Podcast: Reviewing 'Ender's Game' and 'About Time', Some Oscar Talk and Laremy's Ordeal

Short but sweet this week

Rope of Silicon PodcastLaremy is in Miami so today's episode is a little shorter than normal, and on top of that he has a little story to share. However, despite all that we still review Ender's Game, About Time and Dallas Buyers Club, segue way into a lot of Oscar talk and more thoughts on The Counselor. Plus Brad saw Blackfish and has some thoughts on that.

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  • 00:00-00:37 - Introduction
  • 00:38-5:45 - Laremy has a story
  • 5:46-11:23 - Show notes
  • 11:24-16:08 - Box-Office Challenge Update (chart below)
  • 16:09-24:07 - Ender's Game review (read Brad's review here)
  • 24:08-26:31 - Dallas Buyers Club review (read Brad's review here)
  • 26:32-37:33 - Oscar aside and additional The Counselor talk
  • 37:34-43:44 - About Time review (read Brad's review here)
  • 43:45-48:25 - [Listener Voicemail] Aidan - 12 Years a Slave as #1 film of the year
  • 48:26-51:11 - [Listener Voicemail] Sean - Foreign language recommendations
  • 51:12-55:53 - [Listener Question] You guys talked briefly about the roles of women in the film The Counselor... and I appreciated the conversation. All I could think when I was watching the film was that it was definitely written by a man from some fantastical and almost misogynistic viewpoint. And I'm not saying McCarthy hates women- I'm sure he does not, but a woman just would NEVER write women this way. The opening sequence... Diaz on the car... Diaz in general... and I don't know that he meant for this film to be grounded in reality, it didn't feel like it... but, I found myself rolling my eyes. [kathrynlynn]
  • 55:54-58:50 - Brad watched Blackfish
  • 58:51-1:01:27 - Over / Under
    • 5.5 months until one of you gives a new release an "A+" [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    • B+ for 12 Years A Slave by the average moviegoer [Chris]
    • .5 more Oscar noms for Kevin Kline [Hudsucker]
  • 1:01:28-1:06:03 - Buy or Sell
    • Ridley Scott’s next movie Exodus, starring Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley, is better than The Counselor [Tiago Rti]
    • Tarzan 3D actually comes out in the U.S. [Chris]
    • Divergent will be a better movie than The Hunger Games [Ryan M]
    • Julianne Hough's "blackface" incident at a Halloween party is still less embarrassing than starring in Safe Haven [John D.]
    • Laremy starts reading emails [robotsrule]
  • 1:06:04-1:09:45 - Playing the Percentages
    • % chance Dallas Buyers Club is nominated for Best Picture [Aidan Khan]
    • % chance Cameron Diaz is ever nominated for an Academy Award [Tiago Rti]
    • % chance Sea World changes their policies regarding trainers in the water after Blackfish aired on CNN [Hrtn4Sqrtn]
  • 1:09:46-1:11:33 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:11:34-1:14:03 - Closing

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Fall 2013 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
GravityOct 4$100m$368.8m$118.8m
Ender's GameNov 1$110m  
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$1337.3m$124.8m
Battle of the YearSep 20$20m$11.5m-$38.4m
Machete KillsOct 11$20m$7.4m-$42.5m
Jackass Presents: Bad GrandpaOct 25$15m$47.8m$10.3m
Last VegasNov 1$28m  
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.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/drew/ drew

    For whatever reason, last weeks podcast is here instead of this weeks

    • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

      Check the podcast page, you can find the new one in there.

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


  • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

    Brad, the podcast playing is the one from last Friday.

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

      Fixed, if it isn't updated be sure and clear your browser cache.

  • adu

    Hoping for a speedy recovery for Laremy!

  • adu

    Hey Brad, Laremy, & Sean...I would recommend you watch The Reluctant Fundamentalist (though it is in English) as part of the foreign films you are looking to see this year.

  • http://www.silverscreenriot.com SmartFilm

    Listener Q: Why is Bruce Dern in the Best Acting category for the Academy Awards? He definitely seems like more of a supporting character to Will Forte in Nebraska and, IMO, has much better odds cinching a nom (and maybe even a win) there. His performance is fantastic and I think he definitely deserves some recognition for it but the best actor race is very tight this year. Think there's any chance he pulls a Streep and hops into supporting?

  • A XV

    Guys, you said Blanchett is a lock to win, and i wouldn't complain about that, she is amazing and deserves it, but what about Adams? What are her chances? I'm talking about a nomination and a possible win... What do you think?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoshP./ Josh P.

    Best part was Brad's rant on Blackfish. I don't know why, but the correction of fish to mammal, and the comparison to the Nazis was just hilarious.

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

    Hmmm a bit uneasy with the Blackfish rant, i think the trainers are good people but maybe a little too trusting of their employers, remember they are not whale experts but good swimmers trained up to work with them. I urge people to check out this documentary, it's not an easy watch at times but maybe you will empathize with the trainers a little as they come to terms with their sense of loss, involvement and guilt.

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

      I got a zero sense of guilt from the trainers, they came across as portraying themselves as victims. John Jett even tried to rationalize why he stayed, "I stayed for Tilikum." And he was comfortable with that, even though he knew he was a part of the problem.

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

        I would file their actions under "Human Behaviour", yes they were complicit but i got the impression that they were just too subservient. I also think they were pretty brave to be on the film, it's a lose lose for them whichever way you look at it. Anyhoo, glad you watched it and gave it some air, perhaps other listeners will watch it now.

        ps Please don't slam me on the next podcast ;-) pps Have you watched A Hijacking yet? Me and the other three fans of it would like to have you on board :-)

  • robotsrule

    Buy or Sell: Laremy's palsy is actually the incipient phase of him transforming into a killer whale? [robotsrule]

    Playing Dem Percents: % chance Star Wars 7 does not make it's 2015 release date amid rumors of trouble with the production. [robotsrule]

    Over/Under: Hunger Games Catching Fire total worldwide box office vs. the original movie ($691 million) [robotsrule]

  • http://Moctavius.com Moctavius

    Glad I'm not the only one who found the trainers in Blackfish to be absolutely infuriating. Nothing but a bunch of neoprene-clad Eichmanns.

  • http://timeforafilm.com/ Alex Thomas

    Great Blackfish rant. I actually thought the first half did a good job at making it about the mammals, but then it just turned on it's head and it was all about the poor trainers and how helpless they were. Very frustrating indeed.

  • Aidan Khan

    A- for The Wolf of Wall Street [Aidan Khan]
    Playing The Percentages:
    % chance Enders Game gets a sequel [Aidan Khan]

    • robotsrule

      I was going to do the same thing with Enders until I read a wiki synopsis of some of the other stories from Orson Scott Card. I never read any of the books so I didn't know what to expect. Needless to say there is probably a lot of material to mine for a sequel but it looks like they'll need to deviate from the novels quite a bit to make a Hollywood movie using the same actors. The immediate sequel to Enders Game takes place in the future or something and I don't think there are any space battles so you can pretty much count that one out.

      • Aidan Khan

        I see. Yeah seems unlikely also due to box office

  • Chris Neilson

    B for Thor: The Dark World [Chris]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/harrypottr66/ Ben Kelly

    Buy or Sell
    The Wolf of Wall Street dvd will include the full unedited version Martin Scorscese originally planned

  • Alex Sopher

    Buy or Sell:
    American Hustle is better than Silver Lining Playbook [Alex]

  • Kieran Sturt

    Over/under: 60 times Brad interrupts Laremy using the soundboard during the month of November. [Kieran]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/rti03/ Tiago Rti

    -5 years till Tom Cruise stars in a non-action/Summer movie( its been a while).[Tiago Rti]
    -60% on Rotten Tomatoes for Lars von Trier´s Nymphomaniac
    -5 years till an foreign actor/actress is nominated for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role at the Oscars for starring foreign language movie.[Tiago Rti]

    Buy or Sell
    -Benh Zeitlin is never getting another Academy Award nomination for any category.[Tiago Rti]
    -8 of your most anticipated movies for 2014 end up being moved to 2015[Tiago Rti]
    -Jack Nicholson stars in one more movie before the end of his career.[Tiago Rti]

    Playing the Percentages
    % chance Martin Scorsese gets Best Director nomination at this years Oscars(he was nominated for Best Director in 4 of his last 5 movies, winning one)[Tiago Rti]
    % chance for Saving Mr. Banks on Rotten Tomatoes.[Tiago Rti]
    % chance i´m the only one who confuses Samantha Morton with Emily Watson[Tiago Rti]

    • Nit Picker 68

      I confuse them both with Emily Mortimer.

    • Rohan Michael Morbey

      Good Tom Cruise question. As a massive fan, I'd like to see him do a 'smaller' scale film like Magnolia/Rain Man/ A Few Good Men after M:I-5, and really put in another dynamite performance.

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

    Buy or sell:
    - Best actor nomination for Leonardo DiCaprio for Wolf of Wall Street
    - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fails to make back its budget

    - 7 nominees for Best Picture (since the Academy's rule is "5 to 10")

    - Percent chance of the Marvel bubble bursting after Avengers 2. In other words, people begin to lose interest in Marvel movies post-The Avengers: Age of Ultron. I know I often ask about superhero movies, which you guys have indicated you're not totally keen on, but they're the biggest blockbusters these days.

    Keep up the awesome work!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/the%20colleague/ the colleague

    "Yeah, we got another review of that, which is... the colleague sent one in, which might be your winner already, I'm not sure, but..." So what I hear Brad's saying is it's the 12 Years of Slave of reviews. That's it. Done. *in Laremy's voice* Best review evah?!" ;-)

    How important is a good title to the success of a particular movie? In today's fractured entertainment landscape, most people will shell out for a movie they already have some idea what it's about (franchises, animated movies). For movies that are basically self-starters a catchy and/or intriguing title probably goes a long way in getting people into seats. Of course, that's not all there is to it, but it's a good start. Take The Fifth Estate as an example. If you're a member of the general public who saw no trailers, no ads, basically no marketing whatsoever, would the title alone intrigue you? Here in Croatia the localized title of the movie is Secrets of the Fifth Estate: Based on the WikiLeaks Story. It's not particularly catchy, but it gets the point across much better, in my opinion, then the original title. Movie quality aside, do you think a better title could have helped it, at least from a financial perspective? What are your general thoughts on the matter? [the colleague]

    - 17.5 days before those eagerly anticipated five reviews hit the iTunes [the colleague]

    - Laremy buys a double-headed coin to complete his palsy-induced Two-Face transformation [the colleague]
    - Brad has a better understanding of African cats after his recent post on Nymphomaniac [the colleague]

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    I'll be honest: I don't see the big deal about Hough's "blackface" incident. She was clearly portraying another character. Does that change the fact that she's a bad actress? No. But I just don't see the controversy: she was clearly doing it as part of a costume, not to offend others.

    I can see how some might take it the wrong way, but honestly, I think it's just another component of our Politically Correct, "I'm-looking-for-reasons-to-be-offended" culture.

    • literatebrit

      Blackface is considered offensive because it is an ugly reminder of our nation's past. It originated in caricatures of black people. A lot of white people don't understand, but to a black person, it'd be like if someone dressed up as a KKK member and said they were just trying to be a character from "O Brother Where Art Thou".

      • TheOneWhoKnocks

        I see where both of you are coming from, but I just think that the media circus (it wasn't really a circus, but you know what I'm saying) surrounding the incident was unnecessary. I believe that intention is key, and while Hough's decision was certainly not well-informed, I think that the best way to move past racism is to quit looking for things which could be construed as racist.

        I understand the racial connotation of "blackface", and I do not condone it. At the same time, I believe that as long as someone's intention is not to offend, then they are in the right. Clearly, not all blacks were offended by the incident. Frankly, I think that we should just lay the issue to bed.

    • robotsrule

      The thing about this incident is that the person in question has grown up in a time completely detached from what "Blackface" represented. Similarly, young people of color have no real first hand memories or experience of when white entertainers would actually get made up like this. So the context is far different today than it was 40 years ago. To some degree this level of innocent ignorance is an indicator that the current youth generation doesn't relate to the racial struggles of the past because they're living in a time after those battles were fought. So I think the best thing is for someone to just take her aside and say "look, this is the history of this thing and this is why we don't do this anymore because it's insensitive" and that should be the end of it. she obviously didn't know what she was doing and was only trying to emulate a character she liked from a tv show.

  • http://sweetspotcinema.libsyn.com Disco Paco

    In regards to your BACK TO THE FUTURE comments being the first to set up a sequel, Laremy, well that's not the official story. Robert Zemeckis said that if they knew they were going to do a sequel they would never have put Marty McFly's girlfriend in the flying time travel DeLorean machine. They said having her character be a part of the story gave them creative headaches (another case of men not being able or willing to write interesting stories with women in them) so they decided to knock her out and leave her in an alley. I think this is more or less the story. I haven't seen BTTF II or the interview when the Bobs (Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale) said this. I tried searching it to hit you with a link but how do you search for this sort of thing? Anyways, Laremy, TRY AGAIN MUaaauuuuHAhahahaHA

  • http://sweetspotcinema.libsyn.com Disco Paco


    Brad is a bigot who hates LGBTs since he reviewed Ender's Game thus giving Scott Card's property more free publicity.

    (I'm being very facetious and this is tongue-and-cheek. Don't ban me. I'm sure there are people out there who think this way [maybe some critics too] so maybe it's good podcast fodder).

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

    Should your Top Ten of the year be the films you have personally enjoyed or the films that people need to see? ie Blackfish #LastBitWasAJoke [andyluvsfilms]

    Would we have better, more original films if The Oscars didn't exist? [andyluvsfilms} *question reboot

    Who is your daddy and what does he do? [andyluvsfilms]

    Buy or Sell -
    More guests, fewer games for the pod in 2014. Hope you're not offended by this one, not my intention [andyluvsfilms]

    Buy or Sell -
    Brad will include animals the next time he does a Whats The Movie? quiz [andyluvsfilms]

  • Aidan Khan

    Buy or Sell:
    Thor The Dark World is the best Marvel Phase 2 film [Aidan Khan]

  • Alex Sopher

    A- for Frozen [Alex]

  • Mulderism


    Percent chance Brad includes Breaking Bad in his "Top 10 TV Series of All Time".

  • Ryan M

    3 hours for this years Oscar telecast [Ryan M]
    4.5 Oscar nominations for Nebraska [Ryan M]
    2.5 Songs nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars[Ryan M]

    Playing the Percentages:
    RT score for The Wolf Of Wall Street [Ryan M]
    RT score for American Hustle[Ryan M]
    RT score for Jack Ryan [Ryan M]
    RT score for Inside LLwyen Davis [Ryan M]
    % chance that the Miami Dolphins go to the playoffs [Ryan M]
    % chance of another Before movie [Ryan M]

    Buy or Sells:

    The Monuments Men being moved again from its new February release date to the fall for the 2014 Oscar race [Ryan M]
    12 Years A Slave is this years Schindler's List [Ryan M]

    Brad and Laremy going to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug multiple times in theaters[Ryan M]

    Listener Question:
    Hey Brad and Laremy,
    I just finished watching the Before Trilogy for the first time last weekend, and it was a pretty amazing couple of hours, and with that I know firmly believe that it might just be the greatest trilogy of all time. My question is where would you guys rank this set of three movies against all the other trilogies in movie history, and is it the best?
    PS: Laremy, it doesn't take that long to watch these movies, so get on that sir. [Ryan M]

  • Nick Morrison

    Playing Dem Percents:
    Percent chance Linklater revisits the 'Before' franchise in 8 years.
    Percent of listeners who would pay for bonus episode
    Percent chance BnL does a live podcast for the Oscars.

  • Mykael

    Playing 'em Percentages -

    % chance Gravity crosses $600 million worldwide. [Mykael]
    [Currently at 426. 35 more domestic + 77 from China, UK, Japan + 62 from the rest of the holdover overseas market]

  • gp1086

    Buy / Sell:

    Laremy will enjoy comedies less over the next two months since he can't smile [G-Man]

    Playing The Percents:

    % chance Brad OR Laremy go see The Best Man Holiday [G-Man]

  • 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.

  • 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