Wrapping this week up with yet another Friday edition of the RopeofSilicon podcast where we kick things off with a nearly 30-minute discussion of the screeners we've been watching from documentaries such as Searching for Sugar Man and The Central Park Five to the just-received Les Miserables. Then we transition into reviewing this week's new release Killing Them Softly, answering your questions, a little Over/Under and Buy or Sell as well as a game of True or False graciously submitted by Snicket.
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.
- 00:00-1:40 - Introduction
- 1:41-31:22 - Awards Screener Talk
- [Listener Question] Come awards season, how do you determine how to work your way through screeners? Do you start by watching films you have yet to see, or with ones you want to re-watch again, or what? And how often do you opt to not watch a screener? [Jordan B.]
- Moonrise Kingdom
- [Listener Question] Have you guys given The Dark Knight Rises another watch? [Alex Thomas]
- [Listener Question] What do you guys do with screeners when you're done watching them? I assume it's just a normal quality DVD, so do you often upgrade to the Blu-ray? [G-Man]
- 31:23-36:31 - Killing Them Softly Review (read mine here)
- 36:32-40:10 - Will we be able to go to Cannes in 2013?
- 40:11-48:57 - [Listener Question] Which part of moviemaking (acting, directing, cinematography, production design, etc.) do you think is the most difficult to write about in a review. Or which part of moviemaking do you think you have the least knowledge of? [rafael]
- 48:58-49:39 - [Listener Question] The Oscars will turn 100 in approx. 15 years, to mark the occasion, do you think they should hold a special vote to determine the best of the best based on the past winners in each category? [Christophe]
- 49:40-51:33 - [Listener Question] Really unsure why you guys have jumped off Argo. It's Oscar favourite on betting sites (all be it a slight one) and I still see it as a three horse race between Argo, Lincoln and Les Mis. Argo ticks more boxes when it comes to appealing to a wider audience in my opinion, I'm sure plenty won't like Les Mis, Zero Dark Thirty or Lincoln. Surely a factor? [Alex Thomas]
- 51:34-55:10 - [Listener Question] In the THR roundtable, David O. Russell mentioned he doesn't read reviews of his movies. Isn't this a poor attitude? I realize you don't want to get hung up on one or two bad reviews when most people like your movies, but it's still good to get different perspectives and you should be able to take a little criticism no matter what job you're in. What do you guys think? [G-Man]
- 55:11-1:05:56 - Over / Under
- 6.5 Oscar nominations for The Hobbit. To me, this seems like the biggest dark horse at this point. For reference the nominations and wins for the LOTR movies are: 13 noms with 4 wins for Fellowship, 6 noms with 2 wins for Towers, and 11 noms with 11 wins for Return. [G-Man]
- 2.5 Times a day, on average, Cheetara checks in on her Bradley by looking at RopeOfSilicon [G-Man]
- 5 People on Earth that know the meaning behind the "RopeOfSilicon" name. (Note: 2nd biggest website mystery behind what Brad looks like. I think he's white.) [G-Man]
- 2.5 Christian Bale / Christopher Nolan collaborations in 9 years [Rafael]
- B+ CinemaScore for Killing Them Softly [The Colleague]
- B+ for The Hobbit from Brad/Laremy [Alex Thomas]
- B+ for Zero Dark Thirty from Brad/Laremy [Alex Thomas]
- C- for This Is 40 from Brad/Laremy [Alex Thomas]
- 1.5 Oscar wins from a Judd Apatow movie in his career. [Aleonardis]
- 65 percent of the RopeOfSilicon readership is going to be "wrong" about This is 40 (Loved it.) [Aleonardis]
- 7 years until 48 FPS is the primary over 24 FPS. [Xarnis]
- 6 years until a widely released movie has a runtime of over 210 minutes ( 3 1/2 hours) [Xarnis]
- 75 percent on RT for Promised Land [Xarnis]
- 1:05:57-1:12:02 - Buy or Sell
- Daniel Day-Lewis ends up winning 4 best actor Oscars
- Zero Dark Thirty will not make a profit at the Box Office
- Russell Crowe is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Les Miserables
- Bill Simmons will one day be a guest on the podcast.
- Skyfall will end up making more money than Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (Bond is currently at $800 mil., with the vampires at $600 mil.)
- Disney will officially announce the director of Episode VII by the end of the year
- When Quentin Tarantino retires, Death Proof will still be his worst film.
- 1:12:03-1:17:23 - True or False [supplied by Snicket]
- Jennifer Lawrence got kicked out of her apartment for dyeing her bathtub blue during filming of X-Men: First Class.
- During the scene in Lincoln where the House of Representatives are voting for the 13th amendment some of the names of the men who voted "No" were changed as to not embarrass their living descendants.
- Ryan Gosling replaced Chris Evans as the lead actor in Drive.
- Shia LeBeouf and Tobey Maguire were both considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.
- "Group therapy" was the code title for The Avengers during production.
- In 50 years of Bond movies Skyfall is only the second film where Bond suffers a gunshot wound.
- 1:17:24-1:19:56 - #GoodTweets
- 1:19:57-1:23:33 - Box-Office Challenge (chart below)
- 1:23:34-1:24:44 - [Listener Question] What about a RoS award show where you two determine the nominees for all the categories, announce them on the podcast, then have the listeners vote for the winners. [Bob Phelan]
- 1:24:45-1:27:30 - Closing
Finally, I do have one quick request. If you could give us a review on iTunes it would be greatly appreciated.
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Fall 2012 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy
|The Master||Sep 14||$35m||$17.1m||-$70.3m|
|Taken 2||Oct 5||$45m||$360.4m||$247.9m|
|Cloud Atlas||Oct 26||$100m||$52.8m||-$197.1m|
|Wreck-It Ralph||Nov 2||$165m||$192m||-$220.4m|
|Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2||Nov 16||$120m||$600.5m||$300.5m|
|Red Dawn||Nov 21||$65m||$24.1m||-$138.3m|
|Life of Pi||Nov 21||$120m||$52.5m||-$247.4m|
|Django Unchained||Dec 25||$0|
|Les Miserables||Dec 25||$61m||$0|
|Resident Evil: Retribution||Sep 14||$65m||$221.8m||$59.3m|
|Paranormal Activity 4||Oct 19||$5m||$138.1m||$125.6m|
|Alex Cross||Oct 19||$23m||$30.4m||-$27m|
|Anna Karenina||Nov 16||$50m||$12.9m||-$112m|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Dec 14||$150m||$0|
|The Impossible||Dec 21||$45m||$51.2m||-$61.3m|
The Fall 2012 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 between the months of September-December 2012. The draft took place on August 28 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.