OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.
Best of Lists
Classroom Chaos: Top Ten High School Outsiders
Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies
Of Human “Bond”-age: Top Ten Actors That Had Played James Bond
Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies
Daniel Perlmutter and Ennis Esmer
- Excerpt: Talking ‘Big News from Grand Rock’ with director Daniel Perlmutter and star Ennis Esmer.
David Robert Mitchell – It Follows
Maika Monroe – It Follows
Rinko Kikuchi – Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Sam Lerner, Virginia Gardner, Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia and Allen Evangelista – Project Almanac
Festivals: General Coverage
TIFF 2014: Report on Docs
- Excerpt: Doc highlights from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival include ‘Sunshine Superman’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Wanted 18’ and more!
Festivals: Individual Reviews
GFF 2015: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
- Excerpt: Absolutely stunningly shot in a way that’s both aesthetically exquisite and uncomfortably bleak, the film takes you on a wonderfully offbeat odyssey through the human condition in microcosm.
GFF 2015: Still Alice
- Excerpt: [Julianne Moore] gives a nuanced, raw, sincere performance in an extremely difficult balancing act of a role that could have been mawkish or overly showy in the hands of a lesser talented actress.
GFF 2015: Tales of the Grim Sleeper
- Excerpt: A sobering, eye-opening, often exasperating documentary filmmaking with the power to drive at the heart of both its difficult subject matter and the heavy emotion that it brings with it.
GFF 2015: The Grump
- Excerpt: It’s widely appealing in the best sense; we all know someone like The Grump and the film captures the complexities, frustrations and, yes, cathartically comical moments of the universally relatable generational gap.
GFF 2015: The Town That Dreaded Sundown
- Excerpt: Suitably gruesome in nature but there’s a leering quality to it missing from some of the better meta horrors over the years (namely Wes Craven’s Scream franchise), making for uncomfortable viewing in all the wrong, boringly repetitive ways.
GFF 2015: While We’re Young
- Excerpt: It’s like the cinematic equivalent of a warm hug from someone who actually has something observant and important to say about life, growing old and acting your age.
2015 Oscar Predictions: Contenders & Controversies
7 Best Moments from the Independent Spirit Awards
87th Oscars: Post-Game Analyses
- Excerpt: Our look back at the 87th Oscars.
Destroy All Monsters: Us, Them, And The Oscars
No Concessions: My Oscar Ballot, 2014 Edition
- Excerpt: My picks for Sunday.
This Year’s Independent Spirit Awards Barely Differed From the Oscars — Here’s How to Fix Them
- Excerpt: The Independent Spirit Awards have gone from Oscar’s scrappier indie cousin to just another damn Oscar run-up. What’s gone wrong?
Where Are All the New Sci-Fi Movie Franchises?
- Excerpt: In this era of mega budgets and limitless effects possibilities, why has science fiction fallen so specifically prey to the endless sequel-remake-reboot machine?
Reviews of Short Films
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: British Animated Short Film Review
Não são Favas, são Feijocas
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Review
Guess Who Came to Dinner
- Excerpt: A podcast with actress Katharine Houghton talking about “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and film critic Mack Bates revealing his picks for Best Movies about the African American experience.
Monday Memo: Bruce Sinofsky Passes at 58, CITIZENFOUR Continues Awards Sweep
- Excerpt: In a week where Oscar pervaded our minds and the Independent Spirit Awards remind us that Hollywood and what the industry considers the indie film scene no longer seems to have an accurate dividing line, we’re left ruminating on the tragic loss of another beloved member of the documentary film community in Bruce Sinofsky.
Monday Memo: Remembering David Carr, Berlin Concludes, True/False Line-up Revealed
- Excerpt: With NBC news anchor Brian Williams losing the world’s trust over a pack of lies and the tragic death of 60 MINUTES correspondent Bob Simon in an automobile accident, this week has been rough for journalism, but the passing of beloved New York Times cultural commentator David Carr late Thursday evening may be the toughest to take for many in the documentary filmmaking community.