Reviews: Two Night Stand (2014)

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Published on: February 19, 2015

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Reviews: The Duke of Burgundy (2015)

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Published on: February 19, 2015

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  • [New – 1/22/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Peter Strickland’s latest begins with a bit of an ick factor as his opening lesbian S&M scenario ends with a behind-closed-door ‘punishment’ that sounds dreadful, but trust in this auteur as “The Duke of Burgundy” blossoms into a louche hothouse Gothic that plays like Dario Argento’s “Celine and Julie Go Boating” or Peter Greenaway’s “Angels and Insects.”
  • [New – 2/19/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: The Visual Beauty of ‘The Duke Of Burgundy’ More Than Makes Up For Its Lack Of Plot
  • [New – 1/29/15] | Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night
  • [New – 2/19/15] | Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: Strickland’s directorial style feels both timeless and innovative, aesthetically thrilling and psychologically daring. It plays with our expectations, of character, of relationships, of sexuality, and gives us a thriller of surprising and unusual depth.
  • [New – 2/19/15] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
  • [New – 2/5/15] | Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A deliciously deviant romp into sexual adventure grounded in the real life struggle for enduring intimacy.

Reviews: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

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Published on: February 19, 2015

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  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: It’s not, as you might’ve heard, this year’s ‘Showgirls'; there are some interesting scenes, some strong supporting performances (particularly by Marcia Gay Harden, who breezes in for a couple of scenes and really classes up the joint), and a flat-out terrific leading turn by Dakota Johnson, who knows this material is basically ridiculous and plays the comedy of it, to great effect. But it’s also too flawed to recommend — much of the dialogue is irredeemably goofy, the sex scenes are straight out of Red Shoe Diaries, Dornan is a cipher, and the slicked-up portrait of the lives of the rich is straight out of an early-‘90s Michael Douglas movie.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: When you look at is as nothing more than horny housewife erotic fiction, it serves its purpose.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: Fifty Shades of Grey may be the first film in history made specifically for the purposes of hate-watching.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …director Sam Taylor-Johnson attempts to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, but while she leavens the experience with some well mined character humor and gives the production a glossy sheen, you can only put so much lipstick on a pig.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Anastasia is a problem. Christian is one, too. We spend most of the movie trying to figure out which character is the bigger one.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Is Destined For Life As A Cult Classic Midnight Movie
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is an almost effortless improvement on the book in some respects, but in others it completely misses the mark.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Although Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan lack erotic chemistry, this fetishistic fantasy remains faithful to the provocative novel.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: The ultimate frustration of Fifty Shades of Grey is that it’s neither gleeful camp festival nor genuinely interesting tale of sexual gamesmanship, but stuck between the two. Much like its heroes, its own scrupulousness has doomed it to eternal dissatisfaction—at least until the sequel.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A charm-free hero with control issues and a passive, fretful heroine have coy and tediously vanilla pretend-sex. This is meant to be erotic?
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: I would say the emperor has no clothes here, but as is the case, the emperor is strategically swaddled in sheets lest you get a peek of his unmentionables.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Fifty Shades of Grey is glossy and watchable for curiosity seekers, but it mostly leaves one cold and not in need of a cold shower.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: As silly and, yes, sanctimonious as this adaptation is, it deserves mention as one of the first major studio releases in ages to promote sex over vigilante violence or superherodom … And that, in a peculiar way, makes this film a refreshing departure.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Fifty Shades of Grey is like a nice, tastefully-made dirty movie by Ron Howard, but boring.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Shocker! This film adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, the bestselling but (largely) poorly-received erotic novel that began life as a piece of Twilight fan-fiction, is not terrible. No, it’s almost good. I know, I know. I was just as surprised.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: At a time when nudity and four-letter words have slipped onto basic cable and the internet provides free porn 24/7, here is a commercial product that offers steamy sex that is – in a word – tepid. You go in expecting something hot and spicy but if you put it on the Scoville Scale it would barely register above a bell pepper.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: My guess is for newcomers, there will be mild disappointment and a sense of that’s what all the hype was about?”, but that ultimately, fans will feel good about it.”
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine

Reviews: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

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Published on: February 19, 2015

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Reviews: McFarland, USA (2015)

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  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Thankfully, Caro is interested in giving us more than just Runs with Latinos. Under her guidance, McFarland is a work of humble power, the kind of sincere, heartwarming family cinema we haven’t seen since The Rookie.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An exciting sports film that also stands as an emotionally rich depiction of community, sharing, and generosity.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: McFarland USA won’t win any awards for originality, but it’s a prime example of a proven formula done right.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: McFarland, USA is a sports movie that doesn’t know what to do with the sport that serves as its focus.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Disney dusts off the “They can’t play that sport!” formula (Cool Runnings, Million Dollar Arm), sprinkles in some Chariots of Fire, and produces another underdog sports team that could
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: In the early running, Costner is all about ego and what’s best for him and his family; he may even be using the boys to land a cushy new job. And it’s this unsportsmanlike conduct that makes this one of the better recent sports movies.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Costner, fresh off a great performance in the similarly feel good Black or White, looks to be on the verge of his own Disney-ish McConnaissance as he offers a one-two punch of solid dramatic work.

Reviews: Timbuktu (2015)

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Published on: February 19, 2015

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Reviews: What We Do in Shadows (2015)

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  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
    • Excerpt: Cute, and affectionately droll as it mines through the plentiful amount of vampire stereotypes…it often doesn’t exceed the limitations of its genre
  • Andy Crump @ Badass Digest
    • Excerpt: …who can resist a genre send-up with this much heart?
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he filmmakers and the cast have created a world and characters that not only provide opportunities for humor but also evolve with it.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: What We Do In The Shadows’ Provides More Laughs Than Screams, But Still Has Plenty Of Bite
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: In the skillful comedy ‘What We Do in the Shadows,’ a film crew is granted permission to chronicle the lives of four flatmates who happen to be centuries old vampires.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An absolutely hilarious mockumentary combination of utter silliness, social satire, pop-culture cramdown, and heartfelt pathos. And vampires.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … the funniest horror spoof since ‘Shaun of the Dead’ … Our Down Under hosts are less interested in creeping us out than in introducing us to the most charmingly dotty homebodies since the Addamses.’
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Reviews: Wild Tales (2015)

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Weekly Essay Question (Feb. 19, 2015)

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Published on: February 19, 2015

Every couple of weeks, the OFCS polls its members with a question related to movies. It can be serious or amusing, but each member is given the opportunity to submit a short response to the question, which we will then post on Thursday mornings. Here is this week’s query.

Essay Question #6: Which filmmaker do you think should be better known?
Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

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Happy Birthday: Mel Valentin

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Published on: February 16, 2015

OFCS member Mel Valentin celebrates his birthday today, February 16. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Very Aware, Next Projection and SF Station.

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