Classics & More on DVD (Aug. 20, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

The American Soldier

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1970) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Ricky is a cold-blooded U.S. German contract killer. After serving in Viet Nam, he returns to his home town of Munich to eliminate a few problem crooks for three renegade cops.

Bad Boys

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture (1983)

The City Tramp

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1966) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A tramp finds a gun lying in the street.

The Coffee House: After Goldini

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1970) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: People meet and chat at Ridolfo’s Coffeehouse. The conversations are mostly about money. But also about feelings, ideals, friendship, love, fidelity and respectability.

Dolan’s Cadillac

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (2009) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A young man attempts to seek to avenge his wife’s death after she is murdered by a Las Vegas mobster.

The Godfather

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1972)

  • Excerpt: The Godfather is an epic: a story of family and loyalty and the darkness that lurks beneath them.

Gods of the Plague

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1970) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A man is released from prison and finds the society on the outside less than appealing. With several women as well as the police on his tail, he sets out to find an old friend.

Katzelmacher

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1969) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Different couples with different dynamics.

The Last Emperor

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1987)

  • Excerpt: The Last Emperor is more than a history lesson on an obscure figure, but a story of a man caught in history’s maelstrom, majestic but powerless, forever doomed to be a puppet.

The Little Chaos

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1966) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Theo, Marite, and Franz cannot make any money selling magazines door to door, so they try a little robbery.

Love Is Colder Than Death

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1969) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Unusual gangster story, in which a small-time pimp Franz, who is torn between his mistress and Bruno the gangster sent after him by the syndicate that he has refused to join.

Razzia sur la Chnouf

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee (1955)

  • Excerpt: What really struck me was Decoin’s depiction of drug addiction and a multicultural Paris, unusual for a French film made in 1955, and unthinkable for Hollywood at that time.

Schindler’s List

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1993)

  • Excerpt: Schindler’s List is more than an excellent film: well-crafted and well-acted. It is an important and necessary film, one that I wish were shown annually to truly keep to the slogan “Never Again”.

Sitcom (1998)

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour (1998) [Indonesian]

Warlock

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1959) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang’s rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods.

Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1970) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: We never know what a person really thinks or feel…

From Our Members’ Desks (Aug. 19, 2019)

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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

The Father’s Shadow

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Gabriela Amaral’s second feature proves her brand of horror is firmly rooted in social realities.

Notes From the Festival Circuit: Arrow Video FrightFest 2019

Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle

Sons of Denmark

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: There’s a definite case made about white nationalism’s misunderstanding of where power really lies and which peoples are legitimately oppressed, and what damage this misunderstanding creates.

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off Round Zero – Final Chance

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Production Design, 1997

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Aug. 19, 2019)

This Week at the Movies (Aug. 16, 2019)

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: Aug. 16, 2019

Wide (United States)

Blinded by the Light

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Good Boys

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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Limited (United States)

Cold Case Hammarskjold

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A chilling tale of conspiracy well-told.

ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Story of the blues-inspired rock band who describe themselves as an oddball group.

ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: That Little Ol’ Band is a fun, enlightening look at one of the most unique and talented acts in the history of popular music.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Aug. 16, 2019)

Reviews: Luce (2019)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Luce packs in an awful lot of issues – white liberal saviorhood, cultural identity, black assimilation, victimhood, mental illness shaming, sexual assault – in a psychological thriller which invites debate and introspection rather than providing pat answers.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: Luce is a political thriller, horror, and character study all wrapped up neatly into a tight, twisting family drama that keeps you guessing.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: The buildup in Luce is immaculate, thought provoking, and incredibly performed, which more than makes up for an underwhelming conclusion.
  • [New] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Luce is an intelligent, provocative film you’ll absolutely want to see and discuss.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: [The filmmakers] put a boy on trial with no evidence other than his accusers’ own fears because half-truths and assumptions will always be easier to embrace than simple explanations rendered complex by the inherent bias American entitlement provides as a privilege.
  • [New] | Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: The enigmas revealed by the spiraling escalation of manipulative confrontations are incredible in Luce.

Reviews: Teen Spirit (2019)

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Reviews: The Nightingale (2019)

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Reviews: Blinded by the Light (2019)

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

  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Light has too many characters and too many subplots to sustain its throughline momentum, making for an intermittently entertaining but ultimately tedious experience.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: What easily could have been a simple feel-good story takes a touching and timely approach in exploring the experience of immigrants, identity, and culture clash.
  • [New] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Springsteen’s words are universal. Director Gurinder Chadha, known for feel-good stories where minority teenagers chase dreams reserved for other ethnicities and social classes, creates a coming-of-age story anybody can identify with and celebrates the power of music to motivate and push one to reach for things long thought unattainable.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
  • [New] | Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Hell no, you don’t have to be a superfan of Springsteen to enjoy Blinded by the Light, but it sure helps. Even if The Boss is not your ideal vibe, the sprightly emotions on-screen cannot help but target and trigger your own matching passionate feelings for whatever you revere.

Reviews: Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)

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

  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: the book’s comedic, misanthropic vitriol has been toned down in favor of the sweet mother-daughter story and lack-of-artistic-outlet character study at its heart.

Reviews: Good Boys (2019)

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

  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Cowriter/director Gene Stupnitsky resists easy gross-out gags, instead guiding his three young stars into distinct performances, the comedy derived from their age and innocence.
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: They have just enough information to be dangerous – these “tween” misunderstandings set up awkward episodes, punchy one-liners, and propel an adventure that will test their friendship through threats of grounding, bodily harm, and public humiliation.
  • [New] | Eddiw Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Classics & More on DVD (Aug. 13, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

The Ambulance

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod (1990)

  • Excerpt: A glorious fillip of pulp-surrealist imagery laced with black comedy.

Nighthawks

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture (1981)

The Parallax View

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia (1973)

  • Excerpt: Rather than offering a brutal plan to corrupt and shatter the democratic process, The Parallax View offers what we see as another facet of government’s perpetual background drama, real power’s theatrical apparatus, planting seeds or trimming branches where needed.

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