Film Junk Podcast Episode #365: The Cabin in the Woods and Titanic 3D

0:00 – Intro
6:30 – Review: The Cabin in the Woods
22:55 – Review: Titanic 3D / A Night to Remember
46:50 – Headlines: Hunger Games Sequel Director Wish List, Mel Gibson vs. Joe Eszterhas, Sin City 2 Finally Happening, Looper Trailer
1:04:05 – Other Stuff We Watched: Sherlock: Season 1, American Reunion, Tim Richmond: To the Limit, The House of Steinbrenner, Fernando Nation, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, U-Turn, Our Idiot Brother, Impractical Jokers, Derek, Indie Game: The Movie, Francophrenia, Tchoupitoulas, The Red Chapel, The Hills Have Eyes: Part II, The Quatermass Experiment, The Last Hard Men, Roadracers, The Ring
1:48:50 – Junk Mail: Why Can’t DC Comics Get It Together?, Movies We Watched at School, Cool Soundtracks for Movies That Suck, HBO Shows on DVD, Sneaking into Movies
2:09:45 – This Week’s DVD Releases
2:11:25 – Outro
2:15:40 – Spoiler Discussion: The Cabin in the Woods

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  • Greg & Sean

    You can stream The Sweater right from NFB’s site and even buy it on DVD.

    As Greg stated, it’s a great short film. Of course, like Greg, I’m a little biased as I’m also a big Montreal Canadiens’ fan.

    Still, when an excerpt of the story is printed on the back of the Canadian $5 bill, it’s gotta be good, eh?

  • rjdelight

    All that needs to be said about Gary Ross is he wrote Mr. Baseball…so yeah.

  • He also wrote Big, Dave, and Pleasantville, so there back.

  • Celebrity Apprentice?

  • Antho42

    Spoilers: Ancient ones: the audience

  • Niklas

    Put the news back in the beginning.. the review first sucks

  • What sucks about it? Is it because you don’t like to listen to the reviews if you haven’t seen the movie yet?

    From our point of view, doing the review first gets us all involved right away and warmed up since it’s the one thing we are all there to talk about together. It makes the rest of the show flow better. News has not been a major focus of the podcast for a long time now.

  • Jaden K

    Cabin in the Woods was fucking great. You guys completely missed the political commentary and focused way too much on the meta-horror genre stuff and the star cameo. Too bad you guys didn’t find it to be as smart as it really is!

  • Greg

    @Jaden Too bad you got sucked into the hype and didn’t notice how disappointing the movie really is!

  • Greg

    @Niklas It’d be awesome if you could expand on why you think it sucks instead of just throwing in a negative comment.

  • I’d bet that sticking the review at the beginning probably helps more people FIND Film Junk. I’ve found several podcasts through iTunes when I was looking for something else that I tried out because it had something to do with what I was looking for. Even if they don’t stay past the review, at least they got THAT far.

    No mention of how half of Hills Have Eyes 2 actually IS Hills Have Eyes 1? I’ve never seen so many flashbacks, and EVERYONE has them. The DOG had a flashback. I’ll bet there’s a deleted scene where a pile of sand has one as well.

    I STRONGLY suggest checking out the book “Superman vs. Hollywood: How Fiendish Producers, Devious Directors, and Warring Writers Grounded an American Icon”. It covers Superman’s history in radio, TV, and movies, and how after Tim Burton’s Batman came out, Warner Brothers’ approach to Superman became “What worked on Batman? We’ll just do the same thing to Superman, because they’re totally the same characters, right?”. Since then, I’m sure it’s changed to “What’s working for the Marvel guys? We’ll just do the same thing to __________, because they’re totally the same characters, right?”. DC will always be WB’s bitch and never allowed to have creative control or take real chances with their film properties. Even the characters that Marvel doesn’t have the film rights to seem to be handled by their studios with more respect than WB gives to their own, outside of the Batman franchise. Sure, DC’s got the biggest single superhero franchise out there with Nolan’s Batman, but it’s success is pretty self-contained and isn’t helping to get anything other than Superman off of the ground. Another book worth checking out is “Comic Wars: How Two Tycoons Battled Over the Marvel Comics Empire- And Both Lost”, which looks at how Marvel went from being bankrupt in the mid-90’s before Avi Arad (who ran the Marvel-owned Toy Biz) swooped in and saved them with his group of investors, which included helping them getting out of bankruptcy and getting into movies, which is something the previous owner, one of the richest men in the world, thought was silly and not worth spending money on.

    I had a music history teacher in high school that was always leaving us alone a lot, and I remember listening to a lot of Tool and Rush. The next year, he was busted for having stolen a bunch of audio/video equipment, which made SO much sense in hindsight.

    Halloween: Resurrection is Halloween 8, Halloween: H20 is Halloween 7, and Halloween: Curse of Michael Myers (a.k.a. Paul Rudd Vs. Michael Myers) is Halloween 6. If nothing else, Halloween 6 is worth watching because of Rudd, because not only is it one of his first films (it came out after Clueless, but was made before and delayed because of the death of Donald Pleasence), but he’s trying to be serious and failing badly.

  • Kasper

    As long as there’s a proper intro lasting at least 3 – 4 min. I don’t mind the review being the first real feature on the show. If it came RIGHT out of the gate without any intro at all it’d be a bit overwhelming though.

  • I think it’s safe to say that I really enjoyed Cabin in the Woods quite a bit. I’m not sure where the extra brain candy and social/political commentary angle is coming from at all. I thought it was fun, but nothing profoundly special. A lot of folks are certainly coming up with interesting theories, but as I was watching it, I didn’t necessarily get engaged on an intellectual if you know what I mean?

    Scream was more groundbreaking at the time upon its release, but even that stole a bit from New Nightmare. I enjoyed this more than Rubber though that’s for sure. I definitely have no qualms with giving Cabin a light 3.5/4 as well, and I think those who either hated it or those who loved it have equally valid points, but I’m more inclined to be on the side of nitpickers who consider it to be flawed. I wonder where I will stand on this one upon a rewatch. Entertaining review regardless, guys. Haters gonna hate, lovers gonna love.

  • patrik

    So that is why Sean had a Filmjunk Defense Force for Johnny Mnemonic. The soundtrack =)

  • patrik

    That 80s Show is yet to be released on dvd.. I don’t expect it to be since there’s only 13 episodes and the show isn’t very good. However, it stars a certain Chyler Leigh who plays a fucking stunning punk-rocker. I want.

  • projectgenesis

    @Antho42 So Jenkins & Whitford = Whedon & Goddard ?

  • Laura

    Babel is the movie poster that Savages copied from.

  • Jonny Ashley

    Yes, Babel. undeniably so.

  • Johnny Blaze

    I think the review at the beginning is too abrupt. Its nice to have a warm-up. Doesn’t really matter what it is, but I think news goes well because its pretty meaningless. Think of it as foreplay, you don’t wanna just stick it in do you? (if you’re not sure what foreplay and sticking it in mean ask Greg… he knows about this kind of stuff.)

  • Bob

    I loved it when Sean asked for a rating on Titanic 3d and Jay answered using a 5-star scale. Classic.

    We can all blame the Jackal for moving the review to the beginning. He started the trend with episode 347. Send your complaints to him: thejackal at filmjunk dot com

  • I’m liking the new format, even though it’s really not much different. I do like “The News”, but it’s not like I have to have a formal news segment or I’ll get bent out of shape. If it’s there, great…if not, you guys usually end up talking about something current anyway. Stuff that’s worth chatting about ends up in the show anyway…
    Good show :)

  • And I just looked up Chyler Leigh re Patrik’s post. I have no idea how I’ve missed spotting her???
    That said, punk was more mid to 70’s where I come from. Never saw the 80’s show. Bored at work, as you can tell!

  • Lockout was so bad and not in a good way. I though it would be goofy dumb fun from what I’ve seen from the trailers but it was just a complete mess. Might not be the option for next weeks review.

  • Maybe God Bless America?

  • Gerry

    I, like Sean, couldn’t see the point of Derek. Then I heard a UK interview with Ricky Gervaise where he said the show would be about autograph hunters.

    This would seem to suggest that Ricky and Karl’s characters will be tagging along with the autograph hunter and interacting with celebrities much like in Extras. Sounds more promising.

    What’s that you say Greg, ‘the film about the retard’? You’re a very kind and compassionate man.

  • Henrik

    I hate that Jay and Frank are pissing all over the legacy of the show because of something as arbitrary as ratings… It’s been 4 stars for my entire adult life. I was under the impression that Frank had my back on this, but I guess he bows to Jay on the matter, since Jay is the only one who cares enough to get agitated.

    Also, I have always enjoyed the news segment. It spared me for going through boring news myself, I could get it through the filter. Wether it’s front or back isn’t really that important, but I do agree that it makes sense to have it as foreplay moreso than after-the-fact cuddling, because that’s just putting us to sleep.

  • Lucas Milner

    Here’s a clip of the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discussing the incorrect sky in Titanic

  • kyri

    Filmjunk trivial:

    in Episode 328 Frank offered to lent Sean his U-turn dvd. (20th 07 2011)

    It took Sean more than 9 months to see the film.

    Ethical conclusion:


    NEVER give people your stuff.

  • Kent

    The poster to the Anne Hathaway flick HAVOC is extremely similar to SAVAGES:

  • Antonio

    This film reminds me of My Little Eye (2002).

  • Jay says that Cabin In The Woods is “Scream’s scream”.

    He probably hasn’t seen Detention yet.

    I’m waiting for somebody in the FJ universe to review this thing.

  • I have a feeling I will hate Detention, although I have to admit I’m a little bit curious. I heard Joseph Kahn talking about it on the /Filmcast and it made me more interested in it, although he came off as extremely cocky.

  • Sean, it’s an incredible mess, but I can’t say it’s boring. In any case, it’s certainly no Cabin In The Woods.

  • Lolarunyola

    I just listened to your review of Cabin in the Woods. You guys were way too harsh. It was totally fun and an easy watch unlike most of the films that come out nowadays in the horror genre. I also can’t believe none of you thought “barter gas” or “husband bulge” was funny. Jeez.