From Our Members' Desks (Jul. 21, 2015)

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


‘Boulevard’ Director Dito Montiel on Robin Williams’ Final Performance

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: You hope for it, you hope a mega movie star is going to come and make your movie and care that much at two in the morning in Nashville, but it doesn’t happen all the time. So that was really, really special to me.

Burr Steers of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • Excerpt: My idea was that you create this alternate world and then you set Pride and Prejudice in that world.

Changing Impressions: Rachel Israel talks about autism, authenticity and Keep the Change

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Matt Smith and Jack Huston of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • Excerpt: You think that can’t possibly work, and then you’re surprised at how well it does work without sacrificing anything from the original novel, keeping very true to it.”

Robin Williams ‘poured his heart and soul into the film,’ says widow

Glenn Lovell @

  • Excerpt: “I was nervous about meeting [Robin],” admitted Kathy Baker, whose credits include “Edward Scissorhands” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” “I was afraid it was going to be the funny, always ‘on’ Robin, and that he was going to be a distraction. . . . And here was this quiet . . . respectful . . . almost fragile man.”

Sam Viviano of MAD Magazine

Nell Minow @

  • Excerpt: The parodies help them see movies in a different way.

‘The Look of Silence’ Director Joshua Oppenheimer on Filmmaking, Fear, and Following Up ‘The Act of Killing’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I am not one to question how Joshua Oppenheimer would like to do an interview — because, over the course of two films, he’s conducted some of the most extraordinary interviews ever put to film.

Festivals: General Coverage

Karlovy Vary Film Fest Turns 50

Jason Pirodsky @

  • Excerpt: One of the most celebrated film festivals in Europe, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Party Girl

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: much like a true life version of Chile’s 2013 Foreign Language submission “Gloria” set within a more niche social stratum.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 10-12, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Minions”


7 Days In Hell

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If the parodies of nonfiction filmmaking land, the film could use a bit more bite in its approach to sports. Perhaps due to the participating parties, it never quite feels like they’re going at that subject with the bite they could (and that it deserves).

Elementary: Terra Pericolosa

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: What I enjoyed about Terra Pericolosa was more the journey than the destination.


How ‘Jurassic World’ Became One of the Biggest Blockbusters of All Time

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Its success, in and of itself, is not particularly insidious. But in a summer that’s given us refreshing, commercially successful entertainments like Inside Out and Spy, it’s a little depressing to think about the lessons studios will take away from the season’s biggest hit.

On The Dukes of Hazzard Controversy

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: If we as a society cannot tell the difference between the actions of an evil man and a silly television comedy that has been off the air for thirty years, then we as a society cannot function.

Pioneering Black Cinema from the 1980s: “Hollywood Shuffle” and “She’s Gotta Have It”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1946

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Academy opted to revert to form and award honors to the ‘serious’ film, failing to see that people respond emotionally to movies.

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1947

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: If one looks at the list of just the nominees, we find that the two Christmas-connected movies (The Bishop’s Wife and Miracle on 34th Street) are better remembered than the actual winner, Gentleman’s Agreement. This idea that ‘message’ movies are somehow more artistically important than something that at least is ‘charming’ is an idea the Academy has stubbornly held onto.

What Happened With Sembene and Angelique On Penny Dreadful?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

What Paramount’s VOD Deal with AMC Means for Home Viewers

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s big news that one of the major chains and one of the major studios have come to an agreement to reduce the window — but it’s an agreement whose conditions and fine print are a good deal less revolutionary than the headlines it’s generating suggest.

Other Articles

Alive and Kicking: Women’s Soccer Movie

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: This podcast features filmmaker Scott Abramovitch talking about his upcoming movie, Alive and Kicking.

El Círculo de Raynard

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

La Cosecha

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Hollywood Projects Return to Prague

Jason Pirodsky @

  • Excerpt: New rebates are bringing major international productions back to the Czech capital this year.

The Morning After: Jul. 13, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Minions” and “Human Centipede II”

Prepare for Upcoming Adaptations with the 2015 Summer Movie Reading List

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Big page-to-screen reads include ‘The Price of Salt’, ‘Brooklyn’, ‘The Dinner’, and more!

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