The Oscar Project
After a few weeks busy with wide releases, we only have two joining the party this weekend and one of those was delayed from earlier this month (Mile 22). Nothing in the wide release category this weekend will likely make much of a splash at the Oscars, but there are a number of potential nominees from the limited releases. John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection and Minding the Gap both jump out at potential winning documentaries while Memoir of War may turn some heads in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
I have to note the recent addition of the Best Popular Film category. Despite the addition here, I don't see any films released in recent weeks falling into this category.
I haven't seen much marketing around this film until just the last week or two and it feels a bit like the film 10,000 BC from a decade ago. That film received considerably more pub in advance of its release, but ultimately fell flat with dismal scores on Rotten Tomatoes (8%) and Metacritic (34%)
The premise here is that we are witnessing the birth of the relationship between dog and man and we get to learn why dogs are often described as "man's best friend." I had the distinct feeling that I'd seen this film before when I watched the trailer, and then I remembered Pixar's The Good Dinosaur from a few years back and realized the story here seems to mirror that animated film.
As far as Oscar nominations are concerned, I don't see anything in the future here. There is nothing especially spectacular in the offering and you will probably be able to pick this up in the $5 bin at Wal-Mart within six months.
Marky Mark is back in the action genre this summer with his latest film, Mile 22. Charged with escorting a foreign informant from a holding cell to the airport to get him out of the country, Wahlberg and company face strong resistance that involves lots of shooting, blowing things up, and hand-to-hand fighting.
Wahlberg's co-stars include Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead), Ronda Rousey (Furious 7), and John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire, Dangerous Liaisons). While there are some strong names on this list, I feel like they will be slightly overshadowed by the action and violence prevalent throughout the film.
If there are any nominations in the future of this film, it will be in these same categories, especially with the level of destruction seen throughout the trailer alone. If you're looking for a new action flick this weekend, Mile 22 is a good bet. Just don't count on anything more than guns and explosions.
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?