From Our Members’ Desks (Oct 6. 2015)

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

Best of Lists

Top 21 Must-See Dance Sequences in Classic Films

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Interviews

Adeel Akhtar and Ray Panthaki – Convenience

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Alan Zweig

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Alan Zweig discusses ‘Hurt’, which won the inaugural Platform prize at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

‘ Big Game’ Director Jalmari Helander on Samuel L. Jackson’s Sole Demand, Underdog Stories, and More

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

Catherine Hardwicke – Miss You Already

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Cine Doc fest returns for seventh year

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

Craig Roberts – Just Jim

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

David Gordon Green Talks ‘Manglehorn,’ Making Al Pacino Uncomfortable, and Romanticizing the Past

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

David Oyelowo – Captive

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Director Alex Winter Talks ‘Deep Web,’ the Democratization of Culture, ‘Bill & Ted 3,’ and More

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette – Miss You Already

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Drew Goddard – The Martian

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Gaspar Noe: Love is a warzone

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: I’m more obsessed with sex than with my movies says the director of Love, just before the film’s premiere at the Athens International Film Festival

Interview with Walker Deibel, Executive Producer of Finders Keepers

Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

Ridley Scott – The Martian

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

‘ Samba’ Co-Director Olivier Nakache on Discovering Omar Sy, the Importance of Music, and More

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

Simon Fantauzzo and Keri Collins – Convenience

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

‘ Spring’ Directors Discuss Breaking Rules, Indie Horror, Budget Constraints, and More

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

‘ Stray Dog’ Director Debra Granik on Finding Authenticity and Resisting Fictionalization Temptations

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

‘ Unexpected’ Director Kris Swanberg on Not Passing Judgement, Eliminating Stereotypes, and More

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

Verne Troyer – Convenience

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

The 2015 Oak Cliff Film Festival is Awesome!

Don Lewis @ Hammer to Nail

The AnimaSyros International Animation Festival celebrates its eighth edition

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Greece’s largest animation gathering spreads colour among the Cyclades by inaugurating its Agora, the country’s first animation market

The Athens International Film Festival raises its 21st curtain

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth and Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan bookend a programme of over 300 titles, 12 of them competing for the Golden Athena

Day One of the Julien Dubuque International Film Fest

Don Lewis @ Hammer to Nail

Gridlocked

Chase Whale @ Twitch Film

  • Excerpt: An energetic beast packed with bullets to the head, hyper-violence and well-choreographed ass kickings.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival ’15 Wrap Up

Don Lewis @ Hammer to Nail

Let’s All Go to the Wisconsin Film Festival…

Don Lewis @ Hammer to Nail

What is the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival?

Don Lewis @ Hammer to Nail

Festivals: Individual Reviews

CSAFF 2015 Preview

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

How to Win Enemies

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: How to Win Enemies is, like his own description of his feature debut, Jews in Space or Why Is this Night Different from All Other Nights? (2005), also a sad comedy, and though rather predictable, it is still a well-executed film that holds one’s attention and sympathy for its duration.

The Visit

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Women He’s Undressed

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Gillian Armstrong brings almost as much design panache and ingenuity to her film about Hollywood’s legendary costume designer Orry-Kelly as he had himself.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 25-27, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Hotel Transylvania 2” and “Labyrinth of Lies”

Projection: Oscar – Buzzin’

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: A film can’t navigate the Oscar season if the right combination of people – from audiences to critics to industry insiders to guild members – aren’t actively talking about it. Staying in the conversation for the long haul is challenging in a field consisting of a seemingly infinite number of prestige contenders, but getting in the conversation is the first major leap for these big early fall festivals, and that’s where the buzz begins.

Projection: Oscar – Clear As Mud, Or: How the Oscar Season May Already Be Over

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: Clearly, late-year releases can impact the race and generate goodwill with the Academy. But the last decade of awards seasons indicates that making initial impact early in the season and developing a narrative that can sustain a marathon race seems to be the most consistent path to ultimate Oscar victory.

Projection: Oscar – The Past, the Present, and the Passion

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: There seems to be a thin line between journalism and lobbying, between spotting the trends and creating them. The role of the pundit is ever-evolving, and not always in encouraging directions.

Projection: Oscar – The Premieres

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: The coming awards season is as full – and as exciting – as it can be. I can’t wait to give myself a headache trying to figure it all out.

Projection: Oscar – The Six Things We Know For Sure Right Now

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: At this stage – still decidedly early – it’s hard to wrap one’s head around the shapeless enormity of the season. So that’s the focus of today’s Projection: Oscar column. Six things – I would venture to posit the only six things – we know to be true about the Oscar race right at this moment.

Television

New Orleans Here and Now

Don Lewis @ Hammer to Nail

Essays

Mad Max Fury Road

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

  • Excerpt: An essay on the relation between speed and energy in Mad Max Fury Road.

On Shootings in Movie Theaters

Don Lewis @ Hammer to Nail

Spielberg is Right About Superhero Movies and the Western

David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: The Western was a mythical, psychic expression of every American thought in mainstream conversation. This is hardly removed from the modern world that saw real-life tragedies birth the superhero craze in which we currently live.

Why Tim Burton’s Batman 3 Never Happened

David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: The most infamous fallout from this bitter buzz came on the merchandizing side of Batman Returns, which like the box office took a noticeable hit. But the financials were the least of it when the PR for WB’s bat-shaped golden calf became factored in. And it started with those damn Happy Meals.

Reviews of Short Films

Água

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Canadian Short Docs at TIFF

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Highlights from the short docs screening at TIFF include ‘Bacon and God’s Wrath’, ‘Rock the Box’ and ‘Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton’.

Doggers

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

I Am Sami

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: British / Iraki Short Film Review

Limanakia

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Najes

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Iranian Short Film Review

O Mal e a Aldeia

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Puto

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

San Francisco 2.0

Sarah D Bunting @ Previously.TV

Ukhilavi Sivrtseebi

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Georgean Short Film Review – Nominated for the Cannes Palm d’Or in 2014

Wut

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Other Articles

First Rungs: How Entertainment Women Execs Began Their Climb to the Top

Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle and Thalo

  • Excerpt: Wow, women are finally assuming impressive power in entertainment … yet not quite like Mary Pickford in 1919. Modern times indeed.

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