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Junk Food Dinner is a weekly podcast devoted to cult films, sci-fi, horror movies and everything weird and wild about the cinematic art form. Your three hilarious and good-looking hosts each pick a movie and then argue about why we did or did not like them.

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    10. TIE: "How to be a Man" / "X-Men: Days of Future Past" / "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods"

    I usually like to keep my lists tight as a pair of Chucks and not do include ties or honorable mentions, but I've been switching these three excruciatingly different movies around like a shell game on my Top Movies List for about 6 months and I can't decide which I like best, as I like them in pretty different ways.

    "How to be a Man" is written and produced by Vice Magazine founder Gavin McInnes ("A Million in the Morning") and concerns a middle-aged dying comedian who makes a video about how to be a man for his unborn baby he'll never meet. It's low-budget and works in a guerrilla-like way to play to its strengths and cover up its weaknesses with hilarious performances from McInnes and super fox Megan Neuringer. Regardless of whether you or I agree with everything (or anything) McInnes says IRL, the truth of this movie is that all our lives would be significantly better if we were born with a video telling us how to buy drugs, how to win fights and how to eat pussies.

    "X-Men" is a movie that kicked my teeth in for not really ever caring about the X-Men. I find most of the other movies mediocre, I never got into the comics and a cross-over time travel tale set in the '60s seemed like a clusterfuck. But, it was pretty rad. Casting A-List actors like Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence for a summer blockbuster is a sure way to kick things up and there's about three Final Destination-esque scenes where superhero mutants get slaughtered like they're storming Stalingrad.

    "Dragon Ball Z"'s first movie in like 15 years prompted me to go to the theater purely out of nostalgia, but made laugh out loud more than any other movie this year. There's something inherently funny about the God of Destruction politely asking for a second helping of pudding. Also, that animation was intense on a big screen.

    9. "Nightcrawler"
    Jake Gyllenhaal gives a career-defining performance that, sadly, probably won't win any Oscars because it's in a really dark movie where he doesn't help a white authority figure get over a speech impediment or whatever dumb horseshit the Oscars care about. This movie is about the dark side of ambition and the violent side of Aspergers (maybe). It also makes Los Angeles seem like a real place where real people live (and die horrifically) and not just a series of beaches and palm trees surrounded by Heather Locklears.

    8. "Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo"
    I don't even particularly like anime, but I have two anime movies on this list, so maybe I should become a redditor or something, I guess. We talked about The first movie in this series a while back on the show and Mark and I both loved it, which is such a rare thing that that in itself should sell you on how awesome these movies are. A young boy and his school-age chums pilot monster robots to save Tokyo from Kaiju monsters that are also Christian angels. It's pretty weird and intense and nihilistic and depressing and the animation is top-notch. This third film jumps ahead a few years to a time when everyone failed and the world has basically ended. It's the most intimate and character-driven of the three and without a doubt the most ghoulish.

    7. "Blue Ruin"
    Like I said on the new episode, Revenge movies have been around awhile and it's pretty fashionable nowadays for the revenge-getter to have a particular set of skills that make them the Superman of Revenge. And that's fine. I like those movies. But Blue Ruin takes revenge back to the days of "Death Wish" or "I Spit on Your Grave," where the revenge-getter is just some schlub with nothing left to lose and is fueled by anger and a (perhaps misguided) desire to settle a score. This movie is anchored by an awesome performance by Macon Blair and a deliberate pace that never rushes anything.

    6. "The Guest"

    We talked about this on the show recently, too, on Episode 241 and I think, somehow, I liked it more than any of us. I went into the film curious, but with my grumpy arms folded because I don't like Adam Wingard's previous "You're Next" and I downright HATE his "A Horrible Way to Die." But I think I was sold on this movie no more than 12 minutes in. It's got a beautiful early Carpenter/Neo Noir feel to it, an insane soundtrack and the best dangerous sociopath performance since "American Psycho." The character of David is complex, scary, warm, funny and intimidating, often all at the same time. The end gets a little wonky and maybe there's a missed note here or there, but it doesn't really hinder my actual enjoyment of the movie.

    5. "Cheap Thrills"

    Yet another movie we did on the show and we talked about our Top 5 on this week's episode, so I'll keep these short. This movie bends and breaks genre boundaries and is brought to life perfectly by great direction from a first-timer and a cast at the top of their game. Who would have thought 2014 would belong to Pat Healy and Ethan Embry? Healy stars in this, possible best true horror movie of the year — "Starry Eyes," and has a role in "Captain America: Winter Soldier," while Embry's in this, "The Guest" and the under-the radar werewolf flick "Late Phases."

    4. "Guardians of the Galaxy"
    Everybody loves this. It is perfect.

    3. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
    A perfect yin to the Guardians' yang. Despite certainly being a fun summer blockbuster, there are no fuzzy stuffed animals in this movie. Guardians is a escape from reality and Captain America shoves the reality of war, spying, Big Brother, global terrorism and Scarlett Johannson's hotness right into your face. (Although, sure, in a blockbuster kind of way, it's not The Hurtlocker or whatever). Captain America is my favorite superhero and I'm certain this movie led him to being a lot of other peoples' too.

    2. Boyhood
    As a Richard Linklater fan, I was genetically predisposed to like this. Although, I assume everyone who has ever lived a day on Earth is probably going to like this, too.

    1. Gone Girl

    David Fincher makes the tiniest things look like atomic bombs. There's a scene in this movie where a cop sticks a post-it note on something and it made me sweat like that Key & Peele sketch. I was jumping in my seat when Ben Affleck would get text messages like they were cats on the Nostromo. Affleck preparing to talk to a Nancy Grace clone shook me to my core like I was watching Sarah Connor preparing to fight the T-800.

    Well, that's my Top 10. Through the year, I was ranking all the movies I like on Letterboxd because my love of movies is only exceeded by my love of making lists. So if you're interested in my Top 50, it exists.

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    2014 was a strange but exciting year for movies, in my opinion. This is the first year in recent memory where I enjoyed several summer blockbusters just as much as a lot of the culty low-budget kickstarter and VOD releases (that were outstanding as well). As always, this list represents the small fraction of films I actually saw this year, so I'm sure there are many flicks that came out this year that I haven't caught yet that would wind up on this list if I were to go back and reevaluate it in a few months. Nevertheless, it was a great year at the movies, so without further adieu, here are the 10 I enjoyed the most this past year:

    10. Nurse 3D (d: Douglas Aarniokoski)

    I am so glad that they are still making movies like Nurse 3D in 2014.  Douglas Aarniokoski's ultra-sleazy tale of a psychotic, methodical, murderous nurse (played to perfection by the sultry, boozy and almost-always-nude Paz De la Huerta) who obsesses over and stalks the lovely Katrina Bowden (who, in my opinion, between this and Tucker & Dale vs Evil is poised to become one of this decade's finest scream queens) is a gory, late-night cult film lover's dream from beginning to end. Plus it is in 3D!!!  One of my biggest regrets of 2014 is not catching this in 3D in theaters one late evening, but the blu-ray is a fine consolation for some schlocky midnight viewing.

    9. The Grand Budapest Hotel (d: Wes Anderson)
    I'm sorry, I like Wes Anderson films. You know what, fuck it, I'm not sorry. The Grand Budapest Hotel to be charming and a lot of fun to watch.
    Wes Anderson makes beautifully shot, well-written movies with terrific ensemble casts that are touching and exciting. I get that some people find his whimsical style a bit over-the-top and precious but at least he has a distinct style all his own and I found

    8. Whiplash (d: Damien Chazelle)
    My girlfriend and I are both drummers, so I guess I'm a bit predisposed to enjoy a film that is all about drumming but I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this flick. J.K. Simmons is absolutely terrifying as an overzealous jazz music instructor who pushes the young Miles Teller beyond his capabilities to bring out the best in him. The film also leaves the viewer questioning their own work ethic and I found myself contemplating where my abilities as a drummer and as a person may have ended up if I had a mentor that was as harsh and driven as Simmons.

    7. Cheap Thrills (d: E.L. Katz)
    Cheap Thrills is a cool movie. The story of a down-on-his-luck schlub (Pat Healy) who finds himself on an increasingly intense night out with an old friend (Ethan Embry) and a kooky wealthy couple (David Koechner and Sara Paxton) who continuously pit Healy and Embry against each other in a series of bizarre dares for cash is endlessly entertaining until the bitter end. Plus as stated on the show, the use of Agent Orange's classic punk anthem "Blood Stains" over the end credits is the perfect punctuation mark on this insane ride.

    6. Cold in July (d: Jim Mickle)
    It's amazing to me that Joe R. Lansdale's 1989 crime novel Cold in July hadn't been adapted to the big screen until now. However, I am very pleased with the results as Jim Mickle does a great job of bringing the tension of this story to life about a mild-mannered husband and father (the always excellent Micahel C. Hall), who kills an intruder in his home, only to be thrust into a mysterious and tangled web of crime and deceit. Throw in additional stellar performances by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson and Cold in July proves itself to be exactly the kind of thriller you enjoy coming back to for repeat viewings.

    5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (d: Matt Reeves)
    As a huge fan of the original Planet of the Apes series of films I have been very skeptical of this new
    batch of Apes flicks. Considering most remakes and reboots basically suck and they already tried to reboot the series with Tim Burton to lackluster results, I had my reservations about this new series. I enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes alright, but I was quite pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the follow up Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. When the film first started I was immediately nervous by the presence of an all-CGI cast of apes that we were expected to connect with. "How are they going to make this work?" I thought. Well, to my surprise, not only did it work but the amount of emotion and personality conveyed through these cartoon monkeys was frankly outstanding. Plus, you've got apes on horseback firing machine guns, for Christ's sake. How much more can you ask for?

    4. Blue Ruin (d: Jeremy Saulnier)
    When you think of stylized revenge flicks, the first thing to come to mind is often creatively-lit shots of badasses spouting one-liners right before popping a cap in some villains ass, but what makes Blue Ruin so special is the how much it is not that. Jeremy Saulnier's low-budget tale of a man (Macon Blair) who has been devastated by his parents' murder only to seek revenge when he hears their killer has been released from prison is stark and realistic. It's a very accurate portrayal of what may actually happen if an inexperienced and damaged soul attempted to exact revenge like those in the movies. Add a terrific supporting cast and a great soundtrack, including an excellent use of Little Willie John's "No Regrets" and Blue Ruin may be the best revenge picture to come out this decade.

    3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (d: Alejandro González Iñárritu)
    I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I went and saw Birdman this year. I had seen some of Alejandro González Iñárritu's previous films such as Amores Perros and Babel and was intrigued to see how he would tackle a spoof on comic-book action stars. So, while this movie was less of a spoof on comic characters and more an artsy look at a man (Michael Keaton in his best role in years) struggling to remain relevant , it still managed to be one of the best written and best shot movies of the year by far. In addition to Keaton absolutely killing it, we get tremendous performances by Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis and Naomi Watts as well as a great soundtrack of jazz drumming (much like Whiplash) and some of the most creative camera work of 2014.

    2.The Raid 2(d: Gareth Evans)
    The Raid was hands down one of the best action/martial arts movies of the 21st century, if not ever. So, when I heard that they were making a sequel I thought "Good luck, it's going to be next to impossible to top that first one". Yet, somehow, Gareth Evans managed to raise the bar on everything that made the first one great. More complex and intense fight scenes, more plot and character development, more gore and bloodshed and even more stylized camera work and cinematography. I was lucky enough to catch The Raid 2 in theaters during it's brief wide release. I realize a 2+ hour foreign language sequel to a movie not many people saw is a hard sell, but it's a bummer not more people took a chance on this in theaters because it truly was one of the most thrilling movie-going experiences I have had in a long time.

    1. Guardians of the Galaxy (d: James Gunn)
    If you're surprised that this Marvel summer blockbuster is my top pick for the year, I'm right there with you. I had heard good things about this but went into it not expecting much as I'm typically not a fan of these comic book movies, but the fact that James Gunn (who directed one of my favorite films of the last decade Super) was at the helm, gave me hope that this could be enjoyable. But goddamn, this thing blew me away. It was so fun, so well done, so funny, so touching, looked so cool and the soundtrack kicked so much ass, there was no way I couldn't have fallen in love. This movie is insanely rewatchable and gets better and better with each new viewing. I want to watch this all the time. I want to listen to the soundtrack constantly. I want the action figures. I want the t-shirts. This move made me feel like a kid again and is the most fun I've had with a movie in a very, very long time.

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    Junk Food Dinner's back, this time with less hair!

    First, the law student/under-age hooker vigilante, Angel, is back to get the gang who shot her friend in 1985's "Avenging Angel." Writer/Director Robert Vincent O'Neill returns, but Betsy Russell (the "Saw" movies, "Cheerleader Camp") plays Angel this time.

    Next, after being falsely accused of murder, a man uncovers a deep conspiracy in 1978's "Blue Sunshine." Jeff Lieberman ("Remote Control") directs this trippy, mystery proto-slasher.

    Finally, a hard-drinking southern belle searches for a sugar daddy to save her family's diner in "Six Pack Annie" from 1975.

    All this plus witty banter between friends, banana peels, hair cut stories, birthdays, mouth-watering pull quotes, DVDs, Nerd News, popular podcast names. And so much more!

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  • 01/12/15--12:34: Sean's Top 10 Movies of 2014
  • As with every year, I regret not putting more time in on my couch or at the theater watching new movies. Until the second half of the year, I was under the impression we were in a very weak year for movies, until I started my scramble to catch up. While I've still got many flicks I've yet to see for the year (Foxcatcher, Whiplash, Goodbye to Language, Winter Kill, Cold in July, Housebound and many more), below is the best of what I did manage to catch up with.

    10. Edge of Tomorrow
    Easily the biggest surprise of 2014 for me, I never expected the combination of Doug Liman and Tom Cruise to yield something this exciting and fresh. Having seen Cruise in MI4, I wasn't surprised he still had the ability at his age to be a believable action star, but I was surprised that the novelty of the Live/Die/Repeat videogame aspect of the plot was mined so effectively in service of its many plot twists.

    9. Interstellar
    Although a little of the shine wore off on a second viewing, I'm still vastly impressed by some of the sequences in Chris Nolan's ode to Kubrick's 2001 and Dust Bowl Americana sentimentalism. Carried largely by another great performance from Matthew McConaughey and an admirably large-scale effects budget, the script does venture into incredulity from time to time, but not enough to greatly hinder the experience of seeing this projected on film on a huge screen.

    8. Jodorowsky’s Dune
    A great documentary in a year of several, this one tops the rest of them for me based on the heart of its central protagonist. While it does a great job to chronicle the history of this doomed film project, and does even more to help you imagine what kind of amazing the end result could be, for me the greatest joy in this film is just seeing how the whole process of the film falling apart was not viewed as a failure by Jodorowsky, but rather an opportunity for other artists to develop into forces of their own. If you're ever doubting the transcendent power of art, this is the documentary to help you reaffirm your faith.

    7. Obvious Child
    It's rare for modern comedies to make a lasting impression on me, but then again it's rare for the central theme of a comedy to be a woman struggling with her choice to abort an unwanted pregnancy. Jenny Slate's breakthrough performance is something every other podcast is talking about (as they're all hosted by standing up comedians), but it's actually something worth talking about. Rarely does a film tackle a serious subject like this without hitting all of the contrived, formulaic beats already established, but Obvious Child manages to pull that off and be funny while doing so.

    6. Cheap Thrills
    A beautiful little self-contained weird odyssey of a film, I was entranced by the way E.L. Katz's directorial debut kept elevating the stakes in a way that was simultaneously outlandish and believable, while balancing an unusual tone of comedy and true menace. This is another film in which a simple premise is really exploited to its full extent, and in this case, for minimal resources.

    5. Coherence
    Even smaller in scope than Cheap Thrills, here is a movie that was filmed for "basically free" at the home of the director and with a cast of actor friends over a few nights. Based on any scale, the results here are impressive, but based on that scale I'm a little bit blown away by James Ward Byrkit, another first time director, and his sense of economy. This is an eye-openingly existential sci-fi thriller with some genuinely scary moments, and one not worth spoiling plot-wise.

    4. Blue Ruin
    Understated and realistic in its approach to the violent outbursts the central protagonist often finds himself thrust into, this crime thriller proves again that alternative funding methods (ie, Kickstarter) can provide a great avenue for legitimately good movies to be made, even if it also means wading through a bunch of your stoner high-school friends Facebook invitations to fund their Reggae/Jazz/Doo-wop fusion record. Stylized direction, a great central performance, and an engaging revenge tale meld together for something truly memorable. This movie's sound is also killer (and features absolutely zero of your buddy's doo-wop).

    3. Under the Skin
    This year's surrealist breakout, I tend to think this film would have gotten none of the press it has without the involvement of one ScarJo, despite its many other merits. That said, I'm pleased she was able to bring a higher profile to this movie, which has a uniquely detached and cool approach to a Species-like Alien femme fatale plot. The inclusion of Lynchian elements such as a real-life Elephant Man, engaged in a love scene with our lead, really highlight the bold choices she's been making lately (even when they don't pan out exactly (looking at you, Lucy)).

    2. Nightcrawler
    What the hell is going on with first-time directors in 2014? Dan Gilroy knocks it out of the park here with his debut, a dark update on Chinatown and a half dozen other LA neo-noirs, with elements of Network and other social commentary dramas. Tonally perfect, with razor-sharp cynicism and a Patrick Bateman-esque turn by Jake Gyllenhaal as a sociopathic overachiever emblematic of the modern American myth of success over compassion. And the film's strict adherence to real geography almost make me think Gilroy had seen the complaints registered in the documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself (now on Netflix!) and set up to right the geographic wrongs instilled in most LA-set movies.

    1. Boyhood
    It's hard to say much about this movie that hasn't already been said, but that won't be enough to stop me (or many others in the future). Richard Linklater's latest is a triumph of course in terms of technical ambition, but the end result is just too good to believe, based on any shooting timetable. Effortless, honest, engaging, and enlightening, this film is a culmination of all of the good traits I've observed in his other work into just about the most ideal package I think he'd be able to deliver. Although, as he surprised me so much with this picture, I'll be sure to leave room open for another surprise.  In the meantime, I can't think of another movie from 2014 I'm more excited to rewatch. 

    Honorable Mentions:
    Even without seeing nearly as many 2014 flicks as I'd hoped, I somehow ended up with a large pool of flicks I had shortlisted for my top 10 that I just couldn't squeeze in. This was largely due to the sizable pool of great recommendations I was able to glean from the other JFD hosts and fans. These are all definitely movies that may have in another year ended up in the final ten:

    • Snowpiercer
    • twohundredfiftysixcolors
    • I Am Divine
    • Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
    • Listen Up Philip
    • White Bird in a Blizzard
    • The Guest
    • Gone Girl
    • Guardians of the Galaxy

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    We explore the 70s this week with 3 wacky movies about everyone's favorite decade where the American Dream died a slow death.

    First, a foxy young stewardess with a black belt in karate has boyfriends in Miami, NYC, Dallas and LA. How does she juggle them all? And how sexy are the results? We find out in 1973's "SuperChick." John Carradine shows up briefly as an old pervert who's into bondage, so watch out for that.

    Next, James Taylor, his stoner mechanic and a hitchhiker hit the open road in "Two Lane Blacktop" from 1971. Warren Oates shows up as a habitual liar and challenges the trio to a race across Route 66. The flick is directed by Monte Hellman of "Silent Night Deadly Night 3" fame.

    Finally, Shakespeare's MacBeth gets updated to be about a hamburger joint in 1970's Pennsylvania in "Scotland, PA." Christopher Walken is a detective, Amy Smart and Andy Dick are witchy hippies and murder and madness taint the entire diner.

    All this plus witty banter between friends, Nerd News, Sad Nerd News, our Junky DVD picks for the week, Sean slowly disperses his Arizona secrets, The Holy Trinity of JFD Callers, Parker feeling #Blessed that Kevin makes him feel not-alone in disliking a movie and so much more!

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    I’m Jason and I co-host Parker’s other podcast, Pool Party Radio.
    I saw 11 movies in 2014. Here are 10 of them:

    1. Captain America: Winter Soldier
    This film is as good as a filmic version of a comic book’s take on shadow governments can get. It’s entertaining enough, if you’re still on board with comic book movies saturating the subculture-audience market. The ending culminates with a flying battleship collapsing in the middle of D.C., for which no one takes responsibility since everyone who would be responsible goes into hiding (also, I don’t know if destroying D.C. is some sort of Marvel-vs.-DC inside joke). I still don’t know what to make of that fucking ending.

    2. Boyhood
    Richard Linklater’s epic that covers segments of a young boy’s life over twelve years, from age 6 to 18, and sometimes Ethan Hawke shows up to take him bowling or something. I dunno; It’s a Linklater film with an unique concept, so you’ll either praise it as a masterpiece or deride it as some novelty. My main gripe is that the music selection is horrible, and if you don’t believe me, then please try to sit through the title sequence without groaning.

    3. Wild
    Reese Witherspoon’s character has lost her mother, so she spends a year-and-a-half mourning the loss by introducing herself to heroin, fucking a bunch of exploitative, Patrick-Batemen-looking strangers in alleys and hotel rooms, and insulting her accessible mental health professional for not having a chaise lounge like the therapists on TV. When she finds herself pregnant and decides to get an abortion, it is then when she decides to turn her life around by hiking northbound on the Pacific Crest Trail over three months. I guess it’s possible that we all are capable of dealing with grief in this or a similarly self-destructive and then later self-explorative way, but — I don’t know how to finish this thought without coming off as a judgmental asshole, so I’ll just leave it as a gorgeously shot and uplifting story, which I’m sure was the goal. If anything, I hope this movie’s messages about self-determination to get clean and its encouragement to enjoy nature are of interest to viewers.

    4. Lego Movie
    “It’s a movie-length commercial for Legos” is how every dullard dismissed this bright and refreshing film. Lego Movie is pop art at it’s finest: it is self-aware while glowing. It makes jokes at the fact that the entire design of this feature length movie is about a goddamn toy line, and yes, after the story is told and the messages about creativity, individuality, and cooperation are delivered, you indeed have paid for and watched an hour-and-a-half of product placement, you fucking ninny, so pat yourself on the back for knowing a feature length advertisement when you see it, but shame on you if that’s all you got from this gorgeously animated gem.

    5. Grand Budapest Hotel
    It’s a Wes Anderson movie, so expect doll-house loads of whimsy. The film utilizes a couple of Anderson’s growing tool box of tricks, from setting the story in a fictional place and time that is somehow familiar to our universe to mixing new wave cinema sensibilities with unexpected uses of animation as well as cartoonish characters. Basically, this film feels like a children’s book at times, and if you don’t believe me, then check out at Adrian Brodie’s character’s fucking eccentric look and provide a better explanation of what they modeled it after. This director also did a heartfelt film adaptation of The Fantastic Mr. Fox, for fuck’s sake, so it’s not like you should expect The Bourne Identity.

    6. Only Lovers Left Alive
    It’s a Jim Jarmusch film, so I’m going to guess that you’ll think it’s as pretentious as art-house films get or you’ll find the cringe-inducing-ly hip dialog among the centuries-old vampires featured herein to be a critique on scene-culture and name-dropping. Imagine that prick who keeps one-upping your anecdotes, and now imagine that person as having lived generations: “Oh, you only read Dostoyevsky…yeah, his work made more sense when I asked him a few thoughtful questions about it. We’ll never have another one like him, and I got to talk to him, and you didn’t. Isn’t that interesting?” I might have the wrong interpretation here, but Only Lovers Left Alive does for hipsters what Goodfellas does for mobsters. Unfortunately, and much like Goodfellas, many people are going to see these characters and probably think they should mimic them rather than criticize society’s cultural fascination with them.

    7. Palo Alto
    If you don’t think James Franco is creepy yet, imagine that he wrote a book that features not only teenagers running trains on other teenagers, but also some statutory rape between a young athlete and a sad-dad coach, and then Franco plays said coach in the movie adaptation. The overarching thing we’re supposed to take away about the lead teenage boy and teenage girl whose interactions bookend the film like trains passing in the night is that salvation in love might be the person you ditch a party with for one sweet night of adolescent innocence and not that shitty psychopath you call a friend or the gross dude in his 40s who tries to bang all of the babysitters he hires.

    8. A Most Wanted Man
    This film is totally forgettable except for the fact that its Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last non-YA-fiction-adaptation film. RIP in peace, you magnificent bastard.

    9. Guardians of the Galaxy
    The ending of this film looks almost exactly like Captain America: Winter Soldier, except it’s a floating battleship falling into an alien planet instead of D.C. Also like Winter Solider, this may be only for those who are still into comic book movies. However, it definitely is visually unique and funny. There are a lot of aliens in this summer blockbuster, plus an A.M. Gold soundtrack, so maybe those turn you on. I’m not sure to whom I’m writing this review, since I’m 99% sure everyone on the planet saw this fucking thing.

    (Editor's Note: Beware the Wicked "Gone Girl" spoilers. You've been warned.)

    10. Gone Girl
    I like a lot of this film, except for the cold-blooded, psychopathic woman cliché. I guess the aloof husband with infidelity tendencies was also cliché (and I’m pretty sure his sister even has dialog saying as much, which I am still not sure whether that was self-awareness or just happenstance). The overall message about the damning psychological prison that commitment to another person (forced, otherwise, or a little of both at different point over the course of the relationship) in a life-long relationship or partnership can sometimes result seems interesting, but the story is explicit that she’s a psychopath long before the marriage, and I’m still not sure if there’s a particular reason for her psychopathy. So I guess the message of the film is that some people will cheat on their spouses, and those same people might marry a psychopath, and that psychopath will fake a bunch of shit, fool the entire planet into believing she was a victim, and then she’ll force a family to save face or some other bullshit reason. It doesn’t really matter, because she’s crazy, so let’s just stop there and pretend that’s enough, since it’s worked so far. Also, I’m thrilled that the book’s author, Gillian Flynn, wrote the screenplay. Hopefully, this will become a more frequent opportunity for other willing authors like her.

    I don’t know what to suggest, gang. I was watching Monsters Vs. Aliens for the first time while writing this. It’s an animated film that came out five years ago, and I think it beats out most of this list. I didn’t see a lot of great films in 2014, but that’s probably the least sad thing about 2014. Happy New Year, everyone!

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    Junk Food January continues! This week, we tackle a classic kung fu flick, a semi-obscure Punk Rock "classic?", and the first MTV film!

    First up! Chinese Super Ninjas beware of the deadly Ninjitsu clans of Japan, and their killer Wizard of Oz Trees in the surprisingly colorful and somewhat musically-influenced FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS from 1982!

    Up next, a bizarre footnote in Punk Rock icon Jello Biafra's career is re-examined, in 1990's TERMINAL CITY RICHOCHET!

    Finally, we get down and dirty with the diseased denizens of a derelict dump in Downtown NYC! It's Joe's Apartment, everyone's favorite cockroach-infested dwelling, from 1996!

    All this plus witty banter between friends, Sean's crappy wifi signal, Lots of Love from the Sweetest Man Alive, Rambochats, Falling down with The Fallen One, the Razzie Nominations, Throwing down over Ethan Hawke, some Nerd Newsies, this week's DVD & blu-ray releases, absolute confidentiality, continued lack of police involvement, sneezes, belches, gleeks and a little bit more!

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    This episode of Junk Food Dinner has it all! Kung fu, nudity, monsters and javelins through the chest!

    Up first we take a look at Firecracker (AKA Naked Fist) from 1981.Produced by Roger Corman and starring Jillian Kesner (Raw Force) as a karate expert who travels to the Philippines in search of her missing sister, this quick-paced exploitation flick features kung fu, heroin dealers, nudity and gore (plus a sweet lifted soundtrack from Shogun Assassin).

    Then, Charles Band brings us a softcore straight-to-video R-rated retelling of Beauty & the Beast, with Meridian from 1990. The always lovely Sherilyn Fenn plays a young descendant of royalty, visiting her family's castle in Italy. When her and her friend are drugged and raped by a gang of traveling carnies, Sherilyn Fenn begins to have strange feelings for the leader of the carny gang, who also happens to transform into a beast from time to time.

    Finally, we take a look at the often-overlooked slasher flick Fatal Games from 1984. A group of promising young student athletes are being mysteriously murdered by a hooded figure with a javelin. Who could be responsible for these killings? Is it one of the 'roided up athletes? The team doctor gone mad with power? The lecherous coach? Tune in and find out.

    All this plus witty banter between friends, cereal talk, American Sniper speculations, Junk Mail from Down Under, Bill Cosby jokes and so much more!


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    I did not see very many movies of 2014 which is probably why I am including TMNT. I still wanted to do a list though so I could be a part of the cool kids club with Sean Byron.

    10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
     Not really a great movie, but it was really enjoyable because I took my kids to see it. Any movie that     stars Shredder gets a thumbs up from me.

     9. The Sheik

    A really cool documentary about one of my all time favorite pro wrestlers the Iron Sheik. The Sheik is a crazy motherfucker and this movie does a great job of displaying his mental illness and his various drug addictions as well as his crazy life story.

     8. Dumb and Dumber To

    The plot to this movie is ridiculous, but I laughed more at this movie than any other movie of 2014. Some really great gross out humor here.

    7.  Cheap Thrills
    I checked this out after you guys did it on the show. I thought it was a really fun movie.  It has a very strange tone and I actually laughed at some very uncomfortable moments.

    6. Grand Budapest Hotel
    I like most Wes Anderson movies, but this is probably his best.  The movie is very beautifully shot and was very enjoyable to watch. 

    5. The Raid 2  

    This has even more action than the original. I love Martial Arts movies and this is one of the greatest ever.  This movie has more action in it than any movie I have ever watched. It is nonstop.

    4. Guardians of the Galaxy
    I’m not really into comic book movie at all, but this movie was a really big surprise. I loved it. Groot was probably my favorite character from any movie of 2014.

    3. Gone Girl

    I can’t think about much to say about this movie other than that I thought it was great, even though the ending was a little underwhelming.

    2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    I loved everything about this movie. The story was fantastic and the action scenes were top notch. I can’t wait for the third installment. 

    1. Boyhood

    By far this was my favorite movie of the year. I couldn’t believe how well Linklater made this story flow considering it was made over such a long period of time. Also it stars one of my favorite rockers ever Charlie Sexton.  I thought all of performances by everyone here were great as well.  I’m sure Patricia Arquette isn’t very happy about some of her hairdo choices in the film.

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    Sci Fi ebruary on JFD begins now! Or did it already begin... in the future? And is this really JFD ... or body snatchers?

    First, we take a look at influential classic that gave birth to a (small) genre: "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" from 1956! Kevin McCarthy (UHF) stars as a doctor in a small California town who, when he's not getting chicks, discovers that plant-like aliens are posing as the town's residents to take over the world. The flick's directed by Don Siegel (Dirty Harry).

    Next, Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Goldblum take over for McCarthy in 1978 as the body snatchers take over San Francisco. The effects and horror are top notch in what some call the best remake of all time.

    Finally, Abel Ferrara (Ms. 45) directs a script co-written by Stuart Gordon (The Reanimator) and Larry Cohen (The Stuff) in '93's Body Snatchers. This time, the pod people are taking over a military base in the south inhabited by Meg Tilly, Forest Whitaker and the tough girl from Chucky 2.

    All this plus witty banter between friends, Clayton Miller Chat(!!!), Sweetman calls, DVDs, The Face to Face Chat Movement and so much more!

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    Sci Fi Ebruary never dies (because it's not technically a living thing, and thus ineligible for such a classification (this goes for most abstract concepts))!! This week, we suffer the horrific invasion of deadly forces from other worlds in our ALIEN THEME SHOW!

    First up! Insane gore effects, Phantasm-esque dream logic, and a little rubber alien dude collide with British suburbia in the under-seen XTRO from 1982! After being abducted by aliens, Tony's dad finally returns to the family - but is it really Tony's dad? Spoiler: no.

    Up next, Kyle MacLachlan (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks) and Michael Nouri (GoBots: War of the Rock Lords) team up to hunt down an alien body snatcher on a crime spree in Los Angeles! As Shelby Cobras has often noted, the geography in the action-packed introductory car chase is well-executed and realistic. Cory Sklar has called it a Love Letter to Los Angeles. We call it Shirley.

    Finally, we crash land on Venus with the stock-rocket crew of 1958's Queen of Outer Space, and encounter a planet swarming with short skirted retro foxes! Zsa Zsa Gabor appears in this highly campy sci-fi B-picture from Edward Bernds (Return of the Fly).

    All this plus witty banter between friends, Hotel Room Goats and their Sick-Ass Beards, The Long Awaited Return of Clayton Miller Chats, The Long Dreaded Return of Face to Face Chats, Musical Vapors, Long-time listener Eric from Omaha, Matthew Sweetman Presents - Attaining Nirvana: The Kurt Cobain Story, All the Nerd News that is Pod to Cast, Kevin Drops the Shipping and Handling Heat, At least a Trio of Digital Versatile Disc Picks, Chowing Down on Snake Eggs with Space Vampires, The Connect Four Critics Association, The Most Courageous Lady in the Whole Wide World, Some Long Butts, National Pizza Week, Six Degrees of Freddy Krueger, A Lot of Gams, Genuine 1950s Ray-Guns, absolute confidentiality, continued lack of police involvement, sneezes, belches, gleeks and a whole lot more!

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  • 02/13/15--17:04: March Movie Calendar!
  • Hey, Junkies! March is gonna be a hot time in the ol' podcast town. We got guests! We got anniversaries! We got birthday parties! We got theme shows!!


    • Sorcerer (1977)
    • Trancers (1984)
    • Eyewitness Murders (1988)
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    • Chatterbox (1977)
    • Ebola Syndrome (1996)
    • Hotel Inferno (2013)
    JFD254: Deathstalker Week!
    • Deathstalker (1983)
    • Deathstalker II (1987)
    • Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell (1988)
    JFD255: 5 Year Anniversary Show!
    • Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
    • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    • Showgirls (1995)
    JFD256: Brian De Palma Week w/ Cory from IllCon
    • Sisters (1973)
    • Dressed to Kill (1980)
    • Blow Out (1981)

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    This week, we install Windows 95 and break out our Sega CDs for a Full Motion Video theme show. Back in the olden days of the mid-90s, video game companies were experimenting with putting real actors and real movie clips and elements into video games. And it's up to us to revisit them.

    First, one of the most controversial horror video games ever: Night Trap from 1992. This game puts you right in the middle of an 80s slasher flick (it was filmed in '87) and led to congress getting their jimmies rustled and creating the video game ratings system we have today.

    Next, Corey Haim recruits you to rescue him ... by setting traps in his apartment building in 1994's "Double Switch." The game also stars Debbie Harry and R. Lee Ermy. You, the player, go from room to room trapping and killing mafia guys while evading a mummy.

    Finally, detective Tex Murphy stumbles on the biggest conspiracy in history in 1996's "The Pandora Directive." Tex Murphy was the star of a string of futuristic noir adventure games that were recently resurrected thanks to Kickstarter.

    All this plus witty banter between friends, full anamorphic transfers, period blood, heavy guitar riffs, Nerd News, Blu-rays, spilling all the fruit and then spilling it again, Ghoul Summer teasers and so much more!

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    Junk Food Dinner celebrates its 250th episode (and Sci-fi-ebruary) by going bananas over one of the most iconic science fiction film series of all time; the Planet of the Apes series!
    [If you missed our review of the original 1968 Planet of the Apes film, check out episode #147]

    Up first, a couple astronauts travel to the planet of the apes to find Charlton Heston and his crew, but when one parishes its up to James Franciscus to avoid armies of angry apes, dangerous landscapes and a cult of atomic bomb worshipers in order to save Mr. Heston and figure out a way to get home in Beneath the Planet of the Apes from 1970.

    Then, we jump back to modern day 1973, where it appears that the original space craft from the first film has turned to Earth, but when the three astronauts emerge from the ship, they're not humans but our ape friends Cornelius, Zira and Dr. Milo, who are now the fish out of water in a human world in Escape from the Planet of the Apes from 1971.

    And finally, Cornelius and Zira's son has grown up 20 years after the events of the last film and finds himself in a world where apes are being conditioned as slaves for mankind, but when his loving handler Armando (Ricardo Montalban) is killed Caesar leads a revolution of his monkey brethren in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes from 1972.

    All this plus witty banter between friends, Death Valley chat, how Indiana ruled the 80's, 50 Shades of Grey theories and so much more!


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    Sci Fi Ebruary comes to a close as we travel through time together!

    First up, Rod Taylor plays a man cleverly (?) named H. George Wells, who has invented a time-travelling Laz-E Boy chair. He goes from Victorian England to WWI to the apocalypse ... in 1966. He then says "Fuck it," and goes 800,000 years into the future. It's "The Time Machine," directed by George Pal and based on the novel by the original HG Wells.

    Next, it's time travel, the old west, virtual reality, Worf and skiing in a movie that ruined a whole movie studio... "TimeMaster!"

    Finally, Spanish film maker Nacho Vigalondo brings time travel on a smaller scale when an average man jumps into a time device to escape a killer, only to emerge a few hours earlier. How does he fix the mess and who was the killer? We find out in TimeCrimes from 2007.

    All this plus witty banter between friends, DVDs, Parker's tea bottle makin' some noise, insider Pool Party news, our new favorite voicemailer, chill positivity, correct geography, Cory and so much more!

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    Coffee or orange juice? It's an age old question, and one that we may or may not answer on the show this week. Also: we cover three crazy, and crazy different movies in this bombastic non-themed episode of Junk Food Dinner! It's a love letter to ambition!

    First up! We venture into uncharted waters, with the not-listed-on-IMDB Eyewitness Murders, from 1988! The directorial debut of Jason Holt (Desperation Rising), this obscure shot-on-video horror movie chronicles the descent into madness of a former Vietnam veteran trying to make a low-budget documentary on the sex workers of Los Angeles. But is it even a movie? We'll discuss!

    Up next, we discuss a real "Lost" Angeles film (the second of two in this very episode!) - 1984's Trancers from Charles Band and Empire Pictures. A time traveling cop named Jack Deth hunts down a psychic zombie overlord, or something. Helen Hunt wears a Confederate Flag jacket in it, if you'd believe it.

    Finally, we unearth a buried near-classic, William Friedkin's Sorcerer from 1977. This tense thriller revolves around a band of criminal misfits teaming up for a dangerous transportation mission deep in the South American jungle. For a variety of reasons, this film was barely seen and critically panned on its initial release, but that hasn't stopped an army of JFD listeners from suggesting we check it out!

    All this plus witty banter between friends, Wrestling Talk, Bran Lee (???) from Loomis, California, Parker Bowman’s Fist Church, Nerd News, Nightcrawler Brawlers, Extra Small Milk, Double Puns, This Week’s DVD Picks, Ohio Swingers, Insurance Humor, Bad Vaginas, Roy Scheider’s Hell in a Cell, Face to Face Chats, the part where we predict Harrison Ford's plane crash, Listener Junkmail, absolute confidentiality, continued lack of police involvement, sneezes, belches, gleeks and a whole lot more!

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    Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus of GWAR, passed away a couple of days ago at 50. Needless to say, the JFD crew is bummed at this sad piece of Nerd News. As a dude who's favorite band has been GWAR ever since getting "Rag Na Rok" on CD for Christmas at 14, I (Parker) am totally bummed.

    Brockie is one of those dudes I've always found fascinating and heroic. He's a dude that decided one day, "You know? I'm gonna wear a rubber monster suit and play metal songs with my friends and that's what my life will be." And I fucking love that. GWAR's humorous use of violence and profanity as a means of mirroring societal evils is something that has influenced me in a big way. The Tipper Gore-esque idea that GWAR raping and killing a group of mutant penguins on stage was somehow more harmful to children than the real wars and real murders on the news every day was a cultural silliness we still deal with when more people are outraged that Miley Cyrus twerks than they are when our president bombs countries we've never even been taught about in school.

    GWAR recently pissed off the entire island of Australia after killing some effigies of their politicians on stage, so I guess they're used to it by now.

    Also, watching a group of punk rock space monsters rip apart zombie dinosaurs on stage is really, really fun.

    Anyway, here's the interview part of episode 33 where we talk about the GWAR movies, "Phallus in Wonderland," "Skulhedface" and "It's Sleazy." We also talk about the new (at the time) album "Bloody Pit of Horror." You can donloyd the full episode 33 if you wanna hear the whole episode and our reviews of the movies and stuff.


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    It's our fourth anniversary, Junkies! On this episode, we receive our bachelor's degrees in Cult Cinema. Except Sean. He's still working on his Associate's degree. For this intense occasion, we're joined by JFD OG, Mark Freado! Three JFD hosts is theoretically possible. But four is silly.

    We get into the saddest Nerd News we've ever had to deliver concerning the death of Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie of GWAR. After that, we forego DVD Chat to do a roundup of each of our Top 5 favorite and least favorite movies we've done on the show in the last year. As for the movie reviews, we summon 3 cult classics.

    First, the movie that helped make Bruce Lee a legend: 1973's "Enter the Dragon." Lee plays a martial artist who enters a fighting tournament to win back the honor of his crew. Also in the tournament are John Saxon ("A Nightmare on Elm Street") and Jim "The Dragon" Kelly. The flick is directed by Robert Clouse, of "Gymkata" "fame."

    Next, we watch Stanley Kubrik's 1968 classic "2001: A Space Odyssey." Scientists scour the universe trying to solve the mystery of suddenly emerging monoliths. What are the monoliths? Who made them? Why was HAL so angry? And how many heavy doobies does the film require?

    Finally, we check out one of the original Midnight Movies: David Lynch's 1977 film debut, "Eraserhead." Experimental, disturbing and absurd: Jack Nance deals with raising a mutant baby and men with weird levers living on other planets.

    All this plus witty banter between friends, heavy doobies, the kinds of dudes we have soft spots for, Mark and Parker Freaky Friday-ing, one Nerd News story, Simpsons did it, Nancy's Dad, birthday parties and so much more!

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    We're reviewing our 600th movie tonight. And that's cause for a special kind of show! This is going to be an audio commentary for the movie you, the JFD listeners, voted for: 1983's "Spring Break" directed by Sean S. Cunningham.

    So, warning: This is not our usual show. You're probably going to want to grab your copy of "Spring Break" and watch it along with us to get the most out of the episode. Or just listen. We're not your boss.

    We'll be back next week with 3 new movies, junk mails, Nerd News and all that jazz!

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    Junk Food Dinner pays tribute to American International Pictures on the 60th anniversary of their formation by discussing three very different AIP flicks!

    First up, we check out an early Roger Corman alien monster flick starring Lee Van Cleef, It Conquered the World, from 1956! This mysteriously-not-on-DVD cult classic is fondly remembered as one of the better episodes of MST3K, but is the bizarre traffic-cone shaped alien amusing enough without Joel’s commentary? Well, it does have mind-control bats.

    Next up, Larry “The Stuff” Cohen directs Fred “The Hammer” Williamson in an underrated blaxploitation gem - 1973’s Black Caesar! James Brown provides the funky soundtrack to this stylish and violent organized crime flick!

    Finally, we get sent to The Island of Dr. Moreau! This 1973 adaptation features Burt Lancaster, Michael York, and a whole host of weird looking humanimals - even that cute Hyena one. Stay tuned through the end for flaming tiger attacks. Also, we spoil the crap out of this one so if somehow that matters, be advised.

    All this plus witty banter between friends, Parker’s Monster Truck Party, Junk Mail Aplenty, Spanish-Language Neon Maniacs, Nerd Pubes, Killer Real Estate, Mind Control Bats, RuPaul’s Humanimal Drag Race and so much more!

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