Film Junk Premium Podcast #45: Quentin Tarantino


Are you gonna bark all day little doggie or are you gonna bite? With the release of The Hateful Eight, we figured it was finally time to cover one of our most requested premium podcast subjects: Quentin Tarantino. On this episode we revisit the first decade of Tarantino’s work from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown through to Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2. We recall the formative influence that he had on our love of cinema and discuss such topics as his iconic soundtracks, liberal use of the n-word and constant referencing of other films not to mention the difference between his Movie Movie Universe and Realer Than Real World Universe. So does Pulp Fiction still remain at the top of Sean’s all-time Top 100 list? Will Frank actually have anything bad to say about Quentin Tarantino? And once and for all, what’s inside the damn briefcase? Wiggle your big toe and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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  • Essie

    Thank you so very much. As someone who would consider Tarantino a pretty worthless filmmaker I was curious how I would respond to this one. It seems like at least Frank is tongue in cheek about his adoration for the man, or at least he’s aware of it in a fun way. It was great to hear Jay attacking some things in his filmography. Can’t wait for Coen Bros!!!

  • bad breath

    Great work.
    Downloading now cant wait to listen

  • Tommy

    The Kaitel crying might be the funniest thing on the show in years.

  • TP222

    looking forward to this one since the dawn of time. Finally here!

  • Flo Lieb

    Frank talkin’ “QT” is basically just:

  • Nick

    Is it possible to buy this episode without using Paypal?

  • Sean
  • Stinker

    QT….nice but what about a CE special?

  • Sean

    CE being… Clint Eastwood?

  • LongSlog

    Loved the discussion. It’s too bad the way it was structured it ended on the two films least liked by Sean and Jay. Would have liked to have seen a revisit of Death Proof in there, but your thoughts on the remainder of his filmography is already available so I get it.

    I 100% agree with Frank, comparing within QT’s filmography and saying what works and what doesn’t is totally different from comparing between his films and the 95% of the other movies out there. Tarantino is just on another level of film making, personally. I agree with the assessment of them all being 5 star experiences.

    It agree with Frank, his films have an overall style and consistency that I think really sells them as complete experiences. Even if bits and pieces might not work out of context, or when dissected from the viewing experience, so much just clicks right into place.

    QT pulls it off, again and again. At least for myself (and obviously for Frank).

    Minor clarification on Jay’s complaints about the code-names in Reservoir Dogs not making sense. Frank was absolutely right. Joe was a well known (to the police) gangster and crime boss. But if they nail some random guy during the job, and he names Joe, there’s absolutely no evidence- except the word of a criminal, to link Joe to the crime.

    They all trust Joe and know him, but don’t know each other. Thus, they can’t give up anything about each other, and their connection to Joe is only hearsay. It makes perfect sense to me. All trust flows up the chain to the safest member of the operation, whose not even involved in the actual crime.

  • Stinker

    Yes. Dity Harry is nice with 5 Movies incl. In the line of fire and Grand Torino for a premium. That would be nice,,,,,,,

  • Colin

    Rolling over here at Frankie going double parm on Tommy Boy instead of seeing Pulp Fiction. What a roob.

  • Frankie Knuckles
  • Colin

    You’re the best :V

  • Tim

    oh well, it took just a hot minute, now Jay is back on his knees suuuucking away~

  • devolutionary

    Frank being too scared or nervous to see Kill Bill 2 in the theater seems more ridiculous to me.
    Maybe the glorification of violence was too much for him?

  • B MP Rooney

    Alright Junkers, looking to purchase this puppy on my IPhone. I got the Bandcamp, but that doesn’t seem to be doing the trick. Could you help me out?

  • Sean

    What’s not working for you? Making the purchase or listening to the episode? Or both?

  • parapa

    Great ep. Can’t believe the Kill Bill V2 bashing, the end section is fucking great. And the Maclaren song sequence in particular is one of the best moments…it’s Beatrice putting her kid to sleep knowing that she’s about to face off with Bill and this could be the last time she ever sees her. That whole section is great because it’s Bill trying to talk her out of revenge, when both of them know deep down that’s not going to happen, despite part of her wanting to forgive him. It makes the entire 2 movies worthwhile in my opinion.

    Thankfully Frank was there to talk some sense.

    P.S. Bad Boys II needs to be on that Michael Bay premium.

  • Mister Quigley Jr.

    Between the constant nitpicking lately and Frank’s clearly emboldened anti-“sjw” agenda, it sucks that you finally did these great films now. And not back when you were fun.

    Naw! Who am I kidding? Totally gonna poke this.

  • Sam

    Coen Bros premium might be my most anticipated one yet. Hopefully with Sean acquiring the region free Barton Fink Blu-Ray, means Barton Fink will make the cut for discussion on the premium.

  • Sam

    If an Eastwood premium were in the works, I’d nominate:
    The Man With No Name Trilogy
    Dirty Harry
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
    High Plains Drifter

  • Sean

    Unfortunately, I don’t know if it will be in there… we haven’t really talked about it yet but it’s going to be extremely hard to come up with a reasonable line-up for this one.

  • Sam

    Damn! Understandable though, since its hard to narrow down only 5 or 6 movies from the Coens filmography.

    Just trying to campaign for it since it’s my personal favorite Coen movie and would be easily on my Top 10 all-time.

    Barton Fink or not though, still should be a great premium.

  • Sam

    Jay’s reaction to that was one of the best moments. It makes very little sense!

  • DrewNugent

    You guy’s could just do their first 7 movies, Blood Simple-The Big Lebowski. I think that’s a pretty good representation of the first chapter of their careers.

  • kent88

    I hope the Michael Bay premium is everything from BAD BOYS (1995) to THE ISLAND (2005). Please no TRANSFORMERS.

  • Sean

    I believe that is the plan, minus Pearl Harbor.

  • kent88

    Pearl Harbor *must* be included. Have you guys even seen it? It’s so far Bay’s only attempt at a “serious” film and is therefore absolutely of interest. Its enormous flaws aside, it’s probably his best photographed movie. It also has his best action sequence. Plus it has a great score by our friend Hans “Bubby” Zimmer. Excluding it makes no sense, Sean.

  • Sean

    Yeah but it’s 3 hours long and no one wants to watch it.

  • Nobody

    But how many of Frank’s 5-star ratings would also be 6/5’s? And is the anime sequence the only anime Frank will enjoy in his life?

    I’m surprised there was so much hate or dislike for the Kill Bill music. It didn’t seem to make a good impression on any of you guys, but I loved how Tarantino pulled music for the Sonny Chiba part from Shunji Iwai’s “All About Lily Chou-Chou,” a really beautiful and brutal Japanese movie about teenage alienation.

    I always felt that hotel faceoff with the assassin from Vol. 2 was one of the film’s highlights, and the performance of the unknown who played the assassin stuck out to me as well. She did a good job going back and forth with Uma, but she’s only got 3 credits on imdb, two of which are Tarantino movies.

    Was Jay bothered by Carradine’s lisp but just didn’t want to admit it?

  • Nobody

    So none of you have ever seen it?

  • kent88

    But it’d be a great discussion. There’s certainly more to talk about in Pearl Harbor than some of his other movies. I mean, how many times can we listen to Frank rave about how funny Martin Lawrence is or how Tea Leoni looks like Megan Fox?

    Frank knows Dan Aykroyd is in Pearl, right?

  • Dstrbpx

    That no one wants to watch it is actually the strongest argument FOR Pearl Harbour!!

    Frustrated, pissy Jay = better Premium = maximo $$$

  • Sean

    I haven’t, not sure about Jay or Frank.

  • Sean

    I don’t think we’ve made up our mind 100% yet but we’ll take your comments into consideration. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback over the past year that the premiums are best when we’re actively interested in the movies and not just forcing ourselves to watch. Also we sometimes miss important details when we try to watch too much at once. So we’re trying not to bite off more than we can chew.

  • Dstrbpx

    Actually the best reviews on FJ are if you either “fucking loved” or “fucking hated” a movie.
    Whereas a “liked it didn´t love it” is almost always a sure guarantee for instant ZZZzzzzzzzzz…..
    So is a “it is what it is”.

    So seeing as the internet is full of raging fanboying, it is always refreshing to hear a horrible movie get kicked in the balls by a screaming Jay, an outraged Frank or an angry, but polite Sean.

  • TP222

    Does anyone have the link that you guys watched that shows all the scenes QT stole from other movies?

  • Sean

    I think it was this one:

  • TP222

    Thanks. wow. that’s all I got to say.

  • This was just touched on when discussing Pulp Fiction, buying screenplays to read… As a teen in the 90’s I remember the ‘dream’ being fed to us by the rise of independent films (Clerks, Reservoir Dogs, Swingers, Slacker, El Mariachi) was that you could make a movie on a shoestring budget, which led to Barnes & Noble, etc stocking book versions of screenplays for all of us dreamers… Of course we read them because they were ‘cool’ but it’s also because they were becoming readily available and marketed to us as a way to learn about filmmaking.

  • I really hope I get to hear the Junk crew talk about Raising Arizona… It boggles my mind how many friends I have to show that movie to because they haven’t even heard of it!