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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 24-26, 2014

Halloween weekend demands a horror film at the top of the box office and that's precisely what we're probably going to get.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Surprisingly, 23 Blast doesn't look half bad, especially compared to the other two releases. On the specialty side, Laggies would probably be my choice.
Peter J. Patrick: Where are all the Oscar films? This week's wide releases include three directorial debuts, one from a respected character actor, one from a couple of stuntmen and one from a Special Effects coordinator, none of which seem like anything worth going out of your way for.
Tripp Burton: The wide releases are fairly typical genre fare this weekend, but there are some neat things in limited release this weekend!
Thomas LaTourrette: None of the releases sound exciting to me. A good weekend to catch up on films one has missed from last week or earlier in the year.

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2014 Oscar Season Preview: November

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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This Day in Oscar History: October 22 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Released


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Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 14

You can read more about this project in the article at this link. Below is our fourteenth poll, covering Best Film Editing. As a refresher, here is where we obtain the titles/performances will be included in the polls that will be conducted:
Four-Source Categories:
Two-Source Categories:

  • The actual Oscar nominees in the selected category.
  • The precursor nominees and winners in the selected category.

Best Film Editing

We're using Survey Monkey for these polls. You get to rank all of the appropriate titles/performances how you see fit, but preferably in order of preference.

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Eye on Warner Archive: Oct. 14, 2014

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 #383

FargoOne of the nicest surprises of the last TV season was the miniseries Fargo, based on, but different from the 1996 film of the same name, produced by, but not directed by, the Coen Brothers.

The protagonist here is Billy Bob Thornton as a malevolent killer, and he’s as good as you would expect, but Martin Freeman as a put-upon insurance salesman, Allison Tolman as a smarter than she looks deputy chief, and Colin Hanks as a low level cop who would rather be a mailman are every bit his equal. All four were nominated for Emmys. Freeman, perhaps the best of them all, was also nominated for Sherlock, for which he won for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in the Season 3 episode, His Last Vow.

Newly released on both Blu-ray and standard DVD, the 10-episode miniseries is a gem from beginning to end. It has scenes that are reminiscent of Twin Peaks and Magnolia as well as its 1996 predecessor. Like lots of other TV series these days there are plenty of murders, but unlike most, the majority of victims in this one are not very nice people. Still, the dread is there along with continuous black comedy. It’s the fastest ten hours and change you’ll spend binge watching a TV series this year, you betcha.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 21 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Our Site Milestones

2011: Oscar in Box Office History (3)

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Fury”

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Oct. 17-19, 2014

We had six films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

The Book of Life

The dearth of animated films this year has left the Best Animated Feature category without a firm slate of five potential nominees. Other than a guaranteed nomination for early success The Lego Movie, Disney/Pixar's sole effort this year Big Hero 6 and DreamWorks' key contender How to Train Your Dragon 2, the potential for nominations in the category have been weak.

Fox animation, which has had success with the Ice Age films, has struggled to earn Oscar's attention. The Book of Life was ostensibly the film they hoped would put them in the final five for only the second time, the first since the original Ice Age film made the list twelve years ago. Critics have been largely positive, complimenting it on its unique visual style, thought not necessarily for its story.

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The Morning After: Oct. 20, 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:

One Fine Day


Romantic comedies are a staple of American cinema, originating in the early days of the medium. In the 1930's, the screwball comedy genre, a subset of which became a sub-genre of romantic comedies, took hold, shepherding in a new way to look at the genre. This period petered out after the 1940's, but many attempts were made in the subsequent years. The genre shifted again under the guiding hands of screenwriter Nora Ephron. Since that time, numerous films have tried to replicate the success of films like When Harry Met Sally... and Sleepless in Seattle and were infused with screwball elements epitomized by the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. One Fine Day has more in common with the Grant & Hepburn films of the 1930's than with the Ephron films in the decade prior, but clearly draws in heavy inspiration from both.

One Fine Day was one of three films starring Michelle Pfeiffer released in 1996, two of which were romantic films featuring women in their later 30's, a staple of the modern genre. Pfeiffer is charming in a film that builds itself on conventional modes of humor. She's perfectly paired with George Clooney playing divorced parents locked in combat with each other and circumstance as they try to rescue their vulnerable careers from sure destruction.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 20 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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

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The Inbox (Oct. 11-17, 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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Weekend Preview: Oct. 24-26, 2014

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014)

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Trailer Link

Release Date:

October 24, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Two best friends rise through the ranks of New York's Chinese underworld in the 1980s."

Poster: B

Review: While the image isn't original, nor is it particularly bold and striking, it is an attempt to create something spellbinding and beautiful in a sea of lookalike posters.

Trailer: B

Review: What appears to be a sprawling crime epic, Revenge of the Green Dragons presents plenty of interesting visual pieces that could evoke a sense of dramatic tension. It follows standard action movie trailer formulae a little too closely, but it works hard to try and establish itself as a crucial examination of a rarely-focused area of New York City history.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 19, 2014) Original

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