Film Junk Podcast Episode #672: The Meg

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0:00 – Intro
10:20 – Review: The Meg
43:45 – Headlines: Academy Announces New Oscar Category for Popular Film
1:02:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Deep Blue Sea, Chalet Girl, DeepStar Six, Jaws 2, Extinction, Like Father, Yellow Submarine, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Curb Your Enthusiasm
2:02:30 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:08:00 – Outro

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  • devolutionary

    I was really confused for a split second when only Sean introduced himself. I was thinking “how exciting could a complete solo podcast be with Sean talking to himself?”. Nice to have “a” motley FJ crew of sorts back on after a week hiatus.

  • Blake in Boston

    The mall ambience from Reed’s skype call is just glorious. I feel so immersed. I can almost smell the Cinnabon.

  • Colin

    Five words for Zach re: Popular Film Oscar potentially being limited to big budget films:

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding

  • Reed Farrington

    No Cinnabon. Maybe the smell of nail polish from the nearby all Asian nail salon. (For Asians, nail salons are the 21st Century laundries.)

  • schizopolis

    Not gonna lie. Reed beat out Zach’s weak sauce across the board. Zach was okay, but he was Zach. This mofo Reed was podcasting out a damn shopping mall! Totally creepy, but A+ for perseverance.

    I think this was the first time I listened to Reed where he was relaxed and himself. Usually in every episode with Reed, there are awkward moments and he just kills the vibe and momentum of the show. I don’t remember any of that here. More Reed mallcasting.

  • Lori Cerny

    Zack,

    My favorite guest is Greg Gaspari!

  • Reed Farrington

    Actually, I got tongue-tied being the first to talk about The Meg. All I really had to say was that The Meg seemed like a TV show pilot. Like Seaquest DSV.

  • Reed Farrington

    1-1. We’re tied so far, Zak. In our blood pact, we didn’t consider what would happen if the vote ended in a tie.

    I need to get surgery on my vocal chords in order to get Greg’s smooth, mellifluous baritone. (I know I could probably use whatever they injected into the Meg’s forebrain, too.)

  • devolutionary

    Any “Huuuuunnnny Bunnnnnnns!” instead?

  • bort?

    We live in a golden era of FilmJunk. Zack? Reed? Skype? One of them casting FROM the Pen Centre? This masterpiece will never be outdone. Either that, or April 1st 2019 came a few months early.

    Thank you, Sean, for blessing us with this incredible piece of entertainment. My week has been made.

  • pcch7

    Reed must have the discipline and determination of a god to not have gotten internet yet.

    Zak is good, never deserved being bottom of the guest star list imo

  • tyler mikol

    I love all Film Junk Guests with all my heart. But The only reason Zak has a chance in this battle is because Reed is polarizing, he has many haters. For me this is an easy Choice, it’s was nice having you around Zak but DONT LET THE DOOR HIT YA WHERE THE GOOD LORD SPLIT YA!!!! REED RULES!!! REED RULES!!!! GET WRECKED!!!!!!

  • pcch7

    Loved the stinger at the end

  • zakbronson

    I agree that Reed rules, but he was phoning it in on multiple levels this episode.

  • Joe Carson

    Does Zak have a drool/saliva issue? His snorting noises over Skype are really sick-making. Reed ruled, as always.

  • MartyMcflyJr

    Zak forgetting he’s in 2018. Time traveler confirmed.

  • Jason B.

    Sean, I watched 4 different trailers for Sorcerer’s Apprentice and I can confirm NONE of them referred to Turteltaub as “visionary.” I’m pretty sure this was a joke invented because of other hack directors like Zack Snyder actually getting the term used in their trailers. The torture I endure for this damn show. :)

  • Tommy

    If it wasn’t for the popular film category, I’d fully expect Black Panther to get a Best Picture nom, even if it was just for appearances. The Film Junk reviews on it were totally at the lower end of critical opinion.

    edit: Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just Zak downplaying it’s chances.

  • Sorry Joe. Nothing approaches Jay’s respiratory system. Zak’s snorts sound like an angel approaching a gentle orgasm by comparison.

  • Indianamcclain

    The thought of “Black Panther” getting nominated for best picture when “The Dark Knight” got passed over makes me wanna hurl.

  • Indianamcclain

    Sean sneaking in the headlines segment when no one’s looking, I like it.

    That new Oscar category sounds like something straight out of the MTV Movie Awards.

  • traynor

    I always think of myself as hyper sensitive when it comes to auditory gross-outs, but I have no idea what either of you are referring to. Zak is a pro. Reed is an artist.

  • traynor

    Seconded. It’s always a bummer when one of the main three are gone, but to have TWO gone? But Sean made magic happen here.

  • Zak is definitely not a ‘pro’ but he is definitely an artist in his own way. And uncontrollable snorts are a vital ceramic shard of the breathtakingly-crafted mosaic.

  • zakbronson

    The secret’s out: I’m a huge mouth breather.

  • zakbronson

    I’d like love more Reed mallcasting, especially with some mall run ins with the local elderly folks.

  • zakbronson

    That’s a good point. It was a different time though, when independent cinema still got decent releases. By contrast, films like Hereditary don’t even get wide releases.

  • Blake in Boston

    The thought of you hurling makes me wanna barf.

  • Jake

    It was nice to have the news back. Still surprised they haven’t discussed the James Gunn firing.

  • Sean

    Haha thanks for looking. I seem to remember trying to find the trailer a few years ago and not having any luck either. I guess it’s another case of editorializing, although it seems odd to think we (or I) completely made it up.

  • Jake

    I think it evolved from the fact that Jon Turteltaub’s name would come up in trailers just in general. Not being called visionary or anything but simply just having his name on the screen. I know the National Treasure movies had this. “From Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Director Jon Turtletaub”. I think you guys were just puzzled why they were selling the movie on a nobody. Like there are certain directors where you want the name front and center in the marketing, but Turtletaub?? I could be completely wrong with this but that’s how I’m remembering it. I’ll have to go back through the old episodes and verify the origin.

  • Indianamcclain

    Agreed, that was a massive story that was glossed over. They even announced yesterday that it won’t be redacted.

  • Reed Farrington

    Concerning the James Gunn firing, life isn’t fair. Anyone involved in the firing will get theirs in the end.

  • Reed Farrington

    Apology accepted. Guess I can’t compete with Zak’s piercing eyes and luscious lips.

  • Reed Farrington

    I had to listen to the stinger after your comment. It sounded like Zak was… oh, never mind.

  • Reed Farrington

    One time, a sanitation expert was emptying the garbage container next to me and he noticed I was playing Star Trek – Timelines on my iPad. He then proceeded to tell me about meeting William Shatner filming The Kidnapping of the President at City Hall in Toronto all those years ago.

  • Reed Farrington

    If my tally is correct, I’m leading Zak by 3-2. Closer race than I expected. Zak seems to be getting the female vote. If we close the polls now, we can send Zak off by blowing raspberries.

  • newtaurus

    “I don’t know who on Earth has ever suggested Black Panther be nominated for an Oscar.”

    Never mind Best Picture, this jackoff made a case for Black Panther basically sweeping the Oscars.

    https://marvelstudiosnews.com/2018/03/05/consideration-let-black-panther-oscar-campaign-begin/

    Talk about Disney payoffs…

  • newtaurus

    If I recall, the usual FJ crew hasn’t been whole since the termination. That, and because it’s way too touchy there would be backlash regardless of what opinions they share. I don’t blame them for punting.

  • newtaurus

    It will absolutely be nominated for Best Picture for appearances only. They do this all the time in several categories, you just have to look closely.

  • bobsponge42

    Vote Lady Bird…then Zak…and eventually Reed.

  • Yup, you’re pretty much perfect. Like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom perfect.

  • I can’t lie, I enhanced his lips a little in Photoshop. He’s the star of the show I just had to.

  • Sean

    Ah yes that actually makes more sense, I think you might be right.

  • I think you guys just liked saying “Don’t Turtle the Taub” so much, you made him a visionary.

  • Tommy

    I think it totally deserves to at least be nominated for numerous things. Taking away ‘foreign’ films, it’s at my #5 spot of 2018 movies so far.

    All I want is to see Hereditary up there, though :)

  • Joe Carson

    It takes a real man to admit his shortcomings. And Reed rules.

  • zakbronson