Game Junk Prototype Episode #44: Top 10 Games of 2020

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We look back on the year in gaming and count down each of our top 10 games of 2020.

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New to Streaming and VOD This Week: News of the World, Promising Young Woman, WandaVision

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We’ve got a handful of major releases arriving for digital rental and/or purchase this week including the Tom Hanks western News of the World and the revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, both of which have been getting strong reviews. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s latest sci-fi / horror flick Synchronic is also finally on VOD along with the horror film The Empty Man and the Simon West-directed Chinese disaster movie Skyfire. Elsewhere, the MCU drought is over as the first two episodes of WandaVision arrive on Disney+ while HBO Max has Doug Liman’s pandemic heist movie Locked Down and Amazon has Regina King’s awards contender One Night in Miami. What will you be watching this weekend?

Chris Evans Reportedly in Talks to Return as Captain America

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Although Avengers: Endgame marked the end of an era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and seemed to make some pretty definitive decisions regarding various characters, we all know that when it comes to comic books nothing is permanent. Several marquee characters were set to be retired heading into Phase Four but flashbacks, prequels and timeline changes have already left the door open for many to return. Now we are hearing that Chris Evans is considering a return to the MCU as well, although he has since downplayed it a little bit on social media. Hit the jump for more details.

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Apollo 11: Quarantine Trailer

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Despite getting snubbed at the Oscars last year, Apollo 11 was one of the best documentaries of 2019 and now director Todd Douglas Miller is giving awards season another shot with an unexpected follow-up short documentary called Apollo 11: Quarantine. The 23-minute film once again uses never-before-seen 70mm footage but this time focuses on the three weeks after the astronauts returned to Earth while they were kept under strict medical quarantine. It seems like a relevant subject for obvious reasons but it will be interesting to see what else the short doc reveals about this little-known part of the mission. Neon and CNN Films will release Apollo 11: Quarantine in IMAX theatres on January 29th followed by a premium VOD release on Feb. 5th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things Teaser Trailer: Another Time Loop Romance

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On this week’s podcast, we nominated time loop movies for the 2020 Moratorium Award after seeing an overload of Groundhog Day-inspired stories as of late. It appears that they will not be going away anytime soon, however, as we have Boss Level coming to Hulu in March and The Map of Tiny Perfect Things coming to Amazon before that. The latter is based on a short story by Lev Grossman (The Magicians) and stars Kathryn Newton and Kyle Allen as two teens who discover that they are both caught in the same time loop together. They fall in love before attempting to find a way to escape. Directed by Ian Samuels (Sierra Burgess Is a Loser), the movie arrives on Prime Video on Feb. 12th; check out the teaser trailer below and see what you think.

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Ray Fisher Will Not Appear as Cyborg in The Flash

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With all the Batman-related casting news we’ve been hearing for The Flash, you might wonder why there hasn’t been any discussion about other Justice League characters returning for the movie as well. A few years back, The Flash movie was being envisioned as a buddy movie with Cyborg taking on a major role, but that was before they decided to structure it around the Flashpoint storyline from the comics. Now this week we are hearing that Cyborg will no longer be appearing in the movie, or at least, if he is, Ray Fisher will not be reprising the role. The removal of Fisher appears to be related to his accusations of misconduct against Joss Whedon and others during Justice League reshoots. Fisher released the following statement on Twitter this week:

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Cherry Trailer Starring Tom Holland

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After directing a couple of the biggest blockbusters of all time, The Russo Brothers are leveraging their Marvel clout to attempt something a little smaller and more intimate with their upcoming film Cherry. That being said, the movie also looks to have a fair bit of action in it and they’ve also brought along Tom Holland for the ride so I’m not sure how small it really is. Based on a true story, the movie finds Holland playing an Army veteran suffering from PTSD who becomes a serial bank robber in order to support his drug habit. Described as “an epic odyssey of romance, war, drug addiction, and crime”, the movie co-stars Ciara Bravo and Jack Reynor and it hits select theatres on Feb. 26th before hitting Apple TV+ on March 12th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Breaking News in Yuba County Trailer Starring Allison Janney

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Director Tate Taylor made a name for himself with awards-friendly prestige films like The Help and Get On Up but more recently he has turned to genre fare like Ma, The Girl on the Train and Ava. His next film looks to be another unexpected shift as it finds him taking on a zany Coen Brothers-esque small town crime comedy. Breaking News in Yuba County stars Allison Janney as a suburban housewife who becomes a local celebrity when her husband mysteriously disappears. As the search for the truth continues, she finds herself in over her head after going to great lengths to extend her 15 minutes of fame. With a supporting cast that includes Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, Regina Hall, Wanda Sykes, Juliette Lewis, Clifton Collins Jr., Matthew Modine and Ellen Barkin, Breaking News in Yuba County arrives in select theatres and on VOD on Feb. 12th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #782: Promising Young Woman + Best of 2020

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0:00 – Intro: Film Junk’s World Record
11:05 – Review: Promising Young Woman
36:35 – Top 10 Movies of 2020
1:22:45 – 2020 Junkies
2:16:40 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
2:20:24 – Outro
2:22:50 – Spoiler Discussion: Promising Young Woman

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Danny Boyle to Direct a Sex Pistols Series for FX

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From The Beatles to… the Sex Pistols? Although Danny Boyle signed on to direct the WB movie Methuselah last year with Michael B. Jordan attached to star, it is looking like that will not be his next project behind the camera. Instead, he will be at the helm of the upcoming FX limited series Pistol, which is based on the 2018 memoir by Steve Jones, guitarist for the iconic ’70s British punk band Sex Pistols. Here’s what he had to say about the project:

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Bliss Trailer: A New Sci-Fi Drama from the Director of Another Earth

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Director Mike Cahill’s indie sci-fi drama Another Earth was a breakout hit back in 2011, and although star Brit Marling has gone on to find success with several other movies and the Netflix series The OA, Cahill has remained a little more quiet. His 2014 film I Origins was another mix of science and spirituality that didn’t quite catch on but now this year he has a new high concept movie coming to Amazon Prime called Bliss. The movie stars Owen Wilson as a recently divorced man who meets a scientist (Salma Hayek) exploring a theory that the bleak, depressing world they live in is just a simulation inside of a beautiful utopian one. After he experiences it firsthand, the boundaries between both worlds slowly start to blur, leaving him unsure where he belongs. Bliss arrives on Prime Video on Feb. 5th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Godzilla vs. Kong Still Planned for HBO Max, Sony’s Morbius Delayed

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No surprises here but the ongoing COVID-19 situation is continuing to impact major studio releases in 2021. Although there were no high-profile movies scheduled to hit theatres within the first two months of the year, we are now starting to see March releases slipping from their dates. This week Sony has announced that their upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Morbius starring Jared Leto will be pushed back to the latter half of 2021. Meanwhile, Warner Brothers is continuing to push forward with their plans to release all major films on HBO Max this year with Godzilla vs. Kong still being included in that plan despite some resistance from Legendary Entertainment. Hit the jump for more info.

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