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2014 Oscar Season Preview: September

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: August 27 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 6

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

  • The actual Oscar nominees in the selected category.
  • The Top Ten eligible films at the U.S. box office.
  • The ten highest-rated eligible films according to Rotten Tomatoes
  • The precursor nominees and winners in the selected category.

Two-Source Categories:

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

Best Actress

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.

Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 6 Poll

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Film Preview: Pride (2014)

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Additional posters can be found below.

Trailer Link

Release Date:

September 19, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "UK gay and lesbian activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984."

Poster: C / C / C-

Review: (#1-#3) The color schemes don't vary and the general layout doesn't change much, making this set of designs a listless bunch. the bull horn title of the first design looks at first like a plane's propeller, which mutes its impact. The second is more traditional, but at least tries to have a dimensional background, which could give the characters added depth even if only superficially. The third design is utterly bland with only a slight change in the characters' positions to make any noticeable difference.

Trailer: B

Review: The Full Monty set in motion a string of working class British serio-comedies that tackle significant subjects, including poverty, race relations and gay rights. This seems to tackle two of these narrative ideas and seems like a natural successor to Monty. There's some very obvious humor in the trailer, which makes it teeter on the edge of offensiveness, but with the British, there's often more dazzling comedy in the banter between characters and that's not so easy to convey in a single trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(August 24, 2014) Original

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5 Favorites #196: 5 Favorite Child Performers, Part III

Every week, we'll pose a new "five favorites" question. You just list your five favorites that fit in that category (preferably in preference order) and you're welcome to discuss and debate the selections and see just how much you do or do not have in common with others. If you want to take a look back at our past articles to comment or enjoy, here is a post set aside to track all of our articles (updated infrequently).

On we go into the turbulent 60's and 70's looking at our favorite child performers.

Who are your 5 Favorite child performers of the 1960's and 1970's?

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Eye on Warner Archive: Aug. 19, 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 #375

OnlyLoversLeftAliveJim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive is not only the idiosyncratic director’s best film ever, it could easily lay claim to being the best vampire movie yet made. Witty and constantly surprising, the film centers on centuries-old sophisticated vampires Adam and Eve (Tim Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton) who survive on donated blood. Hers is supplied by Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt), his by Dr. Watson (Jeffrey Wright). Once a friend of Byron and Shelley, Adam is now a rock musician whose manager is a zombie named Ian (Anton Yelchin). Enter Eve’s trouble-making sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) whom Adam and Eve haven’t seen in eighty-seven years.

Those looking for action should probably look elsewhere. The film is more concerned with examining the lives and feelings of those who have sadly outlived their time. Heavy on atmosphere, the film is mostly devoid of action until Ava destroys Adam’s 1905 Gibson guitar among other casually evil acts. Even then the response is more melancholy ennui than swift action. Jarmusch had originally made the film with more action but when asked to add more, he removed what little action there was to begin with.

Filmed mostly in Detroit, the once bustling, now eerily abandoned, city makes the perfect location for the goings-on as does the seamier side of Tangier where the lovers have another retreat. Hiddleston and Swinton are both terrific. Hurt, despite his limited screen time, does his best work in years.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 26 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “If I Stay”

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Film Preview: The Theory of Everything (2014)

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Trailer Link

Release Date:

November 7, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife."

Poster: C-

Review: While the poster does set up the romance between Stephen Hawking and his future wife, it's also incredibly boring and the mathematical and scientific notations lazily strewn about the design are overbearing and simplistic.

Trailer: B

Review: While the trailer presents itself in a fairly broad, predictable manner evocative of many biopics, it hints strongly at a performance by Eddie Redmayne that could bolster an otherwise commonplace film.

Oscar Prospects:

Apart from being an inspirational story about the life of one of the world's most brilliant scientists, the film features what looks to be a painful and revelatory performance by Eddie Redmayne. Even if the film receives middling praise, Redmayne is sure to be an Oscar contender for Best Actor. If the Oscar-winning director of documentary Man on Wire does better than his previous two works, it could be a bigger contender than that.

Revisions:

(August 24, 2014) Original

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 22-24, 2014

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

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The Morning After: Aug. 25, 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:

Howards End


An examination of the shifting class dynamics of Edwardian England, Howards End sets itself against the backdrop of a modernizing London and environs where two sisters find themselves enchanted by a beautiful cottage, but unable to secure its habitation.

Starring Emma Thompson in her Oscar winner role, the film places the cottage of Howards End firmly at the symbolic center of the class struggles in England as the wealthy capitalists, embodied by the haughty Wilcoxes, slowly replace the aristocracy. Thompson's Margaret Schlagel and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter) represent the enlightened bourgeoisie while the working class Basts struggle in an environment where one's job is all that keeps the family from teetering into poverty.

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Review: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The Purge: Anarchy

Rating

Director
James DeManaco
Screenplay
James DeManaco
Length
103 min.
Starring
Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zoe Soul, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Justina Machado
MPAA Rating
R for strong disturbing violence, and for language
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This Day in Oscar History: August 25 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Contest: Fandango Gift Card

In honor of the release of Life of Crime starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior and yasiin bey, we're holding a contest. One lucky U.S. reader will win a $15 Fandango gift card. To find out how to participate, keep reading. After you're done reading and entering, feel free to enjoy the blog app provided below.

About Life of Crime

When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.

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