This Day in Oscar History: August 24 (2019)

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Film Preview: High Strung Free Dance (2019)

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(August 18, 2019) Original

Release Date:

October 11, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Plot Unknown”

Poster Rating: C+ / C- / C+ / C (3)

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Review: (#1) Highlighting dancers who aren’t the stars doesn’t add much, nor does the simplistic arrangement of figures. The colors are satisfactory, but no better. (#2) A cheap looking design with unappealing colors and glowing lighting that softens and thereby mutes the impact. (#3) The colors are less impressive than the first design, but this poster does better at arranging its figures on the canvas even if both fail to simulate interest. (#4-#6) These tepid character posters employ unappealing colors and only impassively present character information.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Lots of interesting dance moves prop up a slipshod plot that never finds a tack the audience will be attracted to.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Black and Blue (2019)

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(August 18, 2019) Original

Release Date:

October 25, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Black and Blue’ is an action thriller about a rookie cop (Naomie Harris) who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. After realizing that the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the one person from her community who is willing to help her (Tyrese Gibson) as she tries to escape both the criminals out for revenge and the police who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage.”

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: There are some interesting concepts at play in this trailer, but the generic structure and trajectory it takes makes it feel like it’s paying lip service to them rather than taking a hard look at them.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 34, 2019)

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

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The Friday Face-Off Round One #2

Below are our ten face-offs for this week. Each category requires you to select a certain number of films to save. For more information on how the game works, click here.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 23 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Remaking Best Production Design, 1998

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Remaking Best Production Design, 1998

In our third pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Production Design. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Production Design 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 Production Design.

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Film Preview: Low Tide (2019)

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Release Date:

October 4, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Alan, Red, and Smitty spend high summer on the Jersey Shore roving the boardwalk and getting into trouble. But the discovery of good old fashioned treasure sets the friends on an escalating course of suspicion and violence in this atmospheric thriller.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The color scheme is interesting, but the design is bereft of details, which gives the viewer a reason to ignore it.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There’s a story here that wants to be better told, but the trailer does a poor job convincing the viewer that it will be well told.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Pain and Glory (2019)

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Release Date:

October 4, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C+

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Review: (#1) The background color is a weak choice, and the individual images feel haphazardly chosen and their arrangement isn’t particularly notable. (#2) Typically, this kind of design would merit a very low rating from the color scheme and blocky design. However, what gains it points is the silhouette employed, which is that of the film’s director Pedro Almodovar rather than the individual depicted on the poster suggesting this film might have a personal, semi-autobiographical bent.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: What looks like a colorful attempt to recreate the world of Roma, this trailer struggles to find a narrative that will appeal to audiences who aren’t already predisposed to Almodovar.

Oscar Prospects:

Pedro Almodovar is always good for some Oscar buzz and well respected actor Antonio Banderas should already be in the conversation for Oscar consideration even if the film only makes it as far as the Foreign Language Film category.

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Oscar Profile #458: Michael Redgrave

Born March 20, 1908 in Bristol, England, Michael Redgrave was the son of actors Roy Redgrave and Margaret Scudamore, the first generation of the Redgrave acting dynasty. The elder Redgrave, who had been a star in silent films, left his wife and child behind to pursue acting opportunities in Australia when Michael was two. He died when he was fourteen and his mother subsequently remarried.

The younger Redgrave made his acting debut in a 1934 production of Counselor-at-Law in Liverpool. He spent two years with the Liverpool Repertory Company where he met wife Rachel Kempson. They were married in 1935 and subsequently had three children, future acting legends Corin, Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave.

Redgrave made his London debut in Love’s Labour Lost at the Old Vic in 1936. He made his TV debut in a 1937 BBC production of Romeo and Juliet. He made his film debut top-billed opposite Margaret Lockwood in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 classic, The Lady Vanishes.

The young thespian continued to flourish on the British stage where he was considered one of the acting giants of the era along with such other luminaries as Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Edith Evans and Peggy Ashcroft.

Redgrave’s films from 1940 through 1946, prestigious productions all, included Carol Reed’s 1940 film of A.J. Cronin’s The Stars Look Down; Reed’s 1941 film of H.G. Wells’ Kipps; Roy Boulting’s 1942 fantasy film, Thunder Rock; the classic 1945 horror film. Dead of Night and Basil Dearden’s 1946 prisoner-of-war drama, The Captive Heart. A trip to Hollywood to film Dudley Nichols’ 1947 film of Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra resulting in an Oscar nomination. That same year he filmed Fritz Lang’s The Secret Beyond the Door opposite Joan Bennett before he returned to England.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 22 (2019)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Aug. 23-25, 2019)

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What Are You Watching? (Aug. 23-25, 2019)

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Film Preview: Chained for Life (2019)

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(August 18, 2019) Original

Release Date:

September 13, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A beautiful actress struggles to connect with her disfigured co-star on the set of a European auteur’s English-language debut.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: While central to the story, this poster design feels like a haphazard construction lacking a better sense of self and identity.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer doesn’t do the best job selling its premise, but it has a lot of interesting elements at play that might make for an interesting movie.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Kill Team (2019)

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(August 18, 2019) Original

Release Date:

October 25, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young American soldier in Afghanistan is disturbed by his commanding officer’s behavior and is faced with a moral dilemma.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: The background is mediocre and the color scheme is ineffectual, though the almost paternal thrust of the image in the lower left speaks well to the film’s premise.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The formulaic way the trailer plays is mitigated by a premise that, once you pass the half way point, gains traction for its potential.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2019 Oscar Season Preview: September

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

September 6, 2019

It Chapter Two

Premise: From IMDb: “Twenty-seven years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.”
Box Office Prospects: $350 M
Expectations: Excellent. The first film made more than $327 million at the box office, it’s certain the final chapter will also make a good amount of money.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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