Training Day is best remembered as the movie that finally won Denzel an Oscar for Best Actor, but it also helped elevate the careers of both director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter David Ayer (Ayer was directing movies himself just a few years later). It was a commercial success for Warner Brothers and has remained in the cultural conversation over the years, even spawning a short-lived TV series starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell in 2017. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we are hearing this week that the studio is looking to return to the world of Training Day once again in the form of a prequel. Hit the jump for the full rundown.
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With the Pirates of the Caribbean series seemingly on its last legs, Disney is now turning to another classic theme park attraction to launch a new live-action movie franchise. Jungle Cruise is one of the original Disneyland attractions and remains popular today, known for its dated story and corny sense of humour. The original ride was inspired by movies like The African Queen, but now director Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, Non-Stop) is bringing it back to the big screen and updating it for modern audiences. Dwayne Johnson plays a riverboat captain while Emily Blunt is an explorer who enlists his help. There is definitely a bit of a Romancing the Stone vibe here, but mostly it fits the tone of your typical lighthearted, family-friendly Disney blockbuster. Jungle Cruise hits theatres on July 23rd; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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Ang Lee’s sci-fi thriller Gemini Man leads this week’s line-up of new theatrical releases, although despite being a big budget Will Smith action movie it does not pose much of a threat to Joker. MGM’s animated take on The Addams Family is also in wide release this weekend, looking to capitalize on the Hotel Transylvania audience, while the A.I. comedy Jexi starring Adam DeVine will likely struggle to get noticed. In select theatres, we have one of the year’s best reviewed films, Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite, along with the political mockumentary Mister America starring Tim Heidecker and the zombie comedy Little Monsters (which is also debuting on Hulu). What will you be watching this weekend?
Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw has been adapted for the screen multiple times over the past century, most notably as Jack Clayton’s 1961 classic The Innocents. Netflix and Mike Flanagan’s upcoming follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House series will also be based on this gothic novella, but before that DreamWorks and Amblin are releasing a new feature film version called simply The Turning. Mackenzie Davis plays a woman hired to look after two disturbed orphans at a mysterious estate in Maine where not all is as it seems. Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) play the creepy kids. Veteran music video director Floria Sigismondi is at the helm, so at the very least the movie should deliver some unique imagery within an otherwise familiar setting. The Turning hits theatres on Jan. 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Although it was officially announced back in August, this week we’ve finally got our first bit of major casting news for the long-awaited fourth Matrix movie. At the time, it was confirmed that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss would be returning to reprise their roles while Laurence Fishburne would not. However, there has been speculation that Morpheus might be recast and now that speculation is intensifying with the addition of the first new cast member. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
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With the movie set to premiere this week at the BFI London Film Festival, Netflix has released the first trailer for Wash Westmoreland’s upcoming thriller Earthquake Bird. Based on the novel by Susanna Jones, the story is set in 1989 Tokyo and revolves around a young woman who gets caught in a love triangle with a local photographer and is suspected of murder when her friend goes missing. Westmoreland has directed a handful of acclaimed films including Still Alice, which won Julianne Moore an Oscar, but the real draw here is the lead performances by Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough. Naoki Kobayashi and Jack Huston also co-star. Earthquake Bird arrives on Netflix on Nov. 15th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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0:00 – Intro: The Seaway Saga Continues, Patreon Discussion
45:35 – Review: Joker
1:17:25 – Other Stuff We Watched: One Cut of the Dead, Psycho, American Psycho, The Bouncer, The Boys, Diego Maradona, Frat House, Pledge Night, Life, Rambo: Last Blood, Ad Astra, The Stand, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant, The Vineyard, Jennifer’s Body, Ginger Snaps, The Shallows, The Black Cat, The Raven, Murders in the Zoo, Psycho II, Final Destination Series, Piranha 3D, I Walked With a Zombie
2:01:55 – Outro
2:14:25 – Spoiler Discussion: Joker
3:14:15 – Spoiler Review: One Cut of the Dead
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Many of you have been asking about this for quite a while now, but this week we are excited to announce that (surprise!) Film Junk has officially joined Patreon. For those who are unaware, Patreon is a site that allows fans to support independent creators directly in exchange for various perks and rewards. After giving it a lot of thought, we decided to take the plunge and came up with a plan that will help offset some of the general operating costs of the podcast (hosting fees, movie tickets, and yes, gas money) while also offering some decent extra value to our most dedicated listeners. We know that a lot of you out there want to help support the show but we haven’t really given you a lot of ways to do that. This will hopefully fix that.
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After John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum delivered the biggest box office numbers and the best reviews of the series so far, it seemed pretty clear that the franchise was not going to remain a trilogy for long. In addition to the inevitable John Wick: Chapter 4, we’ve been hearing about a potential TV show based around The Continental hotel as well. However, it would appear there are even more John Wick-related stories to be told. This week we have word that the world will expand even further with the announcement of a spin-off feature called Ballerina. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
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With director Sam Mendes recently making some press appearances to promote his upcoming WWI film 1917, it has been revealed that the entire movie will be shot and edited to look like one continuous take. Obviously this kind of thing has been done before (and long takes in general have been quite popular as of late), but we may not have seen it applied at this scale. Mendes reunited with Skyfall cinematographer Roger Deakins to make it happen and it will be very interesting to see what they come up with. A new trailer for the movie has arrived online this week and although it isn’t a single shot trailer, it certainly hints at the immersive potential of the technique. 1917 stars George Mackay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Richard Madden and Benedict Cumberbatch and it hits theatres on Dec. 25th; check out the new trailer below and let us know what you think.
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Well if it wasn’t initially billed as a Star Trek: The Next Generation sequel, it kinda feels like one now after CBS unveiled a brand new trailer for Star Trek: Picard at the New York Comic Con over the weekend. There are a lot of familiar faces here, although obviously the movie is not about the episodic adventures aboard a starship but rather something “slower, more lyrical and character-based.” The show is set twenty years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis and one of the most intriguing things is that it offers glimpses of what life is like back on Earth at the end of the 24th century. The NYCC panel also revealed an official premiere date of January 23rd. Star Trek: Picard arrives on CBS All Access in the U.S. and the CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada, while it will stream internationally on Amazon Prime. Check out the latest trailer below and let us know what you think.
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It was serious business for Warner Brothers at the box office over the weekend as Joker rode controversy and curiosity to a $93 million opening weekend. That is the biggest debut ever in the month of October, beating the previous record held by Venom by approximately $13 million. It is also the fourth largest start for an R-rated movie, but perhaps even crazier is the fact that it is almost equivalent to what Justice League made on its opening weekend back in 2017. Joker also added $140 million internationally. In second place, Abominable dropped 42% to take $12 million in its second weekend while Downton Abbey added another $8 million. Hustlers and It Chapter Two rounded out the top 5. Judy remained in seventh place after a significant expansion but the biggest surprise in the top 10 was the Indian action-thriller War, which opened with $1.6 million from just over 300 theatres.
1. Joker — $93.5M
2. Abominable — $12M
3. Downton Abbey — $8M
4. Hustlers — $6.3M
5. It Chapter Two — $5.4M
6. Ad Astra — $4.6M
7. Judy — $4.4M
8. Rambo: Last Blood — $3.6M
9. War — $1.6M
10. Good Boys — $0.9M