Film Junk Podcast Episode #608: The Fate of the Furious


0:00 – Intro
14:05 – Review: The Fate of the Furious
44:00 – Headlines: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer
52:35 – Other Stuff We Watched: Sandy Wexler, The Italian Job (1969), The Italian Job (2003), Louis C.K.: 2017, Girls, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
1:16:05 – Junk Mail: Lazy Sunday Movie Recommendations, Zootopia + Deepwater Horizon + American Pastoral, Why Jay Loves Fairy Tales, Lacklustre Letterboxd Usage, IMDb Star Rating System, Letterboxd Lists, Keeping Track of Movies You Never Finished
1:59:45 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:01:10 – Outro
2:06:00 – Spoiler Discussion: The Fate of the Furious

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  • Andrija

    “Squeeze my balls.”

  • Colin

    “What did you guys think of The Fate of the Furious?”

    ~complain about the drive-in for an hour~

    I love you guys, never change

  • Newtman98

    Man, maybe I should be ashamed of this but I thought Sandy Wexler was hilarious. The raccoon scene alone was worth a full star.

  • Larry Morgan

    It offends me that this podcast isn’t top of the charts, REVIEW THE SHOW, PEOPLE.

  • Larry Morgan

    + I actually had to stifle a laugh in the theater at the Hamill scene in TFA. Wish he had just been shrouded in a cave or something.

  • Colin

    Thanks for agreeing that my unfinished movies list is “cool”… gonna write my Congressman today to compel the powers-that-be at LBHQ to include it as a feature within the site’s framework

  • Chris

    It’s hands down the best out of the three Netflix movies Sandler has done so far. But lets be honest, that isn’t saying much. The best moment for me was when Allen Covert appeared as like a mirror version of Sandy. I lost it at that, and thought it might have been a better movie if it just focused on these odd dueling talent managers.

  • Chris

    good to have the drive-in season back!

  • Newtman98

    Yeah I didn’t really like Ridiculous 6 or The Do Over. Sandy Wexler was definitely too long and they could have cut the celebrity flashbacks entirely, but I laughed quite a bit throughout the movie. The vagisil commercial made me laugh pretty hard.

  • iammattz

    Love the new MST3K. I think they did a great job of hitting the tone of the original. Cry Wilderness was definitely the best of the bunch that I’ve seen so far (currently on the Hercules episode).

    Sean, from the sounds of things I don’t think even the “best” episode of MST3K would get you on board. That said, the “Space Mutiny” episode is currently on Netflix which is considered one of the best of the old ones. Would recommend but don’t think you’ll get much out of it. It’s basically the same as the reboot.

  • Sean

    Thanks. I do feel like it could grow on me. Maybe I just need to get attached to the characters so they become like family to me.

  • Beat_C

    i laughed so much during this episode, people looked at me all funny on the train. thanks guys!

  • Chris

    Yeah, it’s like 2 hours and 10 mins, which is insane for this type of movie. Sandler didn’t even hit the 2 hr mark when he worked with PTA.

  • devolutionary

    I can’t believe I also lost it during that mashup of Driving Miss Days-ie of Thunder.. That bassoon synth is all killer, no filler!
    Let’s all drop lid and light er up.

  • Based on your ‘Ludacris’ scores of “F8 of the Furious” on LetterBoxd, I’m not sure I can bear to listen to this episode.

  • Indianamcclain

    The Fast & Furious films still haven’t made something as atrocious as Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    I can’t believe you guys aren’t reviewing “Dune” on the Premium!

  • Jameson

    I have no desire to see Fate of the Furious but this review was gold.

  • OsoAmorito

    The Fast and the Furi-nine-ious:
    family family 1 2 3
    No matter how fast you go,
    you’ll never catch me…or my family

    Believe it or not, actual confirmed title for next furious movie.

  • Colin

    Agree… would have added some much needed variety to the proceedings

  • Flo Lieb

    I was actually hoping for The Straight Story in there too

  • Sean

    As with most of the director premiums, it’s impossible to cover everything. I could see Dune being included in some sort of future fantasy / sci-fi premium still, that’s kind of what we were thinking.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    OK, as long as this sci-fi Premium is in May for Guardians of the Galaxy month. ???? (The Chronicles of Riddick too?)

    “Father! The Vadering lid-dropper has awakened!” – Paul Atreides

  • Frank is watching these FF movie completely wrong so probably not even worth trying to argue here. But if you seriously can’t tell the difference between the Transformers movies and why they’re hated and FF movies are generally liked, then there’s something wrong with your movie criticism.

    Quickly, Transformers movies take themselves so Goddamn seriously. And even when they try inject humor it’s just terrible. FF movies are self aware and know they’re ridiculous and usually the humor actually works (agreeably not always). There’s such a huge difference in these movies it’s obvious. It baffles me that Frank is baffled.

  • Sean

    To be fair, I think the Fast & Furious movies do take themselves seriously at times and the Transformers movies do attempt to inject some humour. For me the big difference is that there are human characters with actual personalities and the FF movies take place in a non-fantasy / sci-fi setting, which is increasingly rare with blockbusters nowadays.

  • Beat_C

    “FF movies are self aware and know they’re ridiculous”. Honestly, I’m quite sick of this argument, because you can basically explain/forgive anything with it. Just because a movie is aware of its own ridiculousness (which is debatable in the case of FF anyway), doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good.

  • George

    Jay should probably consider another cystoscopy, with a detailled retelling on FJ later.

  • Totally agree with you. But my point is that when a movie is aware of the fact that it’s being silly or ridiculous, then I don’t think it’s a fair criticism to say the movie needs to “get real” or stop being stupid. If the film’s goal is to be ridiculous and it succeeds, then cool.

    And I also don’t think you can “explain away anything” with this argument. But in the case of FF I think you can. When the movie literally takes a moment to laugh at itself and it’s dialogue (Statham and Rock), I think you can forgive a lot.

    When a movie is trying to be earnest and coming off as ridiculous, then your eye-roll is warranted. If the movie is trying to be ridiculous and succeeds, then your eye-roll is simply incorrect.

  • Gerry

    If your ‘chest pains’ are acid indigestion Jay you, and Frank from the sound of it, could try 2 tablespoons of wheatgerm a day. Give it 2 weeks to take effect.

    Episode 250 is great for introducing people to Film Junk.