Film Junk Podcast Episode #494: Tusk


0:00 – Intro
12:05 – Review: Tusk
38:03 – Headlines: Bond 24 Title Announced, Suicide Squad Cast Announced, HBO Remastering The Wire, Chris Rock Says Comedy is Harder to Direct Than Drama, Terminator Genisys Trailer
1:04:21 – Prescribing Frank: Army of Shadows
1:25:29 – Other Stuff We Watched: Le Samourai, Foxcatcher, Homeland, Mike Tyson Mysteries
1:41:41 – Junk Mail: Justifying Nudity in Movies, Logging Stand Up Comedy Specials on Letterboxd, Buying Box Sets That Are (or Will Be) Incomplete, Blu-rays as Christmas Gifts
2:02:40 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray

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  • Sam

    Glad to see some Melville on the show today. I would say he’s a Top 10 director for me.

    Would recommend Sean check out Le Cercle Rouge and Bob le Flambeur as well if he hasn’t already.

  • Sean

    I haven’t yet but would like to. I do own Le Cercle Rouge on Blu.

  • Dstrbpx

    A “Toy Story” Premium?!?
    Damn.. if you really want to cover kid´s movies, why not do a “Don Bluth” Premium?? You know Frank would be ejacing all over that and even Jay would be only semi-soft~

  • Dstrbpx

    .. or how about the dark period of Disney?? (Frank just jumped&came simultaneously)
    “The Black Cauldron”, “Return to Oz”, “Watcher in the Woods”, “The Black Hole”, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” etc.etc.
    Fascinating stuff and not covered by thousands and thousands of other podcasts like the bland, mass-market Pixar products

  • DrewNugent

    Free screenings of Inherent Vice in Toronto this Saturday! You guys should see it for the show if you get the chance!

  • Sean

    Already at capacity unfortunately.

  • DrewNugent

    Damn :/

  • Sean

    Thanks anyway. Looks like it opens in Toronto on Christmas, although it still won’t be terribly convenient to get to.

  • DrewNugent

    No problem. I wish they would just put it out wide on Christmas, I think it’s ridiculous that they’re going to have it playing limited for a month.


    And that “Toy Story That Time Forgot” television special is one of the worst things i have seen in a long time. Why even review it?

  • Sean

    Well, it is a loose tie to Christmas. But hey, reviewing bad things is one of the joys of doing these premium podcasts. :)

    I think Toy Story will be fun. These Pixar movies always have all kinds of weird rules (and as Jay says, “mechanics”) to the worlds they create and I am looking forward to getting into that.

  • Lori Cerny

    Good outro as I completely forgot that was a thing that happened. Would have been so much better if it was you guys wailing it.

  • Essie

    Can episode 500 just be a full explanation of the court of public opinion, pretty please?

  • Junker

    Johnny Depp is indeed in Smith’s next as well, and if I’m not mistaken, I believe he’s playing the same character. So there’s that to look forward to…

  • Phil

    Looking forward to the Cars & Planes premium next December.


    To be clear i think a Toy Story premium could be lots of fun. Cant Wait!

  • pcch7

    Thank you Frank, I’m hating this Jai Kourtney guy. Who is this clown anyway? Go away..

  • FDB

    A Behind The Music would be really fun actually. I’m still curious what Jay’s story was that Frank, as his legal counsel, interrupted a few weeks back.

  • Tommy

    Tusk was so brutal for me. I had to watch it during a movie marathon and very quickly tried to force a sleep but couldn’t do it.

  • Matt80

    I would also like to know where Jay´s famous “jerking off directly into the trash can” originated from.

  • Luke Searle

    Jai Courtney is the new Sam Worthington, and should be dismissed from Hollywood immediately.

  • goes to town

    So let me get this straight

    Fury gets 3.5/5. (i think it’s crap, 2/5 tops)
    Predestiantion, a genuinly entertaining and original scifi piece gets ..what’s the average there.. 1/5?
    and you want to like this guy’s movie so much, Tusk gets 1.5/5

    and this is funny or relevant.. how
    sell this

  • Lark

    The junkmail regarding nudity in movies got me thinking.
    Explicit sex in arthouse flicks seems to be on the rise, but except “Nymphomaniac” none of these pictures got a main review on Filmjunk.
    (“Shame” only got thrown a WhatWeWatched bone).
    Specifically “Blue Is the Warmest Colour”, “Stranger by the Lake” and “Weekend” seem to have been noticeably and mysteriously ignored.
    Keeping in mind that those were highly acclaimed films, drowning in awards and recognition (two of them already on Criterion), one has to wonder the reason for this supposed FJ ban.
    What´s the deal? Is it just American puritanism, does it have to do with the explicit gay/lesbian sex? I´m puzzled…

  • Sam

    How do you get 1/5 for Predestination? They all midly enjoyed it, just weren’t blown away as it was predictable. They have it at 3/5 on Letterboxd, way above Tusk.

  • Sam

    Probably Canadian puritanism.

  • Lark

    I meant North American puritanism of course.
    Though Canadians are less prude than US Americans they apparently are still shocked by the sight of an innocent hard-on or a mere pink slip.

  • ReelJunkie

    Watching Depp’s character in Tusk was a task to get through. Terrible movie overall. I expected something much more unique and offbeat from Kevin Smith.

  • Sean

    There’s no conspiracy. The movies you mentioned are just smaller releases that we either didn’t have access to or didn’t think would be of interest to a large chunk of our listening audience. Film Junk does lean toward more mainstream movies… for better or worse, that seems to be what most people want to hear us talk about.

  • Regarding the week by week episodes being added to netflix, they were doing the same thing for the final season of Breaking Bad in the UK. Every new episode were added straight after they were aired.

  • LordAwesome

    How on earth can you Canuks be so ignorant about the French resistance?! And I thought Americans were bad.

    Melville’s The Silence of the Sea is also a French resistance movie (about ordinary people) and I consider it his masterpiece. Even better than Army of Shadows.

    Anyone can make a Fincher movie. His movies are so formulaic. Just follow the formula.

    It’s almost 2015 and still don’t know what the heck they’re talking about. Quoting video quality scores from them is tantamount to perveying false information.

  • is in town

    Isn’t that funky

    thank you, Sam

    ..sorry for the typos, you can tell i was real pissed about the whole thing.

  • likes the town

    “what’s the resistance do exacry”
    it resists!

    it refuses..
    like the song says.

    frank can make the best fincher movie. one should expect some ideas fairly soon.. next show maybe ? lD

  • Maureen W.

    I definitely had to watch Army of Shadows more than once before really getting all of the intricacies. I seem to remember a commentary track that also clarified some things? So many movies mention the Resistance….should Casablanca be the next Prescribing Frank?

  • Lark

    I think you generally tend to underestimate your own audience.
    The omnipresent fanboys,geeks and nerds might be the loudest and most exaggerated in their response to the show, but I´m sure you also have a lot of loyal listeners that tremendously enjoy hearing you talk about interesting smaller films, B-movies or classics.
    I had a big smile on my face when I heard your suggestion of a weekly Criterion prescription, LOVE IT!
    Jay might even skip his 8th bathroom break for that~

  • Tim

    Frank could have even lead the French resistance.
    I mean, it´s so eeeeaaasy!

  • Tommy

    I would have loved to have heard opinions of Blue Is The Warmest Color, and still would if one or more of you checks is out on video.

  • Dstrbpx

    Same here!
    But the two main characters both being female might be a problem for Frank, as we all know.
    He might be more comfortable with “Stranger by the lake”. It has more balls.

  • Jameson

    As someone who enjoys Blu Ray, I’m reluctant to view The Wire in HD. A lot of that show’s aesthetic comes from the grainy realism of the cinematography and putting that in HD would take a lot away.

  • bobsponge42

    Frank is a great addition to the show.

  • John Abides

    He’s not great, but I don’t understand this mythical time where actors had one chance at stardom and were kicked to the curb if they didn’t perform right away. People were saying the same thing about Channing Tatum not too long ago, and now everyone loves him. In the studio era, actors would make a bunch of shitty movies (under the premise that they have some screen charisma) before they became better actors.

    Give him time to get better. He’s acting in lots of stuff besides big movies. Same with Sam Worthington. It’s hardly like they are the biggest problems in their movies. Hell, Liam Neeson was boring and dull in Clash of the Titans, and that takes some George Lucas skill to accomplish.

  • John Abides

    That’s an interesting idea, but I would suggest classic Disney instead. Bring on Dax and check out Snow White, Bambi … uhh … the other ones too. I saw most of them as a kid and would like to revisit. Plus, they tend to be short.

    Another premium suggestion is the Jack Ryan films. Not too many (like James Bond – How do you pick?), but different actors, directors, and eras on display. The movies aren’t too bad either.

  • Lisa

    No he isn’t. He has ruined FilmJunk.

    Greg is still dearly missed.


    I miss Greg so fucking much.

  • FDB

    Swipe it away, go on with your day.

  • Luke Searle

    That’s a very good point…I would say that Sam Worthington (apart from Dirty Deeds) has, so far, proven himself to be a pretty uninteresting presence on-screen, but it’s probably a knee-jerk throw my drink at the TV reaction. It is also an emotion that is more closely linked to the films he has been in, as opposed to whatever talents he has that are being quashed by appearing in them. Although outside of the blockbusters he’s done, I have felt the same (Texas Killing Fields, The Debt, Man on a Ledge). But yes, your point totally stands, they are shitty movies, it’s not just him!

    Jai Courtney is the same, a pretty blank canvas (also a pretty, blank canvas). I am yet to see any charisma, but that is not to say, I agree, that it won’t appear – or be given the right vehicle for it to flourish. It is just at the moment they have become, for right or wrong, a focal point for the dissatisfaction I feel at the movies they are appearing in. It’s an unfair, somewhat Pavlovian response. If you were to punch me in the face daily while wearing a Santa Claus jumper – I would probably learnt to hate Santa.

  • Lisa

    He brought balance to the force.

  • kent88

    Then stop listen and leave us in peace. You and your 15 aliases.

  • Tim

    His sports&HMV-talk reliably made Jay angry, which is always a good thing!
    Frank´s talkativeness on the other hand is often abused by Jay to keep his own participation to a bare minimum.
    So Greg passivily kicking Jay´s balls is definetely missed and needed.