Film Junk Podcast Episode #615: The Mummy

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0:00 – Intro
19:25 – Review: The Mummy
44:15 – Headlines: RIP Adam West, Black Panther Trailer, The Gong Show and Battle of the Network Stars, Sony to Release Clean Versions of Movies on Home Video
1:10:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: A Cure for Wellness, Life, The Mummy (1999), The Mummy (1932), Look Who’s Talking, Born on the Fourth of July, Primal Screen
1:53:33 – Junk Mail: DC vs Marvel Movies, The State of CG Effects, Best ’90s Soundtracks, Handling Reviews of Our Own Creative Output, True Lies, Greatest Movie Score of All Time, Sticker Removal Techniques + Frank’s Memories of Working at a Theatre
2:46:02 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:50:15 – Outro
2:52:55 – Spoiler Discussion: The Mummy
3:05:25 – Spoiler Discussion: Life

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Cannonball Run Remake Gets a New Director

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Last year Warner Brothers announced their intention to remake (sorry, “relaunch”) The Cannonball Run, their 1981 cross-country road race comedy starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Adrienne Barbeau, Peter Fonda and Jackie Chan. With the Fast & Furious franchise still going strong, there clearly seems to be room for more vehicular-based mayhem on the big screen. Etan Cohen (Get Hard) was originally attached to write and direct, but since then he has apparently moved on from the project. Fortunately, they have a new director and writing team lined up that make it very clear that this will maintain the comedic tone of the original. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Flatliners Trailer Starring Ellen Page and Diego Luna

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When it comes to remakes no one really expected (or wanted) to see, Flatliners has got to be up there. Joel Schumacher’s original 1990 film starred Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt as medical students who secretly decide to explore the afterlife by temporarily killing themselves and then resuscitating each other. Past tragedies come back to haunt them, however, and soon their experiment gets out of hand. The new version is directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and technically it is a sequel (Kiefer Sutherland apparently reprises his role although he is not seen in the trailer). It feels like they may be going in a more explicitly horrific direction this time around, but that could just be how they are marketing it. Flatliners stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, James Norton, Nina Dobrev and Kiersey Clemons and it hits theatres on Sept. 29th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Doug Liman Leaves Justice League Dark, Signs On for YA Adaptation Unearthed

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It remains to be seen if Universal’s “Dark Universe” franchise will continue to move forward after the lacklustre response to The Mummy, but in the meantime, Warner Brothers has been busy setting up a Dark Universe of their own. I’m referring, of course, to their Justice League Dark movie, which they were supposedly going to call Dark Universe until Universal stole the name (leading to a possible lawsuit). Doug Liman was attached to direct up until last month, but he recently dropped out to focus on the young adult thriller Chaos Walking. Now this week he has signed on to helm the start of another YA franchise called Unearthed. The plot synopsis is as follows:

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Wonder Woman Buries The Mummy

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It was a familiar story at the box office over the weekend as The Mummy became the latest poorly reviewed blockbuster to end up a domestic disappointment. The movie got the Dark Universe off to a pretty slow start, opening in second place with just $32 million, less than even The Scorpion King spin-off made back in 2002. That being said, it did make $141 million overseas, which is Cruise’s largest worldwide opening ever. Universal also just crossed $3 billion worldwide, so clearly they are doing okay. Wonder Woman repeated at the top with $57 million, while Captain Underpants fell to third. Pirates 5 and Guardians 2 rounded out the top 5. In sixth place, It Comes At Night came in below expectations with $6 million, ultimately unable to capitalize on a strong critical reception (possibly due to a decidedly mixed reaction from moviegoers themselves).

1. Wonder Woman — $57.2M
2. The Mummy — $32.2M
3. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie — $12.3M
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales — $10.7M
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — $6.2M
6. It Comes at Night — $6M
7. Baywatch — $4.6M
8. Megan Leavey — $3.8M
9. Alien: Covenant — $1.8M
10. Everything, Everything — $1.6M

It Comes At Night Review

It Comes At Night
Written and Directed by: Trey Edward Shults
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo

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There’s a lot in common between Trey Edward Shults’ sophomore film It Comes At Night and last year’s The Witch. For one, they’re both A24 releases, but more specifically both films had marketing that promised to scare you shitless when in reality they’re presenting something that would be more welcomed in an art house theater than a multiplex.

The most misleading thing with It Comes At Night is the title itself. Open to some interpretation, the “It” should not be the incentive to see this and will surely disappoint any waiting for “It” to arrive on screen. But expectations aside, It Comes At Night is indeed a truly terrifying film in its simplistic narrative and tightly controlled direction. This takes a global threat and makes it deeply, uncomfortably intimate, showing humankind in its ugliest form.

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Adam West 1928-2017

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We’ve got some sad news coming in this weekend from Los Angeles where Adam West, best known as the star of the ’60s Batman series, has passed away. It was not publicly known that he was in poor health but he reportedly died after a short battle with leukemia. In recent years he had become known for his voice acting work, in particular as the mayor of Quahog on Family Guy, but he also recently reprised his role as Batman in the animated feature film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. He was 88 years old.

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Marvel’s Black Panther Trailer

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Fresh off its premiere during the NBA Finals tonight, here is the first trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther. With all the focus on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok right now, it was easy to forget that this movie also comes out early next year. The trailer gives us our first look at Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia aka Malice (among others). Although it is directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed), I was actually surprised by how much this feels like a movie made by the Wachowskis. Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and it hits theatres on Feb. 16th, 2018; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Swedish Dicks Trailer Starring Peter Stormare and Keanu Reeves

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One of the downsides to the so-called Peak TV phenomenon is that there’s simply too much stuff out there right now… to the point where we’re getting a half-hour comedy series called Swedish Dicks that stars Peter Stormare, Keanu Reeves and Traci Lords (among others). The show is created by Peter Stormare as well, and he plays a former stuntman who teams up with a struggling DJ (Johan Glans) to start a private investigation agency in Los Angeles. I guess I’m mildly intrigued but the fact that there is an assumed audience for this kind of thing blows my mind. The show premieres on Pop (what the hell is Pop?) on Aug. 2nd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Melissa McCarthy to Star in Christmas Comedy Margie Claus

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2017 has been a pretty quiet year for Melissa McCarthy with no major movie roles to speak of, although she has managed to stay in the spotlight thanks to her frequent appearances on SNL as Sean Spicer. She does have a couple of movies in post-production currently including Life of the Party, directed by her husband and frequent collaborator Ben Falcone. Now the duo are also in the process of setting up a Christmas comedy that finds her playing Mrs. Claus, although believe it or not, there is a similar competing project already in the works at Disney as well. Hit the jump for more details.

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James Mangold Teams with Sicario Writer for Disorder Remake

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The critical and commercial success of Logan might make it a tough act to follow, but that hasn’t stopped director James Mangold from immediately diving right into another new project. A few months ago he signed on to direct a corrupt cop movie called The Force, based on a novel by Don Winslow (The Cartel). This week, however, it appears that he will be setting that aside to jump on board a remake of the 2015 French thriller Disorder, which is being penned by one of the most in-demand screenwriters currently working in Hollywood. The plot synopsis for the original film is as follows:

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Mummy, It Comes at Night, Megan Leavey

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Universal officially kicks off their so-called Dark Universe this weekend with the release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. Reviews are looking pretty harsh so far but will Tom Cruise fans come out and support it regardless? The movie faces competition from another much smaller but seemingly well-received horror movie: A24’s It Comes at Night starring Joel Edgerton. Also in wide release this weekend we have the military biopic Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara, which seems like an odd choice for a summer release but could be a hit if it taps into the American Sniper crowd. In select theatres, look for My Cousin Rachel starring Rachel Weisz and Miguel Arteta’s satirical dramedy Beatriz at Dinner starring Salma Hayek. What will you be watching this weekend?