Film Junk Podcast Episode #370: Men in Black 3 and Battleship

0:00 – Intro
2:50 – Review: Men in Black 3
35:25 – Review: Battleship
59:20 – Headlines: G.I. Joe: Retaliation Delayed to 2013, Tom Cruise to Star in The Magnificent Seven Remake, The Exorcist Being Remade as a TV Series, Kevin Smith’s Anti-Movie Review Show Coming to Hulu, Man Punches Kid for Talking During Movie, The Great Gatsby Trailer
1:26:05 – Other Stuff We Watched: Men in Black, Men in Black 2, Hollow Man, Black Book, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, The Five-Year Engagement, Theo Fleury: Playing with Fire, Take This Waltz
2:14:25 – Junk Mail: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Childhood Movies, Favourite TV and Movie Crossovers, Reed’s Favourite Music, Greatest Actor/Director Duos, 3D TVs and Post-Converted 3D, Special Guests
2:34:25 – This Week’s DVD Releases
2:36:42 – Outro

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  • Falsk

    Mm. Just got back from a Battleship/MIB3 double-bill at the drive-in. IT’S LIKE FATE. Delightful.

  • Kasper

    Can’t remember last time Film Junk was out on a monday, but what a sweet surprise!

  • Dave

    Lethal Weapon Premium Episode Bonus: GONE FISHIN’ with Joe Pesci and Danny Glover. A LW reunion of sorts and recent blu-ray release! Do it up.

  • I think Greg wanted a good abuse reenactment in the Fleury movie. Sexual abuse.. Sexual. Just so you know. heheh

    Great podcast as usual guys. Surprised everyone liked MiB3 and hell even some nice words for Battleship too.

  • Kasper

    Only good thing about Battleship was the AC/DC song. With each movie I like Peter Berg less and less. 0/4 – worst movie since The A-Team.

  • How dare Jay of Ashol question Franklin of Comedy the bravest King in all of the land!

    Love live the King, Pleeeeeeeeese!

  • MIB3 is good clean fun – willy.S, nice jones/brolin mashup, some nice one-liners, decent REGULAR SIZED villain, and Mad Men era!

  • dirrrtyfrank
  • rjdelight

    Jay’s sarcastic attitude through the news never gets old.

  • Kasper

    #8 Hahaha Frank, you’re right, it never gets old. Couldn’t remember the scene when you talked about it on the show but the clip reminded me and simultaneously gave me a huge grin. Totally holds up!

  • patrik

    I’m with Frank, I like Moulin Rouge a lot.

    Burton – Depp?

  • patrik

    Oh Mel Gibson special?

  • sansho1

    The mashups seem to have gone the way of the dodo, but if anyone is still doing them I IMPLORE you to include Sean’s “It was…sexual”. Definitely my favorite moment of the last few weeks.

  • Colin

    I’m kinda shocked that The Wizard made neither Sean nor Frank’s childhood movie list.

  • I only saw The Wizard once when I was a kid. Never owned it on VHS or anything.

  • I remember being frustrated with the characters in “Hollow Man”, because the scientists in the film were some of the dumbest smart people that I’ve ever seen in a movie. They’re obviously good at their job, but once Bacon goes bad, they become complete idiots. They had goggles or something that let them know when he was around, right? Why aren’t you using those things ALL the time? “Hey, we have no idea where he is or what he’s doing, but let’s discuss our master plan for taking him out just completely out in the open. No, it’s OK, we really don’t need to make sure that the room is clear or anything…”. It was a fun film, but the scientists pretty much deserve what’s coming to them. My favorite Verhoeven film, “Starship Troopers”, came out between “Hollow Man” and “Showgirls”, so he was coming off of that.

    I haven’t seen “Battleship” in it’s entirety, I’ve just caught bits and pieces of it at the theater I manage, but am I right in understanding that the aliens had a weakness to sunlight? And they go after HAWAII? Please tell me that the vampires in “30 Days of Night” aren’t smarter than an advanced alien race…

    Like Greg, I too just couldn’t get more than a few minutes into “Moulin Rouge”, and I tried a few times. The film “Across the Universe” gets a similar reaction. Have any of you seen that? I actually got dragged to “Australia” when that came out, and while it wasn’t a BAD movie necessarily, it was kind of a confused mess. It wasn’t confusing to follow, but the movie itself didn’t seem to know what it was. The first hour was almost like a 1940’s romantic comedy, while the middle hour was a decent Western, and then it was almost straight drama for the rest of the time. It was very well put together, like it LOOKED good, but it was so schizophrenic.

    Speaking of Emily Blunt and funny dudes, I recently got to work for a week on the new Matt Damon/Gus Van Sant film “Promised Land”, which is shooting outside of Pittsburgh. It co-stars John Krasinski from “The Office”, Emily Blunt’s real-life significant other, and while SHE isn’t in the film, she was on set a lot, and she is a lovely, lovely woman. I guess “Promised Land” was supposed to be Damon’s directorial debut, but he couldn’t do it for some reason or another, so Van Sant stepped in. Yeah, you must be doing OK if you can have Gus Van Sant, the guy that helped your screenplay win an Oscar, as your back-up.

    Did any of you ever see “D.A.R.Y.L.”? It’s got the kid from “Neverending Story” in it, and he plays an android. I remember digging that a lot, and I actually ended up being stationed at the base that he steals the plane from in the end. Serving your country truly does change your outlook on life and turn you into a hardened individual. For me, it wasn’t because I saw death and destruction or anything, oh God no. For me, it destroyed everything I believed about childhood adventure movies. For years, I thought that stealing an SR-71 was as easy as hopping a fence and just jumping into the cockpit when no one was looking. I didn’t realize that it took like an hour and an entire group of people to get something in the air. That reminds me of another childhood favorite: “Iron Eagle”. It’s really held up, but while I saw it as a fun action flick when I was younger, I can now appreciate it for what it truly is, a masterpiece in unintentional comedy.

    A great TV crossover that I’m surprised you missed was the episode of “30 Rock” a couple seasons back when Tracy ends up on “Cash Cab”.

  • Steve Kasan

    I’d go with Predator 2. You got Murtaugh and Mr. Joshua in the film.

  • Some Favorite childhood movies that weren’t already mentioned: The Princess Bride, The Neverending Story, The Money Pit, Police Academy series.
    I loved Big Trouble In Little China when I was a teenager, but watching it years later, it just doesn’t hold up for me. It’s still fun, but not amazing or anything. I suspect Police Academy may be the same thing. Haven’t watched those in ages. On the other hand, Hanks still cracks me up in The Money Pit. Simply hilarious.

    The Great Gatsby looks interesting, but I guess I’m on the fence ragarding Luhrman. Didn’t see Australia, Strictly Ballroom was okay. Romeo and Juliette wasn’t a favorite of mine.
    On the other hand, Mouline Rouge is one of my favorite films of the last decade. For the first 10 minutes or so I had no idea what was going on, and then I happily surrendered to its insanity. It’s a hoot. It’s also one of those you either love or hate, I guess.

  • Steve

    How could you forget Tony Scott/Denzel Washington?
    And another less obvious one: Jim Sheridan/Daniel Day-Lewis.

    “What we watched” is actually my favorite part of the podcast. This is probably because each movie is talked about for a shorter amount of time, you get a block of each person’s movie taste (their “pick” if they liked the movie), and sometimes I’ve seen the movie and know what you’re talking about. I’ve almost never seen the main movie that is being reviewed by everyone. But I often re-download the podcast and re-listen to that review once I have seen it.

  • Brendan

    Not to get too technical, but I’m not sure the Seinfeld/Mad About You crossover was a “true” crossover. I feel a true crossover between series involves characters appearing on both shows and having a continuing storyline where you have to see both
    shows to get the whole story. They did that with Law & Order/Homicide and Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice, to name a couple off the top of my head. Although, Private Practice was a direct spinoff of Grey’s, so not sure if that makes it a real crossover. L&O and Homicide were separate series to begin with, though the character of Munch eventually permanently crossed over from Homicide to L&O: SVU.

  • Brendan

    Well, after continuing to listen, I guess the crossover talk was specifically about characters crossing over. So my previous post isn’t quite on point. Oh well.

  • Brendan

    Ok, I should really stop posting before I finish the episode!

    Didn’t think my email was going to be read since it was sent a few weeks ago. But I wanted to mention that the YouTube 3D content I referred to isn’t just a filter applied to 2D videos. There’s lots of stereoscopic videos, including 3D film trailers, though sometimes those are 2D converted to 3D.

    But you can find the real 3D trailers for new and prior releases (often they’re from foreign countries). YouTube also has a 3D search filter option to find true 3D, though you’ll also have to set the 3D option to side-by-side or top-bottom to work with 3D TVs and displays.

    If you’re using a YouTube app on your tv, blue-ray player or xbox, they usually don’t have the option for search filters, or the option to change the 3D type. But I’ve found it can help to seach for “3d sbs” which usually gives you results that are in the side-by-sides format. You may have to manually switch your tv to 3D mode to watch properly.

    There’s 3D on YouTube other than just trailers, too. Also, you can find 3D videos online that are in sbs or top-bottom format that you can download and play on your tv. Some aren’t exactly legal, though. You’ll find a lot of 3D blu-ray rips are out there.

  • devolutionary

    Baz Luhrman is so hit and miss for me. I actually remember enjoying Romeo & Juliet quite a bit when it first came out. Of course it was also the “in” movie for a rising Leo DiCaprio. Didn’t like Moulin Rouge much on first viewing but it seemed noticeably more entertaining on rewatch. Tried twice to watch Australia and that movie is just too long and drawn-out for what they put to screen. Could’ve trimmed it down by a lot no doubt.

    His masterpiece of course being the “No Sex in the Champagne Room” music video ;)

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  • KeithTalent

    I’m with you Sean, that montage in Take This Waltz was really strange; it felt so out of place. I found the love interest guy to be a little too Canadian, but I liked Williams and Rogan a lot. Good movie, though it left me hating Williams’ character a lot; not sure if that was the intention.

  • chris d

    Does anybody remember “the peanut butter experiment” that is one of my all time favorite memories as a kid. A very scary kids movie. Another one I didn’t see mentioned was “the witches”with Angelica hustings based on a roald dahlia book… classic kid cinema