As 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
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Fall 2012 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy
|The Master||Sep 14||$35m||$12.3m||-$75.1m|
|Taken 2||Oct 5||$80m||$116.5m||$4m|
|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||$200.7m||$38.2m|
|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.