Film Junk Podcast Episode #201: Doubt

0:00 – Intro / In-House Stuff
11:50 – What We Watched: The Spirit, Timecrimes, Dexter Season 3, Cubers, Kitchen Nightmares, The Third Man, Man on Fire, Wendy and Lucy, Entourage Season 4
47:20 – Junk Mail: Parents Influencing Taste in Movies, Benjamin Button, Rebuying Movies on Blu-ray, Murder in Small Town X
1:26:36 – Review: Doubt
1:33:40 – Trailer Trash: Pontypool, 9, G-Force
1:42:20 – This Week’s DVD Releases
1:43:40 – Outro

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  • No anouncement that you guys were going to be on UStream?

  • Which Entourage episode has Shyamalan? I don’t like the show, but I’d like to watch that one! Hopefully it’ll be better than the awful Ricky Gervais episode of Alias.

  • rus

    Hey Jay,
    Your slacker modesty doesn’t play – the trailer is awesome and I really like the camerawork I saw. I think you should consult many opinions on the release of the short. As a filmmaker, my understanding on the release of shorts is twofold:
    1. Releasing a short online will ruin the cache of various “premiers”. Festivals like to advertise “World Premier, North American Premier”, etc. You need to keep that in your hip pocket as you talk to festivals.
    2. Any remote chance to receive any compensation from any of the new media companies will be nixed once it’s on the web. Why pay for something that is free? I know this is a dream at this point, but the environment is changing every day.
    Most of the filmmakers I know make a push for festivals, make a push for pay sites, and then release on web (typically a year after it’s done). Of course everything is different if the film was made as a way to build interest in a larger work or website.
    Don’t bow to the peer pressure, do a kickass website with extras, your fanboys can wait.

  • Goon

    Won’t be able to listen to this for a day or two.
    Who got to see Wendy & Lucy and how? Dying to get to it.

  • Aaron

    Another great show, guys. I’ll have to check out Kitchen Nightmares based on all your recommendations.

  • Mason

    Here’s a DVD multi-pack I’d like to see- the George Miller Great Director’s 4-Pack: Mad Max, The Witches of Eastwick, Babe: Pig in the City, and Happy Feet.

  • JakeTheFatMan

    JCVD was a great film. Van Damme’s single-take monologue is worth the price of admission. What was wrong with its cinematography?

  • So are you guys gonna be on ustream every week now?

  • I don’t think we’ll be going live every week… just special occasions since it’s too hard to plan ahead of time and make a big announcement for people to show up.

    Recording video offline is pretty easy with uStream though, so I’m going to try doing that for every episode.

  • richard

    Thanks for th’ podcast, but i have to mention something. Of all the “watched” movies, the third man and yojimbo got the absolute least said about them. seriously?

  • richard

    One more thing. RE: Benjamin Button. Jay, I think your dissatisfaction with it stems from one central thing. You had an expectation for the movie: to portray a fantastic/magical/surreal tale about this character. The problem is the movie doesn’t even want to be that. It’s really a movie about loneliness. Loneliness in spite of all these relationships. The aging backwards, you seem to be intent on this being just a gimmick, but it’s really just a physical representation of this loneliness. And I personally think the opposite directions in which Blanchett and Pitt’s lives are moving is pretty beautiful. When he tracks her down in New york, he wants to “woo” her, and essentially, settle down, it seems. But she has this youthful itch to always be moving. Later, Pitt has this itch, sort of transposed over his fear of raising a family. And then we see him traveling. I think why this works as a SORT of fairy tale is not just because it doesn’t feature ogres and dwarfs (I mean, what could you have actually expected from this movie that was more fairy tale-like??). It’s like a fairy tale, because it’s using something unusual to put a poignancy into everybody’s normal lives.

  • “When he tracks her down in New york, he wants to “woo” her, and essentially, settle down, it seems. But she has this youthful itch to always be moving. Later, Pitt has this itch, sort of transposed over his fear of raising a family. And then we see him traveling.”

    But they were the same age mentally. It doesn’t make sense.

    “Of all the “watched” movies, the third man and yojimbo got the absolute least said about them. seriously?”

    I would love to talk further about these if Sean and Greg want to watch them. Until then, I wouldn’t want to let some discussion about a couple of classic films get in the way of us talking about Kitchen Nightmares or wrestling. :P

  • “I would love to talk further about these if Sean and Greg want to watch them. Until then, I wouldn’t want to let some discussion about a couple of classic films get in the way of us talking about Kitchen Nightmares or wrestling. :P”

    And what is wrong with that? I’m glad you appreciate Gordon! As for wrestling…only “old skool” (80’s to early 90’s) ruled.

  • “Recording video offline is pretty easy with uStream though, so I’m going to try doing that for every episode”

    I’ve found I’d much rather chillax in my movie chair and listen to the high-quality audio from iTunes rather than glue myself to the CPU screen for over an hour. Lets face it…you guys aren’t being tased or snorting wasabi in these videos.

    Also, I think it’s great that Jay isn’t concerned with film fests for Colore Non Vedenti. Maybe he can prove that “new media” can have integrity (because most people that make straight-to-entertainment to internet have completely blown so far). Oh wait…Jay Cheel sucks.