Download Film Junk Podcast for Nov. 18, 2007

This week on the Film Junk Podcast, we give our full review of what is widely considered to be one of the best movies of the year, The Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men. In honour of Javier Bardem’s character from the movie, we also count down our Top 5 Movie Haircuts, and in Versus, we compare two of the Hollywood’s biggest R-rated comedy directors, Kevin Smith and Judd Apatow. Not to mention the fact that we can’t do without our weekly Junk Mail and a little Trailer Trash to boot. Try as you might, you can’t stop what’s comin’… Film Junk is catching on faster than the bubonic plague. Download this week’s episode below.

0:00-4:00 – Intro
4:00-12:00 – Stuff We Watched This Week
12:00-39:30 – Junk Mail
39:30-46:20 – Tangent About Video Games
46:20-1:06:40 – Review: No Country for Old Men
1:06:40-1:12:20 – Top 5 Movie Haircuts
1:12:20-1:27:08 – Versus: Kevin Smith vs Judd Apatow
1:27:08-1:38:48 – Trailer Trash: 21, Chicago 10, Teeth
1:38:48-1:39:50 – DVD Releases
1:39:50-1:43:09 – Outro

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  • Judd Apatow and Kevin Smith have the some problem for me. They each have these inane, childish characters that belong in a comedy, and they live lives where they come out for these ridiculous situations that I am totally on board with, like the car ride in 40year old virgin, and I like those parts of the movies. I actually laughed when Jeff Anderson was talking about how he only looks at transformers websites when there are girls around etc… I thought it was cute and kind of funny.

    The whole thing completely falls apart for both of them though, when they have these completely outrageous ridiculous characters, who do nothing at all except talk about how cool it is to be friends and hang out and talk about TV shows and movies, all of a sudden give these banal life-lessons seemingly out of nowhere (read: conventional plot device A/B) and all of a sudden I’m supposed to take these people seriously? You’ve got to be kidding me.

    I think I’d pick Kevin Smith though, because I did really like Dogma as the one of his movies that had a decent balance between actual movie and jersey strike force homemade movie with friends. And Ben Affleck was funny in Mallrats, and that movie doesn’t really have the embarrasing ‘emotional’ scenes like Chasing Amy or the Clerks movies do.

  • TheSnowLeopard

    Agree with Jay about video games: It’s all strategy and no play. I almost bought Sim City until I realised I had to be the mayor or something. WTF?? I just want to build my fantasy city and explore it and maybe blow it up later. Kids do this all the time. It’s called imagination and apparently it’s just as productive and healthy (if not more so) than winning or defeating or killing or making money or any of those other dubious objectives in most video games. Maybe I’m too old and lazy to read the friggin’ encyclopedia-like rule books. The problem is those simulation games bore me to tears. Makes me long for the days of Space Invaders and Frogger.

    I love Superman Returns. Kevin Spacey is great. So is the kid. SO THERE!! ;)

    OK so Kevin Smith is a good storyteller and raconteur and general pundit. What I don’t get is his status as King Shit amoung geeks and internet fan boys. Maybe when he shows some ambition and makes some art he’ll get my respect.

  • My award for the best haircut in a movie goes to Jeffrey Combs in The Frighteners. For several examples, check the address below:

  • Nice! Good call Rian.

  • Thanks, Sean.

    Oh, and Greg? You’ve broken my heart with your comment about A Simple Plan being the only film with a good performance by Bill Paxton. I love Paxton for his comically cheesy roles in films such as Near Dark and True Lies, but what about Hudson in Aliens? “Game over, man. Game over!”

  • Yeah that line is totally classic. I remember playing some extremely fast moving shoot-em-up game with an F-16, and that delivery that he did was actually played when you died 3 times. So when I saw the movie it was a total mindfuck to hear that shit!

    True Lies too… ‘One born every minute’. He was totally awesome in that part, which is one of the saving graces of that movie. You wouldn’t think anything could be more bloated than actually outliving the climax of a nuclear bomb, but then he made Titanic, so I guess there really is no boundaries.

  • Greg

    Watch Haven for a Paxton performance that will make you throw up in your mouth.