The Grab Bag (May 19, 2015)

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

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Max World

Robert Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: Fun facts about the Mad Max series.

Interviews

Alex Garland of “Ex Machina”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Bel Powley – A Royal Night Out

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Helen Hunt on “Ride”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

  • Excerpt: It’s not like some lightning in a bottle you catch to create on-screen relationships. You work on it.

Hidden history: Felipe Bustos Sierra on Nae Pasaran and the Scottish workers who helped thwart Pinochet

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Max Handelman – Pitch Perfect 2

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Monika Henreid

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: Monika Henreid talks about her classic film father and honoring his memory.

Olivier Assayas – Clouds of Sils Maria

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Rupert Everett – A Royal Night Out

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Sarah Gadon – A Royal Night Out

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (May 12, 2015)

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

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10 Actors Who Almost Played Famous Roles

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: I take at a look some of the biggest roles in movie and TV history that were almost played by someone else entirely.

Take 5… Carey Mulligan Performances

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: To celebrate the release of Far From the Madding Crowd, I rundown the top 5 performances by the Oscar-nominated Carey Mulligan.

Interviews

Bill Corbett

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

  • Excerpt: Rifftrax co-host Bill Corbett talks The Room

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (May 5, 2015)

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

Interviews

Matthias Schoenaerts – Far From the Madding Crowd

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Robert Hoffman

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: Technicolor specialist Robert Hoffman talks The Unfinished Dance and other color wonders.

Thomas Vinterberg – Far From the Madding Crowd

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Tom Green & Joe Dempsie – Monsters: Dark Continent

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Apr. 28, 2015)

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

Interviews

Back to the Future co-writer and producer Bob Gale brings the classic into the present

Dan Lybarger @ www.Pitch.com

  • Excerpt: This year’s Kansas City FilmFest is going back in time with the man who made time travel in a DeLorean conceivable.

Barbara Kopple talks about her Hot Type

Dan Lybarger @ www.Pitch.com

  • Excerpt: It’s hard to make a magazine visual and alive, Barbara Kopple says. But if anyone could have made arresting cinema from the story of a 150-year-old newsstand provocateur, it was the director who won Oscars for her documentaries Harlan County USA (1976) and American Dream (1992).

Carol Morley – The Falling

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

David Cronenberg draws a map to his Maps to the Stars

Dan Lybarger @ www.Pitch.com

  • Excerpt: Over his nearly five-decade career, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has given us surreal worlds populated by dangerous people, from the telepaths of Scanners to the drug-addled psychic landscape of William S. Burroughs in Naked Lunch.

Ex-punk musician identifies with film

Dan Lybarger @ www.arkansasonline.com

  • Excerpt: I’d love to go Hollywood. I need to exercise more, focus on my center, work on my core. I need to get grounded, says former Beastie Boy Adam “King Ad-Rock” Horovitz. “You know what I’m saying?”

Full-time debunker started young

Dan Lybarger @ www.arkansasonline.com

  • Excerpt: I have a specific expertise. It’s a strange expertise, how to fool people, but I know how it’s done, and I know how to avoid the effects of it, says former illusionist and now full-time debunker James “The Amazing” Randi. “I’ve been around, and for 86 years, I’ve been doing this kind of thing. I think I started at birth. I didn’t waste any time in between.”

Michael Winterbottom – The Emperor’s New Clothes

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

A quick lesson from the subject of Seymour: An Introduction

Dan Lybarger @ www.Pitch.com

  • Excerpt: Classical pianist, composer and teacher Seymour Bernstein, 88, has inspired hundreds to make classical music their life and has introduced countless people to the work of old masters through his concerts in unusual venues (including war zones) and on his YouTube channel.

Rolling Papers exec producer Chad Troutwine talks legal pot

Dan Lybarger @ www.Pitch.com

  • Excerpt: Recreational marijuana hasn’t been legal very long in Colorado, but it’s already a huge business, an example of how other states might look over the next decade — and an interesting challenge when it comes to journalistic coverage.

TCM Guest Programmer and Documentarian David Heeley

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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The Grab Bag (Apr. 21, 2015)

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Published on: April 21, 2015

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

Interviews

Brett Morgen – Cobain: Montage of Heck

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

George MacKay – Bypass

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jack Reynor and Gerard Barrett – Glassland

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Keanu Reeves – John Wick

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Ryan Gosling – Lost River

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Simon Curtis – Woman in Gold

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Viggo Mortensen – Jauja

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: Individual Reviews

In Transit

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

Awards Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Apr. 14, 2015)

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

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8 Comedy Sequels You Didn’t Know Existed

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: To celebrate the release of both Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – two sequels nobody really asked for or even saw coming – I look at 8 comedy sequels you (probably) didn’t even know existed.

Interviews

A Few Minutes with Betty Jo Tucker

Phil Hall @ Celebrity Banter

  • Excerpt: Interview with the dynamic film critic and talk show host.

Hungry like the wolf: Till Kleinert spills the secrets of The Samurai

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Maika Monroe of It Follows

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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The Grab Bag (Apr. 7, 2015)

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Famous Pranksters in History

Robert Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: …including Alfred Hitchcock.

Unfinished Roles of Late Great Actors

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: In honour of Fast & Furious 7’s release and Paul Walker’s memory, I take a look at some of the most famous examples of late great actors and the unfinished roles they left behind.

Interviews

Bella Thorne – The Duff

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Cliff Curtis – The Dark Horse

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Noah Baumbach – While We’re Young

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Olga Kurylenko – The Water Diviner

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Russell Crowe – The Water Diviner

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 31, 2015)

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Published on: March 31, 2015

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The Best Canadian Films of the Decade so Far

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The list of great Canadian films for 2010-2014 includes ‘Stories We Tell’, ‘Incendies’, ‘Mommy’ and more!

Same Title, Different Movie

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: Sometimes it’s easy to get confused when two movies are called the same thing. Here’s a run down of some of the times when two very different movies share the same title.

Top 8 Unexpected Action Heroes

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: To celebrate the release of The Gunman starring Sean Penn, I take a look at 8 other unexpected action heroes.

Interviews

Colleen Atwood on Designing Costumes for “Into the Woods”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Dan Fogelman of “Danny Collins”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Holliday Grainger – Cinderella

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Kenneth Branagh – Cinderella

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Michael Winterbottom – The Face of an Angel

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Robert Kenner of “Merchants of Doubt”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Sai Bennett and Genevieve Gaunt – The Face of an Angel

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Tom Berenger on “Lonesome Dove Church”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 24, 2015)

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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.

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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)
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