The Oscar Project
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.
Chronicling the band's rise to stardom, Bohemian Rhapsody is part biopic, part drama, and part movie musical. As anyone who reads my blog knows, I'm no fan of musicals in film, but will make an exception for a film such as with. It's telling a story that is inextricably linked with music, so telling the story with the music actually makes sense in this case.
I feel like I'm putting up a preview of a Tiffany Haddish movie on this site every other week. Haddish is everywhere, this being her fourth feature film of 2018 (Uncle Drew, The Oath, Night School) and she is sure to bring her big personality to this relationship film as well.
Haddish plays a woman just released form prison who goes to live with her highly successful sister who is on the verge of becoming the first black female VP in her company. Impressed by the life her sister is living, Haddish finds a job and settles in, only to uncover that the man she's dating doesn't really exist. The sisters work together with a best friend to find the person behind the catfish scheme and "take care of him."
Ultimately, don't look to this film for any Oscar nominations. It may be a fun date night movie and is sure to have more than a few laughs, but doesn't appear to be in the running for any major awards.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
I'm just going to come out and say it right away, if this film doesn't receive a nomination for Best Visual Effects, I'm not sure what will. Just watching the trailer for this film shows me plenty of effects that will have audiences spellbound.
You likely know the story of the Nutcracker as made famous in the classic Tchaikovsky ballet. Many of the famous characters from the original story will surely make an appearance in this film version, but from all appearances there will be plenty of newcomers. The score will likely sound familiar too as it is an adaptation of Tchaikovsky's original music for the ballet, brought into the modern day with some new twists.
There is one other area where I see potential for a nomination here and that is in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. The story is based on previous work, but the treatment seems fresh, even if some of the worlds in the film look vaguely reminiscent of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
There are plenty of new films aimed at kids coming out this month and they all look fairly strong. This one may be better for slightly older children, but is sure to have plenty to keep adults entertained as well.
If you checked out last week's Nominee Watch, you may recognize this title from the limited releases. It expands into wide release after a week in limited release.
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) stars as Susie Bannion, a young dancer admitted to a prestigious dance academy in Germany. Once there she begins to discover that there are mysterious things happening, including the recent disappearance of another student.
This one is tough for me to call in terms of Oscar buzz. As it is based on a book (of the same name) there is an outside possibility that it could receive a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination. Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) looks decidedly creepy as the instructor at the academy but I doubt neither she nor Johnson will receive any Oscar love.
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?