Film Junk Podcast Episode #713: Yesterday

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0:00 – Intro: Reed’s Pilgrimage to England
23:35 – Review: Yesterday
1:20:55 – Headlines: Avengers: Endgame Can’t Beat Avatar, Knives Out Trailer
1:35:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Shaft (2019), Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Summer of ’84, I Am Mother, A Hard Day’s Night, Too Old to Die Young, The Love We Make, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Wake Up Ron Burgundy
2:20:00 – Instagram Live Q&A
2:27:25 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:29:05 – Outro

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  • pcch7

    I WAS THERE. This filmjunk instagram account is HOT

  • Bizzaro Nate

    Reed, I can lucid dream and have explored my dream worlds fully aware hundreds of times. I believe you slipped into a lucid dream state briefly during the dream you talked about. Let me tell you, I can read words in my dreams and they are ALWAYS like you described. It’s usually up to 3-5 words strung together that are probably meaningless. It must be something to do with brain CPU being used up lol

  • stevens1

    Yesterday is a bad film. It’s far more of a Richard Curtis film than it is Danny Boyle’s, and it’s all the worse for that reason. Lily James is awful; playing the doe-eyed damsel waiting to be swept off her feet. Himesh Patel does as much as he can to save it but there’s only so much he can do with that script. It’s way too long, the pacing is continually derailed as they keep referring back to the lame love story and that peice of fan service in the final act is toe curling. I love The Beatles, but given the standards of their music and impact they had on popular culture, they deserve far better than this middle of the road piece of junk.

  • Mark Stevens

    Some days you cynical fanboys wouldn’t know a good film if it walked up and bit you in the ass.

  • LongSlog

    Official petition for Reed to host the Dream Junk Podcast. Often when listening to his meandering stories I have the feeling like I’m dreaming. Lynchian in nature, almost.

  • SquidHead#1Fan

    This pod was so good it was almost like it was on tv.

  • doubledragfool

    Sean, the second episode of Too Old to Die Young was easily the slowest and I felt the same hesitation despite loving the Refn aesthetics and score. It picks up considerably in the next eps with a very entertaining car chase climax in episode 5. It still may not be enough to dedicate another ten hours of your time to understandably.

  • Sean

    Hmm… perhaps I will give episode 3 a shot. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Had to think a second what car chase you were ref(n)erencing… the New Mexico one with Teller? Didn’t even really stick with me.

    Nonetheless I think TOtDY is terrific but clearly not for everyone. Maybe only for Refn Heads.

  • Reed Farrington

    I sent Sean some photos to post on Film Junk’s Instagram account so you can compare reality with what you imagined.

  • Reed Farrington

    Interesting. My stories do sound like I’m recounting a dream.

  • Reed Farrington

    Funny, or maybe not unexpectedly, that you would have a different reaction than I. I expect our personality types and the way we see the world or even critique films gives us entirely different experiences with Yesterday.

  • Reed Farrington

    Interesting, Nate. I never recall conversations with people in dreams. You know I have to ask. In lucid dreaming, can you conjure up a sexual partner of your choice? And have them behave in a way that you want?

  • Reed Farrington

    I’ll have to check out this Instagram account. I think Sean will be posting photos taken with a disposable camera of me in England.

  • Beat_C

    not only was lily james awful, her part was shockingly vacuous and subserving. reminded me of the disastrous role she had in “baby driver”.

  • Beat_C

    don’t do it. refn has made some stylish movies, but ultimately he’s a one trick pony with a big ego (“‘only god forgives’ is masterpiece!” – remember that?)

  • Ben Bueno

    I’ve been in a XTC mood lately and in fact listened to Dear God just minutes before I listened to the episode. So, yeah, that’s that.

  • Reed Farrington

    You mean you listened to Dear God not knowing that in the podcast, Frank was going to mention that I was the inspiration for Dear God! (As proof, I wish I had a copy of the letter I sent to Andy.)

  • Ben Bueno

    Exactly! I feel lucky to be a Film Junk listener now

  • SquidHead#1Fan

    How did Reed forget Christopher Plummer played Chang in Undiscovered Country?

    And Frank Oz directed What About Bob!

  • Reed Farrington

    Oh, I never think of Undiscovered Country as a murder-mystery, but I suppose it is.

    I knew Frank Oz was connected with “What About Bob?”

  • Reed Farrington

    I remembered that I actually have a letter from Andy Partridge in response to my Dear God letter. Not really a confirmation of my being the inspiration for Dear God, but he did write that my letter was “an inspired note,” I think. I’ll get Sean to post a photo of Andy’s reply in the Film Junk Instagram account.

  • Ben Bueno

    Please do

  • Bizzaro Nate

    Hahaha, it’s difficult to conjure anything, but floating/flying is easier. Mostly I usually wake up in the place where I was sleeping, but the details are all sort of skewed and it’s cool to look at – especially looking at your hands and all the details in the lines…it’s so detailed but not exactly correct. Everything is a little off because it’s totally based on memory. Most of my mental energy is gone towards trying to remember that I’m dreaming, Once you forget you’re dreaming you snap back into normal dream mode. I managed to hook up with some random dream girl once and it was like making out with a Dali painting :(

  • stevens1

    Exactly, that’s what I meant when I said she was a doe-eyed damsel. She was just there to play the love interest, nothing more. That’s terrible writing, but it’s not helped by James playing those traits up for all they’re worth.

  • stevens1

    Is it funny? I’m not sure we’ve interacted that much for our difference of opinion to be so predictable. Maybe you’re right, or maybe it was our moods or experiences that day, or simply that Yesterday is just a bad film. Either way, if you love this, you’re gonna love Curtis’ back catalogue.

  • tyler mikol

    To Clarify, frank said Reed had a top 68 in episode 400, actually it was a top 58. I’ve listened to that 4 hour masterpiece about 10 times.

  • John

    Going back a couple weeks, but since Frank missed out on hearing Tarantino talk on Eli Roth’s History of Horror, here’s another 2+ hour podcast with him talking about films he loves that just went up today. http://thenewbev.com/blog/2019/07/pure-cinema-podcast-july-2019-with-quentin-tarantino/?fbclid=IwAR3a3mguqVzW9jsFciCg5sIhMUBeKXI9QTOgiibXMZ0Dw4QXe-PGLPJ3yZM

  • stevens1

    Cynical fanboy? Harsh words on the internetz.

  • Reed Farrington

    I happened to catch all the episodes of Eli Roth’s History of Horror.

  • Reed Farrington

    I thought Frank said 67. Maybe Frank was accounting for all the extra movies I’ve been adding to the list since then like The Wandering Earth and Yesterday.

  • Reed Farrington

    But her character wasn’t a focus of the story! Not all female characters have to be well-rounded in our enlightened age.

  • Reed Farrington

    You’re right. I don’t know what type of films you like. I was basing my comment on the fact that we both love The Beatles.

  • LittleStalin

    Frank misses a lot — although he seems to think he is King of xxx xxxxxx

  • LittleStalin

    Im annoyed that i cant see a picture of Frank

  • tyler mikol

    I know you were at 58 in ep 400 and since then you maybe added 3, at least from discussions that have been on the podcast. I’m dying for a new top 100 list show.

  • Glad you liked Summer of ’84, Sean–I’m glad that underseen film’s even getting discussed. It’s weird that it *lost* you in the end, though. That was where I became convinced it was the best movie of 2018, basically by virtue of being the very first 80s kid’s adventure flick that actually had a satisfying third act. Took 38 years, but better late than never.

    It has 2018’s best score too (at least it’s best electronic score, which to my ear is pretty much the same thing), but that’s kinda self-proving.

  • samb

    Reed, it’s interesting you bring up conversations in dreams. One phenomenon that either has happened to me more as I’ve aged or that I’ve just picked up on more recently is that I often cannot hear what the other person is saying to me during a dream conversation. After wondering for a while whether this had some deep significance, I’ve decided that it just means I’ve bumped up against the limitations of my imagination — they are unintelligible because I have not provided them anything to say.

  • Tommy

    If you turned off the podcast at the closing song, you made a mistake.

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  • OsoDuck

    Strangely, I watched Waking Sleeping Beauty, a documentary on the renaissance at Disney, yesterday. While the maker of the film seems a little close to the material to treat it completely honest, I still think it was pretty good. You can’t beat a film with a clip of Roy Disney basically squaring up with Michal Eisner at a company memorial for Frank Wells, or Jeffery Katzenberg almost getting mauled by a large lion on stage during promotion for the Lion King.

    Frank is right about a Creator. The logical conclusion that DNA leads to for anyone who is still in command of some inkling of reason is that is essentially a blueprint. Whether you believe the Creator is God, Zeus, or David from Alien: Covenant, this knowledge brings you closer to truth than the alternative, stillborn belief of the Enlightenment, which is that all life materialized by the blowing of the universal winds, a few lightning strikes and a big swampy puddle of water. In some sense it is saner to worship demons than to believe that there are no higher spiritual beings altogether. Indeed, It is common for the modern hypocrite protestant to throw the passage ‘The fool said in his heart: There is no God.’ to show their perceived moral superiority, but the passage is interesting in that it illustrates that the bible equates atheism with foolishness, whereas paganism does not receive the same blanket condemnation, despite the fact that the bible is also filled with examples of the pagan religion. Dante too, in the inferno meets many good pagans who have been consigned to live in a relatively peaceful limbo for eternity. He sees Plato and Aristotle there, for example. They, who were good but for their lack of a belief in the true God. Atheists, or Epicureans, on the other hand, he discovers are much deeper in hell, fated to live inside burning tombs forever.

    And speaking of dreams, I downloaded Heart’s greatest hits just the other day for this song in particular. I now dedicate it to Reed the Dreamologist:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41P8UxneDJE

  • Sean

    I thought the ending felt unnecessarily dark as if they just had to indulge the needs of their intended genre. But it was still pretty solid overall.

  • pcch7

    They were nice pictures

  • Fair enough, though I can’t help but think going hellaciously dark is required for what the film wants to do, namely punish Davey for childishly seeking an adventure in the first place. My feeling is that 84 serves as a response to The Goonies and Fright Night (or even Turbo Kid), along the lines of “Sure, we all love that goofy 80s nonsense, but we think it would go a little bit more like this.”

  • Reed Farrington

    I always wanted to stay in the theatre until the curtain closed even when post-credit sequences didn’t exist, but I hate to keep the cleaning staff waiting even though I’ve read that it’s my right to stay until the very end.

    At least with podcasts, we can scroll to the end for post-ending song frivolity.

  • Reed Farrington

    Now that I think about it, I do recall hearing voices in dreams and despite what Nate said about his conversations, I often hear voices that intelligibly tell me about things I didn’t know! One day, I’ll have to check out if one of these voices is saying something factual. If it is, maybe it’s my subconscious picking up or figuring something out that my conscious self is not aware of!

  • Kevin Cardoza

    Reed: Have you watched the XTC Documentary yet (This is Pop)? I was kind of disappointed with it but just curious with your thoughts.

  • Isildur_of_Numenor

    The Tarantino episode for Eli Roth’s show is available again, it was unavailable only for a short period. So Frank can catch up now.

  • Reed Farrington

    No, I haven’t, yet, but I’ve heard good things about it. Can you describe what disappointed you? I think I would be happy just to see peeps expressing their love of XTC’s music.

    I documented the Barrie XTC Convention with my VHS video camera, but nothing much exciting happened, so my footage was kind of boring. I had peeps talking into the camera. The organizers of the convention were going to convert my footage to PAL and send it to XTC, but as I mentioned, the footage was so boring that I don’t think the organizers went to the expense and bother of sending it to them.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    Reed, there may be one very strong argument that you can dream up things you’ve never seen: blind people have dreams. And we’re talking about people who have been blind since birth! Unfortunately it’s very hard to have a conversation with them about it that is scientifically meaningful as they’ve never seen anything so have no frame of reference to describe what they are seeing. Maybe they saw a red sky in their dream but…how would they know what they were seeing? Studies have also shown (through tracking REM) that fetuses dream ‘visual imagery’ and they definitely haven’t seen anything either – it’s bloody dark in there! So dreams can’t just be memories or images from life that your brain has rearranged, right?