Happy Birthday: Frank Swietek

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Published on: April 17, 2014

OFCS member Frank Swietek celebrates his birthday today, April 17. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: One Guy’s Opinion.

Happy Birthday: David Graham

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Published on: April 16, 2014

OFCS member David Graham celebrates his birthday today, April 16. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Eye for Film and Sphere Magazine.

The Grab Bag (Apr. 15, 2014)

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Published on: April 15, 2014

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

Onscreen Bromances: 5 Best Bud Duos on Film

Bob Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: When two actors with a potent dose of dude chemistry find each other on film, it’s the perfect recipe for guy movie magic.

Interviews

Frank Pavich on “Jodorowsky’s Dune”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Henry Jackman, Composer of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Nell Minow @ Thecredits.org

Tributes

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Happy Birthday: Margot Harrison

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Published on: April 15, 2014

OFCS member Margot Harrison celebrates her birthday today, April 15. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Seven Days VT.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 14, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Badlands

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Terrence Malick’s self-penned feature debut is a haunting road movie pitched in ‘50s Americana. The film’s razor-sharp tone of poetic irony is unique. Its inquisitive mood and regard for natural imagery suggest a childish quest for a utopia that already exists but somehow goes unrecognized.

Bang The Drum Slowly

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

The Bold and Brave

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Even if The Bold and the Brave might not be good enough to be accorded classic status, it’s worth seeing as a high point in a very long career. In the best of his performances, Mickey Rooney conveyed his own experiences as someone who knew well both the pinnacle of success and the depth of failure.

Cairo Road

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: A worthy deep cut from the archives of British crime cinema.

Cry Danger

Stacia Kissick Jones @ ClassicFlix

The Death of Maria Malibran

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Eika Katappa

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Happy Mother’s Day, Love George

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: The lone feature film directed by TV star Darren McGavin, Happy Mother’s Day, Love George is something of a lost, unpolished gem amidst the enormous panoply of ‘70s horror cinema.

The Immortal Story

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Clocking in at barely an hour, Orson Welles made the film for French television, and it was intended to be part of a longer anthology of Dinesen adaptations…What remains, then, is a short curiosity in the great director’s canon, far from his best work and possibly the most dispassionate movie he ever directed.

Impact

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Man in the Dark

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Paid

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Run Lola Run

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Werid Movies

  • Excerpt: Stylized within a heartbeat of its life, ‘Lola’ is as proudly and defiantly artificial as Franka Potente’s Strawberry-Shortcake-with-her-head-on-fire dye job.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Amir Siregar

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Published on: April 13, 2014

OFCS member Amir Siregar celebrates his birthday today, April 13. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Flick Magazine and Amir at the Movies.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 11-13, 2014)

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Published on: April 12, 2014

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 11-13, 2014

Wide (United States)

Draft Day

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Oculus

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Rio 2

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Expanding (United States)

The Raid 2: Berandal

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Limited (United States)

Cuban Fury

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …like a new sitcom with a great cast that’s so badly conceived and executed it’s yanked after two episodes. Only the genuine sweetness between Frost and Jones and McShane’s wacky casting make this film remotely bearable.

Joe

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Hank and Asha

[New Today] Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A very imaginative take on modern romance and the yearning of lonely and isolated twentysomethings for an intimate relationship.

Only Lovers Left Alive

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Joe (2014)

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Published on: April 11, 2014

joeReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 4/11/14] | Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: A low-key but rejuvenated-looking Nicolas Cage cuts an impressive figure as the gruff hero of this muscular and wry small-town Southern noir.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film may take one too many detours on an overly familiar road, but it’s been crafted with real feeling.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Just as Werner Herzog did with his recent BAD LIEUTENANT revision, Green frames JOE in such a way as to harness Cage’s volatility to create a raw, beautifully drawn study of both character and locale.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: The film’s most effective anchor is not the cinematic aesthetic, however, but Nicholas Cage. Joe provides him with an opportunity to once more put some soul into his work.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A powerful piece of Southern gothic that gives Nicolas Cage his best role in years.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Apr. 11-13, 2014)

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Published on: April 11, 2014

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 11-13, 2014

Wide (United States)

Draft Day

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Oculus

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Rio 2

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Expanding (United States)

The Raid 2: Berandal

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Limited (United States)

Cuban Fury

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …like a new sitcom with a great cast that’s so badly conceived and executed it’s yanked after two episodes. Only the genuine sweetness between Frost and Jones and McShane’s wacky casting make this film remotely bearable.

Joe

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: A low-key but rejuvenated-looking Nicolas Cage cuts an impressive figure as the gruff hero of this muscular and wry small-town Southern noir.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The film may take one too many detours on an overly familiar road, but it’s been crafted with real feeling.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A powerful piece of Southern gothic that gives Nicolas Cage his best role in years.

Only Lovers Left Alive

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Jose Solis

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Published on: April 11, 2014

OFCS member Jose Solis celebrates his birthday today, April 11. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Pop Matters and Film Experience.

Reviews: Draft Day (2014)

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Published on: April 10, 2014

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Reviews: Jodorowky’s Dune (2014)

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Published on: April 10, 2014

jodorowskys_duneReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 4/10/14] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Frank Pavich’s documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, early on gives some background on the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky before moving on to a film that the man did not make. Perhaps this film is as much a passion project as its subject but it ultimately amounts almost to nothing more than a piece of fluffy fandom.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: like the ne plus ultra of blu-ray extras for a film that was never made.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: The most mesmerizing interviewee is Jodo himself who, in his mid-80s, is still a potent force of nature whose mad, animated ravings are infectious and run the gamut from thunderous indignation to wailing lamentation.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The film is a wealth of anecdotes … told by people who are still enthusiastic about the project and still in disbelief that it failed to come to fruition.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Jodorowsky’s Dune is a engrossing document because it provides the history behind a bizarre movie that never came to fruition. In his fertile and uninhibited imagination, the production becomes sort of a no-holds-barred, anything is possible fantasy with limitless possibilities.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: When it comes down to it, what Pavich has teased out of the old rascal is not just the story of an insane moviemaking vision, but really, a treatise on what it means to create and the powerful aphrodisiac that is the unbridled artistic impulse.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Alejandro Jodorowsky is much more than a mad genius of cinema. The Chilean-born artist/filmmaker who created “El Topo,” the experimental surrealist film that started the Midnight Movie craze in 1970, has lived a life full of such enthusiastic artistic creation that his very existence defies all expectation.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A tantalizing taste…of what might have been…even if you doubt that the completed film would have been as remarkable as Jodorowsky and his admirers are inclined to claim.

Reviews: Oculus (2014)

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Published on: April 10, 2014

oculusReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 4/10/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The neatest trick Flanagan pulls off is how he cuts between the past and the present until the two timelines dovetail and overlap. But he also telegraphs one gross-out effect too insistently and a death by pottery shard fails to convince.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Discovering the method of this mirror is the film’s central delight.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Oculus is a character driven story shrewdly written and beautifully acted. It’s nice to bask in the sophistication of an intelligently written screenplay that doesn’t depend on jump scares.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Outside of its technical competence and a cool blueprint, though, “Oculus” pales as a horror film from one fundamental problem: it’s never genuinely scary, the intensity factor and number of generated goosebumps never as high as one might have predicted or hoped.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: ‘Oculus’ is like a meal that smells delicious when cooking, but winds up tasteless and bland on the table.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: [A] slow-burning supernatural thriller [that's] uneven but genuinely eerie and unsettling.

Happy Birthday: Noah Gittell

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Published on: April 9, 2014

OFCS member Noah Gittell celebrates his birthday today, April 9. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Reel Change, Rye Record, The Atlantic and Film School Rejects.

The Grab Bag (Apr. 8, 2014)

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Published on: April 8, 2014

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven: Basic Instinct

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Basic Instinct combines the ambiguity, raw sexuality, and hyper-realistic violence of Verhoeven’s earlier with unmistakable Hitchcock influences to create something simultaneously familiar and boldly unique.

Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven: The Fourth Man

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: The Fourth Man is a thriller that juxtaposes the macabre and divine, dreams and reality, and truth and uncertainty to paint an ambiguous and intriguing narrative as seen through the eyes of a protagonist with either a loose grasp on reality or a firm grasp on the preternatural.

Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

Jonathan Richards @ jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: The idea for this series was born when Scorsese visited Poland in 2011, at the invitation of Wajda. “It was a trip I had wanted to make for years,” he says, and he seized on it to put together a slate of films that would bring these neglected Polish masterpieces to US audiences.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination: Accattone

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Pasolini uses the death rattles of a misogynistic culture to paint biblical saints from the thieves and street hustlers that colored the streets of Rome with antiheroes straddling a line between modern realism and worlds of mystery and ancient prophesies.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination: Arabian Nights

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Arabian Nights exhibits an unparalleled mastery of cinematic technique and creates astonishingly beautiful frames filled with intricate details that bring the mythical to life.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination: Oedipus Rex

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: With Oedipus Rex, Pasolini invents a strange mystical world filled with death and decay, alien landscapes bereft of the modern precepts of morality, but bearing uncomfortable parallels to realities spawned by tyrannical world leaders who attempted to shape a terrifying new world order and very nearly succeeded.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination: The Hawks and the Sparrows

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: The Hawks and the Sparrows may be dizzying at times, but its scathing satire and dissection of the absurdities of existence always bring us back to the road of life as we amble along aimlessly and try to understand our own lot in the mess.

TIFF’s Godard Forever: Far From Vietnam

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Far from Vietnam is as elusive as it is illuminating, blasting the viewer with unblinking images from the entire world as both audience and filmmakers share in the confusion, attempting to find meaning in the meaningless and ultimately come no closer to comfortable answers as the film rampages forward to its final frame.

TIFF’s Godard Forever: Weekend

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Weekend draws some bleak conclusions about the polemical disparity and fundamental disagreements between the “us” and “them”, but its satire finds Godard at the top of his game as he mixes the absurd with manic intellectualism to paint an apocalyptic nightmare of wrecked automobiles and cannibalistic revolutionaries.

Awards Coverage

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Happy Birthday: Ed Whitfield

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Published on: April 8, 2014

OFCS member Ed Whitfield celebrates his birthday today, April 8. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: The Ooh Tray.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 7, 2014)

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Published on: April 7, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Airplane!

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Throwing non-stop jokes, gags, and snarky movie references at the wall proved a surefire method for getting humor to stick, slip, and split wide-open.

Badlands

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Terrence Malick’s self-penned feature debut is a haunting road movie pitched in ‘50s Americana. The film’s razor-sharp tone of poetic irony is unique. Its inquisitive mood and regard for natural imagery suggest a childish quest for a utopia that already exists but somehow goes unrecognized.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: It plays like a pulp noir thriller by way of a road movie of the damned, marinated in mescal and left to rot in the desert sun.

Capital

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Emperoro’s Naked Army Marches On

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Expedition (1962)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Girl Shy

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Heathers

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Even seen this far on, when its faces have become familiar, its catchphrases iconic, its cynicism marketable, and its synthed-up music time-capsule comical, Heathers still pulses with the visceral thrill of getting away with something — both on- and off-screen.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: Lon Chaney created a lot of twisted wretches, vengeful villains, and criminal masterminds, but Quasimodo remains his most sympathetic screen character. He gives a big, broad performance befitting the film and the character, a simple creature with the look and strength of a beast and the innocence and loyalty of a child.

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 4-6, 2014)

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Published on: April 5, 2014

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 4-6, 2014

Wide (United States)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Limited (United States)

Afflicted

[New Today] Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
[New Today] Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

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Under the Skin

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Watermark

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: In the Blood (2014)

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Published on: April 4, 2014

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 4-6, 2014)

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Published on: April 4, 2014

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 4-6, 2014

Wide (United States)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Under the Skin

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Rio 2 (2014)

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Published on: April 3, 2014

RioReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Secuela del éxito de hace unos años que mantiene la pauta de aquél: correcta, sin más. Eso sí, para los peques propone todo un aluvión de música y colorido que clama por la salvaguarda de la Madre Naturaleza.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film’s knockout number goes to Chenoweth, whose no-holds-barred ‘Poisonous Love’ is a winner.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: If the original movie was forgettable for the most part, Rio 2 at least has the dishonorable advantage of being memorable for the wrong reasons.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: This is what passes for a children’s movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Between the film’s white-world-order depiction of a multicultural society and its ham-fisted treatment of an ostensibly pro-ecology agenda, “Rio 2” is a confused piece of animation propaganda.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Simply tries too hard–overly busy and uncomfortably loud…though the animation is colorful and kids might enjoy it.

The Grab Bag (Apr. 1, 2014)

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Published on: April 1, 2014

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

20 Mind-Bending Movies Guaranteed to Make You Feel Stupid

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Some movies, with their convoluted storylines or surrealistic imagery or intellectual subject matter, have the (probably?) unintended side effect of merely spotlighting our intellectual shortcomings. Here are a few other movies that made us feel just a little stupider.

Five Great Irish Movies

R. Kurt Osenlund @ SouthPhillyReview.com

Interviews

Ashley Bell Talks Playing a 1940s Superhero in ‘Sparks’

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Cheap Thrills director E.L. Katz discusses black comedy, audience complicity and being a leftie

Craig Skinner @ Film Divider

High School Hijinks: Darren Stein and Michael J Willett on the making of G.B.F.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Jason Bateman Talks his Directorial Debut, ‘Bad Words’

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Kim Mordaunt on working with non-actors, blending documentary and fiction in The Rocket

Craig Skinner @ Film Divider

Seeking Salavtion: Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia on Salvo

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Y. Economides: “When the boys in the Parliament forget their mics open and start to swear, my heroes blush”

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Having led the Greek invasion in Berlin, Yiannis Economides is ready to rush local theaters with Stratos, his archetypical noir of a hired gun trying to survive as a small fish in the piranha pool

Festivals: General Coverage

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Happy Birthday: James Marsh

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Published on: April 1, 2014

OFCS member James Marsh celebrates his birthday today, April 1. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Twith Film and The Society for Film.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 31, 2014)

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Published on: March 31, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Amityville Horror

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Delapidated.

Black Devil Doll from Hell

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: All this incompetence would be intolerable, if the core idea of a supernatural rapist who looks like Rick James turned into a ventriloquist’s dummy wasn’t so inherently bizarre and ludicrous… you keep on watching not because it’s entertaining, but out of awe that something like this even exists.

Company Limited

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Coward (1965)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Elephant God

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

An Enemy of the People (1989)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Home and The World (1984)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

L’ Immortelle

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Lady in Question

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Vidor and screenwriter Lewis Meltzer have fun with the story, including allowing for B-stories for some of the more colourful side characters. It’s not the best work of anyone involved, not by a mile, but it’s still funny and sappy and enjoyable in all the right ways.

Leave Her to Heaven

Craig Skinner @ Film Divider

The Miracle Woman

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The 1931 drama The Miracle Woman is the kind of movie that few folks besides Frank Capra could pull off. It’s a film that manages to simultaneously be a sincere portrayal of faith while maintaining a healthy sceptical cynicism in regards to human nature.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

Repo Man

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: The repo men are a little bit like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, and Cox’s film has its roots in the western as much as anything else, even if there is some rejection of the tradition…

Slumber Party Massacre

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Something to Live For

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Tales from the Quadead Zone

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: [Chester Turner's] works aren’t outsider art—they’re outsider schlock. But they are uniquely his, and, unpolished as they might be, there is always something endearing about singular, sincere incompetence.

Tess

Danny King @ The Film Stage

Universidad Criterion – Persona

Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora

Universidad Criterion – The Freshman

Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora

Zombies of Mora Tau

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: One of the bright spots in the generally sparse and dismal ranks of ‘50s American horror films, and a singular little by-product, a starkly atmospheric, expressionistic morality play set in an entirely psychological Africa.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Sarah Ward

Categories: Birthdays
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Published on: March 31, 2014

OFCS member Sarah Ward celebrates her birthday today, March 31. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Arts Hub, At the Cinema, Trespass Mag and Play / Pause.

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