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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Oct. 2014, Wide)

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What Are You Most Anticipating? (Oct. 2014, Wide)

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The Inbox (Sep. 13-19, 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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Gallery: The Good Lie (2014)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film The Good Lie.

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Weekend Preview: Sep. 26-28, 2014

Below are nine previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: The Two Faces of January (2014)

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Release Date:

September 26, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective."

Poster: B- / C / B- / C+ (3)

Review: The six designs available for The Two Faces of January all ignore the title and choose to highlight the film's setting and dapper attire. The third design is a close-up version of the first design, which eliminates some of the more attractive details of the first. The second is less about location and more about positioning the actors in relation to their supposed thematic importance, which only makes it look worse. (#4-#6) The three individual character posters are a bit of a waste. While the men get unique poses, Kirsten Dunst's is pulled right out of the second poster and doesn't look as fascinating or appealing as the makers believe.

Trailer: B-

Review: Apart from the fact that the trailer seems to give almost every plot twist away, it never tries to play like some new-fangled creation. It employs old techniques and doesn't seem ashamed of them. It makes the film look like it might be fun from a nostalga perspective.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 21, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: The Song (2014)

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Release Date:

September 26, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "An aspiring singer-songwriter's life and marriage suffer when the song he writes for his wife propels him to stardom."

Poster: B+ / B

Review: The stylistic concept of the two designs are identical. The only difference is adding the third character. This seems utterly unnecessary, but probably came at the behest of producers wanting to better highlight the rivalry between the two women. What's most fascinating for a small-budget Christian-targeted film, is that the film's theme are perfectly evoked in the image. If you ignore the reflection it won't make much sense, but the reflections alone give it a brilliant plot-oriented evocation, which makes them far better than I might have ever expected.

Trailer: C+

Review: The trailer drags on interminably, trying to tell the entire story within the span of two minutes. That minimizes the creative impact of the film and its over-reliance on Biblical reference will definitely keep the film from broadening its audience. That may be for the best since the film is likely to evoke passages and references to the Bible or heavily obeisance to God. That aside, the idea is strong enough to shed those references and still be an interesting film, although the acting does seem to need a lot of work. They are attractive actors, which would be enough to ignore their acting for many viewers. It'll be even more popular with country music fans even if it didn't have the religious connection.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 21, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: Mas Negro Que La Noche (2014)

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Release Date:

September 26, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "After the death of Aunt Susan, her niece Ophelia becomes heir to the old house provided she care for her aunt's pet, Becker, a black cat; Ofelia moves into the house with her friends Aurora, Pilar and Marta. Days later the cat dies mysteriously in the basement and strange things start happening in the house."

Poster: B / B- / B- (4)

Review: There isn't a lot of tonal difference between these designs, which helps to keep them cohesive. They are dark and at times frightening. The first poster is the best since it doesn't over rely on sexy young women to hawk itself. That doesn't mean the tactic won't be effective, especially since the film looks like a horror-driven Telenovella.

Trailer: C

Review: The plot is hardly touched, focusing on attractive women facing down seemingly supernatural threats and being generally afraid. The action seems light and, apart from Hispanic audiences who might be more familiar with the 1975 original, there's just not enough to latch onto and make the film a hit.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 21, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: Lilting (2014)

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Release Date:

September 26, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "In contemporary London, a Cambodian Chinese mother mourns the untimely death of her son. Her world is further disrupted by the presence of a stranger. We observe their difficulties in trying to connect with one another without a common language, as through a translator they begin to piece together memories of a man they both loved."

Poster: B-

Review: Two things irritate me about this design. The first is that the colors seem so bland and defenseless. The second is that the eye-line between the three characters is slightly off. While the figure on the left can draw his sight directly to the figure we learn in the trailer is his mother, the central figure (his lover), has eyes sitting above that line. Had they been perfectly in line, I might have been more forgiving of a conscious effort to put these three characters in an emotional triangle. I admire the designers' attempts to create a unique poster experience, but they needed to employ new colors and slightly fix that eye line problem and it might have been one of the best I've seen this year.

Trailer: B+

Review: There may not be a lot of action, which will likely turn off casual moviegoers, but the emotional activity in the trailer is superb. The film feels like a natural, evocative examination of cultural themes and romantic passions. The performances look stellar and makes one with the Oscars were less focused on big names and gave more consideration to less popular figures.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 21, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: Advanced Style (2014)

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Release Date:

September 26, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging."

Poster: B-

Review: The title of the film is certainly on display, but there just isn't enough of the style to make the design feel truly eye-catching. For what it is, though, it works quite well. Documentaries are too often quite stuffy in their designs. This one at least tries to be different.

Trailer: B-

Review: It's not a documentary I would immediately rush out to see. There's simply nothing that demands it be caught quickly. Yet, the trailer does successfully impart the idea that these women and their forward-thinking, carefree manner is an ideal to strive to at a younger age. Getting that information from the trailer might also make it harder to see the film and find the concept dragged out to feature length.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 21, 2014) Original

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This Day in Oscar History: September 21 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released


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This Day in Oscar History: September 20 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Died


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Film Preview: The Best of Me (2014)

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Release Date:

October 17, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown."

Poster: C+

Review: We've seen the design before and the reflection of the title in the water is unbearably cheesy, but the design at least tries to keep the colors pleasing and the layout traditional, but functional.

Trailer: C- / D+

Review: (#1) We start out with the kind of trailer that highlights the unoriginal nature of the story. While it adds the twist of lost loves reuniting years later, it can't escape the general feeling of ennui. (#2) Then they come out with the poster that highlights everything that's wrong with this genre of filmmaking. It' the romantic drama for the undiscerning viewer who doesn't mind being force-fed the same unconvincing, prettily-packaged romantic drivel that's neither revolutionary or actually romantic.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 14, 2014) Original

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 38, 2014)

Every week, we'll take a look back 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years into the box office past to explore how Oscar's nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is taken from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office. The second section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we'll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best chance at this stage of the game. Please let us know if you like our new feature or if you want to see more information and we'll see what we can do!

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #59

We started over at the beginning of August 2013, but with a new, more streamlined methodology to collecting votes. Just choose one selection in each of the ten categories below. Our first few weeks will be to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we'll go into the full face-off contest where each winner will then move on to a second round to face off against others.

Here is this week's ten face-offs. So, let's get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 19 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Released

Ceremonies

1930: 3rd Annual Academy Awards

  (Nominations Announcement) {for the films of 1929/30}
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