Film Preview: Colette (2018)

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Release Date:

September 21, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Very French, but also very unappealing. Two concepts that should be foreign to one another.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Somewhere in this trailer is a fascinating story, buried deep within plodding cuts and a lackluster structure.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar Profile #401: Vittorio De Sica

Born July 7, 1901 in Lazio, Italy, Vittorio de Sica grew up in Sicily where his first job was as an office clerk in support of his poor family. Drawn to acting, he made his film debut as the title character as a boy in The Clemenceau Affair in 1917. He did not make another film for ten years, becoming in the interim one of Italy’s most popular matinee idols on stage.

De Sica married actress Giuditta Rissone in 1937 with whom he had a daughter. She was also his business partner with whom he produced and directed comedies for the stage in the late 1930s. He became a film director in 1940 while still acting. On the set of a film in 1942, he met Spanish actress Maria Mercader who was the sister of Trotsky’s assassin, Ramon Mercader. From then on, he kept up a double life, married to Rissone but living with Mercader with the full knowledge and approval of the two women. On Christmas and New Year’s, he would celebrate the holidays with Rissone and their daughter at Rissone’s home and then celebrate all over again with Mercader and their eventual two sons at the home he shared with her. He was not able to divorce Rissone until 1954. His marriage to Mercader in France in 1959 was not recognized in Italy.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 19 (2018)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jul. 20-22, 2018)

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Film Preview: Wonder Park (2019)

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Release Date:

March 15, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.”

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: The sense of wonder, clearly intended, is palpable. There isn’t much of a story here, but the visuals are enough to tide us over until a bulkier trailer can be released.

Oscar Prospects:

Could very well be a solid contender for Best Animated Feature, but not likely anywhere else.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 20-22, 2018

It’s hard to know which has more fans: Denzel Washington and his extreme justice character in The Equalizer 2 or fans of Mamma Mia. The two films will go head to head for the box office crown with both posing a threat to win. I give the edge to Mamma Mia simply because it was the bigger success when it debuted. Of course, as the sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding proved, second times aren’t always the best.

Our Highest Rated Films: Blindspotting
Our Best Awards Ratings: Blindspotting (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Far from the Tree
Generation Wealth
McQueen
Running for Grace
Teefa in Trouble

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This Day in Oscar History: July 18 (2018)

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Trailer Watch: Night School (2018) Updated

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Night School, updated

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The DVD Report #577

Lean on Pete won Charlie Plummer the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress at last year’s Venice Film Festival. Although the film received strong support at the 2017 Telluride and Toronto film festivals among numerous other venues, it was not released theatrically until April of this year. Directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years), from Willy Vlautin’s 2010 novel, the film is about hope in the wake of the failure of the American dream, a thread that runs through two of the writer’s and director’s influences, The Grapes of Wrath and Midnight Cowboy. Like Henry Fonda and Jon Voight in those films, Plummer (All the Money in the World) is an imperfect but essentially good person you root for through thick and thin.

Although the film’s title is that of the name of the horse that Plummer’s character bonds with, the story is really about the 15-year-old kid’s search for home. The strong supporting cast includes Steve Buscemi as the sleazy horse trainer he takes a summer job with, Chloe Sevigny as the seen-it-all veteran jockey, and Alison Elliott as the kid’s estranged aunt. Filmed on location in Portland, Oregon and other locations in the great northwest, this is a treasure of a film.

Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, extras include an informative making-of documentary.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the dystopian horror film A Quiet Place has a unique premise in that the film’s monsters are blind but possess a heightened sense of hearing that forces the survivors to live in a world of silence. Directed by John Kasinski who stars in the film opposite real-life wife Emily Blunt, the film also stars Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck), Noah Jupe (Wonder), and newcomer Cade Woodward as their three children.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 17 (2018)

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Film Preview: Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

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Release Date:

December 7, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.”

Poster Rating: C (2)

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Review: (#1 & #2) This pair of character posters present the rivals in contrasting shades. While both are meant to represent paintings of the monarchs, the blue one featuring Saoirse Ronan comes off looking the best.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: There’s a fiery undercurrent to this trailer. If it doesn’t quite reach it’s full potential, it’s not for lack of trying as the leads are luminous, especially Saoirse Ronan, who seems to be acting circles around Margot Robbie.

Oscar Prospects:

This is likely to be one of the major Oscar contenders with both Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie contenders for Best Actress.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 13-15, 2018

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

The Morning After: Jul. 16, 2018

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

Love, Simon


As Call Me by Your Name was to 1980s gay coming of age stories, Love, Simon is to the 2010s. While the former was pure drama, the latter is a comedy with dramatic elements throughout.

It’s a John Hughesian film about a High School senior who becomes penpals with a fellow student, neither of whom are out publicly. After he inadvertently leaves his e-mail account open on a public computer, his secret is threatened to be exposed adding pressure to an already tense situation.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 16 (2018)

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