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Cinema Sight Asks: Which July 2014 wide release film is best?

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Weekend Preview: Jul. 10-12, 2015

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Tangerine (2015)

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Film Preview: Tangerine (2015)

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Film Preview: Tangerine (2015)

Release Date:

July 10, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.”

Poster: C

Review: A beautiful sunset is wonderful, and the silhouettes are a satisfying touch; however, the entire design just doesn’t seem to fit with the theme of the film in any measurable way.

Trailer: B

Review: Interesting isn’t the best word to use for this trailer, but I cannot fathom another word to use here. It’s inspiring to see a filmmaker using actual trans actresses, but the plot seems a little too inconsequential at times to be of much excitement.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(July 5, 2015) Original

Film Preview: The Suicide Theory (2015)

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Film Preview: The Suicide Theory (2015)

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Film Preview: The Suicide Theory (2015)

Release Date:

July 10, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A suicidal man hires a demented killer to assist him in suicide, but for some reason, miraculously survives each attempt on his life.”

Poster: C-

Review: The chalk outline motif doesn’t quite fit in with the film’s concept, which makes it a tough design to use to sell the picture.

Trailer: B

Review: Sometimes the clever concept can oversell a film that doesn’t have a lot of visual excellence going for it. Here’s a perfect example of this as the trailer suggests a compelling idea with little robust support behind it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(July 5, 2015) Original

Film Preview: The Gallows (2015)

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Film Preview: The Gallows (2015)

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Film Preview: The Gallows (2015)

Release Date:

July 10, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone.”

Poster: D

Review: I know that the film uses the red filter with regularity, but it’s distracting and makes for poor poster design. Also, you have to look a little too closely to see the noose in the poster, which downplays the titular concept.

Trailer: C

Review: Your generic teens-in-peril horror film doesn’t get much of a makeover with this concept. They are still using the unnecessary found-footage style, but at least they are trying to create some real scare moments in a film that probably isn’t as scary as it purports itself to be.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(July 5, 2015) Original

This Day in Oscar History: July 5 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 4 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Rock the Kasbah (2015)

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Film Preview: Rock the Kasbah (2015)

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Film Preview: Rock the Kasbah (2015)

Release Date:

October 23, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.”

Poster: C+

Review: Colorful doesn’t begin to described this design. Restrained doesn’t either. This is a rather bizarre effort that might appease Bill Murray fans, but I doubt anyone else will care.

Trailer: C-

Review: Considering the talent involved, the trailer presents a woefully unfunny affair that doesn’t seem to have anything vital to say about Afghani relations. Without a biting commentary, will anyone care?

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(June 28, 2015) Original

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 27, 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

Terminator: Genisys (Wide)

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

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #101

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: July 3 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best Original Screenplay (1945 – 1950)

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Best Original Screenplay Poll: 1945 – 1950

NOTE: The titles I was pulling for this poll were incorrect. I was using the winners of the “Screenplay” award and not “Story and Screenplay” as it should have been. Therefore, we’re going back in time a little.

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Best Original Screenplay winner is best?

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Film Preview: Time Out of Mind (2015)

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Film Preview: Time Out of Mind (2015)

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Film Preview: Time Out of Mind (2015)

Release Date:

September 9, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A homeless man tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter.”

Poster: C+

Review: This is a simple design that doesn’t require a lot of embellishment, but all thing considered, I don’t think many will see this and decide they need to see the film.

Trailer: C

Review: This meandering trailer reveals so many details about the film’s plot that you aren’t left with much curiosity about seeing where it goes. A lack of suspense doesn’t engender excitement in your product.

Oscar Prospects:

Oren Moverman’s first film (The Messenger) netted Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Woody Harrelson as Best Supporting Actor. His second film (Rampart) received none. This time, his prospects are a little better, but Best Actor’s already shaping up to be a strong competition, which means Richard Gere’s continued attempts at an Oscar nomination are likely to fall flat.

Revisions:

(June 28, 2015) Original

Oscar Profile #243: Jane Fonda

Oscar Profile #243: Jane FondaBorn December 21, 1937 in New York, New York to legendary actor Henry Fonda and his second wife, socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Fonda would become a legend in her own right at an early age.

Traumatized by the suicide of her mother when she was twelve, the actress made her stage debut in a charity production of The Country Girl opposite her father at the age of 16 in 1954. She made both her Broadway and film debuts in 1960, receiving star billing from the get-go. Early hits include Tall Story opposite Anthony Perkins, Period of Adjustment opposite Jim Hutton, Cat Ballou opposite Lee Marvin and Barefoot in the Park opposite Robert Redford.

Fonda married controversial French director Roger Vadim, the ex-husband of Brigitte Bardot, in 1965. Their daughter Vanessa, named after Vanessa Redgrave, was born in 1968. She would star in several of his films, most notably 1968’s Barbarella. The actress achieved critical acclaim with 1969’s They Shoot Horses, don’t They? , for which she received the first of her seven Oscar nominations. She would receive her second nomination and first win two years later for Klute. An outspoken opponent against the Vietnam War, she was dubbed “Hanoi Jane” after her headline-making visit to Hanoi in 1972.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 2 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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