Film Preview: Husband Material (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 14, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The film is a love story set in Punjab where Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, and Vicky Kaushal will be seen in prominent roles.”

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: A more laid back trailer for a Bollywood film than typical, the premise gets a bit lost in the detail and the scenes shift too fast to read the subtitles (if you aren’t already familiar with the language).

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 20 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Peterloo (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

April 5, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.”

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: Setting the film up as an exploration of tyrants and their treatment of the populace mixed with a typical revolution narrative are aided only with the knowledge that the film is from director Mike Leigh, which isn’t made much of in the trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

Mike Leigh is one of those directors who always piques the curiosity of Oscar voters and this period film about a historical rebellion could be especially tempting for voters who have given him surprise nominations for Directing and Original Screenplay on multiple occasions.

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Film Preview: All Square (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

October 12, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A down-on-his-luck bookie befriends an ex-girlfriend’s son and begins taking bets on his little league games, creating chaos in the community.”

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: A surprisingly unique premise sits behind this perfunctory trailer. Our protagonist drifts through scenes with minimal purpose and the chaos sewn by his actions comes to roost in the trailer making it unlikely anyone will want to give the film much of a shot.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 42, 2018)

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.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #273

We are back to the winners bracket while the losers are percolating. We’re moving into round fou.

Here is this week’s ten (or fewer) face-offs.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 19 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Precursor: 28th Gotham Award Nominations (2018)

With only a handful of categories, the Gotham Awards have been having a small impact on the indie cinema that becomes big contenders in Oscar season. First Reformed topped the list with three nominations while several others placed with two. The Favourite ended up with three citations, though one was a winner-only as best ensemble for stars Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, and Rachel Weisz, who were specifically excluded from the Best Actress race as a result.

Looking over the nominees, a few titles that one would have expected to see like BlacKkKlansman and Roma received only a single nominations, while several films that still aren’t on Oscar’s radar like First Reformed and Madeline’s Madeline did quite well. Whether this is instructive or not remains to be seen, but for right now, it’s an early look at what could be charging into the fall’s Oscar competition.

Award Tallies

(3) First Reformed
(2) Eighth Grade, The Favourite (3), Hereditary, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace, Madeline’s Madeline, Private Life, Sorry to Bother You, Support the Girls

The Awards

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Poll: Remaking Best Original Song, 2014

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Remaking Best Original Song, 2014

In our third pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Actress. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Original Song 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. Now on to the game: Best Original Song.

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Film Preview: Black 47 (2018)

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(October 14, 2018) Original

Release Date:

September 28, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.”

Poster Rating: C / C+ / C

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Review: (#1) The grainy color scheme works, but the blocky title, lazy layout, and indistinct images don’t make for a very compelling design. (#2) The poses feel structurally sound, but there’s a lot of dead space and overly staged layout feels off. (#3) Combining a bit of both prior posters without looking derivative, the color scheme is poorly chosen and the structure feels unbalanced.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Does every film about one man’s rebellion have to feel like a deviation on the themes of Braveheart. Here we have a haunted man witnessing his son’s murder and embarks on a crusade to rid his homeland of its occupiers. The trailer pushes forward predictably and without rousing the audience to attendance.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Shoplifters (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#4)

Shoplifters, updated

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Oscar Profile #414: Nicolas Cage

Born January 7, 1964 in Long Beach, California, Nicolas Kim Coppola, known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is the son of literature professor August Coppola and his wife, dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is the nephew of Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola and Oscar-nominated actress Talia Shire.

Inspired to become an actor by watching James Dean in East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause, he told his famous uncle at 15 that he would show him what acting was all about if he were to cast him in one of his films. His outburst met with dead silence from Coppola.

Making his professional acting debut under his birth name in the 1981 TV movie, Best of Times, he made his first big screen appearance in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but his role was mostly cut from the film. Changing his name to Cage so as not to be accused of treading on his uncle’s name, he played his first lead in 1983’s Valley Girl followed by his uncle’s Rumble Fish for which he had to audition. Stardom quickly followed with such films as Birdy, Peggy Sue Got Married opposite Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner and Moonstruck opposite Oscar winner Cher. He entered into a relationship with actress Christina Fulton in 1988 which produced son Weston Coppola Cage in 1990. Weston, an actor and singer who has been married three times, made Cage a grandfather for the first time in 2014.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 18 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: Glass (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Glass, updated

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Oct. 19-21, 2018)

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What Are You Watching? (Oct. 19-21, 2018)

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