A packed episode this week as we finally have some interesting news to discuss as the Oscars near and are starting to dominate the conversation. Seth MacFarlane was named Oscar host, we got to hear a tease of Adele's theme song for Skyfall and Matt Reeves was named director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
We also discuss the new DVDs and Blu-rays coming out today, waste time talking about The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, play a little over/under, buy or sell and watch this or watch that and explore the studio space answering listener questions.
And, once again, we didn't get into the Fall Box Office Challenge, but things should pick up on that front in the next couple weeks as Taken 2 arrives this weekend and Argo next weekend so there should be more to discuss at that point. I have, however, still updated the numbers and have them below, but as you'll see there really isn't much to see, especially since international numbers aren't in yet for Looper.
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.
- 00:00-1:12 - Introduction
- 1:13-6:07 - Seth MacFarlane hosting the Oscars
- 6:08-10:22 - Adele's James Bond theme for Skyfall
- 10:23-12:08 - Matt Reeves will direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
- 12:09-14:16 - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 talk
- 14:17-17:35 - In response to our discussion last week Criterion10 says, "I still think that [The Master] has many flaws, but I certainly would not call it a typical film."
- 17:36-25:21 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
- 25:22-36:16 - [Listener Question] Do some critics give high or low ratings to movies just to fit in with their peers? Do you think most critics rate movies in terms of enjoyment or in terms of technical quality of a film? (I ask because I personally have no idea how some of these silly, boring, yet technically well-made movies like Tree of Life are running at 84% on RT) [G-Man]
- 36:17-37:08 - [Listener Question] Since we know you don't watch trailers, because you do not want to be spoiled of anything. Is there anything you do like to know before going into any film or ideally would you like to know absolutely nothing? [Ben]
- 37:09-37:47 - [Listener Question] Would you rather live in a world where there are movies sequels or no movie sequels? [Susan]
- 37:48-41:03 - [Listener Question] Do you think it's a bit of a double standard that Won't Back Down gets so much heat from critics for exaggerating a union boss as greedy and selfish, but few are upset when CEO's, Stockbrokers, etc. are given the same treatment? [Andrew J.S.]
- 41:04-42:47 - [Listener Question] Are there any actors on TV shows who may have starred in a few films but you feel could be/should have been much bigger in Hollywood? My personal opinion: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristen Bell (who, admittedly, picked truly terrible film projects but is wonderful in "Veronica Mars"), Claire Danes and Lena Headey, off the top of my head. [Matt]
- 42:48-43:56 - [Listener Question] Do you think there could be a surprise, for example Looper, to get a Best Picture nomination? [Cordia]
- 43:57-52:50 - [Listener Question] Why is it considered a bad thing when movies are referred to as "Oscar bait"? I always see people calling movies like Lincoln and Les Miserables "Oscar bait". This usually happens with dramas, biopics, or period pieces. Whenever I see that term, I always get so confused. Do you think that's a legitimate criticism? Are there movies that are actually trying to win an Oscar? [Kessler]
- 52:51-56:52 - [Listener Question] Listener AS brings up the topic of Christmas Day releases and we discuss.
- 56:53-1:02:46 - Over / Under
- $222 million worldwide for Frankenweenie [Cordia]
- 2.5 oscar nominations for Amour [Cordia]
- 3 countries get nuked in Laremy's favorite new show, "Last Resort," before it is cancelled. (Spoiler: 1 was nuked in the pilot, but not by the main submarine) [Brian]
- 94 percent RT Score for Skyfall (Casino Royale was 94 percent) [Andrew13]
- $15 million domestic for Hitchcock [Andrew13]
- 5.5 Oscar nominations for Silver Linings Playbook [Andrew13]
- 150 minutes for Django Unchained. (Both Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown were 154 minutes and Inglourious Basterds was 152 minutes.) [Kessler]
- 85 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (Fellowship is at 92 percent, Two Towers is at 96 percent, and Return of the King is at 94 percent.) [Kessler]
- 1:02:47-1:04:06 - Buy or Sell
- Martin Scorsese wins a 2nd Best Director trophy
- Tom Cruise never wins an Oscar
- Les Miserables will not be the movie with the most Oscar nominations
- The Master will not be nominated for Best Picture
- Inside Llewyn Davis will be released in 2012
- 1:04:07-1:07:22 - Watch This or Watch That
- Aaron Sorkin - A Few Good Men or The Social Network
- Steve Zaillian - Gangs of New York or Moneyball
- Billy Wilder - Sunset Blvd. or Double Indemnity
- Cameron Crowe - Jerry Maguire or Almost Famous
- 1:07:23-1:09:50 - #GoodTweets
- 1:09:51-1:12:37 - Life of Pi reviews
- 1:12:38-1:15:47 - Closing and has Laremy ever watched a Twilight movie more than once?
- 1:15:48-1:17:55 - Epilogue
- 1:17:56-1:19:00 - Ben asked a question for the listeners: "I was wondering if any of the RopeofSilicon listeners also work in production on any sort?"
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Fall 2012 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy
|The Master||Sep 14||$35m||$9.5m||-$77.5m|
|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||$175.6m||$13.1m|
|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.