From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 29, 2020)

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

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

A Little Bit of Buffer Room for Surprise: Bryce Dallas Howard on “Dads”

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • 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.

Miss Juneteenth

Candice Frederick @ New York Times

Think Like a Dog Writer/Director Gil Junger on his Family Friendly Canine Comedy

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • 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

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • 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

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL

  • 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

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL

  • 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.

Carmilla

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL

  • 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

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • 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.

Pier Kids

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL

  • 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

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL

  • 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.

Rebuilding Paradise

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: An emotionally potent documentary.

White Noise: Inside the Racist Right

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: White Noise chilled me to the bone.

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off Round Two #9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Costume Design, 1999

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

The Deeper You Dig

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • 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

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Other Types of Articles

This Book Should Be a Movie

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • 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.

Crispin Glover Is Awesome And Eccentric In Everything

Mike McGranaghan @ Ranker

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 25, 2020)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Babyteeth”

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating?

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jun. 26-28, 2020)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: 7500

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Archive

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: House of Hummingbird

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Irresistible, updated

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Relic, updated

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Tommaso

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: June 19

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: June 20

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: June 21

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: June 22

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: June 23

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: June 24

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: June 25

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

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