From Our Members’ Desks (Aug. 4, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned: Top 10 Damaged Divas in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Interviews

“They Captured The Man, The Person I Knew”: Marlon Brando’s Daughter on the Extraordinary Documentary ‘Listen to Me Marlon’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: “My dad would talk into his Dictaphone, you know, those little tape recorders,” Brando’s daughter Rebecca says. “He would record and talk into them quite often and I’d never see him actually — or hear him — say what he would say onto these tapes, but I would definitely see him and sometimes I would walk into the room and he’d stop talking. So, I never knew what he was saying.”

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Best Actress & Actor | Cannes 2015

Kent Turner @ Film-Forward.com

  • Excerpt: French actors did very well at Cannes 2015, and it was definitely the year of Emmanuelle Bercot.Standing Tall,” a drama she co-wrote and directed, opened the festival, and she went on to share the best actress award (in a tie with “Carol”’s Rooney Mara) for starring in fellow actress/director Maïwenn’s rowdy hothouse drama “Mon Roi. “

Maryland | Cannes 2015

Kent Turner @ Film-Forward.com

  • Excerpt: The classy thriller “Maryland” singlehandedly jolted me from encroaching jet lag during my first full day at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 24-26, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Pixels” and “Southpaw”

Television

Elementary: The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction has a strong story where the criminal, granted, is a bit of a curious surprise, but on the whole holds up and has what really is Elementary’s strongest point: character development.

Stonados

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

True Detective: Church in Ruins (S2, ep 6)

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

True Detective: Down Will Come (S2, ep 4)

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

True Detective: Other Lives (S2, ep 5)

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

Veep Season 4 Review: Amy’s Meltdown Was Even Better Than I Hoped It Would Be

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

Whitney

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Whitney is not a terrible film.How truthful it is to the life of WHITNEY! and her significant other Bobby Brown is hard to say.

Essays

A Brief History of Violence in American Movie Theaters

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Movies are where we go to be part of a communal experience, even if we’re seeing them alone in the dark; we go to be entertained and transported, to escape from our troubles. Going to the movies shouldn’t put one’s life in danger.

The Case of the Missing Actresses

Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle

  • Excerpt: It appears that yesterday’s stars are fading fast.

Destroy All Monsters: Scrubbing The C-Word From My Vocabulary

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

Hell on Wheels: Roller Boogie (1979) and the Slow Death of Disco

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Hollywood’s Franchise Addiction Is Shakier Than It Looks — as These Three Summer Disappointments Prove

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The sequel/franchise/make-a-cinematic-universe model that’s being adopted for pretty much every movie that shows a reasonable profit is far from foolproof; from the standpoint of continuing a narrative, it’s worth examining whether there’s actually any there there, and whether audiences of earlier hits are actually interested in seeing more.

“Staying Young Is Getting Old”: The Neglected Post-‘Clueless’ Career of Writer/Director Amy Heckerling

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Never mind how many of her male contemporaries haven’t made a good movie since 1995 (Rob Reiner, Lawrence Kasdan, Tim Burton, and Robert Zemeckis leap to mind) and how many more opportunities they’ve had to do so. Apparently, when it comes to women like Heckerling (or Susan Seidelman, or Penelope Spheeris, or Allison Anders, or…) you’re only as good as your last picture — presuming, of course, that anyone actually saw it.

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1949

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Curiously, this year I don’t find myself in disagreement with almost all of the Academy’s choices. This doesn’t mean I think the winners were themselves the very best, merely the best of their fellow nominees (something different).

Reviews of Short Films

A Morte é o Único Perdão

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Doce Lar

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Gata Má

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Animated Short Film Review

Lápis Azul

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Margem

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Nada S.A.

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Sam Samurai

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Sintoma de Ausência

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Late Phases

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Marine

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Monday Memo: Emmy Nominees Announced, WHITE PEOPLE & A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS Hit The Net

Jordan M. Smith @ Stranger Than Fiction

The Morning After: Jul. 27, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “Trainwreck”

Nell Minow Rates Comic-Con and Minions

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A fast-paced, fun-packed podcast with film critics Nell Minow and A.J. Hakari.

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