This Day in Oscar History: October 22 (2018)

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Film Preview: Bayou Caviar (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 5, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A former boxing champion and his companions get caught up with Russian mobsters after he witnesses a crime.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The color scheme isn’t bad, but the structure and content is bland and ill-fitting. Making Cuba Gooding Jr. look far younger than he is, especially since it’s his older self at the center of the story, is also disingenuous.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: A haphazard trailer design that clunkily maneuvers between the past and the present to suggest it’s a film about the influence of one over the other and the propriety of one’s actions and the threats against them.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Tyrel (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 5, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Tyrel, a sole black man, attends an otherwise all-white weekend of drunken bro debauchery on a birthday trip to a cabin in the Catskills.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: This black-and-white design might fit tonally with the film, but it also doesn’t quite have a sense of presence or creativity.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Promising to be 2018’s Get Out while a suitable sales concept doesn’t work when the trailer suggests nothing too shocking or horrific is going on and the danger to the protagonist is minimized.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Oct. 26-28, 2018

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Hunter Killer (Wide)

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Johnny English Strikes Again (Wide)

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Burning (Limited)

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London Fields (Limited)

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Suspiria (Limited)

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Viper Club (Limited)

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Film Preview: London Fields (2018)

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(October 21, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 26, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Clairvoyant femme fatale Nicola Six has been living with a dark premonition of her impending death by murder. She begins a tangled love affair with three uniquely different men: one of whom she knows will be her murderer.”

Poster Rating: C+ / B-

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Review: (#1) The desire to make this look like an old film noir is strong, but the result is weak. The warm and cool colors blend together poorly and the overarching visual is not one that’s terribly appealing. (#2) This is a little bit cluttered, but not ugly. It’s subtle in some ways, obvious in others and that makes it at least a valiant attempt.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: There’s supposed to be a mystery here about who would want the titular character dead and that’s not gotten across very well in the trailer. It’s definitely an attempt film noir, which also doesn’t come across very well. Add in the awful appearance of Johnny Depp, star Amber Heard’s abusive ex, and you have a disappointing turn of events.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Burning (2018)

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(October 21, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 26, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Jong-su, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. When Hae-mi comes back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa, to Jong-su. One day, Ben visits Jong-su’s with Hae-mi and confesses his own secret hobby.”

Poster Rating: C- / C / C- / C / D+

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Review: (#1) Trying to give the reddish-orange glow of fire for a film titled Burning might seem like a clever idea, but the execution is not. (#2) The three characters of the film are solidly arrayed, but the overall design is lackluster. (#3) Is he breaking in or seeing something he shouldn’t. Either way, it’s not a good use of design elements. (#4) It’s a little more atmospheric than the prior designs, but it still lacks visual or emotional depth. (#5) This time we have the three characters laid out poorly with color and design of inferior style.

Trailer Rating: B / A-

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Review: (#1) The first trailer looks like a fairly straight-forward attempt at a thriller. (#2) The second trailer, however, is accompanied by a killer soundscape that makes the film feel edge of your seat, pulse poundingly good.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 21 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Welcome Home (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

November 16, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A couple spend a weekend at a vacation rental home in the Italian countryside in an attempt to repair their relationship, but soon become victims of the homeowner’s sinister plans.”

Poster Rating: –


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

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: If you read the synopsis, you get the idea of a film that sounds dramatic, compelling, and thrilling. To see the trailer, you expect nothing more than a mediocre love triangle at play. The threat of violence is curbed and thus the thrill of the idea is subdued.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Husband Material (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 14, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The film is a love story set in Punjab where Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, and Vicky Kaushal will be seen in prominent roles.”

Poster Rating: –


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

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A more laid back trailer for a Bollywood film than typical, the premise gets a bit lost in the detail and the scenes shift too fast to read the subtitles (if you aren’t already familiar with the language).

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 20 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Peterloo (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

April 5, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.”

Poster Rating: –


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

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Setting the film up as an exploration of tyrants and their treatment of the populace mixed with a typical revolution narrative are aided only with the knowledge that the film is from director Mike Leigh, which isn’t made much of in the trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

Mike Leigh is one of those directors who always piques the curiosity of Oscar voters and this period film about a historical rebellion could be especially tempting for voters who have given him surprise nominations for Directing and Original Screenplay on multiple occasions.

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Film Preview: All Square (2018)

Page Revisions:

(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 12, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A down-on-his-luck bookie befriends an ex-girlfriend’s son and begins taking bets on his little league games, creating chaos in the community.”

Poster Rating: –


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

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A surprisingly unique premise sits behind this perfunctory trailer. Our protagonist drifts through scenes with minimal purpose and the chaos sewn by his actions comes to roost in the trailer making it unlikely anyone will want to give the film much of a shot.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 42, 2018)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each 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 shots at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #273

We are back to the winners bracket while the losers are percolating. We’re moving into round fou.

Here is this week’s ten (or fewer) face-offs.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 19 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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