Film Junk Podcast Episode #587: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back


0:00 – Intro
14:15 – Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
47:45 – Headlines: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Teaser, Logan Trailer, Tim Miller Leaves Deadpool 2, Donald Glover to Play Young Lando
1:09:40 – Other Stuff We Watched: 13th, Chopping Mall, Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle, Joshy, Black Mirror
1:30:00 – Junk Mail: Movies That Don’t Have a Three Act Structure, Buying Used DVDs and Blu-rays from a Rental Store, Frank Going Digital, The Importance of Sound in Movies
1:49:25 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:52:05 – Outro

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I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House Trailer: Netflix’s Latest Original Horror Movie


Following up on Hush and Stranger Things, Netflix has another original horror release heading our way just in time for Halloween. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is the second film by writer / actor / director Oz Perkins (The Blackcoat’s Daughter), who also happens to be the son of Psycho star Anthony Perkins. The movie revolves around a young nurse named Lily (Ruth Wilson) who is hired to care for an aging horror novelist (Paula Prentiss) in her family’s 19th century farmhouse. Things start to get weird when Lily reads her latest book and begins to believe it contains clues tied to her own fate. The movie looks to be an atmospheric slow burn and it premiered at TIFF last month to mixed reviews. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House co-stars Lucy Boynton and Bob Balaban and arrives on Netflix on Oct. 28th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Justin Lin to Reboot Knight Rider


Last month it was announced that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin had signed on to direct a feature film based on the Hot Wheels toy line. Now this week he has reportedly been hired to reboot yet another car-based property: the ’80s TV series Knight Rider. This new version won’t be a feature film, however, nor will it be a network TV series. Instead, the new Knight Rider will be a digital series produced for the web in partnership with Machinima and NBCUniversal. Justin Lin will direct and produce through his production company, YOMYOMF (You Offend Me You Offend My Family). Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein had this to say about the project:

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Peter Jackson Sets Up Mortal Engines Adaptation at Universal


It’s been a couple of years since Peter Jackson completed his work on The Hobbit Trilogy, but after taking a bit of a breather, it looks like he’s finally ready to jump back into development on a brand new movie franchise. Back in 2009, Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh acquired the movie rights to Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines sci-fi fantasy book series from Scholastic. They are now in the process of setting up an adaptation of the first book with MRC and Universal, although in this case Jackson has chosen not to direct it himself. Instead he will hand over the reins to Christian Rivers, a long-time collaborator who did VFX work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, as well as King Kong (which earned him an Oscar). Jackson had this to say about the announcement:

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Barry Teaser Trailer: First Look at Netflix’s Barack Obama Biopic


With Barack Obama’s time left in office now down to just a few months, Netflix is preparing to release a movie that celebrates his accomplishments by looking into his past: specifically, his junior year at Columbia University in 1981. Directed by Vikram Gandhi (Kumaré), the movie is called Barry and it stars newcomer Devon Terrell as a young Obama years before he met his future wife (for that story, see Richard Tanne’s Southside with You). The movie premiered at TIFF last month to positive reviews and it features a supporting cast that includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Jenna Elfman, Ashley Judd and Ellar Coltrane. Barry arrives on Netflix on Dec. 16th; check out the first teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Godzilla 2 Gets Krampus Director


Earlier this year we learned that Gareth Edwards would not be returning to direct the sequel to his 2014 Godzilla reboot, preferring instead to return to something smaller like his directorial debut Monsters (once he wraps up Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that is). It sounds like he was suffering from blockbuster burn out, which seems to be an increasingly common problem in Hollywood as of late, particularly with indie filmmakers who make a sudden jump to the studio system. Now this week it looks like Legendary Pictures may have found his replacement and it happens to be someone with a little bit more studio experience: Krampus director Michael Dougherty. Hit the jump for more details.

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Deadpool 2 Loses Tim Miller as Director


Looks like there is trouble brewing in the Fox Cinematic Universe this week after a major shake-up happened on Deadpool 2 over the weekend. We are hearing that director Tim Miller has left the project over creative differences, reportedly having butted heads with star Ryan Reynolds a few too many times. Although Reynolds was a producer on the first film as well, his clout is said to have “increased exponentially” on the sequel, giving him control over casting and other major elements of the movie. Still, after the success of the first film, what could they possibly have to disagree about? Hit the jump for more details.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Madea Manhandles Jack Reacher


Madea reclaimed her place at the top of the box office over the weekend as Boo! A Madea Halloween earned $27.6 million, the highest start for the series since Madea Goes to Jail back in 2009. The last film, A Madea Christmas, opened to just $16 million and seemed to indicate dwindling interest, but now Tyler Perry is apparently back in business. In second place, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back also had a decent debut, bringing in an estimated $23 million. That’s considerably more than the first film made, although it opened during a busy Christmas season back in 2012 and seemed to slowly find an audience over time. In third and fourth place, Ouija: Origin of Evil and The Accountant were both at the $14 million mark separated by just $35,000. The Girl on the Train rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Keeping Up with the Joneses opened in seventh with just $5.6 million, which makes it a pretty big disappointment for 20th Century Fox.

1. Boo! A Madea Halloween — $27.6M
2. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back — $23.0M
3. Ouija: Origin of Evil — $14.1M
4. The Accountant — $14.0M
5. The Girl on the Train — $7.3M
6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — $6.0M
7. Keeping Up with the Joneses — $5.6M
8. Kevin Hart: What Now? — $4.1M
9. Storks — $4.1M
10. Deepwater Horizon — $3.6M

Donald Glover to Play Young Lando in Han Solo Movie


So Disney and Lucasfilm just dropped some pretty big news as we head into the weekend. Back in May, they announced that Hail, Caesar! star Alden Ehrenreich had landed the lead role in their upcoming Han Solo solo movie. Now we have our second major casting announcement as Donald Glover (Community, Atlanta) will apparently be playing a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming film. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had this to say about the announcement:

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Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 Trailer


Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2008 remake of the Roger Corman-produced cult classic Death Race 2000 wasn’t nearly as fun as it probably should have been, but it was apparently successful enough to spawn two direct-to-DVD sequels. Sensing that there was somehow still more money to be made, Roger Corman has now returned to his original film to give us an official sequel: Death Race 2050. Directed by G.J. Echternkamp (Frank and Cindy), this movie finds Manu Bennett (Spartacus: War of the Damned, Arrow) taking on the role of Frankenstein with Malcolm McDowell as the evil Chairman. Unfortunately, although this sounds great in theory, the trailer makes it pretty clear that this is going to look a lot like Corman’s recent Syfy output such as Sharktopus and Dinocroc vs. Supergator. So you know… don’t get too excited. Death Race 2050 hits Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray on Jan. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Independence Day Resurgence, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Trilogia de Guillermo Del Toro


A couple of big summer disappointments hit DVD and Blu-ray this week along with an acclaimed HBO mini-series and some decent genre back catalogue stuff to boot. Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day Resurgence and James Bobin’s Alice Through the Looking Glass both bombed in theatres (in the U.S. at least) but will now attempt to salvage themselves on home video. Other movies out this week include Woody Allen’s Cafe Society starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, John Le Carre adaptation Our Kind of Traitor starring Ewan McGregor, and the Danish zombie film What We Become. HBO’s crime drama The Night Of is also hitting stores and on Blu-ray we’ve got Criterion’s Trilogia de Guillermo Del Toro, a new collector’s edition of Child’s Play, Night Hawks starring Sylvester Stallone, and Bride of Re-Animator. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy releases after the jump.

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Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness Trailer


After spending a decade of his career focusing on big blockbusters for Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (with a few smaller detours for The Weather Man and Rango), Gore Verbinski is returning to the horror genre for the first time since his 2002 remake of The Ring. His new movie is called A Cure for Wellness and, despite an awkward title that sounds like a charity event, it looks to be both mysterious and creepy. The movie stars Dane DeHaan as a young executive who is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO at a wellness spa somewhere in the Swiss Alps. After arriving, he soon finds himself trapped and unable to escape as he slowly uncovers some dark secrets. A Cure for Wellness co-stars Mia Goth and Jason Isaacs and it hits theatres on Feb. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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