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the OFCS welcomes new member Amber Wilkinson

The OFCS is delighted to announce that Amber Wilkinson has been granted membership in the organization. Wilkinson’s reviews appear at Eye for Film.

Wilkinson introduces herself:

I’m the co-founder and editorial director of Eye For Film. We’re based in Scotland and aim to produce quality online journalism that covers more than movies in the mainstream. I’m a big film festival goer and watch a lot of independent and foreign language cinema. I also watch a lot of short films – I believe they are a breeding ground not only of new talent but of fresh ideas which often go on to have an impact in bigger budget features. I’m a huge fan of Spanish language cinema and I have a weakness for sweet popcorn.

The OFCS welcomes Wilkinson as a member.

the OFCS welcomes new member Anders Wotzke

The OFCS is delighted to announce that Anders Wotzke has been granted membership in the organization. Wotzke’s reviews appear at Cut Print Review.

Wotzke introduces himself:

With so many of today’s films aimed at adolescent audiences, it has always nagged me that there are few legitimate critical voices that spoke from their perspective. The same can be said about Australian films, which often struggle to get the recognition they deserve, nationally and globally.

So as a 20 year old media student living in South Australia, and movie fanatic, I felt that this was a void I could help fill. At first, I began writing reviews for my University’s student magazine, On Dit. As I started to review more films than the magazine could feature, I ventured online and set up my own blog www.cutprintreview.com. It is here were I realized the brilliance of online criticism; my readership was no longer just my University, it now was the far reaches of the world. With my membership in the OFCS, I hope to further shed light on the Australian film industry and give film criticism a youthful voice (before I lose it!).

The OFCS welcomes Wotzke as a member.

the OFCS welcomes new member Adam Lippe

The OFCS is delighted to announce that Adam Lippe has been granted membership in the organization. Lippe’s reviews appear at Outlook, Out in America, and A Regrettable Moment of Sincerity.

Lippe explains:

I take the art of film criticism very seriously, and am sad to see not just the death of newspapers and film reviews being written by interns who don’t know much about film, and they have no intention on eliminating that ignorance. I’ve been quite vocal for at least 10 years on how the internet has given the armchair critic the idea that their writing is just as valid as a professional, simply because it is available to the public and can’t get around the fact that it is of very little importance that they liked or disliked a film, but why they felt that way. I take notes in the theater on paper that uses out-of-print Pauline Kael to prop it up, books I’ve been reading over and over since I was 15 years old. I loathe those who mistake snarkiness and critical buzzwords for a legit review, not analyzing the movie but their knee-jerk reaction to plot points without ever being specific, and not realizing that their job is not only to tell their readers whether or not a movie is seeing, but having unique observations to share, which can be discussed even if the reader disagrees with the critic. But at the same time, I don’t take myself very seriously, and am quite aware of the elitist attitude inherent in being a critic, and what an insulated world we live in, so my reviews tend to be assertive but deadpan, while attempting to inform the public of what I’ve learned about how the studio and independent worlds work, such as how PR people often think of us as their employees, who they have to schmooze and manipulate into writing a positive article, treating us like a herd of cattle, and at the same time discrediting any effect we might have on the public’s reaction to a film, box office or otherwise. Also, I clearly like run-on sentences.

I want people to see good movies, whether it is because of me or not, and to open up their minds so they can look at a film from a new perspective. I don’t want them to feel condescended to, but rather have an open debate on a movie, and making the important distinction between argument and discussion. While my expertise helps me write about themes and ideas in a way that is occasionally accused as academic, I want nothing more than to have conversations about film with others willing to be open-minded and that there’s no such thing as right or wrong in an opinion, only the way you express it.

If you find the above to be high-falutin’ and pompous, that’s fine. And you’re probably right.

The OFCS welcomes Lippe as a member.

the OFCS welcomes new member A.J. Hakari

The OFCS is proud to announce that A.J. Hakari has been granted membership in the organization. Hakari’s reviews appear at Passport Cinema, ReelTalk Movie Reviews, Classic Movie Guide, Review Express, and Terror Tube — and formerly at DVD Clinic and Blogcritics.org, where his archived reviews can still be found.

Hakari describes himself as:

an 11-year veteran of online film criticism who enjoys dabbling in all genres of film. Though my specialities are the areas of foreign and horror cinema, I enjoy the movies as a whole and bring a playful but informative approach in writing about them. Be they classics or new releases, the latest family romp or festival of fear, I pride myself on my honesty and knowledge of everything film has to offer. I look forward to bringing my style to the OFCS and serving it well in whatever ways I can!

The OFCS welcomes Hakari as a member.