From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 25, 2019)

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

Interviews

Armie Hammer on Terrorism, Spiders, and the Call Me By Your Name Sequel

Pat Mullen @ Sharp

  • Excerpt: Interview with Hotel Mumbai star Armie Hammer.

Danishka’s Dystopia: A Talk with Level 16 Director Danishka Esterhazy

Pat Mullen @ That Shelf

  • Excerpt: Discussing Level 16, feminist dystopia, fandom, and The Handmaid’s Tale with director Danishka Esterhazy

Father Son Holy Gore’s Interview with Larry Fessenden

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: In Depraved, Fessenden does more of the same again tackling the personal and universal truths that bind us together, and, many times, also tear us apart. Although the seeds of this story began in 2003 when Fessenden originally wrote the screenplay, it’s a relevant piece of writing in 2019, for many reasons.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Dave Bautista still finds comedy “a challenge”

Christian Long @ Syfy Wire

  • Excerpt: Though he’s a hoot as Drax, Dave Bautista admits he finds comedy challenging to portray

Lupita Nyong’o Learned the Ukulele to Portray a Zombie-Slaying Teacher in Little Monsters

Christian Long @ Syfy Wire

  • Excerpt: Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o learned to play the ukulele for her role as a zombie-slaying Australian pre-school teacher

Pet Sematary’s screenwriter was against changing the story — at first

Christian Long @ Syfy Wire

  • Excerpt: A fundamental change to the story of Pet Sematary ended up giving creative freedom to the project

Us captivates a packed house at SXSW

Christian Long @ Syfy Wire

  • Excerpt: Jordan Peele’s latest horror film does not disappoint

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 25, 2019)

This Week at the Movies (Mar. 22, 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: Mar. 22, 2019

Wide (United States)

Us

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Limited (United States)

Hotel Mumbai

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: The film Anthony Maras and his team have assembled shows the sort of understanding of how to capture tension, without drowning the film in unearned emotional turmoil.

Out of Blue

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Out of Blue

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An exploration of the big mysteries that dwarf crime conundrums.

Triple Threat

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: The plot is garbled nonsense, but there’s a scene in ‘Triple Threat’ where Tony Jaa fights Scott Adkins, then Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais fight Scott Adkins, then Tony Jaa fights Scott Adkins solo again. A scene. Actually, not even a scene, it’s a sequence within a scene.

Triple Threat

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: There’s a scene in Triple Threat where Tony Jaa fights Scott Adkins, then Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais fight Scott Adkins, then Tony Jaa fights Scott Adkins solo again. A scene. Actually, not even a scene, it’s a sequence within a scene.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Mar. 22, 2019)

Reviews: Us (2019)

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

  • [New] | Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: A strong beginning, a solid follow up and such a frustrating ending.
  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: this satire of the American dream, where those who get left behind simmer in murderous resentment, resembles one of those unwieldy Stephen King novels like “The Tommyknockers” or “Insomnia” where a good concept unravels and goes off the rails.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An anxious moan, a looming disquiet of a reckoning coming for America. This is horror as weird, funny, damning, and more disconcerting the more you think about it, finding fear right in front of us.
  • [New] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: a creepy, atmospheric, weird-as-balls doppelganger horror. There’s a lot to unpack, but I think I love the way Peele’s brain works. It’s also as relevant as Hands Across America has been or ever will be.
  • [New] | Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: With a proper handle on craft, Us is a well-oiled machine fueled by atmosphere, thrills, and surprise.
  • Jon Partridge @ Cinapse
    • Excerpt: Us is a meticulously crafted slice of horror. Twisted and weird, but grounded by a finely built family dynamic. Some aspects of the film are sure to be polarizing, but it’s undeniable what a fresh and enthralling experience it is.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
  • [New] | Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: One’s communal theater experience and entertainment value is addictively fed and your mind will race afterword, preserving the impact for even more internalization, compartmentalization, and surprise.
  • [New] | Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Reviews: Everybody Knows (2019)

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

  • Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A family drama that explores the long-term effects of family secrets.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: [Farhadi] begins with a bang, his extended family wedding one of the most cinematically significant in some time, but oddly, his film suffers diminishing returns as skeletons start to tumble out of closets.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: This production just might be director Asghar Farhadi’s most accessible creation.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Asghar Farhadi attempts to meld melodramatic mystery with his usual humanistic drama, but leaves little space for either impulse to be satisfied. Disappointing and strangely anticlimactic.
  • [New] | Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: Because the rural Spanish setting and the characters who inhabit it are so vividly realized, it’s a little jolting to discover that Everybody Knows is written and directed by two-time Iranian Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi. His previous movies like The Past, A Separation and The Salesman featured pointed comments on being an Iranian exile or on the challenges of living in contemporary Tehran.

Reviews: Triple Frontier (2019)

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

  • [New] | Emmanuel Báez @ Cinéfiloz [Spanish]
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: J. C. Chandor’s more distinct and subversive impulses adds more thought and complexity to an otherwise standard men-on-a-mission movie.
  • [New] | Joel Mayward @ Cinemayward
    • Excerpt: The five actors each give excellent performances in their respective roles, particularly Affleck and Isaac. The idea to cast Hedlund and Hunnam as brothers is downright brilliant–if Boyd Holbrook were in this film, it’d be like looking at triplets.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Internet Daddies’ Camping Trip.
  • [New] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: TRIPLE FRONTIER should be prime fodder for “heist movie” fans. There’s hardly a dull moment in director J. C. Chandor’s film about a jungle robbery and its unexpected consequences.

Classics & More on DVD (Mar. 19, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Basic Instict 2

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [2006]

  • Excerpt: Basic Instinct 2 is not a good film. However, it is a surprisingly funny one.

Dances With Wolves

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1990]

Out of Africa

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1985]

From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 18, 2019)

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

Best of Lists

The 13 Most Influential Plot Twists In Cinema History

Mike McGranaghan @ Ranker

Interviews

Behind the Making of “Finding Steve McQueen”

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Jia Zhang-ke: ‘O mais importante foi encontrar a lógica feminina para esta personagem’

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

João Salaviza sobre ‘Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos’

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

Lav Diaz: ‘As democracias estão a desaparecer’

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

Marcelo Martinessi: ‘É fascinante olhar para a sociedade através dos olhos das mulheres’

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

SXSW: Excision Director Returns with New Horror Comedy “Tone-Deaf”

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 18, 2019)

This Week at the Movies (Mar. 15, 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: Mar. 15, 2019

Wide (United States)

Five Feet Apart

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Wonder Park

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Limited (United States)

Ash Is Purest White

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: A pure delight.

Ash Is Purest White

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Mar. 15, 2019)

Reviews: A Private War (2018)

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

  • Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: The life and work of an award-winning female war correspondent whose zeal for the truth made her into a fearless person.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A moving and important portrait of legendary Times of London foreign correspondent Marie Colvin. We need more movies like this, about fearless, badass women this outrageously good at their vitally necessary work.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Heineman progresses through the years with purpose as far as showing Colvin’s relationship with war above all else. Rather than straight biography, A Private War proves an emotionally poetic representation of identity.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Screen Anarchy
    • Excerpt: Resoundingly received with dramatic urgency–hauntingly involving in its depiction of the scarred psyches of journalists. Pike gives a powerful and revealing performance as the late Colvin that embraced her high-risk occupation with abrasive enthusiasm
  • [New] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: With a husky voice, a jagged swagger, and a gruff charisma, the incredible Rosamund Pike paints Marie Colvin as an uncompromising warrior in her own right – often elevating the script and overcoming the movie’s clumsy pacing.

Reviews: Apollo 11 (2019)

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