OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.
Best of Lists
Top 14 Favorite Classic Movie Couples
Top 14 Favorite Classic Movie Couples
Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo – The Green Inferno
Francis Gary Powers, Jr. on the Cold War and “Bridge of Spies”
Jack Huston and Douglas Booth
Jim Whitaker on “The Finest Hours”
Justin Theroux – Zoolander 2
Lily James and Bella Heathcote
Luca Guadagnino – A Bigger Splash
Nicholas Sparks on “The Choice”
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick – Deadpool
Thelma Todd Biographer Michelle Morgan
Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig – Zoolander 2
Festivals: General Coverage
Berlinale rolls out its carpets
Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]
- Excerpt: With a more downtempo but no less ambitious programme than last year, and Meryl Streep shining as its Jury president, the Berlinale is ready to celebrate its 66th birthday.
Heretic Outreach picks up CineMart’s HBF+Europe distribution support
- Excerpt: The Greek sales and festivals agency won the €20,000 support prize and has announced its Berlinale acquisitions
Burt Reynolds 80th birthday tribute
- Excerpt: Rapping about Reynolds
Jim: The James Foley Story
Manson’s Lost Girls
Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall
Are the Academy Awards Racist?
- Excerpt: It’s hard to conceive of why these omissions were made and it’s even harder to ignore the fact that the anger raised over the lack of diversity last year is even worse this year. It’s easy to cry foul and to pound the podium about such an issue, but instead of shaking my fist at the voters, I am choosing the look at the awards themselves in practical terms.
The Coens’ Hollywood: What ‘Barton Fink’ and ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Tell Us About Their Place In the Film Industry
- Excerpt: Comparing the two films says much about how they’ve become a part of that industry, whether they intended to or not.
Destroy All Monsters: What Does God Need With A Starship?
How to Make a Christian Movie Without Embarrassing God.
- Excerpt: Christian-themed movies should illicit that same function as religion, to enlighten and to inform, not just to those who occupy the pews, but more importantly to those who don’t. Christian teachings should be a vessel of instructing the best way to live a good life constructively within the word of God. It should be an instruction. The problem with most Christian movies is that are used a blunt instrument, availing Evangelical Christians as beatific saints and atheists as angry and unhappy philistines whose chief interest is to gnash and snarl at those who have found a life in Christ.
Parting Shots, Part 1: The Uncertain Future
- Excerpt: It is my belief that a movie should leave us with something to ponder. Despite the crazy inevitability of sequels, prequels and other intrusions, a self-contained film can leave an impact when the screenwriter leaves a film open enough that we can concern ourselves with the fate of the characters after the final shot has faded out. What I have here are some examples of those moments, listed alphabetically, these are some of the most effective.
Stop Minimizing Black Achievement in Film by Tying It to #OscarsSoWhite
- Excerpt: That’s not the case this year, of course, since no people of color were nominated for acting Oscars, resulting in a raucous and welcome discussion of the lack of inclusion in Hollywood in general and the Oscars in particular. Which is all well and good, except it appears that, for the next year, achievements of this type are going to be written off as some sort of overcorrection for the recent Oscar white-outs, rather than recognition of important films and performances.
Reviews of Short Films
Body Team 12
A Girl in the River: the Price of Forgiveness
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: US Short Documentary Review
Breaking Down Michael Mann’s Sharper Director’s Cut of BLACKHAT
The Morning After: Feb. 8, 2016
- Excerpt: A short review of “Anomalisa”