Podcast: Nolan Effect at the Oscars, Ebook vs. Print, Truth in Movies and More

A lot to discuss despite no new reviews

Rope of Silicon PodcastWith no new reviews this week today's Friday episode is one topic after another as well as several of your questions. We discuss Mark Harris' article describing what he calls "The Nolan Effect" on the Oscar race as the Academy has moved to five nominees, we go on a tangent talking about ebook prices vs. print book prices, truth in movies, movie snacks, several of your questions, Jonah Hill talking about meeting Joe Pesci and much, much more.

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  • 00:00-3:23 - Introduction
  • 3:24-8:18 - Show notes
  • 8:19-20:21 - The Nolan Effect on the Oscar Race (source)
  • 20:22-21:49 - New Game from Marlon Wallace, Is It Quotable?
  • 21:50-23:03 - Jonah Hill on Jimmy Fallon talking about meeting Joe Pesci
  • 23:04-24:48 - "Klondike"
  • 24:49-31:09 - Amazon refund
  • 31:10-39:55 - Ebook vs. Print Book
  • 39:56-48:00 - The Nut Job 2
  • 48:01-49:56 - Box-Office Challenge Update (chart below)
  • 49:57-51:12 - Grace of Monaco opening Cannes and a reader releases his new short film
  • 51:13-55:21 - [Listener Question] What are your favorite movies with a majority minority cast? [B. Smith]
  • 55:22-59:42 - [Listener Question] I am extremely tired of the whole awards shows extravaganza, everybody buzzing it up, and the whole season essentially being about trying to predict the winners first. So my question is this: to what extent do you believe the awards season really is a celebration of the year's filmography? [Bertram J. Krogh]
  • 59:43-1:01:46 - [Listener Question] What are your favorite movie theater snacks? (I know both of you dislike popcorn.) [TheOneWhoKnocks]
  • 1:01:47-1:07:22 - [Listener Question] In the '70s the New Wave rose, in the '80s everything was commercialized and over the top, and in the '90s Tarantino, Fincher, PTA, etc. debuted and Cameron became king of the world. So, what are the characteristics of the 2000s in film? What movies do you think represent the decade best? [Nardog]
  • 1:07:23-1:12:07 - [Listener Question] I have not seen 12 Years a Slave, but I am guessing there are more than a few beatings in the film, so my question is if this was just a story about someone held captive and beaten, like a standard horror film perhaps, would it get Oscar buzz? I think I know the answer. So topic is everything? [Anthony K]
  • 1:12:08-1:15:41 - [Listener Question] How much should these inaccuracies even matter? Part of me feels that they owe it to certain types of subject matter to be as truthful as possible. What do you think? [Steve Crobie]
  • 1:15:42-1:23:36 - [Listener Question] If both of you were starting a film company, and you had to pick one male actor, one female actor, and one director to make all of your movies, who would you pick and why? [Ryan M]
  • 1:23:37-1:27:03 - Over / Under
  • 1:27:04-1:32:14 - Buy or Sell
    • Christoph Waltz will be in at least two more Tarantino movies, excluding his next. [Bertram J. Krogh]
    • 300: Rise of an Empire bombs at the box office.
    • Benedict Cumberbatch will win every award that he is nominated for in 2014 (inspired by Brad saying Cumberbatch hasn't proven himself)
    • Whoever wins Best Director at the Oscar's gives a Richard Sherman-like acceptance speech. Assuming Cuaron: "You gonna try me with a sorry ass director like McQueen?!? That's the result you gon' get!" [Fox]
    • The Seahawks win the Super Bowl this year [Alex]
    • Both Brad and Laremy watch the whole Grammy awards [Alex]
    • After reading this, Brad informs his mom that NBC has decided not to go with the Murder, She Wrote reboot after all
    • Laremy will have a Take Shelter/Lincoln/Pacific Rim-esque battle on the /filmcast in 2014. [Bob Phelan]
    • Batman vs. Superman will be a better film because they pushed the release day back from 2015 to 2016 [Ryan M]
  • 1:32:15-1:38:08 - Playing the Percentages
    • % chance The Wolf of Wall Street and Nebraska go empty handed at the Oscars [Mykael]
    • % chance that the dinosaurs were made extinct by an asteroid [andyluvsfilms]
    • % chance Brad ever sees at least one episode of Sherlock [Ryan M]
    • % chance the Best Picture wins neither Best Director nor its respective Best Screenplay category [AlmostFilmCritic]
    • % chance that Tyler Perry ever wins an Oscar [B. Smith]
    • % on Rotten Tomatoes for Godzilla [Alex]
    • % chance Gravity wins Best Picture [Chris]
    • % chance a crappy computer animated Calvin and Hobbes movie is made after Bill Watterson's death [Magille Foote]
    • % of podcast listeners who go to the movies in January [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    • % of respected movie critics whose top ten list includes Her [Bertram J. Krogh]
  • 1:38:09-1:39:46 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:39:47-1:42:38 - Closing

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Winter 2014 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Jack Ryan: Shadow RecruitJan 17$60m$42.5m-$107.4m
I, FrankensteinJan 24$68m  
RoboCopFeb 14   
3 Days to KillFeb 21   
300: Rise of an EmpireMar 7   
Mr. Peabody & ShermanMar 7   
Need for SpeedMar 14   
DivergentMar 21   
NoahMar 28   
A Haunted House 2Mar 28   
OculusApr 11   
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Paranormal Activity: The Marked OnesJan 3$5m$75.6m$63.1m
The Legend of HerculesJan 10$70m$17.3m-$157.6m
Devil's DueJan 17$7m$12.3m-$5.1m
That Awkward MomentJan 31   
The LEGO MovieFeb 7   
Non-StopFeb 28   
The Grand Budapest HotelMar 7   
Muppets Most WantedMar 21   
Captain America: The Winter SoldierApr 4   
Rio 2Apr 11   
TranscendenceApr 18   

The Winter 2014 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 through April 2014. The draft took place on December 13, 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.

  • andyluvsfilms

    In regards to the show's format, i would go with whatever makes you happy but four 30 minute shows are good for me.

  • Red Baron

    Listener Question: Have we run out of courtroom and law related terms with which to name our legal thrillers? (The Firm, The Verdict, A Civil Action, The Pelican Brief)

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

      Don't forget Double Jeopardy

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

    Wouldn't you know it, Hepburn's second in the pair was actually as part of a tie with Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl).

  • http://www.the-back-row.com Magill Foote

    - 2 more Austin Powers movies
    - 3 more years before a new movie is made that is named after a pre-existing song (e.g. Stand By Me, Walk the Line, Across the Universe, etc.)

    Buy or Sell:
    - Martin Scorsese makes another 3D movie in the next eight years
    - Brad or Laremy watches The Knights of Badassdom
    - Michael B. Jordan gets an Oscar nomination within the next five years

    - % of Brad's face that us covered in hair when he grows his Keanu Reeves beard, not including his eyebrows
    - % RT score for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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


    2.5 Academy Award Nominations for Meryl Streep in the next 6 years.[TiagoRti]

    1.5 movies that premiere at Cannes get a Best Picture nomination.[TiagoRti]

    75% on Rotten Tomatoes for Nymphomaniac (lets say with at least 50 reviews).[TiagoRti]

    3.5 years until a foreign language movie is nominated for Best Picture .[TiagoRti]

    Buy or Sell

    Jack Nicholson is in at least one more movie before the end of his career.[TiagoRti]

    Brad Pitt will only win an Oscar in his life time and that Oscar is for being the Producer of 12 Years a Slave(which seems like the Major front-runner).[TiagoRti]

    Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys is his best movie since Letters from Iwo Jima.[TiagoRti]

    Robert De Niro is never nominated for an Academy Award again.[TiagoRti]

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

    I googled "mtc tracking i frankenstein" and Box Office Oracle is the first result! RoS owns Google on that front

  • hailstate

    Book rec: "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel. They follow Thomas Cromwell's rise thru Henry Tudor's court. The prose is a little tricky to get into at first but it is quite entertaining.

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

    % chance American Hustle goes 0 for 10 at the Oscars [zm]

    • robotsrule

      It's gonna win something. I don't know what. But something.

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

        It's going 5/10, including Best Picture.

  • robotsrule

    I don't know how you guys didn't read my Chad and Jeremy buy or sell on the air. I'm crestfallen.

    It looks like my RT of 16% for I Frankenstein was a tad bit optimistic. Currently stands at 4%. The one fresh rating is from Julian Roman at MovieWeb who sure enough attributed his enjoyment of the film to checking his brain at the door. He also gave a positive review to Shadow Recruit but not to Out Of The Furnace. So there you have it.

    Listener question: What film will have the largest box office this year that is released in the month of February? Monuments Men, Robocop, Lego Movie, something else? [robotsrule]

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

    I had never heard of Luise Rainer; so, I looked her up. She's still alive and is 104.

  • Faun Vandy

    Hey guys - Listened to your most recent podcast and wanted to remind you - since you sound like you like browsing in bookstores - that Seattle has a wonderful library. I'm a librarian and didn't want you to forget that is an option :)

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

      Ha, I'm a member of the King County Library System and still need to join the Seattle library... Yes, I'm THAT slow. :)

  • Mitch

    Random Question: What kind of chair do you two use? I thought of this after hearing Laremy stretching during this episode and thought you guys must have decent chairs having to sit their for hours and hours typing and recording.

  • Hudsucker

    I'd honestly prefer if you stayed the same format, but I'd keep on listening anyways. I feel like the best format would be five 10 hour shows per week. Just my two cents.

    Dem' Percentages
    % on RT for Whoop Dreams
    % chance Chiwetal Ejoifor is nominated for another Oscar

  • Swedgin

    Just got done watching Klondike and I'm trying to figure out what Laremy found so crazy about the pictures and information shown at the end. Go ahead and spill the beans, Laremy; you know Brad isn't going to spend 6.5 hours watching it.

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

    I don't mean to sound like a prude but the constant use of the word sh*t is starting to really bother me in pop culture. You guys always use it in hilarious fashion but in something like RIPD where they're constantly yelling "sh*t" instead of "f*ck" or the Timberlake song where he's saying "sh*t tied" or even Tarantino saying "people love my sh*t", it all just sounds distasteful after a while. There's a certain joy to swearing but do we have to constantly wallow in feces slang? [Elijah]

    On a completely different note I bought Laremy's book! It's a really fun read, can't wait to finish it.

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

      It's the acceptable swearing in PG-13 movies now, it's becoming the goto. Go see Ride Along, it's how they got away with a PG-13 and instead of even using one eff-bomb, one guy in it yells, "Forget you!"

      • Swedgin

        It seems like using the word "sh*t" is becoming more accepted on TV, too. John C. McGinley has used that word unbleeped quite a few times on the TBS show Ground Floor. Maybe that's their idea of being edgy or something.

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

        On the plus side I do appreciate that a certain level of swearing being generally accepted in PG-13 and late night TV. When something like American Hustle talks about "bullsh*t" in half the scenes it feels so repetitive.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Listener Questions:
    1. What do you think Roger Ebert's favorite film of 2013 would have been? (I predict 12 YEARS A SLAVE, given the man's sharp eye for African-American cinema and culture.) [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. What are your thoughts on Harvey Weinstein and his manner of Oscar campaigning? I personally hate the guy; it's scary to think that some independent movies get released chiefly because of some studio exec's ego and annual ritual of begging for a gold statuette. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    1. 20.5 years before a film wins both Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. 19.5 times the average listener goes to the movies a year [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. 13.5 days is the longest period of time Brad has gone without watching a single movie since launching the site [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    Buy or Sell:
    1. 12 YEARS A SLAVE is the greatest film about slavery ever made. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. Both Brad and Laremy preferred English to math. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. TIFF is better than Cannes. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    Playing the Percentages:
    1. % chance Brad ever goes a year without handing out a single A+ rating [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. % chance the host of NEW DAY NORTHWEST ever pronounces Laremy's last name correctly [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. % chance one of you ever directs a film or short film [TheOneWhoKnocks]

  • http://filmsandetc.blogspot.com Terrell Rice

    Listener's question
    Do you think that there might be an upset in acting categories at the Oscars? I was asking because David O. Russell have a record of having one of his actors/actresses winning an Oscars.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kieran/ Kieran

    Over/under: $245 million worldwide total for The Wolf of Wall Street. Comparable title The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo finished at $232 million in 2011; Wolf currently stands at $183 million with a giant international boost this past weekend. [Kieran]

  • Aidan Khan

    B for Maleficent [Aidan Khan]
    Buy or Sell:
    Either Brad or Laremy listen to Daft Punk [Aidan Khan]

  • Chris Neilson

    Playing the Percentages:

    % on Rotten Tomatoes for Draft Day [Chris]

  • Alex Sopher

    C- for Non-Stop [Alex]
    B- for X-Men: Days of Futures Past [Alex]

  • http://theoscarsproject.blogspot.com Heather Martin

    Listener Question: People all over the internet bemoan the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio hasn't won an Oscar yet. I think he's a great actor, and would love to see him win someday. However, I feel there are other less "pop-culturally popular" that deserve a first win before him. Are there any actors/directors/writers/etc that you would give an Oscar to before DiCaprio? As well, do you think he's given a performance in which he deserved to win yet?

  • Justin Golding

    Ever since both I, Frankenstein and 47 Ronin came out, I've been wondering if the studio heads that greenlit these films actually thought they would be good? I'm reminded of a story that when Inception first played for the warner people that all the old guard hated it while the new execs loved it. I'm wondering if with the success of Inception, Black Swan, The Matrix etc. that studio heads just don't understand which scripts are quality and which aren't. Everything new is weird to the old studio head and he can't tell the difference between crap and innovation.
    I know everybody now says that these films are made for foreign audiences but I know Aaron Eckhart isn't bringing in Will Smith/Brad Pitt money.

  • Justin Golding

    buy/sell: Brad or Laremy's opinion of Draft Day changes between now and the next two months when it's released.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kieran/ Kieran

    Over/under: $65 million opening weekend for Maleficent. [Kieran]

  • Mykael

    Over/Under -
    A Sundance breakout feature does a domestic BO of $25milion.[Mykael]

    Playing em Percents -
    One of the 4 nominated American Hustlers take the gold. [Mykael]
    The Wolf of Wall Street wins the WGA Best Adapted Screenplay.[Mykael]