From Our Members’ Desks (Aug. 18, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

He Who Devotes Himself

Jordan M. Smith @ Influence Film Club

Interviews

Bill Hader and Judd Apatow – Trainwreck

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jake Schreier – Paper Towns

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Nat Wolff and John Green – Paper Towns

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Simon Pegg – Absolutely Anything

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Vanessa Bayer – Trainwreck

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Big Match

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: Fantasia Film Festival’s ‘Big Match’ features human pawns in an omnipotent game planner’s elite gambling operation whose plans are disrupted by a top-ranking MMA fighter.

The Demolisher

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘The Demolisher,’ which premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, is an intense and near-silent depiction of a man who buries his pain in a suit of armour that he wears while anonymously patrolling the streets for his wife’s attackers.

The Editor

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: Astron-6’s ‘The Editor’ is a thoughtful yet satiric tribute to giallo cinema that played at the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival.

Tales of Halloween

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Tales of Halloween’ unites a group of talented directors to produce a series of entertaining horror shorts that all occur in the same town on the same night. The film had its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival just days after its completion.

Traders

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Traders’ is a darkly humoured and entertaining story about a couple of guys who realize they can profit from the desperation of others guilt-free. Fantasia Film Festival plays host to two sold-out screenings of the film.

Wild City

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Wild City’ director Ringo Lam returns to the world of gritty Hong Kong cinema in this tale of corruption and conscience, which screened at the Fantasia Film Festival.

Awards Coverage

He Who Devotes Himself

Jordan M. Smith @ Influence Film Club

Essays

Destroy All Monsters: The “It’s Not CGI” Lie

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

Destroy All Monsters: What Did Josh Trank Do?

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Jon Stewart’s Final ‘Daily Show’ and the Power of “If You Smell Something, Say Something”

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The more I re-read and re-watch that segment, the clearer it becomes that this, ultimately, was The Daily Show’s ethos. The metamorphosis of TDS under Stewart’s hand, from a smirky, OJ-skewering Weekend Update expansion into the most trenchant, biting, and insightful source of current-events commentary in any medium, ended up boiling down to the rigor with which he hit his two most frequent targets: politics and media.

Those “Awkward” Celebrity Interviews, and Why Movie Junkets Are The Worst

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The junket machine is broken. But as long as the only ones in a position to fix it are the PR people and the studios — by being more selective (seriously, did anyone screen those Atlanta guys?) and granting more time to the outlets they do select — then it’s not gonna get fixed.

Reviews of Short Films

Animal

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Fugaces

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Trois

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Um Rapaz Chamado Jaime

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Um Rapaz Chamado Jaime

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Una Nit

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Other Articles

The Morning After: Aug. 10, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “Fantastic Four”

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