Film Junk Podcast Episode #199: Gran Torino

0:00 – Intro
10:26 – Headlines: NFL Player’s Name Change Inspired by Teen Wolf, New Judge Dredd Movie, Rob Zombie Directing Halloween 2
28:10 – What We Watched: Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling, The Santa Clause, Bottle Rocket, Chungking Express, My Winnipeg, White Dog, The Human Behavior Experiments, Ukrainian Serial Killer Video
1:00:50 – Junk Mail: Sundance / Mike “Mad Dog” Bell, McG’s Name, Kid Nation, Ghosts of Mars Commentary, World Cinema, Netflix Roku Player
1:19:35 – Review: Gran Torino
1:31:08 – Trailer Trash: I Love You, Man
1:39:15 – This Week’s DVD Releases
1:40:03 – Outro

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  • Greg…Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake are actually real life brothers. Just like Macho Man Randy Savage and Leaping Lanny Poffo are. I looked up Celebrity Wrestling on Youtube and yeah, a bit overboard. I prefer to keep my memories of old school WWF memorable.

  • Greg

    Savage and Poffo are indeed brothers. Terry (Hogan) Bollea and Ed (Beefcake) Leslie are not.

  • Seriously, Greg? I know they are related….cousins? Because I remember when Beefcake was in that windsurfing accident where his face was crushed and it was revealed in a news report that they were related. I thought I remembered them as “brothers”.

  • Ian

    Argh you guys got to see this movie. It’ll be awhile for us hicks in Northern CA. But we’re reviewing all the other Dirty Harry movies in January to ready ourselves for this one.

  • I was slightly offended that Greg thought I was going to ask what you guys were asking for for christmas. :)

  • Section 31

    Hey Drew,
    You might already know this (and it might not apply to you,) but Netflix also has a service that allows you to stream movies using an Xbox360. The quality is o.k. for movies that don’t rely too much on flashy special effects and is perfect for watching old b&w classics.
    Just a friendly heads up.

    Peace

  • Thanks man, I don’t have an Xbox 360 just because of the fact that I don’t play video games very often, so I wouldn’t be able to stream it from there and thats why I had asked for the stand alone Roku. I had planned to use it to catch up on the classics anyway so the quality probably won’t bug me too bad. Once again thanks for the tip.

  • Never mind Greg. I found a good FAQ on Bruti.
    http://www.wrestleview.com/info/faq/brutusbeefcake.shtml

  • And Jay, I just found out that the Roku actually does play certain things in HD

  • Goon

    Beefcake is Hogan’s lackey, nothing more. So is one of the Nasty Boys, Brian Knobbs.

  • Optimus Prizime

    The Asian people in Grand Torino were Hmong not Korean. There’s a big difference.

  • Goon

    on the http://www.filmjunk.com/podcast/ version of this page, there is a dot missing in the link of the file download.

  • Thanks Goonie, should be fixed now.

  • Goon

    I’m still catching up with the podcasts due to being away from vacation.

    Just a quick note that I agree as well that foreign films get away with overt sentimentality and American films get raked over the coals for them. That includes Kurt, who has a hate on over and over again and will call ‘pander’ at anything sentimental/sympathetic (ie. Lars and the Real Girl) but seems to make excuses for a number of other films that didn’t come from Hollywood, or didn’t start known actors/writers.

  • Goon

    that Gran Torino song at the end is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard.

    anyways, re Zack and Miri, I think there are a number of people who dont want to tell their parents or girlfriends or whatever they are going to see a movie called Zack and Miri Make A Porno, so that may have had a tiny dent – but really aside from the release bungling, I think there is a Rogen pushback under way already, and even though you guys liked it, a lot of people were underwhelmed by Pineapple Express, so maybe people were not ready to go check out another Rogen movie at the time.

  • Goon

    Invitation to Rusty here :)

    I also just wanted to point out to him with this movie and a few others I railed against recently, that even though I disliked it immensely, I still advocated people to go out and see it