OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.
Best of Lists
5 Favorites Redux #33: Favorite Films by Black Directors
A Little Bit of Buffer Room for Surprise: Bryce Dallas Howard on “Dads”
- Excerpt: So, leave a little bit of buffer room for surprise, for humanity, for unexpected things to come out. I think that that’s the magic of what is possible with filmmaking.
Think Like a Dog Writer/Director Gil Junger on his Family Friendly Canine Comedy
- Excerpt: Gil Junger talked about the pleasures of ignoring the show business adage about never working with children or dogs and how the film is a love letter inspired by his own experience of re-connection to his family.
Training the Pups in Think Like a Dog
- Excerpt: It’s really important to me that the dog isn’t just staring at its’ trainer the whole time. I told Gabriel he would have to learn to become a trainer as well.
Festivals: General Coverage
QFest St. Louis 2020
- Excerpt: Life’s a little different this year than last, or even as compared with three months ago. The film business has been disrupted as much as any, and film festivals are no exception. Fortunately, organizers are still finding ways to get films to the people who want to see them, and so now would be a good time to stop and reflect on how lucky you are to live in the age of streaming video.
Festivals: Individual Reviews
The Capote Tapes
- Excerpt: The big “find” in this documentary is the recent discovery of a series of interviews recorded by George Plimpton (yes, the Paper Lion guy, but also co-founder of The Paris Review) after Capote’s death.
- Excerpt: Above all, Carmilla is a stunningly beautiful film—in fact, the first comparison that comes to mind is Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire—and the look perfectly matches Harris’ approach to the story.
Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President
- Excerpt: Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President is two good documentaries at once. It’s a good political doc, and it’s a good music doc.
- Excerpt: At its best, Pier Kids is an immersive film that gives you a sense of what it’s like to live as these young people do.
Queering the Script
- Excerpt: Gabrielle Zilkha’s documentary Queering the Script is a celebration of the creativity and influence of LGBTQ fandom, with a particular emphasis on female fans.
- Excerpt: An emotionally potent documentary.
White Noise: Inside the Racist Right
- Excerpt: White Noise chilled me to the bone.
The Friday Face-Off Round Two #9
Poll: Remaking Best Costume Design, 1999
The Deeper You Dig
- Excerpt: The Deeper You Dig depicts the existential struggle of life, death, and rebirth in the aftermath of violent crime.
Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More
Susan Sontag’s ‘Duet for Cannibals’ Delves into the Games People Play
Other Types of Articles
This Book Should Be a Movie
- Excerpt: “Pay the Piper, Dancer'” — a book by Pamela Jaye Smith — would make a terrific film. It motivated me to write this rave review poem.