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  1. My apologies for the double post, but I just found this Deadline interview with the director of this film. The director talks about Harvey Weinstein, what it was like to have Martin Scorsese and Timur Bekmambetov as producers on the film, and how he thought his career would be over when Weinstein's cut premiered at TIFF in 2017. Great read.

     

    https://deadline.com/2019/10/alfonso-gomez-rejon-the-current-war-erasing-harvey-weinstein-cut-new-rotten-tomatoes-score-benedict-cumberbatch-michael-shannon-1202760319/


  2. @CayomMagazine

     

    While New Journey Pictures was originally planning to place The Croaking of Prince Chrom in the month of March, the studio has decided that, as the film deals with young love for obvious reasons, the film will be strategically released on the weekend correlating with or preceding Valentine's Day.

     

    "March is becoming hectic," stated fictional CEO Glenn Guthrie. "We have to get out of dodge, you know what I'm sayin'?"

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  3. 3 hours ago, cannastop said:

    https://deadline.com/2019/10/oscars-animated-feature-race-submissions-list-1202761640/

     

    Abominable
    The Addams Family
    The Angry Birds Movie 2
    Another Day of Life
    Away
    Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles
    Children of the Sea
    Dilili in Paris
    Frozen II
    Funan
    Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Primal’ – Tales of Savagery
    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
    I Lost My Body
    Klaus
    The Last Fiction
    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
    Marona’s Fantastic Tale
    Missing Link
    Ne Zha
    Okko’s Inn
    Pachamama
    Promare
    Rezo
    The Secret Life of Pets 2
    Spies in Disguise
    The Swallows of Kabul
    This Magnificent Cake!
    The Tower
    Toy Story 4
    Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris
    Weathering with You
    White Snake

     

    This has to be the biggest submission list I've ever seen for this category. There's so many interesting choices here that it genuinely saddens me to have three slots practically reserved for sequels.

     

    But two things are certain: based on their absence, Masaaski Yuasa's Riding With You will probably run in 2020, and the Italian one about the bears in Sicily will probably run in 2020, too. Bombay Rose will probably run in 2020 as well. No shame in that; if they need more time in the oven, so be it.


  4. 1 hour ago, Napoleon said:

    Great to hear the director had the chance to do another cut, hope it gets at least decent reviews

     

    Come to think of it, that's actually much more significant than it seems; Weinstein was notorious for making 'safe' cuts. A film like The Current War getting what is likely to be a better cut is a great nail in the coffin to Weinstein's grip on the industry. One of many nails in the coffin. 

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  5. 18 minutes ago, Spaghetti said:

    Is there any chance Song Kang-ho can get a nomination for Parasite? The film needs to keep building its momentum but clearly it's off to a promising start.

     

    Never say never. Though he'd definitely get in for Supporting. Of course, both Lead and Supporting are pretty competitive this year.


  6. @CayomMagazine

     

    You know New Journey Pictures cares about a project when they keep changing their mind on the director. The fairy-tale film The Croaking of Prince Chrom will now be directed by The Aeronauts director Tom Harper.

     

    In addition, the cast of the film will include:

     

    George Mackay as Prince Chrom

    John Boyega

    Olivia Cooke (who is English :O)

    Saoirse Ronan

    Barry Keoghan

    Ella Purnell

    Aneurin Barnard

    Georgie Henley

    Hugh Grant

    Emma Thompson

    and Helena Bonham Carter

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  7. 41 minutes ago, Reddroast said:

    Justice Simth (splatoon) has been cast as the lead in Tokyo ghoul. Ken Watanabe, Simu Liu, Lewis tan, Henry Golding, and Russell Crowe have been cast. The female lead has yet to be cast. (P.s. any suggestions on the female lead Is helpful. Looking for Asian or  Latin actresses I'm there early to mid 20s)

     

    I suggest Cierra Ramirez. In CAYOM, she's been cast in at least two films that are either 'horror' or 'spooky': Silent Hill 2 and Fiesta Loca. So not only does she fit the description, but she has experience in films with similarly 'spooky' subject matter.


  8. 5 minutes ago, Spaghetti said:

    Okay so I feel like I should nip this in the bud before my Top 25.

     

    Prepare thyself, @SLAM!.

     

    In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

     

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    I remember reading this film prior to its posting in Part 1, and as soon as I finished, I was VERY curious what people were going to make of it. Not that it would disappoint people, but that the final product was....definitely going to raise some eyebrows.  I wanted to wait until I re-digested the film in its posted version. I figured it was only fair to go back and re-read it before coming to a final consensus.

     

    I remember liking it in its original form, but understanding how people might be a bit phased out by it. To be honest, I still didn't quite know what to make of it, but even then, it has a daring ambition that definitely isn't for nothing.

     

    So what did I think now that I had a second chance to fully digest one of the most controversial films in CAYOM 3.0?

     

    First, let me prefact that In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, the album that serves as the film's namesake, is legitimately incredible. A haunting, poetic album wit a faintly hopeful sound amidst the undercurrent of darkness. That was in and of itself a major reason I was hyped for this project, yet at the same time apprehensive given how easily it could make people go, @cookie previously mentioned:

     

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    So, Slam can rest assured now: I liked it more than Numbers and Xillix. Perhaps even Rory. However....I do think it has some problems.

     

    In the Aeroplane Over the Sea alternates between being two films: One a more straight-forward story of the construction of the album. This plot feels kinda slight and leans more into fairly generic musical biopic with a bit less conflict, but ultimately, it works because the music itself is legitimately compelling, and the bandmates share some fun camaraderie together. However, I can say with confidence that the film's gold star weapon is Ross Lynch as Jeff Magnum. He's got the musical talent and emotional tact to handle Magnum at all levels as he's written, and he succeeds beautifully. From what I've read, I definitely feel comfortable giving him the Oscar for this.

     

    The other story, being more a lurid, aiming-for-Lynchian psycho-study, chronicling a descent into moral taboo and desperate idealism by weaving artistic gold from a horrific real life tragedy. Some people love this aspect, while others have been....less than kind. Let's break it down.

     

    I like the angle that the film initially tries to pursue (even if the introduction to the narrative feels a bit contrived) on Magnum feeling like she needs to bring peace to Frank and be her hero, while somewhat spinning her into her muse, confidante, and....yeah. I think the film feels a bit scattershot in how it ultimately depicts Magnum's relationship with Frank, but I think at the same time, it feels more surface level than it should be. We don't really understand why Jeff feels so close to Frank, which sure, dreams don't always make sense, but there are honestly fewer dream sequences than I remember in this. It feels like it jumps to the (admittedly moving) sequence with the title song the scene that's made a lot of people uncomfortable (yeah it was way more awk than I remember, lol), and then Frank just tries to leave his mind.

     

    Ultimately, I don't feel certain what the filmmakers were trying to say with all of this, and some of its major points are only really felt in one scene, kind of hampering their overall dramatic impact. I think there are parts where the lucid nature really works, particularly in the first scene with Anne Frank, but the film, at its worst, borders on slightly tone-deaf (Honestly, this film would move up a grade or two if that scene was taken out. On top of what's already been said, I don't feel like it really furthers anything) But at the same time, I have to give credit where credit is due. This does grapple with a lot of fascinating themes (even if briefly and implicitly) and no doubt feels pretty thought provoking on the creative process, our connection to historical figures, and even the male savior narrative.

     

    The in-universe discussions on this movie would be quite something.

     

    Also, I'm not gonna touch on the more uncomfortable elements more than I already have, since that's been done fairly extensively. It's also a kind of tricky situation where I know @SLAM! had absolutely zero malicious intent in this story.

     

    I say that the film kind of fits into two stories because they don't really impact each other as much as I was hoping for, at least not until the very end. While I can see why the bandmates didn't intervene, the real world scenes kind of drag due to a lack of conflict and more chance at an introspective look at his dreams. Both haves have faults and positives, but they would ave been stronger if they tied a bit more to create a more cohesive whole.

     

    It's kind of hard to talk about this movie, to be completely honest. I'm certain most of what I wrote so far feels like incoherent rambling . But at the same time, it almost feels like the film itself. It's clearly not for everyone and has legitimate problems, but I do see it having a strong following. I'm ultimately gonna give it a positive grade thanks to Lynch's incredible performance, the strong musical craft, and it inviting us to think deeper about various topics, even if the film doesn't quite dive deep enough into its themes, I think. I didn't find it as quite the lucid experience that some have said it is, but it's clear that I've never read a film quite like this in CAYOM.

     

    It deserves points for ambition, the inspiration of commentary, some artistic merit, and ultimately, having its heart in the right place. The final product is flawed, but it's something I'm not going to forget any time soon.

     

    B

     

     

    Thank you Spaghetti! I love this review! I feel like you summed it up really well!

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  9. So in terms of pre-reading:

     

    @Spaghetti will pre-read The Croaking of Prince Chrom.

    @YourMother the Edgelord will pre-read Banjo & Kazooie.

    @Rorschach will pre-read my untitled film (that which I am very excited to write).

    and @4815162342 will pre-read Carver--this is my 'needs outside research' piece of the year so I'm going to try and read the guy's memoir before I write it.

     

    If anyone else has a special interest in a film of mine, they can ask to pre-read it if they want. For example, @Reddroast asked to pre-read Megalo Box (and I'm really happy he did).

     

    Everyone is alloted one pre-read selection. If you select a film that's been selected already, that film will be bumped up higher on the order that I write my films. Right now, my order looks like this:

     

    #1: The Croaking of Prince Chrom (will be the first one I write no matter what, based on passion and logistics)

    #2-#4: (undecided between Banjo, Carver, and the mystery film)

    *As a Top 5 perk, those will be the first four films I write, no matter what.*

    #5: Megalo Box

     

    And the rest of the list is currently undecided.


  10. My full list:

     

    1. Paradise Island

    2. The Most Wanted Man in Great Britain

    3. Borrasca

    4. Gateways

    5. In the Aeroplane over the Sea

    6. Spark: A Hero's Promise

    7. Mass Effect: Ascension

    8. Voicemail

    9. Fiesta Loca

    10. Pokemon: The Cinnabar Conspiracy

    11. Plus One

    12. Super Mario Bros.

    13. The Ancient Magus' Bride and the King of Cats

    14. Little Black Bugs

    15. Green Arrow

    16. The Last Policeman

    17. The Thin, the Phat, and the Felon

    18. Thermal

    19. Children of Eden

    20. The Neon Psalms

    21. XJ9: Rebirth

    22. Shiverin' Gulch

    23. Pikmin

    24. The Horn

    25. Baseball Boy: The Base Thief

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  11. I'll start handling the rest of my predictions tomorrow, now that I've read everything.

     

    As for now:

     

    @4815162342

    @Rorschach

    @Spaghetti

    @YourMother the Edgelord

     

    I'm gonna do the same thing I did last year. As you four were recipients of a final five slot, you get a first-come-first-serve choice of which Y7 project of mine you would like to pre-read. Your choice practically guarantees that I write that choice, because fulfilling pre-read promises is a great motivator for me to write.


    Here are the films you can choose from:

     

    Banjo & Kazooie (dir. Josh Cooley)

     

    Carver (either dir. Chinonye Chukwu or dir. Barry Jenkins)

     

    The Croaking of Prince Chrom (dir. David Yates)

     

    A Hop, Skip, and a Jump (dir. Alessandro Carloni)

     

    Megalo Box (dir. J.D. Dillard)

     

    The Needles of Haystack County (dir. Jon Favreau)

     

    Tealbird (dir. Robert Zemeckis)

     

    Untitled Film (dir. TBA) -- Haven't announced it yet, but you will not regret choosing this.


  12. My full list:

     

    1. Paradise Island

    2. The Most Wanted Man in Great Britain

    3. Borrasca

    4. Gateways

    5. In the Aeroplane over the Sea

    6. Spark: A Hero's Promise

    7. Mass Effect: Ascension

    8. Voicemail

    9. Fiesta Loca

    10. Pokemon: The Cinnabar Conspiracy

    11. Plus One

    12. Super Mario Bros.

    13. The Ancient Magus' Bride and the King of Cats

    14. Little Black Bugs

    15. Green Arrow

    16. The Last Policeman

    17. The Thin, the Phat, and the Felon

    18. Thermal

    19. Children of Eden

    20. The Neon Psalms

    21. XJ9: Rebirth

    22. Shiverin' Gulch

    23. Pikmin

    24. The Horn

    25. Baseball Boy: The Base Thief

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  13. Well, this is it... Both of these films are favorites of mine! The both deserve #1 in my mind, but there can only be one...

     

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    The Most Wanted Man in Great Britain

    Traditional in the best of ways, this enthralling historical epic floored me. It takes British's film obsession with failure, a concept I'm currently learning in my British Film History class, and runs with it, showing that there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel! Seeing King Charles encounter commoner life in the way he does is truly thought-provoking; it's a necessary film for this political climate.

     

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    Paradise Island

    I decided it'd be a good idea to give this one the edge, because I've never, in my short time-span as a CAYOM writer, seen a writer nail subtlety in this sort of way. The film is a near-perfect match for Debra Granik's directorial capability and all of the performances are incredible. And the best message-driven films are those that make my conservative stomach churn with realizations along the lines of "this is something I need to be bipartisan on." An impressive and memorable film. I loved it.

     

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