From Our Members’ Desks (Sep. 7, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #43: Favorite Michael Caine Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Festivals: Individual Reviews

The Block Island Sound

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The Block Island Sound explores the horrors of the unknown with a very unique perspective.

The Dark and the Wicked

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Bertino’s film depicts a grim vision of evil that offers no hope, not a single glimmer of light at the end of its dark tunnel. Deliciously horrific.

Fantasia 2020 – Short Films: Dibbuk, Laura Hasn’t Slept & Smiley Death Face

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: In these three short films from Fantasia we get a group of Jewish Ghostbusters, a terrifying therapy session, and the funniest, most dangerous text message conversation you’re ever likely to see.

Fantasia 2020 – Short Films: F for Freaks, Diabla & Narrow

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Three short films playing at Fantasia which depict an authoritarian dystopian world, a witch taking revenge for her assault, and a woman doing her best to walk a dangerous narrow path.

Fantasia 2020 – Short Films: Nightingale, Mr. Thisforthat & Milk Teeth

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: These three terrifying shorts will each shatter some of your most preciously held illusions about life, from our faith in medical professionals to our visions of childhood.

Fantasia 2020 – Short Films: Progeny & Who Goes There?

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Men and parasites are a common theme in these two different yet equally terrifying short films.

For the Sake of Vicious

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Beneath the film’s ultra-violence are issues of class and justice that emerge with every bloody slice of a knife or crushing blow of a hammer.

Fried Barry

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Fried Barry is at once hilarious and serious, using humour to keep things slightly foolish while the chaotic plot simultaneously digs into important issues about addiction in Cape Town.

Kriya

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Kriya explores the disturbing horrors of patriarchy via Hinduism

Shakespeare’s Sh*tstorm

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Something about Shakespeare inspires Kaufman and his Troma team to heights of lunacy even beyond their usual excesses. Sh*tstorm may not be quite as surreal as ‘Tromeo & Juliet,’ but it represents a capstone of their transgressive punk aesthetic.

Unearth

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Unearth explores the terrifying consequences of fracking in this desperate ecological warning of a horror film.

You Cannot Kill David Arquette

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The resulting film is a powerful tale of redemption, self-acceptance, and the supportive people we all need to occasionally lift us up when we’re too weak to carry ourselves.

Awards Coverage

93rd Oscars: Upcoming Precursors – September

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off Losers Bracket, Round One #3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Costume Design, 2009

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

The Pale Door

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Although The Pale Door stumbles a good bit it does offer a horrific look at misogyny, patriarchy, and the enduring Puritanism of America.

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Addicted to Drug Dramas “She Shoulda Said NO!” and “The Devil’s Sleep”

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Douglas Sirk’s Oppressive and Beautiful Worlds

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Other Types of Articles

Streaming Bloody Murder: Horror VOD Postmortem for August 2020

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 35, 2020)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Sep. 2020, Limited)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Watching? (Sep. 4-6, 2020)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Alone

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Blackbird

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Death on the Nile

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Enola Holmes

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Lost Girls & Love Hotels

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Misbehaviour

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: No Escape

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Now That You’ve Seen “The New Mutants”

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Argument

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Batman

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The War with Grandpa

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Wonder Woman 1984, Updated

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview; Rent-A-Pal

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: August 28

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: August 29

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: August 30

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: August 31

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: September 1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: September 2

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: September 3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

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