From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 10, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

50 Films I Loved In 2019

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

Interviews

Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham Talk Promising Young Woman

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

How Never Rarely Sometimes Always Achieved Realism

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

How The Night House Creates Architectural Fear

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Festivals: General Coverage

Our Sundance Film Festival 2020 Wrap-Up

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Sundance 2020: ‘Possessor’ Is A Blood-Soaked Murder Inception That Continues The Cronenberg Legacy

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: A brilliantly rendered technology-fueled nightmare, ‘Possessor’ announces Brandon Cronenberg as an uncompromising storyteller, one who manages brilliant, thought-provoking plotting amid incredibly affecting production elements (including an extreme reverence for practical special effects.)

Sundance 2020: ‘Relic’ and the True Horror of Senility

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: The clever, strange and emotionally-satisfying first film from director Natalie Erika James uses horror to get at the heartache of senility. Emily Mortimer gives an anguished performance as a tormented daughter and mother as ‘Relic’ burrows under its audiences’ skin through an earnest, emotional approach to genre filmmaking.

Sundance 2020: Amusing ‘Downhill’ Remake Assumes American Stance, Lets Comic Giants Ride

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: As far as Americanized remakes go, ‘Downhill’ has plenty to offer, mainly in the ping-pong interplay between stars Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash doing enough to justify their new version without threatening ever really to dethrone the original as the superior feature.

Sundance 2020: Benh Zeitlin’s Gritty Pan Redux ’Wendy’ A Gorgeous Hot Mess

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: Benh Zeitlin’s gritty Peter Pan retooling ‘Wendy’ might be gorgeous to look at but there’s little substance and even less momentum. Those expecting little story-wise may find themselves quietly thrilled, the rest will just have to make believe that the movie is any good.

Sundance 2020: Character-Driven U.K. Horror ‘Amulet’ Takes Time But Packs Punch

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: ‘Amulet’ can prove a challenging watch – both for its measured pace and strange flourishes -but those willing to give it time to bloom will be rewarded with a thoughtful and decadently horrifying morality play. Director Romola Garai declares herself one to watch.

Sundance 2020: Humanist Spy Thriller ’Ironbark’ Is On a Mission to Move You

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: A stirring dramatic thriller with a career-best onscreen turn from Benedict Cumberbatch, ‘Ironbark‘ explores the events of the Cold War through ground-level heroism, focusing on the human element and how the actions of a few dictate the course of history. Dominic Cooke expertly crescendos events into big tear-inducing moments…so be prepared for your emotions to get nuked.

Sundance 2020: Rebecca Hall Is Next Level Good in the Scariest Ghost Story in Years: ‘The Nigth House’

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: Rebecca Hall gives a commanding turn as a widow in the midst of a haunting in this kaleidoscopic maelstrom of scares. Director David Bruckner uses all the tools at his disposal to crank the terror up to extreme levels in ‘The Night House’ while still delivering a movie that’s grounded in earnest human emotion.

Sundance 2020: Scattershot ’The Nowhere Inn’ A Meta-Movie About Celebrity Expectations

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: ‘The Nowhere Inn’ is one-of-a-kind experiemental musical mockumentary that layers its meta commentary on celebrity expectations on top of sketches, live performance and frequent jarring tonal shifts. There are moments that work but it’s a project where the sum of its parts fail to leave much impact.

Sundance review: ‘Minari’

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

Sundance review: ‘Palm Springs’

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

Awards Coverage

2019 Oscar Winner Predictions: Final

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

92nd Oscars: Oscar Guy’s Final Thoughts

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

92nd Oscars: Poll – Best Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

92nd Oscars: Poll – Best Actress

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

92nd Oscars: Poll – Best Animated Short Film

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

92nd Oscars: Poll – Best Directing

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

92nd Oscars: Poll – Best Supporting Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

92nd Oscars: Poll – Best Supporting Actress

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

92nd Oscars: Poll – Live Action Short Film

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off Round One #25

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 10

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Supporting Actress, 2002

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown: Animated Feature

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown: Directing

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown: Production Design & Costume Design

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown: Screenplay Awards

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown: Visual Effects

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Reviews of Short Films

Alien: Alone

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Alien: Night Shift

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Other Types of Articles

Giri/Haji review

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

Streaming Bloody Murder: Horror VOD Postmortem for January 2020

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

2019 Summer Seaon Box Office Preview Wrap-Up: August

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Gallery: Birds of Prey

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Morning After: Feb. 3, 2020

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Now That You’ve Seen “Gretel & Hansel”

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 5, 2020)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Best of Feb. 2019, Wide

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Watching? (Feb. 7-9, 2020)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Bloodshot

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Come to Daddy

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Detective Chinatown 3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Fantasy Island, updated

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Hope Gap

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Irresistible

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Photograph, updated

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: February 1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: February 2

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: February 3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: February 4

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: February 5

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: February 6

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 31

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

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