From Our Members’ Desks (Sep. 3, 2018)

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

Interviews

Filmmaker Daniel Miller

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: In a case of parallel worlds, both James Blue and filmmaker, Daniel Miller, who chronicles Blue’s life in “Citizen Blue,” graduated from the University of Oregon, became instructors of cinema and have created important documentaries on social justice issues. Incidentally, they both were present at pivotal moments in history. Blue witnessed the eve of the Algerian Revolution and the 1963 Civil Rights March. Miller was present at Kent State during the 1970 student shootings by the National Guard and has been a continued activist in the civil rights and anti-war movements.

Filmmaker Robert Sickels

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: There is more to Robert Sickels and his work than immediately meets the eye, just like the little town he portrays. Five of his shorts, featured at the Northwest Film Center Aug. 2, were all shot in cozy, tree-lined Walla Walla, Wash., the complicated home of Walla Walla sweet onions, fine wine, Whitman College and the state penitentiary.

How ‘Searching’ changes the game on thrillers & the “screen-life” cinematic lexicon

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

  • Excerpt: How director/ Co-writer Aneesh Chaganty and co-writer/ producer Sev Ohanian were able to turn in an emotionally taut, Hitchcockian thriller, all unfolding on the screen of a laptop, is genuinely astounding.

Nicholas Alexander-Retired CIA

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Is Oliver Stone telling the truth in “Ukraine on Fire” and why does it even matter? In searching for some way out of the confusion, which seems to be much more widespread than just the reporting on the Ukrainian crisis, IJM interviewed Nicholas Alexander, an eye-witness and agency operative, who reveals surprising and worrisome information.

Essays

“It’s not over, it’s just not yours any more”: Thoughts on Fandom and Growing Old Gracefully…

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Some thoughts on the state of pop culture fandom in mid- to late-2018.

About Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Work Diaries 1955-1974’

Diego Salgado @ Cine Divergente [Spanish]

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Development Hell (No): Why ‘The Happytime Murders’ failed when it should’ve succeeded

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

  • Excerpt: We’ve been waiting for nearly a decade to see the Black List script for The Happytime Murders come to cinematic fruition. And the results are a feeble attempt at what should’ve been clever, cutting material.

Other Types of Articles

Horse’s Mouth

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Alec Guinness’s insightful masterpiece “The Horse’s Mouth” is full of thought, satire and artistic genius.

Put the Blame on Me

Betty Jo Tucker @ Memosaic Blog

  • Excerpt: My failed imitation of Rita Hayworth as Gilda.

Rape of Recy Taylor

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Oprah Winfrey announced the December death of Recy Taylor during her powerful 2018 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech. She let the world know of Taylor’s gang rape by white boys, her courageous accusation, her connection to Rosa Parks and how that influenced Rosa Parks’ 1955 bus ride and the precipitation of the Civil Rights Movement.

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