Film Junk Podcast Episode #423: World War Z and Monsters University

World War Z

0:00 – Intro
4:58 – Review: World War Z
25:34 – Review: Monsters University
56:54 – Headlines: R.I.P. James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey Won’t Promote Kick Ass 2, Mary Jane Cut Out of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Wolf of Wall Street Trailer, The Lego Movie Trailer, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Trailer
1:17:58 – Other Stuff We Watched: Monsters Inc., Major League, Miracle, A Band Called Death, Minority Report, Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, Goin’ Down the Road, Identity Thief, Electra Glide in Blue, Panic in the Streets, The Petrified Forest, Hell in the Pacific, Annie Hall
1:44:16 – Junk Mail: Please Stop Arguing, Please Continue Arguing, Thoughts on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Upcoming Film, Votes for Jay’s New Nickname
1:58:46 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:02:03 – Outro
2:03:35 – Spoiler Discussion: World War Z

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  • Film Junk

    excited to listen to a new episode of the film junk podcast thanks for all the hard work you put into the show.

  • piggystardust

    Sean’s nickname should be Sci-Fi-Dwy

  • Steve Kroodsma

    Sci-Dwy? Dwy-fi?

  • T.Heilman

    Sean- If you enjoyed Goin’ Down the Road check out the classic SCTV parody, “Garth, Gord, Fiona and Alice”. It is pitch perfect.

  • rusinchicago

    I love The Duke of Spook

  • piggystardust

    Here are the 2 major problems I had with World War Z: the camera was too close to the action/sporadic in movement and the CG zombies looked pretty bad. Everyone craps on the I Am Legend’s zombies– these were FAR less threatening. To be fair they were wise enough to only show them in very quick shots. Unfortunately, these shots are so quick that they ended up showing everything in the trailer. That’s why my favorite part of the movie was the third act, because we have zombies in makeup as opposed to the fake CG. Makes for some actual suspense.

  • Kasper F. Nielsen

    Amazing episode this week, guys. The best in awhile! The last 30 minutes (pre spoiler discussion) were probably the best Film Junk of 2013 so far.

  • Sean

    I think I read something about that. I’ll give it a poke!

  • Sean

    Thanks Kasper! I thought it was a particularly fun show as well.

  • Glendon

    Fright Knight?

  • Owozifa

    I like Dwy-fi.

  • piggystardust

    I bet that’s what he named his wireless network.

  • Sean

    Nope, my wireless network is Dwifi!

  • Samanta Luna Moraga

    I think they picked up Israel because that was in the original script , when it was closer to the book. I mean, in the book , Israel is the country that standed the best in the wolrd and the zombies didn’t crossed the wall.

  • Lior

    Regarding World War Z:

    As an Israeli it was certainly entertaining to see Jerusalem overrun by Hollywood zombies (it was actually filmed in Malta, apparently). It’s certainly the most impressive and epic action set-piece in the film, but for me it was funny how Israel was basically reduced to “Jerusalem”. Am I to assume Tel Aviv is overrun by zombies because it doesn’t have a wall? Is this a political statement?

    I also felt the filmmakers were like, “if we don’t put Hasidic Jews alongside Arabs nobody will know it’s Israel”. Maybe they’re right.

    And Brad Pitt’s Israeli companion in the film is named Segen. Segen means “Lieutenant”. So I have to assume she’s presenting herself to him by her rank, but she doesn’t actually mention that to him, which I found a little odd.

    As for the non-Israel stuff, the sequence in the lab was very tense and well-made, but the movie was hampered by a downbeat, run-of-the-mill apocalyptic/hopeful ending, which is a cliche at this point. The Russia storyline sounds more interesting as a non-closure.
    All in all it’s a pretty good movie, reshoots and all.

  • MovieViewerMan

    With John Candy, you can’t go wrong. Check it out

  • PlanBFromOuterSpace

    Another podcast I listen to, Now Playing, likened the PG-13 violence in “World War Z” to “Hunger Games”, where you knew there had to be some horrible shit going on, but rather than hide it in an effective or clever manner, they’d just shake the shit out of the camera or otherwise obscure the view in a way that was more obnoxious or jarring than anything. As I think you guys mentioned, there’s still ways you can get brutal violence across in a PG-13 flick, and I enjoy it and don’t take the rating into consideration when it’s done well.

  • patrik

    Don’t understand Franks hatred for Kung Fu Panda 2. That movie is awesome.

  • Steve Kroodsma

    Isn’t one of your handles also Dwired? Maybe your nickname should be King of Puns.

  • Sean

    I will accept Prince of Puns.

  • Jay Cheel

    I think we should look at Philip K. Dick’s simple, classic nickname of PKD and go with SCD. As a bonus, it almost sounds like STD.

  • Impiii

    @ Jay

    Joseph Conrad’s Hero’s Journey?
    So Joseph Campell made Heart of Darkness?

  • Jay Cheel

    Meant Joseph Campbell and no, he did not “made” Heart of Darkness. Thanks for passive aggressively bringing the name mix up to my attention.

  • Kasper F. Nielsen

    No way. Kung Fu Panda 2 is atrocious. It’s not even close to the first movie. It’s about as “good” as Cars.

  • Josef

    Really enjoyed the episode. I agree with everyone as I was pleasantly surprised by World War Z. I thought the Hoard Zombies were an interesting take on the zombie genre. I have seen so many Zombie movies, I like how they did something a little bit more different and interesting.

  • Jr

    You have to spell it Dook of Spook.

  • Owozifa

    Admiral of Alliteration?

  • Mrespony

    Jerry is not a heroic name. That was awesome.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    Makes sense – Jerusalem was home to historys first official zombie. Jesus came back from the dead but I believe he was more of a traditional shuffling kind…maybe it was the sandals.

  • Yogidabear

    MOH COK? Something’s not right.

  • jerry the zombie

    filmjunk is a woody allen horror film

  • filmstache

    There is an alternate ending for Hell in the Pacific. It fares much better and it’s on youtube.