Film Junk Podcast Episode #786: A Glitch in the Matrix + Greenland


0:00 – Intro: Reed’s Eco-Challenge
20:00 – Review: A Glitch in the Matrix
1:32:25 – Review: Greenland
2:05:55 – Other Stuff We Watched: Black Sails, Dark Intruder, In & Of Itself, Space Sweepers, Bliss, Last Breath, Dave Not Coming Back, Friday, The Matrix Trilogy, The Thirteenth Floor, Virtuosity, Framing Britney Spears, Tiger, They Live 4K, Painting with John, 30 Coins
3:23:25 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
3:30:00 – Outro

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  • OsoDuck

    I wouldn’t disagree with Jay’s observation on the reason why many delve into conspiratorial thinking, but to take that thought one step further and suggest conspiracies don’t transpire at all because many who posit certain “conspiracy theories” are a little funny in the head, is definitely just a plain error in reasoning. I mean, conspiracy is a legal term. They try people for conspiracy in courts of law. Conspiracies exist. And to think that our thoroughly corrupt politicians don’t conspire against the general public is naive.

  • Reed Farrington

    I agree with you, OsoDuck, but I would like to know which well-known conspiracy theories proved to be true. My dad sort of believes in the American fake moon landing theory now because someone reported that the Chinese expeditions on the moon have found no evidence of a previous landing. Ha ha.

    I wanted to get more into the simulation theory, but I was getting tongue-tied and I knew Jay would think we were spending too much time on the topic. Frank had some interesting and I liked his rebuttal to my statement that there should be evidence of the simulation. The fact that we are limited in exploring the universe (the very big) and our current lack of understanding of quantum effects (the very small) seem to indicate we are being manipulated.

  • Ben Bueno


  • Kevin Cardoza

    FYI – While Deja Vu still isn’t fully understood by science, it’s been studied quite thoroughly and they have even been able to increase the amount of times random people have it through drugs and electro-stimulation, so whatever it is, it’s almost likely related to just a minor malfunction in the way the brain matches the event to your past memories. Most theories involve the fact that for some reason the storing of the event in memory happens faster than searching it, which leads your brain to recall the event that just happened as if it were a memory.

  • Matej Jozanovic

    This episode has everything:

    – Reed Farrington
    – Impassioned and sincere discussion
    – Three and a half hours
    – Liberal use of soundboard

    Thanks for the epic (retro-feeling) show. All that was missing is Greg and it would have felt right at home in 2012 (minus the soundboard).

  • Reed Farrington


  • Reed Farrington

    Interesting that there is research about déjà vu. One more thing to look into!

    The problem with véjà du is no one has yet defined it.

  • Reed Farrington

    This episode doesn’t have Jay leaving to take a bathroom break.

  • TimC

    The most well-known conspiracy theory I can think of, which has proven to be true is that the CIA was conducting mind-control experiments, on human subjects, in the ’50 and ’60s.

    Perhaps the government “mass surveillance” programs which have been revealed, in recent years, are another example.

  • Reed Farrington

    Tim, how about conspiracy theories about explanations for things that happened (like the Twin Towers, Kennedy being shot, and the moon landing) as opposed to theories about what is happening (like mind-control experiments and mass surveillance)?

  • TimC

    This probably isn’t what you’re looking for, as it’s not nearly as prominent as the moon landing or Kennedy, but the first example I can think of is the 1953 Iranian coup. That the US orchestrated the coup was a “conspiracy theory” for a long time, and was acknowledged formally just several years ago.

    Thanks for engaging with the fans, Reed!

  • Beat_C

    3.5 hours and reed? simply divine!

  • Reed Farrington

    Oh, that is a good example. It’s no wonder that conspiracy theories abound when the US government is so secretive.

  • ReelJunkie

    This could go down as a classic episode!

  • Hathaway

    Good to have Reed back

  • ReelJunkie

    Btw, Sean the hyperlink to this episode in the podcast page points to last week’s episode.

  • vediovis02

    I suggest you to watch a-glitch-in-the-matrix-greenland this movie in hd quality and subtitled at ?? ANIPLEXSTREAM .CC

  • Sean



    I think the discussion on “A Glitch in the Matrix” may have been longer than the film itself.

  • Matej Jozanovic

    Nolanoscopy would be an examination of Nolan fandom. But what Frank is currently going though is a Nolactomy. “…a surgical procedure to remove all or part of” Nolan fandom. Or if Nolio is the disease, Frank just had his first dose of the Nolio vaccine.

  • Lior

    Glitch in the Matrix works really well as entertainment and as a basic introduction to simulation theory, but it’s far from being a serious examination of the topic. It does not cover it from the scientific angle(quantum mechanics) or from the spiritual angle (the nature of consciousness) which are fast converging on each other.
    The idea that we’re in some computer on some alien’s desk is a very entertaining one, but if you consider the notion seriously it’s more likely that the reality we live in is not the ultimate reality, and that the ultimate reality is non-physical and non sense-dependent. So no tubes like in the Matrix.
    And about the idea that if we live in a virtual reality than life is meaningless? Nothing can be further from the truth. The simulation is everything. it exist for us to evolve as a consciousness over the course of a very long time by using different avatars.
    In order to evolve we need an environment with certain rules where we can make choices using our free will. Our choices define who we are. The simulation allows us to do that. Yeah, it’s a colossal video game, but a very important one.
    For a deeper look into this idea check out people like physicist Tom Campbell and cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman. They don’t consider it as a thought experiments, though, but as a viable theory as to the nature of reality and what it means for us here on planet Earth.

  • OsoDuck

    Pretty sure most people still think CIA MK Ultra brainwashing experiments are conspiracy theory, however, this CBC Fifth Estate documentary on the subject is completely up front about their existence.

  • OsoDuck

    I perhaps have some evidence for Veja Du over here. The Film Junk review of In & Of Itself intrigued me, so I queued it up to watch at some later date. In the mean time, I had this strange, overriding desire to watch Evil Dead, a movie I had never had any desire to see. So I watched it and was mostly unimpressed, despite my fondness for Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. Later that day, I watched In & Of Itself and Derek Delguadio’s card trick antics brought a scene from Evil Dead slamming back into my mind.

    Now, Delguadio doesn’t do any “guess the card” tricks during his show but he does end the show by (SPOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) what seems to be successfully guessing some sort of secret name that aptly describes some hidden aspect of each audience member. Now if the whole thing isn’t staged, then to pull this seeming-miracle off, the man has made some sort of contract with the devil. He intimates as much during the show by suggesting he might be a wolf (a common symbol for the devil) and claiming that he learned his trade from a man who made a pact with a devil. Before our “enlightened” age it would not be irregular to believe that magicians could resort to demonic pacts with demons to master their trade, as the story of Simon Magus illustrates:

    Although Magus claimed he could fly, the truth is that he accomplished his trick with the aid of demons that lifted him into the air.

    What puts my Veja Du over the edge, however, is that about a week before I heard Film Junk review A Glitch in the Matrix and In & Of itself, I had a dream where I was traveling on a yellow school bus and a demon was sitting in the seat in front of me. The dream ended with the demon making a finger gun and putting it to his head, and I woke up. I thought about what the dream could have meant all week and I understood after I had seen In & Of Itself, because Delguadio’s show ends with him putting a finger gun to his forehead.

    The dream’s ultimate value is not surprising to me because I’ve experienced this sort of thing before. It’s nothing new. In The Divine Comedy, Dante talks about the medieval belief that morning dreams could have a prophetic value, and there is also a medieval poem that says the same thing:

    Dreams at night
    are the devil’s delight
    dreams in the morning
    heed the angel’s warning.

  • OsoDuck

    I might add that Derek Delguadio also says something of this sort during his show: “Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.”

  • gqueue2u

    There have been many instances of excellence in the past but this particular episode is why I will always follow this podcast for as long as the core trio of Sean, Frank and Jay is intact. Just listening to Jay and Frank apply their powers of critical thinking to issues and points raised by films in this and other past shows is mind-blowing and extremely impressive. And Jay’s soundboard-integration is a plus and should never go away. Thank you guys for a great podcast.

  • Ben Bueno

    This episode was fucking awesome