Game Junk Podcast Episode #37: Guacamelee! 2 + Spider-Man

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0:00 – Intro
5:40 – Headlines: Telltale Games Lays Off Majority of Staff
13:20 – Hot Button: Game Dev Unions
34:50 – Review: Guacamelee! 2
1:00:30 – Review: Marvel’s Spider-Man
1:30:10 – Other Stuff We Played: Detroit: Become Human, Octopath Traveler, Donut County, Overcooked 2, Hollow Knight, Dead Cells, Dandara, We Happy Few, Valkyria Chronicles 4, Madden 19, NHL 19 Demo, Mario Tennis Aces, Minit, WarioWare Gold, Phantasy Star IV
2:01:40 – Junk Mail: Game Streaming Future, Battle Royale Fad, Best Reasons to Buy a Switch, Atari VCS, Hideo Kojima = David Lynch?, Best Video Game Scores, Things That Impress Us or Annoy Us in Games, Gaming PCs, The Impact of God of War, Hyrule Warriors, Dumbest Things We’ve Done to Get a Game, DRM and Crossplay, Choosing the Right Difficulty Level, Dynamic Horse Bollocks, Playing Multiple Games at Once, Wii-U Games Ported to Switch, Board Game Recommendations, Microtransactions + Red Dead 2, Best Stories in Games
3:07:15 – Outro

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Glass Trailer #2

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This week Universal has released a new trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, the upcoming sequel to Unbreakable and Split, which continues to communicate the movie’s set up while also promising that there is much more to come. It seems clear that Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) and The Beast (James McAvoy) cross paths with David Dunn (Bruce Willis) in a mental institution of some sort where Sarah Paulson is their therapist. The duo then team up to orchestrate an escape and David Dunn ends up in pursuit. The new trailer continues to maintain a slow, suspenseful tone but also hints at a bit more action than either of the previous films contained. In a current cinematic landscape overflowing with superheroes and comic book movies, can M. Night Shyamalan still find a way to surprise us? Glass hits theatres on Jan. 18th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Disney’s Aladdin Teaser Trailer

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Believe it or not, Disney has a total of three live-action adaptations of animated classics coming out next year: Tim Burton’s Dumbo, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin. The first teaser for the latter debuted during Thursday night football last night and although it does not reveal any footage of Will Smith as the Genie, it does offer a first look at the Cave of Wonders and Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) as Aladdin himself. The movie also stars Naomi Smith (Power Rangers) as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari (Murder on the Orient Express) as Jafar with new music being provided by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman, La La Land). Does this look like a worthy re-envisioning of a classic? Aladdin hits theatres on May 24, 2019; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: First Man, Bad Times at the El Royale, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

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We’ve got three major releases hitting theatres this weekend but whether any of them will challenge either Venom or A Star is Born in their second weekend remains to be seen. Ryan Gosling stars in the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, which is expected to be an awards contender but may or may not be a big mainstream hit. Also hitting theatres we have the spooky family sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, which is tracking far behind the original, and the original Drew Goddard thriller Bad Times at the El Royale. The latter has a star-studded cast but doesn’t seem to be generating much awareness. In select theatres, keep an eye out for Beautiful Boy starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet as well as Ike Barinholtz’s sociopolitical satire The Oath. What will you be watching this weekend?

The Christmas Chronicles Trailer Starring Kurt Russell

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When it was first announced that Kurt Russell had signed on to play Santa Claus in an upcoming holiday adventure film, it seemed like a pretty amazing bit of casting. The fact that it was also being produced by Chris Columbus (Home Alone) only seemed to solidify the possibility that we may have a new yuletide classic on our hands. Unfortunately, now that I’ve seen the first trailer for The Christmas Chronicles, I’m not so sure. This is a Netflix original directed by Clay Kaytis (The Angry Birds Movie), and despite a cute concept that involves a brother and sister teaming up to help Santa save Christmas, it looks like borderline direct-to-DVD material. Perhaps my expectations were too high? The Christmas Chronicles arrives on Netflix on Nov. 22nd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Pet Sematary Remake Trailer

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The Stephen King revival continues next year with Paramount’s upcoming remake of Pet Sematary, based on King’s 1983 novel about a family who move to a small town in Maine and discover a nearby cemetery with a disturbing secret. The movie was previously adapted by Mary Lambert in 1989 and although it was a decent box office hit at the time, it also leaves some room for improvement. The new version is directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes) and it stars Jason Clarke, John Lithgow and Amy Seimetz. It is unclear if they have anything else planned to set it apart but either way this doesn’t seem quite as likely to repeat the same level of success as the recent It remake. Pet Sematary hits theatres on April 5th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #679: Venom

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0:00 – Intro
21:50 – Review: Venom
58:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: A Star Is Born, Blood Hook, Ironclad, Open Windows, Unfriended: Dark Web, The Descent, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Haunters: The Art of the Scare, Gene’s Movie Reviews: Trailer Reaction Videos
1:43:05 – Outro
1:44:20 – Spoiler Discussion: Venom

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James Gunn in Talks to Write and Possibly Direct Suicide Squad 2

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In the months since James Gunn was fired as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for writing recently resurfaced offensive tweets, cast members and fans have called for Disney to consider giving him another chance. Unfortunately, it is pretty clear that the family-friendly studio simply cannot afford to reinstate someone who has publicly joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape. From what we’re hearing, they may still use the majority of his script for Guardians Vol. 3 and that is about the best he can hope for. In the meantime, however, Gunn is having no trouble finding work elsewhere and this week we are hearing that Warner Brothers has jumped on the opportunity to soak up some of Marvel’s creative juices, so to speak. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Making a Murderer: Part 2 Trailer

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It has been almost three years since Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix and brought worldwide attention to the trial of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey for the murder of Teresa Halbach. The show sparked a lot of outrage and controversy, but in the wake of their conviction a new lawyer has stepped in to try and exonerate the defendants. Meanwhile, their families have had to deal with the media attention and the emotional aftermath. Directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos once again returned to Manitowoc County, Wisconsin to document the next chapter in this continuing saga, although it is hard to imagine the next 10 episodes being equally as compelling as the first. Making a Murderer: Part 2 arrives on Netflix on Oct. 19th; check out the official trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Aquaman NYCC Extended Trailer

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Attendees at New York Comic Con over the weekend got a first look at a handful of upcoming TV shows and movies including the new Hellboy, and although that trailer hasn’t been released online (yet), Warner Brothers did drop a brand new trailer for James Wan’s Aquaman. It is a pretty lengthy one (five minutes to be exact), offering up a much better sense of the movie’s tone while showcasing an impressive chase sequence and somewhat unique sci-fi / fantasy visuals. It also features a better look at Black Manta and even a glimpse of Jason Momoa in the classic Aquaman colours, which is a bit of a surprise. Aquaman co-stars Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Djimon Hounsou and Dolph Lundgren and it hits theatres on Dec. 21st. Check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Venom is Venomenal

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We are all Venom. Venom defied expectations and negative reviews over the weekend to set a new record for the month of October, successfully launching Sony’s Spider-Verse on the big screen. The movie earned a staggering $80 million, destroying the $55.7 million opening weekend record previously held by Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity… all without the help of Spider-Man himself. I’m not entirely sure what the takeaway is here, but clearly critics were a non-factor and comic book movies are still the safest bet you can make in Hollywood right now. Elsewhere, A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga also opened strong, pulling in $41.3 million and setting the stage for a strong run in the coming weeks based on positive word of mouth. The animated film Smallfoot fell to third place followed by Night School. The House with a Clock in Its Walls rounded out the top 5.

1. Venom — $80M
2. A Star Is Born — $41.3M
3. Smallfoot — $14.9M
4. Night School — $12.3M
5. The House with a Clock in Its Walls — $7.3M
6. A Simple Favor — $3.4M
7. The Nun — $2.6M
8. Hell Fest — $2.1M
9. Crazy Rich Asians — $2.1M
10. The Predator — $0.9M

Clint Eastwood’s The Mule Trailer

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Clint Eastwood continues to be one of the most prolific directors working today, having put out essentially a movie a year for the past few decades now. This year he has already released The 15:17 to Paris, but just in time for awards season he has a second project hitting theatres as well. The Mule finds him back in a starring role in one of his own films for the first time since 2008’s Gran Torino and there is speculation that it could be his last. Based on the true story of an 80-year-old WWII veteran who becomes a drug runner for a Mexican cartel, the movie co-stars Bradley Cooper along with Taissa Farmiga, Michael Pena, Laurence Fishburne, Clifton Collins Jr. and Dianne Wiest. The Mule hits theatres on Dec. 14th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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