Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 27, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

The Boys in the Band

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1970) [Portuguese]

The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1999) [Portuguese]

Making the Boys

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (2011) [Portuguese]

Memories of Murder

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat (2003)

  • Excerpt: Like Parasite, it’s one of those stories that sucks you right in, then proceeds to surprise you on a regular basis.

Open Grave

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (2013)

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 26, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #50: Favorite Horror Films, Part 2

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Aaron Sorkin on “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Nell Minow @ Medium

  • Excerpt: “In my head, the film organized itself into three stories that would be told at once: the courtroom drama, the evolution of what was supposed to be a peaceful protest into a riot, a violent clash with the police and the National Guard, and the third story, one that wasn’t in any of the books or the trial transcript, and that I would only be able to get from Tom, was the relationship between Tom and Abbie , two guys on the same side who can’t stand each other, who each think the other is doing harm to the movement, but in the end they come to respect each other..”

Radha Blank’s Lockdown Breakout Film Doubles as Her Own Origin Tale

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

The Studio Wanted Cameron Diaz’: Salma Hayek On The Role That Changed Her Life

Candice Frederick @ Elle

Festivals: Individual Reviews

[Nightstream] Short Films: Coil / The Nurturing

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Two short films from Nightstream: one about the dread of anxiety, the other about returning to childhood figuratively and literally.

[Nightstream] Short Films: Gutterwitch / Weirdo / Landgraves

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Three films from Nightstream: one about modern witchcraft, one about bullying, and another about the potential danger of macabre art.

[Nightstream] Short Films: Thorns / Jeff Drives You / At the Edge of Night / Susie

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Three films from Nightstream, each about important LGBTQ2IA issues.

Dinner in America

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Dinner in America takes a look at imperfect people rejected by a capitalist U.S. society that values only those who fit a perfect mould.

Jazzberry

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: There are very few films like Jazzberry. It has all the absurd satirical spirit of something like Brazil crossed with the artistry and surreal strangeness of Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle.

NewFest 2020 Report 1

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 26, 2020)

This Week at the Movies (Oct. 23, 2020)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video.

Opening: Oct. 23, 2020

Wide (United States)

None

Limited (United States)

Synchronic

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Ambitious and weird and unlike anything you’re likely to encounter anytime soon.

Eddi Pasa @ DC Filmdom

  • Excerpt: Synchronic is one of the best films of the year, another corker of a sci-fi thriller from writing/directing duo Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson.

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The characters are likable, their situations dramatic and relatable, and they’re all set up for a speculative blast that will blow the hinges off. The problem is that when the sci-fi twist arrives, it’s basic and contrived, and not weird enough to compensate for its unbelievability.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Oct. 23, 2020)

Reviews: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This momentous cultural event from the end of the turbulent 60’s is apt to floor those unfamiliar with the case given the uncanny similarities with events today… The film features a dynamic, sprawling ensemble, one of the best of the year.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: For better and for worse, all of Aaron Sorkin’s idiosyncrasies on full display. It is elegant, energetic, and entertaining, but I also found the film and its messaging to be hollow.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: No argument that Aaron Sorkin is great at writing courtroom dramas, but the jury is still out on his skills as a director.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Even if a couple of the characters get short shrift, the film’s examination of the impact of protest is both fascinating and eerily timely.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: It’s a project tailor-made for Aaron Sorkin [that] was surely catnip to write. No wonder its 129-minute runtime flies by like nothing.
  • [New] | Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ showcases both Aaron Sorkin’s great skill and his great shortcomings. Telling the true story of a rambunctious American kangaroo court trial, Sorkin’s script is as precise and laser-honed as one would expect but his developing skill as a director still keeps audiences arm’s reach from the emotional core of the material.
  • [New] | Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: Aaron Sorkin’s sophomore effort in the director’s chair – after 2017’s Molly’s Game – is just as compelling, erudite, and masterful as his first. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the best movies of the year so far.

Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 20, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Room

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (2015)

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 19, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #50: Favorite Horror Films, Part 1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Anything for Jackson

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Anything for Jackson uses its main characters to explore the Gothic side of ageing, and flips the idea of family on its head with Satan.

Bloody Hell

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Grierson’s film is a must-see that’ll crack some up, gross some out, and make many others think.

Honeydew

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: As sharply edited and unsettling as “Honeydew” is, the final result is about as pleasant as eating lemons dipped in milk.

An Unquiet Grave

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: An Unquiet Grave is a deeply emotional view of grief, and wonderfully macabre.

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round One #9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Costume Design, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

The Wolf of Snow Hollow

Scott Phillips @ www.wrbl.com

Reviews of Short Films

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 19, 2020)

This Week at the Movies (Oct. 16, 2020)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video.

Opening: Oct. 16, 2020

Wide (United States)

Honest Thief

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Martin Eden

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: What keeps us engaged is Marinelli’s commitment, the film’s old world romance as conveyed by cinematographers Alessandro Abate and Francesco Di Giacomo and the period trappings of an unspecified era as realized by a bygone one.

Shithouse

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The film sometimes almost lapses into ‘Sundance twee,’ but Raiff comes across as so emotionally honest in his performance that as a filmmaker he manages to stay grounded.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Oct. 16, 2020)

Reviews: The Glorias (2020)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL
    • Excerpt: Presenting both Steinem’s life and times in a single film thus presents particular challenges, but Julie Taymor and Sarah Ruhl are more than up to the challenge in The Glorias, an unconventional film that is part traditional biopic and part wild experiment, ticking off key events of Steinem’s life (even the adoption of her famous aviator glasses) while engaging in flights of fancy and mixing time periods so that the Glorias of different ages are able to interact with each other.
  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: From the first frame we are put on notice that this will be a film in which the emotional truth of her life is given equal weight with the factual truths that, while, accurate, cannot hope to convey the same power
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: What can one say about a Gloria Steinem biopic in which she tap dances in a Black barbershop as a child or meets a cutesy couple of Harley enthusiasts in a diner who gush in admiration of her feminism? Corny, say I.
  • RIch Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: Refreshingly, the script refuses to pull punches, facing big issues head-on while keeping the story personal
  • [New] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Though feels like a highlight reel at times, the movie never loses its focus and its powerful grip on the viewer’s emotions. Glorious.
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: Once we get to Steinem kicking the patriarchy’s ass – which began when she wrote an undercover piece about the awful working conditions of the “bunny” cocktail waitresses at New York’s Playboy Club in the 1960s – the movie sabotages its own momentum by doubling back to one of the less interesting segments.

Reviews: Honest Thief (2020)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Honest Thief is a dispiriting let down of what may have been something bordering on intriguing in favor of low-rent action trash and a complete of waste of Liam Neeson’s talents and our time.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: A mediocre execution of a well-worn revenge formula.

Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 13, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Big Time

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews (1988)

  • Excerpt: I’m a big time fan of Waits.

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 1

M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com (2020)

  • Excerpt: Just shy of celebrating the studio’s 100th Anniversary, Sony Pictures’ Columbia Classics Volume 1 begins the commemorations by bringing together a collection of some of the best films in cinema history — Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Strangelove, Gandhi — while offering up a couple of recent favorites voted into the set by fans A League of Their Own and Jerry Maguire.

Dubai

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour (2005) [Indonesian]

The Elephant Man

M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com (1980)

  • Excerpt: Following the unfortunate life of John Merrick, played by an exceptional John Hurt, David Lynch’s The Elephant Man remains an emotionally impactful tale of the human condition and remains the filmmaker’s most accessible feature.

Pitch Black

M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com (2000)

  • Excerpt: David Twohy’s sci-fi horror actioner Pitch Black is good brainless B-movie fun featuring Vin Diesel’s breakthrough performance as the brooding, anti-hero criminal Riddick.

Shutter Island

M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com (2010)

  • Excerpt: In Martin Scorsese’s masterful neo-noir crime thriller Shutter Island, a missing person’s case inside a creepy psychiatric facility compels Leonardo DiCaprio’s detective to investigate deeper into questions about reality, sanity and seeing the humanity in criminal offenders.

Summer Rains

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour (1975) [Indonesian]

Tender Mercies

M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com (1983)

  • Excerpt: From Horton Foote, Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies is a meditative character study that still delivers an emotional impact and features an Oscar-winning performance by Robert Duvall.

Youth

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (2015)

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