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The Grab Bag

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 9, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

List: 20 Underrated & Overlooked 21st Century Horror Movies

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: I take a look at some great 21st century horror movies that you may not have seen/heard of.

A Most Violent Year

Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]

Sicario

Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]

Top 10 Sundance 2016

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Top Anticipated Sundance 2016

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Awards Coverage

List: 20 Underrated & Overlooked 21st Century Horror Movies

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: I take a look at some great 21st century horror movies that you may not have seen/heard of.

A Most Violent Year

Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]

Sicario

Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]

Top 10 Sundance 2016

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Top Anticipated Sundance 2016

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Interviews

Interruption presents our future stars

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Apart from an engulfing cinematic experience, Giorgos Zois’ feature debut also offers a glimps in the country’s next big stars

Jim Whitaker, producer of “The Finest Hours”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Matt Charman, co-screenwriter of “Bridge of Spies”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

The Best and Worst of Sundance 2016, Documentary Edition

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: 2015 was a banner year for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival (the slate included Going Clear, Best of Enemies, The Hunting Ground, and Listen to Me Marlon), so it was probably inevitable that this year would feel like a bit of a comedown – and while I wasn’t able to see anywhere near all of them (it’s just not possible!), there weren’t a lot of nonfiction films gathering buzz as knock-your-socks-off great. But those I saw were very good indeed, so here are a few to keep an eye out for in the weeks and months to come.

The Best and Worst of Sundance 2016, Narrative Edition

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: This year’s Sundance Film Festival seemed to get off to a rocky start; maybe it was programming and maybe it was poor choices, but I came out of the first couple of days wondering if it was just going to be a weird, off year, and nothing I was hearing from my colleagues seemed to indicate otherwise. But then a series of great movies unspooled, and we ended up with an embarrassment of riches.

Urgent Stories: The Africa World Film Festival at the Missouri History Museum

Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • Excerpt: The documentary side of African cinema will be the center of attention this weekend when the Missouri History Museum hosts the Ninth Annual Africa World Film Festival (AAWFF), a fitting kick-off for the city’s Black History Month events.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

The Birth of a Nation

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The gifted actor, familiar from ‘Beyond the Lights,’ ‘Red Tails,’ and ‘Arbitrage,’ put everything on the line to make this dramatization of the 1831 slave revolt led by Nat Turner; he not only plays Turner, but wrote, directed, and produced the film as well. You can feel his blood pulsing through every frame of Birth of a Nation, a vital, stirring, and powerful film by and about people of color – and which arrives like a hand grenade in the midst of a deafeningly loud discussion about why that’s such a rarity in contemporary Hollywood.

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

Certain Women

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: There are no verbose emotional arias or chest-beating screaming matches. It’s a collection of the tiniest moments, which accumulate into a kind of devastation.

The Eagle Huntress

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

The Intervention

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Comedy like this is all about characters, so the opening scenes are a bit on the bumpy side — understandably, as we’re getting to know these people and how they interact. But once these people are established, it’s just pinball; DuVall proves an adroit writer/director, creating durable group dynamics, situating and triangulating these characters off each other.

Joshy

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

The Land

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Lo and Behold’ isn’t top-shelf Herzog; it doesn’t have the majesty of ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams,’ the sorrow of ‘Into the Abyss,’ or the power of ‘Grizzly Man.’ But it’s still Herzog, and that’s certainly worth celebrating.

Love & Friendship

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Above all (and surely to the relief of those prone to resist costume drama) it’s just a very playful picture, with Stillman throwing in clever little touches like silent movie-style character intro cards and clever on-screen text to illustrate a letter-reading scene. And it’s a spry movie to boot, running barely over 90 minutes, as Stillman adopts a good, fast, almost proto-screwball style that retains (and even adds to) the various plot machinations and abundance of characters without getting bogged down in them.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If there’s a complaint to be made, it’s that the squareness of the format doesn’t allow much of a deep dive into what made (and makes) Mapplethorpe so interesting; they’re so busy covering the biographical bases that there’s precious little time to get analytical. But taking its confines into account, there’s much to recommend in ‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.’

Operation Avalanche

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

White Girl

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

Wiener-Dog

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: And that’s the problem with Solondz these days, in a nutshell; he’s just spinning his wheels, continuing to tell the same stories in the same way, and expecting them to elicit the same response. He’s certainly not the first filmmaker to get stuck in a rut, or, if you’d like to put it more charitably, to stick with a particular style; the catch is that his absurd point-of-view was so specific to its late-‘90s moment that it now seems like a relic, a filmmaker trying his hardest to provoke us with his casual mentions of rape and AIDS, but just coming off desperate.

Essays

2015, a remake year

Diego Salgado @ Diagonal [Spanish]

Destroy All Monsters: Gay Or Straight, Finn/Poe Matters

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

Reviews of Short Films

Day One

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Present

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: German Short Animated Film Review

Sanjay’s Super Team

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Xico+Xana

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese-Austrian Short Film Review

Other Articles

China Doll

Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Al Pacino in David Mamet’s new play.

Film Love Songs, Snow White and Book Giveaway

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: During this fun podcast, A.J. Hakari raves about new Snow White Blu-ray, and Betty Jo Tucker plays film love songs. Giveaway plans for a Kindle E-book romance are also explained.

The Morning After: Feb. 1, 2016

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “Kung Fu Panda 3”

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 2, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

The Best of 2015 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Sometimes, documentaries are simply better films than features.

The Worst of 2015 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: One made sex boring, one showed how awful Eddie Redmayne really is. However, the fact that I found other films I thought worse than Fantastic Four says more about them than about it.

Awards Coverage

A Few Thoughts on the 2015 Academy Awards Slate

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Best Actor means only one thing to me: Eddie Redmayne is going down in flames.

Is Oscar Afraid of the Dark? Some Thoughts on #OscarsSoWhite

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Academy Awards merely reflect the state of race in Hollywood, not create it. Until such a time that Hollywood looks at itself and admits the problem isn’t the Oscars, but themselves, you will see no difference between casting an Anglo as a Mexican in 1929, or in 1954, or in 2012.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the winners and losers from Precursor Week 9

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1958

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Yeah, like I’m going to believe the lightweight Gigi is better than either Touch of Evil or my choice for the Best Film of 1958, Vertigo.

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1959

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I’m not sure, but (Best Actress) seems to be the third category out of four where you have two actors/actresses from the same film cancelling each other out. Is that an Academy record?

Interviews

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From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 26, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

13 Great Documentaries from 2015

Ben Nicholson @ What’s Up, Docs? on Medium

  • Excerpt: As clichéd as it may be becoming to say, we’re currently experiencing something of a documentary Golden Age. This is a list of thirteen fascinating docs that are worth taking a look at?.

Top Ten Films of 2015

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Awards Coverage

88th Oscars: Post-Nominations Thoughts

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight’s Post-Oscar nominations thoughts.

How ‘Carol’ Got Screwed

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: There are plenty of movies every year whose absence at the announcement of the Academy Award nominations cause head-scratching, teeth-gnashing, and similar displays of displeasure, but every year there’s one whose snub (and I don’t use the word lightly) seems particularly egregious, and worthy of exploration. Last year it was ‘Selma’; this year, it’s ‘Carol,’ Todd Haynes’ magnificent adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s ‘The Price of Salt.’

Let’s Talk About Those Baffling Oscar Nominations

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The good news: the months and months of speculation over who will be nominated for an Academy Award is over. The bad news: now it’s time for six weeks of speculation over who will win them.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 8

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers of Precursor Week 8

The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road lay claim on Oscars

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Carol’s absence from the Best Directing and Picture slots causes shockwaves, Leo’s time seems to have come

Interviews

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From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 19, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

The 50 Best Movies of 2015

Kenji Fujishima @ Movie Mezzanine

  • Excerpt: I contributed capsule reviews of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Shaun the Sheep Movie” and “Creed”

The Best Movies of 2015

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

The Worst Movies of 2015

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

Martians and Machines and the Dying Girl: The Best of 2015

Thomas Spurlin @ ThomasSpurlin.com

My Favorite Discoveries/First-Time Viewings of 2015

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

My Favorite Films of 2015

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

Awards Coverage

2015 Oscar Winner Predictions: First Predictions

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at our first post-nominations Oscar predictions.

2016 Oscar Preview – Sure Things And Dark Horses

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Did You Hear the One About Lady Gaga Winning Over Kirsten Dunst?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

Do the Golden Globes Really Predict the Oscars?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives out the Globes, is a tiny organization comparatively (“about 90 members,” according to their website, vs. the nearly 7,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), and with a very different makeup of journalists (and some pretty sketchy at that) rather than the actors, filmmakers, execs, and other craftspeople who vote on the Oscars. So we decided to look back at the six major Oscar categories over the past ten years, to see how often their winners already had a Globe in hand.

The Hollywood Reporter Director Roundtable Is Everything That’s Wrong With Awards Season (and Hollywood)

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s the sheer sense of déjà vu in the group, a monotonous return of the same damn voices saying the same damn things. But it’s appropriate, as a symbol of both Hollywood in general and awards season in particular.

No Concessions: Oscar Fury

Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: My Oscar nominations coverage.

Oscar Nominations: Please Put All Complaints Into the Suggestion Box (So They Can Be Promptly Thrown Into the Garbage)

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 7

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the winners and losers of Precursor Week 7.

‘The Revenant’ Is Now an Important Movie About the Struggles of Indigenous Peoples, Apparently

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: In their acceptance speeches, the actor and director tipped their hands at their new strategy for going all the way: repositioning their movie as an earnest statement about the plight of indigenous peoples. Never mind that this agenda has fuck-all to do with ‘The Revenant’ itself.

Interviews

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Brie Larson – Room

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Lenny Abrahamson – Room

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Michael B. Jordan – Creed

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Ryan Coogler – Creed

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Tessa Thompson – Creed

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Will Poulter – The Revenant

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Atomic Heart

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: With his sophomore film, cowriter/director Ali Ahmadzade establishes himself as a major new voice in Iranian cinema….a fascinating, funny, frightening film.

What’s Up Doc?: Park City Premieres From Pennebaker/ Hagedus, Herzog & Greene Help Bring In The New Year

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Television

12 Monkeys (Season 1)

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog Film Reviews

Sesame Street

Robert Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: On its move to HBO.

Something About the Season 6 Premiere of SHAMELESS Rubbed Me the Wrong Way

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

Essays

Chimes at Midnight

Kenji Fujishima @ Movie Mezzanine

Destroy All Monsters: Whedon vs. Abrams

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

Don’t Freak Out Too Hard About How Many People Streamed ‘The Ridiculous Six”

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The Verge ran an item in which Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos claimed The Ridiculous Six, the universally reviled Western parody that kicked off Adam Sandler’s series of Netflix original films, was already “the most-watched movie in the history of Netflix,” barely a month after its debut. This is the kind of news that makes those of us who care about movies, who consider them an art form worth celebrating and preserving, want to march directly into the sea.

The Real History of The Revenant and Explaining the Ending

David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: The wilderness he has soiled with his and Fitzgerald’s blood, and their petty human concerns, will also one day fade away because of Glass’ people—but Glass and his kind keep breathing. He is a survivalist at heart, and he did not survive grizzly bears, frozen river rapids, French gunfire, and an odyssey of snow only to give up because his revenge is quenched.

Revisiting all 8 of Freddy’s nightmares, the richest of the slasher franchises

Kenji Fujishima @ AV Club

Why Do We Care So Much About ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Breaking Box-Office Records?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is, predictably, making an ungodly amount of money; the question is only much more it will make. But here’s the biggest question: why do we care so much?

Other Articles

I Saved My First D-BOX Experience For Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Matt Brown @ Cineplex News

Lazarus

Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Review of the David Bowie stage musical, from the film The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Monday Memo: Doc Making Gender Equality In Question, MAKING A MURDERER Continues Cultural Ascent

Jordan M. Smith @ STFDocs.com

The Morning After: Jan. 11, 2016

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “Spotlight”

From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 12, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

Best Bollywood Movies of 2015

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Facing the Bitter Truth Awards 2015

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: I round off the year 2015 by presenting my very own awards nominations!

FilmWhinge’s Top Ten Films of 2015

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: A good year for documentaries, performances and good old fashioned storytelling.

My Favorite Films of 2015

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

My Movie Year 2015

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

My Top Ten Films of 2015

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Top 20 Best Movies I Saw in 2015

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: A list of the best first-time views and studio-era films I watched

The Top 20 Worst Films I Saw in 2015

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: A list of the worst first-time views and studio-era films I watched

Worst Bollywood Movies of 2015

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Awards Coverage

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From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 5, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

10 Best — Plus Assorted Others — 2015

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: The year felt like a prolonged struggle between the Dark Side and the Light, with the latter proving victorious in the end thanks to arrival of two nostalgic reboots and a cheery postcard from Ireland.

The 10 Best Films of 2015

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

The 10 Best Movies Of 2015, According To Brent

Brent McKnight @ Cinema Blend

10 Weirdest Movies of 2015

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Transvestite samurai, Swedish kings, and instructions on how to take a bath await you in this tensome of the year’s most unusual films.

The 5 Worst Films of 2015 in 5 Words or Less

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

  • Excerpt: Here are the five worst films of 2015 in five words or less.

The Best Film of 2015

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

  • Excerpt: Electric Shadows declares its Top 10 of 2015. Which documentary took the top spot?

The Best Films of 2015

Alan Mattli @ The Zurich English Student

  • Excerpt: I count down my favourite films of 2015, based on their Swiss cinema releases.

The Best Films of 2015

Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • Excerpt: If it was not previously obvious to filmgoers, 2015 made it abundantly clear that discipline, daring, and dazzle are the reliable paths to cinematic greatness.

Cinema Fearité Presents The Top Ten Horror Movies of 2015

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Confessions of a Film Freak 2015

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: This year I’ve seen 50 different styles in old hat passed off as genius novelty, and had the feeling many films have been snatched hold of by cinephiles and critics like lifebuoys, talked up in a state of mild desperation. I just haven’t been able to get with the program at all.

James Jay Edwards’ Top Ten Movies of 2015

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Las Mejores Películas del 2015

Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]

My Top 10 Movies for 2015

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Here are 10 films I really enjoyed in 2015 followed by 10 more honorable mentions. 2015 was a great year, although I seem to say that every year.

Online Film Critics Society Awards 2015

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: I must say I am as pleased with our choices as I have ever been. I thoroughly enjoyed every movie we nominated for Best Picture.

Top 20 Films of 2015

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: As 2015 draws to a close, I run down my top 20 films of the year.

Awards Coverage

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From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 29, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

2015 in Review: The Best Canadian Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Picks for the top Canuck films include ‘The Forbidden Room’, ‘In Her Place’, and ‘Al Purdy Was Here’.

2015 in Review: The Best Performances of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Jane Fonda, Alicia Vikander, Michael Caine, and Nina Hoss top the list of the year’s best performances.

The Best Films of 2015

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: They ranged from period dramas to indie comedies, from post-apocalyptic action to brainy sci-fi, from anything-goes narratives to insightful documentaries. These were the best films of a very, very good year.

Carol

Kenji Fujishima @ Paste

The Conversation: Best of 2015 – Top 10 Theatrical Releases

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Conversation: Top Ten Films of 2015 in…2016

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 7 Reasons Why We Already Know Rey’s Backstory

David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: The last line of the movie could have been, “Rey, I am your father.” And if you search your feelings, you will know it to be true.

Top 10 Movies of 2015

David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: Miraculously [with Room], herein lies a testament to the best of life in the very worst of circumstances, and a rare achievement in any art-form.

Awards Coverage

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From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 22, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

2015 in Review: The Worst Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: 2015’s worst offenders include ‘Jupiter Ascending’, ‘In Jackson Heights’, and ‘Mortdecai’!

Experimenter

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

  • Excerpt: In praise of Peter Sarsgaard

Five Classic Christmas Moments

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Heaven Knows What

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

  • Excerpt: In praise of Arielle Holmes

Inside Out

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

  • Excerpt: In praise of the “abstract thought” sequence

Reeling Reviews’ Tops for 2015

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

Room

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

  • Excerpt: In praise of Brie Larson

Awards Coverage

Golden Globes: Shots Fired in the Very Serious Fight Against “Category Fraud”

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: This morning, a small battle was won in the single most inconsequential war in American culture.

Harvey Weinstein Is Dead Right: “Awards Season” Is Hurting Smart Films for Adults

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: As studios and distributors have become more gun-shy and brand-reliant, the previous, loosely defined calendar parameters (giant blockbusters in the summer, prestige pics from September to December, everything that doesn’t fall into those categories between January and April) have become firmer, to the detriment of both audiences and distributors.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from Precursor Week 3

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 11-13, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Examining the Oscar chances for “In the Heart of the Sea,” “The Big Short” and “Boy and the World”

Interviews

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 16, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

10 Great 2015 Horror Movies You Might Have Missed

James Jay Edwards @ iHorror.com

Synthesizing the Year in Film Music

Kenji Fujishima @ Fandor

Awards Coverage

On Category Fraud

Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive

  • Excerpt: There has been some consternation this year, possibly more so than I can personally remember for some time, about studios pushing for ‘category fraud,’ or the act of angling for an award that does not necessarily fit the category in which it is being angled for, usually due to the other category leading to a higher likelihood of winning even if it may not be entirely accurate or moral to do so.

Oscar Predictions, 11/15/15

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

Oscar Predictions, 11/24/15

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

Oscar Predictions, 11/6/15

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 2

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers of Precursor Week 2.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 4-6, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Macbeth” and “Youth”

Projection: Oscar – Best Actress/Actor Deep(wish) Dive

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

Projection: Oscar – Deep(wish) Dive, Supporting Actress/Actor

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

Projection: Oscar – Oscar Predictions, 12/8/15

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

Projection: Oscar – The 19th Annual Online Film Critics Society Nominations

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

Projection: Oscar – The Critics Descend, Part 1: Amassing the Early Results

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

Projection: Oscar – The More We Know, The Less We Know (?)

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

Projection: Oscar – Treading Water

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

Projection: Oscar – Where Are We Now?

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

Interviews

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From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 9, 2015)

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

Interviews

Agyness Deyn and Terence Davies – Sunset Song

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Annie Hardy and Louis Pelletier (Home Movie Day)

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Billy Ray on “Secret in Their Eyes”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: To me, the movie is about the cost of obsession.

Carol’s producers, Christin Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen

Nell Minow @ Where To Watch

Creed composer Ludwig Goransson

Nell Minow @ Where To Watch

  • Excerpt: Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson used the sounds of a boxing gym as percussion in his score for “Creed,” the new Rocky film.

Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy – Victor Frankenstein

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Drafthouse Films’ Tim League on the “Earnest Otherworldliness” of ‘Dangerous Men’ and ‘Miami Connection’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: They’re terrible movies, but it’s not as simple as that; there’s something spellbinding about their incompetence, something that transcends schlock and enters the realm of mind-boggling fascination. Unable to pinpoint exactly what that common quality might be, I went to the source: Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder and Drafthouse Films CEO.

Erin Bernhardt, producer of “Imba Means Sing”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: the most joyful people I had ever met

Jay Roach on “Trumbo”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: If the soul of the country is to some extent at stake, that really improves the sense of suspense and puts more forces into play.

Kazuhiro Soda (Festival du nouveau cinéma)

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Robin Bittman

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Simon Pegg and Lake Bell on Subverting Rom-Com Conventions (and Dancing to Duran Duran) in ‘Man Up’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I think a lot about the movies Ebert would’ve liked, and it seems safe to bet he would’ve enjoyed Ben Palmer’s Man Up — if for no other reason, then for the scene about a half hour in, when our heroine owns up to the deception she’s spent the first act of the movie pulling off. She clears it up in a few words, and then the movie deals with that.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

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