This felt like a strange podcast while we were recording, but listening to it back while making the timeline I actually think it turned out quite good.
This week we review Cloud Atlas as it was the only one of the four new films coming to theaters either Laremy or I saw. We also talk about the idea of the Oscar injustice and if it's something we ever think about, what kind of control over a film directors should be allowed to have, who the most powerful directors in the industry are right now and what films we would show to our children, if we had children, which we don't. We even find time to rank both Quentin Tarantino and Sam Mendes' films almost on a whim and then we have Over/Unders, Buy or Sells and the new "Would you rather..." feature to close things out. We hope you enjoy and have a great weekend.
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.
- 00:00-00:42 - Introduction
- 00:43-1:53 - Show notes
- 1:54-7:50 - The Oscar Injustice
- [Listener Question] This is for both of you, if you could go back to any year, lets take 1990 to the Present and choose ANY film that was NOT nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, and not only nominate it, but award it. Which film would you choose? [Capn Geech]
- 7:51-13:23 - Sin City
- [Listener Question] On a recent podcast, it sounded like Laremy wasn't a big fan of Sin City. While his feelings toward the horror genre are well-documented, I was curious why he didn't like Sin City. [Jon Sullivan]
- [Listener Question] Going back to Sin City vs. 300, Sin City is at 78% on RT and 300 is at 59%. I know RT isn't exactly gospel but Sin City on release was pretty highly praised and recieved a few five star reviews and even some talk - albeit far fetched - of an Oscar nod for Rourke's performance. 300 was quite fun but would struggle to get an A grade from even the most lenient of critics. [SeenSome]
- 13:24-18:13 - Openings and Endings
- [Listener Question] What is your favorite opening of a film? Favorite Ending? [Ben]
- [Listener Question] If you had to compile a list of your favorite final shots from movies, which would make the list? Some of my favorites include Inglourious Basterds, There Will Be Blood, Death Proof, The Departed, Inception, Godfather 2, Fight Club, Heat and The French Connection. [AS]
- 18:14-28:16 - Cloud Atlas review (read mine here)
- 28:17-33:53 - Box-Office Challenge Update (chart below)
- 33:54-41:14 - A kinda/sorta #GoodComments
- 41:15-43:45 - [Listener Question] Have your expectations of a movie ever spoiled your enjoyment of it? [Quickslay]
- 43:46-54:45 - [Listener Question] If you had a son/daughter, what movie would you show them so they might share your love for good movies? [Quickslay]
- 54:47-1:03:45 - [Listener Question] Let's say a director with significant power (i.e. Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, James Cameron, etc.) wanted his next film to be a truly controversial one that would be a risk for a major studio, the type of film that could potentially cause the same moral panic that films like A Clockwork Orange and The Exorcist caused in the 70s. These directors obviously have good relationships with the studios, but do you still think that in today's climate they could get their film made? [Criterion10]
- 1:03:46-1:09:15 - Over / Under
- 3 more entries into the Paranormal Activity series. [SeenSome]
- 2.5 most times either of you will ever again re-watch a movie in theaters during its original theatrical run [G-Man]
- 3.5 years before a major blockbuster skips opening in theaters and premieres on Facebook On Demand [G-Man]
- C+ CinemaScore for Cloud Atlas [The Colleague]
- 4.5 B-, B, or B+ movies to end up on Brad's Top Movies of 2012 list (there were five on the 2011 list: The Adjustment Bureau, Bellflower, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Midnight in Paris, We Need to Talk about Kevin) [The Colleague]
- 7.5 horror movies Laremy has seen that are in the top 10 of Film.com's "The Top 50 Horror Movies of All Time", and 9.5 for Brad [The Colleague]
- 2.5 Weinstein company films nominated for Best Picture [Ron Oneal Fresh]
- 5 years before Terrence Malick gives an interview [bss121]
- 1.5 video games Brad and Laremy purchase in 2013 (individually) [AS]
- 8.5 nominations for Best Picture Category (I think there will be 9 to be honest!) [Alex Thomas]
- 1:09:16-1:12:27 - Would you rather (brought to you by Snicket)
- Would you rather watch an erotic movie with your parents or watch an erotic movie of your parents? [Trishana]
- Sit through a triple bill of War Horse, Popper's P's and Corialanus, or finally give Human Centipede 1 and 2 the consecutive viewing they so richly deserve? [Shloggs]
- Watch another Peter Berg-directed board game adaptation or a sequel to a Rob Cohen film directed by Cohen himself? [John D.]
- Watch War Horse for 24 consecutive hours with your eyes glued open or make a music video of yourself dancing Gangnam Style and post it on the RopeofSilicon homepage? [G-Man]
- 1:12:28-1:16:32 - Buy or Sell
- Christopher Nolan will ever direct a James Bond film
- The next James Bond will be played by a black actor
- At some point the James Bond franchise stops being profitable and is discontinued.
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will not end up on Brad's Worst Movies of 2012 list (Part 1 was among the worst for 2011)
- Academy members already have an idea of which films they will be nominating even though they have not yet seen many of them.
- Iron Man 3 will be the Top Grossing Film domestically of 2013
- Michael Mann starts production on his next film sometime in 2013.
- A Paranormal Activity sequel is made that doesn't use the "found footage" technique the series is known for
- 1:16:33-1:18:26 - #GoodTweets
- 1:18:27-1:20:16 - What's your favorite Sam Mendes film?
- 1:20:17-1:20:47 - Toss Up: More Likely to Lose Oscar: Daniel Day-Lewis or Jennifer Lawrence [Randy]
- 1:20:48-1:22:37 - Closing
- 1:22:38-1:23:41 - [Listener Question] Which is the worst movie studio both large and small? [marlonwallace]
- 1:23:42-1:24:30 - Epilogue
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Fall 2012 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy
|The Master||Sep 14||$35m||$14.8m||-$72.6m|
|Taken 2||Oct 5||$45m||$283.7m||$171.2m|
|Cloud Atlas||Oct 26||$100m||$0|
|Wreck-It Ralph||Nov 2||$150m||$0|
|Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2||Nov 16||$131.5m||$0|
|Red Dawn||Nov 21||$75m||$0|
|Life of Pi||Nov 21||$100m||$0|
|Django Unchained||Dec 25||$0|
|Les Miserables||Dec 25||$0|
|Resident Evil: Retribution||Sep 14||$65m||$217.5m||$55m|
|Paranormal Activity 4||Oct 19||$5m||$59.3m||$46.8m|
|Alex Cross||Oct 19||$23m||$13.6m||-$43.8m|
|Anna Karenina||Nov 16||$50m||$9.9m||-$115.1m|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Dec 14||$0|
|The Impossible||Dec 21||$45m||$26m||-$86.5m|
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.