This Day in Oscar History: May 4 (2021)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Separation”

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Now That You’ve Seen Separation…?

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Film Preview: Profile (2021)

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(May 2, 2021) Original

Release Date:

May 14, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An undercover British journalist infiltrates the online propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, only to be sucked in by her recruiter.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: (#1) Going off the design aesthetic of several horror films, this poster does absolutely nothing to information the viewer about what they are possibly watching. The reference to two prominent thrillers might alleviate some of the confusion, but I doubt many people saw either film, so it won’t help much. The vast blank spaces make for an unappealing backdrop.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The film wants the audience to think it’s something of a horror/thriller, but the trailer suggests something entirely different with a lot of compelling potential. Whether it succeeds at that remains to be seen.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: West Side Story (2021)

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(May 2, 2021) Original

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December 10, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.”

Poster Rating: D / B+

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Review: (#1) The simple title design doesn’t work and never has. It’s just uninteresting to look at. (#2) These Disney/Pixar poster designs with the Asian style continue to impress.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: A subtle teaser for those who are familiar with the original stage musical and its successful 1961 adaptation. The use of what sounds like Rita Moreno singing one of the most memorably songs from the show only adds to the nostalgia factor and excitement for the already initiated.

Oscar Prospects:

This should be one of the year’s big Oscar contenders. Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited adaptation of West Side Story is sure to play well with Oscar voters. The big question is if it can rival the 1961 original’s nomination count or ultimate Oscar haul. We’ll see if it can become the first remake to win Best Picture after its predecessor did as well.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 30-May 2, 2021

We had no film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

This Day in Oscar History: May 3 (2021)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best of May 2020

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Film Preview: The Djinn (2021)

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(April 25, 2021) Original

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May 14, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart’s greatest desire.”

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 dull horror trailer that wants to create suspense, but never knows quite how to do so. It’s a movie that dances around its monster in an effort to make things even more exciting and then fails completely.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: May 7-9, 2021

Below are nine previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Here Today (Wide)

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Wrath of Man (Wide)

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Benny Loves You (Limited)

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Initiation (Limited)

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Locked In (Limited)

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Mainstream (Limited)

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Paper Spiders (Limited)

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The Unthinkable (Limited)

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The Water Man (Limited)

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Film Preview: Initiation (2021)

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(May 2, 2021) Original

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May 7, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Whiton University unravels the night a star-athlete is murdered, kicking off a spree of social media slayings that force students to uncover the truth behind the school’s hidden secrets and the horrifying meaning of an exclamation point.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Such a poor balance of color, light, and structure. The dominant figure feels out of place against the backdrop of a stalking killer in a hallway. The title lettering is additionally cheesy.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: On paper, the film sounds like something that has a lot of potential, but the trailer is all over the place, wanting to titillate without scaring the audience and slasher films demand either a bloodletting or at least a better suggestion of one.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Benny Loves You (2021)

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(May 2, 2021) Original

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May 7, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Jack, a man desperate to improve his life throws away his beloved childhood plush, Benny. It’s a move that has disastrous consequences when Benny springs to life with deadly intentions.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C- / C- / C+

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Review: (#1) A simple design that reminds of many other recent horror film posters, which isn’t terribly interesting. (#2) The background is attempting to be a counterpoint to the villainy at the fore, but the cheap-looking puppet design undercuts the intention. (#3) The extreme closeup might work better if it weren’t accentuated by the cheap-looking blood running down the knife with an equally cheap-looking visage reflected in it. (#4) Trying to play on the Sesame Street Oscar the Grouch character for something a bit more evil, doesn’t work that well.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There are cheesy horror films and then there are bargain-basement cheesy horror films. This one seems content to count itself as part of the inferior group, not the superior. The trailer suggests a terrible blend between Child’s Play and Trick or Treat.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Here Today (2021)

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May 7, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When veteran comedy writer Charlie Burnz meets New York street singer Emma Payge, they form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: For an example of how not to balance your image, overburdening the left side with your primary characters cannot be done with a two-thirds dominance of the design and still feel authentic. The backdrop might be from the film itself, but it feels out of plaec, as does the thin and and blocky lettering.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: On paper, this sounds like an uninspired concept from Billy Crystal, whose relevance seems to have diminished in recent years. Yet, there was genuine warmth and humor on display suggesting a film that it might be worth checking out.

Oscar Prospects:

It might be in contention for an Original Screenplay nomination, but it’s releasing far too early in the year to be remembered well by year’s end.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 2 (2021)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: High Ground (2021)

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(April 25, 2021) Original

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May 14, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In a bid to save the last of his family, Gutjuk, a young Aboriginal man, teams up with ex-soldier Travis to track down Baywara, the most dangerous warrior in the Territory, his uncle.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C

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Review: (#1) The colors in the image are nicely balanced, but the images and arrangement of images are both rather generic. (#2) The same struggle with image selection colors the second image while the colors themselves are dull and poorly touched up.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: This western tries very hard to create a sense of purpose, asking the audience to trust it when it says there are some exciting storylines to unfold, but it fails to create a sense of pacing or urgency.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 1 (2021)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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