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Podcast: Oscar Talk, 'Twilight', Pixar vs. Disney, New DVDs and Blu-rays and More

The best topics are the unexpected topics

Rope of Silicon PodcastIt's always interesting when these podcasts go in directions I don't expect, which happened today as we went on a tangent discussing comparisons between Disney and Pixar and also a lengthy Oscar discussion that wasn't planned. On top of that we continue our discussion of how gay characters are portrayed in films, the future of the Twilight franchise is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 hits theaters this weekend, new DVDs and Blu-rays and much more over the course of 75 jam-packed minutes.

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.

  • 00:00-00:50 - Introduction
  • 00:51-3:08 - Taking and reading criticism
  • 3:09-4:40 - Show notes
  • 4:41-7:17 - [Listener Question] How did Laremy wind up in Seattle from Florida? [G-Man]
  • 7:18-9:02 - Alex Thomas said, "On the 'going to Twilight by yourself' topic, I didn't get a screening for this one so it's going to be my first ever midnight session film, and I plan to go by myself!"
  • 9:03-17:55 - Has Laremy read Stephenie Meyer's "The Host" and where will Twilight go after this last movie?
  • 17:56-21:29 - Box-Office Challenge (see chart below)
  • 21:30-25:40 - Oscar talk
  • 25:41-27:35 - Flirting with Disaster as a Movie Club choice
  • 27:36-33:20 - Back to Oscar talk
  • 33:21-41:07 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 41:08-49:24 - Pixar vs. Disney
  • 49:23-51:08 - Back to new DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 51:09-58:46 - Josh P. said, "I was someone who had a problem with Guy Pearce in Lawless because his traits of stylish clothing, wearing perfume, mannered voice and what felt like a disgust to women (there are specifics, but this is getting too long as it is) feel like examples that Hollywood used in the past to send a coded message of 'gay' which also meant this was the reason why we as an audience should hate this character."
  • 58:47-1:04:19 - Over / Under
    • $999 million worldwide for Breaking Dawn Pt.2 [Cordia]
    • 6.5 Oscar nominations for Life of Pi [Cordia]
    • 45 percent drop for Skyfall in the second weekend [Cordia]
    • 2.5 actors nominated in the Best Actor category in this year's Oscars are nominated for playing a real-life person [John D]
    • 7 years until Wes Anderson wins a Best Director Oscar [Xarnis]
    • 20 years until a Shakespeare play is nominated for best picture [Xarnis]
    • 9 years until the Wachowskis win an Oscar [Xarnis]
  • 1:04:20-1:06:07 - Watch This or Watch That (TV)
    • "Parks and Recreation" or "The Office"
    • "Hardball with Chris Matthews" or "The O'Reilly Factor"
    • "Family Guy" or "American Dad"
    • "The Simpson" or "Futurama"
    • "Dexter" or "True Blood"
  • 1:06:08-1:07:33 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:07:34-1:08:45 - [Listener Question] What are your general opinions on musicals? [Susan]
  • 1:08:46-1:09:29 - [Listener Question] If the world does magically implode on December 21, which 2013/14 film would you wish you would have been able to see? [Grissom]
  • 1:09:30-1:10:42 - [Listener Question] Since Jurassic Park is being re-released in 3D, I decided to ask: what do you think of the 3D re-release? [Xarnis]
  • 1:10:43-1:12:04 - [Listener Question] Has your opinion of a movie ever changed for better or worse after listening to a commentary track from the director/writer? [G-Man]
  • 1:12:05-1:13:04 - Closing
  • 1:13:05-1:15:00 - Epilogue

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$15.8m-$71.6m
LooperSep 28$30m$139.6m$64.6m
Taken 2Oct 5$45m$348.3m$235.8m
Cloud AtlasOct 26$100m$24m-$225.9m
Wreck-It RalphNov 2$165m$119.9m-$292.5m
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$61m$0
   $647.9m-$289.5m
     
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Resident Evil: RetributionSep 14$65m$221.5m$59m
ArgoOct 12$44.5m$112.6m$1.4m
Paranormal Activity 4Oct 19$5m$130.6m$118.1m
Alex CrossOct 19$23m$24.6m-$32.8m
FlightNov 2$31m$47.4m-$30m
SkyfallNov 9$200m$518.3m-$18.3m
LincolnNov 9$65m$.944m-$161.5m
Anna KareninaNov 16$50m$10.5m-$114.4m
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyDec 14$150m$0
The ImpossibleDec 21$45m$42.5m-$70m
 $1.109b-$211.9m
     

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.

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

    Watch this or watch that

    For visual effects: Avatar or Life of Pi? [Nav]
    Set around true events in Africa: Blood Diamond vs. Hotel Rwanda? [Nav]

    Buy/Sell

    Lincoln sweeps the Oscars in the categories it's nominated for. [Nav]
    2013 will have more original movies than 2012 [Nav]

    Over/ Under

    6 years until Will Smith wins the Oscar for Best Actor (he has been nominated for 2 oscars so far) [Nav]
    4 more movies in the Fast and the Furious franchise

    And just to put it out there, in my opinion sequels, adaptations of books, videos games and movies based on true events don't count as Original. Original movie is something Inception, Looper, Momento etc.,

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

    Listener question
    If Les Miserables is an economic and critical success, do you think musicals could return as a film powerhouse genre?

    Over/under
    15 years until a film is made about The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
    (I would ask if it would win awards, but of course, it would).

    13 years until DVDs are no longer mass produced

    14 years until an animated film wins the Best Picture Oscar

    28 years until J.R.R Tolkein's Lord of the Rings series is re adapted for film

    51 years until TV and movies are awarded, in one awards ceremony, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

    176 years until the major (Hollywood) film industry dies

    Buy or sell
    Michael Bay makes 4 more Transformers movies after Transformers 4
    A film with no sound whatsoever wins best picture
    A drunk B&L podcast. Ever.
    Spielberg will make 2 more bad movies after Lincoln before he makes another good one

    Watch this or watch that
    True Grit (2010) or True Grit (1969)?
    A movie about RopeofSilicon.com or a movie about Film.com?
    A movie about George Washington or a movie about Thomas Jefferson?

    Would you rather
    After you die, Watch your life as a bystander unable to help when you make stupid decisions, or watch a boring, everlasting movie, with mild plot twists
    Ride an Indian Elephant or an African Elephant (yes, it's random)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoshB/ Josh B

    Buy or Sell: Seahawks make the playoffs

    Watch This or That (TV):
    Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Parks and Rec or Community
    The League or It's Always Sunny
    Modern Family or Happy Endings

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

    Laremy's Book of Mormon made my day

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

    "NOT A REVIEW!" - Laremy

    Can you guys not talk about it? It's been seen by everyone already. Though your comments on the 3D in Life of Pi sound gracious, they sound a little off kilter. Did you guys like it or dislike it!?! (I'm sounding like a raving lunatic and I don't even know why I'm really invested in your opinions on this specific movie. I just liked it quite a bit.)

    Buy/Sell
    -Superhero adaptations phase out and conventional graphic novels (Non-Hero related) start to be a "thing."
    -Laremy is wrong and Life of Pi does make a heap of dough.
    -Brad is wrong and Twilight isn't the worst franchise of all time. (My money is on Leprechaun.)

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

    I can't wait for Friday's show!

    (I also have to give points to Laremy for a very entertaining frot appearance, the mixing of TV couch lady with David Lee Roth had me in tears)

    Buy OR Sell

    The podcast gets new intro music before episode 150.
    Brad make another guest appearance on the frotcast.
    The French connection makes another appearance.
    The Hobbit surpasses your expectations and starts off stronger than LOTR.
    Les Mis actually ends up being a film you cheer for to win best picture.

    I also have a question just for Brad, I was expecting you to talk about Goddard's Week End that Criterion released today. I bought and loved Breathless based on your recommendation, do you know if Week End is worth a look? If so I wanted to grab it before the B&N sale ends.

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

      Hey Snicket, I actually haven't seen Weekend so unfortunately I don't have any opinion on it. Sorry.

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

    Watch This or Watch That (films that are so what similar or similar):

    -Hero (Zhang Yimou) or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)

    -Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner) or The Last Samurai (Edward Zwick)

    -Chopper (Andrew Dominick) or Bronson (Nickolas Winding Refn)

    -Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara) or Bad Lieutenant:The Port of New Orleans (Werner Herzog)

    -Die Hard (John McTiernan) or Hardboiled (John Woo)

    -Leon: The Professional (Luc Besson) or The Killer (John Woo)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoshP./ Josh P.

    First of all, thank you for getting to my comment. One thing that I will say is that this is going to be an argument that we will just have to agree to disagree with. I'm not trying to say that you guys are blind, but when you are somebody who is invested in gay characters more than the next person (and generally more than the next straight person) your view of the world is going to be different. You say that the traits of Guy Pearce's character are organic and don't influence his sexuality, but I see other stereotypes that have been used in the past to convey this notion. As I said, I am glad that you don't think it's a big issue, but to dismiss that idea altogether and to say it has no validity, to me, is a bit misguided.

    This may be a first for the Internet, but I would like to retract my comment about a "fair" portrayal, which you are right in that is nearly impossible to achieve with so many varying definitions. What I mean to say is that I don't want to see characters treated as villains and psychopaths because of their sexuality, which we actually agree with. I have no problem with villains being gay, and in fact kinda love that idea. But I don't want their sexuality to have direct correlation with their villainy. I think the only quibble we have is whether or not it is a valid concern when discussing Pearce in that movie. Again, you don't see that as an issue, and most of the time I think we as a society have gotten to that point. It's just, every once in a while, one slips in and to not talk about it is doing a disservice.

    There's a well known book written by Vito Russo called "The Celluloid Closet". I know it was adapted into a documentary for HBO years back, but the book is a highly informative piece that details the history of queer cinema around the world, and Russo brings up many of these examples. It's a bit dated by this point but I still find it to be a fascinating read.

    It seems like that's a lot of discussion for very little points of dissension, but I like making sure I'm clear enough for you to know what exactly it is I'm trying to say. I'm glad we have enough common ground on this issue, and can just leave it there. Again, great work on the podcast guys, and I look forward to the next one.

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

      I actually caught most of the HBO documentary "Vito" on TV some months back and found it to be excellent. It's worth a watch to anyone who hasn't seen it.

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

    so considering I wrote a review on iTunes, does this mean I'm in the top 100 Ropes Fans?? That sounds about right....

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

    Anyway....I haven't heard you guys talking about too many documentaries recently and I'd be curious to hear if you guys saw any, and are you just not talking about them, because they're not very good? Personally I really enjoyed "Searching for Sugar Man" - I'm confident it'll win the best documentary Oscar. If you guys haven't seen it CHECK IT OUT!

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

      I have Sugar Man here and need to watch it. I tend to marathon documentaries at the end of the year, though I am seeing West of Memphis on Thursday.

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

        one tip before watching Sugar Man - Don't watch the trailers...It's much better if you go into it not knowing the full story. I grew up in Cape Town and so I already knew the whole legend, but I've heard from people who saw the film, randomly, that they really liked not knowing anything going in. The sound track is amazing too.

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

          You know us, we don't watch trailers. :)

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

    Regarding Brad's comment how Skyfall doesn't seem like a Bond movie compared to the old ones, or something to that effect: there's a YouTube video that's been circulating for a few days in which someone took about five minutes of each movie, starting with Dr. No, and put them in order by release date. The Craig ones stand out a bit at the end, but the old ones fit very neatly together, which is just another way of confirming how formulaic they were. It's a 2 hour long video, but I'd recommend watching a few segments.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1d69M3cVCM

    Over/Under:
    - A- CinemaScore for Breaking Dawn 2 (Part 1 got a B+)
    - two letter grades or higher difference between the two of you on Breaking Dawn 2 (Laremy gave the first one a C, while Brad gave it a D-)

    Buy/Sell:
    - Brad will go on, at least, a five minute long rant about Breaking Dawn 2

    Would You Rather:
    - work with a versatile director (someone like Soderbergh) or work with a director who makes his particular kind of movies (someone like Wes Anderson)
    - watch a bad movie you have seen before (Breaking Dawn 1) or watch a new movie you suspect will be bad (Breaking Dawn 2)

    Watch This or Watch That (Vampires vs. Werewolves):
    - Underworld: Rise of the Lycans or Van Helsing
    - Dracula (1992) or Wolf
    - Let Me In or The Wolfman
    - Interview with the Vampire or The Howling
    - From Dusk Till Dawn or Dog Soldiers

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jaybernhoff/ jay bernhoff

    Brad - regarding Skyfall's budget being bumped up from $150 million to $200 million, if a movies budget is $100 million and it receives tax incentives of $10 million wouldn't its budget more accurately be $90 million?

    Now with this in mind if Skyfall has let's say $50 million (or more) worth of product placement deals with various companies shouldn't that be reflected in the films production budget?

    Bringing a 200 mil movie down to 150 mil. I could easily see a quarter of the budget being funded by the likes of Heineken, Omega watches and various car manufactures.

    Maybe something to consider and maybe worthy of some podcast discussion. You've got to have a fighting chance against Laremy and his Twilight pick.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jaybernhoff/ jay bernhoff

      Just some follow up, Heineken alone paid £28 million (yes, that's Pounds) for the product placement in the film and the Craig and Marlohe appearance in the commercial.

      Then there's also the Coke Zero deal, which as far as I know doesn't appear in the film, but makes things a bit tricky. Sony and Eon would make a pretty penny off of Coke but does that contribute towards the budget? Who knows?

    • Mark

      Jay,
      I heard Skyfall's budget is $200 Million after the rebates. So it's true budget is higher than $200, not closer to $150.

      Brad and Laremy,
      -Each Twilight book did much better in individual sales than The Host. There isn't as much passion for The Host due to lack of Edward who all the teenage girls and TwiMoms are in love with.

      -The Wallis girl from Beasts of The Southern Wild is now 8 years old. You guys keep saying she is 6 (age when she filmed the movie).

      -Do you think they are really serious about getting a Black James Bond or just going through the motions to look like they gave Idris Elba a fair shot at the role? Bond is a throwback to the world where White Males reign supreme, women are sex objects, the British empire is strong, etc. I don't see that changing. In fact I would say that is the appeal of Bond to its fans.

      -No one has seen Zero Dark Thirty but Jessica Chastain is on every Oscar prediction list. Is she the new Meryl Streep?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HarryFuertes/ Harry Fuertes

    As I said, a couple of days ago, I went to see Silver Linings Playbook yesterday with my mother. It definitely deserves all the praise it's getting. I absolutely loved it. From beginning to end, the film consistently is hilarious, heartfelt, intense, honest, and organic. The cinematography was surprisingly elegant and flowing. It never lets up and it only gets better as it goes on before it ends with a bang with one of the most beautiful climax/endings I've seen in a while. It's predictable, but perfectly directed. It gives you goosebumps to see the sublime direction blend with fantastic acting(everybody is effective) and honestly written script all on the screen at once. It's literally the same cinematic orgasm I had with Cloud Atlas. But what SLP did that Cloud Atlas didn't was-

    1) Have the same emotional impact in less than two hours
    2) Have the heartbreaking performances.
    3) Be deep in themes but without saying it out loud. Which isn't really a bad thing. But...

    And I still really like Cloud Atlas(a wonderful epic), but compared next to Silver Linings, it's just "great". Yes, this movie is pure crowd-pleaser and full of cliches (done perfectly though) but so are movies like ET, American Beauty, and Annie Hall which are classics in film. It's not a groundbreaker in the world of cinema but the impact it gives you is undeniable. Its a personal experience I can't wait to re-watch. The movie will get several Oscar noms and a couple of wins without a doubt. I urge everybody to see it and give it a chance. The only flaw is that it won't live up to a second viewing like Cloud Atlas would. But for now, Silver Linings has trumped it for best film of the year so far. 10/10- A

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

      I've seen Silver Linings three times and can say that multiple viewings doesn't hurt the movie at all, but it also doesn't make your opinion stronger. It's just that solid. With Cloud Atlas, I feel as though multiple viewings might enrich you on the themes but the myriad of flaws in the storytelling will nag at you as well. I wouldn't watch Cloud Atlas anytime soon over again but I would keep Silver Linings on in the background like what Brad and Laremy were talking about in the podcast today.

      I love Silver Linings whereas I think Cloud Atlas is as close to not being a misfire as you can get. Both good movies and really making up for the lull of average films of the first half of 2012. I feel like that trend is going to continue throughout the rest of the year. I have this feeling that we have some really special films on the horizon for the rest of the year. Hell, even Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 is at a 100% on RT right now. (Albeit only with eight reviews but it's a strong pattern.)

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    On the Twilight topic, very true Brad, I've listened to too many podcasts where you've said "Twilight gets the clicks!" so probably the main reason I'm seeing it haha.

    Laremy's voice was quite good in the closing song this week!

    Skyfall could break $1B, still not released in Australia where I'd assume it would make a little (actually thinking about it, probably only $15M-$20M so probably not a big number.)

  • JN Films

    Over or Under
    4 noms for TDKR
    1 nom for Twilight
    8 noms for Lincoln
    10 years till THE Julian Smith gets a Oscar nomination

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

    About Skyfall not really being a Bond film; it's true that it's very different from the other films, but it is very close to the books in terms of the portrayal of the character (Bond is an aging, vulnerable agent) as well as some of the scenes (e.g. Macau).

    Listener question:
    - Do you think Skyfall would have had a better chance at being nominated for Best Picture, as well as other categories, if there had been no other Bond film before it?

    Over/Under:
    - 1% chance that flying cars, power-lacing shoes, hoverboards or pizza hydrators will be invented by October 2015
    - 10% chance that on an Alien planet, they will make movie trailers with human screams in the background.
    (Cambridge University experiment: http://www.screaminspace.com/)

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

    Over / Under:

    75% - RottenTomatoes score for Breaking Dawn Part 2 (currently at 100% with 8 reviews in the day this podcast aired)

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

    I know this is not the venue, but I don't have twitter, nor do I have plans on signing up for twitter. Have either of you read The Islanders by Christopher Priest? I just finished it and it is quite interesting. Kind of a modernist "novel." Certainly not a traditional story. I recommend it if you can get your e reader past John C Reily.

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

    Listener Question:

    What do you think they should do with the next Bond film? Do you think they should continue the tone of Skyfall or maybe try the old Bond formula with Daniel Craig?

    Over/Unders:

    10 movies that are re-released in 3-D in the next 2 years. (So far, there is Monsters' Inc., Star Wars Episode 2 and 3, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, and The Little Mermaid)
    5 years until "Lie-MAX" replaces 3-D as the new thing that takes over movies.
    10 years until an animated film that is not from Disney/Pixar is nominated for Best Picture.

    Watch This or Watch That (Disney vs. Pixar Edition):

    Wreck-It Ralph vs. Toy Story
    The Little Mermaid vs. Finding Nemo
    Beauty and the Beast vs. Monsters' Inc.
    Tangled vs. Toy Story 3

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

    Over/Under

    1.5 more Nolan films until he's NOMINATED for a Best Director Oscar.

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

    Doesn't it make you mad when the promotion departments of the film companies just churn out complete BS? Trouble with the curve was just released here in Germany and what is the slogan?...."The best Eastwood since Gran Torino"...Come on, are they even trying?

    And while I am at it, there is some practice in Germany that enrages me even further. Instead of a decent translation for the title they invent some new English title. Okay, I accept that this is a bit more creative than the usual practice of keeping the Original title and adding some stupid subtitle...

    Some recent examples:

    - The Watch -Neighbours of the third kind
    - Taken 2 - 96 Hours 2
    - Prometheus - Dark Signs
    - Chronicle - What are you capable of?
    - The Grey - Under wolves
    - John Carter - Between two worlds
    - Brave - Merida: Legend of the highlands

    Of course, they are having trouble to find a fitting translation for "Trouble with the curve" so the movie is called "Back in the game"...WTF? It just makes my head hurt...

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

    Over/Under:

    3 years Amy Adams finally wins her first Oscar

    2 years we'll see the rumored Chronicle sequel

    Buy or Sell:

    Kristen Wiig sneaks in a Golden Globe nod for Imogene
    Jessica Chastain wins an Oscar before Amy Adams

    Watch This or Watch That (Writers Edition):

    Juno or Young Adult (Diablo Cody)
    The Master or There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
    Inception or Memento (Christopher Nolan)

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

    over/under

    200 million worldwide for World War z
    18 million opening weekend for Lincoln (1,500 theaters)
    .5 oscar nominations for Hitchcock
    20 years before there will be a wide release of a film in a higher frame rate than 48fps
    65,000 per theater for Silver Linings Playbook this weekend, 15 theaters.
    Zero Dark Thirty gets 4.5 oscar nominations
    172.5 million dollar opening weekend for breaking dawn pt 2.

    buy/sell
    The hobbit per screen average gross will be higher in the higher frame rate
    Justice Leaque movie will move out of 2015 to 2016 or even later.
    Les Miserables makes more money than any other movie ever did opening on christmas day

    would you rather see Paul Thomas Anderson do a romcom or see Quentin Tarantino's

    would you rather be the assistent of Christopher Nolan or David Fincher

    what are your thoughts of Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy playing in these videogame adaptations like Assassins creed and Splinter cell, wouldn't you agree you would want to see them other type of films?

  • Jesse Everett

    Trust me, I work as an administrator in the Compassion department of my church, and Life of Pi will definitely be a movie we recommend! I know the wide public views the church as an organization limited to outside thinking especially regarding other religions, but through very personal experience, true Christians are very open to the ideas of others, they just have been spiritually transformed and understand the wonderful truth of Christianity, having the opportunity of a relationship with the creator. It is just the louder christian public that tends to be one-sided.
    all this to say, Life of Pi is a book I have often reccomended to new christians and I and my church are very excited for this film

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

      It will be interesting to see how many actually set up viewing parties as we've seen with a lot of faith-based films lately.

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

    Listener Question: Quentin Tarantino recently said he would be happy with a 10 picture filmography before retiring, as he doesn't want to become "an old-man filmmaker." If he stands by this statement, and only makes three more films after Django Unchained, what genres or topics would you like to see him tackle before retirement?

    Over/Under

    $225 million for Skyfall domestically
    2.5 years until we get Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" adaptation
    6 months until we find out what David Fincher's next film will be
    3 years until Daniel-Day Lewis' next screen performance

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

      Sorry, the P.T. Anderson over/under should be 3.5 years, not 2.5

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

    What are some of the jobs you guys held before settling down? Growing up were you more into movies or writing?

    Buy/Sell

    *Les Miserables isn't as good as everyone thinks it is, so it only wins the Golden Globe for Best Picture and not the oscar.

    *This is finally the year there's a Director/Picture split.

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

    over/under: 12 nominations for a single film this year

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jjensen9971/ jjensen9971

    General Question:
    How do I search for a specific movie review on a older podcast?

    I am new to your podcast and would love to listen to your take on the movie "The Perks of being a Wallflower"