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Back Seat Producers: BSP Episode 314: American Hustle

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Join the gang as they discuss the 2013 film American Hustle

American Hustle was billed as the kinder, gentler version of a Scorsese movie. It’s the crime caper about scumbags your mom could love! Look at all the period ‘70s costumes and soundtrack! Nominated for loads of Oscars and winning none, American Hustle is the fictionalized story of the Abscam scandal of the late ‘70s where a con man and his girlfriend are forced to work for the feds to bring down politicians and quite possibly the Mob. Of course, things are complicated when you involve the con man’s wife, a fake Arab Sheik, the mob, and a science oven.

Worth noting:

  • Free Comic Book Day is coming up the first Saturday in May. Nerds like Tony rejoice!
  • On the ever-elusive Woot! bag of crap.
  • Parsec Awards nominations are now open. Please don’t nominate us. We beg of you.
  • We liked this movie for the most part. Some liked it for the historical content, some for Louis C.K. and some for Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Some, however, found it boring when you compare it to the “insisting upon itself” Wolf of Wall Street.
  • Fat Christian Bale and braless Amy Adams. Discuss.
  • Is this a character movie or a caper movie?
  • Why don’t they give awards to funny movies?
  • Musicals: terrible, right???
  • Stand-up comedy: let’s talk about how Jolie’s right (since she controls the show notes).

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Jolie
  • Darrell


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Back Seat Producers: Back Seat Box Office #187

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Congrats to Art, Jeff and Cougron for their perfect scores of 25!

Picks:

Art
1)  Transcendence
2)  Captain America 2
3)  Rio 3
4)  A Haunted House 2
5)  Heaven is for Real

Jeff
1)  Rio 2
2)  Captain America 2
3)  Transcendence
4)  Heaven is for Real
5)  A Haunted House

Art’s House picks:
Art – Godzilla: The Japanese Original
Jeff – Fading Gigolo


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Ideology of Madness: IoM Artist Showcase: Scott Blair, Day 5

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Concluding our conversation with this week’s IoM Artist Showcase illustrator Scott Blair… Ideology of Madness: What’s your favorite comic book character to draw and why? Scott Blair: Catpool! Because it’s

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Ideology of Madness: IoM Artist Showcase: Scott Blair, Day 4

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Continuing our conversation with this week’s IoM Artist Showcase illustrator Scott Blair… Ideology of Madness: You’ve got a busy con schedule this year – I’m looking forward to seeing you

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Ideology of Madness: Superman: Elseworlds Give-a-way!

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It’s no secret that we here at Ideology of Madness miss the Elseworlds books from DC Comics.  Elseworlds was the DC take on Marvel’s What If.  Rather than simply being

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Ideology of Madness: IoM Artist Showcase: Scott Blair, Day 3

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Welcome back to the Showcase!  Continuing our conversation with this week’s IoM Artist Showcase illustrator Scott Blair… Ideology of Madness: We love your pinups, those 40s era ladies you draw

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Back Seat Producers: Weekend Box Office: Apr 11-Apr 13

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#1 Captain America: The Winter Soldier from Buena Vista held at #1 with a gross of $41.3 million (-56.6%) in 3,938 theaters.  Total gross to date is $158.9 million.  Budget was $170 million.

#2 Rio 2 from Fox opened at #2 with a gross of $39.3 million in 3,948 theaters.  Budget was $103 million.

#3 Oculus from Relativity opened at #3 with a gross of $12 million in 2,648 theaters.  Budget was $5 million.

#4 Draft Day from Lionsgate/Summit opened at #4 with a gross of $9.8 million in 2,781 theaters.  Budget was unknown.

#5 Noah from Paramount fell from #2 to #5 with a gross of $7.6 million (-55.7%) in 3,282 theaters (-289).  Total gross to date is $85 million.  Budget was $125 million.

#6 Divergent from Lionsgate/Summit fell from #3 to #6 with a gross of $7.4 million (-43.1%) in 3,110 theaters (-521).  Total gross to date is $124.8 million.  Budget was $85 million.

#7 God’s Not Dead from Freestyle Releasing fell from #4 to #7 with a gross of $5.5 million (-28.6%) in 1,860 theaters (+102).  Total gross to date is $40.9 Budget was unknown.

#8 The Grand Budapest Hotel from Fox Searchlight fell from #6 to #8 with a gross of $4.1 million (-33.5%) in 1,467 theaters (+204).  Total gross to date is $39.5 million.  Budget was unknown.

#9 Muppets Most Wanted from Buena Vista fell from #5 to #9 with a gross of $2.3 million (-63%) in 2,261 theaters (-791).  Total gross to date is $45.8 million.  Budget was $50 million.

#10 Mr. Peabody & Sherman from Fox fell from #7 to #10 with a gross of $1.9 million (-63.5%) in 2,001 theaters (-930).  Total gross to date is $105.3 million.  Budget was $145 million.

#11 The Raid 2 from Sony Classics rose from #30 to #11 with a gross of $957 thousand (+630.7%) in 954 theaters (+928).   Total gross to date is $1.4 million.  Budget was unknown.

#12 Non-Stop from Universal fell from #10 to #12 with a gross of $750 thousand (-58.2%) in 762 theaters (-962).  Total gross to date is $89.5 million.  Budget was $50 million.

The combined gross of the top 12 movies this weekend was $132.8 million.

Sources:
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Ideology of Madness: IoM Artist Showcase: Scott Blair, Day 2

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Continuing our conversation with this week’s IoM Artist Showcase illustrator Scott Blair… Today, we focus on the artist/client experience. Ideology of Madness: From my own experience, I get the best

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Ideology of Madness: Dread

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There are a couple of core facts that are common to almost every role-playing game.  Even for newcomers to role-playing games, people not like me who have been doing it

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Ideology of Madness: Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie: He Saved Everyone One of Us!

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Flash…Aaaaaaahhhhh! He saved every one of us! Yes folks, we have a new Flash Gordon book and, spoiler warning, it’s freakin’ fantastic! We’ve also got new #1′s from Marvel and


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The Jank Cast: Episode 184: Forge Midwest Recap!

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Hosts: Dr. Boyfriend (Eric), Jenn, Megan, Todd In this episode, we recap Forge Midwest, talking about the various games people played. Megan is now a LARPer. Also: Jenn realized she got someone’s name wrong! She wanted to say sorry Kate, … Continue reading


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Ideology of Madness: IoM Artist Showcase: Scott Blair, Day 1

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Hello and welcome to the opening of the Ideology of Madness Artist Showcase! We love comics here at IoM.  We especially love comic artists.  Within the gallery of the IoM

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Ideology of Madness: Divergent

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Two things before I begin. Spoiler warnings on! Yes, I know it has been out for a few weeks but there still could be people that haven’t seen it and

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Back Seat Producers: BSP Episode 313: The Wolf of Wall Street

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Join the gang as they discuss the 2013 film Wolf of Wall Street.

Wolf of Wall Street is the Oscar-nominated latest offering from Martin Scorsese offering a full cast of quality acting, an intense three hour running time, and drug consumption of various kinds. It’s a dramady, mixing over-the-top performances, black humor, and an intense amount of smarm. Wolf of Wall Street is based on the life of Jordan Belfort, a Wall Street con man who made an awful lot of money cheating investors out of their money.

Worth noting:

  • Trivia Night roundup: boozed fruit and terribly written questions.
  • The lonely ladies of one-on-one ghost hunting.
  • It’s a long movie but we don’t mind. It never lags and the pacing stays top-notch.
  • The acting in this movie was spectacular, especially the nominated performance of Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Spoilers about How I Met Your Mother abound. Protect thine sensitive ears if your DVR is too full and you haven’t seen it yet. Or if you  care.
  • So what were Jordan Belfort’s crimes? Finance geekery abounds.
  • Financial crime movies don’t often show you how the crime works. Perhaps it’s just because financial crime isn’t sexy.
  • We found a new phase: the cerebral palsy phase.
  • Why don’t people know how to use the burner cell phone? It’s like nobody’s seen The Wire.
  • This movie’s profane, filthy, and a really good time. Pro tip (just the tip): we recommend it but you probably shouldn’t see it with your parents.
  • When a dude buys you crack, that’s bro love.

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Jolie
  • Darrell

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The Way of the Game: We Just Watched a Movie – Double Indemnity

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Double Indemnity this week.  Moulin Rouge next week.  As always, follow along on our iCheckMovies list, and be sure to let us know how you’d rank the movies in the comments below.

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Double Indemnity – September 6, 1944

Director: Billy Wilder
Producer: Buddy DeSylva, Joseph Sistrom
Writers: Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler
Actors: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

The course of the conversation:

A dark tale of double crossing double crossers.

Barbara Stanwyck is so damn good.

Fred MacMurray plays against type (sort of).

Edward G. Robinson is epic.

Classic noir that set the tropes for the genre moving forward.

Dissonance between knowing the character is doomed, but hoping it’ll all be okay.

Nathaniel’s personal experience comes into play.

Is Walter Neff weak-willed?

If only regular dialogue was as snappy as this.

Incredibly noticeable gaff.

More Barbara Stanwyck.

The end was a bit expected, but is that the movie or the Code?

Jonathan wants a remake that goes really dark.

Nathaniel thinks Double Indemnity is very successful at what it’s trying to do.

Jonathan thinks it’s more successful than The Third Man.

Michael puts it highest, but nowhere near The Third Man.

Then the guys talk about The Sweet Smell of Success.


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