Fat Guys at the Movies

  • Gary Whitta got a big break with The Book of Eli, a spec screenplay where he doesn’t so much save the cat as he kills it and cooks it over a spit within the first few pages. Now he’s coming off writing for one of the stand-alone Star Wars movies, he’s working...

  • The boys celebrate Black History Month starting with a look at Joe Morton....

  • Last week we looked at American Sniper as a political football, and this week we turn to a fresh take on military life which will sadly only get a fraction of the attention Sniper did. Amira and Sam star Martin Starr will discuss preparing to play an army veteran, finding humor and...

  • In the grand finale of our “Debut Films” series, Cargill and I don our black suits, gather at the Junkfood Diner, and discuss the cultural and cinematic impact of Quentin Tarantino‘s explosive first feature, Reservoir Dogs. QT didn’t simply hit the ground running with a smart, engaging neo-noir, he also helped...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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’...

  • ‘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...

  • 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’...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...