Film Junk Podcast Episode #355: The Grey

0:00 – Intro / In-House Stuff
13:52 – Headlines: 2012 Oscar Nominees, Spielberg to Direct Moses Movie, The Crow Reboot Gets a New Writer and Director, The Pirates! Band of Misfits Drop Leprosy Joke, Smodcast Pictures to Distribute Other People’s Movies, Moviegoers Demand Refunds for The Artist
48:50 – Review: The Grey
1:17:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: About Schmidt, What About Bob?, The River Wild, Dark Days, 12 Angry Men, The Silent World, These Amazing Shadows, Belle du Jour, Ravenous, Sherlock: Season 1
1:54:00 – Junk Mail: How to Get a Better Understanding of Film, John Carpenter Short Films and The Ward, Favourite Cock Shots, Box Sets with Sleeves and Titles That Don’t Line Up Alphabetically, DVD / Blu-ray Collections and Plastic Wrap, Humble and Fred Podcast, Film Junk T-shirts
2:17:15 – This Week’s DVD Releases
2:22:35 – Outro

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  • Haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but just seeing the note on The Artist doesn’t surprise me. I’m a manager at a theater outside of Pittsburgh, PA, and this is the time of year where we start to get more of the Oscar-nominated films that usually don’t make it out to the ‘burbs unless they’ve done well in limited release and have played everywhere else. There are ALWAYS problems with people complaining about these films, particularly from middle-aged moviegoers and seniors who only go to these films because they were told to, like they’re sophisticated or something because they’re seeing these movies that are up for all these awards, whether they know anything about these movies or not. It even happens with the more mainstream or controversial films. Remember when Brokeback Mountain came out? I haven’t seen it in it’s entirety, and I’m certain there’s more to it, but if you knew only ONE thing about that movie going into it, what was it? Yeah, a lot of the people that came out for that one around here didn’t even know THAT, and holy shit did we ever hear about it, right around the 35-40 minute mark.

    Knowing what I know about The Artist so far, I look forward to seeing the film, but I am NOT looking forward to having to deal with the customers that will come into it blind without having researched it on their own to see if it’s anything they’d even WANT to sit through in the first place. It’s a longshot that we’d even get it though, and when we don’t get something that isn’t a super wide release, my most common explanation for why is “You’re in Butler, Pennsylvania”.

  • Dave

    Totally agree with Jay on Melissa McCarthy’s nomination. Granted, I loved Bridesmaids and she was very funny in it, but Jesus, really? Kinda like when Johnny Depp was nominated for his original turn as Jack Sparrow – strange choice, but that one was a little more validated even if it was “of the moment”. If Melissa McCarthy’s off-beat performance can get a nomination in Bridesmaids, then why not Zack Galafianakis in the original Hangover? Same thing to me. Maybe, like Charlize Theron in Monster, it was because she didn’t wear make-up.

  • mike


  • kyri

    sean/jay can you post a link for beauty day on Amazon? thanks.

  • Travis

    Can we get a link for that social networking movie site Jay was talking about? I tried to google it and couldn’t find it.

  • Steve Kasan

    The thing about The Crow is that each film is basically a remake. Someone has to die to come back to seek vengence. They can call it a reboot, remake, whatever they want but it is just dumb to rename it. And, what do they plan to change? What more can they do than what Proyas did with the magnificent first film.

    GREG! Did you watch the Rumble??? What are your thoughts? Seemed more like the Jobber Royal Rumble this year.

  • Greg

    @ Steve Kasan: Yeah, I watched it. I thought it was decent. Rhodes and Miz were good and I marked out for the Road Dogg.

  • Steve Kasan

    @Greg, same I marked for Road Dogg and that he can still move. But, ugh, watching Foley was sad. It must be said, they HAVE to build some stars because their talent pool is lacking.

  • Greg

    @ Steve: No company will EVER have a talent pool like Hunter, Michaels, Rock, Austin, Jericho, Taker, Kane, Big Show, and Foley all at once anymore. Attitude Era was unprecendented.

  • Kasper

    Sorry, guys, I’m not a Van Dien.

  • RC


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  • kyri

    For those who are interested:
    The shipping to UK was extra $6. So in total it was 24$. That is £15.
    I ordered it anyway..
    Will it be ever available on Amazon UK?

  • RC

    I wouldn’t mind having a Capn’ Video t-shirt :)

  • KeithTalent

    Which place to purchase Beauty Day will get Jay the most money in his pocket? Presumably straight from FJ?

    I think Bill Murray had success over the other guys from the same era mainly because his delivery is a bit more deadpan and subdued, compared to guys like Short and Martin. He does have some absurdity in his catalogue, but so much of his awesomeness is from the subtle, matter of fact delivery he has; those blunt, almost throw away lines in a film like Ghostbusters is some of his best stuff. That kind of delivery translates to other film styles better than something that is a bit more off the wall. Plus he’s just the awesomest of all those guys.

    The Grey was fantastic. What a great January surprise!

  • RC

    The bilingual DVD cover in Canada for The Grey will be “Le Gris” ;)

  • Colin

    Will there be French on Beauty Day’s spine?

  • I have seen it and there is no French on it. Le Jour Beau?

  • Steve Kasan

    @Greg, all three (WWF, WCW, ECW) had great talent pools in the 90s.
    WCW: Sting, Hogan, Giant, Nash, Hall, Jericho, Malenko, Guerroro, Benoit, Savage, DDP, Booker T, Goldberg, Raven, Kidman, Mysterio, Ultimo Dragon, etc.
    ECW: Taz, Dreamer, Douglas, Raven, Sabu, Lance Storm, Justin Credible, Mike Awesome, Sandman, RVD, Dudleys, etc.

    But, WWE around 2001-2005 absolutely trumps the 90s with Angle, Austin, Brock, Rock, Benoit, Orton, Hunter, Foley, Edge, Jericho, RVD, Hardys, Booker T, Mysterio, Batista, Cena, Big Show, etc.

    I guess that’s enough wrestling talk haha.

  • Didn’t hear this on the DVD releases. Figured Jay would be all over this one.

    Also as far as John Carpenter shorts go. I’d recommend seeking out “Body Bags.” It was Showtime original, two shorts from Carpenter, also hosted by Carpenter as a “Tales from the Crypt” like character. Had to talk about it on my show. It was pretty good.

  • RC

    Beauty Day`s French title would be Jour de Beauté. It`s porn title would be Booty Play.

  • projectgenesis

    Glad to know you guys are excited about the Superbowl. It is being played in my home city of Indianapolis. I guess Thorold was taken.

  • patrik

    I´ll definitely buy Beauty Day from Filmjunk.

    Franks suggestion of a season dvd of Filmjunk specials would be a great idea. Like the Ricky Gervais animated podcast, only better.

    Saoirse Ronan should have been nominated for Hanna. Was never gonna happen though.

    Kung Fu Panda 2 is amazing, pretty much as good as the first one. I hope it wins the Oscar.

    Oh, I heard that Nintendo had some pretty huge financial losses recently. Worried that they´ll sell out Frank?

  • Xidor

    Just ordered Beauty Day from the FJ website. It motivated me to finally update my expired paypal account and now I can renew my FJ subscription.

  • Falsk

    Um, according to Neeson when he was on Jon Stewart, “a lot of the wolves were animatronic”. The only time I assumed this was the case was the dying one in the beginning and their interaction with the “runt” (it just had that look, I guess) … but since no one picked up on it I guess they weren’t all that good…

  • Palladio81

    You guys didn’t talk about it, so I assume none of you saw the scene at the end of the credits of The Grey? Although it’s really only a moment/image, it was equally as restrained as the ending, and a powerful callback to a scene early on in the movie. Didn’t affect the ambiguity of whether Neeson’s character survives either. Worth a look.

  • Paul Andrews

    Jay, when you get around to watching Carlos I recommend you watch the trilogy rather than the movie. The movie is a reduced version they put together for Cannes. I watched the trilogy at the weekend and loved it. Amazing transfer to Blu-Ray.