Film Junk Podcast Episode #222: The Hangover and The Taking of Pelham 123


0:00 – Intro
3:25 – Headlines: R.I.P. David Carradine, The Rock to Star in Commando Remake?
13:35 – Review: Land of the Lost
28:45 – Review: The Hangover
41:30 – Review: The Taking of Pelham 123
1:00:20 – Trailer Trash: Shutter Island, Michael Moore’s New Movie
1:07:10 – Greg’s Hangover
1:20:15 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Waterboy, Weeds, My Bloody Valentine 3-D, S. Darko, True Blood, My Name is Bruce
1:36:00 – Junk Mail: Drag Me to Hell, 3-D Scam, Bias in Documentaries, Gordon Ramsay Swears at You, Favourite Aussie Films, Top 5 Movies of 2009 So Far
1:58:15 – This Week’s DVD Releases
2:00:40 – Outro

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  • RJ

    Yes! My FJ Podcast withdrawal is finally over.

  • AdamH


  • Thanks for the plug, FilmJunk.

  • Ian

    Kick Ass! a new one and hopefully some good discussion about diverse material comedy and heist movies.

  • The Castle is must-see Australian cinema. :D

    I’m also a fan of Lantana, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Strictly Ballroom, Rage in Placid Lake, Jindabyne, Somersault, and Japanese Story.

  • Goon

    to whoever is from Australia:

    I thought Romper Stomper was quite good.
    But to me, lately as far as Australian entertainment goes, for me its all about Chris Lilly and his two fantastic shows, Summer Heights High and We Can Be Heroes.

    I invited a friend over the other day and it was already late, and I showed her the first episode of SHH. It was swiftly demanded we watch the entire series in one series, which we did, and it was not boring or tedious at all going through it all again for the second time in about a month.

    TO GREG:

    The actor you were asking about is Michael McDonald, and no not the singer:

    He was a regular on MADTV, where he had Will Ferrell esque annoying-on-purpose characters and some foreign characters a la Fred Armisen, and he was not up to par with either of those performers. He also had a run on Scrubs.

    To me though, the only thing he’s done I’ve enjoyed is his voice work as Gandhi as the much-missed Clone High.

  • Goon

    I pretty much completely agree with the conversation about Land of the Lost btw.

    A lot of the things Jay said about documentaries were points I tried to raise in the failed Dear Zachary conversation, which I am loathe to re-explore. That its hard to rag on documentaries, especially an earnest one, for being boring or annoying or unentertaining, and that even when you’re ragging on a technical level you’ll get sucked back into a “but what about the story/issue” thing.

  • Mason

    Which is worse, getting belligerent from drinking alcohol or eating six plates of steak wrapped in bacon?

  • Damndirtyape

    Glad you guys are back. Loved the story from Greg..

    I thought the points raised about Drag Me to Hell were interesting. I fall into that group that does not like camp and horror mixed together. The cornball elements totally pulled me out of feeling any tension or suspense.

    Although I loved the premise of the film, I would have preferred to see this film played as a straight old-fashioned scary movie.

    True occasional comedic moments would have been fine, but I found the repetitive scenes of the old hag puking or slobbering on the girl neither funny or scary, just uninspired. The eyeball-popping anvil scene had me shaking my head in dissapointment. I didn’t like that sort of gag when I was 10, nor do I as an adult.

    Sound design was fabulous as others have pointed out.

  • Kyriacos

    Danzel.. looks good!!

  • Goon hate to burst your bubble but that was NOT Michael McDonald. Mike is funny as well but this guy was actually Bryan Callen who was also one of the regulars when MADtv first started. But he also was in in Todd Phillip’s OLD SCHOOL as the guy at the diner who says “Love eh? It is a motherfucker.” Basically sort of the same guy. Here you go:

  • Goon

    wow you’re right, I could have SWORN it was him when I watched it but I accept the evidence presented.

  • Ah no worries. I wouldn’t have even known if I wasn’t a fan of his stuff on MADtv. And just his line in OLD SCHOOL made me laugh. Plus Michael Mcdonald is pretty tall. He would have towered over all of them. His stint in Austin Powers is pretty good as the guard that gets rolled over with the steam roller. He yells NOOOOOO when the steam roller is still like a mile away and he could easily walk out of it’s path.

  • Goon

    Seems both of these guys were on MADTv. I didnt watch that show very often so I guess I see where I mixed them up.

  • Mason

    I would support The Rock more as an actor if his stage name was “Rock Johnson”.

  • I really enjoyed this weeks podcast but have to disagree with your view on The Taking of Pelham 123. I loved the original 74 film and had many a reservation about this redo, but I thought it was a solid re-imagining. Denzel was teriffic and so was Travolta. YES, Travolta is overexposed but he had a BLAST playing his part and I liked there characters backstory. The audience I saw the film with really responded to Travoltas performance and also the film. I must say it worked for me.
    I also do a radio/podcast-If anyone wants to listen-

    Keep up the good work- We agree to disagree on Pelham!

  • dan

    Another great episode. I just wanted to add I, too, thought the ending to Drag Me to Hell was perfect. I also saw it coming with the envelope thing, but it was still pretty intense and awesome, and I think the abruptness added to the effect. I agree that Justin Long’s expression right before the cut to the title was perfect. I fucking hate that guy for his smug ass mac ads, but actually thought he was really good in this movie.

    Has anyone seen the Australian movie Bad Boy Bubby? I’ve heard it’s supposed to be up there in good australian flicks, but have’nt seen it.

  • Wow, that was a pretty odd and in depth look into Greg’s personal life we got there. All I can say is I DO NOT want to encounter a drunk Greg, and also that I am now currently working on a script about Greg destroying his friendships in a day, quite interesting. It will be called “I’m a Belligerent Drunk”.

  • Greg needs to hang out with more mature women, if they can’t be supportive of him when he gets drunk because he’s in the dumps.

  • I’d be for The Rock starring in a Commando remake if he was playing The Rock. Having him torch a bunch of Nicaraguan’s with a flame thrower while dropping “Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?” would arguably be the equal to any of Arnold’s great one liners.

    As for great Australian films:

    Picnic at Hanging Rock
    The Last Wave
    The Proposition
    Dead Calm
    Long Weekend
    The Man From Hong Kong

    and that’s just a start. Anything from George Miller, and Richard Franklin, easily the best two Australian genre filmmakers from the 70’s and 80’s. Brian Trenchard-Smith is a pretty damn solid action director that is worth seeking out. Russell Mulcahy is a personal favorite, though most people have only seen Highlander.

    But the guy you really should seek out is screenwriter Everette de Roche. Almost every single Ozploitation flick I love he wrote. He’s an outstanding screenwriter and really deserves some recognition.

    BTW, Jay you really should put for the effort to find some of these films. They are right up your alley. Crazy camera work, insane stunts, and truly inspired practical effects in even the most low budget of pictures.

  • Fatbologna

    I was wondering if anyone had checked out the Abortion Doc “Lake of Fire” by Tony Kaye (American History X)? It does a good job of straddling the line between for or against and tries it’s best to be un-biased. It’s looong but very interesting and often quite hard to take in how unflinching (rightfully so) it is in regards to showing the end result of abortions as well as the murder victims of ant-abortionists. I’d be interested to know if Jay has seen it and if he has, what he thought of it.

  • Fatbologna

    oh yeah, and NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD is FUCKIN’ AAWWWESOME!!! I recommend it VERY highly. It’s available through certain means not mentioned here if anyone’s interested…

  • Fatbologna: I have seen Lake of Fire. I liked it quite a bit and I agree it is very balanced. Pretty amazing actually.

    Matt: Definitely hoping to check out more Ozploitation films in the near future. I’ve had a lot of fun with the ones I’ve seen so far.

  • I thought Bigger Stronger Faster: The side effects of being American was a great documentary that managed to be pretty well balanced and still very entertaining, educational and interesting.

  • I’d have to second the approval of the proposition, arguably the finest Oz movie ever made

  • Goon

    Seconding that Greg’s adventure would make a decent short film. Actually there are a number of indie films that would kill to have that plot exactly as it is. Less happens in Wendy and Lucy.

  • John

    dan: bad boy bubby is a particularly distasteful slice of life about a retarded kid who becomes a rock star by screaming/singing. You could say Timmy from Southpark is a fair template. He has an uber-disfunctional family and there are issues with his mom, real intimate issues.
    Hard to watch and oddly not that memorable either….

  • modesilver

    jay cheel vic diamond (JCVD)! joke from an older episode haha.