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This Day in Oscar History: September 30 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Released


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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Boxtrolls”

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Now That You've Seen The Boxtrolls...?

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Trailer Watch: Big Hero 6, updated (2014)

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#4-#6)

Big Hero 6, updated

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 26-28, 2014

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

The Boxtrolls

When you think of studios that generate frequent attention from the Oscars in the animation field, your attention may be drawn to the big three: Pixar, Disney and DreamWorks. Other studios, like Fox and Studio Ghibli, have uneven records when it comes to Academy support. A production house you might not think of as being a force with the Oscars is Laika, a small independent production house that has, to date, only created four films.

The first film, created on contract for Tim Burton Productions, Corpse Bride earned one of the category's earliest nominations for Best Animated Feature. Four years later, the studio created its own stop-motion feature, Coraline, which earned a boatload of precursor attention and nabbed the studio its second consecutive nomination in the category.

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The Morning After: Sep. 29, 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:

Vera Drake


Mike Leigh's exploration of abortion in a post-World War II London brings together superb actors in a way that only Leigh seems to know how. The drama is light, but emotionally charged, which fits perfectly in his wheelhouse.

Anchored by a gentle, loving performance by Imelda Staunton, the story follows a middle class housewife who cares for the sick and injured while cleaning the houses of the upper class and providing for her family in a small apartment. As the titular character, Staunton delves into the generous spirit of a woman who has provided help for those less fortunate for more than twenty years. When one of her procedures sends a girl to the hospital, the police get involved and her world begins to unravel as her secret spills out to those around her.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 29 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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

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

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The Inbox (Oct. 20-26, 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 Judge (2014)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film The Judge.

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Gallery: Annabelle (2014)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film Annabelle.

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Weekend Preview: Oct. 3-5, 2014

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

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Release Date:

October 1, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A look at the life and work of hip hop artist Nas."

Poster: C-

Review: Boring, unfamiliar and, unless you're a fan of the artist, completely forgettable.

Trailer: C

Review: Music documentaries have become an overabundant force in recent years and most of them are looking a lot alike. This one doesn't have much difference from the myriad others in the marketplace and fails to sell its subject's significance to anyone who isn't already familiar with him or doesn't find a life story in documentary form appealing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 28, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: The Hero of Color City (2014)

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Release Date:

October 3, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "An imaginative tale chronicling the adventures of a diverse band of crayons as they strive to protect not only their magical multihued homeland but the imagination of children everywhere from a terrifying monster."

Poster: -

Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer: D / D

Review: (#1-#2) There isn't much different between these two designs. Even watching them back to back fails to bring about any active knowledge of changes made between first and second release. That said, what an abysmal film. A movie that should have been released directly to video, The Hero of Color City features some of the worst animation in recent memory.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 28, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: The Blue Room (2014)

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Release Date:

October 3, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A man and a woman, secretly in love, alone in a room. They desire each other, want each other, and even bite each other. In the afterglow, they share a few sweet nothings. At least the man seemed to believe they were nothing. Now under investigation by the police and the courts, what is he accused of?"

Poster: -

Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer: C

Review: Mathieu Amalric is a fascinating actor, but nothing about this film leaps out at the audience as a requirement for seeing it. The tension is stunted and plodding. The sense of purpose and intrigue is minimal. The entire thing feels like bargain basement French cinema, which all indication suggest it shouldn't be.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 28, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: Annabelle (2014)

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Release Date:

October 3, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists."

Poster: C

Review: Creepy doll face. Check. Black background. Check. That's it. This is a pathetic excuse for a marketing effort and suggests someone commanded a high price for substandard output, or they paid cheap for the poor result they received.

Trailer: C- / C+

Review: (#1-#2) The two trailers are like night and day. The first is a traditional trailer, but feels like a teaser, playing a specific set of scenes from the film in an order that doesn't entirely fit. The second design is a full-fledged trailer with time-jumping events and plenty of impetus for an audience. The problem is there aren't any real chills in either design, which won't help the film overcome the weekend's other major release even if the trailer does reference its progenitor, The Conjuring.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 28, 2014) Original

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