2015 Blockbuster Season Preview: August

The end of the year brings the most combative environment for films trying to become Oscar winners. The next four months will be an interesting proving round.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 26 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 25 (2015)

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Film Preview: Captive (2015)

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Film Preview: Captive (2015)

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Film Preview: Captive (2015)

Release Date:

September 18, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In this fact-based thriller, a single mother struggling with drug addiction is randomly taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run from the law for breaking out of jail and murdering the judge assigned to his case.”

Poster: B-

Review: As far as posters go, this one is satisfactory enough, but for a film that’s supposed to be about the redemptive power of Christ, it seems awfully violent and more representative of its title than with its subject.

Trailer: C

Review: This film seems a bit dark for a Christian-oriented movie. The dark characters being redeemed might make for an interesting story, but the touchy-feely quality of most such films doesn’t seem to be in evidence.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(July 19, 2015) Original

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 30, 2015)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals in the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office that 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 chance at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

Pixels (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Visual Effects.

Southpaw (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), Original Screenplay, Film Editing.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #104

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 (or fewer depending on the week) below. Our first few weeks were to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we started going 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 (or fewer) face-offs. So, let’s get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 24 (2015)

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Poll: Best Original Screenplay (1961 – 1965)

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Trailer Watch: Hotel Transylvania 2, updated (2015)

Trailer Watch: Hotel Transylvania 2, updated (2015)New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)

Hotel Transylvania 2, updated

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Oscar Profile #246: Jeff Bridges

Oscar Profile #246: Jeff BridgesBorn December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California the second son of actor Lloyd Bridges and his actress wife Dorothy Dean Bridges, Jeff Bridges made his screen debut as an infant in mother’s arms in 1951’s The Company She Keeps alongside eight years older brother Beau.

The younger Bridges was a child actor on numerous TV shows starting with an appearance on his father’s popular Sea Hunt at the age of 8. He made his big screen debut in 1970’s Halls of Anger. He received the first of his six Oscar nominations to date in the following year’s The Last Picture Show. He continued to impress critics and audiences alike with 1972’s Fat City and Bad Company and 1973’s The Last American Hero and The Iceman Cometh. 1974’s Thunderbolt and Lightfoot earned him a second Oscar nomination.

A major star now, Bridges’ 1975’s Rancho Deluxe and Hearts of the West, 1976’s King Kong and 1977’s Stay Hungry were all successful. 1979’s Winter Kills and 1981’s Cutter’s Way were cult hits, but 1980’s Heaven’s Gate was a box-office disaster.

In the early 1980s, Bridges was in the sci-fi hit TRON, the comedy Kiss Me Goodbye, the nourish Against All Odds and the sci-fi romance Starman for which he earned his third Oscar nomination, his first in a leading role.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 23 (2015)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jul. 24-26, 2015)

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Film Preview: 99 Homes (2015)

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Film Preview: 99 Homes (2015)

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Film Preview: 99 Homes (2015)

Release Date:

September 25, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration.”

Poster: D

Review: A traditional, three-tier poster that tries (and fails at) creativity in its center section and fails utterly at inventiveness in the other two.

Trailer: B-

Review: Andrew Garfield is one of those imminently watchable actors you can’t really tire of. Michael Shannon, on the other hand, seems to have gotten into a rut of playing these despicable, disposable villains. There are some interesting concepts on display in the trailer, but they don’t seem to land very well within its context.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(July 19, 2015) Original

Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 24-26, 2015

Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 24-26, 2015Ant-Man may claim the top spot for a second week or Pixels could overcome its lackluster previews and post Adam Sandler’s biggest numbers in some time.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: There aren’t very many good options this weekend with Southpaw being the only one I’m reasonably interested in.
Peter J. Patrick: A little something for everyone with Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest shot at an Oscar seemingly the most appealing.
Tripp Burton: Only one of these films look decent to me, and I am really looking forward to it…if boxing or video games are your thing, though, the other films have some interesting filmmakers behind them!
Thomas LaTourrette: Boxing films are not my favorite, but Southpaw sounds like the best of the bunch, with a strong performance by Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 22 (2015)

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