Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 16, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Reservoir Dogs

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia [1992]

  • Excerpt: The notion that all entertainment has subtext and can be interrogated until it takes on new form was hardly novel in 1992, but Tarantino found a way here not just to make his audience aware of it but to make it an actual dramatic value.

Terror 5

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies [2016]

  • Excerpt: For sleaze film fans, it offers a smidgen of sex and nudity and a modicum of violence and gore. There’s very little terror, though, and even less sense.

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 15, 2019)

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

Interviews

Agnès Varda interview

Paulo Portugal @ Insider.pt [Portuguese]

Director Daniel Farrand Talks Making “The Haunting of Sharon Tate”

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Festivals: General Coverage

Silent Pleasures: An Engaging Guide to the 24th San Francisco Silent Film Festival, May 1st – 5th

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

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This Week at the Movies (Apr. 12, 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: Date

Wide (United States)

Hellboy

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Little

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Missing Link

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Limited (United States)

Mary Magdalene

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A fiercely feminist and proudly revisionist historical drama that offers a powerful and much-needed rebuke to modern Christianity. Enrapturingly beautiful and intensely emotional.

Mary Magdalene

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: By placing this epic journey through Mary’s eyes we can understand the sacrifice as being more than just time and energy. Where Peter sought answers, her choice to follow Jesus was a betrayal to her name.

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: This will surprise absolutely no one, but Yuen Woo-ping can stage the hell out of a fight. The guy is a legend for good reason.

Stockholm

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: While [the comedic] direction appears to do a gross disservice to these characters’ real life counterparts, it does make for a pretty fun movie.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Missing Link (2019)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Punny humor, silly slapstick and classic cartoon tropes abound in Butler’s tale, but he’s also used his evolutionary theme to layer in more modern concepts like animal rights, feminism and male sensitivity.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A quite literally cartoonishly awful protagonist, a plot that makes no sense, lowbrow humor, and terrible gender dynamics add up to an unpleasant retro mess.

Reviews: Little (2019)

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  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Bullying tech CEO is cursed to revert to powerless kid-dom. The limp, desperate comedy that follows never figures out who its audience is and is often unintentionally obnoxious and disturbing.

Reviews: Hellboy (2019)

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  • [New] | Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: like Monty Python without the humor as it scampers across the British landscape questing in vain for a film worth watching. Keep questing HELLBOY.

Reviews: The Public (2019)

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  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It’s blunt, clumsy, and leaves little room for interpretation, but Emilio Estevez’s passion for the story and its messaging is undoubtedly sincere.
  • [New] | Christian Long @ Glide Magazine
    • Excerpt: It forces a painfully earnest look at what libraries end up becoming in major American cities: a safe haven for the homeless.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Estevez never forgets the humanity he’s striving to spotlight. That’s what makes The Public a success despite the convenient characters and [parallels].
  • Beverly Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: “The Public” is just plain great film-making. Estevez brings us separate, interesting homeless personalities of courage, despair and humor. He also comments on the crisis of our time through Stuart Goodson, who explains what’s going on over the phone to a newswoman covering the story: “And in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath.”
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: The Public makes a worthy stump speech for its checklist of modest societal issues.

Reviews: Climax (2018)

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Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 9, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Crash

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [2005]

  • Excerpt: Having seen Crash for the first time since its release, a good distance of fifteen years, I find myself asking, ‘How did Crash end up even getting nominated for Best Picture, let alone win’?

Daughters of the Dust

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1991]

  • Excerpt: Daughters of the Dust is a poetic film, which might turn off those who are looking for a more straightforward narrative film. Its dreamlike quality is what elevates the film, though warning’s fair: it may be too poetic for some.

Overboard

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1987]

  • Excerpt: Overboard is a nice, harmless romp, one to be enjoyed as amusement and nothing more.

The White Stadium

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1928]

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 8, 2019)

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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Craft Film Festival

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Based in Barcelona, Spain, the first big change was moving the festival from a movie theater in a more commercial part of the city to Nau Bostik, a former glue factory turned cultural center, located in the quieter, residential section of the city known as La Sagera.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 29-31, 2019

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

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