From Our Members’ Desks (Sep. 23, 2019)

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

Interviews

Patricio Guzman interview

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

Shut Up, Jason Stuart Is Talking!

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Comedian/actor Jason Stuart answers questions concerning his new memoir about coming out in Hollywood.

Unbelievable

Nell Minow @ AWFJ.org

  • Excerpt: Really early on there were just so many things that we were excited about exploring within it.

Awards Coverage

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This Week at the Movies (Sep. 20, 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: Sep. 20, 2019

Wide (United States)

Ad Astra

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Downton Abbey

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Limited (United States)

Where’s My Roy Cohn?

Chris Barsanti @ Slant

  • Excerpt: This sharp, to-the-point portrait of the crook, fixer, and right-wing pitbull resists the urge to darkly glamorize him.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Haunt (2019)

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Reviews: Downton Abbey (2019)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: an enjoyable reunion with a beloved television series for those who followed it faithfully, but it fails to convince a big screen upgrade was necessary.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Wherein the working class revels in servitude, and wealth and privilege are deserved. Deeply reactionary and unlikely to please anyone not already enamored of the show. I get Anglophilia, but really?
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: You have either put in the work and will be rewarded with a feature-length trip to an era you believe superior to most, or you are a Downton pagan and will be treated like the barbarian you are with minimal clues on who is related to whom, who is dead, who is beloved, and who is loathed.

Reviews: Ad Astra (2019)

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

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Agatha

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1979)

The Birth of a Nation

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (2016)

  • Excerpt: Putting aside the controversies that engulfed both Nate Parker and the film, dooming whatever Oscar hopes both had, this The Birth of a Nation would have failed on its own, a poor telling of what should have been a much more compelling story.

Captain Blood

Tynan Yanaga @ 4 Star Films (1935)

The Desperate Hours

Tynan Yanaga @ 4 Star Films (1955)

The Farmer’s Wife

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1928) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: After his daughter weds, a middle-aged widower with a profitable farm decides to remarry, but finds choosing a suitable mate a problematic process.

The King of Comedy

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews (1983)

  • Excerpt: For a movie about a failed standup comedian, it’s difficult to watch. Rupert’s delusions of success are funny at first, but then grow cringe-worthy — and then dangerous. But there’s a third act pivot that makes this one of my favorite Scorsese movies.

Libido

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1965) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A young man goes with his wife to a spooky house, an inheritance from his father.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (2002)

The Music Room

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1958)

The Naked Dawn: An Edgar G. Ulmer Western

Tynan Yanaga @ 4 Star Films (1955)

Rancho Notorious: Chug-a-Lug

Tynan Yanaga @ 4 Star Films (1952)

Singapore Sling

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (1990)

  • Excerpt: Imagine a cross between ‘Laura’ and ‘Salo,’ as directed by a young Luis Buñuel dabbling in pornography, and you’ll have some idea of what you’re in for—but it’s slightly weirder than that.

From Our Members’ Desks (Sep. 16, 2019)

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

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off Round One #4

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Production Design, 2001

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Hitchcock Breaks the Sound Barrier in Early Films ‘Blackmail’ and ‘Murder!’

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Other Types of Articles

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This Week at the Movies (Sep. 13, 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: Sep. 13, 2019

Wide (United States)

The Goldfinch

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Hustlers

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Limited (United States)

Depraved

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Legendary horror filmmaker Larry Fessenden gives the ‘Frankenstein’ tale a lo-fi indie horror spin, though it’s more concerned with Brooklyn hipsters dealing with trauma than typical genre trappings.

Desolation Center

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to go on a punk rock field trip, like pile into school buses with a bunch of like-minded outsiders who are into the same kind of music as you, Stuart Swezey’s new documentary, Desolation Center, has you covered.

Freaks

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Nothing in Freaks is as it initially appears.

Monos

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: A thoughtful, bleak, and exhilirating experience that demands to be seen on the big screen.

Monos

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Apocalyptic and oblique, nightmarish and surreal, it’s a dark allegory, one that contains weirdly more Gummi Bear fun facts than expected.

The Sound of Silence

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A creative exploration of the interactions between humans and the sounds of the things around them.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)

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Reviews: Hustlers (2019)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: like the before and after economic realities of 2008, the movie is a lot more fun while things are on the upturn, the women’s manipulation of men feeding on greed something to cheer, their donning of sheep’s clothing to become wolves of Wall St. unsettling.
  • [New] | Karl Delossantos @
    • Excerpt: Hustlers is an incredibly complex movie. Not only is it hilarious and charming, it delivers commentary on complicated themes of female relationships, the power dynamic between men and women, and the struggle of the working class.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: A deceptively nuanced crime film that is as thoughtful as it is entertaining. Jennifer Lopez delivers a career best performance.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: GoodFellas, except they’re gals. A cinematic bonbon of delinquent deliciousness that easily wraps us up in charmed complicity. And the exquisite lack of a male gaze means it’s never salacious.
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Hustlers will excite many for its behind the scenes look at the exploitation of strip club dancers, the greasy men who slither through the door, and Jennifer Lopez putting on a show, but the pacing drags after the shock and awe wears off and the story is not as audacious and mind-blowing as you’re led to believe.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: A fast-paced, immensely entertaining film.
  • [New] | Matt Oakes @ Silver Screen Riot
    • Excerpt: Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (The Meddler), Hustlers is the kind of movie that one might confuse for a guilty pleasure, were it not also borderline great.

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