Happy Birthday: Travis Hopson

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Published on: February 24, 2015

OFCS member Travis Hopson celebrates his birthday today, February 24. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Punch Drunk Critics, Examiner, Blog Talk Radio and Watch Weta.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Feb. 23, 2015)

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Published on: February 23, 2015

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Amistad

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is at once mysterious and bare, entangling the audience in its extensive drama, which itself is a manifestation of one interior life exposed on a single set. Rainer Werner Fassbender is melding 1950s melodrama with the dark explorations of his European predecessors, most notably Ingmar Bergman, all inspired by and in tribute to the great master of the “women’s picture,” Douglas Sirk.

Carmen Jones

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Deer Hunter

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The Deer Hunter is actually a form of myth-making. Cimino and Washburn offer a Sophoclean tragedy where earthly, communal lessons and the invocation of fate repeatedly enfold the young heroes. The pure trio of youth, Mike, Nick, and Steven could readily have stumbled out of any point in history for an anthem of doomed youth and gone off to fight in any war.

Executive Action

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Goke’ may be a B-movie in form, but with its convoluted plot, stabs at social relevance, and cosmic imagery that verges on the surreal, its content transcends its genre origins.

Leolo

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …could be one of the most despairing films ever made.

Lost Horizon

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: If you’ve seen Lost Horizon over the years on television, see it again. Chances are you saw it at a low ebb in its fortunes. This is a movie that has lived through adventures as exciting and harrowing as its plot.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1927)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Nell Minow

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Published on: February 23, 2015

OFCS member Nell Minow celebrates her birthday today, February 23. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Movie Mom.

Happy Birthday: Thomas Spurlin

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Published on: February 22, 2015

OFCS member Thomas Spurlin celebrates his birthday today, February 22. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: DVD Talk and Thomas Spurlin.com.

Happy Birthday: Jana Monji

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Published on: February 22, 2015

OFCS member Jana Monji celebrates her birthday today, February 22. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Pasadena Art Beat, Roger Ebert.com, Examiner, Pasadena Weekly and Aah So Cinema.

Awards Coverage: Oscar Special Edition 2014

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Published on: February 20, 2015

This weekend, the 87th Academy Awards will be telecast around the world. Typically, we have an Awards Coverage section in our weekly Grab Bag Article. Today, we bring you all of those articles a whole five days early.

Awards Coverage

2014 Oscar Predictions: Final

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight’s contributors put down their final predictions for the 87th Academy Awards.

87th Oscars: Oscar Guy’s Final Thoughts

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Oscar Guy’s (Wesley Lovell’s) final fhoughts on the 87th Academy Awards.

87th Oscars: The Polls – Your Choices

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: You pick your favorite Oscar nominees in each category.

87th Oscars: The Polls – Your Predictions

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: You pick the achievements you think will win the Oscar in each category.

DVD Talk Feature: The 2015 Academy Awards

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

My (confidently accurate) Annual Oscar Predictions

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: It’s that time again, and this year has the spice of unpredictability. For once, the major categories are not all a foregone conclusion (some, not all). It’s been a strange year and this year has a very odd mixture.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 11

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the winners and loser from the 11th week of Precursor Season

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 12

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the winners and loser from the 12th week of Precursor Season

Oscar Update: Memo to the Academy – For Your Consideration

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A case for Laura Dern, ‘Finding Vivian Maier’, and more!

OscarPicks ’15

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Feb. 20-22, 2015)

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Published on: February 20, 2015

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: February 20-22, 2015

Wide (United States)

McFarland, USA

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Limited (United States)

Digging Up the Marrow

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Queen and Country

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …a light, nostalgic military coming of age story with mournful undercurrents. While the film may feel slight compared to its precursor, Boorman deftly manages shifting tones while preserving post-war memories in a very specific time and place.

Wild Tales

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2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Simon Miraudo

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Published on: February 20, 2015

OFCS member Simon Miraudo celebrates his birthday today, February 20. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Quick Flix.

Reviews: Goodbye to Language (2014)

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Published on: February 19, 2015

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Reviews: Red Army (2014)

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Published on: February 19, 2015

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