay Quotes segment is all about.

  • Peter Harrison

    Frank’s bit was pure magic and much appreciated by this Frankophile. A twist beginning!!

  • juice

    Laura Linney kills crazy ninja-gorillas with a crystal laser gun in Congo. How dare you say Kong: Skull Island was almost as entertaining.

  • Cocky S.O.B.

    Pleasant supplies

  • Young Kirks

    I don’t mind the occasional guest but I think the current balance of the three is perfect.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    The original Kong vs Giant Octopus

  • Tommy

    Yup. That should be in the premie.

  • Tommy

    Haha. There’s a THREE HOUR TV cut of the 1976 Kong on Youtube. I’ll watch that one :D

  • Lori Cerny

    That is adorable!!!

  • Lori Cerny

    Seriously, Jay? Why do you use a calorie-tracking app and an exercise bike, but drink crap?!?

  • Cocky S.O.B.

    Low carb Monster has 22 calories. And it’s delicious.

  • pcch7

    Great bit at the start Frank. For the superhero thing, Ron Pearlman – Hellboy is up there for me. But Jackman is tough to beat.

  • pcch7

    the text reading was awesome, more of that please haha

  • pcch7

    Kongratulations on another good podcast guys

  • Cocky S.O.B.

    Frankie: Why do you hate the term “Cornetto Trilogy” in reference to those movies?

  • Colin

    “they’re not a trilogy”

  • Cocky S.O.B.

    Oh. Well okay. That should have been obvious.

  • pcch7

    It’s the ultimate breach of trilogy cred

  • pcch7

    The Bay Quotes segment is great

  • Tim

    Is he still sperging out over his obsession with losing the chunk?

  • pcch7

    I assume Frank is gonna rewatch Jackson’s King Kong now, can’t wait to hear about it next week. I expect creamage, love that film

  • Sean

    It will be discussed on the upcoming King Kong premium!