Film Junk Podcast Episode #654: 2046


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  • Reed Farrington

    Golden chicken? Time to engage the Google machine.

  • Greedy Ricky

    Buzz of Craig nobody asked you.

  • Greedy Ricky

    Typo, I meant off. Buzz off Craigy.

  • sukosuko1

    ‘longer more tangential conversation…’? artsy film review, the structure-less 3 hours discussion… oh my… this podcast is like silicon valley without erlich bachman, come back Jay!

  • Hathaway

    Every episode with Reed please. I only download the podcasts he’s on or for the major blockbusters. Don’t stop reviewing the major new releases.

  • Maverick883

    The random current event topics were fast forward worthy. I prefer the movie review like always. I like the mix of old films and new releases. Dark City was on my shelf for years till you guys reviewed it so I chose to finally watch it. I also enjoy hearing what you all have watched. Like Sean recommended Stalker and I picked it up and enjoyed it. Movie news isn’t a priority for me. Blu ray releases are always fun to go over. I also can’t stress this enough BRING BACK JAY!!!!

  • Taylor Gaston Wyatt

    #jaygate day 6. Pretty sure I’ve been back to check comments for any new news 100 times a day now. #anxious #getfucked

  • Lior

    My god, 200 comments…

    FJ was never a show to succumb to stagnation. The fans say “change it up if you want, guys” but then complain that the episodes are “only” 90 minutes long. This is the ultimate loyalty test. Are you able to take in 3.5 hours of unfocused ramblings with no show notes? Reed, you’re a real trooper for doing this. I myself was able to listen to about half of it combined. Perhaps my Fan Credentials will be revoked now. Reviewing an arty film that tests your patience while doing an arty podcast that tests your patience. Whoever was able to listen to all of it without zoning out should have a statue erected in their honor in the St Catharines’ town square.

    Well played, guys. Well played.

  • Sam

    I actually found it to be a pretty easy listen. Normally, listen to podcasts almost exclusively at work, but listened to this episode over a 6 hour period or so at home. Good stuff

  • Income Tax Junk here we come!

    Don’t listen to Reed, Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love essential viewing to give a damn about anything in 2046.

    Please, please, please do a retro review of Life of Brian, for the KoC, it is truly one of the funniest movies ever made (so much more than the cock joke). One of the most quotable, brilliant comedies, it is shameful you two haven’t seen it.

  • gibson8

    Frank’s grandma died in a state that Frank described as the reason he was against being kept alive whilst vital functions were failing.yet he didn’t know that Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease. The opioid conversation was yet again a demonstration of a stunningly poor general knowledge from Sean. How does it feel to be the smartest person in the room Gerry?

  • gibson8

    btw – that first point is just another reason that Frank’s pronouncements should be held in very low esteem.

  • Nick

    Great episode.

  • gibson8

    Sean sits through opioid and Alzheimer’s convo barely uttering a sound since this is a topic that directly affect people and everyone’s world experience but comes alive when they talk about theoretical physics and free will he’s back in the room. Free day care for children in Canada – ‘uh I think I heard something about it’. If you vote in ignorance you get Trump and Brexit.

  • gibson8

    Frank – You’ve got to watch more comedy before you can pontificate on the subject…Nothing But Trouble excepted. King of Coding may be more appropriate.

  • Carl Hobday

    Reed, any chance you could do a one man podcast purely on the pros and cons of primal scream therapy??

  • Larry Morgan

    I’d listen to a 6 hour episode if you guys want to try something new.

  • B MP Rooney


  • Lior

    Yeah, I just wanna point out it wasn’t a horrible show and I did enjoy some of it, but it was just “too much of a good thing”, which I think was the idea.

  • Nobody

    Now I’m wondering what would’ve happened if you hosted the Annihilation episode? Even if you didn’t like the movie, the resulting discussions could’ve been (even more) mind-blowing!

  • Deven Science

    This wreck was not “great.”

  • Deven Science

    Craig… I totally agree with you. I LOVE Film Junk. I’ve met the guys each a couple of times (other than Sean, who keeps being busy with dad stuff), I’ve been on the show via-Skype, I’ve been a fan since close to the first ep… and I had to pause several times, and get through this over multiple listenings.

  • Deven Science

    Sadly, agreed. He actually did a good job of hosting episode 500, but this appeared to have NO format, not just a different format. I love when these guys tangent, but I don’t need to hear opinions on the opioid epidemic, and other current political news.

  • Flo Lieb
  • Sean

    You’re damn right I’d rather discuss theoretical physics than the opioid crisis.

  • gibson8

    Which sort of explains why you were uncertain about voting in the first place. Almost everything that can be changed through legislation will be mundane crap like people’s well-being and the mechanics of everyday life but at least you didn’t adopt the dangerously arrogant entitled ideology of Frank: it’s your right to have an opinion even if you have no idea what you are voting for.

  • Peter Harrison

    Absolutely! Amazed the KoC hasn’t seen Life of Brian, please retro review it, you will love it!

  • Reed Farrington

    We were actually going to go for 6 hours, but I knew we were in trouble after I saw Frank yawning after 15 minutes.

  • Reed Farrington

    Surely I’d have to Skype Yoko Ono for a demonstration.

  • Reed Farrington

    Thx, Nick. Great comment.

  • Reed Farrington

    Populist film theorists hold Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love as essential viewing before 2046, but there’s a difference between explanation and enhancement. Nothing in the former movies explains why Tony Leung’s character acts the way he does. Knowing what took place in those previous movies only enhances the experience.

  • Reed Farrington

    Give the peeps what they think they want in order to make them appreciate what they had. Just call me The Closer.

  • Reed Farrington

    I’ve always wanted Film Junk to be about pretentious film discussion like Cahiers du Cinéma, but then Jay discusses some medical problem of his, and everyone clamours for more banter.

  • Reed Farrington

    Feels like every day of my life.

  • Reed Farrington

    Regarding my confusion about seeing the CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow screen overlay, I noticed that the CW has now removed the confusing Tomorrow and now just advertises the show as DC’s Legends. Someone listened to me!

  • Reed Farrington

    Regarding this podcast, allow me to quote the Guardian of Forever to relieve your anxiousness: “Time has resumed its shape. All is as it was before. Many such journeys are possible. Let me be your gateway.”

  • Deven Science

    There’s a balance, Reed. A 15 minute off-topic is great. It gives us the feeling that we know the guys better. 3 1/2 hours off-topic is only good if you’re in the room, in the discussion itself.

  • Peter Harrison

    Totally disagree. More off-topic, more tangental, more existential, political, philosophical, paranormal, mundane and fantastical! I don’t tune in to hear reviews of Spielberg movies. I love Stevie and recognise his place in film history, but Reed making me laugh is better than any Spielberg movie, let alone a review for the movie. Next time, let’s go for 6 hours!

  • Tahir Abbas

    I think you guys need to take some time off – maybe 6 months or even a year.

    Come back refreshed

  • Optimus_Pigg

    You guys are light weights and April fools as well.

  • Jr

    I’ve been here for around 10 years Reed. I used to think that Cantankerous was the pinnacle of Film Junk related content but with this current podcast you’ve pushed the limit into a further level of brilliance. The rest of the world doesn’t know what they’re missing.

  • pcch7

    why on earth would they? that’s crazy

  • Jr

    This was fast and loose, I hope I get it in on time. I tried not to count comments by the same person twice but some comments could be in multiple categories. This is based strictly on the comments below, I didn’t look at Reddit, Slack, etc.

    Generally positive comments about this episode: 23
    Generally negative comments about this episode: 17
    Pro Reed comments: 12
    Anti Reed comments: 4
    Comments by people who took everything said at face value and are genuinely concerned about the podcast and/or Jay: 12
    Too much of a good thing comments: 3
    People who are pretty confident that this is in some way an April Fool’s Day joke: 9

    Are these numbers important? Do they mean anything? No, but I thought it was interesting.

  • Peter Harrison

    I was thinking about the comments breakdown myself. Thank you. Might not illustrate any bigger picture/silent listener thoughts, but interesting all the same.

  • Reed Farrington

    Jay reminded me of Sam Harris’ book, “Free Will.” If you want to read a somewhat succinct reasoning behind the idea that we have no free will, then seek out this book.

  • Jr

    How can you ever take that guy serious after Zoolander 2?

  • Reed Farrington

    I don’t remember any Sam Harris reference in Zoolander 2.

  • Taylor Gaston Wyatt


  • polar909

    Love everything about this episode, obviously ‘no Jay’ aside.
    Thanks guys!

  • joshuawoskett easy