This Day in Oscar History: June 25 (2022)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: My Policeman (2022)

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(June 19, 2022) Original

Release Date:

November 4, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The arrival of Patrick into Marion and Tom’s home, triggers the exploration of seismic events from 40 years previous.”

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: C

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Review: The subtlety of the gay undertones is reminiscent of a day when such films couldn’t be advertised on the big screen for fear of backlash. Now, the opposite is true and the end result is something that makes its subject matter feel shameful and that’s not appropriate.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 25, 2022)

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. 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

Elvis (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Directing, Actor (Austin Butler), Supporting Actor (Tom Hanks), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound.

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The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List – Week #3

The Ultimate List Face-Off event has now begun. We will be using Google Forms to process these polls due to their extensiveness and the ease of creating the polls. For more information on how the game works, click here.

Here are this week’s batch: GOOGLE POLL.

This Day in Oscar History: June 24 (2022)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Remaking Best Directing, 2007

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Remaking Best Directing, 2007

In our fifteenth and final pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Directing. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Directing slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. Now on to the game: Best Directing.

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Film Preview: Brahmastra (2022)

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Release Date:

September 9, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “First part of superhero trilogy.”

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: It’s not often that a Bollywood film gets an American audience-friendly trailer, but the end result is something of a mixed bag. All the lavishness of that industry’s productions is present and it does a fine job pushing forward the extravagance of its effects, but it also feels cheesy and dull.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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5 Favorites #134: Movies About Music

Welcome to 5 Favorites. Each week, I will put together a list of my 5 favorites (films, performances, whatever strikes my fancy) along with commentary on a given topic each week, usually in relation to a specific film releasing that week.

In recent years, biopics of music royalty have been all the craze. Films about Elton John, Freddie Mercury, and myriad others have been made in large numbers in the last few years. This weekend, another such film releases as Baz Luhrmann takes a look at the life story of Elvis Presley. While I haven’t seen nearly enough of the best biopics to make this list, I could really only list Amadeus and La Vie en Rose without scraping the bottom of the barrel. That said, I can expand the list to movies about music and easily create a list. Matter of fact, my list ended up being twice the size that I should have. As such, I took out some musicals: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Pink Floyd – The Wall, Dreamgirls, and the aforementioned La Vie en Rose. That left me with only six films. The one that lost out happens to be a film I covered recently, Victor/Victoria. Like Torch Song Trilogy, another film I considered, that film is less about music as a subject and more about music as a setting. The same could be true of Cabaret, which failed to make the list on the musical basis.

Five titles remain and those titles are below, three are biopics and two are biopic-adjacent, but are not films about real people, though they take place in and are about music in a broader sense. One of them is still classified as a musical, but considering it’s a musical biopic about music, I decided to include it even though I didn’t include the less “musical” La Vie en Rose. What’s also surprising is that this is my first list since the original few where I haven’t covered any of the five films previously.

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Oscar Profile #604: Oscar’s Tenth Decade (2018-2021)

Peter Farrelly’s Green Book won Best Picture of 2018 over Best Director Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, kicking off the decade. Among the other six nominees were Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. Not nominated were such films as Damien Chazelle’s First Man and Paul Schrader’s First Reformed.

2019’s Best Picture award went for the first time to a foreign language film, Best Director Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite which also took home the award for Best Foreign Language Film. Among the nine nominees were Sam Mendes’ 1917 and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman but not Fernando Meirelles’ The Two Popes or Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse.

Oscar’s 2020 Best Picture and Director Oscars went to Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland in an eight-film race over such films as Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari and Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal. Among the films not nominated were Regina King’s One Night in Miami… and Kevin Macdonald’s The Mauritanian during the Covid-19 pandemic in which the eligibility period was extended through February 2021.

For 2021’s shortened ten-month eligibility period, Oscar gave its Best Picture award to Sian Heder’s crowd-pleasing CODA while giving its Best Director award to Jane Campion’s vastly superior The The Power of the Dog. Included among the ten nominees were Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast and Ryusuki Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car. Among those not nominated were Fran Kranz’s Mass and Rebecca Hall’s Passing.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 23 (2022)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jun. 24-26, 2022)

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Trailer Watch: Nope (2022) Updated

Nope posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Posters (#2-#7)

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2022 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview: July

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

July 1, 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Premise: From IMDb: “The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain.”
Box Office Prospects: $280 M
Expectations: Excellent. The first Minions movie outperformed all but the second film in the Despicable Me series. At $363 million, it gives us an idea of how this second film might perform. That said, the third Despicable Me came out after and there was a noticeable drop. With uncertainty about family attention at the box office, I’m going a bit conservative with this prediction.
Oscar Prospects: Poor. The Academy hasn’t shown much interest in this franchise, so I doubt we’ll see it in the Oscar nominations.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jun. 24-26, 2022

After a disappointing opening for Lightyear, both of this week’s new releases have a shot at topping the charts with Elvis having a slight edge over The Black Phone. The former tackles the life story of a beloved musical icon. The latter is a horror film. In a sea of disappointing box office returns for horror films, it’s possible it could falter out of the gate. Then again, it looks to be more inventive than a lot of recent disappointments, so it could do well.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Black Phone, Elvis
Our Best Awards Ratings: Elvis (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Apples (Limited)
Beba (Limited)
Fireangels 2: A Drifter’s Nightmare (Limited)
The Human Trial (Limited)
Press Play (Limited)

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Review: The Shining (1980)

The Shining

The Shining

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Director

Stanley Kubrick

Screenplay

Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson (Novel: Stephen King)

Length

2h 26m

Starring

Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel

MPAA Rating

R
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