The NEW Friday Face-Off #225

Back to the winners bracket while the losers are percolating. Here’s batch 4.

Here is this week’s ten (or fewer) face-offs. So, let’s get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: November 17 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Died

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Poll: Remaking Best Actor, 2007

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Remaking Best Actor, 2007

In our second pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Actor. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Actor slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. No on to the game: Best Actor.

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Hopefuls Should Have Been Nominated for Best Actor (select up to 5)?

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Trailer Watch: Coco (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#3-#16)

Coco, updated

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Oscar Profile #366: John Alton

Born October 5, 1901 in Sopron, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary) as Johann Jacob Altmann, the son of an American-born father, legendary cinematographer John Alton was raised on films steeped in German Expressionism during his European childhood, which informed his later use of low light, his motto being “it’s not what you light…it’s what you don’t light.”.

Alton began his career as a lab technician at MGM in 1924, became a cinematographer three years later when he filmed the German location scenes for Ernst Lubitsch’s 1927 film of The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg. Having moved to Paris to work on the Lubitsch film, he stayed there for a few years while working for Paramount, moving to Argentina in the early 1930s where he helped build that country’s film industry. He trained several cinematographers and directors, photographing over twenty films himself, even directing a few.

Returning to Hollywood in 1937 with his wife, journalist Rozalia Kiss, he quickly developed a reputation as one of the industry’s most accomplished cinematographers, but it was the films noir of the late 1940s that cemented his reputation for his highly contrasted black-and-white cinematography that included unusual camera angles designed to symbolically enhance and sometimes mock the on-screen action. He was especially adept at photographing exterior shots as effectively as he did studio work. His work reached its zenith with 1947’s T-Men, 1948’s He Walked by Night, Hollow Triumph aka The Scar and Raw Deal.

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This Day in Oscar History: November 16 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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90th Oscars: Screener Watch

And finally, the annual Magnolia/Magnet bundle. It’s a bit thinner this year, but still quite bountiful. There are nine titles, though their insert says Lucky should be among them, it wasn’t. We might receive it later. Magnolia/Magnet seldom includes recommended categories, though they’ve done so on three films, one of which is the aforementioned Lucky.

Alive and Kicking

Oscar Chances: Unknown: I don’t really have a grasp on the Documentary Feature category, so I have no comments here.

Blade of the Immortal

Oscar Chances: None: It’s the kind of martial arts film that never makes it near the Oscars.

The Final Year

Oscar Chances: Unknown: I don’t really have a grasp on the Documentary Feature category, so I have no comments here.

In the Fade

Oscar Chances: Possible: The film really hasn’t been on Oscar’s radar. They have specified that the film is a Best Foreign Language Film submission for Germany, which ostensibly makes it a contender. They’ve also recommended Diane Kruger for Best Actress, an unlikely proposition.

Lemon

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: They have no recommended categories and I can’t recall this film being in any conversations for anything this year.

My Scientology Movie

Oscar Chances: Unknown: I don’t really have a grasp on the Documentary Feature category, so I have no comments here.

School Life

Oscar Chances: Unknown: I don’t really have a grasp on the Documentary Feature category, so I have no comments here.

The Square

Oscar Chances: Possible: They have specified Best Screenplay only and have indicated it’s Sweden’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Both are possibilities, though Foreign Language Film is its best shot.

Whose Streets?

Oscar Chances: Unknown: I don’t really have a grasp on the Documentary Feature category, so I have no comments here.

90th Oscars: Screener Watch

Next up, we have the package from The Orchard, which includes two contenders, two non-contenders, and a likely pariah.

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Oscar Chances: Excellent: It is not only an almost assured Best Foreign Language Film nominee, it could end up winning the whole thing, making it France’s first win in the category since Indochine in 1992, 25 long years ago.

Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Foreign Language Film

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90th Oscars: Screener Watch

Fox Searchlight is first up. They have submitted a non-contender and a film that was once thought to be a pretty major contender, but has been mostly forgotten in recent weeks.

Battle of the Sexes

Oscar Chances: Decent: Emma Stone is the primary contender for this film. While Costume Design and Production Design are possibilities, as is Original Song, the only other place it really has a shot is in Supporting Actor for Steve Carell. When he was running for Best Actor, he felt like an also-ran. Placing him in support might boost his chances.

Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, Robert Graf)
  • Director (Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton)
  • Original Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy)
  • Actress (Emma Stone)
  • Supporting Actor (Steve Carell, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Austin Stowell)
  • Supporting Actress (Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Elisabeth Shue, Natalie Morales)
  • Film Editing (Pamela Martin)
  • Cinematography (Linus Sandgren)
  • Production Design (Judy Becker, Matthew Flood Ferguson)
  • Costume Design (Mary Zophres)
  • Sound Mixing (Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill, Ai-Ling Lee, Lisa Pinero)
  • Sound Editing (Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Frida S. Aradottir, Torsten Witte)
  • Original Score (Nicholas Britell)
  • Original Song (“If I Dare” – Sara Bareilles, Nicholas Britell)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Nov. 17-19, 2017)

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Film Preview: Game Night (2018)

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(November 12, 2017) Original

Release Date:

March 2, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.”

Poster Rating: –


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

Trailer Rating: A

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Review: A number of downright funny moments punctuate this trailer for a movie that feels fresh and inventive. That it stars two terrific comedic actors at the center and a periphery of fine support makes it all the more appealing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 17-19, 2017

What do comic book movies and the box office have in common? The former always debuts at number one on the latter. That’s certain to be true of Justice League whose only competition is the third weekend of Thor: Ragnarok. There is nothing that could destroy the film’s chances at this point. It will be a $100 million-plus juggernaut. Wonder could debut decently, but will be no competition and The Star is sure to collapse under the weight of its terrible animation (and likely terrible reviews).

Our Highest Rated Films (Above 5.0 Rating): Wonder; Roman J. Israel, Esq.; Justice League
Our Best Awards Ratings: Justice League (Oscars); Wonder (Oscars); Roman J. Israel, Esq. (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Big Sonia
Song of Granite

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This Day in Oscar History: November 15 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: The Shape of Water (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Poster (#3)

The Shape of Water, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

Eyeing the Truth: November 2017

One of Us (Netflix)

A great documentary can open your eyes to a topic that is far more fascinating than you had ever really considered. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s One of Us, now on Netflix, does just that for the Hasidic Jewish community in New York. It is a subset of society that I, like many I imagine, had never given much consideration to. I was expecting a film about how this group, who shun technology and many other aspects of modern urban life, adapt to living in the largest city in America. Imagine my shock to see One of Us open with a gut-wrenching 911 call made by a frightened mother holed up in her bathroom while her husband’s family surrounds the house with hammers and clubs. A group I had always thought of as a quaint religious sect suddenly felt a lot more complex.

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