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Film Preview: Good Kill (2015)

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Release Date:

May 15, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A family man begins to question the ethics of his job as a drone pilot."

Poster: D

Review: I know the producers are trying to go for minimalist, but minimalism needs more than a simple background and a single image within it to be evocative.

Trailer: C

Review: As much as I like Andrew Niccol, this film doesn't look like it's going to be that interesting. We've seen so many films in recent years that have dealt with similar subjects, I'd be surprised if it had anything new or effective to say.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 22, 2015) Original

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 13, 2015)

Every week, we'll take a look back 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years into the box office past to explore how Oscar's nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we'll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best chance at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you'd like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

Home (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #86

We started over at the beginning of August 2013, but with a new, more streamlined methodology to collecting votes. Just choose one selection in each of the ten categories (or fewer depending on the week) below. Our first few weeks were to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we started going into the full face-off contest where each winner will then move on to a second round to face off against others.

Here is this week's ten (or fewer) face-offs. So, let's get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 27 (2015)

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Poll: Best Film Editing (1959 – 1963)

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Best Film Editing Poll: 1959 - 1963

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Film Preview: 5 Flights Up (2015)

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May 8, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away."

Poster: D+

Review: If it weren't for the fact that it's Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman, there's not a film this design would sell adequately.

Trailer: C+

Review: Your prototypical Getting Older comedy that puts some of our most talented older actors into comic situations that don't suit their talents. There are some potential benefits to the film, but not as many as one would hope.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 22, 2015) Original

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Oscar Profile #229: Roger Deakins

DeakinsBorn May 24, 1949 in Torguay, Devon, England, the son of an actress and a builder, Roger Deakins developed an early love for painting. Educated at the Bath School of Art and Design and the National Film and Television School in Buckinghamshire, his newfound love of photography led to a job as a cameraman on documentaries. His first credit as cinematographer came with 1975’s Mothers Own. Working almost exclusively on documentaries until 1984, he took time out for the TV mini-series Wolcott and the theatrical release, Another Time, Another Place

Deakins’ late 1980s British output included Defense of the Realm, Sid and Nancy, White Mischief and Stormy Monday. His first Hollywood film was 1990’s Mountains of the Moon. He began his long collaboration with the Coen Brothers with 1991’s Barton Fink. He married his wife, script supervisor (Isabella) James Ellis in1991.

Early 1990s non-Coen Brothers’ films included Passion Fish, The Secret Garden and The Shawshank Redemption for which he won the first of twelve Oscar nominations to date. His late 1990s output included Dead Man Walking, Fargo (his second nomination, first for a Coen Brothers film), Courage Under Fire, Kundun (his third nomination), The Big Liebowski and The Hurricane.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 26 (2015)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Mar. 27-29, 2015)

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Film Preview: Superfast! (2015)

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Release Date:

April 3, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Undercover cop Lucas White joins Vin Serento's LA gang of illegal street racers. They are fast and they are furious and they plan to double cross LA crime kingpin Juan Carlos de la Sol who hides his cash in a downtown Taco Bell. The gangs outrageous plan is as daring as it is ridiculous and will see them towing the whole damn restaurant, at crazy speeds."

Poster: B- / C- / C+

Review: (#1-#3) There's not a lot to say about these designs by themselves. My letter grades tell you how effective I think they are at evoking the namesake's designs. These look quite a bit like those of the Fast & Furious franchise, which goes a long way towards selling this parody. Unfortunately, there's not enough humor in the posters to avoid confusion.

Trailer: C+

Review: Some excellent look-a-likes certainly improve the film's chances of being better than it should be, but the humor in the trailer is far behind everything Seltzer and Friedberg have previously done. That's not very helpful in making this film feel like a must-see parody.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 22, 2015) Original

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 27-29, 2015

Ferrell and Hart are most likely to be the weekend's winners, though Home probably deserves it more.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Home seems like a sweet animated comedy while on the indie side, my curiosity is piqued by both White God and A Girl Like Her.
Peter J. Patrick: This appears to be a pretty dismal week at the movies.
Tripp Burton: Yet again, the limited releases look far more intriguing than the wide releases.
Thomas LaTourrette: A rather strange week of films. I was hoping Home would be better than the reviews are making it sound. White God might prove interesting, or maybe just weird.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 25 (2015)

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

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Release Date:

August 14, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons."

Poster: B

Review: Sleek and simple, this is the kind of design that works its charms without being overly involved. Two prime actors in poses suggestive of their styles as secret agents without all the high falutin' action to distract the viewer.

Trailer: B-

Review: The only thing that should give anyone pause when watching this trailer is when it says "Guy Ritchie." He's not a good director and no matter how well you polish his films, they just aren't that great. Still, the trailer belies that truism and gives us the idea that this is a first rate period action comedy even if it probably isn't.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(March 22, 2015) Original

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The DVD Report #405

EatDrinkManWomanBefore the awarding-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi made him a household name, Ang Lee was known for a trilogy of Taiwanese films, two of which were back-to-back Best Foreign Film Oscar nominees. The first of the trilogy, 1992’s Pushing Hands, about a Chinese tai chi master who comes to America to live with his son’s family, was not released in the U.S. until 1995, after the success of the first two.

Sihung Lung, who played the tai chi master in Pushing Hands also played the father of the protagonist in 1993’s The Wedding Banquet and the father of three women in 1994’s Eat Drink Man Woman, for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor. Eat Drink Man Woman has been given a brand new Blu-ray upgrade by Kino Lorber.

Taking place in modern Taipei, Lung plays a master chef who has lost his taste for food but still has what it takes to cook scrumptious elaborate meals at a large restaurant and to prepare Sunday dinner for his three unmarried daughters still living at home. The film follows the lives of Lung, his three daughters and a family friend, her mother and her daughter. During the course of the film, three of the four main characters will enter into happy marriages and the fourth will find contentment in the single life. Despite their differences, they will remain united in their love for food. Like the ending of The Wedding Banquet in which Lung’s character provides a major surprise, his character pulls off quite the surprise at the climactic dinner in Eat Drink Man Woman. It’s good to have this early Ang Lee treasure on Blu-ray. Now, where is The Wedding Banquet, an equally brilliant early achievement that belongs on Blu-ray?

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This Day in Oscar History: March 24 (2015)

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