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Classics & More on DVD (Sep. 8, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

The Agony and the Ecstasy

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Revies (1965)

Anomalisa

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (2015)

Now, Voyager

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1942)

The Nun

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour (1966) [Indonesian]

The Sandpiper

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1965)

The 39 Steps

Emanuel Levy @ OFCS (1935)

  • Excerpt: One of Hitchcock’s best U.K. thrillers, The 39 Steps, starring Robert Donat, introduces many themes that will recur in the director’s future work

From Our Members’ Desks (Sep. 7, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #43: Favorite Michael Caine Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Festivals: Individual Reviews

The Block Island Sound

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The Block Island Sound explores the horrors of the unknown with a very unique perspective.

The Dark and the Wicked

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Bertino’s film depicts a grim vision of evil that offers no hope, not a single glimmer of light at the end of its dark tunnel. Deliciously horrific.

Fantasia 2020 – Short Films: Dibbuk, Laura Hasn’t Slept & Smiley Death Face

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: In these three short films from Fantasia we get a group of Jewish Ghostbusters, a terrifying therapy session, and the funniest, most dangerous text message conversation you’re ever likely to see.

Fantasia 2020 – Short Films: F for Freaks, Diabla & Narrow

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Three short films playing at Fantasia which depict an authoritarian dystopian world, a witch taking revenge for her assault, and a woman doing her best to walk a dangerous narrow path.

Fantasia 2020 – Short Films: Nightingale, Mr. Thisforthat & Milk Teeth

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: These three terrifying shorts will each shatter some of your most preciously held illusions about life, from our faith in medical professionals to our visions of childhood.

Fantasia 2020 – Short Films: Progeny & Who Goes There?

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Men and parasites are a common theme in these two different yet equally terrifying short films.

For the Sake of Vicious

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Beneath the film’s ultra-violence are issues of class and justice that emerge with every bloody slice of a knife or crushing blow of a hammer.

Fried Barry

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Fried Barry is at once hilarious and serious, using humour to keep things slightly foolish while the chaotic plot simultaneously digs into important issues about addiction in Cape Town.

Kriya

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Kriya explores the disturbing horrors of patriarchy via Hinduism

Shakespeare’s Sh*tstorm

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Something about Shakespeare inspires Kaufman and his Troma team to heights of lunacy even beyond their usual excesses. Sh*tstorm may not be quite as surreal as ‘Tromeo & Juliet,’ but it represents a capstone of their transgressive punk aesthetic.

Unearth

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Unearth explores the terrifying consequences of fracking in this desperate ecological warning of a horror film.

You Cannot Kill David Arquette

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The resulting film is a powerful tale of redemption, self-acceptance, and the supportive people we all need to occasionally lift us up when we’re too weak to carry ourselves.

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Sep. 7, 2020)

This Week at the Movies (Sep. 4, 2020)

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. 4, 2020

Wide (United States)

Tenet

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Sep. 4, 2020)

Reviews: Boys State (2020)

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

  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: It finds in this purely ceremonial exercise a stark portrait of a deeply divided country at a crossroads, and in its protagonists’ struggles, a charged journey full of suspense, disappointment, and joy.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: riveting…a microcosm of the state of our divided nation as displayed by seventeen year-old boys, predominantly white and conservative, who are at turns impressive, infuriating, silly, mean-spirited, compassionate and frequently surprising.
  • Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience
    • Excerpt: I watched the new Apple+ and A24 documentary Boys State and, sorry to break it to you, but America is nuts. Like, really. A lot. I’m allergic to nuts—anaphylactic, send me hospital kind of allergic—and I felt as if I were about to break out in hives watching Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss’ compelling and unsettling new movie.
  • [New] | Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews
    • Excerpt: Like a reality TV show cinema vérité.
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: Boys State is a masterful piece of observational, verité cinema. It’s every bit as engrossing as something like Harlan County, USA – although the stakes of that film, about striking coal miners in Kentucky, are literally life-and-death – and carries on the grand tradition of the direct cinema approach of the Maysles Brothers and Frederick Wiseman.

Reviews: Tenet (2020)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” is a sleek, mysterious clockwork which, like its title, flips in its middle and doubles back on itself, exposing its inner machinations. As The Protagonist, John David Washington imbues the director’s chilly aesthetic with humanizing warmth.
  • Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: Christopher Nolan’s latest brain-bender is an entertaining if rather dense spy thriller, mixing the globe-hopping splendour of a Bond movie with Nolan’s puzzle-style plotting, dropping clues into each Imax-scaled scene.
  • Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: With Tenet, Nolan has made his Bond film. Unfortunately it is Spectre by way of Guy Ritchie’s Revolver.
  • [New] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Nolan never fails to deliver on the big screen experience and, in spite of some atypical predictability, this is a thrilling watch from beginning to end.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: Christopher Nolan has too much time on his hands.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: ‘Tenet’ sees director Christopher Nolan completely bend the knee to technical showmanship and entirely ignore the bread and butter of what makes films engaging: character. Though the mostly-practical VFX achievements make you wonder how he did this or that, there is no excuse for how actively not fun Tenet is.

Classics & More on DVD (Sep. 1, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Blonde Venus

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Brainstorm

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

The Good Dinosaur

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Ishtar

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: Ishtar may have been unfairly bashed for elements outside the film itself, but it is still a sad and sorry spectacle to see.

The Last Command

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Madame Du Barry

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

A Man Called Adam

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Marie Antoinette

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Peyton Place

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

From Our Members’ Desks (Aug. 31, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #42: Favorite Marvel Movies

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Climate of the Hunter

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Mickey Reece’s Climate of the Hunter is a fresh, stylish take on the figure of the vampire for 2020.

Hunted

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Vincent Paronnaud’s Hunted subverts a nasty subgenre by allowing its protagonist Eve to be a warrior woman without needing sexual violence to turn her into one.

Labyrinth of Cinema

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Nobuhiko Obayashi’s final movie, completed only months before his death, is an exuberant, monumental, poetic and surreal ode to the power of cinema.

The Reckoning

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Neil Marshall’s plague horror is more about the horrors of misogyny perpetrated by men in power during the era of witch hunts.

Time of Moulting

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Time of Moulting is an exploration of both personal and national traumas set in Germany circa the 1970s.

Tributes

Olivia de Havilland: A Personal Remembrance

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Aug. 31, 2020)

This Week at the Movies (Aug. 28, 2020)

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: Aug. 28, 2020

Wide (United States)

Bill & Ted Face the Music

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Personal History of David Copperfield

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Centigrade

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Walsh and his two actors make the most out of their singular location, one which may have been easy on the budget but which surely posed technical and artistic challengers. They’ve risen to them.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: I mean it as a total compliment to say Centigrade will drive you nuts.

Entwined

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Fatima

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Full of compelling ideas about the mystery of faith.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Aug. 28, 2020)

Reviews: The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020)

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

Reviews: Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Reeves and Winter step into their old roles as if they’ve simply grown older along with them and the film is as sweet and silly as our protagonists.
  • Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: The storytelling is messy, but the film is so disarming that only the coldest curmudgeon will be able to resist its charms
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: I had a really fun time hanging out with these characters again. It’s a conclusion to the series that will definitely satisfy fans.
  • [New] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: It’s difficult living up to a film beloved by so many, but this second sequel does a good job of evoking everything that was great about its predecessors.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Bill & Ted may face the music, but it’s their daughters that are the most righteous.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The chill zen and goofy charm of GenX’s philosopher-fools remains intact, but their latest adventure is too familiar a retelling. Still, “Be excellent to each other” won’t ever not be worth heeding.
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
    • Excerpt: If the world could be gifted a million more movies like Bill & Ted Face the Music, it could be the cause for celebration and peace among the nations. Not only is it a welcome blast of nostalgia, it is an eager call for unity amid calamity like none other.