This Day in Oscar History: July 17 (2018)

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Hotel Transylvania 3”

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Now That You’ve Seen Hotel Transylvania 3…?

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Film Preview: Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

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(July 15, 2018) Original

Release Date:

December 7, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.”

Poster Rating: C (2)

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Review: (#1 & #2) This pair of character posters present the rivals in contrasting shades. While both are meant to represent paintings of the monarchs, the blue one featuring Saoirse Ronan comes off looking the best.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: There’s a fiery undercurrent to this trailer. If it doesn’t quite reach it’s full potential, it’s not for lack of trying as the leads are luminous, especially Saoirse Ronan, who seems to be acting circles around Margot Robbie.

Oscar Prospects:

This is likely to be one of the major Oscar contenders with both Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie contenders for Best Actress.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 13-15, 2018

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

The Morning After: Jul. 16, 2018

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

Love, Simon


As Call Me by Your Name was to 1980s gay coming of age stories, Love, Simon is to the 2010s. While the former was pure drama, the latter is a comedy with dramatic elements throughout.

It’s a John Hughesian film about a High School senior who becomes penpals with a fellow student, neither of whom are out publicly. After he inadvertently leaves his e-mail account open on a public computer, his secret is threatened to be exposed adding pressure to an already tense situation.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 16 (2018)

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Poll: Best of Jul. 2017, Limited

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Trailer Watch: The Predator (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)

The Predator, updated

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Weekend Preview: Jul. 20-22, 2018

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

The Equalizer 2 (Wide)

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Wide)

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Unfriended: Dark Web (Wide)

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Blindspotting (Limited)

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Damascus Cover (Limited)

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The Third Murder (Limited)

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Film Preview: The Third Murder (2018)

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(July 15, 2018) Original

Release Date:

July 20, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A courtroom drama centered around the murder of a factory president.”

Poster Rating: D+ / C / D

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Review: (#1) Three figures in profile, but without any detail or excitement. Perhaps the lack of embellishment is purposeful. It’s just not appealing. (#2) This design attempts to create a unique perspective on the film even if it is a bit staid and meager. (#3) A blocky, simplistic design that’s not interesting or enticing.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There are some jolts of electricity in the trailer, but they are bounded by dull, turgid dialogue.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Damascus Cover (2018)

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(July 15, 2018) Original

Release Date:

July 20, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A spy navigates the precarious terrain of love and survival during an undercover mission in Syria.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: An overused concept that works well enough, the excessive blank background is the issue.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A paint-by-numbers trailer design belies the paint-by-number feel of the narrative, one that has very little excitement on display or held in promise.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 15 (2018)

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Film Preview: Peppermint (2018)

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(July 8, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 7, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Bullet wings. Not particularly clever or even original and it speaks minimally to the film’s plot.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Apart from how this trailer presents racist elements, this looks like a rather dull imitation of Taken and films of its ilk.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 14 (2018)

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Film Preview: White Boy Rick (2018)

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(July 8, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 14, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: Garish, overbearing, unappealing. If it didn’t descriptively mimic the source, I’d be tempted to give it the absolute lowest grade. Of course the designers weren’t self-aware when they made this, so they shouldn’t get any points for it.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The trailer designers seem intent on setting this film up to be a rather bizarre concoction of mob movie with an undercurrent of espionage. That’s not entirely unappealing, but the trailer is, even with the wonderful song “I Feel Love” being so ill-fittingly used.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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