Film Junk Podcast Episode #254: Sugar


0:00 – Intro / In-House Stuff
10:40 – Headlines: Marc Webb Confirmed for Spider-Man, Jason Momoa is Conan, Basterds Win at SAG Awards, Gremlins 3 in 3-D?, Paranormal Activity 2 Gets Saw VI Director, Tim Burton to Direct Live Action Sleeping Beauty Remake?, My Name is Bruce 2
26:10 – Review: Sugar
43:00 – Trailer Trash: MacGruber
51:55 – Other Stuff We Watched: Legion, Paper Heart, Guns ‘N Roses, Che: Part One, Invasion Iowa, 30 Rock: Season 1
89:07 – Junk Mail: She’s 82 Remix, Favourite Albums of ’09, The House of the Devil and Pontypool, The Wire, If America Declared War on Canada, Overdone Themes, Movies That Inspire You to Read The Book, Feature-Length Animation
2:03:30 – This Week’s DVD Releases
2:04:50 – Outro

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  • Awesome Andrew

    Im at work right now and just downloaded the new podcast,I can’t wait to listen to it.
    keep her steady film junk.

  • Pual

    great show guys

  • wutupwitdat

    che didn’t get felatioed because of motorcycle diaries

  • fromprison

    henry fool is the best Hal Hartleymovie. James Urbaniak(crumb & dr.venture) & that mcromance guy

    skinny puppy is the greatest Canadian band

  • I have to say, I usually get through Non-Fiction easier too, it used too read quite literally only Non-Fiction in fact. The majority of things I read are still Non-Fiction, but every once in a while, i’ll pick up a Fiction book like “Up in the Air,” but if a fiction book dosen’t interest me, i just can’t get through it, that’s why I failed English last year. XD it’s not like movies where you can just sit there and hope for it too end soon, you have to be actively engaged. Up in the Air is a very good book though, and I highly recommend it to all fans of the movie, it’s kind of similar to some of Chuck Palahnuk’s stuff, in that the writers voice is very strong, except in this case it’s all the thoughts and ramblings of Ryan Bingham. It made me appreciate the voice over stuff in the movie even more.

  • The Man

    Lame Do Day Breakers.

  • I was actually thinking about trying to see this still but it’s already out of theatres unfortunately.

  • Mark In Ottawa

    The film should have been about Anton Chigurh and how failed in his attempts at a life in baseball.

    A prequel to “No Country for Old Men” if you will …

    WHERE THE FUCK IS REED ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • Greg,
    I’d love to hear your review of Sugar. Being a huge baseball fan, I thought it was a pretty awesome film. It breaks my heart to hear Sean and Jay’s luke warm reaction.

    Please watch it and write a review, or do your own podcast so I don’t have to read.
    Speaking of should watch Sugar with Reed and do a commentary podcast.
    I’ll pay you!

  • projectgenesis

    Good question Mark, where is Reed? Maybe we can get Sean to put up a fake news story about Leighton Meester playing Saavik in Star Trek 2. I think we’d hear from him then.

  • Napalm

    Another shopping trip to the US ey? I smell new Cantankerous! Great show btw! :D

  • bard

    as far as 2009 in music goes, here are some great albums not mentioned:

    mewithoutYou – it’s all crazy, it’s all false, it’s all a dream, it’s alright..

    small – teenage cover

    the paper chase – someday this could all be yours

    black moth super rainbow – eating us (i know sean likes these guys)

    dead man’s bones – dead man’s bones

    jason lytle – yours truly, the commuter

    why? – eskimo snow

  • Leighton Meester as Saavik would be awesome! Then again, I initially thought Winona Ryder as Spock’s mom would be awesome.

    Generally, I don’t like sports movies because they tend to have happy endings. Heck, I didn’t even admire “The Wrestler”! (Wait, I know, “The Wrestler” isn’t a sports movie. Ha ha.)

    With regards to my disappearance, people will notice that I’m still actively posting comments. I’ve been amassing ideas for new articles and I still have to complete my “best of” list, but I haven’t been able to find the resolve to complete anything.

    Perhaps it’s best I keep a low profile so that Film Junk can maintain a respectability. I’m probably the reason why Film Junk didn’t make MovieMaker’s list of Top 50 film blogs. Congrats to Film Junk’s sister blog, “The Documentary Blog,” for making the cut.

  • Let’s turn this into a music post!
    I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but my fav album of 09 was Hollow Be My Name by Eleventh He Reaches London.

  • KeithTalent

    Ugh, Legion. What a piece of crap.

    I am disappoint.

  • Mark In Ottawa

    REED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Goon

    another one who has a hard time with non-fiction here, it seems for me most page turners have to be books of essays or something like that.

    some fave albums of 09, it was a great year

    alternative/indie/whatever they call it now:
    Bat For Lashes – Two Suns, Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz, The XX – xx, Future of the Left – Travels With Myself and Another, DirtyProjectors -Bitte Orca, Sunset Rubdown -Dragonslayer, and ditto pretty much everything Sean and Jay mentioned

    metal – Mastodon -Crack the Skye, Devin Townsend Project – Addicted, Slayer – World Painted Blood, Delain – April Rain, Baroness -Blue Album, Cobalt – Gin

    rock – The Storm – Black Luck, Hot Leg -Red Light Fever, Alice in Chains – Black Gives Way To blue, Manic StreetPreachers -Journal for Plague Lovers

    Pop – Lily Allen – its not me its you, Depeche Mode – Sounds of theUniverse, Lady Gaga – Fame Monster (no joke)

    Electronic – Annie – Don’t Stop, Fever Ray – st, Major Lazer – Guns dont kill people lazers do, Royksopp -Junior

    Comedy: so many – John Mulaney – The top Part, Marc Maron – Final Engagement, Lonely Island – Incredibad, Patton Oswalt – MyWeakness is Strong, Maria Bamford – Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome, Todd Glass – Thin Pig, Eugene Mirman – God is a 12 year old boy with aspergers, Paul F Tompkins – Freak Wharf, JimGaffigan – King Baby, Doug Stanhope – From Across the Street, Steel Panther – Feel the Steel

  • jamesX


  • “Congrats to Film Junk’s [sister] blog” – nice passive aggressive attack Reed, still got it!

  • alechs

    Annie! Good pick Goon.

    I am not sure how popular Girls are but I am surprised no one mentioned in on the podcast, Lust for Life is a catchy tune despite my unfamiliarity with the topics.

    I have to say my favourite albums that came out in 2009 would be The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – st, Wavves – Wavvves, YACHT – See Mystery Lights, Wildbeasts – Two Dancers, The XX – xx, Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, and Girls – Album. This year I dabbled with more older albums than usual. Adventureland’s OST (like Donnie Darko’s OST in its day) was also a great 80s gateway soundtrack for the year.

  • I was surprised you guys weren’t familiar with Moviemaker. Congrats Jay C. What film mags. do you read regularly? Actually this is a question for everyone? I still get a few since I like having mags. in my hands.

    I get Filmmaker, Cinefex, American Cinematographer, Creative Screenwriting

  • I have subscriptions to Wired and Paste, but I think I forgot to renew Paste. I don’t read any movie-specific mags though.

  • bard

    i didn’t know that Film Junk had so many editors listening.


  • swarez

    The camera rig that was used on Pi and Requiem was called the Snorri Cam, named after the two photographers who designed it.

  • Big Hungry

    Maybe you guys will check out “book of eli” for next week.
    Best movie I’ve seen this year…. ha! still in January, but I thought it was well done.

  • Fatbologna

    In regards to Jay’s search for mature yet light animation I’d highly recommend “Tokyo Godfathers” by Satoshi Kon. He’s one of the great new-wave Japanese animation directors making amazingly beautiful and maturely told films. He’s not a “giant robots, busty girls, and blood and guts” style filmmaker.

    Tokyo Godfathers is a film about three homeless people who find a baby in the garbage on Christmas eve. The whole movie is them figuring out how to deal with a baby, their shitty lives, how they came to be homeless and ultimately what to do with the baby.

    It’s amazingly nice to look at, heart-filled without being sappy and just a little dark. I think that it’s right up Jay’s alley considering his general taste. Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress and Paprika are all really good as well, but I personally prefer Tokyo Godfathers the best. WATCH IT!

    Tokyo Godfathers:

    Perfect Blue:

    Millenium Actress:


    PS. I know that you’re probably not an Anime fan, Jay, but trust me, neither am I.

  • Fatbologna

    PPS. Yeah, the trailers make the films look cheese, but trust me…good stuff.

  • KYriakos

    oy GREG! That’s 2 shows in a row you haven’t watch the actual movie..
    wassitgonnabe mate?

  • KYriakos

    Sean! no wander you are not into the top 50 filmblogs mate.. dont get me wrong, its not Reeds Fault, u r all awsome n stuff but
    its like 98% of the week if a guy stumbles across your website by accident he probably want notice is even a podcast on the damn thing .. you have yet to place something like a horizontal column under the banner with the podcast picture and a big play button on it.

    Something like a weekly steady post just for the podcast. So when a non regular -average idiot- visitor enters the blog in the middle of the week first thing he sees is a brand new podcast!

    GOT it?

    i know its gonna be a repetitive downgrade for the regular viewers, But thats good marketing 4u. Having your best products in the showcase all the time.

  • True, the podcast could be more prominent on the site, but I don’t think that’s why we weren’t on that particular Top 50 list. Niche blogs just stand out more. I’m sure we would get further by shutting down Film Junk and concentrating on The Documentary Blog 100%, but then where would we talk about Mortal Kombat reboots?

  • Big Hungry: I know our friends at Row Three were big fans of The Book of Eli as well. I’d like to see it, but I suspect we won’t get around to it now that it’s a couple weeks old.

  • I saw Tokyo Godfathers its tight!

  • “oy GREG! That’s 2 shows in a row you haven’t watch the actual movie..
    wassitgonnabe mate?”

    this is great, I want KYriakos in my life motivating me to go to the gym!

  • KYriakos

    Sean?,,, close whaaat down?? no no no no no forgot all i ve said iam a nitwit!

    Rus.. just go to the gym mate.. life is too short to be fat..