John Oursler

About Author:
John Oursler is a freelance film blogger who lives and works in New York City. By day he helps non-profits make money. His passion for film remained a constant over the years, which has led him back to film criticism on a regular basis. As an undergrad he tended to look at media through the lens of queer theory, which still informs his viewing habits to this day. He spearheaded Sound on Sight's LGBT Column and welcomes contributions from those with a penchant for equitable film coverage.

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‘Omar’ plays out more like a Bourne-style espionage thriller rather than a gripping wartime drama

‘Omar’ plays out more like a Bourne-style espionage thriller rather than a gripping wartime drama

Omar Directed by Hany Abu-Assad Palestine, 2013 The chronic, seemingly unsolvable Israeli/Palestinian conflict provides the perfect backdrop for narrative storytelling, as all the pieces are…

What Have The Movies Taught Us About AIDS?

What Have The Movies Taught Us About AIDS?

The answer ranges from “not a lot” to “not the right things,” depending on how closely you observe. In the generation (30 years) since HIV/AIDS…

NYFF 2013 Dispatch: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’; ‘The Immigrant’; ‘Bastards’; ‘Gloria’

NYFF 2013 Dispatch: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’; ‘The Immigrant’; ‘Bastards’; ‘Gloria’

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Dir. Ben Stiller) The trailer for Ben Stiller’s newest directorial effort is life-affirming, anthemic, and seems like a heartstring-puller in…

NYFF 2013, Day One Dispatch: ‘Like Father, Like Son’; ‘Stranger by the Lake’; ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’; ‘Nobody’s Daughter Haewon’

NYFF 2013, Day One Dispatch: ‘Like Father, Like Son’; ‘Stranger by the Lake’; ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’; ‘Nobody’s Daughter Haewon’

Like Father, Like Son There’s a sweetness and emotional weight to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s tales about children and family dynamics that instantly recalls another great Japanese…

TIFF 2013: ‘Child’s Pose’ an unflinching critique of Romanian society

TIFF 2013: ‘Child’s Pose’ an unflinching critique of Romanian society

If we learned anything from Jackie Weaver’s character in Animal Kingdom, it’s that you should never underestimate a man’s mother. Calin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose…

TIFF 2013: ‘Omar’ a hardened, well-made film about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict

TIFF 2013: ‘Omar’ a hardened, well-made film about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict

The chronic, seemingly unsolvable Israeli/Palestinian conflict provides the perfect backdrop for narrative storytelling, as all the pieces are in place for a tense, personalized historical…

TIFF 2013: ‘Gerontophilia’ a surprisingly heartfelt comedy from Bruce LaBruce

TIFF 2013: ‘Gerontophilia’ a surprisingly heartfelt comedy from Bruce LaBruce

Gerontophilia, or the sexual preference for the elderly, is the eponymous subject of the new film by Bruce LaBruce, iconoclastic Canadian director of subversive narrative…

TIFF 2013: ‘Our Sunhi’ uses a freewheeling approach to greatly satisfying ends

TIFF 2013: ‘Our Sunhi’ uses a freewheeling approach to greatly satisfying ends

The TIFF programmer introducing the new film from South Korean master Hong Sang-soo mentioned that because Hong is so prolific (he’s currently shooting another film)…

TIFF 2013: ‘Belle’ is period with purpose

TIFF 2013: ‘Belle’ is period with purpose

Ah, period piece films. It’s kind of a silly term if you think about it, since any historical time ever is technically a period, the…

Director and Actress Duos: The Best, Overlooked, and Underrated

Director and Actress Duos: The Best, Overlooked, and Underrated

Riffing on Terek Puckett’s terrific list of director/actor collaborations, I wanted to look at some of those equally impressive leading ladies who served as muses…

‘I’m So Excited’ is both delightful to watch yet deceptively discursive

‘I’m So Excited’ is both delightful to watch yet deceptively discursive

For three decades, Pedro Almodovar has been the most internationally successful purveyor of queer cinema. His first film, 1980’s Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls…

A (straight) person’s guide to talking about queer cinema

A (straight) person’s guide to talking about queer cinema

Growing up gay as a suburban teenager in the mid 90s, my access to queer culture was severely limited (ie nonexistent). Before the proliferation of…