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

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

Best of Lists

Summer Preview

Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org/Español [Spanish]

Interviews

Interview with Alfonso Cuarón

Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org/Español [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Interview with the Mexican director, winner of two Oscars for best Director

Mindy Kaling’s moment continues ….

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Excerpt: While Mindy Kaling won an Emmy for co-writing an episode of The Office, she entered the public consciousness without saying a word at all.

The Perfection

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Excerpt: I don’t mind shocking people, director Richard Shepard says from Los Angeles. “I’m always in love with a movie that presses my buttons in some way because it becomes memorable and interesting.”

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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

Classics & More on DVD (Jun. 24, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Airplane! / Top Secret!

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia [1980, 1984]

  • Excerpt: Perhaps the deepest source of Airplane!’s specific pep lay in its driving sense of ironic contrast, between the slick neatness of Hollywood narrative and the bizarre lilt of modern American life circa 1980.

The Green Slime

Steve Biodrowski @ Hollywood Gothique [1968]

  • Excerpt: Although the steaming pile of electrified goo that is The Green Slime never coalesces into anything resembling a good movie, it nevertheless demands attention for two reasons having little to do with the usual “so bad it’s good” assessment.

John Wick [Croatian]

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [2014]

The Last Run

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod [1971]

  • Excerpt: Well predating Walter Hill’s The Driver (1978) as the granddaddy of getaway driver action flicks like Drive (2011) and Baby Driver (2017), The Last Run is a film badly in need of appreciation.

The Running Man

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee [1963]

  • Excerpt: Even though Reed would realize critical and commercial success just a few years later with Oliver!, it is The Running Man that can be said to be his last truly personal film.

This Week at the Movies (Jun. 21, 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: Jun. 21, 2019

Wide (United States)

Child’s Play

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Toy Story 4

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Wild Rose

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Director Tom Harper catches lightning in a bottle with his decision to cast Buckley, who appeared in his 2016 BBC production of ‘War & Peace,’ the young Irish actress running up and down emotional scales while crooning country classics.

Wild Rose

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Takes the “Star Is Born” formula we’ve seen before, and gives it a level of grit and raw emotional heft that allows it to soar, especially with Jessie Buckley’s terrific performance.

Wild Rose

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Rose-Lynn is engaged in a tug-of-war between the life she’s always wanted and that which she regrets creating. Choosing one above the other will only guarantee more heartache.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Toy Story 4 (2019)

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

  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This fourth entry in a series parents, at least, have long recognized as dealing with love and mortality, is a spiritual allegory that finds Woody submitting to an ‘organ transplant’ to give new life to another before ascending to his own version of heaven.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The series’ saving grace is that, with humor and heart so beautifully wise and stunningly rendered (CGI pun intended), even as returns diminish, a new chapter is still warm and smartly entertaining.
  • [New] | Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: The actors are certainly game to be as strong as ever in their vocal performances, which has Toy Story 4 working effectively as an animated character study, but the film is also flat-out hysterical.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
  • [New] | Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Despite the immense talent shining from the recording studio and the animation workshop, the traits and choices of Toy Story 4 lack being worthwhile.

Reviews: Child’s Play (2019)

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Reviews: Late Night (2019)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Kaling wrote for lead Emma Thompson, who herself began in stand-up and a television sketch show, and the actress walks a tricky line, creating an entertaining public facade, a boss-from-hell workplace persona and a thoroughly sympathetic private character.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson are stellar, bringing the sharp and witty script to life with great humor and nuance, even if its reach ultimately exceeds its grasp.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The deliciously entertaining Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling take center stage in a comedy about women in a male-dominated world. Laugh-until-you-cry and witheringly funny, often even keenly skewering.
  • Oktay Kozak @ Paste Magazine
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Consistently funny and engagingly smart.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Late Night [teaches] inclusivity and diversity as a means of reinvigorating creativity. [It] falls short of [its] potential, but the good still easily outweighs the bad.

Reviews: Brightburn (2019)

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

  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: a 20-minute story stretched to feature-length with tedious swaths that may have been intended as suspense, but instead feel like so much padding to increase the running time
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Arguably simplistic to a fault, but as a slasher film, it’s a lot of nasty fun.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Superman, but he’s evil. That’s the whole movie. This is a depiction of violent entitled sociopathy that may think it’s critiquing toxic masculinity yet is indistinguishable from a celebration of it.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: This is an ambitious attempt to merge the underbelly of the superhero craze with the ubiquitous broadness of horror but the whole misfire is as futile as Superman licking a Kryptonite postal stamp.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Brightburn’ has a great premise but not enough thrills to wade through.

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

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

Best of Lists

Top 10 Films of SIFF 2019

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

Interviews

Interview With Göran Lundström, Oscar Nominee For Best Makeup and Hairstyle for Border

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [English and Portuguese]

Interview: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails of “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

Nell Minow @ Medium

  • Excerpt: I think it was important to see two males being gentle with each other and especially for black men because we always feel like you have to be this masculine tough guy or something or you can’t show your feelings to your friend so I think more particularly with black men that was important to show a friendship like that.

Festivals: General Coverage

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Classics & More on DVD (Jun. 17, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Between the Lines

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [1977]

  • Excerpt: Boston audiences will be treated to location shots of Harvard Square in its pre-globalization heyday while cinephiles will delight in early performances of stars like Jeff Goldblum before they were known…

Fight Club

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture [1999]

This Week at the Movies (Jun. 14, 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: Jun. 14, 2019

Wide (United States)

Men in Black: International

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Shaft

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

Late Night

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The deliciously entertaining Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling take center stage in a comedy about women in a male-dominated world. Laugh-until-you-cry and witheringly funny, often even keenly skewering.

Late Night

Oktay Kozak @ Paste Magazine

Limited (United States)

American Woman

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: about the in between time, a suspension of a woman’s motherhood but not her life…Sienna Miller really digs deep here

The Dead Don’t Die

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Jun. 14, 2019)

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