Film Preview: Grandma (2015)

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Film Preview: Grandma (2015)

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Film Preview: Grandma (2015)

Release Date:

August 21, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Self-described misanthrope Elle Reid has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, shows up needing help. The two of them go on a day-long journey that causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future.”

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

Trailer: B

Review: There are a lot of funny moments in this trailer and they are all featuring Lily Tomlin. That front-loaded concept may be enough to woo her fans to the theater, but the film seems to be rather simplistic in its approach, which might turn off most viewers.

Oscar Prospects:

Lily Tomlin has earned a lot of buzz for this performance, but a Best Actress nomination doesn’t seem plausible at this juncture. She’ll have better luck at the Emmys.

Revisions:

(June 28, 2015) Original

Eye on Warner Archive: Jun. 23, 2015

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 #419

The DVD Report #419Criterion has released Blu-ray upgrades of two more cinematic masterpieces, The Fisher King and The Bridge.

The only non-British member of Monty Python, Terry Gilliam achieved great success with 1974’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail which he co-directed with Terry Jones. He returned to the quest for the Holy Grail with 1991’s The Fisher King written by fledgling screenwriter Richard LaGravenese. It would be the only one of his films Gilliam didn’t write himself.

The film is a brilliant mix of drama, comedy, friendship, love and craziness woven around four stars, Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Ruehl and Amanda Plummer, with an assist from Michael Jeter.

Williams and Bridges were at the height of their respective careers. Ruehl, Plummer and Jeter were known for their stage work.

Williams had top billing, but Bridges had the larger part as a wealthy shock jock radio star who loses everything when one of his key callers kills seven people and himself in a Manhattan restaurant. Three years later he is living off his latest girlfriend, video store owner Ruehl. Attacked in Central Park by a couple of young vigilantes, he is rescued by homeless Williams whose wife was one of those murdered in the restaurant shootout. Williams has only recently awoken from his catatonic state and is on a quest for the Holy Grail which he has tracked to Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Bridges will reluctantly help him retrieve it, but first he must help him woo the equally weird Plummer that Williams worships from afar. Cabaret entertainer Jeter will help in this regard.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 30 (2015)

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Film Preview: Everest (2015)

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Film Preview: Everest (2015)
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Film Preview: Everest (2015)

Release Date:

September 18, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.”

Poster: C / B- (2)

Review: (#1) Putting your actors on your poster design would seem like a wise idea. However, considering the other designs available, it’s unfortunate that the majesty and frightful presence of the mountain itself is not as dominant in the design. (#2 & #3) These appear to be slightly altered versions of the same concept. It’s a looming presence and fits the film’s title, but still lack something threatening.

Trailer: B+

Review: Getting the audience to the point where it cares about the characters is a film’s job, but to sell a movie like this, the trailer also has to have some latitude on what information it presents. This is a fairly strong display of potential.

Oscar Prospects:

The film looks like it could be an effects marvel, but whether it can break out beyond Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects remains to be seen. Critics will have to adore it. Releasing in September doesn’t give one hope of that, however.

Revisions:

(June 28, 2015) Original

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 26-28, 2015

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Batkid Begins

The documentary branch like political statements. They always have. Occasionally, films about difficult subjects that create a morsel of hope can win through with the Academy. Batkid Begins, which follows the Make A Wish Foundation and its attempts to bring a child’s desire to be Batman to life. The event became a national sensation with millions drawn in by the sweet, generous spirits of an entire city working to make kid’s dream come true.

From everything I’ve heard so far, the film is a emotional gut-puncher, which means a lot of voters will have a strong reaction to the film. When you make an Oscar voter feel something, even if it’s pride, sorrow, hope or any other emotion, they tend to vote with their hearts, which gives the film a decidedly upper hand.

The only thing that could backfire is that because of property rights, Warner Bros. produced the documentary and there are times when the promotion of it seem more like studio profit propaganda and not genuine interest in conveying a story. I doubt this will be the case, though. This seems to be like one of the first major Best Documentary Feature contenders of the year.

The Morning After: Jun. 29, 2015

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:

A Tale of Two CitiesThe Morning After: Jun. 29, 2015

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Based on Charles Dickens’ historical novel of the same name, A Tale of Two Cities tells a story set against the backdrop of the impending French revolution. Therein, an idealistic nobleman (Donald Woods) flees France to help lead efforts to support the French peasantry. This isn’t his story. Instead it’s the story of a man who resembles him a great deal, Sydney Carton (Ronald Colman), British advocate who helps free Woods’ Charles Darnay when accused of treason in an attempt by his ruthless uncle (Basil Rathbone) to get him out of the way and keep his ideologies from seeping into the French peasants’ consciousness.

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Gallery: The Gallows (2015)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film The Gallows.

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Weekend Preview: Jul. 3-5, 2015

Below are three previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Jimmy’s Hall (2015)

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Film Preview: Jimmys Hall (2015)

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Film Preview: Jimmys Hall (2015)

Release Date:

July 3, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the country’s ‘Red Scare’ of the 1930s.”

Poster: B-

Review: A simple scene for a simple film. It might bring audiences into the theater, but it evokes the essence of the film.

Trailer: B

Review: Finding truth within the simple joys of freedom, companionship and knowledge have been at odds with religion for centuries, as evinced by this polemic about the strictures of the church and the damage it can cause on those who simply want to live life to its fullest.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(June 28, 2015) Original

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This Day in Oscar History: June 27 (2015)

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