Film Junk Podcast Episode #798: The Empty Man + Jiu Jitsu


0:00 – Intro
9:00 – Review: The Empty Man
31:25 – Review: Jiu Jitsu
54:35 – Retro Review: Free Enterprise
1:15:45 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wira, Double Indemnity, One False Move, The Call (2020), Son in Law, Made for Love, Mythic Quest, Flashdance
1:53:10 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
1:57:09 – Outro
2:00:48 – Spoiler Discussion: The Empty Man

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  • Reed Farrington

    So no feedback from the non-Patreon audience, yet. I’m feeling like this was one of the worst Film Junk podcast episodes.

    Thank you, Peter Senay, for watching The Call based on my recommendation. I’m hoping my obtuse description of the unique situation between the two characters talking across time is made clearer by viewing the movie.

  • I saw The Call back in December and thought it was pretty great. Can see what movies it took its influences from, but it was unique in its own way!

  • Reed Farrington

    Nice. So peeps, if you’re not going to listen to me, then listen to Andrew James!

  • TimC

    C’mon Reed, this episode was perfectly ordinary!

    Too bad that most of the commenting has moved to Patreon, where not everyone gets to see them.

    Please return soon, Reed (or at least for Dune).

  • Sean

    Just a reminder that the Patreon post goes public once the episode is posted here so people can check out the comments there. Not ideal I know… still looking for a way to sync between the two.

  • TimC

    Ah, that’s good to know. I’m happy to be a patron, but I like to comment over here sometimes, so it doesn’t look so quiet.

  • Reed Farrington

    Nice. May I use that in a review? Denis Villeneuve’s Dune (2021) – 2.5/5 “Perfectly ordinary!” – Reed Farrington. (No, I haven’t seen the new Dune, yet. Precognition.)

    I do read the Patreon comments once they go public. If anyone wants a reply from me, you’d best comment here.

  • Reed Farrington

    In response to Hunachew E’s “A need for Reed!” comment on Patreon, I don’t think I’ve seen that pun before.

  • pcch7

    I’m dyyiiiing for you guys to review Living in Oblivion

  • Nobody

    Reed appearances are always welcome! I couldn’t quite tell though, did you actually like Wira overall? You’ve actually seen Yayan Ruhian in John Wick 3 as well but probably don’t remember him – he was one of the guys in the 2 vs. 1 fight at the end, right before the final fight with Mark Dacascos. Apparently their characters in that fight survived because Reeves respected them so much.

    The director of Free Enterprise, Robert Meyer Burnett, has his own Youtube channel. I think he also frequently appears on videos with John Campea.

    Does anyone have a brief history of the Filmjunk/Campea saga? From what I understand, Jay and Sean appeared on a podcast of his, his fans were sounding off (rudely?) in the comments, Jay responded, and Campea got mad. Is that the gist of it? Or would Frank, as lawyer, recommend not speaking about it?

  • Reed Farrington

    To be honest, I was more impressed by the acting than the fighting in Wira.

    John Wick 3. Right. For some reason, Ruhian doesn’t make an impression on me.

    I was not involved in the Film Junk/Campea saga.

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  • devolutionary

    Hey Reed, I made a Patreon comment on seeing The Call. Actually saw it several months ago after remembering your rec. Since you’re a fan of Killers, have you checked out May the Devil Take You? Also directed by Timo Tjahjanto? Pretty solid.

  • OsoDuck

    Any thoughts, Reed?

  • Reed Farrington

    No, I haven’t come across May the Devil Take You. As the longest running film review podcast, Film Junk should really be getting review copies of all these movies from distributors.

  • Reed Farrington

    I’ve watched the first 4 min or so. So the question is, “What is space-time?” I’ll need to Google this. So should Shatner.

  • OsoDuck

    I’d say his line of thinking leads to something far more profound than a mere question. Using the incomprehensibility of the concept of space-time as an example, he concludes that the postulations of modern science on the nature of space are just that, postulations. There is no way to prove them out, and they have more to do with science fiction than true science. To put it short, because we believe these wild pseudoscientific speculations to be true, Shatner intimates to us that we have planted ourselves in our own off-brand version of Tom Cruises’s much maligned religion of Scientology. Roddenberry is our Hubbard. By Jupiter’s beard, Reed, Stephen Hawkings is a Hubbardesque character!! How could you prove Mr. Shatner—the dummy actor who should be googling things—wrong on this point?

  • Reed Farrington

    If Shatner intimates what you say, then he is indeed off-base, but I think Shatner knows more than he intimates. He should know that Einstein helped develop the idea of space-time, and Einstein’s equations have proved to be correct by experimentation. So space-time has a basis in reality, unlike Scientology, I’m guessing.