From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 9, 2015)

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

Interviews

Agyness Deyn and Terence Davies – Sunset Song

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Annie Hardy and Louis Pelletier (Home Movie Day)

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Billy Ray on “Secret in Their Eyes”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: To me, the movie is about the cost of obsession.

Carol’s producers, Christin Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen

Nell Minow @ Where To Watch

Creed composer Ludwig Goransson

Nell Minow @ Where To Watch

  • Excerpt: Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson used the sounds of a boxing gym as percussion in his score for “Creed,” the new Rocky film.

Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy – Victor Frankenstein

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Drafthouse Films’ Tim League on the “Earnest Otherworldliness” of ‘Dangerous Men’ and ‘Miami Connection’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: They’re terrible movies, but it’s not as simple as that; there’s something spellbinding about their incompetence, something that transcends schlock and enters the realm of mind-boggling fascination. Unable to pinpoint exactly what that common quality might be, I went to the source: Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder and Drafthouse Films CEO.

Erin Bernhardt, producer of “Imba Means Sing”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: the most joyful people I had ever met

Jay Roach on “Trumbo”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: If the soul of the country is to some extent at stake, that really improves the sense of suspense and puts more forces into play.

Kazuhiro Soda (Festival du nouveau cinéma)

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Robin Bittman

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Simon Pegg and Lake Bell on Subverting Rom-Com Conventions (and Dancing to Duran Duran) in ‘Man Up’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I think a lot about the movies Ebert would’ve liked, and it seems safe to bet he would’ve enjoyed Ben Palmer’s Man Up — if for no other reason, then for the scene about a half hour in, when our heroine owns up to the deception she’s spent the first act of the movie pulling off. She clears it up in a few words, and then the movie deals with that.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Blood in the Snow 2015: She Who Must Burn

Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis

Blood in the Snow 2015: The Dark Stranger

Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis

Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Sherpa

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Captures a burgeoning revolutionary spirit among a people who have been ignored, when they aren’t being taken advantage of, for too long.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the winners and losers of Precursor Season, Week 1

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 26-29, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the Oscar chances of “Creed,” “The Good Dinosaur” and “The Danish Girl”

Television

Destroy All Monsters: DOCTOR WHO Is A Hell Of A Bird

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: Well, it looks like things are back to normal on Doctor Who. By that I mean we get another bad episode, though to be fair The Woman Who Lived is what I would call a noble failure: good ideas rattling within its rubbish.

Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

The Librarians: And the Broken Staff

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: And the Broken Staff continues The Librarians mix of wit and whimsy, unapologetically family-friendly entertainment that is fun and clever. The Librarians is a fantasy show, and by embracing its premise, it ends up being a fantastic show.

Essays

Cruising: Chases in William Friendkin and James Gray’s cinema

Diego Salgado @ Visual404 [Spanish]

Espion : figure de l’ombre

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

First is the Worst: Looking at Critics’ Awards

Derek Deskins @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: These studios are not only concerned with those that vote in the prestigious Academy Awards (although admittedly that is the obvious endgame), they care about all those with voices loud enough to be considered relevant. In many cases, those voices are those of the film critics, or to be more specific: established groups of film critics.

La chute (on the closing of the “Excentris”)

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Reviews of Short Films

Alba

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Auyantepui

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Venezuelan/Spanish Short Documentary Review

Primero las Personas

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Documentary Review

Relación Abierta

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Sari Rosa

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Documentary Review

Viagem

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Yulya

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Cru

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Independent Feature Film Review

The Morning After: Nov. 30, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Brooklyn,” “Shaun the Sheep Movie” and “The Good Dinosaur”

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