Monday, February 27, 2017

March Schedule!

It's March, Snack Packers! JFD Turns 73 years old this month!

As such, we'll be celebrating a little bit of Me-Arch, like we did last year. Each week, each one of us will have our own show, where we pick one of Our Dudes and three of their movies.

Enjoy, Junkies! And enjoy our dudes!

JFD354: Roger Corman Week

  • A Bucket of Blood (1959)
  • The Wild Angels (1966)
  • Frankenstein Unbound (1990)
JFD355: Joss Whedon Week
  • Buffy: "Hush" and "The Body"
  • Serenity (2005)
  • Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog (2008)
JFD356: Werner Herzog Week
  • Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)
  • Burden of Dreams (1982)
  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

Find us in Podcast Town or something in the meantime!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

JFD353: Circuitry Man, Hardware, Firepower

We're locked in the future as another Sci-Fi Ebruary is released into the past. It's true: this Dystopian Action theme show is our final show for this monthlong fictional and scientific journey. But there's always next year, or is there? Well, at least we've got a great guest host to close this one out: director Jason Krawczyk (He Never Died, The Briefcase, Clown Holocaust!)

First up! A confusingly titled, confusingly plotted, and confusingly confusing journey from future Los Angeles to future New York leads to some unexpected activies in 1990's Circuitry Man! It has robot(s)!

Next! Hugely fallen-off director Richard Stanley's widespread acclaims have to be sourced from some film, and it's definitely not his Island of Dr Moreau - could his true virtues be on display in 1990's Hardware? It's certainly got robot(s)!

Finally, we end the show as we end all shows: in a trash-fire ridden future Los Angeles, watching secondrate kickboxing fights from the comfort of The Palace theater's dingy bleachers. It's 1993's Firepower, and I don't think it actually has any robots.

All this plus witty banter between friends, a rollicking discussion in regards to the making of HE NEVER DIED, no news or Blu-ray Picks, continued lack of overt police involvement, sneezes, belches, decrepit erections, gleeks and a whole lot more!


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Got a movie suggestion for the show, want to give your opinion on a movie we talked about or just want to tell us we suck? Drop us a line at JFDPodcast@gmail.com. Or leave us a voicemail: 347-746-JUNK (5865).

Also, if you like the show, please take a minute and subscribe and/or comment on us on iTunes, Stitcher, Blubrry or Podfeed.net. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter! We'll keep the blinds open for your love and support.

Buy on Amazon and Watch Along:
Gums *** Nightdreams (search eBay) *** Night Of The Living Babes
Dead Ringers *** Mirror Images *** Twin Sitters
Hammer *** Every Which Way But Loose *** Matilda
Trancers II *** We Are Still Here *** Robot Wars

Thursday, February 16, 2017

JFD352: Godzilla Raids Again, Godzilla vs. King Ghidora, Final Wars

We pay tribute to the King of the Monsters, Godzilla, this week!

First, Godzilla returns to destroy Japan, and another monster in "Godzilla Raids Again" from 1955.

Next, time traveling robots spark another godzilla attack in 1991's Godzilla vs. King Ghidora.

And, last, It's kaiju vs. mutants vs space aliens in 2004's "Godzilla: Final Wars."

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Got a movie suggestion for the show, want to give your opinion on a movie we talked about or just want to tell us we suck? Drop us a line at JFDPodcast@gmail.com. Or leave us a voicemail: 347-746-JUNK (5865).

Also, if you like the show, please take a minute and subscribe and/or comment on us on iTunes, Stitcher, Blubrry or Podfeed.net. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter! We'll crash the mainframe for your love and support.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

JFD351: Hackers, Double Down, Summer Wars


Break out your 28.8 KBPS modem and your brand new laptop with 4 whole MB of RAM  because it's time to hack the planet!

Up first, Jonny Lee Miller (Sherlock) is a young computer delinquent who moves to NYC and falls in with a group of hacker teens including Matthew Lillard, Laurence Mason and Angelina Jolie. When they uncover a criminal plot by an internet security nerd played by Fisher Stevens their freedom is threatened in the ultra-90's cyber classic(?) Hackers.

Next, we delve even further into the world of vanity film maker Neil Breen with 2005's Double Down. In this low-budget action flick Breen plays a renegade hacker and former soldier hired to to take down the Las Vegas Strip for two months using only his 4 laptops and 3 flip phones. Fueled only by his mistrust of the government and cans of tuna, he's a one man hacking machine.

And finally, we journey to a land of animated hackers in 2009's Summer Wars. This stylish anime, directed by Mamoru Hosoda, blends a colorful cyber battle zone with a grounded and touching family story making for a unique experience even for non-otakus.

All this plus witty banter between friends, Sean doesn't mention La La Land even once, Sci-Fi Super Bowl ads, the early death of the new Jason movie, more on Jackie Chan's Bollywood adventure, hacking memories, Blu-ray Picks, songs computer love, continued lack of overt police involvement, and a whole lot more!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The JFD Videostore is open for business!

It's true, Junk Food Junkies. The future is video. VHS, specifically. As such, we've launched our newest, and greatest endeavor to serve you in the realm of cult movie chats:



The JFD Videostore is your ONLY legal source on YouTube for the following:

  • Occasional appearances from a cohosting ghost
  • A shirt-ripping celebration in defense of the Japanese of this country
  • Donald Trump / Kriss Kross mash-up songs
  • Julian Sands' peen
  • Cocaine-snorting down syndrome kids
  • Men punching mirrors when they're horny 
  • A flagrant disregard for the quality of Corey Feldman films
  • Stunning insights into economic incentives of monkey handlers
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

JFD350: The Twilight Zone!

This week's Junk Food Dinner is special in so many ways: it's our 350th episode! It's the start of Sci-Fi Ebuary! It's a Twilight Zone theme show! A rare TV-based show! And we've got Mike Dikk!

This week is a little different than normal episodes - instead of covering three movies, we'll be discussing eight episodes of a ground-breaking TV series. It’s the original The Twilight Zone!

  • Time Enough at Last (S01E08)
  • The After Hours (S01E34)
  • Nick of Time (S02E07)
  • The Rip Van Winkle Caper (S02E24)
  • Two (S03E01)
  • Shelter (S03E03)
  • Living Doll (S05E06)
  • Uncle Simon (S05E08)


All this plus witty banter between friends, Parker gets all wet in his tennies, going back to the heart of tobacco country, a lonely Cranksgiving, Heath from Dallas, the triumphant return of the boob scale, no news or Blu-ray Picks, continued lack of overt police involvement, sneezes, belches, decrepit erections, gleeks and a whole lot more!


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Got a movie suggestion for the show, want to give your opinion on a movie we talked about or just want to tell us we suck? Drop us a line at JFDPodcast@gmail.com. Or leave us a voicemail: 347-746-JUNK (5865).

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sean Byron's Top 10 of 2016!

Well, it's finally happened. The apocalypse is coming. And what better way to celebrate than to look fondly back on that distant past, the magical and memorable and mystical year of 2016? Here's 40 movies I liked last year, with thoughts on ten of them.

Honorable Mentions

Here's a bunch of movies I liked this year but couldn't fit in. They're pretty much in order of preference, but as always these things are pretty subjective based on the phase of the moon.  

40. Don't Breathe 39. Amanda Knox 38. Eat That Question 37. Cock and Bull 36. Raiders! 35. Swiss Army Man 34. Kicks 33. Paterson 32. De Palma 31. Los Punks 30. Moonlight 29. Tickled 28. Dog Eat Dog 27. Beyond the Gates 26. Hunt for the Wilderpeople 25. Into the Inferno 24. Lo and Behold 23. Ip Man 3 22. Shin Godzilla 21. Weiner 20. Kubo & the Two Strings 19. Autopsy of Jane Doe 18. Nocturnal Animals 17. Jackie 16. Chongqing Hot Pot 15. Certain Women 14. Silence 13. The Handmaiden 12. The 13th 11. The Lobster


Operation Mekong
Dante Lam's shaggy, action-packed war movie is probably a bit more ambitious than it is well-crafted, but it still packs a mean napalm-soaked punch. If John Woo had been working on bigger budget Cannon Films releases in the post-Rambo mid-80s, this movie would be directly ripping it off. But that didn't happen so you should probably just give this a shot instead. It's got some great slow-mo machine-gunning water battles with a ludicrous amounts of bullets expended. It's not high art, but it's a fun time.
Moana
I've got a mixed history with Disney, a company that has produced some of my very favorite things in the world (the charm and physical humor of the Ub Iwerks era Mickey shorts, the fantasy and living set decoration of Disneyland, the Wonderful World of Color), they've also produced a fair load of bullshit: the television wasteland of The Disney Channel, everyone's least favorite Halloween costume-turned-cartoon Frozen, barf-inducing post-Disney Pixar movies, horribly lame and visionless Marvel Universe movies, and what will probably turn out to be the ruination of Star Wars Universe as well (if it wasn't already ruined). But Moana's great! It captures the spirit of classic Disney musical animated features and offers a pleasantly imagined peek into a fantastically fascinating faraway world. I wouldn't have expected the hardest I'd laugh at a movie in 2016 would be at a Disney movie, but that "You're Welcome" song really got me somehow. Also, it wasn't a very funny year in general.

20th Century Women
The kind of warm, revealing, engaging, but hard-to-classify film often given the miserable label of "dramedy", 20th Century Women deserves to sit outside of simple categorization. It's a really nicely rendered look inside a believable family dynamic, with honest looks at middle aged ennui, teen angst, and the complications of sexuality across all ages. Certainly the most honest screenplay I saw this year, with dialogue that felt extremely true to life - Mike Mills really seems to be writing from his own life here. While a lightly comic take on an atypical American family isn't usually something I'd sign up for, the combination of that specific authorial voice, the nicely realized period touches (like the solid early post-punk soundtrack, and 1979 teenage bedrooms), and great performances from a well rounded cast really won me over.
Green Room
I wanna see Jeremy Saulnier have a long, John Carpenter-esque career where he keeps delivering lean and mean genre flicks at us in a classic-banger fashion. Here's to that beautiful dream.
O.J. Made in America
Is this a movie? Well, I saw it at the Laemmle's Music Hall 3 on Wilshire in Beverly Hills - that sturdy stalwart of nondescript art deco movie halls, the kind you find in Los Angeles only after years of staring past it down the block, waiting for a bus, and then the detailed edge work of the building becomes apparent, and you notice the faded old marquee still has current movie titles on it, and the single teenaged employee running snackbar and ticketbooth is actually a real person and not the ghost of cinematic memories past, who directs you to the plush red-upholstered screening room, smelling distinctly of the early nineteen-eighties, where initially you expect you'll enjoy a solo screening for the entire eight and half hour runtime (with ten minutes of trailers and two ten minute intermissions) but at the last minute are surprised to hear the loud, persistent coughs of a single older (seventies) man just one row behind, looking just as skeptical as you are that the entire theatre isn't just a weird lingering memory that doesn't exist in a corporeal sense and may just be prone to sudden vanishing spells but who nonetheless makes it about halfway through the movie before mumbling about a parking ticket after an intermission and leaving through the unusually heavy rain - so I think that qualifies it as a movie. It's a great movie.
The Love Witch
I love that Witch! Practically pulsating with poppy period presentation, this felt like a weirdly original way to do a throw-back flick, which are more and more common these days. It works on both a surface level pseudothriller, as a tongue-mostly-in-cheek send-up of them, and also on a third level as a stoned-out feminist kill-mantra. Be careful watching this in publicly monitored spaces.


The Neon Demon
Whenever people say "it's not for everyone, but I like it", it can seem like a weird humblebrag about having "unusual" tastes. That said, I like this Neon Demon, even if it's not for everyone. This may also be the most "big screen required" movie I saw in 2016. Even though it's not a big budget action movie, wasn't shot on IMAX, and barely got a wide release, this was one I was extremely pleased to have seen theatrically rather than at home. The element of having half the crowd freak out and walk out might have been part of the fun, but the kaleidoscopic collision of neon imagery and the Martinez soundtrack was so immersive projected on that huge silver slab. Having only seen it once so far, it's actually the kind of movie that I could see jumping up or dropping down in the rankings based on a second viewing, but that's something I'll have to find out for myself the next time it plays town.
The Wailing
In a year where several very good Asian films got (limited) American theatrical releases (and in a year where Asia got (wide) releases of very bad American films), The Wailing stood out. Memorable characters, just on the edge of comedic quirkiness but not enough to undercut the horror, help to draw you into the mystery unfolding in rural South Korea. Na Hong-jin's clever blend of police procedural and exorcism flick is full of surprises, and provides a great entry point to recent Korean genre cinema.
Arrival
Slower paced science fiction on the order of 2001 can be a fertile ground for social commentary, and there's plenty of that on the periphery of Arrival, with world leaders failing to reach simple compromises to maintain order when an alien species first make contact. Perhaps the big revelation here though is Amy Adams, who has been on a hot streak lately but really does a great job with her character here, striking a perfect balance of warm reliability and intelligent authority in a role that isn't often given to women in Hollywood's current climate. Jeremy Renner's not bad, either! And the cinematographer here should be commemoratively bronzed and hung on a wall after his death. See it!
La La Land
This is a movie that's been endlessly discussed (on Junk Food Dinner and elsewhere), but it certainly struck a chord with me in a way no other movies in 2016 did. While some of the backlash criticisms seem silly and overreaching to me (ascribing whitesplaining/mansplaining issues to this is one of the rare cases where even I get a tinge of 'the SJW blues'), I can see the point in others; specifically, this is a film heavily concerned with nostalgia, which is at best a masturbatory pursuit and sometimes can be an actively destructive force. If you're the type of moviegoer who has a gut aversion to nostalgia, it's going to be a hard sell. But it's the way in which Damien Chazelle marries modern filmmaking techniques with a golden age aesthetic that validates his exercise in historical romanticization. Were this film not so dizzyingly well-executed, with pitch-perfect editing, beautifully staged and photographed sequences, and remarkably evocative costuming, it could feel like a lame duck attempt to replicate something that was special for the time, but weirdly anachronistic now. Gosling and Stone's performances, particular in single-take scenes requiring them to sing, dance, and play piano in cheat-preventing close-ups, only help to draw the viewer into Chazelle's fantasy world. The result, even after four screenings, had me intermittently grinning and tearing up consistently throughout the entire runtime. And while there might but not a whole lot of social relevance, or mind-blowing new concepts on display in La La Land, as a pure experience, a blending of images and sounds in sequence, it cannot be topped this year.

Friday, January 27, 2017

JFD349: Barbara Crampton interview and We Are Still Here, Robot Wars, Trancers 2

Hey, Junkies! We're back with a whole show dedicated to one of our favorite actresses, Barbara Crampton! And, as the cherry on the sundae, we're joined by Barbara herself to discuss her career, her films with Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs, Beyond the Gates and ... La La Land!

First, A couple moves into an old house after the death of their son. But is he still there? Or is it something more evil? In "We Are Still Here."

Next, Barbara plays an archaeologist searching old Fox Theatres for relics of the past. And there's robots for some reason in the Albert Band Full Moon flick, "Robot Wars."

Finally, Barbara makes a cameo appearance in "Trancers 2." In this Charles Band Full Moon flick, Jack Deth returns to deal with more space vampires.


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Time Stamps: Barbara Crampton Interview: 8m, We Are Still Here review: 55m, Robot Wars review: 1hr12m, Trancers 2 review: 1hr31m.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

JFD's Sci Fi Ebruary Movie Schedule

Hey, Junkies. Sci Fi Ebruary is upon us again, so strap on your tin-foil hat and hop in your flying car. Where we're going we don't need roads!

This year, we're dedicating a week to those things that aren't traditionally movies -- TV shows! With a full Twilight Zone episode where we'll review 8 episodes of the show, all chosen by Mike Dikk of VRTL Pros and Kissing Contest.

Also, we'll be joined on an episode by special guest, writer/director of "He Never Died," Jason Krawczyk!

JFD350: Twilight Zone Week w/ Mike Dikk

  • Time Enough at Last (S01E08)
  • The After Hours (S01E34)
  • Nick of Time (S02E07)
  • The Rip Van Winkle Caper (S02E24)
  • Two (S03E01)
  • Shelter (S03E03)
  • Living Doll (S05E06)
  • Uncle Simon (S05E08)
JFD351: Hackers/Computers Week
  • Hackers (1995)
  • Double Down (2005)
  • Summer Wars (2009)
JFD352: Godzilla Week
  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
  • Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
  • Shin Godzilla (2016)
JFD353: Dystopian Action Week w/ Jason Krawczyk
  • Circuitry Man (1990)
  • Hardware (1990)
  • Firepower (1993)


Thursday, January 19, 2017

JFD348: Hammer, Every Which Way But Loose, Matilda

Well, tap your nose and call me Mills Lane, because it's Boxing Week here at JFD headquarters. It's a pugilist picture party here as we study the sweet science. Lace up those gloves, strap on those boots, and get in the ring with your Junk Food Dinner pals this week as we check out three punch-related picks. Let's get it on!

First up! We take a look at the movie that gave Fred “The Hammer” Williamson his nickname, an early blaxploitation classic that follows the rise of a mafia-backed dock-worker turned boxer in a seedy 1972 Los Angeles. It’s Hammer!

The San Fernando Valley was different in 1978. People drove 1940’s pick-up trucks, tended to livestock, and participated in line-dancing. All this while escaping biker gangs on the run with an orangutan. At least, that’s the story told by Clint Eastwood’s Every Which Way But Loose!

For reasons that are unclear, our final selection is part Kangaroo Boxing sports drama, part mafia picture, and part McDonald’s commercial. When a mysterious Irishman arrives in 1978 New York City with his rabbit-punching marsupial, Eliot Gould sees dollar signs in the knockouts and books a series of matches, leading to a thrillingly long-winded final match! It’s Matilda!

All this plus witty banter between friends, speaking of ghost circuses, them news and Blu-ray Picks, continued lack of overt police involvement, sneezes, belches, decrepit erections, gleeks and a whole lot more!


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Got a movie suggestion for the show, want to give your opinion on a movie we talked about or just want to tell us we suck? Drop us a line at JFDPodcast@gmail.com. Or leave us a voicemail: 347-746-JUNK (5865).

Also, if you like the show, please take a minute and subscribe and/or comment on us on iTunes, Stitcher, Blubrry or Podfeed.net. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter! We'll parachute into a Holyfield match for your love and support.

Buy on Amazon and Watch Along:
Gums *** Nightdreams (search eBay) *** Night Of The Living Babes
Dead Ringers *** Mirror Images *** Twin Sitters
Hammer *** Every Which Way But Loose *** Matilda
Trancers II *** We Are Still Here *** Robot Wars