The Oscar Project
I posted last week with the list of animated feature films that have been submitted to The Academy for consideration in that category this year. Yesterday The Academy announced the list of 166(!) films that have been submitted for the Documentary Feature category.
Now, you could go around and try to watch all 166 of these films, which assuming they average about 90 minutes each, would take well over 10 days of straight viewing to complete. Alternately, you could wait until December 17th when The Academy will be announcing the short list of 15 films considered for nomination in this category. Even that could take a full day of movie watching, assuming they are readily available.
I am including the entire list in this post. If you want some additional information, you can always hop over to The Academy's official announcement of the list, but they won't give you links to trailers and availability information like you'll find below.
This week we have a slew of animated features hitting theaters, some from the list of potential nominees I posted last week. The main attraction will of course be Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, but also keep an eye out for Ruben Brandt, Collector if it hits a theater near you.
Check out the post for the rest of the list of films hitting theaters this weekend.
Over the weekend, I had the pleasure to attend a special showing of several short films that were part of the 2018 Rochester International Children's Film Festival. The presentation was part of the 2018 High Falls Women's Film Festival in Rochester and exhibited 12 different short films in a roughly one hour program.
The best part was bringing my elementary school aged kids with me to enjoy the magic of films from around the world. They are very familiar with the Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, and Sony Animation studios and the big budget animated films those studios produce year after year. What they don't have as much knowledge of is small, mostly independent films that don't get as much attention.
We fly into November with several new offerings, some of which will surely be up for Oscar consideration come winter time.
We have two very different types of films based on music (Bohemian Rhapsody and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms) as well as a buddy/relationship comedy (Nobody's Fool) and a fantasy horror mystery expanding into wide release (Suspiria).
On the limited release front, there are a few documentaries that might make some hay at the Oscars along with some films that will surely see wider release in a few weeks.
We are about three months away from the announcement of official nominations for the 91st Academy Awards and four months from the award ceremony in February, but last week, the Academy announced the list of films that have been submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature category.
The good news is that many of these films are already available on DVD, Blu Ray and digital streaming services with several more scheduled to be released in the near future. You can see the full list below and look for a few of these films still to hit theaters in the coming weeks.
Also check out the Academy's official announcement on their website.
1. Blade Runner 2049
I waited quite some time to finally see this film, much longer than I originally wanted to since I love the original Blade Runner by Ridley Scott. I was not disappointed by this sequel and can fully understand why it won the award for Best Visual Effects.
The main thing that I noticed when watching this film was that the visual effects served to drive the story forward when they were employed and at no time did I say to myself, "that effect felt out of place." Yes, there were times when the effects were obvious, but plenty of others where it was hard to determine if the effects were digital, practical, or some combination of the two.
Overall, the visuals in this film are stunning and align extremely well with the visuals of the original. The use of light and shadow throughout the film lend an otherworldly feel to the future earth portrayed in the film. It also provides a sense of motion and unsteadiness, even when characters and camera are perfectly still.
I rate this a strong 9+/10 for the film as a whole and agree with the Academy in selecting this for Best Visual Effects of 2017.
We made it to the final weekend of October and Halloween is a little less than a week away. Of course, the big scary release happened last week, so this week we get some different films hitting theaters.
I don't normally post information about films on a standalone basis here, but I felt this one deserved a special quick post.
You know Peter Jackson from his work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films as well as his version of King King from 2005. Through the process of making those films, especially the Lord of the Rings trilogy, a number of new technologies were born or vastly improved. From the motion capture used to bring Andy Serkis's Smeagol/Gollum character to life to the battlefield scenes with thousands of individual computer animated characters each fighting their own battle, Jackson and his team not only told their version of a classic story, but in doing so pushed the boundaries of the medium of film at the time.
After doing my list of movies based on books the other day, I realized I left out a potential category of films that might need some research prior to viewing, remakes and sequels. Just like wanting to read the book before seeing the movie, I usually like to see the original version of a film if there is a remake or the first in a series if there are sequels.
So today I am posting a list of upcoming films for the winter of 2019 that fall into one of the following categories:
I have included trailers for those films that have trailers as of this writing. Please let me know if I missed any that you know of!
Just a few weeks before the actual holiday, the long awaited sequel arrives in theaters this weekend with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role in the original Halloween film from 1978.
And if slasher films aren't your style, I highly recommend checking out The Hate U Give which expands to a wide release this weekend. It is sure to get buzz throughout award season due to the present nature of the subject matter.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?