Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 20-22, 2017

A large slate of new releases will compete to be the number one film of the weekend, with the films most likely to have a chance being Geostorm, Boo 2, and Only the Brave. Snowman could surprise, but the negative reviews will depress turnout. I would normally give the edge to the disaster film, but Only the Brave is timely and will likely draw more of an audience from middle America than the other films.

Our Highest Rated Films: BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Our Best Awards Ratings: BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Oscars); Wonderstruck (Oscars)

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Aida’s Secrets
Dealt
Golmaal Again
Jane
Let Her Out
Never Here
The Paris Opera
The Strange Ones
Tragedy Girls
The Work

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Review: The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Rating

Director

Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan

Screenplay

Bob Logan, Paul Fisher, William Wheeler, Tom Wheeler, Jared Stern, John Whittington, Hilary Winston, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman

Length

1h 41m

Starring

Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Kumail Ninjiani, Michael Pena, Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, Justin Theroux, Olivia Munn, Kaan Guldur

MPAA Rating

PG for some mild action and rude humor

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This Day in Oscar History: October 18 (2017)

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Trailer Watch: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Updated

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi, updated

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The DVD Report #538

Baby Driver is a stylish thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed. Like this year’s other surprise critical and box-office hit, Get Out, it is a film that breathes new life into a tired genre. With Get Out, it was the horror film, with Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, it’s the heist and chase film.

Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) is the baby-faced would-be musical producer who acts as a getaway driver for master criminal Kevin Spacey as a means of paying off a debt. Suffering from tinnitus since the auto accident that killed his parents when he was a child, he is constantly listening to music from his iPod to drown out the humming the tinnitus causes.

Forced to drive teams of three, the music in his ears also helps drown out the absurdities coming out of the mouths of the bad guys, which include the likes of Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm who he is forced to drive on bank robberies and eventually the robbery of a post office while making moves to protect the lives of several innocents. Along the way, he falls in love with waitress Lily James (Cinderella) who, like him, loves to burst into song at odd moments. His come mostly in his scenes with his wheelchair-bound foster father, lovingly played by deaf actor CJ Jones.

The chase scenes are up-to-the-minute state-of-the-art and very well done, but the story is old-fashioned and charming in the style of a 1930s crime movie in which the bad guys get their just desserts and everything turns out OK for the good guys. The superb soundtrack is also an asset.

Baby Driver is available on Blu-ray and standard DVD.

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Review: Atomic Blonde (2017)

Atomic Blonde

Rating

Director

David Leitch

Screenplay

Kurt Johnstad (graphic novels: Antony Johnston, Sam Hart)

Length

1h 55m

Starring

Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, David Percival, Eddie Marsan, John Goodman, Toby Jones, James Faulkner, Roland Møller, Sofia Boutella, Bill Skarsgård, Sam Hargrave, Jóhannes Jóhannesson, Til Schweiger

MPAA Rating

R for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity

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This Day in Oscar History: October 17 (2017)

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Film Preview: The New Mutants (2018)

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(October 15, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 13, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.”

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: There’s a new breed of X-Men film in the works and it looks wholly unlike anything else we’ve seen in the universe. That it is vaguely reminiscent of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors only makes me more interested.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Oct. 13-15, 2017

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

The Morning After: Oct. 16, 2017

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:

Blade Runner 2049


In 1982, Ridley Scott brought to the screen an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Titled Blade Runner after the android hunters of the novel, the film made just over $80 million at the box office (adjusted for inflation) and became one of the 20th century’s most celebrated sci-fi works, Scott’s second such offering in a three-year period (after Alien in 1979).

Set 29 years after the original, Blade Runner 2049 follows a Replicant bounty hunter named “K” (Ryan Gosling) whose assignment is to destroy all older Replicant models that developed the ability to disobey and live human-like lives. Discovering that that Replicant model had a unique evolution, he is ordered by his police captain (Robin Wright) to seek out and destroy the “defected” machine. Others have plans to the contrary setting three distinct individuals and groups on a collision course with each other.

The contemplative sci-fi of Blade Runner is developed further in this 2049 in the hands of director Denis Villeneuve. A slow-boil thriller, the film reveals new information at its own pace, giving the audience one tantalizing visual palette after another as the course moves purposefully towards its unexpected and yet obvious conclusion. Released twenty-five years after the original, it’s a blessing to have that film’s star, Harrison Ford, back playing the character he immortalized: Rick Deckard. A couple of others from the original cast make an appearance, but deserve to be encountered organically in the film.

A dazzling picture, Roger Deakins’ cinematography is probably the best of his career, creating one indelible image after the other. Warm yellows and dark blues dominate the film with light playing across scenes in arresting and beautiful ways. Assisted by Dennis Gassner’s neo-futuristic production design and Renee April’s vibrant costumes, Deakins brings us forcefully into the quasi-futuristic landscape of Los Angeles. The music is an added treat with Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer ably building on the work Vangelis did with the original film.

Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman

Rating

Director

Patty Jenkins

Screenplay

Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, Jason Fuchs (Creator: William Moulton Marston)

Length

2h 21m

Starring

Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Lilly Aspell, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Ann J. Wolfe, Ann Ogbomo

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content

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This Day in Oscar History: October 16 (2017)

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Nov. 2017, Wide)

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Film Preview: The Current War (2017)

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(October 8, 2017) Original

Release Date:

November 24, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.”

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: C-

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Review: While I like seeing an attempt being made to create something unique, the trailer itself is dull and lifeless, with events that aren’t engaging or significant.

Oscar Prospects:

There was a time when The Weinstein Company was a major Oscar player, but he hasn’t been in a few years. The further recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s long history of sexual harassment have likely destroyed the studio’s chances for at least this year, possibly for several to come.

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