It's 2013 and we're back on schedule with our first podcast of the new year. No new reviews today, but we do manage to dig into several listener questions talking about the Oscar race, Writers Guild nominations, Django Unchained, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and our Box-Office Challenge. We also have a lengthy session of Over/Under and Buy or Sell, capped off with a new edition of Guess the Film Based on Its Foreign Title courtesy of Quickslay.
Today's episode runs just over 100 minutes and by this time next week we will have our first review of the new year with Gangster Squad. We hope you enjoy.
As always, I have broken down this episode on a minute-by-minute basis if you would like to skip ahead and below I have featured the information on how to download the podcast, find us on iTunes or merely just listen in your browser.
- 00:00-2:07 - Introduction and Happy Holidays!
- 2:08-4:41 - Show notes
- 4:42-7:42 - [Listener Question] How do you guys plan for drafting in your box-office challenges when foreign release dates are so different? For example, Wreck-it-Ralph has done good business everywhere, but still has yet to hit several major markets (UK, Japan, Australia). As such, picking it seems wise, but in the end is questionable. [Susan]
- 7:43-18:40 - [Listener Question] I'm involved in an Awards contest and i really need to know if you guys think Quvenzhané Wallis will still be nominated next week. who/what has the better overall chance of being nominated? [andrew]
- 18:41-21:52 - [Listener Question] Dana Stevens over at Slate posed an interesting question that I will re-pose. People can celebrate the killing of Nazis in 'Inglorious Basterds' but is it okay for people to celebrate the killing of white people in 'Django Unchained' - meaning can that be like a selling point to potential black movie-goers? Should I, as a black man, for example applaud Django shooting and killing that white woman at the end especially in light of the fact that she did try to spare Broomhilde some embarrassment during the dinner scene? [marlonwallace]
- 21:53-27:06 - [Listener Question] Is 'Django Unchained' a comedy? I, at times, didn't know how to feel. All the violence inflicted on black people in the movie is given heavy dramatic weight and seriousness, whereas all the violence inflicted on white people, particularly at the end, is given such crazy comedic weight to it that I couldn't take it seriously but the violence against blacks is undeniable in its brutality that I'm not sure how to feel. What do you two think about it? [marlonwallace]
- 27:07-36:42 - [Listener Question] A big reason I have a lot of respect for film critics, and I'm wondering if you ever felt this way, is that while I would consider myself a reasonably intelligent, well spoken person I have a hard time explaining why I do or do not like a movie. It more just a gut feeling for me and I just know. Either a movie draws me in completely or not. I find this very frustrating because I love movies so much I wish I was better versed in them. [Bob Phelan]
- 36:43-39:17 - [Listener Question] Your favorite Kevin J. recently posted an article with David Cronenberg, in which the filmmaker states "Comic books were -- especially those comic books which I was raised on (I loved Captain Marvel) -- created for adolescents and they have a core that is adolescent. To me, that limits the discourse of your movie if you're basing it accurately on that, and you cannot rise to the highest level of cinematic art." Kevin finished the article asking "Can comic book movies also double as cinematic art?" [the colleague]
- 39:18-41:35 - [Listener Question] To expand on that, a question for the two of you: can any movie with an adolescent core rise to the highest level of cinematic art? Are there movies existing today that fit the bill? And how would the two of you define/quantify/qualify "the highest level of cinematic art"? [the colleague]
- 41:36-46:38 - #GoodComments (find the source here)
- 46:39-51:44 - Laremy got a new phone
- 51:45-1:05:22 - Over / Under
- 10 years until Brad or Laremy have a quote used in the trailer of a major motion picture. [Chris]
- B+ for Francis Ford Coppola's career [Disco Paco]
- $18 million opening weekend for Texas Chainsaw 3D [John D.]
- 10 films that make a profit in the January/February draft [John D.]
- 7 more directed film by Spielberg [JN Films]
- 3 more Tom Hanks films that receive a B+ or higher rating by you guys [JN Films]
- 1.5 Seahawks playoff wins [Will-E]
- 100 podcasts in 2013 [Alex Thomas]
- 4 number of times Brad was called an idiot by good commenters in 2012 [Gautam]
- 3 number of Oscar Nominations that Django Unchained will receive [Gautam]
- 250 number of iTunes reviews for BnL podcast till end of 2013 [Gautam]
- 15 percent chance Perks of Being a Wallflower gets an adapted screenplay nomination
- 50 lens flairs in Star Trek Into Darkness [JeremyBaril]
- 57 percent of AMPAS members voting at this year's Oscars [the colleague]
- 1:05:23-1:17:35 - Buy or Sell
- Judd Apatow's next movie is a solid straightforward comedy on par with 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up.
- 2013 will be a better year in film then 2012
- This year's Oscars will be one of the highest rated in 5 years.
- Brad and Laremy aren't the most perceptive critics out there.
- The Master will surprise and be nominated 6+ Oscars including Best Picture.
- Man of Steel will kick ass [JN Films]
- Gangster Squad breaks The Hobbit's box office winning streak [John D.]
- Laremy has to think of six #GoodTweets for the first show in 2013 to make up for the lack of tweets in the last episode [John D.]
- Zero Dark Thirty is #1 in the box office the weekend of its wide release on January 11.
- 1:17:36-1:21:20 - Guess the Film Based on Its Foreign Title (courtesy of Quickslay)
- The Fighting Sausage
- In the Land of the Rocket-Worms
- 1:21:21-1:24:56 - #GoodTweets
- 1:24:57-1:28:00 - Randomness and a brief story
- 1:28:01-1:33:09 - Christmas presents
- 1:33:10-1:37:25 - Writers Guild nominations
- 1:37:26-1:41:00 - Closing
Finally, I do have one quick request. If you could give us a review on iTunes it would be greatly appreciated.
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Fall 2012 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy
|The Master||Sep 14||$35m||$18.9m||-$68.5m|
|Taken 2||Oct 5||$45m||$365.6m||$253.1m|
|Cloud Atlas||Oct 26||$100m||$65.7m||-$184.2m|
|Wreck-It Ralph||Nov 2||$165m||$277.1m||-$135.3m|
|Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2||Nov 16||$120m||$812.1m||$512.1m|
|Red Dawn||Nov 21||$65m||$43.6m||-$118.8m|
|Life of Pi||Nov 21||$120m||$306.7m||$6.7m|
|Django Unchained||Dec 25||$100m||$82.3m||-$167.1m|
|Les Miserables||Dec 25||$61m||$132.8m||-$19.6m|
|Resident Evil: Retribution||Sep 14||$65m||$221.8m||$59.3m|
|Paranormal Activity 4||Oct 19||$5m||$140.7m||$128.2m|
|Alex Cross||Oct 19||$23m||$32.8m||-$24.6m|
|Anna Karenina||Nov 16||$50m||$32.2m||-$92.7m|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Dec 14||$150m||$706.4m||$331.4m|
|The Impossible||Dec 21||$45m||$60.8m||-$51.6m|
The Fall 2012 Movie Box-Office Draft competition involved both Brad and Laremy "drafting" ten films each in hopes of scoring the largest net total by taking a film's worldwide gross subtracting two-and-a-half-times the reported budget. The film must be released between the months of September-December 2012. The draft took place on August 28 during the RopeofSilicon Podcast which you can listen to right here.
Listed above is all the most recent data as of this post. Budgetary information is not necessarily accurate and will most likely not be accurate until closer to or after each film's release.