Film Preview: Family Romance, LLC (2020)

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Release Date:

July 3, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A man is hired to impersonate the missing father of a young girl.”

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 does almost nothing to convince the audience that they should see it and part of that reason is its lack of specificity about its own plot.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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5 Favorites Redux #35: Favorite Films Featuring James Cromwell

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.

There were two actors in films coming out this weekend that I could have conceivably done an article on. J.K. Simmons has had a solid career with five films I could have highlighted, but that seemed unfair to only have five to choose from. James Cromwell, on the other hand, who I first became familiar with for his supporting role in Murder by Death, has had several other films I would consider for this feature. When picking my five favorites of his, I didn’t go with performance, I went with films that I either enjoyed or which had a major impact on my impressions of him as an actor. I narrowed the list of potential films to reference to seven.

Ultimately, having to shave off two films ended up being a bit easier than expected. The People vs. Larry Flynt came off first because I couldn’t even recall him being in the film. The second, though slightly more difficult decision, was to remove The Artist, a film that he was such a minor part of that including him seemed like a cheat. In the end, only five remained and they are specified below. Two of these films I’ve highlighted numerous times, one I know I’ve selected previously, while the other two I haven’t specified very often at all. Apart from the first film in the list, it’s very interesting that the remaining four all happened one year after the other.

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Oscar Profile #504: Eileen Heckart

Born March 29, 1919 in Columbus, Ohio, (Anna) Eileen Herbert was an only child who went with her mother when her parents separated when she was 2. Her mother was an alcoholic who married five times. She was often shunted off to her mother’s mother and her second husband who eventually adopted her, changing her last name from Herbert to his, the similarly sounding Heckart.

A lonely child, Heckart immersed herself in movies, graduating from the University of Ohio with a B.A. in Drama in 1942. That same year she married husband, John Harrison Yankee Jr., an insurance broker with whom she had four children and remained married to until his death in 1997. Her first Broadway role was as assistant stage manager and understudy to both Margaret Sullavan and Audrey Christie in The Voice of the Turtle in 1943.

In numerous plays on Broadway and later TV, her career took off with her portrayal of Rosemary Sydney, the schoolteacher in Picnic in 1953, the role that went to Rosalind Russell in the 1955 film version. The following year she played the mother of the murdered boy in The Bad Seed, a role she repeated in the 1956 film version for which she was nominated for an Oscar.

The Bad Seed was the fourth of four films Heckart made in 1956, her first year in films. It followed Miracle in the Rain as Jane Wyman’s friend; Somebody Up There Likes Me as Paul Newman’s mother; and Bus Stop as Marilyn Monroe’s friend.

In 1957, Heckart created the role of the wife’s bigoted sister in Broadway’s The Dark the Top of the Stairs for which she received a Tony nomination. The role went to Eve Arden in the 1960 film version. She continued to alternate between Broadway, TV, and film roles, receiving another Tony nomination for 1969’s Butterflies Are Free, a role she repeated in the 1972 film version, for which she received a much deserved Oscar.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 9 (2020)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Died

Released

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jul. 10-12, 2020)

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Film Preview: Greenland (2020)

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Release Date:

August 14, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A family struggles for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: A dull backdrop doesn’t accentuate the faux orange hues and unappealing theatrics.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There’s promise here. An end-of-world action thriller could be quite exciting, but past experience with Gerard Butler doesn’t make the prospect terribly great.

Oscar Prospects:

It could be a contender for Best Visual Effects and the new Sound Design category, but I suspect it may be forgotten by year’s end.

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2020 Spring Season Preview Wrap-Up: February

Below is a wrap-up of the predictions I made several months ago, an exploration of what succeeded and what failed, and how I observe things to have gone.

February 7, 2020

Birds of Prey

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “Uncertain. The film’s releasing a bit early for consideration, but Suicide Squad won an Oscar for Best Makeup & Hairstyling, so nothing is entirely out of the question.”
Oscar Results: Now unlikely. The film’s less than spectacular box office will hinder its chances in categories it would deserve recognition in such as Makeup & Hairstyling and Production Design.
Box Office Prospects: $350 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Good. DC’s Extended Universe always does well even when the films aren’t good and this all-female superhero tale is sure to perform well.”
Box Office Results: $84.2 M
Thoughts: [Minor Flop] When this film released, theaters were less than a month away from closing down in some areas of the country or even all areas. While that might have impacted its future prospects, the sad fact is that the film didn’t perform nearly that well in its opening weekend as it should have.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 10-12, 2020

Wide releases still appear to be on the distant horizon, but the uptick in coronavirus cases is no doubt worrisome to Hollywood studios and theaters alike. We’ll see if those currently scheduled for release in August will be moved again in the not-so-distant future.

Our Highest Rated Films: Palm Springs
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly (Virtual)
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (Limited)
Guest Artist (Limited)
Olympia (Virtual)
Parallax (Limited)
The Rolling Stones Havana Moon (Limited)
The Tobacconist (Virtual)
Widow of Silence (Virtual)

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Review: Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Shaun of the Dead

Rating

Director

Edgar Wright

Screenplay

Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

Length

1h 39min

Starring

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Penelope Wilton, Bill Nighy, Jessica Stevenson, Peter Serafinowicz, Rafe Spall, Martin Freeman, Reece Shearsmith, Tamsin Greig, Julia Deakin, Matt Lucas

MPAA Rating

R
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This Day in Oscar History: July 8 (2020)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: Respect (2020) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)

Respect, updated

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The DVD Report #680

San Francisco was both the highest grossing film of 1936 and the first of three films for which one of its Oscar nominations was later declared to be category fraud. That, however, was technically not the case as Spencer Tracy in San Francisco, Luise Rainer in The Great Ziegfeld, and Stuart Erwin in Pigskin Parade were all nominated in the categories they were eligible for under AMPAS rules in force that year.

The acting categories were expanded from six (three each for Actor and Actress or more when ties were involved) to 20 (five each for Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress). Frank Capra, the then-AMPAS president set up a blue ribbon panel nominating committee consisting of fifty members to make the nominations. Actors and actresses considered stars by their studios were eligible for Best Actor and Best Actress. Actors who were classified as supporting players were eligible for the awards for Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress regardless of the size of their parts. Thus, Tracy and Rainer, who were rising stars, could only be considered for Actor and Actress and Erwin, who was generally considered a utility player, could only be considered as a Supporting Actor even though he had the lead in the film he was nominated for.

That rule was changed the following year when the voting was open to the entire acting membership of the Academy. The new rule allowed for studios to send out reminder lists in which each film’s stars were identified with an asterisk. Those stars were eligible only for consideration for Best Actor and Actress. Those who weren’t so identified could be nominated either for Best Actor or Actress or Best Supporting Actor or Actress, but the original idea lingered in voters’ minds. Thus, character actors who had co-lead roles in their films were more likely to be nominated in support while major stars who had supporting roles in their films were more likely to be nominated for Best Actor or Actress for the next few years.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 7 (2020)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Our Site Milestones

2010: Film Previews / Trailer Watch (10)

2011: Polls: Oscar’s Best (9)

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Truth”

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Film Preview: The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020)

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Release Date:

July 17, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After a break up, a young woman decides to start a gallery where people can leave trinkets from past relationships.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It’s simplistic and PhotoShopped in a couple of places (most notably its street setting) and none of the elements work incredibly well together.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: There’s something modestly charming about this relationship comedy. The trailer isn’t perfect and it features quite a few poor choices, but it’s endearing enough to be worth thinking of seeing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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