Podcast: Oscar Odds, New DVDs and Blu-rays, Laremy Needs Help and Brad Gets a New Desk

And a big ol' box-office challenge update

Rope of Silicon PodcastToday's podcast is a little shorter than normal due to meetings and such, but we still managed to cover a lot of ground while also talking a lot of nonsense as Laremy went to the Tobolosky Files in Seattle and needs your help identifying a random actress he can't place and I got a new desk. Beyond that we did find time to discuss new DVD and Blu-ray releases, Oscar odds and the Fall Box-Office Challenge while also answering your questions, exploring over/unders, buy or sells and the regular Watch This or Watch That segment.

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.

  • 00:00-1:19 - Introduction and Laremy gets lost
  • 1:20-5:20 - Laremy needs your help
  • 5:21-6:44 - Show notes
  • 6:45-7:34 - Casey Anthony sued for $3 billion
  • 7:35-14:19 - Fall Box-Office Challenge (chart below)
    • [Listener Question] Do you think Argo's performance at the box-office this weekend will effect it's Oscar chances to win, i mean a movie like this needs big numbers in my belief, do you agree? [Cordia]
    • [Listener Question] I have heard each of you mention several times that you believe a film with weak domestic box office performance "should perform well overseas". When you say this, are there specific plot devices that foreign audiences tend to like? I know that the 'Resident Evil' franchise performs well overseas, but am unsure how this translates to other films. [Jon Sullivan]
  • 14:20-15:49 - We got an email
  • 15:50-19:04 - Random aside
  • 19:05-24:10 - #GoodComments
  • 24:11-28:34 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 28:35-31:29 - Ant-Man comes out in 2015
  • 31:30-31:56 - [Listener Question] What older films would you love to see remastered for Blu-ray? [Criterion10]
  • 31:57-33:58 - [Listener Question] Would you support the Academy Awards being the very first awards show of the season? Would that add excitement/unpredictability back to the awards? [Snicket]
  • 33:59-36:08 - [Listener Question] Are there any films you have had initial mixed feelings about upon first viewing that have changed since? And are there any films from this decade that you feel could one day become "timeless classics"? [Grissom]
  • 36:09-37:06 - [Listener Question] Would Silver Linings Playbook qualify as a comedy at the Golden Globes? If so, that means it along with Les Mis would not be in contention for Best Drama, making the front runner at this point, Lincoln. Would Lincoln winning Best Drama at the Globes give it a significant enough bump at the Oscars to cause some change? ie Winning or causing some split votes. [Will-E]
  • 37:07-42:51 - Oscar Odds
  • 42:52-46:31 - [Listener Question] In anticipation of Skyfall, I rewatched the previous two Bonds over the weekend. In his review of Casino Royale, while stating his few complaints, Laremy wrote "The other minor detail I wasn't thrilled with was the usage of the Bond girls as a whole. Eva Green is the main Bond Lady but she doesn't seem fully up to the task. I can see redefining Bond but let's leave the sexy in too, okay? That's a 007 trademark and losing it is the height of kooky talk." I'd agree that just because someone is great looking doesn't mean he/she is automatically sexy, and vice versa. However, given her backstory in the film, I think it would have been out of place if they went the usual sexed up Bond girl route. Do you think your opinion of Green was due to how she portrayed the character, or do you find her to be un-sexy (if that is a word) on a whole? Also, I realize this is a taste issue, but still, what are some of the other actors (I'm avoiding the term "actresses" here, Laremy ;)) you have this dichotomy about? [the colleague]
  • 46:32-54:50 - Over / Under
    • 3.5 more Presidential elections (including 2012) before people are able to vote online [G-Man]
    • 1.5 F-rated films from Brad and Laremy for the rest fall/winter season [Ron Oneal Fresh]
    • C- Brad's grade for Alex Cross [The Colleague]
    • 1.5 musical numbers at the Oscars this year [Aleonardis]
    • 2015 release date for Prometheus 2 [Aleonardis]
    • .5 times the podcast will be not recorded again in the next 100 episodes [Cordia]
    • $85 million Argo domestic box-office [Cordia]
    • $17 million opening weekend for Cloud Atlas [Cordia]
    • 62 percent of critics on RT compare Skyfall to The Dark Knight [AS]
  • 54:51-58:55 - Buy or Sell
    • Django Unchained will be nominated for an Oscar for editing.
    • A film nominated in Best Foreign Language Film will be nominated for more than one Oscar
    • There will be no film that you guys make fun of for the rest of this year (like War Horse or Bane's voice and Clint's)
    • At the end of the road people will see The Master as Paul Thomas Anderson's worst film.
    • End of Watch will receive a Oscar/Golden Globe nomination
    • Judi Dench and Javier Bardem get nominated in their perspective categories for Skyfall
    • NBC continues to cut-off the farewells on "Saturday Night Live"
    • R-Pattz and K-stew appear on "Saturday Night Live" together to promote The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
  • 58:56-1:00:29 - Watch This / Watch That ("Day" edition):
    • Days of Heaven or Days of Thunder
    • Dog Day Afternoon or Training Day
    • Independence Day or How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days
    • Groundhog Day or Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    • Day the Earth Stood Still or The Day after Tomorrow
  • 1:00:30-1:01:56 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:01:57-1:02:44 - [Listener Question] If a popular foreign film is remade in English, do you have a preference for the version that you see? Two recent examples would obviously be The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Let the Right One In. [Jon Sullivan]
  • 1:02:45-1:04:00 - [Listener Question] Are there any genres other than horror where subtlty works as well? [Jonathan]
  • 1:04:01-1:05:41 - Random nonsense and Laremy decides what he wants to give away
  • 1:05:42-1:06:32 - [Listener Question] When writing reviews, do you ever struggle to figure out why you liked or didn't like a movie? Does it become easier to explain as you watch and review more movies? [G-Man]
  • 1:06:33-1:08:30 - Closing

Finally, I do have one quick request. If you could give us a review on iTunes it would be greatly appreciated.

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Fall 2012 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
The MasterSep 14$35m$12.9m-$74.5m
LooperSep 28$30m$44.2m-$30.7m
Taken 2Oct 5$45m$136.7m$24.2m
Cloud AtlasOct 26$100m$0
Wreck-It RalphNov 2$150m$0
Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2Nov 16$131.5m$0
Red DawnNov 21$75m$0
Life of PiNov 21$100m$0
Django UnchainedDec 25$0
Les MiserablesDec 25$0
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Resident Evil: RetributionSep 14$65m$201.1m$38.6m
ArgoOct 12$44.5m$0
Paranormal Activity 4Oct 19$0
Alex CrossOct 19$40m$0
FlightNov 2$50m$0
SkyfallNov 9$150m$0
LincolnNov 9$50m$0
Anna KareninaNov 16$0
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyDec 14$0
The ImpossibleDec 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.


  • Jeffrey

    Laremy, could it have been Ginnifer Goodwin?

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

      Not Ginnifer, but thanks for the attempt. For future guessers, Ginnifer isn't strawberry blonde enough.

      • Jeffrey

        That's what I get for focusing on the Carey Mulligan reference and not the hair color.

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

    Regarding Jon Sullivan's question: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) was not a remake of the Swedish film. It was an English language adaptation of the novel. There's a difference.

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

      Eh... It was made once and made again, which classifies it as a remake.

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

        Well, by that rational Jane Eyre (2011) is a remake of Jane Eyre (1934), Anna Karenina (2012) would be a remake of Anna Karenina (1935) and Romeo + Juliet (1996) was a remake of Romeo and Juliet (1936) etc, etc.

        What classifies a remake is what the script was based on. If it was based on a previous film (Pusher (1996) and Pusher (2012), Fright Night (1985) and Fright Night (2011), Red Dawn (1984) and Red Dawn (2012), Robocop (1987) and Robocop (2014), Mad Max (1979) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2013)) then technically speaking it's a remake.

        When making The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Steven Zaillian wrote his script based off of Stieg Larsson's novel, not the 2009 Swedish film. It's not a remake.

        • Jamie

          i think what you are doing is using examples of world famous novels, to make your point. if they were going into production of a new version of "born on the 4th of july", or "goodfellas", or "raging bull", or "a clock work orange", would you be saying, "no, no, no...these are nor REMAKES...they are simply REVISITING the source material!".

          is the new "carrie" not a remake? i'm sure whomever wrote that went back to the novel instead of just sitting down with depalma film, for inspiration.

          i see the point you are attempting to make, but in my opinion if a filmed version of a novel is made already, even if that version was completely ignored...and only the written work is being used as a basis for the new film...the movie is still being remade...because it's already been made once.

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

            Theoretically, if the new script is being written based off of the script to the previous film, then yes, it would be a remake. But if the writer is working solely off of the source material, then technically speaking it would be a different adaptation. It doesn't matter how popular the book was.

          • Michael

            No. I think AS is correct on this. The script was based on the book, not theswedish film, so the film is not being remade, the novel is being adapted. It's a big difference

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

          Hmm, this is a tricky question that I have been asking myself since the film came out. In the case of TGWTDT, I think it is more of an adaptation than a remake due to the fact that the film was made more on the success of the book rather than the Sweedish film. In the case of a film like Let Me In, I would classify that as a remake since it was remade more on the success of the Sweedish original, rather than the source material.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

    Loved today #GoodComments


    5 times Camila (commenter, J-Lawrence naysayer) replies to another commenter who mentions J-Law, Marion Cotillard or Keira Knightley and start bashing on J-Law & Knightley. Also, will keep talking about Cotillard not getting awarded in Cannes and won't get nominated for Best Lead Actress from the Oscars.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

    Laremy, any chance it was Erika Christensen of 'Parenthood' fame?

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

      Another nice guess, due to Seattle connection, but it wasn't her. To keep the clues coming, my guess is this is primarily a movie person (and I know Erika was in Traffic). This person had a physically smaller face and the super short cut.

      I don't want to get into confirmation bias, but Iben Hjejle is who I initially thought it was (though my friend said "no," and he'd just seen High Fidelity).

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

        elle fanning!

  • Frank

    Watch This/Watch That (Best Animated Feature Oscar Winners edition):

    Shrek or Rango

    Wallace and Gromit or Happy Feet

    Finding Nemo or Wall-E

    The Incredibles or Ratatouille

    Up or Toy Story 3

  • Winchester

    I guess Mia Wasikowska would be someone you would have known off bat though but she kinda fits that description as well.

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

    My mystery guess is Adelaide Clemens. More guesses include Michelle Williams, Arielle Kebbel, or Allison Hannigan.

    Or Laremy just made a normal person very uncomfortable. This is likely.

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

      Allison Pill? Ok thats my last guess I swear.

      • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

        Decent guess!

  • http://cineenuruguay.blogspot.com/ Driver

    Buy or Sell:
    This oscar season, all best picture nominees make triple of what their respective budgets were with both domestic and international winnings.

    $75 million opening for "Skyfall" ("Casino Royale" opened at 40 million and "Quantum" at 67 million)

    15 years till a horror movie wins best picture again (The silence of the lambs won in 1991)

    20 years till Tarantino directs another adaptation (Jakie Brown was an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard book)

  • http://cineenuruguay.blogspot.com/ Driver

    Watch This/Watch That (Christopher Nolan Edition):

    Inception or Memento
    Batman Begins or The Prestige
    The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises
    Insomnia or Following

  • Stephen

    Cynthia Nixon?!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Will-E/ Will-E

    I'm going outside the box, and going with Anna Faris.

  • http://Trevorschoeller.com easybuttonfromb

    Which movie did it better?

    Josh Brolin as Young Tommy Lee Jones in MIB 3


    Joseph Gordon - Levitt as Young Bruce Willis in Looper

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

    Listener Question:

    Do you think it's a better idea to remake a bad film rather than to remake a good one?


    1.5 Oscar nominations for Bryan Cranston in his career
    $35 million opening for Flight
    $250 million worldwide for Jack Reacher
    B+ grade for Wreck-It Ralph
    8 more seasons for Saturday Night Live

    Watch This or Watch That (Hitchcock Edition):

    Psycho or Vertigo
    The Birds or Marnie
    Rear Window or Rope
    Strangers on a Train or Dial 'M' for Murder
    Notorious or North by Northwest

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Really enjoyed the odds discussion guys! Thanks for that. Agreed on all thoughts, it's a great market that has Beasts / Master / Lincoln with such low odds. I'm happy to take Lincoln on at the moment.

    No idea who mystery girl is Laremy, it's probably an american actress I have never heard of. I know you said 30's but I'll guess Evan Rachel Wood. *crosses fingers for DVD's*

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

    Listener Question: In regards to a recent discussion on your post "Bond Targeted in New 'Skyfall' Clip as Reviews Begin Pouring In", one commenter felt that the film industry is all about film franchises or reboots. Do you feel the same way? Or do you view it as a co-existence of franchises/reboots and original content?

    In a related discussion on the same post, do you think directors can only be considered successful if they direct or be apart of a franchise?

    I mainly want to hear Laremy's opinion, as he wasn't involved in the debacle.

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

    Laremy - was it Lindy Booth or Jayma Mays?

  • mike

    Was it Olivia Thirlby?

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

    I have two listener questions, and I feel like these two are winners, at least in terms of questions I usually ask.

    1) Do you think that if there is a scene that boasts a really powerful performance, but doesn't end up working with the final flow of the film, it should be cut.

    I ask because-SPOILER ALERT, although I will try to conceal it-

    there is a recent film that featured a powerful performance by one of the actresses,but the director cut the scene because, while it worked in the book, it didn't flow with the final film, so he cut the scene from the final cut.

    Just curious.

    2) Do you feel that your specific mood determines how you judge a film? For example, if you have just lost a grandparent, you will find a film about a relationship with a grandparent to be better than it actually is? Or if you feel like a lost soul who likes to drink away, and want something to cling to, would you be more inclined to connect to The Master?

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

    Also, Laremy, I have a guess, and I feel good about this.

    Evan Rachel Wood.

    She primarly does movies, although she also does True Blood. However, she isn't a big enough star to be immediately recognizable. She has a recent pixie cut, a smallish face, and strawberry blonde hair.

  • Quickslay

    @Laremy....why don't you ask David Chen who could ask Stephen Tobolowsky...maybe he knows some actress that was attending the show...

    What is up with the folks at the Criterion Collection? I am beginning to worry again....I have been a fan since the good old days of laserdiscs. But when they published Armageddon and The Rock I started to worry that they might go out of business. Because I could come up with another reason for the inclusion of those titles other than monetary ones.

    But now I worry about their artistic integrity. Why the hell are they publishing almost every movie by Wes Anderson? They may be quirky and sort of off-beat but are they really important? Okay, you can always ask that question if they put out a certain movie, especially if that movie is only 6 months old. But I just don't get it.

    Those films are nowhere nearly the same league or sport for that matter compared to the films of P.T. Anderson. Maybe the folks at Criterion go bankrupt artistically...

    Concerning the question by Jon Sullivan, I would answer that we as people overseas like it when things aren't completely spelled out in a movie and we are not forcefed every little connection which in my opinion the American audience likes. But I think this has changed quite a bit in the last decade or so....but on the other hand I could be completely...

    As an example, just look at the two different cuts of Kubrick's The Shining....But why the Resident Evil movies perform as good as they beats me...they are all complete BS...

    • Snicket

      Criterion's mission statement states they provide an ongoing collection of important classic and contemporary films. I believe Anderson fits in with that goal. As does the highly controversial Lenna Dunham (I don't think Criterion purists will ever let that one go). Anderson is pretty much his own genre by now.

      Slightly related, did you see they will be releasing Pina in 3D next year?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

      I'm a huge Criterion supporter, so I'm going to defend them here. IMHO, Criterion does better than any independent DVD company and studio combined. Do take into consideration that they not only provide more recent and familiar films like ones by Wes Anderson, but they are also the provider of countless classics and foreign films that no other studio home video publisher would even go near. And they remaster these films with the highest of quality and with many special features. So, essentially by releasing a more popular title like a film by Wes Anderson, it enables Criterion to take risks on more unfamiliar and unknown titles. It's as simple as that, and I certainly have no problem with it.

      • Quickslay

        Don't get me wrong here. I always was and am a huge supporter of Criterion. Actually, I admire the love and passion that they invest to preserve the films in the way they do. It is really something...

        But I can't get my head around the fact that they hold almost all of Anderson's ouevre in such high esteem...because I think that he is just a bore and that he is not a great storyteller if he is a storyteller at all.

        So, I don't see that his films have any relevance and are considered important. But maybe you can make that argument for almost every film they put out.

        @Snicket: I have seen that they do and I am looking forward what they do with the title. Actually, I could be the first Wim Wenders movie I will pick up because I think that he also is quite boring.

        • Susan

          There are several directors whose filmography's they have releases in their near entirety.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JohnQ./ John Q.


    2, non foreign-language film, best film or best director Oscars for Michael Haneke in his career.

    5 years between now and the next PTA film.

    Buy or Sell;

    -A Tony Scott biopic gets made.

    -The Monopoly movie ever gets made, with or without Ridley Scott.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JohnQ./ John Q.

      The first Over/Under is kinda unclear. I mean 2 Best Picture or Best Director Oscars, not including Best Foreign-Language Picture.

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

    Zoe Kazan would be my guess for Laremy's mystery woman. I can't find pictures of her with short hair but the rest of the description is right on.

  • Jeff

    To GMAN:
    Our challenge is falling apart a bit, as "The Big Wedding" has been moved to April 2013. Anyways, this is what we still have:
    Movie Date Budget Cume Total
    Sinister 10/12 $ 3m $19.3m + $11.8m
    Here Comes the Boom 10/12 $42m* $12.5m - $92.5m
    Zero Dark Thirty 12/19 ?
    Jack Reacher 12/21 $80m*
    This Is 40 12/21 ?

    Movie Date Budget Cume Total
    Dredd 9/21 $50m $23.2m - $101.7m
    Trouble with the Curve 9/21 ? $32.9m ?
    Frankenweenie 10/5 $39m $27.8m - $69.6m
    The Big Wedding MOVED TO 4/26/13.
    Parental Guidance 12/25 ?

    Movie Date Budget Cume Total
    House at the End of the Street 9/21 $10m $30.0m + $5.0m
    Perks of Being a Wallflower 9/21 ? $6.3m ?
    Seven Psychopaths 10/12 $15m $4.6m - $32.9m
    Silent Hill: Revelation 3D 10/26 ?
    The Man with the Iron Fists 11/2 $20m*

    *Budget from Wikipedia, if unmarked it’s from Boxofficemojo.com

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

      Thanks for the update, Jeff. To compensate for "The Big Wedding", we can either (a) have you take out one of your picks that hasn't been released, or (b) give me a replacement pick that hasn't been released. Your choice or we can do any other ideas you have. If you would like to go with option b then my selection is "Playing for Keeps".

      • Jeff

        Playing for Keeps it is. Added.

  • Jeff

    Brad - a little help on formatting within a comment? I'm trying to make a "table", and it won't accept tabs or multiple spaces. I end up with single spaces either way.

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

      Sorry Jeff, that kind of HTML isn't allowed in the comment section.

    • zotje

      On some sites you can get away with the nbsp char (Hold down Alt, type 0160 on the numpad, release Alt).
                      If this line is indented it works here.

  • autinytim

    Brandon Routh is on Partners on CBS Monday night after HIMYM. He is the boyfriend of the gay lead character.

    Also was the actress maybe the adult variety? :-)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AndrewJ.S./ Andrew J.S.

    Buy or Sell: Need For Speed is a hit and establishes Aaron Paul as an action star.

  • Me_Or_Something_Like_Me

    So if Joseph Gordon Levitt (JGL) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (JJL) become a couple - hypothetically, of course - is there celebrity couple nickname JGJL or JJGL?

    Good Tweets?

  • The Dude

    Listener Questions:

    Looking back on your 2011 10 best list, is there anything you would change (add, remove, move up or down)? For example, last year I had Moneyball at around 9 or 10, but with re-watches, it would easily be in my top 3.

    Looking back on The Avengers, would you still give it an A-? I initially gave it the same grade, but after re-watching it, I found the first half to be a chore to sit through and found the cinematography and editing to be fairly poor at times. I would now put it in the B- to B range.

  • Jeff

    Laremy - was she Alison Lohman?

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

    - I know movie grades aren't an exact science and the review itself will tell one much more than a single letter or a number ever could. However, with grades being a necessary evil, is rewatchability something that should be taken into consideration when grading a movie? Is it even possible to do so? This was brought on by your recent piece on The Avengers.

    - 7.5 Baysplosions in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain (the lowest number of Baysplosions was in The Island, 16; total number of Baysplosions across his 9 movies is 992)
    - 300 Baysplosions in Transformers 4 (Transformers had 128, Revenge of the Fallen 211, and Dark of the Moon had 283)

    - Warner Bros. will announce the release date for Gravity by the end of the year (there's been no word about the movie for months)
    - Studios releasing video blogs, like the ones for The Hobbit and Skyfall, will become standard practice for big budget blockbusters by the end of this decade

    Watch This or Watch That (comic book based movies that are NOT about superheroes):
    - 300 or Sin City
    - Constantine or From Hell
    - A History of Violence or Road to Perdition
    - The Crow or V for Vendetta

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

    Does a documentary have to be entertaining? Can it just be educational, informative or a teaching tool? If it is only that, does that make it lesser?

    Was there ever a movie that you felt was so important that you believe it was a film or story that people should see, emphasis on "should"?

    No offense to Laremy but with his recent comments about horror and stop-motion and not bothering to see 'Moonrise Kingdom' for so long, he seems like a guy that is perhaps not as passionate about movies as he was when he and Brad first met. Would you say that's true?


    --5 years until Laremy stops reviewing movies.

    Will Smith in a joking way is said to be the actor to play President Obama in a movie. Who would you say jokingly or not could play Governor Romney? My choice would be Armie Hammer.

    Buy or Sell

    --Clint Eastwood directs the Mitt Romney story.
    --For 'Argo,' Ben Affleck becomes a double nominee at the Oscars.

  • https://cinemaconfessions.com Gautam

    Laremy, Was she Josie Bissett ?

  • Chris

    Hey Laremy, was she Amber Tamblyn or Thora Birch perhaps?

  • http://www.scifiblock.com John D.

    What if Laremy's mystery woman is a porn actress? Laremy said she looked away when he mentioned seeing her work so maybe she sensed the awkwardness that Laremy completely missed.

    But seriously, my only two guesses that haven't been made yet are Jessica Chastain (might be too old) or Bonnie Wright (who plays Ginny in the HP films, thus the tie to Emma Watson).

    My listener question could also be a buy/sell but I'm curious to hear a little more discussion on the topic: Do you ever think this specific movie release schedule--of Oscar moves in the fall, big-budget blockbusters in the summer, and generally bad movies dumped in January/September--will ever change? For instance, could we ever see an Oscar contender released during the summer or an Avengers 2 closing out the year? It seems to me that a film like Looper could have probably found a wider audience had it been released in January or February as opposed to after the summer when most moviegoers have exhausted themselves with films like Avengers, The Dark Knight, Prometheus, etc.

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

    Early submissions for me this week:


    Do you think they'll create a separate Oscars or similar awards show for cool movies (i.e. Looper, Ted)? I'm not talking about the MTV Movie Awards where teenagers and Twilight dominate the vote. Rather, I'm talking an awards show with a legitimate voting system of a trusted academy, where the movies most people actually see and liked get nominated and can win. Note: Not saying I don't support the Oscars or always think they get it wrong. I do think this idea might make movies cooler again and the general public might get into it

    If you had to either (A) give up movies and internet for the rest of your life or (B) eat the same exact dish of your least favorite food every single meal for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

    Buy / Sell:

    - The Avatar sequel significantly underperforms (i.e. earns less than a billion worldwide)

    Watch This/Watch That - October Horror by Subgenre

    - The Sixth Sense vs. The Others - Ghost Story
    - Nightmare on Elm Street vs. Friday the 13th - 80s Slasher
    - The Evil Dead vs. Dead Alive - Horror Comedy
    - [Rec] vs. 28 Days Later - Modern Zombie
    - Halloween vs Psycho - Classic
    - Alien vs. The Thing (1982) - Monster

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

      I like your Watch This/Watch That, but since Laremy doesn't watch horror it wouldn't be too effective on the show... However, I would say:

      The Others, Nightmare, Evil Dead, [REC], Psycho and that last one is really tough, but I think I would have to say Alien, no The Thing, no Alien, no The Thing, no...

  • http://cinemmaconfessions.blogspot.com Gautam

    Listener's Question:

    This year, undoubtedly we have seen many great movies and some are yet to come. Do you both think that with so many Oscar worthy movies coming in the same year, movies releasing towards end of the year would hold advantage ? We already have 10-12 serious Best Picture candidates and if Zero Dark Thirty, Les Mis and Django all turn out to very good, do you see films like Beasts of Southern Wild, Moonrise Kingdom and even The Master [all within current 10 ] being chucked out ? If not which all films you think are in danger of losing their place.

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

    Finished my short spell at the London Film Festival ast night, where "Argo" was incredibly well-received. It was introduced by Affleck, Goodman, and Cranston, where they chose to play up the comedic aspects of the film, which was an interesting approach. I really enjoyed it and the suspense in the later half of the film was very well built. This is no indication of the international legs of the film, but I think it's a very accessible piece of work, so may make a few quid here. I can see it being reviewed well.

    That's the end of the festival for me, with just "Argo" and "Rust and Bone" this year. I am genuinely in love with "Rust and Bone" and am seeing it again next week, I don't care if it never wins a single award ever as long as I can watch it over and over!

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

    about the discussion concerning movies making more money overseas: i think, that the moviegoers out there are more and more people who just want some simple entertainment, they really want simple universal action. That's why dredd and battleship are probably better received box-office wise. i live in europe myself and i think that the biggest continent when we talk about this issue is Asia, they like everything that looks cool with sci-fi elements over there ( i don't want to be a racist or anything) i just think that a lot of people on other continents are not as evolved as moviegoers as most of the people in the u.s are. that's why those movies make more money in other continents in my opinion. and based on some boxofficemojo results.

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


    100 million budget for christopher Nolans next film
    bond 24 is released in 2014
    3,000,000,000 3 BILLION worldwide for Avatar 2
    .5 oscar nominations for the perks of being a wallflower
    1.5 oscar nominations for Terrence Mallick's film with Fassbender and Gosling in it.
    Daniel day-lewis makes 2 more movies before 2020

    Avatar's all time grossing record will be broken by a movie that does not has the name Avatar in it's title
    no movie will sweep at the oscars
    the master wins 0 oscars

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


    In America cinema there is constant talk of black, Hispanic, Asian, gay actors not always receiving good roles and recognition for there outstanding performances, which I agree with most of the time. There is always someone upset when a white actor plays a role of someone of another ethnicity (recently Ben Affleck in Argo), stating if it is a Hispanic role, it should be played by a Hispanic actor. Yet, in my opinion, it is an actors challenge and the reason most people become actors, to embody someone else and convey the emotion(s) of someone that is nothing like yourself. If someone is playing a drug addict. The role shouldn't doesn't necessarily be played by a drug addict. So when Affleck is a white actor playing an Hispanic role, I would think that is a normal challenge any actor would want to take one. What is your take on it?

    Which working directors do you feel have the greatest transformation/progression in a positive way? And in a negative way?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13


    Just wanted to check in on our fall challenge, as the Looper foreign numbers came in yesterday. Here's what I've got for us:


    Resident Evil - Budget: 65 million, Box Office: 212.8 million, Profit: 50.3 million
    Dredd - Budget: 45 million, Box Office: 23.3 million, Profit: -89.2 million
    Paranormal Activity 4
    Alex Cross
    Wreck-It Ralph
    The Man with the Iron Fists
    Breaking Dawn Part 2
    Life of Pi
    Les Miserables

    Total Profit: -38.9 million


    The Master - Budget: 35 million, Box Office: 14.1 million, Profit: -73.4 million
    Looper - Budget: 30 million, Box Office: 127.6 million, Profit: 52.6 million
    Cloud Atlas
    Hyde Park on Hudson
    The Hobbit
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Jack Reacher
    Django Unchained

    Total Profit: -20.8 million

    The next couple weeks are gonna be interesting, you've got a guaranteed $200+ million with Paranormal and I've got a potential stinker in Cloud Atlas. The other one I'm really worried about is Hyde Park, but I'm hoping that $6 million budget holds true so it won't hurt me too badly.

  • Quickslay

    Just one not-movie-related question....

    What is your perception of the NHL-lockout?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

    Will Skyfall be to the James Bond series what The Dark Knight was to the Batman series?

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

    I agree with Brad and Laremy, I thought that That's My Boy was hilarious. However, I thought that Madagascar 3 was merely ok and I still have yet to rent Moonrise Kingdom. I haven't seen any of the other releases and I'm not really interested in them either.