Film Junk Premium Podcast #79: Video Game Movies


“Nothing’s impossible, you just gotta believe.” With the release of Sonic the Hedgehog, we were finally convinced it was time to tackle one of the themed premium podcasts we’ve been contemplating forever: video game movies. That includes covering a veritable garbage pile of video game adaptations attempted throughout the ’90s including Super Mario Brothers, Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and ending with 2005’s Doom. (Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers for voting on this to become a reality!) Discussion topics include the challenges of adapting a property with very little underlying story, the pros and cons of early digital effects, the omnipresent influence of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the many hidden easter eggs and nods to the games themselves. Is the first person sequence in Doom profound or just pandering? Can any of us answer questions about the plot of these movies a few days later? And more importantly, are any of them actually worth watching? Pull off a flawless victory and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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  • MartyMcFlyJr

    I can’t remember where I read it but I think the directors of Mario Bros. said the ending was just a dumb moment they threw in to pay tribute to Back to the Future.

  • MartyMcFlyJr

    FYI: Doom was reviewed by Sean and Chian on episode 41 (Nov. 4, 2005). Both gave it zero stars.

  • devolutionary

    I love the fact that Jay repeatedly confused Goro’s name with Bolo lol! Should have forced a chain reaction with Bloodsport. Maaa-teeeiii!

  • Nic

    Thanks for another great premium, guys! Especially enjoyed Sean’s energy this episode. I think this premium once again proves that the best content is not necessarily linked to you guys talking about great films. Besides Doom, I had not watched any of the movies and I liked Double Dragon the best. For me it’s almost on par with TMNT and I can actually see myself revisiting it in a couple of months.

    PS: Hope you guys don’t abandon the chapter breaks on the premium. It’s much easier to go back to the discussion about a certain film when it’s not just one 2.5 hour long audio track.

  • Sean

    Thanks Nic. Jay uploaded the latest premium in .flac format which allowed us to skip the chapter breaks because the overall file size is reduced. We weren’t sure if the chapter breaks were actually a good thing or bad thing for people… previously some listeners were asking for the premiums as one file. I guess the Bandcamp app not have a resume feature?

  • Sean

    Awesome. Thank you for this very important historical context. :)

  • MartyMcFlyJr

    I wasn’t the biggest fan of the chapter breaks when the premium eps first started, but I have similar feelings to Nic. It;s nice to be able to jump around them a little easier when re-listening. I guess I’ve just got used to them. I’m still good either way, but I was wondering how Frank felt about this? Isn’t this some form of ‘cred’ breaking lol

  • devolutionary

    Didn’t get a chance to download the Premium to my Media server so streamed from the Bandcamp app. In theory 1-track is great, but any audio-sync issues make it very difficult to resume on reload. The app is notorious for intermittent issues.

  • Sam

    Sean loving Street Fighter seemed on brand for him. Watched and rewatched each of these (Double Dragon and Doom for the first time) and Street Fighter was pretty easily my least favorite. Definitely was not as in love with Doom like Jay and Frank either I did pretty much genuinely like Mortal Kombat though, so what do I know?

    Another great premium though. Love it

  • Essie

    It sounded like this was rather laborious getting through these films. I just wanted to thank you all for the time and effort put into this stuff. These last two or three weeks have been hellish for everyone, and despite my immense privilege to be in a place of physical comfort my emotional state has been rattled. With a very bad anxiety disorder/depression being in quarantine with an outside scary force looming, I can easily, at any moment, be reduced to a ball of panic.

    I just mention this because this premium along with marathoning a few Seinfeld seasons and getting to see Andre Almuro’s Le Troisième Oeil, was a rare total distraction and offered me the chance to smile. I don’t think I’ve felt that sort of weightless joy in another time during this quarantine, and your podcast got me there. So yeah just thank you so much. I know that this is an incredibly hectic and stressful time for everyone and for you all to be producing content for us is a big deal.

  • Tommy

    Loved the live mic.
    Where’s dad?!

  • Matt the Kiwi

    Hey Essie, look after yourself in this strange and unpleasant time. There’s going to be a tonne of people out there who are experiencing anxiety and depression (the type you’re talking about) for the first time in their lives. I’m sure you’ve picked up some tools and tips for dealing with it so you’ll probably be a massive comfort to those folks out there who feel like they might be losing it a little bit.
    In the meantime, when the mind isn’t behaving, walk around on the rug barefoot and make fists with your toes (also works well if you’re single handedly taking on a building full of heavily armed criminals).

  • Nic

    It’s not a big deal and really only matters when I want to revisit a discussion about a specific film. For me personally it was the best when the chapter breaks were linked to each film like you did in the earlier premiums. But if it’s a lot of work for you, just leave them out. It’s really just a minor inconvenience

  • pcch7

    Watched Double Dragon in preparation but I think I’ve actually seen it before. I definitely recognized the car and also Bo Abobo. It’s a good thing Alyssa Milano was in that movie and that’s all I have to say about that

  • Ben Bueno

    Jeez… I might have to drop tier just to prevent shit like this from happening again

  • Ben Bueno

    Yikes. I might have to drop tier to prevent stuff like this from happening again…

  • Not sure if it was merely a bit but maybe don’t put video game movies in a poll when you don’t want to talk about video game movies. Seems weird to let people vote on stuff and then afterwards whine about what they voted for. Just do a Spike Lee premium then instead if that’s what you actually wanted to do.

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  • Hunter Robinson

    The idea of the possibility that some movies weren’t watched at all by one or more people on the podcast gave me an idea. I don’t think this has been done already, but if there’s a week where what to discuss on the following weeks show hasn’t been decided, a pre-watch review of a delayed movie might be a lot of fun. Does that sound good to anyone else?

    Loved this premium, absolutely hilarious.

  • Beat_C

    same here, i also like it best when every chapter is a different movie.

  • Sam

    Milano was at least 1 star of the 2 stars I gave the movie

    Funny that it came up on the show, but as soon as I saw Bo Abobo, I immediately thought Bobo and Lil Debil (or however it’s spelled)

  • Mister Quigley Jr.

    Sorry about voting for this Premium, as I just realized if it actually won, I would never in a million year actually purchase it. Maybe I’ll get it in the Least Sold Premium Bundle down the road. ????

  • SloppyDetective

    The boots the Mario Bros. wear are also the magnetic boots used in the prison scene in Face/Off. Great premium boys. The free wheeling energy provided by not caring about any of these movies was a lot of fun.

  • Tommy

    Frankie doesn’t like Yoshi’s Island? That’s heartbreaking.
    And did they call Bison “Byzen” in Streetfighter?