Film Preview: Victor Frankenstein (2015)

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Release Date:

November 25, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.”

Poster Rating: D

Review: You have this heavy Victorian story with plenty of visual pizzazz available and you go with a cheap, two-character, blurry-background, cheap-tagline design? That’s a new level of laziness.

Trailer Rating: C-

Review: What makes your film exciting? Why do we want to see it? Those questions must be answered to create an effective trailer. This film looks like it’s neither exciting nor required viewing. It looks like a semi-modernized retelling of a very old story that’s been told far too many times.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 35, 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 #109

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: August 28 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Academy Announces Governors Awards Recipients

2015GovernorsAwardsAlthough we all miss having the Governors Awards presented at the Oscar ceremony proper, the fact that the Academy is giving out so many more as a result of their changes is at least a small solace. This year, three legendary names received special recognition from the Academy. two-time Oscar nominees director Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands will receive Honorary Oscars. Oscar-nominated actress Debbie Reynolds will receive the Jean Hershholt Humanitarian award. It’s hard to argue with these names considering the importance each has had in the shape of film history.

Here is the official press release from the Academy announcing the selections.

SPIKE LEE, DEBBIE REYNOLDS AND GENA ROWLANDS TO RECEIVE ACADEMY’S 2015 GOVERNORS AWARDS

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Film Preview: Burnt (2015)

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Release Date:

October 23, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Adam Jones is a Chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.”

Poster Rating: C- / D+

Review: (#1 & #2) There isn’t much difference between the first and second design. What gives the first poster more visual impact is the simple decision to add a background and make everything feel more warm and inviting.

Trailer Rating: C

Review: If this is intended to be a terrific vehicle for an actor like Bradley Cooper, the trailer goes to great lengths to present a case of sabotage. It looks like a throwaway plot shoehorned into an actor’s wheelhouse to give him an opportunity to stretch without giving him anything to stretch towards.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar Profile #450: Non-nominated Co-leads

LoyOscar has four acting categories, one each for Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. Actors who are co-leads in their films with other actors and actresses who are co-leads with other actresses can be nominated in the same category or, as is often the case lately, one can be can nominated as a lead and the other as a supporting player.

The first film to have multiple nominees in the same category was 1935’s Mutiny on the Bounty for which Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were all nominated for Best Actor. The oddest example is Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald nominated for Best Actor 1944’s Going My Way with Fitzgerald also picking up a supporting nod for the same role. He was the only actor ever to be nominated in two categories for the same performance, winning in support while Crosby won in lead, causing a change in Academy rules.

Other examples include Bette Davis and Anne Baxter in 1950’s All About Eve, Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift in 1953’s From Here to Eternity, Rock Hudson and James Dean in 1956’s Giant Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in 1958’s The Defiant Ones, Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn in 1959’s Suddenly, Last Summer, Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole in 1964’s BecketMidnight Cowboy, Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine in 1972’s Sleuth, William Holden and Peter Finch in 1976’s Network, F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce in 1984’s Amadeus and Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in 1991’s Thelma & Louise.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 27 (2015)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Aug. 28-30, 2015)

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Film Preview: Barely Lethal (2015)

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(August 23, 2015) Original

Release Date:

May 29, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A teenage special ops agent coveting a “normal” adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of high school is more challenging than international espionage.”

Poster Rating: D / F / D / D+

Review: (#1) Generic action twaddle. (#2) Even more generic action twaddle, just from another country. (#3) A little less twaddly, but with a flair visually chaos. (#4) Being the best doesn’t mean being good.

Trailer Rating: C+

Review: On paper, the concept sounds like it could be fun, but the trailer almost goes out of its way to suggest the film isn’t the least bit fun even though it’s also trying to say it is.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Looking at the Weekend: Aug. 28-30, 2015

Apart from this being the last weekend in August, the upcoming Labor Day holiday means the studios are dumping everything they don’t suspect will be a hit into these remaining weeks. As such, the competition this week will be anemic with the little-advertised No Escape facing off against the teen-targeted We Are Your Friends. Neither have had particularly effective promotional campaigns and neither tackle subjects that would appeal to a broad demographic, further narrowing their potential audience.

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2015 Oscar Season Preview: September

The end of the year brings the most combative environment for films trying to become Oscar winners. The next four months will be an interesting proving round.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 26 (2015)

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Film Preview: About Ray (2015)

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Release Date:

September 18, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A teenager transitions from female to male, and his family must come to terms with that fact.”

Poster Rating: F

Review: With all the tools available to designers these days, I don’t see how they could construct something so absolutely banal, visually forgettable and unmistakably bland.

Trailer Rating: B-

Review: If it weren’t for the cast, I’m not sure if this piece would be that interesting. The trailer tries its hardest to create a sense of tension, but it also appears to be just a regular, coming of age story. Typically those two subjects are combined easily, here the relationship looks strained.

Oscar Prospects:

If it didn’t look so incredibly generic, it might be a vehicle for Elle Fanning to finally enter the Oscar conversation. However, I suspect that will not be the case.

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