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Film & 40s: The Rock

Jeff Gerstmann joins the east coast crew as we attempt to answer the most pressing questions of our time: Who is Womack, and is he, in fact, a piece of shit?

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Apr. 6 2018

Posted by: Alex

Episode Notes:

This podcast is an audio supplement, meant to be played simultaneously with the film The Rock. We are watching the film via a US Blu-ray release. Streaming and rental options can be found here.

Two housekeeping notes:

1. The commentary begins at the Blu-ray's 14 second mark. That's unusually far in for an opening, and it looks like the disc we watched has an extra ten seconds of black screen before the first logo starts to fade up. Depending on where you're watching, it might start closer the 4 second mark instead of 14. As we say in the commentary, it's right as the outline of the Sphinx becomes visible in the Hollywood Pictures logo.

2. There's a moment after I hit play where I thought I hit the wrong button, but I didn't. The movie starts with the normal timing. Please disregard my reaction. I would have cut it but it would have made for a weird bit of silence at the top and I didn't want to throw people off.

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Womack! Why am I not surprised, you piece of shit!

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Lose a Dan, gain a Jeff. Really looking forward to this rewatch with the GiantBomb crew.

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It's you, you're the rocket man.

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Oh man, this is going to be nuts, although listening to Dan freak out while watching “The Rock” would have been priceless. This movie is Dan in a nutshell.

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Your best? Loser always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the Prom Queen.

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MGS did it better.

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Edited By mason_pat

Big fan of your housekeeping notes, just so you know.

Edit: Posting a picture of the starting point would also be great, but failing that your instructions are clear enough

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Man what an incredible movie. Glad you guys gave it the business.

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They should do Hunt for Red October, continue to Connery.

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"I got green smoke! I got green smoke!"

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Looking forward to a Dan-less F&F. Maybe now they will actually pay attention to the film, maybe...

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I'm insulted by Alex calling the SF car chase in this great. It's fucking terrible, awful editting, bad angles, no geography or momentum.

Good in concept, but Bay's execution of it is terrible.

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@rigs said:

They should do Hunt for Red October, continue to Connery.

They did that movie with Drew and Dan I think already a while back.

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No one knew Vanessa Marcil? I guess no General Hospital fans on the crew :P

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While not Nicholas Cage, I think they should still do Broken Arrow, maybe even 3000 Miles to Graceland too.

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That flare shot is so goddamn goooooooood.

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@bill_mcneal: There are quite a few films that should be on their list. Naming just a few: Broken Arrow, Starship Troopers, Speed, Deep Rising, Mortal Kombat. And my personal dream pick: the Dawn of the Dead remake.

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@dynamix: I love Deep Rising in a completely non-ironic way. One of my all time favorites.

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I guess the inclusion of Jeff makes up for Dan being gone.

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Can't believe that dude from Scrubs is a marine in this, that's pretty great.

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@rigs: They did. Well, Drew and Dan did.

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@dynamix: Buy this man a beer. Great choices!

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Jeff really lucks out on these!

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Its a great movie.

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Ed Harris TOTALLY is a star of this movie! Anyone who says otherwise is entitled to their opinion, but they are objectively wrong.

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The Rock, a good movie (F Con Air!)

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Alex is close, but not quite: the cinematographer, John Schwartzman, is actually Jason Schwartzman's brother. (Half-brother, as John's mom isn't Talia Shire.)

Their father, Jack Schwartzman died in the early '90s.

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Edited By Kevin_Cogneto

Turns out I've been misquoting this movie for years. Like Alex, I quote The Rock maybe once per week, except in my case it's always: "My map was in my head!" Turns out, the line is "My blueprint was in my head", which is not nearly as quotable.

I'm going to keep misquoting it, to hell with it. I'm right, the movie's wrong.

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Womack will always be a piece of shit.

It was fun to revisit this again, it's been a few years for me!

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It's a shame Dan couldn't be there, but having Jeff on was great. Also, only having 4 people helped, there was a lot less talking over another going on. Fun episode.

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Jeff is great, this is a great movie. Good stuff, enough said.

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Ed Harris is the Man in Black in West World! He's still great.

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The store I used to work in had a regular customer whose last name was "Wojmack."

Every. Single. Time. I had to resist saying "WOJMACK! I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN IT WAS YOU, YOU PIECE OF SHIT!"

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Reminds me of sitting in a theater next to a toddler that's easily distracted and having a hard time keeping up with the plot.

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Man I just watched this for the first time about a month ago. Wish I had waited.

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Jeff Gerstmann is 2018’s Darryl Hammond.

This is fantastic.

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As somebody who has been watching a ton of West Wing lately I am VERY HAPPY TO SEE JOHN SPENCER! I forgot he was in this!

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Holy shit, after all these years of these guys talking it up, The Rock actually lived up to the hype.

Kojima sure liked that opening, wow, even the silly big raincoats made it into MGS2.

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O please, give us a film and 40's of starship troopers. I love that B movie level scifi and satire (even if I didnt know that it was satire when I first saw it.

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@ybbaaabby Dead ringers is the movie you are thinking about with the twin gynecologists. I oddly just watched it for the first time a few weeks ago. I liked it but it got even weirder then I thought it would go.

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For as much as this seems like not her thing, @ybbaaabby has been a good sport about these last few movies.

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This was so so SO good!!! THE ROCK TOTALLY HOLDS UP!!