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12 Things we learned from the Oscar noms

"Emily Blunt's day will come and she'll be Blue Jasmine amazing..." - Yavor

"I learned that the industry really wants to punish films that cost a lot of money to make and do not crack at least a megabuck in revenue. I have no idea how much money First Man lost, but the message has gone out loud and clear... " - Carl

"Ethan Hawke needs to stop saying European Art Films are better than Hollywood movies, even though he's right." - Dan H

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What did you see this weekend?

Weekend Box Office Estimates
January 18th-20th (ESTIMATES)
๐Ÿ”บ = New or Expanded Theater Count /  โ˜…= Recommended
800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1. ๐Ÿ”บ Glass $40.5 on 3841 screens *NEW* Review
1.๐Ÿ”บ Stan & Ollie $391k on 84 screens
(cum. $789k) Review โ˜… 
2. The Upside  $15.6 on 3320 screens  (cum. $43.9)
2. ๐Ÿ”บ Cold War $355k on 39 screens (cum. $748k)  ReviewPodcastOscar FINALIST โ˜… 
3. ๐Ÿ”บ Dragon Ball Super: Broly  $10.6 on 1233 screens (cum. $21) *NEW* 
3. Free Solo  $264k on 98 screens (cum. $13.1) Review  โ˜…
4. Aquaman  $10.3 on 3475 screens (cum. $304.3)  ReviewPodcast
4. Perfect Strangers  $185k on 132 screens (cum. $737k)
3. Into the Spider-Verse  $7.2 on 2712 screens (cum. $158.2)  Review โ˜…
5.๐Ÿ”บ Destroyer $150k on 50 screens (cum. $636k)  ReviewFYC Best Actress โ˜…


Other than the big openings for M Night Shyamalan's Glass and the anime film Dragon Ball Super: Broly the story of the weekend was surely Cold War jumping up 264% percent. If it gets an Oscar nomination (or two? three?) on Tuesday its timing for a significant expansion (provided that that's next weekend) will be perfect.  

What did you see this weekend? I spent the weekend announcing Film Bitch Awards so that was movie-madness enough for me. Instead I hit Broadway to see Choir Boy from Moonlight writer Tarrel Alvin McCraney. Recommended.


More Guild Nominations: Cinematography & Sound

by Nathaniel R

Lukasz Zal's exquisite black and white cinematography for COLD WAR has been somewhat overshadowed by Cuarón's ROMA. Can Zal score his second Oscar nod?

It's that Oscar nomination voting week when the awards just don't stop, everybody getting boosts via the Globe wins, the BAFTA nominations (soon), and multiple guild announcements. Here's two more after the jump with commentary for cinematography and sound categories... 

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Aquaman still tops. Mary Poppins also floats

We haven't done a full weekend box office post in some time since we've been sharing the 'top grossing of the year' lists which are all updated if you missed them and you can see the hits in 11 different categories including docs, foreign films, female directors, gay directors, films with female leads, etcetera...

But as for what people were seeing Christmas week and this past weekend, here are the nation's top dozen+ movies chart for both wide releases and limited/expanding titles. Which titles were you catching up with?

Weekend Box Office (Actuals)
(December 28th-30th)

800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1 Aquaman  $52.1 on 4125 screens (cum. $189.3) Review, Podcast
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Simmba $1.7 on 300 screens *NEW* 
2 Mary Poppins Returns $28.3 on 4090 screens (cum. $99.2) Podcast โค๏ธ 
2 ๐Ÿ”บ If Beale Street Could Talk $766k on 65 screens (cum. $1.9) Review, Podcast โค๏ธ 

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Podcast: Aquaman Into the Poppins-Verse

Nathaniel R and Murtada Elfadl and Chris Feil talk new films

Index (51 minutes)
00:01 Mary Poppins Returns, the songs, the costumes, the Blunt
20:17 James Wan bonkers vision of Aquaman, shirtlessness and the lack thereof, and the kick-ass fun Nicole Kidman is having as Aquamom
30:08 Returning to the Poppins-Verse for a moment 
33:20 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and comic book style
40:40 Split opinions on Cold War but we all love the cinematography, music, and the performance of its leading actress Joanna Kulig
46:47 Murtada makes us talk about Beale Street... again.
49:45 Wrap-up

Further Reading / References
Pawel Pawlikowski on KCRW's "The Business"
Chris's review of Aquaman
Yahya Abdul-Mateen underneath the "Black Manta" suit 
Jason's review of Cold War
Tim's review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunesContinue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 

Into the Poppins-Verse


18 Beautiful Examples of Co-Star Chemistry in 2018

Year in review list mania each day. Here's Nathaniel...

This is our fourth year of highlighting that unpredictable spark between actors that can elevate a movie whether the movie is able to catch up or not (see previously installments for '15'16 and '17, if you're so inclined).  If only we could bottle these formulas but the thing about great chemistry is that it can't ever be fully recreated even if old movies during the studio system teach us that the same pairing can at least generate similar energy again. Why Hollywood doesn't still try to repackage successful combos of actors (rather than just all the brand do-overs) remains an unsolved mystery 

Herewith the most beautifully realized relationship energy of the year...

18 [TIE] Ben Foster & Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace 
AND Josh Hamilton & Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade (Single Father/Teenage Daughter)
There's a lot to recommend in both films, two sleeper arthouse successes this year, but neither film would have the same emotional resonance without that authenticity of feeling in the central duet. Marvel at the way Hamilton looks at or speaks to Fisher, for example, perpetually impatient to be let in on her interior life, but also nervous about intruding on her journey and walling her off yet further. Equally impressive is the difficult balancing act McKenzie plays as both dutiful daughter and emotional caretaker for her troubled father, as she grows ever more restless to escape him without losing him. What a quartet of performances...

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