Category Archives: The Grab Bag

From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 10, 2018)

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

Awards Coverage

Reactions and Lessons from the 2019 Golden Globe film nominations

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: Matching my website’s style, here are my lessons, reactions, and trends from the film selections and nominees of the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Imagine a Serene, Untroubled World and What Do You Get? ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Other Types of Articles

Raiva (2018)

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

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From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 3, 2018)

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

Awards Coverage

2019 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

Festivals: Individual Reviews

A Outra Margem (2007)

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Essays

Crítica: Suspiria (1977)

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

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From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 26, 2017)

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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

A Outra Margem

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

The Bee-all and End-all of ‘The Swarm’, or Irwin Allen’s Human Bee-in

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Optimism in ‘Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day’ Isn’t Cock-eyed, It’s Beady-eyed

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Other Types of Articles

A Thanksgiving Visit

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Remembering my first exposure to television.

From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 19, 2018)

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

Interviews

Michalina Olszanska, the Star of Carga and a Rising Star of Polish Cinema

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema

  • Excerpt: Michalina Olszanska is one of the most promissing actresses of Poland! Today, Portal Cinema has the pleasure to present you our interview with this rising star.

Promissing German Film and TV Star Friederike Becht

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Interview in English, German and Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Friederike Bech, the star of the NetFlix Germany hit show Parfum, talked to Portal Cinema and told us everything about her amazing career!

Festivals: Individual Reviews

AFI Fest Review: ‘Everybody Knows’ But Asghar Farhadi Keeps You Guessing

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: I would propose that even a comparatively “lesser” Farhadi film is still an incredibly involving drama, rich with characters and an intriguing turns of events.

Denver Film Festival – Aurora Borealis

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: With all the chatter about female directors, the name of Marta Meszaros should be better known. The Hungarian filmmaker made her first short film in 1954, and her first feature in 1965.

Denver Film Festival – Budapest Noir

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: One of the strengths of the film is in the evocative faces of the cast, especially the hired thug with the missing upper teeth, revealed to be a luckless street fighter. There are also knowing touches as in a scene at a high class brothel, “Les Fleurs du Mal” (Flowers of evil), where the song, “Falling in Love Again” from The Blue Angel can be heard faintly in the background.

Denver Film Festival – Meow Wolf: Origin Story

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: What is missing is any serious discussion about art, as if the Meow Wolf installation exist in a vacuum.

Denver Film Festival – On Her Shoulders

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Although not all of the issues are stated outright, On Her Shoulders should initiate thought regarding western governments dealings with refugees, as well as the ignorance of the situations of ethnic minorities in Middle Eastern countries.

Denver Film Festival – Rafiki

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: The title translates as friend, emphasizing the emotional bonding of the two girls. While Rafiki isn’t the “fun and frivolous” view of Africa that Kahiu says she aspires to make, it avoids being heavy-handed, and is graced with optimism.

Other Types of Articles

Carga (2018)

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Owl’s Legacy

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: This is the collection of a thirteen episode series made for French television. The overall effect for me is akin to taking a mandatory college course, feeling a bit intimidated by the anticipated intellectual discourse, with the relief that even though moments are dry, (Chris) Marker brings back the student with often unexpected humor.

From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 12, 2018)

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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Denver Film Festival – Ben is Back

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: The film takes place over a twenty-four hour period. It may be considered a thematic revisit by Hedges as his earlier Pieces of April was about a Thanksgiving dinner that goes wrong, and the family in that film is also named Burns.

Denver Film Festival – Euphoria

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Euphoria is Valeria Golino’s second feature as a director. Like her debut, Honey, death, or more precisely, how it is dealt with is explored.

Denver Film Festival – Naples in Veils

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Naples in Veils flips the genders of Vertigo with an older woman and a younger man.

Denver Film Festival – The Whiskey Bandit

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Nimrod Antal has stated that one of his favorite directors is Stanley Kubrick. The influence is seen with the series of traveling shots and frequent lateral tracking shots.

Denver Film Festival – United Skates

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: How is it that no one in Hollywood thought there was a movie to be made about African-American skaters?

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

The Outer Limits of Spookery: Resurrecting ‘The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre’

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Other Types of Articles

The Princess Bride – The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

Aaron Neuwirth @ Why So Blu

  • Excerpt: The Criterion Collection’s restoration of The Princess Bride is magnificent.

From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 5, 2018)

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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Alma Clandestina (2018)

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Shades of (Karen) Black: ‘Trilogy of Terror’ or the Deadliest Fetishes

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Other Types of Articles

Streaming Bloody Murder: Horror VOD Postmortem for October 2018

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 29, 2018)

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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Le Vent Tourne (2018)

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Essays

6 Reasons Why ‘Free Solo’ Is The Best Thriller Of 2018

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment [English]

  • Excerpt: Climbing El Capitan with no rope sounds crazy just saying it, but Free Solo presents this activity as it happened, which is a genuine thrill to watch.

Other Types of Articles

Don’t Make a Sound

Betty Jo Tucker @ AuthorsDen

  • Excerpt: My film poem about “A Quiet Place,” a very scary movie!

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 22, 2018)

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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

SDFF Review: McCarthy Steals The Show In ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: McCarthy’s best performance.

Tributes

Scott Wilson: Talented Character Actor Toiled Quietly, Eventually Finding Cult Status

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope

  • Excerpt: He read for but lost the beekeeper lead to Peter Fonda in Victor Nunez’s “Ulee’s Gold.” That hurt. Fonda’s Oscar nomination might have been his

Essays

Great movies: Casablanca de Michael Curtiz

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

Other Types of Articles

Annette Bening’s Big Evening

Betty Jo Tucker @ Memosaic Blog

  • Excerpt: A report on Bening’s fundraiser to help needy community college students.

Crítica: Creepshow (1982)

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

Crítica: The Wicker Man (1973)

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 15, 2018)

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

Best of Lists

Top 10: Cine Horror Sci-fi

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

Top 5: Documentales “True Crime”

Federico Furzan @ El Otro Cine [Spanish]

Festivals: General Coverage

Denver Film Festival: The Line-up

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: One of this year’s special Red Carpet presentations, The Front Runner is certain to be of local interest as Gary Hart was one of Colorado’s senators at the time he made his ill-fated run to be president.

Essays

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 15, 2018)

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 8, 2018)

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

Best of Lists

11 TV Shows to Watch in October

Allyson Johnson @ ThePlaylist

16 Movies to See in October

Allyson Johnson @ ThePlaylist

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Interviews

Stage Legend Mary Beth Peil: A Leading Lady On Film at Last

Jose Solís @ The Clyde Fitch Report

  • Excerpt: Broadway’s grande dame shines in a film about aging, longing and the generation gap.

Essays

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 8, 2018)