Happy Birthday: Carson Lund

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Published on: March 25, 2015

OFCS member Carson Lund celebrates his birthday today, March 25. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Are the Hills Going to March Off, Mubi, The Phoenix and Cinelogue.

Happy Birthday: Adam Hakari

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Published on: March 25, 2015

OFCS member Adam Hakari celebrates his birthday today, March 25. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cineslice, Reel Talk Reviews, Classic Movie Guide, Passport Cinema, Review Express and Terror Tube.

The Grab Bag (Mar. 24, 2015)

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Published on: March 24, 2015

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

Best of Lists

From “Kiss My Grits!” to “Bazinga!”, 30 Favorite TV Catchphrases

Robert Cashill @ Robert Cashill

  • Excerpt: Thirty favorite TV catchphrases, compiled for Biography.com

Top 20 Films of 2014

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: Like most Wes Anderson films, The Grand Budapest Hotel rewards repeat viewings. Unlike a lot of his earlier films, the repeat viewings are less to do with catching little details in the production design or the slyer jokes, though God knows that there is plenty of pleasure to be had from doing that, but in peeling away the deep layers of sadness and melancholy that lie beneath the Lubitsch-esque farce.

Top TV Shows of 2014

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: [Hannibal] also delivered probably the most gut-wrenching and exhilarating finale of the year, an operatic crescendo that combined all the superlative elements of the show into one glorious bloodbath. Like Will Graham, Hannibal evolved this year into something both terrible and beautiful.

Interviews

Gemma Arterton – The Voices

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jean-François Caissy

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Jim Parsons – Home

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Kazuo Hara

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Marjane Satrapi – The Voices

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – A Second Chance

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Popdose Interview: Andy Summers

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Talking with the Police guitarist about the newly released doc Can’t Stop Losing You.

Shailene Woodley – Insurgent

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Theo James – Insurgent

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Vincent Morisset

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Awards Coverage

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 23, 2015)

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Published on: March 23, 2015

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Adua and Her Friends

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: … what really charges up the film is the feeling of accomplishment and ownership as they work their way through each problem and, almost without noticing, create a successful business out of the restaurant.

Army (1944)

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Army (1944), Kinosuke’s fourth and final film of the war years, pushes the patriotic drumbeat to extremes and sneaks in a sly portrait of the nationalistic fervor that drove Japan to war.

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Handsome with a touch of aloofness (the dress dummies sprawled through each scene add a note of alienation), it’s a quintessentially Fassbinder portrait of doomed love, jealousy, and social taboos, bouncing between catty melodrama and naked emotional need.

The Breakfast Club: 30th Anniversary Edition

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: Watch it with the trivia pop-up option. That and a sparkling new transfer make for a great viewing experience.

The Connection

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: It’s experimental theater meets cinéma verité with a self-aware sensibility: a drama in documentary form.

A Day in the Country

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: It’s a bucolic little film with a wisp of a story that builds great emotional resonance from what appears to be a slight, meaningless dalliance.

From Hand to Mouth

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

A Hard Day’s Night

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: Count me among those who think that the first and third films in the trilogy would have become stronger had Jackson split the material into two films, as he originally thought to do. That said, fans of fantasy and action films may like The Battle of the Five Armies as is, since there’s probably no less character or plot development here than there is in a genre blockbuster like The Expendables.

In The Land of the Head Hunters

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: The storytelling is rudimentary but the imagery is often gorgeous, with Curtis’ photographer’s eye capturing dramatic images set against striking coast landscapes and seascapes.

A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin must count as one of the most eye-catching and well-made works during the vogue for the “giallo” style of Italian horror movie.

Morning for the Osone Family

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Morning for the Osone Family (1946) offers a scathing indictment of the culture that drove Japan into war through the intimate story of a family shattered by it.

The Palm Beach Story

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Leave it to Preston Sturges to create the sexiest and most grown-up romantic comedy of his day.

Le Pont du Nord

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: The scenes were worked out with the performers and then partially improvised and have a playful, meandering quality held together by Rivette’s dashes of humor and visual punning and the bond created between the two women.

Porco Rosso

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s probably safe to say you’ll enjoy this movie when pigs fly.

Psych-Out

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: [Director Richard] Rush appreciates the energy and the idealism of the culture at its best while acknowledging contradictions in the individuals within.

The Rewrite

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: Thus far Grant has starred in four of Lawrence’s lightweight PG-13 comedies, and while Music and Lyrics remains the best of the bunch—partly because of the chemistry that Grant had with co-star Drew Barrymore—The Rewrite is better than Two Weeks Notice and Did You Hear About the Morgans?

The Skin

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: This isn’t about war, it’s about civilians caught between invading powers and soldiers in their downtime, and Cavani enjoys the chaos of this world in upheaval without letting us lose our way through.

Viva Las Vegas

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Whether or not the on-set affair between Presley and Ann-Margret was all it was cracked up to be, what’s plain is the spectacle of the pair getting off on each-other throughout Viva Las Vegas, to a degree that’s almost like watching fully-clothed pornography.

The Wild Angels

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: … a portrait of emptiness and hostility, a social revolution spiraling into narcissism and self-destruction.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Jose Manuel Robado

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Published on: March 23, 2015

OFCS member José Manuel Robado celebrates his birthday today, March 23. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cinecritico and Fan Digital.

Happy Birthday: Danny Baldwin

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Published on: March 22, 2015

OFCS member Danny Baldwin celebrates his birthday today, March 22. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Critic Speak.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Mar. 20-22, 2015)

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Published on: March 21, 2015

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: March 20-22, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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The Gunman

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Limited (United States)

Danny Collins

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

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Zombeavers

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: What more do you need to know about “Zombeavers” beyond its inspired, to-the-point title? The joke is right there, but “Zombeavers” never succeeds on the glorious levels of “Snakes on a Plane,” “Piranha 3D,” or even the pair of “Sharknado” movies.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: The film works as both an original spin on the zombie myth and as a satire of the undead genre’s tropes.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Obviously aiming for camp cult status, but unlike the beavers the makers don’t have the chops to pull it off.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Joshua Brunsting

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Published on: March 21, 2015

OFCS member Joshua Brunsting celebrates his birthday today, March 21. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Criterion Cast.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Mar. 20-22, 2015)

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Published on: March 20, 2015

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: March 20-22, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Danny Collins

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Zombeavers

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: What more do you need to know about “Zombeavers” beyond its inspired, to-the-point title? The joke is right there, but “Zombeavers” never succeeds on the glorious levels of “Snakes on a Plane,” “Piranha 3D,” or even the pair of “Sharknado” movies.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: The film works as both an original spin on the zombie myth and as a satire of the undead genre’s tropes.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Obviously aiming for camp cult status, but unlike the beavers the makers don’t have the chops to pull it off.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Dusty Somers

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Published on: March 20, 2015

OFCS member Dusty Somers celebrates his birthday today, March 20. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Blog Critics, Cinema Sentries and Dusty Somers.

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