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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Oct. 3-5, 2014)

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Trailer Watch: Jupiter Ascending, updated (2015)

New Trailer (#3) / New Poster (#3)

Jupiter Ascending, updated

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 3-5, 2014

Of the Oscar-friendly directors working today, David Fincher is one of the few who command attention at the box office. Gone Girl should be the latest in a recent string of strong openers at the box office, though horror flick Annabelle may build on pre-Halloween anticipation and come close. Christian adaptation Left Behind will open strong with religious groups, but will not be able to top David Fincher.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Fincher's latest looks excellent and, though others aren't as optimistic, Men, Women & Children looks engaging.
Peter J. Patrick: The Fall Film-going Season AKA Oscar Season begins with the opening of the first major Oscar contender, Gone Girl, along with a couple of minor contenders.
Tripp Burton: We could have our first major Oscar contender of the year out this week, so the season is upon us!
Thomas LaTourrette: Finally some movies worth seeing. Both The Good Lie and Men, Women & Children sound interesting, if flawed. The best should be David Fincher's Gone Girl, which should boast good performances and taut direction, and may well prove to be a major Oscar contender.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 1 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

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Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 11

You can read more about this project in the article at this link. Below is our eleventh poll, covering Best Original Dramatic Score. 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 Original Dramatic Score

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 11 Poll

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Film Preview: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)

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Trailer Link

Release Date:

October 17, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "An old man makes a living by selling bamboo. One day, he finds a princess in a bamboo. The princess is only the size of a finger. Her name is Kaguya. When Kaguya grows up, 5 men from prestigious families propose to her. Kaguya asks the men to find memorable marriage gifts for her, but the 5 men are unable to find what Kaguya wants. Then, the Emperor of Japan proposes to her."

Poster: C+

Review: It's a simple, still image from the film which highlights the style of animation on display without digging into its ambiguities, intricacies or craftsmanship.

Trailer: B

Review: The films have have emerged from the Japanese animation markets have been largely disappointing to me. Other than Miyazaki, nothing has had any genuine appeal. With a style that sometimes feels less animé, it might appeal to those who aren't enamored with the design aesthetics. However, there's just enough hint in the trailer to this being similar in tone that it might fall between pro-Miyazaki and anti-Miyazaki camps.

Oscar Prospects:

Studio Ghibli's reputation is high with the Academy. Famed director Hayao Miyazaki snagged several nominations for his films. This traditional animated film could be one of the year's contenders for five slots, but depending on what films are in competition, it might not be able to make it in.

Revisions:

(September 28, 2014) Original

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Eye on Warner Archive: Sep. 30, 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 #380

An early front-runner for this year’s Best Foreign Film award, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida is the Polish-born director’s first film made in his homeland. The Oxford-educated documentarian and feature film director has made an astonishing film set in the early 1960s and filmed as though it were actually made in 1962.

The film was made in black-and-white in the old academy ratio of 1:37:1 or 4x3, not widescreen. It takes place in what has come to be called the period of “small stabilization” in Poland following a period of harsh Communist rule after the end of World War II.

Told with striking imagery but featuring sparse dialogue, the film centers on two women, a young nun about to take her final vows and her aunt, the sole living relative she didn’t know she had.

18-year-old Anna learns upon meeting her Aunt Wanda that her name is not Anna, but Ida, and that she is Jewish by birth. The film follows the two women as they set out across Poland to find how her parents died and where they are buried. Wanda, a cynical Communist judge, regrets the life she has led and Anna/Ida must decide what she wants out of her own life. The film is not only remarkably true to the period but to the filmmaking style of the period. Even the film’s minimalist sex scene is handled with the discretion such scenes would have had at the time. The ending is also very much that of a late 1950s, early 1960s film.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 30 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Boxtrolls”

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Trailer Watch: Big Hero 6, updated (2014)

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#4-#6)

Big Hero 6, updated

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 26-28, 2014

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

The Boxtrolls

When you think of studios that generate frequent attention from the Oscars in the animation field, your attention may be drawn to the big three: Pixar, Disney and DreamWorks. Other studios, like Fox and Studio Ghibli, have uneven records when it comes to Academy support. A production house you might not think of as being a force with the Oscars is Laika, a small independent production house that has, to date, only created four films.

The first film, created on contract for Tim Burton Productions, Corpse Bride earned one of the category's earliest nominations for Best Animated Feature. Four years later, the studio created its own stop-motion feature, Coraline, which earned a boatload of precursor attention and nabbed the studio its second consecutive nomination in the category.

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The Morning After: Sep. 29, 2014

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:

Vera Drake


Mike Leigh's exploration of abortion in a post-World War II London brings together superb actors in a way that only Leigh seems to know how. The drama is light, but emotionally charged, which fits perfectly in his wheelhouse.

Anchored by a gentle, loving performance by Imelda Staunton, the story follows a middle class housewife who cares for the sick and injured while cleaning the houses of the upper class and providing for her family in a small apartment. As the titular character, Staunton delves into the generous spirit of a woman who has provided help for those less fortunate for more than twenty years. When one of her procedures sends a girl to the hospital, the police get involved and her world begins to unravel as her secret spills out to those around her.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 29 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Oct. 2014, Limited)

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