From Our Members' Desks (Jun. 16, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

Top Ten Greatest Villains of All Time

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit


Anita Dobson – London Road

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Joshua Oppenheimer – The Look of Silence

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Luis Valdez & “the Vicissitudes of Hollywood”

Glenn Lovell @

  • Excerpt: “Because ‘La Bamba’ made money people assume there were a lot of offers. There weren’t.”

Martin Kemp – Age of Killq

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Awards Coverage

The Morning After: Jun. 8, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “Spy”


Bates Motel: The Last Supper

Rick Aragon @

  • Excerpt: The Last Supper gives us a sad glimpse of what Norma Bates always wanted: a sane, stable, loving family, but which circumstances constantly deny her. (It) continues to push Bates Motel to greater levels of brilliance.

Bates Motel: The Pit

Rick Aragon @

Destroy All Monsters: Wane of THRONES

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Gotham: Season One

Rick Aragon @

  • Excerpt: While uneven at times, with its brilliant cinematography and breakout performances (particularly Robin Lord Taylor’s turn as The Penguin, which Emmy votes should not ignore), Gotham is worth exploring.

Love & Mercy

Robert Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: Radio review recorded 6/4

San Andreas

Robert Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: Radio review recorded 6/28


Robert Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: Radio review recorded 5/21

” Wanda at Large: The Complete First Season” Now on DVD from Warner Archive

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night


Dinosaur Week – A Sound of Thunder (2005)

Mike McGranaghan @ Daily Grindhouse

  • Excerpt: Behind-the-scenes problems doomed the movie to failure – and proved to be more interesting than the feature itself.

The Enduring Appeal (and Unfortunate Novelty) of Pam Grier, Our Favorite Movie Badass

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The defining characteristic of Grier’s early exploitation movies is the charge they’re given by her mere presence — by the electricity of a substantial black female action hero (a minority within a minority in the genre, then and now) blasting and slicing and kicking her way through 90 minutes of cheerful carnage. The movies were cheap, but she was a million-dollar commodity.

It’s Time For a Moratorium on Celebrities Talking About Politics

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Sure, we’ll print it, and read it, and chatter about it, and laugh about it — but when was the last time anyone was mulling over the epidemic of school shootings and mused, “Well, sure, but what does Fred Claus think about it?” Has anyone ever contemplated the policymaking of post-9/11 America and thought, “I really need to know where Lloyd Dobler sits on this issue before I can organize my thoughts?”

Jurassic Park: Book vs. Movie

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Unlike some books that are almost exactly or almost nothing like their feature film counterpart, “Jurassic Park” is a special case. The narrative of the book was much darker, much more scattered, much bloodier and much more intense. Some characters are completely changed or not at all. So, with that, let’s take a look at Jurassic Park the book vs. the movie.

Why Is the Department of Justice Investigating the Owners of Half the Movie Screens in America?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If the practice of film clearances is determined to give Big Multiplex an unfair advantage over their competitors, there could be consequences: reform of, or even injunctions against, those clearances, as well as potential civil suits from the government and antitrust suits from the chains’ competitors. So, in short, the DOJ investigation probably won’t affect whether you see next summer’s blockbusters — but it could affect where you see them.

Reviews of Short Films

Black Angel

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Love Is Blind

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Documentary Short Review

La Primera Piedra

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Todo un Futuro Juntos

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Goya nominated Short Film Review

Other Articles

Monday Memo: Kirby Dick’s THE HUNTING GROUND & Amy Berg’s AN OPEN SECRET Under Fire

Jordan M. Smith @ Stranger Than Fiction

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 5-7, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Love & Mercy”

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