Podcast: Reviewing 'Warm Bodies' and 'Bullet to the Head' and Answering Your Voicemails!

The soundboard is live and you will be heard

Rope of Silicon PodcastAfter all the talk it's finally here, the soundboard is up and active and we are taking your voicemails live on the RopeofSilicon podcast and today we're kicking things off with eight of them. In addition to our fancy new functionality we are also reviewing Warm Bodies and Bullet to the Head as well as playing our standard amount of games including Over/Under, Buy or Sell and the new found favorite, Playing the Percentages.

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.

  • 00:00-00:33 - Introduction
  • 00:34-4:03 - New show format now with a soundboard and your voicemails (call (925) 526-5763 / (925) 5-BNL-POD)
  • 4:04-5:44 - Show notes
  • 5:45-7:27 - Random bits
  • 7:28-9:05 - Top Ten of 2012 - First Round Complete (find the poll here)
  • 9:06-13:14 - Responses to the ending to Argo
  • 13:15-16:30 - Couple of random stories
  • 16:31-19:28 - [Listener Question] What do you guys think was the least deserving Oscar nominee? (ex. Screenplay for Flight or Song for Ted) [Fox]
  • 19:29-21:35 - [Listener Question] Reportedly, 'Cloud Atlas' and 'Skyfall' will be re-edited in order to play in China. For 'Cloud Atlas,' 40 minutes will go away, which is significant. Should an artist make that significant a sacrifice in order to do business in China or the global market in general? Do you think someone like Tarantino or P. T. Anderson would go for that kind of sacrifice? [marlonwallace]
  • 21:36-24:50 - [Listener Question] I don't know if you have addressed this already, but what did you think of Quentin Tarantino flipping out on that British reporter? He says something about already addressing the question about gun violence before, but that could be said about many of the questions that are asked, including the first. Did you think his reaction to that one question was a little bit ridiculous because it was a turn-off for me? [marlonwallace]
  • 24:51-26:38 - [Listener Question] It is said there are seven basic types of stories. At this point, after some 120 years and thousands of movies under our collective cinematic belt, do you think it's possible to create something truly original, never seen before, or have we come to a point where the best that we can hope for is for filmmakers to take the familiar elements and combine them in different and, hopefully, unexpected ways? [the colleague]
  • 26:39-54:08 - Listener Voice Mails
    • Trishana - Sundance
    • EPayneDDS - Oscar snubs
    • TJ - House of Cards
    • JN Films - Tom Cruise
    • Corbin
    • Daniel (Xarnis) - Mind bending films
    • David Gaillardetz - Film subjects we disagree with
    • AS - Steven Soderbergh
  • 54:09-1:02:10 - Bullet to the Head review (read mine here)
  • 1:02:11-1:07:32 - Warm Bodies review (read mine here)
  • 1:07:33-1:09:00 - Box Office Challenge Update (chart below)
  • 1:09:01-1:15:15 - Over / Under
    • 50 podcasts until we hear Laremy belt out a full 6-minute version of "Bradhemian Rhapsody" [Fox]
    • 3 cups of the famous coffee that Brad need to drink in order to recover from his bachelor party [Fox]
    • 5.5 years until a sci-fi movie wins best picture [JN Films]
    • B- rating for Warm Bodies by either of you guys [JN Films]
    • 1.5 Oscar nominations for 'Upstream Color' [Xarnis]
    • 5 months until the BnL Podcast is Livestreamed [Xarnis]
    • 3.5 hours running time for this year's Oscar ceremony [Manu]
    • $750 Million worldwide for Fast & Furious 6. (Fast 5 was the biggest hit of the franchise and made $626 Million worldwide) [Nav]
  • 1:15:16-1:20:16 - Buy or Sell
    • Iron Man 3 makes more money the The Avengers.
    • 2012 will be a better year in film then 2013 [JN Films]
    • World War III will eventually happen [JN Films]
    • The Google Voice voicemail is used until the podcast ends [Xarnis]
    • Quentin Tarantino makes a film that is considered better than Pulp Fiction [Xarnis]
    • Laremy gets a better coffee maker than Brad to show him up. [Corbin]
    • DVD Prizes will be resurrected and sent to the best voicemail message every week [TJ]
  • 1:20:17-1:30:58 - Playing the Percentages:
    • % on Rotten Tomatoes for Peter Jackson's Tintin 2 (coming in 2015) [Bruce]
    • % of Sundance films that will get nominated for a best picture oscar [Trishana]
    • % of people that listen to the BnL podcast under 20 years old [Xarnis]
    • % chance Wilbon listens to the podcast [Scott]
    • % chance someone gives a shout-out to Harvey Weinstein during the Oscars [David Gaillardetz]
    • % chance next year's Oscar best picture winner will come in the first half of 2013 [JN Films]
    • % chance Evil Dead is "the most terrifying film you will ever experience." [Andrew J.S.]
    • % chance Brad's Bachelor Party Hangover is memory-erasing. [Corbin]
    • % chance that PTA has made his best movie of his career [Corbin]
    • % chance "Playing the Percentages" renders the Buy/Sell segment obsolete? [Disco Paco]
    • % chance 'World of Warcraft' is the first genuinely good game-to-movie adaptation [the colleague]
    • % chance that Christopher Nolan, Ben Affleck, or David Fincher wins Best Director in the next 10 years [G-Man]
    • % chance that Laremy would watch Movie 43 AND Texas Chainsaw 3D back to back if presented with a cash offer of $1001 [Stephen]
  • 1:30:59-1:32:44 - Would You Rather
    • ...watch a movie in an incorrect aspect ratio or watch a movie with audio slightly out-of-sync [the colleague]
    • ...be horribly disfigured (mostly in the face) or be all good in the exterior but suffer chronic pain (neck, back, and/or legs) for the rest of your life?
  • 1:32:45-1:34:56 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:34:57-1:41:29 - 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$18.6m-$93.8m
Movie 43Jan 25$6m$16.8m$1.8m
Hansel and Gretel: Witch HuntersJan 25$50m$59.8m-$65.1m
Stand Up GuysFeb 1$0
Side EffectsFeb 8 $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$68.9m-$81m
Broken CityJan 18$35m$16.3m-$71.1m
MamaJan 18$15m$53.6m$16.1m
ParkerJan 25$30m$8.7m-$66.2m
Warm BodiesFeb 1$30m$0
Bullet to the HeadFeb 1$55m$0
Identity ThiefFeb 8$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.

  • Jake17

    My friends said Red Dawn was better than Skyfall. :(

  • Travis

    Soderbergh said that that is only film where nothing could be done differently. That could be read many ways

    • Travis

      And that Vonnegut quote was done in a lecture and one of my favorites, Laremy! =)

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

    Over/Under: 3 months before Brad's computer crashes and a podcast casts messed up.

  • Bruce

    Buy or Sell
    One of you guys gives The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug a B or over.
    The Hobbit series is considered Jackson's worst films.

  • JN Films

    90% RT for Side Effects [JN Films]
    90% RT for The Place Beyond the Pine (87% for Blue Valentine) [JN Films]
    75% chance that The Justice League script by Will Beall will get re-written [JN Films]
    76% RT for The Great Gatsby (76% for Moulin Rouge) [JN Films]
    2.5 more The Lonely Island videos Laremy watches by the next podcast [JN Films]
    50% chance that YOLO is better then SWAG [JN Films]
    7.5 more Tom Cruise action-flicks [JN Films]
    50% chance that Behind the Candelabra eventually gets a theatrical release [JN Films]
    0.5 more JGL and Jonathon Levine collaborations [JN Films]
    3.5 more JGL directed films [JN Films]
    15 more calls for the next podcast [JN Films]

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

    Not sure if you didn't want this list or I didn't get it sent in time yesterday. Thought it'd be appropriate w/ Side Effects coming out this next week.

    Watch This/Watch That [RagingTaxiDriver]
    Soderbergh vs. Coen Bros
    Contagion vs. Blood Simple
    Traffic vs. No Country For Old Men
    Out of Sight vs. The Big Lebowski
    Ocean's Eleven vs. Miller's Crossing
    Magic Mike vs. Fargo
    The Informant! vs. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    sex, lies, and videotapes vs. Barton Fink
    Erin Brokovich vs. The Man Who Wasn't There
    Side Effects vs. True Grit

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    Loving the musical ditty that went along with the intro to Good Tweets. Great job on this show guys, I'm really digging the Google Voicemail and the soundboard stuff.

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

    Just a thought, I am always down for the Gladiator "are you not entertained?" clip, if you want to find a way to throw that into the podcast at random times.

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

      I'm all for that.

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

    Dude, "handicapped" is not the preferred nomenclature."

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

    7 years until another biopic is done on an American president. [David Gaillardetz]

    Steven Soderbergh ends up directing another movie. [David Gaillardetz]
    "Les Miserables 2: Eponine Strikes Back!" is even better than the original. [David Gaillardetz]

    Playing the Percentages
    % of people that will favorably rate Seth Macfarlane's hosting job at the Oscars. [David Gaillardetz]

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

    Some Wes Anderson sound bites would be AWESOME. Like the 'disloyal" line from Fantastic Mr. Fox. Just get every funny line and when appropriate....BOOM! "WHAT THE CUSS!"

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

    Is there a particular time slot to call and ask a question? or call and leave a voicemail anytime?

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

      Call whenever, 24/7.

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

    If you could/should be one of those 'seatsfillers' at the oscar, for wich celebrity would that be if you could choose?

    What movie 'classic' or older movie would you wanna watch if you could time travel to it's opening day?

    With this race at the oscars between Argo and Lincoln, some academy members might change their votes to one of these two rather than their favourite movie of the nine, what movie Argo or Lincoln could benefit more from this? and from what movie would people change their votes to argo or Lincoln. For instance would someone who favours Django go for Argo or Lincoln?

  • Bob Phelan

    It doesn't matter if its my mom I freeze up, get distracted, and lose my train of thought when I'm leaving a voicemail. Something about talking into the void i guess. I suck at it and that was no different here so I'll just leave it in written form:

    I finally caught up with Hard Eight and have now seen all of PTA's films. In my opinion he doesn't have a bad movie in the bunch but I was wondering how each of you would rank his films. For my money I have it as There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, The Master, Punch Drunk Love, Boogie Nights, Hard Eight.

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    Really like the new soundboard and voice mails. I'll definitely be leaving some questions at some point.

    I didn't comment on the article about Argo's ending, but I found it interesting that I was talking to a fellow cinephile the other day who claimed that he found the ending to be cliched and amateurish. He said that the standard, formulaic manner in which it was handled took away from what could have been a truly great sequence. I agree with him to some degree...

    I don't wish to keep bringing up one of my favorite films, but in regards to the question about whether or not another truly original film will ever be made, I can definitely say that Gummo is one of the few films in the past 15 or so years that fits into that category. It's a film that is like nothing you will have ever seen before.

    Also, I think I've stated this before, but if not, I don't mind admitting that I fit into the category of being a podcast listener under the age of 20.

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

    While watching a movie, which one of these would be the first thing to potentially take you out of it, assuming both the story and actors were actually good? [the colleague]
    a) sudden and/or jarring tonal shifts
    b) clumsily written and/or delivered exposition
    c) overbearing and/or annoying score
    d) uneven pacing
    e) something else (if so, what?)

    - 11.5 minutes on average it takes either of you to go through the comments in preparation for the podcast [the colleague]
    - 1.5 movies from Marvel's Phase Two that don't end up being profitable by your calculations [the colleague]

    Play the Percentages:
    - % chance both of you stay in the red in the winter draft [the colleague]
    - % chance Laremy will ever sing a song in a foreign language (French, for example) [the colleague]

    Would You Rather:
    - ...let out a really stinky fart in a packed theater or a really loud fart inside a full elevator [the colleague]
    - ...be a vampire squeamish at the sight of blood or be a zombie marathon runner [the colleague]
    - ...be The Fifth Element, like Milla Jovovich or have The Sixth Sense, like Haley Joel Osment [the colleague]

    Watch This or Watch That (Airplane Edition):
    - Airplane! or Planes, Trains & Automobiles
    - Con Air or Air Force One
    - Snakes on a Plane or Passenger 57
    - Flight or United 93
    - Die Hard 2 or The Terminal

  • Bren

    Question: What actor, past or present, would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JonSullivan/ Jon Sullivan

    Watch This or Watch That
    - Winter's Bone or Silver Linings Playbook (Jennifer Lawrence films)
    - Closer or Black Swan (Natalie Portman films)
    - Lars and the Real Girl or Crazy, Stupid Love (Ryan Gosling films)
    - Michael Clayton or Good Night and Good Luck (George Clooney films)

    [Jon Sullivan]

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

    1.5 films that premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival that are nominated for Best Picture at the 2014 Oscars [Xarnis]
    4 more Western films that are nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars in the next 10 years [Xarnis]
    3 more Rian Johnson/Joseph Gordon Levitt collaborations [Xarnis]

    Buy or Sell
    Brad compiles a book of all of his reviews of 2013 at the end of the year [Xarnis]
    House of Cards is adapted for film in the next 15 years [Xarnis]
    David Fincher's next film is a political drama, akin to House of Cards [Xarnis]

    Playing the percentages
    % Django Unchained wins the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay [Xarnis]
    % on RT for The Wolf of Wall Street [Xarnis]
    % for Lincoln to win Best Picture [Xarnis]

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

      By the way, I, myself, am under 20. 19 to be precise.

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Not sure how much of an affect the Annie's has on Best Animated film, but you guys must be happy Wreck-It Ralph won it?

    So excited that the Oscar's are nearly here! Still some exciting races (Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress isn't locked up, Best Picture could still surprise + Best Animation is up in the air!)

    45% Tommy Lee Jones wins Best Supporting Actor [Alex Thomas]
    80% Argo Wins Best Picture [Alex Thomas]
    55% Wreck-It Ralph wins Best Animated Feature Film [Alex Thomas]

    Hopefully I've balanced the next one well... ;)

    Would you rather?
    Brave wins Best Animated Film but you get 3 negative iTunes Reviews in the next month or Wreck-It Ralph wins Best Animated Film [Alex Thomas]

    • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

      Doh... that last one should be:

      Would you rather?
      Brave wins Best Animated Film or Wreck-It Ralph wins Best Animated Film but you get 3 negative iTunes reviews in the next month [Alex Thomas]

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

    Speaking of age, I will turn 31 this year, and we're expecting our 2nd baby this summer :) Just FYI.

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

      Congrats on the baby Adu!

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

    Happy to say, I am a podcast listener over the age of 30.


    --'Silver Linings Playbook' is the 14th film to be nominated in all four acting categories. It's also the first film since 'Reds' (1981) with Warren Beatty to achieve that distinction. Prior to 1981, it seemed like you had a movie get all four acting nominations every other year or so. There was even two that did it in 1967 - 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' and 'Bonnie and Clyde' also with Warren Beatty. 'Silver Linings' broke a 31-year dry spell as it were. My question is... why the 31-year dry spell? Is it because there hasn't been a movie since 'Reds' with four great performances in it that everyone can agree on? Is it because Warren Beatty just isn't acting as much any more, or is it something else?


    Buy or Sell

    --The number of comments on the Podcast page decrease under 10, replaced with voice-mails.

    Would You Rather

    --Have 0 comments on the podcast page and a ton of voice-mails OR have 0 voice-mails and a ton of comments, despite heavily pushing the new phone number?

  • henry

    B- for Iron Man 3 from Brad

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

    [Listener Question] At this point in the the award season do we have "lock-ins" for the acting categories or are we bound for surprises on the 24th? [Manu]

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

      To me, it seems that Day-Lewis and Hathaway are locks, with Lawrence becoming more and more likely. The Supporting Actor category still seems pretty wide open with Tommy Lee Jones, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Robert DeNiro all within striking range.

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

    Thought I would try out the word game to mix it up a bit...

    B&L Word Game:
    -Christopher Nolan's take on James Bond would be ______.[TJ]
    -You will be most shocked if ________ wins Best Picture.[TJ]
    -3D movies will be _______ in 10 years.[TJ]
    -Seth MacFarlane will be _______ as host of the Oscars.[TJ]

    Buy or Sell:
    -JJ Abrams directs a James Bond film after directing Star Wars VII [TJ]
    -Laremy buys a single DVD this year [TJ]

    Would you rather:
    -Be annoyed by John C. Reilly security guard to turn off your phone numerous times or be caught in an elevator with the awkward "bus girl" publicist [TJ]

  • Mykael

    Listener's Question-
    Why aren't there more movies with film critics, commentators, referees in lead/central role?

    20 years, a controversial film on AMPAS & its administration is made with a woman in central role as an angry prophet denouncing the hypocrisies of modern academy, with a possible title No Country For Old Women.

    Buy/ Sell-
    Monsieur Edgar WRIGHT completes his 'Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy'/ 'Blood and Ice Cream trilogy'' successfully on high note with 'The World's End' meeting the standards set by its predecessors.

    Playing the Percentages-
    %, ZERO DARK THIRTY wins oscar for Best Editing.

    Would you rather-
    be a member of self-aggrandizing AMPAS or a member of fascist Chinese Film Censor Board.

    Watch this or Watch that-
    Monsieur Sidney LUMET VS Monsieur Martin SCORCESE