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Film Preview: Laggies (2014)

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Release Date:

October 24, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad."

Poster: C+ / D

Review: (#1) I'm certain I've seen a design similar to this one before, but in the current marketplace, it should stand out a bit from the crowd. The problem is, the stars of the film aren't as easily identifiable, which might make it a challenge to sell the film to the uninitiated. (#2) While I like the color, the utter spatial void only makes it forgettable. The turtle may have a key role in the film, but it's not going to resonate with anyone who hasn't already seen it and probably not even then.

Trailer: B

Review: It's a romantic comedy that appears to follow a familiar and time-worn formula. That may not be a bad thing if it does so well, the question is will it. Some of the moments and humor in the trailer are appealing and Keira Knightley seems to be in fine form, but that lingering question may sink the film's success if it fails to exceed expectations.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 19, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: Force Majeure (2014)

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Release Date:

October 24, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular."

Poster: C

Review: The catalyst event of the film (and trailer) is on full display in the poster, but that alone doesn't make it very exciting. Without having a more interesting design, few will view this advertisement as an impetus to see the film.

Trailer: C+

Review: Much of the film's plot is hidden in the trailer so that the audience has to guess what it's really about. A slight, single reference would give it away, but there's so much else on display that it's hard to see this as much more than your typical foreign drama about emotional anxiety and coping that separates families. It's a concept seen too often to be appealing on its own merits.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 19, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: John Wick (2014)

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Release Date:

October 24, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him."

Poster: C+ / C / C / C-

Review: (#1-#4) Four semi-distinct designs that produce little interest from non-Keanu Reeves fans. These designs might help with his surprisingly large fan base in Asian markets, but in the U.S., I doubt it will help much. The first design is the only one with any originality to it and even that is quite a bit cheesy in its originality.

Trailer: B-

Review: Setting up the impetus for John Wick's aggression is handled very well, but from there the film seems to devolve into a rote action thriller with an utter lack of inventiveness.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 19, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: 23 Blast (2014)

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Release Date:

October 24, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe handicapped life or bravely return to the life he once knew and the sport he still loves."

Poster: D

Review: Once you get up close and personal with the poster, it still requires familiarity with the premise to understand why this football player has his eyes closed. It's cheap theatrics that doesn't help distinguish the film from the various other High School football related films that have come out in recent years.

Trailer: B

Review: On the surface, it seems like a hokey, self-centered football drama that happens to have a blind player as its focus. However, the trailer ultimately feels like it takes a unique and sometimes amusing approach to its premise. While I doubt it will be a success as a result, it could be a sleeper hit after it goes to home video.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 19, 2014) Original

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This Day in Oscar History: October 19 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 18 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

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Release Date:

February 13, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing."

Poster: C+

Review: As a teaser, it's adequate. There's plenty to look at. However, as a genuine sales tool, it's a bit lifeless and avoiding any of your human characters diminishes its capability to sell the movie.

Trailer: B-

Review: This is one of two trailer I typically see for this film. The first is more of a teaser. This one sets the stakes, produces the primary characters and provides just enough coolness that it might appeal to a wider audience. It's not quite enough, but it's a solid foundation.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 12, 2014) Original

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 42, 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

The Book of Life (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature, Original Song.

Fury (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actor (Brad Pitt), Supporting Actor (Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

Birdman (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone, Naomi Watts), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Mixing.

Camp X-Ray (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Actress (Kristen Stewart).

Dear White People (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Original Screenplay.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #63

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 17 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best Costume Design (2003 – 2007)

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Best Costume Design Poll: 2003 - 2007

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Film Preview: You’re Not You (2014)

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Release Date:

October 10, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver."

Poster: C-

Review: A generic design for a movie that, on the surface, feels very generic. It fits and sells the actors as expected, but without any distinguishing characteristics or original artwork.

Trailer: B

Review: As much as I suspect this film is little more than cheap pablum, the trailer does a pretty strong job of convincing the audience that the movie will provide a unique, humorous and poignant examination of ALS. This is how you turn a potentially crappy film into something that looks like a million bucks.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(October 12, 2014) Original

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Feed the Queue #194

Here are the results of last week's poll.

  1. In Bruges
  2. Frozen River
  3. The Reader
  4. Rachel Getting Married
  5. Defiance
  6. The Duchess

In Bruges wins and goes into my queue.

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Oscar Profile #209 – Irving Berlin

Irving BerlinBorn May 11, 1888 in Tyumen, Russian Empire, Israel Isidore Beilin, whose family name was later changed to Baline became known to the world as Irving Berlin. With his family at the age of five, he escaped a pogrom by the Cossacks after the burning of their house to make their way to New York. The family was so poor that young “Izzy” was forced to leave school at the age of 8 to sell newspapers. On his first day as a newspaper boy at the docks he was knocked into the river by a crane he failed to see. Rescued after going down for the third time, he was pulled out of the river still clutching the five pennies that constituted his day’s earnings for his family. Taught to sing by his father who had been a cantor in Russia, he earned extra pennies by singing in saloons on his newspaper route. After his father died when he was 13 he was ashamed that he was earning less money for the household than his sisters and left home to live in the Bowery.

He survived the squalor of the Bowery by singing in saloons, which led to his development as a songwriter. Following in the footsteps of his friend, George M. Cohan, he published his first song, “Marie from Sunny Italy” in 1907 and had his first international hit, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” in 1911 after he had already made the leap to Broadway writing upbeat songs for various revues. He married Dorothy Goetz, the sister of composer E. Ray Goetz in 1912. She contracted typhoid on their honeymoon and died four months later. In his grief he wrote his first ballad, “When I Lost You”.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 16 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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