Precursor: 28th Gotham Award Nominations (2018)

With only a handful of categories, the Gotham Awards have been having a small impact on the indie cinema that becomes big contenders in Oscar season. First Reformed topped the list with three nominations while several others placed with two. The Favourite ended up with three citations, though one was a winner-only as best ensemble for stars Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, and Rachel Weisz, who were specifically excluded from the Best Actress race as a result.

Looking over the nominees, a few titles that one would have expected to see like BlacKkKlansman and Roma received only a single nominations, while several films that still aren’t on Oscar’s radar like First Reformed and Madeline’s Madeline did quite well. Whether this is instructive or not remains to be seen, but for right now, it’s an early look at what could be charging into the fall’s Oscar competition.

Award Tallies

(3) First Reformed
(2) Eighth Grade, The Favourite (3), Hereditary, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace, Madeline’s Madeline, Private Life, Sorry to Bother You, Support the Girls

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Poll: Remaking Best Original Song, 2014

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Remaking Best Original Song, 2014

In our third pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Actress. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Original Song 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. Now on to the game: Best Original Song.

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

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Film Preview: Black 47 (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 28, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.”

Poster Rating: C / C+ / C

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Review: (#1) The grainy color scheme works, but the blocky title, lazy layout, and indistinct images don’t make for a very compelling design. (#2) The poses feel structurally sound, but there’s a lot of dead space and overly staged layout feels off. (#3) Combining a bit of both prior posters without looking derivative, the color scheme is poorly chosen and the structure feels unbalanced.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Does every film about one man’s rebellion have to feel like a deviation on the themes of Braveheart. Here we have a haunted man witnessing his son’s murder and embarks on a crusade to rid his homeland of its occupiers. The trailer pushes forward predictably and without rousing the audience to attendance.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Trailer Watch: Shoplifters (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#4)

Shoplifters, updated

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Oscar Profile #414: Nicolas Cage

Born January 7, 1964 in Long Beach, California, Nicolas Kim Coppola, known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is the son of literature professor August Coppola and his wife, dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is the nephew of Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola and Oscar-nominated actress Talia Shire.

Inspired to become an actor by watching James Dean in East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause, he told his famous uncle at 15 that he would show him what acting was all about if he were to cast him in one of his films. His outburst met with dead silence from Coppola.

Making his professional acting debut under his birth name in the 1981 TV movie, Best of Times, he made his first big screen appearance in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but his role was mostly cut from the film. Changing his name to Cage so as not to be accused of treading on his uncle’s name, he played his first lead in 1983’s Valley Girl followed by his uncle’s Rumble Fish for which he had to audition. Stardom quickly followed with such films as Birdy, Peggy Sue Got Married opposite Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner and Moonstruck opposite Oscar winner Cher. He entered into a relationship with actress Christina Fulton in 1988 which produced son Weston Coppola Cage in 1990. Weston, an actor and singer who has been married three times, made Cage a grandfather for the first time in 2014.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 18 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: Glass (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Glass, updated

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Oct. 19-21, 2018)

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What Are You Watching? (Oct. 19-21, 2018)

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Film Preview: Pet Sematary (2019)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

April 5, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie ‘Pet Sematary’ located near their home. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better.”

Poster Rating: C- / C+

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Review: (#1) Sometimes dead is better might be a suitable tagline for this poster design as well. While it’s clear the concept the creator was going for, it’s carried off poorly, dully colored, and lacking in direct appeal. (#2) Designing the poster to look like the cover of a book, especially a Stephen King novel (on which this is based), is a fine choice, though the backdrop is a bit dreary both in a positive and negative way.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The original adaptation of the novel was frightening and involving even if a tad scholocky. This trailer suggests that a lot of what made the original terrifying isn’t as evident here. Leaving out the key plot premise doesn’t aid the viewer in forming an attachment to the events, the characters, or the film itself.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 19-21, 2018

With a single wide release this weekend, it won’t surprise anyone that it takes the top spot. Of course, even if it had been facing off against other films, it would likely have trounced them all as Halloween bringing Jamie Lee Curtis back is a shrewd and potentially lucrative move.

Our Highest Rated Films: Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Halloween
Our Best Awards Ratings: Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Wildlife

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Hate U Give (Expanding)
The Old Man and the Gun (Expanding)
The Advocates
Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story,
On Her Shoulders
The Price of Everything

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This Day in Oscar History: October 17 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Rocketman (2019)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

May 17, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of Elton John’s life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.”

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: B-

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Review: “Based on a real fantasy” is probably the most apt description of any film dealing with the exceedingly flamboyant Elton John. Whether this is an actual biopic or a fantasy musical remains to be seen as the teaser suggests either is a possibility.

Oscar Prospects:

It’s a bit early to know for sure and the May release suggests otherwise, but this could be a change for Taron Egerton to compete for his role as Elton John.

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Film Preview: Ben Is Back (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

December 7, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall.”

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: B / C

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Review: (#1) The first trailer is a tempting and fascinating turn that suggests one type of movie and then maneuvers it to another kind. It’s well done for a teaser. (#2) On the other hand, the second trailer paints a more commonplace portrait of the film wherein drug addiction, crime, and recrimination play an equally unoriginal part of the proceedings.

Oscar Prospects:

Julia Roberts is receiving minor buzz for her role in this film, but the film itself doesn’t seem to be getting much attention otherwise.

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The DVD Report #590

Three Identical Strangers is an amazing documentary that plays like the best of fictional detective stories.

The story begins in 1980 when 19-year-old Robert (Bobby) Shafran begins college in a small town in upstate New York. Greeted by many young people on campus as “Eddy,” it is obvious that he is being mistaken for someone else. A friend of “Eddy” (Eddy Galland) deduces that Bobby is Eddy’s twin and that the two must have been separated at birth. They arrange an immediate meeting at Eddy’s house on Long Island. The story makes headlines in the local newspapers where David Kellman sees it and realizes that he is also Eddy and Bobby’s double. The overnight twins are now overnight triplets. Raised in different New York City suburbs, one (Eddy) is well off, one (Bobby) is middle-class, and one (David) is from a struggling family of immigrants. All three knew that they were adopted as infants but neither they nor their adopted parents were aware of any family relationships.

The boys became instant celebrities who were invited on every extant TV talk show. They moved together into an apartment in Greenwich Village where they became part of the New York party scene and eventually opened a popular restaurant of their own in the city. Despite their euphoria, however, there were questions that the boys’ adoptive parents wanted answers to.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 16 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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