OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.
Best of Lists
Best Film Posters of September 2012
- Excerpt: It’s the end of the month, so it is time to reflect, relax and rewind our way back through the one-sheets, banners, promotional artwork and posters released in the last calendar month. Someone better cut Saul Bass a cheque this month, as he has “inspired” one of two of our best. We still love them though.
Stanley Kubrick, Ranked
- Excerpt: Kubrick’s one of those filmmakers that every entry-level cinephile devours in their early days of film appreciation, and the same was true for me, but the difference is that I’ve never grown tired of his work or used it merely as a stepping stone to a wider culture of film.
The top 10 Brad Pitt performances
Top 10 Time Travel Films
Geoffrey Wright on 20th Anniversary of Romper Stomper
- Excerpt: It has been 20 years since the award-winning Australian film ROMPER STOMPER burst onto the Australian scene. Writer/director Geoffrey Wright talks about the inception of the film, its controversies, the Australian film industry and finding the right time to re-enter it.
Malik Bendjelloul (Searching for Sugar Man)
PJ Hogan (Mental)
A Q&A With A FALL FROM GRACE Director Jennifer Lynch
- Excerpt: Lynch recently sat down with St. Louis Magazine to talk about the city’s peculiar vibe, the perils of the creative process, and the director’s life-long search for her own, distinct artistic voice.
Berberian Sound Studio
- Excerpt: It’s your complicity in Berberian Sound Studio’s effects that make you lower your guard, allowing [director Peter] Strickland to move you exactly where he wants you to, and overwhelm you with his gleeful application of fear.
- Excerpt: Instead of doubling down on the goofy, girls-just-want-to-have-fun escapades of Camille and her clique (all well-acted in both younger and older stages by a promising trio of young actresses), Lvovsky gets sidetracked by opportunities to emote in deadly serious scenes that strike a dissonant chord with the rest of the movie.
- Excerpt: Though I won’t reveal the actual significance of the movie’s title, which is revealed in the film’s final frame, Frances Ha could just as well be the sound of some all-knowing greater power laughing at Frances’ plans just before they’re derailed.
Here and There
- Excerpt: Though Here and There is diverting enough, it lacks a certain bite, letting its story unfold so languidly one loses track of what [director Antonio] Méndez Esparza is trying to say.
New York Film Festival 2012
- Excerpt: At first glance, this year’s New York Film Festival is almost unrecognizable—a departure from its slimmer, more restrictive, and less glitzy programming of only a few years ago. What was once a small, curated festival has expanded, thanks to more screening space, but also perhaps due to an organizational objective to wedge itself as a permanent fixture on the awards circuit.
No Concessions: Digital Disaster at the New York Film Festival
- Excerpt: DCP fails the gala premiere of Brian De Palma’s PASSION.
NYFF: Volcanoes & Verdi
NYFF50 Sidebars: Cinéastes/Cinema of Our Time & On the Arts
- Excerpt: The problem is that Maas and Jones become so enchanted with these individuals and their music they never move on to put the South African punk movement in the socio-political context the opening quote implicitly promised.
VIFF 2012 – Dispatch 1
- Excerpt: The Vancouver International Film Festival is one of the overlooked gems of North American film festivals. Opening weeks after Toronto, it screens over 230 features and 150 shorts over 16 days across ten theaters, all within strolling distance in downtown Vancouver.
Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today Review: Kim Kyung-mook’s Stateless Things
Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today Reviews: Helpless, Jesus Hospital, Blind
Alternate Oscars for 1934
- Excerpt: It Happened One Night won the Oscar Best Picture. I have a better one.
Alternate Oscars for 1979
- Excerpt: Dustin Hoffman trumped Peter Sellers in the Best Actor category, even though “Being There” offered the best performance of Sellers’ career.
My Alternate Oscars for 1964
- Excerpt: My Fair Lady, good movie. “Dr. Strangelove”, great movie. The latter should have won the Oscar
Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 28-30, 2012
- Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for Hotel Transylvania, Looper, Won’t Back Down and The Other Dream Team
00Single: Adele, “Skyfall”
- Excerpt: A review of Adele’s James Bond theme, “Skyfall.”
5 Things Killing Doctor Who: #2: Matt Smith as The Doctor
- Excerpt: My answer to (Smith being voted one of the Best Doctors) is that Matt Smith is popular among NuWhovians the same way Jar Jar Binks is popular with those who watched the second Star Wars trilogy before watching the Original Star Wars trilogy.
The Architecture of Vision: Writings and Interviews on Cinema
- Excerpt: As articulate as he is about himself and his work, the way Michelangelo Antonioni would best want to be remembered on this centennial celebration of his birth, is to let his films speak for themselves.
Best Film President?
- Excerpt: This podcast features passionate campaign speeches concerning which actor should be named Best Film President.
Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: In exhibition at Portugal, a doc about a educational project with music. Selection of DocLisboa 2011 and Cinèma du Réel 2012.
The PhilmGuy’s DVD Reviews: ‘Bond 50,’ ‘Dark Shadows’ Starring Johnny Depp
Project Android and the Involuntary Santa Claus: A Superficially Off-Topic Prelude to The Cabin in the Woods
- Excerpt: This essay –part personal storytelling, part appreciation of a Mad Men episode–was first presented in person on October 1, 2012, as an introduction to Drew Goddard’s 2011 film, The Cabin in the Woods. Presented an experiment in “hyper-spoiler-free” writing, the essay introduces the themes of the film without any direct reference to its story.
Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand Team Up for the Comedy, “The Guilt Trip” [TRAILER]
- Excerpt: Let’s just go ahead and file this under Movies That Release At Christmastime that You’re Forced to See With Your Family In a Nice, Warmhearted Gathering.
The Six Faces of 007: George Lazenby
- Excerpt: In the first of a series of articles exploring the six actors to play Bond in the EON series to celebrate the 50th anniversary, we look at the shortest-serving Bond of them all, Goerge Lazenby.
The The Lone Ranger Trailer Has Galloped Into Town and Unfortunately I Couldn’t Care Less About It
- Excerpt: And now that we finally do get a sneak peak at what it looks like, my response is a simple, meh
Trailer for the Comedy “Movie 43″ Features More Than 43 Stars in Just Over Two Minutes
- Excerpt: Oh yay, another movie that has 99 stars in it! It’s basely called Movie 43 and, in case you’re keeping score, this is the second ensemble comedy in which Halle Berry in less than two years (what a shame).
Trailer: Half the Sky
- Excerpt: Possibly the most important film of the decade, “Half the Sky” comes to PBS in a four-hour two-night premiere on Oct. 1 and 2. It tells real life stories about what is being done and what each person can do to promote gender equality.
A View to a Bond Baddie: Dr. Julius No
- Excerpt: To celebrate Bond’s fiftieth birthday on film, we’re taking a look at some of the iconic Bond baddies. In this case, we’re going back to the beginning with Dr. Julius No.
Where Fall’s Biggest TV Shows Rate on Director Diversity and a Look at Last Week’s Biggest Premieres on Today’s “Cinema in Noir”
- Excerpt: And lastly, in keeping up with our lively TV discussion, we go over Deadline Editor Nikki Finke’s Emmy comments stating that “pretty girls” can’t be funny? We also try to figure out how she’s defining the words pretty and funny.