Mamo #346: Convergent

Matt and Matt deconstruct the mid-range success of the high-expectations Divergent, walks away from Muppets Most Wanted, and announces the 2014 Mamo Road Trip.

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Still staying strong with my trailer aversion(and loving it), which means I’ve already made my box office predictions. This is what I’ll be posting on the contest thread.

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past 145m / 342m
2. Transformers: Age of Extinction 100m / 340m
3. How to Train Your Dragon II 75m / 260m
4. The Amazing Spider-Man II 80m / 259m
5. Guardians of the Galaxy 65m / 180m
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 65m / 179m
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 60m / 175m
8. 22 Jump Street 55m / 170m
9. Maleficent 55m / 155m
10. Godzilla 53m / 145m

Toughest prediction was How to Train Your Dragon II, went back and forth on whether it would be another Kung-Fu Panda II or Despicable Me II, settled somewhere in the middle.

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Oops, ASM opening weekend meant to be 95m not 80m

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And Transformers opening weekend meant to be 135m not 100m. Sorry for spamming (what happened to the edit button?)

PS – Loved the episode.


The last Muppets film ran an excellent campaign and this one didn’t. Muppets are a lifelong thing for me that I’m watching evolve and am happy to watch evolve. For others its come and go. And others are a bit ‘glue it down’ about it.

I like that the new film has a meta thing going on about “wrong sounding Muppets” through the Constantine character, I like that the Bobin/McKenzie connection is taking form as a partnership akin to the Paul Williams partnership. I like that the new one is actually about something more than nostalgia for itself. As a whole I think it’s a better mirror of Muppet Caper than The Muppets is of The Muppet Movie.

But yeah, they shot their wad on the last film. I don’t think there’s really anything wrong with the new one that isn’t wrong with the last one. Maybe it was just too soon, maybe it was the campaign and trailer alone failing to stir up the same good will. But I think eventually people will look at Most Wanted and The Muppets as more or less equals.

Sean Kelly

I think the issue of Muppet voices is more generational than anything else. I was only 10 when Steve Whitmire took over for Kermit, so he pretty much became the primary voice I associated with the character.

Rick Vance

I think it is incredibly naive to try and ever remove greed from the equation.

Marina Antunes

Great show guys. I’m not sure if you’ve seen this but there was an interesting article in The Independent recently about gender specific books. I don’t fully agree with it but some interesting talking points: