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Podcast: Talking 'Argo' and the Oscar Race, 'Zero Dark Thirty', New DVDs and Blu-rays and Much More

Happy birthday Abraham Lincoln!

Rope of Silicon PodcastIt's Abraham Lincoln's birthday and we're celebrating with our regularly scheduled Tuesday edition of the RopeofSilicon Podcast. Today you know we're talking about new DVDs and Blu-rays, squeeze in some Oscar talk, mention a new Esquire article concerning Zero Dark Thirty and the Navy SEAL that shot bin Laden, your voice mails, a new catchphrase game, your questions and much, much more.

Now that it's live, I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-BNL-POD. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly.

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
  • 00:44-15:00 - Random bits
  • 15:01-17:31 - More on the R-rated comedy conversation
  • 17:32-22:50 - Zero Dark Thirty talk and the "Esquire" article
  • 22:51-25:47 - [Listener Question] I thought it was interesting that Brad and Laremy both think that Iron Man 3 will get hammered because that's what usually happens in a series of films. I'm not saying that's not true, but I think the third Harry Potter film was one of the best reviewed in the series, right? [Jennifer]
  • 25:48-27:30 - [Listener Question] Will we lose all DVD stores? Or will they go the opposite way and start dropping pricing or more exclusive sales and promos like Amazon Prime? [Sam]
  • 27:31-31:04 - [Listener Question] What film started your film obsession? Or was it a gradual thing after watching several movies that made films your passion? [RagingTaxiDriver]
  • 31:05-32:35 - [Listener Question] I wanted to start watching the director works of greats like PTA and the Coen Brothers and it got me thinking. What do you think is the better way to watch films of a specific director? Do a film marathon session or space them out to think about the themes more in depth? [TJ]
  • 32:36-37:37 - [Listener Question] What franchise out there has the best fans? [Justin]
  • 37:38-40:09 - [Listener Question] What are your favorite LGBT films? [David Gaillardetz]
  • 40:10-48:18 - [Listener Question] One criticism I had about 'Side Effects' is its possible homophobia. I say "possible homophobia" because in the past couple of months, we've seen a number of movies and TV shows that depict gay people as villains or doing villainous things, i.e. 'Skyfall' and the new FOX series 'The Following'. [marlonwallace]
  • 48:19-49:45 - [Listener Question] I am going to be taking a film class at my high school next year and we are going to be watching films like Citizen Kane, Rear Window, Sunset Boulevard, etc. Honestly , I have not seen any of these films. We are going to have to give immediate reactions to the movies right when they are done. Should I watch these films before taking the class or watch them for the first time in the class? [Scott]
  • 49:46-56:02 - [Listener Question] As you know, The National Film Registry is the United States National Film Preservation Board's selection of films for preservation in the Library of Congress. Movies that are worthy to be remembered and are considered to be cinematic achievements are picked every year to be added to the list. If you were to pick a handful of movies from the 21st century (2000-2012) to be added to the registry, what movies would they be? From the top of my head for me it would be Inception, Avatar and The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Maybe even Django Unchained, but that movie needs more time to be considered to be put in the hall of fame. [Nav]
  • 56:03-1:01:15 - [Listener Voicemail] Stu - The Ben Affleck "snub"? Why?
  • 1:01:16-1:08:45 - If Argo wins, bad for Academy?
  • 1:08:46-1:10:42 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 1:10:43-1:14:39 - Box Office Challenge Update (see chart below)
  • 1:14:40-1:17:40 - [Listener Voicemail] Ingmar #1 - Was anything lost moving into color from black-and-white
  • 1:17:41-1:19:42 - [Listener Voicemail] Trishana - Actor that could not act, but now we think they can?
  • 1:19:43-1:20:40 - [Listener Voicemail] Garrett - What are Laremy's favorite movie dogs?
  • 1:20:41-1:24:11 - Over / Under
    • 1.5 more seasons of "House of Cards" [TJ]
    • 3.5 Oscar wins for Lincoln [David Gaillardetz]
    • 4 Oscar nominations for Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' [Xarnis]
    • 5 Oscar nominations for Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' [Xarnis]
    • 1.5 years till Jonathon Levine's next film [JN Films]
    • 3 years until Brad shows his face to the internet [Scott]
  • 1:24:12-1:27:03 - Buy or Sell
    • Brad is not in touch with his emotions. [David Gaillardetz]
    • By 2020 they will be allowed to include harsh 'expletives' in movie titles (i.e. "Tyler Perry's Madea makes another s***y movie" [JN Films]
    • Ellen Page could be the next Ben Affleck in terms of actor turned director with very good movies in the filmography. [Nav]
    • Side Effects is considered a top five Soderbourgh film.
    • When watching the Oscar telecast, if 'Lincoln' wins Best Film Editing then it's a lock for Best Picture [Xarnis]
    • Steven Soderbergh's comeback movie is Ocean's 14 [Xarnis]
    • Side Effects snags an Oscar nomination. [David Gaillardetz]
    • The producers go back and rename The Last Exorcism, "The Penultimate Exorcism"
    • "House of Cards" gets picked up by HBO/Showtime for its second season instead of being streamed exclusively on Netflix [TJ]
  • 1:27:04-1:32:43 - Playing the Percentages:
    • % chance a minority director male or female wins an Oscar in 2014 [Trishana]
    • % chance Daniel Day-Lewis gets a fourth Best Actor Oscar win (I think it is safe to assume he has his third). [David Gaillardetz]
    • % chance that 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' exceeds your expectations [Xarnis]
    • % chance that Harrison Ford returns as Han Solo in one of the Star Wars films (He played a senior citizen in Crystal Skull) [JN Films]
    • % chance Brad and Laremy win an Oscar. (Hint: Write a screenplay. It worked for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.) [Flewellen]
    • % chance that within the next year, Laremy equivocates and Brad crushes it? [Nick Smith]
    • % chance that the Podcast Mansion becomes a reality. [IngmarTheBergman]
    • % RT for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. [Henry]
    • % RT Score for Transformers 4 [JN Films]
    • % of people listening to the podcast that are female [Manu]
  • 1:32:44-1:34:55 - Guess the Film Based on Its Catchphrase [via the colleague]
    • "Life's a pic-a-nic"
    • "Raise the woof"
    • "You'll know when you're in it"
    • "The future begins"
  • 1:34:56-1:36:49 - [Listener Question] Some questions from Alex Thomas
  • 1:36:50-1:40:37 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:40:38-1:43:02 - Closing

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Winter 2013 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
Movie Date Budget Box-Office Current Total
Promised Land Jan 4 $15m $7.5m -$29.9m
The Last Stand Jan 18 $45m $27.6m -$84.8m
Movie 43 Jan 25 $6m $22.9m $7.9m
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Jan 25 $50m $127.8m $2.8m
Stand Up Guys Feb 1 $15m $2.7m -$34.7m
Side Effects Feb 8 $30m $9.3m -$65.6m
Beautiful Creatures Feb 13 $65m $0
Escape from Planet Earth Feb 14 $0
A Good Day To Die Hard Feb 14 $100m $0
Dark Skies Feb 22 $0
      $198m -$204.4m
         
Brad's Picks
Movie Date Budget Box-Office Current Total
Texas Chainsaw 3D Jan 4 $20m $34.1m -$15.8m
Gangster Squad Jan 11 $60m $87m -$62.9m
Broken City Jan 18 $35m $19.2m -$68.2m
Mama Jan 18 $15m $77.3m $39.8m
Parker Jan 25 $30m $15.8m -$59.1m
Warm Bodies Feb 1 $30m $45.1m -$29.8m
Bullet to the Head Feb 1 $55m $8.2m -$129.2m
Identity Thief Feb 8 $35m $34.5m -$52.9m
Safe Haven Feb 14 $0
Snitch Feb 22 $0
  $321.6m -$378.3m
         

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://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

    I did the exact thing same thing to watch movies. Looked @ Ebert's list, IMDb, Sight and Sound, AFI, BFI, and I also used your Top Tens from each year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

    This was the first podcast I had my girlfriend listen to. Great timing with the creepy "hello, ladies" comment. haha Worked out really well.

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

      I'm all about bringing the awkwardness.

      • adu

        Laremy is one of those intriguing fellas...my wife heard his voice and asked me to show her his picture, which I pulled up from a film.com article of his (who is that monkey btw?). So yeah, Laremy has that lady-pull :)

      • JN Films

        #akward

  • http://thebioscopist.com TheBioscopist

    I dont think I've ever been called an "Outlier", whatever that means?. I'm very much inside the mainland of England in the city of Bristol - it's the country just next door, and across the channel from "Le Marion Cotillard Land".

    Thanks for spending some time on my "Affleck snub" question. I'm just sorry it caused both Angry Brad and Angry Laremy to rise up.

    For anyone who wants to know what I would have sung for my Laremy Song.....this is a transcript of what I was planning on doing. Enjoy:

    ----------------------

    "And the other thing I was planning to do was sing a song for Laremy in the same way he does for Brad, but it was pretty tough finding songs that have words rhyiming with "-aremy".

    A single syllabel name, like Brad, makes it a lot easier.

    And the few that I did find just sounded depressing....for example there was the obvious choice of Pearl Jam's "Jeremy", so..

    "Laremy spoke in classs today!" - noboby wants to hear that...

    And then found that the beatles classic Elanore Rigby could also be used...

    "Laremy Legal, picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been" Nobody knows, all the lonely people...but again that sounds depressing, right?

    So then 3 hrs later, after going through my entire spotify library, I figured I could do a Doors cover, with Riders on the Storm becoming Laremey's on the Storm...or "Break on through (to the other Laremy)"....but all these options sounded lame.

    So in the end I just gave up.

    So there you have it....defeted by Google voice and Laremy songs...

    Brad, do me a favour.........hit record!"

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

      I went to University in Bristol...lovely (although way too rainy) city.

      • http://thebioscopist.com TheBioscopist

        Me too MEng(2009). Yeah, more than enough rain.

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

    Buy/sell: There is a permanent third member to the B&L podcast in the next 12 months [maja]

  • Aidan

    Over/Under:
    C grade by Brad for Jack the Giant Slayer
    B+ grade by Brad for Monsters University
    Playing the percentages:
    Percent chance Monsters University wins Best animated feature at the 2014 Oscars

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

    No love for Little Miss Sunshine? I'm disappointed, that's one of my favourite comedies of all time.

    Playin' dem Percents

    % odds that Kim Jong Un listens to the podcast, and has taken Laremy's "bring it on" to heart. [Fox]

    Buy/Sell

    Laremy will have to tweak his Smaug impression after the second Hobbit comes out. [Fox]
    The only reason Brad chose to include the previous Buy/Sell, was because it had "Smaug" in it. [Fox]

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

    I really don't think Ben Affleck's omission was NOT a snub. I can probably explain WHY the Academy shoved him to the side while those 6 other groups have rewarded him. I'm thinking that the Academy were thinking, "hey, NO WAY Ben Affleck doesn't get nominated. I don't need to put him on my list, everyone else is going to. Let me put in Haneke since I loved Amour." [Aleonardis]

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoshP./ Josh P.

      Brad actually explained why these "snubs" happen. This was four years ago, after The Dark Knight:

      http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/winslet-oscar-query-solved-and-the-dark-knight-probably-wasnt-snubbed/

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

        This is a different thing. I think I remember reading that article too. I think this isn't a snub. I don't think snubs actually happen. Do you really think the Academy and their branches victimize a possible nominee by not putting their name down? That's the official definition of the word. Bigelow is one but I don't think you can call them sexist and then they come forward and say "Yeah we are sexist." So it can't be proven either way.

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

    I took a Philosophy class when I was in college that ended up focusing on the representation of different philosophical ideas in film. We watched movies like Memento, 12 Angry Men, Minority Report, Groundhog Day, Rashomon, and Bicentennial Man.

    My question is: Do you think exposing people to films they may not have normally seen and asking them to dig more deeply into their meaning will help elevate their appreciation for good films in general? Also, would you have enjoyed taking a class like this? I ended up really loving it.

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

    I'd argue that Benjamin Button IS a masterpiece. From a technical standpoint, it's definitely a game changer. Also, Fincher's ability to capture an entire lifetime in 2hr. and 45 mins with as much skill and coherence as he did is pretty damn impressive. And another thing; me manages tell a sentimental story and then actually EARN the sentimentality. Spielberg & Zemeckis should take notes.

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

      I second it's "masterpiece" status. The bashing it takes is way unfair. It's definitely more magical than latter-day Spielberg. You're making me want to watch it now!

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

        Definitely one of the most under appreciated films of the last decade.

      • adu

        I third its masterpiece status. It is a beautiful movie and Fincher's work is just sublime.

  • JN Films

    Over/Under
    18.5 more of Nick Sparks' flicks [JN Films]
    0.5 more best director Oscar nom snubs for Christopher Nolan [JN Films]
    50% chance that their will be a movie made that is about movies bein made that is about movies being made (movieception) [JN Films]
    30% chance that Gatsby gets a best picture nom [JN Films]
    12% chance that a movie will be made about Laremy not Brad [JN Films]
    500 more BnL podcasts [JN Films]
    98% chance that a Justice League movie happens within the next 4 years [JN Films]

    Buy or Sell
    Film.com will go extinct before ropeofsilicon does [JN Films]
    You guys will never half-ass another podcast ever again (being motivationaly here) [JN Films]

  • Bren

    How long until we get a Brad and Laremy Harlem Shake video? Because I would die happy at that. And if you ignore this, I will be the most obnoxious poster besides AS for the next 29 weeks. Your choice guys.

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

      Tough but fair .

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jaffas85/ Jaffas85

    Hey guys, I've been listening to the podcast for a while but this will be my first time asking a question:

    - Which directing and acting Oscar snub was worse (based upon the quality of the work). 1: Christopher Nolan (Inception) or Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) not receiving a Best Director nomination. 2: Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin) or Michael Fassbender (Shame) not receiving an acting nomination?

    What actor, in your opinions, was the least deserving winner of a Lead Actor or Actress Oscar since 2000? Personally, I would choose Sandra Bullock (Blind Side) as Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) all had much more challenging roles that they pulled off while I think Bullock ostensibly won because she's a popular movie star and Academy members saw it as a way to reaffirm her star status.

    Thanks guys!

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

    Can't believe you said it was 2012 twice within a couple of minutes Brad..but that doesn't really matter making mistakes is just human.

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

      No kidding! And right in front of my face while I'm saying that is the exact date.

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Didn't realise your book was about being a film critic Laremy (haha, no idea what I thought it was about, I should pay more attention!). Just bought it, postage was pretty cheap too!

    As for the $6 contributions to aid you guys getting to Cannes, it's a much better way to monetize the podcast. Just make sure you can select more than 1 $6 donation!

    • adu

      I'm interested too, where did you buy it from?

      Thanks.

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

        You can click here for Kindle and paperback copies.

        • adu

          Cool, thanks!

          BTW does Brad get a cut since, I'm using a link on 'his' site to buy 'your' book ;)

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

    Loved the introduction of vulgar Brad.

    As for the LGBT topic, George RR Martin was ahead of his time with his 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series (masterpiece in the making). It is clearly there from the beginning but the Loras Tyrell/Renly Baratheon relationship is so subtle that a lot readers didn't pick up on it until the third book. It wasn't until the HBO series that they used it to be provocative.

    Buy or sell: the podcast will keep gradually growing to the extent that most episodes will be over 2 hours [bob phelan]

  • Jeff

    [Listener Question] - SPOILERS!!! Is it too early for Side Effects SPOILERS? I was thinking about various "twist" movies that were actually good, and the twist usually comes down to three possibilities: 1) The protagonist is pretending to be something they're not (Primal Fear, Usual Suspects)... 2) The protagonist is/was an unreliable narrator (Shutter Island)... 3) The protagonist is unaware of some important truth the whole time (Sixth Sense, Fight Club). Could you categorize other "twist" movies? Am I missing a "type"? Thoughts? [Jeff]

  • Jeff

    [Listener Question] And a followup, if Side Effects SPOILERS are in play... Does knowing that a movie is depending on a big twist ruin it? In preparing to watch Side Effects I took your advice and didn't watch any trailers or read any reviews. But that advice is effectively a warning saying "I can't tell you anything because there's a big twist". So I watch the movie the whole time trying to figure out what the twist will be, and then I'm not really surprised when it happens. I'd have enjoyed it more without the warning! Thoughts? [Jeff]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Snicket/ Justin

    [Listener Question]

    I was recently watching the (IMO) underrated "Charlie Wilson's War", and that led me to thinking...

    What are 3 films you would pick that best represent the war on terror? [Justin]

    Is there still room to make films based on the Afghanistan/Iraq wars? Or has Bigelow spiked the ball with Hurt Locker and Zero Dark? [Justin]

    [Over/Under]

    1.5 - War Films we get in the next 5 years set in a pre-Afghanistan war. (I don't count Lincoln as a Civil War film) [Justin]

    Also, a slight correction/observation, you mentioned that the SEAL who killed bin Laden in the Esquire article noted they were not whispering Osama's name, while that is true he did mention a SEAL whispering the name of Osama's son. So I can see how the screenwriter modified that to Osama to not confuse the audience (how many people know his son's name?) while still maintaining the general theme of the story, a name was whispered, someone was confused, and Osama's son was shot.

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

    Over/Under:

    2.5 more nicknames "Jarrod" posts under.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoshP./ Josh P.

    I wanted to wait until I saw Side Effects (awesome movie, by the way) until I heard your discussion about the "possible homophobia." I find it interesting that this seems to be a similar discussion that you guys had a while back when Skyfall came out. I mentioned the Guy Pearce example and you guys had a really great conversation about it.

    In lieu of bringing all that up again, I will say that, in regards to Side Effects, I did not find it to be a major offender in this case. There is a difference between making a character a villain who happens to be gay and a character who is a villain because they are gay. For me, the former is what is at work here. There's nothing in that character that, to me, makes an argument that sexuality influences their motives. Honestly I think the worst thing you could accuse it of is being a too flamboyant plot development.

    Perspective is the key word. As a gay black man, I am going to have a different perspective on the world that a lot of other people. But as individuals we also have that innate ability. It's the balancing act of seeking acceptance but acknowledging where the problems still remain that's the tricky part, and none of us totally succeed at it. Hopefully we can get there one day, but it's going to take a while.

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

      Hey Josh P.,

      I was the one who originally brought up that point. I am a gay black man too who is perhaps a little sensitive to these issues. I guess I was just a little disappointed that when given the chance to portray a gay character in a mainstream film, Soderbergh makes that person a villain. Although given Brad's response, I guess Soderbergh's filmography has never depicted a gay person, but I wonder how he's going to handle the Liberace movie. Too bad that isn't going to get a wide theatrical release, which says I think everything you need to know about the movie business.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoshP./ Josh P.

        I totally understand being sensitive to these issues, and I see your point. It is true that more often than not, gay representation in mainstream films are almost always as villainous characters. I still think it's important to understand that a lot of those cases were making the argument that the character was a horrible person because of their sexuality, and that argument is offensive. I just didn't believe that to be the case here. I think context is important to decide this subject. I'm not uniformly against the idea of a gay villain because sometimes the villain is the most interesting character in a story. But I would want their sexuality to be a shade of their character, not the source of their evil motivations.

        Of course, as was also mentioned in the discussion, it's sometimes difficult to support this thesis if no mainstream film offers a gay character in a major hero role to counter. When you aren't part of a group that is under-represented in a major way, you may not think it's as important. Doesn't mean you don't care, but just that perspectives are a little different.

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

          I agree with you. Homophobia wasn't the case in 'Side Effects'. My complaint was more of a cultural one, as well as looking at Soderbergh's filmography and analyzing it as a whole. For a man like Soderbergh who has thought outside the box and who has made challenging and sexually-provocative films for nearly 25 years, I thought it odd that he's never had a gay protagonist in a movie before.

          I wouldn't say that he's ever made a movie with a "hero" but how interesting would it have been if, for example, the Alex Pettyfer character in 'Magic Mike' were gay. there's a scene in that movie where his sister asks him if he's gay. there's another scene where Matthew McConaughey is physically grinding on him and Pettyfer's character doesn't seem to mind. how interesting would that character have been if it turned out to be the case that he was gay?

          I think you also mentioned Guy Pearce in 'Lawless'. There was of course Javier Bardem in 'Skyfall' but I had a question about another possible gay villain. I don't know if you've seen 'Django Unchained' but do you think that Walton Goggins' character in that was gay? It didn't strike me the first time I saw it but then a film critic named Jett Loe said that it was rather apparent and thinking about it, two scenes make it very clear, but I don't know. What do you think?

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoshP./ Josh P.

            I hadn't really considered that about Soderbergh in the past, but I suppose you are right. It does seem odd that, even in his smaller and fiercely independent projects, he hasn't taken that route. Hopefully Behind the Candelabra will redeem this oversight.

            As for Django Unchained and Walton Goggins's character, I agree with the critic in so much as that interpretation is fair. It was one of the things that stuck in my mind the first time I saw the film. It's not an overt example, but an argument could definitely be made, particularly with his threats of "walking in the moonlight" with Django and how "disappointed" he was at the aborted castration. I can still watch the movie fine, but that did stick with me a bit.

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

    Listener Question
    Sort of similar to the Film Registry Question, but If you could pick 5 films that you consider "The Best" of the last 10 years, what would they be? [Xarnis]

    Listener Question
    with your recent article about possible shifts in Oscar predictions, I ask: Do you think the Academy should awardBest Picture to the more innovative film, the film that provides the most enjoyment, or the more technically astounding film? (this is not a question about the 2013 Oscars, but simply Oscars in general). [Xarnis]

    Listener Question
    Who do you think future lifetime achievement awards will be named after (i.e. the Cecil B. Demille award) from this generation? [Xarnis]

    Over/Under
    0.5 more films in the 'Die Hard' franchise. [Xarnis]
    1.5 sequels to 'Beautiful Creatures' [Xarnis]
    B from you guys for Darren Aronofsky's Noah [Xarnis]
    13 years until the Tron franchise is rebooted [Xarnis]

    Buy or Sell
    Jodie Foster wins another Lifetime Achievement awards from something other than the Golden Globes [Xarnis]

    Playing the Percentages
    % Ang Lee wins Best Director at the 2013 Oscars [Xarnis]
    % Life of Pi wins Best Picture [Xarnis]
    % David O. Russel wins Best Director [Xarnis]
    % Brad and Laremy make a Harlem Shake Video [Xarnis]

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

    In "honor" of the newest entry in the Die Hard franchise...

    Over/Under:
    - B CinemaScore for A Good Day to Die Hard

    Watch This or Watch That (Short and Terrible):
    - The Ward (1:28h) or The Apparition (1:22h)
    - Jonah Hex (1:21h) or Piranha 3DD (1:23h)
    - Red Dawn (1:33h) or AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem (1:34h)
    - Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (1:22h) or The Lorax (1:26h)

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

    % chance Riva wins Best Actress.

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

      On another note, left you guys a review on iTunes, but I don't know if it takes a while to go through haven't found it in the review section yet.

  • Aidan

    Listener Question: I know most people believe that Cars 2 and Brave were very big disappointments for a pixar film since, before those two, Pixar was doing fantastic films. Do you think Monsters University will bad and make people say that Pixar has officially gotten average or that it will be great, and Pixar gets its groove back. I watched the trailer and it looks like the latter is more likely to happen.

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

    Couple points:

    (1) Please keep us posted on the details for helping you guys fund the Cannes trip. Happy to support.

    (2) I re-listened to the over-unders on the holiday podcast where neither crushed it on the first item - "C- from you guys for A Good Day To Die Hard" by Xarnis. It's funny to hear B&L say things like "that seems low" or "if it's below a C this thing will be godawful".

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

    Thanks for drawing attention to the Esquire article. These guys get a monthly pension of 2.197 US$ if they serve 20 years and nothing if they retire (and no health insurance) after 16 years of risking their lifes??? WTF!!! That's not even laughable, that's insane and a disgrace..

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

    Question:

    --In light of the new Justin Timberlake-David Fincher video, which is essentially just a concert performance where Timberlake continues to ape Michael Jackson, is there a music video either this year or in previous years that you feel would be worthy of say the Oscar for Best Short Film?

    --Also, the recent music video nominees at this year's Grammys had a cinematic nature to them. 'Run Boy Run' by Woodkid and 'We Found Love' by Rihanna were particularly effective. Would you guys agree? Have music videos gotten better or worse over the years?

    --This week, Leon Panetta made a funny joke about 'Zero Dark Thirty', which got me thinking. Most people obsess over the torture aspect and make a big deal over that not being what America should stand for, but no one, not even most film critics, questions the raid itself. the U.S. famously captured Saddam Hussein and brought him to trial but as ZD30 makes clear, we didn't go to that compound to capture anyone or anything. we went there to kill Bin Laden. does the movie indicate why people are so disturbed by the torture but they celebrate the raid? which is worse? pouring water over a guy's head or putting a bullet through his head in his own bedroom?

  • Justin Golding

    Lasse Hallstrom went from being the respected director of Cider House Rules and Chocolat to directing two Nicholas Sparks movies and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. What do you think contributed to his downfall?

  • http://Trevorschoeller.com easybuttonfromb

    Buy or Sell

    Die Hard 6 with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as John McClane's brother

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

    Hey guys, I was wondering this for myself and realised I'd love to hear your thoughts on it:

    Only some rare acting performances truly, completely make me forget I'm watching an actor, and forget who the actor is in real life in the process. My question is what do you guys think actually makes the essential difference into creating such a performance? Is it solely the actor, or his lines? The Director's vision, or simply the way it's edited together? In case you think it's some or all of them combined, still I wonder where exactly the difference is made to elevate a performance into becoming so real that one forgets it's not real?

    Tied in: what acting made you just completely forget the actor in question, and simply, truly see a real person in his/her performance, if any?

    Thanks, Silrian.

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

    Maybe I should add a couple of examples of my own: DiCaprio in The Departed, Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, Oldman in Immortal Beloved, Bale in The Machinis, from the top of my head. It's really rare for me personally, that's why I find it so intruiging...

    (Anyone can chime in as far as I'm concerned.)

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

    By the way... I live in LA... :-)

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

    Questions:

    Brad - a couple podcasts ago when discussing R-rated comedies, you mentioned that you would rather someone like Seven Psychopaths than The Hangover. Can you expand on your rationale further? I was surprised to hear this given that you gave The Hangover a glowing review, and Seven Psychopaths a mediocre review. [G-Man]

    Do less likely Oscar contenders get pushes from the studios? (i.e. is Fox Searchlight pushing Beasts of the Southern Wild for Best Picture to the extent other pictures are being pushed for?) [G-Man]

    Playing those percentages:

    % chance Brad or Laremy drunk dials the podcast question line during Brad's bachelor party. [G-Man]

    % chance if this occurs, that the voicemail would get played on the air [G-Man]

    • http://thebioscopist.com TheBioscopist

      I like those percents, although I think they'd just end up calling 925 - BLT POD

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

    Got a couple questions:

    - How many awards has Spielberg won for best director compared to all the other nominees? I mean the nominations are all over the place so I don't think any director's too safe at this point. [Elijah]

    - What do you think will happen when a 3D movie wins best director and/or picture? What effect, if any, would it have on the types of movies released in the next decade? [Elijah]

    Percentage:

    - % chance Lincoln only wins 4 categories but still has the most trophies of the night. [Elijah]

    -% chance James Cameron's the first director to win best pic or director for a 3D film because he's James Cameron. [Elijah]

  • Mykael

    Buy/ Sell-
    This year's Best Supporting Actor category is as interesting as much, it is uninteresting.
    American Society Of Cinematographers'(ASC) award is arguably more refined and rational than Oscar cinematography award.