Weekend Preview: May 1-3, 2015

Below are four previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Welcome to Me (2015)

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Release Date:

May 1, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When Alice Klieg wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show.”

Poster: C+ / C

Review: (#1) An interesting design using colors not typically employed in modern poster design. It’s still a modestly familiar, limitedly original concept. (#2) If you’ve seen the trailer, it makes a lot more sense, but not enough to be worthy of note.

Trailer: C+

Review: A weird little film is what’s on display in this trailer. Whether it’s funnier than the trailer makes it seem is uncertain.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(April 26, 2015) Original

Film Preview: Ride (2015)

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Release Date:

May 1, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A mother travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer.”

Poster: F

Review: A cheap, inexpressive waste of paper.

Trailer: C-

Review: Helen Hunt hasn’t done much of value since she won her Oscar for Mad About You, so it appears she’s trying to write and direct as well as act and if this trailer is any indication, she’s not very successful in that realm either.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(April 26, 2015) Original

This Day in Oscar History: April 26 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 25 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Mr. Holmes (2015)

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Release Date:

July 17, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.”

Poster: B-

Review: A simple, yet elegant design that evokes a Victorian era, a character’s personality and a wide array of emotional responses to a character with whom millions are familiar.

Trailer: C+

Review: I don’t expect a small, simple film to engender ravished excitement, but the trailer hints at a mystery unfolding within the film, but without a hint of passion.

Oscar Prospects:

Bill Condon hasn’t had a lot of success in recent years, but this film looks like it could be a return to form for the fimmaker. If the film is of the level of equality of his pat films, it could be a stealth contender for a number of awards, including Best Actor for Ian McKellen.

Revisions:

(April 19, 2015) Original

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 17, 2015)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals in 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

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #90

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: April 24 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Died

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Poll: Best Film Editing (1979 – 1983)

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Best Film Editing Poll: 1979 – 1983

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Film Preview: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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Release Date:

March 16, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “No description currently available”

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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: After the release of the new Star Wars trailer and the unfavorable comparisons between it and this, I wanted to like this more. Being a teaser for a film so far out, it seems quite polished. Unfortunately, it’s not the level of polished fans of either Batman or Superman really want. Perhaps their next attempt will be a bit more fascinating.

Oscar Prospects:

It will be an effects extravaganza, which could benefit it greatly at the Oscars for 2016, but it all depends on the competition, which isn’t going to be as fierce as this year’s.

Revisions:

(April 19, 2015) Original

Oscar Profile #233: Rumer Godden

GoddenBorn (Margaret) Rumer Godden in Sussex, England on December 10, 1907, the future novelist grew up with her three sisters in a section of colonial India that is now part of Bangladesh where her father was a shipping company executive. Sent to England for schooling, she and her sisters were brought back to India at the outset of the First World War. She returned to England to continue her interrupted schooling in 1920, eventually training as a dance teacher. She went back to India in 1925 and opened a dance school for English and Indian children and young women in Calcutta. Godden ran the school for 20 years with the help of her sister Nancy. A writer from the age of 5, she wrote a fanciful autobiography at 8, but did not become a published writer until the age of 29. Her third novel, Black Narcissus, published in 1939, was an immediate international success that has never been out of print since. She would publish more than 60 books over the course of her long life.

Godden ran afoul of both the English and the Indians when she admitted young half-caste or Eurasian women in her dance school as both cultures considered this tantamount to running a brothel. She married sportsman Laurence Foster in 1934 when she became pregnant, although she later claimed she never really loved him. She lost the baby four days after he was born and later had two daughters with Foster who left the family to join the army at the outbreak of World War II. After he’d gone she discovered that he had drained their joint bank account and left her with a large debt due to bad stock investments. He returned briefly while on leave and after he’d gone went on a long trek where she became desperately ill. She had a miscarriage without even realizing she had been pregnant. When she discovered he was having an affair with another officer’s wife, she asked him for a divorce which he agreed to only if she absolved him of any monetary responsibility toward her and her daughters.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 23 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Apr. 24-26, 2015)

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What Are You Watching? (Apr. 24-26, 2015)

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Trailer Watch: Terminator: Genisys, updated (2015)

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)

Terminator: Genisys, updated

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