Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 30, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Buffet Froid

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies [1979]

  • Excerpt: …may be the most Buñuelian movie Luis Buñuel never made.

Fantomas: Three Film Collection

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee [1964-1967]

  • Excerpt: The three films here comprise the most recent theatrical version inspired by the books and silent serial. What is of interest to me is the way the films were made as a French response to the popularity of the James Bond films, and the ways the three entries differ from each other.

The Matrix / The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia [1999-2003]

  • Excerpt: For films that inspired such obsessive generational loyalty and oodles of po-faced commentary, they’re often incredibly dumb…

Shooting Stars

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee [1928]

  • Excerpt: Asquith’s best known silent film is A Cottage on Dartmoor, considered by some critics to be one of the best British silent films. Asquith, a cinephile before that term was invented, was noted for his use of Russian inspired montage in his silent films.

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 29, 2019)

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

Best of Lists

The Best Movies of 2019 (So Far)

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

Interviews

Everything you wanted to know about Mr. Bubz’s cameo in ‘Someone Great’

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

Filmmaker Jennifer Kaytin Robinson does right by the genre and subgenre with ‘Someone Great’

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

Filmmaker Jennifer Kaytin Robinson turned personal heartbreak into profundity with ‘Someone Great’

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

Gugu Mbatha-Raw found intimacy & identity with ‘Fast Color’

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

In ‘Fast Color,’ Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Saniyya Sidney show the power of black girl magic

Candice Frederick @ https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/fast-color-gugu-mbatha-raw-saniyya-sidney-show-power-black-n995956

There was a haunting on the set of ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 29, 2019)

This Week at the Movies (Apr. 26, 2019)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video.

Opening: Apr. 26, 2019

Wide (United States)

Avengers: Endgame

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Apr. 26, 2019)

Reviews: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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  • Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist
  • Emmanuel Báez @ Cinéfiloz [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: The final chapter of the greatest superhero saga is beyond our dreams.
  • Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: A little weaker than “Infinity War” but still the ending that fans deserved and needed.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This film’s heart, though, belongs to Scarlett Johansson, whose sadness perhaps best articulates just what has been lost. Her Natasha had nothing before the Avengers and Johansson’s evolution of the character has imbued her with soulful drive and compassion.
  • Blake Crane @ BlakeCrane.com
    • Excerpt: As a finale to the MCU we’ve known since 2008’s Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame is an exciting, fitting, substantial, almost miraculously eloquent closer.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: Avengers: Endgame is an epic, emotional, spectacle-driven farewell to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it — and it’s perfect in every way.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Not perfect, but serves as a great conclusion to characters that we’ve grown to love over the past decade.
  • Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
  • [New] | Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: Endgame might finally represent the total conquest of blockbuster cinema by the televisual. It has no design, no authentic aesthetic to communicate its messages and present an artwork that exists as more than the sum of its gestures and elements. Only stuff, stuff, and more stuff.
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: In short, AVENGERS: ENDGAME will melt your face off – or, at the very least, coat it in tears.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A miraculous blend of grief and humor. Big, bold, brash, then sneakily meta. I am only starting to get my head around the emotional and creative right-hook of it. A fitting end (for now) to the MCU.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Eleven years after “Iron Man” built hopes of a shared cinematic universe, the original four Avengers have found their biggest adventure yet, combing the universe for a way to reverse the events of the previous film. “Avengers: Endgame” is the spectacle audiences have been longing for since the beginning.
  • Dan Lybarger @ eFilmCritic.com
    • Excerpt: http://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=31495&reviewer=382
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Superhero adventures are the predominant films of our time, and this one easily stands as the most significant.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: With Avengers: Endgame, Marvel manages to both take their expansive, episodic superhero saga in a direction I did not see coming, but also plays it out in entirely predictable, familiar fashion.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Thankfully the resulting chaos is still punctuated by the suspense, melodrama, and heroism necessary to provide gratifying closure to one of cinema’s greatest serial storytelling feats.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Game on.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: With clear stakes, a dialed-in cast, and the means to bring so much spectacle to life, Avengers: Endgame is quite the achievement.
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
  • [New] | Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Avengers: Endgame is not a pivot point, but a grand finale eleven years in the making. True to the blueprint, it is hard to imagine a more gratifying and rewarding summit.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Messy and confusing at times but ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is a satisfying, fulfilling, and emotional love letter to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 23, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

The Iguana with a Tongue on Fire

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee [1971]

  • Excerpt: This may well be the first time where some of the people commissioned by Arrow Films are virtually reduced to back-handed compliments. To put it another way, The Iguana with a Tongue on Fire a film will be appreciated primarily by genre enthusiasts, Freda completists and a few film scholars.

Phantom Lady

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee [1944]

  • Excerpt: Phantom Lady is rightly celebrated for a brief scene of a jazz band playing in some barely lit hidey hole.

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 22, 2019)

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

Interviews

Interview with Freya Tingley, the star of The Sonata

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese and English]

‘Native Son’ director Rashid Johnson takes his responsibility as a black filmmaker very seriously

Candice Frederick @ NBC BLK

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 12-14, 2019

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 22, 2019)

This Week at the Movies (Apr. 19, 2019)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video.

Opening: Apr. 19, 2019

Wide (United States)

The Curse of La Llorona

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Penguins

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Expanding (United States)

Teen Spirit

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: So while the whole is less than the sum of its parts, there is a lot to like. The cast is unique, the visuals mesmerizing, and the music ready to get your toes tapping in the theater. Minghella shows a propensity for directing and room to improve on the writing side.

Limited (United States)

Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: This gothic, nightmarish ode to madness, the result of Christian persecution in a 15th century Alpine village, is surreal folk horror that creeps under your skin like the mists which curl up its mountainsides.

Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: A relentlessly moody and meditative experience that might test the patience of some while being far more rewarding to those who are sucked into its unnerving atmosphere.

Little Woods

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

  • Excerpt: Little Woods is a solid directorial debut for Nia DaCosta with yet another stellar performance by Tessa Thompson.

Little Woods

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: An astonishing directorial debut from Nia DaCosta, featuring career best performances from Tessa Thompson and Lily James.

Red Joan

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: There’s a lot of hot-button stuff going on in this A-bomb spy drama — politics, sexism, scientific ethics — but it’s all surprisingly inert, given the literal fate-of-the-world stakes.

Stuck

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Pure gritty urban joy, all marvelous, touching songs about grief, sacrifice, mistrust, misunderstanding, and other intimate perils. An exuberant marvel.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Apr. 19, 2019)

Reviews: The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

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Reviews: Penguins (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This franchise’s heart is in the right place, a percentage of first week ticket sales benefitting each film’s subject, but “Born in China” excepted, it’s like DisneyNature has hired Vermeer to illustrate books for three year-olds.
  • Courtney Howard @ Variety
    • Excerpt: Instead of bombarding the audience with heavy scientific terminology, it lets a poignant narrative unspool – one with a hugely entertaining underdog hero’s journey.
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: Antarctica may be remote and fearsome, but Fothergill and Wilson prove that calling it a frozen wasteland is grossly inaccurate.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Penguins may cover some familiar ground, but it’s still exquisite to look at.
  • Frank Ochieng @ ScreenAnarchy
    • Excerpt: So yes…birds of a feather certainly flock together in this nature-oriented gem. Thoroughly enjoyable and heart-warming, Disneynature Penguins has embracing animal magnetism for all the right kind of festive reasons.
  • [New] | Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: High and low, dry and wet, close and far, and through every blizzard in between, Penguins presents this apprehensive newbie with education and entertainment combined together.

Reviews: Out of Blue (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist
  • Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An exploration of the big mysteries that dwarf crime conundrums.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A limp noodle of a cinematic noir that drains Patricia Clarkson of her usual eccentric charisma. And where it aims for intriguingly oblique pseudoscientific philosophizing, it ends up merely obtuse.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: There isn’t one shred of emotion during the whole film to help us invest—just yelling and stoicism alternating until naturalism is officially thrown out the window. I get that Mike’s discovering who she is against this backdrop of infinity, but why? Why now? Why should any of us care?
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: This haunting detective story fascinated me because of its dreamlike, neo-noir feeling and the added layer of cosmology as a backdrop to the crime.

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