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Podcast: 2013 Oscar Recap, New DVDs and Blu-rays and More

Another award season in the bank

Rope of Silicon PodcastThe 2013 Oscars are over and Laremy and I are putting the final touches on the season with a look back at Sunday's show, the winners, the losers, Seth MacFarlane and more. On top of that we take a look at the week's new DVD and Blu-ray releases, your questions and voicemails, a few games and we are out in just over 91 minutes.

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  • 00:00-00:53 - Introduction
  • 00:54-3:42 - Brief Oscar talk
  • 3:43-12:05 - Show notes
  • 12:06-30:26 - Lots more Oscar talk
  • 30:25-34:49 - [Listener Question] If you could fix ONE thing from the Oscars telecast (host, an announcer, musical number, a particular winner), what would it be? [Flewellen]
  • 34:50-39:59 - [Listener Question] Even if Affleck was nominated, do you really think he deserves it more than Ang Lee purely on direction basis? I think Ang Lee had a much harder, challenging task to pull of Life of Pi as a director. [Nav]
  • 40:00-41:44 - [Listener Question] What is the reason good Art House films such as 'Drive' and 'Moonrise Kingdom' don't receive major award recognition? [Xarnis]
  • 41:45-51:31 - [Listener Question] Do you think because there were several Oscar nomination surprises and snubs this year we will see a more predictable batch of nominees and winners for next years Oscars? [Jennifer]
  • 51:32-53:06 - [Listener Question] What do you guys think about using movies like Lincoln to teach history in schools? Could it be a great initial event to get kids interested in history? Or should it be re-thought as a lot of Hollywood films change historical events for the benefit of the greater story... [Kristen K.]
  • 53:07-54:10 - The Razzies
  • 54:11-57:08 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 57:09-1:00:00 - #GoodComments
  • 1:00:01-1:07:56 - [Listener Voicemail] The Colleague - What determines a filmmakers next movie?
  • 1:07:57-1:10:35 - Over / Under
    • C+ - Brad's grade for Jack the Giant Slayer [the colleague]
    • 3 Oscar nominations for 'Snowpiercer' [Xarnis]
    • 4 2014 Oscar Best Picture Nominees that are on Brad's 2013 Top 10 [Xarnis]
    • 10 years before a Bond film gets major award recognition at the Oscars (I.e. Picture, Director, Screenplay) [Xarnis]
    • 2 more Oscar nominations for Bradley Cooper [Thornsy]
  • 1:10:36-1:15:06 - Playing the Percentages:
    • % chance whoever loses the winter draft will try and make the other one forget about the bet [the colleague]
    • % chance Seth MacFarlane will host The Oscars ever again [Laremy]
    • % chance Jack Nicholson wins another Academy Award [Laremy]
    • % chance we get 1000 comments next year on the Oscar live blog [Laremy]
    • % chance Jack the Giant Slayer hits $100 million domestically [Laremy]
  • 1:15:07-1:19:16 - Guess the movie based on its tagline
    • Girls like me don't make invitations like this to just anyone!
    • The story of a lifetime.
    • Cops or Criminals. When you're facing a loaded gun what's the difference?
    • Sometimes you have to reach into someone else's world to find out what's missing in your own.
    • ...all it takes is a little Confidence.
  • 1:19:17-1:21:05 - Guess the MPAA rating based on its reason
    • For some sexual content and brief drug use.
    • For pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence.
    • For sexual references and language.
    • For sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language.
  • 1:21:06-1:23:05 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:23:06-1:24:47 - [Listener Question] Which, out of all the major sci-fi films (for example Star Trek, Gravity, Snowpiercer ect.) will be good? And which one do think has the best chance at the awards season next year? [Joseph McDonald]
  • 1:24:48-1:27:29 - [Listener Voicemail] EPayneDDS
  • 1:27:30-1:28:48 - [Listener Song] The Bioscopist
  • 1:28:49-1:31:47 - Closing

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Winter 2013 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Promised LandJan 4$15m$7.5m-$29.9m
The Last StandJan 18$45m$27.7m-$84.7m
Movie 43Jan 25$6m$23m$8m
Hansel and Gretel: Witch HuntersJan 25$50m$163.3m$38.3m
Stand Up GuysFeb 1$15m$3.2m-$34.2m
Side EffectsFeb 8$30m$25.2m-$49.7m
Beautiful CreaturesFeb 13$60m$21.7m-$128.2m
Escape from Planet EarthFeb 14$40m$35.1m-$64.8m
A Good Day To Die HardFeb 14$92m$184.3m-$45.6m
Dark SkiesFeb 22$3.5m$8.8m$100k
   $500.2m-$390.9m
     
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Texas Chainsaw 3DJan 4$20m$34.3m-$15.6m
Gangster SquadJan 11$60m$95.8m-$54.1m
Broken CityJan 18$35m$19.5m-$67.9m
MamaJan 18$15m$97.6m$60.1m
ParkerJan 25$30m$17.3m-$57.6m
Warm BodiesFeb 1$30m$75.9m$968k
Bullet to the HeadFeb 1$55m$9.3m-$128.1m
Identity ThiefFeb 8$35m$94.6m$7.1m
Safe HavenFeb 14$28m$48m-$21.9m
SnitchFeb 22$35m$13m-$74.5m
 $505.7m-$351.7m
     

The Winter 2013 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 in January and February of 2013. The draft took place on December 21, 2012 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://cineenuruguay.blogspot.com/ Driver

    Over/Unders
    C+ for Oz: The Great and Powerful
    3 best picture nominees released in the first half of the year (Festivals count as releases)

    Question:
    What will happen first? Affleck wins an Oscar for Acting or Clooney gets one for Writing? Or, Who will win an Oscar for directing first? If both win at some point.

  • Trishana

    Question:
    Is there an Oscars "curse" or "kiss of death"? Following this years Oscars made me think about other actors who have not had successful careers after their win/nominations. Some names that come to mind are Mo'Nique, Gabourey Sidibe, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Angela Bassett, Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker (I'm sure there are plenty more). I have slowly realized that an Oscar win or nomination doesn't guarantee that you will land great roles or even have a consistent career. I think this is truer for black actors and actresses. Do you believe that there is some validity to this claim? Why can't some actors, who are very talented, translate an Oscar win/nom into future success?

    Over/Under:
    15 years before there will be a film to pull off an Oscar sweep of the "Big 5" (Best Picture, Actress/Actor, Screenplay and Director). The last film to do this was The Silence of the Lambs.
    10 more years of the Rope of Silicon podcast.

    Buy or Sell:
    The Oscars will cut down its show time to 2.5 hours.
    The Oscars will change the Best Director category to automatically match the Best Picture nominees.

    Playing the Percentages:
    % chance Christoph Waltz will win a 3rd Oscar for a non-Tarantino movie.
    % chance of an obvious Best Director snub at the 2014 Oscars.
    % chance an actor will win Oscars back to back in the same category. The most recent case was Best Actor Oscars for Tom Hanks in Philadelphia('93) and Forrest Gump('94).

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

    Is there a female director besides Bigelow that has the potential (quality and popularity) to win an Oscar in the near future?

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

      Sofia Coppola will, in all likelihood, win Best Director. She just hasn't made a film that appeals to the Oscar demo yet.

      • Jake17

        Yeah, she is most likely at this point. The Bling Ring might give her the chance this year.

  • http://www.everyeliakazanmovie.blogspot.ca/ IngmarTheBergman

    Over/Under:
    A $500 fee for Brad to review RoS user's films. (Ingmar)
    5 years before Brad sings on the podcast. (Ingmar)

    Playing the Percentages:
    Percent chance you guys go to Cannes.

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    I tend to agree that I didn't notice Macfarlane's 'sexism' but I did notice people complaining in my Twitter feed so it must have been apparent I guess.

    Oscar betting was awesome, more than happy to donate / sponsor as I'm sure the podcast helped me win $ with all the discussion. Shame TLJ, Spielberg + Wreck-It didn't win, would have been some nice payouts there! I know the Best Picture odds normally come out around May but the acting categories wouldn't come out until October-November. The minor categories come out once the nominations are settled. Someone was thanking me for giving them Argo at 8-1 in September, happy with that! (A long time to wait though haha)

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

      Well I watched at home with mom, sister and daughter. None of cared for the boob jokes but can you blame us?! Oh, except for when he said no one has seen Jennifer Lawrences boobs and her response is a hearty "yeah"!! Im not in a tizzy, but It is a minus.
      But I can see how guys might think it was funny and not give it much thought.
      But im not sure another host would be an improvement in that department. think about the gender ratio of the academy! Who Knows...

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

    Donated and proud...although now I can't afford Laremy's book ;)

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

      Thanks Adu! Appreciate the contribution!

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

        You're most welcome...you guys deliver a worthy product.

        And Laremy, I'm with you on King Kong...I think the King Kong vs T-Rex battle is the best CGI sequence ever created.

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

        Brad, love the sponsorship idea. When will you be getting that under way. I want to support you and the site. everyday i look forward to visiting and participating in the various conversations with other members.

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

          I see you found it! Thanks for the donation!

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

            Yes I found it brad! It' is completely my pleasure to donate! You guys never cease to bring it to the podcasts! And the site itself is always a great source of information, community and entertainment. Cheers

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

    Interesting interview with Sony boss Michael Lynton’s about movies, distribution, social media marketing, etc.. Thoughts?

    http://allthingsd.com/20130226/hollywood-goes-digital-but-not-too-digital-sony-boss-michael-lyntons-candid-dive-into-media-interview/

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

    Playing them percents:
    % chance the Arrested Development movie becomes the first real comedy to get a best picture nom [Silrian]
    % chance for previous film getting a best screenplay nom [Silrian]

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

      I'm now doubting whether a comedy (solely a comedy) hasn't got a best film nom already at some point. Sorry for being mistaken if it has.

      • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

        Certainly there have been some comedies nominated for Best Picture, but you'd be correct, they are always more a subgenre of comedy (i.e. romantic comedy, dramatic comedy, dark comedy, etc.) than a straight-up comedy film. True comedies generally lack the dramatic tension required to develop in the audience a care for the characters and involvement with the story, which I feel is the driving force behind most of the films nominated each year.

        I have to imagine that, if in fact the "Arrested Development" gets made -- which I will believe when I see it, because it's been a long time coming and we still have no official word on the film -- it will be hit-and-miss just like the TV show. It seems the shows has a very expansive fan base, but I think that's because the die-hards (myself included) are louder about it and thus the noise surrounding the series is amplified.

        In reality, though, some people love it, and some people hate it -- even just within my group of friends, I know people who sit at each of those polar opposite ends of the spectrum. The show is extremely meta, self-referential, outlandish, and dry, and I don't see how that leads to a Best Picture nomination, frankly. Not exactly the traits of a universally-loved property.

        And we're still just assuming this thing gets made, which remains to be seen. I'd love for it to happen, and I will be among the first in line to go see it if it does get made, but I don't see a serious "Arrested Development for Best Picture" campaign developing after it's been released. The fans will likely love it, but those on the outside likely won't care all that much even though they may enjoy it.

  • Essie Yessie

    It's pretty reductive to imply that anyone who enjoyed Holy Motors didn't truly enjoy it. Carax works cinematic sweet spots in a similar fashion as QT, whether it be Cocteau, Lynch, or Buneul, the difference is he surrounds those sweet spots with deeply layered themes such as isolation, maturation, and modernization of art. QT surrounds his sweet spots with more sweet spots, quippy, empty humor, and a chaotic, off putting lack of morality. So for someone who's favorite movie of the year was Django, maybe give Holy Motors another shot and be willing to do some work; the rewards are much greater.

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

      Wow, where to start. I'll just address this comment in full on Friday's episode.

  • Chris

    Random Q: what do you think of a Will Ferrell/Kristen Wiig hosted Oscars produced by Judd Apatow or Adam McKay? It would b great pub for Anchorman 2 if they announce them as hosts before its release.

    • Jake17

      That's genius. I'd love that.

  • http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

    I'm all for the subscription. Maybe I missed it, but when do you plan on implementing it?

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

      Donation button is right under the player and I'm still not sure on the subscription date.

  • Justin Golding

    Hey, I don't know if you guys are Arrested Development fans but is the movie still a go? I know that the new season is coming in May and the president of Netflix has already said there won't be any additional seasons. Maybe Laremy's secret spy who was talking down Iron Man 3 has some info

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

      Yeah, the movie is a go, not sure of a release... the series returns to Netflix on May 4.

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

    Im in the middle of listening to your pod cast. You refered to donating and sponsorship. If I remember correctly, sponsorship profits you more because paypal takes a portion for the donation.
    Can you give me the details on this? I want to give in the way that best supports your efforts. Which I so enjoy by the way!
    With your help, I actually got 21/24 on my oscar predictions! I changed to Brave at the least minute after I listened to your friday podcast.

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

      I was over at cinemablend.com and there was a write up of this very topic.

      "Why is a song called "We Saw Your Boobs" not just lame, as MacFarlane himself admitted in the number, but demeaning to the women he mentioned? Why is it uncool to chalk up Jessica Chastain's Zero Dark Thirty character to being a nag who won't let anything go?

      If you want the short answer, it's "If you're going to make jokes at the expense of women, make them funny and original."
      But for the long answer, read our conversation below

      http://www.cinemablend.com/new/yes-seth-macfarlane-oscar-jokes-were-sexist-yes-it-matters-35994.html#sthash.GiI5Ertb.dpuf

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

    Donation sent

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

      Thanks Garrett! We appreciate the support!

      • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

        Thanks for the great work over the past couple of years. Happy to contribute to what comprises several hours of my weekly entertainment.

  • Stephen

    I will donate as soon as I get my new card in the mail! Lost it somewhere while on the town. Love the show guys! It truly is one of the highlights of my Tuesdays and Fridays. Keep going strong!

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

      Thanks Stephen, definitely appreciate the support and kind words!

  • OYID

    Buy or sell: a documentary ever wins best picture.
    Buy or sell: the VFX debacle is solved favorably for the artists.
    Buy or sell: this victory backfires horribly as studios flee unionized wages for the greener pastures of Asian exploitation.
    Buy or sell: western VFX studios remain technologically superior to their Asian counterparts, and as a result movie quality becomes visibly unequal between studios who do pay for unionized artists and those who don't, leading to a public backlash. Keep in mind CGI has a way of looking faker as the years pass.

    Over-Unders: 1.5 hosts for next year's Oscar Ceremony.

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

    Over/Under
    1.5 Oscar nominations for Only God Forgives [Xarnis]
    8 years until Nicholas Winding Refn is nominated for Best Director at theOscars [Xarnis]
    2 more times Seth McFarlane hosts the Oscars [Xarnis]
    2 more Oscar noms for Jennifer Lawrence [Xarnis]
    5 F grades total from Brad in 2013 [Xarnis]
    B grade for 'The Monuments Men' [Xarnis]

    Buy or Sell
    Jessica Chastain becomes the new Meryl Streep (in terms of acting jobs and subsequent nominations). [Xarnis]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Hey Brad, when can we be expecting your review of Jack The Giant Slayer?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      And also, will you be reviewing 21 And Over and The Last Exorcism Part 2?

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

        No to both those, no screenings for critics on either in Seattle.

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

    Geez, I've been so busy with awards season that the last film I saw was identity thief, which btw was a good laugh. Not a great film, but a fun time.
    I'd better get a move on! Next up is side effects. I have resisted reading the full reviews and even watching the trailers. Not an easy task.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      Glad to see I'm not the only person that enjoyed Identity Thief!

  • Gannondorf

    Brad, I'm not just saying this to gain attention, but literally EVERYTHING you said about Anne Hathaway I agree with. Even the comment about her being good in Get Smart. It made me start laughing when I was listening to the pod!

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

    [Listener Question]
    Do you think that animated film has reached it peak? It now seems like its on a downward spiral, with Pixar making lackluster films and other studios not making them at all. Or do you think that this is just a phase and animation has yet to reach it potential. [Xarnis]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Listener question
    I know that Brad wasn't a big fan of some of the comedies that came out last year(to name some off the top of my head, Ted, This Is 40, Wanderlust, etc.), so do you think that this year will be a better year for comedies than last year?

  • Ron Oneal Fresh

    Over/Under

    - C grade from Brad for Amazing Spiderman 2 [Ron O'Neal Fresh]
    - 1.5 Oscar noms for Twelve Years A Slave [Ron O'Neal Fresh]
    - 1.5 Best Supporting noms going forward for Daniel Day Lewis [Ron O'Neal Fresh]
    - 1 Terrence Malik film hitting theaters in 2013 [Ron O'Neal Fresh]
    - 25 years before Laremy gives a Horror picture an A+ [Ron O'Neal Fresh]

    Best or Sell

    - There are more auteur directors today then there were 30 years ago [Ron O'Neal Fresh]

    - The Long Ranger will NOT be a steaming pile of mediocrity. [Ron O'Neal Fresh]

    - Comic Book movies eventually being a permanent staple in American Cinema like the Western to where it will be respected. [Ron O'Neal Fresh]

    [Comment]

    You guys commented how everyone hates Anne Hathaway,

    I think that just how Hollywood and the awards circuit with all the marketing and campaigning has become now, it's turned into High school everyone in their little factions, these people don't like those people — Certain directors are disliked David O. Russell, Tarantinto, there's even someone who dislikes Michael Haneke.

    From a far Anne Hathaway seems like a down to earth humble actress who pretty & charming. Someone like in High School HATES that person, thinks they are fake or two-faced so on & so forth. I just think that how new actors mainly actresses are gonna face in the future. People love Jennifer Lawrence now but when she's 28-29 It wouldn't surprise me If people turn on her.

  • Ron Oneal Fresh

    The Lone Ranger.

    Whoa typo.

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

    Im also interested in the exploration of the "high school" popular mentality. Even as adults (grown up or not), one can see evidence of that mentality. "They/she have everything I wish I did, so I hate them/her. I want to see her fall from grace, from the top. Maybe I can contribute to that fall..".
    Even my daughters don't like Anne Hathaway but can't tell me exactly why! Funny eh? Alternatively, Im not sure I have ever come across anyone quite like Lawrence who seems anything but fake or pretentious.

  • Ron Oneal Fresh

    Also in Hollywood there's this weird line you have to walk, If you make nothing but Blockbusters "You're not challenging yourself artistically and are just a mercenary, If you're super calculating in choosing the dramatic roles, "You're making Oscar bait and are pandering for awards recognition"

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

      Yeah youre right about that. So with that in mind, does it tend to work for an actor to do both types of film.
      I love that Charlize Theron has mostly done indies, and as far as I can tell seems to be well respected. Is this true?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Buy Or Sell
    - Brad sees Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 and enjoys it more than the first film.
    - The Hangover Part 3 is as good or better than the first film.
    - Laremy and Brad both win 2 box office drafts in 2013.
    - Laremy does better than Brad with his Oscar predictions for the next Oscars.
    - Seth Gordon makes a Horrible Bosses sequel before an Identity Thief sequel.
    - The Hangover Part 3 outgrosses The Hangover Part 2 at the box office.
    - Die Hard 6 gets made.

    Over/Under
    . C+- Brad's grade for Planes.
    . Laremy gives The Smurfs 2 a C.
    . Ben Affleck's next film he directs wins 5 Oscars including best picture.
    . Brad And Laremy both give The Avengers 2 and Justice League a grade higher than B.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      I got a playing the percents too
      - % chance that both Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World are better than The Avengers.

  • http://www.twitter.com/marlonwallace marlonwallace

    Over/Under

    --5 Best Picture nominees that gross $100 million or more domestically for next year's Oscars [marlonwallace]

    Playing dem Percents

    --% chance that Adele will become an E.G.O.T. winner
    --% of the 25 films opening March 1 that you are interested in seeing
    --% chance that an animated film will ever be nominated for Best Cinematography
    --% chance 2014 Oscars will be held in January, bumped up due to Olympics

    Question

    --There is this movie theater about 20 minutes from my house that I've started going to, which I've noticed shows the latest Bollywood, Tamil and Telugu films. I wondered why until I realized the area around that theater has a huge Hindi population. Currently, the theater is showing 'Kai Po Che' and I know that this Friday, the Bollywood film 'I, Me Aur Main' which is Hinglish for "Me Myself and I" will start playing. I've seen a few Bollywood films and guys like Irfan Khan have done well in America, and I think John Abraham could be a crossover Bollywood star in the U.S. too, but I always feel like I'm missing out on this film culture and I was just curious what you guys thought about Bollywood or Hindi films. Should non-Hindi Americans care about them?

    --This past weekend, I watched 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' which dealt with the issue of interracial dating. Has there been a movie like that which deals with an important social or cultural issue that you've enjoyed or is there a social or cultural issue that you'd like to see Hollywood tackle, almost in the vein of 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'?

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

    Listener Question:

    Laremy, on Monday's podcast it sounded like you thought 'Winter's Bone' was good-but-not-great (you had it below 'The King's Speech', '127 Hours', 'The Fighter' and 'Inception'). I was wondering if you would expand on your thoughts a bit, because I personally felt it was the best movie in 2010. Thanks for the great work, gentlemen. [Jon Sullivan]

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

    [Listener Question]
    Many people are calling Argo one of the "worst best picture winners." Do you agree with this statement? And why do you think people are saying this about Argo?
    [Xarnis]

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

    Obviously it's way to early to say anything definitive, but given that Quentin Tarantino has now directed Christoph Waltz to two Oscar wins, could you see Tarantino/Waltz going down as one of the great director/actor combinations in cinema, along with the likes of Ford/Wayne, Kurosawa/Mifune and Scorsese/DeNiro? Just for the record, only two other actors have won multiple academy awards with the same director: Walter Brennan (Come and Get It and The Westerner, both directed by William Wyler) and Dianne West (Hanna and Her Sisters and Bullets Over Broadway, both Woody Allen films).

  • Aidan

    Buy or Sell: Jack the Giant Slayer is the worst Brian Singer Film
    Listener Question: Have you guys ehard of this new Tarzan movie coming out starring Kellan Lutz? Thoughts?
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1705952/

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    Question:

    Is there an expectation if you attend a screening as a press member that you'll write a review for it? I'm guessing the answer is no since I know Laremy sometimes goes but someone else covers the review on Film.com. But are you required to write a certain number of reviews per year? How about if you request a blu-ray / DVD copy?

    Are you guys as anti-sequel about TV shows as you are about films? (i.e. assuming the books weren't in place, would you support HBO producing a new original series rather than a new season of Game of Thrones?)

    Over / Under:

    0.5 - Seattle Sounders games attended this year by Brad or Laremy