Podcast: Comic Con 2014, Video Game Movies, Voice Mails and Much More

What did Comic Con deliver this year?

RopeofSilicon Radio Show

Comic Con took place last week and Laremy and I dig into some of the reveals, offering thoughts on a few of the trailers that premiered, the images and new movies that were announced before answering your questions and voice mails, which bring up topics such as video game movies, Rotten Tomatoes and our favorite actors. Then we finish things off with our regular allotment of games. Hope you enjoy.

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  • 00:00-00:58 - Introduction
  • 00:59-2:58 - Show notes
  • 2:59-22:39 - 2014 Comic Con recap
  • 22:40-24:47 - [Listener Question] How do you guys feel about adapting video games into films in general? I personally think it never works as video games are already a visual representation of a story, where as books are just words that can be brought to life. I ask this because I hear they are thinking of making a film of The Last of Us; a story that I considered to be perfectly told in game format and feel a movie will come off as nothing more than another bland post-apocalyptic movie. [Baca]
  • 24:48-26:42 - [Listener Question] I've always felt that some of the best movies don't always get 95-100% on Rotten Tomatoes, the best movies are indecisive and usually end up landing around 70% or sometimes even 50-60%. Would you guys agree with that statement? I bring it up mostly because you guys enjoyed Lucy, it ends up with a 58% on RT, but then breaks 44 million opening weekend. Do we just chalk that up to Rotten Tomatoes being a ridiculous and a bad way of rating movies. [Mitch]
  • 26:43-36:31 - Box-Office Challenge Update (chart below)
  • 36:32-41:48 - [Listener Voicemail] Aidan - Favorite Actors
  • 41:49-44:47 - [Listener Voicemail] Mitch - RottenTomatoes
  • 44:48-52:02 - On DVD & Blu-ray This Week
  • 52:03-56:55 - Over / Under
    • B for A Most Wanted Man [Hudsucker]
    • $40 million, the amount Godzilla makes in Japan [Mitch]
    • 250 comments on Brad's review of Stars Wars VII [Guthrie]
    • $1bn worldwide for Hobbit 3. First one was just over, second one just under [andyluvsfilms]
  • 56:56-1:00:20 - Buy or Sell
    • Clarius Entertainment closes shop within the next 2 years [Hudsucker]
    • Edge of Tomorrow is the best summer blockbuster this year (now that summer is pretty much over). [kclaw31]
    • Laremy listened to Brad and Kevin's TIFF announcement pod. [Mitch]
    • Laremy felt cheated on and harbors anger towards Kevin now [Mitch]
    • Laremy gets a profile picture for Disqus in the next 6 months [ifearjohnny]
    • Guardians of the Galaxy moves below 75% on Rotten Tomatoes during its theatrical run. [ifearjohnny]
    • Laremy watches ONE of the Before films before the end of 2014. [maja]
  • 1:00:21-1:04:17 - Playing the Percentages
    • % Chance Expendables 3 makes it in the black (90$ million budget according to wikipedia), even though it was leaked online last week. (Mitch)
    • % chance: Step Up: All In has better reviews than Tammy (23%) [ifearjohnny]
    • % of listeners who have met in real life based on interaction from the site
    • % chance Stephen Daldry's film Trash gets released in the US in 2014 [Roland]
    • % chance Transformers: Age of Extinction breaks the 1 billion mark ($923,857,000 now according to wikipedia) [Mitch]
    • % chance Wally Pfister directs an oscar nominated film [kclaw31]
    • % chance that Luc Besson can ever return to the glory of his best film, The Professional [Greg Mariotti]
  • 1:04:18-1:05:12 - #GoodTweet (singular)
  • 1:05:13-1:06:26 - Closing

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Summer 2014 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
A Million Ways to Die in the WestMay 30$40m$84.4m-$15.5m
Edge of TomorrowJun 6$175m$359m-$78.4m
22 Jump StreetJun 13$50m$278.2m$153.2m
Think Like a Man TooJun 20$24m$66.8m$6.8m
Transformers: Age of ExtinctionJun 27$210m$966.4m$441.4m
Dawn of the Planet of the ApesJul 11$170m$354.3m-$70.6m
The Purge: AnarchyJul 18$9m$58.5m$36m
LucyJul 25$40m$43.8m-$56.1m
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesAug 8   
Step Up All InAug 8   
The Expendables 3Aug 15   
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
The Amazing Spider-Man 2May 2$250m$706.3m$81.3m
NeighborsMay 9$18m$256.7m$211.7m
GodzillaMay 16$160m$498.7m$98.7m
X-Men: Days of Future PastMay 23$200m$739.4m$239.4m
MaleficentMay 30$180m$715m$265m
The Fault in Our StarsJun 6$12m$256.1m$226.1m
How to Train Your Dragon 2Jun 13$145m$424.1m$61.6m
Planes: Fire and RescueJul 18$50m$56.3m-$68.6m
Sex TapeJul 18$40m$37.1m-$62.8m
HerculesJul 25$100m$58.5m-$191.4m
Guardians of the GalaxyAug 1   

The Summer 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 May through August 2014. The draft took place on April 29, 2014 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.

The outro music on this episode is Clint Mansell's "In the Wall Side 2" courtesy of Death Waltz Recording Company.

  • http://www.ohbrotherwhereartthougifts.com andyluvsfilms

    Only one of mine made it in I see, probably not worth listening too now #humour

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kclaw31/ kclaw31

      I got two in! Woo!

      • http://www.ohbrotherwhereartthougifts.com andyluvsfilms

        Yeah that's right, teacher's pet!

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

    Brad, you ready to take on the Chargers? You ready? (Look, Sea Hawks are probably going to win, but let me hold onto that hope.)

  • http://crimsondude.tumblr.com James Meiers

    I do love that Scarlett Johansson still keeps the leather one-piece unzipped down the front to shot off cleavage because the character has because ??? (Profit!). She doesn't have a superpowers to resist bullets to the chest, but fanboys will be fanboys.

    When DC rebooted the comic universe in 2011, Wonder Woman wore pants and a lot of people completely lost their shit (ignoring that the in the drawing of the Justice League, her breasts are falling out of her low-cut corset. But … PANTS!). They went back to the old swimsuit/skirt costume almost immediately, and Jesus Christ comics and comics fans are fucking stupid.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

      Have you seen some of the genderswapped art fans will do, where male characters are put in the kind of outfits and poses usually reserved for female comic characters? Pure gold.

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

        Email me some links (webmaster@ropeofsilicon.com)... I might be able to use that in the future.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

          Nice, I'll see if I can find it again later to link you. TheMarySue is most likely where I would've seen that.

        • http://crimsondude.tumblr.com James Meiers

          I just sent you an email.

          Here's my favorite Wonder Woman. http://browneyedamazon.com/2012/12/04/hawkeye-initiative/

      • http://crimsondude.tumblr.com James Meiers

        Yep. The Hawkeye Initiative: http://thehawkeyeinitiative.com

  • http://sheagarner.contently.com Shea Garner

    [Listener Question] While I thoroughly enjoy Tarantino's dialogue-driven films, I can't help but feel disappointed that he's moving forward with THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Having just directed DJANGO UNCHAINED, I was hoping he'd explore different territory. Do you ever get tired of his fascination with pulp fiction, grindhouse cinema, and the spaghetti west? He's a very talented filmmaker, but I'd like to see him try something new. [Shea Garner]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

    If I remember right, your proposed title for the sequel was Now You Too Can See Me Too or Can You?

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

      I dunno why they don't just go with 'Now You Can't' and see who makes the connection.

  • Guthrie

    Brad, I don't think you're an elitist.

  • Jamie Crump

    As you did favourite actors, how about favourite lady actors with the same new/up and coming/obscure rules.

    • Steve C

      Good suggestion.
      Jessica Chastain FTW!!!!!!!!

      • Jamie Crump

        She is great, too big though? Very much looking forward to what Brie Larson has to bring though.

  • hailstate

    Sam Rockwell, brah.

  • hailstate

    [listener question] Are there any audio commentaries you enjoy more than the movie itself? I'd submit The Rundown, which has the Rock and Peter Berg goofing around the entire time. [hailstate]

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

    2 Mad Max movies with Tom Hardy [Hudsucker]
    Tusk is considered a return to form by Kevin Smith [Hudsucker]
    Dem' Percentages
    % chance Wild Tales is nominated for an Oscar [Hudsucker]

  • Steve C

    Listener Question:
    Does Criterion lose any validity and/or prestige for including ALL of Wes Anderson's releases in their collection?

  • Aidan Khan

    500$ million worldwide for Godzilla [Aidan Khan]
    Buy or Sell:
    Tom Hardy is one of the greatest living actors [Aidan Khan]
    Playing The Percentages:
    % chance Tom Hardy is nominated for Best Actor for Locke [Aidan Khan]

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

      I do wish! Locke is probably the best movie I've seen so far this year.

      • Aidan Khan


  • http://www.ohbrotherwhereartthougifts.com andyluvsfilms

    When you posted your review for Guardians Of The Galaxy were you dreading the inevitable negative stream of abuse in the comments section or were looking forward to mixing it up with the readers? [andyluvsfilms]

    How do you feel your film tastes have changed from your days of the All Rude Review Podcast? Do you still get excited for the big summer tentpole movies or does the TIFF lineup hold greater appeal? [andyluvsfilms]

    Buy Sells
    Brad has a change of heart about Miles Tiller after watching Whiplash [andyluvsfilms]

    Over Under
    B- for Star Wars Episode 7 [andyluvsfilms]

    % chance of a six month review of the year including best and worst lists [andyluvsfilm]
    % chance of a film adaptation of the Little Big Planet game [andyluvsfilms]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/chewbaca38/ Baca

    Over/Under 11 people Brad calls a jerk while at the Chargers/Seahawks game. [Baca]

  • robotsrule

    Over/Under: 3. Times Laremy says "Witwicky" during Kingdom of the Crystal Skull commentary [robotsrule]

    • http://www.film.com/author/laremy-legel Laremy Legel

      Didn't happen. But I did do a Russian accent about 40 times.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

        Your next commentary could be Holes or Nymphomaniac, if you want to keep the Shia LaBeouf gravy train running.

        • robotsrule

          They should keep the Harrison Ford thing going and do Regarding Henry.

  • Jamie Crump

    Buy or sell: The real reason Brad isn't going on Al Jezeera is so his appearance can remain a mystery.

  • robotsrule

    Percents: Percent on RT for the final Hobitses movie [robotsrule]

    Buy/Sells: The November Man is better than Taken 2 [robotsrule]

  • robotsrule

    Buy or sell: Spongebob: Sponge out of water is a highly anticipated 2015 film release that Brad and Laremy will bring their own special 3D glasses to. [robotsrule]

  • Thomas_lockhart

    [Listener Question] I was wondering if brad had a system for drinking at sporting events? I have a nice little routine I use for Seahawks and Mariners games. I go to the pyrimid brewery beer garden across the street from Safeco. I buy two beers and when I'm finished with the first I get back in line while drinking the second. They won't sell you another beer if you have one in your hand so it's fun little game of can I drink this before I get to the front. I then I buy two more beers and drink the first one slowly until about 10 minutes before the game then chug the second. Now you will have a strong buzz so you only have to get one or two beers inside the stadium. Considering two beer inside comes out to about as much as the four outside you just saved $1000.