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Podcast: A Lot More Awards Talk, Genre Categories at the Critics' Choice Awards and New DVDs and Blu-rays

It's the busiest time of the year

Rope of Silicon PodcastIt's an episode filled with awards talk including the New York Film Critics results, the Oscar documentary shortlist, a look at the genre categories at the Critics' Choice Awards and an Oscar lightning round. Considering it's Tuesday we also take a look at the new DVDs and Blu-rays releasing this week (The Dark Knight Rises anyone?) and on top of that Laremy is once again trying to guess the movie based on the foreign movie title. Then there is the ever-reliable Over/Under and Buy or Sell segments along with a great Watch This or Watch That segment.

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.

  • 00:00-00:43 - Introduction
  • 00:44-5:34 - Award talk, category consideration and more
  • 5:35-11:24 - Box-Office Challenge (chart below)
  • 11:25-17:27 - Oscar Documentary shortlist, New York Film Critics results and Oscar odds
  • 17:28-19:53 - Oscar lightning round submitted by Aleonardis
  • 19:54-22:02 - [Listener Question] With Zero Dark Thirty being the last film to release theatrically and wide, does that impact it's Best Picture race as far as a win goes? It's opening nationwide on the 11th of January and by that time, movies like Les Mis and Django will have been talked about and seen for the most part. [Aleonardis]
  • 22:03-28:55 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 28:56-31:23 - [Listener Question] While I am sure DVD's will die out in the next few years, do you think blu rays or physical discs in general for movies is going to eventually die? or do you think physical discs for movies will always be available regardless of the future of technology? [Nav]
  • 31:24-38:33 - [Listener Question] Oh and do you think re-buying movies on blu-ray (for the movies I own in DVD right now) worth it? I would like to see certain movies that I own on DVD, on blu ray like The Prestige, Gladiator, I Robot, Lord of the Rings etc., but is it really worth re-buying? [Nav]
  • 38:34-50:07 - Over / Under
    • 5.5 years until Andrew Dominik makes another movie (Jesse James was in '07 and Chopper was in 2000. Apparently his films are not commercial) [Disco Paco]
    • 1.5 Oscar Directing wins for Wally Pfister [JN Films]
    • 10 Years till Johnny Depp wins a Oscar [JN Films]
    • 8 Years till Twilight gets Rebooted/Spin-off/Sequel [JN Films]
    • 1.5 Oscars for Megan Ellison [Josh P]
    • 10 years until a foreign film wins Best Picture [Josh P]
    • 12.5 years till Nolan shoots on digital [Aleonardis]
    • $130 million domestic for "Les Miserables" [Xarnis]
    • 2.5 years until the BnL Podcast is also produced in video form [Xarnis]
  • 50:08-52:51 - Guess the movie based on its foreign title (German edition)
    • In the Body of the Enemy
    • The Chaos-Dad
    • In the Nuts
  • 52:52-59:14 - Buy or Sell
    • Nolan won't direct another movie till his D.P. Wally Pfister is finished with his film, Transcendence
    • Zero Dark Thirty has the biggest Box Office of the Best Picture nominees, if nominated of course.
    • James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Ryan Gosling will receive an Oscar nomination for Best Director.
    • The Academy will combine Sound Mixing and Sound Editing into a single Sound Design category.
    • Steven Spielberg has already made his Top 5 films
    • The light seeping into every dark room in Lincoln (which was in almost every scene) was a deliberate and artistic choice -- that of a metaphor on America's journey out of the Dark Ages (slavery) and into a more enlightened period in its history
    • David O. Russell is in the top tier of working American directors
  • 59:15-1:02:42 - Watch This or Watch That (Director Swap)
    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo directed by Christopher Nolan, or Inception directed by David Fincher
    • Drive directed by Joe Wright, or Hanna directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
    • Magnolia directed by Andrew Dominik, or Killing Them Softly directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
    • Hugo directed by Lynn Ramsey, or We Need to Talk About Kevin directed by Martin Scorsese
    • A Serious Man directed by Danny Boyle, or Slumdog Millionaire directed by the Coen Brothers
  • 1:02:43-1:05:13 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:05:14-1:07:22 - People are getting sick at screenings of The Hobbit
  • 1:07:23-1:08:49 - Last minute chatter and be sure and see The Intouchables at some point
  • 1:08:50-1:11:00 - Closing

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Fall 2012 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
Movie Date Budget Box-Office Current Total
The Master Sep 14 $35m $17.1m -$70.3m
Looper Sep 28 $30m $164m $89m
Taken 2 Oct 5 $45m $360.9m $248.4m
Cloud Atlas Oct 26 $100m $53m -$196.9m
Wreck-It Ralph Nov 2 $165m $202.2m -$210.2m
Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Nov 16 $120m $702.3m $402.3m
Red Dawn Nov 21 $65m $31.3m -$131.1m
Life of Pi Nov 21 $120m $108.8m -$191.1m
Django Unchained Dec 25 $0
Les Miserables Dec 25 $61m $0
      $1.64b -$59.9m
         
Brad's Picks
Movie Date Budget Box-Office Current Total
Resident Evil: Retribution Sep 14 $65m $221.8m $59.3m
Argo Oct 12 $44.5m $157m $45.7m
Paranormal Activity 4 Oct 19 $5m $138.2m $125.7m
Alex Cross Oct 19 $23m $25.4m -$32m
Flight Nov 2 $31m $84.9m $7.4m
Skyfall Nov 9 $200m $869m $369m
Lincoln Nov 9 $65m $83.6m -$78.8m
Anna Karenina Nov 16 $50m $15.2m -$109.7m
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Dec 14 $150m $0
The Impossible Dec 21 $45m $51.2m -$61.3m
  $1.646b $325.3m
         

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.

  • Susan

    Here's one that came to me the other day.

    Watch This/Watch That...

    Best Pictures vs Highest Grossing Films of the Year?
    Best Pictures vs Palme d'Or Winners?

    • Susan

      As a reference for this one, here are recent winners.

      Best Pic - Chicago, Return of the King, Million Dollar Baby, Crash, The Departed, No Country for Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hurt Locker, The King's Speech and The Artist

      Highest Grossing - Spider-man, Return of the King, Shrek 2, Revenge of the Sith, Dead Man's Chest, Spider-man 3, The Dark Knight, Avatar, Toy Story 3, Harry Potter - Deathly Hallows Part 2

      Palme d'Or - The Pianist, Elephant, Fahrenheit 9/11, L'enfant, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, The Class, The White Ribbon, Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives and The Tree of Life.

  • Winchester

    EvI used to say I wouldn't double dip between dvd and blu ray when I first got a blu ray player but ultimately that all went out the window.

    Partly because I had spare funds because fewer 'new' movies are making their way onto my Buy list so I had excess funds to pick up some of them cheap.

    Second because while I used to doubt the picture quality difference I soon realised there could be an appreciable one.

    Third, when such stupendous restoration and remastering jobs are being done for Blu Ray (i.e Jaws, Psycho, Chinatown and many others) it's just not possible NOT to buy them because they have probably almost never looked better.

    They're my excuses and I'm sticking with them.

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

      You make great "excuses" and I don't think anyone would be arguing with your choices, though I wasn't as impressed with that Psycho transfer as everyone else.

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

    Liked the Podcast, Not a Review.

  • Christophe

    The Artist was considered a foreign film too, a French one to that mattter. So depending on what you call a foreign film, answers can be very different. If it's just about nationality, then it can happen every other year, The King's Speech was a British film. But if it's about foreign language then it's almost impossible since there's already a category for it.

  • justin golding

    i think if laremy really wants to win the next box office challenge, he needs to bet bugsy. then he pretty much has to win.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

    Will have some questions later.

    GregDinskisk, here's an update for our box office match.

    GregDinskisk

    Budget Gross Profit
    Resident Evil 65 221.8 59.3
    Dredd 45 28.5 -84
    Paranormal 4 5 138.2 125.7
    Alex Cross 35 25.5 -62
    Wreck-It Ralph 165 202.3 -210.2
    Flight 31 85 7.5
    Iron Fists 15 16.2 -21.3
    Breaking Dawn 120 702.4 402.4
    Life of Pi 120 109 -191
    Les Miserables 61

    Total Profit: 26.4 million

    Andrew13

    Budget Gross Profit
    The Master 35 17.2 -70.3
    Looper 30 164.2 89.2
    Cloud Atlas 100 53.1 -196.9
    Skyfall 200 869 369
    Lincoln 65 83.7 -78.8
    Hyde Park 6
    The Hobbit 150
    Zero Dark Thirty 30
    Jack Reacher
    Django Unchained

    Total Profit: 112.2 million

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

      Sorry, the table didn't come out as intended.

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

      Alright, this is coming out alright... Positive outcome, thus far!!!

  • http://cinemaconfessions.blogspot.com Gautam

    Brad, FYI , Andrew Dominik is already working on his new film "Blonde" scheduled to go on floor next yea,r produced by Pitt and starring Naomi Watts.

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

      Yes, that's right! Forgot about that one. Excellent cast with an excellent director.

  • Arturo

    Sounds like Zero Dark Thirty might be the surprise that will make this race interesting.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/ElFrostilico/ El Frostilico

    Regarding the Box-Office challenge, I'd recommend using boxoffice.com for gross data, as they're much, much faster/more reliable than boxofficemojo in reporting foreign numbers.

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Brad (and Laremy), you still have to check out Pitch Perfect for Best Comedy movie! Have that just ahead of 21 Jump Street for my best comedies. I'm sure you'll be really surprised.

    Thanks for the odds discussion guys, as much as I love Affleck to win Director, I might take your tips and take the other options (Bigelow + Speilberg), just a little worried about Hooper but should be fine. Better rush and get Tommy Lee for Best Supporting before it gets snapped up too! I also agree it's a great way to make money and also fun.

    Interested in who's going to win Foreign film (not for betting purposes!). Clear two horse race. Amour opened slight favourite but has been smashed in hugely and is a pretty clear favourite over The Intouchables now. I'm biased but I loved The Intouchables and hated Amour, I still think it's open but it seems many think Amour has it locked away?

    I love the fine line you guys give with Les Mis discussion ;) NOT A REVIEW!

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

      I liked Pitch perfect quite a bit. Even though it was a pretty standard storyline (sometimes I felt some scenes were very GLEE), Anna Kendrick's charm made it work for me. She is rapidly becoming one of my favourite female actors.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kevinblumeyer/ Kevin Blumeyer

    Laremy, did you not realize Gosling is already working on his directorial debut?

  • JN Films

    Over/Under
    10 years till Asa Butterfield wins a Oscar
    6 years till Spielberg Does another Historical Drama
    2.5 more Hanks/Spielberg Collaberations
    7 years till Andy Serkis wins a Oscar
    3 years till SNL is gone
    25 years till the Seahawks Win the Super Bowl
    10 more razzies for Adam Sandler
    5 more razzies for Taylor Lautner
    2 Oscar wins for Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    1.5 Oscar nominations for Seth Rogen (acting or screenplay)

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

    Listener Question (wanted to change up some stuff in the question)

    Do you think a lot (not all, just a lot) of the movie making these days are driven by making money vs. passion for the movie? I read an article about 1 or 2 more terminator movies as it got a new producer. An average person like me would look at this and say that its ridiculous and only money driven. My roommates and I also seem to think trying to make THREE Hobbit movies is money driven than passion for the story. While certainly movie makers like Nolan, Affleck, Tarantino are clearly passion driven, seems like most other movies are not like another terminator movie, or god forbid another Indiana jones movie. [Nav]

  • http://cinemmaconfessions.blogspot.com Gautam

    Listener's Question:

    If you both had a magic wand by which you can bring one acting performance (male & female) and one picture into Oscar conversation and finally into Oscars nominations which ones would it be ?

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

    I would watch Laremy live blog a bad movie! And Brad, I noticed that too in The Dark Knight Rises, but no one else mentioned it so I just kind of forgot about it

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/seanfast/ Sean Fast

    I'm saddened but unsurprised by the low cinemascore for Killing Them Softly. This is gonna make me sound elitist, I know, but screw it. Many people are put off by movies like that, Drive, etc. They consider them "high brow", "artsy-fartsy" movies that go over their heads. They don't "get" them and because of that they feel the need to "punish" them.

    I'm not saying if you don't like those movies you're a neanderthal, I'm merely saying that many people feel threatened by art they don't get. You should be able to look at that movie and appreciate it as a work of cinema even if it wasn't something you enjoyed. When movies like Skyline and Battleship to have higher cinemascores than Drive and Killing Them Softly, it's no wonder we get so many crap movies coming out.

    Up your game America. Open your mind up a bit. This is why TLC, formerly known as The Learning Channel, dropped pretty much all it's original programming for reality shows when Jon and Kate Plus 8 turned out to be more popular than everything else it offered (thanks a lot Slow-Minded-Women). It's why we have Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. It's why MTV doesn't show music videos anymore.

    Jesus I sound like Clint Eastwood in Trouble With the Curve. I'm only 28. When did I get so old...

    =========

    +/- 1 week before a commenter goes by the moniker "Slow Minded Woman"

  • Podcast listener

    Listener question

    How much do you think the free advertisment for James Bond at the Olympics put on top of the box office for Skyfall.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

    I still think that DVDs and Blu-Ray will be around for a while since there is a niche market for them. Cinephiles like myself will always want to own the physical product, which is why a company like Criterion will be around for ages. Now, what will hurt are the products of the major studios, meaning a film like The Dark Knight Rises, in which most average consumers will be content with having a copy of the film on their computer or on some sort of electronic storage device.

    There's a lot of reasons to double dip one's DVDs to Blu-Ray. Personally, I do it all the time, but I am cautious about it. For example, since money is always a consideration, I tend to double dip films that I know I can sell for a fair price on Ebay or Amazon. Criterion DVDs usually fit into this category, and they are also very much worth the double dip due to the incredible upgrade in quality. As a side note, the one thing that drives me nuts is when a film is upgraded to Blu-Ray but not all of the special features are ported over from the DVD release. That causes major confusion for me...

    I still can't help but feel that David O. Russell is incredibly overrated, granted that I still haven't seen Three Kings nor Silver Linings Playbook. Flirting with Disaster is innocent though forgettable and unmemorable, and The Fighter is indeed a well made film, though again nothing terribly special. The fact that he mainly deals in cliches really seems to hurt his films and prevents him from trying to explore any new ground and new ideas.

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

      One reason for a double-dip for me is your means of viewing the movie. If you have a front-projection-system like myself (size: 109') you are bound to rebuy a movie on bluray because you need the higher resolution...the difference is so great that you would never like to watch a movie on DVD on your system if you have seen the way it looks with the higher resoultion.

      One other aspect is the far better audio resolution which is simply amazing. Once there you will also never want to go back...

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

    Buy/sell: Laremy breaks even in the box office challenge.

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

    When compiling a "Best of 2012" list, do you include movies that played in last years oscar race. Bullhead or Declaration of War were released theatrically for the first time in the US in 2012. I'm feeling conflicted...

    Over/Under
    -3.5 Oscar wins for Zero Dark Thirty

    Buy/Sell
    -Best Director/Picture split this year
    -Holy Motors gets a Makeup and/or Original Song nomination

    Also, I'm sure Brad noticed the crazy shenanigans that went on in the comment sections of every article recently. What with someone advertising their website that's not movie related at all and the terribly rude comment that was aimed at Criterion10 during the Film Club selection. It was like an all at once chaos!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

      About that comment directed at me. I think I've stated here before that I comment frequently on the Criterion Collection's Facebook page. Considering Tokyo Story is a Criterion title, I decided to post the link there to help encourage more discussion from other cinephiles. Little did I know that one of my friends would decide to write a nasty comment directed at me in order to troll around and play a prank. I actually never saw the comment, but the friend who did it told me after what he had done. At first I thought he was joking, but after seeing your comment I realize that he wasn't.

      Oh, well. Hope it wasn't too much of a distress, and Brad, I would recommend just disabling his abilities to comment altogether as I highly doubt he will ever have anything of value to say.

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

    Listener Questions:

    1) Apologies if this has been addressed in a previous episode, but what is the rationale behind multiplying a film's production budget by 2.5x to include marketing costs? Is that a rough rule of thumb for the industry?

    2) How do you two get mentally psyched up to see crappy movies at this point? I understand writing a review provides an immediate financial reward - at least in Laremy's case, that is - but is it tough to get excited to go see 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'?

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

    Over/Under:
    - 3.5 years before the Academy starts sending out Blu-ray screeners instead of DVDs
    - 4.5 years before Family Guy: The Movie is released
    - 5.5 original X-Men actors returning for cameo appearances in X-Men: Days of Future Past
    - 24.5 widely released movies from 2012 you wouldn't watch if you weren't movie critics (The Lorax, Piranha 3DD, Red Dawn...)

    Buy/Sell:
    - more A+ and less F movies for both of you in 2013 compared to 2012
    - studios will forego embargoes on reviews sometime in the next 10 years
    - James Cameron will stick with 24fps on Avatar sequels after not-so-warm reception of Hobbit's 48fps

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

    Buy/Sell

    - Rian Johnson goes Bond at some point of his career.
    - Looper gets some Original Screenplay critics awards but gets snubbed at Oscars, a la 50/50.
    - Angelina Jolie hosts another special screening of The Impossible before the end of the year.

    Over/Under

    50% of your personal BFCA ballot ends up not getting nominated for BFCA.

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

    Listener Question:

    With 'Ender's Game', the first book in the sci-fi series by Orson Scott Card, coming to the big screen and Laremy's avid praise for the series in a previous podcast. If a newbie to the series wanted to, in what order would Laremy recommend reading the series before seeing the films? e.g. Wikipedia shows both the publications and chronological order, also there are varying recommendations on other orders to read the books on the inter-webs.

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

    A couple podcasts ago you guys mentioned having us donate for Cannes. I think this is a good idea. One of the prizes I think would be good is for one of you to review a movie of the donor's choosing.

  • rafael

    Buy or sell:

    Intouchables wins foreign language oscar
    In 10 years an actor or a movie will lose the oscar race because of negative campaigning by a rival studio.

    Over/under:

    6 years all best picture nominees will be shot digitally
    15 years they will not only announce the winner at the oscar ceremony but also how many votes each nominee got
    15 % walkouts during first press screening of Lars von Triers Nymphomaniac in Cannes

    would you rather:

    watch a (hollywood reporter) cinematographers roundtable or an editors roundtable

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

    If weinsten is remaking 'the untouchables' would you agree that the best choice they could make who should direct is David O'Russell, i mean his films are a little like this movie, with very different themes ofcourse, he makes movies with cliches not so cliche and even really good if we look at the fighter and Silver Linings

    over/under
    33 million opening weekend Jack Reacher
    250 million worldwide for Django
    3.5 oscar wins for Zero Dark Thirty
    65 million budget for the wachowski's next project
    95% on RT for Zero Dark Thirty
    80% on RT for Les Miserables
    87% on RT for Django Unchained

    buy or sell
    The Hobbit wil make over a billion worldwide, but is still considered a slight dissapointment by WB because the budget is so high.
    Quentin Tarantino's next movie will be released in 2015
    Looper gets an orignal screenplay nomination at the oscars
    There will be a big surprise in the best picture drama category at the golden globe nominations next thursday
    Lincoln will win best picture, but DDL won't win best actor.

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

    ***************Buy or Sell******************
    "The victims of the Aurora shooting are honored during this year's Oscar In Memoriam"

    "Nolan's next film is of an original script (Inception, Memento) rather than an adapted one (The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Prestige).

    *************Watch This/That**************
    "Vertigo" or "Rear Window"
    "Life of Pi" or "The Tree of Life"

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

    Question:

    --"Rock of Ages" and "The Dark Knight Rises" both got Grammy nominations. Does this help them, specifically Hans Zimmer for his inevitable nom for Best Score?

    --Similarly, 2 songs from "The Hunger Games," The Arcade Fire and Taylor Swift songs, got Grammy nominations, as well as the Mumford & Sons song from "Brave," does that increase their respective Oscar chances?

    Over/Under

    --10 years until Mark Duplass (who appears in "Zero Dark Thirty") is nominated for an Oscar in any category.

    Buy or Sell

    --President Obama makes an appearance at the Oscars in some Seth MacFarlane/"Zero Dark Thirty" skit.

    --Daniel Day-Lewis and Bill Murray do a presidential related skit in any TV or online outlet.

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

    Questions:

    I recently saw a movie where I couldn't find any criticisms regarding the storytelling, acting, directing, etc., but I didn't love the movie because the subject material wasn't all that entertaining to me. As critics, is it difficult to write reviews in these types of instances?

    Over the next 20 years, do you think theatres in general will become more lenient, less lenient (i.e. Alamo Drafthouse), or no change in attitude regarding talking and cell phone use in movies?

    Over / Under:

    7 - years before a movie Brad or Laremy gave a C- or lower to wins Best Picture

    20 - years before before a person wins a directing Oscar for their first movie (movies they made in s don't school count - let's just say those listed on IMDB)

    5 - RoS podcast listeners who wrote to CNN requesting for Brad to cover the Oscars on a TV special after last podcast

    2.5 - Number of 2012 films Brad re-watches after the Oscars in 2013

    Buy / Sell:

    - There will be a RoS podcast on Tuesday 12/25 and 1/1 (No excuses. Play like a Champion)

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

    Don't mind if I rant about the state of 3D technology and what doesn't work with it in today's cinema. Personally I'm more interested in the space beyond the screen rather than what comes out at you because the latter doesn't work within the confines of it's 2x2 shape. Anyway I saw Life of Pi in 3D and Ang Lee really utilized the technology, but in those situations I'm usually critiquing the pros/cons of the 3D projection. One of my main pet peeves with 3D projection is the limitations of layers. Like for example there's a point in "Pi" where the main character is standing in the foreground and the ocean behind him goes for miles and miles.

    Only problem is I could only see one layer on top of another layer, which I would say is not really worth the ticket price. This isn't so much Ang Lee's fault as it is with the state of today's 3D technology. When you watch a 3D film you'll sometimes notice how a subject is only a single layer against a flat backdrop, rather than a seemingly endless sea behind the main protagonist. In order for 3D to be truly successful it needs to stop treating the subjects/backgrounds as one single layer.

    Buy/Sell:

    * Someone gets both Best picture and/or Best director wrong this year.

    * Brad or Laremy admit regret when confronted by my month-old prediction that Skyfall would make $900 million

    * Brad or Laremy rents "The Room" and calls it a camp masterpiece