Film Junk Podcast Episode #674: Crazy Rich Asians


0:00 – Intro
17:34 – Review: Crazy Rich Asians
1:12:15 – Other Stuff We Watched: Monty Python’s Life of Brian, The Babadook, T2: Trainspotting, The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, Room, Meet The Feebles, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
2:18:00 – Outro
2:24:40 – Spoiler Discussion: Crazy Rich Asians

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  • Loren

    I think Frank wanted to go on a more extended rant about Grandma Mentality.. but he did get a not so nice gem or two in with…If I may quote ‘It’s the old ones you need to watch out for’…ahh Frank.

  • Tommy

    Wouldn’t ‘cross to bear’ be a joke just because it’s a modern phrase referencing the crucifixion being brought back to that time and used literally?

    Just guessing. Haven’t seen the whole thing.

  • Dirk Gently

    Frank needs to watch Fawlty Towers. I feel he’s not deserving of his KOC title until he has.

  • stevens1

    Frank went into this angry at the critical fawning about the film and it comes out in his review. Don’t blame him to tbf. Like Blackkklansman, it is protected by the social aspects rather than the actual quality of it.

  • Frankie Knuckles

    Just to be clear, everything I said applies to “nice old men” too.

  • frankw35

    Regarding Frank’s questioning why the econ professor didn’t figure out her boyfriend was from a rich family, because the family was known..his last name is “Young”. It’s a common Asian name. Like Lee, or Farrington.

  • Newtman98

    That podcast jump scare got me good.

  • Reed Farrington

    Nice! I can imagine someone driving home from work late at night, listening to the podcast, then jerking their steering wheel and running into a tree. (Hope peeps listen to the podcast before reading comments.)

  • Jameson

    Just a Crazy Asian: the Reed Farrington Story.

    Also Reed, that jump scare was great.

  • Reed Farrington

    How many podcasts in the iTunes Top 200 have a jump scare? None.

  • devolutionary
    Regarding Kermit the Frog’s origins, I wasn’t aware that the original incarnation wasn’t explicitly meant to be a frog, just a lizard-like creature. He also didn’t get a collar until the late 60’s and was even briefly “double-collared”. Frank’s “Frog Prince” comment turned out to be prescient however.

  • devolutionary

    Thanks to watching it as a kid in syndication, I always assumed it was on way longer than only 12 episodes.

  • Nick

    Agreed. Didn’t realize he had not seen Fawlty Towers.

    Death to the KOC!

  • Reed Farrington

    Rather than death, I would prefer just to overthrow him. (FYI, I have episodes of Fawlty Towers on VHS.)

  • Nobody

    Listening to spoilers, I thought the details of the Mahjong scene would actually interest Frank a bit since the movie was otherwise way too obvious to him. Michelle Yeoh does have that big breakthrough, but I think she definitely maintains the same overall stern demeanor through the end. She didn’t seem to be enjoying the celebration that much and steps away after the acknowledgement while everyone else surrounds the couple.

    Was the comment about Rachel’s “small tits” there because these are Asian female characters? I thought so but wondered how most people would read that.

    Reed, do you think My Sassy Girl would be heavily criticized if it came out today due to the extremely abusive relationship depicted? Also, is there any interest in Mile 22 since it’s new Peter Berg or did the reviews scare you guys away?

  • LongSlog

    I’m a fan of Frank (I’m a fan of all the Junky Boys (and seldomly guest staring Junk Girls)) but he was being silly in this review when he brought up econ professor not knowing about the family.

    Econ professors don’t study the literal workings and goings of businesses. They might if they were looking into or studying something in particular, like if she happened to research Chinese real estate markets, but even then, it would be an obscure branch. That’s like saying you’re surprised that a Plant Scientist wasn’t able to navigate through a Jungle. Econ proffs study Economy and money theory, not necessarily practice.

    China has over a MILLION millionaires. It has over TWO HUNDRED billionaires, even assuming they had billionaire level wealth.

    Anyways, great episode, love ya Frankie!

  • Dirk Gently

    If only! Perhaps Reed would be kind enough to invite the crew over for a FT marathon? It would make a great lads night!

  • Lior

    Life of Brian used some sets from Franco Zeffirelli’s TV Min-Series Jesus of Nazareth. Coincidentally, the film was shot in Tunisia, in the same general area where Lucas filmed Star Wars just two years previously. Another interesting tidbit, it was wholly financed by George Harrison of The Beatles, who was a Python fan, after all the funding fell through once the backers read the script.

    I don’t think Frank is missing anything in the scene he mentioned. First time I saw this I thought it was Jesus, but Jesus is actually shown right at the beginning of the film. It’s just a random dude and joke is on the phrase “it’s not my cross to bear” which is shown here literally, of course.

    In my collection, all the Monty Python films are under M and they are all beautifully in order :-)

    According to the Blu-Ray commentary, the spaceship sequence was invented because they had no idea how to finish the scene where Brian escapes, because he has nowhere to go. Personally I think it’s brilliant because it’s so unexpected, maybe the one true zany element in this film and one of the most memorable ones. I like that it’s completely dialogue-free and once it’s done it’s never referenced again by any of the characters. Oh, and how cheesy it is, like a 50’s B-movie.

    Myrrh is a type of fragrance, very popular in biblical times. :-)

    Great to see this blind spot attended to among FJ crew, especially Frank. :-)

  • gibson8

    The KOC is mostly an ironic title bestowed upon himself during his rise to popularity. Frank is notable for his glaring gaps in general knowledge and popular culture. Fawlty Towers encapsulates both of these areas.

  • gibson8

    It would be if that was the phrase. ‘Cross to bear’ otherwise there is nudity involved.

  • Jake

    The downside of the creators getting a divorce during season 2 :(

  • Reed Farrington

    After a bit of research, I thought that the cross bearing scene was a joke reference to Simon of Cyrene, who is not mentioned by John, but who is referenced in other gospels.

  • Reed Farrington

    The small mammaries is a stereotype, but there are regions of China that produce voluptuous women.

    I don’t recall the “extremely abusive relationship” in My Sassy Girl. I’m normally sensitive when men treat women abusively, either physically or verbally. Or are you referring to the man being abused?

  • Reed Farrington

    I would think everyone has glaring gaps in general knowledge and popular culture.

  • Reed Farrington

    Oh, I don’t have the whole series. I think I picked up the FT VHS tape in a fill a bag for $2 at a library sale.

  • gibson8

    Not everyone is King. On another note I enjoyed your unconstrained contribution on this show. The absence of alpha and beta personalities benefited you greatly.

  • Samb

    Frank’s mom’s movies premium, featuring Frank’s mom? Would pay.

  • Lior

    There are some similarities, but I feel that it would be a too dense of a reference. Also, it’s not really funny. The guy originally carrying the cross in the scene and being replaced is certainly not Jesus, so… but if you have proof I’d love to see it.

  • Sean

    We were planning a drive-in trip to see Mile 22 with the Happytime Murders last week but it didn’t work out. It may have killed us, but we were willing to do it. (Frank already has Mile 22 at a solid 4 stars on a prewatch.)

  • Beat_C

    me, too!

  • Beat_C

    another great episode! reed has actually improved quite a bit and his sentences are – shocker – mostly coherent these days.

  • Lior

    Ok, I just listened to the review again, Reed, the spaceship definitely does not bring the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem at the beginning of the movie…:-) From the book of Matthew: “In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
    The star is just a symbolic part of the story. Look at the animation closely, it looks like a star. The spaceship sequence is simply a non-sequitur that has nothing to do with anything else in the movie. That’s why it’s funny. You can see in the sequence the aliens basically find themselves in a different movie. They are chased by another spaceship, being shot at… they just stumbled their way into a biblical film. They are as clueless as Brian.

  • Jake

    He might want to re-think that.

  • Nobody

    Yeah, I just meant the girl’s physical and verbal behavior. I agree that it’s a great rom-com, though.

  • Nobody

    Wahlberg is at his Wahlberg-iest in it.

  • pcch7

    Just had a thought, we could do with a Mark Hamill Social Media PR award at next years Junkies. I know Frank would have something to say for such an award

  • Dirk Gently

    Further to Frank earning his KOC crown, might i suggest that once the Fawlty Towers force-feed is done, the Blackadder binge should begin? No self professed expert of the genre would have these blank spots in their palmarès

  • Reed Farrington

    I don’t think I’ve improved that much. Senility will only make me worse. But I appreciate the kind words.