Oscar Profile #333: George J. Folsey

Born July 2, 1898 in Brooklyn, New York, George Joseph Folsey was one of Hollywood’s greatest cinematographers. He was director of photography on more than 160 films from 1919 to 1972, earning 13 Oscar nominations along the way.

Folsey began in the film industry as an office boy in Jesse Lasky’s New York production company in 1914. By 1919 he was a full-fledge cinematographer, so impressing Alice Brady, the star of his first film, His Bridal Night, that she offered him a contract to photograph all her films, which he accepted. Among the many silent films that he photographed, in addition to Brady’s films, were 1924’s The Enchanted Cottage and 1928’s Lady Be Good sans the Gershwin music. His early sound successes included 1929’s The Letter, The Cocoanuts and Applause, 1932’s The Big Pond, Animal Crackers, The Royal Family of Broadway and Stolen Heaven, 1931’s The Smiling Lieutenant, 1932’s Animal Kingdom and 1933’s Reunion in Vienna which earned him his first Oscar nomination.

In addition to receiving a second Oscar nomination for 1934’s Operator 13 and a third for 1936’s The Gorgeous Hussy, Folsey’s later 1930s projects included a segment of The Great Ziegfeld and uncredited work on 1938’s Marie Antoinette.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 30 (2017)

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Film Preview: Girls Trip (2017)

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(March 26, 2017) Original

Release Date:

July 21, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: A rudimentary and poorly constructed poster that abuses PhotoShop while creating a clear and pointed acknowledgement of the film’s premise.

Trailer Rating: B / B+

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Review: (#1) The clean trailer, the one most audiences will see in the theater, is an oft humorous construction that might appeal beyond the target demographic.

(#2) There aren’t many films that can improve with a more bawdy, tawdry trailer, but this one does. Rather than presenting the exact same scenes and imagery as their PG-rated trailer, the producers create something more audacious, more raunchy, and, as a result, a hell of a lot funnier.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2017

Although the reviews aren’t great, The Boss Baby is likely to be the week’s top newcomer, though Beauty and the Beast will still top the charts.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Zookeeper’s Wife
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Boss Baby (Razzies/Oscars), The Zookeeper’s Wife (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

God Knows Where I Am
Naam Shabana

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This Day in Oscar History: March 29 (2017)

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Film Preview: Churchill (2017)

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(March 26, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 2, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A ticking-clock thriller following Winston Churchill in the 24 hours before D-Day.”

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: B+

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Review: Brian Cox is in fine form in this trailer about the legendary British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who was one of the key components to Britain’s successes during World War II. This drama look to be a fascinating exploration of the figure and the events surrounding his grave contemplation of the war.

Oscar Prospects:

Brian Cox appears to give an Oscar-caliber performance in the trailer, but will the Academy recognize him? The film could also be a player depending on its ultimate reception.

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The DVD Report #509

This isn’t a particularly good time for political films. With real life events involving crimes in high places taking bizarre turns nearly every day, it’s almost impossible to take a contemporary political thriller seriously on the big screen. Maybe that’s the reason last year’s highly anticipated Miss Sloane flopped at the box-office and with awards voters.

Jessica Chastain gives one of her best performances as the Washington lobbyist who gives her all to the job, and then some. Her title character leaves her long-time firm in disgust when they take on a client who wants them to mount a campaign to stop a modest gun control bill from going through Congress. She’s been recruited by the other side. Her former bosses, led by Michael Stuhlbarg and Sam Waterston, backed by the gun lobby, set out to not only win the argument in Congress, but to destroy her in the process. She has the support of her new boss (Mark Strong) and the loyal staff she’s taken with her (including Douglas Booth), but it’s an uphill battle, especially after she makes vulnerable anew a victim of violence (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) she had befriended. Along the way, she’s lost her best friend (Allison Pill) to the dark side and incurred the wrath of the powerful Congressional Committee Chairman (John Lithgow) who is a tool of the gun lobby. The only bright spot in her life is the call-boy with a heart of gold (Jake Lacy) who lies to protect her at the hearing that will decide her fate.

The film was directed by John Madden, who cut his teeth on British television (Prime Suspect, Inspector Morse) before directing such films as Mrs. Brown, Shakespeare in Love, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He directs Miss Sloane more in the style of his early TV work than his later, lighter films.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 28 (2017)

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Film Preview: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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Coming Soon

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: It’s a visually compelling design with a backdrop that might seem a bit bland at first glance, holds a great deal of gorgeous detail. It conjures a landscape most Missourians will recognize for its stormy goodness. The biggest quibble I have, as a Missourian, is that the stylized version of the outline of the state of Missouri is clearly created by someone who didn’t really study the state’s flat northern border, but it’s an ultimately unimportant detail.

Trailer Rating: A

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Review: Frances McDormand looks like she delivers a performance to put all her others to shame. A raucous, contentious portrayal of a mother at the end of the rope and desperate for answers. The rest of the cast, especially Woody Harrelson, look like they are capable of keeping up with her. The film looks darkly humorous and more in like with director Martin McDonagh’s first feature film, In Bruges, than it does his second, Seven Psychopaths.

Oscar Prospects:

Martin McDonagh has been to the Oscar rodeo once before with his screenplay for In Bruges and for his short film Six Shooter. While his second feature film, Seven Psychopaths, didn’t make any inroads, this film looks more like the kind of movie that Academy loves. Strong reviews could bolster its chances.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 24-26, 2017

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

This Day in Oscar History: March 27 (2017)

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Trailer Watch: Norman (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#1)

Norman, updated

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