Film Junk Podcast Episode #708: Brightburn + Booksmart


0:00 – Intro: The Hateful Eight Extended Cut + Beer Bottle Junk Mail
15:45 – Review: Brightburn
37:45 – Review: Booksmart
51:10 – Headlines: Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer
56:45 – Other Stuff We Watched: Valentine, Rim of the World, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, Fleabag: Season 2, Hamlet 2, Uninvited, Chernobyl, The Last Watch, The Man Who Laughs, The Last Warning, The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
1:55:45 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:56:52 – Outro
1:59:45 – Spoiler Discussion: Brightburn

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  • Nirwin

    Hit us with those beer bottle screen grabs Frankie

  • pcch7

    Episode 2 of Chernobyl definitely has horror vibes. Great show

  • aliatari

    Sinemia is dead – regarding statewide similar programs, movie pass is active and shite now. But, AMC has an “A-list” membership, for $20 a month you can see up to 3 movies a week. I live in Seattle and have 3 theaters within 2 miles of me and I’m loving it! It covers my bases more or less – but since it is theater specific I understand how that isn’t a good deal…or useful in anyway unless your in a major city.

    Apparently my definition of major cities is based on how many AMC theaters are near you.

    Cheers boys!

  • Jake

    20 bucks for up to 12 movies a month?? Damn. That’s a great deal. Sadly, AMC is no longer operating in Canada. :(

  • Colin

    We’re never seeing these screens

  • Sean
  • Hunter Allen

    Aspect ratio: Portrait aspect ratio has obvious benefits for phone-shot POV sex documentaries, and I can’t think of a single other application where it would be useful, let alone superior. I don’t think the meager utility of not having to hold my phone up to my face would *quite* justify a porn-only TV purchase.

    Booksmart: I liked it, but had more problems with it than Sean and Frank. It has a weird attitude toward its supporting cast (it wants to give them arcs and tends to give them five or so lines to complete them in) and a weird register (half the time it’s Sixteen Candles/Breakfast Club and half the time it’s Better Off Dead, up to and including the stop-motion freakout that fails to connect thematically with anything else in the film and isn’t wild enough to justify itself on the basis of coolness). And the line about being a federal judge’s clerk “in between junior and senior years of law school” is so ignorant it’s not even wrong, you know? But it’s usually funny, usually heartfelt, and the swimming pool scene is this bit of Malick dropped right into the middle of a crass high school comedy. Beautiful. I think a lot of folks were ready for a crass high school comedy that they didn’t have to make excuses for, and, honestly, it absolutely satisfies that desire. Also agree with Frank on Upchuck’s boat party.

    Brightburn: Evil Superman is a story with a huge tradition behind it. I dunno how you fuck it up. Failing to include an active protagonist is, I guess, is one way. Probably won’t be able to see it until it’s on home video.

    The Man Who Laughs: I’ve never liked a single Paul Leni film I’ve seen, Waxworks, Cat and the Canary, or this. This is probably my favorite of the three, and it’s been elevated to canonical status, so I guess it’s worth something in that regard, but, man, it doesn’t do horror like Phantom of the Opera, doesn’t do swashbuckling like Thief of Bagdad or Black Pirate, and it’s kinda broken as a melodrama, albeit maybe not as broken as fellow Gernans-come-to-Hollywood effort Sunrise. “Sorry I was planning on killing you, wife.” “It’s okay. It’s probably urbanization’s fault.” Talk about classitosis.

  • Frankie Knuckles

    Thank you Sean.

    No bottle visible … the man is clearly insane.

  • devolutionary

    Definitely resembles Jay from an angle. Maybe he’s sensitive about backwash?

  • j-diggle

    Didn’t I read that the last two Avengers movies were shot entirely in IMAX?

  • pcch7

    I will agree with Frank that it is odd to hold it like that, but I wouldn’t claim no one does it. I just use a few fingers when I hold a bottle like that

  • Sean

    Looks like you’re right about that, although they were shot on digital not film. So I guess it’s a bit debatable if they are “true” IMAX in the traditional sense but apparently the entire runtime is in the bigger aspect ratio. I did not know that.

  • Loofton

    Are we going to get a Bonuscast Game of Thrones review? I gotta hear what you guys thought of the final season.

  • Nirwin

    Just ran an experiment myself, drinking like this results in sticky fingers and/or minor spillage.

  • Sean

    Frank kind of vetoed the bonus episode but maybe we could still throw in a brief spoiler discussion at the end of next week’s show.

  • Frank Booth

    You guys definitely need to check out Testament (1983). Haven’t seen it in 20 years, but I remember it as being more realistic than The Day After because it stays pretty low-key and feels less melodramatic throughout.

    Also worth checking out is On the Beach (1959) and the 2000 mini-series remake of the same name. Bleak enough to make you want to put a gun in your mouth.

  • Beat_C

    did jay officially veto “booksmart”? also, is there a rule that, if you veto a movie, you’re not allowed to EVER watch it? if there isn’t, there should be.

  • Beat_C

    well, that’s definitely a weird way to hold a bottle, i can give frank that.

  • j-diggle

    I’m surprised they didn’t make more out of it In the marketing… then again, their Boxoffice hasn’t really hurt for it.

  • j-diggle

    In the UK, we have similar membership programs (one that’s been running since at least the mid 2000s), but there’s never a limit on how much you can see. They’re always run by the cinema themselves. I guess they just hope to make more on concessions than box office. I find it funny that the US can’t replicate this program well, they’re so popular over here.

  • Frank veto-ed Brightburn but was willing to watch Booksmart. Sean as the Swiss Master didn’t have a preference so I would assume that Booksmart is an addendum review, essentially an extended/more profiled review from the What We Watched segment. So Jay didn’t have to veto it.

    And the deal was, if I remember correctly, that you can view the veto-ed movie later (Jay prefers his home viewing of Marvel movies to the cinema experience) but – and here I might be wrong – you’re not allowed to give it a 6/5 then.

  • pcch7

    I hope so. Get Alicia in too if she watched it, she always has some good takes

  • Jake

    So frank used 2 vetoes this week? ;)

  • Newtman98

    Huh. That is a little more flagrant than I was imagining.

  • devolutionary

    As much as I dislike The Phantom Menace, all the circumstances around it were enjoyable and memorable for me. The hype, travel, social setting, the fact I went with a Youth group based around my HS job at the time. Plus it was my first bonafide, cinematic, surround-sound experience (Silver City). If only the movie was better, ah well. ¯_(?)_/¯

  • Nobody

    Is Frank going to catch Static-X on their upcoming memorial tribute tour for Wayne Static, which features an unknown singer wearing a Wayne Static mask?

    I agree with others about a Game of Thrones discussion. There were so many things wrong with that horrendous meeting/trial scene.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    Unfortunately the decision was made to chop the vertical for the home release and both Avengers movies will have/have the black bars for home release. Only Captain America: Civil War had the changing aspect ratio and then only with the 3D release.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    I wish I had an AMC theater near me – all we have is a Cinemark. The Cinemark deal maxes your ticket price to $8.95 for a non-3D movie and gives you a discount on food. Pretty lame but better than nothing.

  • Loofton

    Let’s go, Frankie! I’d even pay a minimum donation of 1 dollar

  • Jay Lee

    How about a Hammer Horror Premium?

  • mk
  • Sam

    I always confuse those three movies (Testament, Threads, and Day After), but I remember enjoying all three. Day After I believe being my least favorite. Testament is definitely worth a watch.

  • Sam

    Have been pushing this for years. A Hammer Premium or a Troma premium would be my top 2 requests come October.

    Troma mainly because I think it would be great to have Frank watch these.

  • Brian.M

    RE: Booksmart, I enjoyed it quite a bit, but found it quite distracting how visibly older the cast were, despite portraying high-schoolers. I know that’s not anew thing but it just really distracted me.

  • Hunter Allen

    Yeah, that gets me too, so that when a movie like Summer of 84 (for example) casts actual 15 year olds to play 15, I’m like, “What are those ten year olds doing in this movie about teens?”

    Booksmart’s better than some, but inconsistent: Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever (Dever particularly) pass well enough for 17/18, but Billie Lourd is pulling some Matthew McConnaughey Wooderson shit at this high school and apparently just nobody’s calling her on it.

  • Brian.M

    Couldn’t agree more, Dever passes, as do some of the other kids, though def not Dever’s final love interest. But yeah Billie Lourd sounded like a fully grown woman.

  • Lior

    Not sure if Sean’s comment regarding the exclusion of “coffeegate” from The Last Watch was said as a joke or not, but that doc was filmed during the principal photography of season 8, so it was done and done way before the season went on air and before all the controversies. If anything, the doc shows us indirectly how those mistakes could have come about. The crew is very stressed for time and budget and everything is done at a faster pace. More than once we hear producers and crew members say this is the toughest season yet and how they are all exhausted. Regrettably the doc does not cover the post-production period, where these mistakes should have been caught and corrected.

  • Sean

    Yeah I was mostly joking about including coffeegate in The Last Watch but it would have been interesting if they could have covered the fan reaction to the final season. Not that they ever would since it was so negative. Perhaps that is another documentary someone else will have to make at some point.

  • Lior

    I think for that kind of documentary they will need the distance of time and some perspective. But it sure is an interesting development that is still ongoing. I hope you guys will do a GOT special at some point.