The Oscar Project
After a disappointing opening weekend for Solo, the beginning of June does not offer much in the way of big releases. This weekend we have some action, some slapstick comedy and a relationship drama set on the high seas.
It seems like we're seeing a pattern here with one huge film being released at the end of the month. Last month we saw Avengers: Infinity War as the lone film in wide release on April 27th. This month it's Solo: A Star Wars Story and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will follow in another four weeks near the end of June.
I will clue you in right now that I am a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise and have been for several decades. The recent additions to the franchise (The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi) have performed extremely well at the box office, but not so well with the Academy. Each of those have garnered a few nominations, but no wins when it comes to the awards ceremony.
After last week's Mother's Day theme, I don't see any major themes in the works with this weekend's wide releases. We have three new films this week, Book Club starring Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda, the next superhero (or antihero) film in Ryan Reynolds's Deadpool 2, and Show Dogs with Will Arnett, Alan Cumming, and Stanley Tucci.
We are coming into Mother's Day weekend (did you get something for YOUR mother?) and there are two very different "mother" related films being offered up to audiences.
Breaking In, starring Gabrielle Union, is a thriller where that claims "Payback is a mother," while Melissa McCarthy brings us a mom going back to college with her daughter in Life of the Party.
One would think this would be a perfect weekend to release a new Star Wars movie...being May the Fourth after all. But we have to wait a few more weeks for that.
Three movies are making their debut in wide release this weekend, Bad Samaritan with David Tennent, a remake of the Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell classic Overboard, and Tully starring Charlize Theron.
This was an interesting little film and I'm glad that something in the stop motion animation style was nominated this year. The Whistler Film Festival website lists it as "A nostalgic animated short about the complicated relationship between a father, who travels often for business, and the son he leaves behind."
It truly is a wonderful little film with some of the most fluid stop motion animation I've seen in a long time. In several scenes it is difficult to tell that it is stop motion at all unless you really pay attention.
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?