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This Day in Oscar History: October 27 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Nov. 2014, Limited)

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What Are You Most Anticipating? (Nov. 2014, Limited)

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The Inbox (Oct. 18-24, 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: Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show (2014)

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Release Date:

October 31, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "'Showrunners' is the first ever feature length documentary film to explore the fascinating world of US television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State's biggest exports - television drama and comedy series.The film intends to show audiences the huge amount of work that goes into making sure their favorite TV series airs on time as well as the many challenges that showrunners have to overcome to make sure a new series makes it onto the schedules at all! Featuring candid interviews with Showrunners such as J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Bill Prady, Terence Winter, Damon Lindelof, Hart Hanson, Steven S. DeKnight."

Poster: -

Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer: C+

Review: Television has reached such a pinnacle that big screen documentaries are now tackling the once-industry-decimating smaller screen. With showrunners making a name for themselves, they definitely deserve some attention, but there's nothing in the trailer that suggests this should be seen on the big screen and may only be modestly interesting to those who are interested in the behind-the-scenes workings of television.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 26, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: Magical Universe (2014)

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Release Date:

October 31, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Filmed over 10 years, Magical Universe is a strange and inspiring portrait of Al Carbee, an 88 year old eccentric artist who spends all his days making Barbie art. The documentary chronicles the decade-long relationship between artist and filmmaker Jeremy Workman, who became Carbee's closest friend and only link to the outside world. At its core, Magical Universe is about wonder, friendship, and the transcendent power of creativity, and it culminates with Al Carbee's greatest triumph as an artist and man."

Poster: C+

Review: It's a diverse design, but one which won't be interesting to anyone who's not seen the trailer or isn't already familiar with the left-field subject matter.

Trailer: B-

Review: The trailer establishes a bit of intrigue in exploring the life of a relatively unfamiliar artist and his unusual relationship with another couple with whom they shared many communications. A fan of documentaries about artists may find this fascinating, but other than the unusual origin of its subject, there isn't much else to get the viewer involved.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 26, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: Horns (2014)

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Release Date:

October 31, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples."

Poster: B / C / B- / C / C / C+ (2)

Review: There aren't many films that create designs that are so wholly different from one another. (#1) This is the one that seems most intriguing, establishing the media frenzy surrounding the film's be-horned protagonist and his murderous origin. (#2) A more traditional, tween-targeted design that lacks vision or panache. (#3) Using the somewhat familiar silhouette of a powerful devil, it doesn't have enough details beyond to make it more than passingly fascinating.

(#4) More familiar to fans of modern horror films, this design is clearly targeting an audience that probably won't be that interested in the film in the first place. (#5) A little more interesting than the previous design, but still rather barren for anyone wanting an original design. (#6 & #7). This diametric opposites are a fitting pair, touching on the ephemeral light and the Stygian darkness of the film's combative narrative. They don't have enough richness of detail to be truly exceptional.

Trailer: B+

Review: Some movies present such unusual narrative threads that the trailers become intriguing without being that original. The story looks like it has some compelling twists and turns, which should be enough to bring an audience of curiosity-seekers fascinated with the unusual possibilities the film could afford.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 26, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: All You Need Is Love (2014)

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Release Date:

October 31, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "All You Need Is Love focuses on the many thousands of children that exist in and around the Thai-Burma border and specifically through the children of Good Morning School in Mae Sot, Thailand. By introducing you to their lives, their hopes and their dreams, we hope that we can show how the power of the positive works in extreme circumstances."

Poster: D+

Review: There are brazen, put-upon children in Southeast Asia, but this semi-hopeful, entirely generic design is neither captivating nor compelling, which won't get the film as much attention as they hope.

Trailer: C

Review: Less so than the poster, this trailer plays like a fundraising film shown at a UNICEF gathering. It hits on all the negative statistics and figures that will put the plights of these children into perspective without seeming like anything more than a simplistic Educate the Children documentary shown on television during a telethon of some kind.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 26, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

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Release Date:

October 31, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her."

Poster: C / C- / B- / C-

Review: (#1-#4) There four designs, but they are all cut from similar cloth. The second and fourth designs are entirely too generic. They lack anything remotely resembling attention-grabbing spectacle. The first and third designs try something visually striking. It works better in the third design than the first, but there's just not enough design pizzazz to get the audience interested.

Trailer: C+

Review: Nicole Kidman's genre efforts have been lackluster in recent years. She's failed to pick up a project that doesn't seem like a desperate attempt to collect a paycheck. The key to know whether the film will be any good is the presence of Mark Strong who seems to take jobs in some of the worst films made in the last decade. Even if this didn't look like a female-centric thriller on a Memento theme, the paint-by-numbers construction hints loudly that there isn't much here.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 26, 2014) Original

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This Day in Oscar History: October 26 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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To the Movies #1

The Feed the Queue polls have provided some very interesting results and have typically generated some great selections. I'm going to try to adapt that here to the actual cineplex. This will be a touch harder than the other because they don't reveal the next week's schedules until after the current weekend, but people need time to vote.

On Saturday, each week, I will list out all films currently in local theaters I haven't seen. I will also include all scheduled new releaes. You will choose up to five titles from the list and rank them in the order you think I should watch them. The following Saturday, I will reveal the results. It will be my task that weekend or within the following week to get to the theater and watch the specified film.

The caveat here is that some films I list may leave the theater before the weekend arrives, so these choices won't be eligible for victory. You have until Thursday evening to submit your votes.

Here's what you need to post today (and through this coming Thursday):
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This Day in Oscar History: October 25 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 43, 2014)

Every week, we'll take a look back 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years into the box office past to explore how Oscar's nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is taken from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office. The second 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 chance at this stage of the game. Please let us know if you like our new feature or if you want to see more information and we'll see what we can do!

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #64

We started over at the beginning of August 2013, but with a new, more streamlined methodology to collecting votes. Just choose one selection in each of the ten categories below. Our first few weeks will be to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we'll go into the full face-off contest where each winner will then move on to a second round to face off against others.

Here is this week's ten face-offs. So, let's get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 24 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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