Film Preview: The Revenant (2015)

Film Preview: The Revenant (2015)

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Release Date:

December 25, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, set out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.”

Poster Rating: –

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Trailer Rating: B

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Review: There isn’t much to this trailer, though the film certainly looks well filmed. What it has to say about the old west is hard to understand since much of the plot is left out in place of background breathing. Still, you have to give it some leeway considering the talent involved, but will audiences?

Oscar Prospects:

Alejandro González Iñárritu is now one of a handful of directors whose every film will be talked up as an Oscar contender. Like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and David O. Russell, he’ll likely land nominations even when he presents weaker work. That doesn’t mean this looks like. On the contrary, the film is sure to be a major player even if he hadn’t just won, but we’ll never know for certain whether it’s the quality of the film or the success of its director that made the determination.

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Eye on Warner Archive: Jul. 21, 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 #423

The DVD Report #423Criterion has released a Blu-ray upgrade of Stephen Frears’ breakthrough film My Beautiful Laundrette. Although Frears had made his feature film debut with Gumshoe in 1971, his interim career had been spent mostly on British TV with only the 1984 British noir The Hit making it to the big screen.

Later renowned for Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters, The Queen, and Philomena, My Beautiful Laundrette, like his later films, provided star power in a riveting social drama. In this case, the star was the soon to be legendary Daniel Day-Lewis, the social drama – class warfare, immigration issues, racial prejudice and homophobia.

The film centers on the ambitions of a British-born Pakistani (Gordon Warnecke) who sees a chance to get ahead when he takes over the running of one of his wealthy uncle’s (Saeed Jaffrey) laundromats or launderettes as they are called in the U.K. Roshan Seth plays Warnecke’s sickly father who would rather see his son get an education. Day-Lewis plays Warnecke’s childhood friend, now his employee and lover. Shirley Anne Field (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) has the fifth major role as Jaffrey’s long-time mistress. All five stars are excellent, but Day-Lewis is a revelation in the complete opposite of the role he played in the simultaneously released A Room With a View. Groundbreaking in its day, it’s still enjoyable today sans the urgency of its message.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 28 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Southpaw”

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Film Preview: Joy (2015)

Film Preview: Joy (2015)

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Release Date:

December 25, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Joy is the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.”

Poster Rating: –

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Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: The story isn’t given much attention here, but we’re given just enough of a tease to expect something rather striking from Jennifer Lawrence. Her performance is highlighted very well, though her co-stars don’t get enough attention. It should suffice for a first trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

David O. Russell has managed an unusual feat, directing four actors in his last two films to Oscar nominations. That feat may not be replicated this time around, but the film is sure to be a major Oscar contender with Jennifer Lawrence again in the hunt for Best Actress with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro also contending. The film itself might be Russell’s best chance at a victory, but I suspect the film will come up empty-handed.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 24-26, 2015

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

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Adam Sandler hasn’t ever been Oscar friendly. His films have typically been such ludicrous comedies that no one gave them a second look. This has been true for nearly every film.

This includes: his animated venture Hotel Transylvania, which should have had a decent shot at a Best Animated Feature nomination (even though it didn’t); Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love, which became the director’s second and last film not nominated for a nomination (all of his other films have been nominated); and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children, Reitman’s latest Oscar failure.

Surprisingly, the only one of Sandler’s films to earn an Oscar nomination was Click, one of his worst-reviewed films, which nabbed a shock nomination for Best Makeup, an award it easily lost.

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The Morning After: Jul. 27, 2015

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:

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When is a Judd Apatow film not a Judd Apatow film? When it’s written by the incredibly talented Amy Schumer. Her natural comic timing and self-deprecating humor are a perfect fit for the average filmgoer who wants something a little raunchy, a little smart and a whole lot of funny.

Apatow has made a career out of senseless, tasteless jokes that feel as repetitive as they are crude. He tries very hard to create a unique environment for comedy to thrive, but seldom succeeds in creating something more than passably funny. His films from Knocked Up to This Is 40 have a stunted view of adulthood that borders on unrealistic with characters that are barely passable as simulacrums of human beings. His abbreviated style of directing is ill-suited for comedy and while he can create some intensely funny situations, his knack for editing and pacing is entirely off.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 27 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Aug. 2015, Limited)

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Gallery: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film The Man from U.N.C.L.E..

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Weekend Preview: Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2015

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015)

Film Preview: The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015)

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Release Date:

July 31, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: This simplistic design doesn’t have a lot going for it. It feels like a short-sighted advertising ploy that someone slaps together for an event that they don’t think will have a lot of attendance. It certainly doesn’t scream excitement.

Trailer Rating: C / C+

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Review: (#1) The first trailer makes this look like a child’s adventure to escape his parents on some kind of quest that’s only lightly referenced. His family doesn’t seem to be given enough attention and his journey is too overrepresented. (#2) Now, the second trailer gives his family stronger references and doesn’t give away too much of the film’s adventures, but it’s quite a bit slower than the original and feels like a glorified epic built in a not-so-epic world.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Jenny’s Wedding (2015)

Film Preview: Jennys Wedding (2015)

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July 31, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Jenny Farrell has led an openly gay life – except with her conventional family. When she finally decides to start a family and marry the woman they thought was just her roommate, the small, safe world the Farrells inhabited changes forever. They are left with a simple and difficult choice – either change with it or drown.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: For a film about a gay wedding, this sure doesn’t give that impression at all. Matter of fact, it looks more like a sequel to Katherine Heigl’s 27 Dresses.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Cloying to a point, this trailer tries to position itself as a pro-gay film, but comes off as an opportunistic film trying to get Heigl into the good graces of a demographic of viewers that might actually show up to her films, since there don’t seem to be many.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The End of the Tour (2015)

Film Preview: The End of the Tour (2015)

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Release Date:

July 31, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, ‘Infinite Jest.'”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: An attempt to create a unique design unravels like the magnetic tape it depicts. The designers tried way too hard to be symbolic while neglecting to find a balance that keeps the design rooted in creativity and not oneupsmanship.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The producers are trying very hard to portray Jason Segal as a standard intellectual type, but his stoner persona unravels any good will the trailer gives, setting the audience into the belief that the film has little of substance to say after all.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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