The Morning After: Oct. 16, 2017

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.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

Blade Runner 2049


In 1982, Ridley Scott brought to the screen an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Titled Blade Runner after the android hunters of the novel, the film made just over $80 million at the box office (adjusted for inflation) and became one of the 20th century’s most celebrated sci-fi works, Scott’s second such offering in a three-year period (after Alien in 1979).

Set 29 years after the original, Blade Runner 2049 follows a Replicant bounty hunter named “K” (Ryan Gosling) whose assignment is to destroy all older Replicant models that developed the ability to disobey and live human-like lives. Discovering that that Replicant model had a unique evolution, he is ordered by his police captain (Robin Wright) to seek out and destroy the “defected” machine. Others have plans to the contrary setting three distinct individuals and groups on a collision course with each other.

The contemplative sci-fi of Blade Runner is developed further in this 2049 in the hands of director Denis Villeneuve. A slow-boil thriller, the film reveals new information at its own pace, giving the audience one tantalizing visual palette after another as the course moves purposefully towards its unexpected and yet obvious conclusion. Released twenty-five years after the original, it’s a blessing to have that film’s star, Harrison Ford, back playing the character he immortalized: Rick Deckard. A couple of others from the original cast make an appearance, but deserve to be encountered organically in the film.

A dazzling picture, Roger Deakins’ cinematography is probably the best of his career, creating one indelible image after the other. Warm yellows and dark blues dominate the film with light playing across scenes in arresting and beautiful ways. Assisted by Dennis Gassner’s neo-futuristic production design and Renee April’s vibrant costumes, Deakins brings us forcefully into the quasi-futuristic landscape of Los Angeles. The music is an added treat with Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer ably building on the work Vangelis did with the original film.

Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman

Rating

Director

Patty Jenkins

Screenplay

Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, Jason Fuchs (Creator: William Moulton Marston)

Length

2h 21m

Starring

Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Lilly Aspell, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Ann J. Wolfe, Ann Ogbomo

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content

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This Day in Oscar History: October 16 (2017)

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Film Preview: The Current War (2017)

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(October 8, 2017) Original

Release Date:

November 24, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.”

Poster Rating: –


Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: While I like seeing an attempt being made to create something unique, the trailer itself is dull and lifeless, with events that aren’t engaging or significant.

Oscar Prospects:

There was a time when The Weinstein Company was a major Oscar player, but he hasn’t been in a few years. The further recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s long history of sexual harassment have likely destroyed the studio’s chances for at least this year, possibly for several to come.

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Weekend Preview: Oct. 20-22, 2017

Below are ten previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (Wide)

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Geostorm (Wide)

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Only the Brave (Wide)

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Same Kind of Different As Me (Wide)

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The Snowman (Wide)

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The Bachelors (Limited)

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BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Limited)

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Limited)

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RV: Resurrected Victims (Limited)

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Wonderstruck (Limited)

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Film Preview: RV: Resurrected Victims (2017)

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(October 15, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 20, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Kim Rae-won plays Seo Jin-hong, a cold-hearted prosecutor who lost his mother (Kim Hae-sook) during a robbery 7 years ago. He has been bent on tracking down the culprit responsible for her death. Now, a series of surreal cases around the world, termed the Resurrected Victims Phenomenon, is seeing victims of unsolved murders returning to life to punish their killers.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: A dull, inexpressive design that gives the viewer almost no idea what the film is about.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There’s an interesting element to the film’s plot, but the rest of the trailer suggests a fairly procedural horror-action hybrid.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

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Release Date:

October 20, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “120 BPM. The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS.”

Poster Rating: C / C-

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Review: (#1 & #2) These posters are almost entirely identical using almost the exact same image with the English-language version feeling softer and more inviting.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The trailer doesn’t perfectly encapsulate the film, but it does give enough information to audiences to decide whether they want to see it or not. Unfortunately, that means that only a small subset of the movie-going populace is likely to give it a shot.

Oscar Prospects:

France’s submission for the 90th Academy Awards has a decent shot of earning the nomination. Winning will be a challenge, but depending on how it’s received by critics, it could be a frontrunner.

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Film Preview: The Bachelors (2017)

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(October 15, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 20, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After the early death of his wife, a mourning father moves with his teenage son across the country for a private school teaching job. Their lives begin to transform due to two unique women, who help them embrace life and love again.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: A generic design that presents the characters twice unnecessarily.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Posters are easy to turn into something unintentionally generic. Films have a more difficult task, but this trailer suggests that they may have achieved it with this movie.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Gallery: Geostorm (2017)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film Geostorm.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 15 (2017)

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Film Preview: Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

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(October 8, 2017) Original

Release Date:

January 3, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: While getting a superficial understanding of a character from behind might have been a good idea, it ultimately wasn’t with this dull, lifeless poster.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A second-string lawyer of questionable capabilities painting himself into a corner seems like a cheap premise and the trailer doesn’t provide enough interest to pull an audience to the theater.

Oscar Prospects:

Denzel Washington could be a Best Actor contender, but the film hasn’t received very positive response, so his chances could be sunk.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 14 (2017)

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Film Preview: All I See Is You (2017)

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(October 8, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 27, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A blind woman’s relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: While the symbolic representation is modestly obvious and the result is a visually interesting smudge, the rest of the design is uninteresting.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: What’s supposed to be a romantic drama with thriller elements plays like a ramshackle attempt to create a conflicted love story without genuine emotional resonance behind it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 41, 2017)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each 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 shots 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

Marshall (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Actor (Chadwick Boseman).

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