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Film Preview: Diane (2019)

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(March 17, 2019) Original

Release Date:

March 29, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Diane fills her days helping others and desperately attempting to bond with her drug-addicted son. As these pieces of her existence begin to fade, she finds herself confronting memories she’d sooner forget than face.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: It gives a brief glimpse into who this character is even if it’s not a detailed or compelling glimpse.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer doesn’t quite sell what the film is about because it doesn’t say enough. That said, Mary Kay Place looks terrific and the promise of profound soul searching could be worth it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Long Lost (2019)

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(March 17, 2019) Original

Release Date:

March 29, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When Seth receives a mysterious letter inviting him to spend the weekend at a secluded mansion in the country, he soon realizes the people inside the house may know him better than he knows himself.”

Poster Rating: –


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

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: It’s difficult to tell from this trailer what the film is about? Is it about family? Is it about terror? There are too many potential premises available in this trailer to make out much. That said, there is just enough to make it intriguing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2019 Spring Season Preview: April

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

April 5, 2019

The Best of Enemies

Premise: From IMDb: “Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.”
Box Office Prospects: $15 M
Expectations: Weak. This is just not the kind of movie that sells many tickets. I’d be surprised if it even makes it to the tally I predicted.
Oscar Prospects: Uncertain. It was briefly in the hunt for Oscar consideration last year, but got pushed into 2019. That fact, combined with the April release, suggests that the film isn’t much of a contender.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 22-24, 2019

There’s nothing else new coming out this weekend, so Get Out will definitely take the lead. The question is whether it can perform strongly enough to overcome the third weekend of Captain Marvel, which had a solid 55.7% drop from last weekend. With Jordan Peele’s last film taking in $33 million opening, it will be a fight between the two for the number one position and I suspect Us might have the upper hand as Peele’s popularity has only grown in the intervening two years.

Our Highest Rated Films: Us; Hotel Mumbai
Our Best Awards Ratings: Us

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

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92nd Oscars: Ten Best Potential Oscar Contenders

Although we won’t be making our first formal Oscar predictions until May, we thought we’d take a look at some of the potential Oscar contenders of the year. Each contributor was asked to submit ten films that they felt were major players for this year’s Oscars.

Only one film appears on all four lists, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman; however, a number of films receive three mentions: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and The Woman in the Window. Several more are mentioned twice: Ford v. Ferrari, Gemini Man, Little Women, The Goldfinch, Toy Story 4, and Us. That’s eleven films with just slightly more, twelve, that were mentioned only once.

After the break, take a look at what everyone thought.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 20 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Ceremonies

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

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(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

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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-

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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.

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Film Preview: Sauvage (2019)

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(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

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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+

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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.

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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.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 19 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Ceremonies

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

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Now That You’ve Seen Wonder Park…?

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

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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.