Podcast: Reviewing 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' and 'Locke' Plus Blockbuster Breakdowns

Plus some talk on advice for young critics

RopeofSilicon Radio Show

Welcome to this Friday's episode of the RopeofSilicon Radio Show as Laremy and I are joined by Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist to review The Amazing Spider-Man 2, along with that Laremy and I review Locke starring Tom Hardy, discuss some thoughts on advice for young film critics, answer your questions, play some games and yes, another dramatic reading, this time of a young adult adaptation synopsis.

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  • 00:00-00:54 - Introduction
  • 00:55-8:04 - Show notes and nonsense
  • 8:05-9:03 - [Listener Question] How worried are you about alienating those that can't pay/won't pay for the premium podcast episodes [andyluvsfilms]
  • 9:04-10:24 - [Listener Comment] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in New Hampshire [Casey Wittner]
  • 10:25-11:05 - "The Simpsons" Lego Episode
  • 11:06-12:08 - Box-Office Challenge Update (chart below)
  • 12:09-18:57 - Blockbuster Breakdowns (source)
  • 18:58-29:35 - "How to be a Critic" article from RogerEbert.com [via Disco Paco]
  • 29:36-51:27 - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review (read Brad's review here)
  • 51:28-1:00:55 - Locke review (read Brad's review here)
  • 1:00:56-1:02:17 - [Listener Question] Do you guys check out marketing for films after you've seen them, either out of curiosity or to see how good/bad it is? [Corbin]
  • 1:02:18-1:03:38 - [Listener Question] Would you rather see in film industry implode within the next few years or see it go in the direction as it is going? [JN Films]
  • 1:03:39-1:05:28 - [Listener Question] Obviously some articles and reviews are going to generate a lot of comments from your readers (Star Wars casting, superhero reviews, etc). Can you remember an article or review where you were genuinely shocked by the amount or type of response you received? [StephanieB]
  • 1:05:29-1:07:02 - [Listener Question] Why are you so down on Gone Girl, guys (I include you, Laremy, because you agree with Brad for everything Oscar-related)? It seems like one you guys would jump all over, given Fincher and the amazing book (seriously great book), so I'm confused as to why you haven't. [Corbin]
  • 1:07:03-1:13:42 - Over / Under
    • 40% RT score for Blended [Magill Foote]
    • 30 total minutes of screen time 'Godzilla' gets [Laremy]
    • 15 years until another female directed film crosses $1 billion worldwide [StephanieB]
    • 15 people listening to the first premium podcast at the time it airs [robotsrule]
    • 2.5 offspring of Brad or Laremy produce in the next 10 years [Almostfilmcritic]
    • 1.5 big league games 'Million Dollar Arm' shows the protagonists playing in [Laremy]
    • $100 million 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Opening Weekend [Laremy]
  • 1:13:43-1:16:47 - Buy or Sell
    • A post credit scene from Godzilla will reveal something about a DNA sample or some incubated eggs [andyluvsfilms]
    • Disney releases a live action film for each of their princesses or the corresponding villains. [StephanieB]
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past will out-gross The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [Magill Foote]
    • Another Star Wars property besides the main movie franchise will get a movie before the new trilogy concludes - for example, the animated Clone Wars cartoon, the Ewoks franchise, etc. [Magill Foote]
    • A movie released before October 1st will be nominated for Best Picture. [Almostfilmcritic]
  • 1:16:48-1:19:09 - Playing the Percentages
    • % chance Reven8e is still played regularly at the Brevet household [Corbin]
    • % chance US reaches the second round of the 2014 World Cup [Almostfilmcritic]
    • % chance either Solo, Skywalker or Leia is killed off in the next three films [andyluvsfilms]
    • % chance 'Neighbors' is in the top 3 highest grossing comedies of 2014. [Laremy]
  • 1:19:10-1:23:15 - A dramatic reading
  • 1:23:16-1:25:01 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:25:02-1:27:02 - Closing

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Summer 2014 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
A Million Ways to Die in the WestMay 30   
Edge of TomorrowJun 6   
22 Jump StreetJun 13   
Think Like a Man TooJun 20   
Step Up All InJun 25   
Transformers: Age of ExtinctionJun 27   
Dawn of the Planet of the ApesJul 11   
The Purge: AnarchyJul 18   
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesAug 8   
LucyAug 8   
The Expendables 3Aug 15   
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
The Amazing Spider-Man 2May 2$225m$155m-$407.5m
NeighborsMay 9   
GodzillaMay 16   
X-Men: Days of Future PastMay 23   
MaleficentMay 30   
The Fault in Our StarsJun 6   
How to Train Your Dragon 2Jun 13   
Planes: Fire and RescueJul 18   
Sex TapeJul 25   
Jupiter AscendingJul 25   
Guardians of the GalaxyAug 1   

The Summer 2014 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 May through August 2014. The draft took place on April 29, 2014 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.

The outro music on this episode is Clint Mansell's "In the Wall Side 2" courtesy of Death Waltz Recording Company.

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

    Nice job guys...Laremy, Bugsy's bark made me jump a bit in my office chair...I'm glad I was not drinking coffee or my lawyers (imaginary) would be giving you a call...I would at least get a free signed copy of your next book out of you :)

  • Silrian

    It's funny how it's the bonus episodes that are required to be paid for, as I think the term bonus implies something free.XD

    Brad, are you going to separate listener requested topic and/or games submissions for free and premium podcasts? Or is anything listed here now gonna get into tuesdays free one? Because otherwise free listeners might never actually hear their comments back, so it seems logical to me that things listed underneath the premium podcast will be dealt with in the next premium one... Maybe there's also something different to be done with premium content submissions.

    Also, is that idea of you guys doing listener requested film reviews of any time (so including older films) still a possible new thing for the premium pods? Cause I'd love to hear you guys review films that aren't recent. What I'm saying is I want my Batman & Robin review...

    I was just wondering whether you had any of this set in silicon yet?

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

      We won't be separating, we'll look here for questions and games for the next episode and so on.

      As for extra stuff, give us a couple weeks and we'll get that all figured out, right now Laremy will be going on vacation shortly so come the end of the month we'll know more.

  • Justin Golding

    Great podcast guys! We had a guest spot from Kevin, we had some Bugsy, and we also saw the return of War Horse.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/T-1000/ TJ

    I redownloaded the Apple app and it works great now. Thanks for putting it on so many formats! Keep up the great work fellas!

  • Kingsley_Zissou

    Forgot my password already.

    • andyluvsfilms

      It's 'jaguarshark'

  • andyluvsfilms

    Has anyone recognised you, or your voice in Brad's case when you're out shopping, at the gym etc? [andyluvsfilms]

    Buy Or Sell
    A bad film has a better chance of a small grade bump if it comes in under 90 minutes [andyluvsfilms]

    $394m worldwide for the new Dumb And Dumber movie, this was the amount the original did in adjusted dollars [andyluvsfilms]

    % chance Brad puts up more articles in which we can vote on [andyluvsfilms]

  • http://hollywoodpersona.blogspot.com mitchell Burns

    Buy or sell: either of you see the movie "Belle" (Mitch)

    % chance either of you see The Other Woman (mitch)

    Buy or Sell: brads wife, Brads sister or Laremys wife are ever a guest on the podcast (mitch)

    • robotsrule

      You can buy the one about the wives being guests on the pod. They were on way way back and they did so well that they've never been back since.

  • http://imqwerty.wordpress.com/ Jordan B.

    After hearing your brief discussion on Locke, I would really enjoy hearing more of what you two have to say about the film (spoiler-type stuff, i.e. plot points, themes, etc.) in the form of a bonus episode. Not saying, just saying.

  • robotsrule

    Saw Spiderman at a matinee. Only paid $7.50 So didn't feel too badly about how forgettable it is. I sort of felt bad for Electro. If you really look at his whole story, he was kind of a victim of circumstance and was never really a bad guy. He was also the only part of the story that was remotely intense or ominous and created some stakes. I think they would have had a better movie if they had left the Green Goblin stuff for the next one, and spent more time on Electro actually wreaking some havoc on a larger scale. I know it's a PG13 but what if Electro had actually brought down some planes and buildings and not just knock out a power grid? What if he actually became powerful enough to threaten something like a global power outage? Maybe like Kevin said the movie just wasn't made for me. I like my Summer movies a little more dystopian and frightening so hopefully Apes and Godzilla will give me some of that.

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

    Brad's impression of the Raimi aunt May has made me want to check them out again. Damn you!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

    Listener Question:
    If Fincher went with a different more acclaimed cast for Gone Girl, do you think the hype for it would be greater? [JN Films]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Podolski/ Antoni

    1.5 Oscar nominations for Birdman [Jeff Antoni]

    % female listeners [Jeff Antoni]

    Buy of Sell
    Good tweets will be eliminated from the podcast by the end of the year [Jeff Antoni]

    .... personally I love good tweets but the negative reviews seem to be getting to Laremy

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

    - B- grade from Brad for Exodus: Gods and Kings [Magill Foote]
    - 2 sequels to Godzilla [Magill Foote]

    Buy or Sell:
    - Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is successful enough to get a third movie in the series [Magill Foote]
    - The Peanuts movie wins the Best Animated Feature Oscar [Magill Foote]

    - % chance of a sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [Magill Foote]
    - % RT score for Dumb and Dumber To [Magill Foote]

  • robotsrule

    Buy or Sell Star Wars Casting Announcement Edition: The Mo-cap character Andy Serkis plays in Star Wars Episode 7 is a good guy. [robotsrule]

    Over/Under Star Wars Casting Announcement Edition: 3 Oscar noms (presumably technical) for Star Wars Episode 7. [robotsrule]

    Playing Dem Percents Star Wars Casting Announcement Edition: Percent chance Han Solo dies at the end of Star Wars Episode 7. [robotsrule]

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

    4.5 exotic animals that reside in the podcast mansion [Hudsucker]
    Sinister Six is not financially successful because the audience won't know what it's about [Hudsucker]
    Dem' Percentages
    % of the listeners that will subscribe in December and binge listen the entire back load of premium episodes [Hudsucker]

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

    Do the two of you feel that THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 had a disappointing opening weekend? On my blog last night, I wrote a 900 word post about it and came to quite a conclusion: TASM2 sold about half as many tickets as SPIDER-MAN 3 did in its opening weekend 7 years ago. This also appears to confirm what you have been saying for months, if not years: Hollywood is segmenting the audience more and more with every movie. Your thoughts? [AlmostFilmCritic]

    Do you think there's a difference between writing a positive review and recommending someone see a movie? I rate movies on a five star scale and I feel that a 3 star review says a movie is fine to watch on cable in a few years. But I believe a recommendation is reserved for a 4 star or higher rating. What letter grade would you consider to be a "recommendation"? [AlmostFilmCritic]