Podcast: James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey, 'Kick-Ass 2' and Listing Some of Our Favorite Movies

Sort of an all-around, general topic podcast today

Rope of Silicon PodcastSort of just a general topic podcast today with no real focus though we delve into the death of James Gandolfini off the top, Jim Carrey's thoughts on violence in Kick-Ass 2, today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases, listing off some of our favorite movies and Laremy is asked to green light one of two sequels based on the stats for the first film. Which one will he give the green?

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  • 00:00-00:44 - Introduction
  • 00:45-2:31 - Show notes
  • 2:32-4:58 - James Gandolfini passed away and George Lucas got married
  • 4:59-18:07 - Box-Office Challenge Update (chart below)
  • 18:08-21:18 - Which movie will Laremy green light?
  • 21:19-26:21 - Jim Carrey and Kick-Ass 2
  • 26:22-28:07 - [Listener Question] Do you guys ever consider just not going to screenings? I hate these crowded theaters and even though I get a ton of screenings through Cinemit and Advance Screenings, I rarely go to them. [The Movie Guru]
  • 28:08-32:10 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 32:11-44:10 - [Listener Voicemail] Aidan - Favorite Movies
  • 44:11-47:43 - [Listener Question] Perhaps I'm just completely missing the point, but what exactly is so bothersome about superhero movies? I can understand from the perspective of the amount they are discussed on the internet (both current and upcoming), but from a movie viewing perspective there are plenty of other smaller, original movies to enjoy if superhero movies are not someone's thing. Looking at this summer's slate,the number of superhero movies is fewer than the number of original films. Personally I like the fact that there are movies I can discuss, get excited about, and go to with my friends - after all, it's much easier to get a group to see Iron Man 3 or Man of Steel than Before Midnight or The East). [G-Man]
  • 47:44-54:21 - Over / Under
    • 4.5 times Brad uses 'certainly' in next podcast [lalecture]
    • $31 million opening weekend for The Wolf of Wall Street [G-Man]
    • $70m domestically for Rush [Roland]
    • B+ for The Worlds End [Aidan Khan]
    • B+ for this year's best picture [The Movie Guru]
    • 9.5 films in the Best Picture category at the 86th Academy Awards [Bertram J. Krogh]
    • 7.5 years before Meryl Streep wins her fourth Oscar [Bertram J. Krogh]
    • 1.5 Oscar Nominations for Pacific Rim [Hudsucker]
    • 2.5 crazy people in Brad's next screening [Hudsucker]
  • 54:22-57:44 - Buy or Sell
    • Brad ever gives another A+ to a superhero movie. (Last one was The Dark Knight) [Hudsucker]
    • Pixar's next film is considered a "return to form"
    • Adam Sandler's most financially successful movie has yet to be released
    • Nicolas Winding Refn makes a film that ever breaks into the mainstream
    • Pacific Rim gets a sequel
  • 57:45-1:05:22 - Playing the Percentages
    • % chance Intersteller is Nolan's masterpiece [Alex Thompson]
    • % chance all four of the acting categories will be won by first timers [lalecture]
    • % chance Elysium is the best blockbuster of the summer [Aidan Khan]
    • % chance Frozen is in Laremys Top Ten Movies of 2013 [Aidan Khan]
    • % chance of Bruce Willis ever being nominated for an Oscar [Tiago Rti]
    • % chance that White House Down is a dumber film than Fast and Furious 6 [Tiago Rti]
    • % chance James Gandolfini is posthumously nominated for an Oscar for one of his yet-to-be-released films [Bertram J. Krogh]
    • % chance Toy Story 4 gets made [Bertram J. Krogh]
    • % on RT for White House Down [Hudsucker]
    • % on RT for Despicable Me 2 [Hudsucker]
  • 1:05:23-1:08:14 - Watch This/That [John D.]
    • The Croods vs. Monster's University
    • Oblivion vs. Star Trek Into Darkness
    • After Earth vs. A Good Day To Die Hard
    • Side Effects vs. Great Gatsby
    • World War Z vs. Warm Bodies
  • 1:08:15-1:09:31 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:09:32-1:10:37 - New drops
  • 1:10:38-1:12:57 - Closing

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Summer 2013 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Iron Man 3May 1$200m$1.2b$706.1m
The Great GatsbyMay 9$105m$313m$50.5m
Fast & Furious 6May 23$160m$666.1m$266.1m
EpicMay 23$100m$225m-$24.9m
After EarthMay 30$130m$171.2m-$153.7m
The InternshipJune 6$58m$48.1m-$96.8m
Monsters UniversityJune 20$185m$136.9m-$325.5m
World War ZJune 21$190m$112.2m-$362.7m
Disney's PlanesAugust 8   
The ConjuringJuly 18   
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Star Trek Into DarknessMay 14$190m$430.1m-$44.8m
The Hangover Part IIIMay 23$103m$325.5m$68m
Before MidnightMay 23$2.7m$7.6m$0.930
This is the EndJune 11$32m$58m-$21.9m
Man of SteelJune 14$225m$398.3m-$164.1m
The HeatJune 27   
Despicable Me 2July 2   
Grown Ups 2July 11   
TurboJuly 16   
The Smurfs 2 July 30   

The Summer 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 May and August of 2013. The draft took place on April 23, 2013 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/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    good comments -
    do you ever pass off a movie line as a little bit of your own wisdom? mine is "things you own, end up owning you" from Fight Club [andyluvsfilms]

    buy or sell -
    Agent Coulson gets killed again in Avengers 2 [andyluvsfilms]
    Brad does a prediction league table for Oscar winners and nominees [andyluvsfilms]

    ps that's my suggestions, take it or leave it

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/rti03/ Tiago Rti

    Buy or Sell:
    -That Robert Redford wins Best Actor and George Clooney wins Best Director becoming both the first Actors to win both Acting and Director Oscars.
    -Blue Jasmine is nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

    B- for Kick Ass 2

    Playing the Percentages:
    % chance Nicolas Cage will ever get another Oscar nomination for acting

  • http://themoviegurusblog.blogspot.com The Movie Guru

    My goal in life is to become a popular film critic so I know that I'll have to go to free screenings eventually, but for now, while my website is just a hobby that takes up a lot of my time, I'll skip them.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Holy crap..the Piano Brad song had me cracking up.

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

    B- Grade for The Wolverine [Hudsucker]
    0.5 Oscar nominations for Deadmau5 [Hudsucker]
    0.5 Oscar wins for Terrence Malick [Hudsucker]
    0.5 more name changes for Adore [Hudsucker]
    M. Night Shaymalan's name is ever used for advertisement again[Hudsucker]
    Dem' Percents
    % chance Terry Gilliam ever wins an Oscar [Hudsucker]
    % chance Laremy ever has 4 good tweets options [Hudsucker]
    % on RT for Frutivale Station [Hudsucker]
    % on RT for Blue Jasmine[Hudsucker]

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

    Wow, I remember you guys talking about that red head actress! Now I want to know who she is.
    It's the great unsolved mystery of the Podcast

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

      I'll try to get Brad to post the pic, but I warn you, it's basically impossible to tell from the angle/clarity I got.

    • http://www.cinemaconfessions.com/ Gautam Anand

      I second Xarnis here. The mystery has been rekindled. We need to know.

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

    C- grade for Pacific Rim [Xarnis]
    2 superhero films that are widely considered better than The Dark Knight [Xarnis]
    0.5 Oscar nominations for Adam Sandler [Xarnis]

    Buy or Sell
    The Counselor is nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars [Xarnis]
    Taken 4 is greenlit [Xarnis]

    Playing the Percentages
    % of Brad and Laremy's favorite movies that are from the years 2000-2009 [Xarnis]
    % chance John C Reilly security guard is at your next screening [Xarnis]
    % Chance Grown Ups 2 is better than Pacific Rim

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

    As a suggestion to the box office challenge more interesting than it already is, how about you each pick one movie to put on each other's list.

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

      Bad grammer- suggestion to make the box office challenge more interesting than it already is, how about you each pick one movie to put in each other's list.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/utahprime/ Mark Depew

    Streep never winning a 4th oscar? Don't be surprised if it happens for
    her highly buzzed upcoming performance in AUGUST. That would give
    B&L something to bitch about for eons...

  • B Smith

    0.5 Oscar wins for Leonardo DiCaprio [B. Smith]

    Playing the Percentages
    % chance Divergent spawns a successful movie franchise such as The Hunger Games or Twilight. [B. Smith]
    % chance Christopher Nolan falls out of the spotlight in the next 5 years. [B. Smith]

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


    C+ grade for The Lone Ranger [Kessler]
    $300 million worldwide for Grown Ups 2 (The first one did $271 million) [Kessler]
    $250 million worldwide for White House Down [Kessler]
    A- CinemaScore for White House Down [Kessler]

    Playing the Percentages:

    % chance the best blockbuster of this year is not released in the summer [Kessler]
    % chance This Is the End gets a sequel [Kessler]
    % chance Ridley Scott is nominated for Best Director for The Counselor [Kessler]
    % chance The Counselor will make Brad and Laremy's Top Ten of 2013 [Kessler]

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

    "Why does Fast & Furious 6 get a pass when White House Down doesn't?"

    Because that's the deal. Take it or leave it.

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

      Merci good sir!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jgolding/ Justin Golding

    I'm not exactly sure how to word this but have either of you ever fallen out of love with a movie, movie actor, director, tv show, sport, etc. And if you have, did you ever rediscover that love? The reason I'm asking is because of Brad's comments concerning Christopher Nolan being almost as over exposed as Super Hero movies.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RV/ Roland

    $50m domestically for The Best Man Holiday (Nov15, Universal) [Roland]

    Regarding the Kick Ass 2 discussion about violence... I find that most of the time, graphic violence in movies is a problem not so much because there is too much of it, but on the contrary because they tone it down in order to get a PG13 rating, yet the plot calls for violence in the first place. Hunger Games is the first example that comes to mind. By not showing the graphic brutality of the combats (kids slaughtering other kids), they are making the games more slick and appealing, thus condoning violence. The first Kick Ass was very graphic, but it was extremeley repulsive and didn't glorify combat.

    • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

      If they stick close to the source material for Kick-Ass 2, not only is there more violence, it also really points to the ramifications of the violence and how it impacts all the characters differently. Needless to say though, there is some very disturbing imagery - whether they keep it all intact remains to be seen.

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

    Hey guys just wanted to request this: "Take on Brad" and say I'm Penguin Kid and their are more audio drops on the way.

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

      I'm pretty sire they've already done that one.

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

        Oh, OK. btw your up on our box office challenge.

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

          Okay, thanks for letting me know! If you could give me a bigger whenever you have time, please do.

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

    When it comes to movies that can be easily summed up in a few words or a phrase, like Pacific Rim (Transformers meets Godzilla), how many general audience members do you think go hoping they'll get exactly what they're expecting, based on all the promotional material, and how many do you think hope the director will take familiar elements and somehow surprise them? Excluding the ubiquitous villain reveals late in the game, how much do today's audiences actually want to be surprised, opposed to thinking they want to be surprised? [the colleague]

    I was watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind the other day and it struck me how straightforward it is, compared to today's standards. A recent similar movie that comes to mind is Super 8, which most people seemed to think was okay, if maybe a little bland. Do you think that was because so much of that movie traded on '80s movie nostalgia, or was it more do to the fact that we have become accustomed to modern blockbusters which, in turn, have become so busy and complex to the point of often being overly complicated. At what point did they become this way, and for how long do you see this trend continuing? [the colleague]

    - 6.5 months before David Fincher officially confirms his next movie project [the colleague]

    - The Heat scores a higher CinemaScore than White House Down [the colleague]
    - Zach Snyder takes over as director of the Transformers franchise after Michael Bay is done with it [the colleague]

    Playing them %:
    - D % chance Brad buys an over/under [the colleague]
    - % chance "Taken 3" title gets stylized as "Tak3n" [the colleague]

    On the topic of Laremy's mysterious redhead... I found a list someone compiled on IMDb containing a lot of redheaded actors (some more famous, some less). Maybe she's one of these?

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

    Listener Question,

    In the 10 movies I have watched in the theaters this year, the Lone Ranger trailer was played in every one of them. What is the thinking of the marketers when they do that? It does get very annoying and doesn't it actually hurt their chances of getting a wider audience? And is the reason they are marketing the hell out of it because they are afraid they are not going to make their money back? [Nav]

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

    I'd love to hear Laremy's versions of Come On Eileen and I Knew Brad Was Trouble.

    Listener Question: Since you went over your favorite films this week, I thought it would be interesting to hear what you think are the best (or your favorite) and worst of a few directors. I guess these six will do:
    1. Martin Scorsese
    2. Woody Allen
    3. Steven Spielberg
    4. Darren Aronofsky
    5. David Fincher
    6. Stanley Kubrick
    And an optional 7. for Brad (since Laremy doesn't watch movies from before the 70's): Billy Wilder. {Jake17}

    $35 mil. domestic total for Inside Llewyn Davis {Jake 17}
    4.5 Oscar nominations for 12 Years a Slave {Jake17}
    3.5 more Pixar sequels in the next 10 years. {Jake17}

    Playing Dem Percentages:
    % RT score for All is Lost {Jake17}
    % Laremy sings Brad's favorite song (I Love It) for the 200th podcast. {Jake17}
    % Someone greenlights a remake of The Shawshank Redemption. {Jake17}

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jpcoleman7/ jpcoleman7

    I have been thinking about the idea of movies, actors and directors that represent generations. With that in mind I have 3 questions that I think would spur an intriguing debate.

    1) If you were in charge of making an archive of movies that best represent their genres for the last 40 years, what would they be? You have to choose one that fully represents each of the following genres. Comedy, Horror, Action, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance.

    2) Who would you put on your Mt. Rushmore of actors and then actresses from the last 50 years?

    3) Same question as 2, but for directors.

    .5 Major studios going bankrupt and "imploding" in the next 10 years. (JPColeman7)
    2.5 More Oscar nominations for Daniel Day-Lewis (JPColeman7)
    1.5 More NBA Championships for the Miami Heat (JPColeman7)
    75 More iTunes podcast reviews received this year. (JPColeman7)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh


    8.5 podcasts before Brad goes into a rant triggered by a keyword of either "Christopher Nolan", "The Dark Knight", "Marvel", "Star Wars", "JJ Abrams", "Pacific Rim" [Ron Oneal Fresh]

    1.5 Oscar noms for "The Counselor"

    Buy or Sell

    - The films during the 2013 Oscar season will be better received critically than 2012 Oscar films.


    Is there a film you've seen where there was fantastic writing & acting but the overall film suffered or was ruined by a director — who exhibited poor technical filmmaking like (bad camera setup/movement, bad lighting, choppy editing etc) Can a film be labeled 'terrible' or 'bad' If two-thirds of it was done well while the other third was a utter disaster?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JonSullivan/ Jon Sullivan


    On Jim Carrey, the difference between him and someone who works a normal office job is that promoting the film is part of the scope of his job. The film's producers hired him to act in the film and to help create positive buzz for it, and his Twitter comments aren't helpful in that regard. An average person working a desk job doesn't interact with the public to promote the image of his or her company, so that person can hardly be criticized for saying a few bad things about their work environment. Since Carrey isn't holding up his end of the bargain, it's fair to criticize him for profiting off a movie he is now tearing down in public.

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

    When Laremy mentioned Lucky Number Slevin I remembered that I really enjoyed the movie up until the horrible final act. There are a lot of movies with bad endings, but are there any movies you've seen that could have been great, but are ruined by a terrible ending?

    Buy or Sell
    -The Lone Ranger is this year's John Carter: a box office bomb that is actually a decent film.

    Playing the Percentages
    -% of podcast listeners who listen regularly, but never comment [ashdurdin]

  • Aidan Khan

    Buy or Sell:
    The Dark Knight Rises is the third worst Nolan film to date [Aidan Khan]
    Playing the Percentages:
    % chance Peter Jackson ever makes a film as good as The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [Aidan Khan]
    Playing The Percentages:
    % chance one of you guys makes a list ranking Nolan's films [Aidan Khan]

    • Aidan Khan

      Buy or Sell:
      The Lord of the Rings film series is the best film series EVER [Aidan Khan]

  • http://letterboxd.com/jmbenesh/ Jordan B.

    Brad, you mentioned, long before seeing it of course, that you were a bit nervous about Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke picking up Jesse and Celine's story with Before Midnight. Now that you have seen where these two characters are at in their lives, as well as knowing now that the crew's decision to pick up the story was a good one, what do you hope Linklater and Co. do from here? Leave it as is, come back in 9 years? Is there anywhere in particular that you hope Jesse and Celine's story goes?

    30 podcasts until Joseph Gordon-Levitt's legal counsel -- surely avid podcast listeners and RoS members -- contact Brad and Laremy about Laremy's use of "Hit Record" when he signs off the podcast

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

    You are stuck on a four and a half hour flight with the only available movies being A Good Day to Die Hard and Identity Thief. There is no other entertainment available and the only other option is to twiddle to your thumbs for 4.5 hrs...what do you choose?
    FYI - I chose Good Day to Die Hard and after 30mins settled for twiddling my thumbs for the rest of the flight.

  • Aidan Khan

    Watch This or Watch That:
    Pulp Fiction vs. The Big Lebowski
    No Country for Old Men vs. Inglorious Basterds
    O Brother Where Art Thou vs. Reservoir Dogs
    Fargo vs. Kill Bill Volume 2

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

    Hey Brad just saw World War Z in 2D and I had a pretty fun time. I know it would look great in 3D but I skipped out since some 3D hasn't really impressed me as of recent.

    I saw Star Trek into Darkness in 3D and kept focusing on how the people looked like flat cardboard cutouts. I think 3D is best utilized when we can see actual depth in what occupies the space of a shot. The best way to capture that might involve an extra projector and a duel screen system where one screen filters light through to another screen. With all the bells and whistles do you think this defeats the purpose of cinema or advances it?

  • Chris keusch

    Playing The Percentages:
    % chance most film critics would consider Martin Scorsese the greatest living film director.
    % chance Jaws is Spielberg's best film.

  • Chris keusch

    Playing The Percentages:
    % chance most film critics would consider Martin Scorsese the greatest living film director [Chris Keusch]
    % chance Jaws is Spielberg's best film [Chris Keusch]

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

      Good work on the brackets! You get it.

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

    Buy or Sell:
    R.I.P.D will be the worst film this summer (It looks amazingly awful). [Stephen]

    Matthew McConaughey is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Wolf of Wall Street. [Stephen]

    Blue Jasmine becomes another Woody Allen hit (critically and commercially), similar to Midnight in Paris. [Stephen]

    75% RT score for The Conjuring. [Stephen]

    Playing the Percentages:
    Percent RT Score for The Long Ranger. [Stephen]

    Percent chance The Lone Ranger becomes a surprise hit like the first Pirates (Ya never know!). [Stephen]

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

    Playing the Percentages:

    % chance Laremy will actually go see The Conjuring, due to the solid early reviews and from what I have heard, the lack or gore. [Stephen]

  • Mykael

    Over/ under -
    7.5, average clicks by a regular RoS follower on an arbitrary day.

    Buy /sell -
    'The Counsellor ' goes into theaters without any festival entry.

    Playing 'em Percents -
    %, negativity around Man of Steel exclusively based on Snyder hate.

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

    150 Million worldwide for Kick-Ass2 [Cordia]
    750 milion worldwide for despicable me 2 [Cordia]
    .5 acting nominations for the Counselor [Cordia]
    25 million dollar pay for Liam Neeson for Taken 4 [Cordia]
    275 million worldwide for White House Down [Cordia]

    Man of steel gets a sequel before june 2015 [Cordia]
    3.5 dc movies before Justice Leaque hits theatres [Cordia]
    Prisoners gets an oscar nomination [Cordia]

    playing them %
    % not a single film that premiered at Cannes is nominated for Best picture [Cordia]
    % Monsters university doesn't win this box-office weekend [Cordia]
    % WWZ gets a sequel [Cordia]
    % Laremy will win at least one weekend against the readers in the box-office predictions [Cordia]

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

    Question. With 2015 looking to be a huge year for blockbuster sequels, do you think audiences will become burnt out and as a result some of this films will significantly under perform?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/YOURENODAISY/ ZEF Pizano

    Question: Do you feel that the X-Men franchise is heading the same path as "the Fast and the Furious" franchise, in terms of as tying to fix their sequels?