Podcast: Best of 'Brad 'n' Laremy on Movies' 2013

Reviews, Smaug, #GoodComments, Palsy and much, much more

Rope of Silicon PodcastAfter poring over more than 90 episodes recorded over the course of 2013, Laremy has put together a nearly three our "best of" episode to celebrate the Brad 'n' Laremy on Movies podcast revisiting topics from the introduction of John C. Reilly the security guard, the first listener voicemail, a few of our reviews (Movie 43, Fast & Furious 6 and Oldboy), the discovery of Smaaauuuug, Metacritic vs. RottenTomatoes and much, much more. We hope you enjoy this look back at the year and we look forward to a whole new year of shenanigans on the RopeofSilicon podcast.

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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.

  • 00:00-06:59 - Introduction
  • 7:00-09:52 - John C. Reilly, Security Guard
  • 9:53-13:03 - #Good Comments
  • 13:04-15:31 - Movie 43
  • 15:32-18:10 - The First Listener Voicemail
  • 18:11-26:33 - Brad's Taxes
  • 26:34-28:59 - John C. Reilly in the Wild
  • 29:00-29:45 - Brad is There For Us
  • 29:46-38:40 - Safe Haven
  • 38:41-47:41 - Dead Man Down
  • 47:42-49:11 - Playing the Percents
  • 49:12-56:37 - Angry Brad
  • 56:38-58:12 - Over/Unders
  • 58:13-1:03:37 - Metacritic vs. RottenTomatoes
  • 1:03:38-1:07:34 - Screening Shenanigans
  • 1:07:35-1:13:38 - Jabronis
  • 1:13:39-1:17:37 - Brad Doesn't Understand a Song
  • 1:17:38-1:26:16 - Fast & Furious 6
  • 1:26:17-1:48:04 - After Earth
  • 1:48:05-1:53:21 - Dub Dub Z Megaticket
  • 1:53:22-2:05:13 - Even More Screening Shenanigans
  • 2:05:14-2:12:22 - Favorite Movies Ever
  • 2:12:23-2:13:37 - Brad's Behavior
  • 2:13:38-2:19:20 - Would You Rather
  • 2:19:21-2:29:54 - Gotta Get Them Clicks
  • 2:29:53-2:31:42 - Fry Burger
  • 2:31:43-2:36:12 - Over/Unders
  • 2:36:13-2:38:10 - Smaug
  • 2:31:35-2:40:41 - #GoodComments
  • 2:40:42-2:44:05 - Zack Braff
  • 2:44:06-2:48:22 - Movie First Dates
  • 2:48:23-2:52:44 - The Palsy
  • 2:52:45-2:54:46 - Oldboy spoiler
  • 2:54:47-2:57:07 - #GoodTweets
  • 2:57:08-2:58:37 - Outro

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Fall 2013 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
GravityOct 4$100m$653.2m$403.2m
Ender's GameNov 1$110m$88.5m-$186.4m
Inside Llewyn DavisDec 6$11m$5.6m-$21.8m
The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugDec 13$166m$633.1m$218.1m
Tyler Perry's A Madea's ChristmasDec 13$25m$46.6m-$15.8m
HerDec 18$10m$2.1m-$22.8m
Anchorman: The Legend ContinuesDec 20$50m$121.3m-$3.6m
Walking with DinosaursDec 20$80m$59.7m-$140.2m
The Secret Life of Walter MittyDec 25$90m$62.7m-$162.2m
August: Osage CountyDec 25$20m$315,640-$49.6m
47 RoninDec 25$175m$48.7m-$388.7m
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Insidious: Chapter 2Sep 13$5m$158.2m$145.7m
Battle of the YearSep 20$20m$14.8m-$35.1m
Machete KillsOct 11$20m$15m-$34.9m
Jackass Presents: Bad GrandpaOct 25$15m$142.6m$105.1m
Last VegasNov 1$28m$89.5m$19.5m
Thor: The Dark WorldNov 8$170m$629.8m$204.8m
The Hunger Games: Catching FireNov 22$130m$802.3m$477.3m
FrozenNov 27$150m$539.1m$164.1m
Saving Mr. BanksDec 13$35m$56.7m-$33.7m
American HustleDec 13$40m$74.9m-$25m
The Wolf of Wall StreetDec 25$100m$47.2m-$202.7m

The Fall 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 September through December 2013. The draft took place on August 20, 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.

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

    Aw, this is cool. It's also a good way for newer listeners to catch up. I assume next episode will be your top ten episode with all of your critic friends, or are you doing that again? Anyways,

    2.5 Oscar nominations for Gone Girl #nevertooearly [Hudsucker]
    Brad gets a drop of Peter Jackson saying Smaug (he says Shmaug) [Huduscker]
    Dem' Percentages
    % chance David O. Russel's Nailed is released this year [Hudsucker]

    • Hudsucker

      Watch This or Watch That: 2013 vs. 2003 [Hudsucker]

      Her or Love Actually
      The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or After Earth
      Gigli or The Host
      The Rundown or The Fast and the Furious 6
      Master and Commander or Captain Phillips
      Frozen or Finding Nemo
      12 Years a Slave or Oldboy
      Gravity or Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

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

    Nice, are we also getting an actual 'new' episode today too?

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

      No, in fact, this took Laremy longer to put together than probably five new episodes.

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

        Oh I'm sure and I appreciate his work...was just wondering.

  • Carlos.

    Genial. Is there going to be a new episode today?

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

      No, see above.

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

    Hey thanks for all the hard work Laremy! I'm probably just going to leave this episode on my I-pod to go back and listen to whenever you guys are on break. It will join Episode 27 with the infamous Twilight argument and Episode 71 because the dead wife/elevator story has never not made me laugh and cringe simultaneously. Here's hoping 2014 is another great podcast year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jpcoleman7/ jpcoleman7

    This is awesome! And i'm telling you, that After Earth review is out of this world. Best thing I've heard on any podcast, ever. Ever. Hyperbole out.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/rti03/ Tiago Rti

    Doesn't the Box-Office Draft have a error in there?
    Because The Wolf of Wall Street has only made 47.2 Million and the movie's budget was 100 million but it shows a current total of 207.7 profit.

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

    This an awesome idea - can't wait to give this a listen. Love the John C Reilly security guard stories.

  • Justin Golding

    Awesome work Laremy! I completely forgot about the awesome Dead Man Down hype guy meltdown; he was just redicules.

  • Josh McLaughlin

    Thanks for putting together this compilation episode! Anyway, I have a question for when you [Brad] and Laremy do your next episode (I'll try not to be too long-winded about this....). A couple months ago, I saw "Pacific Rim" and while I liked it a little better than you guys, I have to agree with a lot of the flaws that you both brought up (especially about the cliche'd, dumb collection of linked events that constitutes a story). Part of your ribbing of the film was your jab at director Guillermo del Toro's aim to make the film like "a fantasy of the what the 9-year old version [of him] wanted to see." Anyway, my question is: what do you guys think goes into making a film give a viewer a feeling of "a child-like sense of wonder" instead of ending up being ridiculous and childish (in terms of story, characters, tone, framing, etc.)?

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Handy for me as I've missed a lot of eps this year! Good work guys.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    You guys should consider doing a podcast on Thursday, January 16 as opposed to that week's Friday, just so you can discuss Oscar noms. That is, if it's logistically possible.

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

    Great job, Laremy! This is terrific!

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

    Great stuff. "Then I can only assume... that you're an idiot"

    Have you guys heard of http://www.patreon.com? A service where listeners can donate as much as they'd like on a per episode basis. Maybe a step toward making a little money for your hard work? I'm not sure but its free to sign up.

    Would You Rather - Out of Sight or True Romance

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

    Whats your favourite Biblical epic? [andyluvsfilms]
    Do you think man will walk on Mars in our lifetime? [andyluvsfilms]

  • robotsrule

    Good job Laremy! I love the stories about screenings the best. The problem really is people. They're the worst. I got stuck with two loud talkers right behind me during the Wolf Of Wall Street and it totally ruined the experience for me. Most of the time I see stuff at a small non chain theater on a Wednesday afternoon and I have the place all to myself.

    % Chance Nebraska wins best picture? [robotsrule]

    % Chance of seeing John C. Reilly security guard in the wild again at some point in your lifetime? [robotsrule]

    Over/Under 67% RT score for Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit [robotsrule]
    Over/Under 35% RT score for I, Frankenstein [robotsrule]

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    1. Do you keep some bad movies (such as ONLY GOD FORGIVES and THE COUNSELOR) off of your year-end worst-of lists because they're too unique or original[TheOneWhoKnocks]

    2. Do you ever try to make your year-end best-of lists as unique as possible, that way you don't end up seeing what other critics have already said? I ask this because Laremy had BEAUTIFUL CREATURES at #4 on his list, but didn't include more conventional choices like 12 YEARS and GRAVITY. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    3. Should a year in movies be judged based on the quality of good releases or the number of good releases relative to bad movies? I say this because many critics keep calling this a great year for cinema, even though the first two-thirds of the year were brutal, aside from a few smaller movies (SHORT TERM 12, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, FRUITVALE, etc.). [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    1. 4.5 Kevin Hart movies in the next year [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. 4.5 lame jokes made by Ellen DeGeneres during the Oscar nomination ceremony [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. 4.5 A+'s from Brad in 2014 [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    Buy or Sell:
    1. JACK RYAN will be nominated for Best Action Picture at next year's Critics Choice Awards. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. A new version of AT THE MOVIES will not air on television, given Roger Ebert's death last year. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. In high school, Brad and Laremy both preferred English to math. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    Playing the Percentages:
    1. % chance Christian Bale would curse in "thees" and "thous" if he were to go on a rant on the set of EXODUS [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. % chance either of you see RIDE ALONG [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. % of times Brad agrees with Rotten Tomatoes [TheOneWhoKnocks]

  • Austin

    Have you ever NOT wanted to see the movie version of a book you read and really enjoyed? Years ago I read Cold Mountain and was excited that it was being made in to a movie. After they cast the film I was not interested. I'm not big fan of Nicole Kidman and the fact that they cast Renée Zellweger was impossible for me to overcome, seeing as how in the book her character is African American. To this day I can't bring myself to watch the movie. [austinjoel]

  • GottaGetThemMittys

    Good job on the Best Of Laremy!

    5 years until a documentary is released about podcasts. (either focusing on a specific 'podcast personality,' or the medium in general)

    The controversy surrounding Dub-a-Dub Street kills DiCaprio's chance of winning at the Oscars.

  • http://www.scifiblock.com John D.

    Laremy, just wanted to commend you on the work you put into getting this "Best of Podcast" episode to see the light of day. Although I was a little disappointed not to hear a brand new episode, it was fun to take a trip down memory lane and remind myself that I've been listening to B&L for over a year now. Very glad to hear the Dead Man Down debacle because that was literally bonkers.

    As a suggestion for next year, I'm wondering if there could be a cobbled together bit of Buy/Sells, %s, and Over/Unders that are actually trackable. Stuff like how a certain movie will do box office-wise or predictions for Oscars at the beginning of the year. I think that could make for some great audio snippets toward the end of the year and could help Laremy prove that he, in fact, crushes it when it comes to those predictions.

    I know that's probably more something the users will have to help with, so maybe put out a call to arms to get people to remember certain predictions made early on that can be proven right/wrong by the year's end.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Dorgon/ Gordon Elgart

    duplicate .. how does one delete, anyway?

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

    My favourite bit was definitely the comcast story, we can all sympathise how that stuff goes down.