Podcast: Oscars, 'House of Cards', Voicemails, Super Bowl Trailers and Good Comments

Plus Brad can't help but fit in a few rants

Rope of Silicon PodcastWe're still trying to get situated with the soundboard, but I think we have a good Tuesday show for you with our usual coverage of the new DVDs and Blu-rays, lots of Oscar talk, a brief conversation about this year's Super Bowls and #GoodComments makes a triumphant return. We're also playing Over/Under, Buy or Sell a little Percentages and Would You Rather on top of a couple early rants from Brad regarding his taxes.

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.

  • 00:00-00:25 - Introduction
  • 00:26-2:06 - Voicemails and a noise from a listener
  • 2:07-7:08 - Brad's Taxes
  • 7:09-9:38 - A PR story
  • 9:39-12:22 - A standalone Star Wars film centered on Yoda
  • 12:23-13:23 - Magic Mike on Broadway
  • 13:24-16:30 - "House of Cards" review (read mine here)
  • 16:31-25:13 - Ben Affleck wins the DGA Award and Oscar Talk
  • 25:14-30:53 - [Listener Voicemail] Kathryn Bigelow snub [Xarnis]
  • 30:54-33:34 - [Listener Question] With this race at the Oscars between Argo and Lincoln, some Academy members might change their votes to one of these two rather than their favourite movie of the nine, what movie Argo or Lincoln could benefit more from this? and from what movie would people change their votes to Argo or Lincoln. For instance would someone who favours Django go for Argo or Lincoln? [Cordia]
  • 33:35-37:33 - [Listener Voicemail] Are there going to be any quality filmmakers from current generation [Ingmar]
  • 37:34-45:17 - [Listener Question] I finally caught up with Hard Eight and have now seen all of PTA's films. In my opinion he doesn't have a bad movie in the bunch but I was wondering how each of you would rank his films. [Bob Phelan]
  • 45:18-54:06 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 54:07-57:18 - [Listener Voicemail] Super Bowl trailers [G-Man]
  • 57:19-1:04:30 - #GoodComments
  • 1:04:31-1:07:21 - [Listener Voicemail] Bias informing opinions [Mason]
  • 1:07:22-1:13:44 - [Listener Voicemail] Horror recommendations [David Gaillardetz]
  • 1:13:45-1:19:47 - Over / Under
    • 3 months before Brad's computer crashes and a podcast gets messed up [Ingmar The Bergman]
    • 7.5 more Tom Cruise action-flicks [JN Films]
    • 3.5 more JGL directed films [JN Films]
    • 7 years until another biopic is done on an American president. [David Gaillardetz]
    • 11.5 minutes on average it takes either of you to go through the comments in preparation for the podcast [the colleague]
    • 1.5 movies from Marvel's Phase Two that don't end up being profitable by your calculations [the colleague]
    • 1.5 films that premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival that are nominated for Best Picture at the 2014 Oscars [Xarnis]
    • 4 more Western films that are nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars in the next 10 years [Xarnis]
    • B- for Iron Man 3 from Brad [Henry]
  • 1:19:48-1:25:46 - Buy or Sell
    • One of you guys gives The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug a B or over.
    • The Hobbit series is considered Jackson's worst films.
    • Steven Soderbergh ends up directing another movie. [David Gaillardetz]
    • "House of Cards" is adapted for film in the next 15 years [Xarnis]
    • The number of comments on the Podcast page decrease under 10, replaced with voice-mails.
  • 1:25:47-1:29:41 - Would You Rather:
    • ...let out a really stinky fart in a packed theater or a really loud fart inside a full elevator [the colleague]
    • ...be a vampire squeamish at the sight of blood or be a zombie marathon runner [the colleague]
    • ...be The Fifth Element, like Milla Jovovich or have The Sixth Sense, like Haley Joel Osment [the colleague]
    • ...Brave wins Best Animated Film or Wreck-It Ralph wins Best Animated Film but you get 3 negative iTunes reviews in the next month [Alex Thomas]
    • ...have 0 comments on the podcast page and a ton of voice-mails OR have 0 voice-mails and a ton of comments, despite heavily pushing the new phone number?
  • 1:29:40-1:34:56 - Playing the Percentages:
    • % chance both of you stay in the red in the winter draft [the colleague]
    • % chance Laremy will ever sing a song in a foreign language (French, for example) [the colleague]
    • % chance Django Unchained wins the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay [Xarnis]
    • % chance Lincoln wins Best Picture [Xarnis]
    • % chance Tommy Lee Jones wins Best Supporting Actor [Alex Thomas]
    • % chance Wreck-It Ralph wins Best Animated Feature Film [Alex Thomas]
    • % of people that will favorably rate Seth Macfarlane's hosting job at the Oscars. [David Gaillardetz]
    • % RT for Side Effects [JN Films]
    • % RT for The Great Gatsby (76 percent for Moulin Rouge) [JN Films]
  • 1:34:57-1:36:30 - [Listener Question] While watching a movie, which one of these would be the first thing to potentially take you out of it, assuming both the story and actors were actually good? [the colleague]
  • 1:36:31-1:39:07 - [Listener Voicemail] How do you avoid spoilers? / Watching a movie with a twist ending and know the twist [Kessler]
  • 1:39:08-1:44:05 - [Listener Voicemail] Matthew McConaughey and any other actors that are talented but not picking right roles [Hamza]
  • 1:44:06-1:45:36 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:45:37-1:48:10 - Closing

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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$24.9m-$87.5m
Movie 43Jan 25$6m$18.8m$3.8m
Hansel and Gretel: Witch HuntersJan 25$50m$96.8m-$28.1m
Stand Up GuysFeb 1$0
Side EffectsFeb 8 $0
Beautiful CreaturesFeb 13$65m$0
Escape from Planet EarthFeb 14$0
A Good Day To Die HardFeb 14$100m$0
Dark SkiesFeb 22$0
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Texas Chainsaw 3DJan 4$20m$34m-$15.9m
Gangster SquadJan 11$60m$78.4m-$71.5m
Broken CityJan 18$35m$18.1m-$69.3m
MamaJan 18$15m$63.9m$26.4m
ParkerJan 25$30m$12.5m-$62.4m
Warm BodiesFeb 1$30m$20.3m-$54.6m
Bullet to the HeadFeb 1$55m$4.5m-$132.9m
Identity ThiefFeb 8$0
Safe HavenFeb 14$0
SnitchFeb 22$0

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

    Listener Question:
    I was wondering if you guys write notes while watching movies? And if you do, have you found that it helps your reviews?

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    Listener Question:
    I don’t know with you guys, but I kind of keep track on which great performances of the past I thought truly deserved an Oscar nomination, like Edward Norton for 25th Hour, Michael Douglas for Wonder Boys, Philip Seymour Hoffman for Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, and Bruno Ganz for Downfall. Which performances in the past do you feel really deserved a nomination, but were “overlooked”? All four films I mentioned are “smaller” or less known films I felt were overlooked. Thought it would be cool to hear your snubs.

  • Josh Z

    Buy or Sell!
    Brad places a picture of himself at the end of his book in his "parading around" pose?

    First time I did one of these but had to ask!

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

    75 years before the Oscars come to an end. [IngmarTheBergman]
    20 years before DVDs become a thing of the past. [IngmarTheBergman]
    10 years before IMDb's number one film is no longer The Shawshank Redemption. [IngmarTheBergman]

    Would You Rather:

  • Brett McNeill

    Hey Brad, I'm having trouble listening to the Podcast. It won't play for some reason no matter how many times I refresh the page :/

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

      You mean on this page right here? Clear your browser cache and restart your browser. I just tested it and it works fine.

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

        I'm having the same issues... It says its playing the first 3 or 4 seconds, but there's no sound. Then it restarts automatically.

        I usually just listen via iTunes anyway, but just wanted to say that Brett isn't the only one.

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

      Same issue. I was listening on an iPhone BTW.

      I opened and listened via iTunes and it worked fine, just couldn't play from the page.

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

        Did you try and hit play in the player?

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

      I figured it out, should be all fixed. Just refresh your browsers and clear the cache if you run into anymore problems.

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

        Thanks Brad. Working great.

  • Trishana

    Why is campaigning so important with regards to the oscars? In a just world, wouldn't the best picture, actress, director etc win because they were just simply the best out of the nominees rather than win based on what a big studio is doing to promote a film? So what if Argo won at the SAGS, DGAs etc.? It doesn't mean it should win an oscar. Why don't voters choose the best film in their eyes rather than choose something based on the hype surrounding a particular film? If you like Django, you shouldn't feel obligated to change your vote just because Argo won at other awards shows or there's momentum around Lincoln.

  • henry

    B grade by Brad for Man of Steel
    C- grade by Brad for Oz the Great and Powerful
    Playing the Percentages:
    % on RT for Iron Man 3
    % on Rt for Oz the Great and Powerful
    C+ by Brad for The Lone Ranger

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

    I have some Star Wars spinoff ideas for you:

    Hands Solo, Directed by Steve McQueen:

    So this one follows the story of Han Solo after he breaks up with Princess Leia and he gets a nasty sex addiction, its pretty much Shame but with Star Wars, and it ends with Han cradling Chewie's head in a bathtub after Chewie attempts suicide.

    Yoda Unchained, directed by Tarintino:

    So many years ago Yoda was a successful businessman who had it all, super hot wife, sexy fast speeder, killer job at an intergalactic law firm. He comes home after getting turned down for the big promotion (because of his speech impediment you see) to find some alien frogging his wife. So Yoda goes on a super violent killing spree thats lasts for 2 solid hours before he finally kills his wife and her new lover and enters exile where he learns the ways of the force. Also Yoda is mostly shirtless during the entire movie and is totally ripped.

    The Royal Skywalkers, Directed by Wes Anderson:

    So this one follows Luke's kids as they are trying to find their own way in the universe while growing up in the shadow of their super famous dad. Luke is super old and is about to die so he calls his kids together, admits to all of them he is gay and then promptly dies. So the Skywalker children have to work out all their issues.

    Good podcast this week! Looking forward to the inevitable Smaug voice impression we will get via Laremy.

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

    I agree there is no profound message that flows out of The Master, but here is my 'thought-out' reasoning to call it great. It is beautiful to look at, and the way the two lead characters play-off of each other is quite exhilarating to say the least. Those two elements qualify the movie as great for me and in my top 5 of 2012.

    • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

      The Master is more of a character study than anything else. It definitely doesn't offer any profound message, at least not in my opinion. Now, this would normally not be a problem, but the film significantly drags and meanders in its third act. Personally, it needed to be a bit more tidy and cohesive in my opinion. Still a good film, just not great. It's one that I've really been meaning to see again to see how a repeat viewing works for me.

  • JN Films

    $100 million loss for Disney on Lone Ranger [JN Films]
    $50 million profit for Man of Steel [JN Films]
    $40 million profit for The Great Gatsby [JN Films]
    90 RT Score for Star Trek into Darkness (Star Trek got 95%) [JN Films]
    10% chance that 'The Lonely Island' music group gets it's own musical movie [JN Films]
    1.5 more G.I. Joe movies [JN Films]
    25% chance that 'The Lonely Island' makes a 'SWAG' music video (they made 'YOLO') [JN Films]
    15% chance that Seth MacFarlene accidentally let's the F-Bomb slip at the Oscars [JN Films]
    70% RT Score for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2 (64% RT Score for the first one) [JN Films]
    5.5 years till Tom Cruise stars in a Drama again [JN Films]
    3.5 more Martin Scorsese directed films after wolf of Wall Street [JN Films]

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Woah Laremy, you must really hate Brave to take 3 negative reviews over it winning!

    Think you guys have it spot on with the 65% for TLJ. I think 85 is way too high for Wreck-It but I did take $4-1 odds this week, very happy with that.

    I think you guys are both great on the Twitter's. And Laremy, best song yet!!!

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

      Man, 4 to 1 on WIR is phenom given the Annie Awards. I think I've got Brave just so I can emotionally be okay with such a disaster winning.

      • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

        Yep! One advantage of Australian betting markets is that they are very slow with updating the odds, everywhere else was 3 to 2 when I had looked.

        No $$$ on Brave so I will be cheering for WIR with you!

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

    Just so you know, Laremy, I believe the documentary on the spelling bee you are looking for is "Spellbound" (2002).

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

      YES! Thanks.

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

    Some questions:

    If, while watching the Oscar telecast, David O' Russell wins Best Director, does that automatically make SLP a lock for BP? [AS]

    Despite Argo winning big at the guilds, I'm still unsure of it's chances. When the Academy members are filling out their ballots and they come to the Best Director category, it seems strange that they would cast a vote for Spielberg and then not vote for Lincoln as Best Picture. I just have a sense that they would feel strange about voting for two different films for Director & Picture. In this sense, the Oscars are different from any of the precursors (Directors Guild only votes for Directors and so on). The Academy is the only group who are going to have to deal with this conundrum. What do you make of this? Do you think this will endanger Argo's chances? [AS]

    • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

      I personally feel the same in regards to Argo. Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't win Best Picture. But, at the same time, when predicting the Oscars, you can't go with instinct; you have to go with the facts. Thus, I think it's still best to predict that at the moment, Argo is the Best Picture winner.

  • JN Films

    Buy or Sell
    'Kick Ass 2' is Kick Ass [JN Films]
    YOLO will be a fad longer then SWAG [JN Films]
    A film dealing with homosexuality will eventually win best picture (Brokeback Mountain and Milk were nominated but did not win) [JN Films]
    A film dealing with racism is easier to make then a film dealing with homosexuality [JN Films]
    Milk or Brokeback Mountain would have won best picture in 1997 over 'Titanic' [JN Films]

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


    5 times Brad watches Django Unchained in 2013 [Nav]

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

      Over/ Under

      $110 million opening weekend for Fast & Furious 6. ($86.1 opening weekend for Fast Five) [Nav]

      0.5 The Weinstein Company films nominated for Best Picture Oscar 2014 [Nav]

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

    Playing the percentages

    % chance Leonardo DiCaprio NEVER wins an Oscar in his entire career [Nav]

    The man has an exceptional talent and played amazing roles and never won one.

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

      % chance J. J. Abrams' Star Wars (not the stand alone movies) is actually very good and creates positive buzz among fans. [Nav]

      % chance BnL podcast stops taking taking over/unders, buy/sell's etc. from listeners because the podcast is hugely popular and its just too many to keep track of. [Nav]

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

    Loved the Moonrise quote for the outro, by the way.

    [Listener Question]: Which of the Best Picture nominees would you be interested in watching again? What is it about those movies that makes them watchable? [David Gaillardetz]
    [Listener Question]: Outside of the obvious answer (Trouble with the Curve), what is the best sports movie of all time in your opinion? [David Gaillardetz]

    3 Oscar nominations for Matthew McConaughey [David Gaillardetz]
    1.5 movies that make you cry (or at least tear up) in 2013. [David Gaillardetz]

    A JGL movie gets nominated for Best Picture. [David Gaillardetz]
    Laremy legitimately has accurate insider knowledge regarding Iron Man 3. [David Gaillardetz]

    Playing the Percentages:
    % of people watching the Oscars who have seen at least one of the nominated short films.

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

      At one point I had eight LA/NYC freelancers! These folks are in the know ...how does Brad not believe in me?

      • adu

        I believe in Laremy! (& his dubious sources)

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    [Listener Question] Do you think that Harvey Weinstein delayed sending out Django screeners, not because he wanted people to "see it on the big screen" first, but because he thought Silver Linings would have a better chance at the Oscars and didn't want anything to infer with it?

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

    Jason Bateman was in State of Play, which was not a comedy.

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    Best line of the podcast: "Way too early in the week to get racist, Laremy."

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    Also, I'm surprised no one mentioned yet that today's podcast begins with, "It is January 5th, 2013..." Threw me for a huge loop for about 10 seconds there.

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

      Me too. I istened back and realized I don't even know what month it is.

      • adu

        Rich people like yourself often lose track of time :)

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

          Tell me about it!

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

    Great podcast, I'm really liking the new voicemail thing.

    1.5 more films directed by Ben Affleck before he gets a Best Director Oscar nom [Xarnis]
    4 Golden Globe nominations for House of Cards [Xarnis]
    3 episodes that David Fincher's directs in season 2 of House of Cards [Xarnis]

    Buy or Sell
    Kevin Spacey gets an Emmy nomination for his role in House of Cards [Xarnis]
    The Coen brothers direct another film that wins Best Picture [Xarnis]
    A sports player-turned actor wins a best actor Oscar [Xarnis]

  • Anthony K in LA

    Listener Question:
    With the success of The Avengers and the recent Star Wars news it seems Disney is doing the "universe" thing with everyone's favorite universe. Is this a good or a bad thing?

  • http://flewellenfilms.tumblr.com Flewellen

    Listener Questions:

    Brad, what's the best film that you've seen since you started Rope of Silicon? [Flewellen]

    Will FRUITVALE, which won the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, win any Oscars? (It got picked up by the Weinstein Co.) [Flewellen]

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

    I always love some PTA talk. For me, in descending order, I would rate his films as:

    There Will Be Blood
    Boogie Nights
    The Master
    Punch-Drunk Love
    Hard Eight

    I'm at complete opposite ends with Laremy in terms of his best and "worst" film. For me, There Will Be Blood is full of so much thematic weight. Everytime I watch that film I'm unpacking more things I didn't notice before that enhance the narrative and characters. To me, it is a film that continually builds upon its themes, and I find it incredibly watchable through multiple viewings. Day-Lewis's performance helps, but it is also Anderson's direction. It is very close to a perfect movie for me.

    I haven't seen Magnolia in years, but my memory of it is being bloated and self-important, and it remains probably his most polarizing efforts. And that ending, let's just say I was not a fan. However, I should revisit it to see if it climbs in any estimation because there are admirable things about it, such Tom Cruise's performance. I hope Inherent Vice continues the trend of great Anderson pictures.

    • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

      My favorite PTA film, meaning the one that I return to the most often, is Magnolia. Yet, I would easily call There Will Be Blood his best film. It truly is an incredible film, an incredible character study. The craft in that film is simply impeccable. Watching it on the big screen when it came out in 2007 was one of the greatest cinematic experiences I have ever had.

      If I had to rank his films, it would go as follows:
      There Will Be Blood
      Boogie Nights
      The Master
      Punch-Drunk Love
      Hard Eight

    • adu

      You know, I could never quite explain my reason not being a big Magnolia fan. Bloated fits the bill perfectly in my opinion. I also think There Will Be Blood is his best film...one of the top 10 best films of all time for that matter.

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

        Totally agree. However, I really think I should watch Magnolia again. It has been a really long time since I last saw it, and should see it again in order to speak about it as informed as I can be.

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

    Just so no one thinks I was being an ass, my harshness on Brad ignoring me on Twitter is totally tongue in cheek. And had I realized how atrocious my McConaghey would sound on here, I would have elected for a Walken or someone else.

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

      Ha ha, I don't think anyone thought you were being anything other than funny. You're all good in our book.

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

    Amour is a big contendor for best original screenplay..Could win

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

      I'd go so far as to say that it WILL win.

    • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

      Agreed. Could be one of the nice surprises of Oscar night. Although, to be honest, I'm still partially rooting for Zero Dark Thirty.

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

    Just heard The Avengers ensemble is gonna present an award at the Oscars. Clearly the Academy is trying to reach a wider audience. Would not be surprised if this is the highest rated Oscars in a while.

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

      Yeah that has really got me thinking too. This year the Academy really seems to be pushing the blending the old with the new.

      This also makes me wonder if we will ever see a change in the "demographic" of the Academy and not just a bunch of old white guys. If this ever happens, would it be possible to see a convergence in some of the categories currently in place? Let's say best performance in a motion picture is awarded as opposed to best performance by an actor vs. best performance by an actress.

  • Jeff

    I love that Laremy mentions waiting for a 1099 for some stocks, then quickly clarifies that he's not playing the market, and it's only a few bucks. Thank goodness he's not actually investing and making money, that'd be criminal! America 2013!

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

    4.5 years until Soderbergh returns to film [Corbin]
    1.5 more Oscar nominations for Colin Firth [Corbin]
    3 months until Before Midnight gets dated [Corbin]
    $450 million worldwide for Man of Steel (Superman Returns made $400 million worldwide) [Corbin]

    Buy or Sells:
    Nicholas Sparks ever runs out of books [Corbin]
    Adam Sandler makes another good movie [Corbin]

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    I often wonder myself what filmmakers from my generation will be remembered years from now as being quality filmmakers, and the only one that comes to mind is Steve McQueen. Of course, he's only made two movies thus far, but both of those films resemble the work of a true auteur, with his own artistic flourishes and a truly original take on his corresponding subject matters. Most filmmakers today seem to simply copy the styles of the old, great directors, like a Kubrick or a Hitchcock, instead of simply inventing their own. Now, you guys did mention a very good point, about many films already establishing different filmmaking methods, but I still think it is possible for a director to emerge with his original, artistic vision. Yet it rarely seems to happen today. To me, films like Argo and Silver Linings Playbook really contain a very mundane and pedestrian sense of direction. They feel like films that anyone could have directed.

    I really love horror movies, but the truth of the matter is that there aren't any really good horror movies from recent years. I hate to sound pretentious, but the best horror films are movies like Don't Look Now, The Shining, Eraserhead, Hour of the Wolf, Psycho, etc. The staples of the slasher genre like Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre are also very good. The problem with the horror of my generation is that all the filmmakers seem to be concerned with blood and gore, as opposed to building tension and creating atmosphere. I've seen horror films like Hostel, Saw, and many more in recent years that may gross me out, but never once do they scare me. Meanwhile, something like Don't Look Now continues to creep me out to this day.

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

      As far as filmmaker from this generation, Steve McQueen is definitely one but Refn, Cianfrance, and Johnson are three more that seem like ones to put money on. Refn particular seems like the Tarantino of this generation and I'd go so far as to say that he's better. If those 4 are going to emerge as "the" directors of this generation than I'm happy.

      That said, there are filmmakers from an emerging generation. People like Lena Dunham and Xavier Dolan aren't slouches themselves. Also Benh Zeitlin and Shane Caruth are very competent voices. Each of them have a distinct and original directing style.

      As far as horror movies go, I think we're having a resurgence. I have quite a bit of faith in The Evil Dead which is also by an emerging director. Jee-Woon Kim is easily the best director working in that genre right now. I Saw The Devil and A Tale of Two Sisters are some of the most disturbing movies I've ever seen. I'd also like to add Scott Derickson to the list because his villain in Sinister has turned into the scary thing in the dark of choice when I'm over-reacting and I'm home alone and in the dark. I think the "blood and gore" generation of horror is finished and I think that started with the original Paranormal Activity and Insidious.

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

      Glad to know somebody else loves Don't Look Now. It spends the entire film building up - and then it releases it all in the end.

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


    Could you please bring back the .mp3 format download link? It seems to be missing this week. My mp3 player doesn't play the itunes m4a format and I can't stream the flash player at work.


    • Mykael

      U can download mp3 format from above given stitcher link itself if you've got any decent downloading manager software. Worked for me. Give it a try.

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

      Yup, will do...

  • Mykael

    Great podcast.
    In answer to Monsieur Hamza Zain's question, could Monsieur Edward NORTON fall in a line in need of big break?
    Without a doubt, he's a great actor. He got oscar nominated in debut feature Primal Fear, continued with audaciously dynamic performance in American history X which reaped him 2nd oscar nod, starred in cult Fight Club, Red dragon, fairly received Spike Lee's 25th hour, as leper king in Kingdom Of Heaven & The Illusionist.
    Arguably his performance in Incredible Hulk is the best acted alter-ego in Marvel universe.
    But after 2008, he fell off the radar.
    No major films till 2012.
    Came back in news with underrtaed but nuanced and sublime supporting role in great ensemble Moonrise Kingdom.
    Bourne Legacy had him play paper-thin character, not worthy of his standards.
    With no major lead projects, actor of his talents deserves better 2nd innings.

  • Travis

    Over/under: 100% of listeners who want to see Brad and Laremy reenact the volleyball scene in Top Gun.

    True of False (haven't been done in a while, but I was asked the other day and thought this was a good question): Emma Stone is the only Zombieland cast member without an Oscar nomination

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

    Drew Barrymore and her fucking amnesia ruined The Sixth Sense for me in 50 First Dates...I still hold a grudge against that movie.

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

    Listener question:
    What is more important to you guys when rating a movie...it's technical merit or your enjoyment even if the movie has obvious flaws? I enjoyed Les Misérable more than most. Although it has its obvious problems I would probably rate it higher than a movie such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy even though it was clearly a better technical film.

    Does rewatchability affect your opinion? Shame is a great movie but I don't how often I would want to rewatch it whereas a movie like Independence Day is a terrible movie but I must have seen it a thousand times and enjoyed it each time.

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

    Listener Question:

    Just read an article which says Bruce Willis confirms Die Hard 6. Now just for fun assuming Die Hard takes the route of the James Bond franchise replacing it's main character, who do you think is best suited to replace Bruce Willis once Willis' career with Die Hard is done? [Nav]

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

    Jason Reitman will win a Best Director Oscar

    Playing the Percentages
    % of podcast listeners that would rather listen to Laremy sing than listen to Brad be grumpy.

    Would You Rather
    Watch "Laremy: The Musical" or Movie 43 [Fox]
    Fight John C. Reilly security guard over your right to electronics or fight the tiger in Life of Pi [Fox]
    Get 5 new Podcast reviews or have Laremy change the intro to "Playing the Percentages" [Fox]
    Correctly predict all Oscar Categories next year, or have all of you favourite films of the year win Oscars. [Fox]

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

    Listener Question: Where does Rope of Silicon get its name?

  • http://silrian.tumblr.com Silrian

    – 2014 is going to be the highest grossing box-office year of all time yet. (All film's total, got Singer's X-men, Marvel films, ASM2, Nolan's Interstellar and The Hobbit part 3 coming among many others I'm sure.) [Silrian]
    – Wes Anderson's next film The Grand Budapest Hotel will sweep the Oscars that following year including Best Director.
    – DiCaprio will never win a lead Oscar.

    Playing them percents:
    – Tarantino's next film will also be a revenge story starring, in some capacity, Waltz. Making it applicable to call QT's formed trilogy 'The Waltz trilogy'. [Silrian]
    – Bradley Cooper would make a brilliant Joker in a DC film (anyone, JLA, Batman, or other). [Silrian]

    Would you rather:
    – See Christian Bale in a Wes Anderson film and Andrew Garfield in a Christopher Nolan film OR... a reversed casting? (Both films would hypothetically be one of the best of their respective director's to you.)[Silrian]
    – See Tom Hardy in the next Tarantino film, or Christoph Waltz in the next Nolan film? [Silrian]

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

    [Listener Question]: What are your top 5 television shows of all time and why? [David Gaillardetz]

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

    Wow! This many comments, plus voicemails, reviews... I smell something in the vicinity of 2 hours.

    - B+ CinemaScore for Side Effects [the colleague]

    Play the Percentages:
    - % chance Brad gets grey hair before Laremy because he's always sooo mad [the colleague]
    - % chance The Canyons goes VOD or even straight to video [the colleague]

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

    Playing the percentages

    % chance both BAFTA and Oscars have the same best film/picture winner this year (They have had the same winner for the past 4 years) [Nav]

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

      Is this just for best picture or does it apply to other categories as well?