This Day in Oscar History: March 20 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Ceremonies

(more…)

Film Preview: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019)

Page Revisions:

(March 17, 2019) Original

Release Date:

April 10, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Toby, a disillusioned advertising executive, becomes pulled into a world of time jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler believes him to be Sancho Panza. He gradually becomes unable to tell dreams from reality.”

Poster Rating: C / B- / C+ / C

SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW
Review: (#1) There isn’t enough of interest to this poster design to recommend it. The rudimentary drawing and lettering may be appropriate, but it doesn’t feel appropriate. (#2) This is an interesting choice of themes for a poster with the protagonist riding a motorcycle out of the explosion of his compatriot. Interesting, but not great. (#3) A lot of details here and some of them are interesting, but it’s rather dull overall. (#4) Like the prior design, there’s a lot to this and it should work if it weren’t for the dull white background and the lack of urgency or intrigue.

Trailer Rating: B-

SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW
Review: It may have been awhile since his last film, but identifying a Terry Gilliam film is quite simple, especially with a trailer like this. The film looks chaotic and interesting even if not very good.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

(more…)

Film Preview: Sauvage (2019)

Page Revisions:

(March 17, 2019) Original

Release Date:

April 10, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here – longing for love. He doesn’t know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C

SEE ALL POSTERS BELOW
Review: (#1) It’s a sweat, intense design that doesn’t have as much going for it as it needs to. (#2) Not as interesting as the prior design and decidedly more washed out, which isn’t a good change.

Trailer Rating: B+

SEE ALL TRAILERS BELOW
Review: A riveting look at a male prostitute whose life is careening out of control. The dramatic heft of the trailer makes the film seem significant and important.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

(more…)

The DVD Report #612

Green Book is an Oscar-winning film in the tradition of Wings, It Happened One Night, In the Heat of the Night, Midnight Cowboy, The Sting, Chariots of Fire, Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Chicago, and The King’s Speech in which two disparate characters bond over unusual circumstances. As was the case with It Happened One Night, Rain Man, and Driving Miss Daisy, those circumstances take place largely on the road. Peter Farrelly’s film is not, as its detractors claim, a “white savior movie.”

As in all ten of the previous films cited, the two characters help each other unlike in the so-called white savior films in which a white person, through whose sacrifices, a black person is saved. Examples of that type of film include Glory, Amistad, Finding Forrester, Half Nelson, Gran Torino, The Blind Side, and The Help.

The green book referenced in Green Book was officially called “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” an annual guidebook for African-American road-trippers during the Jim Crow era from 1936 through 1966. It was published by African-American New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green, whose life story might make an interesting film of its own. This is not that film, though. The book plays a very small part in this one about a road trip through the deep south in which a distinguished black musician hires a Copacabana Night Club bouncer on hiatus to drive him to a series of engagements. They use the green book to find a place to stay in just one scene in the film.

Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen is the Italian-American chauffer, Tony Vallelonga aka Tony Lip. Oscar winner Mahershala Ali is classical pianist Doctor Don Shirley who hires him. Although the film has comic overtones and was pretty much sold on those moments, its best scenes are those involving Dr. Shirley’s confrontation with bigotry and the gentlemanly way in which he deals with it from being told he can’t try on a suit in a men’s store but could have it altered if he buys it first to being told he can’t use the restroom in an establishment in which he is performing but must use the outhouse instead to not being able to be seated in the restaurant in another venue where he is the headliner.

(more…)

This Day in Oscar History: March 19 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Ceremonies

(more…)

Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Wonder Park”

Return Links

Polls

Now That You’ve Seen Wonder Park…?

Now that you've seen "Wonder Park," which Paramount Animations film is best?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Trailer Watch: Avengers: Endgame (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)

Avengers: Endgame, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

Trailer Watch: Aladdin (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)

Aladdin, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 15-17, 2019

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

The Morning After: Mar. 18, 2019

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:

Captain Marvel


Set in 1995, Captain Marvel finds Kree operative Vers (Brie Larson) attempting to understand the dreams she’s having that place her in a strange body facing off against a Kree assassin. After being captured by a group of Skrull mercenaries, Vers begins to unravel the flashes of memory she’s had by traveling to Earth where she hopes to uncover information about the Pegasus program with the help of S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

The film, positioned well before current events, establishes Captain Marvel as a character whose power could be crucial in the fight against the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Learning more about this character in this origin story gives the audience a better understanding of who this character is and what she stands for. A potent feminist narrative, Captain Marvel is a tightly written, twist-heavy adventure that also lets us get to know a younger Fury and gives us a brief glimpse of an even younger Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg).

The effects are abundant and the narrative fresh. What’s most entertaining about this film is its constant references to things that are so 1990s, such as Blockbuster, Radio Shack, and dial-up internet. It’s a fascinating time capsule of an era fewer and fewer Marvel fans will be able to connect with. Throw in terrific bits featuring the semi-affectionate cat Goose and you have a film that’s more enjoyable than it is frustrating, which best describes how formulaic the film is. Unlike Black Panther last year, this Marvel Cinematic Universe “first” doesn’t have a freshness of setting or narrative throughline. It’s a film that very much sits in the pedestrian center of the Marvel universe even if it does far better at it than some other films. Larson is a terrific lead and I will be excited to see how her involvement in the franchise plays out over the next few years.

Review: BlacKkKlansman (2018)

BlacKkKlansman

Rating

Director

Spike Lee

Screenplay

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee

Length

2h 15m

Starring

John David Washington, Adam Driver, Robert John Burke, Brian Tarantina, Arthur Nascarella, Ken Garito, Frederick Weller, Michael Joseph Buscemi, Laura Harrier, Damaris Lewis, Ato Blankson-Wood, Corey Hawkins, Dared Wright, Faron Salisbury, Ryan Eggold, Jasper Paakkonen, Paul Walter Hauser, Topher Grace, Alec Baldwin

MPAA Rating

R for language throughout, including racial epithets, and for disturbing/violent material and some sexual references

Original Preview

Click Here
(more…)

Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Rating

Director

Bob Perischetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Screenplay

Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman

Length

1h 57m

Starring

Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velex, Zoe Kravitz, John Mulaney, Imiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine, Natalie Morales

MPAA Rating

PG for frenetic sequences of animated action violence, thematic elements, and mild language

Original Preview

Click Here
(more…)

Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald

Rating

Director

David Yates

Screenplay

J.K. Rowling

Length

2h 14m

Starring

Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, Ezra Miller, Claudia Kim

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for some sequences of fantasy action

Original Preview

Click Here
(more…)

This Day in Oscar History: March 18 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Our Site Milestones

Born

Died

Released

Our Site Milestones

2002: The Oscar Guy Launched oscarguy.com Domain (17)

(more…)

Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Apr. 2019, Wide)

Return Links

Polls

What Are You Most Anticipating? (Apr. 2019, Wide)

Cinema Sight Asks: Which April 2019 wide release are you most anticipating?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...