From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 20, 2015)

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

Interviews

Adriana Trigiani of “Big Stone Gap”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Afia Nathaniel & Her Award-Winning Film Dukhtar – Part 1 of 2

Kimberly Gadette @ doddle

  • Excerpt: The first female Pakistani filmmaker discusses “Dukhtar,” Pakistan’s Official Entry for Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film

Afia Nathaniel & Her Award Winning Film Dukhtar – Part 2 of 2

Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle

  • Excerpt: Pakistani debut filmmaker on ongoing issues in the film industry for women.

Archie Gemmill – I Believe in Miracles

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Ben Foster – The Program

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Bryan Carberry and J. Clay Tweel of “Finders Keepers”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Colin Farrell – The Lobster

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Daniel Pemberton composer for “Steve Jobs”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

David Walsh – The Program

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Giulio Ricciarelli of Holocaust Drama “Labyrinth of Lies”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Goran Visnjic of “The Journey Home”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Guillermo del Toro – Crimson Peak

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Hou Hsiao-Hsien of “The Assassin”

Kenji Fujishima @ Movie Mezzanine

Jon Gries of “Endgame”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Mia Wasikowska – Crimson Peak

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Rachel Weisz – The Lobster

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Stephen Frears – The Program

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Tom Hiddleston – Crimson Peak

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Two Worthy Causes: Jennifer Mulligan and Emily Ramsay Talk Lights! Camera! Cure!

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The pair chats about Ottawa’s newest film festival, which spotlights female filmmakers and supports cancer research.

What Dreams may Come? Rodney Ascher on Sleep Paralysis and Making The Nightmare

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Yorgos Lanthimos – The Lobster

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

The Conversation: The Totality of Toronto

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Bridge of Spies

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Bridge of Spies’ came in to the NYFF with an almost suspiciously low profile, thrown in as part of the main slate rather than taking the kind of centerpiece slot a film of its star power would normally demand, screening late on a Sunday afternoon without the de rigueur post-media screening press conference. Was this big movie getting buried? Turns out, no — it’s just a modest movie that puts its head down and does its work, and was presented accordingly.

Chicago International Film Festival: Mia Madre

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Prentension

  • Excerpt: The balance between the bleak drama and the raucous comedy is a tough bridge to gap. While individual scenes can work, they don’t quite fit snuggly together.

Chronic

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Mexican director Michel Franco is a man whose creative brief is life and death. In his new feature, Chronic, winner of the best screenplay at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Franco again takes unblinking aim at a chronic condition of the human animal—mortality.

Dégradé

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: If this film had been made in almost any country other than Palestine, I would be trashing it for its sexist set-up and unoriginality. However, radical Islam is highly sexist, and the beauty salon is one of the few places where women can go and where they can dress as they like.

Le Dep

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Dheepan

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Prentension

  • Excerpt: I can’t speak to whether Dheepan “deserved” the top prize at the most illustrious international film festival in the world but I can certainly say that it is a film worth your time. Though it may not be as accessible or exciting as its director’s previous films, Dheepan fits right into Audiard’s aesthetic and furthers his themes of outsiders in extraordinary conditions.

The Emperor in August

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Director Masato Harada felt the time was ripe for a retelling, not only to reveal established and new information about the World War II surrender to a new generation of Japanese indifferent to their country’s history, but also to correct some misperceptions about the emperor’s responsibility.

The Hallow

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Junun

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: We don’t need proper introductions, because everyone’s role is so clear. We don’t need to know the origin or the aim, because we can witness the outcome: the music, the miraculous music, which tells a story all its own, with more richness than any film could muster, reaching back centuries into the past, and even further into the future.

Mekko

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Miles Ahead

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s a film about Miles Davis—and not about him, as it manufactures situations from whole cloth, jettisons huge swaths of his life, and basically focuses (much like last spring’s ‘Love and Mercy’) on two moments in his life, interspersed. This unconventional approach is both the movie’s blessing and its curse; it’s what makes it unique, while simultaneously blunting its effect.

Where to Invade Next

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Where to Invade Next’ is scattershot, reductive, and irritating; it’s also smart, funny, heartfelt, and moving. It is, in other words, a Michael Moore movie.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Oct. 9-11, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Pan” and “Steve Jobs”

Essays

8 Essential Gothic Horror Movies

David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: There is much to love about this picture, including Hitch’s somber and dreamlike opening as he traverses the drive to Manderley, which is in ruins, and the scene where Maxim comes clean about his role in Rebecca’s demise. However, the movie’s greatest trait is Mrs. Danvers — the regal and judging housekeeper of Manderley.

Reviews of Short Films

A Drop of Blood

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Kosovo Short Film Review

O Tesouro

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

(Pause pour Respirer)

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Canadian Short Film Review

¿Quién es Libertad Lionetti?

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Res Pública

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Ruído

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Safari

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Spunk

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Review

White Lock

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

…Y Emplumaré Mis Alas

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Mexican Short Animated Film Review

Other Articles

El Perro Naranja

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The John Likes Movies Podcast: Episode 1

John Gilpatrick @ JohnLikesMovies.com

  • Excerpt: For the inaugural episode of the John Likes Movies Podcast, I’m talking TIFF 2015 and its stellar lineup with writer and festival attendee Max Covill.

Mapa de Recuerdos de Madrid

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

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