Film Junk Podcast Episode #672: The Meg


0:00 – Intro
10:20 – Review: The Meg
43:45 – Headlines: Academy Announces New Oscar Category for Popular Film
1:02:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Deep Blue Sea, Chalet Girl, DeepStar Six, Jaws 2, Extinction, Like Father, Yellow Submarine, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Curb Your Enthusiasm
2:02:30 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:08:00 – Outro

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  • Matt Gaffney

    Zak and Reed played surprisingly well off each other, and all in separate locations to boot. One of Reed’s stronger episodes. Perhaps the mall is his most natural environment. Zak, however, is highly underrated, and put in a strong showing as per usual. As far as who’s better; the episode’s unique dynamic and technical shortcomings don’t allow for a proper judgment in this case. It’s a wash.

    But cheers all around on this one for making the episode happen.

  • Well, they didn’t had 9-10 Best Picture nominees back then. The only reason they introduced that was to include garbage like Black Panther and The Dark Knight.

  • I guess this happens a lot but the person who edits the show cuts around it. Maybe it’s more difficult with two separate Skype recordings to do so. Maybe Sean just didn’t give a shit. Who cares, this show still rocked the cock like Krysta Now.

  • My shout out goes to… Nuno!


  • I think Zak plays off very well with Frank and Reed with Jay, it’s a yin & yang situation. I like all of the guests, even though I wish for a return of Skottie Young or general an appearance of a female voice like Shannon if Alicia is not around.

  • milan

    i can sense some hate towards sharks from sean here, he mentioned at least 3 times that sharks are stupid animals… so much rage inside…

  • Lior

    Sean brought up some good points during the “Popular category” discussion regarding the current status of the “movie star”. Yes, by and large, it does not exist anymore, which directly contributes to lower ratings. The main culprit is the changing landscapes of the business of film (prime ingredient of box office potential is the IP – the book, movie, game or whatever the film is based on, and not the star), but also over-exposure in social media. When movie stars tweet all day long about this and that, they become sort of your pals, so there is no mystique there anymore. Why go watch a long-ass ceremony with the same people that post photos of them with their dog every two hours on your computer?

    When the Oscars started, there was no telecast. It was filmed, yes, but it was an award ceremony for the film community and for film lovers, not a vehicle to sell commercials. The show should be moved to cable and out of the greedy hands of ABC and should be broadcast without any ratings considerations. It’s first and foremost an award show to honor film. But it’s becoming a ridiculous circus.

  • Nirwin

    Forget the vibecast, bring on the mallcast!

    Also Zak > Reed

  • Beat_C

    amazing work ????

  • Thanks! Though it must be said, an artist is only as good as their bald anhedonic muse.

  • Lior

    I think the Jeff Goldblum film Reed is referring to is The Tall Guy. It’s been many many years since I’ve seen it, but I recall it has an outrageous sex scene with Goldblum and Emma Thompson that has to be seen to be believed.

    So let’s see…

    Zak – intelligent, good sense of humor, interesting taste, humble, pleasant voice.
    Reed – intelligent, good sense of humor, interesting taste, humble, pleasant (?) voice, tends to fall asleep during movies but never during podcasts or mall loitering.

    They’re both great, and it seems Reed is able be more focused and less rambling when he’s skyping from a mall surrounded by strangers. Weird. I also feel that Reed is an acquired taste and Zak is more friendly to new listeners. So Reed is hardcore and Zak is softcore. This is going to uncomfortable places… At the end they complete each other and so balance is returned to the universe.

    Now… why was Zak skyping as well? I seem to have missed the explanation if there was one.

  • Reed Farrington

    If we gave out trivia prizes, Lior, you would surely have won one for correctly guessing The Tall Guy. Now my interest is piqued for the scene you mentioned.

    Yes, I’m hardcore! Interesting that you listed humble as one of my attributes. I tend to be arrogant around peeps I know even though I assume it turns many peeps off me.

    Sean, Zak and I all live at different vertices of an approximate equilateral triangle. Many moons ago, we all lived within walking distance from one another.

  • Lior

    I know what it feels like to live at different vertices of equilateral triangles…

    You come across as humble… or maybe that’s not the right word, maybe self-deprecating will be more accurate. Awareness of one’s own foibles, which of course is the first step to enlightenment.

  • Gerry

    Hopefully now that Reed’s got the skype-ing in bug he’ll be a regular, i.e. every week please Reed.

    PS Finally saw Mission Impossible Fallot. McQuarrie is quite the action director. You’re bummed out by implausibility in a summer blockbuster Frank?

    I was bummed out by the concluding line that the world needs people like Cruise for valuing one life as much as many when his character’s real life counterparts seemingly value life so little, being resposible for hundreds of thousands of dead in Iraq which lead to similar numbers of dead in Syria.

    Give me the more sincere Sacha Baron Cohen. His new show is variable in quality but when it hits, which it does more often than not, it borders on genius.

  • zakbronson

    The odd thing is that Reed and I often share a lot of similar tastes in movies too, and when there’s a group argument, we are usually on the same side. It’s truly humbling and frightening.

  • zakbronson

    Yeah, you’re right. I guess I wasn’t aware of a lot of the discussion around it as a potential Oscar nomination, maybe since it still feels quite early in the year for speculation. Even still, it feels like a bit of a long shot for Best Picture to me.

  • Nobody

    Awesome episode, great work from all involved. I thought the background noises genuinely enhanced it, even when they completely stopped the show.

    Hearing Reed rate Deep Blue Sea half a star higher than The Meg after those reviews was fitting, but if it came from anyone else it would be utterly baffling.

  • one marathon

    i’m partway through the episode, and while it’s fun stuff with this week’s “new” host line-up, i must say the sound quality with this Skype/other method is terrible. it sounded like somebody kept blowing their nose into a tin can… loudly. YUK. i’m finding it hard to continue with that racket going on….

  • Reed Farrington

    I would blame Zak for that racket and not the mall patrons.

  • Reed Farrington

    Unlike most film critics, I would normally rate newer movies higher than older movies, but the I found the craftsmanship in The Meg utterly lacking. Apologies to everyone who worked hard on the film.

  • Reed Farrington

    The message imparted by the film is controversial, and not supported by the story. Even The Search for Spock didn’t have a story that illuminated the importance of saving Spock with the inversion of the previous film’s message that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few (or the one). In The Voyage Home, Spock explains the reason for going back to save Chekov at the risk of jeopardizing the mission as the human thing to do. I think this is clever. If you sacrifice an individual for the greater good, then you’ve lost your humanity; however, self-sacrifice is the greatest attribute of humanity in my opinion.

  • Reed Farrington

    Oh, regarding Cohen, I don’t like entertainment based on fooling peeps.

  • Larry Morgan

    I felt like Reed was very comfortable here. Maybe he is in his element, plus I think Jay frazzles him.

  • gibson8

    Skype deepened his voice which somehow gave him less of a grating feel. I listen to another podcast on which a contributor sounded so different in person that it changed his entire persona on live shows. More Skype Reed!