Film Junk Podcast Episode #603: Kong: Skull Island

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0:00 – Intro
16:20 – Review: Kong: Skull Island
1:00:25 – Headlines: Baby Driver Trailer, Logan Black and White Cut, Joe Carnahan Leaves Bad Boys 4 Life
1:23:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Unfriended, Jackie, Deluge, It Came from Outer Space, Moby Dick, Nirvanna: The Band: The Show, Girls
1:50:45 – Junk Mail: Best Actor / Superhero Role, Thoughts on Sneaking Into Theatres / Stealing Movies, Monster Energy Drink, Frank’s Frankenberry Costume, Ladies Love Frank, The Longevity of Film Junk
2:26:55 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:30:30 – Outro

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Wonder Woman Trailer #3

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Although DC’s Wonder Woman didn’t screen at SXSW this weekend, WB did apparently have some sort of interactive art exhibit going on today and they also recently debuted a new trailer for the movie during the Kids’ Choice Awards (whatever that is). Dubbed the “Official Origin Trailer,” the new video focuses on Diana’s journey from Themyscira to London, starting with her Amazonian training through to her eventual encounter with Steve Trevor. There is also a fair amount of humour in here and a bit of the same “aw shucks” innocence we saw in Captain America: The First Avenger. Clearly the message here is this may be the first truly family-friendly live-action film in the new DC Universe. Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen and David Thewlis and it hits theatres on June 2, 2017. Check out the new trailer after jump and let us know what you think.

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Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver Trailer

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Fresh off its world premiere at SXSW over the weekend, here is the first trailer for Edgar Wright’s upcoming movie Baby Driver. It’s been four long years since The World’s End and in that time he was developing but ultimately did not direct Marvel’s Ant-Man. Now he’s back with an original heist movie that carries his trademark energy, wit and sense of humour as well. Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) plays a young getaway driver who listens to music while on the job in order to cope with his tinnitus. It seems like a potentially brilliant cinematic premise and based on the trailer it looks like the movie has some decent action to back it up. With a supporting cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal and Jon Hamm, this might have everything it needs to be a late summer saviour. Baby Driver hits theatres on Aug. 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Kong Conquers the Competition

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Audiences went bananas for Kong: Skull Island over the weekend, carrying the film beyond expectations to a strong $61 million opening. That’s a fair bit less than the recent Godzilla reboot made in its first weekend, but because this movie is not opening during the summer months, it may have more staying power over the next few weeks. Logan fell to second place, dropping a rather steep 57% to earn $37.9 million. The movie has already surpassed The Wolverine‘s entire box office run and now sits at $438 million worldwide. Get Out continued to hold well in third place, adding another $21 million, while The Shack and The Lego Batman Movie rounded out the top 5. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens next weekend and is expected to put up some big numbers but it may not have much of an effect on Kong and Logan.

1. Kong: Skull Island — $61M
2. Logan — $37.9M
3. Get Out — $21.1M
4. The Shack — $10.1M
5. The Lego Batman Movie — $7.8M
6. Before I Fall — $3.1M
7. Hidden Figures — $2.8M
8. John Wick: Chapter 2 — $2.7M
9. La La Land — $1.8M
10. Fifty Shades Darker — $1.6M

Phoenix Forgotten Trailer: A Found Footage UFO Conspiracy Thriller

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When it comes to found footage films, the level of quality is all over the map, so when a trailer for a found footage film called Phoenix Forgotten popped up before a recent screening of Get Out, it seemed like a bad sign that I had never heard of it before. Directed by graphic designer / vfx artist Justin Barber and written by T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner), this movie purports to be footage shot by three teenagers who vanished in the Arizona desert while investigating The Phoenix Lights UFO sighting in 1997. While in theory I’d love to see an alien abduction movie done in this style (not unlike Jason Eisener’s V/H/S 2 segment), this seems to resemble Oren Peli’s Area 51, which is not a particularly flattering comparison. That being said, it is a Scott Free film with Ridley Scott listed as a producer which gives it some credibility (and probably explains how it is getting a wide release). Phoenix Forgotten hits theatres on April 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Atomic Blonde Trailer Starring Charlize Theron

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If you’re wondering what John Wick co-director David Leitch was up to while his partner Chad Stahelski was working on John Wick: Chapter 2, here’s the first trailer for Leitch’s next film, Atomic Blonde. The movie stars Charlize Theron as a British spy named Lorraine Broughton who was apparently enrolled in the same gun kata class as John Wick. Based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s graphic novel The Coldest City, this looks like a much more high-energy rock n’ roll take on the source material, which was a more deliberately paced, spycraft-y Cold War thriller. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Atomic Blonde co-stars John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, James McAvoy and Toby Jones and it hits theatres on July 28th. Check out the red band trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Logan Black and White Cut in the Works

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When the marketing first started ramping up for Logan last year, the initial images of the film that many people saw were black-and-white production photos that were shared by director James Mangold on Instagram. They seemed to capture the tone of the movie so well that many people wondered if the movie might actually get released in black-and-white as well. Last week Mangold hinted on Twitter that it might be a possibility, but now he has essentially confirmed it in a recent interview. Details are still pretty scarce, but it sounds like it will be for the DVD and Blu-ray as opposed to a theatrical re-release. Here is what he had to say about it:

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Kong: Skull Island, Raw, Personal Shopper

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Another major blockbuster busts into theatres this weekend as Kong: Skull Island faces off against Logan. Although it seems pretty unlikely that Kong: Skull Island can match Godzilla‘s $93 million debut from back in 2014, Warner Brothers and Legendary are hoping there will be enough interest to support a showdown between the two in 2020. There are no other major releases to speak of, but there are quite a few new movies in select theatres including the French-Belgian horror film Raw, Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper starring Kristen Stewart and Bollywood rom-com Badrinath Ki Dulhania. What will you be watching this weekend?

First Photos from Thor: Ragnarok, Jurassic World 2, Mary Poppins Returns

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Whether you’re a hardcore Marvel fan or not, most people seem to agree that the Thor solo movies are among the weaker entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The good news is that they seem to be changing things up for the next installment, Thor: Ragnarok, which will not only add Hulk to the mix but also director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople). Now the first batch of photos from the movie has also arrived online courtesy of EW, offering our first look at Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie… not to mention Thor’s new haircut. We’ve also got our first image from Jurassic World 2 featuring an unknown character and a couple of pics from Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Are you looking forward to any of these movies? Check out the photos after the jump.

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Rough Night Trailer Starring Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon

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In honour of International Women’s Day yesterday (?), the first trailer for the upcoming comedy Rough Night debuted online. Because women need raunchy R-rated comedies too damnit! The movie stars Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer as five friends who head to Miami for a wild bachelorette party weekend. It starts off feeling like yet another Bridesmaids or Bachelorette but then the trailer takes a dark turn and ends up feeling more like a female version of Very Bad Things. Co-written and directed by Lucia Aniello (Broad City, Time Traveling Bong), something tells me this could end up being one of the bigger comedies of the summer. Rough Night hits theatres on June 16th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Geostorm Trailer: A New Disaster Movie from the Co-Writer of Independence Day

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It’s been a few years now since Roland Emmerich has directed a pure disaster movie, but it would appear that his long-time collaborator Dean Devlin is now picking up that baton and running with it. After having co-written and produced many of Emmerich’s films, Devlin is now making his own directorial debut with Geostorm and it looks like a glorious throwback to those big, dumb special effects-driven blockbusters that Emmerich built his career on. The movie takes place in the not-too-distant future where a network of geo-engineering satellites are used to control the Earth’s climate and prevent natural disasters. But when those satellites start to malfunction, two estranged brothers (Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess) are forced to work together to fix the problem. Oh, and apparently there’s a plot to assassinate the president too! Who’s in? Geostorm hits theatres on Oct. 20th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #602: Logan

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0:00 – Intro
21:30 – Review: Logan
1:03:10 – Headlines: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer, Alien: Covenant Trailer, Deadpool 2 Teaser
1:26:05 – Other Stuff We Watched: Moana, Kubo and the Two Strings, Lion, Frailty, Zombi: Dawn of the Dead, John Wick: Chapter 2, Fences, 1-2-Switch, Hidden Figures, Fleabag, Shane, X-Men: Apocalypse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance, Split, Kiss of Death
2:21:50 – Junk Mail: Best Laugh Acting in a Movie, Best Movie Homages, Speed “Reed”-ing Movies
2:33:40 – Outro / This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:38:40 – Spoiler Discussion: Logan

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