Film Junk Podcast Episode #252: Thirst

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0:00 – Intro
1:55 – Headlines: Raimi Drops Spider-Man 4, Sam Mendes to Direct James Bond, Pierre Morel to Direct Dune, Darren Aronofsky Off Robocop?, Thundercats and Metal Gear Solid Movies Are Dead, Box Office Beats DVD Sales First Time in 7 Years, Avatar Passes $1 Billion Worldwide, Leno / Conan Late Night War
28:38 – Review: Thirst
43:25 – Trailer Trash: The A-Team
47:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Grizzly Man, City of God, It Might Get Loud, La danse, Youth in Revolt, Che: Part One, Che: Part Two, The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special
1:37:50 – Junk Mail: Film Junk vs. Howard Stern, Film Junk vs. Death, Directors Returning to Franchises, Tarsem Singh, Greg’s Secret Crush, Idiocracy, How to Open a DVD
2:03:55 – This Week’s DVD Releases
2:06:50 – Outro

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  • AlexG

    I found Thirst to be uneven, overlong and overstylized.

  • KYriakos

    I bet my entire porn collection that Avatar will surpass Titanic in $$$

  • The Man

    You guys need to review daybreakers. Just saw it and thought it was awesome. Would love to hear what you think.

  • Holy shit! Thanks for the shout out, Greg. (I’m Thaddeus) I thought you said you should give me a shout out and not that you actually did.

    Good show again, guys.

    Thirst was definitely sloppy. It could have been a half hour shorter.

    Youth in Revolt was also a mess, but I did ultimately like it. It seemed like they had a hard time adapting it from the source material, I believe the first 3 books in a series of six. A lot of it feels episodic, and a lot of elements and characters seem to both come and go abruptly. You can tell that their roles were a lot larger in the books. What worked most for me were the parts where it got fairly dark, especially to the end.

  • Falsk

    I was told in college that someone approached Herzog with Timothy Treadwell’s footage as a potential project for him and he accepted it. Don’t know if this is true, though…

  • Primal

    I’m glad you guys reviewed a vampire film that you guys liked last weekend. I did catch Youth in Revolt and Daybreakers with the latter being the bad film.

    Coming out of Daybreakers, I thought it was okay, but then realized how incomplete the film was. They have some really cool ideas such as embracing and neglecting being a vampire but was never fully explored. I thought the story was interesting, but the dialogue between the characters was underwhelming. Some of the technology such as the daytime mode vehicles were cool and when there was action on-screen it was fun to watch. The huge problem I had with the look of the film. I’m not sure if it was the director or cinematographer who was responsible for the look but the film’s depiction of darkness was amateurish and just plain bad. Also, the last 20minutes or so of the film felt rushed with summing up subplots in unsatisfactory fashion especially with the build-up of the mutated vampires they introduced and teased you with throughout the film. 2/4

  • KYriakos

    Reed digs a hole in his back yard..

    Finds Oil and creates his own Oil company..

    with his shitload of money buys the Filmjunk podcast and now appears in every show making inflammatory comments about Children of Men D-9 etc.

    Now everyone for some reason likes ”The new Boss” and agrees with his comments

    The show gets a new segment : Comparing every movie to Startrek

    Greg tries to kill ”The Boss” with a wireless mic.

    Reeds security guards stop the attack and escort Greeg out of the Room

    Jay wears dippers.

  • The Man

    “Coming out of Daybreakers, I thought it was okay, but then realized how incomplete the film was. They have some really cool ideas such as embracing and neglecting being a vampire but was never fully explored. I thought the story was interesting, but the dialogue between the characters was underwhelming. Some of the technology such as the daytime mode vehicles were cool and when there was action on-screen it was fun to watch. The huge problem I had with the look of the film. I’m not sure if it was the director or cinematographer who was responsible for the look but the film’s depiction of darkness was amateurish and just plain bad. Also, the last 20minutes or so of the film felt rushed with summing up subplots in unsatisfactory fashion especially with the build-up of the mutated vampires they introduced and teased you with throughout the film. 2/4″

    Since I liked this film I feel the need to respond to some of this. First off the use of Darkness was amateurish? Really compared to what? I’ll give you that the look of the film isn’t original but its certainly not amateurish looking, that’s just silly. This film will look amazing on Blu-ray, with its deep blacks. And the lack of exploration of the vampire theme I don’t really buy that compliant either. One of the things i loved about the film was the world they created I think they successfully reverse engineered our world to one which vampires could exist. I could stand to watch a film just about that. But that’s not the story they chose to tell.

    Judge the film on what it is not what you think it should be. And I thought the story they told worked for the most part. I’m glad they didn’t muddy the story up with a bunch of sub plots. They really only had a few. I found the ending to be a little poetic in a way. Huge battle with the mutants would be so predictable and unnecessary IMO. At that point I’d seen enough beheadings and dismemberment. I’m sure its on the deleted scenes on the Blu-ray

  • Primal

    Well just the top of my head, Blade 2 and The Descent are way better looking films that had a lot of darkness. My eyes were starting to burn watching this movie. I didn’t enjoy the amount of blue tinting in most of the scenes with the horrible contrasting. This is just not aesthetically pleasing to me. This could look better on blu-ray. Most films do look better on that format. The only film I know that won’t be better on BD is Avatar when compared to the IMAX version.

    For a film that is suppose to be scientifically driven, seeing that these vampires didn’t have reflections just fucked the world they created even more. Personally, I can judge a film the way I want and when a film looks like they ran out of $$$ at the end or spent it’s budget in other areas more than others I’ll call that out.

    That huge battle would of been awesome. Why spend 3 panning shots going down beneath that subway area? My guess was that it was build tension and that something big was coming. Seeing them all of a sudden in chains and being walked to their death was so damn disappointing man. This movie could of been awesome, but there was too many missteps along the way.

  • KYriakos, your comment 7 describes an alternate future that seems spot on. Seems like you could have a career as a screenwriter.

  • KYriakos

    …Drill Reed drill!

  • Five years too late I have become aware of the absolutely excellent Film Junk podcast, which I enjoy listening to as I walk around the lake of Zurich here in sunny Switzerland. Not the whole lake of Zurich, obviously. That would be absurd, as I am no triathlete.

    The highlights show was my starting point, so my introduction to Film Junk was the hilarious tale of the colon cancer that never was. I also very much liked the extremely sweary guy who savaged Transformers (and Optimus Prime’s lips). I even forgive your for your awful impressions of the British accent.

    Keep up the good work – and roll on another half-decade.

  • The Man

    Well just the top of my head, Blade 2 and The Descent are way better looking films that had a lot of darkness. My eyes were starting to burn watching this movie. I didn’t enjoy the amount of blue tinting in most of the scenes with the horrible contrasting. This is just not aesthetically pleasing to me. This could look better on blu-ray. Most films do look better on that format. The only film I know that won’t be better on BD is Avatar when compared to the IMAX version.

    For a film that is suppose to be scientifically driven, seeing that these vampires didn’t have reflections just fucked the world they created even more. Personally, I can judge a film the way I want and when a film looks like they ran out of $$$ at the end or spent it’s budget in other areas more than others I’ll call that out.

    That huge battle would of been awesome. Why spend 3 panning shots going down beneath that subway area? My guess was that it was build tension and that something big was coming. Seeing them all of a sudden in chains and being walked to their death was so damn disappointing man. This movie could of been awesome, but there was too many missteps along the way.
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    I just don’t agree with your take on darkness in the film. I think it looked every bit as good as The Decent. Blade 2 is another animal all together. Also thought it was interesting that they chose to keep some classic vampire tropes in this world. If you think about it they really didn’t explain anything about the Mythos they set up. They didn’t even explain how the plague started. All we knew is what happen to them if they didn’t get blood.

    Anyway to me this is an interesting film that tries to put thought behind its subject with out beating you over the head with it. Can’t say that about most films.

  • Mrespony

    3 Canadians record themselves unwrapping a DVD and I am enthralled. Film Junk is genius. Thanks for another great podcast!

  • Greg!!!! “the lovely bone”!!!
    brilliant.

  • kris

    greg almost died

  • Napalm

    “NOICE KNOIFE FOR MUARDA”

    LMFAO!

    Great fucking episode.

  • Listening to the new podcast. You got a letter from Kenosha, WI. If you are still wondering, Jay, you know it from Home Alone. How can you forget the Kenosha Kickers?

  • YES!!!!!!!!!

  • Rick

    thirst pissed me off. he lived for that crazy bitch and she goes and treats him like shit. fuck her man.

  • Primal

    The idea of Conan O’Brien going to internet tv like Tom Green did would be the next best thing for him, don’t you think?

    Revision3’s open letter to Conan
    http://revision3.com/blog/2010/01/18/an-open-letter-to-conan-obrien/