Podcast: 2013 Golden Globe Reactions, Jodie Foster, 'Book of Mormon' and More

Almost two hours... but not quite

Rope of Silicon PodcastToday the 2013 Golden Globe Awards give us plenty to talk about including Oscar speculation and Jodie Foster's speech. On top of that we breeze through new DVDs and Blu-rays, discuss our time watching "Book of Mormon" and return to the Django Unchained conversation. We play a little Over/Under, Buy or Sell and Watch This or Watch That and get to as many of your questions as we can as this episode almost hits two hours long.

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.

  • 00:00-1:50 - Introduction
  • 1:51-5:18 - Xarnis wants to know who John C. Reilly Security Guard is.
  • 5:19-7:13 - Would You Rather get no comments on your article / review or only "GoodComments" [G-Man]
  • 7:14-12:22 - Answering a couple of questions from Wahoo
  • 12:23-15:49 - Future of live-blogging on RopeofSilicon
  • 15:50-18:28 - We saw "Book of Mormon"
  • 18:29-42:53 - 2013 Golden Globe Awards reactions
  • 42:54-44:56 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 44:57-48:43 - Laremy has an aside about the Oscars. Should the Academy be the ones that vote on the Oscars or should someone else?
  • 48:44-1:01:27 - [Listener Question] Trishana's Django Unchained question revisited (click here for the article discussed)
  • 1:01:28-1:09:48 - Laremy's rant
  • 1:09:49-1:11:26 - [Listener Question] In your opinion, which group of voters is more inept: Academy voters or the Baseball Writers Association of America? The BBWAA didn't elect a single person to the Hall of Fame this year, but the Academy *did* nominate 'War Horse' and 'The Kids are All Right' for Best Picture in the past two years. [Jon Sullivan]
  • 1:11:27-1:13:09 - Would the Oscars be better without nominees?
  • 1:13:10-1:14:58 - [Listener Question] The BAFTAs have a unique category in the Rising Star Award which is an award to an up-and-coming actor/actress where the nominations are selected by BAFTA members but the winner is selected by a public vote. I believe this was introduced to engage a younger audience in the awards and I wanted to ask whether you think the Oscars should adopt a similar award to engage a younger audience also? Do you think the Oscars would ever include awards which were voted for by the public in an attempt to encourage audience participation and interest? [Chas UK]
  • 1:14:59-1:20:28 - [Listener Question] I recently re-watched 'Magic Mike' and was reminded of Laremy's statement how he didn't know it was directed by Soderbergh until he saw his name in the end credits. There are filmmakers, such as Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, etc., with very distinctive style that, even if you didn't know it beforehand, you could probably make an educated guess as to who directed the movie upon seeing it. Apart from them having a clear creative voice, how much -- if at all -- is it a limitation at the same time, impeding them from being more versatile, instead of simply being good at their niche? [the colleague]
  • 1:20:29-1:29:19 - Over / Under
    • 100 percent chance Daniel Day-Lewis wins his 3rd Oscar. [Aleonardis]
    • 1.5 Oscar nominations for the RoS readership. [Aleonardis]
    • $100 million domestic gross for Zero Dark Thirty. [Kessler]
    • 2 musical numbers from Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars. [Kessler]
    • 15 inappropriate things Seth MacFarlane says at the Oscars [JN Films]
    • 2.5 years till a Magic Mike sequel [JN Films]
    • .5 more movies about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. [Andrew J.S.]
    • 5 years until Ben Affleck gets nominated for a Directing Oscar [Corbin]
    • 55 percent chance that Pain and Gain gets well reviewed by the vast majority of critics, but at least one of you doesn't like it. [Corbin]
    • 6 more months until the French Connection reappears. [Corbin]
    • $850 million worldwide for Jurassic Park 4. [Corbin]
    • 2.5 awards for QueenBear from its Oscar and Annie Award nominations (has 1 Oscar and 8 Annie nominations) [the colleague]
    • 15.5 trailers Brad sees in their entirety this year (not counting 'Man of Steel' and 'Pacific Rim') [the colleague]
    • 2.5 Weinstein Oscar wins [cordia]
    • 3.5 best picture nominees to earn over 300 million worldwide [cordia]
    • 26 percent chance "Amour" wins either the "Best Picture", "Best Director", "Leading Actress", or "Original Screenplay" Oscar [G-Man]
    • 5 years until the Academy nominates only 5 films for best picture. [Will-E]
    • 4 Years before The Shawshank Redemption gets dethroned as #1 on IMDB's Top 250 [G-Man]
  • 1:29:20-1:34:00 - Buy or Sell
    • 'Man of Steel' will be considered the best Superman film upon its release. [Xarnis]
    • 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' is better than the original [Xarnis]
    • Brad gets his own Letterboxd account [Xarnis]
    • Kathryn Bigalow's next film is not about the military [Justin Golding]
    • Pacific Rim is a financial failure [Justin Golding]
    • Brad or Laremy would host the Oscars for free if asked (expenses paid)
    • No movie gets more than 3 wins (last time this happened 7 years ago in 2006 with Crash)
    • Brad and Laremy go to every major festival sometime in the future. [Aleonardis]
    • Oz: The Great and Powerful becomes one of your choices as one of the worst movies of 2013. [Corbin]
    • Gwenyth Paltrow gets an Oscar, then goes backstage and drinks herself to death. [Corbin]
    • Quentin Tarantino's next film is his best work yet. [Corbin]
    • Ben Affleck wins best director for this next film.
    • The Oscars follow the Globes with having the best ratings in 6 years
  • 1:34:01-1:27:26 - Watch This / Watch That - Oscar Controversy Edition [Susan]
    • 2005 - Crash vs. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee won)
    • 2002 - Chicago vs. The Pianist (Polanski won)
    • 2000 - Gladiator vs. Traffic (Soderbergh won)
    • 1998 - Shakespeare in Love vs. Saving Private Ryan (Spielberg won)
    • 1989 - Driving Miss Daisy vs. Born on the 4th of July (Stone won and Beresford wasn't even nominated for Director)
  • 1:27:27-1:40:38 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:40:39-1:42:29 - [Listener Question] If you saw a film that supported a thesis you were against, do you think you could still enjoy it for its artistic merits? For example, if you were an atheist, do you think you would be able to enjoy a film that pushed a religious agenda if you felt the story was well developed, the characters had strong motivations and the direction was executed well? [Josh P.]
  • 1:42:30-1:43:27 - [Listener Question] You guys ever wonder what directors think they're BEST movie is/was? Nolan, Fincher, Refn, Spielberg, Tarantino, Kubrick, Scorsese, ETC. [Aleonardis]
  • 1:43:28-1:44:21 - [Listener Question] Do you think that The Academy would snub a fantastic aesthetic of a movie if it was something they didn't like, such as a terrific score in an overly precocious kids movie or a groundbreaking performance in a typical rom-com, and, in the past, have you had an element of a mediocre movie that you would put in a 'best' lineup for the Oscars? [Corbin]
  • 1:44:22-1:46:14 - [Listener Question] I know several people that when watching a movie at home, they have their phone or tablet in their hand at all times. They are returning texts, commenting on Facebook, tweeting, playing words with friends. I have made an agreement that whatever the movie is that we are "watching" during their secondary phone/tablet interaction, they actually did not see it. AKA it doesn't count. Their opinion of the film doesn't count in my book as they actually did NOT watch the film. I have been told that I am old fashion and to "get with the times" and that it is "normal" I refuse to move from my position. What are your thoughts on this? [Wahoo]
  • 1:46:15-1:52:00 - Closing

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Fall 2012 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
The MasterSep 14$35m$20.5m-$66.9m
LooperSep 28$30m$166.5m$91.5m
Taken 2Oct 5$45m$371.5m$259m
Cloud AtlasOct 26$100m$71.1m-$178.8m
Wreck-It RalphNov 2$165m$336.2m-$76.2m
Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2Nov 16$120m$822.6m$522.6m
Red DawnNov 21$65m$44m-$118.4m
Life of PiNov 21$120m$451.1m$151.1m
Django UnchainedDec 25$100m$125.3m-$124.6m
Les MiserablesDec 25$61m$233.8m$81.3m
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Resident Evil: RetributionSep 14$65m$221.8m$59.3m
ArgoOct 12$44.5m$167.6m$56.4m
Paranormal Activity 4Oct 19$5m$140.7m$128.2m
Alex CrossOct 19$23m$32.8m-$24.6m
FlightNov 2$31m$97.2m$19.7m
SkyfallNov 9$200m$1.032b$532.8m
LincolnNov 9$65m$152.6m-$9.8m
Anna KareninaNov 16$50m$43.3m-$81.6m
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyDec 14$150m$886.2m$511.2m
The ImpossibleDec 21$45m$89.1m-$23.3m

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.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    Glad to hear you guys liked Book of Mormon. I got a chance to see it on Broadway with the original cast. While I'm by no means a theater aficionado, this was far and away the funniest play I have ever seen.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS


    Only God Forgives is as good or better than Drive. [AS]

    Listener Question:

    Do you think The Wolf of Wall Street will be another Departed or something lesser (like Aviator/Hugo)? [AS]

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      I'd prefer the latest post on top.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      Listener Question: Has Laremy finished watching Les Mis?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    Just to clarify my Jodie Foster/Anne Hathaway comment from the live blog. I meant "Someone would have to be a good actor to actually show emotion during this bizarre all-over-the-place rant" and not "Oh this is soo deep Anne Hathaway's crying OMG she's amazing".

  • Joe

    Hi - I asked you guys this last year and you gave me tons of great answers, so I thought I'd ask again. My friend and I are throwing an Oscar party and we'd like to have food based on all 9 Best Picture nominees. Can you tap into your inner culinary geniuses once more and brainstorm some food ideas for us? thanks!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

    i would like the most recent post on the live blog at the bottom, closer to the comment section so easier to participate in the conversation

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    I like Laremy's quote about the Oscars being total chaos. Makes it all the more exciting!

    I know I've already stated this, but I'll continue again since it wasn't addressed. Emmanuelle Riva could seriously benefit from a split between Lawrence and Chastain. Plus, considering her age, the veteran factor could play into effect. She's a very possible potential surprise. And I certainly hope it happens.

    I really hope Silver Linings Playbook doesn't win any of the big awards. I know a lot of people loved it, and while I didn't hate it, I wasn't won over by it in any way. It was a good one time watch, a light-hearted dramedy that could have been better if it wasn't so formulaic. The performances were great though.

    • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

      Here's the deal with Django: Despite the fact that I feel the film is significantly flawed, not one of my problems with it was Tarantino's handling of the violence. As a matter of fact, I actually thought Tarantino's handling of the violence was one of the film's strongest point. He knew exactly when he wanted to make the violence over the top and entertaining, much like a Corbucci western, and when he wanted to make it realistic and disturbing, to the point that it has an emotional impact on the audience. Tarantino knew when the violence was meant to be simple entertainment and when it was meant to demonstrate how horrible slavery was. And I applaud him for that. In this regard, this makes Django one of his most mature films.

      I haven't seen any Corbucci westerns, although I did just order Django (1966) to watch as a point of reference (I know Tarantino's film is not a remake), but to compare the two films is simply not right, as I assume the author of this article in reference did. Tarantino was clearly influenced by Corbucci in an aesthetic manner, and to say that him simply copying this while failing to recognize the political undertones of the film is unfair. What each film is trying to accomplish is dependent on what the director is trying to achieve, his personal goal in regards to the specific film he is making. In the case of Django, I would say there is more to the violence than just sensation, and Tarantino clearly achieves his goal of keeping the audience entertained, while causing them to recognize the horrors of slavery. On the other hand, I would say that Kill Bill is just violent for the sake of being violent.

      BTW, should've added in my previous post that I too disliked Jodie Foster's speech. I was very surprised to hear all the acclaim directed towards it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    Listener Question: Given that there are movies that are unexpected surprises, shouldn't all movies be given a chance, and be viewed at least once? Even if you aren't anticipating that one specific movie, shouldn't it at least be given a shot, barring that it is an unexpected surprise?

    Over Unders:
    3 years until PTA makes his next film.
    45 percent chance that QueenBear gets its rights purchased by disney, then has a direct-to-video sequel.
    30 years before a movie based on a purely kids book gets nominated for Best Picture.

    Buy or Sells:

    I ever stop giving you Oz: the Great and Powerful over unders.
    The Golden Globes will be just as successful next year.
    The Great Gatsby isn't an uncontrollable mess of a film.

    By the way guys, I think that the comment from Marion on this article may have been the one that Laremy was trying to find today. It's a bit far down, but it's worth it: http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/2013-oscar-nominees-lincoln-leads-the-way-with-12-nominations/

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

      Oh man for got to put my name next to my stuff and I also forgot this buy or sell:

      Buy or Sell:
      Pacific Rim is as bad as the crappy trailers are [Corbin]

  • Andrew M.

    You guys are tone deaf. The Jodie Foster speech even in all its awkwardness was amazing. A fascinating insight into the mind of someone who 1) has always been in the spotlight and even when she tried to get away from it (Yale) she was dragged back in by her stalker's attempted assassination on a President; she let the stalker into her life because she thought he was a harmless fan 2) someone who's been a commodity since she was barely out of diapers and what that does to your psyche 3) someone who would not have reached her career peaks if she had not been forced (by Hollywood publicists, agents, studios etc.) to publicly hide a part of who she is.

    To build on that last point, think about this: She is the ONLY movie star that is OUT. Everyone else is still closeted. In 2013. Think of what that does to a person's emotional state. That's why it's an incredible speech.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Starting a discussion with an insult is not a good way to start a discussion. Sorry, I didn't read the rest. Thanks for listening.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis


        • jamie

          brad ripped into andrew, like jodie foster rips into a tray of stuffed hamsters.

    • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

      On your last point, Ian McKellan is probably just as well known as Jodie Foster at this point and he's been openly gay for years. And perhaps a lot of the biggest stars are straight?

      Most gay/lesbian actors are known as they are. Coming out and coming out publicly are two different things. To cite examples, a lot of actors have come out at the peak of their popularity/careers and continued to work. Ellen Degeneres came out when her TV show was its most popular. Neil Patrick Harris and Matt Bomer came out at the height of playing ladies men.

      I realize I'm getting off topic, but Jodie Foster notes she came out to whoever matters long ago. Now she's just cementing it now.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      "She is the ONLY movie star that is OUT. Everyone else is still closeted."

      - Ian Mckellen
      - Victor Garber
      - Zachary Quinto
      - Stephen Fry
      - Nathan Lane
      - David Hyde Pierce ......

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

      Insulting someone because they have a different--and entirely reasonable--opinion? Class act. By the way, Neil Patrick Harris, Luke Macfarlane, John Barrowman, Ian McKellen, Rupert Everett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Stephen Fry, Derek Jacobi, Nathan Lane, George Takei, Jane Lynch, Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Wanda Sykes, Meredith Baxter, and Lily Tomlin, to name a few, are all movie stars who are "OUT." There is a way to be out without looking for pity. I think it is an admirable thing, but to beg for privacy when making a roundabout and unnecessarily convoluted statement that begs for attention is a bit hypocritical.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Orhan94/ Orhan94

    Suggestions for the Brad-pronouncing names segment
    - Rade Sherbedgia
    - Mikkel Følsgaard
    - Oliver Hirschbiegel
    - Zhang Yimou
    - Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    - Ron Burgundy?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    I've officially been ranked as a newbie, lol

    By the way, I also thought Jodie Foster's speech was atrocious

    Also, The Shawshank Redemption is #1 on the IMDb Top 250 http://www.imdb.com/chart/top

    [Listener Question] Gregory Peck, and James Stewart are considered some of the Best Actors of their time. Who would you say are the Actors that, 50 years from now, will be seen as the greatest actors of this time.

    8 years until Zack Snyder wins an Oscar [Xarnis]
    3 hours and 15 minutes fro the 2013 Oscars (15 minutes long) [Xarnis]
    60% chance that Lincoln sweeps the Oscars and wins at least 7 awards [Xarnis]
    25 years until The Godfather is remade [Xarnis]
    500 comments on The Oscar Live Blog [Xarnis]

    Buy or Sell
    Another actor wins his third Best Actor Oscar, after Day-Lewis wins this year. (In the next 15 years) [Xarnis]
    2001: A Space Odyssey is remade in the nest 25 years [Xarnis]
    The Seven Samurai Star Wars movie is actually being made, just not by Zack Snyder [Xarnis]
    Kathryn Bigelow wins another Best Director Oscar [Xarnis]
    Only God Forgives and Nicholas Winding Refn are nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, respectively, at the 2014 Oscars. [Xarnis]

    Watch this or watch that... CIA Thriller edition
    Zero Dark Thirty or Argo
    The Bourne Ultimatum or Spy Game
    Body of Lies or Mission: Impossible III
    Clear and Present Danger or Enemy of State
    Syriana or Charlie Wilson's War

    Plus, I think the latest Live Blog post should be at the bottom.

    • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

      I'm curious, does your actor question exclude guys like De Niro and Pacino? If not, I'd say those two and Daniel Day Lewis would be the main ones. Or are you talking the young guys of today such as Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender? Just kind of curious

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

        I guess I'd say actors who were mainly active from 1970s - 2000s.

        Although the new actor angle is included in that, it's just harder to say because they haven't had a ton of experience.

  • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

    Brad, after you saw Inglorious Basterds, you made a list of your favourite Tarantino characters, with Aldo Rain and Hans Landa both making the list. I'm curious, due to how much you clearly loved Django, whether any of the characters from this film would make your list now.

    Bigger Oscar snub:

    Ben Affleck for Best Director (Argo) or last year Michael Fassbender for Best Actor (Shame)

    Buy or sell:

    Gravity is Alfonso Cauron's best film [Hamza]
    Rian Johnson follows a similar career path as Quentin Tarantion (fantastic writing, exploring different genres, use of same actors) [Hamza]
    Spike Lee's Oldboy turns out to be horrible [Hamza]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DArtagnan/ DArtagnan

    Buy or Sell
    - If Slumdog Millionnaire had not won, Life of Pi would be the frontrunner at the Oscars
    - If Katheryn Bigelow had not already won, she would be nominated this year
    - Quentin Tarantino will never win the Best Director oscar
    - There will never be a tie (like Katharine Hepburn/Barbra Streisand sharing Best Actress) again at the Oscars or the Golden Globes

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox


    Another current young actor will have an unexpected BenAffleckian rise to successful directing. [Fox]
    Andrew Dominik will be nominated for a Best Director Oscar at some point. [Fox]


    0.5 more Oscars for DDL (after he gets the inevitable Lincoln one) and 1.5 more Oscar noms. [Fox]
    15 years until a Lance Armstrong movie is released [Fox]

  • JN Films

    50% chance that you guys pronounce 'Swag' as 'Schwag' [JN Films]
    5 Minutes of crying by you guys after the Seahawks lost [JN Films]
    50% chance that The Great Gatsby makes one of your guys' top ten best films list [JN Films]
    50% chance that the golden globes will be more entertaining then the oscars [JN Films]
    70% RT score for Gatsby [JN Films]
    80% RT score for Justice League Movie [JN Films]
    3.5 years till Ryan Gosling wins a Oscar [JN Films]
    1.5 Oscar noms for Don Jon's Addiction [JN Films]

    Watch This or Watch That: Sci-Fi edition [JN Films]

    Avatar or Inception
    Looper or Prometheus
    Limitless or Source Code
    Moon or District 9
    Alien or Aliens
    Blade Runner or 2001: A Space Oddysey
    Star Wars Episode 4 or Star Wars Episode 6

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

    So, I definitely think you should do a live podcast for awards shows. Because it seems like I almost always agree with you, and who doesn't want to hear their own opinions spoken back at them by others, I would be totally down for that. Do it. I'm on board.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Actually, the major problem isn't doing it, it's figuring out how to do it.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

        "If You Believe, You Can Achieve" and Other Trite Sayings

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

    By the way, good on Jodie Foster for having the self-confidence needed to think people are that interested in her, but when things like that infringe upon DDL's speech time and those of others, it is pretty egregious. Thanks for saying it as it is.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

      Social work shout out. Represent!

  • Jake17

    [Listener Question]: Expanding on Xarnis' question, who do you think will be considered the great actresses of our time 50 years from now?
    3.5 number of Oscar nominations for The Counselor at the 2014 Academy Awards [Jake17]
    2.5 more directors pass on the Star Wars VII directing position until someone else takes the job. [Jake17]
    Watch This Or Watch That: Pixar Edition [Jake17]
    Toy Story or Cars
    A Bugs Life or Cars 2
    The Incredibles or Up
    Finding Nemo or Wall-E
    Ratatouille or Monsters, Inc.
    Toy Story 2 or Toy Story 3

    • Jake17

      Oh, and I felt the Jodie Foster speech was an overindulgent mess.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

      I personally really see a lot of potential and a great future for Jessica Chastain, so that would be my answer to your question.
      For your Watch This/ Watch That:
      Toy Story. A Bugs Life. The Incredibles. Wall-E. Ratatouille. Toy Story 3.

      • Jake17

        I agree about Chastain. She's certainly someone I hope will be well remembered in years to come, as she continues to pick great projects.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

    By the way, please continue talking about the West Wing in your podcasts. I automatically view your podcasts and an even better light whenever I hear you talk about it. One of my favorite shows by far.

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    RE: The live blogs, I was at work (on my computer) for the Golden Globes so I quite enjoyed the description of who is on stage etc.

  • Bruce

    Brad, would you say Lincoln or Argo is more deserving for Best Picture?

    • Jake17

      Well, Lincoln made his Top 10 and Argo didn't, so out of the two he'd probably rather Lincoln.

  • Bren

    Do you agree with what Ben Affleck said in his Globes acceptance speech that PT Anderson is the Orson Welles of our time? If not, can anyone compare to him at all?

  • JN Films

    60% that someone gets pregnant while listening to your podcast [JN Films]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    I'm with you wahoo. You are not old fashioned. When people do other things while watching a movie, they don't pay attention to what going on in the movie no matter how much they insist that they do. Even in my world it does not count if others are playing with phones and tablets while watching a movie. I agree with brad and laremy, its a pet peeve

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    Laremy, for that GoodComment you couldn't find, was it the first comment on your "Action Directors" article for film.com?

  • Jesse3232

    "The Hurt Locker" was better than "Zero Dark Thirty" because it wasn't predictable #GoodTweets

  • Susan

    I'm curious about your thoughts on Paul Schrader. You two were both dismissive of his filmography on a recent podcast, and while I admit his most recent films haven't been great, he has many excellent movies to his credit, both in writing and directing. In the latter, Schrader has made Auto Focus, Affliction, American Gigolo and the truly superb Mishima - Vengeance is Mine.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Bob/ Fedorchuck

    Regarding your discussion of Guillermo Del Toro from two podcasts ago, could you elaborate on why you like Blade 2 so much but hate Hellboy? I put them both in the 'not high art, but entertaining enough' category. I found it a bit weird considering how much you liked 'Live Free or Die Hard', which you mentioned again later in the same episode.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Artorious/ Artorious

    [Listener Question] Do you feel like Argo could have a better chance of winning Best Picture now, due to the Affleck snub? Will voters, seeing the large support he (and the film) has now, try to rectify the situation by awarding him BP? Does it all matter on the PGA and DGA and will they do the same?

  • marc

    Laremy, did you let Dave Chen at slashfilm know how you feel about his Asian comments that you don't know what its like to be Asian? He's way off, anyway.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Wahoo/ Wahoo

    [Listener Question] Do you think Peter Jackson will retool Hobbit 2 and 3 due to, what I considered, a significant drop in general (AKA non-Tolkien/Jackson Fan boys) viewer appreciation for his first Hobbit film? I am NOT a fan boy of the books or the movies and I really enjoyed several viewing over the years of the LOTR trilogy. But I really don’t care about re-watching The Hobbit . . . . at all . And from what I hear around the “water cooler” none of my peeps are gonna see it again either . . .

    Thoughts (dreams)?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JonSullivan/ Jon Sullivan

    Listener Question:

    What do critics mean when they mention that a certain film is getting an "Oscar Push" from its producer? Is the producer actually calling Academy voters to lobby for votes? And, if so, why are producers like Harvey Weinstein so successful at convincing voters to cast ballots for his movies?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

    100 million worldwide for the last stand [Cordia]
    2.5 oscar wins for Lincoln [Cordia]
    125 million worldwide for Silver Linings Playbook [Cordia]
    22.5 Good Comments for the rest of 2013 [Cordia]
    3.5 movies making a billion this year [Cordia]
    2.5 more cameo's from QT in his own movies [Cordia]

    If Lincoln wins SAG best ensemble it wins Best Picture [Cordia]
    Daniel Day-Lewis next film will be a movie that takes place in present time [Cordia]
    within 30 years a foreign language film will win best picture [Cordia]
    both WGA and DGA winners will not be the same as the winners at the oscars [Cordia]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Will-E/ Will-E

    Buy or Sell
    The Rope of Silicon Awards are live blogged

    Who will be the second female to win best director at the oscars: Bigelow, Lynne Ramsay, Debra Granik or someone else entirely?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Will-E/ Will-E

      I personally would like to see Coppola get it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/the%20colleague/ the colleague

    Under, Over, Over, Under... your desperation was palpable, Brad. :)

    - If one of the Hollywood fat cats came to you tomorrow and said "Guys, you're clearly crushing it. We like the dynamic, the songs, #GoodTweets, the works, and we think there's a movie here." The two of you can have your pick of three things: the director, composer, and a screenwriter. Who would you chose?

    - you two will host an awards ceremony of any sort, ever

    Watch This or Watch That (Liam Neesons Edition):
    - Darkman or Star Wars: Episode I
    - Taken or The Grey
    - Chloe or After.Life
    - Clash of the Titans or Wrath of the Titans
    - Battleship or Taken 2

    Would You Rather:
    - watch a very good fictional movie or watch a middling movie based on an actual event
    - wade through 25 Over/Unders or 25 Buy/Sells
    - watch 2 hours worth of commercials in the comfort of your own home or watch an hours worth of trailers in the cinema
    - watch a very broad comedy alone in a theater or watch a movie that requires your complete attention in the company of your family
    - be a Hollywood accountant asked to do some "creative accounting" on a movie that looks like it's going to be a loser or be in charge of marketing a movie that, at least on the surface, looks like a tough sell (i.e. Inception)
    - be a comedic actor who hasn't had a hit movie for a long time and is planning a comeback or the exact same thing, but as a dramatic actor
    - know the names of people who comprise the MPAA ratings panel or the names of AMPAS members who voted for Best Picture winner

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    I enjoy all episodes, but liked this past episode a little more than usual.


    John Campea at AMC said that people don't want to direct Star Wars because of all the potential backlash from the fans. What say you guys? All money aside, if you were an established director, would you be willing to do it? If you were an up-and-coming director (i.e. Rian Johnson)? [G-Man]

    Would you be more surprised if...(Oscars)

    Daniel Day-Lewis doesn't win Best Actor OR Beasts of the Southern Wild wins Best Picture

    Ang Lee wins Best Director OR Life of Pi wins Best Picture

    Argo wins 5+ Oscars (7 noms) OR Lincoln wins 3 or less Oscars (12 noms)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/T-1000/ TJ

    Over/under: 1.5 times Seth MacFarlane does the Stewie voice hosting the Oscars [TJ]
    3.5 Oscar wins for Argo [TJ]

    Buy or sell: The Acadamy makes it up to Affleck and Argo wins Best Picture [TJ]
    Silver Linings Playbook upsets Zero Dark Thirty in the weekend box office [TJ]

  • http://cinemmaconfessions.blogspot.com Gautam

    Buy or Sell

    Before Midnight gets a Best Screenplay nomination at the Oscars [ Before Sunset did]
    Shane Caruth's Upstream Color wins Grand Jury prize at Sundance. [Primer did]