From Our Members’ Desks (Sep. 8, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

5 Binge-Worthy Cable Series Hiding in Plain Sight

Kimberly Gadette @ doddle

  • Excerpt: And you thought you had to sit around and wait for TV’s upcoming fall season …


Brandon Brown

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: Documentarian Brandon Brown discusses his work on the upcoming Lives of Bernard Herrmann

Ed Skrein – The Transporter Refuelled

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Mamie Gummer – Ricki and the Flash

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Owen Wilson – No Escape

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Ravi and Geeta Patel on “Meet the Patels”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Wes Craven Craved Mainsteam Acceptance

Glenn Lovell @

  • Excerpt: “There’s a taint to #horror. You’re dealing with things that are almost obscene.”

Festivals: General Coverage

Drama Int’l Short Film Festival

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Greece’s largest short film gathering turns 38 and welcomes first FIPRESCI outing

Plaza Classic Film Festival: Some Thoughts

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Having worked quite well with them the previous two years, the lack of communication and/or interest in coverage outside the local newspaper is puzzling to me. I wasn’t about to spend $66 minimum to cover a film festival in my professional capacity.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

The Best of FrightFest 2015

Anton Bitel @ Sight & Sound

Film4 FrightFest Preview: Horror In The House

Anton Bitel @ Little White Lies

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #1

Anton Bitel @ TwitchFilm

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #2

Anton Bitel @ TwitchFilm

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #3

Anton Bitel @ TwitchFilm

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #4

Anton Bitel @ TwitchFilm


Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Multi-awarded Greek short film director ready to overtake Venice with feature debut


In Memoriam: Wes Craven

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: The first monster you need to scare the audience with, is yourself

Wes Craven, Professor of Horror, resurrected genre, repeatedly

Glenn Lovell @

  • Excerpt: Wes Craven reinvigorated the horror genre, more than once.


A Woman Called Golda

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Video Essays, Reviews and More

American Ultra

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: I hated this movie beyond being able to write about it, so here’s my video review.


The (Re)Evolution of Purple Raid

Mike McGranaghan @ One Perfect Shot

‘ American Ultra’ Screenwriter’s Twitter Rant on the Death of “Original Ideas” Is a Tad Disingenuous

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Let’s all check back in with Max Landis on the fate of original ideas in Hollywood around Thanksgiving, after the release of his next movie — a new take on Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein.’

Destroy All Monsters: Universal’s Monster Movies Ate The Summer Of 2015

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Quentin Tarantino’s Distaste for “Arty Things” Is Nothing New

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: This is someone who came of age, literally and cinematically, in the 1980s (“when movies sucked,” he notes), an era when your choices were either braindead blockbusters, turgid serious films (like ‘Chariots of Fire,’ ‘Out of Africa,’ and the aforementioned Merchant-Ivory oeuvre), or genre pictures and cheap-o exploitation flicks. Tarantino went for the latter, the less popular choice, and that preference has remained —to the benefit of his work.

So, About That ‘NY Times Magazine’ Piece on “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t”…

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: According to Johnson, “creative careers are thriving,” a point he argues by ignoring pundits (including yours truly), experts, and anecdotal evidence, instead focusing on the inarguable evidence of Data Journalism. In doing so, Johnson vastly inflates the conclusions of such number-crunching—and (particularly in the case of our reporting) frequently misses the point of the arguments he’s refuting.

Reviews of Short Films

A Rapariga que Imaginou Um Conto

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

O Último Dia de Um Homem Morto

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Critics Preview Fall Film Schedule

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A lively podcast discussion about upcoming fall (2015) films featuring Nell Minow, A.J. Hakari and Mack Bates.

The Dawn of Technicolor: 1915-1935

Robert Cashill @ Cineaste

  • Excerpt: Review of a new book.

Monday Memo: New York Film Festival Releases Lineup, Includes P.T. Anderson’s First Doc

Jordan M. Smith @ Stranger Than Fiction

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