Film Junk Podcast Episode #745: The Hunt

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0:00 – Intro
15:30 – Review: The Hunt
41:55 – Other Stuff We Watched: Black Christmas (2019), Surviving the Game, Hardware, The Golem: How He Came Into the World, Ma, Bad Times at the El Royale, Caniba, Blow the Man Down, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Viy, Deathtrap, Spookies, Watchmen
1:43:20 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:44:45 – Outro

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Solar Opposites Trailer: From the Co-Creator of Rick and Morty

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Although we’re still waiting for Adult Swim to announce a return date for the second half of Rick and Morty: Season 4, Hulu is about to drop the first season of Justin Roiland’s new animated series Solar Opposites. The show definitely feels like similarly chaotic sci-fi territory but there is a slightly different premise: four aliens have escaped from their doomed home planet to start a new life in surburban America. The alien family is split on whether their new home planet is awesome or terrible but their overriding mission is to protect the Pupa, “a living supercomputer that will one day evolve into its true form, consume them and terraform the Earth.” With a voice cast that includes Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone and Mary Mack and guest appearances by Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Andy Daly, Christina Hendricks, Jason Mantzoukas, Ken Marino, Rainn Wilson and Tiffany Haddish, Solar Opposites is set to arrive on May 8th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Great Trailer: Elle Fanning is Catherine the Great

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If you were a fan of Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, you might want to keep an eye on this upcoming mini-series from Hulu. It is called The Great (as in Catherine the Great) and it stars Elle Fanning in the lead role, focusing on her rise to power in Russia in the mid to late 1700s. It seems to carry the same satirical edge found in The Favourite, which makes sense considering that the show originates from Tony McNamara, who also co-wrote that movie. They have also cast Nicholas Hoult as Peter III just in case the comparisons weren’t obvious enough. Veteran TV director Matt Shakman (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is directing (at least the first episode anyway). The Great arrives on Hulu on May 15th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Stuart Gordon 1947-2020

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We’ve got some sad news to report this week that is sure to hit genre movie fans particularly hard. Stuart Gordon, the writer and director behind such cult classics as Re-Animator and From Beyond, has reportedly passed away. In addition to his contributions to the horror genre, he also was one of the creators of Disney’s Honey I Shrunk the Kids franchise and had a history with experimental theatre as well. The cause of death was not disclosed. Gordon was 72 years old.

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Wonder Woman 1984, Scoob! and More Delayed by Warner Brothers

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The next batch of summer movies have been hit by coronavirus delays this week as Warner Brothers have announced that they will be pushing Wonder Woman 1984 in addition to the CG animated film Scoob!, the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical adaptation In the Heights and James Wan’s upcoming horror movie Malignant. The good news is that Wonder Woman is still expected to hit theatres this summer; the movie is moving from June 5th to August 14th instead, taking the release slot originally held by Malignant. The other three movies have no new release date for the time being. Director Patty Jenkins tweeted out the following statement:

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Coffee & Kareem Trailer Starring Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson

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It’s nice to know that even if we won’t be seeing any new movies being released in theatres over the next month or two, Netflix at least has a stockpile of original content that should last for the foreseeable future. This week they have released a trailer for Coffee & Kareem, an upcoming action-comedy that will arrive in a couple of weeks’ time. Directed by Michael Dowse (Goon, Fubar) from a Black List script by Shane McCarthy, this is a foul-mouthed buddy cop movie starring Ed Helms as a Detroit cop who is forced to team up with his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son to take down some drug dealers. Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Little Gardenhigh, Betty Gilpin and David Alan Grier also co-star. Dowse seems to be carving out a new career path doing movies like this lately (he also directed last year’s Stuber) although Netflix seems like a more sensible home for this these days. Coffee & Kareem arrives on Netflix on April 3rd; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Rosario Dawson Joins The Mandalorian: Season 2, Robert Rodriguez Among List of Directors

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There has been a flurry of news over the past few days about the upcoming second season of The Mandalorian on Disney+. It is unclear if the new season is still expected to hit its October release date but it reportedly wrapped production earlier this month so it may have just avoided being completely derailed by a coronavirus-related shutdown. In the meantime, fans have been given some intriguing tidbits to speculate on including the apparent casting of a major character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars in live-action form. We are also hearing that at least one more well-known filmmaker will be behind the camera this season. Hit the jump for more details.

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Insert Coin Trailer: A Documentary About Midway Games

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There were a pair of video game documentaries set to premiere at SXSW this year: Console Wars, based on the Blake J. Harris book about Sega’s 16-bit battle with Nintendo, and Insert Coin, a documentary about Midway Games, the company behind many legendary arcade games. While the former will arrive on CBS All Access at some point, the latter does not yet have a distributor. Let’s hope that it finds one, however, because the trailer for the movie shows that there are some pretty fun and colourful stories to be told about the development of such ’90s classics as NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat and WWF Wrestlemania. Directed by Joshua Tsui, who worked at Midway in the ’90s and produced the documentary The Lost Arcade, Insert Coin is one upcoming documentary to keep your eye on. Stay tuned to the official site for more info on future screenings; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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The Willoughbys Trailer: A Netflix Animated Movie About Kids Who Want to Get Rid of Their Parents

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Netflix has just released a trailer for an upcoming animated movie called The Willoughbys, based on the 2008 children’s book by Lois Lowry (The Giver). It appears to be riffing on the work of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl (among others) and has a surprisingly dark premise: a group of siblings despise their self-involved parents and try to get rid of them by sending them on an extended vacation. The movie is directed by Kris Pearn (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) and the character designs have a slightly creepy edge courtesy of Craig Kellman (Hotel Transylvania, The Addams Family). The Willoughbys features the voices of Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, Séan Cullen, and Ricky Gervais and it arrives on Netflix on April 22nd. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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I Know This Much is True Trailer Starring Mark Ruffalo

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With films like Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines and The Light Between Oceans under his belt, writer-director Derek Cianfrance has been a filmmaker to watch for a while now. He has been working on a movie called Metalhead for years now but it seems to be stuck in a half-finished state due to both creative and financial reasons. In the meantime, he is turning to television with a limited series coming to HBO next month called I Know This Much is True. The show stars Mark Ruffalo in dual roles as two twin brothers, one of whom is struggling with paranoid schizophrenia. Based on the novel by Wally Lamb, the entire six-episode series is directed by Cianfrance and it premieres on HBO on April 27th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Netflix to Acquire The Lovebirds

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Over the past week or two we’ve seen early VOD announcements for almost all of the major releases that were playing in theatres prior to the coronavirus shutdown including Onward, Birds of Prey, Bloodshot, The Invisible Man and The Hunt. On Friday, Paramount also announced that Sonic the Hedgehog will be hitting digital on March 31st. Now it looks like they will also be involved in the first COVID-19 direct-to-Netflix announcement as well. The studio is reportedly finalizing a deal with Netflix to debut their upcoming Kumail Nanjiani / Issa Rae comedy The Lovebirds. Hit the jump for more details.

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #4: PS5 Deep Dive

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We pore over the technical details revealed during the PS5 Deep Dive video and discuss the Game Developers Choice Awards plus we talk Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Roundguard and The Messenger.

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