Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 23, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

The Iguana with a Tongue on Fire

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee [1971]

  • Excerpt: This may well be the first time where some of the people commissioned by Arrow Films are virtually reduced to back-handed compliments. To put it another way, The Iguana with a Tongue on Fire a film will be appreciated primarily by genre enthusiasts, Freda completists and a few film scholars.

Phantom Lady

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee [1944]

  • Excerpt: Phantom Lady is rightly celebrated for a brief scene of a jazz band playing in some barely lit hidey hole.

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 22, 2019)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Interviews

Interview with Freya Tingley, the star of The Sonata

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese and English]

‘Native Son’ director Rashid Johnson takes his responsibility as a black filmmaker very seriously

Candice Frederick @ NBC BLK

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 12-14, 2019

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

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This Week at the Movies (Apr. 19, 2019)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video.

Opening: Apr. 19, 2019

Wide (United States)

The Curse of La Llorona

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Penguins

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Expanding (United States)

Teen Spirit

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: So while the whole is less than the sum of its parts, there is a lot to like. The cast is unique, the visuals mesmerizing, and the music ready to get your toes tapping in the theater. Minghella shows a propensity for directing and room to improve on the writing side.

Limited (United States)

Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: This gothic, nightmarish ode to madness, the result of Christian persecution in a 15th century Alpine village, is surreal folk horror that creeps under your skin like the mists which curl up its mountainsides.

Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: A relentlessly moody and meditative experience that might test the patience of some while being far more rewarding to those who are sucked into its unnerving atmosphere.

Little Woods

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

  • Excerpt: Little Woods is a solid directorial debut for Nia DaCosta with yet another stellar performance by Tessa Thompson.

Little Woods

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: An astonishing directorial debut from Nia DaCosta, featuring career best performances from Tessa Thompson and Lily James.

Red Joan

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: There’s a lot of hot-button stuff going on in this A-bomb spy drama — politics, sexism, scientific ethics — but it’s all surprisingly inert, given the literal fate-of-the-world stakes.

Stuck

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Pure gritty urban joy, all marvelous, touching songs about grief, sacrifice, mistrust, misunderstanding, and other intimate perils. An exuberant marvel.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

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Reviews: Penguins (2019)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This franchise’s heart is in the right place, a percentage of first week ticket sales benefitting each film’s subject, but “Born in China” excepted, it’s like DisneyNature has hired Vermeer to illustrate books for three year-olds.
  • [New] | Courtney Howard @ Variety
    • Excerpt: Instead of bombarding the audience with heavy scientific terminology, it lets a poignant narrative unspool – one with a hugely entertaining underdog hero’s journey.

Reviews: Out of Blue (2019)

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  • Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist
  • Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An exploration of the big mysteries that dwarf crime conundrums.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A limp noodle of a cinematic noir that drains Patricia Clarkson of her usual eccentric charisma. And where it aims for intriguingly oblique pseudoscientific philosophizing, it ends up merely obtuse.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: There isn’t one shred of emotion during the whole film to help us invest—just yelling and stoicism alternating until naturalism is officially thrown out the window. I get that Mike’s discovering who she is against this backdrop of infinity, but why? Why now? Why should any of us care?
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: This haunting detective story fascinated me because of its dreamlike, neo-noir feeling and the added layer of cosmology as a backdrop to the crime.

Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 16, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Reservoir Dogs

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia [1992]

  • Excerpt: The notion that all entertainment has subtext and can be interrogated until it takes on new form was hardly novel in 1992, but Tarantino found a way here not just to make his audience aware of it but to make it an actual dramatic value.

Terror 5

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies [2016]

  • Excerpt: For sleaze film fans, it offers a smidgen of sex and nudity and a modicum of violence and gore. There’s very little terror, though, and even less sense.

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 15, 2019)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Interviews

Agnès Varda interview

Paulo Portugal @ Insider.pt [Portuguese]

Director Daniel Farrand Talks Making “The Haunting of Sharon Tate”

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Festivals: General Coverage

Silent Pleasures: An Engaging Guide to the 24th San Francisco Silent Film Festival, May 1st – 5th

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

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This Week at the Movies (Apr. 12, 2019)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video.

Opening: Date

Wide (United States)

Hellboy

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Little

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Missing Link

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Limited (United States)

Mary Magdalene

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A fiercely feminist and proudly revisionist historical drama that offers a powerful and much-needed rebuke to modern Christianity. Enrapturingly beautiful and intensely emotional.

Mary Magdalene

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: By placing this epic journey through Mary’s eyes we can understand the sacrifice as being more than just time and energy. Where Peter sought answers, her choice to follow Jesus was a betrayal to her name.

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: This will surprise absolutely no one, but Yuen Woo-ping can stage the hell out of a fight. The guy is a legend for good reason.

Stockholm

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: While [the comedic] direction appears to do a gross disservice to these characters’ real life counterparts, it does make for a pretty fun movie.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Missing Link (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Punny humor, silly slapstick and classic cartoon tropes abound in Butler’s tale, but he’s also used his evolutionary theme to layer in more modern concepts like animal rights, feminism and male sensitivity.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The visual flair is beyond compare, but the stodgy plot is definitely not.
  • [New] | Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: While the film is a tad slight when it comes to narrative gravitas and character pathos, it’s ultimately entertaining, humorous, light-hearted revelry.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A quite literally cartoonishly awful protagonist, a plot that makes no sense, lowbrow humor, and terrible gender dynamics add up to an unpleasant retro mess.

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