Film Junk Podcast Episode #653: Unsane


0:00 – Intro: Sinemia Discussion
14:30 – Review: Unsane
36:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Jane, The Naked Island, Threads, Mosaic, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Thin Man
1:16:35 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:18:00 – Outro
1:20:25 – Spoiler Discussion: Unsane

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  • Fletcher Thomas

    1:20. Hmm. Wonder if I can clean my house that quickly. Let’s see.

  • bobsponge42

    Based on Sean’s experience with Sinemia, I don’t think Moviepass should waste anymore time on suing. Sounds like an awful service. Canada needs Moviepass.

  • kent88

    Not one word about Jay’s controversial return to Letterboxd?

  • Colin

    So you can eat Copo Puffs out of it?

  • Colin

    On weeks when you excise (or severely reduce the amount, as was the case last week) Junk Mail can you include something to add to standard delivery of reviews and watch lists? I’m not saying that your reviews and watched sections are dry, but they lack something that Junk Mail or other segments (like ScoreBits or Top 5s) bring to the table… perhaps its a sense of chaos wherein either the audience or you yourselves aren’t exactly sure where things will go and emergent awesomeness results.

  • devolutionary

    I nominate Reece’s Mini’s or brittle for angular stool.

  • Sean

    Possibly. We’re trying to think of some new segment ideas, although some of them may end up being the main focus of a particular episode when we don’t have a featured review (ie. Score Bits or Prescribing Frank).

  • Jameson

    Unsane was the perfect example of “didn’t hate wasn’t great.”

  • schizopolis

    I saw the new Jumanji over the weekend too. It won me over too, Sean. Jack Black was great. 3.5 stars.

  • MartyMcFlyJr

    Did Jay and Frank get cheeseburgers on their way home?

  • Glen

    I’m probably in the minority but I like the shorter lengths of the podcasts lately. 90 minutes to 2 hours is perfect.

    What about having a segment where Reed phones into Filmjunk to give his thoughts of the week? I know he’s often reluctant to come to the studio. Maybe this is a nice compromise for him.

  • tyler mikol

    No offense glen but this is a retarded comment. Why would you like shorter episodes? They are podcasts and you can come and go as you please. BRING ON THE 5 HOUR EPICS.

  • bobsponge42

    I tend to agree with the guys on Unsane. It would’ve been better and more horrifying if it stuck to its original focus – the horror of being trapped in a system that exists today (at least in the US). Sadly, I can say that the situation depicted in the first 30 minutes of Unsane are close (far too close) to reality than not. Once a person is admitted into one of those facilities, your rights become severely limited. And they are profit machines for the companies involved. Unfortunately, when people mention “focus on mental health” I think they mean getting more of these types of places getting involved. Bad, bad, bad.

  • Beat_C

    only 90 minutes? :-( i think you should do at least one junk mail, especially if you have so little for the “what we watched” segment.

  • LongSlog

    Maybe they were busy recording another extra special April Fools day episode…

  • Justin Kinzer

    I too saw it this weekend when our daughter and friend wanted to see it. I’m with Frank on this one: complete and utter garbage. One star. And yes the performances we’re fine.

  • B MP Rooney

    Maybe. Generally, Sean finds something from the archives and just play some something from when they were kids :-P


  • B MP Rooney

    It’s the definition of a 3.75

  • Glen

    Someone needs to explain the business model for MoviePass.

    So for $7 a month I can watch one movie per day which works out to an average ticket price of roughly .23 cents each time I go. My local movie theatre charges $11 for one adult admission.
    How are the movie theatres who sign up to this program still in business?

    Sounds very Enron-ish to me.

  • B MP Rooney

    Logging Unsane without a star rating, which led to Jay retracting his star rating all together.

  • B MP Rooney

    I’m trying to think of a good Film Junk t-shirt to make. The one I like right now just says, “David Mamet claims Dumbo is the perfect movie.”

  • B MP Rooney

    I spent $90 on a year subscription. I got my card in November. Ive used it like maybe once or twice a month. When I go, I bring my own snacks and drinks. But the idea is that hey I’m in the theater maybe I’ll get concessions. Also, I go with my girlfriend time to time, who doesn’t have MoviePass.

  • B MP Rooney

    In regards to the 90 min episode, I just get the feeling that this is current vibe. That plainly, the Film Junk crew is a little burnt out, maybe busy, and don’t have the time for three hour episodes. Ready Player One could easily be a banger. The It Follows director’s follow up will also possibly be lengthy. I just think iPhone Soderbergh is a meh situation. Thank you for reading my junk mail last week, dudes. Listened five times like some kind of egomaniac.

  • Glen

    I had a feeling many MoviePass users would stock up on treats at the Dollar Store before they head into the theatre. That’s not a criticism. I buy a bottle of water at the Dollarama instead of paying $4.75 at my theatre.

  • B MP Rooney

    Yeah. It also seems like MoviePass really isn’t about movies. That it’s really about figuring out consumer habits. There was a recent article about how the app tracks where you’re coming from and where go after the movie. My thinking is MoviePass is a means to an end. Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I think the idea of a movie a day is just a pull for a broader goal.

  • Glen

    I think that’s an excellent point. Data collection is likely their main business model. Sell user information to restaurants/bars/attractions near the theatre. Or target commercials inside the theatre more precisely.,

  • Aaron

    Another great episode!
    Thanks for the What About Bob? mention, Frank! You really should put together a list of best dinner scenes.

  • Deven Science

    The theaters get full price. You buy the ticket through Movie Pass, and MP pays full price to the theater. It’s MP that’s losing the money. They are counting on you not going that often, and as someone else said, they are looking into selling your movie habit data to those that might like to have it.

  • Kommerzschlampe

    Hey, guys! Long time listener here. I understand that you want to change things after recording 3 hour episodes for years – and going through segments especially Jay was never too happy with. But I’m not sure I like the format of this episode. It felt a bit rushed and not just because of the run time.

    Why not include film news if they’re actually interesting to (at least one of) you? Maybe limit the Junk Mail part to only a few questions or comments? Leaving it out completely feels kind of … I don’t know: being “cut off” as a listener. (And I never actually wrote to you guys, but still.)

    Silly comparison? This feels like Metallica going directly from “Master Of Puppets” to “Load”. It’s the same band and kinda the same sound, yeah, but something’s … off.

    Anyway. You’ll figure it out. Keep up the great work!

  • Sean

    They are trying to build up a massive user base as quickly as they can. Eventually they will charge movie studios to promote their movies and prove that they can drive a large amount of traffic to a particular movie. They are also starting to acquire and distribute their own movies, again with the idea that they can help push people to see these movies that they will make money from.

  • jerryshairyreed

    can jay review roseanne pleeeeaaassee
    also make reed watch roseanne

  • Nobody

    Prescribing Frank: The Naked Island, Onibaba and Kuroneko, because he derailed Jay’s wonderful review.

    Now it’s $6.95/month for Movie Pass? I really don’t know why I haven’t signed up yet, even though it doesn’t work for one of the big theatre chains around my area.

  • Beat_C

    you explained my feelings much more concisely than I was able to. but yeah, i think the guys will figure it out eventually.

  • Beat_C

    we don’t have movie pass here, but it sounds shady as hell to me.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    I feel like ‘Big Data’ should be the name of Franks WWF alter ego.

  • windh

    Sorry… just checking.. but were you guys on the threshold of trash talking Threepwood? The big T? Or LucasArt (adventure) games in general?

    Hope that’s not the case… Because you’re waaay out there if so.

    Monkey Island 1 & 2 may very well be the best two games EVER made.

    Thank you.

  • Sean

    Not at all. They were referring to a Monkey Island bust that I used to have in that room. A couple of years ago my son knocked it off a shelf and broke it before we were about to record.

  • windh

    Ah, I see. Sorry about your loss. :(

  • chuckGreen

    I just wanted to add my two cents. The best episodes are the ones where all of you are engaged. Sometimes one of you is really down on a movie and have not much to say but a great show results from conversation outside of review segment anyway. I’m all aboard for you guys to switch things up if you want to keep it interesting for yourselves. I’ll be around regardless. I am a bit bummed when I see the show coming in under 2.5 hours but if the conversation isn’t there, it isn’t there.
    lots of love from Pennsylvania.

  • gibson8

    Great comment on a show about a movie with a mental health theme and it looks like you may be suffering from dyslexia or even dyspraxia which is ironic.

  • I have enjoyed many a long episode myself Glen, but I take what I can get.