Top 10 Horror Movies of the Past Decade (2005-2015)

In celebration of the Film Junk Podcast’s 10 Year Anniversary, we decided to count down the best horror, comedy and sci-fi movies of the past decade. For more info, listen to the full discussion on Episode #530.

10. 28 WEEKS LATER (2007)
Dir. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

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Not only does 28 Weeks Later feature some amazing set pieces (opening farm house, “zombie” transformation, sniper sequence, night vision, etc.), but the film looks at the various ways in which people might react in a major crisis situation. Most would think that if a loved one was being ravaged by rage-filled “zombies”, you would NOT abandon them in favour of self-preservation. What 28 Weeks Later presupposes is… maybe you would?

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Macbeth Blu Ray Review

Macbeth
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Written by: Roman Polanski, Kenneth Tynan (Adapted from the play by William Shakespeare)
Starring Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler

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As a film, Polanski’s Macbeth is an accomplished adaptation; remaining true to the source material while still retaining the authorial stamp of its director. The story behind the production reveals Macbeth to be filmmaking as therapy. A coping mechanism for a real life tragedy.

Without Charles Manson, Roman Polanski’s Macbeth does not exist. It’s a tragic case of cause and effect, in which the grizzly murder of actress Sharon Tate — Polanski’s pregnant wife — by members of the Manson family resulted in a period of turmoil and depression for Polanski, forcing his career onto an alternate path. Previously he’d been attached to write and direct Day of the Dolphin, which he quickly abandoned. Understandably, Polanski’s head space simply didn’t gel with the sort of creative energy required to bring the tale of a pair of talking dolphins to the big screen. Instead, that film was handed off to Mike Nichols, resulting in some inspired dialogue scenes between George C. Scott and his talking dolphin “Fa”. It’s interesting to think that in some alternate timeline in which Charles Manson was never born, Roman Polanski might have directed Day of the Dolphin.

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The Movie Review Show #9: June 23rd, 1991 – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

To make up for the fact that our next premium podcast is a little late this month, we decided to dig deep into the Film Junk vault to bring you a special treat. This lost episode, recently discovered on cassette tape, is the earliest known incarnation of the Film Junk Podcast. Recorded back in 1991 when we were all still in elementary school, the sound quality is a little rough but hopefully you will still find it to be listenable. Enjoy!

0:00 – Intro
11:00 – Headlines: Ron Shelton to Direct White Men Can’t Jump, Director of Hudson Hawk to Direct The Good Son, Gary Oldman to Star in Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, Problem Child 2 Trailer, Terminator 2: Judgment Day Trailer
26:30 – Review: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
1:07:08 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Rocketeer, What About Bob, Stone Cold, Young Guns II, The Stuff
1:46:22 – Junk Mail: Is it Worth Upgrading to a Laserdisc Player?, Buying a Super Nintendo + Best Movie-Related Video Games, Favourite Video Rental Stores in the Niagara Region, Is Bart Simpson a Poor Role Model For Kids?
2:12:50 – Upcoming VHS Releases
2:16:15 – Outro

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #22: The Friday the 13th Franchise

In celebration of the recent release of the Friday the 13th film collection on blu ray, we thought it was time to tackle this popular horror franchise on this, the 22nd episode of the Film Junk Premium Podcast. In an attempt to keep things a bit more manageable, we decided to skip Jason vs. Freddy and the 2009 remake/reboot in favour of focusing on the first 8 Paramount Pictures films along with Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X. While we were initially concerned that we’d struggle to find enough substance to talk about within the series, our fears were quickly quelled as we dug into the minutiae of the franchise in an attempt to finally settle some long standing debates. Shelly or Joey: who would you rather? What exactly are the rules of strip Monopoly? Is Friday the 13th the Police Academy of horror franchises? Join us on our three hour journey as we break down TEN Friday the 13th films and discuss whether or not this series is a classic or a dead fuck.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #431: The World’s End and You’re Next

Film Junk Podcast Episode 431

0:00 – Intro:
06:35 – Review: The World’s End
29:32 – Review: You’re Next
53:31 – Headlines: Ben Affleck Cast as Batman
1:04:04 – Other Stuff We Watched: Shaun of the Dead, A Band Called Death, Hot Fuzz, Shark!, The Day of the Triffids, Carlito’s Way, I Come in Peace, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I Declare War
1:40:52– Junk Mail: Are People No Longer Willing to Sit Through Long Movies?, Tips for Conducting Documentary Interviews, Name That Movie, Our Policy for Watching Movies on Dates
2:01:49– This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:03:13 – Outro
2:04:49 – Spoiler Discussion: The World’s End
2:10:39 – Spoiler Discussion: You’re Next

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #21: The Alien Quadrilogy + Prometheus

Alien Premium Podcast

Stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen! It’s time once again for the Film Junk Premium Podcast. This month we discuss one of the most beloved science fiction/horror franchises of all time, the Alien Quadrilogy! As a bonus, we also jump back into a lengthy discussion of Ridley Scott’s divisive and heavily debated 2012 prequel, Prometheus. So, which movies hold up best? Does Prometheus tarnish the mystique of the original? Is Sigourney’s Weaver a sex pot? Will Sean change his tune on Prometheus or will his cynical boner keep him staying frosty? Tune in and find out!

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #426: Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

0:00 – Intro
13:03 – Review: Pacific Rim
1:08:00 – Headlines: Despicable Me 2 Has Lowest 3D Ticket Sales to Date, Oldboy Trailer
1:17:52 – Other Stuff We Watched: Surf Ninjas, The Book of Eli, Gasland Part II, Hellboy, Private Parts, Celeste and Jesse Forever, I Love You, Man
1:54:06 – Junk Mail: Which Actors Still Command An Expectation That Whatever They’re In Will Be Good, Why So Many Dark and Brooding Blockbusters
2:12:17 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:13:03 – Outro

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #425: The Lone Ranger, The Bling Ring and Before Midnight

The Lone Ranger

0:00 – Intro
2:47 – Review: The Lone Ranger
47:24 – Review: The Bling Ring
1:05:07 – Review: Before Midnight
1:28:13 – Other Stuff We Watched: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Help!, Doomsday, Despicable Me, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Our Idiot Brother, The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, Cedar Rapids, Cyrus, How to Make Money Selling Drugs, Pure Luck, Bird on a Wire, Three Fugitives
2:07:52 – Junk Mail: Frank’s Favourite Foreign Comedies, Why Is Terrence Malick Making So Many Films Lately, What’s With the Project X Review?, Nicknames For Sean
2:17:38 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:20:27 – Outro

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Film Junk Premium Podcast: Independence Day Commentary Track

ID4 Commentary Track

As the good reverend would say, light the fires and kick the tires! Harry Conick Jr.’s loveable character Captain Jimmy Wilder is THRILLED that Film Junk has decided to release our very first audio commentary track covering Roland Emmerich’s modern disaster film “classic”, Independence Day! There’s no denying the fact that ID4 has had a big impact on modern blockbuster filmmaking, reviving the disaster film and influencing the current crop of comic book movies that consistently draw upon Emmerich’s brand of big city destruction. So now, 17 years later, we look back on this 90’s blockbuster staple to see how it holds up. While not all of us agree, we still had a lot of fun watching cocky Will Smith trade barbs with Ian Malcolm light. So, in the words of President Thomas J. Whitmore: “We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. So before you go quietly into the night, be sure to download this, the very first Film Junk commentary track! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”

*It’s worth noting that for this commentary we talked about the theatrical release of the film and not the extended cut. Also, there are syncing instructions in the intro of the track.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #424: White House Down and The Heat

White House Down

0:00 – Intro
2:33 – Review: White House Down
24:58 – Review: The Heat
48:27 – Headlines: Independence Day Sequels, Terminator Reboot, Escape Plan Trailer
58:44 – Other Stuff We Watched: Stargate, Grown Ups, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Moon 44, An American Werewolf in London, 10,000 B.C., Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Hot Rod, The Beach, Under the Dome, Earthquake, The Fortune Cookie, In Time, The Public Enemy, Irma La Douce
1:45:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:47:25 – Outro

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #423: World War Z and Monsters University

World War Z

0:00 – Intro
4:58 – Review: World War Z
25:34 – Review: Monsters University
56:54 – Headlines: R.I.P. James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey Won’t Promote Kick Ass 2, Mary Jane Cut Out of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Wolf of Wall Street Trailer, The Lego Movie Trailer, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Trailer
1:17:58 – Other Stuff We Watched: Monsters Inc., Major League, Miracle, A Band Called Death, Minority Report, Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, Goin’ Down the Road, Identity Thief, Electra Glide in Blue, Panic in the Streets, The Petrified Forest, Hell in the Pacific, Annie Hall
1:44:16 – Junk Mail: Please Stop Arguing, Please Continue Arguing, Thoughts on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Upcoming Film, Votes for Jay’s New Nickname
1:58:46 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:02:03 – Outro
2:03:35 – Spoiler Discussion: World War Z

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‘Things to Come’ Blu Ray Review

Things to Come
Directed by: William Cameron Menzies
Written by: H. G. Wells
Starring: Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott

Things to Come

William Cameron Menzies’ Things to Come is an epic, sprawling visual wonder filmed from a script by H.G. Wells himself, loosely adapted from his novel The Shape of Things to Come. It’s a masterwork of design and cinematic grandeur, giving audiences of 1937 a dark look into the future, and audiences of 2013 an opportunity to contrast and compare Wells’ typically prescient observations on science and society.

The film takes place in a city not so subtly named ‘Everytown’, which seems to be a version of London, England. It’s Christmas day 1940 and the world is on the brink of WWII. Business man John Cabal hosts guests in celebration of the holidays but is distressed by the looming threat of war. Meanwhile his stubbornly optimistic friend Passworthy suggests a war will accelerate technological progress. This is immediately followed by a bombing raid, sending the world into war.

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