Film Junk Premium Podcast #55: Robert Zemeckis


If you ain’t got a good sense of humor, you’re better off dead! Despite having previously covered the Back to the Future Trilogy, we figured that the release of Allied was a good enough excuse to revisit some of the other significant entries in Robert Zemeckis’ filmography, specifically: Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, Contact and Cast Away. Topics of discussion include Zemeckis’ impressive use of groundbreaking special effects, his sometimes questionable choices of music, his continued exploration of nostalgia and his knack for permeating pop culture. So is Contact a hard sci-fi masterpiece or just a cheesy ’90s blockbuster? What does the feather in Forrest Gump represent? Do the rules for toons in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? actually make any sense? Spend your precious telescope time listening for little green men and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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  • Andrija

    Man, Frank really loves jokes about jerking off.

  • LordAwesome

    It’s all he knows!

  • Felhide

    Been looking forward to this one, all films I enjoy.

  • devolutionary

    If you guys think Kathleen Turner is fiiine in Romancing the Stone, go back in time and take a gander at her femme fatale performance in Body Heat. Oh my-my, spurtin time!!!

  • Lark

    his parents walking in on him, like Jay´s parents, might change his mind

  • Lori Cerny

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Lori Cerny

    Oh, I thought the point of the stilt-wearing-human-leg toon from Roger Rabbit was simply to subvert our expectations and foreshadow Dr. Doom’s true identity.

  • Glendon

    Frank’s Forrest Gump needs to guest host the podcast.

  • Samb

    As a person who hails from the southern US, Forrest Gump has long been problematic. Many people chafe at the dumb Southerner stereotype that this movie seems to propagate — it’s not just Forrest, but most of the characters that come across as at least a little dim-witted. Thanks to you guys, though, I feel a little less antagonistic towards Forrest Gump, because now I realize it’s a Zemeckis thing. He just has a 12-year-old’s conception of the world and the people in it. That’s why Denzel seems like he’s playing at being an alcoholic, or why most sexual situations are only hinted at instead of addressed. Fine if the theme of the movie is wonder at the unknown, but otherwise…

  • Tim

    Okay, so Jay ONCE AGAIN pushed his ©Stranger-Method™agenda for superior male masturbation on this episode.
    Nice concept, but I still somehow doubt that he really did originate it.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    You guys have finally reviewed the full “Clever Girl” trilogy, featuring Total Recall, Jurassic Park, and Contact. You guys touched on it briefly, but I like the theory that Hadden was messing with everyone to play a colossal joke on the human race. He even “decodes” the signal to Ellie because everyone was moving too slow. He had his aides drug up Ellie before her flight so she hallucinated the whole thing…

  • Tommy

    Hope there’s a part 2. I need an excuse to watch The Polar Express :)

  • ProjectGenesis

    On the opening of Roger Rabbit, I always thought that short itself was
    titled “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” in reference to Baby Herman framing
    Roger for all the mishaps in the kitchen. I always assumed the short and
    full movie were thematically linked in that regard.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    Hopefully the movie “Passengers” will present an excuse for you guys to have a Premium with movies like 2001, 2010, Solaris, Sunshine, etc.

  • Deven Science

    Never thought of it that way. Nice thinking.

  • frenetik1

    I was RUN-NINNNG!

  • Sam

    Had a thought about Contact while listening to the podcast. The mirror shot at the beginning, it could be telling us that we’re in a parallel universe. The one reality where all the coincidences line up for Ellie. I believe Carl Sagan talked about parallel universes in his work.