The Friday Face-Off Round One #34

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: April 3 (2020)

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Film Preview: Behind You (2020)

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(March 29, 2020) Original

Release Date:

April 17, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Two young sisters find that all the mirrors in their estranged aunt’s house are covered or hidden. When one of them happens upon a mirror in the basement, she unknowingly releases a malicious demon.”

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: Your garden variety jump-scare horror film that wants you to think it’s original, but ultimately feels like a derivative cross between films like Candyman and The boy

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Poll: Remaking Best Supporting Actress, 2010

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Remaking Best Supporting Actress, 2010

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

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Hopefuls Should Have Been Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (select up to 5)?

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5 Favorites Redux #22: Favorite Sci-Fi Films

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.

Hope for the future is a powerful concept and when looking into history to contemplate the best films set in the near or distant future, I’m struck by how often there are not just messages of hope, but also warnings for how things could turn out if we don’t think about the kind of world we hope will exist ten, twenty, or even a millennium or two down the road. Here are my five favorite science fiction films of all-time.

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Oscar Profile #490: Nick Nolte

Born February 8, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska, Nicholas King Nolte, known professionally as Nick Nolte, was the son of Franklin Arthur and Helen King Nolte. Following high school graduation in 1959, Nolte attended several colleges and universities and eventually acted at the Pasadena Playhouse and other venues throughout the country. He was a model in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Nolte had roles in various TV series and made-for-TV movies from 1969 on. His breakthrough came with his starring role in the 1976 TV mini-series, Rich Man, Poor Man in which Peter Strauss and he were billed over a cast of Hollywood heavyweights. Both actors as well as Susan Blakely, Dorothy McGuire, Ray Milland, Robert Reed, Bill Bixby, Norman Fell, Van Johnson, Kim Darby, Kay Lenz, Ed Asner and Fionnula Flanagan were nominated for Emmys with Asner and Flanagan winning.

The success of Rich Man, Poor Man led Nolte to starring roles in some of Hollywood’s most prestigious films over the next few years including 1977’s The Deep opposite Jacqueline Bisset, 1978’s Who’ll Stop the Rain opposite Tuesday Weld, 1979’s North Dallas Forty opposite Mac Davis, 1980’s Heart Beat opposite Sissy Spacek, 1982’s Cannery Row opposite Debra Winger, the same yer’s 48 Hours opposite Eddie Murphy and 1983’s Under Fire opposite Gene Hackman. Nolte was billed first in all of them.

The first film in which Nolte did not received top billing since his breakthrough was in 1984’s Grace Quigley in which he was second billed to Katharine Hepburn in her last starring role. Later films included 1984’s Teachers opposite JoBeth Williams, 1986’s Down and Out in Beverly Hills opposite Bette Midler, 1987’s Weeds for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, 1990’s Q&A opposite Timothy Hutton and 1992’s Cape Fear opposite Robert De Niro and The Prince of Tides opposite Barbra Streisand who also directed, for which he received his first Oscar nomination.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 2 (2020)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Oscar Ceremonies

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2010: Looking at the Weekend (10)

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Trailer Watch: Fatima (2020) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Fatima, updated

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2019 Oscar Season Preview Wrap-Up: November

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.

November 1, 2019

Arctic Dogs

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “None.”
Oscar Results: None.
Box Office Prospects: $20 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Weak. This terrible-looking animated feature didn’t even show up on the Academy’s list of Animated Feature submissions, suggesting it’s either too awful to be selected or is about to get pushed into next year. Whatever the reason, it looks like a flop in the making.”
Box Office Results: $5.8 M
Thoughts: [Minor Flop] This animated adventure looked terrible from the start. It’s no surprise it didn’t inspire audiences to give it a shot.

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Review: Knives Out (2019)

Knives Out

Rating

Director

Rian Johnson

Screenplay

Rian Johnson

Length

2h 10m

Starring

Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher lummer, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Frank Oz, K Callan, Noah Segan, M. Emmet Walsh, Marle Forte

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material.

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93rd Oscars: Upcoming Precursors – April

Precursors to the Academy Awards come in many different types and they can appear all year from festivals and national awards to critics groups and other organization. Each month, we’ll take a look at all of the upcoming events that could have some small impact on the Oscars so you can plan out what to keep an eye on.

That said, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused numerous events to postpone. I’m sure that the Italian Academy Awards will certainly be pushed off and I’m fairly certain CinemaCon was postponed.

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Nominations

Wednesday, Apr. 8 – ASCAP (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)

Awards

Friday, Apr. 3 – David di Donatello Awards (Awards) (Official)
Saturday, Apr. 4 – CinemaCon (Awards) (Unconfirmed)

This Day in Oscar History: April 1 (2020)

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Film Preview: The Painted Bird (2020)

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(March 29, 2020) Original

Release Date:

April 17, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1) Uncertain what the theme of this design is other than the helplessness that the child feels. It’s otherwise uninteresting. (#2) This one isn’t more or less thematically interesting, but it doesn’t improve anything either.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The plot isn’t explained and the minimal dialogue doesn’t make it seem all that enticing, nor does the listing of prominent actors who appear in the film.

Oscar Prospects:

It was submitted for Oscar consideration, but wasn’t nominated. It could be the latest black-and-white nominee for Best Cinematogrpahy, but I doubt it’s going to do much at this point.

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The DVD Report #666

1917 Movie Poster1917 is the best film about the foot soldier since 1998’s Saving Private Ryan and the best film about the foot soldier in World War I since the triumvirate of All Quiet on the Western Front, Journey’s End, and Westfront 1918, all from 1930. What director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) couldn’t have known when he was making the film was that it would be a perfect metaphor for our time as well.

In an era when few people under 70 have been through a war, or even been in military service, we are all facing the possibility of sudden death from a very real enemy in the current pandemic. This tale of two lance corporals who risk their lives to deliver a message to a colonel deep in enemy territory in order to prevent the certain massacre of 1,600 men is fraught with danger at every turn. One will make it, one won’t.

Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) is selected for the mission by his general (Colin Firth) because his brother, Richard Madden (Rocketman), a young lieutenant, is among those who would be killed if the mission fails. Chapman chooses his closest friend, George Mackay (Captain Fantastic) to accompany him. When Chapman is killed along the way, Mackay has two missions, one to deliver the general’s letter to commanding officer Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and the other to find his friend’s brother.

Roger Deakins, who had to wait until his fourteenth Oscar nomination for 2017’s Blade Runner 2049 to finally win one for his superb cinematography, wasted no time in collecting his second here. His amazing camerawork, which appears to be captured in a single take, was one of the film’s ten Oscar nominations and one of its three wins. The other two were for Visual Effects and Sound Mixing.

1917 is available on Blu-ray and standard DVD.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 31 (2020)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Oscar Ceremonies

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