From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 27, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

Trick or Treat: Nine Classic Halloween Films

Kristen Lopez @ ClassicFlix


Daniel Craig – Spectre

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Elijah Wood and Rose Leslie on ‘The Last Witch Hunter’

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Robert Connolly & Ed Oxenbould – Paper Planes

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Sherlock Holmes (1916)

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

Vin Diesel – The Last Witch Hunter

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

IFFBoston Fall Focus 2015

Sean Burns @ WBUR’s The ARTery

  • Excerpt: IFFBoston’s Fall Focus selection highlights the diversity for which this local treasure of a festival is renowned: documentary, indie thriller, foreign language, Oscar winners, underground comedy, martial arts, even puppet animation. This place has everything.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Best Films of 2015 London Film Festival

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

  • Excerpt: Check out those films we thought topped this year’s London Film Festival…

Chicago International Film Festival: 45 Years

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Prentension

  • Excerpt: Charlotte Rampling stars as Kate in a performance that is certain to be remembered at the end of the year. It isn’t an easy role to play, with most of the film’s dramatic churning needing to happen internally, and she beautifully plays the damaged character.


Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Prentension

  • Excerpt: There seem to be two major aims of Chronic: to show an excruciatingly real presentation of home care and be a character study of a slightly undesirable lead. While the film is incredibly successful with its first goal, it struggles to build David in any satisfying way.

The Demolisher

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Denver Film Festival: The Line-UP

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee


Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

London Film Fest: Athina Tsangari’s Chevalier is a wicked satire on male competition

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Following-up on her well-travelled “Attenberg”, the Weird Wave high priestess cooks up an explosive mix by having six men compete on a friendly game of “The Best in General”

London Film Fest: Athina Tsangari’s Chevalier wins top honours

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: I try not to make very emotional films because I get very emotional says the overwhelmed director while accepting the award from Pawel Pawlikowski

London Film Fest: Black Mass is Johnnie Depp’s big comeback. Into mediocrity/

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

London Film Fest: In “A Perfect Day”, Benicio del Toro brings MASH into Bosnia

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

London Film Fest: Maggie Smith stears towards Oscars lane as The Lady in the Van

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

London Film Fest: Ratter will have throwing your smartphones into the Thames

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

Londonf Film Fest: Steve Jobs an elaborate peepshow by Danny Boyle

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Aaron Sorkin’s script tries to find the man behind the brand, by peeping behind the keyhole

Motley’s Law

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Motley is an American attorney and former Mrs. Wisconsin who is the only American allowed to practice law in Afghanistan.She never wears a veil anywhere, not on the streets, not at the prisons where she consults with her clients, and not in court. She’s forceful, no-nonsense, and relentless in pursuing justice under whatever laws apply—constitutional, Sharia, or tribal.

Shut In

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis


Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

The Treasure

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Despite the looming threat of state seizure and only a small finder’s fee should a treasure of cultural significance be found, Adrian and Costi pursue their dream fairly. The film comes full circle, back to the magic of Robin Hood, the fantasy of buried treasure, and a father’s desire to be a hero in his son’s eyes—in part, thanks to the EU and the prosperity of a former enemy.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Oct. 16-18, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Bridge of Spies,” “Crimson Peak,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “Room” and “Truth”

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