Film Preview: Underdogs (2015)

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Film Preview: Underdogs (2015)

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Film Preview: Underdogs (2015)

Release Date:

August 14, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young man named Amadeo sets off on an unexpected adventure with the players of his beloved Foosball game.”

Poster: C+

Review: The stark white background is unnecessary. You have several scenes from the trailer alone that would provide a much more resplendent backdrop for a movie poster. Instead, you have generic, characters-only excitement and even that’s not very exciting.

Trailer: C-

Review: This Spanish-language film is dubbed into English and like the films of Hayao Miyazaki, the failure to match up dialogue to mouth movements is distracting, but Underdogs seems significantly more off-kilter. With the clunky premise and lame jokes that are on display, it’s not surprising.

Oscar Prospects:

Like most of the other animated films Harvey Weinstein’s shingle has put out there, this one isn’t likely to come close to the Oscar race.

Revisions:

(May 24, 2015) Original

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 22, 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

San Andreas (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #96

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: May 29 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best Film Editing (2004 – 2008)

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Best Film Editing Poll: 2004 – 2008

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Trailer Watch: Pan, updated (2015)

Trailer Watch: Pan, updated (2015)Trailer #2, Poster #5

Pan, updated

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Oscar Profile #238: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Oscar Profile #238: Philip Seymour HoffmanBorn July 23, 1967 in Fairport, New York, a suburb of Rochester, Philip Seymour Hoffman was the son of a lawyer, now a judge, and her first husband, a Xerox employee. Educated at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he graduated with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989. By 1991 he was acting in an episode of TV’s Law and Order and shortly thereafter made his film debut in the little seen Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole.

Hoffman soon began being noticed in such prestige films as My New Gun, Leap of Faith, Scent of a Woman, The Getaway, When a Man Loves a Woman, Nobody’s Fool, Hard Eight and Twister. His breakout role came in 1997’s Boogie Nights. He was in four major films in 1998 (Next Stop Wonderland, The Big Liebowski, Happiness and Patch Adams) and another three in 1999 (Flawless, Magnolia and The Talented Mr. Ripley). It was for these last three films that he started receiving major awards recognition, earning a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Flawless and citations from various critics groups for all three films.

The actor continued to received critical acclaim for such films as 2000’s State and Main and Almost Famous and 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love, Red Dragon and 25th Hour. He was impressive in the lead in 2003’s Owning Mahowny and in support in Cold Mountain. He finally earned his first and only Oscar nomination in the lead category for 2005’s Capote, for which he won.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 28 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

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Died

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (May 29-31, 2015)

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What Are You Watching? (May 29-31, 2015)

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Film Preview: Dark Was the Night (2015)

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Film Preview: Dark Was the Night (2015)
Film Preview: Dark Was the Night (2015)

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Film Preview: Dark Was the Night (2015)

Release Date:

July 24, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An evil is unleashed in a small town when a logging company sets up shop in the neighboring woods.”

Poster: C+ / C+

Review: (#1) While I like the attempt made, the stark black-and-white limitation undermines the artistic whole. (#2) Meanwhile, the concept is borrowed for the second design and embellished with the traditional blue tint of nighttime. It’s a more carefully presented poster, but still lacks the daring attention-getting panache of some of the better films from this genre.

Trailer: C

Review: The trailer sticks too closely to the claustrophobic, bump-in-the-night motif without giving us characters that we care about or a villain that makes us want to get excited or scared.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(May 24, 2015) Original

Looking at the Weekend: May 29-31, 2015

Looking at the Weekend: May 29-31, 2015It’s rather interesting that July has turned out quite different than anyone would have predicted just a few months ago. While I doubt Aloha can beat San Andreas, I wouldn’t be surprised. It could be a close race and they’ll likely be the weekend’s top two films.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Despite the cast, Aloha doesn’t look that great, though San Andreas doesn’t look so hot either. That leaves the specialty box office which isn’t much more interesting.
Peter J. Patrick: San Andreas looks like it might be fun, but everything else this week including the Cameron Crowe movie looks really bad.
Tripp Burton: The wide releases couldn’t be more different this week, so choose the one that appeals to your sense of taste the best!
Thomas LaTourrette: An odd set of movies. Aloha and San Andreas might be fine for their genre audiences, but Heaven Knows What might be the most interesting of the bunch.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 27 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)

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Film Preview: Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)
Film Preview: Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)

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Film Preview: Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)

Release Date:

May 22, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task any easier.”

Poster: B- / C+

Review: These two designs are basically the same, the differences presented in (#1) are more successfully executed, with a vivid background of cherished memories even if the character elements of (#2) are more crisp, clear and visually arresting.

Trailer: B

Review: While it seems clear from the trailer that Mark Ruffalo is Capital-A Acting here, it still gives a unique chance to watch Ruffalo do something more daring and exciting. The story is a tad rudimentary as presented, but there’s a genuine familiarity and accessibility boiling underneath it.

Oscar Prospects:

The acting field will be too crowded and this film too slight to earn Mark Ruffalo another Oscar nomination.

Revisions:

(May 24, 2015) Original

The DVD Report #414

The DVD Report #414A wise man once said that the best war movies are anti-war movies. Nine years ago Clint Eastwood made two of the very best. Flags of Our Fathers was a film about the men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. Letters from Iwo Jima told the story of the battle for the island from the Japanese perspective. In one key scene, one of the Japanese soldiers surrenders to the Americans. The unit commander leaves behind two soldiers to guard him and another man who has surrendered. Anxious to move on, one of the Americans shoots and kills both men. Later, a Japanese survivor of the battle who had found his friend’s body, goes crazy when he is captured, fully expecting to be shot in the same way. Instead he is subdued and placed on a stretcher alongside wounded American soldiers. It is a brilliantly compassionate scene that like most of the scenes in the film suggests that we’re all the same. There is nothing like that in Eastwood’s most recent film, the box office phenomenon American Sniper.

American Sniper, though expertly made, is in a way a throwback to the early Hollywood westerns in which there is no such thing as a good Indian, the contemporaneous World War II war movies in which there is no such thing as a good “Jap” and a myriad of films that stress the “us” in “us vs. them.” There is no sense of why or what America was dong in Iraq, of who the bad guys were. In the opening scene crack sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is about to kill a young boy who has been armed with a bomb by his mother. The film flashes back to a scene in which his father takes the young Chris on his first hunt. It gives one the unfortunate impression that to Kyle shooting the kid is like shooting an animal in the woods.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 26 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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