From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 29, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

2015 in Review: The Best Canadian Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Picks for the top Canuck films include ‘The Forbidden Room’, ‘In Her Place’, and ‘Al Purdy Was Here’.

2015 in Review: The Best Performances of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Jane Fonda, Alicia Vikander, Michael Caine, and Nina Hoss top the list of the year’s best performances.

The Best Films of 2015

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: They ranged from period dramas to indie comedies, from post-apocalyptic action to brainy sci-fi, from anything-goes narratives to insightful documentaries. These were the best films of a very, very good year.

Carol

Kenji Fujishima @ Paste

The Conversation: Best of 2015 – Top 10 Theatrical Releases

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Conversation: Top Ten Films of 2015 in…2016

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 7 Reasons Why We Already Know Rey’s Backstory

David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: The last line of the movie could have been, “Rey, I am your father.” And if you search your feelings, you will know it to be true.

Top 10 Movies of 2015

David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: Miraculously [with Room], herein lies a testament to the best of life in the very worst of circumstances, and a rare achievement in any art-form.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 4

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Examining the winners and losers of Precursor Week 4.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 18-20, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Concussion,” “Joy,” “45 Years,” “The Hateful Eight” and “The Revenant”

Essays

Joy to the World

Robert Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: The true story behind David O. Russell’s JOY.

List: Glorious “Inglourious” Music Cues

Kenji Fujishima @ Fandor

‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Doesn’t Have a “Mary Sue” Problem – Its Critics Do

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Some dudes on the Internet are mad that Rey, the new protagonist played with charm and pizzazz by Daisy Ridley, is so capable, skilled, and talented? Huh, imagine that.

We Need to Talk About ‘Star Wars’ Spoilers

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Readers shouldn’t expect every writer to live inside the same cocoon, bending to each special-snowflake definition of “spoilers.” And film writers should refrain from taking such readers up on the challenge.

Reviews of Short Films

Admirador Secreto

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Rewind

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Brazilian Experimental Short Film Review

Tormenta

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Brazilian Experimental Short Film Review

Other Articles

Monday Memo: 2015 National Film Registry Selections Announced, “Making a Murderer” Hits Netflix

Jordan M. Smith @ STFDocs.com

The Morning After: Dec. 21, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

School of Rock: The Musical

Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Revie of the latest movie into Broadway musical, from the Jack Black hit of 2003.

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