Podcast: Reviewing 'Oldboy' and 'Homefront' and a Happy Black Friday Deal Week

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Rope of Silicon PodcastHappy Thanksgiving week or just hello for our non U.S.-based listeners, today we have a short, but sweet episode where we review Oldboy and Homefront, answer some questions, play some games and a little more general chitter chatter. We also get to the new DVD and Blu-ray releases out this week and offer up a few brief comments on Her. Hope you enjoy.

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  • 00:00-00:40 - Introduction
  • 00:41-1:50 - Door busting
  • 1:51-6:49 - Briefest of comments on Her
  • 6:50-8:49 - [Listener Question] I just got asked by one of my best friends to Officiate his wedding about a year from now. Could you talk on the podcast about being an officiant and how you prepared and what are important things to do and not do. The crowd will be about 60 percent people from her side of the family that I do not know. Brad could chime in on this as well as to what he observed and what did he expect out of his officiant? [JPColeman7]
  • 8:50-10:35 - [Listener Question] You said David Lynch is very slow with Criterion and so no chance of Mulholland Drive by the end of 2015. But do you think Mulholland Drive will EVER get a Criterion blu-ray release eventually? I think this movie really deserves it and it was my first Lynch movie. [Nav]
  • 10:36-15:39 - [Listener Question] You guys often decry the worsening state of the film industry but wouldn't you say that the talent pool nowadays is as strong as ever? Look no further than this year's best actor race, which is already brimming with great performances, for proof of that fact. In that same vein, could someone like Nicholas Cage even have won an Oscar today for a performance like 'Leaving Las Vegas' with all the due paying and critical judgment passing of your earlier work taking place before someone is even considered for such a title? So, in short, aren't actors held to a higher standard than ever? [SmartFilm]
  • 15:40-17:55 - [Listener Question] How should film critics interviewing actors talk to the movie's stars about their film? Should they be brutally honest, act nice, or just ignore the topic altogether? [TheOneWhoKnocks]
  • 17:56-20:41 - [Listener Voicemail] Disco Paco - Critics at TIFF watching movies in fast forward
  • 20:42-27:44 - [Listener Voicemail] Patrick - Sequels lead to no originality
  • 27:45-41:06 - Oldboy review (read Brad's review here)
  • 41:07-45:30 - Homefront review (read Brad's review here)
  • 45:31-50:37 - Over / Under
    • A- by Laremy for Her [Chris]
    • B+ for Out of the Furnace [Magille Foote]
    • C- for 47 Ronin [Aidan Khan]
    • 1.5 more Oscar nominations for Quvenzhhane Wallis [Hudsucker]
    • 3 times a year BnL eat Turkey. Talking fried or baked. T-giving style. None of this sandwich meat garbage. [Hrtn4Sqrtn]
    • 4.5 times a year you guys buy popcorn or other concessions at the movies [TheOneWhoKnocks] [Mitch]
  • 50:38-52:26 - Buy or Sell
    • Laremy sees The Wolf of Wall Street before Brad [Aidan Khan]
    • Either Brad or Laremy sees Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom [Chris]
    • Most people would draw a blank if asked to name a film critic other than Gene Siskel or Roger Ebert. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    • The review for 'After Earth' on the podcast was the best review Brad and Laremy have ever done. [JPColeman7]
  • 52:27-58:09 - Playing the Percentages
    • % of movie critics whose top 10-list of 2013 is topped by ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’. [Betram J. Krogh]
    • % chance The Hunger Games: Catching Fire wins Best Action Movie at the Critics Choice Awards [Alex]
    • % on RT for Million Dollar Arm [Hudsucker]
    • % Catching Fire stays #1 at the box office for three weeks [C-Trice]
    • % of the public who believes Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar for THE HUNGER GAMES instead of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK [TheAlmostFilmCritic]
    • % chance Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States [JPColeman7]
    • % chance Wolf of Wall Street is top 5 Scorsese material [The Caker Baker]
  • 58:10-1:00:14 - Box-Office Challenge Update (chart below)
  • 1:00:15-1:02:40 - Brief Hunger Games: Catching Fire convo
  • 1:02:41-1:04:58 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 1:04:59-1:07:23 - Closing

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Fall 2013 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
GravityOct 4$100m$576.9m$326.9m
Ender's GameNov 1$110m$79.2m-$195.7m
Inside Llewyn DavisDec 6   
The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugDec 13$166m  
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$151.6m$139.1m
Battle of the YearSep 20$20m$12.8m-$37.1m
Machete KillsOct 11$20m$15m-$34.9m
Jackass Presents: Bad GrandpaOct 25$15m$128.4m$90.9m
Last VegasNov 1$28m$62.5m-$7.4m
Thor: The Dark WorldNov 8$170m$548.9m$123.9m
The Hunger Games: Catching FireNov 22$130m$304.6m-$20.3m
FrozenNov 27$150m$0.243m-$374.7m
Saving Mr. BanksDec 13   
American HustleDec 13   
The Wolf of Wall StreetDec 25   

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/Nardog/ Nardog

    13 years until we get a remake of the remake of the remake of Friday the 13th [Nardog]

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

      Since all remake titles must be shortened, and Friday is already taken, it shall simply be called The 13th.

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

    Thanks for tackling my question. Unfortunately Mulholland Drive doesn't have a blu-ray release and the movie was released in 2001. I will keep hoping for Criterion to take it up :)

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

    Just a comment on the Screener Rooms and Disco Paco's question. I have seen those at film festivals. But they're not used by journalists, as far as I know. They are used at so-called "Film Markets" during festivals. Film industry people use them to show movies to prospective distributors, selling foreign right and so on.

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

    now that Oldboy came out, which foreign movies would you like to see remade? like, which movies do you think could be upgraded or at least get different value in American setting?
    or, which movies that could have been good (interesting plot or subject), but were not for some reason, you would like to see remade or reboot?

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    3.5 more films Quentin Tarantino directs

    Buy or sell:
    The original Avatar from 2009 is considered the best of the series, once the sequels have been released

    Playing dem percents:
    % of podcast listeners who also write reviews on letterboxd

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

    No, The Oldboy is a Japanese manga and manga only means Japanese graphic novels while Korean ones are called manhwa, which includes the original of Priest starring Paul Bettany (surprising, no?).

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

    - 3 more "Fast & Furious" movies
    - Over 100 million digital Lego blocks in The Lego movie

    Buy or Sell:
    - Best Writer nomination for Spike Jonze for "Her"
    - Best Actor nomination for Joaquin Phoenix for "Her"

    - % RT score for Transformers 4

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

    Listener Question:

    Does Woody Allen not showing up and not showing interest in the Academy Awards/ Golden Globes etc., hurt the chances of Cate Blanchett winning Best Actress at the Oscars next year? [Nav]

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

      No, but it hurts Woody's.

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

    Is there a film that you have outgrown? You loved it on the first viewing and loved even more on repeated viewings but after some time you just could not bear to watch it again...
    For me that is From dusk till Dawn. I loved it that much that I was able to quote it almost entirely. But nowadays I just could watch the first half....after that it just gets tedious and boring for me.

    • ClassicWingers

      Top Gun. Shudder...

  • Aidan Khan

    Buy or Sell:
    Alexander Payne is nominated for Best Director at this years Oscar [Aidan Khan]
    Playing The Percentages:
    % chance Nebraska is nominated for Best Picture [Aidan Khan]

  • Chris Neilson

    C+ for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [Chris]
    Buy or Sell:
    12 Years A Slave wins Best Picture [Chris]

  • Alex Sopher

    Buy or Sell:
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is worse the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Alex]

    • Alex Sopher

      Playing The Percentages:
      % chance Saving Mr. Banks wins Best Picture [Alex]

  • ClassicWingers

    Listener Question (repost).

    Brad. Laremy.

    I just watched "Pitch Perfect" on the weekend. It was a movie filled with every cliche about the rebel girl and guy who likes her and the big contest finale at the end. But, I was won over by the singing and choreography. It now gets a home in my sock drawer with other "guilty pleasure" movies I'm embarrassed to admit I liked. Other ones include: "Weird Science", "Ang Lee's Hulk", "Point Break"

    What are some of your guy's "guilty pleasures"?

  • Mitch

    You both read a lot of books, have you or would you ever write a review for a book?

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

    1.5 years until Michael Haneke's next film [Hudsucker]
    James Franco plays Freddy Mercury [Hudsucker]
    Dem' %
    % on RT for Wolf of Wall Street

  • http://www.seensome.com SeenSome

    I missed the cutoff last week I think...

    Buy or Sell:

    David O. Russell breaks the record for directing the most actors to Oscar wins. (The record holder is currently William Wylder with 14 wins from 36 nominations, Russell currently has 3 wins from 7 nominations). [Seensome]

    Playing dem percents:

    % chance Christian Bale's Moses appears during the end credits of 'Noah' to hype Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' and kick off the 'Bible Cinematic Universe'. [Seensome]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com Christopher Mannes

    Listener Question:
    Everyone says one of the cardinal rules of screen writing is "Never use narration, you should always show the audience not tell them"; which is a rule I generally agree with. However, some of my favorite films use a lot of narration such as Fight Club, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Shawshank Redemption etc. Why do people attack some films for using narration but others films are fine?

    Playin Dem Percents:
    Percent chance that The Wolf of Wallstreet finally earns DiCaprio his Oscar?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh


    - 200 minutes of run time you're willing to watch of Lars von Trier's 5 hour Nymphomaniac cut

    - 9 films from 2013 that you'd have to own Blu Ray/DVD If you didn't already get the screeners

    - A- cinemascore for "Her"

  • Guthrie

    -% chance Leonardo DiCaprio is never awarded an Oscar [Guthrie]
    -% RT score for Tomorrowland [Guthrie]

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Listener Questions:
    1. Is the number of A+'s a critic gives out in a year indicative of how good the year was for movies? For instance, I gave out three A+'s last year and four this year, despite the fact that this was a terrible year for movies when compared with 2012. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. How important is fidelity to the source material when adapting something to the big screen? A lot of people consider the J.J. Abrams STAR TREK movies betrayals of the original series, largely because they focus more on action than science-fiction. Should a movie adaptation be just as intelligent as its source material, or should it be judged solely based on how well it does what it sets out to do: entertain? [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. Are there any classics or cinematic sacred cows which you guys absolutely hate? If so, what are they, why do you hate them, and what grades would you give them? (For example, Mark Kermode is noted for hating STAR WARS and THE DEER HUNTER.) [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    1. 7.5 months before a 2015 Best Picture nominee is released [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. 9.5 years before an actor younger than Jennifer Lawrence receives an Oscar (She won her Best Actress Oscar for SLP at the age of 22, but she isn't the youngest to ever win it.) [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. 2.5 more grades in the "A" range for Brad [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    Buy or Sell:
    1. 2013 has been a largely terrible year for movies. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. THE MONUMENTS MEN will not garner any Oscar attention in 2015. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT will score the highest Tomatometer rating of any major release in January. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    Playing the Percentages:
    1. % chance either of you order an item off the HOBBIT menu at Denny's [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    2. % chance Laremy would prefer Newman-O's to both Oreos and Joe-Joe's if he gave them a try (They're great.) [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    3. % chance Laremy starts a petition to change the name of snack-food company Hostess to Host (FYI: I agree with Laremy on the whole "ess" debate. I'm just teasing.) [TheOneWhoKnocks]

  • ashdurdin

    3 more films that Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence costar in [ashdurdin]
    10 years before the Oscars go back to five nominees [ashdurdin]

    Her is nominated for Best Picture [ashdurdin]
    J.C. Chandor's next film will be successful at the box office [ashdurdin]

    % chance Frozen gets a Best Picture nom [ashdurdin]

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    Over / Under:

    300 - Number of F bombs in "Wolf of Wall Street" (Casino had 398 and they are both 3 hours long) [G-Man]

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    Do you guys have any lesser known Christmas or Holiday films you enjoy? I'm not talking about the traditionally cherished It's A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th St, Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, etc. More of off-the-beaten path or forgotten movies that you like watching this time of year for one reason or the other. Personally, I really like Just Friends, and saw The Ref a couple years back, which was a nice surprise. [G-Man]

  • Mykael

    Over/ Under -
    2.5 technical noms for Rush in the upcoming Oscars. [Mykael]

    Playing 'em Percents -
    % chance Gravity isn't nominated in the Best Original Screenplay in the upcoming Oscars. [Mykael]

  • Kieran Sturt

    Over/Under: 0.5 episodes until Brad introduces Laremy using the "He's a junk bag!" sound clip. [Kieran]

  • Ezra Brain


    2.5 Oscar Nominations for Jennifer Lawrence in the next 5 years.

    6.5 Best Picture Nominees for the 2014 oscars


    Do you think that an open member of the LGBT community will win an acting or directing award at the Oscars in the next several years? It seems that, with more and more actors coming out, at some point the academy will overlook their biases on this issue. Also, do you think that the Academy would even consider giving an award to a transgendered filmmaker--Lana Wachowski for example--or would they hold their gender identity against them?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/R-Diggy/ Randall Case

    Sofia Coppola ever directs a movie not about rich and/or famous people. [Randall Case]