This Day in Oscar History: September 27 (2016)

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Magnificent Seven”

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Film Preview: Passengers (2016)

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(September 25, 2016) Original

Release Date:

December 21, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: The earthy, flesh tones of the design are a stark decision and that works, so too does the recognizable visages of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratty, but this design is also dull a dishwater. It’s bland and lacking in genuine creativity.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: For sci-fi enthusiasts, this trailer hits all the right button. Space travel, malfunctions, potentially dangerous computer program, and dense visual effects are all there and then some. That this is ostensibly a romantic drama set in that environment will give non-sci-fi fans something to potential engage with. The trailer works quite well, though the hint of something nefarious is unnecessary given the genre.

Oscar Prospects:

Morten Tyldum’s last film was an Oscar contender, though this year his year-end endeavor is not only science-fiction, but must compete against another prominent sci-fi flick, Arrival. It could be a contender in several tech categories, but right now, I’m not sure it will be in play for the major categories.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 23-24, 2016

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

The Magnificent Seven

In 1954, Akira Kurosawa released one of the seminal films of his career, a film that has been copied, aped, and imitated for more than 60 years. It received two Oscar nominations, for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. Six years later, John Sturges brought another seminal film to the cineplex, The Magnificent Seven. Based on Kurosawa’s work, the film was nominated for a single Oscar for Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.

The concept surrounds the hiring of seven samurai (or gunfighters) to protect a specific locale. Both the original film and its American remake centered on a poor village seeking protection. The trailers for Antoine Fuqua’s modern adaptation (still a western, like the 1960 version), suggest it’s largely to aid a young widow, but the concept still centers around safeguarding a poor village. How similar or dissimilar from either of its two forebears will be up to audiences to decide. While many who check it out might not be familiar with the Kurosawa or Sturges films, the Academy most certainly will as most of them are cineastes or rabid film buffs.

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The Morning After: Sep. 26, 2016

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.

We had a birthday road trip and a lot of other things factoring into yet another week of no movies. I really feel bad about it.

This Day in Oscar History: September 26 (2016)

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Oct. 2016, Limited)

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Trailer Watch: Moana (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#3-#9)

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Weekend Preview: Sep. 30-Oct. 2, 2016

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Deepwater Horizon (Wide)

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Masterminds (Wide)

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Wide)

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Queen of Katwe (Expanding)

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American Honey (Limited)

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Denial (Limited)

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Flock of Dudes (Limited)

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A Man Called Ove (Limited)

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Film Preview: A Man Called Ove (2016)

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(September 25, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 30, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C / C-

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Review: (#1) This design has a weak, unrealistic quality to it, which makes it difficult to love. There are some neat small elements to it, but not enough to be recommendable. (#2) This overly lit design looks modestly like the first design, but feels too sanitized to support the film’s premise. (#3) The suggestion of suicide by hanging, while relevant to the film, is in poor taste and the background is bland to boot.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The trailer is clunky and doesn’t get quickly to the heart of the matter, but there’s a faint glimmer of intensity of narrative that might boost the film’s performance.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Flock of Dudes (2016)

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(September 25, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 30, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A 30-something year old decides to “break up” with his best buds in order to finally grow up.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: A simple, generally unappealing poster that is different enough to be eye-catching even if it’s mostly lazy.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: There are plenty of films that used to end up on the direct-to-video shelves at your local Blockbuster, this trailer paints the picture of a C-grade film that would have merited that kind of an inauspicious release.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 25 (2016)

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Trailer Watch: Deepwater Horizon (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#7-#13)

Deepwater Horizon

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This Day in Oscar History: September 24 (2016)

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Film Preview: Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

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(September 18, 2016) Original

Release Date:

February 10, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: It’s strange to find a poster design with so much negative space that works so effectively in spite of that. This design does that, creating a simple elegance without complicated maneuvering.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A new version of Beyoncé’s song from the first film dominates the trailer along with a myriad of images that may well compel fans of the original to seek out the sequel, but which looks predictable and is surprisingly light on eroticism, the raison d’être of the books and film franchise..

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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