Podcast: Smaug, 'Curse of Chucky', Oscars, Voicemails and More

Of course, we also talk about Hollywood's need to make junk

Rope of Silicon PodcastToday's podcast is a nice, random little collection of various topics ranging from some new audio drops from the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to some thoughts on Curse of Chucky and its relationship to the current state of Hollywood. Of course, being Tuesday we also have DVDs and Blu-rays, we also have questions, voicemails, games and much more.

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  • 00:00-00:54 - Introduction
  • 00:55-3:04 - Obamacare
  • 3:05-6:47 - Show notes
  • 6:48-8:39 - Smauuuuuuug
  • 8:40-9:37 - [Listener Question] A while back Brad mentioned that maybe one day he would implement a system that would allow users to hide the letter grades of the reviews. I loathe grades and I am wondering if Brad is still working on such a system. [Roland]
  • 9:38-11:37 - Box-Office Challenge Update (chart below)
  • 11:38-17:04 - [Listener Question] Would your rather be a director (Steve McQueen) where critics think your films are great but no one (including critics) wants to watch them ever again, or be a director where your films are less critically acclaimed but audiences love them and rewatch them over and over for entertainment (Spielberg, Cameron, Bay). [Sean Fast]
  • 17:05-18:22 - [Listener Question] Laremy! You called the Don Jon reaction with that C+ cinemascore! How do you feel? [tonypdl]
  • 18:23-23:31 - [Listener Question] Would critically-acclaimed, award-worthy movies released early in the year (like Midnight In Paris, Moonrise Kingdom, Fruitvale Station, Blue Jasmine, The Place Beyond The Pines, Mud... etc.) have been a bigger presence in awards season if they were given the classic late year releases Oscar-y films usually get? I'm sort of guessing yes is the answer to that, so my second question is why didn't/don't the studios do that with those types of films? Is is a money thing or something else? [tonypdl]
  • 23:32-31:29 - New DVDs and Blu-rays
  • 31:30-42:12 - Brad watched Curse of Chucky
  • 42:13-46:11 - [Listener Voicemail] Kai Sacco - The Counselor
  • 46:12-52:18 - [Listener Voicemail] Mason Williamson - TV directors
  • 52:19-1:00:34 - Over / Under
    • 8.5 drinks Laremy consumed at Brad's reception [G-Man]
    • $170 million domestically for Captain America: Winter Soldier [Roland]
    • C+ for Frozen [Alex]
    • A- by Laremy for Captain Philips [Aidan Khan]
  • 1:00:35-1:07:29 - Buy or Sell
    • Captain Philips is nominated for Best Picture [Aidan Khan]
    • A blurb from ROLLING STONE will be used to promote at least five different major releases within the next month. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    • 70% Tomatometer score for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    • Meryl Streep gets to the 20 Academy Award nominations for acting. [Tiago Rti]
    • Blue Jasmine is considered a "Comedy" at the Golden Globes.
  • 1:07:30-1:16:13 - Playing the Percentages
    • % chance of another Rocky movie [Ryan M]
    • % on RT for Romeo and Juliet [Hudsucker]
    • % chance a documentary is ever nominated for Best Picture [Tiago Rti]
    • % chance Noah scores a Best Picture nomination in 2015 [TheOneWhoKnocks]
    • % chance The Wind Rises wins Best Animated Feature at the 2014 Oscars [Chris]
  • 1:16:14-1:17:46 - #GoodTweets
  • 1:17:47-1:20:48 - This week's screenings
  • 1:20:49-1:26:23 - Closing

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Fall 2013 Box-Office Draft
Brad vs. Laremy

Laremy's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
GravityOct 4   
Ender's GameNov 1   
Inside Llewyn DavisDec 6   
The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugDec 13   
The Monuments MenDec 18   
Anchorman: The Legend ContinuesDec 20   
Walking with DinosaursDec 20   
Jack RyanDec 25   
The Secret Life of Walter MittyDec 25   
August: Osage CountyDec 25   
47 RoninDec 25   
Brad's Picks
MovieDateBudgetBox-OfficeCurrent Total
Insidious: Chapter 2Sep 13$5m$78.6m$66.1m
Battle of the YearSep 20$20m$7.9m-$42m
Machete KillsOct 11   
Jackass Presents: Bad GrandpaOct 25   
Last VegasNov 1   
Thor: The Dark WorldNov 8   
The Wolf of Wall StreetNov 15   
The Hunger Games: Catching FireNov 22   
FrozenNov 27   
Saving Mr. BanksDec 13   
American HustleDec 13   

The Fall 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 September through December 2013. The draft took place on August 20, 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.

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

    Haven't listened yet, but I'm really hoping that 6:48-8:39 is just 1:51 of you guys saying Smauuuuuuuuuuuuug without taking a breath. Fingers crossed.

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

      You're not too far off ...

  • Aidan Khan

    Playing The Percentages:
    % chance Gravity wins Best Picture [Aidan Khan]
    Buy or Sell:
    Gravity makes Laremy's top ten of 2013 [Aidan Khan]

  • Chris Neilson

    Buy or Sell:
    Captain Philips makes Brad's top ten of 2013 [Chris]
    35% on Rotten Tomatoes for The Fifth Estate [Chris]

  • Alex Sopher

    150$ Million worldwide for Gravity [Chris]

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

    Are you aware the world famous June Diane Raphael listens to the podcast? She's one of the reviewers in your "Safe Haven" review montage, "50 feet of crap", "I really hated the obnoxious little boy", and "thanks guys for the recommendation, it was a great way to spend my night." Just recognized her voice.

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

    I always wonder what directors are doing when they have long gaps between films too. They could probably get a teaching job pretty easily somewhere.

    Buy or Sell
    Ryan Coogler is this year's Benh Zeitlin at the Oscars [ashdurdin]
    There are 9 Best Picture nominees this year [ashdurdin]
    Guardians of the Galaxy will be the best Marvel film to date [ashdurdin]

  • Ken

    FYI. Last year's Killing Them Softly got "F" cinemascore.

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

      I think Drive did too? Sad to say. They only seem to happen with movies where the marketing is misleading. "I don't go to movies to be surprised, you idiot, I want a homogeneous product that hits the pleasure centers in my brain exactly the way I expect it to!"

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

    Brad, that Smaug drop is pretty funny, but do you really have to do that to a film that is not even out yet? I mean when I hear that in the theater, I'm going to remember the podcast, and it will kinda hurt the movie watching experience no? It would be nice if you could refrain from that drop, or using any consistent drop for films that are yet to be released.

    Just a humble request :)


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

    Buy or sell: My Ravens will beat Laremy's Dolphins in a great but ugly game. [Bob Phelan] - I'm rooting for the Dolphins just not this week.

    What does the release date for Foxcatcher being pushed back mean for the movie. I like Bennett Miller, hoping its good.

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

    Im way behind on podcast episodes. But I wanted to be sure to comment on Brad's idea for "Laremy's Lounge"! The idea is fantastic. I would definitely give it some clicks!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/juanperezcarlos/ Carlos


    B- for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [Carlos]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/juanperezcarlos/ Carlos


    3 Acting nominations for American Hustle at the Oscars. [Carlos]

  • IngmarTheBergman

    Brad keeps dropping Cheetara's real name.

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

      It's hard for him to keep up sometimes.

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

      I'm done with the Cheetaras, her real name from now on is fine.

      • IngmarTheBergman

        Ha. I used to actually think that was her real name...

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

          I wish so bad that it was.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Buy or Sell:

    1. "Diana" has taken the largest nosedive in film history when it comes to terrible movies which initially looked like Oscar contenders. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    2. Michael Moore will not make another movie. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    3. "Carrie" will score below a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    Playing the Percentages:

    1. Percent chance Bryan Cranston ever scores an Oscar win. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    2. Percent chance the "Divergent" film series ends before all of the books are turned into movies, à la "Eragon". [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    3. Percent chance Laremy's Lounge will include a picture of Laremy sitting on a fancy chair. [TheOneWhoKnocks]


    1. 5.5 years until a sequel to "The Incredible Hulk". [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    2. 10.5 years until we stop getting comic-book movies every few months. [TheOneWhoKnocks]

    3. 0.5 Oscar nominations for "Her". [TheOneWhoKnocks]

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

    It was announced this week that Fox has hired the fifth screenwriter to the FANTASTIC FOUR, Simon Kinberg, known for franchise writing such as SHERLOCK HOLMES. All five writers hired currently have zero or one COMBINED fresh movies on RT. Do you think that a studio will ever hire a screenwriter of quality for a franchise again? (AlmostFilmCritic)

    The screenwriter is the most important person working for a film. (AlmostFilmCritic)

  • Mykael

    Over/under -
    1.5 more films to garner 90+ Metacritic score with 40+ reviews this year(Before Midnight and Gravity stand @ 94 and 97 respectively).

    Buy or Sell -
    [(Focus Features + Film District) - James Schamus] = not a promising merge

    Playing 'em percents -
    Movie posters are getting worse than trailers.

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

    Do you get lots of film related presents for Christmas and Birthdays? [andyluvsfilms]

    Buy Or Sell -
    Hugh Jackman has already made his best film in The Fountain [andyluvsfilms]
    Steve Coogan to get a nom for Philomena [andyluvsfilms]
    The Dark World is the last stand alone Thor film [andyluvsfilm]

  • Pedro

    I'm probably not the first to ask you this, but what are your thoughts on reading reviews before watching a movie? Personally I only read reviews after I've seen the movie, not because of spoilers or expectations, but because it is a conversation I can only be a part of after I know what the critic is talking about. I know you two probably don't read many reviews, but do you write yours with that in mind?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hrtn4Sqrtn/ Hrtn4Sqrtn

    Listener Question

    The theater I usually frequent has gone through some remodeling and now has a full service bar. Its upscale and very fancy, and they are encouraging people to drink before, during and after the film. If you were to see/review a movie for the first time would you consider drinking during the movie?

  • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

    Listener Questions:
    Do you remember the film you've seen more times at the theatre?

    Which movie would you pick for another "Safe Haven" Game?

    Do you guys get a little mad if people you don't know that much just talk to you about movies because of the nature of your work?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/wuggles/ B. Smith

    Buy or Sell:
    Leonardo Di Caprio never wins an Oscar in his life. [B. Smith]

    Listener Question:
    Since it is getting to be Oscar prediction season, I was wondering what you think is the worst movie to ever receive an Oscar? [B. Smith]
    What is your favorite movie to book adaptation? [B. Smith]
    What do you think is the best made for TV movie you have ever seen? [B. Smith]
    Do you think that sometimes movies get hyped up too much as "Oscar movies"? For example "Diana" was considered an Oscar worthy movie until people actually saw it just based on the subject matter. [B. Smith]

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/wuggles/ B. Smith

      Whoops wrong podcast. That's what I get for having 2 tabs open.