Film Preview: The God Committee (2021)

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Release Date:

July 2, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An organ transplant committee has one hour to decide which of three patients deserves a life-saving heart. Seven years later, the committee members struggle with the consequences of that fateful decision.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: A simple design without much embellish or artistic inspiration.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: This seems like a better fit for the small screen than the big as it’s the kind of concept that’s been tackled for decades in medical procedural shows. As interesting and important as the topic is, the passable trailer doesn’t quite make the case for its big screen existence.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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The DVD Report #730

Absurdly promoted as the “greatest production since the birth of motion pictures,” Ziegfeld Follies was the first box-office hit of 1946. Its shameless promotion seems especially ridiculous in a year which would give us such truly great films as The Best Years of Our Lives, It’s a Wonderful Life, Notorious, The Razor’s Edge, and The Yearling from Hollywood, as well Brief Encounter and Henry V from the U.K., Open City from Italy, and Children of Paradise from France.

The idea of producing a film in the manner of the Ziegfeld Follies, containing musical numbers and skits but no plot, came to MGM studio heads in 1939 in the wake of the phenomenal success of the 1936 Oscar winner The Great Ziegfeld with William Powell in the title role. The idea was to have Powell playing Ziegfeld, who died in 1932, looking down from Heaven on a new production of his famed Follies. That idea was put on hold while they produced the dramatic 1941 film Ziegfeld Girl, in which Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, and Judy Garland vied for jobs in the Follies, instead. When that film proved to be a box-office success as well, ideas for Ziegfeld Follies sequences began in earnest in 1942 with Charles Walters (Easter Parade) assigned to direct.

Numerous scenes were planned, but not all were used when the film finally went into production in early 1944. Things were so hectic that Walters quit and was replaced by Vincente Minnelli on the heels of Meet Me in St. Louis. Minelli brought in his own team including vocal arranger Kay Thompson.

The film’s most famous sequence is “A Great Lady Has an Interview,” written and composed by Thompson. The sequence was planned for Greer Garson, who looked forward to spoofing her image and singing and dancing as she did in the music hall sequence in Random Harvest. Thompson came to Garson’s home to demonstrate how Garson should perform the sequence, flailing her arms about and exuberantly singing as Thompson would do on screen years later in Funny Face. Garson was aghast! The sequence was assigned to Judy Garland instead.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 22 (2021)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”

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Trailer Watch: Free Guy (2021) Updated

Free Guy posterNew Trailer (#3) — New Posters (#5-#6) — New Release Date (changed from 12.11.2020)

Free Guy, updated

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 11-13 & Jun. 18-20, 2021

Last week, I forgot to post this. I’m doing it this week along with the nothing that came out this week. We had one film release these past two weekends with the potential for Oscar nominations.

In the Heights

Before it was shunted to 2021 due to the pandemic, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s long-awaited adaptation of his Tony-winning Broadway debut was thought to be a major Oscar contender. With most of last year’s major players moving to 2021 and only a handful staying behind, the calculus for this year’s Oscars hasn’t changed much with In the Heights promising to be a major player. With strong reviews, but an anemic box office (thanks to Warner Bros.’ HBO Max self-cannibalization), there is some room for the film to be missed, especially with its cast of young unfamiliar faces.

After playing tryouts in Connecticut, the show moved off-Broadway in 2007 before opening at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in 2008. It ran for three years and had almost 1200 performances before closing in 2011. It was nominated for a staggering 13 Tony nominations with the show, Miranda’s score, and the show’s choreography and orchestrations taking home awards while everyone else, including Miranda as Best Actor, Robin de Jesús in Featured Actor, and Olga Merediz in Featured Actress. Exchanging almost the entire cast of the Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Connecticut runs, Oscar voters will have plenty of new faces to choose from. Strangely enough, Merediz is the only carry over from the original show and she’s also the most likely of the entire cast to land an Oscar nomination.

That said, the categories in which the film has its best opportunities are Best Picture and Directing, Adapted Screenplay, one or both of the original songs from the film, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, and Sound. In addition, all four acting categories have contenders with Anthony Ramos and Melissa Barrera contending in the lead categories and Merediz and Jimmy Smits in support. Considering Miranda’s popularity, there is an opportunity here for the film to equal La La Land‘s impressive thirteen Oscar nominations and even top it, though history doesn’t favor that option and a high single digit and very low double-digit count possible.

This Day in Oscar History: June 21 (2021)

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Jul. 2021, Wide)

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Film Preview: The Serpent (2021)

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Release Date:

June 18, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Top special agent Lucinda Kavsky works for a secret part of the CIA. She’s given a special assignment but then set up by her own agency.”

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: A plot that’s seriously overused in cinema is given a slight upgrade with a female protagonist when most of the like-minded films of the past have been male.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: Jun. 25-27, 2021

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

F9 (Wide)

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The Evil Next Door (Limited)

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I Carry You With Me (Limited)

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Lansky (Limited)

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Too Late (Limited)

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Werewolves Within (Limited)

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Film Preview: Too Late (2021)

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June 25, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A lonely assistant finally finds love and must escape her monster of a boss before she and her new love become his next meal.”

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 / C

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Review: (#1 & #2) The first trailer is cobbled together mostly of scenes from the second with only a song as an aural backdrop. The second trailer, although more compelling because you get the narrative elements with it, doesn’t make the film seem very exciting or creative even though the intertitles want to suggest it’s so much more than it looks.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Lansky (2021)

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June 25, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When the aging Meyer Lansky is investigated one last time by the Feds who suspect he has stashed away millions of dollars over half a century, the retired gangster spins a dizzying tale, revealing the untold truth about his life as the notorious boss of Murder Inc. and the National Crime Syndicate.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: An overly simplistic design that has an interesting touch, but nothing quite appealing.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: In the wake of something like The Irishman, the flashback-laden mob film doesn’t have quite the appeal it should have, especially with the esteemed Harvey Keitel as the central figure.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Evil Next Door (2021)

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(June 20, 2021) Original

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June 25, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A dad moves into a new house with his son and girlfriend. When he’s out of town working, the son makes a new “friend” next doors.”

Poster Rating: C / C

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Review: (#1) The creepiness of someone standing behind you is lost in this poorly constructed design that appears to be half-finished. (#2) This is even less frightening than the last design.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: We’ve seen far too many haunted house dramas, especially about dead children haunting a house when a new family moves in that this trailer does nothing to excite a reluctant audience looking for their next (or first in a long time) big cinematic outing.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 20 (2021)

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Film Preview: Siberia (2021)

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(June 13, 2021) Original

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June 18, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An exploration into the language of dreams.”

Poster Rating: D+ / C

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Review: (#1) The film isn’t in black-and-white, but this poster suggests it is. the lack of detail and oversimplified structure aren’t interesting to look at. (#2) The title section is well designed, but the upper half doesn’t fit the cool blue tones while having a bland white background to feel boring.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The haphazard trailer doesn’t effectively establish place or tone and shifts between introspection and horror elements with a confusing ineptitude.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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