From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 24, 2018)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Movies of 2018

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

2018 in Review: The Best Canadian Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Counting down the best Canadian films of the year including ‘Kingsway’, ‘Meditation Park’ and ‘The Fall of the American Empire’.

The Best Movies of 2018

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: The Top 10 movies of the year have a nightmarish twist.

Interviews

Bo Burnham Tells Us Why He Made “Eighth Grade” and What’s “Horrifying” About His Teenage Fame

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: I definitely felt like, ‘Oh geez, what am I doing? This could be bad.’

Breaking the Rules Pays Off in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Marina Antunes @ Spark

Let Kiki Layne Talk

Pat Mullen @ BeatRoute

  • Excerpt: Chatting with the breakout star of ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Zack Ward Reminisces about “A Christmas Story”

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A fun interview with the actor who played Scut Farkus in this popular holiday classic.

Festivals: General Coverage

Cabaret Maxime, Terra Franca e Até que o Porno nos Separe vencem XXIV Caminhos do Cinema Português

Paulo Portugal @ insider.pt [Portuguese]

CCP: há um puto chamado Duarte Coimbra que vale milhões

Paulo Portugal @ insider.pt [Portuguese]

CCP: os amores incondicionais das curtas e dos caminhos de Jorge Pelicano e António Ferreira

Paulo Portugal @ insider.pt [Portuguese]

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Lovers on Borders (2018)

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Essays

Has the Motion Picture Academy Gone Bonkers?

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: I have observed how The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the good people behind the Academy Awards or ‘Oscars’, have willingly, almost manically, lurched from one fiasco to another on their way to their 91st presentations.

The Last Jedi Was A Star Wars Fan’s Star Wars Film… Until It Wasn’t

Matt Brown @ Screen Anarchy

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Mary Pickford: Hollywood’s Most Powerful Waif

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Silent Film Sleuths Unearth Crusty Gems with ‘Found at Mostly Lost, Vol. 2’

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Silent Film ‘You Never Know Women’ Makes the Most of Light and Shadow

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Other Types of Articles

15 Horror Movies Coming In 2019 (And 10 Possibilities)

Mike McGranaghan @ Screen Rant

Chariots of Fire: A Review

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: If the opening scene and music is the only thing one knows about Chariots of Fire, it is a terrible disservice to both the film and viewers as Chariots of Fire is more than either. It is a story about two men, each who faced great adversity and triumphed with grace and courage.

Forrest Gump (1994): A Review

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: As I look on and look back on Forrest Gump, I find Shakespeare may be the source for the best review of the film: It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Jean-Luc Godard’s’Livre D’Image’ review

Paulo Portugal @ insider.pt [Portuguese]

A MIdsummer Night’s Dream (1935): A Review

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: Posh, lavish, imaginative albeit at times a bit slow and with curious casting choices, A Midsummer Night’s Dream may have more ambition than success, but said ambition certainly goes a long way.

Movie Review: “Aquaman” Swims in His Jeans

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: I repeat: Aquaman swims in his jeans.

Movie Review: “Eighth Grade” Gets Everything Right

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: Can I warn readers that Eighth Grade is the most triggering experience of recent memory while also recommending it as highly as is humanly possible?

Movie Review: “Vice” Is Another American Tragedy From the Director of “Anchorman”

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: Vice is for political junkies who can handle more than one wild White House at a time.

Movie Review: In “The Favourite”, It’s a War of the Words

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: Devious, disturbing and darkly funny, The Favourite is, well, the best.

Rain Man (1988): A Review

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: Rain Man is so dominated by one performer that everything else is all but forgotten, some of that being good, some being unfair.

Roma’ review

Paulo Portugal @ insider.pt [Portuguese]

Travelers (seasons 1-2, 2016-2017)

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

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