Film Junk Podcast Episode #743: Spenser Confidential


0:00 – Intro
19:05 – Review: Spenser Confidential
40:25 – Hot Topic: Best Outbreak / Pandemic Movies
1:07:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Friday Night Lights, Looking for Richard, A Quiet Place, Star Trek: Picard, Devs, McMillions
1:48:35 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:55:20 – Outro

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  • Len F.

    Geoff Barrow scored both for Garland’s movies and he’s also in the band Beak, which is awesome. Definitely recommend some Beak.

  • Ben Bueno

    Shutting down SXSW isn’t an overreaction, 196 died in Italy this Tuesday. This Corona thing is for real.

  • OsoDuck

    It’s the flu. Just an excuse for our dear world leaders to engage in some of the Machiavellianism at which they so excel.

  • OsoDuck

    No Resident Evil in the premium. Boo! I mean, it’s got an outbreak and everything. All bases covered. Yet another example of why democracy does not work.

  • Sean

    Not that this will necessarily happen, but the Resident Evil series should probably have its own premium.

  • OsoDuck

    I would never want you three to have to go through a whole premium of Resident Evil movies. That might precipitate some sort of pandemic of mental illness. Although Twilight did make for one of your best premiums ever so It could work.

  • The series as a whole isn’t that great, sure, but I do think the original Resident Evil and also Resident Evil: Apocalpyse are quite watchable.

    The series also has a change of scenery throughout which at least gives it some (visual) variety.

    Should/Could be an entertaining premium if the guys (read: Jay) approve it.

  • Johnny

    be careful not to cut yourself on that edge

  • For Pandemic movies, I recommend “And the Band Played On” starring Matthew Modine. It’s streaming on HBO. It’s the true tale about trying to understand and contain the AIDS epidemic before anyone really knew anything about it. It’s really fucking good.

  • OsoDuck

    If it is edgy to suggest that Machiavelli is a popular figure in the realm of politics then I am hard-pressed to come up with a statement that lacks edge.

  • Mister Quigley Jr.

    Jay’s attitude toward the cancellation of SxSW is so mature and refreshing. Our boys have become men before our eyes (ears)! Well, two of them have anyway…

  • OsoDuck

    I’ve only seen the first two but I haven’t seen them in a long time. My main problem with them was that they failed to catch the great atmosphere of the games, which is the only thing I think they needed to do to satisfy me. the modern looking mansion in the first movie just does not compare to the video game’s more antique version, as watchable as it may be. And then you have the movie’s butt rock compared to the genius of the video game’s soundtrack. And so on.

  • Len F.

    That would be awesome. Have an odd affinity for these films, even though they generally suck.

  • Sam

    Mentioned in the Patreon comments but similar to Panic in the Streets (which is great), another film noir pandemic movie I’d toss out there is The Killer That Stalked New York which is about smallpox.

  • Never played the series except for the first hour or so of part 1 or 2 maybe. At least the films captured the atmosphere better than the abysmal Alone in the Dark adaptation :D

  • Regarding the video game movie premium: Have you guys even played Double Dragon? I didn’t get the impression when it was discussed last time Dax was around.

    I would assume it makes more sense to talk about a video game movie if you’re aware of the video game (so in that case Tomb Raider maybe would be a better choice).

  • Sean

    Oh trust me, I’ve played the first level of Double Dragon many, many times in my life. Only the first level.

  • When in doubt, count on Sean.

  • Beat_C

    i LOOOVE beak>

    saw them live a couple of times, they were absolutely brilliant.

  • Pandemic movies discussion, and no mention of The Rise of the Planet of the Apes? I guess it’s the B-plot, but it still counts!

    And the Trojan Horse was sent to… Troy. It is technically a Greek horse, I suppose.

  • Lori Cerny

    Richard Widmark is excellent in PitS!!

    Never heard of the film you recommended, but putting it on my watch list for this weekend.

  • Lori Cerny

    There’s lots of lists of plague movies – here’s one at Vulture:

    BTW, Flu (2013) is good, but a little cloying at times. There is a scene where a little girl who’s infected is surrounded by others to get her through a screening area. My paternal grandmother came to America as a child and also had to be surrounded by a group of women because she was ill and they would not have let the family enter the U.S.

    The Cassandra Crossing has a scene near the end which is silly and distressing.

  • Sam

    Not as good as Panic in the Streets but I enjoyed it as a lesser known noir.

  • Lior

    The Trojan horse was sent to Troy, guys… I mean, it’s right there in the title…:-) :-)