Podcast: 2014 Oscar Nominations and Reviews of 'Jack Ryan', 'Ride Along' & 'The Nut Job'

Awards talk and reviews galore

Rope of Silicon PodcastOscar nominations are out and you better believe we're discussing them, right along with last night's Critics Choice Awards winners and we also have reviews of Ride Along, The Nut Job and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in another action packed episode of the RopeofSilicon Podcast.

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  • 00:00-1:42 - Introduction
  • 1:43-4:54 - College basketball
  • 4:55-8:15 - Show notes
  • 8:16-14:23 - Talking people
  • 14:24-23:57 - 2014 Oscar Nominations
  • 23:58-32:12 - 2014 Critics Choice Awards
  • 32:13-40:13 - [Listener Question] You guys often talk about how people on the Internet always need something to complain about. Today, after watching the Oscar nominations, I actually read YouTube comments where people were complaining about the fact that MAN OF STEEL and ELYSIUM were missing from the Best VFX race. Honestly, what is wrong with people? Criticism of the Academy is always welcome, but why do many people fail to realize that there are only five (or ten) slots in each category? [TheOneWhoKnocks]
  • 40:14-46:54 - The Nut Job review (read Laremy's review here)
  • 46:55-54:02 - Ride Along review (read Brad's review here and Laremy's here)
  • 54:03-1:16:08 - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit review (read Brad's review here)
  • 1:16:09-1:17:18 - [Listener Question] Which of these notorious best picture winners deserve reconsideration in your opinion: Crash, A Beautiful Mind, Chicago, Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Out of Africa, Chariots of Fire, Gandhi... [brace]
  • 1:17:19-1:26:43 - [Listener Question] With all the "controversy" surrounding The Wolf of Wall Street this year, and even Zero Dark Thirty last year, and knowing you guys both seemed to disagree with it, I am wondering if you have ever thought the controversy surrounding a film was deserved? Are there any movies you consider controversial? Have you ever been offended by a film? [Jake H]
  • 1:26:44-1:26:45 - [Listener Question] Part of the reason Laremy seems to dislike DUB A DUB is because it promotes bad behavior. My question is this: is the filmmaker obligated to denounce his/her characters' actions? Plenty of great movies have been made in the past about reprehensible characters whom we are supposed to root for. Is it just a matter of one's personal morality? [TheOneWhoKnocks]
  • 1:26:46-1:27:41 - [Listener Question] With Behind the Candelabra scooping some BAFTA nominations thanks to a theatrical release here, do you think it would have been a player at the Oscars if it had it not been on TV? [Seensome]
  • 1:27:41-1:33:56 - Over / Under
    • 5 the most number of wins for any film at the Oscars 2014 [topyxyz]
    • 3 Oscar wins for American Hustle [robotsrule]
    • 2.5 disappointments/surprises by both Brad and Laremy (each) in the Oscar nominations list [John D.]
    • 1.5 months before Laremy adds a title to his Recommended Films of 2014 list [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    • C- from Brad for Seth Macfarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West [Magille Foote]
  • 1:33:57-1:35:35 - Buy or Sell
    • There's a Director/Best Picture split once again at this year's Oscars and David O. Russell is not involved in either. [John D.]
    • There will be no more Riddick movies starring Vin Diesel.
    • Lone Survivor will be Peter Berg's highest grossing and highest rated film on RT for the remainder of his career [robotsrule]
    • David O. Russell manages to pull off a sweep of all four acting categories for a third time. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
  • 1:35:36-1:38:49 - Playing the Percentages
    • % chance American Hustle wins Best Picture [Alex]
    • % chance Best picture - Director split at this year's Oscars too [Mykael]
    • % chance the "Best Ensemble" SAG winner ends up winning Best Picture [Chris]
    • % chance The Nut Job is the worst animated movie ever [Aidan Khan]
  • 1:38:50-1:40:18 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:40:19-1:40:46 - [Listener Question] Brad, are you considering replacing that Moonrise Kingdom sequence with something different for 2014?
  • 1:40:47-1:43:25 - Closing

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Winter 2014 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Jack Ryan: Shadow RecruitJan 16$60m  
I, FrankensteinJan 23   
RoboCopFeb 11   
3 Days to KillFeb 20   
300: Rise of an EmpireMar 6   
Mr. Peabody & ShermanMar 6   
Need for SpeedMar 13   
DivergentMar 20   
NoahMar 27   
A Haunted House 2Mar 27   
OculusApr 11   
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Paranormal Activity: The Marked OnesJan 2$5m$64.2m$51.7m
The Legend of HerculesJan 9$70m$12.2m-162.7m
Devil's DueJan 16$7m  
That Awkward MomentJan 30   
The LEGO MovieFeb 6   
Non-StopFeb 27   
The Grand Budapest HotelMar 6   
Muppets Most WantedMar 20   
Captain America: The Winter SoldierApr 3   
Rio 2Apr 10   
TranscendenceApr 17   

The Winter 2014 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 through April 2014. The draft took place on December 13, 2013 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.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    So, apparently, it's pronounced "ex-ark-uh-pool-ose".

  • Joe Williams

    talk about a drop you should have had, especially since that squirrel only cares about himself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qgp6oaIPIJw

  • Mitch

    Playing Dem Percents:
    % Chance the Academy ever opens up another category for more nominees?
    % chance The Nut job makes it on Laremy's worst of 2014

  • Justin Golding

    Buy/Sell: Paramount has rejected Darren Aronofsky's final cut of Noah and now he is just torpedoing the production by casting what looks to be a barely alive Nick Nolte

  • http://www.the-back-row.com Magill Foote

    Listener Question:
    I'm sure you've spoken about whether or not you watch and/or enjoy previews, but I'd love to know some specifics. Do you guys avoid previews so as not to spoil the movie? Or do you watch them whenever you come across a new one? What is the ideal number of previews before a movie in a theater?

    Buy or Sell:
    - Regardless of whether or not he "deserves" it, Cory Monteith will be featured in the Oscars' "In Memoriam" montage.
    - Kevin Costner gets one more Oscar nomination in his lifetime

    - 2 more Expendables movies (after part 3)
    - B grade from Laremy for The BoxTrolls
    - 25 is the number of times in 2014 that Brad and/or Laremy declare that they should stop seeing movies in theaters because of crappy behaviour on the part of fellow theater patrons.

    - % of Edge of Tomorrow that was shot on a green screen.
    - % chance that Benedict Cumberbatch will get a 2015 Oscar nomination for his performance as Alan Turing in 2014's The Imitation Game.

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

    Dems -
    % Chance Spike Jonze took his inspiration for Her from 1984's Electric Dreams [andyluvsfilms]

  • Aidan Khan

    If Brad sees it, C- for I Frankenstein [Aidan Khan}
    Buy or Sell:
    A Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit sequel is made in the next 5 years [Aidan Khan]

    • robotsrule

      That's gonna be a D or lower all day for Frankenstein. No way Brad likes that movie.

  • Chris Neilson

    300$ million worldwide for The Lego Movie [Chris]
    Buy or Sell:
    Brad wins the Winter Box-Office Draft [Chris]

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

    0.5 Oscar nominations for Alex Ebert [Hudsucker]
    I, Frankenstein makes a profit [Hudsucker]
    Dem' Percentages
    % chance all Spike Jonze related projects of 2013 (Bad Grandpa, Wolf of Wall Street, and Her) all win an Oscar (all were nominated) [Hudsucker]

  • Nick Morrison

    Brad, in your review for All is Lost you said that you "can't help but believe this is going to be a mainstream hit". Are you surprised at it's lack of mainstream success and Oscar attention? Or do you still think it has a chance to catch the public eye, potentially with DVD/Blu-ray and word of mouth. Thanks. Keep up the good work.

    • robotsrule

      They didn't spend any money marketing it or keeping it in theaters. It just sort of fell off. It's a little too much of a slow burn for mainstream audiences.

      • Nick Morrison

        Yeah I agree. I blinked and missed it in theaters. Which is sad. I would have thought they could have pushed the Redford angle considering he is potentially a household name.

  • robotsrule

    Well, by the time the pod airs either your Seahawks or My 49ers will be Super Bowl bound. And one of us will be very sad about that outcome. Laremy is going to be sad no matter what because he saw the Nut Job and his Dolphins finished at an inadequate 8-8.

    Over/Under: B grade from Brad for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. [robotsrule]

    Over/Under: 2 (two): the number of Academy Award nominees for best actor in
    2013 that are nominated again for an acting nom in 2014. [robotsrule]

    Buy or Sell: Interstellar is the highest grossing film of 2014. [robotsrule]

    Percents: % chance Brad or Laremy reviews Mr. Peabody and Sherman. [robotsrule]

    Percents: % chance that religious filmgoers embrace "Noah" the way they did with the Passion of the Christ [robotsrule]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com Mr_Mercury

    Listener Question: What is your opinion of story vs. character? Do you
    gravitate more towards a story driven film such as Inception or a character driven film such as Lost in Translation?

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Listener Questions:
    1. I still don't understand Laremy's criticisms of WOLF OF WALL STREET. By no means am I an apologist for the movie of its flaws, but I still think that Laremy is being a bit silly by insisting that the movie should have been more heavy-handed if it was going to criticize its characters' behavior. That being said, should one's thoughts on a movie be influenced by how much they enjoyed the film's content, or whether or not the film matched up with what others thought of it? [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. Which do you prefer in a film: a well-constructed plot or experimentation in terms of mood and presentation? [TheOneWhoKnocks]

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

    - B CinemaScore for I, Frankenstein [the colleague]
    - B+ from either of you for Terrence Malick's next picture [the colleague]

    Would You Rather:
    - ...see a movie from a director whose work you're familiar with, or a movie from a first time director
    - ...see a biopic about someone you are very close with, or a biopic about yourselves
    - ...run a regular marathon or walk a double marathon

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TravisC./ Travis C.

    Not to condone what he did, but I just listened to episode 228, unlike what you guys were saying my understanding is that Woody Allen did not raise his step-daughter, as Farrow's adopted daughter had moved out of her home by the time he and Farrow had become a thing.

  • http://www.theredboxreport.com Bob Phelan

    It seems like there are a bunch of movies getting great buzz from Sundance. Is that what happens every year and only a few stand the test of time? Or does this year seem to be a particularly good year? Any films stand out from the lot? Other than Boyhood which we can all agree sounds great.

    Over/Under - 1.5 Sundance films in your 2014 top tens [Bob Phelan]

  • Marlon Wallace


    1. 'Captain Phillips' got compared to 'Zero Dark Thirty' due to its military aspects, but I recently watched the film 'Prisoners' because of its recent Oscar nom and I would actually compare that movie to 'Zero Dark Thirty' due to the torture aspects. I feel like if people wanted a condemnation of torture and how it doesn't work, that argument is more evident in 'Prisoners' than in 'Zero Dark Thirty' not that I'm even sure Kathyrn Bigelow was trying to make that argument. It's almost as if Denis Villeneuve's film is a direct response to all of that torture controversy. What do you guys think?

    2. I also finally got around to looking through Brad's Top 40 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014, given the year we just had, were there any films starring African-Americans or any minorities to anticipate? I didn't notice any unless I'm blind.

  • Alex Sopher

    Buy or Sell:
    Out of the three main contenders for Best Picture, Laremy is rooting for Gravity to win [Alex]
    Playing The Percentages:
    % chance neither American Hustle, Gravity, nor 12 Years A Slave wins Best Picture [Alex]

  • Ryan M

    4.5 Oscar Nominations for The Monuments Men [Ryan M]
    C for That Awkward Moment [Ryan M]
    2.5 years before the next Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie [Ryan M]
    .5 more Oscar wins for Jennifer Lawrence before she is 40 [Ryan M]
    3.5 years till Spike Jonze's next film [Ryan M]

    Buy or Sell:
    If American Hustle wins Best Picture at the Oscars, people will call Hollywood racist for not giving it to 12 Years A Slave [Ryan M]
    Huge Jackman's best performance of his career was in Prisoners [Ryan M]
    Transcendence will be better than Interstellar [Ryan M]

    Playing the Percents:
    % chance of another Jack Ryan movie [Ryan M]
    % chance Leonardo DiCaprio wins Best Actor for The Wolf of Wall Street [Ryan M]
    % chance Tarantino's next film will win him Best Director[Ryan M]
    % chance Benedict Cumberbatch ever wins an Oscar [Ryan M]

    Listener Question:

    With the Super Bowl and the Oscars coming up, I was wondering what kind of food do you guys prepare for the different events? And if you could only watch one, which would it be and why? [Ryan M]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh


    - 3.5 more roles where Joaquin Phoenix plays are regular guy [Ron Oneal Fresh]
    - D from Brad for "The Expendables 3" [Ron Oneal Fresh]
    - C- cinemascore for "Noah" [Ron Oneal Fresh]
    - B+ from Brad for "The Grand Budapest Hotel [Ron Oneal Fresh]

    Buy or Sell

    - One of the 2014 blockbusters will generate Pacific Rim-esque anger from Brad or Laremy [Ron Oneal Fresh]

    Listener Question (s)

    Are filmmakers who aren't just about cashing them checks but about the art obligated to step outside their comfort zone after a number of successful projects? Tarantino seems like a guy who loves cinema but my god I'm sick of all his love letters to old cinema and I'd wish he just step outside the usual of homaging. The thought of another period piece/western instantly makes me not want to see it, strange considering I was highly anticipating and was prepared for it before Django but now I'm loathing the future hysteria that follows his movies. How you found yourself turning on a filmmaker after one film? especially when it wasn't a bad film.

  • The AlmostFilmCritic

    If there were only 5 Best Picture nominees this year, they would have been 12 YEARS A SLAVE, AMERICAN HUSTLE, GRAVITY and what two others? [Almostfilmcritic]

    If the Seahawks win SB XLVIII, they'll quit whining about SB XL. [Almostfilmcritic]

    $25 (plus cost of ticket)to get Brad & Laremy to see THE LEGEND OF HERCULES 3D in theatres. [AlmostFilmCritic]

  • Mykael

    Over/Under -
    1 Oscar win for American Hustle. [Mykael]

    Playing 'em Percents -
    The apparent mathematical improbability of tie is repeated ever again at a major Industry awards.[Mykael]

    • Mykael

      Damn me. Extremely sorry. Have yet to finish Friday's podcast and just realized that a fellow BnL follower has already put forth a similar buy/sell.

      • Mykael

        Am the worst. *over/under not a buy/sell.