From Our Members’ Desks (Sep. 15, 2015)

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

Television

The Hobbit (1977)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Hobbit, while more a condensed version of Tolkien’s novel than a solid adaptation, still holds up remarkably well. It also mostly managed in about 80 minutes what three films could not accomplish in 6 hours and 14 minutes: tell Tolkien’s brief story without going overboard.

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church

Sarah D Bunting @ Previously.TV

Essays

An Editorial Announcement Re: “Awards Season”

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s a stupid, shallow, reductive way to look at and think about movies, and it’s entirely out of this site’s control. But the one thing we can control is how and when we write about awards season, so we’re going to.

Going For Broke: The Unbelievable Story of Dino De Laurentiis and the ‘Million Dollar Mystery’

Mike McGranaghan @ One Perfect Shot

  • Excerpt: Catastrophic as it was from a business standpoint, and excruciating as it was from an entertainment standpoint, MILLION DOLLAR MYSTERY nevertheless remains a fascinating case study in (literal) go-for-broke ideas.

The Premature Death of Physical Media — and the Cult Home Video Labels Keeping It Alive

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I the face of the overwhelming trends and depressing statistics, a handful of home video distributors are still fighting the good fight – serving that underserved minority by hanging on to a seemingly outdated medium. They do it for the love of film, but they’re also making a few bucks in the process.

The Sharp Amnesias of Guy Maddin

Carson Lund @ Harvard Film Archive

  • Excerpt: Amnesia: the process by which certain memories prior to a defining trauma become compromised or, in some cases, irretrievable. Has there ever been a filmmaker who more completely invokes this peculiar malady cinematically than Guy Maddin?

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1953

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The shock Cecil B. DeMille’s circus picture sent through the Hollywood establishment was still felt, and unlike the year previous, few people have found fault with the choices the Academy made (for 1953)…myself included.

What It’s Like Working as an Extra on a Mike Birbiglia Movie

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Don’t Think Twice,’ the new low-budget indie from writer/director/star Mike Birbiglia, shot in SoHo last week. And your correspondent was there—as an extra.

Why “Premium Pricing” for the New ‘Star Wars’ Is a Horrible Idea

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Slapping a “premium cost” on movie tickets for the “the opening-weekend privilege” of seeing a film they’re dying to see is (on an admittedly less tragic scale) like price-gouging at gas stations and hotels after a hurricane: something you could do, which would certainly make a lot of money because it’s something people want. But you’d kinda have to be an asshole to do it.

Reviews of Short Films

Encontro Amigável

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Brazilian Short Film Review

Ermida

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Letter to a Refusing Pilot

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Lebanese Short Documentary Review

O Tesouro

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Tonight It’s Me

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Short Film Review

Trekanter af Lykke

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Danish Short Film Review

Other Articles

Best Film President Debate: Round Three

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: This podcast features rousing campaign speeches for a variety of actors who should be named Best Film President.

Extreme Asia

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Daniel Martin’s book concentrates on the theatrical releases in the United Kingdom of Asian films released by Tartan. For that matter, the films primarily discussed are several well known titles, The Ring, Audition, Battle Royale, This Isle and Oldboy.

Miguel Gomes representa Portugal nos Óscares

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portugal submission to Foreign Language Film at the 88th Oscars

The Morning After: Sep. 8, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

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