Film Junk Podcast Episode #311: Battle: Los Angeles

0:00 – Intro
3:40 – Headlines: Universal Kills At The Mountains of Madness, Stallone Not Directing The Expendables 2, Johnny Knoxville Will Be Moe in The Three Stooges?
25:20 – Review: Battle: Los Angeles
45:45 – Trailer Trash: Conan the Barbarian, Cars 2, Super 8
1:04:15 – Other Stuff We Watched: Jackass 3, The Next Three Days, Goodbye CP, G.I. Joe: The Movie, Vampire Circus, The Walking Dead, Independence Day, Vacation, European Vacation, Last Action Hero, The Room, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
1:47:55 – Junk Mail: Dirty Sanchez and Jackass, The Assassination of Jesse James…, Recovering DVDs from Ex-Girlfriends and Fat Guy with Beard Costumes, Overrated Classics, Favourite Danny Boyle Movies, The End of Motion Capture Movies, Favourite Werner Herzog Movies
2:27:20 – This Week’s DVD Releases
2:31:10 – Outro

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  • Steve L

    Excellent I have something to listen to at work. I’m hoping Conan will be a decent flick.

  • Jurassicalien

    When it comes to “The Room” it was originally a play (Supposedly, I’ve never seen it) which makes me wonder if it all originally took place inside the living room or something, football scenes and running scenes added into the film. (Again no idea though) if you can see this in a theater with people, you have to, it’s amazing.

  • bard

    I didn’t realize that some, if not all, the questions weren’t “reviewed” before the show for some type of preparation, so that’s why my Jesse James question got sent in. I just figured you didn’t include it for a different reason.

    As far as not being a modern western, I guess I just don’t get that specific with genres.

    Either way, great episode.

  • other greg

    >>Drunk John Lasseter:


  • I can understand why In the Mountains of Madness would cost so much money. There are two different alien monsters in the story, each would cost a lot of money to properly portray them on film, and not have them look stupid. But they could definitely slash the budget without all those big name stars on board.

  • projectgenesis

    Great show guys! Maybe with no FJP this week we’ll get the latest Cantankerous uploaded….

  • Yasser Serious

    Any chance someone can do a photoshop of Sean with Tommy Wiseau hair ?

    That would be gold.

    Good luck in the NYC fellas.

    Greg should do a snack podcast.

  • I got to see The Room. luckily Wiseau comes to Chicago’s Music Box like twice a year. I’ll try and get a photo of him holding a filmjunk logo!

  • Faggymcbitchtits

    Starship troopers was awesome man, what are you talking about. There is no comparison.

    @Yasser Serious

    Jesse Ventura for president.

  • projectgenesis

    Yeah Rus, I saw The Room at the Music Box Feb 2010. After the screening he was throwing the football around with fans. Weird, wild stuff.

  • Falsk

    >> Greg should do a snack podcast.


    I’m glad at least Frank’s seen the original Cars… but godDAMN if that review of the trailer wasn’t hysterical.

  • Funny episode… thanks for the chuckles and guffaws.

    I enjoy The Room quite a bit. There’s often little that interests me in so-bad-it’s-good movies, but this one is just so bizarre that it’s a must-see. I agree with Sean — it feels like something made by someone who only superficially grasps American culture and Hollywood filmmaking. I’d go further though: it feels completely alien – every aspect of the film is baffling… every line, performance, set, and sex scene. It feels like it was made by someone who doesn’t understand how human beings speak and behave. In this regard, it’s thoroughly compelling.

    I definitely definitely think that when Tommy Wiseau made the film, he was doing so with the sincere intention of making a serious film. It was only after he saw it blow up with the midnight movie crowd that he started to capitalize on its unintentional humor. He describes it now as a “dark comedy,” which I can’t imagine he originally intended it to be.

  • Fatbologna

    I’ve gotta side with Sean in regards to Mr. Wiseau. It would seem from the progression in interviews that he WAS serious in the beginning and quickly realized that the movie was being taken as a joke and subsequently changed his tune.

    I saw the movie for the first time about 2 years ago and when I looked up interviews with the guy it was pretty apparent that he was taking himself very seriously. Over time he’s changed his story and now claims the film was a joke all along but that seems pretty unlikely to me.

    Either way he’s making serious bank off the phenomenon so all we can hope is that he makes another attempt at serious film making and fucks it up in an equally interesting way.

    I’d like to see him the movie he made as an attempt at straight comedy, “Neighbors”. It probably ends up being the most embarrassing, hackiest thing you’ve ever seen and doubles back on itself from being pathetic to hilarious.

    It’s all the funnier if he’s not in on the joke!

    Here’s some links to a couple other Wiseau appearances:

    Tim and Eric “Pig Man” –

    The House that Drips Blood on Alex promo: –

    Tommy Wiseau’s “Neighbors” trailer –

  • Great remix!

  • I’m not sure motion capture was the main reason Mars Needs Moms failed. 3D prices definitely had something to do with it, that and someone at Disney thought it was a good idea to bankroll a 150 million dollar movie with Seth Green in the lead role. Great idea Disney.

  • Napalm

    Why don’t you guys do next week’s podcast on Tuesday or Wednesday when everyone is back? Extra funny episode btw!

  • I am in full agreement on Cars 2, it looks fukcing terrible awful unfunny garbage cashgrab shit.

    But now I understand why no one likes Cars… they haven’t actually bothered watching the movie! It is so full of lush detail that it takes several viewings to get it all. They show how they pump gas in Cars 1. They show them “walking” in Cars 1. Nitpick fail.

  • Well…they show them walking in the Cars 2 trailer as well. That’s exactly why I brought it up. It doesn’t make sense. And I HAVE seen the first Cars but I don’t recall a gas pumping scene (movie was forgettable). Still, whether or not they show it isn’t the point. It’s just a ridiculous universe that falls apart the second you question it. It’s an unintentional parody of the cliches and tropes of this brand of CG movie.

  • Swarez

    Why would a car need a couch or use bottles?

  • other greg
  • if Pixar was cool they would do a 20 min RedBand featurette of their Cars in the ROAD WARRIOR universe. Cars raping each other, swapping parts, and fighting for gas – that’s a universe even Jay would support!

  • drewcore

    @ rus, genesis

    I saw it this February at the Music Box, and it was a grand ole time no doubt.

    You’te tearing me APART, Lisa!