Reviews: Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)

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Published on: April 16, 2015

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  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: one of the truly great films about acting, “All About Eve” refracted through the lens of Bergman’s “Persona,” squared.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Every layer and point of self-reference serves as a reminder that it’s upon the audience to discern significance from the material.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Olivier Assayas’ ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ is an intelligent and incredibly self-reflexive film, featuring stellar performances by Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz.
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Clouds of Sils Maria belongs to a small battery of recent films, including Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur (both 2014), which meditate on the process of actors creating new realities as they wrestle with the purity of the text and the complexity of existence. The corollary to his recurring theme is that Olivier Assayas knows that however much artists might wish it and be facilely in love with the notion of art and life conjoining, it never does.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Olivier Assayas creates a fascinating study surrounded by the Swiss Alps with knockout acting
  • Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Emanuel Levy @ www.emanuellevy.com
    • Excerpt: Olivier Assayas intrguing anatomy of the insecurities built into the life of a middle-aged actress, beautifully played by Juliette Binoche
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Maria is constantly laughing at the pop culture that Val passionately defends; by the end, it is slithering around her like the sinuous clouds snaking up the Maloja Valley.
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A probing, illuminating rumination on art versus life, present versus past, and youth versus maturity, all craftily combined to invite reflection as well as admiration.

Reviews: The Last Five Years (2015)

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Published on: April 16, 2015

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  • [New – 2/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s a tendency to try to assign blame in the aftermath of a failed romance, but The Last Five Years won’t or, maybe, can’t do such a thing.
  • [New – 2/19/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: The Last Five Years’ Is A Romance Made For The Bitter, And The Sappy
  • [New – 3/12/15] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The sheer singing talent of Ana Kendrick compels me to give this a pass.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: If anything, Kendrick and Jordan get to showcase their stuff, carrying the music and the emotional beats of their story with aplomb, while the film itself remains curiously insular and doesn’t feel as emotionally gutting as it should for a sweeping romance.
  • [New – 4/16/15] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Reviews: Lost River (2015)

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Published on: April 16, 2015

lost_riverReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 4/16/15] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
  • [New – 4/16/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Ryan Gosling certainly set out to make an art film that is an admirably strange, even mesmerizing, experience. As esoteric filmmaking to the nth degree, “Lost River” is also almost impossible to embrace and mostly pointless.
  • [New – 4/9/15] | Matt Looker @ The Shiznit
    • Excerpt: What we have here is a muddied mess of erratic ramblings, a movie that contains a lot of individual surreal elements and has nothing to hold it all together apart from Gosling’s own blind faith that weird = clever.
  • [New – 4/9/15] | Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Gosling shows a certain kind of promise and I’m sure he’ll make a great movie one day as a director. This just isn’t it.
  • [New – 4/2/15] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Lost, but not found.

Reviews: Merchants of Doubt (2015)

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Published on: April 16, 2015

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  • [New – 3/5/15] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Kenner scores by securing candid interviews with a handful of the already small number of people who did this kind of work. They’re so confidently unrepentant, it’s almost easy to start liking them until Kenner reminds you of the impact of their lies.
  • [New – 3/5/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The blatancy with which industries and lobbyists lie to the public…is enraging, of course, but Kenner’s pretty much negated the point of his own work here.
  • [New – 3/20/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘Merchants of Doubt’ – A Documentary That Every Media Consumer Should See
  • [New – 3/12/15] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Come and learn the names of the folks hired by Big Oil to lie to you about climate change
  • [New – 4/16/15] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Merchant of Doubt is loaded with devastating material, but it also manages to keep its style upbeat and its mood entertaining.
  • [New – 4/17/15] | Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile
    • Excerpt: Rather than making the case for anthropogenic climate change, Merchants of Doubt devotes the bulk of its attention to scrutinizing the professional con artists who publicly deny the phenomenon.

Reviews: Monkey Kingdom (2015)

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Published on: April 16, 2015

monkey_kingdomReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: While previous entries in this series have been over-anthropomorphized, defanged and declawed, Mark Linfield & Alastair Fothergill’s (“Earth,” “Chimpanzee”) latest is a winner with an organically spun story
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Engaging live-action eco-documentary, combining education with entertainment…
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Dan Lybarger @ www.blooddirtandangels.com
    • Excerpt: It’s debatable whether we need to have the monkeys named and humanized, but Preston Sturges or Mel Brooks would be hard pressed to match the comedy gold that comes when monkeys scour a market in a nearby village or ravenously devour an unattended birthday cake.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: The lead monkeys are such an engaging tio, and the filmmakers are so successful in capturing them in vibrant images, that family audiences will probably be charmed, if not enthralled.

Reviews: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)

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Published on: April 16, 2015

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  • [New – 4/16/15] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Hard to believe, I know, but this is a real movie that real people have unashamedly put their names to. Because a sweet paycheck trumps human dignity.

Reviews: True Story (2015)

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Reviews: Unfriended (2015)

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Bi-Weekly Essay Question (Apr. 16, 2015)

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Published on: April 16, 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 #10: Is the resurgence of 3D filmmaking just a fad, or is it here to stay?
Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

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Happy Birthday: Margot Harrison

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Published on: April 15, 2015

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.

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