It’s meant to be a tale of uplift for faith-based audiences, but instead wears viewers down with a heavy-handed narrative, an overbearing score and voiceover…
Sheila O'Malley received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island and a Master's in Acting from the Actors Studio MFA Program.
She writes film reviews and essays on actors for Capital New York, Fandor, Press Play, Noir of the Week, and the House Next Door. Her work has appeared in Salon.com and The Sewanee Review, where her essay about her father was featured in an Irish Literature issue.
O'Malley has performed her one-woman show "74 Facts and One Lie" all over Manhattan. She has read her personal essays at the prestigious Cornelia Street Cafe Writers Read series. O'Malley writes about actors, movies, books, and Elvis Presley at her popular personal site, The Sheila Variations.
Her first play, July and Half of August, recently had public readings at Theatre Wit in Chicago, and The Vineyard Theatre in New York. She is currently working on her second play, as well as a book about Elvis Presley in Hollywood.
Read her answers to our Movie Love Questionnaire here.
An interview with the legendary Thelma Schoonmaker.
Sheila writes: Before directing the Oscar-nominated (and Oscar-winning) "Whiplash," writer/director Damien Chazelle made a short film called "Whiplash," an excerpt from the larger story, with J.K. Simmons in the same role that just won him an Oscar. Miles Teller's role is played by Johnny Simmons. You can view the short film on Youtube (clip below). It's 17 minutes long, but it still gives a glimpse of the feature it would eventually become.
The RogerEbert.com staff pick for Best Actress of 2014.
Sheila writes: The Oscars are only days away. Will you all be watching? What are your favorites to win? Any film/actor/director you feel like should have been nominated and wasn't? Regardless, the Oscars are always good for vigorous film conversation, and the contributors at Rogerebert.com voted in a poll, picking what we all thought should win in the various main categories. The results are being posted all this week in our ongoing feature: If We Picked the Winners. You can check out the Table of Contents here. Keep checking, as more will be added as the week goes on.
Sheila writes: Sundance 2015 just finished and Rogerebert.com contributors were there. They sent in dispatches, and reviews, and interviews with festival participants and it was embarrassment of riches! You can check out the full list of Sundance content here. So many films to look forward to!
Sheila writes: It was Edgar Allan Poe's 206th birthday on January 19, and I came across an old post on Open Culture featuring a couple of cool clips, one being Christopher Walken reading Poe's poem "The Raven," and the other being the 1953 Oscar-nominated animated short of Poe's story "The Tell-Tale Heart," narrated by James Mason. It's extremely surreal, very creepy, and well worth watching.
Sheila writes: Just in case you haven't had your fill of End of Year lists, Steven Soderbergh put up a list on his site of everything he watched in 2014, in chronological order, as well as everything he read. Television, movies, books, scripts ... it's all here. It made me consider doing something similar, just to track what I've taken in over any given year. I love reading other people's lists. Do any of you keep lists like this?
The talent of Edward Herrman, appreciate by studying one moment from his small role in "Reds."
Sheila writes: I wanted to share with you all this gorgeous video celebrating Ebertfest. Shot by the talented crew at Shatterglass Studios at Ebertfest 2014, it is a 14-minute video capturing the unique vibe at the film festival, its intimacy and joy, its celebrity guests, and the beauty of the Virginia Theatre. Passes for Ebertfest 2015 are on sale at the Ebertfest site. Hope to see many of you there. Happy holidays, and a very happy New Year!
Sheila writes: Awards season heats up! "Life Itself," Steve James' documentary about Roger Ebert, which premiered at Sundance last January, has been winning awards, appearing on a lot of End-of-the-Year lists, as well as being placed on the shortlist for an Academy Award. You can read more information about all of it on Rogerebert.com. Very exciting!