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  1. Two other indie/foreign films I've just now thought of that could make excellent submissions to the category: Bombay Rose debuted at TIFF last year, but wasn't submitted for the Oscars--which means it can be submitted this time. Studio Colorido (Penguin Highway) also has their next film, A Whisker Away, debuting on Netflix in June. The film was originally intended for release in Japanese theaters, so there's no doubt in my mind that it'll be eligible for submission to the Oscars.
  2. 1. If Beale Street Could Talk trailer 2. The Social Network trailer 3. Prometheus trailer 4. Schindler's List trailer 5. The Force Awakens trailer 6. Little Children trailer 7. Jarhead trailer 8. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer 9. The Accountant trailer 10. Prisoners trailer 11. Mad Max: Fury Road trailer 12. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk trailer 13. A Star is Born trailer 14. Les Miserables (2012) trailer 15. Guardians of the Galaxy trailer 16. Inception trailer 17. Black Panther teaser trailer 18. A Hidden Life trailer 19. Tree of Life trailer 20. No Country for Old Men trailer 21. Phantom Thread trailer 22. Jaws trailer 23. Super 8 teaser 24. Godzilla teaser 25. Selma trailer
  3. This means we could have some fascinating nominees...
  4. I think there's three high-profile foreign films that have a chance. Ride Your Wave by Masaaki Yuasa has a chance. Gkids decided not to submit it last year, and it had a theatrical release through Fathom Events last February (which ended up being beautiful timing). In such a dry year, the more serious animation voters might seize the chance to nominate a film by Yuasa. The Bears' Invasion of Sicily, which I think is a French film, is in a similar boat to Ride Your Wave. The film was at last year's Toronto festival and everything, but it wasn't submitted to the category last year--which means this year is last chance junction for the film's submission. There's also The Wolf House; the filmmakers took the opportunity to release the film on their website during this time, and I think it'll end up being eligible. It's a disturbing stop-motion film from Chile with political connotations that currently has a 92 on Metacritic. I think it might have a chance. I think it's important that films like these are submitted at all, because this could be the first year in a long time where it's only three nominees in the category. Any amount of submission less than 16 means only three films are nominated. And there's only a few films from Hollywood this time. Assuming they're all released in time, there's Onward, Trolls: World Tour, Scoob!, Soul, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run, Connected, The Croods 2. That's it. I don't think The Willoughbys will count--which is a shame. So if Netflix and other streamers don't have anything up their sleeve, that's only seven films. So that's a whopping nine films that need to come from other sources to unlock a five-nominee field. I think it's possible, but it could be a challenge. And, personally, I really don't want a three-nominee field. That's not fair to the brilliant indie/foreign stuff that would be snubbed without hesitation. I guess we'll see what happens!
  5. I've done it in the past, so I'll do it again now. These are the films in competition at Annecy--hopefully, one of them surges to become an Oscar contender: 7 Days War (Japan) - An anime film based on a novel. Bigfoot Family (Belgium, France) - A sequel to The Son of Bigfoot. Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary (France, Denmark) - A female-driven western from the director of Long Way North. Ginger's Tale (Russia) - Russian fantasy film. Jungle Beat: The Movie (Mauritius) - An alien grants African animals the ability to speak. This is a children's film based on a episodic show, but as a feature film, it's historic for the country of Mauritius. Kill It and Leave This Town (Poland) - A somewhat disturbing surrealist film ruminating on a childhood in 1970s Poland. This film previously received favorable reviews at the Berlin Film Festival. Lupin III The First (Japan) - A CG-animated feature featuring a well-known Japanese character. Nahuel and the Magic Book (Chile, Brazil) - A film in which a boy finds a magical book and sets out to rescue his father. Little Vampire (France) - A vampire living in a haunted house with other Halloween-type monsters ventures out to interact with outside folks. The Nose or Conspiracy of Mavericks (Russia) - Critique of Stalin-era communism. This is an exciting lineup, but for the competition, I think it's between Calamity and the Polish film. The films in the competitive Contrechamp section include: Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery (Croatia) Beauty Water (South Korea) The Knight and the Princess (Saudi Arabia, Egypt) Lava (Argentina) The Legend of Hei (China) My Favorite War (Latvia, Norway) The Old Man--The Movie (Estonia) On-Gaku: Our Sound (Japan) The Shaman Sorceress (South Korea) True North (Japan, Indonesia) Currently, the highest-profile films in Contrechamp are Legend of Hei and On-Gaku. Well, I figured I'd list all of the feature films in competition. Some of these films might not be able to surge to an Oscar nomination, but a few could have a chance.
  6. The Annecy Film Festival's feature competition lineup has been announced--that festival is taking place online this year--so I figured that now is a good time to start a thread for the category. There's several questions to consider for this category. - How would the postponing of the awards affect the category and its nominations? Which films will choose to vie for next year with a theatrical release? - How will straight-to-streaming affect the chances of films like Trolls: World Tour, Scoob!, and The Wolf House? - How about the animated films released straight to Netflix like The Willoughbys be affected? This might be a category to keep an eye on...
  7. THE MUSIC OF NEW JOURNEY'S Y7 FILMS Grant Kirkhope, Banjo-Kazooie The score is filled with playful silliness. It's all orchestrated. There's a lot of marching rhythms in it. Very childlike and vibrant. Some songs borrow from the style, but others sound more contemporary--like a modern Broadway song. Dario Marianelli, The Written Word The score goes through great lengths to present an audible portrait of the 17th century period in which the film is set. There's heavy use of violins and violas, and the score swells with emotion to suggest that it's cheering on the protagonist. Cliff Martinez, Megalo Box As the composer for Drive and The Foreigner, Martinez imbues the film's music with plenty of driving grooves and electronic flourishes. The electronic score doubles as sound design, existing as an undercurrent beneath the tension of important conversations. The score dabbles in utilizing hip-hop beats from time to time; the electronic music's glamour and the hip-hop's rough edges are constantly at war with one another, much like the administrative district is with the restricted area. Austin Wintory, Yang This score mirrors the composer's work on the video game Journey in that it sounds impressively grandiose and symphonic. The score utilizes strings, brass, wind instruments, and percussion--but wind instruments like the flute and the bassoon are given more emphasis then they would normally receive in film scores. The percussion bangs loudly when violent clashes happen. There's a decent mix of wickedly ambient and chaotically dynamic tracks throughout.
  8. 1. Ms. Blakk 4 President 2. Tower of Babylon 3. Laika 4. Toons v Reality 5. Countdown City 6. The Scavenger Wars Part III 7. Roman Fever 8. Notorious 9. Fatal Attraction 10. Birdwing
  9. 1. The Long Way Home (19) 2. Megalo Box (12) 3. Yang (17) 4. Green Lantern Corps 2 (11) 5. Pillars of Eternity 3 (14) 18a: The Ends of the Universe
  10. 1. The Layover (20) 2. Adult Swim Documentary (21) 3. Father II: The Resurrection (25) 4. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (13) 5. Yang (19)
  11. 1. Dawn of the Last Six (25) 2. Scooby Doo 2 (22) 3. Ends of the Universe (20) 4. The First Month (11) 5. Should You Imagine (16)
  12. @CayomMagazine New Journey Pictures has announced a science fiction film titled Echelon. Director Ron Howard (In the Heart of the Sea, Solo: A Star Wars Story) presents an epic tale about a group of people who volunteer to be the first ones to have their consciousness uploaded from an overpopulated Earth into a virtual landscape. Laura Harrier is attached to star in the lead role, with Timothee Chalamet and Regina King also in talks.
  13. @CayomMagazine New Journey Pictures is optioning an adaptation of the SEGA video game Panzer Dragoon. Roar Uthaug (The Wave, Tomb Raider) is in talks to direct, while Charlie Heaton (Tulpa, the Spark quadrilogy) is in talks to star in the leading role.
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