Film Preview: 80 for Brady (2023)

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Release Date:

February 3, 2023

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A group of friends made it their life-long mission to go to the Super Bowl and meet NFL superstar Tom Brady.”

Poster Rating: –

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

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There’s some nice humor in this trailer even if the subject of the film’s title is a reprehensible person. Tomlin and Fonda don’t seem to be doing much differently than they did on Grace & Frankie, but Field genuinely looks like she’s having a bit of fun.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 2-4, 2022

With so little to be sure of, it seems likely that another week at the top of the chart may be in order for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Of the new wide releases, only Violent Night seems likely to do well since it’s largely counter-programming to the Christmas season.

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Our Best Awards Ratings: Last Film Show (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

2nd Chance (Limited)
Christmas with the Campbells (Limited)
Framing Agnes (Limited)
Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power (Limited)
Mistletoe Ranch (Limited)
Nr. 10 (Limited)
The Quiet Epidemic (Limited)
Reflections of a Broken Memory (Limited)
Tantura (Limited)
Return to Seoul (Oscar Qualifying Run)

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Review: The Lost City (2022)

The Lost City

The Lost City

Rating

Director

Aaron Nee, Adam Nee

Screenplay

Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Aaron Nee, Adam Nee, Seth Gordon

Length

1h 52m

Starring

Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Brad Pitt, Oscar Nuñez, Patti Harrison, Bowen Yang, Slang

MPAA Rating

PG-13

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Review: The Deep End (2001)

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The Deep End

The Deep End

Rating

Director

Scott Mcgehee, David Siegel

Screenplay

Scott Mcgehee, David Siegel (Novel: Elisabeth Sanxay Holding)

Length

1h 41m

Starring

Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker, Peter Donat, Josh Lucas, Raymond Barry, Tamara Hope, Jordan Dorrance, Heather Mathieson, Holmes Osborne

MPAA Rating

R
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This Day in Oscar History: November 30 (2022)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Elemental (2023)

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Release Date:

June 16, 2023

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Follows Ember and Wade, in a city where fire-, water-, land- and air-residents live together.”

Poster Rating: C- / C

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Review: (#1) While it gets across the film’s premise, it does so in such a dull and uninspired way. (#2) While better at showcasing the film’s assets, it’s still incredibly uninteresting.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: As far as teasers go, we get a lot more information about the film than we would expect. Some visual splendor helps the film go a long way towards impressing audiences while the central love story comes into focus by the preview’s end. Ultimately, a more comprehensive trailer will be required to genuinely know if the film’s worth your time, but the first one released is pleasant enough.

Oscar Prospects:

Original Pixar or Disney films usually get nominated, so it’s got a chance.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 25-27, 2022

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Strange World

Disney Animation is cyclical in nature. They’ll go through a thriving period and then drift into a lackluster one. They appear to be in the midst of another downward trend in creative energy with their latest in a string of box office flops. Strange World had a lot of promise, giving the studio plenty of visual space to work with in creating new and unheard of worlds, yet when the reviews started coming in they weren’t spectacular even if largely popular. The film stumbled in its box office opening, taking in a paltry $12 million for the opening weekend when it used to quadruple or even quintuple that amount on the regular. With only a B rating at Cinemascore, it is clear the film did not resonate.

That doesn’t mean a lot when it comes to Oscar consideration. Several mediocre projects have earned nominations over the years, some of them being Disney offerings, some of them from rival studios who routinely do that kind of work. The only things that really seem to bother members of the Academy’s animated voters are sequels, TV (or video game)-to-screen adaptations, and rotoscopic animation. Strange World falls into none of these categories, which means it still has a strong chance at a nomination. Winning seems nigh impossible since Netflix has the one-two punch of Wendell & Wild and Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, both of which have received widespread acclaim. Pinocchio is barreling towards the finish line and should likely become one of the few non-Disney/Pixar efforts to win the prize.

Home Viewing with Peter #805

Florence Pugh’s two high profile films of 2022, The Wonder and Don’t Worry Darling, are both available for streaming now. The Wonder, which is the better of the two, is streaming on Netflix while Don’t Worry Darling is streaming on HBO Max and is also available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Wonder is based on the 2016 novel by Emma Donoghue (The Room) with a screenplay by Donoghue, Alice Birch, and the film’s director, Sebastian Lelio (Fantastic Woman). It takes place in Western Ireland in 1862, ten years after the end of the Great Famine.

Pugh plays an English nurse who has been hired by the local town council to observe a young girl who hasn’t eaten in four months. She is not allowed to feed her against her will but may give her food if she asks for it. The girl, played by Kila Lord Cassidy, claims she is being kept alive by manna from Heaven. Although Pugh pleads with the family and the council that the girl be taken to a hospital, they refuse.

The girl’s parents believe that God takes the best young children to be his personal angels and they are blessed, having already lost their son and will be double blessed when their daughter is called as well. The council has motives of its own. The religious fanatics want to have the girl’s long pre-death survival without eating declared a miracle. The more scientific minded members of the council want to able to have her body autopsied to prove that the whole thing has been a hoax and that she had been fed small amounts of food on the long, slow road to her death.

Nominated for 12 British Independent Film Awards including Best Independent Film, Director, Lead Performance (Pugh), Breakthrough Performance (Lord Cassidy), Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Hair & Makeup, Score, Production Design, Sound, and Ensemble, the film doesn’t seem to be high on Oscar prediction lists, at least not yet.

Pugh and Lord Cassidy, the daughter of actors John Lord and Elaine Cassidy, who plays her mother in the film, are terrific together. The bond they form is reminiscent of the one formed by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker. Not to give the ending away, but good triumphs over evil thanks to the tenacity of the film’s heroine beautifully underplayed by Pugh.

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The Morning After: Nov. 29, 2022

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.

This was delayed from its normal Monday appearance due to the sheer number of short reviews that needed to be written. So, here is what I watched this past week:

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever



There’s something rather static about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All throughout the Avengers series that encompassed phases 1 through 3 (the delineations of which never made logical sense), Disney/Marvel was coasting on its superhero universe without finding new directions for the narratives to go. It was only when they branched out in new directions like the original Black Panther, Black Widow, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings that things started to feel a bit fresher. Returning to the Black Panther well again, although expected, was fraught with potential peril because if there’s one thing Disney’s good at, it’s running a concept into the ground.

What came out of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is something entirely different than expected. Sure there’s the expansion of world building and the connections to MCU’s phase 4/5/?, but there’s also something wholly fresh and dare-say spiritual about this latest incarnation. Part of that is thanks to the opening of the film, which puts us into the Wakandan hospital where T’Challa is plagued by an unknown virus that threatens to consume his life. Shuri (Letitia Wright) is working furiously to try to come up with a chemical compound that can save him. As everyone knows, the original actor to play T’Challa was Chadwick Boseman who died of colon cancer in 2020 at the too-young age of 43. It was inconceivable that this film would not address those issues. A lively debate stirred about whether he would be re-cast like other characters in the MCU or if the mantle would be passed to others. The choice is ultimately revealed in this film.

Director Ryan Coogler infused much of the film with the African tribal custom and designs as he did in the original film, yet they feel significantly more fleshed out with funereal rights and other ceremonies standing in stark relief to anything else in the MCU. Not even Tony Stark and Steve Rogers were given the same kind of parting revelry. What the film also looks at is the passing of a nation’s leader, someone who had engendered support for his nobility in his brief tenure as leader of Wakanda. Those ramifications play into the teetering edge on which Wakanda finds itself with a world in desperate need of their vibranium and the nation’s unwillingness to budge. Taking advantage of this conflict and hoping to divert interest in a sub-oceanic pocket of vibranium, the leader (Tenoch Huerta Mejía) of another sequestered nation, Talokan, seeks Wakanda’s assistance in killing the scientist (Dominique Thorne) who helped develop a vibranium detector.

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Review: Chicken Run (2000)

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Chicken Run

Chicken Run

Rating

Director

Peter Lord, Nick Park

Screenplay

Peter Lord, Nick Park, Karey Kirkpatrick, Mark Burton, John O’Farrell

Length

1h 24m

Starring

Phil Daniels, Lynn Ferguson, Mel Gibson, Tony Haygarth, Jane Horrocks, Miranda Richardson, Julia Sawalha, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, Benjamin Whitrow

MPAA Rating

G
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This Day in Oscar History: November 29 (2022)

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Strange World”

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Trailer Watch: White Noise (2022) Updated

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Review: The Opposite of Sex (1998)

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The Opposite of Sex

The Opposite of Sex

Rating

Director

Don Roos

Screenplay

Don Roos

Length

1h 45m

Starring

Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Galecki, William Lee Scott, Ivan Sergei, Megan Blake, Colin Ferguson, Dan Bucatinsky, Chauncey Leopardi, Rodney Eastman

MPAA Rating

R
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94th Oscar Preview: Precursors Coverage Beginning This Week

Precursor season began with the Gotham Awards nominations back at the end of October. They want to be first out of the gate, but are always the lowest in matching capability due to their inability to see the full playing field. That said, their winners will be announced tonight. Since the National Board of Review isn’t announcing until December 8, we’ll start our coverage today. As is our custom, we’ll begin looking at the winners and losers next week, but this week, let’s take a look at some anniversaries this year as well as what’s coming out this week.

Week 1

Monday, Nov. 28 – Goya Awards (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Monday, Nov. 28 – Gotham Awards (Awards) (Official)
Tuesday, Nov. 29 – AARP (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Thursday, Dec. 1 – Hollywood Critics (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Thursday, Dec. 1 – Huading Awards (China) (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Thursday, Dec. 1 – Satellites (Nominations) (Official)
Friday, Dec. 2 – Detroit Critics (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Friday, Dec. 2 – New York Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Saturday, Dec. 3 – DC Critics (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Saturday, Dec. 3 – San Diego Critics (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Monday, Dec. 5 – Atlanta Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Monday, Dec. 5 – DC Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Monday, Dec. 5 – Detroit Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Monday, Dec. 5 – NY Online Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Monday, Dec. 5 – St. Louis Critics (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)

Anniversaries

Directors Guild of America (75 Years)
Writers Guild of America (75 Years)

Motion Picture Sound Editors (70 Years)

Grammy Awards (65 Years)

ICG Publicists Guild (60 Years)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (55 Years)

Chicago Film Critics Association (35 Years)
USC Scripter Awards (35 Years)

Cinema Audio Society (30 Years)

Costume Designers Guild (25 Years)
Internatioanl Film Music Critics Association (25 Years)
Online Association of Female Film Critics (25 Years)

African American Film Critics (20 Years)
Iowa Film Critics Association (20 Years)
Women Film Critics Circle (20 Years)

Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (5 Years)