Podcast: Ranting, Oscars, 'Ender's Game', 'Way, Way Back', New Blu-rays, Your Questions & More

A long episode this week with a variety of topics

Rope of Silicon PodcastWe are covering topics far and wide today with Oscar talk, new DVDs and Blu-rays and the sequelization of today's movies. Plus Laremy saw Ender's Game, The Way, Way Back and The Internship so we talk some more about those plus we get to your questions and voicemails, play some games and pretty much discuss whatever comes to mind.

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  • 00:00-3:05 - Introduction
  • 3:06-6:29 - Show notes
  • 6:30-22:30 - Laremy saw some movies
    • Ender's Game (includes some spoilers)
    • The Way, Way Back
    • The Internship
  • 22:31-34:42 - New DVDs & Blu-rays this Week
  • 34:43-41:02 - Brad has a rant regarding his Blackfish piece (read it here)
  • 41:03-44:42 - Laremy's plane story
  • 44:43-1:03:08 - The beginning of the sequel
  • 1:03:09-1:12:32 - [Listener Voicemail] Mitchell - Studios coming out with similar films in same year
  • 1:12:33-1:14:23 - [Listener Voicemail] Aidan - Best Animated category
  • 1:14:24-1:19:46 - [Listener Voicemail] Greta - Oscar bait
  • 1:19:47-1:25:07 - [Listener Question] What our your guys overall stance on movies with ambiguous endings? Are you tired of them, or does it simply depend on the movie? [Steve Crobie]
  • 1:25:08-1:26:45 - [Listener Question] The movie "The Fifth Estate" got me thinking, when do you think it is the right time to do a movie about a news event? Like if something big happens in say, 2013, when do you make the movie about it? [B. Smith]
  • 1:26:46-1:30:46 - [Listener Question] Do you ever find it hard to separate an actor from their established public persona and does that baggage generally help or hinder a performance? For example, Mickey Rourke's performance in The Wrestler is lent extra weight because it seems to draw from his real life experience of ruining a successful career with booze and drugs while some of Woody Allen's work skirts very close to some uncomfortable and well publicized events in his private life. I'm thinking more along the lines of that kind of thing rather than movie stars like Denzel Washington, Will Smith or Tom Cruise who essentially act within the confines of the same persona in every film. [Seensome]
  • 1:30:47-1:32:28 - [Listener Question] I loved the trailer for X-Men: DOFP but the use of the scores from Sunshine and The Thin Red Line took me out of it a bit. What are your thoughts on trailers using such recognizable scores and are there any other scores that you feel are overused in trailers today? [Ctrice]
  • 1:32:29-1:37:34 - Over / Under
    • $691 million Hunger Games Catching Fire total worldwide box office (vs. the original movie) [robotsrule]
    • 60 times Brad interrupts Laremy using the soundboard during the month of November [Kieran]
    • 7 nominees for Best Picture [Magille Foote]
    • 5 years until an foreign actor/actress is nominated for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role at the Oscars for starring foreign language movie [Tiago Rti]
    • 4.5 Oscar nominations for Nebraska [Ryan M]
    • A- for Frozen [Alex]
    • B for Thor: The Dark World [Chris]
  • 1:37:35-1:43:09 - Buy or Sell
    • Laremy will enjoy comedies less over the next two months since he can't smile [G-Man]
    • 12 Years a Slave is this year's Schindler's List [Ryan M]
    • Thor: The Dark World is the best Marvel Phase 2 film [Aidan Khan]
    • More guests, fewer games for the pod in 2014. Hope you're not offended by this one, not my intention [andyluvsfilms]
    • Benh Zeitlin is never getting another Academy Award nomination for any category. [Tiago Rti]
    • Jack Nicholson stars in one more movie before the end of his career. [Tiago Rti]
    • American Hustle is better than Silver Lining Playbook [Alex]
  • 1:43:10-1:47:58 - Playing the Percentages
    • % chance Brad OR Laremy go see The Best Man Holiday [G-Man]
    • % chance Gravity crosses $600 million worldwide [Mykael]
    • % chance BnL does a live podcast for the Oscars [Nick Morrison]
    • % chance Brad includes Breaking Bad in his "Top 10 TV Series of All Time" [Mulderism]
    • % chance Enders Game gets a sequel [Aidan Khan]
  • 1:47:59-1:49:23 - [Listener Question] You mentioned a few podcasts ago that ideally the Academy would wait 5 or so years to have the Oscars for this year's movies. What be the "Brad & Laremy" Oscar Best Picture nominees from 2008? Movies this year included Slumdog, Benjamin Button, Milk, Wall-E, Synechdoche NY, The Wrestler, Tropic Thunder and The Dark Knight. [Stephen Jay]
  • 1:49:24-1:51:42 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:51:43-1:55:38 - Closing

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Fall 2013 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
GravityOct 4$100m$426.3m$176.3m
Ender's GameNov 1$110m$36.1m-$238.8m
Inside Llewyn DavisDec 6   
The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugDec 13   
Tyler Perry's A Madea's ChristmasDec 13   
HerDec 18   
Anchorman: The Legend ContinuesDec 20   
Walking with DinosaursDec 20   
The Secret Life of Walter MittyDec 25   
August: Osage CountyDec 25   
47 RoninDec 25   
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Insidious: Chapter 2Sep 13$5m$137.8m$125.3m
Battle of the YearSep 20$20m$11.5m-$38.4m
Machete KillsOct 11$20m$7.4m-$42.5m
Jackass Presents: Bad GrandpaOct 25$15m$79.1m$41.6m
Last VegasNov 1$28m$16.3m-$53.6m
Thor: The Dark WorldNov 8   
The Wolf of Wall StreetNov 15   
The Hunger Games: Catching FireNov 22   
FrozenNov 27   
Saving Mr. BanksDec 13   
American HustleDec 13   

The Fall 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 September through December 2013. The draft took place on August 20, 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.

  • http://www.silverscreenriot.com SmartFilm

    Listener Q: So last week, I was at the theater seeing a movie with my girlfriend and lo and behold there was this 40-year odd couple behind us talking at full volume (The guy looked like Stephen King if Stephen King smoked meth). At first, I just let it slide but eventually couldn't take it and asked them, slightly politely, to be quiet. Shockingly enough, they gave me the finger and told ME to be quiet. Minutes later, I heard the clatter of beer bottles, which they were drinking not at all secretly, as they piled around their feet. They continued talking drunkenly at full volume, scattering their glass bottles, even with five other people shushing them from all angles, and cursing. Eventually a theater attendant came in from the back to scope out the situation and did NOTHING ABOUT IT! To what lengths to people need to go to get booted from a theater nowadays and what's the absolute worst theater experience you can remember?

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

      Which theater was this?

      • http://www.silverscreenriot.com SmartFilm

        It was just the Crest Cinema up in Shoreline. Gotta love those $3 movies. Saw "In a World..."

    • robotsrule

      I have no patience for it. I get very Driver-ish in those situations. Might get me in trouble one day but people have to be called out for breaking the social compact.

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

        Getting Driver-ish sounds like an interesting option, but doesn't moping up blood, brain matter etc. afterwards interfere with your viewing experience?

        • robotsrule

          It's never come to actual head stomping. I was more referring to the scene in the diner when that guy recognizes the Driver.

          • http://www.silverscreenriot.com SmartFilm

            Yeah, I've taken to carrying a hammer with me to every screening.

  • adu

    Laremy, I just wanted to echo Brad's statement...the fact that you are still doing this is enough. Thank you for your efforts!
    Keep up the good work guys.

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

    Regarding the beginning of the sequel, the first thing that came to my mind was Planet of the Apes. I read somewhere that Fox made the sequels because it was broke back then and they could earn easy money. In fact, Fox released the 4 sequels every other year, and the budgets went smaller and smaller seemingly.

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

    Percent chance Mad Men gets a spinoff series (seeing as both of AMC's other big hits - The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad - are getting spinoffs).

    Two Oscar nominations for The Fifth Estate.

    • robotsrule

      Exactly what category could the Fifth Estate get nominated in? Perhaps if they add a category for "Best Smear Campaign Disguised As A Film", or "Best Use Of Computer Screens and Cell Phones In Place Of Drama".

  • Aidan Khan

    Buy or Sell:
    Thor: The Dark World is the best superhero movie of 2013 [Aidan Khan]

  • Alex Sopher

    B- by average teenage american who see Dr. Strangelove [Alex]

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

      What a coincidence, I just watched Dr. Strangelove this morning! I'd give it an A (but I'm not a teenager).

  • Chris Neilson

    Buy or Sell:
    Fast and Furious 6 wins Best Action Movie at the 2013 Critics Choice Awards [Chris]
    Playing The Percentages:
    % chance Brad saw what will end up being his worst movie the decade this year [Chris]

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Get well soon, Laremy.

    Listener Question:
    I enjoyed THE AVENGERS when it first came out, but now I'm over the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe thing, and I'm glad to see that you guys agree with me. Are there any other movie franchises which have dragged on past their sell-by dates which you've gotten sick of. Caveat: list only franchises which still managed to make a boatload of money even after they started to get old. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    1. 3.5 "A+" movies in 2014 from Brad. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. "D+" for TRANSFORMERS 4. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. 22.5 new entries on Laremy.com this month. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    Buy or Sell:
    1. Brad will see the final eight episodes of BREAKING BAD before the end of the month. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. Laremy's favorite movie of 2013 will not be BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. 2013 has been a comparatively weak year for movies. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    Playing the Percentages:
    1. % chance NOAH receives a lukewarm critical reception. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. % chance UPSTREAM COLOR scores any major awards at the end of the year. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. % chance Brad is disappointed by THE BOOK THIEF. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

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

    You guys spoke about reading source material and how that does or doesn't factor into how much you like a film. Have you ever read the source material for a movie after having seen the movie and found that it made you appreciate the film more? This happened to me with Atonement, reading the book made me realize even more how wonderfully made the film is.

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

    Going on the talk that the Marvel movies make no real choices, while TV dramas do better...based on interviews, Vince Gilligan (the Breaking Bad showrunner) and his writers would put all their best ideas on the screen every season. They had a general sense of the overall arc the series would take, but they consciously decided not to save things for future seasons. They would make bold choices and write themselves into corners that took months to figure out how to get out of.

    The polar opposite of what Marvel does, basically. It's a big part of why the show is so good.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hrtn4Sqrtn/ Hrtn4Sqrtn

    Playing %
    Percent chance Laremy ends a practically perfect podcast by performing Pinks' "Get the Party Started." {Hrtn4Sqrtn}

    Percent chance the Packers push through their plethora of injuries and post a record that positions them for the playoffs. {Hrtn4Sqrtn}

    Percent chance either Brad or Laremy have left someone a voicemail in which they said they were going to poop in their mouth. {Hrtn4Sqrtn}

    Get better Laremy!

    Re:Sequelization Convo Beginnings
    Jaws 2-1978
    Jaws 3-D(!!!) 1983
    Jaws: The Revenge-1987

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

      Jaws is right there with Star Wars, the two films credited with destroying Hollywood depending on who you talk to.

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

    Wow! "Number 4" just made me spit tea all over my desk.

  • Chris Miller

    Could James Bond be the start of "sequel culture"? A lot of what you discussed originated with those early films.

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

      James Bond was what came to mind for me as well.

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

    Though I'll agree that Jaws, Star Wars started the sequelitis, but sequels have long been an easy way for studios to make some easy money. The first that come to mind are The Thin Man films and the various Universal Monsters franchises which both began in the 1930s.

  • Aidan Khan

    Buy or Sell:
    Thor The Drark World is the worst Marvel movie [Aidan Khan]

    • Aidan Khan

      Buy or Sell:
      Thor The Dark World is the worst Marvel movie [Aidan Khan]

  • robotsrule

    I will push on that Transformers D+ rating all day long. It's going to suck.

  • robotsrule

    Overs/Unders: 5 Oscar nominations for 12 Years A Slave. [robotsrule]
    Over/Unders: B+ Cinema Score for Desolation of Smaaaauuuuug. [robotsrule]

    Buy or Sells (buys): Killer Whales, were left here by aliens ala Star Trek 4 The Voyage Home. [robotsrule]

    Playing dem percents%: 47 Ronin tanks at the BO on par with John Carter and Lone Ranger. [robotsrule]

  • Gordon Elgart

    The sequel thing is not some modern invention of cinema. Characters such as Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp, Nick & Nora Charles, and Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes (14 movies!) were trotted out in movie after movie back in the '30s and '40s.

    For other "classic" examples, you have the Universal horror movies of the '30s, the Clint Eastwood "Dollars trilogy," the Pink Panther films, James Bond movies, the classic Cinerama franchise, George Romero's "of the Dead" films ... I could go on and on and on.

    If you want to talk modern cinema, picking Back to the Future is just a horrible starting point. (Try Jaws, Rocky, Star Wars, or even Death Wish) Even if it did have a teaser for a future film, this is a common trope in genre movies. Here's some of my favorites:

    - Ming's hand grabs his ring at the end of Flash Gordon changing "The End" to "The End?"
    - In the cult classic Doc Savage, we even get a direct teaser for a movie that never happened.
    - Star Wars leaves things open for a future by having Darth Vader careen away instead of blowing up.

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

      No, sequels definitely aren't new, but the idea of making a movie with the sole intention of making sequels is a rather modern (within the last 35 years or so and increasingly more and more) take to movie making.

      I don't believe, and maybe I'm wrong, films such as The Thin Man, Chaplin's LIttle Tramp, A Fistful of Dollars or even Romero's Night of the Living Dead were made with the intent of franchising. That's what we're getting at, these movies that are so clearly meant to be the first film in a franchise and not standalone features that work on their own. Even if they were made with the intention of making more, they still all work as one singular film.

      When it comes to Bond, each one works on its own, same with the Pink Panther features. Yes, the character moves on, but moves on to a different story, not part two of the same story.

      • Gordon Elgart

        Successful film sequels have been around for so long, who's to say that when they made "Dirty Harry," they weren't sitting around a conference room talking about how they were hoping they were creating a successful franchise. Because we didn't have a million film blogs, the studios controlled the conversation a lot more.

        A good indicator would be to look at contracts. Nowadays, when they cast someone for a Marvel film, they sign them to multi-movie deals. That sounds to me like the old studio way of doing things, and they absolutely are learning from the past. OId Hollywood stars were signed to long-term studio contracts so that they could be paraded out in similar movies for years to come. History is simply repeating itself.

        So when was the first time an actor was signed to a multiple picture deal to play a single character before the camera started rolling on movie number one in the series? That's going to be your starting point.

        • robotsrule

          They definitely weren't thinking that with Dirty Harry. It was basically a B movie. When it became an unexpected hit that tapped into the public's vigilantism in response to the lawlessness and excesses of the 60s culture revolution, they realized that the character itself was a tremendous draw and decided to make more films. Dirty Harry was very much a surprise phenomena that came out of nowhere and entered the public's consciousness.

          • Gordon Elgart

            Oops, bad example.

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

          I'm not talking about contracts either, I'm simply saying the films of the past were contained features. However, today's franchise starters can hardly be described as half-movies, they are largely created as a means to make more movies, not to tell one singular story.

          I can see where you're going with my use of "intent" and I shouldn't have been so haphazard with the word. The more important thing I was focusing on is the story and whether or not a story is being told for use as one film or with the intent for more and the limiting of storytelling as a result because they're afraid of blowing their wad all at once.

      • robotsrule

        I think that's basically the correct distinction between the modern era and filmmaking 30 or 40 years ago. In the case of James Bond, Broccoli and Saltzman had plans to make sequels from the start but they were not part of the studio system, and it wasn't until the Dr. No made money that they could proceed. Each film had to make money to finance the next one, which is how EON productions has done things to the present. Furthermore, these guys were outliers and were pretty much the only people thinking that way. In fact they may have been early pioneers of what has become the rule for producers today. I think in those days the intention was simply to make a single film and hope that it was well received and made money. Typically the film had to be a huge and unexpected hit before studios would think of making a sequel. Say, the French Connection. The distinction is that now you have studios actively seeking out material that is already segmented in multiple parts such as the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or Marvel Comics, with the intention of creating multi-picture deals from the outset. This ultimately has the effect of placing all the emphasis on creating an endless revenue stream instead of just trying to make the best movie possible.

  • http://twitter.com/tonypdl tonypdl

    Some thoughts:

    - Brave Oscar Win: I always thought that the "idea" behind the Brave win was more because of the "female lead" in the story more than it was the Pixar name that won it the Oscar last year. But maybe that's me giving the Academy too much credit.

    - Marvel Movies: I've sort of connected this whole multiple phases, cookie cutter, story-leads-into-a-bigger-story strategy of Marvel Studios to them being as literal to the "bringing comic books to life" line as possible. Comic books have narrative through lines. A lot of them are inconsequential or filling space with another little story until the next "big event" (avengers team up) issue or "big story" (civil war). I still side with you guys that this is mostly not good for individual movies in their series because it's just part of some great whole instead of singular art. But that was another angle I came at it.

    - Any chance the field of lesser known/foreign titles in the Animated Category for the Oscars get in front of the now "LOCK" Frozen for the win? Maybe Frozen's going to be great, but maybe something's out there that's not being talked about now. [tonypdl]

    % chance the Biggest Gap record is broken with the Catching Fire opening weekend and Delivery Man opening weekend. (current record holder is... Avengers and Think Like A Man last year with a $199 million gap) [tonypdl]

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


    "C" review from Brad and Laremy for the Robocop remake due out next year

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    What does it mean to "push" during the games?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hrtn4Sqrtn/ Hrtn4Sqrtn

      It's a gambling term. If a team is favored by 3 points and said team wins by 3 its called a Push. So in the BnL context, say, "Over/Under American Hustle gets an A- from Brad?" And Brad thinks/knows he will give it an A- he will say push.

    • robotsrule

      A "push" in betting parlance essentially means a tie.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Deliciousky/ David Delaney

      Yeah, it's a blackjack term mostly. If the dealer gets the same total as you then it's deemed a "push" and the player gets his/her money back.

  • The AlmostFilmCritic

    Pixar movies will be must-see-in-theatres movies again. [AlmostFilmCritic]

    2.5 Best Picture nominees in the 20 Highest Grossing Movies of 2013. [AlmostFilmCritic]

  • Mykael

    Playing 'em Percents -
    % chance this year's all five Best Actress Oscar nominees are previous winners[Mykael].

  • The AlmostFilmCritic

    Any thoughts on the final demise of Blockbuster Video? (AlmostFilmCritic)

    Sweden is going use the Bechtel Test in evaluating which movies may be shown in theatres (or something like that). I see the Test as severely flawed when used on a film-to-film basis. case in point: GRAVITY fails the Test since Bullock doesn't speak with another woman. Thoughts? (AlmostFilmCritic)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Deliciousky/ David Delaney

    Q. Gravity is due to be released in Ireland next week and my anticipation is through the roof. However the barrage of marketing around the film is really starting to wear thin. The last 5 movies I've went to see in the cinema have had the Gravity trailer beforehand and it's starting to get silly at this stage. What I have noticed from the trailer is that the film is being presented as "from director Alfonso Cuaron". The reason I find this curious is because while I am very farm iliac with Cuarons work myself, I can't see how the normal run of the mill moviegoer would be. Can you explain why Cuaron name is being used so extensively in the marketing or am I just being needlessly patronising ?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Deliciousky/ David Delaney

    Q. What's your current opinion on Robert Rodriguez ? He's had early promise with Desperado, The Faculty, From Dusk Till Dawn (which I like) and more recently Sin City. Planet Terror and the Machete films have shown a worrying fall in the quality of his films and nobody can be looking forward to Sin City: ADTKF as a result. Was he a flash in the pan, exploiting the most he could from the same idea of grind house filmmaking or do you think he still has greater levels to explore in his career ?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Deliciousky/ David Delaney

    Q. Brad, when will you have enough Laremy drops to replace him completely if he follows through on his threat of retiring from the podcast ?

  • Mitch

    % of movies nominated for best picture Oscar this year that are on Brads top ten list

    Over/Under - 2 times Laremy gets angry this Oscar season because people call female actors, actresses

    % of people that somehow use the word tosser in their upcoming Amazon reviews of Laremy's book film critic.

    % I'll try to slip in the word tosser when leaving an Amazon review of Film Critic... 100%!!!! But in a good way

  • Mitch

    Can we all try adding more P's into our questions and games now for Laremy to say? Thanks!
    ... Ink? Fink? Pink?

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Another listener question:

    Brad recently wrote that he enjoyed both THOR movies, despite giving the sequel a "C-". Brad also recently stated that 12 YEARS A SLAVE might not make his top ten at the end of the year, even though he awarded it an "A+".This got me thinking: should the grade a film critic assigns a movie be based on quality or his/her personal enjoyment of the movie? Should a critic's enjoyment of a movie only matter when he/she compiles a top-ten list at the end of the year, or should it also be an important part of each review a critic writes? [TheOneWhoKnocks]

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

    1.5 more Oscar noms for Robert Redford in any category [Hudsucker]
    20 years until The Evil Dead is remade again [Hudsucker]
    $15 million opening weekend for Oldboy [Hudsucker]
    Nailed is released in 2014 [Hudsucker]

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man


    With Blockbuster closing and Netflix DVD by mail business on the decline, I fear that certain older movies will generally become unavailable or very expensive to purchase / get a hold of due to limited availability. For example, I feel like the original Star Wars theatrical versions will become nearly impossible to see - they already sell for a ridiculously high price. Are my concerns valid or do you think we will move to a system where nearly every movie is available by means of streaming? [G-Man]

    Obviously we agree that the Oscars are an imperfect system, but I have a bone to pick with the Best Production Design category. Why is this category almost always filled with only period pieces? Sure you can have good set design on these types of films, but is it innately better than action, horror, etc. I don't see why the production design on 12 Years A Slave or Lincoln is considered better than something like Elysium or The Conjuring, regardless of the quality of the actual movie. [G-Man]

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

    Regarding Brad's issue with the Ender's Game finale, earlier in the film they had given a line of dialogue explaining how their satellites allowed them to create computer imagery of the planet(or something along those lines). Maybe not the most scientifically sound explanation, but an explanation nonetheless.

    I saw the film last Sunday and I have to say I agree with Brad and Laremy on it; it was actually quite good. Obviously far from being one of the best of the year, but certainly in this age of thousands of YA adaptions it stands out among the crowd. I'd probably even say I had less issues with it than I did with the first Hunger Games.

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    Last episodes of Breaking Bad are so great.

  • Ryan M

    Listener Questions:
    Hey Brad and Laremy, I just wanted to get your opinion on Armond White comparing the roughness of 12 Year A Slave to that of the Saw franchise, and saying that the movie belongs in genre of torture porn movie, like The Human Centipede. What do you guys think? [Ryan M]

    Hey Brad and Laremy, the other day I went and saw 12 Years A Slave, and thought it was amazing, but I walked out of the theater angry and confused. Before the movie began, I saw a women and her mother bring in a five to six year old child to watch this film and from that moment on I felt uncomfortable. I know that McQueen and the cast have been saying that they want this movie to be the end all for movies about slavery and want this movie shown in the schools, but what is the proper viewing age for a movie like 12 Years A Slave, because it cant be five to six year olds can it?
    PS- Should I have said something to those women for bring that child to a movie like 12 Years A Slave? [Ryan M}

  • Ryan M

    2.5 Songs nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars[Ryan M]
    1.5 movies that get nominated for Best Picture that Brad and Laremy hate [Ryan M]

    Playing the Percentages:
    RT score for Saving Mr. Banks [Ryan M]
    RT score for X Men Days of Future Past[Ryan M]
    RT score for Jack Ryan [Ryan M]
    % chance Brad and Laremy go see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug multiple times in theaters[Ryan M}

    Buy or Sells:
    The Desolation of Smaug being the best movie in The Hobbit Trilogy [Ryan M]
    The Monuments Men being moved again from its new February release date to the fall for the 2014 Oscar race [Ryan M]
    Brad And Larmey will let the listeners Top Ten list be heard on the final episode of the year [Ryan M]

  • Rohan Michael Morbey

    Buy or Sell: Tom Cruise wins the Oscar for his next nominated performance (whenever that may be). So far he is 0 from 3

  • Rohan Michael Morbey

    Buy or Sell: 2 of the following actors star in a leading role in a film which takes over $100m at the US boxoffice, excluding any voiceover work or small cameos:

    1. Nicolas Cage
    2. Mel Gibson
    3. Harrison Ford
    4. Bruce Willis
    5. Jim Carrey

  • Rohan Michael Morbey

    % chance: Cormac McCarthy or Bret Easton Ellis writes another screenplay after the less than favourable critical and financial reception of their screenplay debuts.