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Are you ready for a revolution in film criticism? Fat Guys at the Movies, hosted by Kevin Carr and Neil Miller, is the break that your movie-going senses have been yearning for. Sick of all the snobby critics bashing Will Ferrell? We’re here for you…

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Through editorials and online chatter, we seem to be struggling to talk about American Sniper in a meaningful way, deciding instead to divide into Team A and Team B before launching empty words back and forth. It’s a political movie, yes, but it’s vitally important that we remain able to discuss political movies without succumbing to conversation-ending blather. This week, Geoff and I will discuss the great need for art to stay uninfected by the corrosive divisiveness that is modern political discourse. We’ll also dissect a handful of amazing, inspiring (and disheartening) movie speeches and answer a listener screenwriting question about what goes into a shooting script. You’ll want to wear a helmet for this one. You should follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. Please review us on iTunes Download Episode #84 Directly Or subscribe through iTunes

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Hard Times Movie

Cargill and I step into the ring to go a few rounds with another first film by a prominent director. This time, we spar with Walter Hill’s Hard Times. Charles Bronson plays Chaney, a drifter with iron fists who rolls into Depression-era New Orleans and teams up with local hustler Speed (James Coburn). The two of them proceed to dupe and deck every pick-up fighter in the area. Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) demonstrates in his first outing a number of the thematic and character trademarks that would come to epitomize his work. Meanwhile Cargill and I make many of the inappropriate jokes and gleeful geek-outs that have come to epitomize Junkfood Cinema. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #40 Directly

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Now that we’ve all had some time to think about it, we’re going to explore the best movies of 2004 after dissecting our favorites from 2014. Pay extra special attention to the names of filmmakers, writers and actors that are shared between the years. What has stood the small test of time? What has survived by living in our memories or hiding out in our hearts? The answers will probably not surprise you or be in any way controversial. To undertake this epic task, we’ve brought on FSR associate editor Kate Erbland and freelance writer for Esquire and The Atlantic Alexeander Huls to round out a four player rodeo of film appreciation. Please feel free to join in by sending us your favorites through Twitter and email. You should follow Kate (@katerbland), Alexander (@alxhuls), the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. Please review us on iTunes Download Episode #83 Directly Or subscribe through iTunes

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Thief Movie

Continuing through our exploration of the first feature films of prominent directors, Cargill and I arrive at the debut outing of one of my absolute favorite filmmakers: Michael Mann. In 1981, Mann brought us a gritty, savvy techno noir that starred James Caan as cinema’s coolest Thief. From the growling single-mindedness of its protagonist to the sights and sounds of, respectively, stunning cinematography and a pulsing Tangerine Dream score, Thief is that rare first film that never misses a beat and solidifies a director’s style in an instant. Don’t rob yourself of the fun of listening to Junkfood Cinema this week. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #39 Directly

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It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new year, which means that we’ll be examine the concept of beginnings by figuring out how three different movies (Scream, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Drive) successfully set up the rest of their runtimes for success. Plus, we’ll answer your screenwriting questions and try to explain why the Academy considers Whiplash to be an adapted script when it’s an original concept. You should follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. Please review us on iTunes Download Episode #82 Directly Or subscribe through iTunes

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We’re starting 2015 at the beginning, or rather with beginnings…we’re starting at the beginning with beginnings. Confused yet? Great! All January long, Cargill and I will be discussing the first films of four celebrated directors. We’ll be reviewing these movies on their own merits, but also striving to discover the seeds of style that would come to define those directors as artists. We kick things off with the woefully overlooked Nomads, a supernatural thriller from John McTiernan…who would never again make a supernatural thriller. Pierce Brosnan stars as a French anthropologist who learns that sometimes dying hard is hardly the end. Yikes, even I’m not comfortable with that pun. Give the episode a listen and tune in each Tuesday this month to find out which other filmmakers we feature. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #38 Directly

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NYEvil

Well here it is, the end of our holiday horror series and, by extension, the end of 2014. You might say New Year’s Evil is the film to which Cargill and I have been counting down since our very first episode…you would be wrong, but you might say it. Still, we give our ringing endorsements of this forgotten 80s slasher as well as point out how it falters in its resolution. We also regale you with embarrassing stories from my yearly New Year’s Evil parties and chat about our favorite JFC moments of 2014. This is our last midnight, and we’re making the  most of it. Thanks for listening this year, and please continue to chow down on Junkfood in 2015. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #37 Directly

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Rocky Flag

This post is in partnership with Cadillac This summer, Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenged producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants made a short film over a single weekend in late June, and you can watch the semi-finalists’ films at the Make Your Mark website. The 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. We’ll be speaking with a co-lead for one of the semi-finalist teams, Tim Wen, whose short film Unexpected Arrival earned one of the top spots and a chance to compete for the grand prize. He’ll talk about the challenge of making something quick without a budget and how to aim the camera in a way that hides your flaws. Plus, while Geoff is sleeping off an egg nog bender, I’ll offer three ingredients for a successful boxing movie and challenge you to correct me without your fists. You should follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. Please review us on iTunes Download Episode #81 Directly Or subscribe through iTunes

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Silent Night Deadly Night

‘Twas a few nights before Christmas, and at JFC, Brian and Cargill were all but cackling with glee. Having eschewed Black Christmas, a far better flick, they decided to chat about a killer St. Nick. They chose to weigh in, and happily summarize, the baffling Silent Night, Deadly Night film franchise. That’s right, we break down all that is nice and the overwhelming amount of naughty that comprises one of horror’s most bizarre franchises. If you don’t listen to this episode, well, you know on which list you’ll inevitably end up. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #36 Directly

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This post is in partnership with Cadillac This summer, Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenged producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants made a short film over a single weekend in late June, and you can watch the semi-finalists’ films at the Make Your Mark website. The 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. Luckily, we’ll be speaking with one of the semi-finalist teams, Ian Wagner and Michael Burke, whose short film Simple Math earned them one of the top spots and a chance to compete for the grand prize. They’ll talk about the challenge of coordinating a cocktail party film shoot with less than a day’s notice and explain how they both ended up in the pool. Plus, Geoff and I open up the viewer listener mailbag to cover questions about Canadian movie favorites, the current state of thoughtful film journalism (the Star Wars 7 characters have names, people!), and other subjects of engrossing interest. You should follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. Please review us on iTunes Download Episode #80 Directly Or subscribe through iTunes

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The Stepfather

Keeping things festive around these parts, Cargill & I continue to move across the calendar and celebrate our favorite holiday horror films. We leap ahead to June and pay a visit to The Stepfather. True to our nature as shady flimflamers, The Stepfather doesn’t actually take place on Father’s Day. I know, it’s a cheat, we’re scoundrels. However, if there is one film that will make you rethink sending that new necktie to dear old dad this June, it’s The Stepfather. Terry O’Quinn (with hair no less) stars in a slow-burn, entirely unsettling family horror/drama that Mike Brady definitely does not want you to see. Give the episode a listen to find out whether father actually knows best, and why we tend to think The Stepfather is the best! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #35 Directly

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Emerging Filmmakers 2014

This post is in partnership with Cadillac This summer, Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenged producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants made a short film over a single weekend in late June, and you can watch the semi-finalists’ films at the Make Your Mark website. The 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. Luckily, we’ll be speaking with one of the semi-finalists, Alvaro Ron, whose short film To Kill or Not to Kill earned him one of the top spots and a chance to compete for the grand prize. He’ll share his experience as a filmmaker, the challenges of the competition, and how he overcame those obstacles. Plus, Geoff and I will offer up four directors, four screenwriters and four actors who broke through this year, delivering the kinds of movies and performances that get us excited about the future. As a bonus, William Fichtner drops by to add a gorgeous dose of zen to the show. You should follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. Please review us on iTunes Download Episode #79 Directly Or subscribe through iTunes

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MBV

Well, it’s Christmas time at JFC, and that can mean only one thing: murder! No, we’re not talking about exploding turkeys or accidental candy cane impalement. It’s time to watch some ho-ho-horror movies! All this month, Cargill and I will be traversing the calendar and celebrating those horror flicks that seek to sever all joy from their designated season. These won’t always be Christmas horror, but they will always be sinfully delectable. First up, we park the car on February 14th and spend some quality time with My Bloody Valentine. This Canadian gem gave us a plethora of major miner frights and taught us that an engine block can double as an oven. Life may be like a box of chocolates, but MBV proves that box also contains plenty of death. Enjoy, and mark your calendars for the next bloody installment of this latest series! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #34 Directly

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Our hero wakes up, yawns and stretches. It’s a typical day, and that’s a really boring introduction. Imagine it with an explosion instead. Thanks. This week on Reddit, a user asked for some dead giveaways that a screenplay was written by an amateur, and the hivemind (probably made up of angry script readers and finicky producers) didn’t fail. One such reader and producer offered a laundry list of bad habits, and we’ve invited him on for an open discussion about cringe-worthy mistakes that any aspiring writer can make (and avoid). Grab a pencil, realize you’re on a computer, and then take notes with that. You should follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. Please review us on iTunes Download Episode #78 Directly Or subscribe through iTunes

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TCM Next Gen

Thanksgiving is done, and now it’s time to enjoy some leftovers! Here at JFC, that means compiling the leftovers of our McGenreHey series into one delicious climactic hodgepodge we’ve dubbed The McCasserole. These are the films to which we didn’t necessarily want to devote a whole show, but which each feature enough Matthew McConaughey goodness to warrant discussion. There’s even one ingredient in this casserole that is only at all palatable because of our eponymous feast founder. Grab your forks and dig into the final course of McGenreHey! Warning (without context): The boop is a thing. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #33 Directly

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The Graduate

This week the world lost a peerless filmmaker (and EGOT winner) who delivered a hot tub full of fantastic films. Mike Nichols put Dustin Hoffman in a compromising position, tortured Meryl Streep and found a grounding commonality even with his most extraordinary characters. We’ll celebrate his work with Professor John Whitehead, author of “Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation,” and try to recapture what made his stories so moving. Plus, Geoff answers your screenwriting questions about third person expository openings (so to speak), the new trend in query letters and whether you should get a script consultant. Double plus, we’ll chat briefly about Bill Cosby and the question of enjoying good art from bad people. You should follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. Please review us on iTunes Download Episode #77 Directly Or subscribe through iTunes

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Lone Star

Continuing through McGenreHey, Cargill and I further prove the power of Matthew McConaughey by dissecting a movie in which he barely appears, but one in which his character’s presence is felt in every scene: Lone Star. John Sayles, henceforth known as the patron saint of Junkfood Cinema, writes and directs this southern-fried noir that spans time and operates on so many fascinating levels. One of Cargill’s favorite films, Lone Star is a captivating exploration of myth, especially of the preference of myth over truth, and how Texas is particularly prone to uplift the legend while burying the ugly facts. Oh, and it’s a film in which Matthew McConaughey plays…Chris Cooper’s father? Download, listen, and return to the scene of the crime with us! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #32 Directly

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Fight Club

Is Fight Club satire? That’s the question we’ll attempt to settle this week with a knock down, drag out debate where two men enter the ring, and two men also exit the ring safely. Fortunately, we’ve got special guest moderator Eric D. Snider to keep us honest, and since he takes bribes, I’ve got this one sewn up. Plus, we’ll discuss whether data can help make you a better screenwriter, and The Bitter Script Reader drops by to discuss his new book, “Michael F-ing Bay: The Unheralded Genius in Michael Bay’s Films,” where he argues that the much maligned director’s movies are more than meets the eye. You should follow Eric (@ericdsnider), The Bitter Script Reader (@bittrscrptreadr), the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. Please review us on iTunes Download Episode #76 Directly Or subscribe through iTunes

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Frailty

Cargill and I are still slow-rolling through our month-long celebration of our favorite genre films featuring Matthew McConaughey. And this week, McGenreHey slides into one top notch religious horror flick. McConaughey bookends the flick, regaling a bewildered Powers Booth with the story of how his father (played in flashback by star/director Bill Paxton) was convinced demons were L-I-V-I-N amongst us and had to be destroyed. Download the episode to hear us heap a sacrilegious amount of love on this sadly underappreciated thriller. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #31 Directly

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Reign of Fire Blu

Shed your shirts and fire up your…bongos… as Cargill and I begin Mc-Genre-hey, a month-long series on the great genre films of Matthew McConaughey. To kick things off, we’re taking a dragon-sized bite out of the post-apocalyptic masterpiece that is Reign of Fire. What makes this film so good? Why didn’t it take off with audiences the way it should have? And how did this film potentially plant the seeds for the current McConaissance? All that, plus (in case we were coy about it before)…DRAGONS!!! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #30 Directly

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