From Our Members’ Desks (Aug 25, 2015)

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

Interviews

Gemma Arterton and Jason Flemyng – Gemma Bovery

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

‘Mistress America’ Director Noah Baumbach on Aging, Staging, and If He’s Cynical About Young People

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I don’t feel cynical about young people, consciously, anyway.

Mukunda and Govinda Angulo – The Wolfpack

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

“Pop Culture Becomes Part of Your Autobiography”: Legendary Director Peter Bogdanovich on His First Theatrical Release Since 2001

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It is a little strange, but then I’m also getting used to the fact that I’m now close to the age that John Ford and Howard Hawks were when I met them! Which is a bit… off-putting, frankly.

Whistle down the wind: Russell Friedenberg on America’s troubled history, war, wild places and Wind Walkers

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals: General Coverage

TIFF Canadian Announcement Forecasts Great Year for Docs

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Report from the Canadian film press conference of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival offers a strong documentary component.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Amy | Cannes 2015

Kent Turner @ Film-Forward.com

Best Actress & Actor | Cannes 2015

Kent Turner @ Film-Forward.com

Les Cowboys | Cannes 2015

Kent Turner @ Film-Forward.com

Maryland | Cannes 2015

Kent Turner @ Film-Forward.com

Son of Saul | Cannes 2015

Kent Turner @ Film-Forward.com

Tributes

Way Out West: Classic Lines from Hollywood’s Dirty Blonde

Robert Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: A birthday tribute to Mae West.

Awards Coverage

Looking Forward/Looking Back: Where Does Canada Stand in the Oscar Race Pre-TIFF’15?

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: With the Toronto International Film Festival and the submission for Best Foreign Language Film only weeks away, here’s a survey of Canada’s potential Oscar contenders.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 14-16, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Straight Outta Compton”

Television

Elementary: Seed Money

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: On the whole, Seed Money does what it does well: present us with a case that takes turns both unexpected and unsurprising, gives us great moments of humor, and gives us a cliffhanger for a two-part story.

Elementary: The Eternity Injection

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: At times, this Elementary episode played a bit like a Law & Order episode to me, but on the whole, it was pretty good, if not great.

Hannibal: “Aperitivo” / “Contorno”

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Hannibal: “Primavera” / “Secondo”

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Tashi And The Monk

Sarah D Bunting @ Previously.TV

Essays

Everybody Calm Down About HBO’s ‘Sesame Street’ Deal

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The immediate must-see factor of these new episodes is being just a touch overstated; it’s not like four-year-olds are getting on Twitter and spoiling new episodes of Sesame Street like it’s Game of Thrones, or that they’ll likely even notice the lag for those 35 episodes, given that there are — and this not an exaggeration — thousands more. I watch Sesame Street with my two-year-old, and I can assure you that she gives (and forgive me for using language I’m doing a surprisingly good job of curbing around her) not one half of a fuck whether the episode she’s watching is new or old, as long as Elmo or Abby is in it.

The Mystery Dance: “Zero Effect” and Bill Pullman’s Finest Hour

Daniel Carlson @ Musings

A Requiem for Columbia House, the Original Spotify

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Columbia House was a key enabler for those of us who, increasingly atypically, are collectors of physical media.

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Is Only a “Surprise Hit” If You Aren’t Paying Attention

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The fact of the matter is, expressing anything resembling shock at the stellar performance of a minority-focused motion picture merely betrays a painful ignorance of the audience that actually goes to the movies.

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1951

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The 24th Academy Awards certainly knew a good thing when they saw it. That is why when given the choice between two of the greatest dramas of the year, they chose a musical as the Best Picture of the year.

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1952

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Never let it be said that for the 25th Academy Awards, the Oscars gave the public what it wanted: genuine stunners. Suffice it to say even then, the choice wasn’t looked on with particular warmth, and now with more than half a century to look back on, we still wonder…seriously, The Greatest Show on Earth?

We Admitted We Were Powerless: Addiction and Recovery in “Clean and Sober”

Daniel Carlson @ Musings

Reviews of Short Films

Excuse Me Lisbon

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese-American Short Film Review

Mulher. Mar.

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

My Sweet Nurse

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Brazilian Short Film Review

Pan-demia

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Other Articles

Confessions of a Movie Addict and Book Giveaway

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast celebrating the fourth anniversary of host Betty Jo Tucker’s movie memoir as a Kindle E-book.

La Famille Bélier

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Johh Hines Show

Robert Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: August 20 review segment

The John Hines Show

Robert Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: August 13 review segment

The John Hines Show

Robert Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: August 6 review segment

The John Hines Show

Robert Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: July 30 review segment

The John Hines Show

Robert Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: July 6 review segment

No Concessions: Badasses

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Reviews of Grandma and Being Evel.

Selma

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

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