Film Junk Podcast Episode #585: The Girl on the Train


0:00 – Intro
11:00 – Review: The Girl on the Train
30:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Wailing, Westworld (2016), The Magnificent Seven (2016), Massage Parlor Murders!, The Ghost & Mr. Chicken, Adventures in Babysitting, The Earth Dies Screaming
1:06:55 – Junk Mail: Horror Recommendations for Halloween, Hunt for the Wilderpeople Missed References, Most Frustrating Food-Related Moments in Movies, What’s Holding Frank Back from 4K?, Roseanne Updates, Who We Would Vote For in the U.S. Election
1:40:45 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray / Outro

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Jackie Trailer Starring Natalie Portman


With Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation already starting to look like a long shot when it comes to next year’s Academy Awards, Fox Searchlight will probably be shifting gears to try and give their other awards season hopeful a big push. That movie is Pablo Larrain’s Jacqueline Kennedy biopic Jackie starring Natalie Portman. The movie takes place over the days immediately following JFK’s assassination in November 1963 as she grieves for her husband while also fighting to maintain his legacy. With a supporting cast that includes Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and John Hurt, the movie has been getting mostly positive reviews coming out of Venice and Toronto. Will it be enough to earn Natalie Portman her third Oscar nomination? Jackie hits select theatres on Dec. 2nd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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TCM and Criterion Streaming Service FilmStruck Announces Pricing Details


Update: FilmStruck has delayed their launch until sometime in November in order to “refine the sign up process.” More info here.

Back in April, it was announced that The Criterion Collection would soon be leaving Hulu in favour of a brand new streaming service called FilmStruck. A joint venture with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), this new streaming service will feature a wealth of classic and contemporary films from a variety of indie distributors like Janus Films, Kino, First Run Features, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Shout Factory along with major studios like Warner Brothers and MGM. Now with the official launch date just over a week away, they have officially announced their pricing plans. The basic service will feature a rotating selection of curated films but for a bit more you can get full access to the entire Criterion library. Here are the initial subscription options being offered at launch:

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Guy Ritchie to Direct Live-Action Aladdin Movie for Disney


In what is probably the least surprising news you will hear today, yet another live-action remake of an animated classic is currently taking shape over at Disney. This one had been previously announced in a somewhat different form, but now seems to be falling in line with a more standard formula. A live-action version of Aladdin was already in development as of last year but at the time it was going to be a prequel that focused on the world of genies. Now this week we are hearing that a more straightforward remake of the 1992 animated film is happening and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director Guy Ritchie will be the one to see it through. Hit the jump for more details.

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Marvel’s Iron Fist Trailer


Here’s another trailer that debuted at NYCC this past weekend: the first full trailer for Marvel’s upcoming Iron Fist series. This follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage as the fourth Netflix series based on a Marvel character and the final piece of the team that will become The Defenders. Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) stars as Danny Rand / Iron Fist, and although we don’t get to see him in costume just yet, we do get to see him in action. Iron Fist co-stars Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, David Wenham and Rosario Dawson and it arrives on Netflix on March 17th, 2017. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Girl on the Train Takes Top Spot


The Girl on the Train rode to the top of the box office over the weekend, taking in an estimated $24.7 million. That is slightly below expectations for a movie that was projected to come in closer to $30 million and it’s significantly less than Gone Girl which opened to $37 million back in 2014. Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children fell to second place with $15 million followed by Deepwater Horizon with $11.8 million. The Magnificent Seven and Storks rounded out the top 5. The Birth of a Nation opened in sixth place with $7.1 million, although it could ultimately switch places with Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, which earned $6.9 million. Whether or not the Nate Parker controversy had any effect remains to be seen, but Fox Searchlight was definitely hoping for a little more from their pricey Sundance acquisition (they paid $17.5 million for it back in January).

1. The Girl on the Train — $24.7M
2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — $15M
3. Deepwater Horizon — $11.8M
4. The Magnificent Seven — $9.2M
5. Storks — $8.5M
6. The Birth of a Nation — $7.1M
7. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life — $6.9M
8. Sully — $5.3M
9. Masterminds — $4.1M
10. Queen of Katwe — $1.6M

Power Rangers Teaser Trailer


It’s… Morphin’ Time? Lionsgate and Saban Films have unveiled the very first official trailer for their upcoming big screen reboot of the Power Rangers. Not unlike the TV show, the movie revolves around five troubled teenagers who gain extraordinary powers that help them battle an alien threat. However, this obviously plays much more like a gritty Hollywood superhero movie than the goofy Japanese import that ruled the airwaves back in the ’90s. There isn’t any sign of their Zords or Bryan Cranston as Zordon, but we do get a brief hint of their new organic suits and also Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa. Power Rangers is directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) and hits theatres on March 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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John Wick: Chapter 2 Trailer


We’ve got a handful of new trailers coming out of New York Comic-Con this weekend, starting with the very first trailer for the follow-up to the 2014 surprise hit, John Wick. With his co-director David Leitch off helming The Coldest City, Chad Stahelski is handling the sequel himself although it still looks every bit as stylish as the original. Keanu Reeves returns to play the retired hitman who is once again forced back into action, this time travelling to Rome where a former associate is trying to take over the organization he was a part of. This looks to expand the mythology behind Wick’s world while also upping the ante from an action standpoint. John Wick: Chapter 2 hits theatres on Feb. 10th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Black Mirror Season 3 Trailer


The wait is almost over! The third season of Black Mirror is set to debut on Netflix later this month and now we’ve got an official trailer to simultaneously intrigue us and creep us out. Created by Charlie Brooker, the show is a modern day Twilight Zone that examines our relationship with technology in terrifying ways. As per usual, the new season consists of six episodes, this time around directed by the likes of Joe Wright (Hanna), Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) and James Watkins (The Woman in Black) with cast members that include Bryce Dallas Howard, Kelly MacDonald, Wyatt Russell and Alice Eve. Some of the subjects that will be tackled this season include video games, social media and drone warfare, among other things. Are you ready to gaze into the Black Mirror once more? Black Mirror: Season 3 arrives on Oct. 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Girl on the Train, The Birth of a Nation, The Greasy Strangler


Once again we have three new movies in wide release this weekend with Tate Taylor’s adaptation of the bestselling novel The Girl on the Train likely to lead a somewhat lacklustre line-up. Fox Searchlight is also giving the Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation a wide release, hoping to overcome controversy surrounding direct Nate Parker and put it in contention for awards season. CBS is also releasing some family-friendly fare with the comedy Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life based on the James Patterson book. In select theatres, we have the gross out horror flick The Greasy Strangler, the indie drama Blue Jay starring Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson and Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience plus re-releases of The Battle of Algiers and Phantasm. What will you be watching this weekend?

Blade Runner Sequel Gets an Official Title


We’re exactly one year away from the release of a brand new Blade Runner movie, which still seems a little hard to believe. We don’t really know all that much about it, but this week Alcon Entertainment and Warner Brothers have revealed the official title for the movie: Blade Runner 2049. While it doesn’t reveal anything new, it confirms that the sequel will indeed take place exactly thirty years after the original. What do you think of the title? Blade Runner 2049 is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) and it stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Lennie James and Barkhad Abdi. The movie hits theatres on Oct. 6th, 2017; check out the first official set photo after the jump.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: X-Men: Apocalypse, The Purge: Election Year, Swiss Army Man


Bryan Singer’s divisive X-Men: Apocalypse leads this week’s list of DVD and Blu-ray releases, along with the latest installment in The Purge series and the Sundance oddity Swiss Army Man starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. Other smaller films also hitting stores this week include Joshy starring Thomas Middleditch and Na Hong-jin’s acclaimed supernatural thriller The Wailing. There are quite a few TV releases as well, including the first season of Preacher and the last season of Penny Dreadful, plus new seasons of American Horror Story, Banshee and The Venture Brothers. On Blu-ray, we’ve got all three of Prince’s feature films in one handy collection along with 4K releases of X-Men: First Class, Pacific Rim, The Great Gatsby and Jupiter Ascending. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy releases after the jump.

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