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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Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Trailer Starring Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo

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After writing Bridesmaids together a decade ago, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are once again reteaming for a new comedy and this time Mumolo is co-starring in it as well. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar finds the duo playing two best friends who live together and decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time ever in pursuit of a vacation. The result is “the adventure of a lifetime.” For some reason, the trailer makes a joke out of not showing their faces and just generally sets a quirky, colourful vibe. Directed by Josh Greenbaum (Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show), the movie also co-stars Jamie Dornan and Damon Wayans, Jr. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar arrives on VOD just in time for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 12th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Michael Apted 1941-2021

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Michael Apted, the British director behind The Up Series and such films as Coal Miner’s Daughter and The World is Not Enough has passed away. He reportedly died on Thursday night in Los Angeles although the cause of death was not made public. Apted had a long and varied career that included big budget blockbusters and acclaimed art house films and he was equally comfortable working with both fiction and non-fiction stories. He also acted as the President of the Directors Guild of America from 2003 to 2009. Apted was 79 years old.

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #43: Has Sony Been Neglecting Indie Games?

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We answer a lot of your junk mail questions including a discussion about why Sony might be losing the indie market to Nintendo and Microsoft and games we’d like to see remastered plus we also talk Nioh 2, X-Men Destiny and Marvel’s The Avengers.

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Malcolm & Marie Trailer Starring Zendaya and John David Washington

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Looks like Netflix has one more potential awards season candidate coming in under the wire this year as they have just released the first trailer for the upcoming drama Malcolm & Marie, which has been completely off the radar up until now. The movie stars John David Washington and Zendaya as a filmmaker and his girlfriend who find their relationship tested after he arrives home following his latest movie premiere. Much like Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, this looks like another tense and emotional experience, but it appears to be even more stripped down as it is presented in black-and-white and takes place in a single location (it was shot last year under COVID-19 safety protocols). Directed by Sam Levinson (Euphoria, Assassination Nation), Malcolm & Marie will premiere in select theatres this month before hitting Netflix on Feb. 5th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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New to Streaming and VOD This Week: Pieces of a Woman, Pretend It’s a City, Tiger

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This week’s digital and VOD releases include a new film directed by Spielberg’s long-time cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (American Dream), a WWI drama that is also Latvia’s entry to the 2021 Oscars (The Rifleman) as well as a long lost ’80s horror sequel that is only now seeing the light of day (Grizzly II: The Revenge). Netflix has also has a handful of new releases including awards season contender Pieces of a Woman and the Martin Scorsese-directed documentary series Pretend It’s a City, but the thing that everyone will actually be watching is History of Swear Words starring Nicolas Cage. HBO also has part 1 of their Tiger Woods documentary Tiger and the Spanish horror series 30 Coins while Apple TV+ has the second season of Dickinson starring Hailee Steinfeld. What will you be watching this weekend?

Neil Marshall’s The Reckoning Trailer

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After spending most of the last decade directing episodes of such TV shows as Game of Thrones, Black Sails and Lost in Space, Neil Marshall returned to the big screen with Hellboy back in 2019. Although that movie wasn’t particularly well received, he is now more returning to his horror roots directly with a movie called The Reckoning. Set in England during the Great Plague, the plot revolves around a recently widowed woman who finds herself in the custody of the country’s most ruthless witch-hunter after she is accused of practicing witchcraft. Co-written by and starring Charlotte Kirk, the movie also stars Sean Pertwee, Joe Anderson and Steven Waddington. The Reckoning arrives in select theatres and on VOD on Feb. 5th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #781: Another Round

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0:00 – Intro
5:35 – Review: Another Round
29:10 – Hot Topic: Should All Rewatches Be Logged on Letterboxd?
54:50 – CheapCharts Bits
1:03:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wolfwalkers, Long Way Up, Soul, Boys State, Extra Ordinary, Primal Fear, Ted Lasso, Time to Hunt, Baby God, Cobra Kai, Saint Frances, We Can Be Heroes, Possessor, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, Scary Tales (1993)
1:55:55 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
2:01:40 – Outro

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Lapsis Trailer: A Sci-Fi Satire About the Gig Economy

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Last year’s SXSW film festival didn’t happen as originally intended and only a handful of movies ended up screening online, leaving a lot of indie films without a way to build buzz. Among them was the sci-fi film Lapsis which earned some strong early reviews from critics who were able to see it and is now finally coming to VOD and virtual cinema next month. The movie takes place in an alternate version of the present where quantum computing is a reality and workers are being hired to run cables between strange magnetic cubes across dangerous terrain. These workers are unprotected and forced to compete against robots in an absurd yet all too familiar scenario where corporations rule and employees gets screwed. Director Noah Hutton also had the intriguing neuroscience documentary In Silico premiere virtually last year but hopefully both films will find their way out to a wider audience in the very near future. Lapsis hits VOD on Feb. 12th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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