Film Preview: Results (2015)

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Film Preview: Results (2015)
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Film Preview: Results (2015)

Release Date:

May 29, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two mismatched personal trainers’ lives are upended by the actions of a new, wealthy client.”

Poster: F / B-

Review: (#1) Whoever designed this poster should be fired. Immediately. Clearly someone without a modicum of talent thought this would be an advisable sales tool. (#2) On the other hand, this is at least a stylistically inventive option. Its overbearing use of yellow may be distracting, but it’s such a vast improvement over the other design.

Trailer: C

Review: Cobie Smulders makes the film seem a lot more interesting than it is, but she’s simply playing a character that models itself too much after nearly every other character she’s played. The story is oppressive and a bit mawkish, though it could be better than this trailer presents.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(May 24, 2015) Original

Film Preview: Heaven Knows What (2015)

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Film Preview: Heaven Knows What (2015)

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Film Preview: Heaven Knows What (2015)

Release Date:

May 29, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A vagabond couple in NYC battling addiction amidst a manic love affair.”

Poster: C-

Review: The color usage is impressive, but the content and layout is as far from that descriptive word as it can get.

Trailer: C+

Review: The only film referenced herein is Requiem for a Dream, which is a singular picture exploring the depravity and desperation of drug addiction. This trailer certainly suggests it has a kinship to that film and the litany of support from critics gives one pause, but the overall gist of the trailer just doesn’t seem that appealing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(May 24, 2015) Original

Film Preview: Gemma Bovery (2015)

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Film Preview: Gemma Bovery (2015)
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Film Preview: Gemma Bovery (2015)

Release Date:

May 29, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behavior also seems to be inspired by Flaubert’s heroes.”

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

Review: The four designs released for this film are exercises in futility, none of them creating unique or exciting commentaries on the film that they advertise. The sole English-language design (#1) is the worst offender of them all.

Trailer: B-

Review: Building off a classic story by Gustav Flaubert, the trailer takes every moment it can to reference Madame Bovary, but without giving the audience a clear understanding of why that’s important.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(May 24, 2015) Original

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Film Preview: Club Life (2015)

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Film Preview: Club Life (2015)

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Film Preview: Club Life (2015)

Release Date:

May 29, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A night club promoter tries to make a name for himself in New York City.”

Poster: C+

Review: A scintillating array of lights that accurately depicts the vibrant environment within dance clubs. An actual club is typically darker than presented here, but so too are characters from the film who are blandly resigned to portrait insets.

Trailer: C-

Review: Night clubs lend themselves towards artificial, pandering environments for the sexually promiscuous to find an amorous partner, or for those already committed to let loose. Like this trailer, the film appears to be artificial and pandering, never finding a new premise to tackle.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(May 24, 2015) Original

This Day in Oscar History: May 24 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

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Died

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Released

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This Day in Oscar History: May 23 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

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Died

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Film Preview: Manglehorn (2015)

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Film Preview: Manglehorn (2015)

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Film Preview: Manglehorn (2015)

Release Date:

June 19, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Left heartbroken by the woman he loved and lost many years ago, Manglehorn, an eccentric small-town locksmith, tries to start his life over again with the help of a new friend.”

Poster: D

Review: Is Al Pacino trying to get the producers of the Bond films to cast him as Blofeld? This design is entirely ill-fitting for a film like this.

Trailer: C

Review: As nice as it is to see two fine actors working beside one another (Al Pacino and Holly Hunter), the trailer is cumbersome, meandering and disappointing.

Oscar Prospects:

Al Pacino will be discussed and the film could be a sleeper Oscar contender, but I think it will ultimately fail to materialize.

Revisions:

(May 17, 2015) Original

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 21, 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

Tomorrowland (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Score, Production Design, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

When Marnie Was There (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #95

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: May 22 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

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Poll: Best Film Editing (1999 – 2003)

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Best Film Editing Poll: 1999 – 2003

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Film Preview: The Gift (2015)

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Film Preview: The Gift (2015)
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Film Preview: The Gift (2015)

Release Date:

July 31, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.”

Poster: C+ / B- / C+

Review: (#1-#3) This trio of posters, although they form an effective triptych for the film, aren’t equal with the door open design being the best of the three.

Trailer: B

Review: Seeing Jason Bateman in a rare thriller is interesting, but the trailer plays off of standard tropes making the potential mystery at the center feel like an antiquated concept.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(May 17, 2015) Original

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Oscar Profile #237: Harry Stradling Sr.

Oscar Profile #237: Harry Stradling Sr.Born in Newark, New Jersey on September 1, 1901, Harry Stradling was the nephew of Mary Pickford’s cinematographer, Walter Stradling. He came to Hollywood upon graduating high school in 1918 to apprentice under his uncle, but his uncle died suddenly on July 4, 1918 leaving him to seek work through his uncle’s connections. Known throughout his career as Harry Stradling, the Sr. was added to the fourteen-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner posthumously to avoid confusion with his Oscar nominated son, cinematographer Harry Stradling, Jr.

Although Stradling’s career began almost immediately, none of the films he made throughout the 1920s were prestige films. It wasn’t until the1930s when he went to work for Jacques Feyder in France that he developed a sterling reputation for his work on such films as Le Grand Jeu and Carnival in Flanders. Moving to England in the late 1930s, his reputation became enhanced with such films as Knight Without Armor, Pygamlion, The Citadel and Jamaica Inn.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 21 (2015)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (May 22-24, 2015)

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What Are You Watching? (May 22-24, 2015)

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