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OFCS Reviews, Interviews, and More (April 10)

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Films Reviews
Miracles from Heaven – Susan Granger
Bellissima — Paul Peralta
Batman v Superman —  João Pinto (Portugese)
Jodorowsky’s Dune — Dennis Schwartz
Eye in the Sky — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
I Saw the Light — Susan Granger
The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Frank Ochieng
God’s Not Dead 2 — Frank Ochieng
Suburra —  Hugo Gomes
SXSW Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Channels Palahniuk In Dark ‘Demolition’ – Kristy Puchko
Movie Review: ‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’ – Courtney Howard
REVIEW: THE BOSS Isn’t Very Boss – Courtney Howard
Everybody Wants Some!! — Frank Swietek
Hardcore Henry – Frank Swietek
The Invitation — Andry Crump
Demolition – Laura and Robin Clifford
The Boss — Frank Swietek
Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Everybody Wants Some!! — Brent McKnight
Everybody Wants Some!!: Still Dazed and Confused, Plus Hot and Bothered — Andrew Wyatt
Love & Mercy movie review: strange vibrations — MaryAnn Johanson
Tsai Time: AFTERNOON — Kenji Fujishima
Demolition — Kenji Fujishima
Look at Us Now, Mother! — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Misconduct — Susan Granger
Born to be Blue — Susan Granger
I Saw the Light — Susan Granger

Interviews:
Spotlight Shines on Debbie Reynolds — Betty Jo Tucker

Editorials
A Study in Spielberg: Jaws (1975) – Jerry Roberts
A Study in Spielberg: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) — Jerry Roberts
The Maltese Falcon — Mark Hobin
The Road Trip Within: Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild —  Kenji Fujishima

Festival Reviews:
Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: ALIGARH, A Human Tragedy — Josh Hurtado

Lists:
FEATURE: TOP 10 MOVIE JUDGES — Frank Ochieng

OFCS Reviews, Interviews, and More (April 1)

Click on any title to read OFCS member reviews, interviews, and more.

New Releases:
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
– Susan Granger
Eye in the Sky – Susan Granger
Kill Your Friends – Betty Jo Tucker
Standing Tall – Jose Solis
Martyrs – Rob Daniel
Batmanv v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Rob Daniel
Ki and Ka – Kathy Gibson
Everybody Wants Some!! – Laura Clifford
Sold – Maryann Johanson
Midnight Special – Mark Dujsik
The Island of the Day After – Donald Levit
Born to Be Blue – Mark Dujsik
10 Cloverfield Lane – Jared Mobarak

Repertory:
A Study in Spielberg: The Sugarland Express (1974) – Jerry Roberts
MINI-CRITICAS : BRUNA SURFISTINHA (2011), DREAM HOUSE (2011), WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? (2011) – Hugo Gomes
A Study in Spielberg: Duel (1971) – Jerry Roberts
The Crying Game – Jared Mobarak

Interviews:
Interview: Director Tom Moore on His Lifelong Love of Trapeze, and the Legacy of ‘Grease’ – Jose Solis
Joe Manganiello Talks Playing Pee-wee’s Perfect Playmate in ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday – Kristy Puchko

 

From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 1, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

Son of Saul tops Greek Film Critics’ best-of-year list

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: In what was dubbed Year of the Woman, we’ve come down to an Oscar race revolving around a single white male with a bear on his back. How did that happen?

Interviews

Joseph Fiennes on “Risen”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Niobe Thompson and Darren Fung on ‘The Great Human Odyssey’

Pat Mullen @ POV Magazine

  • Excerpt: The director and composer talk about taking their documentary from the small screen to epic live performance.

Rafi Pitts can’t stand the ignorance surround Green Card Soldiers

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: A Berlinale regular, the Iranian born director discusses this year’s Competition entry Soy Nero, regarding Green Card Soldiers and the American Dream Act

Soy Nero – Rafi Pitts interview

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Iranian director Rafi Pitts, who has screened his latest film, Soy Nero [+], at the Berlinale, sat down to discuss his return to the German gathering and some of the issues explored in his movie.

Tomasz Wasilweski – United States of Love interview

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: First-time Berlinale competitor Tomasz Wasilewski came to Berlin a newbie and left an award winner with United States of Love [+], his story of three women suffering emotional and nervous breakdowns in the aftermath of the Polish communist era, which earned him the Best Script Award.

Festivals: General Coverage

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

The OFCS Covers the Oscars

Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) announce their selections for the best achievements of 2015. This Sunday, AMPAS will give out its annual kudos and our members have each put together articles to celebrate the occasion. Below are all the links to our members’ work covering this event from predictions to commentary. Please enjoy!

2016 Oscar Predictions

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

2016 Oscars Preview

Kenji Fujishima @ Paste

The 2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: As always, the Oscar nominated short films in both category are a mixture of the brilliant and the bizarre. Let’s take a look.

2016 Oscars: The Predictions

Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive

The 88th Academy Award predictions: the only list you’ll need

Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com

88th Oscars: Oscar Guy’s Final Thoughts

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Where I share my final thoughts on this year’s potential Oscar winners (Goes live at 10am Central).

The Armchair Critic’s (fairly accuate) Oscar Predictions

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

The Armchair Critic’s Annual (and confidently accurate) Oscar Predictions

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: I think I have a pretty good track record, plus I’m also fairly confident that this year’s Oscars are so predictable that this won’t be too far off.

Breaking Down Oscar’s Production Design Nominees

David Upton @ The Film Experience

  • Excerpt: A closer look at this year’s Oscar nominees for Production Design.

Catching up with Oscar nominated films at home

Sean Axmaker @ Stream On Demand

  • Excerpt: The Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday, February 28 in another star-studded, overproduced, self-congratulatory spectacle that we seem unable to resist. Are you caught up on the major nominees?

Checking Out the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Features

Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German]

  • Excerpt: A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the five Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature.

Cole Smithey’s 2016 Oscar Predictions

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Cole Smithey’s 2016 Oscar Predictions

Dealpool

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: I knew Ryan Reynolds’ passion for this character, and everyone knows his decade-long struggle to get this movie made after Deadpool’s disastrous cinematic debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (there’s more than one reference to it). What I didn’t expect was how much I would come to care about this character and his plight. Deadpool’s dialogue is a ceaseless string of often explosively funny one-liners, though I can’t decide if my favorite is the line about Hugh Jackman, the zamboni, the fourth wall, Jared Fogal, or the derogatory slap at creator Rob Leifeld. Yet, I cared about what happened to him because I cared about the story of the man under the mask.

Favorite Oscar Moments from the Past

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Final Oscar Predictions: ‘Fasten Your Seatbelts. It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Night’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: At the end of one of the toughest, ugliest award seasons ever, a look back at what was a really good year for movies.

Just How Annual Are The Annual Academy Awards?

Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle

  • Excerpt: Mad Max is facing annihilation … again.

Mis predicciones –

Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]

Mis predicciones – Oscars 2016

Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]

The Nightmare Gallery vs. The 88th Academy Awards

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: It’s time to get ready for Hollywood’s whitest night—I mean brightest night—with yet another round of Oscar predictions!

No Concessions: My Oscar Ballot, 2016

Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: My Oscar ballot for Sunday’s ceremony.

One Last Look at the Nominees

Dan Lybarger @ Just In Case It Matters

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 Predictions

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: A dark cloud hangs over the Oscars this year…

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 13

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the winners and losers of Precursor Week 13

Oscars 2016 Final Predictions

Pete Gkaris @ Movies Ltd. [Greek]

Oscars 2016 Preview: Best Foreign Language Film

C.J. Prince @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: An overview of the films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film

Oscars: Where have all the women gone

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: In what was dubbed Year of the Woman, we’ve come down to an Oscar race revolving around a single white male with a bear on his back. How did that happen?

Picking Winners At The 88th Annual Academy Awards

Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe

  • Excerpt: Here’s hoping Chris Rock does his best Ricky Gervais as far as not caring about political correctness or duty to kissing up to the celebrities all dressed-up nice because having him host the 2016 Oscars ceremony amidst the whole #OscarsSoWhite controversy is an opportunity not to be squandered.

Picks and Predictions for the 88th Annual Academy Awards (aka, the 2016 Oscars)

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies (blog)

Previsão de Vencedores Dos Óscares – 1ª Parte

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Previsão de Vencedores Dos Óscares – 2ª Parte

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

What We Learned from the Berlin Film Festival

C.J. Prince @ Way Too Indie

Will Win / Should Win: Breaking Down Oscar’s Best Feature Documentary Race

Pat Mullen @ POV Magazine

  • Excerpt: This year boast a field of five strong contenders.

Win your Oscar pool by getting to know the nominated Short Films

Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com

Your guide to the 2016 Academy Awards

Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 23, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Broad City YouTube Episodes

Kenji Fujishima @ Paste

Top 10 Movie Marriages Gone Bad

Frank Ochieng @ Critical Movie Critics

Awards Coverage

Memo to the Academy: For Your Consideration

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: As voting deadlines loom, Oscar voters should consider ‘Spotlight’, ‘Carol’, ‘Youth’ and ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 12

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from Precursor Week 12

Interviews

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 16, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

Top 14 Favorite Classic Movie Couples

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Awards Coverage

Top 14 Favorite Classic Movie Couples

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Interviews

Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo – The Green Inferno

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Francis Gary Powers, Jr. on the Cold War and “Bridge of Spies”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Jack Huston and Douglas Booth

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jim Whitaker on “The Finest Hours”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Justin Theroux – Zoolander 2

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Lily James and Bella Heathcote

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Luca Guadagnino – A Bigger Splash

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Nicholas Sparks on “The Choice”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick – Deadpool

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Thelma Todd Biographer Michelle Morgan

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig – Zoolander 2

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

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

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

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

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

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”
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