Podcast: SAG Awards Reactions, New DVDs and Blu-rays, Your Questions and More

Plus a lot of 'Star Wars: Episode 7' talk as it turns out

Rope of Silicon PodcastWelcome to the Tuesday edition of the RopeofSilicon Podcast where we, of course, get to new DVDs and Blu-rays and touch upon your questions while also discussing Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, the state of the Oscar race and a lot of Star Wars: Episode VII talk as it turns out.

In addition, I want to remind you that we will soon begin taking your questions directly from a 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 start adding those to the show, hopefully, this Friday.

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.

  • 00:00-00:23 - Introduction
  • 00:24-3:12 - A brief story
  • 3:13-5:20 - We have a voice mail # - (925) 526-5763 / (925) 5-BNL-POD
  • 5:21-7:51 - Show notes
  • 7:52-9:15 - Current results of readers voting on the Best of 2012 (find the poll here)
  • 9:16-12:55 - [Listener Question] Regarding your discussion over the percentage of people who would prefer to watch a great 'sad' movie, do you think it's easier to put together a well-made film that's also morose and depressing or a quality one with a happy, positive outlook? Personally, I think that at this point, making the more bleak film is the easier choice considering how much there is to be cynical about and that it's much simpler to make someone feel a negative emotion as opposed to a positive one. I don't mean this as a slam on morose films, but merely an observation on the process from a screenwriting/filmmaking perspective. How say you guys? [Mason Williamson]
  • 12:56-16:55 - [Listener Question] What is the proper thing to do when you are watching a movie with a family member and they just won't stop talking? I ask this because whenever I am watching a movie, my family seems to think it's acceptable to walk in, sit down, and simply talk all the way through. And whenever I become frustrated and yell at them to be quiet, they seem to think I'm the crazy one. [Criterion10]
  • 16:56-20:37 - [Listener Question] Do you think all films that are rated R deserve an R rating? [Trishana]
  • 20:38-23:39 - [Listener Question] Are dramas more likely to get nominated for Oscars because of different views of what is funny or because dramas are seen as having more talented actors/more substance? [Trishana]
  • 23:40-27:01 - Awards conversation
  • 27:02-34:51 - [Listener Question] I really like Argo and am very happy it's been winning and it's been my front runner ever since I saw it. But do you think Argo's win at the Critics' Choice, Golden Globe and just now at SAG is out of sympathy/ making it up for Affleck not getting nominated for Best Director for the Oscars? [Nav]
  • 34:52-37:38 - [Listener Question] What impact if any do you think there is on the age of an actor regarding the likelihood of their nomination for an Oscar? I mainly am interested in your thoughts on child actors. Is it easier or harder for them to get a nom for a good performance? Should there be a separate category for best performance by a child actor/actress? [David (Guh-LAR-dee) Gaillardetz]
  • 37:39-39:25 - [Listener Question] How much impact does the release date of the movie really have in it's chances at the Oscars? Specifically at the best picture/director categories. If Django Unchained was released in Feb/March of 2012, would it still be in the conversation and gotten as many nominations as it did? or even Lincoln/SPB/Life of Pi for that matter. [Nav]
  • 39:26-41:10 - [Listener Question] Why is it that film-goers seem so much more forgiving about January releases than, say, a September/October release. For instance, talking to friends of mine, they instantly dismissed films such as Hyde Park on Hudson and This is 40 (both films were bad) yet are willing to give Movie 43 a chance. Is it because the former films are released at a time when there are several other very good choices, where as the former is released with films of equally bad quality? [Hamza Zain]
  • 41:11-45:15 - [Listener Question] When do you think is an appropriate time to read a movie review? I like reading reviews before I watch a movie to get a good idea of the plot and performances, but do you think it can sometimes cause you to have too high of expectations for a film by reading a review first? [TJ]
  • 45:16-46:25 - [Listener Question] A lot of people often talk about how a movie's ending can really escalate it (i.e. The Sixth Sense, The Usual Suspects). What are some examples of movies where you loved it all the way up the ending and then were completely turned off? [G-Man]
  • 46:26-56:19 - New DVDs and Blu-rays (read more about them here)
  • 56:20-1:09:12 - Over / Under
    • 2.5 times a day that Laremy checks the iTunes reviews #LonelyLaremy [Corbin]
    • 5 years until the next Benh Zeitlin comes around [RagingTaxiDriver]
    • .5 more Star Trek films for J.J. after the upcoming installment [Baca]
    • 1 major acquisition by Disney in the next 5 years [Justin]
    • 5 A+ reviews in 2013 from Brad [Xarnis]
    • 1.5 Oscar noms for Quvenzhane Wallis [David Gaillardetz]
    • C+ for Warm Bodies [Driver]
    • 2 Oscar winners this year tell their children to go to sleep during their speeches [GothamCity151]
    • .5 Oscar nominations for Side Effects [Aleonardis]
    • 1.5 films Brad gives out an A- grade or higher that comes out in January or February [TJ]
    • 600 comments on the Oscars live blog [G-Man]
    • 6 months monsieur Legel's film review pops on Rope of Silicon site [Mykael]
    • 19.5 voice messages left at BnL's voicemail during the first week [the colleague]
  • 1:09:13-1:16:46 - Buy or Sell
    • 3 more PTA & Phoenix collaborations [RagingTaxiDriver]
    • The Avengers 2 is worse than the first Avengers (in your opinion)
    • G.I. Joe: Retaliation is better than the first one [Xarnis]
    • Iron Man 3 will be worse then Iron Man 2 [JN Films]
    • J.J. Abrams directs Star Wars Episode 8 and 9 [Xarnis]
    • Jason Statham is nominated for an Oscar [Xarnis]
    • The Hangover Part III is different from its predecessors
    • The opening weekend box office record is broken this year
    • Soderbergh really does retire sometime soon
    • A B&L listener attempts to track the Playing the Percentages segment of the podcast in memory of Chad
  • 1:16:47-1:25:53 - Playing the Percentages:
    • % of interviews for Star Trek: Into Darkness where J.J. Abrams is not asked about Star Wars Episode 7 #ParamountHasToBePissed [G-Man]
    • % chance that all the Star Wars films will be re-released in 3-D. [Corbin]
    • % chance of Brad's bachelor party having strippers. [Trishana]
    • % on RT for Star Wars 7 [Bruce]
    • % Amour wins Best Picture [Xarnis]
    • % of people that prefer Laremy to Brad. [David Gaillardetz]
    • % RT score for Bullet to the Head [Stephen]
    • % for this combo to win at the Oscars: Argo/Spielberg/Day-Lewis/Lawrence/Hathaway [the colleague]
    • % chance that Laremy gets wasted within a year [JN Films]
  • 1:25:54-1:30:55 - Watch This / Watch That: Nolan vs. Fincher (supplied by EPayneDDS)
    • 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
  • 1:30:56-1:33:31 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:33:32-1:37:35 - Random thoughts
  • 1:37:36-1:40:00 - Closing

Finally, I do have one quick request. If you could give us a review on iTunes it would be greatly appreciated.

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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$18m-$94.4m
Movie 43Jan 25$6m$4.8m-$10.1m
Hansel and Gretel: Witch HuntersJan 25$50m$55.4m-$69.5m
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$33.9m-$16m
Gangster SquadJan 11$60m$67.8m-$82.1m
Broken CityJan 18$35m$15.2m-$72.2m
MamaJan 18$15m$51.5m$14m
ParkerJan 25$30m$7m-$67.9m
Warm BodiesFeb 1$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.

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

    What is your opinion on the lack of Oscar love for Moonrise Kingdom?

    A. It was released too early in the year and would have done much better as a Fall release.

    B. It was not campaigned enough

    C. It just happened to be the one that got the short end of the stick this year.

    D. Oscar doesn't like Wes Anderson.

    E. None of the above.

    • adu

      E) None of the above; it's just not that good or memorable.

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

        But you have to imagine at least for production design/costume design it gets recognition. I mean it was pretty incredible with both in my opinion. I think it likely was a combination of A-D.

    • Jake17

      D. Definitely.

    • Christophe

      C. It probably was on many ballots at #2 or #3 but not enough #1 to make the cut over films with more passionate followings (Amour, Beasts, Django)

  • Bruce

    Over/Under: 60% on Rotton Tomatoes for Peter Jackson's Tintin 2(coming in 2015)
    35% on RT for Jack the Giant Slayer
    Buy or Sell
    The next 2 Hobbit films are actually very good.
    Star Wars 7 is better than all of the Prequal Tilogy.
    One of these 2015 movies(Tintin 2, Avengers 2, Avatar 2, Final Hunger Games, Star Wars 7, Justice Leage) completely sucks and does not do well at the box office(Tintin made 375 million worldwide).

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

    That's how I intended the Benh Zeitlin the question to be answered. And I'm inclined to think the same way

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

      The reason I brought up Phoenix and PTA working together is because PTA seems to like working with Hoffman (The Master, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love), so I was thinking that maybe with him booting out Downey Jr., that they like working together and would like to have more collaborations.

      Buy or Sell:
      - Argo only wins Best Picture (though editing seems a likely win)
      - The Oscars have Ted on stage with MacFarlane during the ceremony using CGI for viewers @ home.

      - .5 Sundance Films nominated for Best Picture next year

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

      And now that you released your Side Effects review, I thought it would be appropriate for a Watch This/Watch That with Soderbergh

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

    I had a good week for over hearing movie chatter. I learned:
    1) Gangster Squad is the best movie of the past two years
    2) Zero Dark Thirty is good, but nothing compared to Broken City

    Also, in regards to movies with bad endings: Crazy Stupid Love. It really unraveled in the last 15 minutes.
    Won't be participating in the VoiceMail thing. . .long distance charges from Canada aren't worth my stellar Bane impression.
    Also I think I may be offline during the Oscar liveblog, so subtract about 100 comments from your original guess.

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

      Yes, totally agree on Crazy Stupid Love, it should have ended after the backyard fight.

      • Jake17

        I completely agree, I would have given it a higher rating if it had a different ending or if it ended with the backyard fight.

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

      - 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]
      Listener Question
      What do you guys think was the least deserving Oscar nominee? (ex. Screenplay for Flight or Song for Ted) [Fox]

  • Bruce

    I thought of some more:
    90% on RT for Monsters University
    70% on RT for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
    Buy or Sell:
    Star Treck into Darknesss makes both of your top tens list of 2013.
    Monsters University is Pixars best film to date.
    Iron man 3 makes more money the The Avengers.
    The Dark Knight Rises is considered Nolan's worst movie.
    75% on The Adventures of Tintin is the worst Rotton Tomatoes score for a Steven Spielberg movie.

  • Trishana

    I actually left a voicemail about the Sundance Film Festival. I was kinda nervous though. Not sure why. I guess I just didn't want to mess up my question.

    Buy or Sell:
    Michael B. Jordan gets his first oscar nomination for best actor in Fruitvale.
    Ryan Coogler becomes the next Ben Zeitlin and gets his first oscar nomination for directing Fruitvale.

    Playing the Percentage:
    % of films from Sundance that will get nominated for a best picture oscar.

  • Manu

    I'm fairly new to the site. Is there any way I can submit questions? Or over/unders?

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

      Just post them in the comment section. Or you can call the new voicemail for questions.

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

    One of the worst things I've heard about movies from my friends: "I saw Skyfall this weekend. But I think I like Red Dawn better"

    • JN Films

      Your not the only one that's heard that. Someone even said to me that the Total Recall remake was a lot better then The Dark Knight Rises. I'm a nolanite so I almost exploded.

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

        Oh man, Total Recall was terrible. Not as bad as Red Dawn, but still terrible. However, almost everyone I know, who saw TDKR, loved it (as did I).

  • Scott

    Playing the Percentages:

    % chance Wilbon listens to the podcast [Scott]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Hey Laremy, I just recently saw Goon too and I also really enjoyed it.

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

    Hey, Brad I just ordered your book!

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

      Boom! Thanks for the support. Hope you like it.

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

        [Listener Question]: What is the most critically acclaimed film that you really did not like? And the most critically trashed film that you really loved? [David Gaillardetz]

        0.5 Additional Oscar wins for Daniel Day-Lewis (not including Lincoln because, lesbehonest, that is definitely happening). [David Gaillardetz]

        Brad predicts more Oscar categories correctly than Laremy. [David Gaillardetz]

        Playing the percentages
        % Someone gives a shout-out to Harvey Weinstein during the Oscars. [David Gaillardetz]

  • JN Films

    5.5 years till a sci-fi movie wins best picture [JN Films]
    7 years till World War III [JN Films]
    B- rating for Warm Bodies by either of you guys [JN Films]
    0.5 times you say 'and boom goes the dynamite' in your next podcast [JN Films]
    35% chance that next year's Oscar best picture winner will come in the first half of 2013 [JN Films]
    65% chance that Clint Eastwood's next is better then Trouble with the Perve (I mean Curve, sorry) [JN Films]

    Buy or Sell
    2012 will be a better year in film then 2013 [JN Films]
    World War III will eventually happen [JN Films]
    The Buy or Sell category will be around in 3 year [JN Films]

    Watch This or Watch That Spielberg vs. Clint Eastwood Edition [JN Films]

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull or J. Edgar
    Tin Tin or Invictus
    War Horse or Trouble with the Curve
    Lincoln or Mystic River
    Saving Private Ryan or Letters from Iwo Jima
    The Lost World of Jurassic Park or Hereafter
    Shindler's List or Million Dollar Baby
    Jaws or Flags of our Fathers
    Catch Me if you Can or Gran Tarino

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

    4 Oscars nominations for 'Fruitvale' [Xarnis]
    1.5 Oscar nominations for 'Upstream Color' [Xarnis]
    5 months until the BnL Podcast is Livestreamed [Xarnis]
    4 more Affleck directed films that are produced by George Clooney [Xarnis]

    Buy or Sell
    The Google Voice voicemail is used until the podcast ends [Xarnis]
    Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, 'How To Catch A Monster' is not good [Xarnis]
    Andy Serkis wins an Oscar for a motion capture performance [Xarnis]
    Quentin Tarantino makes a film that is considered better than Pulp Fiction [Xarnis]

    Playing the Percentages
    % of Kathryn Bigelow's films that are military themed (overall career) [Xarnis]
    % chance that Argo loses best picture like 1996, where Apollo 13 won tons of precursor awards, but was snubbed for best director at the Oscars, and ended up losing Best Picture [Xarnis]

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

      Playing the percentages
      % of people that listn to the BnL podcast that is under 20 years old.

  • JN Films

    Viewer Question:
    Why do filmmakers avoid make films dealing with homosexuality? (By the way I'm 16 and I'm directing/producing/writing/acting a film called 'The Lyle Project' about a high school student that came out of the closet and is dealing with the issues surrounding it). Also what advice would you give me for 'The Lyle Project'? [JN Films]

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

      You said you wrote a screenplay, I'd be interested in reading it, as I am an aspiring writer/screenwriter myself

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

    Leaving a voicemail, possibly multiple depending on whether or not I find motivation this week...

    Also, where can I find Laremy's book for order, for future reference? Brad, I'm ordering your book soon, I'm just waiting on money to happen....

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

      "Money to happen..." That's awesome. My life encapsulated in three words lol.

    • http://www.film.com/author/laremy-legel Laremy Legel

      Hey Greg, my book is in the nightmarish "edits" phase right now, but I am committed to releasing it the week of The Academy Awards, so the live blog will have a link for the kindle and physical copies.

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

        Awesome, thanks!!! Can't wait to get it!

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

    % Chance Evil Dead is "the most terrifying film you will ever experience."

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

    Just left a voicemail. I hope the new system works well.

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Calling that voicemail from an international number would probably have ridiculous charges yeah? I'll look into using Skype or something.

    Not to plug my own posts but loved the Fincer/Nolan Watch This/Watch That as I did a ranking comparison of all their movies: http://www.timeforafilm.com/2012/07/01/ranking-nolan-and-finchers-movies-part-1 . They are my two favourite directors, they are both amazing!

    Love all the award talk, I think you guys should dig up some of the comments on Brad's official prediction's to see if anyone made some outlandish comments or some great ones!

    Seeing Movie 43 tonight, I wonder how bad it actually is. Was wondering what's the lowest % movie on RottenTomatoes that you guys liked? Might be hard to find but I know The Watch was 17% so maybe that's a starting point!

  • http://www.theoriolereport.com Bob Phelan

    On the topic of family members not paying attention to movies... My wife bothers me the most. She'll sit there on her phone the sporadically throughout causing me to say "you watching" at least five times which takes me out of the movie. Then when I tell her I watched a good movie her response always seems to be "that sounds like something I'd like, why'd you watch it without me?". Then I change the subject. I think the solution is to stop caring if they care, but it's tough.

    Over/under - 10 podcasts out of a year that don't contain any mention of the Oscars

    Percentages - what percent chance do you give any random BnL listeners children to share in a love of film as they grow up. Fingers crossed with my 15 month old daughter.

  • Manu

    3.5 hours running time for this year's Oscar ceremony

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


    --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?

    --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?

    Here's the link to the video, if you haven't seen it.


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

    Hey guys, I just left a voicemail, which I apologize if I messed up a great deal. So, here are my other things.

    3.5 times Brad uses the word cahoots on the podcasts in February[Corbin]
    1.5 years until the B'n'L podcast parade kicks off its global tour [Corbin]
    2 Oscar nods for Daniel Radcliffe [Corbin]
    $600 million worldwide for Star Trek Into Darkness [Corbin]

    Buy or Sell:
    Laremy gets a better coffee maker than Brad to show him up. [Corbin]
    Quentin Tarantino collaborates with Robert Rodriguez to make another Grindhouse feature. [Corbin]

    Playing the Percentages:
    % for Thor 2 on RT. [Corbin]
    % chance that Brad's Bachelor Party Hangover is memory-erasing. [Corbin]
    % chance that PTA has made his best movie of his career. [Corbin]
    % that Zero Dark Thirty wins a single oscar. [Corbin]

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

    Listener Question:

    Do you have a good resource for limited release movies? A website where I can explore the often underrated and ignored limited release and independent movies.

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

      It's hard to find names of limited release movies unless you talk about it on here or I stumble upon it somewhere on the web.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DiscoPaco/ Disco Paco

    Would you rather be in a terrible accident that leaves you:
    a. only horribly disfigured (mostly in the face)
    b. all good in the exterior but suffer chronic pain (neck, back, and/or legs) for the rest of your life


    Listener Question:
    If schemers have a falling out are they now out cahoots?

    What is the percentage chance that "Playing the Percentages" renders the Buy/Sell segment obsolete? - [Disco Paco]

    % chance that Spielberg DOES NOT win Best Director [Disco Paco]

    % chance that within 10 years Empire Strikes is no longer considered the best Stars Wars film [Disco Paco]

    Playing the Percentages renders the buy/sell segment obsolete [Disco Paco]

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

    - 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]

    Would You Rather:
    - watch a movie in an incorrect aspect ratio or watch a movie with audio slightly out-of-sync [the colleague]

    Play the Percentages:
    - % 'World of Warcraft' is the first genuinely good game-to-movie adaptation [the colleague]

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

    I left a voicemail with my question below, but I'll also type it out just in case the soundboard isn't up and running by tomorrow's podcast.

    Listener Question:
    With the exclusive release of the House of Cards series on Netflix today, do you think there will be more shows that follow this format? Personally I think it adds more excitement for the show than it would otherwise on TV, and it also gives the filmakers more creative freedom. Will even some films eventually adapt to this format and start exclusively streaming online? I also just wanted to get your opinion on the series and if you'll be watching it. [TJ]

    -1.5 more series exclusively streamed on Netflix this year [TJ]
    -3 more years until the 3D format is improved (ex. better glasses/no glasses, enhanced screen definition) [TJ]

    Buy or Sell:
    -DVD Prizes will be resurrected and sent to the best voicemail message every week [TJ]

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

    Laremy, I find you a creative person and all but that 'playing the percentages' intro has got to be changed. It redefines cringe-worthy for me :)

    You da man!

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


    $750 Million worldwide for Fast & Furious 6. (Fast 5 was the biggest hit of the franchise and made $626 Million worldwide) [Nav]

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

    Laremy! You need to check out this new song YOLO by The Lonely Island


    Maybe even mix this in to the end of the podcast every once and awhile.

    YOLO....hit record

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

    Since we all love David Fincher, are you excited for his TV direction of House of Cards? All 13 episodes to premiere on Netflix today! (February 1st)

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


    Who are your favorite movie characters of all-time?

    Who would you rather bone - Meg Ryan or Jack Nicholson (1974)?

    Buy / Sell:

    - Daniel Day-Lewis plays a more badass character than Bill The Butcher in a future film

    Playing the Percentages:

    - Chance that Christopher Nolan, Ben Affleck, or David Fincher wins Best Director in the next 10 years

    Name the movie this character was in...

    Chuck Noland
    Glenn Guglia
    Annie Wilkes
    J.J. Gittes
    Lila Crane

  • Mykael

    Listener Question-
    Film Editing is significant aspect of film-making. And sometimes, it may very well be the decider of film's quality & the outcome. But how can one attribute the success of films- The Descendants, The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook to the decent editing of the straightforward,simple narrative of their smartly adapted screenplays? Editing of these films doesn't transcribe into a better film and doesn't make 'em different. They owe their success to solid acting and fair direction. And yet all the 3 films got best editing nominations by AMPAS in last 3 years. Now, movies like Inception,Cloud Atlas, Drive & Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy are the ones in which a viewer can notice the impact of editing which influences heavily on his opinion and make 'em different. And it is these movies where the editing category should be recognized at. And yet, none of the 4 films scored a nod from inscrutable AMPAS.
    Its disappointing as the editing transcends these movies into a new level of perspective irrespective of the ultimate opinion.Worthy & deserving Editing should be recognized even if they are divisive and not-oscar friendly and they shouldn't represent asthe necessary additional booster to the best picture chances. With all due respect, what's more disconcerting is the Monsieur Brevet's best editing predictions which has Silver Linings Playbook in 3rd position above Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. There were no 40hrs of seal-team-raid action footage shot at night to thoroughly edit and accomodate in last 30mins to account for best piece of film-making on screen with work by the 2 accomplised film editors- Monsieur Goldenberg & Tichenor in Silver Linings Playbook.
    And Many have disliked the editing done by Monsieur Raskin on Monsieur Tarantino's Django Unchained with his regular editor Madame Menke's unfortunate demise. But to me , editing was solid,more consistent and added an unique class to Tarantinoesque chaos.

  • Stephen

    Playing the Percentages- Chance that Laremy would watch Movie 43 AND Texas Chainsaw 3D back to back if presented with a cash offer of $1001. [Stephen]

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

    hey guys, would love to call into the podcast but the international calling charges are holding me back.

    Listeners question: Since most directors do not command the salary of top name actors why would a studio choose a first time director, i.e. Carl Rinsch, with very limited experience in the industry for a reported $200m budget movie for their first ever feature film (47 Ronin)? Surely, for an already incredibly risky projects, the studio would want to reduce the risk of reshoots and delay in the film by hiring a more experienced man or woman for the job.