OFCS Would Like To Welcome Its New Members!

This year’s admission process has concluded, and it was an exceptionally tough one. With several hundred applicants, the Governing Committee’s decision was a difficult one. After much deliberation, help us give a big “Welcome” to our new members!


Matthew Anderson
of CineVue
Andrea Chase of Killer Movie Reviews
Chris Evangelista of Cut Print Film
Nguyen Le of InSession Film
Joel Mayward of CineMayward
Michael Reuben of Blu-ray.com
James Roberts of Glide Magazine
Aramide Tinubu of Shadow and Act
Robert Yaniz Jr of We Got This Covered

 

Interested in becoming a member? Go here and read up on our process!

OFCS Announces 20th Annual Award Winners

2016 ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS – WINNERS PRESS RELEASE

The powerful coming-of-age drama Moonlight dominated the 2016 Online Film Critics Society Awards, winning a total of four awards out of seven nominations.

The film beat out competition from La La Land, Arrival, Jackie and Manchester by the Sea amongst others to be named Best Picture. Barry Jenkins won Best Director and Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris won Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

The Online Film Critics Society’s Governing Committee said, “We’d like to congratulate all involved with Moonlight for the power and humanity of this extraordinary film. Topical and relevant, it is a timely reminder of that which unites us being greater than that which divides us.”

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, which tied with Moonlight for seven nominations, won in the Best Editing and Best Cinematography categories.

Casey Affleck won Best Actor for his portrayal of a man consumed by grief in Manchester By the Sea, adding another accolade to the over 30 awards he has already garnered for the performance. Natalie Portman was named Best Actress for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in the days following the assassination of JFK in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie. Both actors are hotly tipped as Oscar favorites for their performances at the Academy Awards on 26th February.

Laika’s anime-flavored stop-motion fantasy Kubo and the Two Strings won Best Animated Feature. Kubo… won over three Disney nominees, Finding Dory, Moana and Zootopia, plus the dialogue free The Red Turtle, a Belgian-French-Japanese production with involvement from Studio Ghibli.

The Handmaiden, from South Korean director Park Chan-wook, won Best Film Not in the English Language, while O.J.: Made in America, Ezra Edelman’s epic dissection of celebrity and racial discord in latter 20th-century America, was awarded Best Documentary.

Best Original Screenplay went to Taylor Sheridan for his recession crime thriller Hell or High Water. Eric Heisserer won Best Adapted Screenplay for Arrival, adapting Ted Chiang’s short story, “Story of Your Life”.

Three Special Awards were voted for by the OFCS membership, all of them Memorials reflecting the number of cherished entertainers lost in 2016. These Memorial Awards were named for Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman & Gene Wilder.

Alongside the films in competition, 10 films not released in the US were selected by the membership for special note. These include Hirokazu Kore-eda’s After the Storm, The Dardennes Brothers’ The Unknown Girl, Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama, Hong Sang-soo’s Yourself and Yours and Colm McCarthy’s The Girl with All the Gifts.

Previous OFCS Best Picture winners include Mad Max: Fury Road, The Grand Budapest Hotel and 12 Years a Slave.
Please visit the following link to see the full list of winners:

OFCS Announces 20th Annual Film Awards Nominations

La La Land and Moonlight top the nominations for the 2016 Online Film Critic Society’s Awards with 7 nods each, including Best Picture and Best Director.
 
With 6 nominations apiece are the critically acclaimed Arrival and Manchester by the Sea.
 
Films also up for Best Picture include Jackie and Hell or High Water.
 
Casey Affleck’s performance in Manchester by the Sea heads the Best Lead Actor category. Affleck is joined in the category by Adam Driver, Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington.  
 
Leading nominations for Best Lead Actress are Natalie Portman for her performance in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie and Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven’s controversial Elle. Other actresses nominated are Amy Addams, Ruth Negga and Emma Stone.  
 
Supporting Actor and Actress nominations include Mahershala Ali for Moonlight, Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water, Michael Shannon for Nocturnal Animals, Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea, Viola Davis for Fences, and Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures.
 
Moonlight and La La Land’s 7 nominations reflect the huge acclaim the films have already garnered, both already the recipient of numerous awards. Moonlight and La La Land’s directors Barry Jenkins and Damien Chazelle are joined by Pablo Larraín, Kenneth Lonergan and Denis Villeneuve in the Best Director category.
 
Toni Erdmann, The Handmaiden, Elle, The Salesman, and Neruda have all been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Neruda is Jackie director Pablo Larraín’s second nominated film on this year’s list.
 
Ezra Edelman’s epic O.J.: Made in America leads the Best Documentary category and the film has also been nominated for Best Picture. Joining Edelman’s film for Best Documentary are two other race-centric films, 13th and I Am Not Your Negro.
 
Kubo and the Two Strings, Zootopia, Moana, The Red Turtle and Finding Dory make up the Best Animated Feature category.
 
The Online Film Critics Society is one of only a few truly international film critics organisations. Reflecting the global membership of the OFCS, 10 films not released in the US have been selected by the membership for special note.
 
These include Hirokazu Kore-eda’s After the Storm, The Dardennes Brothers’ The Unknown Girl, Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama, Hong Sang-soo’s Yourself and Yours and Colm McCarthy’s The Girl with All the Gifts.
 
The Online Film Critics Society’s Governing Committee said, “This year’s nominations and films recognised represent the rich variety of films on the global stage in 2016. Over 150 titles were long listed for Best Picture, over 100 for Best Foreign Language Film and over 30 titles for Best Animated Feature.
 
The list of nominees across all categories reflects cinema’s power to entertain, to provoke, to inspire hope and debate and to be a force for change. These films also prove that while 2016 was not a banner year in all areas, for cinema we are currently enjoying a golden age.”
 
Previous OFCS Best Picture winners include Mad Max: Fury Road, The Grand Budapest Hotel and 12 Years a Slave.
Please visit the following link to see the full list of nominations:

Approaching the Unknown Review

Mark Strong’s work in “Approaching the Unknown” deserves high praise. He shows the ability to carry an entire film almost alone!

Full review HERE.

— Betty Jo Tucker

Interview: Key and Peele Talk KEANU And Cats, Thumb Wrestle, And Riot Over Wacky Shirts

When I was asked to interview two of the funniest comedians working today, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, known to the world as Key & Peele, for their cat caper Keanu, I knew what I had to do: find the smallest, most uncomfortable batshit crazy cat shirt available on Earth and wear it for the interview.

That’s exactly what I did, and it was a pure joy watching them lose their shit when I finally revealed it. (Pay close attention and you will notice I had to master immediately how to breathe and talk at the same time in this wild thing.)

Interviewing comedians is always a fun farce of buffoonery because you don’t have to stick to lifeless questions like “So tell me about your character” and similar tone-deaf mumbo jumbo they are asked an unimaginable amount of times during press tours. (To be fair, sometimes these half-baked questions are inevitable.)

Click HERE to watch the interview.

— Chase Whale

UNDER CONSTRUCTION — BUILDING A NEW SITE!!!

Hello publicists, critics, loyal readers, and everyone else who can see this. At this time, the new Governing Committee are working with web designers to make a new, improved, better site for the Online Film Critics Society.

With that, we are putting a halt on weekly updates. If there is a critic you want to keep tabs on in the meantime, you can see all of our members here.

We are still very active on the site, just trying to make it more user-friendly, better for our members, and look fresh like it’s now a part of the 21st century.

Please reach out if you have any questions: gc@ofcs.org

Thanks a lot,

Online Film Critics Society Governing Committee
Kristen Lopez  |  Rob Daniel  |  Pablo Villaca

OFCS Reviews, Interviews, and More (April 10)

Click on any link to read member reviews, interviews, and more.

Films Reviews
Miracles from Heaven – Susan Granger
Bellissima — Paul Peralta
Batman v Superman —  João Pinto (Portugese)
Jodorowsky’s Dune — Dennis Schwartz
Eye in the Sky — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
I Saw the Light — Susan Granger
The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Frank Ochieng
God’s Not Dead 2 — Frank Ochieng
Suburra —  Hugo Gomes
SXSW Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Channels Palahniuk In Dark ‘Demolition’ – Kristy Puchko
Movie Review: ‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’ – Courtney Howard
REVIEW: THE BOSS Isn’t Very Boss – Courtney Howard
Everybody Wants Some!! — Frank Swietek
Hardcore Henry – Frank Swietek
The Invitation — Andry Crump
Demolition – Laura and Robin Clifford
The Boss — Frank Swietek
Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Everybody Wants Some!! — Brent McKnight
Everybody Wants Some!!: Still Dazed and Confused, Plus Hot and Bothered — Andrew Wyatt
Love & Mercy movie review: strange vibrations — MaryAnn Johanson
Tsai Time: AFTERNOON — Kenji Fujishima
Demolition — Kenji Fujishima
Look at Us Now, Mother! — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Misconduct — Susan Granger
Born to be Blue — Susan Granger
I Saw the Light — Susan Granger

Interviews:
Spotlight Shines on Debbie Reynolds — Betty Jo Tucker

Editorials
A Study in Spielberg: Jaws (1975) – Jerry Roberts
A Study in Spielberg: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) — Jerry Roberts
The Maltese Falcon — Mark Hobin
The Road Trip Within: Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild —  Kenji Fujishima

Festival Reviews:
Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: ALIGARH, A Human Tragedy — Josh Hurtado

Lists:
FEATURE: TOP 10 MOVIE JUDGES — Frank Ochieng

Reviews: Everybody Wants Some!!

Click on any link to read OFCS member reviews. (Updated weekly.)

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Reeling Reviews — Laura Clifford
Mark Reviews Movies — Mark Dujsik
Flavorwire – Jason Bailey

 

Reviews: Midnight Special

midnight_specialClick on any outlet to read OFCS member reviews of Midnight Special.

Mark Dujsik – Mark Reviews Movies
Frank Swietek – One Guy’s Opinion
Robin Clifford – Reeilng Reviews
Darren Mooney – The M0vie Blog

 

 

Reviews: Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

hello_my_name_is_doris_xlgReviews for Hello, Name Name is Doris by OFCS members. (Updated weekly.)

Susan Granger
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Frank Swietek
Laura Clifford 

 

 

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