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This Day in Oscar History: October 31 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best Supporting Actress (1936 – 1940)

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Best Supporting Actress Poll: 1936 - 1940

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Film Preview: Top Five (2014)

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Release Date:

December 5, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancé talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show."

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: I'm not a Chris Rock fan. I didn't care much for his hosting gig at the Oscars even though many thought he was among the best to host in the last decade. That may color my opinion of this festival hit. The trailer doesn't suggest a film that's incredibly deep or insightful even if there are some slight tinges of creativity on display.

Oscar Prospects:

It was a hit on the festival circuit, but even if critics are ecstatic about it, the Academy doesn't tend to favor comedies and that should keep it out of the Oscar race.

Revisions:

(October 26, 2014) Original

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Feed the Queue #196

Here are the results of last week's poll.

  1. The Illusionist
  2. Barney's Version
  3. Another Year
  4. Biutiful
  5. Unstoppable

The Illusionist wins and goes into my queue.

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Oscar Profile #211: Joan Fontaine

FontaineBorn October 22, 1917 to British parents in Tokyo, Japan, Joan de Bouvier de Havilland, better known as Joan Fontaine, was the younger sister of Olivia de Havilland by fifteen months.

A sickly child, Joan moved to California with her mother and sister after her parents’ separation in 1919 while still a baby. She returned to Japan at 16 in 1933 to complete her education. Following her elder sister into acting, her mother, whom Joan always believed favored Olivia, insisted she change her name and not tread on the name of her sister who was already making a name for herself. She was first Joan St. John, then Joan Burfield before settling on her stepfather’s name of Fontaine. She made her film debut as Burfield in a small role in 1935’s No More Ladies. The film opened on June 14, 1935 exactly one day before de Havilland’s first film, Alibi Ike, but unlike de Havilland who had three more 1935 films in the can, Fontaine had to wait a year and a half for her next role, another minor part.

Fontaine always credited Katharine Hepburn, the star of 1937’s Quality Street in which she had a small part with bringing her to the attention of RKO executives who began to build her career. Her first starring role of note was in 1937’s A Damsel in Distress opposite Fred Astaire for which she was ridiculed for her amateurish dancing. It was back to supporting roles in such films as Gunga Din and The Women in 1939, the year she married actor Brian Aherne. Major stardom came quickly after that, however, when she won the coveted role of the second Mrs. de Winter in David O. Selznick’s 1940 film of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, the first Hollywood film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 30 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)

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Film Preview: Elsa & Fred (2014)

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Release Date:

November 7, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: ""Elsa and Fred" is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in 'La Dolce Vita' at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live -- be it more or less -- is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases. Fred surrenders to Elsa's frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is how Fred learns how to live. When he learns about Elsa's terminal illness, he decides to make her dream come true and takes Elsa to Rome to reenact with her the famous scene at the Fontana di Trevi."

Poster: B- / C+

Review: (#1 & #2) These designs are identical except the first one shown has more detail of their exotic locale. That makes it the better design, simply because the other seems more generic. Overall, not that interesting either way.

Trailer: C

Review: Generic late-life romantic drama fitted with two viable stars that haven't had made a hugely successful film in over a decade. The two don't seem to be doing more than paycheck-collecting, perfunctory work, which will make those who are most familiar with their old films and performances less interested in the end result, even for nostalgia's sake.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 26, 2014) Original

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014

I have a hard time seeing any of the new wide releases really scoring big this coming weekend. Nostalgia could put Saw at number one, but Nightcarwler has the widest release and could appeal to the broadest demographic.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Nightcrawler looks the most interesting of the wide releases while Horns will probably be the most fun of the specialty cases.
Peter J. Patrick: Oh, what a week! If you must see a horror film on Halloween there are enough such films available via DVD and streaming that you don't have to subject yourself to this week's bottom of the barrel new releases.
Tripp Burton: For Halloween weekend, all we are getting are thrillers and horror films; if you're a fan of the genres, pick the most interesting premise and go for it!
Thomas LaTourrette: All four of these films have interesting concepts, but the one that really appeals is Nightcrawler, due to Jake Gyllenhaal's performance. Once again, there does not seem to be an Oscar nominee out this week.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 29 (2014)

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Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 15

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

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

Best Cinematography

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 15 Poll

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Film Preview: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Release Date:

May 1, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans."

Poster: C / B (8)

Review: (#1) Disney and Marvel have a standard operating procedure for their first posters. It's a simple, foreshadowing design that doesn't give any details away and really won't appeal to anyone outside of the core fanbase. This is a perfectly, bland example of that. (#2-#9) These eight posters form one larger battle scene design, but they are entirely hand-drawn. They may resemble the characters from the film, but it isn't an actual scene from the film. It's a cool effect, especially when put together, but that's about it. NOTE: the sizes of the designs below have been decreased to fit in the four-panel-wide and two-panel-high layout they were designed for. They are not numbered, but aren't distinctive enough to require it. Future posters for this film will be numbered for ease of reference.

Trailer: C+

Review: It's a teaser and anyone who's a fan of the franchise will be intrigued, but there's not enough here to get truly excited over. There are snippets of each character and hints at internal conflict (again), but it lacks the defining characteristics that would make it a definitive teaser.

Oscar Prospects:

The first Avengers film was a nominee for Best Visual Effects and the Iron Man effect should carry it to a second. Sound Mixing and Sound Editing are also possible, but all other categories are unlikely.

Revisions:

(October 26, 2014) Original

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Eye on Warner Archive: Oct. 21, 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 #384

DolceVitaFederico Fellini’s 1960 classic, La Dolce Vita was the fifth highest grossing film of 1961, the year of its U.S. release, coming in behind 101 Dalmatians, West Side Story, El Cid and The Parent Trap, raking in more than twice as much as the next highest grossing film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which like the Italian phenomenon was also at its heart a jaundiced look at the idle rich. Audiences of the day viewed Fellini’s look at the dark side of the culture of stardom with wide-eyed wonder. Today’s audiences, coming to it for the first time, look at the film which introduced America to the word “paparazzi” with a more knowing awareness.

With rights issues finally resolved, Criterion has released a meticulously restored edition of the film with new English subtitle translation on Blu-ray and standard DVD. Extras include an interview with scholar David Forgas on the period in Italian history in which the film was made as well as an interview with Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties) who was an assistant director on the film. Also included are archival interviews with Fellini and star Marcello Mastroianni from the 1960s.

Kino Lorber continues to release Blu-ray upgrades of MGM-owned films previously available on standard DVD.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 28 (2014)

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