Film Junk Podcast Episode #615: The Mummy


0:00 – Intro
19:25 – Review: The Mummy
44:15 – Headlines: RIP Adam West, Black Panther Trailer, The Gong Show and Battle of the Network Stars, Sony to Release Clean Versions of Movies on Home Video
1:10:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: A Cure for Wellness, Life, The Mummy (1999), The Mummy (1932), Look Who’s Talking, Born on the Fourth of July, Primal Screen
1:53:33 – Junk Mail: DC vs Marvel Movies, The State of CG Effects, Best ’90s Soundtracks, Handling Reviews of Our Own Creative Output, True Lies, Greatest Movie Score of All Time, Sticker Removal Techniques + Frank’s Memories of Working at a Theatre
2:46:02 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:50:15 – Outro
2:52:55 – Spoiler Discussion: The Mummy
3:05:25 – Spoiler Discussion: Life

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  • Jr

    Classic Junk. Seriously, always one of the best parts of my week. If I ever win the lottery, you guys are getting PAID!

  • LordAwesome

    “Tom Cruise is a comedic genius.”

    This has been evident since RISKY BUSINESS.

  • bobsponge42

    I believe Amadeus was released in two different versions, one “R” and the other “PG”.

  • Sean

    Interesting… it looks like there are two different cuts and both played in theatres but the R-rated cut came many years later.

  • Indianamcclain


  • Indianamcclain

    I don’t know what it is about Life, but I enjoyed the hell out of it. I liked that Ryan Reynolds died first, and I loved the ending. Definitely better than Alien: Covenant for me.


    Im devastated you guys didn’t review “It Comes at Night”. Please review it soon. I would love to hear your opinions on it.

  • Jones

    I enjoyed it more than Covenant as well, which was very surprising. Sometimes the imitators do it better.

    P.S: How do you cover text in a comment for spoilers?

  • Jones

    There was a facebook post saying they are hoping to review it next week.

  • devolutionary

    Not a fan of the movie but it certainly had its crew doing more rational and believable things to fwd the script than any latter Alien movie…until the 3rd act.

  • Indianamcclain
  • Sean

    Wrap it with and I believe (remove the quotes)

  • Indianamcclain

    What was it about the third act that didn’t work for you?

  • Jones

    Thanks guys!

  • devolutionary

    Without going deep into spoilers, it’s related to the pilot’s decision to misinterpret the capsule as an escape pod. Was It an automated distress signal? Maybe it’s well motivated but I would need to rewatch, which I’m not crazy on.

  • schizopolis

    Life was very well-paced and executed. The concept just lacked originality. I ended up rating Life and Alien: Covenant both 3.5 stars, each for different reasons. The irony is that both films have a very cynical view of humanity, particularly both endings.

  • Indianamcclain

    If I remember correctly the capsule showed up because part of the crews message about the creature did make it back to Earth before communications went down. Rebecca Ferguson, and Olga Dihovichnaya’s characters were the only ones that knew what “firewall 3″ was. Since the Pilot was separated from Jake Gyllenhal, and Rebecca Ferguson’s characters at the time he had no idea that the capsule was there to send the station into deep space.

  • Indianamcclain

    I think Life is for me what Leviathan is for Jay. Admittedly both borrow heavily from Alien, but they’re still effective/entertaining horror films.

  • schizopolis

    The Marvel films as a whole have no central theme or through line, except those lame infinity stones, which they never really explained. It’s only ambition is to bring all the superheroes together into one film. Marvel also sticks to being standard comic book genre movies…gotta have those jokes and never show dead innocents (except in Civil War, which was a bad decision).

    DC actually has a central theme and aims to expand the genre. Man of Steel – sci-fi/alien invasion, BvS – political conspiracy-thriller/fantasy & WW – Greek mythology/war film. Suicide Squad is just dark action-comedy, but it still sticks to the humans are shitty theme. Wonder Woman broke out seemingly because it’s the first DCEU film to have “wonder”. But, it also expanded the world-building of its universe and the film defined DCEU’s central theme about the nature of mankind. That opening with the Greek painting narration and the reveal of Ares at the end confirmed that Zeus and the gods are a real in that universe and are basically like the engineers in Prometheus. In BvS, Alfred and Lex even mention the greek gods. Alfred literally says the endings of both Man of Steel and Wonder Woman. “Men fall from the sky. Gods hurl thunderbolts”

  • Sean

    I don’t know if I totally buy this. I think all of the Captain America films are at least trying to be about something, much more explicitly than any of the DC movies. You can argue whether or not they are successful, but the attempt is there. And the Guardians of the Galaxy movies have a much stronger emotional core than any of the DC movies. I agree that the thing that makes the DC Universe interesting is that the superheroes are actually gods, but then Thor is actually a god too. The only thing that I can say about the DC movies is that they take themselves more seriously, but that is not necessarily a good thing.

  • schizopolis

    I really enjoy the Marvel films, especially the first two Cap ones. But, what examples are there to show they have a central theme? In my view, they maintain the standard formula and never veer too far away from being action-comedies, which is fine. It allows them to focus on character development and TV soap opera level drama between its characters.

    DC is doing something new with the comic book genre. Snyder isn’t the best at executing, but the examples are there. It seems to the public that adding more drama to a “comic book movie” is a fool’s errand, especially when it’s constantly criticizing the modern world and not offering much inspiration. But, it seems that is what JL will be about. We’ll see.

  • Lori Cerny

    Doesn’t Iron Man’s arc count as a through line?

  • schizopolis

    He’s not in every MCU film and he’s not mentioned in the ones he doesn’t appear in.

  • Tim

    Bret Easton Ellis just agreed with us concerning “Life” on his recent podcast.

    This happened a few times before (mostly concerning opinions by Cheel) and I always wondered what it must feel like to get your balls busted by an outspoken gay dude full of testicular fortitude who doesn´t take any shit from the COPO.

  • Loren

    Ryan Reynolds was actually supposed to be the Gyllenhaal character, but for some reason he had to take the other role. I saw a interview but forgot the reason why.

  • Jameson

    My big problem with the MCU is their “risks” are barely that. They might throw in a new color palette here and there, but the way they’re directed, edited, paced all feels exactly the same. I laughed when I heard people say Doctor Strange was “out there” like it was a David Lynch film.

  • Karl with a K

    It was because he couldn’t fit the time in. He was also filming The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

  • Karl with a K

    Sean – “the cg creature, whatever you want to call it”. He has a name, Sean, and it’s Calvin. Jeez.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    Frank, good to hear you doing a u-turn on the ‘Clean Movies’ issue but I’m surprised you didn’t raise the most egregious factor that will surely cause you (and me) to sweat mildly. Letterboxd. Will the clean versions be a seperate listing under Letterboxd? If not, should you even be allowed to log a film if you watched the clean version? “Captain Philips was a 2 star film…too short, not realistic”. If they’re listed separately that will bug the shit out of me too as it will tell me I’ve only watched 40% of Paul Greengrass’s films, which is bullshit! I’ve watched 47%! Pleeaase.
    Can we all agree now that if clean versions of films get a seperate listing in Letterboxd we all go in and log them at half a star?

  • Sean

    I refuse to get emotionally attached. We are scientists damnit!

  • Black Panther is coming out for Valentine’s Day during Black History Month. They have complete confidence in it.

  • kent88

    Are you guys going to review Colin Trevorrow’s THE BOOK OF HENRY at some point? I’ve already heard comparisons to both TIPTOES and THE ROOM.

    Ah, another jobber bites the dust. I wonder who’ll direct the next STAR WARS now?

  • Lori Cerny

    By MCU, you are including everything, right?

    Someone should go through the MCU wikia and see which character does appear/is mentioned the most.

    This is for Iron Man.

    Iron Man
    The Incredible Hulk (post-credits scene)
    Iron Man 2
    Thor (mentioned)
    The Avengers
    Iron Man 3
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (photo & mentioned)
    Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Ant-Man (mentioned)
    Captain America: Civil War
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (mentioned; deleted scene)
    Spider-Man: Homecoming (unreleased)
    Avengers: Infinity War (unreleased)

    The Consultant (stock-footage)
    All Hail the King (mentioned)

    TV series:
    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (mentioned)
    Daredevil (mentioned)
    Luke Cage (mentioned)

    Web series:
    WHiH Newsfront (mentioned and footage)
    Team Thor (mentioned)
    Team Thor: Part 2 (drawing)
    Watch the Game

    Iron Man
    The Incredible Hulk
    Iron Man 2
    Iron Man 3 – The Official Game
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Official Game (mentioned)

    Iron Man: Fast Friends
    Iron Man: I Am Iron Man!
    Iron Man: Security Measures
    Iron Man 2: Public Identity
    Iron Man 2: Nick Fury: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    Iron Man 2: Fist of Iron
    Iron Man: Limited Edition
    Iron Man: Will Online Evils Prevail?
    The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week
    The Avengers: Iron Man Mark VII
    The Avengers Adaptation
    Iron Man 3 Prelude
    Iron Man: The Coming of the Melter
    Thor: The Dark World Prelude
    Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude – This Scepter’d Isle
    Avengers: Operation HYDRA
    Captain America: Civil War Prelude
    Captain America: Road to War
    Spider-Man: Homecoming Prelude

  • Sean

    Based on the trailer, I can totally see that. I’m definitely curious, just not sure if it will be playing anywhere near us.

  • Sean

    True. I guess Deadpool also kind of paved the way for big blockbusters in February so maybe release dates are completely irrelevant at this point.

  • kyri

    spoiler tags will be the Bill C-16 of the manifest..
    gotta keep these filmjunk listeners triggered free

  • pcch7

    Battle of the Network Stars sounds great. Currently finishing off season 1 of Baywatch so I’m looking forward to seeing Parker Stevenson on it.

  • Beat_C

    nobody who watches clean versions shold be allowed to use letterboxd.

  • Beat_C

    it always pains my little heart when the amazing naomi watts is in shitty movies.

  • schizopolis

    I’m still wondering if a character arc is a legitimate through line for an entire series. Just because he’s merely mentioned, does his arc have anything to do with those movies that he doesn’t appear in? The only good example I could think of is The Bourne Legacy, where Jason Bourne is not only in the title, his arc is directly connected to Jeremy Renner’s character. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with Iron-Man and the MCU.

  • schizopolis

    But I wonder is Black Panther the most expensive film to be released in February? Deadpool was well-known to be inexpensive and even needed a PR campaign just to get funded. For sure, that profit margin is hard to beat.

  • NickA

    Fifty Shades of Grey also had a big Feb. opening weekend the year before Deadpool.

  • NickA

    Fifty Shades of Grey also had a big Feb. opening weekend the year before Deadpool

  • Valentine’s Day has always been considered a prime release date. It’s probably viewed more positively than Memorial Day. I know for my theatre Valentine’s Day is our second biggest holiday after Christmas.

  • That might be true. Generally the Valentine’s Day releases have been horror movies or romantic comedies, which aren’t hugely expensive. Daredevil was a Valentine’s Day release, and the Lego movies aren’t exactly cheap to make.

  • Sean

    Sure, that makes sense for a certain kind of movie. But in the context of the MCU, Black Panther is their first February release and one of 4 movies to open outside of the summer.

  • Meh, Guardians releasing in August was a bigger sign of them not sure if the movie would be big IMO. November and February are better dates than what the first Guardians got. Black Panther will also be the 4th Marvel film released during Valentine’s Day, just the first that is part of the official MCU.

  • pcch7

    Also, that Brendan Fraser video LMAO. He was pretty good in The Affair though, great show

  • Brian.M

    Aww man that kinda bummed me out!

  • iammattz

    Man I could listen to score discussions all day. Maybe time to revive score-bits for summertime session? Top 10 (or 15… or 25…) scores of all time lists?