With so many questions from the listeners coming in Laremy and I are reinvigorated as we get to as many of your questions and game submissions as we can while also reviewing Machete Kills and Captain Phillips. On top of that today we also announce the winner of the listener Safe Haven review contest. I won't announce the winner's name here, you'll have to listen, but to the one that won, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get your prize out to you ASAP.
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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.
- 00:00-1:27 - Introduction
- 1:28-3:26 - Show notes
- 3:27-14:10 - Laremy's little argument
- 14:11-22:41 - Sort of a #GoodComment
- 22:42-24:42 - Clarifying Pedro's question from last podcast
- 24:43-26:23 - [Listener Question] Regarding Gravity's box office success this past weekend, the big story seems to be audiences opting in mass for the 3D. But I also wonder how much of its success may also be due to its shorter running time, with theaters being able to show the film more times than what seems to be a traditional 2 1/2 hour movie. Considering the current trend of longer movies these days, do you think studios might take this as a lesson to make shorter movies, much like the 3D craze after Avatar? [Josh P.]
- 26:24-28:54 - Box-Office Challenge Update (chart below)
- 28:55-31:11 - [Listener Question] Do you think that sometimes movies get hyped up too much as "Oscar movies"? For example "Diana" was considered an Oscar worthy movie until people actually saw it just based on the subject matter. [B. Smith]
- 31:12-32:51 - [Listener Question] In response to my criticism for one of my least favorite 2013 titles, someone told me that I need to look at the movie differently to enjoy it. For example, I wasn't looking for the symbolism or true underlying message. How do you guys feel when someone says "you need to look at the movie this way" after you express that you didn't like a movie? Is that even relevant? Shouldn't my opinion and thoughts on whether a film is good or bad be based on my personal interpretation and thoughts on the movie? [G-Man]
- 32:52-35:05 - [Listener Question] Do you think Gravity's immense success both critically and commercially is going to positively or negatively affect the future of movies. Though I am exceedingly happy at its success but I am also little worried that its success might instigate a barrage of 3D films and obviously since not every director is Cuaron, most of those films are going to be bad. On the other hand, success of Gravity might also inspire other film-makers to be brave and try more daring stuff. [Gautam Anand]
- 35:06-39:12 - [Listener Question] I was listening to the Frotcast the other day and Vince said something to the effect of, "the reason I do film criticism is because I think I'm better at it than 98% of the other critics out there." Do you gentlemen think you are better at your job than the majority of film critics? [Hrtn4Sqrtn]
- 39:13-41:05 - [Listener Question] Tarantino's list of top 10 movies was the inspiration for this question. If an acclaimed director/actor/writer were to quit performing/directing/writing films and focus all their energies on film criticism, would their opinion on films be more valid than your average film critic? [Hrtn4Sqrtn]
- 41:06-42:44 - [Listener Question] Do you believe that review aggregating websites such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic have devalued contemporary film criticism, and if so, what are some movies which you feel are greatly overrated by one or both of these sites? [TheOneWhoKnocks]
- 42:45-46:34 - [Listener Question] "Fanboys" have clearly done an excellent job making many of us less enthusiastic about the movies. At one point, I might have gotten excited about a new AVENGERS movie or a new project from Christopher Nolan, but now, I'm generally apathetic. I feel as if casual film fans often over-hype everything, making me more and more irritated with the objects of their admiration as a result. What are some instances where "fanboys" or overzealous movie lovers made you less interested in a particular project? [TheOneWhoKnocks]
- 46:35-47:14 - [Listener Question] Why is it that a director gets a lot of the credit or blame for the success of a film, but the writing staff is typically credited for the success of a TV show? [Jon Sullivan]
- 47:15-52:00 - [Listener Voicemail] Greta - "American Horror Story"
- 52:01-54:51 - [Listener Voicemail] One bad scene in a movie
- 54:52-59:05 - Machete Kills review (read Brad's review here)
- 59:06-1:10:47 - Captain Phillips review (read Brad's review here)
- 1:10:48-1:19:05 - Over / Under
- $50 million dollars Laremy wins the box office challenge by [Ben Kelly]
- A- for American Hustle [Chris]
- D+ grade for "Curse of Chucky" [G-Man]
- 10.5 more Angry Brad rants until the end of the year [the colleague]
- 6.5 Oscar noms for Lone Survivor [Max]
- 5.5 more games this year The Miami Dolphins win [Hrtn4Sqrtn]
- 5 years until Alfonso Cuaron directs another movie [Carlos]
- 4.5 A+ films for Brad in 2013 [Topy XYZ]
- 2.5 total Oscar nominations for Saoirse Ronan [Seensome]
- 2 more ‘Review the Movie’ games (Safe Haven Contest) in 2014 [Driver]
- 2 episodes of CW dramas that Brad watched before derisively dismissing them last podcast [Brian]
- .5 proper names of which Laremy's pronunciation upsets Brad this year [Nardog]
- 1:19:06-1:24:25 - Buy or Sell
- 10 years until Blu-rays are phased out and another format takes over. [Ctrice]
- A movie that hasn't been released yet ends up winning Best Picture.
- Both "Wolf of Wall Street" and "Monuments Men" are considered a bit of a let down and get mixed reactions.
- Brad does not give an A+ to the film that will end up being his #1 by the end of the year [Max]
- A Quentin Tarantino movie ever wins Best Picture and Best Director [Max]
- Last Vegas scores a higher CinemaScore than 47 Ronin [the colleague]
- 1:24:26-1:30:29 - Playing the Percentages
- % chance the two of you have yet to see your number one film of the year [Steve Crobie]
- % chance Brad and Laremy make us watch The Host for the next "Voicemail Review Challenge" [tonypdl]
- % chance the Oscars is ever hosted outside the US [andyluvsfilms]
- % chance Ben Affleck gets a Best Director nom for Live by Night [Hudsucker]
- % chance of Laremy changing his Anonymous avatar on the site [Ctrice]
- % chance Hanks beats Ejiofor [Travis C.]
- % chance Bullock doesn't get nominated for Best Actress [Gautam]
- % chance Pedro can come up with another 0 percent [Pedro]
- % chance American Hustle doesn't make Brad's top five at the end of the year [TheOneWhoKnocks]
- 1:30:30-1:32:33 - #GoodTweets
- 1:32:34-1:38:32 - Safe Haven contest winner (The winner can email email@example.com to claim his/her prize)
- 1:38:33-1:40:39 - Closing
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Fall 2013 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy
|Ender's Game||Nov 1|
|Inside Llewyn Davis||Dec 6|
|The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Dec 13|
|The Monuments Men||Dec 18|
|Anchorman: The Legend Continues||Dec 20|
|Walking with Dinosaurs||Dec 20|
|Jack Ryan||Dec 25|
|The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Dec 25|
|August: Osage County||Dec 25|
|47 Ronin||Dec 25|
|Insidious: Chapter 2||Sep 13||$5m||$102m||$89.5m|
|Battle of the Year||Sep 20||$20m||$9.5m||-$40.4m|
|Machete Kills||Oct 11|
|Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa||Oct 25|
|Last Vegas||Nov 1|
|Thor: The Dark World||Nov 8|
|The Wolf of Wall Street||Nov 15|
|The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||Nov 22|
|Saving Mr. Banks||Dec 13|
|American Hustle||Dec 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.