This Day in Oscar History: August 7 (2022)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Burial (2022)

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(July 31, 2022) Original

Release Date:

September 2, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A small group of Russian soldiers have the task of taking Hitler’s discovered remains back to Stalin in Moscow.”

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: Is there an audience for a film like this? Safeguarding Hitler’s body towards safety in Moscow is a poor choice for a dramatic feature and the trailer does a pitiful job of conveying the need for such a film. It also can’t make the satisfactory case for why it would even be that interesting of a story.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023)

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(July 31, 2022) Original

Release Date:

March 24, 2023

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Not Available”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: For some, this will be all they need to get excited about the film. For anyone else, it will be a rather uninspiring blend of reds, yellows, and blacks.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: While it’s not as light as a normal teaser is, the lack of narrative information gives the action sequence very little punch and apart from fans of the series, it’s not the kind of trailer to excite anyone else.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Resurfaced: The Avengers (1998)

In this series of articles, I’ll be posting reviews that have recently resurfaced. A number of the reviews I wrote in the past I thought had been lost to time, but after coming to a realization that they might still exist on the Wayback Machine, I was able to relocate many of them. I believe there are still some that are lost and they may be lost in perpetuity, but I will periodically search for that data or re-write those reviews that I have never found or which I never wrote to begin with.

For now, this series will be extensive with over 300 regular (400+ words), short (400- words), and quickie (1 to 2 paragraphs) reviews. I will attempt to combine them as best as I can. Reviews written in early 1998 or earlier, no date of creation exists. I will post the original writing date where known, otherwise the date will be listed as “unknown.” These reviews were written between the date of my site’s founding in 1996 through much of 2002. It was only after this period that I settled on the standard format and length of reviews as well as posting each one to its own individual page, which is why the old data was ultimately lost.

All but the review content has been replaced to match my current formatting guidelines, which are a bit more thorough than they might have been in those early days. Please note that I am attempting to retain as much of the original editing integrity as possible, so spelling and/or grammar errors may still be present. This may also mean that some factual data is not there as IMDb was not as ubiquitous as it is now. So, let’s get on to today’s review.

The Avengers

The Avengers

Rating

Director

Jeremiah Chechik

Screenplay

Don MacPherson

Length

1h 29m

Starring

Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Patrick Macnee, Jim Broadbent, Fiona Shaw, Eddie Izzard, Eileen Atkins, John Wood, Carmen Ejogo, Keeley Hawes, Shaun Ryder, Nicholas Woodeson

MPAA Rating

PG-13
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This Day in Oscar History: August 6 (2022)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Medieval (2022)

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Release Date:

September 8, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of fifteenth century Czech icon and warlord Jan Zizka, who defeated armies of the Teutonic Order and the Holy Roman Empire.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: For having so much detail in the background, the end result still feels like its empty. Perhaps that’s a result of the excessive use of whites and grays to get the film across and then adding touches of orange and flying fire embers to try to embellish something rather lifeless to begin with.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There was a time when this type of movie was made more frequently and there was audience interest in such, but those times are long gone and this trailer doesn’t do enough to make a case for its own existence and certainly not one for its own success.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Black Adam (2022) Updated

Black Adam posterNew Trailer (#3)

Black Adam, updated

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 31, 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

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The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List – Week #9

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.

Resurfaced: Planet of the Apes (2001)

In this series of articles, I’ll be posting reviews that have recently resurfaced. A number of the reviews I wrote in the past I thought had been lost to time, but after coming to a realization that they might still exist on the Wayback Machine, I was able to relocate many of them. I believe there are still some that are lost and they may be lost in perpetuity, but I will periodically search for that data or re-write those reviews that I have never found or which I never wrote to begin with.

For now, this series will be extensive with over 300 regular (400+ words), short (400- words), and quickie (1 to 2 paragraphs) reviews. I will attempt to combine them as best as I can. Reviews written in early 1998 or earlier, no date of creation exists. I will post the original writing date where known, otherwise the date will be listed as “unknown.” These reviews were written between the date of my site’s founding in 1996 through much of 2002. It was only after this period that I settled on the standard format and length of reviews as well as posting each one to its own individual page, which is why the old data was ultimately lost.

All but the review content has been replaced to match my current formatting guidelines, which are a bit more thorough than they might have been in those early days. Please note that I am attempting to retain as much of the original editing integrity as possible, so spelling and/or grammar errors may still be present. This may also mean that some factual data is not there as IMDb was not as ubiquitous as it is now. So, let’s get on to today’s review.

Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

Rating

Director

Tim Burton

Screenplay

William Broyles Jr., Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal (Novel: Pierre Boulle)

Length

1h 59m

Starring

Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, Estella Warren, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, David Warner, Kris Krisfofferson, Erick Avari, Luke Eberl, Evan Dexter Parke, Glenn Shadix

MPAA Rating

PG-13
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This Day in Oscar History: August 5 (2022)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Remaking Best Directing, 2013

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Remaking Best Directing, 2013

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: Orphan: First Kill (2022)

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Release Date:

August 19, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After orchestrating a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Esther travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: If you’re already a fan, this design might pique your interest. If you aren’t, there won’t be much here to steer you to the film.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A full-throated trailer that lacks the chills and thrills one has come to expect from horror films. The trailer feels like a vain attempt to appeal to fans of Orphan without giving them a compelling, unique narrative they’ll be drawn to.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Till (2022)

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(July 31, 2022) Original

Release Date:

October 14, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of Emmett Louis Till and the legacy of his mother who pursued justice for her lynched son.”

Poster Rating: D+

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Review: It’s a nice attempt to use a flash of color to draw one’s attention to the design, but that empty background and obscenely massive title lettering are utterly overbearing.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: For such an important subject, such a dull trailer this is. There was a moment when the knock came on Emmet’s cousin’s doorway that it seemed like the trailer was about to tick up the enthusiasm, but it settled very quickly in the opposite direction, diminishing the dramatic elements of the narrative in favor of dull simplicity.

Oscar Prospects:

This is the kind of subject that, if done well, will ignite passion in the film and turn it into a player. The first trailer has hints of that and if nothing else, it should at least contend in Best Actress.

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5 Favorites #140: Brad Pitt

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.

It’s hard to believe the career Brad Pitt has had. Trading on his good lucks, his first breakthrough role came in Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise. He has a brief part in the film, but he made such an impression that his career took off afterwards. From there, his ascendant star led him through countless potential blockbusters and while he eventually settled into more dramatic roles, each new release was meant to be a potential box office sensation. This weekend, one of his more broadly appealing of late releases. Bullet Train isn’t going to be confused for Oscar bait, but Pitt gives his all to this Asian martial-arts-fueled, John Wick-style action film. Whether it’s a box office hit or not remains to be seen, but every indication points to yes. This week, we give Pitt his own article with five films that are essential to his filmography, all of which were successes with the first the only one that he wasn’t the reason for the film’s success.

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