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Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 20, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Airplane!

Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic (1980)

  • Excerpt: While not all of the comedy has aged well, there is enough harmless slapstick and ridiculous shenanigans in Airplane! – “Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue!” – to make it one of the funniest comedies of the last half-century.

Alice Adams

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1935)

Anna Christie

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1930)

The Carole Lombard Collection II

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1935)

  • Excerpt: [Lombard] she was the queen of the screwball comedy, a particular invention of Hollywood’s Golden Age that celebrated romance while satirizing conventional love stories and challenging traditional sex roles.

Lash of the Penitentes

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1936)

  • Excerpt: The hype is part of the fun, of course, and as was the case with many exploitation pictures, there’s a “ripped from the headlines” aspect to The Penitente Murder Case, which was written by Zelma Caroll and directed by Harry Revier, and incorporates previously-shot documentary footage by Roland Price.

Perdita Durango (Dance with the Devil)

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews (1997)

  • Excerpt: …a hard core cult item and a wild ride, Perez and Bardem’s utterly fearless performances crowning them as one of the great cinematic criminal couples.

The Sea Around Us

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1952)

She Had to Say Yes

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Alliance of Women Film Journalists (1933)

  • Excerpt: The directorial debut of both Busby Berkeley and the film’s editor, George Amy, She Had to Say Yes is without a doubt the most degenerate pre-Code film I have ever seen.

That Thing You Do!

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (1996)

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 19, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #76: Oscars: Female Actors

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Best Films of 2021 (So Far)

Candice Frederick @

Awards Coverage

How Women Made Historical Advances in the 2021 Oscar Race

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: History was made when the Oscar nominations were released for Best Director – and now Chloe Zhao has won the coveted Directors Guild Award.

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Adapted Screenplay

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Documentary Feature

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Documentary Short Subject

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Original Score

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Original Screenplay

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Original Song

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Supporting Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Brakcet Round 2, #9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 2001

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 19, 2021)

This Week at the Movies (Apr. 16, 2021)

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: Apr. 16, 2021

Limited (United States)

Monday

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: If “Monday” makes any point at all, it is that sexual attraction does not a relationship make.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Apr. 16, 2021)

Reviews: Honeydew (2021)

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

  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Devereux Milburn brings enough interesting stylistic touches and off-kilter vibes to keep an otherwise familiar setup engaging and creepy.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: No movie about backwoods cannibals should be this dull.
  • [New] | C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore
    • Excerpt: Honeydew digs into serious subject matter like the horrifying effects of religious patriarchy, as well as the existential and bodily terror of heteronormativity.
  • [New] | Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: Old farm people are supposedly scary as sin in Devereux Milburn’s hostage-horror film ‘Honeydew’, a debut handicapped by lacking performances and an unjustifiably elongated runtime that fails to offer much novelty to the subgenre of young city folk kidnapped by malevolent bumpkins.
  • Gregory J. Smalley @
    • Excerpt: When ‘Honeydew’ is on, it’s creepy as hell. But when it’s off, it’s a case of ‘yeah, I totally saw that coming.’

Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 13, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Sensation Seekers and A Chapter in Her Life: Two Films by Lois Weber

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1927)

  • Excerpt: A Chapter in Her Life has the visual strengths of many silent pictures, including beautiful sets and costumes and accomplished, if melodramatic, acting.

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 12, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #75: Oscars: Male Actors

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Awards Coverage

Examining Oscar’s Below-the-Line Nominees

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Without doubt, movies are the most collaborative artistic medium, and streaming has made this year’s contenders more available than ever before.

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #8

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 2-4, 2021

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 2020

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Adapted Screenplay

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Makeup & Hairstyling

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Original Screenplay

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Supporting Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Supporting Actress

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 12, 2021)

This Week at the Movies (Apr. 9, 2021)

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: Apr. 9, 2021

Wide (United States)

Voyagers

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Moffie

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The film, which is both unflinchingly brutal and often quite beautiful, lays a groundwork for understanding the white male South African mindset given the military’s harsh indoctrination into hate politics…

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Apr. 9, 2021)

Reviews: 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts (2021)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Animated]
    • Excerpt: The Oscar nominated short animations comprise the most diverse program of the three featuring the obligatory Disney selection, a charming lesson for kids, to an experimental rumination of city life from France, off-beat humor from Iceland, a damning expression of grief and a mind-blowing history of the entire world told in nine minutes.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: The short subject documentaries cover a wide range of subjects this year, three reaching into the past while addressing contemporary issues.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: The nominated short Live Action films all find a unique perspective to explore their themes. It is of note that the only two films not from the U.S. happen to be from Israel and Palestine.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Animated]
    • Excerpt: With one notable exception, this animation program is not for kids.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin [Documentary] @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: I appreciated these all more or less equally, so my ranking is somewhat arbitrary.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: Cops or prejudice or a combination of the two are the connective themes that unite the majority of this year’s nominees.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Animated]
    • Excerpt: I don’t see how the astonishing “Opera,” by Erick Oh, doesn’t win the Oscar for Best Animated Short. This is a stupendous achievement, a cartoon clockwork depicting life, the universe, and everything.

Reviews: Voyagers (2021)

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

  • [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: Voyagers is passable fare but a bit frustrating in how it could have been more.
  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: at best, a moribund Kubrick redux meets The Lord of the Flies. It confuses slow pacing with gravitas, and whispered dialogue with profundity.
  • [New] | Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: A teenaged crew of astronauts grows up on a mission to a new Earth in ‘Voyagers’ but the journey can be a rocky one. There’s philosophical intrigue about the ethics of control but it’s left by the wayside to focus on middling teenage angst and murderous power struggles. As a purely commercial vehicle though, ‘Voyagers’ remains a competent vessel for flighty entertainment.

Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 6, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Up Close & Personal

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight