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Podcast: Our Inner Goddess Comes Out, New DVDs and Blu-rays, Laremy's Fear of Horror Films and More

Poor Laremy can't catch a break with the horror films

Rope of Silicon PodcastAs is always the case with our Tuesday edition of the RopeofSilicon podcast, today we'll take a look at the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases as well as discuss the early reactions to Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, talk a little Oscar predictions as a result and we'll do our damndest to get to the bottom of why Laremy refuses to watch horror films as it is certainly something you refuse to accept. Poor guy.

Laremy reads a little from the E.T. screenplay, I read a few choice lines from "Fifty Shades of Grey" and we finally discuss the Fall Box-Office Draft a little closer as four movies that were drafted are finally in theaters. Beyond that we answer several of your questions, giveaway David Fincher's The Game on Blu-ray, play a little Over/Under, Buy or Sell and Watch This or Watch That and generally just take part in 86 minutes of merriment.

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.

  • 00:00-3:20 - Introduction and a look at our inner goddess
  • 3:21-6:08 - Lincoln New York Film Festival reactions
  • 6:09-15:30 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 15:31-17:52 - Ben's movie plot suggestion
  • 17:53-25:13 - [Listener Question] Since living in NYC , and meeting people who are just starting out in film it seems to me that most filmmakers, new and old, are developing "movie ideas" instead of "stories" and that most films being made today, are cool movies ideas that only effect film goers for a short time and not stories that effect the audience for a longer period of time, do you agree? [Ben]
  • 25:14-28:19 - [Listener Question] Are these arguments that current Hollywood is all sequels/franchises and lacks originality really valid? Taking a look at the October slate of films to be released I see far more original titles than films that are part of franchises. [G-Man]
  • 28:20-32:46 - [Listener Question] Laremy, why do you dislike the concept of stop-motion animation? [Kessler]
  • 32:47-33:37 - [Listener Question] Laremy, do you think you might be able to enjoy certain films within the horror genre if you were able to tamp down your visceral reaction to the gore/intensity? [Shloggs]
  • 33:38-37:39 - [Listener Question] Laremy, have you seen some of the legitimate masterpieces the genre has produced such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre (74), Dawn of the Dead (78) or Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer? Do you have any interest in the subtext, artistry and social commentary of these films? [Shloggs]
  • 37:40-39:40 - [Listener Question] Which movie genre's trailers are most indicative of the quality of the film? I'd say comedies are the worst barometer. I feel like I can get a good feel for horror movies based on the trailer. Or maybe dramas. [Bob Phelan]
  • 39:41-42:15 - [Listener Question] Why is it, do you suppose, that Rotten Tomatoes continues to be the go-to aggregator for film criticism, despite having such a flawed formula for determining a film's 'freshness'? [El Frostilico]
  • 42:16-48:14 - Fall Box-Office Draft (chart below)
  • 48:15-51:09 - [Listener Question] A couple of weeks ago, You discussed The Master getting a higher RT rating because of the director being PTA. Do you think Pain and Gain will get lower RT ratings because it is Michael Bay? [Cordia]
  • 51:10-53:57 - [Listener Question] If you hypothetically had to bet your entire fortune on getting the Best Picture right at today's point in time, would you still choose "Les Miserables", even though you haven't seen the film, nor have you heard any reviews on it? If the predictions weren't for fun and the stakes were raised, would you be more likely to choose something like "Silver Linings" or "Argo" you have have seen and heard buzz about? [G-Man]
  • 53:58-56:20 - [Listener Question] After recently seeing "End of Watch" (and having really enjoyed it), I wondered what other professions do think could have seemed as real as the police officers in that film? Is there another job that could produce a film of similar quality under the same scrutiny? [Kristen K.]
  • 56:21-1:05:54 - Over / Under
    • 2 more podcasts until Laremy gives in and closes with the Skyfall theme song. [Aleonardis]
    • 60 percent on RT for Paranormal Activity 4 [Aleonardis]
    • 2 and half years before one of the Paranormal Activity 4 movies get nominated for sound at the oscars. [Aleonardis]
    • 1.5 more A+ movies this year [Harry Fuertes]
    • $450 million worldwide for Cloud Atlas [Harry Fuertes]
    • 82 percent on RT for Lincoln [Harry Fuertes]
    • 3 Oscar nominations in the Best Song Category [Kessler]
    • 3 and 1/2 hours for this year's Academy Awards (Last year was 3 hours and 19 minutes. The longest telecast was 4 hours and 23 minutes back in 2002.) [Kessler]
    • 40 million viewers for this year's Academy Awards. (Last year was 39 million.)[Kessler]
    • 1.5 Weeks Adele's Bond Theme will be No. 1 on the charts [Cordia]
    • 1 million pounds Adele received for Skyfall Theme [Cordia]
    • 35 years before a movie sets a new record at the Academy Awards with 12 wins [The Colleague]
    • 2 Oscar Wins for The Dark Knight Rises [JN Films]
    • 2 #goodcomments in the next 20 podcasts (Twilight is approaching) [Will-E]
    • 1 Oscar Win in Ezra Miller's Career [Sorkinfan]
    • 150 Million dollar budget for Les Miz [Sorkinfan]
    • 6 months until Christopher Nolan announces the next movie he will direct [G-Man]
    • 4.5 seasons of "Homeland" [G-Man]
  • 1:05:55-1:13:27 - Buy or Sell
    • Each progressive Hobbit movie is better than the last
    • Zero Dark Thirty will be Kathyrn Bigelow's highest-grossing film both domestically & internationally
    • Laremy watches Sinister, V/H/S and Paranormal Activity 4 and gets over his fear of horror movies.
    • A horror movie comes along that will be nominated for Oscars and be highly regarded by critics and audiences, the way The Exorcist was in 1973
    • Brad or Laremy watches 'House of Cards' by David Fincher on Netflix next year.
    • Paranormal Activity 5 is the series finale.
    • Daniel Craig ever gets nominated for an Oscar
    • Roman Polanski will be nominated for an Oscar ever again
    • The Joker will be in a Batman reboot
    • Seth MacFarlane will do a musical thing at the Oscars
    • Django Unchained will be Quentin Tarantino's most emotional film and therfore has a better shot of winning an Oscar
    • The Lone Ranger will end up being this year's John Carter
    • Christopher Nolan's next film is more in line with the Prestige or Memento, rather than a bigger budget action film.
    • 30 years from now it's easy and affordable to convert films into 3D, where The Master is remastered, converted, and reviewed by Brad who concedes that the conversion makes the film more effective.
    • Baltimore Orioles will win the World Series
  • 1:13:28-1:17:37 - Watch This or Watch That
    • Wrath of the Titans or Taken 2 (Liam Neeson)
    • The Avengers or Highlander II: The Quickening (Sean Connery)
    • The Tourist or Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (Angelina Jolie)
    • Gigli or Jack and Jill (Al Pacino)
    • On Deadly Ground or Jaws: The Revenge (Michael Caine)
  • 1:17:38-1:19:38 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:19:39-1:21:11 - Random thoughts and prize giveaway
  • 1:21:12-1:23:33 - [Listener Question] It seems that every year that the zeitgeist is mentioned during the fall/Oscar season, and the film that represents the zeitgeist is the Oscar front runner, however it appears that the film that seems to be the film that is most beloved (Oscar loved or not) is a film that is against the zeitgeist, do you agree with that, why or why not? [Ben]
  • 1:23:34-1:26:00 - Closing

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$12.3m-$75.1m
LooperSep 28$30m$40.2m-$34.7m
Taken 2Oct 5$80m$116.5m$4m
Cloud AtlasOct 26$100m$0
Wreck-It RalphNov 2$150m$0
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$0
   $169.0m-$105.9m
     
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Resident Evil: RetributionSep 14$65m$200.7m$38.2m
ArgoOct 12$0
Paranormal Activity 4Oct 19$0
Alex CrossOct 19$40m$0
FlightNov 2$50m$0
SkyfallNov 9$150m$0
LincolnNov 9$50m$0
Anna KareninaNov 16$0
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyDec 14$0
The ImpossibleDec 21$0
 $200.7m$38.2m
     

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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  • Zack

    Over/Under

    -60% for Lincoln on RT
    -$200 million domestic for Wreck-It Ralph
    -15 years before AMC Theaters goes under

  • Scott

    Did you guys laugh out loud at any point during Taken 2? Can Taken 2 be enjoyed as a comedy?

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

      With friends I would say it certainly can be enjoyed as a comedy. Alone you might just get frustrated.

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

    I read that article on Cracked too, Laremy! That site is very addictive.

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

    Question:

    Will we ever get a Marvel's Deadpool movie?

    In honor of the MLB playoffs, what are some of your favorite baseball flicks? I wanted to point a very underrated & very less-known baseball flick, I highly recommend Sugar to you guys if you haven't seen it. Saw it when it came out in 09', one of my top 3 favorite baseball flicks.

    Over and Unders:

    85 percent on RT for Wreck-It Ralph

    10 more movies he makes before he retires from directing (Steven Spielberg)

    Buy or Sell:

    PTA makes at least one more film with his regulars in the same film: Phillip Seymour Hoffman (of course), William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, Luis Guzman, John C. Reilly, Melora Walters, Phillip Baker Hall & Alfred Molina.

    Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, Milla Jovovich, Michelle Yeoh, Uma Thurman, Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, Emily Blunt, Ziyi Zhang, Abbie Cornish, Pam Grier, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, Rhona Mitra, Zoe Saldana, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lena Headey, Michelle Rodriguez, etc joins the rumored Female Expendables project

    Watch This or Watch That:

    Hostel or Saw
    The Social Network or Moneyball
    My Left Foot or The Sessions

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

      Would like to add one more Buy or Sell.

      Buy or Sell:

      Brad ens up liking The Amazing Spider-Man 2 & FINALLY says something good of a Spider-Man movie

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

    Laremy, you can find the entire pilot episode for Poochinski on Youtube, which I just spent 22 minutes of my life doing. It's so terrible, but so enjoyable as it completely jumps the shark on at least five separate occasions. The bathroom scene where Poochinski opens his heart to George Newburn is particularly devastating, in more ways than one. Highly recommended.

    Question: With last year's My Week with Marilyn, the upcoming Hitchcock biopics, and the Mary Poppins making of film Saving Mr. Banks, which current, working film director do you think is most deserving of a biopic of his own? My vote would be for Martin Scorsese, covering his career from the making of Taxi Driver through Raging Bull.

    Buy or Sell

    The Wolf of Wall Street wins Leonardo DiCaprio his first Academy Award
    Quentin Tarantino ever makes a prohibition era gangster film
    A Stanley Kubrick film gets remade in the next 10 years
    Daniel Day-Lewis finishes his career with 4 Best Actor Oscars

    Over/Under

    2.5 Oscar wins for Paul Thomas Anderson in his career
    $700 million worldwide for Skyfall (Casino and Quantum made just under $600 million)
    $180 million opening weekend for The Hobbit
    165 minute running time for The Hobbit

    Watch This or Watch That (Sequel Edition)

    Terminator 2 or Aliens
    The Empire Strikes Back or The Two Towers
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade or Return of the Jedi
    Before Sunset or The Bourne Supremacy
    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly or The Dark Knight
    Speed 2 or Jaws 3-D

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    [Listener Question] It's been said that eroticism is born out of what you imagine rather than what you see. Do you think this sentiment will make or break the "50 Shades of Grey" film adaptation? Do you think audiences will be turned off by seeing too much even if that's what they're expecting?

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

    Question: Now that it's been a year since it's release, has your opinion of Super 8 changed? Do you think it could become a "timeless classic" as some has classified it as?

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

      I use Super 8 as an example. Are there any other films that, after a few years of initial thoughts (giving it, say, a B) has a different grade than when you first watched. What about the flipside? Any films that after later viewings has lost some of the entertainment value you previously enjoyed?

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

    See Pirates! Band of Misfits. Both of you.

    Buy/Sell: Oscar voters are largely underwhelmed with the animated films offered this year and default to Pixar, resulting in a win for Brave.

  • Kristen K.

    Q: If you could reboot one actor's career, someone you think has real talent, but has seemingly made all the wrong decisions, who would it be? How about a Director?

  • Jeff

    To GMAN, a quick update on our own box-office challenge:
    WE BOTH PICKED:
    Movie Date Budget Cume Total
    Sinister 10/12 ?
    Here Comes the Boom 10/12 $10m
    Zero Dark Thirty 12/19 ?
    Jack Reacher 12/21 $50m
    This Is 40 12/21 ?

    GMAN:
    Movie Date Budget Cume Total
    Dredd 9/21 $50m $22.8m - $102.2m
    Trouble with the Curve 9/21 ? $29.6m ?
    Frankenweenie 10/5 $39m $11.4m - $86.0m
    The Big Wedding 10/26 ?
    Parental Guidance 12/25 ?

    JEFF:
    Movie Date Budget Cume Total
    House at the End of the Street 9/21 $10m $27.5m + $2.5m
    Perks of Being a Wallflower 9/21 ? $3.3m ?
    Seven Psychopaths 10/12 ?
    Silent Hill: Revelation 3D 10/26 $28m
    The Man with the Iron Fists 11/2 $20m

    I got all the budgets from Box Office Mojo, I may fill in some blanks from Wikipedia or other sources (I'll let you know).

    Also, we all missed "End of Watch", which has a $7m budget and has made $32.8m, for a "profit" of $15.3 million already.

    • Jeff

      Well that formatting sucks, I'll try to space it out better next time.

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

      Thanks, Jeff! I have an Excel file that I planned to keep track in but have forgotten to do it. Agreed that we completely dropped the ball on End of Watch. To be honest, I didn't have high hopes for it, but then it wound up being one of my favorite movies of the year so far.

      Looking at our list of non-shared movies, I think we're both going to seriously struggle with these ones. For the shared titles, I think all of those have some promise, but not necessarily to compete with Brad or Laremy.

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

    Even though there was no velvet for her to wrap herself into, my inner goddess was thoroughly entertained for the duration of the podcast. Great job, guys.

    As for the movies you mentioned not having seen... Bringing Out the Dead is pretty good. Granted, it's been a long time since I've seen it, but I think it was at least okay.
    Highlander 2 is just such a disaster it needs to be seen. On Deadly Ground... two words: Steven. Seagal.

    Regarding Michael Bay's Pain & Gain... I actually have hopes for this one, since it's based on a very interesting and, at times, quite bizarre true story. There's a VERY long and fascinating article in Miami New Times from 1999 if anyone is interested.

    Question:
    - From what I could gather watching movies, TV shows, and observing box office numbers, US viewers are not all that keen on foreign language films, which I assume is predominantly due to subtitles. Do you think more of them would go and see such movies if they were dubbed, even though that would take away a part of actors' performances?

    Over/Under:
    - 18, number of foreign language movies seen by an average US moviegoer over the course of his/her lifetime (for example, Chitara or CinemaScore)

    Buy/Sell:
    - Academy Award for Best Foreign Language goes to a movie from Marion Cotillard's land

    Watch This or Watch That (International Edition):
    - Sin Nombre or Amores Perros (Mexico)
    - 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days or The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Romania)
    - Mr. Nobody or Bullhead (Belgium)
    - The Machinist or Timecrimes (Spain)

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

    The statements about Hollywood being unoriginal are completely true. Sure, maybe every year a few great films are made. But even then, how many of those great films are memorable? How many will I go back to twenty years from now? Not many. Last year, I can only think of one film that has become an all time favorites of mine: Shame. Sure, I loved We Need To Talk About Kevin and Drive, but I can't say that they've become all time favorites of mine. I know that the question was more about original films being made instead of sequels, etc., but I think that this serves as valid support for the fact that not many original films are made. Nothing is groundbreaking. The majority of films being made today are forgettable. Now, take for instance a year like 1971, which gave birth to at least five of my all time favorites: Clockwork Orange, The Devils, Straw Dogs, Harold and Maude, and The French Connection.

    I don't think Cloud Atlas is going to be a flop, but I don't exactly think it's going to rock the box office either. I think it stands a good chance at breaking even. Hopefully we'll see more ambitious films of this nature.

    Listener Questions:
    While we're on the subject of horror, I feel that there has not been a truly great, memorable, scary horror film in well over the past ten years. All horror films have been dumbed down to excessive gore, jump scares, and the found footage sub-genre. Do you agree with this statement, and if so, are the days of the classic horror genre gone?

  • Stephen

    Hey Brad, I can't find a link anywhere but I was looking through Entertainment Weekly's Fall Movie Preview and they said that Anna Karenina production budget was 30 million. "....and also financially, since a more conventional telling would have cost at least twice the film's nearly $30 million budget." Sorry man!

  • Zack

    Laremy's War Horse jabs still crack me up

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

    Nice podcast, fellas.

    Questions:

    Do you think Michael Bay films such as Transformers would make significantly more money (i.e. 20%) on average if he kept all the explosions but spent more time building more intriguing characters, a better story, etc.

    Should critics review different types of movies from a different perspectives? For example, if I'm reviewing "The Evil Dead", is it fair criticism to say the acting is sub-par and there are narrative plot holes given that's what they were going for.

    Are you guys familiar with MoviePass? Thoughts? Seems to be an incredible deal for us big movie fans.

    Over/Under:

    100% - Combined RT score of Adam Sandler's next 5 Happy Madison films, not counting "Here Comes The Boom". (the last 5 summed to a staggering 57%)

    100 - Comments on the Picnic at Hanging Rock "ROS Movie Club" discussion

    Watch This / Watch That (Original Screenplay Winners):

    Midnight in Paris vs. The Hurt Locker
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind vs. Lost in Translation
    Fargo vs. Good Will Hunting
    The Usual Suspects vs. Pulp Fiction
    Dog Day Afternoon vs. Chinatown

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

      Bonus: In honor of Smashed getting released today, what are your favorite movies to throw on when you're drunk? Mine are Old School and Wedding Crashers.

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

    Brad I'm sad to see you cooling down on Prometheus, I have been digging through the bonus material on the blu-ray and definitely did not get the same impression you did.

    But it did bring up a listener question:

    So with Blade Runner/Alien/Prometheus melting into the same world and rumors that Spider-Man may merge with Avengers and X-men First class may melt with the original X-men in the next film we are seeing an unprecedented push to have films co-exist in the same cinematic universe.

    Is all this an Avengers "Look we can do it to!" response? I can't really picture Scott being in tune with that vibe. Why do people think they need to have every related film be a part of the same world?

    Related Over/Under

    2: Years until we see a separate comedy (and/or drama) franchise cross over into each others films.

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

    Buy or Sell: Fox Searchlights gets their films tons of nominations, but doesn't get a single win.

    Watch This or Watch That: Director/Actor pairings
    - Scorsese/DeNiro: Taxi Driver or Raging Bull
    - Scorsese/DiCaprio: Gangs of New York or The Departed
    - Cronenberg/Mortensen: History of Violence or Eastern Promises
    - Coen Brothers/Bridges: Big Lebowski or True Grit
    - Carpenter/Russell: The Thing or Escape From New York
    - Burton/Depp: Edward Scissorhands or Ed Wood

  • http://www.scifiblock.com John D.

    These fully trackable buy/sells are meant as a relief for poor Chad, who's spreadsheet must be a compete mess.

    Buy/Sell:
    -Sinister makes more money opening weekend than Argo
    -"Hitchcock" has more Oscar nominations than "Psycho" (which had 4)
    -The most profitable film in the Fall Box Office draft is Paranormal Activity 4
    -Good comments will be eliminated from the show after the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2

  • Ron Oneal Fresh

    Over/Under

    - 300 million dollar budget for Avengers 2
    - 85 million domestic for Jack Reacher
    - 4.5 years for the Obama biopic
    - 20% RT rating for Alex Cross

    Watch this or Watch that

    Capote or Infamous

    Donnie Darko or Twelve Monkeys

    Le Samouraï or Le cercle rouge

    V for Vendetta or Children of Men

    Fail Safe or Dr. Strangelove

  • DiscoPaco

    Question:

    You know how most people would avoid watching a silent movie like the plague? Even cinephiles below a certain age won't touch the stuff other than some comedic classics (Chaplin, Keaton) or some German Expressionism (Murnau, Lang) and that's usually because they saw it in a film class. So my question is: Do you think in 20 to 30 years, people who are born today will feel the same way about black and white movies? You've got to think that your average 30 year old John Q. Moviegoer of 2012 is not well versed in some Hawks, Ford, Bogart, Grant, Wilder etc already. Do you think this trend will continue to the point that in 30 years the classics of the 1930s - 1950s will be mostly glossed over by cinephiles much like silent films are glossed over by cinephiles of 2012? A couple variables are that many silent films have been lost or aren't available to watch and also there are so many more B&W talkies to choose from. Not to mention that they talk in them which makes them more accessible for a wider audience. But is it possible that we will one day live in a world where your average cinephile hasn't seen Sunset Boulevard? Casablanca? Seven Samurai? Notorious? or are we already living in that world?

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

      Oh, I really hope that never happens. I must admit I've never seen Sunset Boulevard nor Notorious, but it's not like I'm purposely ignoring them, rather time has simply not been on my side. I hope to correct this soon of course.

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

    Not sure how to word this question, however..

    What do you think is the line between a filmmaker creating something that is misunderstood or people don't "get it" and a director doing a poor job of conveying the story,emotion, style, theme, etc.?

    Is there any silent film that could be remade and work as a "talkie"?

    Elia Kazan is one of my favorite filmmakers and in my opinion of of the greatest directors ever and he is someone that is not talked about as often as a Hitchcock, Ford, Kubrick, etc. And I was wondering your opinion on him and if you are fans of his work?

    • DiscoPaco

      You can't talk about Kazan's work without mentioning his politics. He named names to McCarthy and ruined many lives because of it. That is why people don't talk about him. There's a level of shame in it. The same reason people don't mention Polanski in the conversation of cinema's greats of the late 60's and 70's. Some do. Just like some talk about Kazan.

  • DiscoPaco

    Watch this or watch that "Day" edition:

    Days of Heaven or Days of Thunder?

    Dog Day Afternoon or Training Day?

    Independence Day or How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days?

    Groundhog Day or Ferris Bueller's Day Off?

    Day The Earth Stood Still or The Day After Tomorrow?

    T2: Judgement Day or Gattaca (it's working title was The Eighth Day... cheating)

    Truffaut's Day For Night or 1973's Day of the Jackal?

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

    over/under

    10 million opening weekend for seven psychopaths
    28 million opening weekend for argo
    180 million worldwide for argo
    8 oscar nominations for Lincoln
    5 oscar nominations for Django Unchained
    90% rt for Argo
    2.5 oscar nominations for Hitchcock

    Buy/sell
    someone not in a film from twc wins best supporting actor
    a movie that's rotten on RT will be nominated for best picture
    Les miserable will sweep at the oscars in all major categories
    .5 oscar noms for seven psychopaths

    As you may know, Terrence Mallick is filming 2 movies at the moment Knight of cups and an other one that use to be calles lawless, do you have any idea when this movies will be released, my feeling says this won't be in 2013.

    do you think either Emanuelle Riva or Marion Cotillard will suffer from on another oscar nominations wise, because these 2 performance are both in foreign filmes? and it is not likely they will nominate both, just because it is the academy

  • Jeffrey

    "It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again." - Buffalo Bill

  • Jeffrey

    Watch This or Watch That
    (top two in box office for October)

    Puss in Boots or Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
    Couples Retreat or Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
    Beverly Hills Chihuahua or High School Musical 3 (2008)
    Saw IV or Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
    The Ring or Red Dragon (2002)
    Meet the Parents or Bedazzled (2000)
    Antz or Life is Beautiful (1998)
    Cool Runnings or Demolition Man (1993)
    Under Siege or The Mighty Ducks (1992)