Poll: Remaking Best Actor, 2003

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Remaking Best Actor, 2003

In our second pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Actor. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Actor slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. No on to the game: Best Actor.

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Hopefuls Should Have Been Nominated for Best Actor (select up to 5)?

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Trailer Watch: Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, updated

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Oscar Profile #362: Richard Barthelmess

Born May 9, 1895 in New York New York, Richard Barthelmess was the son of stage actress Caroline Harris (1866-1937) and her husband, Alfred Barthelmess who died when Richard was just a year old. He had walk-ons in his mother’s plays from an early age. Educated at Hudson River Military Academy and Trinity College, he began acting in college and other venues. By 1919 he had five years of stock experience. Encouraged by stage and film star Nazimova, a friend of his mother’s, he made his screen debut as an extra in one of her films.

Barthelmess’s rise to screen stardom was meteoric. In 1919, he became a major star opposite Lillian Gish in D.W. Griffith’s Broken Blossoms, followed a year later by Griffith’s equally popular Way Down East also opposite Gish. Also in 1920, Barthelmess married first wife, actress Mary Hay with whom they had a daughter, future actress Mary Barthelmess.

Now a major star, Barthelmess formed Inspiration Pictures in partnership with Charles Duell and director Henry King. Their 1921 film, Tol’able David was a huge success, making Barthelmess an instant heartthrob. Among his many other popular silent films was the first screen version of The Enchanted Cottage in 1924.

Barthelmess was divorced from Mary Hay in 1927, the year he married second wife, Jessica Stewart Sargent, with whom he would remain married until his death.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 19 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Oct. 20-22, 2017)

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What Are You Watching? (Oct. 20-22, 2017)

Cinema Sight Asks: What are you watching? (Oct. 20-22, 2017)

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Film Preview: Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

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(October 15, 2017) Original

Release Date:

March 23, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.”

Poster Rating: C+ (2) / C / C+ (5)

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Review: (#1 & #2) This pair of posters put two of the film’s main characters in front of a generic Jaeger. It might have been more interesting had they been placed in front of the one they were going to pilot in the film. (#3) A simple call to arms that has lots of detail, but little of it compelling. (#4-#8) Five schematic-like views of the Jaegers in the film. These might be interesting to put on your wall, but won’t do much to sell the film itself.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: Lots of intense action, large amounts of cityscape destruction and enough callbacks to the original to tie everything together.

Oscar Prospects:

Perhaps a Visual Effects nomination might be in the offing, but it might be a long shot.

Trailer #1

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2017 Oscar Season Preview: November

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

November 3, 2017

A Bad Moms Christmas

Premise: From IMDb: “Amy, Carla and Kiki struggle to cope when their respective mothers visit for the holidays.”
Box Office Prospects: $100 M
Expectations: Uncertain. Sequels to hit comedies have uneven track records, though this might just be different enough from its predecessors to engage the same audience again.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 20-22, 2017

A large slate of new releases will compete to be the number one film of the weekend, with the films most likely to have a chance being Geostorm, Boo 2, and Only the Brave. Snowman could surprise, but the negative reviews will depress turnout. I would normally give the edge to the disaster film, but Only the Brave is timely and will likely draw more of an audience from middle America than the other films.

Our Highest Rated Films: BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Our Best Awards Ratings: BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Oscars); Wonderstruck (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Aida’s Secrets
Dealt
Golmaal Again
Jane
Let Her Out
Never Here
The Paris Opera
The Strange Ones
Tragedy Girls
The Work

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Review: The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Rating

Director

Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan

Screenplay

Bob Logan, Paul Fisher, William Wheeler, Tom Wheeler, Jared Stern, John Whittington, Hilary Winston, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman

Length

1h 41m

Starring

Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Kumail Ninjiani, Michael Pena, Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, Justin Theroux, Olivia Munn, Kaan Guldur

MPAA Rating

PG for some mild action and rude humor

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This Day in Oscar History: October 18 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Updated

New Posters (#3-#10)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, updated

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The DVD Report #538

Baby Driver is a stylish thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed. Like this year’s other surprise critical and box-office hit, Get Out, it is a film that breathes new life into a tired genre. With Get Out, it was the horror film, with Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, it’s the heist and chase film.

Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) is the baby-faced would-be musical producer who acts as a getaway driver for master criminal Kevin Spacey as a means of paying off a debt. Suffering from tinnitus since the auto accident that killed his parents when he was a child, he is constantly listening to music from his iPod to drown out the humming the tinnitus causes.

Forced to drive teams of three, the music in his ears also helps drown out the absurdities coming out of the mouths of the bad guys, which include the likes of Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm who he is forced to drive on bank robberies and eventually the robbery of a post office while making moves to protect the lives of several innocents. Along the way, he falls in love with waitress Lily James (Cinderella) who, like him, loves to burst into song at odd moments. His come mostly in his scenes with his wheelchair-bound foster father, lovingly played by deaf actor CJ Jones.

The chase scenes are up-to-the-minute state-of-the-art and very well done, but the story is old-fashioned and charming in the style of a 1930s crime movie in which the bad guys get their just desserts and everything turns out OK for the good guys. The superb soundtrack is also an asset.

Baby Driver is available on Blu-ray and standard DVD.

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Review: Atomic Blonde (2017)

Atomic Blonde

Rating

Director

David Leitch

Screenplay

Kurt Johnstad (graphic novels: Antony Johnston, Sam Hart)

Length

1h 55m

Starring

Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, David Percival, Eddie Marsan, John Goodman, Toby Jones, James Faulkner, Roland Møller, Sofia Boutella, Bill Skarsgård, Sam Hargrave, Jóhannes Jóhannesson, Til Schweiger

MPAA Rating

R for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity

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This Day in Oscar History: October 17 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Happy Death Day”

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Now That You’ve Seen Happy Death Day…?

Cinema Sight Asks: Now that you've seen "Happy Death Day," which Blumhouse horror film is best?

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