From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 11, 2019)

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

Interviews

Cynthia Erivo: A Powerhouse You Shouldn’t Underestimate

Candice Frederick @ Essence

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Honey Boy

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Where Honey Boy is most successful is in the opening sequence. With mostly quick cuts of Otis between performing on film sets and out of control in his car or dressing room, there is the suggestion that Otis is not totally able to distinguish life in or out of the studio, an existence of constant disorientation.

Invisible Life

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: One of the recurring visual motifs in Invisible Life is the use of frames within frames as restricted spaces.

Motherless Brooklyn

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Taking the film on its own merits, what Norton does right is the introduction of Moses Randolph, portrayed by Alec Baldwin.

My Name Is Pedro

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Sciamma knows how to make her points without the need for underlining. There are moments of sly subversiveness at play throughout the film.

The Report

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: What makes The Report timely is that it offers some perspective on the Mueller Report and the current arguments about Executive authority. Essentially, who is presenting the narrative, and what information is to be shared and with whom?

Awards Coverage

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This Week at the Movies (Nov. 8, 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: Nov. 8, 2019

Wide (United States)

Doctor Sleep

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Midway

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Limited (United States)

Honey Boy

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: This is a story by Shia LeBeouf, and as a work of dramatic therapy, it’s quite engaging.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: The Irishman (2019)

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

  • Siddhant Adlakha @ Firstpost
    • Excerpt: Martin Scorsese is king of the gangster picture, but heavy lies the crown.
  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: : …both classic Scorsese and a departure, a mob film featuring music evocative of the time yet no Rolling Stones…youthful ambition now aged remorse, De Niro his lead for the ninth time while Pacino is cast for the first…a triumph.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Irishman combines the meditative pace of Silence, the sharp humor and style of The Wolf of Wall Street, and the narrative of Martin Scorsese’s greatest gangster movies to form a self-reflective magnum opus.
  • [New] | Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: Few films can justify a length longer than 90 minutes, but even at three-and-a-half hours, Martin Scorsese’s melancholy mob movie The Irishman still feels lean, and very mean.
  • [New] | Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: The results are masterful, a testament to the abilities of a filmmaker who hasn’t slowed down, doing all that’s needed to not only stay relevant but make other filmmakers try harder.
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
  • Tynan Yanaga @ 4 Star Films

Reviews: Pain and Glory (2019)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This isn’t the first time writer/director Pedro Almodóvar has gone the autobiographical route in his filmmaking, but this may be the most moving, his 22nd full length theatrical feature carefully considered, deeply felt and vulnerably revealing.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: Pain and Glory is a colorful, funny and profound film where Pedro Almodóvar reckons with his past and career — featuring a career-best performance by Antonio Banderas.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Even as he’s gotten older, Almodóvar puts in enough here to suggest he has a ways to go before stopping.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • [New] | Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi
    • Excerpt: With his latest feature Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodóvar reiterates his mastery in making the viewers immerse in his stories and emerge with their eyes drenched, even when the characters refuse to cry. Acing the central part with life-like conviction is Antonio Banderas whose vulnerable eyes and fidgety body language catapult the film to realms of greatness.

Reviews: Doctor Sleep (2019)

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Classics & More on DVD (Nov. 5, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Black Belly of the Tarantula

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A series of victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black wasp. The victims all seem to have a connection with a spa.

Don’t Torture a Duckling

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town rife with superstition and a distrust of outsiders.

Mary

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

Pusher

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

Terror in the Aisles

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A series of murders are committed near the estate of a degenerate author and his wife.

From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 4, 2019)

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

Interviews

Interview: For All Mankind on Apple TV+

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles on Bacurau

Alexandra Heeney @ Seventh Row

  • Excerpt: Co-directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles discuss Bacurau, their collaboration, the film’s sound design, and how they embraced old-fashioned filmmaking techniques from the 1970s.

Pain & Glory

Pat Mullen @ That Shelf

  • Excerpt: Pain and Glory’s Antonio Banderas opens up about finding himself again.

Festivals: General Coverage

Prazer, Camaradas!

Paulo Portugal @ Insider.pt [Portuguese]

Zé Pedro Rock’n’Roll, uma vida inteira a dar-nos música

Paulo Portugal @ Insider.pt [Portuguese]

Awards Coverage

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This Week at the Movies (Nov. 1, 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: Nov. 1, 2019

Wide (United States)

Harriet

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Motherless Brooklyn

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Terminator: Dark Fate

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Limited (United States)

Adopt a Highway

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Logan Marshall-Green’s directorial debut is a modest effort that is elevated by a committed and endearing Ethan Hawke performance.

The Irishman

Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin

The Irishman

Tynan Yanaga @ 4 Star Films

Light From Light

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Writer/director, Paul Harrill, takes a refreshing empathetic and gentle approach to telling a ghost story. Erin Ireland and Jim Gaffigan are terrific.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Jojo Rabbit (2019)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Don’t go into “Jojo Rabbit” expecting a side splitting comedy à la Mel Brooks. Waititi’s film is a gentler thing and Scarlett Johansson’s performance embodies his message.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Candice Frederick @ Elle
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Director Taika Waititi sees warning signs, and in the shadow of Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers, confronts the uncomfortable and malign with humor, winks, and farce. Jojo Rabbit is a remarkable achievement of wit and wariness – truly one of the best films of the year.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: [It] ultimately finds itself growing very heavy while approaching its climax. Waititi does well to make certain this shift [from irreverence] doesn’t arrive out of nowhere.
  • [New] | Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Jojo Rabbit is a real joy of a film.
  • [New] | Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: The very prospect of a Nazi satire is risky business but Taika Waititi pulls it off like a pro, guiding a great cast and more-than-meets-the-eye characters to a heartfelt, deeply funny, and meaningful conclusion.
  • Jon Partridge @ Cinapse
    • Excerpt: A silly, sincere, bleak, and surprisingly wistful tale where love trumps hate in a tug of war over the soul of a young boy.

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