Another Friday and another batch of reviews as Laremy and I take a look at The Wolverine and Blue Jasmine. We also play a snippet from my interview with the stars and director of The World's End, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, where they discuss the birth of the Duchess' baby and after that we answer several of your questions, six of your voicemails, play our regular batch of games and even a little Watch This or Watch That. It's an absolutely packed episode. We hope you enjoy!
On top of that we have your traditional bit of questions, comments, games and new DVDs and Blu-ray, but overall this episode may be short, but it moves quite well. 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.
- 00:00-1:33 - Introduction
- 1:34-6:48 - Show notes
- 6:49-13:10 - Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost talk about Kate's baby
- 13:11-21:08 - [Listener Question] You guys talked about the pointlessness of going to Comic Con. I was wondering if the same could be said of TIFF. All the movies starring big names or directed by established filmmakers will likely get a theatrical release, so why bother? It's not like Sundance where the likelihood of seeing films that will never play again is far less. Just as Comic Con is basically Hollywood studios marketing for blockbusters, isn't TIFF just marketing for Oscar season? [Marlon Wallace]
- 21:09-22:33 - [Listener Question] No Foxcatcher in the TIFF lineup, does that mean we won't see the movie released in 2013? [Roland]
- 22:34-26:15 - [Listener Question] J.K. Rowling used a pseudonym for her new book to avoid hype and pressure and called it a "liberating experience". Do you think this would be a good strategy for some high-profile directors like Scorsese or Nolan? Assuming it's possible, do you think it's a good idea for filmmakers in order to avoid pre-release hype and comparisons to their earlier work? Or what about studios? Say Pixar made an animated film, but released it under a different studio, how would people react? [Kessler]
- 26:16-28:15 - [Listener Question] I know you guys are all about directors having creative control, but don't you think there needs to be a limit or at least some kind of oversight? The recent news that Niell Blomkamp wanted to cast Eminem ahead of Matt Damon for Elysium makes me believe there is a place for the producers to step and get things in order. Perhaps this is just an extreme example though and in total, although there may be mistakes like this made, the majority of movies would be better if directors had more creative control. [G-Man]
- 28:16-29:41 - [Listener Question] You guys mentioned that you would watch Pacific Rim over The Hobbit, despite the fact that you both gave the latter a higher grade. I agree that movies can get worse over time, but do you think that goes the other way around? Are there some movies that you look back on and go, "Maybe I was a little too harsh on that."? [Kessler]
- 29:42-34:40 - [Listener Question] Any notable movies that you love with very low RT scores? How about movies you hate with very high RT scores? [Bob Phelan]
- 34:41-36:52 - [Listener Question] What are some of your favorite Woody Allen films? Which of his films do you consider to be the most overrated and underrated? [Andrew13]
- 36:53-41:00 - Blue Jasmine review (read Brad's review here)
- 41:01-42:06 - The To-Do List review
- 42:07-58:47 - The Wolverine review (read Brad's review here)
- 58:48-1:03:52 - [Listener Voicemail] Thomas - The Wolverine and Hugh Jackman's social media approach
- 1:03:53-1:07:00 - [Listener Voicemail] Aidan - Superhero movies
- 1:07:01-1:12:17 - [Listener Voicemail] Rich - Batman vs. Superman
- 1:12:18-1:16:28 - [Listener Voicemail] Hudsucker - One hit wonder directors
- 1:16:29-1:23:56 - [Listener Voicemail] Kathryn Gironimi - Book adaptations
- 1:23:57-1:26:33 - [Listener Voicemail] Andy - The small movies people don't see
- 1:26:34-1:33:15 - Over / Under
- 6.5 more years that Woody Allen continues his one film a year streak (which currently dates back to 1982) [Andrew13]
- A- for The Wolf of Wall Street [Chris]
- 310 lines of credits in the credits for "Elysium" [IgmarTheBergman]
- $100 million worldwide gross for The World's End (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz made $30 million and $80 million, respectively) [Kessler]
- 3.5 Academy Awards nominations for George Clooney at the next Oscars (he can be nominated for Best Director/Best Picture/Best Actor/Best Screenplay for Monuments Men, he can also be nominated for Best Picture in August: Osage County because he is the producer) [Tiago Rti]
- 3 films that were covered at Comic-Con that are well received by Brad and Laremy [Xarnis]
- 1:33:16-1:36:27 - Buy or Sell
- The year's Best Picture winner plays at TIFF. (It has the past five years) [Fox]
- Gravity makes the best use of 3D this year (regardless of what you think of the film)
- Brad and Laremy would have checked out Pacific Rim if they weren't critics [G-Man]
- Godzilla has a scene where a drunk person spots the monster and then discards his alcohol [andyluvsfilms]
- 1:36:28-1:41:55 - Playing the Percentages
- % chance Cate Blanchett wins Best Actress for Blue Jasmine [Andrew13]
- % chance Inside Llewyn Davis wins Best Picture [Chris]
- % chance Spike Lee gets his film funded at Kickstarter [Kessler]
- % chance Laremy forgets to sing again [ryguy815]
- % chance superhero movies go out of style within 5 years [B. Smith]
- % chance the podcast becomes so popular that it requires a spinoff with Cheetara and Cinemascore [Corbin]
- 1:41:56-1:43:18 - Watch This / Watch That (Vegas Edition)
- Casino vs. Leaving Las Vegas
- Showgirls vs. Vegas Vacation
- Rain Man vs. The Hangover
- Ocean's 11 vs. Swingers
- 1:43:19-1:45:06 - #GoodTweets
- 1:45:07-1:47:45 - Closing
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Summer 2013 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy
|Iron Man 3||May 1||$200m||$1.21b||$711.7m|
|The Great Gatsby||May 9||$105m||$329.9m||$67.4m|
|Fast & Furious 6||May 23||$160m||$712.6m||$312.6m|
|After Earth||May 30||$130m||$235.6m||-$89.3m|
|The Internship||June 6||$58m||$69.1m||-$75.8m|
|Monsters University||June 20||$185m||$534.8m||$72.3m|
|World War Z||June 21||$190m||$458m||-$16.9m|
|The Conjuring||July 18||$20m||$56.3m||$6.3m|
|Disney's Planes||August 8|
|Star Trek Into Darkness||May 14||$190m||$448.7m||-$26.2m|
|The Hangover Part III||May 23||$103m||$350.7m||$93.2m|
|Before Midnight||May 23||$2.7m||$10.4m||$3.7m|
|This is the End||June 11||$32m||$100.9m||$20.9m|
|Man of Steel||June 14||$225m||$635.5m||$73m|
|The Heat||June 27||$43m||$147.8m||$40.3m|
|Despicable Me 2||July 3||$76m||$592.2m||$402.2m|
|Grown Ups 2||July 11||$80m||$94m||-$105.9m|
|The Smurfs 2||July 30|
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.