Podcast: Disagreeing on Movies, John Wayne Calls In and Our First Podcast Interview

Sorry, we forgot to cover new DVDs and Blu-rays

Rope of Silicon PodcastMore firsts for you today as we have our second official podcast sponsorship and with it comes our first interview as we talk to Matt Olmon about his Kickstarter campaign to fund a short film he's putting together called Paisley. We also get to a ton of your questions, a couple voicemails, plenty of games and for the first time ever, we actually forgot to cover new DVDs and Blu-rays so if you need my thoughts on those click here.

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  • 00:00-00:47 - Introduction
  • 00:48-5:43 - Show notes
  • 5:44-9:57 - Box-Office Challenge Update (chart below)
  • 9:58-12:00 - More notes
  • 12:01-16:18 - More Die Hard films [Anthony K]
  • 16:19-17:35 - [Listener Question] Can't believe both of you didn't mention Martin Scorsese as one of Your favourite or best Directors, not saying he is the #1 director of all time but if you mention so many names and not mention Scorsese? Did you forget him or think he doesn't make good movies? [Cordia]
  • 17:36-20:51 - [Listener Question] Is there an expectation if you attend a screening as a press member that you'll write a review for it? I'm guessing the answer is no since I know Laremy sometimes goes but someone else covers the review on Film.com. But are you required to write a certain number of reviews per year? How about if you request a Blu-ray / DVD copy? [G-Man]
  • 20:51-24:11 - [Listener Voicemail] Ingmar #1 - Difference between a C+ and a B-
  • 24:12-41:01 - SPONSORSHIP - Interview with Matt Olmon who's got a Kickstarter campaign for his short film Paisley (Links and video below the timeline)
  • 41:02-44:06 - [Listener Voicemail] John Wayne - Next dying genre
  • 44:07-47:30 - [Listener Voicemail] This past weekend, I watched 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' which dealt with the issue of interracial dating. Has there been a movie like that which deals with an important social or cultural issue that you've enjoyed or is there a social or cultural issue that you'd like to see Hollywood tackle, almost in the vein of 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'? [marlonwallace]
  • 47:31-49:56 - Laremy Goes to Washington
  • 49:57-53:10 - [Listener Question] As bloated and self-congratulatory as the Oscars can be the nice thing about them is that once a year mainstream culture is talking movies. Even though the Academy is toothless and rewards consensus filmmaking every once in a while there's a silver lining. For example, the Oscars for 2010 had Winter's Bone nominated for Best Picture and also Jennifer Lawrence. Because of this a lot of regular folk were exposed and some checked out the film. Also, Lawrence's career took off from the nominations. Last year, you can say that with The Artist's big victories the country was talking about or at least exposed to a silent b/w movie. My question is what similar story or exposure do you think this past Oscar highlighted? Did anyone's career get a big boost or did any little movie get big exposure in a way that it wouldn't have had it not been nominated? [Disco Paco]
  • 53:11-54:41 - [Listener Question] I got into a rather heated debate the other day with some of my cousins over Django Unchained. They believed that Django is a bad film due to how unrealistic it is (they mentioned a scene at the end where a character is shot and moves in a way that seems improbable). I was just wondering what you all think is the importance of realism in a movie, does it even matter, and should that affect your opinion of it? [Drew]
  • 54:42-1:01:34 - [Listener Voicemail] Steve - Best way to disagree with people
  • 1:01:35-1:09:47 - Over / Under
    • C+ grade from both Brad and Laremy for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. [Ryguy815]
    • B grade from Brad for Grown Ups 2. [Ryguy815]
    • C+ for 21 and Over [Alex Thomas]
    • 3 billion in worldwide box office for Avatar 2 (Avatar made 2.78 Billion) [Nav]
    • 60 million domestic for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. [Corbin]
    • 2.5 Oscar nods for Fassbender during his career. [Corbin]
    • $16.7 million - Friday's domestic box office for Oz the Great and Powerful (this was the total domestic gross for The Wizard of Oz) [G-Man]
    • 125 million dollar loss for Laremy on Jack the giant slayer in the box office draft [Cordia]
    • 1.5 best picture nominees Brad did not include in his 40 movie oscar candidate preview [Cordia]
  • 1:09:48-1:13:27 - Buy or Sell
    • Brad enjoys Ted 2
    • Identity Thief 2 gets made and Laremy enjoys it.
    • Either Brad or Laremy enjoys Olympus Has Fallen. [Corbin]
    • There will ever be a tie for Best Picture at the Oscars [the colleague]
    • A voice performance ever gets a major acting award. [Oyid]
  • 1:13:28-1:20:45 - Playing the Percentages
    • % on Rotten Tomatoes for The Heat [Ryguy815]
    • % chance there is an Oscar nomination for visual effects for Jack The Giant Slayer [Aidan]
    • % chance that Micheal Bay makes Transformers 5 and 6 [Ryguy815]
    • % chance that both Brad and Laremy enjoy The Call [Ryguy815]
    • % chance that Jack the Giant Slayer sunk Laremy's spring draft. [Corbin]
    • % chance that Spring Breakers is a surprise hit at the box office. [Corbin]
    • % chance Man of Steel gets a top tier Oscar nomination. [Aleonardis]
    • % chance, Laremy wins the spring box office draft. [Cordia]
    • % chance Brad records some podcasts from Cannes [Cordia]
  • 1:20:46-1:24:35 - Would you rather
    • ...lose an arm wrestle to a famous woman working in the industry (i.e. Kathryn Bigelow) or to your respective better halves [the colleague]
    • ...be in charge of someone else's political campaign or be the politician campaigning [the colleague]
    • ...be a very successful shadow writer or write your own material, without much success [the colleague]
    • ...direct a very profitable, but bad movie or direct a critical darling that very few people see [the colleague]
    • ...direct a remake/reboot of a very popular property (like Zack Snyder with Man of Steel) or direct a sequel after the original director has left the series (like Shane Black with Iron Man 3) [the colleague]
  • 1:24:36-1:30:40 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:30:40-1:32:49 - Closing


Here is the Kickstarter video for Matt's short film Paisley. You can find the Kickstarter campaign here.

MORE LINKS: Official Site | MattOlmon.com

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Winter 2013 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Promised LandJan 4$15m$7.5m-$29.9m
The Last StandJan 18$45m$31.3m-$81.1m
Movie 43Jan 25$6m$23.1m$8.1m
Hansel and Gretel: Witch HuntersJan 25$50m$181.2m$56.2m
Stand Up GuysFeb 1$15m$3.3m-$34.1m
Side EffectsFeb 8$30m$28m-$46.9m
Beautiful CreaturesFeb 13$60m$32.3m-$117.6m
Escape from Planet EarthFeb 14$40m$43.1m-$56.8m
A Good Day To Die HardFeb 14$92m$221.1m-$8.8m
Dark SkiesFeb 22$3.5m$13.3m$4.6m
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Texas Chainsaw 3DJan 4$20m$34.3m-$15.6m
Gangster SquadJan 11$60m$96.1m-$53.8m
Broken CityJan 18$35m$19.6m-$67.8m
MamaJan 18$15m$104.7m$67.2m
ParkerJan 25$35m$17.4m-$70m
Warm BodiesFeb 1$35m$85.7m$1.7m
Bullet to the HeadFeb 1$55m$9.4m-$128m
Identity ThiefFeb 8$35m$108.4m$20.9m
Safe HavenFeb 14$28m$57m-$12.9m
SnitchFeb 22$35m$24.4m-$63m

The Winter 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 January and February of 2013. The draft took place on December 21, 2012 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/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    Hey Brad, you said I left a comment regarding your Holy Motors discussion, but I don't recall participating on that, due to the fact that I haven't seen Holy Motors.
    Just wanted to clarify.

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

      Yeah, it was Aleonardis, I messed up. Sorry about that.

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

        No worries.

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

        THIS JUST IN!


        lol i love this podcast. you guys are the best

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

        Was gonna say...lol

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

    There's a screenplay somewhere in today's 'Good Comment'.

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

    [Listener Question]
    I mentioned on your "I don't blame you for not going to the movies" article that Netflix is hurting DVD/Blu-Ray sales. So, I ask: do you think buying DVDs and Blu-Rays will be eliminated as the primary way to watch movies at home? Will everything become Instant Streaming, or rental? [Xarnis]

    3 films that Brad gives an A rating to at Cannes [Xarnis]
    4 more weeks where every movie released that week is certified Rotten on RT [Xarnis]
    3 Oscar noms for Wally Pfister's Transcendence (probably 2015 Oscars) [Xarnis]

    Buy or Sell
    Brad takes a picture of himself at Cannes and posts it on Ropeofsilicon.com [Xarnis]
    Laremey has been married to a robot his whole life, and subconsciously suspects it, which is why he brought it up on today's podcast. [Xarnis]

    Playing the Percentages
    % Monsters University is as bad as Brave [Xarnis]
    % To the Wonder scores an Oscar nom for Best Cinematography (Badlands is his only film that hasn't got a nom in this category) [Xarnis]

    Also, what movie is that sound clip (that Brad played towards the end) from?

  • Ron Oneal Fresh


    A- for Only God Forgives

    10 years, before an openly gay director wins Best Director

    150 million domestic box office for "The Wolverine"

    C- for G.I. Joe: Retaliation

    F cinema score for, The Place Beyond the Pines

    Buy or Sell

    - Nicolas Winding Refn wins an Oscar before Steve McQueen (UK)

    - Paul Thomas Anderson next film will better than The Master

    - 47 Ronin is not a financial & critical disaster


    Laremy you mentioned how depressing movies don't stick with you as things you don't love thus have no interest in revisiting. How do you quantify what is a depressing film, something that is grim and dour throughout?

    What If at the end of a film it has an uplifting or positive moment -- is it still a depressing film, what If a film like Chinatown is really intriguing mystery but has an extremely depressing ending. Is that a depressing film, b/c of how it ended?

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

    Listener Question:
    Sorry if this has already been asked, but are there any directors that you find have an undeserved bad reputation? Recently I had to defend my love of Sofia Coppola to a group of friends and while I wouldn't say she has a necessarily "bad" reputation, it got me thinking about which directors have a negative stigma attached to their name and whether or not they actually deserve it.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

      Your friends are TERRIBLE PEOPLE!!!!!
      Sorry. I have Lost In Translation fanboy rage.

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

        I love "Lost in Translation" and "The Virgin Suicides", and like Coppola's other films quite a bit. "The Bling Ring" is my second most anticipated film of 2013. So, when my friends told me that they hate her movies, I pretty much had the same reaction, lol.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

          Yeah, The Bling Ring is number 2 out of my most anticipated as well (just behind Only God Forgives.)

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Oh man, I really have to watch Team America again now, that sound clip was the best.

  • Stephen

    "How is that positive?!....If I said 'You look like Sebastian the Crab!'" Hahaha, I laughed pretty hard when Brad said that.

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

    Brad, i'm curious. Since Ang Lee won Best Director, would Life of Pi had won Best Picture if Argo didn't?

  • Susan

    What do you two think of Gus Van Sant? I used to be pretty lukewarm on him, and while he's made some mediocre movies here and there, his "Death Trilogy" is something I was very moved by and his early films, particularly Mala Noche and My Own Private Idaho, still hold up as gems.

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

      I like Gus Van Sant. Most people like to bash him, but Good Will Hunting and his Death Trilogy are great; IMO Elephant is the best of the 3 and Last Days is the worst. But I like him as a director. So those are my 2 cents.

  • Jeff

    Glad to help, Laremy!
    Also, you somehow undrafted Beautiful Creatures (- $117m) and added A Haunted House ($2.5m budget, $40m cume, +$33.8m)
    I thought that was interesting, A Haunted House was the only major release that went undrafted for Jan/Feb and it's the third-highest profit of all 21 movies right now.

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

      Yeah, no watch Scary Movie 5 screw me in this latest one.

  • Aidan

    Buy or Sell:
    Avatar 2 comes in 2015
    Jamie Foxes Electro will be a better villain in The Amazing Spiderman 2 than the Lizard was in The Amazing Spiderman.
    Playing the Percentages:
    % chance Oz The Great And Powerfull is better than the original Wizard of Oz.

  • http://www.moviebuffhaven.com Drew K

    Listener question:
    Brad, you are clearly someone who knows a lot about code and HTML. How did you first go about learning code?

  • http://www.scifiblock.com John D.

    Listener question:

    How different, if at all, would the box office draft be if you couldn't look up the budgets of movies until after they are drafted? Given that you don't watch trailers and therefore would have to pick based off limited information about the films, how would you approach the drafting process? [John D.]

  • Anna

    Listener question

    Hey Brad and Laremy, I've been fan of the site and the podcast for a long time but this is actually my first question... so here it goes :

    I recently watched 4 months 3 weeks and 2 days and I absolutely loved the film. I know that Brad often mentions it as one of his favourite's movies but he also says he actually "hates" the movie and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Why's that? Because of the story? And if so, how can you love and hate a movie at the same time? [Anna]

  • Mykael

    Over/ Under -
    1. 1 month, 1st trailer for Neill Blomkamp's Elysium is released online.
    2. 1.5 films gets double acting Oscar nominations in same category for this year.

    Buy/ Sell -
    1. No slam dunk best foreign picture going into the awards' season.
    2. Sharlto Copley would be the villain of the year 2013.

  • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

    Buy / Sell -

    1. Ang Lee never wins another Best Director Oscar [Hamza]
    2. Quentin Tarantino worst movie ends up being Death Proof (this includes any future films he makes) [Hamza]
    3. Steve McQueen continues to cast Michael Fassbender in the rest of his films [Hamza]
    A superhero movie comes along that is considered better than The Dark Knight [Hamza]

    Over / Under

    1.5 Oscar nominations for Tom Hardy, in his career
    10 more years before another female director wins Best Director.
    2.5 Oscar nominations for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

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

    "47:31-49:56 - Laremy Goes to Washington"
    A slight misstep on Brad's part here. I think you'd agree "Mr. Legel Goes to Washington" has a better, cinematic ring to it. However, you more than made up for it with the android sex discussion. Good stuff. :-)

  • http://www.everyeliakazanmovie.blogspot.ca/ IngmarTheBergman

    I seriously hope I'm not too late!

    Play the Percents:
    % chance that someone tracks Brad down at Tiff. (IngmarTheBergman)
    % chance that Brad decides not to post his Tiff schedule because of that comment. (IngmarTheBergman)