Podcast: Reviewing 'Side Effects' and 'Identity Thief', Talking Our Favorite R-Rated Comedies

Plenty to discuss and over 110 minutes to do it

Rope of Silicon PodcastIt's Friday and that means we've got some reviews for you. This week the movies are Identity Thief and Side Effects and out of Brad's distaste for the former we discuss R-rated comedies that are actually good. Along with reviews we answer several of your questions and voicemails, play some games and hope we send you into your weekend with some solid recommendations.

Now that it's live, I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-BNL-POD. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly.

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.

  • 00:00-00:51 - Introduction
  • 00:52-17:12 - Random bits
  • 17:13-20:28 - Two "Would You Rathers" from Fox and Steven
  • 20:29-23:54 - [Listener Question] I was wondering if you guys write notes while watching movies? And if you do, have you found that it helps your reviews? [RagingTaxiDriver]
  • 23:55-26:20 - [Listener Question] What is more important to you guys when rating a movie...it's technical merit or your enjoyment even if the movie has obvious flaws? I enjoyed Les Misérables more than most. Although it has its obvious problems I would probably rate it higher than a movie such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy even though it was clearly a better technical film. [austinjoel]
  • 26:21-27:08 - [Listener Question] Does rewatchability affect your opinion? Shame is a great movie but I don't how often I would want to rewatch it whereas a movie like Independence Day is a terrible movie but I must have seen it a thousand times and enjoyed it each time. [austinjoel]
  • 27:09-32:03 - Side Effects review (read Brad's here)
  • 32:04-35:57 - Identity Thief review (read Brad's here)
  • 35:58-44:48 - Favorite R-rated Comedies
  • 44:49-47:16 - [Listener Question] If, while watching the Oscar telecast, David O. Russell wins Best Director, does that automatically make Silver Linings Playbook a lock for BP? [AS]
  • 47:17-52:18 - [Listener Question] Which of the Best Picture nominees would you be interested in watching again? What is it about those movies that makes them watchable? [David Gaillardetz]
  • 52:19-52:27 - [Listener Question] Why is campaigning so important with regards to the Oscars? [Trishana]
  • 52:28-55:34 - [Listener Question] Outside of the obvious answer (Trouble with the Curve), what is the best sports movie of all time in your opinion? [David Gaillardetz]
  • 55:35-58:38 - [Listener Question] Brad, what's the best film that you've seen since you started Rope of Silicon? [Flewellen]
  • 58:39-1:01:43 - [Listener Question] With the success of The Avengers and the recent Star Wars news it seems Disney is doing the "universe" thing with everyone's favorite universe. Is this a good or a bad thing? [Anthony K]
  • 1:01:44-1:04:28 - [Listener Voicemail] JN Films - Won't accept Academy invite
  • 1:04:29-1:09:10 - [Listener Voicemail] David G. - Actors and politics
  • 1:09:11-1:15:37 - [Listener Voicemail] Dan/Bmac - Moonrise Kingdom / Merging of Styles
  • 1:15:38-1:18:06 - [Listener Voicemail] Ingmar - Nymphomaniac
  • 1:18:07-1:22:11 - [Listener Voicemail] Timothy - Silent to Sound
  • 1:22:12-1:31:48 - Over / Under
    • 10 years before IMDb's number one film is no longer The Shawshank Redemption. [IngmarTheBergman]
    • C- grade by Brad for Oz the Great and Powerful [Henry]
    • $100 million loss for Disney on Lone Ranger [JN Films]
    • 0.5 The Weinstein Company films nominated for Best Picture Oscar 2014 [Nav]
    • 1.5 movies that make you cry (or at least tear up) in 2013. [David Gaillardetz]
    • 3 episodes that David Fincher directs in season 2 of "House of Cards" [Xarnis]
    • 4.5 years until Soderbergh returns to film [Corbin]
    • B+ CinemaScore for Side Effects [the colleague]
  • 1:31:49-1:35:30 - Buy or Sell
    • A film dealing with homosexuality will eventually win best picture [JN Films]
    • A film dealing with racism is easier to make then a film dealing with homosexuality [JN Films]
    • Laremy legitimately has accurate insider knowledge regarding Iron Man 3. [David Gaillardetz]
    • Nicholas Sparks ever runs out of books [Corbin]
    • Adam Sandler makes another good movie [Corbin]
    • Jason Reitman will win a Best Director Oscar
  • 1:35:31-1:41:55 - Playing the Percentages:
    • % on RT for Iron Man 3 [Henry]
    • % chance Leonardo DiCaprio NEVER wins an Oscar in his entire career [Nav]
    • % chance BnL podcast stops taking taking over/unders, buy/sell's etc. from listeners because the podcast is hugely popular and its just too many to keep track of. [Nav]
    • % of people watching the Oscars who have seen at least one of the nominated short films. [David Gaillardetz]
    • % of listeners who want to see Brad and Laremy reenact the volleyball scene in Top Gun. [Travis]
    • % of podcast listeners that would rather listen to Laremy sing than listen to Brad be grumpy. [Fox]
    • % chance Bradley Cooper would make a brilliant Joker in a DC film (anyone, JLA, Batman, or other). [Silrian]
    • % chance that 'The Lonely Island' music group gets its own musical movie [JN Films]
    • % chance Brad gets grey hair before Laremy because he's always sooo mad [the colleague]
  • 1:41:56-1:45:45 - Guess the Film Based on Its Foreign Title
    • Sex Friends
    • Very Bad Cops
    • Happiness Therapy
    • Shoot Out
  • 1:45:46-1:47:40 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:47:41-1:51:20 - Closing

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Winter 2013 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Promised LandJan 4$15m$7.5m-$29.9m
The Last StandJan 18$45m$25m-$87.4m
Movie 43Jan 25$6m$22.6m$7.6m
Hansel and Gretel: Witch HuntersJan 25$50m$100.2m-$24.7m
Stand Up GuysFeb 1$2.1mno budget
Side EffectsFeb 8$30m$0
Beautiful CreaturesFeb 13$65m$0
Escape from Planet EarthFeb 14$0
A Good Day To Die HardFeb 14$100m$0
Dark SkiesFeb 22$0
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Texas Chainsaw 3DJan 4$20m$34m-$15.9m
Gangster SquadJan 11$60m$79.3m-$70.6m
Broken CityJan 18$35m$18.7m-$68.7m
MamaJan 18$15m$65.5m$28m
ParkerJan 25$30m$13.9m-$61m
Warm BodiesFeb 1$30m$28.1m-$46.8m
Bullet to the HeadFeb 1$55m$6.1m-$131.3m
Identity ThiefFeb 8$35m$0
Safe HavenFeb 14$0
SnitchFeb 22$0

The Winter 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 January and February of 2013. The draft took place on December 21, 2012 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.

  • brace

    i saw the movie A Royal Affair and felt that there was something odd about Mads Mikkelsen that he was somehow miscast in the movie. Later I read Wikipedia article about the events depicted in the movie and realized that Mikkelsen was more than ten years too old to play the character he played.can you remember any recent film where you thought that actor was miscast or if there is a movie you think somebody else would have been better for the role than the actor who actually played?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/seanfast/ Sean Fast

    Thanks so much for the mp3 download link!

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

    Why do we say the Academy is sexist? We bring it up now because of the whole Bigelow not getting nominated issue. With respect to directors, honestly think about it, other than Bigelow, do we really have at least a handful of female directors who have made a best picture worthy movie? (I personally can't think of anyone, but I don't really know all the female directors out there). If the answer is really 'no' or something along those terms, we cannot claim the academy is sexist. I am not being sexist here. But if we are not able to name more female directors who deserve it (best picture or director), we cannot claim the academy to be sexist.

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

      As Brad said, it's not so much about the Academy being sexist, it's about Hollywood being sexist. Most would argue that if studios or financiers backed more female directed films, you'd see more Oscar worthy films.

      On the other hand, one might argue that several highly regarded auteurs such as Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky and Nicolas Winding Refn had no studio backing but they broke through anyway. Some might argue that if they could do it, why couldn't a woman? Especially in the digital age, when it costs almost nothing to get a film made.

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

        I agree with you and Brad. I am sure the academy will not have an issue honoring a women if she deserves it.

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

        I think this is such a valid discussion. As Brad pointed out before and along with the comment by AS it does not necessarily mean that the Academy is simply sexiest since, one could argue that this is a bigger Hollywood issue. Let’s look at the winners for the Best Actress category for the past 10/15 years Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren are the only winners of “age” does that mean “younger winners” gave less worthy performances? Is there even an effective way to track this trend?

        Similarly an interview published in Vulture this week with Diablo Cody, from Juno, also discusses these double standards in Hollywood. Cody discusses these issues in light of Magic Mike and the stigma the movie could potentially have if it focused on female strippers.

        This is why I find cinema so fascinating when it can bring in this level of discussion and “forums” like this, which allows one to openly express different opinions.

  • http://www.everyeliakazanmovie.blogspot.ca/ IngmarTheBergman

    Playing The Percentages:
    10% chance that the Podcast Mansion becomes a reality.

  • http://www.everyeliakazanmovie.blogspot.ca/ IngmarTheBergman

    I keep making the mistake of closing this tab and have to end up restarting the podcast. The trouble is, the podcast takes for ever to buffer and I have to wait to return to my place. Any tips?

    • Scott

      You can download the podcast and listen to it from itunes, or you could listen to the podcast in a different window.

      • http://www.everyeliakazanmovie.blogspot.ca/ IngmarTheBergman

        Yes, the problem with iTunes is they don't update it right away.

  • Scott

    You can download the podcast and listen to it from itunes, or you could listen to the podcast in a different window.

    • Scott

      Sorry for the repeat comment, forgot to hit reply.

      I am going to be taking a film class at my high school next year and we are going to be watching films like Citizen Kane, Rear Window, Sunset Boulevard, etc. Honestly , I have not seen any of these films. We are going to have to give immediate reactions to the movies right when they are done. Should I watch these films before taking the class or watch them for the first time in the class?

      Over / Under:
      3 years until Brad shows his face to the internet [Scott]

      • Scott

        Forgot to mention we have to write an essay after them too.

  • http://www.everyeliakazanmovie.blogspot.ca/ IngmarTheBergman

    1. The popular theory that good gore = good horror movie eventually comes to an end. (IngmarTheBergman)
    2. The Monuments Men wins Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards. (IngmarTheBergman)
    3. At one point in the future Brad gives a film an F and Laremy gives it an A+ or vice versa. (IngmarTheBergman)
    4.Something is done about Netflix Canada's terrible selection. (IngmarTheBergman).

  • Stephen

    Playing the percentages: % of people who googled 'Vogon' after Laremy mentioned them during the podcast.

    Also, thanks for having me on the show! That was fun!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/NickS./ Nick Smith

    Playing the percentages:
    Percent chance that within the next year, Laremy equivocates and Brad crushes it?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

    Buy/Sell: Brad is not in touch with his emotions. [David Gaillardetz]

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

    Hey Brad and Laremy, I really think you guys should start a new segment called "reading notes" were you just read off what you wrote while watching movies at your screening. I think it would be interesting and funny.

  • http://flewellenfilms.tumblr.com Flewellen

    Playing the Percentages:

    % chance Brad and Laremy win an Oscar. (Hint: Write a screenplay. It worked for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.)

    P.S.: Brad was right. Last podcast was my first time as a "questioner".

  • http://Trevorschoeller.com easybuttonfromb

    What happened to your guys talks of kick-starting something?

  • JN Films

    95% chance that their will be The Avengers 3 [JN Films]
    85% RT score for Star Trek Into Darkness [JN Films]
    75% chance that the Prometheus Sequel will improve on Prometheus [JN Films]
    65% chance that Ridley Scott dedicates The Counselor to Tony Scott [JN Films]
    55% chance that a Man of Steel sequel will happen before a Justice League movie [JN Films]
    45% RT Score for Transformers 4 (I hope you go under) [JN Films]
    35% RT Score for Safe Haven (I hope you go Under) [JN Films]
    25% chance that Harrison Ford returns as Han Solo in one of the Star Wars films (He played a senior citizen in Krystal Skull) [JN Films]
    15% chance that Family Guy gets a spinoff with every single character like Star Wars [JN Films]
    5% chance that Brad sings one of the intros in this podcast [JN Films]
    1.5 years till Jonathon Levine's next film [JN Films]

    Buy or Sell
    Corbin will be a guest on the podcast someday [JN Films]
    I (JN Films) will be a guest on the podcast someday [JN Films]
    Brad writes a song for Laremy [JN Films]
    Laremy has more anger moments then Brad in a podcast...ever [JN Films]
    By 2020 they will be allowed to include harsh 'expletives' in movie titles (i.e. "Tyler Perry's Madea makes another s***y movie" [JN Films]

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Oh Brad, Superbad is the best comedy ever!

    Was thinking about the Oscar shorts, have you guys seen any of the Live Action, Documentaries or Animated? I'm keen to check out some of the doco's, have only seen Paperman from the Animated films which was great.

    Would love more Oscar discussion, do you guys think Searching for Sugar Man has it locked up? I think it's a very good chance but it's extremely short in the odds and surely the gatekeepers is a chance.
    I'll add a Playing the Percentages: Searching for Sugar Man wins Best Documentary [Alex Thomas]

    Was going to call up but I'll just put my question in the comments, I don't remember any podcasts discussing it: What are your thoughts on Piracy? Do you guys ever do it? Is it ever acceptable to pirate movies or tv shows? What is the key reason you guys think people pirate (Money or Availabilty)?

    And wow Laremy, I cut my thumb last week with a razor, healed now but it was the worst...Poker became impossible!

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

    I think it's interesting that Brad thinks it's important for a film he puts in his top ten to be one he would watch multiple times. I find that there are some films I love that I can't watch again or more than once every few years because of their heaviness or other factors.

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

      I've sort of come to that rule just for the sake of having a rule and consistency. For example, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a film I consider to be one of the absolute best I've ever seen, but it is so heavy I'm not sure I can ever watch it again and for that reason I find it hard to list it in something like a top ten... which I know doesn't entirely make sense, but it's why I try and make it clear how I put those lists together so there's as little confusion as possible.

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

    And also, I thought it was interesting that Brad and Leremy both think that Iron Man 3 will get hammered because that's what usually happens in a series of films. I'm not saying that's not true, but I think the third Harry Potter film was one of the best reviewed in the series, right?

  • http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

    Listener Question (you may have answered this before):
    What film started your film obsession? Or was it a gradual thing after watching several movies that made films your passion?

    Buy or Sell:
    The lost footage of The Magnificent Ambersons is someday found like the footage of The Passion of Joan of Arc or Metropolis was [RagingTaxiDriver]

    • http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

      The Shawshank Redemption is what started my quest of movie viewing

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/chewbaca38/ Baca

    God this site is fucking awesome.

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

    % of people listening to the podcast that are female? [Manu]

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

    Listener Question:

    As you know, The National Film Registry is the United States National Film Preservation Board's selection of films for preservation in the Library of Congress. Movies that are worthy to be remembered and are considered to be cinematic achievements are picked every year to be added to the list. If you were to pick a handful of movies from the 21st century (2000-2012) to be added to the registry, what movies would they be? From the top of my head for me it would be Inception, Avatar and The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Maybe even Django Unchained, but that movie needs more time to be considered to be put in the hall of fame. [Nav]

    P.S. the most recent movie that they have for preservation is The Matrix from 1999. None from 2000 and onwards.


    Ellen Page could be the next Ben Affleck in terms of actor turned director with very good movies in the filmography. [Nav] Note: She just announced her directional debut and I can see a potential respectable director in her.

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

    Poster quote: "You'll want to see penetration!"

  • henry

    Buy or Sell:
    Side Effects is considered a top five Soderbourgh film.

  • henry

    Playing the Percentages: % on RT for The Hobbit: The Desolation of SMaug.

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

    [Listener Question]
    A few podcasts ago, I asked a question about who will be considered the great actors if this time. So I ask: who, in 50 years, will be considered the greatest directors of our time (other than obvious ones such as Woody Allen and Martin Scorcese) [Xarnis]

    5 years until Steven Soderbergh makes a comeback [Xarnis]
    4 Oscar nominations for Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' [Xarnis]
    1.5 more delays for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' [Xarnis]
    5 Oscar nominations for Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' [Xarnis]

    Buy Or Sell
    When watching the Oscar telecast, if 'Lincoln' wins Best Film Editing then it's a lock for Best Picture [Xarnis]
    True Grit is re-adapted, better than the Coen's version [Xarnis]
    Steven Soderbergh's comeback movie is Ocean's 14 [Xarnis]
    A sequel to 'John Carter' is made eventually [Xarnis]

    Playing the Percentages
    % that 'Oz: The Great an Powerful' exceeds your expectations [Xarnis]
    % Ang Lee wins Best Director at this years Oscars [Xarnis]
    % a video game adaptation earns a best picture nomination at the Oscars in the next 15 years. [Xarnis]

  • http://www.twitter.com/marlonwallace marlonwallace

    I like Navaneethks question about Film Registry picks.

    I can't believe Laremy didn't toss in 'Punch-Drunk Love' but I also have to say that 'Election' should be top of the list of R-rated comedies, or what about:

    'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'
    'The Aristocrats'
    'Welcome to the Dollhouse'
    'Naked Lunch'
    'Ghost World'
    'Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic'
    'Eddie Murphy Raw'
    'Strangers With Candy'


    --Last year, Matthias Schoenaerts starred in the Oscar-nominated 'Bullhead' and this year he's starring in the Oscar-nominated 'Death of a Shadow'. This makes two years in a row that he's starred in movies that have been brought to the Oscars. Coincidence or is this guy just a really good actor who knows how to pick good roles? He speaks really good English and has a few English-speaking films coming up, but if you could guide his career, assuming you liked him, what would you want to see him do or what director would you pair him with?

    --One criticism I had about 'Side Effects' is its possible homophobia. I say "possible homophobia" because in the past couple of months, we've seen a number of movies and TV shows that depict gay people as villains or doing villainous things, i.e. 'Skyfall' and the new FOX series 'The Following'. In the long article by Tim Molloy at TheWrap.com, he speculates that this would only be homophobic if the implication was that being gay was the cause of the villainy, which I don't think 'Side Effects' implies, but my question goes to the culture it now finds itself, not only in the entertainment landscape as a whole but in Soderbergh's filmography specifically. Up until now, as far as I know, Soderbergh has never done a movie with gay characters as the protagonists or even as the supporting characters. He could have. He's had gay actors in his movies, specifically 'Magic Mike' and 'Full Frontal', and both movies could have been great opportunities to feature gay protagonists but Soderbergh doesn't. But now, he throws out a film with gay villains and he has with his upcoming HBO movie the most flamboyant and stereotypically gay figure in recent history, Liberace. It makes me curious. Soderbergh complained earlier about major distributors saying his Liberace movie was "too gay" to put into theaters, somehow making them seem homophobic. Yet, Soderbergh has not once in nearly 25 years in the biz thought to put a gay person in his movies and when he does, he goes for these two extremes, which most gay media advocates want to avoid, so I'm not sure which is worse on a grand-scheme cultural level. What say you guys?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Snicket/ Justin

    Lister Question:

    What franchise out there has the best fans?

    My take on a few:

    Lord of the Rings, as a Ringer-ish myself (The Hobbit was lukewarm) I find these fans to be pretty well tempered and welcoming.

    Star Wars: My goodness, what a bunch of pushy chest beating nerds. I think a lot of the uncomfort here stems from the subconscious knowledge that the films they are worshiping are pretty terrible.

    Twilight: I can never tell if a twilight fan is one of those legitimate crazy people who thinks they are watching art, or a fan who only likes it in an ironic way.

    Harry Potter: It's amazing that a lot of these fans share the same demo as twilight but somehow manage to keep their passion in check.

    Also I love the idea of a 3rd grade Brad just as angry as he is today.

    Angry Brad, are you coming to visit my home state? You mentioned Park City but if you are coming for March Madness I imagine you would visit my alma mater.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

    [Listener Question] I know it is arbitrary since we all know the best do not often win Oscars, but if you could pick the most deserving choices for Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay, who would you pick? [David Gaillardetz]

    [Listener Question] What are your favorite LGBT films? [David Gaillardetz]

    3.5 Oscar wins for Lincoln [David Gaillardetz]
    10 years until a film with an overtly gay focus wins Best Picture. [David Gaillardetz]
    3 of your 2013 Top 10 are nominated for Best Picture next year.

    Side Effects snags an Oscar nomination. [David Gaillardetz]

    Playing the Percentages:
    % chance Daniel Day-Lewis gets a fourth Best Actor Oscar win (I think it is safe to assume he has his third).

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

    [Listener Question] I know it is arbitrary since we all know the best do not often win Oscars, but if you could pick the most deserving choices for Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay, who would you pick? [David Gaillardetz]

    [Listener Question] What are your favorite LGBT films? [David Gaillardetz]

    3.5 Oscar wins for Lincoln [David Gaillardetz]
    10 years until a film with an overtly gay focus wins Best Picture. [David Gaillardetz]
    3 of your 2013 Top 10 are nominated for Best Picture next year. [David Gaillardetz]

    Side Effects snags an Oscar nomination. [David Gaillardetz]

    Playing the Percentages:
    % chance Daniel Day-Lewis gets a fourth Best Actor Oscar win (I think it is safe to assume he has his third). [David Gaillardetz]

  • Trishana

    Playing the Percentages:
    % chance a minority director male or female wins an oscar in 2014
    % chance Laremy will watch the Would You Rather movie
    % chance Justin Timberlake will ever get an oscar nomination for acting

    Would you rather:
    never be allowed to rewatch movies you love or have to watch trailers for every movie you see
    watch a slapstick comedy directed by Quentin Tarantino or a crime drama directed by Judd Apatow

    Buy or Sell:
    10 years before Jennifer Lawrence does a nude scene in a film

  • Justin Golding

    Buy/Sell: Laremy is thrown in Jail after asking John C. Reily guard "Do you wanna live?"

    Also, I can't believe noone has mentioned Sideways in the best R-rated comedy thread.

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

    The results for the Baftas are in with Lewis, Riva, Hathaway, and Waltz winning in the acting categories. Do these reults have a big impact on the upcoming Oscars? Do Lawrence and Chastain still stand a chance? What about De Niro?

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

    Buy or Sell: The producers go back and rename The Last Exorcism "The Penultimate Exorcism"

  • http://Nonemovielover Sam

    Just recently started listening to your podcast and I'm a giant fan been a big website follower for years. I loved your nook/Barnes and noble/ kindle talk. I worked as a manager for B&N for years and left during the nook changeover. It's really quite the shame. The over pricing and low grade product is disheartening, not to mention the face that all the relaxing chairs have been gone. My question in relation to e book content vs brick and mortar content is with DVD streaming and DVD stores. Will we lose all DVD stores? Or will they go the opposite way and start dropping pricing or more exclusive sales and promos like amazon prime? Keep up the great work these podcast get me through my daily cpmmute

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

      I was going to ask similar question as well. (DVD streaming vs. physical copies) Do you ever think there is going to be a point in which we chose one or the other? I was having a hard time this weekend trying to figure out which one to stick to.

      Brad, I'm sure you have an amazing movie collection but is there a point in which you chose to forgo the physical copy? Same question goes to Laremy.

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

    Listener Questions:
    -I wanted to start watching the director works of greats like PTA and the Coen Brothers and it got me thinking. What do you think is the better way to watch films of a specific director? Do a film marathon session or space them out to think about the themes more in depth? [TJ]

    -Do you think the quality and positive reviews of House of Cards will cause it to be picked up by TV bigs like HBO or Showtime for the next season or do you think it will remain an exclusive release on Netflix? [TJ]

    -1.5 more seasons of House of Cards [TJ]
    -1.5 Oscar wins for Django Unchained [TJ]

    Buy of Sell:
    -House of Cards gets picked up by HBO/Showtime for its second season instead of being streamed exclusively on Netflix [TJ]

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

    Question: One of you guys talked before about how much more brutal the original screenplay to W. was. Would you happen to know where I could find a copy of it?

  • http://www.seensome.com SeenSome

    I've got to side with Laremy on the comedy debate. Clearly Brad has a blind spot for a certain type of smart, well written R rated comedy and shrugs them as dumb. Films like Wedding Crashers, Superbad etc. might have gross out humor in place but these are great comedies with a lot of heart.

    And Laremy, I bought your book, the paperback version no less!

  • Jaylav3205

    Which actor do you think will have the best year? Quality not money. Money wise I think it will be the Rock because he has possibly 5 movies coming out this year.