From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 17, 2018)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Movies of 2018

David Crow @ Den of Geek


Director/Writer Patrick Wang

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Like the dioramas, each of Patrick Wang’s films takes seemingly ordinary environments and people and juxtaposes them to surprising situations which in turn challenge our minds and extend our thoughts.

Peter Hedges Talks His New Addiction Drama Ben is Back

Christian Long @ Coming Soon dot net

Festivals: General Coverage

People of color will be center stage at Sundance – that’s worth celebrating

Candice Frederick @ The Guardian

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Our Madness (2018)

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Watching The Castle on the big screen again proves it’s better than ever

Blake Howard @

  • Excerpt: In a recent poll conducted by the Adelaide Film Festival, The Castle was ranked as Australia’s #1 film. On the ground at the festival, critic Blake Howard watches this beloved film on the big screen more than two decades after its initial release. Spoiler alert: it’s still a comedy masterpiece.


RIP and Excelsior, Stan Lee

Matt Brown @ Screen Anarchy


Brief Thoughts: ‘Schindler’s List’ 25 Years Later

Aaron Neuwirth @ The Code Is Zeek

  • Excerpt: There’s a reason this film entered the realm of “classic films” so quickly, compared to other releases not perceived as such until later.

The Existential Miseries & Mysteries of Class in BURNING

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Burning becomes a postmodern mystery about fleeting relationships in the 21st century, as well as illustrates how alienated young people have become from themselves and the people around them in the urban landscape, often through no fault of their own.

Space-Time Paradoxes: ‘The Day Time Ended’ (1979)

Diego Salgado @ Cine Divergente [Spanish]

Suspiria Bathes in (Blood &) the Power of Women

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Suspiria is a powerfully terrifying and horrifically beautiful exploration of feminine power.

Venom: Socialism’s Accidental Super-Antihero

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Venom is, at its worst, incredibly messy, though at its best it’s fun, slightly horrific, and an accidental slice of superhero socialism.

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Silent Film Sleuths Unearth Crusty Gems with ‘Found at Mostly Lost, Vol. 2’

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Other Types of Articles

Blu-ray Review: Criterion’s “The Princess Bride” Whiffs On New Features, But You’re Going To Buy It Anyway

Matt Brown @ Screen Anarchy

  • Excerpt: If you’ve ever owned this film on disc before, you probably have some of this material. But you love this film, so shush.

Blu-ray Review: Peer Into Cinema’s Great Missing Link With Criterion’s “The Magnificent Ambersons”

Matt Brown @ Screen Anarchy

  • Excerpt: It’s a season of Welles with THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND on Netflix and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS joining the Criterion Collection.

Book Review: Ben Fritz’s “The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies”

Andrew Wyatt @ The Common Reader

Weird on Top: A Discussion of David Lynch – The Elephant Man

Robert DiCristino @ F This Movie!

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