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Rope of Silicon PodcastIt's an all new episode of the RopeofSilicon Podcast and Brad isn't recording his side of the conversation off his monitor mic this time around and yet, his audio is quite bad nonetheless so we apologize for that and will hopefully have that squared away sooner rather than later.

As for today's episode we talk a little about the 2012 RopeofSilicon Awards and Laremy names his favorite performances from 2012, we talk briefly about the Box-Office challenge, there was a John C. Reilly security guard sighting in the wild, we get to several of your questions and play a little Over/Under and Watch This or Watch That. Also, thanks to your contributions we have an all new segment of Oddsmakers, which we hope you will continue to supply suggestions for to shake things up a bit.

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.

  • 00:00-4:15 - Introduction and frustrations with Brad's mic from last episode
  • 4:16-4:35 - Laremy can't use his email
  • 4:36-7:09 - Laremy recommends a podcast
  • 7:10-8:07 - We got two more reviews on iTunes!
  • 8:08-19:25 - A Twitter aside
  • 19:26-20:17 - Sundance and cell phones
  • 20:18-22:54 - Justin thinks we should always have four months for the Box Office Draft.
  • 22:55-25:33 - Laremy had to write an article about the largest ensembles
  • 25:34-28:19 - John C. Reilly security guard sighting in the wild
  • 28:20-30:44 - [Listener Question] Been listening to your podcast for about a month now and so far I'm really enjoying it. It's almost like me and one of my friends are just sitting down having a conversation about the movies we see except y'all actually get paid to do this for a living. [Jaylav3205]
  • 30:45-38:38 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 38:39-43:17 - #GoodComments
  • 43:18-53:49 - A look at the 2012 RopeofSilicon Awards
  • 53:50-56:11 - [Listener Question] Do you think ["Girls"] would be better if you watched one episode a week rather than all at once? I find that there are very few shows that hold up to marathon screenings. In particular, I could only make it though half the first season of 24, which i thought was really good for a while, and then suddenly i began to realize that each episode had the exact same structure, with only different details thrown in each episode to make it feel continuous. [drew sandoval]
  • 56:12-57:47 - [Listener Question] Do you guys believe in the idea that recent films shouldn't find their way onto a person's best/favorite films list? For instance, having seen Midnight In Paris and Silver Linings Playbook multiple times each, I would certainly place them on my own list, and quite high I might add. But others think recent films haven't had enough time to truly sink in. What say you, Brad and Laremy? [Jordan B.]
  • 57:48-59:48 - [Listener Question] I was wondering what you all think if Daniel Day-Lewis and the future impact or perception he will have. I notice you didn't mention him as someone that will be considered one of the "greats," but I wasn't sure if he was just too old to fit into the category or if you don't think he will have that lasting impression. To me, his work seems transcendent at times, but it is so hard to predict what future generations will think. [David Gaillardetz]
  • 59:49-1:00:50 - [Listener Question] On a recent podcast, the two of you mentioned that you were expecting 'Thor 2' to be a disaster. Has there been chatter about production not going well? I enjoyed the first one quite a bit, and was looking forward to the sequel. [Jon Sullivan]
  • 1:00:51-1:10:13 - Over / Under
    • 100 million total domestic for SLP currently around 55 [Cordia]
    • 1.5 years that Leonardo DiCaprio will not act [Cordia] [the colleague]
    • .5 more successful movies in Arnold Schwarzenegger's career [Andrew JS]
    • B+ CinemaScore for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters [the colleague]
    • 5 DUI's for Laremy in his life [JN Films]
    • 2.5 oscar noms for The Place Beyond the Pines [JN Films]
    • 10 podcasts till you applaud JN Films, Xarnis, or AS [JN Films]
    • 15 years until Ridley Scott wins a Best Director Oscar [Xarnis]
    • 5 more Star Wars films (including spin-offs) [Xarnis]
    • 50 more times this year that the amazing coffee maker is mentioned. [Corbin]
    • $750 million worldwide for Thor 2. [Corbin]
    • 50 years before someone thanks the B&L podcast in their Oscar acceptance speech. [AS]
  • 1:10:14-1:12:48 - Watch This / Watch That: January Movie Edition (supplied by John D.)
    • Tooth Fairy vs. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
    • Bride Wars vs. The Dilemma
    • Dr. Strangelove vs. Blood Simple
    • Varsity Blues vs. Orange County
    • Cloverfield vs. From Dusk Til Dawn
    • The Grey vs. Taken
  • 1:12:49-1:18:08 - B&L Oddsmakers:
    • % Silver Linings Playbook wins Best Picture [TJ]
    • % Affleck's next project isn't as good as Argo but still earns him a Best Director nom [TJ]
    • % of The Academy puts Django on #1 on their ballot [Cordia]
    • % Dane DeHaan gets a Oscar nom in the next 2 years [JN Films]
    • % The Place Beyond the Pines is better then Blue Valentine [JN Films]
    • % The Canyons is good [Xarnis]
  • 1:18:09-1:20:33 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:20:34-1:21:03 - [Listener Question] With all the controversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty, do you think some directors personally create controversy to give their film more attention? [Xarnis]
  • 1:21:04-1:23:07 - [Listener Question] If the Academy only nominated 5 films for Best Picture this year (2013 Oscars), what would they be? [Xarnis]
  • 1:23:08-1:23:34 - [Listener Question] With Belmondo as your avatar and you mentioning before enjoying movies of French New Wave, was just wondering which came first for you: Mr. Jean-Paul or La Nouvelle Vague? [the colleague]
  • 1:23:35-1:26:46 - A shout out to Sean Fast and a comment on SNL's spoof on Jodie Foster's speech
  • 1:26:47-1:31:30 - Closing

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Winter 2013 Movie Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Promised LandJan 4$15m$7,542,000-$29,958,000
The Last StandJan 18$45m$7,190,000-$105,310,000
Movie 43Jan 25$0
Hansel and Gretel: Witch HuntersJan 25$60m$0
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
   $14.7m-$135.2m
     
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Texas Chainsaw 3DJan 4$20m$33,697,000-$16,303,000
Gangster SquadJan 11$60m$52,415,000-$97,585,000
Broken CityJan 18$35m$9,500,000-$78,000,000
MamaJan 18$15m$34,035,000-$3,465,000
ParkerJan 25$30m$0
Warm BodiesFeb 1$0
Bullet to the HeadFeb 1$55m$0
Identity ThiefFeb 8$0
Safe HavenFeb 14$0
SnitchFeb 22$0
 $129.6m-$195.3m
     

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.

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  • Frank

    Question: If the Academy nominated 10 films for Best Picture this year, what would have been the 10th and final nominee?

  • brace

    I can't understand the obsession of my fellow cinephiles with lists. i tried to compile my own personal favorite films list on imdb- i started with 50 then 100 movies, but i gave up when i realized that i left out so many movies i really like as much as those that did make my list. the best of the year lists are ok, but the best ever lists are ridiculous and dishonest. i agree with Peter Bogdanovich who wrote when sight&sound best ever lists was announced that those lists are impossible and anti film culture. why can't people just like the movies and talk about them without ranking and rating them?

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

    I mostly agree with what you guys are saying... but I thought There Will Be Blood was generally accepted as a masterpiece on day 1. Now, you could say that in 30 years it might not be... but what happens if it is?

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

      Buy/Sell:

      Parents take their little children to see Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters thinking it's a children's film. [AS]

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

        In a way I think it kind of is a kids movie. The type of kids movie that 12 year old boys somehow sneak into and then tell their friends its the greatest movie ever made.

        But I see your point. This could be interesting. . .

  • Susan

    Quick recommendation for future drafts during this time of year. I think you two ought to either make a winter/spring draft (January-April) or only pick five movies during these shorter two month runs. Thoughts?

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

    I'm happy to see One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest among the 9 films that Laremy mentioned. My favorite film of all time.

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

    [Listener Question]
    Since the Academy Best Picture and Best Director nominees usually align, so you think that the Academy will have between 5-10 Best Director nominees in the future?

    Over/Under
    4 Oscar nominations for The Hobbit: There and Back Again (3rd) [Xarnis]
    80 on MetaCritic for Star Trek: Into Darknesss [Xarnis]
    5 more Oscar noms for the Coen Brothers [Xarnis]

    Buy or Sell
    Star Trek: Into Darkness receives a Best Picture nomination [Xarnis]
    5 years from now, Django Unchained is considered Tarantino's best film [Xarnis]

    B&L Oddsmakers
    % Argo wins Best Picture [Xarnis]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kieran/ Kieran Sturt

    Brad, your audio sounds just as bad this episode.

    Watch this, watch that: Iron Man 3 or Thor 2?

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

      Yeah, all fixed going forward, got the necessary equipment to get my professional mic hooked up.

  • Trishana

    You guys should also check out the Yeah It's That Bad podcast. It's pretty funny too.

    Random Questions:
    I was watching the Human Centipede 2 and was shocked by birth scene that occurs in the car. I don't know if you guys have seen the movie but it's pretty despicable. I know you may not be a fan of horror movies but what is the most shocking scene you have seen in a horror movie or in any other genre?

    I was listening to the slash filmcast and in one of their latest episodes they had critic Armond White as a guest. He discussed his complete dislike of Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty. He even said Taken 2 and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance were better movies than ZDT. Do you read his movie reviews? What do you think of critics who completely go against the grain of the movie critic community? What do you think of his better than list of 2012? http://nypress.com/armond-whites-better-than-list-2012/

    Over/Under:
    10 years before a rapper turned actor wins an oscar. (Will Smith has been nominated twice)

    Buy/Sell:
    An NC-17 movie wins a best picture oscar.

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

      Those Human Centipede movies are horrid

      And Mark Wahlberg has also been nominated for two Oscars. However, I'm not sure if he was a rapper before he was an actor, or he was a rapper in his early acting years.

    • Travis

      They have not seen Human Centipede 1 or 2, but I get the reference and still cringe thinking about it

  • http://cinemmaconfessions.blogspot.com Gautam

    Buy/Sell

    Academy take notice of Before series of films, finally nominate Before Midnight for Best Picture next year [Gautam]
    Julie Delphy gets nominated for Best Actress for Before Midnight at Oscars next year. [Gautam]
    Naomi Watts wins Best Actress over Lawrence at SAG [Gautam]

    Over/Under
    1.5 SAG wins for Silver Linings Playbook [Gautam]
    0.5 films which Premiere at Sundance get nominated for Best Picture at Academy awards next year [Gautam]
    July, 2014 release date for Nolan's next Interstellar [Gautam]
    1.5 Oscar noms for Before Midnight next year [Gautam]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AndrewJ.S./ Andrew J.S.

    Over/Under: 2.5 emmy nominations combined for shows exclusively on netflix (House of Cards, Arrested Development, and Eli Roth's Hemlock Grove are all set to be available within the first half of the year)

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

    [Listener Question]
    I am not sure if you feel comfortable answering this, but I have been wondering about it for the last year or so since I have been an avid listener/reader of RopeofSilicon, what motivated the two of you to become film critics? I am a big fan, so obviously there is some talent and passion there, but I am curious if you can pin it down to a specific film that really inspired you or a time in your life that solidified that goal. I'm not sure I could answer that question myself for my own career choice but I have been wondering it for a while. [David Gaillardetz]

    Over/Under
    0.5 Oscar noms for Daniel Radcliffe in the next 10 years. [David Gaillardetz]
    3 Family Guy references made during the Academy Awards. [David Gaillardetz]
    1.5 3-D Movies in 2013 in which you feel the "3D" legitimately improved the film.[David Gaillardetz]

    Buy or Sell
    A foreign or animated film is nominated for Best Picture next year.[David Gaillardetz]

  • Scott

    The Yeah It's That Bad podcast is hilarious!
    Listener Question:
    Should action movies spend their money on special effects or good big name actors?
    I ask this because the effects in Olympus Has Fallen look terrible.

    • Scott

      Rephrased question:
      [Listener Question]
      Should action movies with a mid to low budget, like Olympus Has Fallen, spend their money on special effects or good big name actors? [Scott]

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Well, according to the odds, SLP is a 2% chance lol. You guys could be rich if you really think it will win!

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

    Oddsmakers

    % odds that Brad really is the worst critic in the entire world [Fox]
    % of people that would rather watch a great 'sad' movie than a great 'happy' movie [Fox]
    % odds Harbaugh coaches his team to victory during the Superbowl [Fox]

    Buy/Sell

    Brad and Laremy will host a "1st Annual BnL Parade" next year starting at the gates of the Podcast Mansion. (free coffee for all participants) [Fox]

  • High Hanging Fruit

    Laremy there must be some mistake - no Kevin Bacon films in the ensemble list of films with 10+ name actors??? What about JFK???

  • JN Films

    Over/Under
    65% chance that Man of Steel gets a cinematography Oscar nom (Batman Begins and TDK did) [JN Films]
    45% chance that there will be a similar situation next year like Ben Affleck this year [JN Films]
    1.5 Oscar wins for Silver Linings Playbook [JN Films]
    4.5 times you guys use YOLO or SWAG in your next podcast [JN Films]

    Buy or Sell
    Henry Cavill will be the best superman [JN Films]
    Ryan Gosling plays The Flash in The Justice League movie (I hope not) [JN Films]

  • Matt

    Just wanted to throw in my thoughts on the TV marathoning portion-

    Personally, I managed to marathon through the first season of "Girls" in a day. I really loved that first season, and had no trouble with getting through it all. That show seems really polarizing though, and I guess I could kind of see why. No big deal though.

    As for other shows I marathoned through- the first two seasons of "True Blood" and the first season of "24", but I found the subsequent seasons of both series terrible and stopped watching them. I marathoned through "Veronica Mars", the first three seasons of "Buffy" (I only stopped marathoning because school started again), the first three seasons of "Nip/Tuck" and the first three seasons of "That 70s Show" (I watched the rest of the series, but was significantly less interested).

    It's funny that you guys mentioned "Breaking Bad" though. I'm watching the series now, and am currently near the end of Season 2, but have trouble marathoning it. Not because it's bad (it's as good as people say it is) but simply because it's so dark and, after an episode or two, I tend to want to do something more lighthearted. Looking back at the shows I did marathon through, they were all pretty light hearted and more "fun" to watch then "Breaking Bad."

    Sorry for the overly-long comment, just wanted to contribute my two cents. Great podcast, as always, and a quick, final side note- Brad, all your talk of "The West Wing" these past fews weeks has convinced me to finally check it out after I finish up with "Breaking Bad."

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

    Buy/Sell

    If DiCaprio does a solid acting job on "The Wolf of Wall Street" (and the movie is good) he wins his first Lead Actor Oscar for that Scorsese directed film (since he's been snubbed many times and will have then been on "his long, long break from acting") [EPayneDDS]
    .
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    Brad Pitt actually retires from acting at age 50 [EPayneDDS]
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    Tom Cruise only makes action films from here on out [EPayneDDS]

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

    Buy/Sell

    Christopher Nolan is the man [EPayneDDS]

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    Over / Under

    10 years until a director remakes his own film. The last instance was with Michael Haneke's Funny Games in 2008 and before that, Jean-Marie Poiré's Just Visiting in 2001. [Kai Sacco]

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

    Few things first...

    Brad: "Wow! All these questions of just rational people, understanding that you can not deem something "the best ever" the minute you see it."
    -Well, clearly you're catering to the wrong 20%. These won't get you many #GoodComments.

    Laremy: "I wanna say, I feel like the colleague's setting me up to get yelled at there, just like you normally do."
    -When you have a character named Bilbo traipsing across the country, you're inviting comparisons, historically factual or not. :-) Actually, the idea popped into my head and I thought "WWLD with this?" Plus, I don't think anyone would get really mad over that one. Now...

    Laremy: "...Dark Knight is lessened because of Dark Knight Rises."
    -...release that one into the wild and we may have a different story.

    "Send me on my way" is a perfectly fine sendoff, but pales in comparison with "please, take me off this discussion."

    On the subject of 'Breaking Bad' and 'The Wire': Laremy's right, 'The Wire' almost demands binge viewing. I can see the first few episodes being a little tough to get through, by virtue of having to adjust to a very large cast, not having a clear idea of who's who, except for 'this is a good guy, that one is a bad guy,' a 60 minute show with no act breaks as opposed to a traditional broadcast model. But once it gets going... I remember the moment it all sort of gelled for me: episode 4, the "fu*k, fu*k, fu*kity, fu*k, fu*k" scene. Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face. Such a fantastic show.

    'Breaking Bad' is a little different. Whereas 'The Wire' has a steady pace all the way through, no matter if we're talking middle of the season or the finale, 'Breaking Bad' has some slow moving episodes ('The Fly,' for example) and then there are ones where all hell breaks loose and you're holding your breath waiting to see what happens next. If they manage to stick the landing with the final 8 episodes, it's going to be right up there along 'The Wire' at the pantheon of best television dramas.

    This is somewhat of a rhetorical question but, on a scale of 1 to 10, how difficult is it finding something of substance to write about in, as Laremy put it, "dog days of January"?

    Over/Unders:
    - 6.5 more "twitter fights" for Brad this year [the colleague]
    - 15.5, number of Laremy's peeves (what we know of: "actresses," wrong use of "penultimate," wanding) [the colleague]

    Oddsmakers:
    % "John C. Reilly" would let you take his picture if you asked nicely [the colleague]
    % Brad tweets/posts a picture of the notorious coffee maker [the colleague]

    Speaking of...
    If having the best coffee maker in the world also means being the worst critic in the world, then I must be fantastic. #SadPanda #GoodTweets

    I'll be seeing a certain Best Picture contender in a couple of days, translated as "For Better or For Worse." One chance of guessing the original title. :-)

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

      That's got to be Les Mis... am I right?

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

        Nope. SLP. :-)

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

          Wow, with that title it really sounds like a rom-com.

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

    Buy/Sells:
    Brad starts up a RoS parade with balloons and candy to give to the little kids, while also product placing his website. [Corbin]
    Chad returns to tracking. [Corbin]
    Jurassic Park 4 is Good. [Corbin]
    Taken 3: Anti-Climactic gets made. [Corbin]
    Scoot McNairy gets an Oscar nod ever. [Corbin]
    The Chris Nolan fandom goes away. [Corbin]
    The Lone Ranger is a flop. [Corbin]

    Over Unders:
    5 years until a reader tracks Brad down. [Corbin]
    2.5 months before The Wolverine gets pushed back to 2014. [Corbin]
    $200 million worldwide for The Lone Ranger. [Corbin]

    B&L Oddsmakers:
    % chance that Star Trek 2 is better than the original. [Corbin]
    % chance that Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch gets nominated for an Oscar this year. [Corbin]
    % chance that Avatar 2 has a good story. [Corbin]

    Which Title is Better?
    Top Gun 3D or Free Money 7: Top Gun [Corbin]
    Alice in Wonderland 2 or Cash Grab [Corbin]
    Iron Man 3 or Iron Man: The 'Dark and Gritty' installment [Corbin]

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

      Additional over under:
      6 months until Pixar sues you for stealing the Buy and Large logo and using it as your own logo.

  • adu

    Buy or Sell:

    Brad can buy fancy Apple computers but is too cheap to buy a new mic.

  • Jesse3232

    Listener Question
    Do you think that 2012 was the best year in films for the 21st century? [Jesse3232]

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

    Buy or Sell:
    - Wolf of Wall Street gets DiCaprio his first Oscar win before his long acting break.
    - Wending Refn gets a directing nod for Only God Forgives
    - Ryan Gosling gets an Oscar nom for either The Place Beyond the Pines or Only God Forgives
    - JC Chandor's non-dialogue movie is better than Margin Call
    - 50% on RT for jOBS
    - 70% for Iron Man 3 on RT

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

      Over/Under for the last two.

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

    Wow thanks for the shout out guys :) I usually don't look through the show notes, I just download the mp3 and listen to it in my car to and from work. Always a nice surprise to hear yourself mentioned when you're not expecting it lol.

  • Travis

    Listener Question: quick backstory-after Brad mentioned it numerous times, I decided that, after years of telling myself I was going to (I was 4 or 5 when it aired) I would finally see The West Wing. Brad, you know owe my parents the tuition money lost due to me sitting in my room doing nothing but The West Wing. But as for the question, who are your favorite characters on The West Wing?

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

    Listener Question: I have been patiently waiting nearly 2 years to see the award winning documentary Undefeated. DVD/Blu-Ray/Netflix promises have been made and broken too many times to count. I am not interested in watching it in standard definition thru Amazon instant video . . . when is this bad boy coming out?!? [Wahoo]

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

    Listener Question: Have either of you watched the HBO series 6 feet under? If you have not done it – you need to add it to your list. Incredible series with the best ending of any TV program ever in the history of TV. It’s true – I would not lie. [Wahoo]

  • Susan

    I have to disagree with one of your Oscar statements in regard to the Academy preferring serious movies over all else. While as a whole, I agree with this so far that comedies are rarely recognized. That said, in the past 15 years alone, such mainstream and or lighter movies have won Best Picture; Shakespeare in Love, Gladiator, Chicago, Return of the King, The King's Speech and The Artist. One might even argue The Departed, which though a drama, is seeped in action and dark comedy, while more "serious" movies like Letter of Iwo Jima, Babel and The Queen were all available in that category.

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

    Listener Question: What are you guys thoughts on JJ Abrams directing Star Wars VII? Would you have liked to see another director take the job that doesn't already have another huge sci-fi project? I like Abrams' work a lot but feel conflicting thoughts and feel like it should have gone to a lesser known director such as Rian Johnson. [TJ]

    Over/Under: 1.5 more John C. Reilly security guard sightings in the wild this year [TJ]

    Oddmakers:
    % chance Argo wins Best Ensemble at SAG Awards causing the Oscar race to become a huge clustercuss [TJ]
    % rating on Rotten Tomatoes for Hansel and Gretel [TJ]

  • http://www.scifiblock.com John D.

    Laremy, I just want to apologize for my misuse of the word "penultimate." This was not an attempt to troll you. Clearly I did not do enough of a good research because I literally did not know what the word meant when I used it.

    As far as the comment about Dark Knight being lessened because of Dark Knight Rises, I have to disagree. Sequels can lessen a franchise, sure, but I don't think something like Empire Strikes Back should be penalized because of the prequels (or even Return of the Jedi) just as Dark Knight should be able to stand on its own despite the disappointment of DKR.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    Over / Under:

    16 - Percent chance Brad or Laremy review "Grown Ups 2" AND give it a grade higher than D [G-Man]

    3 - Years before Google is no longer considered the "coolest" place to work of major corporations [G-Man]

    Buy / Sell:

    - Star Wars Episode 7 will be in 3D [G-Man]
    - Star Wars Episode 7 will break the previous opening weekend record [G-Man]

    Watch This / Watch That - Same Word in Title [G-Man]

    Face / Off vs. Office Space
    The Sixth Sense vs. Sense and Sensibility
    The Waterboy vs. That's My Boy
    Zoolander vs. We Bought A Zoo
    American Beauty vs. American History X vs. American Psycho vs. The American

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

    I am loving Laremy's new signoff...it's kind of weird that I've had 'send me on my way' (said in one word in a singing voice) stuck in my head for the last 24 hours.

    Buy/sell: Will Smith wins an Academy Award in the next 10 years [maja]

    Over/under: 1.5 movies above a C+ grade (B- or above) in February 2013 [maja]

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

    DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY SHOWDOWN!

    Nolan vs Fincher
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    "Following" vs "Alien 3"

    "Memento" vs "Seven"

    "Insomnia" vs "The Game"

    "Batman Begins" vs "Panic Room"

    "The Prestige" vs "Zodiac"

    "The Dark Knight" vs "The Social Network"

    "Inception" vs "Benjamin Button"

    "The Dark Knight Rises" vs "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

    (I swapped "The Social Network's " spot because I figured it was a better match with "The Dark Knight" than "Zodiac")

    [EPayneDDS]

  • http://letterboxd.com/grogg/ grogg

    This is impossible to measure, but what movie do you think has been seen the most times? A leading contender has to be Die Hard. I follow 1,400 folks on twitter and two different guys alerted their followers of Die Hard coming on last night, one guy on the HBO Zone East, and one on HBO Zone West a couple hours later. This seems to be a common occurence. People love them some Carl Winslow.

    Die Hard has been a staple of HBO since the early days. Even though the Citizen Kanes and Casablancas of the world have a 70 year head start it was difficult to see a movie up until around 25 years ago.

    The only other movie I can think of that can compete would be Shawshank since it seems to get a lot of airplay on the TNTs and TBSs of the world. But Shawshank doesn't have Alan Rickman.