From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 26, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

13 Great Documentaries from 2015

Ben Nicholson @ What’s Up, Docs? on Medium

  • Excerpt: As clichéd as it may be becoming to say, we’re currently experiencing something of a documentary Golden Age. This is a list of thirteen fascinating docs that are worth taking a look at?.

Top Ten Films of 2015

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Awards Coverage

88th Oscars: Post-Nominations Thoughts

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight’s Post-Oscar nominations thoughts.

How ‘Carol’ Got Screwed

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: There are plenty of movies every year whose absence at the announcement of the Academy Award nominations cause head-scratching, teeth-gnashing, and similar displays of displeasure, but every year there’s one whose snub (and I don’t use the word lightly) seems particularly egregious, and worthy of exploration. Last year it was ‘Selma’; this year, it’s ‘Carol,’ Todd Haynes’ magnificent adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s ‘The Price of Salt.’

Let’s Talk About Those Baffling Oscar Nominations

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The good news: the months and months of speculation over who will be nominated for an Academy Award is over. The bad news: now it’s time for six weeks of speculation over who will win them.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 8

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers of Precursor Week 8

The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road lay claim on Oscars

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Carol’s absence from the Best Directing and Picture slots causes shockwaves, Leo’s time seems to have come


Adam McKay – The Big Short

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Hou Hsiao-hsien – The Assassin

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

László Nemes on “Son of Saul”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

  • Excerpt: From my point of view, the film immerses the viewer and communicates in a very visceral way the experience of the individual in the concentration camp and it gives an intuitive sense of what limitations the individual had to face in the extermination process and what the Holocaust was like.

Michael Lewis on “The Big Short”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

  • Excerpt: I thought the one way to get people to watch this thing is to make them laugh first and then once you have made them laugh maybe you would have them hooked and you could teach them something.

Radu Muntean Talks ‘One Floor Below’ and Making Viewers Uncomfortable

C.J. Prince @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Interview with ‘One Floor Below’ director Radu Muntean

Steve Carell – The Big Short

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

AltCineAction brings Balkan shorts straight to your screen

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: The alternative film festival aims at building a viewrship for the Balkan production, focusing on shorts vieing for a number of co-production awards

Festivals: Individual Reviews

2016 Palms Springs International Film Festival – Closet Monster

James Wegg @ JWR (James Weg Review)

  • Excerpt: Exorcising your demons

2016 Palms Springs International Film Festival – Exotica, Erotica, Etc.

James Wegg @ JWR (James Weg Review)

  • Excerpt: Ode to the Unknown Sailor

2016 Palms Springs International Film Festival – Moor

James Wegg @ JWR (James Weg Review)

  • Excerpt: It’s all a question of degree

2016 Palms Springs International Film Festival – Papa

James Wegg @ JWR (James Weg Review)

  • Excerpt: Into a world of madness

2016 Palms Springs International Film Festival – The Assassin

James Wegg @ JWR (James Weg Review)

  • Excerpt: All the ingredients of a Shakespeare play


Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie


Celebrities and Their Famous Parents

Robert Cashill @

  • Excerpt: A tribute to Mariska Hargitay and other storied progeny.

David Bowies big screen charisma

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: It’s not just the soundtrack of our lives that’s just missed a beat, but also the images and stories filling our silver-screen dreams

In Memoriam: Nikos Panayiotopoulos

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Greece’s most prolific director drops final end credits.


The X-Files: Season 10

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine


Is the new Star Wars a reboot, or not?

Robert Roten @ Laramie Movie Scope

  • Excerpt: Star Wars is a reboot, a remake and a sequel.

The Uncomfortable Nature of Race in the Hateful Eight

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Reviews of Short Films

Je Suis Sousa Mendes

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese-Brazilian Short Documentary Film Review

Other Articles

15 Seriously Underrated X-Files Episodes

Kenji Fujishima @ Paste

Academy Award Nominations and Predictions

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast discussion of Oscar nominations and predictions featuring film critics Nell Minow, Mack Bates, Geoff Roberts and host Betty Jo Tucker.

Monday Memo: Cinema Eye Honors Awarded, Oscar Noms Named

Jordan M. Smith @

The Morning After: Jan 18, 2016

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”

Sound and Vision: The Film Soundtrack Legacy of David Bowie

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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