Trailer Watch: Hands of Stone (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Hands of Stone, updated

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Trailer Watch: The Girl on the Train (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#3)

The Girl on the Train, updated

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The DVD Report #494

Batman v. Superman movie posterMost of the carping over Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was due to the film’s lack of substantial character development between action sequences in the 2½- hour theatrical cut. That problem has been rectified, at least somewhat, by the 3-hour Ultimate Edition now available on Blu-ray and standard DVD.

Overall the film is neither the best nor the worst of the myriad Superman and Batman films that have been made since 1978 when Christopher Reeve flew into our lives and our hearts in Superman – The Movie. That film plus 1981’s Superman II, also starring Reeve, and 2006’s Superman Returns starring Brandon Routh were the best of the Superman movies. 2013’s Man of Steel gave us a worthy Henry Cavill in the lead, but the film, directed by Snyder, was much darker than previous films about the beloved character.

On the other hand, all the Batman films since Michael Keaton put on the bat suit in 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns have been dark, but those films, too, were good, unlike the subsequent Batman films of the 1990s. Even more memorable were the three Christopher Nolan iterations, 2005’s Batman Begins, 2008’s The Dark Knight, and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, all starring Christian Bale.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 26 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Star Trek: Beyond”

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Film Preview: Queen of Katwe (2016)

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(July 24, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 23, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young girl from Uganda trains to become a world chess champion.”

Poster Rating: A

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Review: A wonderful design that makes a young woman’s creative vitality as a symbolic growth from her head. It touches on the chess element without making it the key focus of the design.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Seldom are Disney trailers not of generic design and this one is no exception. what makes it stand out is its approach to the characters in the film, filling them with happiness, concern and motivation, characteristics that strike a humane and compelling tone.

Oscar Prospects:

This is a Disney title, though their live-action products haven’t had the best representation in some time. However, this is their first that has focused heavily on African women, which might give it a boost in terms of attention paid. It’s a new direction and attempt at diversification, which is a good thing.

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Trailer Watch: Sausage Party (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

Sausage Party, updated

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 22-24, 2016

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Star Trek: Beyond

The Star Trek franchise has been a small time player at the Oscars, never competing beyond the tech categories. The same will play out this time as well.

The film, which marks the third outing of the rebooted series falls on the heels of a film that only managed a Best Visual Effects nomination after the first of the reboots which pulled in four nominations, including the franchise’s only win for Best Makeup. What will the future hold for this third film?

Best Makeup seems like a solid bet this time out. While the middle film didn’t have a lot of makeup to recognize, this one seems to have quite a bit more, which should help it towards a nomination. A win seems unlikely at this juncture. Best Visual Effects could also be a possibility, but the competition this year will be fierce and I don’t know if it will manage anything.

The Morning After: Jul. 25, 2016

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.

It was a busy weekend and I didn’t make it out to the movies or even watch anything on television, Netflix or DVD.

This Day in Oscar History: July 25 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Aug. 2016, Limited)

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Film Preview: Solace (2016)

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(July 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 2, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A psychic works with the FBI in order to hunt down a serial killer.”

Poster Rating: C- / C+ / C / F / C+ / C (2)

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Review: (#1) The colors aren’t great and the visages are neither scary, nor compelling, nor pensive. They’re just plain common. (#2) There’s some elegance to this design that reeks of creativity. That’s both a good and a bad thing. (#3) Your mind is my mind. At least that’s the impression I’m getting and that’s not a good thing. It’s just a weakly creative decision.

(#4) I suspect this might have been one of a pair of character posters, but perhaps it’s best that the others never arrived. This is pointless, colorless and could have been easily avoided. (#5) Asian markets have a slightly different version of commonplace and this chaotic design is quite similar to other designs I’ve seen coming out of that region. That doesn’t make it good, but compared to the fourth poster, it’s almost Picasso-like. (#6-#7) Two character posters with big words for French markets. I doubt the French aren’t going to be that excited about these designs.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: The premise is flat and unbelievable. The idea could have merit, and with actors like Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell, it could have been more, but this trailer certifies nothing of merit is likely to emerge from this film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Yoga Hosers (2016)

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(July 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 2, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an ancient evil presence that is threatening their major party plans.”

Poster Rating: C / D+

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Review: (#1) We’ve seen a lot of similar designs in recent years, particularly from parody flicks. That should come as little surprise, though a bit more creativity could have been warranted. (#2) Then there’s this careless monstrosity. What the purpose of this design is no one may never know. It shows figures from the film, but with such careless and banal placement, it’s just not that appealing.

Trailer Rating: D

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Review: Kevin Smith has apparently decided to skip humorous realism and focus instead on corny surrealism. After Tusk, it should have been expected that a film as unwieldy, unfunny and potentially awful as this could be his next project.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jul. 29-31, 2016

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: The Land (2016)

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(July 24, 2016) Original

Release Date:

July 29, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “THE LAND tells the story of four teenage boys who devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio to pursue a dream life of professional skateboarding. But when they get caught in the web of the local Queen-pin, their motley brotherhood is tested, threatening to make this summer their last.”

Poster Rating: C / C- / C+ / C

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Review: (#1) A simple nightscape, a view of kids poised to conquer the city. It has potent symbolism, but only if you read into it that which probably isn’t intended. (#2) The broken skateboard as a symbol of broken dreams is a bit obvious. (#3) A forced smile doesn’t do much to convey the film’s premise without feeling heavy-handed. (#4) So you know the film is about drugs now, but is that really all its about? These posters may, as a whole paint a vivid picture of the film’s themes, but taken separately, they don’t do much good.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The music is a driving force to the trailer, but the film being promised doesn’t stretch beyond what we’ve seen countless times before and that lack of originality could harm the film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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