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The Morning After: Mar. 9, 2015

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.

I spent much of the weekend out of town and wasn't able to get to my deepening queue. Hopefully, next week end.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 2 (2015)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released


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Weekend Preview: Mar. 6-8, 2015

Below are five previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: These Final Hours (2015)

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Trailer Link

Release Date:

March 6, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A self-obsessed young man makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth, but ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father. Their relationship ultimately leads him on the path to redemption."

Poster: A- / C / C- / C- / C-

Review: (#1) While it doesn't appear that the producers wanted to ultimately go this route, it remains the most inventive and visually interesting of all of the designs. (#2) This is the best of the rest, a not particularly enthralling design that uses the fire motif in the most appealing and least corny or haphazard way. (#3-#5) There's not a lot of variance between design 2 and the remaining three, each focusing on different ways to differentiate themselves, including different fonts and backgrounds, none of which seem to improve on the prior.

Trailer: B-

Review: As far as apocalyptic dramas go, this one doesn't quite set what's actually happening that will destroy all of Australia, but it does seem clear that it may be localized. There's some standard survivalist drama here, which doesn't make it seem that exciting, but appearances can sometimes be deceiving.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(Mar. 1, 2015) Original

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Film Preview: Bad Asses on the Bayou (2015)

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Release Date:

March 6, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Frank Vega and Bernie Pope return, this time to Louisiana in an attempt to find a kidnapped friend."

Poster: F

Review: Parody really needs to be more humorous. This just looks like a cheap attempt to capitalize on a thin narrative hook.

Trailer: F

Review: Poor Danny Trejo. He's become such a cult personality that he's constantly being suckered into dismal genre fare and this appears to be nothing different. What makes it more certain that you're looking at rudimentary comedy and cheesy writing, apart from the trailer itself, is the co-starring Danny Glover who hasn't done much of worth since the Lethal Weapon franchise collapsed.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(Mar. 1, 2015) Original

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Film Preview: Unfinished Business (2015)

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Poster #1

Additional posters can be found below.

Trailer Link

Release Date:

March 6, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every way imaginable - and unimaginable - way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit."

Poster: C / C- / B- (3) / D+ (3)

Review: (#1) Five scenes, each less amusing than the last. Sure, the fact that it's a raunchy comedy is apparent, but there's nothing particularly inventive on display. (#2) This one doesn't even try to suggest much of a comedy, sticking with a simplistic and forgettable design concept. (#3-#5) These character posters aren't original, but they are the most inventive of the film's designs, which gives them a slight boost in terms of memorability. (#6-#8) These character designs, however, aren't even remotely exciting. They are forgettable, unwatchable and deserve little attention.

Trailer: C+

Review: Raunchy comedies are struggling to find new ways of exploring the same comic material, namely people who've never done anything so bizarre getting out there and doing it for the sake of money. If it were a critique on capitalism, consumerism or wealth-derived happiness, it might have some merit, but the trailer doesn't suggest that's likely.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(Mar. 1, 2015) Original

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Poll: Best of Mar. 2014, Wide

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What's the Best of Mar. 2014, Wide?

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This Day in Oscar History: March 1 (2015)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Released


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This Day in Oscar History: February 28 & 29 (2015)

Here's what happened today (February 28) in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Here's what happened today (February 29) in Oscar History.

Born

Ceremonies

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Trailer Watch: Insurgent, updated (2015)

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#11-#16)

The Divergent Series: Insurgent, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for link to the trailer, more posters (if available) and other commentary not featured here.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 9, 2015)

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

None

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #82

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: February 27 (2015)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Presentation Ceremonies

Nominations Announcements


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Poll: Best Film Editing (1939 – 1943)

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Best Film Editing Poll: 1939 - 1943

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Film Preview: Madame Bovary (2015)

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Trailer Link

Release Date:

2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "The beautiful wife of a small-town doctor engages in extra marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status."

Poster: C+

Review: The violet color is distinctive and draws the viewer in against the backdrops of white, black and red designs out in the marketplace. Unfortunately, the foundation and image in the design aren't as interesting.

Trailer: B

Review: There's plenty of sumptuous costuming and period design in this trailer, which will undoubtedly appeal to fans of the style. The trailer plays out like most such films do, but still seems like it might take things to an interesting place.

Oscar Prospects:

The early release won't help with the Oscars (if it even releases early), but this is the kind of drama that, until the mid-2000's regularly got nominated for Best Costume Design and frequently Best Production Design. Those days are gone and the competition is too fierce.

Revisions:

(February 22, 2015) Original
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