This Day in Oscar History: May 22 (2015)

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Poll: Best Film Editing (1999 – 2003)

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Best Film Editing Poll: 1999 – 2003

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Film Preview: The Gift (2015)

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Release Date:

July 31, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.”

Poster: C+ / B- / C+

Review: (#1-#3) This trio of posters, although they form an effective triptych for the film, aren’t equal with the door open design being the best of the three.

Trailer: B

Review: Seeing Jason Bateman in a rare thriller is interesting, but the trailer plays off of standard tropes making the potential mystery at the center feel like an antiquated concept.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(May 17, 2015) Original

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Oscar Profile #237: Harry Stradling Sr.

Dorian GrayBorn in Newark, New Jersey on September 1, 1901, Harry Stradling was the nephew of Mary Pickford’s cinematographer, Walter Stradling. He came to Hollywood upon graduating high school in 1918 to apprentice under his uncle, but his uncle died suddenly on July 4, 1918 leaving him to seek work through his uncle’s connections. Known throughout his career as Harry Stradling, the Sr. was added to the fourteen-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner posthumously to avoid confusion with his Oscar nominated son, cinematographer Harry Stradling, Jr.

Although Stradling’s career began almost immediately, none of the films he made throughout the 1920s were prestige films. It wasn’t until the1930s when he went to work for Jacques Feyder in France that he developed a sterling reputation for his work on such films as Le Grand Jeu and Carnival in Flanders. Moving to England in the late 1930s, his reputation became enhanced with such films as Knight Without Armor, Pygamlion, The Citadel and Jamaica Inn.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 21 (2015)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (May 22-24, 2015)

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What Are You Watching? (May 22-24, 2015)

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Film Preview: Black Mass (2015)

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Release Date:

September 18, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.”

Poster: C

Review: This isn’t even remotely original and will do exceedingly little to sell the film.

Trailer: B

Review: This tense trailer sets this up as one of Johnny Depp’s most capable and chilling performances in years. It also positions this as a more accessible, more recent crime drama which could appeal to audiences who aren’t really into Depression Era efforts.

Oscar Prospects:

Johnny Depp is in the hunt for another Oscar nomination and unless the film is absolute garbage, he should get it. If the film’s exceptionally good, it could earn several nods including one for Best Picture.

Revisions:

(May 17, 2015) Original

Looking at the Weekend: May 22-24, 2015

Tomorrowland will handily crush the competition.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: I’m not interested in the bastardization of one of the 1980’s greatest horror films, so Tomorrowland is my choice.
Peter J. Patrick: Seems like deja-vu all over again with a horror classic remake, a feature-length advertisement for a Disney theme park and a possible treat in the form of a non-Disney animated feature.
Tripp Burton: As summer season picks up, we have some distinctive, original looking fare coming out. And an unnecessary reboot.
Thomas LaTourrette: Tomorrowland might prove more interesting than its previews, but the low-key animated When Marnie Was There sounds like the more interesting movie.

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2015 Tentpole Season Preview: June

The end of the year brings the most combative environment for films trying to become Oscar winners. The next four months will be an interesting proving round.

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2015 Oscar Predictions: The Beginning

As is our Cinema Sight tradition, this month, we announce our first, super-early predictions for the Academy Award nominations this year. With less than half the year completed, there are a lot of question marks in the field and while we try our best to anticipate the fickle impressions of Academy voters, these predictions should be taken with a planet-sized grain of salt.

This is always a fun exercise and while we know we aren’t likely to be that accurate by year’s end, it will be interesting to see how things shape up based on the present landscape.

We start out slow with only the major categories.
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This Day in Oscar History: May 20 (2015)

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Film Preview: Ricki and the Flash (2015)

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Release Date:

August 7, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.”

Poster: C-

Review: Meryl Streep in rocker attire. It may be a unusual sight, but it’s not one that will drive droves of people to the box office.

Trailer: B+

Review: As much as this film has the potential to be another Music of the Heart or any of the 1990’s Meryl Streep dramedies, the trailer makes it seem like a possibly insightful look at family relations and seeing Streep alongside her real life daughter is a bit unnerving, but also interesting.

Oscar Prospects:

Meryl Streep is very likely to be nominated. She’s been mentioned for worse performances. Another win is exceedingly unlikely. The film could also earn a nomination for her daughter.

Revisions:

(May 17, 2015) Original

Eye on Warner Archive: May 12, 2015

Here are some highlights of the recent releases to the Warner Archive Collection. DVD’s and Blu-rays are manufactured on demand. They also have a streaming service. Before you visit Warner Archive to check out their selection, check out the selections below an a few of my thoughts.

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The DVD Report #413

Like Susan Hayward, Paul Newman and Geraldine Page before her, Julianne Moore had so many Oscar nominations over such a long period of time that it seemed inevitable she would finally take home an Oscar last January.

Hayward was on her fifth nomination when she won for I Want to Live!, Newman his seventh when he won for The Color of Money, and Page her eighth when she won for The Trip to Bountiful. Moore, who had previously been nominated for Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, Far from Heaven, and The Hours was on her fifth nomination in eighteen years when she finally won for Still Alice.

Like Hayward, Newman and Page, it can be debated whether Moore won because she gave the best performance of the year in her category, or because she was deemed overdue for a win, but like those three before her, it was indisputably a good one. It also had a great back story. Co-written and directed by Richard Glatzer and his husband Wash Westmoreland, from a book by Lisa Genova, making the film was the dying wish of Glatzer who succumbed to ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) A.K.A. Lou Gehrig Disease in March. Much of what he was going through was applied to the script for Moore’s character who is diagnosed with familial early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Both diseases involve the disintegration of vital functions.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 19 (2015)

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