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Reviews: Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World (2015)

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  • [New – 6/11/15] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World’ is an in-depth documentary that is interested in more than just the famous artist who was recruited to design the creature in ‘Alien.’
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Belinda Sallin’s documentary about Giger was filmed during the last years of the artist’s life, his mobility already curtailed, so her documentary is somewhat housebound. But what a house!
  • [New – 5/22/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 5/21/15] | Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film
  • [New – 6/4/15] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Dark Star possesses an unmistakably elegiac quality, and Giger aficionados will likely find it a stimulating but melancholy experience.

Reviews: Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015)

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Reviews: Gemma Bovary (2015)

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  • [New – 5/29/15] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Men, even kind and gentle ones like Martin, have a tendency to cast the women in their lives in perfunctory roles. In this way, despite having a man as its lead, Gemma Bovery is a film about women, about how men see women and about the minimizing effect that can have on women’s lives.
  • [New – 6/18/15] | Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Sensual and satirical, making your mouth water for – fresh, flaky croissants!
  • [New – 3/13/15] | Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: The film largely plays as an adaptation/homage to Madame Bovary, with many inside jokes and references, to which I am not in the least familiar. For the ignorant ones like me, the film lays its influence on pretty thickly, making the plot mechanics an active part of the story, but I’m certain I missed a number of story and character connections along the way.
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A good inside joke…its ace in the hole is Luchini.
  • [New – 6/18/15] | Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine

Reviews: Heaven Knows What (2015)

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  • [New – 10/2/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: The downward ride of two self-destructive heroin addicts living on the mean streets of New York City.
  • [New – 6/4/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Cinematography by Sean Price Williams is extraordinary, overhead shots of junkies walking along a tony NYC street or a tight shot in a corner of a public library creating a specific, insular world within a diverse and distinctive city
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: Spend an uncomfortable hour and a half with Heaven Knows What and you’ll come out with a better grasp of the street junkie’s life, but you may find yourself muttering “Heaven knows why.”
  • [New – 6/12/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: While one can certainly admire the way in which Holmes and the Safdies immerse us in the hellish world of these characters, the result is really nothing more than a wallow in nihilism.

Reviews: Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Without even knowing that it’s autobiographical, “Infinitely Polar Bear” is so true to real experience with all its highs and lows, warts and idiosyncracies, that it’s like watching a child’s memoir all wrapped up in love and frustration.
  • [New – 7/3/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
  • James Marsh @ TwitchFilm
    • Excerpt: Proof that fine actors giving strong performances are not always enough to save a movie, Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear seems too preoccupied with its 70s period setting and zany family antics to pay more than vague lip service to its central theme of manic depression. As a result, Infinitely Polar Bear is a frivolous and slight affair, not without its charms, but devoid of any real purpose.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff, Pajiba
    • Excerpt: Watching it, you feel like you’ve been entrusted with a secret, not one hidden for shame, but for love. Ultimately, it feels like an honor to watch Infinitely Polar Bear, and to be trusted with its story and message.
  • [New – 7/3/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: [Ruffalo’s] gleefully over-the-top performance…anchors a picture on a potentially difficult subject that instead is content to be a manipulative crowd-pleaser, but a moderately engaging one.
  • Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Reviews: Max (2015)

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Reviews: Set Fire to the Stars (2015)

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Reviews: Sunshine Superman (2015)

sunshine_supermanHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • [New – 5/21/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: simply spectacular
  • [New – 5/22/15] | Kenji Fujishima @ The L Magazine
  • [New – 6/11/15] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Sunshine Superman’ is an excitement-filled documentary about the “crazy” man who pioneered BASE jumping in the ‘70s by leaping off a cliff at Yosemite National Park.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Pat Mullen @ Point of View
    • Excerpt: Sunshine Superman puts wind in your hair and awe in your chest as Strauch lets the audience live the experience for which Carl was a champion.
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: What Boenish and his compadres do is intensely thrilling, but the repetition of the action – up and down, up and down – eventually dulls the effect and it gets a little boring.

Reviews: Ted 2 (2015)

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  • [New – 7/2/15] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Really, what’s most offensive about ‘Ted 2′ isn’t the smirking “black jokes” and the like, but the somewhat startling amount of screen time MacFarlane spends being syrupy, self-important, and (God forbid) taking his ridiculous “plot” seriously.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Doing an originally unplanned sequel to an unexpected hit often results in mediocrity. Sadly, and predictably, that’s what we get with “Ted 2.”
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: While the plot drives the sperm donor hijinx (an attempt to ‘milk’ Patriots QB Tom Brady, a Boston Police code 317, and MacFarlane upping the ante on the Farrelly’s “Something About Mary” with havoc at a sperm bank), it’s a dead weight on the last two acts.
  • Jim Dixon @
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie … finds itself in a strange place in tying Ted’s legal fight to similar real-world ones.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: The bawdy bear is back in this flagrantly fumbling sequel – and it’s disappointingly un-funny.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Ted 2 offers more hilarious high jinks in the same manner as the first. If you’re OK with that, then it should satisfy your humor cravings.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Ted goes to court Miracle on 34th Street style to convince a jury he is as much a person as the next bear. If he imbibes alcohol, does he not get drunk? If he smokes marijuana, does he not get high? You know, deep philosophical questions like that.
  • [New – 7/3/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Shave off twenty-five minutes and “Ted 2″ is a solidly diverting 90-minute comedy.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Dan Lybarger @
    • Excerpt: The film itself isn’t much fun without chemical help.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: A hit-and-miss comedy with a flimsy plot that constantly makes you feel that the next great joke might just be around the corner. Much like the first one, really.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Ted 2′ is everything about the first film recycled, less effective, and totally forgettable.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: This second helping of MacFarlane’s smugly lowbrow hijinks [is] we;;-nigh unbearable…a juvenile stream of drug gags, penis-centric jokes, pop culture riffs and other raunchy stuff ladled out with a sluggish, leaden hand.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub

The Essay Question (Jun. 25, 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 #15:

Consider the entire output of a director, from their first film to their last — whose body of work would be the most rewarding?

Question Submitted by: Paulo Peralta @ Movie Habit


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