Film Junk Podcast Episode #305: Enter the Void and The King’s Speech

0:00 – Intro
7:15 – Headlines: 2011 Oscar Nominees, Kevin Smith to Self-Distribute Red State, Henry Cavill is Superman
25:55 – Review: Enter the Void
54:15 – Review: The King’s Speech
1:22:10 – Trailer Trash: Jackass 3.5
1:25:25 – Other Stuff We Watched: Don’t You Forget About Me, Forty Guns, The Visitor, Il Mercenario, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, Muhammad and Larry, The One Armed Executioner, Nostalgia for the Light, The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On, Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, Buffalo 66, Talhotblond
2:07:40 – Junk Mail: Mixing DVD and Blu-ray, Combining Collections with a Roommate/Spouse, Alphabetizing Rules for DVDs, Name That Movie, German Movies, Morgan Spurlock, Female Directors, US Comedian Equivalent of Ricky Gervais, Why Film Podcasts are Poorly Informed
2:49:40 – This Week’s DVD Releases
2:52:00 – Outro

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  • Double_A

    Great ep guys – Loved, loved, loved the catalog talk.

    Those questions & concerns about how to store dvds/blu-rays have haunted me since my VHS days. It also broght back my album/cassette/CD sorting issues and the pains to come up with a viable system. I finally decided to make an extra column in my excel file called sorting title where I over-ride the name as needed. So all the James Bonds are grouped together…chronologically.
    Did I hear right that Frank sorts music by artist/album title? That’s messed up. I need to have albums (& movies series) sorted chronologically by the artist. Joshua Tree always comes after Unforgettable Fire!

    Anyway lots of laughs & I guess I’ll check out iCollect.

  • Goon

    Listening to Slashfilm declare that Enter the Void has “a lot to say about life and relationships and the effect we have on each other”

    My eyes hurt from rolling.

  • Goon

    “Art films can always depend on their enthusiastic, intellectual audiences to fill in the gaps and rationalize the horrible choices that may or may not have been intended by the filmmaker.”


    When a film is made for a mass audience if theres a flaw it simply MUST be because the film has been dumbed down for a mass audience or that the filmmakers themselves are of lesser intelligence…
    than the art film or indie filmmaker whose flaws are all decisions of style, or are a statment about storytelling, or are allegorical. I’m not saying there arent cases where I am willing to play along, but sometimes the gut just knows that what you’re looking at is bullshit, and you’ve gotta go with that gut…

    and my gut tells me that the sex scenes in Enter the Void are bullshit, that some of the shock scenes in Dogtooh and Haneke films are bullshit… abd meanwhile I continue to hear Slashfilnm praising ETV and spinning that the sex scenes display Noe’s brilliant and dry sense of humor?

  • I just go alphabetical by director, then chronological. So Funny Farm would be after Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1969, ’73, and ’88) whereas Spies Like Us would be after Animal House and American Werewolf in London — but Chevy Chase sucks.

  • Goon

    When High Fidelity came out I rearranged my cd collection autobiographically just to see what it would look like… that was a pain in the ass.

  • Mason

    Jay, where did you find a copy of The Visitor?

  • I picked up The Visitor in Toronto. It’s released through Code Red and is available at

  • Regus

    I didn’t like enter the void, but I agree that this is a movie that MUST be seen in the theater in order to get the full experience. This movie is an audio/visual assault in the theater. All those flashing lights burn out your eyes and the loud noises slice through your brain. When the movie is over you walk out of the theater feeling like shit.

  • projectgenesis

    I was lucky enough to see Il mercenario on the big screen during a spaghetti western fest last year. Being a huge fan of Gatling guns in movies i was not disappointed.

  • Primal

    Ah, sorry to hear you guys didn’t like Enter The Void. I thought the film was pretty cool and was one of the best films I saw last year.

    Glad you watched The Mercenary Jay. Jack Palance was fuckin awesome. I suggest Companeros to complete the Franco Nero Triple Bill to go along with Django & The Mercenary.

  • First off to Goon: “When High Fidelity came out I rearranged my cd collection autobiographically just to see what it would look like… that was a pain in the ass.” That’s hilarious. I actually thought about doing that too and never could actually work up the courage to do so.

    So this is one of my favorite FJ episodes ever. LOVED the talk on how to arrange DVDs vs. Blu-ray and all the “rules” involved. You guys speak my language. I struggle with shelf presentation all the time. I keep all of my DVDs separate from the Blus. EXCEPT. I have a few directors filmographies I keep together (Coens, Polanski, T. Scott, Carpenter, Soderbergh, Kubrick, etc.). These guys stay together on the top shelf and Blu rays and DVD intermingle. I also have my Criterion DVDs next to my Criterion Blu-rays, but I’ve arranged it so they sort of meet in the middle.

    As for SNL Goon, they should all go together. Put all the seasons next to each other and then the characters best of’s. Also, numbers go in NUMERICAL order. 12 Angry Men before 21 Grams before 28 Weeks Later. BUT – you guys nailed it, any movie spelled out, like Thirteen Days, goes in the “T” section.

    Also, I keep my music DVDs at the end of the stack. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd Wall, etc. all go at the end. The Wall does not go next to Wall Street or Walk the Line. Led Zeppelin does not go next to Let Sleeping Corpses Lie.

    I’m pretty much on board with all of the rules you guys laid out. To the chick moving in with her boyfriend, separate your Blus and DVDs! Unacceptable!!

  • Fatbologna

    Man, I can’t believe how many of you guys rock out your collections alphabetically! I have a system based entirely on genre and feeling. I have a comedy section for comedy movies AND TV. I have a horror section sorted by directors, countries and eras(ie. Giallo, Slasher and French New Millenium stuff). I have a Japanese section consisting mostly of Samurai (Chanbara, period drama, exploitation) Yakuza, Pink/Pinky Violence, martial arts and drama. I have a Panasian section for Chinese (Hong Kong), Thai, Phillipino, Indonesian and Indian (Not exactly a huge section). I have a foreign drama section. I have a 70s section consisting of mostly cop movies, dramas and thrillers that bleeds into crime films which bleeds Eurocrime which bleeds into westerns which bleed into war films all mostly held together by Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Sam Peckinpah, Steve Mcqueen, Warren Oates, George C. Scott, The Sergios (Leone and Corbucci), Umberto Lenzi, Fernando Di Leo and others.

    I then have a shelf of Sci-Fi and adventure films from all eras along with animated stuff and a “mixed” section with modern dramas, thrillers and other shit that isn’t really as important as other shit. It’s actually just barely organized at all in the end but I still know exactly where everything is and I’m pushing upwards of 2500+ discs at this point.

    The Blus are all separate though. :)

  • Goon

    I do a lot of things differently from the answeres provided

    all blu-rays and dvds – tv or movie, are as Frank said, all in one long alphabet

    my futurama movies are between vol 4 and 5 for now, did bc even though the collections are ‘volumes’ all the episodes are by season and most Futurama resources consider the movies season 5.. however i break my own rule because I have the Family Guy movies seperate from the sets.

    12 Monkeys for me is under “TW” for “Twelve”

    Rollins is still under “R” and I’m going with my ‘real person’s show vs. character name’ idea for now.

    My generic SNL sets are under “S” all together, but the individual best ofs… Chris Farley is under “F”

    but its like Jay said, its kind of based on where you would go to when you first think of the movie… so Great Muppet Caper to me goes under M with the Muppets, and I even have those Muppet movies all arranged by chronological release rather than title, because I guess its important to me that I know which came out when or something… as if these movies were TV seasons.

    I also have kind of adopted my filing system based on teh overall prevailing wisdom of stories I shop in. Most of them put “12 Monkeys” under T, etc… not so much about conformity as it is about unity and lack of confusion for myself when I go shopping, I’m not hopping around guessing where stuff would be based on what I’m used to looking at when at home.

  • Jeez fatbolgna, that’s pretty impressive. I could never do that because so many movie cross genres. Where do I put “Never Let Me Go?” In the period drama piece section or in sci-fi? Where do I put “Big Trouble in Little China?” In comedy or action/adventure? It would be impossible for me to do it that way I would get confused and would never know where anything is.

    I do however keep anything not in the English language on a separate shelf in alphabetical order.

    I just got to the end of the segment where they talk abotu two movies in one. That shit drives me crazy! my “Desperado/El Mariachi” disc for example. Foreign? D? E? Ultimately, like they said in the show, it goes in the “D” section because that’s the first name on the spine. Still, now I have to remember that if I ever want to watch “El Mariachi,” I have to find it under “D”.

  • Goon, try putting all of your numbered movies in the beginning (or end). They look cool like that with all the numbers in order – especially if you have a lot of them.

  • And to anyone looking for online collection listings, I know there are a bunch, but I like this one a lot: It tracks pretty much anything with a bar code (wine, books, CDs, cereal boxes). Here’s my collection (includes a few books and CDs I never got around to completing):

  • Goon

    here’s a stupid detailed one… does “SE7EN” go under “Sev..” or “Se7″ meaning it would be ahead of “Secretary” rather than after it…

  • I stopped sorting my DVDs about 2 years ago. Now they are in a state of half alphabetical, half just sort of random at the end. It makes for a pain in the ass when trying to find something specific, but very good in terms of ‘what do I feel like watching’ random selection.

    Box Sets stay on the top of my shelf. (oddball sizes and shapes). TV has a separate section (That’d include any best of SNLs if I had any, but mostly it is a few TV season sets).

    Also, I have a section of “DISCS I’VE BORROWED FROM OTHER FOLKS” so they don’t accidently get intermingled in my collection.

    I have a DVD software for my mac, it cost me $9 and does the bar code thing, and the ‘nag-email’ thing (which I do not use). I’m pretty inconsistent with adding new films.

    Obviously, while I appreciate the discussions in High Fidelity (and on this podcast) I’m not much of an obsessive librarian-collector type person. I’ve got discs lent out for several years (and have discs borrowed for several years – balancing my Karma)

    I own about 1000 discs, and about 300+ festival screeners and ‘non-packaged’ DVDs (for lack of better phrase) I have yet to move up to Bluray, as I’m waiting for my 6-Yr old projector to die before I do a complete system upgrade, and the thing (Sanyo PLZ2 720p) refuses to give up the ghost, yielding a solid picture after over 6000 bulb hours. This is probably more information than anyone needs about my AV situation…

    Oh, and Goon, the film was only called Se7en in marketing materials, the real title of the film is simply the word SEVEN.

  • Oh, yea, and about 200 store-bought VHS tapes. Several films have not came to DVD yet.

  • Goon
  • Robin

    the lana wachowski comment KILLED me

  • Fatbologna


    I’m a little like Kurt in that I just sorta stopped caring about the organization a couple years ago and only keep them in loose order. Big Trouble’s with the rest of the JC stuff in the Horror/Exploitation section. Exploitation perfectly leads into 70s stuff as most exploitation is from that era anyway.

    Newer dramas like Never Let Me Go just get lumped in with the rest of the 90s-recent dramas or in this case specifically would probably end up in Blu-Ray as I don’t really buy DVDs beyond prestige label stuff ala Severin, Synapse, Blue Underground.


    I’m still sitting on about 500 VHS in my storage too! You can’t GIVE those bastards away anymore! Anything that’s not on DVD yet I just replaced from Cinemageddon and other fine digital thievery establishments.

  • Fatbologna

    The other reason I lost interest in organization is the fact that I live in a 1 bedroom apartment with my girlfriend where I also have about 2,000 graphic novels and several hundred hardcover/softcover novels. It feels like the walls are closing in so I just let the stuff go where it fits at this point and do my best to keep it looking pretty. Luckily I have a giant shelving unit that’s about 3 meters long and goes to the ceiling as my central collection piece and 5 other shelves for everything else.

    Shelves. The savior of apartment dwellers everywhere.

    BTW, with all this collection talk I think that the forum post about collection pics needs to start bumpin’ ’cause I wanna see your guys’ shit!!!

  • Hey guys, concerning Enter the Void, I think it’s true to say the story is rather boilerplate. At the same time I think it’s interesting how this film assembles a rather banal story — by piecing it together from the recollections? projections? imaginings? — of a recently-killed guy. That alone isn’t necessarily ground-breaking, but still, while I agree that some of the images are repeated too many times, they’re all serving the aim of reassembling the pieces of this narrative.

    I would further suggest the interpretation — and it is only that — that the story is so cliched, and the dialogue so slapdash, because it is, essentially, a dream. That is, we’re seeing the projections of this consciousness, not the real events as they happened. If you’re like most of us, the dialogue and imagery of your dream states does not rank with the best work of Mamet, Bergman, Kubrick, Hitchcock, etc.

    Maybe the shallowness of the dialogue could be seen as a tell that this was essentially a dream state. The over-representation of sex scenes, and the excessive repetition of the childhood trauma, are additional tells.

    It’s an interpretation. It may or may not hold up.