Film Junk’s Best and Worst Movies of 2017


We unveiled our favourite movies of the year earlier this week on the most recent episode of the Film Junk Podcast, but for ease of reference (or for those who can’t be bothered to listen) here is a quick rundown of our picks. Of course, if you want more in-depth discussion, you’ll still need to listen the show. In retrospect, there was a lot of overlap on our lists although only 3 movies were shared between all of our top 10s (which seems to be the norm). Esteemed podcast guest Zak also provided us with his personal top 10 list as well. What were your favourite movies of 2017?

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Summer of ’84 Trailer: An ’80s-Centric Horror Movie from the Directors of Turbo Kid


The success of Stranger Things has pretty much guaranteed that we are going to continue to see ’80s nostalgia served up on screen over the next few years. That being said, some people were doing ’80s-inspired work even before Stranger Things debuted… people like French-Canadian filmmakers Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissel (aka RKSS), who made a fun little film in 2015 called Turbo Kid. Now they are back with their latest film, Summer of ’84, which seems to be a combination of an Amblin adventure film and a slasher film with a little bit of Fright Night thrown in as well. The plot revolves around a group of 15-year-old kids who suspect that their police officer neighbor is actually a serial killer. Summer of ’84 will premiere at Sundance this month but it doesn’t have a release date yet; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New Flight of the Conchords HBO Special Officially Announced


It’s been almost a decade since Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie opted not to produce a third season of their HBO series Flight of the Conchords, but they have continued to keep themselves busy. Clement co-wrote and directed What We Do in the Shadows with Taika Waititi and starred in movies like Men in Black 3, while McKenzie wrote music for the two most recent Muppet movies and appeared in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as well. They have also continued to perform together on occasion while rumours have persisted about a possible Flight of the Conchords movie. During a recent press appearance, Clement hinted that something might finally be happening on that front and now this week HBO has officially confirmed that a new Flight of the Conchords special is coming later this year. It’s not a movie, but it might be the next best thing. Hit the jump for more info.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Commuter, The Post, Paddington 2


Last weekend Insidious: The Last Key kicked off 2018 as the first wide release of the year, but now this weekend things are getting a little more crowded as we have a pretty solid mix of new additions and expansions. Liam Neeson is back again with The Commuter, his fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra, while Paddington 2 finally offers family audiences an alternative to Ferdinand. The modern blaxploitation flick Proud Mary starring Taraji P. Henson is also in wide release while Steven Spielberg’s awards contender The Post starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep is also expanding to almost 3000 screens. In limited release, we also have select screenings of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room and the Lebanese film The Insult. What will you be watching this weekend?

Tully Trailer: Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody Reteam with Charlize Theron


It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from Jason Reitman (whose last couple of films weren’t particularly well-received), but he’s back this year with two new movies, one of which finds him reteaming with screenwriter Diablo Cody. The duo obviously had their biggest success with Juno, but their 2011 collaboration Young Adult was a bit darker and more mature. Their latest film is called Tully and seems to be heading down a similar path with Charlize Theron also starring once again. She plays an exhausted mother of three who is gifted a night nanny (Mackenzie Davis) by her brother (Mark Duplass) to help out. The first trailer keeps things somewhat mysterious but the movie seems to be about the “unique bond” that they form. Tully hits theatres on April 20th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Trust Trailer: Danny Boyle’s FX Series Goes Deeper on the Getty Kidnapping


It’s not very often that we get to see two prominent directors take on the same material at almost the exact same time, but that seems to be the case with the upcoming FX series Trust. Directed by Danny Boyle, the show revolves around the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III — which was also the subject of Ridley Scott’s recent movie All the Money in the World. Trust seems to have a slightly different spin on the material, however, exploring the possibility that Getty staged his own kidnapping and also spending a lot more time with Getty Sr. as well. The show stars Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Harris Dickinson, Brendan Fraser and Michael Esper and is expected to span multiple seasons, probably further exploring Getty’s rise to fame and fortune. Trust premieres on FX on March 25th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Blumhouse Horror Anthology Series Coming to Hulu


Anthology TV shows are making a huge comeback as of late, thanks largely to the success of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror but also some recent genre anthology movies as well. In this case, we’re not talking about shows like American Horror Story or Fargo where each season is a new cast and story, we’re talking about the classic anthology format popularized by shows like The Twilight Zone, where each episode is completely standalone. The Twilight Zone itself is set to be revived with the help of Jordan Peele, while reboots of other shows like Tales from the Crypt and Amazing Stories are also in development. Now the highly successful purveyors of low budget horror Blumhouse Productions are getting into the game as well. Hit the jump for more info.

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Teen Titans GO! To The Movies Teaser Trailer


The success of The Lego Batman Movie has apparently convinced Warner Brothers that there is potential for more theatrically released animated superhero movies, but don’t hold your breath hoping for another Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Instead, they have decided to take the characters from the wacky animated series Teen Titans Go! and give them their own feature-length adventure. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is definitely pushing the same self-referential humour as the Lego movies and it also apparently features Will Arnett and Kristen Bell in guest roles just to give it a little star power (they are voicing Slade Wilson and Jade Wilson respectively). This is definitely aimed squarely at kids but it’s still kind of cool to see a 2D animated movie getting a wide release. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies hits theatres on July 27th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #642: Phantom Thread and Best of 2017


0:00 – Intro
14:15 – Review: Phantom Thread
36:20 – Feature: Film Junk’s Top 10 Movies of 2017
1:54:30 – Feature: 4th Annual Junkies
2:43:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:43:58 – Outro
2:46:35 – Spoiler Discussion: Phantom Thread

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Eleven from Stranger Things to Play Sherlock Holmes’ Sister in New YA Franchise


The success of Stranger Things has already helped boost the careers of a few of its stars with Finn Wolfhard starring in Stephen King’s It and David Harbour landing the lead role in the upcoming Hellboy reboot. Now it looks like Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), is set to break out on the big screen as well. She already landed a major role in the upcoming Godzilla sequel, Godzilla: King of Monsters, and now this week we are hearing that she will headline another new movie franchise being set up at Legendary Entertainment. The franchise will revolve around Enola Holmes, the teenage sister of world famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Red Sparrow Trailer #2


With Marvel seemingly unwilling to give fans a Black Widow solo movie, someone else has gone ahead and beat them to the punch. The upcoming spy thriller Red Sparrow finds Jennifer Lawrence playing a young Russian ballerina recruited into a top secret intelligence program (not unlike Natasha Romanoff), although in this case it is based on a book written by retired CIA agent Jason Matthews. With a supporting cast that includes Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, Ciaran Hinds and Jeremy Irons, this definitely has potential even if director Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / Mockingjay, I Am Legend) is a bit of a jobber. Red Sparrow hits theatres on March 2nd; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Kickboxer: Retaliation Trailer


The recently rebooted Kickboxer franchise seems to be following in the footsteps of the revived Universal Soldier series, aiming primarily at a home audience and providing Jean-Claude Van Damme fans and action junkies with just enough reason to care about new entries. Kickboxer: Retaliation is the sequel to 2016’s Kickboxer: Vengeance and it finds MMA champ Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi) being kidnapped and brought back to Thailand for another fight, this time with a beast of a man known as Mongkut (Game of Thrones‘ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). With a supporting cast that also includes Christopher Lambert, Mike Tyson, JCVD and several real-life MMA fighters, it’s hard not to be at least a little bit curious. Directed by Dimitri Logothetis (Wings of the Dragon), Kickboxer: Retaliation hits select theatres and VOD on Jan. 26th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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