Junk Filter
Junk Filter
Jesse Hawken
Junk Filter: a podcast about strange and overlooked artifacts from the worlds of film, music and popular culture with a generous side order of jokes and politics. Hosted by Jesse Hawken with guests from the worlds of Politics Twitter and Film Twitter. Original music for the program by Marker Starling. Follow us now on Twitter: @junkfilterpod
93: Lightyear (with Adam Jackson)
Writer Adam Jackson (Vice, Noisey) returns to the podcast for a discussion of the new Disney/Pixar animated feature Lightyear. Why did Lightyear fail at the box office? Was it the convoluted premise (this isn’t a movie about the toy Buzz Lightyear or even a Toy Story film, this is the movie about the actual Buzz Lightyear that young Andy loved so much in 1995 that he bought the toy)? Was it the “controversial” LGBTQ content (which adds up to about 45 seconds of screen time and yet triggered hysterical calls for boycotts of the movie from the anti-Disney religious right)? Was it anger over the replacement of the conservative Tim Allen with the affable Chris Evans as the voice of Buzz? Was it stiff market competition from Jurassic World Dominion and Top Gun: Maverick? Adam and I went to see it together to see for ourselves where things went wrong. Patrons of the Junk Filter podcast receive access to additional exclusive episodes a month: some of our notable previous guests include Jared Yates Sexton, David Roth, Will Sloan, Bryan Quinby, Karen Geier, and Jacob Bacharach. More to come! Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/junkfilter Follow Adam Jackson on Twitter. Trailer for Lightyear (Angus MacLane, 2022)
Jun 28
1 hr 7 min
92: Serial Mom (with Karen Geier)
Toronto-based writer and content strategist Karen Geier returns to the show for a discussion of John Waters and his 1994 “true crime” comedy Serial Mom, starring Kathleen Turner as a suburban Baltimore housewife who is eventually discovered to be a serial killer and becomes a tabloid sensation during her criminal trial. The remarkable thing about this film is it was released mere weeks before the O.J. Simpson murders and Waters strangely anticipated the cultural issues brought up by this case: the American obsession with crime and celebrity. Karen and I discuss the film and some adjacent current topics including Cancel Culture, the moral panic over Trans Rights and Drag Queen Story Time, the legacy of the O.J. trial, and the popularity of True Crime podcasts and documentaries. Patrons of the Junk Filter podcast receive access to additional exclusive episodes a month: some of our notable previous guests include Jared Yates Sexton, David Roth, Will Sloan, Bryan Quinby, Karen Geier, and Jacob Bacharach. More to come! Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/junkfilter Follow Karen Geier on Twitter and check out her podcast On Belief. She also has a Patreon! Trailer for Serial Mom (John Waters, 1994)
Jun 20
1 hr 46 min
TEASER - 91: Bully (with Ricky Camilleri and Chris Chafin)
Access the entire 90 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/67675544 The hosts of the 30 Years Later podcast, Ricky Camilleri and Chris Chafin, join me from New York City to discuss Larry Clark’s 2001 true-crime drama Bully. Possibly the ultimate Florida movie, Bully is a tale of crime and punishment that contrasts a strongly moralistic narrative with Clark’s sweaty, lurid and lecherous visual approach to adapt the true story of a group of sex-crazed stoner teens in Fort Lauderdale who conspire to commit the brutal murder of young Bobby Kent, himself a tormentor of one of the killers, his lifelong pal Marty Puccio. We discuss this film as a black comedy, Chris vouches for the accuracy of the film’s portrayal of Y2K South Florida teens, we tackle the issues of exploitation and consent that accompany tales of the film’s turbulent production, and we wonder if a movie as uncompromising as Bully could even get made in America today. Patrons of the Junk Filter podcast receive at least two additional exclusive episodes a month: some of our notable previous guests include Jared Yates Sexton, David Roth, Will Sloan, Bryan Quinby, Sooz Kempner, and Jacob Bacharach. More to come! Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/junkfilter Follow Ricky Camilleri and Chris Chafin on Twitter. Check out the 30 Years Later podcast! I was a recent guest of the show to discuss Patriot Games. They have also launched a new Patreon feed. “An Oral History of Larry Clark’s Cult Classic Bully” by Daniel Clemens, for i-D magazine, July 27, 2021 Trailer for Bully (Larry Clark, 2001)
Jun 12
4 min
90: Riders of Justice (with Gus Lanzetta)
Writer and podcaster Gus Lanzetta returns to the podcast from São Paulo, Brazil for a show about Mads Mikkelsen and his 2020 Danish action comedy Riders of Justice. Along the way we discuss Mikkelsen’s two careers in domestic and international cinema, the history of Danish cinema that dates back to the beginning of the medium, and how Riders of Justice balances action, violence and comedy and puts a uniquely Danish spin on familiar genre tropes. Plus: Gus lends his Fast Saga expertise to discuss the latest news from the set of Fast X. Has Vin Diesel snapped? Patrons of the Junk Filter podcast receive at least two additional exclusive episodes a month: some of our notable previous guests include Jared Yates Sexton, David Roth, Will Sloan, Bryan Quinby, Sooz Kempner, and Jacob Bacharach. More to come! Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/junkfilter Follow Gus Lanzetta on Twitter. Trailer for Riders of Justice (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2020) Music video for “Bitch Better Have My Money” - Rihanna, 2015 Vin Diesel singing “Stay” by Rihanna in his house
Jun 6
1 hr 13 min
TEASER - 89: Ricky Gervais (with Rob Rousseau)
Access the entire 72 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/67140452 From Montreal, Rob Rousseau returns to the podcast for a discussion of the decline of comedian Ricky Gervais, with the release of his new Netflix special Super Nature. We’re a long way from the heights of The Office now. Why does Gervais seem more determined now to court controversy than to tell actual funny jokes? Do edgy "anti-woke" comedians with huge platforms realize (or even care) that they are contributing to a cultural anti-trans panic that is already making life dangerous for LGBT people? Plus: Ontario sleepwalks towards the re-election of Doug Ford as Premier. Patrons of the Junk Filter podcast receive at least two additional exclusive episodes a month: some of our notable previous guests include Jared Yates Sexton, David Roth, Will Sloan, Bryan Quinby, Sooz Kempner, and Jacob Bacharach. More to come! Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/junkfilter Follow Rob Rousseau on Twitter, and check out his podcasts @insurgentspod and @TRRSpod.
May 31
3 min
88: The Imperial Six (with Gerry Flahive)
Writer and former NFB senior producer Gerry Flahive joins the podcast to discuss moviegoing in Toronto in the 1970s, at the dawn of the multiplex age. Gerry worked as a teenage usher at the new Imperial Six cinema, under the precise command of cinema manager Phil Traynor, the inspiration for Gerry’s alternate Twitter persona Bert Xanadu, who tweets from the year 1973 where he is both the reigning mayor of Toronto and the manager of the Imperial Six. Bert’s tweets and essays have been collected in Gerry’s new book I Own This Town: The Mayor Bert Xanadu Xanthology. Gerry and I talk about the many movie theatres, from cavernous palaces to alternate film spaces to grindhouses that used to exist on Yonge Street, the eclectic programming and architecture of the Imperial Six, and the local film culture that led to the development of cinema multiplexes and the Toronto International Film Festival. Patrons of the Junk Filter podcast receive at least two additional exclusive episodes a month: some of our notable previous guests include Jared Yates Sexton, David Roth, Will Sloan, Bryan Quinby, Sooz Kempner, and Jacob Bacharach. More to come! Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/junkfilter Follow Gerry Flahive and Mayor Bert Xanadu on Twitter. I Own This Town: The Mayor Bert Xanadu Xanthology by Gerry Flahive is now available at the Spacing store in Toronto and other fine bookstores. Also available as an e-book at Amazon. Famous Players Theatres “Next Attraction” snipe, mid-1970s Famous Players Theatres “Gift Books” snipe, 1972 Trailer for Emperor of the North (Robert Aldrich, 1973) Trailer for The Harrad Experiment (Ted Post, 1973)
May 27
1 hr 30 min
TEASER - 87: Joe Piscopo (with Will Sloan)
Access the entire 88 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/66652078 Will Sloan returns to the podcast for an in-depth discussion of the strange career path of comedian and impressionist Joe Piscopo: from his origins on Saturday Night Live and stardom as their second banana to superstar Eddie Murphy, his short-lived movie career, his bodybuilding phase, his various network tv specials, most notably 2012’s A Night at Club Piscopo for Showtime, to his current life as a conservative talk radio guy in New Jersey. All of Piscopo’s eighties tv specials discussed on this episode are available to watch on YouTube, and A Night at Club Piscopo is currently streaming on Tubi. Patrons of the Junk Filter podcast receive at least two additional exclusive episodes a month: some of our notable previous guests include Jared Yates Sexton, David Roth, Bryan Quinby, Sooz Kempner, and Jacob Bacharach. More to come! Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/junkfilter Follow Will Sloan on Twitter and subscribe to his great podcasts The Important Cinema Club and Michael and Us. “Kimberly” - Joe Piscopo, 1997 The Vulture Transcript: Joe Piscopo Dissects His Career, From SNL to the Buff Era and Beyond - by Steve Marsh, August 2011
May 19
4 min
86: Martin Campbell — Selected Works (with David Roth)
Defector Media’s David Roth returns to Junk Filter to discuss highlights from the long career of veteran action filmmaker Martin Campbell and pay tribute to his work beyond the famous 007 reboots. We discuss his origins in film and television: his debut in British sex comedies in the seventies, his groundbreaking 1985 BBC miniseries Edge of Darkness with Bob Peck and Joe Don Baker, a terrific “bottle episode” he made for NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street (“Three Men and Adena”), No Escape, his effective 1994 sci-fi with Ray Liotta (set in the year 2022!), and his latest, the Liam Neeson “Hit Man with Alzheimer’s” B-movie Memory. Patrons of the Junk Filter podcast receive at least two additional exclusive episodes a month: some of our notable previous guests include Jared Yates Sexton, David Roth, Bryan Quinby, Sooz Kempner, and Jacob Bacharach. More to come! Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/junkfilter Follow David Roth on Twitter and check out his show with Drew Magary, Distractor: A Defector Podcast Trailer for Eskimo Nell (Campbell, 1975) Trailer for No Escape (Campbell, 1994) Trailer for Memory (Campbell, 2022)
May 16
1 hr 38 min
85: The Hoffa Cinematic Universe (with Ursula Lawrence)
Comedy writer and labor organizer Ursula Lawrence (Drunk History, Adam Ruins Everything) returns to the show from Madison, Wisconsin for a look at 3 epic films that in unique ways depict the life of the controversial president of the Teamsters Union Jimmy Hoffa: Sylvester Stallone in F.I.S.T. (Norman Jewison, 1978), Jack Nicholson in Hoffa (Danny DeVito, 1992) and Al Pacino in The Irishman (Scorsese, 2019). How do these films contrast Hoffa’s achievements for the American worker with his connections to organized crime, his mysterious disappearance and how he is remembered culturally? Why didn’t Danny DeVito continue directing historical epics? And why is there a scene in Hoffa that takes place in the woods but filmed indoors on a giant soundstage (with a live deer?) Patrons of the Junk Filter podcast receive at least two additional exclusive episodes a month: some of our notable previous guests include Jared Yates Sexton, David Roth, Bryan Quinby, Sooz Kempner, and Jacob Bacharach. More to come! Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/junkfilter Follow Ursula Lawrence on Twitter and her French Republican Calendar project A must-read: Patrick Goldstein’s report for the Los Angeles Times from the set of Hoffa, 1992 Trailer for F.I.S.T. (Norman Jewison, 1978) TV commercial for Hoffa (Danny DeVito, 1992) Danny DeVito’s address to the 2011 Teamsters convention in Las Vegas
Apr 29
1 hr 28 min
TEASER - 84: Under the Silver Lake (with Brian Buster)
Access the entire 88 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/65467969 Writer Brian Buster joins me from Los Angeles to discuss David Robert Mitchell’s 2018 mystery Under the Silver Lake, Mitchell’s blank check film after the success of It Follows. Silver Lake played in competition at Cannes but for some reason its distributor A24 got cold feet and after moving the release date a couple of times, dumped it into a few theatres and VOD nearly a year later. A disaffected and desperate young man named Sam (Andrew Garfield) meets a beautiful blonde (Riley Keough) who vanishes the next day. Sam plays detective to find out where she went, and descends into a mystery world of secret societies, coded messages and conspiracies just below the surface of sunny Tinseltown. In our spoiler-heavy discussion, Brian and I talk about how Silver Lake anticipated Epstein Brain, this film’s placement in the sub-genre of Ambient Noir, the associations the film has to Hitchcock and Mulholland Drive, and the decoding of the cryptic clues and perceived secret messages of the film taken up online by its fans. Patrons of the Junk Filter podcast receive at least two additional exclusive episodes a month: some of our notable previous guests include Jared Yates Sexton, David Roth, Bryan Quinby, Sooz Kempner, and Jacob Bacharach. More to come! Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/junkfilter Follow Brian Buster on Twitter and stay tuned for Brian’s Patreon, coming soon! Trailer for Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)
Apr 22
3 min
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