Welcome to the Friday edition of the RopeofSilicon podcast and this week we have three reviews for you including Hotel Transylvania, Won't Back Down and Looper as well as our first solid Good Comment segment in a while, plenty of listener questions, Oscar conversation, listener questions, Over/Unders, Buy or Sell, Watch This or Watch That and even some television conversation.
Once again, we didn't get into the Fall Box Office Challenge as there are still only two releases on the board, but it should pick up soon enough. I have updated the numbers and have them below, but it won't really be until October that things are really going to start picking up.
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.
- 00:00-3:09 - Introduction and Hobbit tickets for sale!
- 3:10-6:52 - A personal story
- 6:53-16:16 - Good Comments
- 16:17-19:11 - Hotel Transylvania review (read Laremy's here)
- 19:12-23:25 - Won't Back Down review (read mine here)
- 23:26-24:10 - [Listener Question] Should actors be able to win Oscars for amazing performances in not-so-great movies? [G-Man]
- 24:11-27:01 - Looper review (read mine here)
- 27:02-33:50 - [Listener Question] As I keep thinking about The Master, it has dawned on me how experimental the film really is. It completely goes against the typical rules of filmmaking, with typical narrative structure, character development, etc. all being avoided. Would you agree with this statement, and if so, do you appreciate the film more or less because of this? [Criterion10]
- 33:51-36:54 - [Listener Question] With Annapurna Pictures, Megan Ellison is hoping to create smart, original, director driven pictures. Do you think that this company will slowly become an inmportant studio (either independent or major)? [Criterion10]
- 36:55-37:43 - [Listener Question] Have either of you been particularly interested in seeing a specific nude scene in a movie? [Good Grief]
- 37:44-39:40 - Random aside and Oscar talk
- 39:41-42:26 - [Listener Question] Do you think an animated picture has ever deserved to win Best Picture in its year? [Bustray]
- 42:27-43:59 - [Listener Question] Let's, for a moment, imagine a scenario in which most/all of the Best Picture nominees aren't released in the last few months but dispersed more evenly over the course of an entire year with Les Mis, for example, being released in March. Is it still certain to win Best Picture or would it be a case of "out of sight, out of mind" and some other movie, perhaps one less deserving but released closer to the actual ceremony, takes the little golden statue? [the colleague]
- 44:00-46:54 - [Listener Question] There always seems to be discussion about whether or not a superhero movie or sci-fi flick could be a factor in any of the big Oscar races. But what about a James Bond film? Do you think Skyfall could find a place in any of the top-line categories (Picture, Director, Writing, Acting) this year? Could Deakins finally receive his long overdue Cinematography Oscar? I think Song and some of the technical awards are certainly feasible when it comes to nominations, but outside of those, will Skyfall be pigeonholed as a Bond/spy film and miss out on the big awards even if it's really great? [Jordan B]
- 46:55-53:01 - Over / Under
- 2.5 years till the acting categories open up to 6 nominations [Aleonardis]
- $300 million worldwide for Life of Pi [Cordia]
- $25 million opening domestic weekend for Sinister given the glowing reviews and time of year [G-Man]
- 70 percent RottenTomatoes score for The Master if someone not named Paul Thomas Anderson wrote and directed the exact same film. (currently at 84 percent) [G-Man]
- $16 million opening weekend for Argo [Bustray]
- $100 million domestic total for Silver Linings Playbook [Bustray]
- 11 Academy Award nominations for Argo [Cap'n Geech]
- 53:02-57:31 - Buy or Sell
- Dan was robbed.
- Anthony Hopkins will bomb as Hitchcock
- Warner Bros. does the right thing and makes the new Batman trilogy without going back to the origin of Batman again.
- Rian Johnson follows the Chris Nolan route and the studio gives him a franchise to reboot.
- Pacific Rim becomes a surprise smash in 2013, grossing over $1 billion worldwide
- Brad will see Pitch Perfect if it gets positive reactions from people he trust like Dredd 3D
- Moonrise Kingdom gets Best Picture nominated.
- Skyfall has an outside shot of getting a Best Picture nod
- An Open Road Films movie gets an Oscar nomination this year (The Grey, End of Watch)
- An NC-17 rated movie will win Best Picture before a G rated movie
- 57:32-1:01:05 - Watch This or Watch That
- The Iron Lady (Meryl Streep) or The Queen (Helen Mirren)
- Black Swan (Natalie Portman) or Monster's Ball (Halle Berry)
- The Blind Side (Sandra Bullock) or Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts)
- The Reader (Kate Winslet) or The Hours (Nicole Kidman)
- La vie en Rose (Marion Cotillard) or Monster (Charlize Theron)
- Walk the Line (Reese Witherspoon) or Shakespeare in Love (Gwyneth Paltrow)
- 1:01:06-1:02:55 - [Listener Question] Any thoughts on the banning of the sale of large non-diet soft drinks in NYC movie theaters? [G-Man]
- 1:02:56-1:05:43 - [Listener Question] Have you or are you planning on checking out any of the new fall TV shows? "Last Resort" seems to have potential from what I've heard. [Bob Phelan]
- 1:05:44-1:08:05 - Len Wiseman is rebooting The Mummy
- 1:08:06-1:08:44 - [Listener Question] Which sequel are you looking forward to most: Kick Ass 2, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes or X-Men: Days of Future Past? [Chris]
- 1:08:45-1:10:43 - [Listener Question] If you could pick any 3 films to get a full restoration and IMAX re-release 'ala' Raiders of the Lost Ark what would they be? [Capn Geech]
- 1:10:44-1:12:51 - #GoodTweets
- 1:12:52-1:18:00 - Closing
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Fall 2012 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy
|The Master||Sep 14||$35m||$6.5m||-$80.9m|
|Taken 2||Oct 5||$80m||$0|
|Cloud Atlas||Oct 26||$100m||$0|
|Wreck-It Ralph||Nov 2||$150m||$0|
|Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2||Nov 16||$131.5m||$0|
|Red Dawn||Nov 21||$75m||$0|
|Life of Pi||Nov 21||$100m||$0|
|Django Unchained||Dec 25||$0|
|Les Miserables||Dec 25||$0|
|Resident Evil: Retribution||Sep 14||$65m||$138.6m||-$23.8m|
|Paranormal Activity 4||Oct 19||$0|
|Alex Cross||Oct 19||$40m||$0|
|Anna Karenina||Nov 16||$0|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Dec 14||$0|
|The Impossible||Dec 21||$0|
The Fall 2012 Movie Box-Office Draft competition involved both Brad and Laremy "drafting" ten films each in hopes of scoring the largest net total by taking a film's worldwide gross subtracting two-and-a-half-times the reported budget. The film must be released between the months of September-December 2012. The draft took place on August 28 during the RopeofSilicon Podcast which you can listen to right here.
Listed above is all the most recent data as of this post. Budgetary information is not necessarily accurate and will most likely not be accurate until closer to or after each film's release.