Film Preview: Backtrack (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

February 26, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers a strange secret about his patients. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1) The railroad motif isn’t that interesting, though the coloring and creepy nature of the design give it a boost. (#2) This is almost the exact opposite of the first design. This one has a better rail design, but doesn’t feel that interesting or haunting.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: The trailer lacks a driving narrative that hooks the audience. What appears to be a formulaic emotional drama doesn’t push those notions very effectively on the viewer.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Sky (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 15, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Romy (Diane Kruger) is on holiday in the USA with her French husband, Richard (Gilles Lellouche). But the journey quickly turns into a settling of old scores for this worn out couple. After an ultimate fight, Romy decides to break free. She cuts off her ties to a stable and secure life that has become alienating and escapes to the unknown.”

Poster Rating: C / C-

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Review: (#1 & #2) There isn’t enough to say about each of these designs separately to merit individual analyses. Both are bland, visually uninteresting and lacking in depth. The second design is unnecessarily bright.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: There’s no chemistry between the characters and the trailer does little to persuade the audience that they should be interested in the film. That kind of flawed construction serves only to eliminate the film’s potential effectiveness.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 25 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Manhattan Night (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

May 20, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When a seductive stranger asks tabloid writer Porter Wren to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband, he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail – one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: That background seems like something pulled out of a film noir; however, the foreground figures look ill-suited to such a cinematic style. That dichotomy strikes discord.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: Trying to understand the whole point of this film is the chief struggle of anyone viewing this trailer. There seems to be an interest on the filmmakers’ parts that this be a type of film noir, but the end result feels sorely lacking.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Spaceman (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

August 19, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Story of former MLB pitcher Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee following his release by the Montreal Expos.”

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: I suppose if you are interested in baseball, this film will some measure of pull; however, the trailer’s stereotypical approach is off-putting and distracting at times.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 26, 2016)

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.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #152

We are now in the third round of voting for the Friday Face Off, pitting winners from the second round against each other. Just choose one selection in each of the categories below. Because we want to keep the polls open a bit longer before starting the next phase, after we finish this third pass, we’ll be starting a Losers Bracket going back to round one and pulling all the losers out and facing them off against one another.

Here is this week’s five (or fewer) face-offs. So, let’s get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 24 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best Foreign Language Film (1973 – 1977)

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Film Preview: The Adderall Diaries (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

April 15, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Writer and Adderall enthusiast Stephen Elliott reaches a low point when his estranged father resurfaces, claiming that Stephen has fabricated much of the dark childhood that that fuels his writing. Adrift in the precarious gray area of memory, Stephen is led by three sources of inspiration: a new romance, the best friend who shares his history, and a murder trial that reminds him more than a little of his own story.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: A formulaic, uninspired design that is so forgettable, you have to look at it multiple times to even remember what it looks like.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: While there is something haunting underlying this story, it’s such a generic story that you can’t develop sufficient interest to care what’s going on.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Kill Command (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

Coming Soon

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set in a near future, technology-reliant society that pits man against killing machines.”

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: Man versus machine is such a common thread of science fiction films that when you see it used ineffectively, it feels almost destructive. This film has a few things going for it, but it has quite a bit more that seems to be actively working against it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar Profile #293: Kathy Bates

Kathy BatesBorn Kathleen Doyle Bates in Memphis, Tennessee on June 28, 1948, the third child of a mechanical engineer and a homemaker, Kathy Bates’ paternal grandfather was author Finis Bates. A great-great grandfather was Andrew Jackson’s physician in New Orleans.

Majoring in theatre at Southern Methodist University from which she graduated in 1969, Bates immediately moved to New York to pursue an acting career. She made her film debut as “Bobo” Bates in Milos Forman’s 1971 film, Taking Off in which she made a strong impression introducing the song “And Even the Horses Had Wings”, but it was a false start to her career. The film, though well received by critics, failed to stir the box-office and she struggled for years in minor stage roles, not making another film until 1978’s Straight Time. That film was also liked by critics but ignored by audiences. Audiences did notice her in the 1982 cult hit, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean in which she repeated the role she originated on Broadway, but only a few minor film and TV roles followed until 1990 when she made strong impressions in support of Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, respectively, in Men Don’t Leave and White Palace. She closed out the year with her first starring role in Misery for which she won a surprise Oscar.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 23 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jun. 24-26, 2016)

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Film Preview: The Trust (2016)

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(June 19, 2016) Original

Release Date:

May 13, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A pair of cops investigating a drug invasion stumble upon a mysterious bank vault.”

Poster Rating: D / B / C-

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Review: (#1) The actors. The background. The entire lack of visual depth. This is an unmitigated disaster. (#2) With a few tweaks and some interesting details, you suddenly have a poster design that’s modestly compelling. (#3) Then you take the figures from the first design and superimpose them over a vault door. It doesn’t help much.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The trailer establishes a strange relationship with the audience playing itself off as simultaneously a heist thriller and a heist comedy, not quite understanding the connection between the two or solidifying in the viewer’s mind which type is really should be.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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