Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the RopeofSilicon podcast where this week we actually don't forget to cover the new DVDs and Blu-rays and, yet again, explore the current state of film, this time looking at the impact age has on filmmakers, discussing the want for quality when money is being spent making a movie and whether or not in-depth analysis of a film can actually hurt or help the appreciation of that film considering the bias of the person doing the analyzing.
On top of that we have more of your questions and voicemails, all our regular games and a Box-Office Challenge update with all the latest numbers for all twenty films, including the foreign totals Box-Office Mojo had not yet added into several of the films... the results may surprise you, or, at least Laremy.
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- 00:00-1:54 - Introduction
- 1:55-7:31 - Show notes
- 7:32-22:19 - DVDs and Blu-rays
- 22:20-24:07 - The Great Gatsby opening Cannes Film Festival
- 24:08-28:39 - [Listener Question] Would you say that your point about directors losing their talent at a certain age extends to film critics as well? [AS] & I was re-listening to the segment on the podcast when you comment on the peak age for directors. What are your thoughts about the peak age for actors and actress? Aside from age are there any other noticeable signs of when actors have reached their peak and are now in decline? [Manu]
- 28:40-31:58 - [Listener Question] Say you get so fed up with film in 10 years you build a time machine to go back to the year 1982 and inspire the young Michael Bays and Bret Ratners to make better quality films. What modern (post 2000) films do you show them to inspire their ambitions? [Justin]
- 31:59-42:46 - What's wrong with a want for quality?
- 42:47-46:52 - Box-Office Challenge Update (chart below)
- 46:53-49:38 - [Listener Question] David Fincher says: "I don't know how much movies should entertain. To me, I'm always interested in movies that scar." To what degree do you agree with this opinion? [Manu]
- 49:39-57:40 - [Listener Question] This concerns a video Brad posted a few days ago analyzing PTA's camera work. When one is doing such an in-depth analysis, how much does it help if he/she is a fan of filmmakers work? Does it maybe detract, making one see things that aren't really there? Could or would you even go that deep if you didn't like the movie or, at the very least, found it to be intriguing, like Brad did with Prometheus? [the colleague]
- 57:41-1:03:28 - [Listener Voicemail] Elijah - 3D
- 1:03:29-1:05:34 - [Listener Voicemail] Kyle - Videogame Adaptations
- 1:05:35-1:13:53 - [Listener Voicemail] Mason - Villains
- 1:13:54-1:17:55 - Over / Under
- B grade for Star Trek: Into Darkness [Xarnis]
- 7 years until Ridley Scott wins a Best Director Oscar [Xarnis]
- 8 years before David O. Russell takes home a Best Director Oscar [Fox]
- C for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone [Alex Thomas]
- $700 million for Ted 2, worldwide. [Mykael]
- 2 more sequels for Adam Sandler after Hotel Transylvania 2 [Ryguy815]
- A Brad gives Evil Dead [Ryguy815]
- 1:17:56-1:22:00 - Buy or Sell
- Jennifer Lawrence gets a second Oscar before turning 30 (she's 22 years old)
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel gets made
- Another film gets made in the Twilight universe
- The Heat does better than Identity Thief at the box office
- Grown Ups 2 does so well at the box office Grown Ups 3 gets made
- 1:22:01-1:26:57 - Playing the Percentages
- % chance Laremy will end up going to a screening of Evil Dead [Stephen]
- % of films that Brad sees at Cannes that he likes [Xarnis]
- % Fruitvale is nominated for Best Picture [Xarnis]
- % on RT for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone [Xarnis]
- % chance Interstellar will be partially shot in IMAX [the colleague]
- % chance the people who made A Good Day to Die Hard are robots, but they don't realize it [the colleague]
- % chance Oz The Great And Powerful makes Brad's worst 10 films of 2013 [Aidan]
- % chance Leonardo DiCaprio gets nominations for both The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street a.k.a 2 noms for 2014 [Nav]
- % chance Box Office Oracle gets more comments than on Podcast article in foreseeable future. [Mykael]
- 1:26:58-1:29:46 - Guess the Movie Title by Its Tagline (Leonardo DiCaprio Edition)
- From Age to Age One Classic Story is as Timeless as Love Itself
- For the honor of a king. And the destiny of a country. All for one.
- For some men, the sky was the limit. For him, it was just the beginning.
- It Will Cost You Everything
- Someone is missing
- 1:29:47-1:31:39 - #GoodTweets
- 1:31:40-1:35:01 - Closing
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Winter 2013 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy
|Promised Land||Jan 4||$15m||$8.1m||-$29.3m|
|The Last Stand||Jan 18||$45m||$31.3m||-$81.1m|
|Movie 43||Jan 25||$6m||$23.1m||$8.1m|
|Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters||Jan 25||$50m||$196.9m||$71.9m|
|Stand Up Guys||Feb 1||$15m||$3.5m||-$33.9m|
|Side Effects||Feb 8||$30m||$31.2m||-$43.7m|
|Beautiful Creatures||Feb 13||$60m||$45.6m||-$104.3m|
|Escape from Planet Earth||Feb 14||$40m||$49.2m||-$50.7m|
|A Good Day To Die Hard||Feb 14||$92m||$240.3m||$10.3m|
|Dark Skies||Feb 22||$3.5m||$17m||$8.2m|
|Texas Chainsaw 3D||Jan 4||$20m||$42.4m||-$7.5m|
|Gangster Squad||Jan 11||$60m||$99m||-$50.9m|
|Broken City||Jan 18||$35m||$26.8m||-$60.6m|
|Warm Bodies||Feb 1||$35m||$90.8m||$3.3m|
|Bullet to the Head||Feb 1||$55m||$26.8m||-$110.6m|
|Identity Thief||Feb 8||$35m||$118.7m||$31.2m|
|Safe Haven||Feb 14||$28m||$71.6m||$1.6m|
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.