Film Junk Podcast Episode #624: The Dark Tower


0:00 – Intro
18:15 – Review: The Dark Tower
44:50 – Headlines: First Photos of Josh Brolin as Cable, Disney to Launch Streaming Service in 2019, Disney Building Immersive Star Wars-Themed Hotel
1:23:20 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Dunkirk, Firestarter, Mystery Men, The Flintstones, Game of Thrones
1:59:10 – Junk Mail: Favourite Stephen King Adaptations, Star Wars No Longer Entertains Kids, Paying to Avoid Trailers and Commercials, Directors That Stay Relevant Across Multiple Eras, Sequels to Childhood Movies We Want to See
2:31:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:34:18 – Outro

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  • Lior

    Who knew that without Jay around there’s going to be a conversation about shitters in the episode? Film Junk is a problematic show to listen to while eating (as I usually do). Sean, please consider putting shitter warnings in the show notes. Thanks!

  • Lori Cerny

    Wonder if podcasting is therapy for the guys – the way it is for me when I listen?

  • Lori Cerny

    Hopefully, FJ will comment on the release of MoviePass in their next podcast. Debating whether I will join or not.

  • Jake

    It’s funny because I was just listening to an old episode last week where they first talked about Movie Pass. And then a few days later there is the news story of the price drop. I didn’t even know they were still a company. Kinda sucks that it isn’t available in Canada.

  • lojinxes

    A King premium would be fantastic. Good movies, bad movies, mini series, horror, drama, coming of age, camp, suspense… not sure how they’d even narrow it down.

  • pcch7

    Idk, I think HBO wanted more seasons but Benioff & Wise wants to be done with it so this is how they’re doing it. I watched the leaked episode yesterday and it stretches my belief even more with certain people moving over the map but holy shit what an episode.

  • Adam

    I haven’t watched it but stumbled into a major spoiler before news spread that HBO Spain aired it early. I hate having it ruined but also called it [the spoiler] happening quite some time ago so I take a little solace in being right.

    and you may be right about the showrunners wanting to be done with it, I just wish they didn’t break the season up because now, if nothing else, HBO is gonna double dip on those blurays, $50 for S7, $50 for S8; when they’re both just half seasons. SAD.

  • pcch7

    Yeah there’s nothing surprising really in the episode but it’s very, very good. I pretty much watched it just so it couldn’t be spoiled for me though

  • Bizzaro Nate

    Can’t wait for the Steven King premium! Please include Maximum Overdrive to the line up, I think Frank will love it.

  • Larry Morgan

    Other great King:
    Hearts in Atlantis
    Secret Window
    Apt Pupil

  • Larry Morgan

    Netflix has the biggest moat ever. Once you subscribe there is very, very little incentive, financial or otherwise, to stop. It’s like 10-12 bucks? Even if there is ONE MOVIE you like a month you might as well keep it, even just for background noise like you guys mention. It’s basically the cheapest breadth of entertainment there is.

    All people want to do is stream, stream, stream. That’s not going away. It’s not even worth logging into my account to cancel. it’s TEN DOLLARS.

    “Can’t afford multiple streaming” please, it’s the cost of a sandwich. I have never met a single person who has ever cancelled Netflix. Why bother? Plus, this Disney thing, because ESPN, is going to cost like 20-30 dollars. Too little, too late for them. IMO.

    Heck, I have Hulu, Netflix, and Prime. These are the last things I’d cancel honestly. I’d get rid of Spotify before any video/tv service. Or $17 a month HBO.

  • Flo Lieb

    I have a palace on Tatooine. Did you know that? It’s the most… the most beautiful palace on Tatooine. Why is no one talking about that?

  • Flo Lieb

    I wouldn’t say a hit makes you relevant. By that definition Michael Bay is one of the most relevant directors of all time. The same goes for Best Picture winners. Chicago won Best Picture, too. Is that movie still relevant? And I think the only reason Saving Private Ryan is held in such high regard is due to the 20 minute Normandy beach scene (generally I consider SPR overrated). Movies like Tin Tin, The BFG, War Horse – how are they relevant? Spielberg peaked in the 80’s, rode the wave another decade until the millennium hit and ever since he’s just delivering sub-par movies (compared to his earlier output). But that’s just, like, my opinion.

  • Indianamcclain

    Personally I think Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and the entirety of Saving Private Ryan are excellent films. For me they are on par with his work in the 70’s, and the 80’s. Clearly Jurassic Park, and Private Ryan were big influences for several filmmakers. If that doesn’t make a movie director relevant then I don’t know what does.

  • Jameson

    It’ll have to be a 12 hour premium at least.

  • LordAwesome

    SPR is the most influential film of the past 20 years.

  • Sam

    I have NetFlix, Prime, and FilmStruck. Though honestly, I would most definitely cancel NetFlix if I didn’t have kids. I’ve watched maybe 3 or 4 things on NetFlix in however long I’ve had NetFlix for, which is a long time.

  • j-diggle

    Regarding the Star Wars parks, if they can do them in the same style as Secret Cinema in the UK, they should be a fucking treat. If you’re not aware of Secret Cinema, take a look at their events, as lame as it sounds to say it, they do make movies come alive. Their Back to the Future experiences was definitely a highlight for me.

  • Samb

    Zak performs the guest role the way I like to hear it — a dash of laconic wit and some genuine insights without upsetting the rapport of the main hosts.

  • Niklas

    The episode Dax became Reed level of annoying

  • Lior

    Dax is a nice guy, but the constant swearing and F bombs is starting to put me off, I have to admit.