We're running at a swift 91 minutes for today's podcast, digging into the final days of the 2013 Oscar race, discussing today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases, wallowing in sorrow over the B+ CinemaScores for both A Good Day to Die Hard and Safe Haven and answering several of your questions and voicemails.
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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
- 1:13-8:28 - Random bits
- 8:29-17:34 - B+ CinemaScore for Die Hard and Safe Haven, plus Safe Haven Twitter reactions
- 17:35-20:56 - [Listener Question] Any last minute Oscar betting advice? 10 bucks on Argo, Spielberg, Day-Lewis, Lawrence, Jones, Hathaway, and Wreck-It Ralph gets me $115. If I go with Waltz instead of Jones, it goes up to $145. Although... I'm a little frightened of QueenBear. Thoughts? [the colleague]
- 20:57-24:02 - Does Argo "deserve" to win Best Picture?
- 24:03-26:38 - [Listener Voicemail] Antonio Shu asks about reactionary Oscar predictions
- 26:39-30:44 - [Listener Question] In my Film and Lit class there were some side conversations going on about Django, and how much they loved it. But when I asked why they liked it so much, it was because of all the shooting and that's about it. So long story short, does it bother you when someone likes a film for the "wrong" reasons? Or do you feel that anyway that the audience likes a film is acceptable? [RagingTaxiDriver]
- 30:45-33:19 - #GoodComments
- 33:20-43:15 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
- 43:16-48:11 - [Listener Voicemail] Francisco - Foreign actresses
- 48:12-53:10 - [Listener Voicemail] Hamza - Action stars
- 53:11-55:27 - [Listener Voicemail] Kai - Just Missed at the Oscars
- 55:28-57:29 - [Listener Voicemail] Paco - Agrees with Brad on comedies
- 57:30-1:00:48 - [Listener Voicemail] Xarnis - Do people give films that are visually appealing more credit than they deserve?
- 1:00:49-1:12:28 - Over / Under
- 1.5 years before Brad updates his Letterboxd. (IngmarTheBergman)
- 2.5 Nicholas Sparks adaptations in the next 5 years [the colleague]
- .5 more Oscar wins for Philip Seymour Hoffman [Hamza]
- 2.5 more movies that Brad gives an F to in 2013 [Hamza]
- 2.5 oscars for Lincoln [Cordia]
- $350 million worldwide for 'A Good Day to Die Hard'.[Cordia]
- 4.5 Oscar noms for David O. Russell's untitled Abscam project. [Jake17]
- 2.5 months until the French Connection come back on the podcast [Jake17]
- 0.7 billion total debt combined in the current box office draft when it's all said and done [JN Films]
- 10 filmmakers that are active participants on Ropeofsilcion.com [JN Films]
- 10 years until a Pixar film wins Best Picture. [Aidan]
- 2 more films set in Middle-Earth [Xarnis]
- 7.0 on IMDb for 'The Great Gatsby' [Xarnis]
- % chance Brad guesses more Oscar winners this year than in 2012 [the colleague]
- % chance Laremy guesses more Oscar winners than Brad [the colleague]
- % chance The Palme d'or winner or audience award at Tiff winner wins best picture next year [Cordia]
- % chance 'Side Effects' makes both Brad and Laremy's year end Top 10 list [Jake17]
- % chance Jennifer Lawrence becomes the 2nd woman to win two consecutive Best Actress Oscars for Silver Linings Playbook and Serena. (Last time this happened was 1936-37 for Luise Rainer) [Jake17]
- % RT score for Spike Lee's Oldboy [Jake17]
- % RT score for Snitch [JN Films]
- % RT score for 'Before Midnight' [Xarnis]
- % the 2014 Oscar Best Picture winner comes out in the first half of 2013 [Xarnis]
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Winter 2013 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy
|Promised Land||Jan 4||$15m||$7.5m||-$29.9m|
|The Last Stand||Jan 18||$45m||$27.6m||-$84.8m|
|Movie 43||Jan 25||$6m||$23m||$8m|
|Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters||Jan 25||$50m||$151.6m||$26.6m|
|Stand Up Guys||Feb 1||$15m||$3.1m||-$34.3m|
|Side Effects||Feb 8||$30m||$20.6m||-$54.3m|
|Beautiful Creatures||Feb 13||$60m||$16.8m||-$133.1m|
|Escape from Planet Earth||Feb 14||$40m||$21m||-$78.9m|
|A Good Day To Die Hard||Feb 14||$92m||$117.1m||-$112.8m|
|Dark Skies||Feb 22||$0|
|Texas Chainsaw 3D||Jan 4||$20m||$34.3m||-$15.6m|
|Gangster Squad||Jan 11||$60m||$91.5m||-$58.4m|
|Broken City||Jan 18||$35m||$19.4m||-$68m|
|Warm Bodies||Feb 1||$30m||$69.1m||-$5.8m|
|Bullet to the Head||Feb 1||$55m||$8.9m||-$128.5m|
|Identity Thief||Feb 8||$35m||$75.3m||-$12.1m|
|Safe Haven||Feb 14||$28m||$34m||-$36m|
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.