It's another Friday episode of the RopeofSilicon podcast and we have reviews of Lee Daniels' The Butler, Kick-Ass 2 and Jobs for your ear holes, a couple of listener voicemails, a date is set for the next box office draft, a bunch of your questions, games and more. Hope you enjoy!
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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.
- 00:00-1:14 - Introduction
- 1:15-8:19 - Show notes
- 8:20-15:19 - Box Office Draft Update and date for next draft
- 15:20-21:06 - Craig Ferguson clip
- 21:07-26:21 - [Listener Question] Has someone's opinion of a movie changed your overall feelings for the person? [AlmostFilmCritic]
- 26:22-35:37 - [Listener Voicemail] Matt - Elysium
- 35:38-42:46 - [Listener Voicemail] Jeff - Elysium, District 9 sequel, directors
- 42:47-51:30 - [Listener Question] My friend just watched Elysium was said he was disappointed. But what caught my attention is what he said next, "Looks like The Wolverine is the blockbuster of this summer." Although I do not agree with that (I don't think there is a clear winner), I am surprised he forgot about IM3 as he is a fanatic of IM. So my question to you is, isn't this summer a great example of Hollywood substituting action for story and as a result we are not having very memorable movies as of late. How fast do they need to turn that around? As I can see people getting tired of just mindless action without a very good story. [Nav]
- 51:31-56:12 - [Listener Question] I wanted to know your guys opinion on the switch from film to digital in the theater end of the business. I live a couple states over in Montana and our state is mostly made up of small towns and in most of them that have movie theaters it becomes the focal point of the downtown. With the switch to digital, company's are going to stop sending 35mm film and for a small theater like ours we cant afford a digital projector which will mean we will have to close our doors. Do you think the switch to digital is better for the industries when they loose all the small town theaters that can afford to make the switch? [Outlaw723]
- 56:13-58:48 - Pretty sure the last #GoodComments was trolling
- 58:49-1:10:46 - The Butler review (read Brad's review here)
- 1:10:47-1:16:41 - Kick-Ass 2 review (read Brad's review here)
- 1:16:42-1:23:09 - Jobs review
- 1:23:10-1:27:43 - Over / Under
- 4 inches- the total that Laremy looks up to Brad, physically of course [John D.]
- $60 million domestically for Runner, Runner [Roland]
- C for The Pink Panther (2006) [Alex]
- 5 years until an animated movie is nominated for Best Picture [Tiago Rti]
- .5 more Percy Jackson films [andyluvsfilms]
- B grade for The Legend of Bagger Vance [JPColeman]
- 10.5 Oscar noms for the most nominated film of 2013 [AlmostFilmCritic]
- 1:27:44-1:32:32 - Buy or Sell
- Both of you will give a 2013 Best Picture nominee a "D+" or worse. (Doesn't have to be the same film.) [AlmostFilmCritic]
- A cinema allowing texting and talking would fail because those texting and talking get annoyed by others texting and talking [andyluvsfilms]
- Avatar 2 and 3 will not receive a Best Picture nom but 4 will [andyluvsfilms]
- 1:32:33-1:37:30 - Playing the Percentages
- % of people who see Lovelace that have also seen Deep Throat [The Colleague]
- % of people who say "Lee Daniels' The Butler" rather than just "The Butler" when buying tickets to it this weekend [G-Man]
- % chance The Wolf of Wall Street makes Brad's Top Ten Movies of 2013 [Chris]
- % chance Lee Daniels The Butler is nominated for Best Picture [Aidan Khan]
- % chance The Butler wins Best Picture [B. Smith]
- % chance Jacques Audiard (director of A Prophet and Rust and Bone) ever gets a nomination for Best Director [Tiago Rti]
- % chance Adam McKay has yet to make his best film [Hudsucker]
- 1:37:31-1:39:04 - #GoodTweets
- 1:39:05-1:40:57 - [Listener Question] As an aspiring film critic, I am a little bit confused on something involving rating a film. Who do you consider a better film critic, a critic who has a huge love for film and rates highly for many films or a critic who rarely gives high ratings and only does it for near perfect films? I want to know because I want to give high ratings and introduce people to a lot of a great films that are new ranging from Frances Ha to Laurence Anyways but I also want people to take my 5 star reviews seriously and see those films as films on a league of there own from Sightseers to The Place Beyond the Pines. [Ryan]
- 1:40:58-1:42:15 - [Listener Question] Do you guys think that the movies kids watch at young age affect their minds later on? Would a child who watches movies like "The Iron Giant" and "Wall-E" have better thought processes than kids who watch movies filled with fart jokes like "The Smurfs 2"? [Austin Rains]
- 1:42:16-1:44:20 - Closing
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Summer 2013 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy
|Iron Man 3||May 1||$200m||$1.21b||$712.4m|
|The Great Gatsby||May 9||$105m||$330.9m||$68.4m|
|Fast & Furious 6||May 23||$160m||$782.5m||$382.5m|
|After Earth||May 30||$130m||$244.9m||-$80m|
|The Internship||June 6||$58m||$76.3m||-$68.6m|
|Monsters University||June 20||$185m||$637.4m||$174.9m|
|World War Z||June 21||$190m||$502.9m||$27.9m|
|The Conjuring||July 18||$20m||$170.4m||$120.4m|
|Disney's Planes||August 8||$50m||$29.9m||-$95m|
|Star Trek Into Darkness||May 14||$190m||$452.2m||-$22.7m|
|The Hangover Part III||May 23||$103m||$350.9m||$93.4m|
|Before Midnight||May 23||$2.7m||$11m||$4.2m|
|This is the End||June 11||$32m||$111.9m||$31.9m|
|Man of Steel||June 14||$225m||$648.5m||$86m|
|The Heat||June 27||$43m||$198.6m||$91.1m|
|Despicable Me 2||July 3||$76m||$751.4m||$561.4m|
|Grown Ups 2||July 11||$80m||$155.9m||-$44m|
|The Smurfs 2||July 30||$105m||$161.1m||-$101.3m|
The Summer 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 May and August of 2013. The draft took place on April 23, 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.