Three reviews lead this Friday edition of the RopeofSilicon Podcast as Laremy and I dig into A Good Day to Die Hard, Safe Haven and Beautiful Creatures as we bump up against two hours on today's podcast. We're answering several of your questions, several voicemails, Over/Unders, Buy or Sells and a fun edition of guessing the movie based on its foreign title.
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As always, I have broken down this episode on a minute-by-minute basis if you would like to skip ahead and below I have featured the information on how to download the podcast, find us on iTunes or merely just listen in your browser.
- 00:00-4:52 - Introduction
- 4:53-17:47 - Random bits
- 17:48-20:44 - [Listener Question] In light of the new Justin Timberlake-David Fincher video, which is essentially just a concert performance where Timberlake continues to ape Michael Jackson, is there a music video either this year or in previous years that you feel would be worthy of say the Oscar for Best Short Film? [marlon wallace]
- 20:45-23:38 - [Listener Question] I know most people believe that Cars 2 and Brave were very big disappointments for a pixar film since, before those two, Pixar was doing fantastic films. Do you think Monsters University will bad and make people say that Pixar has officially gotten average or that it will be great, and Pixar gets its groove back. I watched the trailer and it looks like the latter is more likely to happen. [Aidan]
- 23:39-25:33 - [Listener Question] I took a Philosophy class when I was in college that ended up focusing on the representation of different philosophical ideas in film. We watched movies like Memento, 12 Angry Men, Minority Report, Groundhog Day, Rashomon, and Bicentennial Man. My question is: Do you think exposing people to films they may not have normally seen and asking them to dig more deeply into their meaning will help elevate their appreciation for good films in general? Also, would you have enjoyed taking a class like this? I ended up really loving it. [Jennifer]
- 25:34-27:07 - [Listener Question] What acting made you just completely forget the actor in question, and simply, truly see a real person in his/her performance, if any? [Silrian]
- 27:08-29:57 - [Listener Question] The twist in movies usually comes down to three possibilities: 1) The protagonist is pretending to be something they're not (Primal Fear, Usual Suspects)... 2) The protagonist is/was an unreliable narrator (Shutter Island)... 3) The protagonist is unaware of some important truth the whole time (Sixth Sense, Fight Club). Could you categorize other "twist" movies? Does knowing that a movie is depending on a big twist ruin it? [Jeff]
- 29:58-32:45 - [Listener Question] Is there still room to make films based on the Afghanistan/Iraq wars? Or has Bigelow spiked the ball with Hurt Locker and Zero Dark? [Justin]
- 32:46-44:28 - Safe Haven review (read mine here)
- 44:29-49:46 - Beautiful Creatures review (read mine here)
- 49:47-1:04:30 - A Good Day to Die Hard review (read mine here)
- 1:04:31-1:07:21 - [Listener Voicemail] Ingmar #2 - Nicolas Cage
- 1:07:22-1:12:14 - [Listener Voicemail] EPayneDDS - Steven Spielberg
- 1:12:15-1:17:15 - [Listener Voicemail] Paco - John Cazale / '70s Best Film Era
- 1:17:16-1:20:04 - [Listener Voicemail] Chris - Judging comedies
- 1:20:05-1:26:43 - [Listener Voicemail] The Colleague - Cliches vs. Genre Tropes
- 1:26:44-1:33:36 - Over / Under
- B CinemaScore for A Good Day to Die Hard [The Colleague]
- 0.5 more films in the 'Die Hard' franchise [Xarnis]
- 1.5 sequels to 'Beautiful Creatures' [Xarnis]
- 1.5 war films we get in the next five years set in a pre-Afghanistan war. (I don't count Lincoln as a Civil War film) [Justin]
- 500 more BnL podcasts [JN Films]
- C grade by Brad for Jack the Giant Slayer [Aidan]
- B+ grade by Brad for Monsters University [Aidan]
- There is a permanent third member to the B&L podcast in the next 12 months [maja]
- The podcast will keep gradually growing to the extent that most episodes will be over 2 hours [bob phelan]
- % chance James Cameron's the first director to win best pic or director for a 3D film because he's James Cameron. [Elijah]
- % chance Brad or Laremy drunk dials the podcast question line during Brad's bachelor party. [G-Man]
- % chance if this occurs, that the voicemail would get played on the air [G-Man]
- % chance Riva wins Best Actress. [Manu]
- % chance that Gatsby gets a best picture nom [JN Films]
- % chance that a movie will be made about Laremy not Brad [JN Films]
- % chance Ang Lee wins Best Director at the 2013 Oscars [Xarnis]
- % chance Monsters University wins Best animated feature at the 2014 Oscars [Aidan]
- % odds that Kim Jong Un listens to the podcast, and has taken Laremy's "bring it on" to heart. [Fox]
- He's a Ghost
- This Hit Man Is Not As Cold As He Thought
- I Will Marry A Prostitute and Save Money
- His Great Device Makes Him Famous
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Winter 2013 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy
|Promised Land||Jan 4||$15m||$7.5m||-$29.9m|
|The Last Stand||Jan 18||$45m||$27.6m||-$84.8m|
|Movie 43||Jan 25||$6m||$23m||$8m|
|Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters||Jan 25||$50m||$129.3m||$4.3m|
|Stand Up Guys||Feb 1||$15m||$2.9m||-$34.5m|
|Side Effects||Feb 8||$30m||$11.5m||-$63.4m|
|Beautiful Creatures||Feb 13||$60m||$0|
|Escape from Planet Earth||Feb 14||$40m||$0|
|A Good Day To Die Hard||Feb 14||$92m||$10.8m||-$219.4m|
|Dark Skies||Feb 22||$0|
|Texas Chainsaw 3D||Jan 4||$20m||$34.2m||-$15.7m|
|Gangster Squad||Jan 11||$60m||$87.2m||-$62.7m|
|Broken City||Jan 18||$35m||$19.3m||-$68.1m|
|Warm Bodies||Feb 1||$30m||$47.3m||-$27.6m|
|Bullet to the Head||Feb 1||$55m||$8.9m||-$128.5m|
|Identity Thief||Feb 8||$35m||$42.1m||-$45.3m|
|Safe Haven||Feb 14||$28m||$0|
The Winter 2013 Movie Box-Office Draft competition involved both Brad and Laremy "drafting" ten films each in hopes of scoring the largest net total by taking a film's worldwide gross subtracting two-and-a-half-times the reported budget. The film must be released in January and February of 2013. The draft took place on December 21, 2012 during the RopeofSilicon Podcast which you can listen to right here.
Listed above is all the most recent data as of this post. Budgetary information is not necessarily accurate and will most likely not be accurate until closer to or after each film's release.