Film Junk Podcast Episode #326: Horrible Bosses and Bad Teacher

0:00 – Intro
9:10 – Headlines: Spike Lee to Direct Oldboy Remake, Neil Burger to Direct Uncharted, The King of Kong Remake Will Be a Mockumentary?
23:18 – Review: Horrible Bosses
48:50 – Review: Bad Teacher
1:09:30 – Trailer Trash: Jack and Jill
1:18:35 – Other Stuff We Watched: Cedar Rapids, Unknown, The Stunt Man, Princess Mononoke, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Just Go With It, Gulliver’s Travels, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Hot Coffee, Transcendent Man, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
1:50:10 – Junk Mail: Mystery Melody and Character Themes, Medical Story, Time Travel Movies, Criterion Recommendations, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, TV Shows that Grow On You, Canadian TV, Might as Well Junk
2:31:10 – This Week’s DVD Releases
2:33:00 – Outro

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  • Jay, Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away are both amazing and IMHO even better then Mononoke. Both are filled with wonder and magic and highly recommended.

    I’m not a huge Anime expert/buff (especially not regarding the numerous Anime TV series), but I’ve seen my share of good features. There’s other very good examples of animation and storytelling in the genre except for Miyazaki’s films. Someone mentioned the extremely touching Grave Of The Fireflies. Also, the insane Ninja Scroll comes to mind.
    I believe During the Cars 2 episode there was a discussion about how Pixar or US animation studios don’t make animation for adults and how it’s an untapped potential.

    Anime is the place to look for this kind of stuff.

    As Beerdude mentioned above, Once Upon A Time In The West is a classic example of strong character themes in a movie’s score, and what a score it is. Once you hear Morricone’s Harmonica’s Theme or Cheyenne’s theme you will never forget them. The music is so pervasive in that classic it’s basically a character on its own.

    Yeah, Degrassi is my favorite Canadian TV show – I hardly even know any other Canadian shows not to mention watching them. And I didn’t even grow up in Canada. I remember watching Degrassi Junior High and then Degrassi High back in the 80’s and loving it. It was an honest and realistic teen drama. Haven’t watched any of the newer incarnations, though. Anyway, coming to Toronto and realizing the show was filmed (and maybe still is) not far from my place was somewhat exciting.

    The discussion of what you can do on TV vs. film was very interesting. I agree it’s challenging to recreate what Malick did on a TV show. But a film is a singular experience, while a TV show is a continuous one. A film can be contemplative for two hours and get away with it. Can a TV show do that for a whole season, with hardly a plot, and still keep its viewers? I’m not sure.

    I for one would love to hear a Harry Potter review. :-) the last one was entertaining, even if it was controversial.

  • Falsk

    I’m betting Jay will enjoy ‘Porco’ the most out of Miyazaki’s stuff…

  • RC

    Frank Funk sounds like it could have been a detective show in the 70s.

    “Frank Funk: Private Eye”

    “Peter and the Wolf” not only has a specific theme for each character, but a specific instrument assigned to each character; violin for one, oboe for another, clarinet for another, etc.

    @Greg: I also like Marisa Tomei, especially in “The Wrestler” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”.

  • RC

    I had forgotten that the alluring Caren Kaye played the mom on “It’s Your Move”.

    Check her out in the 1983 movie, “My Tutor”, to see how alluring she can be.

  • @RC Tomei certainly has a thing for large, sweaty men. Seinfeld nailed it.

  • Vikke_AJ

    I’m not the biggest anime fan in the world, but I would highly recommend checking out Cowboy Bebop (series and the movie). It’s awesome and definitely the best anime ever made IMO. If you don’t like that then I would not bother with any other ones. The music alone makes it a must-see even for anime haters :)

    The new Evangelion movies are also pretty great.

  • patrik

    Greg should check out “Luther”.. You´re wrong about Dexter though, amazing television..

  • Can you please post the mp3 of that dude’s epic Film Junk song.

  • You guys could take the time to edit your podcasts, they are far longer then they need to. Sure you have alot to say and the “derivative” discussions and brief references are interesting, but it’s…


    you know…

    a bit…

    how should I say…


    to hear pauses…

    and long silences where you think of stuff to say.
    Or even worse: A question is asked, long pause before answer, and then something like “it was ok.” comes out, dragging there for too long before you actually take off.

    Love the podcast, love you guys, but I think you could improve alot.

  • RC

    He is a disturbing example of an obscure Canadian game show that would surely have Dateline’s Chis Hansen hot on the host’s trail.

  • @ Diogo Louro

    You’re nuts.

  • Kasper

    #59 You’re wrong, the show is great as it is. No other opinions are valid.