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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The November Man”

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Now That You've Seen The November Man...?

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Film Preview: Men, Women & Children (2014)

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Release Date:

October 1, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today's world."

Poster: -

Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer: A-

Review: Jason Reitman has been doing his best to try and distinguish himself from his prior efforts. After a handful of duds, he's hoping to turn that around by returning to his Juno roots by exploring suburban familial malaise. It's a brave decision to go entirely wordless in the trailer, setting the film up as a contemplation and condemnation of Digital Age disconnectedness that somehow generates a feeling of connection with strangers. The more I think on what the trailer is trying to meditate on, the more intrigued I am.

Oscar Prospects:

Reitman is going to have to hit an Up in the Air level of support to come near Oscar again and although I think this one might be a long shot, great reviews could propel it into the spotlight. Reitman is no longer a wunderkind capable of snagging Oscar nods at each release, he's now a director that everyone wants to wait and see if he can reclaim his former glory.

Revisions:

(August 31, 2014) Original

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 29-31, 2014

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

There was once again nothing this week.

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The Morning After: Sep. 1, 2014

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:

The Royal Tenenbaums


When Wes Anderson burst onto the filmmaking scene with Bottle Rocket, he was declared a wunderkind, a director of such potential that his eclectic future could be dotted with some brilliant films. As his Moonrise Kingdom and The Fantastic Mr. Fox have proven, this is a true statement. I now get to add to that list of his films that I love with The Royal Tenenbaums, a clever riff on family dynamics in a disjointed and emotionally bereft home environment.

The story follows the lives of the Tenenbaum family headed by the selfish Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman), his brilliant but aloof wife (Anjelica Huston), his three children Chas (played in adulthood by Ben Stiller), Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Richie (Luke Wilson). Chas was a brilliant businessman before his wife died in a plane crash leaving him and his two boys in a perpetual stayed of paranoia. Margot was a budding playwright, but was adopted into the family leaving her tenuous connection to the family, including her father, keeping her at arm's length. Richie was a child prodigy at tennis before he flubbed a prominent match and descending into a bout of melancholy driven largely by his forbidden love for Margot. His childhood best friend Eli Cash (Owen Wilson) made a career for himself as a renowned author while pining for Margot who married the clever psychologist Raleigh St. Clair (Bill Murray). The film also stars Danny Glover and Seymour Cassel in supporting roles.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 1 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died


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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Sep. 2014, Limited)

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The Inbox (Aug. 23-29, 2014)

Every week, I get several press releases, screening invitations and other notifications from a handful of studio contacts. While I won't be sharing any information regarding my screening invites, some of the press releases might be of interest to my readers, so I thought I'd start sharing them in toto with all of you. These could include new image galleries for various films or important updates to upcoming releases from various smaller studios and art house production companies.

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Contest: Fandango Gift Card – Winners Selected

Below are the winner, runner-up and one alternate (only 3 entries were received) for the contest posted here.

Winner:

Mike Furlong (whose favorite Elmore Leonard film adaptation is Jackie Brown.)

Runner-Up:

Anna Zed (whose favorite Leonard film is Get Shorty.)

First Alternate:

Margo C (whose favorite is also Get Shorty.)

Send your full name, mailing address (U.S. only, no P.O. Boxes) and e-mail address to Cinema Sight either using the "Contact Us" box at the far right of the page or via Facebook. You must have this information in no later than Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

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Weekend Preview: Sep. 5-7, 2014

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: The Remaining (2014)

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Release Date:

September 5, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Friends gather at a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by terrifying apocalyptic events forcing them to examine life, love and faith as they must choose between redemption and survival."

Poster: B-

Review: Many poster designs go for the creative and most of the time it works. Here is an example of creativity that works, but also fails. The design no doubt creative and richly detailed, but it's devoid of context, which prevents those who haven't seen the trailer from forming any applicable opinion about the potential of the film, which won't help sell tickets.

Trailer: C+

Review: Getting the jump on Left Behind and blending the disaster genre with the horror genre, The Remaining doesn't break much new ground. The first few seconds could be easily confused with another disaster film this year and the latter parts of the trailer conjure images of many similar horror films. That lack of distinctiveness might not do well with audiences looking for something fresh.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(August 31, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: Kelly & Cal (2014)

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Release Date:

September 5, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Kelly, a punk-rocker turned suburban mom, is nostalgic for a life she can no longer have and uncertain of a future she doesn't yet fit in. Seventeen-year-old Cal is frustrated at his lack of control over the hand he's been dealt. When the two strike up an unlikely friendship, it's the perfect spark needed to thrust them both back to life."

Poster: C

Review: Sometimes poster designers can try too hard. The bonus is that this design doesn't rely on the overly precious hand-drawn graphics, but it doesn't step far beyond the generic by creating the town in upside-down splendor with the primary characters at the bottom side of the design. It's not original, nor particularly well executed.

Trailer: B-

Review: Juliette Lewis adds charm to the trailer that could help it find an audience on the indie scene. The film doesn't look like it explores new romantic relationship ground, but it plays with the formula just enough to make it seem like an appealing diversion.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(August 31, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: God Help the Girl (2014)

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Release Date:

September 5, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "As Eve begins writing songs as a way to sort through some emotional problems, she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own."

Poster: B / C-

Review: (#1) Taking us back to the days of 60's and 70's melodramas, this design feels original and that makes a difference. (#2) Yet, you can't have a design that tries something different from other recent release without a hopelessly generic one. That's what you have with the second design.

Trailer: B-

Review: One of the biggest complaints I had about the Into the Woods trailer is that for a musical to succeed, music must be a key element to the trailer. This film knows precisely what that means. It samples only one song, but it puts all of the film's premise behind it, which gives the film a sense of life and passion, which can't help but have some lasting appeal with the younger crowds.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(August 31, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: Frontera (2014)

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Release Date:

September 5, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A former Arizona sheriff's wife is killed while riding on their ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man illegally crossing into the US is at fault. As the former and the current sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever."

Poster: C

Review: Brokeback Mountain meets No Country for Old Men. If you cannot create an original poster design based on likely better westerns, the potential of the film being anything worthwhile is low.

Trailer: C+

Review: A long-winded trailer that over-explains the plot, over-emphasizes the stakes and forget to make the story human doesn't deserve success.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(August 31, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: The Identical (2014)

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Release Date:

September 5, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Twin brothers are unknowingly separated at birth; one of them becomes an iconic rock 'n' roll star, while the other struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father."

Poster: B- / B / C

Review: (#1) It may conjure up slight images of the 1960's, but it's an otherwise unexciting design. (#2) This second poster employs a design that is frequently used, but not always that well. This time it works as well as one could expect. (#3) Then we're treated with a generic, uninspired layout. There isn't much for creative interest here.

Trailer: C-

Review: There are slight comedic elements in the trailer (how else would you explain the presence of Seth Green?), but the entire premise seems horrendously hokey. It's filled with so much cliché that you'd expect an inexperienced screenwriter to be behind it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(August 31, 2014) Original

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This Day in Oscar History: August 31 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died


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