Film Junk Podcast Episode #688: The Wizard + Vintage Tech Hunters


0:00 – Intro: Ghost Concert
28:30 – Retro Review: The Wizard
1:28:00 – Interview: Vintage Tech Hunters
2:06:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, MST3K: The Gauntlet, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Tomb Raider, The Favourite, Sorry to Bother You, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
2:43:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:45:20 – Outro

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  • newtaurus

    Downloading now, but I was just curious if there was any particular reason why you guys skipped Bohemian Rhapsody. I figured one of you might’ve gotten bored and watched it by now, though I know you guys don’t seem to be the biggest fans of biopics.

  • Sean

    Yeah no specific reason. We just did that special episode with Matt Gourley the week it came out and after that it wasn’t really at the top of anyone’s watchlist. I’d like to try and watch it before the end of the year though.

  • Colin

    Sean, the game show you were remembering this episode was the (second iteration) of Video Power. Here’s an episode:

  • Colin

    Regarding the unbelievability of the “child bounty hunter”… hiring private investigators/detectives is pretty common when trying to recover a runaway:

    “In addition to filing a report with the police, it’s a good idea to enlist the services of a professional private investigator. […] A private investigator isn’t limited in the same ways that the local police are. For instance, their caseload is typically much smaller, so they will be able to focus more of their attention on locating a missing runaway. They also aren’t limited to the same rules of jurisdiction that apply to local police. If there’s evidence suggesting that your child crossed county lines, local police may have to hand the investigation off to a neighboring department. In contrast, a private investigator would still be able to pursue them without losing any precious time dealing with red tape.”

  • Colin

    Shoulda had Singe/Scott on the episode to corroborate this

  • Colin

    I think it was (guest) Sean who mentioned to (host) Sean that there were “multicade” versions of NES games… these were called PlayChoice-10s and included modified/abridged/timed versions of NES games.

    At lease one of these machines was shown in the Reno arcade sequence. I have to say that I’m somewhat disappointed that professional vintage tech hunter Sean didn’t know the name of the cabinet… makes me question the breadth of your knowledge!

  • Sean

    Yes! That is the one. I guess there is no shopping cart involved, they just had to stick the games to themselves as they run through an obstacle course. Used to watch this first thing in the morning on weekdays before school.

  • Sean

    I guess that’s fair, I just usually think of private investigators being used for a situation where someone has been missing for a week or two already and the trail is cold.

  • Shaun is my first connection to the FJ extended universe, as I was into EP and ROTR prior to FJ. It’s a testament to FJ and Sean that someone who has never been on the show can slide in and the feel like they’ve been with the show for the whole time.

  • Barlton Canks

    Nice! The Wizard is to me what Nothing But Trouble is to Frank. Even have the original print movie poster framed on the wall…Can’t believe having hung out with Nuno and not knowing this about him haha

  • Beat_C

    totally! i think sean just knows who fits the show. fantastic guests all around (if only there was a female one amongst them from time to time).

  • More Alicia. She rips on Sean more than anyone, and it is hilarious.

  • devolutionary

    Plus she’s way more likely to keep Frank in check with her presence alone.

  • Sam

    Definitely laughed at Mac and #MeToo

  • Oso Jugo

    C-a-l-i-f-o-r-n-i-a. Is it safe to say that Super Mario Bros 3 was like Woodstock for children growing up in the early 90s? It’s one of the only gifts I remember getting for Christmas.

  • Oso Jugo
  • I’m old enough to remember when Chuck E. Cheese’s had these in their arcade. It was weird to play because you had to keep entering tokens after a certain amount of time instead of getting a game over. Some good choices though. They had a Castlevania playchoice 10 but Kung-Fu was one that was better played in the arcade.

  • Corey Pierce

    I found the ARCADE show I was referring to

  • Shaun Hatton

    I’m always forgetting the actual name of these things. I’m pretty smart, I swear! I also mix up the months June and July all the time and names Matt, Mark, and Mike. Sorry!

  • Colin

    Yea, that was another popular one… so popular that Joey Fatone – of NSYNC fame – was on an episode:

  • kyri

    my wife dragged me into it, it wasn’t anything special

  • Brian.M

    Re: Ghost, I loved that conversation. I casually checked out their debut album back in 2010, but have recently become more curious about them again. They are playing here (the UK) next summer, though they are supporting Metallica, so I don’t know if that would be a good representation of the Ghost live experience.

  • pcch7

    I’ll second this. More Alicia. Having just listened to the old Lost podcasts again this week, I feel like it’s high time for another TV Junk episode

  • Beat_C

    sean, are you going to review “roma”? i was happy i was able to see in a theatre.

  • Sean

    Yep should be getting to it this week hopefully.

  • newtaurus

    Not the point, but since you brought it up my fiancee and I enjoyed it.

  • mhoges

    The Social Justice episode ????????

  • Cocky S.O.B.

    Ugh. Less douchey male feminists and more Frank and Jay please, Junk crew.

  • Beat_C


  • Comment sections never disappoint. Wanna break that down a little?

  • Cocky S.O.B.

    Unironic references to “wokeness”, “toxic masculinity”, “problematic in 2018″, etc is a bit annoying– but isn’t necessarily intolerable. But it WAS pretty grating without anyone injecting humor, or challenging Cory.

    He opines endlessly about Grindelwald and about how critics and fans didn’t get it and should have understood it, and Sean says something like “Well, it seems like I should give it a chance.” And he responds smugly with “No offense, but I don’t think you’d like it.”

    I’m sorry to be negative, though. I’m a huge Film Junk fan and I appreciate the hard work the crew puts into it, but this episode isn’t the FilmJunk I know and love.

  • newtaurus

    Don’t be sorry. I’m tired of this attitude some people in the comment section have where any negative comments towards the guest hosts makes you not a “fan”. There’s a reason why the show is Sean, Jay, and Frank and not Sean, Jay, Frank and the guest hosts. They’re not all winners, and sometimes unpopular opinions will be shared, people need to deal with that.

    That being said the majority of the guest hosts that have come on the last few months have been fine. Jay and Frank having extra Life Stuff to do is a good thing, and Sean’s dedication to putting this show out is inspiring.

  • Cocky S.O.B.

    I’ve heard mixed things and I’d love to hear Film Junk’s opinion. You three are always spot-on about biopics.

  • Cocky S.O.B.

    My man

  • Corey Pierce

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m smug as hell , but maybe “I am really not sure which way you are gonna go.” (which is what I actually said, and to which he agreed) is based on knowing him for 20 years.

    As for the rest: I welcome any challenge to any specific argument I made on its own terms rather than, ironically, just being triggered at anything resembling social justice language.

  • Hey I’m not saying you have to like every episode, but if you really love the show you should be able to recognize that these are their real life friends, and calling them douchebag feminists isn’t really constructive criticism.

  • newtaurus

    I didn’t call anyone a “douchebag feminist.” Maybe you should learn to recognize who you’re typing replies to.

  • Nah, it was a general “you” as in “if one says”, I was just adding on the chain here. MY BAD

  • Beat_C

    well said. and i think the sentence “but this episode isn’t the FilmJunk I know and love” made me throw up in my mouth a little.