After last year’s OscarsSoWhite controversy condemned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, diversity refreshingly steps into the spotlight as the 89th annual Academy Awards honors the best cinema of 2016 Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Seven actors and one director of color will compete in the major categories representing a banner year for filmmaking. In an attempt to clean up old voting habits, 683 new members were added to the over 6,000 total membership including production designer Hannah Beachler, a Wright State University alumna. In fact, 46 percent of … [Read more...] about And The Oscar Goes To…
Hello Dayton Most Metro! We're moving along in a big way this weekend. If you still need to see LA LA LAND - now the highest grossing film in THE NEON's history - Thursday will be your last chance to catch it with us. If you still need to see 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, Sunday will be your last chance to catch this gem at THE NEON. On Friday, we will open two very different films that have something in common. JACKIE and ELLE both have lead performances that have been nominated for "Best Actress" at this year's Academy Awards. Natalie Portman gives an incredible performance as Jackie Kennedy - one … [Read more...] about 2 New Films, 2 “Best Actresses” at THE NEON
Hello Most Metro! We were all set to move forward with JACKIE this weekend, but the execs at Lionsgate (the distributor for LA LA LAND) were insistent that we hold their hit for another week...and with good reasons. 1) LA LA LAND is still performing well. 2) LA LA LAND just scored the highest number of Oscar nominations ever received - 14 in all (tying with ALL ABOUT EVE and TITANIC). 3) In just under 4 weeks, LA LA LAND has become our #2 "Highest Grossing Film Ever" at THE NEON. Over the course of this upcoming weekend, it will likely move into the #1 spot! All that said, we will hold both … [Read more...] about Numerous Oscar Nominations for Films at THE NEON
Hello MostMetro, We're very excited at THE NEON. In less than two weeks, LA LA LAND has become our #5 highest grossing film of all time. To put that in perspective, every other film in our Top 10 played at THE NEON for at least six weeks...so LA LA LAND has performed exceptionally well. Many thanks to everyone who has helped to make the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 such a success. This weekend, we are holding both LA LA LAND and MANCHESTER BY THE SEA - both of which are certain to be "Best Picture" contenders during this year's Oscar Race. To read about everything … [Read more...] about LA LA LAND is Huge Hit at THE NEON!
Hello Everyone! We're going completely international this weekend with two exciting, new films - both of which we didn't think we'd be able to accommodate but many of you have been asking about. At last we're able to move forward with a film based on the beloved, international bestseller A MAN CALLED OVE as well as the new film from Park Chan-wook - THE HANDMAIDEN (based on the British novel FINGERSMITH). If you still need to see CHRISTINE, CERTAIN WOMEN or KING COBRA, Thursday will be your last chance to see them at THE NEON. Synopsis for A MAN CALLED OVE: "Stepping from the pages of … [Read more...] about Cleaning House – 2 New Films & MOONLIGHT (aka Oscar Season) News at THE NEON!
Hello Everyone. Thanks for coming back to my blog. I had intended to see more films today, but I got turned away from a screening of JACKIE (along with 200+ other people) because the demand was too big and being 25 minutes early wasn't enough. That said, there will be another screening Wednesday, so I will know to be extra early. My first screening of the day was the latest by the prolific (especially for being quite young) Xavier Dolan - IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD. This is essentially a chamber piece about a gay man who comes to visit his family and tell them he's dying...he hasn't … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #5
Controversy threatens to diminish the accolades associated with the 88th annual Academy Awards honoring the best cinema of 2015 Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Oscars So White has been trending since last month, but the broader voting landscape still indicates Hollywood’s surprising leeriness to fully embrace diversity in storytelling and filmmaking. In particular, the marvelously conceived, gay-themed Carol being shut-out of the Best Picture and Director categories is just as disappointing as the egregious omissions of minorities in the acting fields. Nevertheless, the … [Read more...] about And The Oscar Goes To…
You've seen the movies, now see how you do at predicting the winners. Everyone has a different strategy, some folks look towards the Directors Guild and the Golden Globes as early indicators. Some folks analyze an artists body of work and take that into account and decide who is due for a win. Not matter what your strategy is, FilmDayton wants you to join our Oscar Prediction fundraiser. We've partnered with Mitosis, a full-service digital creative agency, to make it easy for you to enter our Oscar contest online. You'll also be able to pick up a ballot at Fifth Street Brewpub on Monday … [Read more...] about Enter FilmDayton’s Oscar Prediction Contest
Hello Everyone, We just opened a documentary that is insightful, optimistic and terribly funny - Michael Moore's WHERE TO INVADE NEXT. Knowing Moore's work, you might look at the title and feel as though you already know where this film is going...but it's actually quite a different tone (more below). In addition, we're holding ANOMALISA as well as the OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS (we've even brought back the documentaries for a few screenings). On February 19, we will open the new highly-anticipated Maggie Smith film - THE LADY IN THE VAN. Synopsis for WHERE TO INVADE NEXT: "WHERE TO INVADE … [Read more...] about New Michael Moore Film Now Playing at THE NEON!
Hello Everyone, The response to STILL ALICE was really terrific this weekend. Most customers agree that Julianne Moore's performance is honest and beautifully done...and that she will deserve the Academy Award this Sunday. STILL ALICE will stick around, and on Friday, we will open a contender for this year's "Best Foreign Film" Oscar - TIMBUKTU - the first time a film from Mauritania has ever received a nomination. The last day for TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT will be Thursday, Feb. 19. MR. TURNER is slated to open on Feb. 27 and THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is set to open on March … [Read more...] about Oscar Nominee TIMBUKTU Opens & FREE Oscar Party Details at THE NEON!