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This Day in Oscar History: September 20 (2014)

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Film Preview: The Best of Me (2014)

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Release Date:

October 17, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown."

Poster: C+

Review: We've seen the design before and the reflection of the title in the water is unbearably cheesy, but the design at least tries to keep the colors pleasing and the layout traditional, but functional.

Trailer: C- / D+

Review: (#1) We start out with the kind of trailer that highlights the unoriginal nature of the story. While it adds the twist of lost loves reuniting years later, it can't escape the general feeling of ennui. (#2) Then they come out with the poster that highlights everything that's wrong with this genre of filmmaking. It' the romantic drama for the undiscerning viewer who doesn't mind being force-fed the same unconvincing, prettily-packaged romantic drivel that's neither revolutionary or actually romantic.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 14, 2014) Original

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 38, 2014)

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 taken from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office. The second 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. Please let us know if you like our new feature or if you want to see more information and we'll see what we can do!

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #59

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 below. Our first few weeks will be to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we'll go 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 face-offs. So, let's get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 19 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Ceremonies

1930: 3rd Annual Academy Awards

  (Nominations Announcement) {for the films of 1929/30}
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Poll: Best Costume Design (1983 – 1987)

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Best Costume Design Poll: 1983 - 1987

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Film Preview: Felony (2014)

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Release Date:

October 17, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Three male detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to both disguise and unravel the truth?"

Poster: B- / C

Review: (#1) It's hard to create a solid twist on a common style, but the first design tries very hard to make itself seem different. It isn't, but the effort is worth noting. (#2) Whereas the second poster is so unoriginal aesthetically that it's almost painful.

Trailer: C-

Review: It's another paint-by-numbers thriller that lacks definition and creativity. It's an age-old tale that doesn't give itself much room to deviate, which makes it seem even more unbearable.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 14, 2014) Original

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Feed the Queue #190

Here are the results of last week's poll.

  1. Vera Drake
  2. A Very Long Engagement
  3. Ray
  4. The Polar Express
  5. Being Julia
  6. The Chorus (Les Choristes)

Vera Drake wins and goes into my queue. (An Interesting NOTE: This is the first time since June that no one's first-place vote ended up as the winner. Vera Drake was everyone's second-place finisher.

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Oscar Profile #205: Anthony Hopkins

HopkinsBorn December 31, 1937 in Margam, Port Talbot, Wales to Muriel and Richard Hopkins, a baker, (Philip) Anthony Hopkins was encouraged to become an actor by Richard Burton, who was also born in Port Talbot and whom Hopkins met at the age of 15.

Hopkins made his professional stage debut in 1960 at the Palace Theatre in Swansea. After several years in repertory he was spotted by Laurence Olivier who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre. His role in the 1967 TV version of A Flea in Her Ear led to his casting as Richard (the Lionheart) in 1968’s The Lion in Winter in support of Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn.

Alternating between the theatre and screens large and small, he gave memorable performances over the next decade in such films as The Looking Glass War; When Eight Bells Toll; Young Winston (as Lloyd George) and TV’s QB VII; The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case and Victory at Entebbe.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 18 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Sep. 19-21, 2014)

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What Are You Watching? (Sep. 19-21, 2014)

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Film Preview: A Good Marriage (2014)

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Release Date:

October 3, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "After 25 years of a good marriage, what will Darcy do once she discovers her husband's sinister secret?"

Poster: B+

Review: It's a concept that seems so devilishly simple that it should have been thought of many times before now, yet I cannot recall ever seeing it. A touch cheesy, but it's a clever kind of cheesy.

Trailer: C+

Review: Unlike the poster, the trailer is a cookie cutter template of common thriller construction. Apart from the seemingly unique twist on the genre presented by the film itself, the trailer tries very hard to convince the audience it's all very familiar, which typically means generic.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 14, 2014) Original

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 19-21, 2014

It's going to be a tough competition this week between comedy This Is Where I Leave You and Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones. I suspect it will go down to the wire, but I'm giving a slight edge to the family comedy since there are so few comedies in the marketplace at present and Neeson can be hit-or-miss.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Kevin Smith is trying way too hard to stay relevant, Neeson's film doesn't look that great and This Is Where I Leave You has potential. On the limited side, there are a couple of films that could be good, but none that make me want to run out and see them.
Peter J. Patrick: Tusk looks reasonably interesting among the week's new releases; the rest not so much.
Tripp Burton: A lot of interesting looking films this weekend, but I could also see them all being duds.
Thomas LaTourrette: (Editor's Note: Thomas is out of town this week, so he will not be submitting data for today's chart)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 17 (2014)

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Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 9

You can read more about this project in the article at this link. Below is our ninth poll, covering Best Foreign Language Film. As a refresher, here is where we obtain the titles/performances will be included in the polls that will be conducted:
Four-Source Categories:

  • The actual Oscar nominees in the selected category.
  • The Top Ten eligible films at the U.S. box office.
  • The ten highest-rated eligible films according to Rotten Tomatoes
  • The precursor nominees and winners in the selected category.

Best Foreign Language Film

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 9 Poll

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