Category Archives: The Grab Bag

From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 14, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #58: Favorite Christopher Walken Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round One #17

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 4-6, 2020

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Screenplay, 2003

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

The Best Classic Films on Blu-ray in 2020

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

The Mystery of History in Jia Zhangke’s ‘I Wish I Knew’

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Silent Classic ‘The City Without Jews’ Wavers Between Satire and Grim Prophecy

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

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

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

Best of Lists

The 25 Greatest Actors of 21st Century (So Far)

Candice Frederick @ New York Times

5 Favorites Redux #56: Favorite DreamWorks Animation Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

5 Favorites Redux #57: Favorite Tommy Lee Jones Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Echo Boomers

Dan Lybarger @ www.arkansasonline.com

  • Excerpt: If the Denver native’s Little Rock education (he moved to Arkansas as a toddler) prepared him for the challenges of his current profession, trying to make a living while dealing with crushing student debt from the University of Central Arkansas and Columbia College Chicago, put him into the heads of his activist robbers.

Interview with Dana Nachman about “Dear Santa”

Nell Minow @ Alliance of Women Film Journalists

  • Excerpt: When I think I’ve done a good job is when people laugh in the film, cry in the film, and get chills in the film.

Kiera Allen Has Become Her Own Hero in ‘Run’

Candice Frederick @ Shondaland

Awards Coverage

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

From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 23, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #55: Favorite Nicolas Cage Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Awards Coverage

2020 Oscar Nominations Predictions: November

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Enough With The Oscar Diversity Requirements. The Academy Needs To Change Its Mindset.

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round One #14

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 13-15, 2020

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Screenplay, 2000

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Other Types of Articles

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 23, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 16, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #54: Favorite Diane Keaton Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Best Films of 2020 (So Far)

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

Interviews

The Dark and the Wicked Star Marin Ireland Has Her Own Survival Plan

Candice Frederick @ W Magazine

Kindred Star Tamara Lawrance Will Not Be Put Into a Box

Candice Frederick @ W Magazine

Festivals: General Coverage

Saint Louis International Film Festival 2020 Preview

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL

  • Excerpt: The 29thedition of SLIFF will be a little different, however: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everything will be run online. Which is not entirely a bad thing–it’s true that you miss the fun of seeing a film on the big screen in a communal setting, to say nothing of choosing your snacks from the concession stand, but on the plus side you don’t have to deal with weather, parking, getting a babysitter, and in most cases scheduling.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 16, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 9, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites #52: Favorite Horror Films, Part 3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

5 Favorites Redux #53: Focus Features Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Festival du nouveau cinéma – Apples / Undine

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Apples and Undine are two painfully relevant films in 2020: one about a pandemic, the other about a woman’s struggle against patriarchal myth.

I am Greta

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Setting aside the issues regarding climate change and any kind of agenda, I am Greta is also about the weight of celebrity.

NewFest 2020: Report 9

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL

  • Excerpt: Ben Anthony’s documentary Keith Haring: Street Art Boy offers a fresh and well-rounded look at Haring’s life and art, aided by unparalleled access to materials held by the Keith Haring Foundation.

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Shiva Baby

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Spring Blossom

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Under the Open Sky

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Under the Open Sky is notable for the tour-de-force performance by Koji Yakusho. Even if the name is not immediately familiar, even those not following Japanese cinema would have seen Yakusho in Babel or Memoirs of a Geisha.

Undine

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: The film stars Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski, the two main actors in Petzold’s Transit. For myself, Undine is more successful than the previous film, where I think the filmmaker’s imagined updating worked against the realities of the source novel.

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 9, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 2, 2020)

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

Interviews

Director Maïmouna Doucouré Was Inspired by Her Own Adolescence to Create Cuties

Candice Frederick @

Tony Todd on the Joy of ‘Candyman,’ and the Role of Black Horror

Candice Frederick @ New York Times

Festivals: General Coverage

NewFest 2020: Report 1

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Festivals: Individual Reviews

Ema

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Ema is basically a showcase for actress Mariana Di Girolamo. Ema is a force of nature who refuses to deal with anyone else other than her own terms.

Minari

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: What is unexpected is that Chung’s film does not have the cliches one might expect in a story about Asian immigrants in America, especially in a region one might perceive of as less hospitable.

Thou Shalt Not Hate

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: While (Mauro) Mancini admirably keeps any messaging from being heavy handed, he also errs in being a bit too cautious.

Wet Season

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 2, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 26, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #50: Favorite Horror Films, Part 2

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Aaron Sorkin on “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Nell Minow @ Medium

  • Excerpt: “In my head, the film organized itself into three stories that would be told at once: the courtroom drama, the evolution of what was supposed to be a peaceful protest into a riot, a violent clash with the police and the National Guard, and the third story, one that wasn’t in any of the books or the trial transcript, and that I would only be able to get from Tom, was the relationship between Tom and Abbie , two guys on the same side who can’t stand each other, who each think the other is doing harm to the movement, but in the end they come to respect each other..”

Radha Blank’s Lockdown Breakout Film Doubles as Her Own Origin Tale

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

The Studio Wanted Cameron Diaz’: Salma Hayek On The Role That Changed Her Life

Candice Frederick @ Elle

Festivals: Individual Reviews

[Nightstream] Short Films: Coil / The Nurturing

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Two short films from Nightstream: one about the dread of anxiety, the other about returning to childhood figuratively and literally.

[Nightstream] Short Films: Gutterwitch / Weirdo / Landgraves

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Three films from Nightstream: one about modern witchcraft, one about bullying, and another about the potential danger of macabre art.

[Nightstream] Short Films: Thorns / Jeff Drives You / At the Edge of Night / Susie

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Three films from Nightstream, each about important LGBTQ2IA issues.

Dinner in America

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Dinner in America takes a look at imperfect people rejected by a capitalist U.S. society that values only those who fit a perfect mould.

Jazzberry

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: There are very few films like Jazzberry. It has all the absurd satirical spirit of something like Brazil crossed with the artistry and surreal strangeness of Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle.

NewFest 2020 Report 1

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 26, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 19, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #50: Favorite Horror Films, Part 1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Anything for Jackson

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Anything for Jackson uses its main characters to explore the Gothic side of ageing, and flips the idea of family on its head with Satan.

Bloody Hell

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Grierson’s film is a must-see that’ll crack some up, gross some out, and make many others think.

Honeydew

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: As sharply edited and unsettling as “Honeydew” is, the final result is about as pleasant as eating lemons dipped in milk.

An Unquiet Grave

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: An Unquiet Grave is a deeply emotional view of grief, and wonderfully macabre.

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round One #9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Costume Design, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

The Wolf of Snow Hollow

Scott Phillips @ www.wrbl.com

Reviews of Short Films

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 19, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 12, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #49: Favorite Elle Fanning Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

2067

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Father Leahy on the Quibi Series Benedict Men

Nell Minow @ Medium

  • Excerpt: You see in the series it gets rough at the end because of difficulties in giving up “what I want” for “what we need.” That’s the nature of community because if you live in community you’ve got to give up what you want for what the community needs; not easy to do and none of us can do it consistently.

Rick Rowley on “Kingdom of Silence”

Nell Minow @ Alliance of Women Film Journalists

  • Excerpt: To me, Jamal’s story is fascinating. It is both epic and also deeply personal. It twists together two things. It’s his personal story of transformation and redemption but he’s also the man who risked his life at the center of this whirlwind.

Festivals: General Coverage

Denver Film Festival – The Line-Up

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: After dealing with the various uncertainties plus factoring current local health mandates, the Denver Film Festival will return, albeit totally virtual, and lower key.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Bloodthirsty

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The view of monstrosity, from predators to artists, in Bloodthirsty is unforgettable.

Paper Spiders

Jeremy Kibler @

  • Excerpt: Though there may be more hard-hitting films about paranoia, “Paper Spiders” is more low-key and told on a human scale without any horror or hallucinatory tendencies.

The Queen of Black Magic

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The Queen of Black Magic is a nasty ride to Hell.

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 12, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 5, 2020)

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

Interviews

The Boy Behind the Door

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: What’s so chilling about The Boy Behind the Door is the plausibility of its premise and how real the plot feels, particularly once the story’s horrors fully reveal themselves.

How to Deter a Robber

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: An intriguing exploration of what happens when a young person finally experiences an event in their life that shatters the illusions of youth.

The Stylist

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The Stylist is a unique horror that ratchets up to an expected yet terrifying conclusion.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

The Boy Behind the Door

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: What’s so chilling about The Boy Behind the Door is the plausibility of its premise and how real the plot feels, particularly once the story’s horrors fully reveal themselves.

How to Deter a Robber

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: An intriguing exploration of what happens when a young person finally experiences an event in their life that shatters the illusions of youth.

The Stylist

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The Stylist is a unique horror that ratchets up to an expected yet terrifying conclusion.

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 5, 2020)