The Grab Bag (Mar. 24, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

From “Kiss My Grits!” to “Bazinga!”, 30 Favorite TV Catchphrases

Robert Cashill @ Robert Cashill

  • Excerpt: Thirty favorite TV catchphrases, compiled for Biography.com

Top 20 Films of 2014

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: Like most Wes Anderson films, The Grand Budapest Hotel rewards repeat viewings. Unlike a lot of his earlier films, the repeat viewings are less to do with catching little details in the production design or the slyer jokes, though God knows that there is plenty of pleasure to be had from doing that, but in peeling away the deep layers of sadness and melancholy that lie beneath the Lubitsch-esque farce.

Top TV Shows of 2014

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: [Hannibal] also delivered probably the most gut-wrenching and exhilarating finale of the year, an operatic crescendo that combined all the superlative elements of the show into one glorious bloodbath. Like Will Graham, Hannibal evolved this year into something both terrible and beautiful.

Interviews

Gemma Arterton – The Voices

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jean-François Caissy

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Jim Parsons – Home

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Kazuo Hara

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Marjane Satrapi – The Voices

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – A Second Chance

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Popdose Interview: Andy Summers

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Talking with the Police guitarist about the newly released doc Can’t Stop Losing You.

Shailene Woodley – Insurgent

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Theo James – Insurgent

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Vincent Morisset

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Awards Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 17, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

7 Big Animated Movies for 2015

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: To celebrate the release of Home, the latest film from DreamWorks Animation, I take a look ahead at 7 big animated movies still to come this year.

No Sour Notes: Top Ten Fictional Bands in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Stop in the Name of Love: Top Ten Forbidden Romances in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Top 10 Time-Sensitive Movies

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: To celebrate the release of the new Liam Neeson crime thriller Run All Night, I take a look at the top 10 movies where time is in limited supply.

Interviews

Ludivine Sagnier – Lou!

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Rafe Spall and Asa Butterfield – X+Y

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Ryan Potter of Big Hero 6

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Sandrine Kiberlain – Elle L’Adore

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Tom McCarthy of The Cobbler

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

Documentaries on Mary J. Blige and Misty Copeland are Among the Films World Premiering at Tribeca

Candice Frederick @ Documentaries on Mary J. Blige and Misty Copeland are Among the Films World Premiering at Tribeca

Festivals: Individual Reviews

2015 True/False Film Fest: “Something Better To Come” on Day 1

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: I was also privy to seeing Hanna Polak’s IDFA preemed Something Better To Come. Now 11 minutes shorter than its original debut, the film inevitably recalls Edet Belzberg‘s heartbreaking portrait of homeless Romanian children in Children Underground, but delves into subtly differing territory by capturing the lives of homeless families living in the vast dumps that lie just outside of Moscow.

2015 True/False Film Fest: Finders of a Century of Heck? – Day 2

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: “While you were watching the movie, we were drinking,” Morgen confessed as he made the decision to sit on the edge of the stage, leaving Moss to make an attempt at moderating a session doomed to delve into serious introspection and lose focus along the way. Loose, mildly silly and deeply personal, this is the way all Q&As should be.

2015 True/False Film Fest: The End, A Festival Wrap Up

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Where else might you walk two blocks and in the process subsequently encounter the likes of Joshua Oppenheimer, Alex Gibney, Nick Broomfield and the Ross Brothers? Paul Sturtz and David Wilson, the founders of True/False have created something truly special here in Columbia, MO – a glorious celebration of non-fiction filmmaking and the fascinating fault line that separates the unreal from the untruthful.

Tributes

Leonard Nimoy

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Awards Coverage

2014 Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, FINAL

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the precursors and how they compared to Oscar.

2015 Academy Awards

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Poor Meryl. She can’t make it on $10 million dollars.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 6-8, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the Oscar chances for “Chappie”

Television

The Americans: Baggage

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Destroy All Monsters: Shut Down Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

Elementary: Enough Nemesis to Go Around

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Elementary: Just a Regular Irregular

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Elementary: The Five Orange Pipz

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Gotham: Everyone Has a Cobblepot

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Gotham: Red Hood

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Quest for the Spear is by no means great television, its own self-awareness, coupled with a delightfully comedic turn from Noah Wyle, sells Quest for the Spear to being much better than perhaps it should have been.

The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Return to King Solomon’s Mines is a better, stronger film, more confident and self-assured. It’s as if everyone involved knew that there was a great idea in it and decided to roll with it.

Reviews of Short Films

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Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Review

Cabeça

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Miami

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Monday Memo: A Documentary Titan Falls – Albert Maysles Dies at 88

Jordan M. Smith @ STFdocs.com

  • Excerpt: Last week I said I’d be skipping the Monday Memo until next week due to the fact that I’d be at True/False Fest all weekend, but despite being thoroughly drained from the incredible films I took in and festivities I took part in, there is yet news that must be addressed, albeit briefly. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Albert Maysles, a documentary pioneer whose work includes such classics as GREY GARDENS, SALESMAN and GIMME SHELTER, passed away late last Thursday night, just after it was announced that IN TRANSIT, what will now be his final film, will have its world premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Morning After: Mar. 9, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “The Nutty Professor” (1996)

The Grab Bag (Mar. 10, 2015)

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Best of Lists

All Bets Are Off: Top Ten Films About Las Vegas

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Interviews

Big Hero 6: A chat with Disney’s first multicultural hero

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: The voice of Hiro talks about the Oscar-winning film.

Gerard Johnson – Hyena

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Hippolyte Girardot – Life of Riley

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Leonard Nimoy’s “Voyage Home”

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: Flash back with us to a 1987 interview with Leonard Nimoy on the San Francisco set of “Star Trek IV,”

Peter Ferdinando – Hyena

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Richard Dormer – Hyena

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 3, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

Classroom Chaos: Top Ten High School Outsiders

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Of Human “Bond”-age: Top Ten Actors That Had Played James Bond

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Interviews

Daniel Perlmutter and Ennis Esmer

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Talking ‘Big News from Grand Rock’ with director Daniel Perlmutter and star Ennis Esmer.

David Robert Mitchell – It Follows

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Maika Monroe – It Follows

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Rinko Kikuchi – Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Sam Lerner, Virginia Gardner, Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia and Allen Evangelista – Project Almanac

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

TIFF 2014: Report on Docs

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Doc highlights from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival include ‘Sunshine Superman’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Wanted 18′ and more!

Festivals: Individual Reviews

GFF 2015: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Absolutely stunningly shot in a way that’s both aesthetically exquisite and uncomfortably bleak, the film takes you on a wonderfully offbeat odyssey through the human condition in microcosm.

GFF 2015: Still Alice

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: [Julianne Moore] gives a nuanced, raw, sincere performance in an extremely difficult balancing act of a role that could have been mawkish or overly showy in the hands of a lesser talented actress.

GFF 2015: Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: A sobering, eye-opening, often exasperating documentary filmmaking with the power to drive at the heart of both its difficult subject matter and the heavy emotion that it brings with it.

GFF 2015: The Grump

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: It’s widely appealing in the best sense; we all know someone like The Grump and the film captures the complexities, frustrations and, yes, cathartically comical moments of the universally relatable generational gap.

GFF 2015: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Suitably gruesome in nature but there’s a leering quality to it missing from some of the better meta horrors over the years (namely Wes Craven’s Scream franchise), making for uncomfortable viewing in all the wrong, boringly repetitive ways.

GFF 2015: While We’re Young

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: It’s like the cinematic equivalent of a warm hug from someone who actually has something observant and important to say about life, growing old and acting your age.

Awards Coverage

2015 Oscar Predictions: Contenders & Controversies

Sarah Ward @ ACMI

7 Best Moments from the Independent Spirit Awards

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

87th Oscars: Post-Game Analyses

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look back at the 87th Oscars.

Destroy All Monsters: Us, Them, And The Oscars

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

No Concessions: My Oscar Ballot, 2014 Edition

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: My picks for Sunday.

Essays

This Year’s Independent Spirit Awards Barely Differed From the Oscars — Here’s How to Fix Them

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The Independent Spirit Awards have gone from Oscar’s scrappier indie cousin to just another damn Oscar run-up. What’s gone wrong?

Where Are All the New Sci-Fi Movie Franchises?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: In this era of mega budgets and limitless effects possibilities, why has science fiction fallen so specifically prey to the endless sequel-remake-reboot machine?

Reviews of Short Films

De Planeta

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: British Animated Short Film Review

Não são Favas, são Feijocas

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Review

Other Articles

Guess Who Came to Dinner

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast with actress Katharine Houghton talking about “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and film critic Mack Bates revealing his picks for Best Movies about the African American experience.

International Noir

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Monday Memo: Bruce Sinofsky Passes at 58, CITIZENFOUR Continues Awards Sweep

Jordan M. Smith @ STFdocs.com

  • Excerpt: In a week where Oscar pervaded our minds and the Independent Spirit Awards remind us that Hollywood and what the industry considers the indie film scene no longer seems to have an accurate dividing line, we’re left ruminating on the tragic loss of another beloved member of the documentary film community in Bruce Sinofsky.

Monday Memo: Remembering David Carr, Berlin Concludes, True/False Line-up Revealed

Jordan M. Smith @ STFdocs.com

  • Excerpt: With NBC news anchor Brian Williams losing the world’s trust over a pack of lies and the tragic death of 60 MINUTES correspondent Bob Simon in an automobile accident, this week has been rough for journalism, but the passing of beloved New York Times cultural commentator David Carr late Thursday evening may be the toughest to take for many in the documentary filmmaking community.

The Grab Bag (Feb. 24, 2015)

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Best of Lists

The 20 Most Seductive Scenes in Classic Film

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The 25 Best Films of 2014

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Okay, I know this is a little late, but I my motivation is an effort to be fair. I wanted to see enough really great year-end films that I could put together a Best List that I was comfortable with. In doing so, I found that this was a much better year than I initially thought, so much so that I’ve put together a list of 25 great films rather than the expected ten.

Arresting Development: Top Ten Sheriffs in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

“Killer Instinct”: Top Ten Disturbed Deviants in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Newsmakers and Media Shakers: Top Ten Reporters in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

“Not So Live From New York”: Top Ten Worst Saturday Night Live-Based Feature Films

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Reel Love: Romantic Movies Through the Decades

Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle

Interviews

Alfred Molina and Ira Sachs – Love is Strange

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Matthew Margeson, Co-Composer of “Kingsman: The Secret Service”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

‘Nightcrawler’ Filmmaker Dan Gilroy on His Oscar Nomination, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Crime Scene Photography

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: “I did not want a character with an arc. I wanted to break as many narrative rules as a could, so there’s no arc, there’s no redemption, there’s no backstory.”

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Feb. 10, 2015)

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

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 10

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from the 10th week of Precursor Season

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Timbuktu”

The Rundown 2014: Animated Feature

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

The Rundown 2014: Best Documentary Feature & Short Subject

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

The Rundown 2014: Foreign Language Film

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

The Rundown 2014: Original Music (Score & Song)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

The Rundown 2014: Short Films (Animated & Live-Action)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

The Rundown 2014: Supporting Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

The Rundown 2014: Supporting Actress

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

Best of Lists

20 Things I Learned Watching the Backstreet Boys’ New Documentary

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

“All Aboard”: Top Ten Bus-Related Moments in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Best of 2014: The 11 Best Films of the Year

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Our Favorite Sci-Fi Villains

Robert Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: Will Eddie Redmayne join Darth Vader and “The Woman” in our hall of infamy?

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Feb. 3, 2015)

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Awards Coverage

Listen to the Canadian Screen Nominees for Original Song

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Audio of all five nominated songs at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Mommy’, ‘Tu Dors Nicole’ and Xavier Dolan Lead the Nominations for Quebec’s Prix Jutra

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Nominations honouring the best in Quebecois cinema.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from the ninth week of Precursor Season.

Best of Lists

List: Top Documentary Recommendations – Part Two

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: The second part of my on-going feature highlighting some of the best film documentaries around, across a range of categories.

Thanks for Noticing, Golden Guy: Top Ten Oscar-Nominated Actor Acknowledgements

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling: Top Ten Tragic Lovers in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Interviews

Brenton Thwaites – Son of a Gun

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Colin Firth – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Dan Heath, Composer of the “Big Eyes” Song

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

David Heyman, Producer of “Paddington”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

George Lopez and Carlos PenaVega of “Spare Parts”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

George Lopez and Carlos PenaVega of “Spare Parts

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Matthew Vaughn – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Meredith Anne Bull of “Strange Magic”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman on “Above and Beyond”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Sofia Boutella and Sophie Cookson – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Star, director of ‘Black or White’ come to Detroit, red carpet and interview

Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com

Taron Egerton – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

TURBO KID Directors Talk Influences, Working as a Hive Mind & Michael Ironside!

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Television

The Americans: ARPANET

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: ARPANET continues the solid The Americans tradition of simply strong, solid performances, and this time, it’s Annet Mahendru who is the star of the episode. ARPANET is Mahendru’s finest hour as Nina.

The Americans: Behind the Red Door

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Americans has given us violent moments, but in Behind the Red Door, we see violence not in a physical sense, but an emotional one. On a certain level, almost all the characters are tortured or torturing themselves, and work is no respite for what haunts them.

The Americans: Echo

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: In many respects, Echo is still the brilliant Americans episode we’ve come to expect from them. In others, I found it bizarre if not downright nonsensical.

The Americans: Martial Eagle

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: In Martial Eagle, I think Matthew Rhys has given the greatest performance in The Americans of the season, an already extraordinary accomplishment given just how good he’s been throughout all the series.

The Americans: New Car

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: New Car is one where we see the dynamic of this atypical marriage, and see that sometimes being a parent is actually harder than being a spy.

The Americans: Operation Chronicle

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Given how excellent and intense The Americans has been, I was a bit surprised to find Operation Chronicle a bit more quiet. However, given that the season finale is up next, perhaps this is the calm before the storm.

The Americans: Season Two Overview

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Americans is the most emotionally conflicting show on television.

The Americans: Stealth

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: We have a mix of the mundane and the murderous in Stealth, with the highlight being the intense face-off between Kate and Larrick. Stealth continues to show just how good The Americans is, a mixture of intense spy serial and domestic drama …

The Americans: The Deal

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Americans: Yousaf

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Parallels are a dominating theme in Yousaf, where we see the characters match their lives so inadvertently.

Franklin & Bash: Big Fish

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Big Fish shows that when the characters were allowed to have semi-functioning brains, Franklin & Bash could be both irreverent and reasonable. Would that the show kept that going rather than insist it was the lead’s combined stupidity rather than their friendship that was the big draw.

Franklin & Bash: Franklin vs. Bash

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Franklin vs. Bash might be a good idea, but it is so badly executed and has a subplot similarly stupid that it is the first real failure of the season. Granted, there would be more to come, but that is for the future.

Franklin & Bash: You Can’t Take It With You

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: You Can’t Take It With You has positives and negatives that show that Franklin & Bash could be good or bad depending on what road it took.

The Librarians: And the Fables of Doom

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: And the Fables of Doom went by a bit too quickly and I think resolved things too quickly, but we got to see another fun story that played with both magic and the characters. We also got a small but impressive turn by guest star Rene Auberjonois, whom I would like to make a return appearance, but more on that later.

The Librarians: And the Heart of Darkness

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: It’s nice to see the cast of The Librarians work so well together and keep things exciting and entertaining without being too frightening.

The Librarians: And the Rule of Three

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: And the Rule of Three is I think the best Librarians episode so far. What I really enjoyed about And the Power of Three was that it has wonderful moments of comedy, of action, and even of romance.

Sherlock: The Complete Third Season

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Somewhere along the line, Sherlock, a show that is hailed by Sherlockians and critics as this brilliant work of intellectual television, slipped into fantasy and farce. The three episodes of the third season…were uneven and in some case so wildly outlandish that only the most fierce Sherlockian would hold them as ‘the Citizen Kane of television’.

Essays

Carl Dreyer: Master of the Cinema House

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Reviews of Short Films

Lo Smalto Nero

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Italian Short Film Review

Other Articles

6 Big Reasons To Go See Big Hero 6

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: As Big Hero 6 finally hits UK cinemas, I take a look at 6 big reasons to go see the film.

Early Roles for This Year’s Oscar Nominees

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: With the Oscars fast approaching once more, I take a look at some of the earliest roles for this year’s Oscar nominees.

Kristen Recasts the Classics: Strangers on a Train

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: David Fincher and Ben Affleck are already attached, but I give a few alternative suggestions.

Monday Memo: Sundance in Full Swing, Scorsese’s Clinton Doc on Rocks, Realscreen Summit Near Start

Jordan M. Smith @ STFDocs.com

The Grab Bag (Jan. 27, 2015)

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Awards Coverage

David Fincher, ‘Strangers on a Train,’ and the Tricky Business of Remaking Hitchcock

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The fact that so many filmmakers have tried and failed to remake — or even one-up — Hitch speaks equally, I suppose, to the industry’s reliance on existing properties and directorial ego. But to understand why Hitchcock remakes are such a losing proposition, it’s important to remember one key fact about Alfred Hitchcock: he was steadfastly disinterested in plot, which is the single element that’s easiest to reproduce.

Fey, Poehler, Maron, and Apatow Begin Stand-Up’s Overdue Reckoning With Bill Cosby’s Comedy Legacy

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: So when we talk about Bill Cosby the comedian, we’re back in that difficult conversation about his legacy. But it’s a different conversation than the one about The Cosby Show — not because he wasn’t a groundbreaking stand-up (as one of the first black comics to “cross over,” he certainly was), but because of the inherently personal nature of stand-up itself.

How ‘Selma’ Got Screwed

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: In the many conversations this critic had in the weeks following my first, emotionally devastating viewing of ‘Selma,’ one thought that never crossed my mind was, “Well, it’s a great movie, but it’s not the kind of movie that wins awards.” To the contrary, this is exactly the type of movie that wins awards.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 8

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from the eighth week of Precursor Season

Oscar Scandals: Why Garbo never won a legitimate Oscar

Emanuel Levy @ www.Emanuellevy.com

  • Excerpt: Garbo, arguably one of Hollywood’s greatest actressses, had never won a competitive Oscar due to studio politics

Science Fiction Gold: Hunt for the “Reel” Deal of the Prestigious Golden Guy.

Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Jan. 20, 2015)

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Best of Lists

10 Films Turning 10 in 2015

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: A list of 10 films that, believe it or not, were released 10 years ago this year. Prepare to feel just that little bit older…

10 Great Films Snubbed at the Oscars

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: There weer plenty of deserving films not nominated at the Oscars this year but it’s far from a new trend. Here’s 10 great films that the Academy snubbed in year’s past.

2015 Oscars Predictions

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: I take a look at the Oscar nominations for this year as well as making predictions on what/who will walk away with the big prizes.

List: Top Documentary Recommendations – Part One

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

Awards Coverage

Golden Globes 2015: Boyhood shines but will it grow up an Oscar winner?

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

Mommy Leads 2015 Canadian Screen Awards Nominations

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Xavier Dolan’s Mommy leads the nominations for the best in Caandian film. ‘Maps to the Stars’ also comes on strong.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 7

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Examining the winners and losers from Precursor Week 7

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 9-11, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Still Alice”

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Jan. 13, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best (read Quirkiest) Films of 2014

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

The 10 Best Films of 2014

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

The 10 Worst Films of 2014

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

The Best Films of 2014

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

The Best Films of 2014

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Cynical, nasty but daring, angry and, yes, important.

The Best Films of 2014

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

The Best of 2014 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Best of 2014: Jordan M. Smith’s Top 20 (Picks 10-1)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Best of 2014: Jordan M. Smith’s Top 20 (Picks 20-11)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Lo mejor de 2014

Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Las mejores películas, actuaciones y guiones de 2014.

My Cinema Discoveries of 2014

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

My Favorite Films of 2014

Betty Jo Tucker @ Memosaic

My Favorite First-Time Viewings of 2014

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

Reeling’s Top 10’s for 2014

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

The Ten Best Movies Hardly Anyone Saw in 2014

Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

The Top 12 Films of 2014

Bill Clark @ From The Balcony

  • Excerpt: It’s been a great year in film and there are plenty of contenders for the honor of the year’s best. I hope you enjoy my list of the top 12 films of 2014.

Top 5 underrated horror films of 2014

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: While the major releases were a bit of a disappointment this year, there were original narratives about vampires, zombies and monsters just on the periphery.

Worst Bollywood Movies of 2014

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Worst of 2014 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Awards Coverage

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