This Day in Oscar History: August 17 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Strange But True (2019)

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Release Date:

September 6, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman surprises the family of her deceased boyfriend by telling them she’s pregnant with his child.”

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: The premise is almost certainly strange and it has a literary origin, but the trailer never expresses a concern for the audience and involving it in the drama in a sufficient or capable way.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Before You Know It (2019)

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Release Date:

August 30, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A pair of sisters find out that the mother they thought was dead is alive and starring on a soap opera.”

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: The trailer is surprisingly humor free even though it seems sure to be a comedy. There are a few reminiscent elements of Soapdish, but that doesn’t really sell the film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 33, 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 #1

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 16 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Remaking Best Production Design, 1997

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Remaking Best Production Design, 1997

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: Give Me Liberty (2019)

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Release Date:

August 23, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In this freewheeling comedy, medical transport driver Vic risks his job to shuttle a group of rowdy seniors and a Russian boxer to a funeral, dragging clients like Tracy, a young woman with ALS, along for the ride.”

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: If this is supposed to be a comedy, there is precious little in the way of humor in the trailer and that in itself will make the drama feel heavy and weightless at the same time.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: American Dreamer (2019)

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Release Date:

September 20, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A down on his luck HAIL driver who makes extra cash chauffeuring a low level drug dealer around town, finds himself in a serious financial bind and decides to kidnap the dealer’s child.”

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: Jim Gaffigan seems intent on making a name for himself as a dramatic actor. It’s too bad that he’s chosen this less than appealing drug/kidnapping drama for that effort, especially when it looks so poorly executed.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar Profile #457 – Richard Burton

Born November 10, 1925 in Pontrhydyfen, Wales to Welsh speaking parents, Richard Walker Jenkins, Jr. was the twelfth of thirteen children. His mother died shortly after giving birth to his younger brother when Richard was just two years old. His father, a coal miner soon abandoned the family and he was raised by his older sister, Cecilia. An avid fan of Shakespeare, poetry and reading, he once said “home is where the books are”. He received a scholarship to Oxford University to study acting where he was mentored by his teacher, Philip Burton, who made the young actor his ward.

Having legally changed his name to Richard Burton, the young actor made his stage debut in 1944 and his film debut in 1949 in Woman of Dolwyn third billed behind Edith Evans and Emlyn Williams, the year he married first wife Sybil Williams. His first Hollywood film was 1952’s My Cousin Rachel opposite Olivia de Havilland for which he received the first of his seven Oscar nominations. The following year he received his second nomination for The Robe in which he starred opposite Jean Simmons. Other successes followed including 1955’s Prince of Players as Edwin Booth and The Rains of Ranchipur opposite Lana Turner, 1956’s Alexander the Great in the title role supported by Fredric March and Claire Bloom and 1957’s The Sea Wife opposite Joan Collins.

In 1959, Burton starred in the first British kitchen sink drama, Look Back in Anger opposite Bloom and Mary Ure and in 1960 starred in Broadway’s Camelot opposite Julie Andrews for which he won a Tony. In 1962, he was part of the ensemble cast of The Longest Day and in 1963 starred in both Cleopatra and The V.I.P.s opposite Elizabeth Taylor with whom he had a widely publicized affair during the making of Cleopatra. He would divorce his first wife in 1963 and marry her in 1964. 1964 was also the year that he starred in both Becket opposite Peter O’Toole and The Night of the Iguana opposite Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr, earning his third Oscar nomination for Becket.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 15 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Aug. 16-18, 2019)

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What Are You Watching? (Aug. 16-18, 2019)

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Film Preview: The Fanatic (2019)

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Release Date:

August 30, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star’s life.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1) Bonus points for insetting the Hollywood figure into the stalker figure, but the color scheme is just atrocious. (#2) The design is poorly crafted and the dark background helps minimize the blood on the design, blending it into the background without reason.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: While the concept of a deranged fan is an appealing one that has been done incredibly well in the past is made less impressive and even objectionable when the lead (John Travolta) plays the character as if he suffers from a cognitive disability rather than a more common and less offensive delusion.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Angel of Mine (2019)

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(August 11, 2019) Original

Release Date:

August 30, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman grieving over the death of her daughter loses grip of reality when she begins to think her girl may still be alive.”

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: A strange stalker drama that wants very much for the audience to sympathize with someone, but it never figures out who with.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2019 Oscar Season Preview: Introduction

A bountiful Christmas is what’s on deck for this year, but the three months prior will have plenty to offer the desperate moviegoer. That said, there aren’t a lot of known Oscar contenders set for the next four months, but that may change as more limited releases find their berths on the list.

To introduce you to the upcoming films, there will be two preview articles every month and this introduction every four months. The Season Preview article will focus on one of three seasons Spring Season (January through April), Blockbuster Season (May through August) and Oscar Season (September through December). In these introductory articles, I will give you the current release schedule for the specified season, which may change as the release dates get closer.

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