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Trailer Watch: A Most Violent Year, updated (2014)

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

A Most Violent Year, updated

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Eye on Warner Archive: Nov. 11, 2014

Here are some highlights of the recent releases to the Warner Archive Collection. DVD's and Blu-rays are manufactured on demand. They also have a streaming service. Before you visit Warner Archive to check out their selection, check out the selections below an a few of my thoughts.

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The DVD Report #387

On stage, the still-running 2005 Broadway musical Jersey Boys is a crowd-pleasing jukebox musical in which the hit songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons take center stage with background information supplied by each of the four actors playing Valli and the other members of the group. On film, the background information takes center stage with the music more or less pushed to into the background. The problem is that the group’s background story is just not that interesting, at least not the way director Clint Eastwood chooses to tell it.

The film opens when Valli, played by 39-year-old actor John Lloyd Young who originated the role on Broadway, is supposed to be 16. That would be fine if the opening scenes only lasted a few seconds or even minutes the way such scenes last in other biographical films. The problem is that the early scenes go on and on with Young photographed in long and medium shots with his head down most of the time so as not to show his age, distancing himself from the audience. Add to that the fact that these early scenes are mostly pointless exercises about juvenile shenanigans involving minor mob figures that take us away from the main story, and it just seems pointless. For most of the film we have no idea what year we’re in or how old the characters are unless you’re familiar with the dates of the group’s hits and know that Valli was born in 1934.

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This Day in Oscar History: November 18 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released


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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Dumb and Dumber To”

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Now That You've Seen Dumb and Dumber To...?

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Trailer Watch: The Hobbit, updated (2014)

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#3-#16)

The Hobbit, updated

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 14-16, 2014

We had three films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller is one of the most consistent Oscar names in recent memory. With two films, he's quietly amassed a reputation of guaranteed Oscar acclaim. He may still end up like Jason Reitman whose fourth film failed to live up to expectations, but for Miller, project #3 is shaping up to be another Oscar contender.

Based on a true story about a wealthy man played by Steve Carell who starts a wrestling studio wherein he hopes to train legendary sportsmen. When he comes across an strong new prospect (Channing Tatum), he goes all out to try to secure his new protégé's success even if it requires questionable and deplorable tactics. Working against him is Tatum's brother (Mark Ruffalo) who wants his brother's success, but doesn't want to go to the lengths required to win.

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The Morning After: Nov. 17, 2014

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:

Interstellar


Great science for the sake of a sloppy story doesn't make for great science fiction. Christopher Nolan's latest film shows that his reliance on excess has gotten out of control. Left to his own devices, Nolan's films have a tendency towards grand gestures and cheap theatrics in an effort to seem like a deep thinker.

The film plays at as a compelling look at a crumbling future where humanity has only a generation left to survive on planet earth, a world destroyed by forces left unmentioned, but which resemble climate change to those familiar with the subject. As mankind's future depends on a subspace journey that takes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley and David Gyasi on a trip through a wormhole to a solar system with three potentially inhabitable worlds, we discover that time, gravity and other forces may mean society's survival.

The visual effects are spectacular, creating breathing worlds of wonder wherein the action takes place. In space, the mind-bending anomalies make for fascinating explorations of scientific concepts that have toyed with and delighted minds for generations. If you set aside the science, however, the story has some clearly hokey elements and tosses in a few non-scientific concepts that almost entirely defy logic. The plot isn't confusing, it's just terribly misguided.

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Review: Fury (2014)

Fury

Rating

Director
David Ayer
Screenplay
David Ayer
Length
134 min.
Starring
Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jim Parrack, Brad William Henke, Kevin Vance, Xavier Samuel, Jason Isaacs, Anamaria Marinca, Alicia von Rittberg
MPAA Rating
R for strong sequences of war violence, some grisly images, and language throughout
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This Day in Oscar History: November 17 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Released


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Poll: Best of Nov. 2013, Limited

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The Inbox (Nov. 8-14, 2014)

Every week, I get several press releases, screening invitations and other notifications from a handful of studio contacts. While I won't be sharing any information regarding my screening invites, some of the press releases might be of interest to my readers, so I thought I'd start sharing them in toto with all of you. These could include new image galleries for various films or important updates to upcoming releases from various smaller studios and art house production companies.

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Weekend Preview: Nov. 21-23, 2014

Below are three previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: V/H/S: Viral (2014)

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Trailer Link

Release Date:

November 21, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Follows fame-obsessed teens who unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation."

Poster: C+ / C

Review: (#1) Playing off the stylistic design of the prior films, this one heaps video tape all over itself, but forming a simple skull isn't enough to make it incredibly distinctive. (#2) This also hearkens back to its predecessors, but is equally uninteresting.

Trailer: B-

Review: The concept is interesting, but unless you've seen the first films, you might not fully understand the point. Still, for a film that was made on a small budget and whose popularity at theaters is muted, the execution of the trailer promises some great scare work if you can get past the shaky cam.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(November 16, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: Happy Valley (2014)

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Trailer Link

Release Date:

November 21, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A documentary that observes the year after Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child sex abuse charges."

Poster: D+

Review: It does say all it needs to about the film's subject, but it could have been far more imaginative or distinctive or creative or something.

Trailer: B

Review: The trailer does make for a compelling documentary, especially if you're interested in digging into the climate that led to such a despicable act being reported so long after the events. It also shines a light on the rape culture in the sports industry and the rabid nature of fans who don't seem to care that major crimes were committed against other human beings, as long as they get their football. Could be an informative watch.

Oscar Prospects:

It could be a nominee for Best Documentary Feature, but it hast to clear the semi-finals round first.

Revisions:

(November 16, 2014) Original

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