The Grab Bag (Oct. 21, 2014)

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Published on: October 21, 2014

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Interviews

After Torture: Kathy Berger talks about working with torture survivors to make Beneath The Blindfold.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

David Ayer

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Director David Ayer describes the brain-spilling scene he thought was too violent for his ultra-violent WWII movie ‘Fury.’

Dear White People Writer-Director Justin Simien

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

James Marsden

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Judge Writer-Director David Dobkin

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Judy Greer

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Don’t worry, Judy Greer had trouble sympathizing with her ‘Men, Women and Children’ character too.

Zane, Writer of “Addicted”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Oct. 14, 2014)

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Best of Lists

2014 Film Reviews Rated Five Stars

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Five Star Films: The Whole Bloody List

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Oct. 7, 2014)

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Published on: October 7, 2014

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The 10 Best Faithful Shakespeare Adaptations on Film

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Polanski’s ‘Macbeth’ is a terrific movie; and noteworthy as being a Shakespeare adaptation that is mostly done “straight” — i.e., basically as written, rather than relocated to outer space or a high school or the mob underworld or anything crazy like that. In fact, it seems more difficult to just do the play, without all the bells and whistles.

The 10 Creepiest Kids in Movie History

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: With Halloween sneaking up like a well-dressed child with a knowing smirk, we take a look at some of cinema’s creepiest kids.

The 11 Creepiest Creepy Doll Movies

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Creepy dolls are creepy. These creepy doll movies are creepier.

Every Martin Scorsese Movie, Ranked

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Flavorwire presents the DEFINITIVE ranking of Martin Scorsese’s narrative and documentary features (stretching feature a bit to include long-ish documentaries and made-for-TV works), stacking up 36 films over nearly 50 years.

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Sep. 30, 2014)

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11 Great Date Movies on Netflix

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

Top 10 Scottish Films

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Interviews

Anthony Stacchi & Graham Annable on The Boxtrolls

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The directors of The Boxtrolls explain the origin of the film’s most terrible pun.

Antoine Fuquar

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews The Equalizer director Antoine Fuquar.

Ben Miller

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews British comedy actor Ben Miller on What We Did On Our Holiday.

Charles Band on Full Moon Features

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Join Charles Band, the director of Trancers and producer of the hit Puppet Master franchise, as he gets grilled by hosts William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold in the hallowed halls of the Full Moon offices, right next to Los Angeles’s historic Skid Row. You can really hear the sirens!

Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews writers and directors Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton on What We Did On Our Holiday.

Isaac Hempstead Wright on The Boxtrolls

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The ‘Game of Thrones’ star explains particle physics and says working with Sir Ben Kingsley was terrifying.

Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Mike Cahill

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews director Mike Cahill on his sophomore feature, I Origins.

Rosamund Pike

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews Rosamund Pike on What We Did On Our Holiday, and Gone Girl.

Season of Mists: Markuus Blunder on Autumn Blood

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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The Grab Bag (Sep. 23, 2014)

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Published on: September 23, 2014

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Interviews

Cary Elwes on “The Princess Bride”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

Dan Stevens, Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett on “The Guest”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

The Guest – Dan Stevens, Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Liam Neeson

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews Liam Neeson for his role in A Walk Among the Tombstones.

The Maze Runner – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario & Will Poulter

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Mike Nelson of Rifftrax

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff of “Dolphin Tale 2?

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Pawel Pawlikowski on Ida

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

Philip Elliott Hopkins, founder of The Film Detective, Rockport, Mass.

Phil Hall @ Business-Superstar.com

  • Excerpt: An interview with the creator of a new DVD label speciaizing in classic and cult flicks

Terry Gilliam

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Terry Gilliam discusses the big ideas in The Zero Theorem and The Church of Batman the Redeemer.

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The Grab Bag (Sep. 16, 2014)

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Published on: September 16, 2014

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Back in the Habit

Philip Concannon @ The Skinny

  • Excerpt: An interview with Ida director Pawel Pawlikowski

Dave McKean

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Artist Dave McKean illuminates the long process of creating his new film Luna, and wonders whether fantasy has turned into too much of a commodity to be meaningful anymore.

Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The star and director of The Equalizer discuss the film’s biggest explosion and who should playing Washington’s character if they ever reboot St. Elsewhere.

Filmmaker Jen McGowan

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

Idris Elba

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Idris Elba explains how wanting his co-star Taraji Henson to shut up improved his performance in No Good Deed.

In Order of Disappearance Interview

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews Stellan Skarsgard for In Order of Disappearance.

Joe and Anthony Russo

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The Russo Brothers offer new updates on Captain America 3.

Taraji Henson

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Taraji Henson reveals how she took her revenge on Idris Elba after her hit her in the face with a gun while making No Good Deed.

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The Grab Bag (Sep. 9, 2014)

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Take 5… Movies Featuring Unexpected Guests

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: In honour of The Guest being released in UK cinemas this week, I take a look at 5 movies featuring unexpected guests.

Interviews

Ira Sachs on “Love Is Strange”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Maika Monroe

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Interview with Maika Monroe for The Guest

Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Interview with Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard for The Guest

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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The Grab Bag (Sep. 2, 2014)

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My Eight Future Legends

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: These four men and four women, I believe, have great careers ahead of them.

My Five Best Bollywood/Tollywood Dance Numbers

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

My Five Worst Bollywood/Tollywood Dance Numbers

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

My Ten Best Comic Book Movie Castings

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

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The Grab Bag (Aug. 26, 2014)

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The 45 Greatest Concert Movies of All Time

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: In honor of Woodstock’s 45th anniversary, we rounded up the 45 best examples of the concert movie genre.

Interviews

Daniel Radcliffe Interview

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Interview with Daniel Radcliffe for his role in What If

Emily Browning Interview

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Interview with Emily Browning for her role in God Help the Girl

Fabrice du Welz on Calvaire, Vinyan and Alleluia

Anton Bitel @ Film4.com

John McNaughton on ThE HARVEST

Anton Bitel @ Film4.com

Luc Besson Interview

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Interview with Luc Besson for his latest feature film, Lucy

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – Eva Green

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

Thomas Carter on “When the Game Stands Tall”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Till Kleinert on THE SAMURAI

Anton Bitel @ Film4.com

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The Grab Bag (Aug. 19, 2014)

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Beast of Burden: Top 10 Human-Animal Combinations in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

The Best (and worst) Films of 2014 . . . so far!

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: The trend thus far in the year is that indie films seem to be flourishing while Hollywood continues to tread safe waters of brand names and reliable genres. With four-and-a-half months to go, this list will inevitably change.

Getting on Track: Top 10 Films About Trains

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Holy Criminal Reincarnation! : Top 10 Underused TV Batman Villains Repackaged in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

The Top 10 Trivial Tidbits About Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Tributes

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The Grab Bag (Aug. 12, 2014)

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Published on: August 12, 2014

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Interviews

“Sharknado’s” Thunder Levin

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Filmmaker John Alan Simon

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Writer/director John Alan Simon, a Harvard-educated fan of Philip K. Dick’s work, has created the most insightful, thought-provoking, intelligent and faithful rendition of Dick’s work to date.

John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson of “Calvary”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Michel Gondry of “Mood Indigo”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Mike Cahill of “I Origins”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Aug. 5, 2014)

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Jordan M. Smith’s Best Docs of 2014 So Far

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: To make it a bit easier, I’ve pieced together a lean little list of docu must sees that mix theatrical releases with top festival picks soon to hit VOD and still managed to cut a host of noteworthy titles like the Sundance prize-winner Rich Hill, as well as biggies like Life Itself, Visitors, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, Elena, and Alive Inside. So far this year, I’ve seen more than sixty new docs, not including many that were graced with theatrical runs after their festival debuts last year (So, gems like Jodorowsky’s Dune and 12 O’Clock Boys which made last year’s list have been excluded here). Before we look ahead toward the major fall festivals in Venice, Toronto, Copenhagen, IDFA and the like, let’s rejoice in the documentary goodness that already lies before us.

Interviews

“Purple Rain” 30th Anniversary: Director Albert Magnoli Remembers His Rock Movie Classic

Bob Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: An interview with Purple Rain’s director

2014 Hot Docs Interview: Jessica Oreck (The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

2014 Hot Docs Interview: Robert Greene & Brandy Burrre (Actress)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

2014 Sundance Interview: Andrew Rossi (Ivory Tower)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

2014 Sundance Interview: Jesse Moss (The Overnighters)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

2014 Sundance Interview: Maxim Pozdorovkin & Tony Gerber (The Notorious Mr. Bout)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

AJ Schnack & Nathan Truesdall

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Interview: Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Petra Costa (Elena)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

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The Grab Bag (Jul. 29, 2014)

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“Hey, Glad You Won But…”: Top 10 Nominees Deprived of Oscar Gold in Favor of Another Contender

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory?

Getting on Track: Top 10 Films About Trains

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Trains in cinema have always made for an excitable source within the realm of the comedy, drama, mystery or suspense pertaining to the plot of a particular film.

My Top Five Portrayals of Christ

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: At Number One is the portrayal that managed to balance Christ’s Divinity with Christ’s Humanity.

Top Ten Greatest Performances of All Time

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

A True Maverick: Top 10 Films of James Garner (1928-2014)

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Indeed it is sad news to acknowledge the passing of Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor James Garner (1928-2014).

Interviews

Interview: Rob Reiner on the Middle-Aged Love Story “And So It Goes”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

Lost and Found: Nick Prueher on the VHS phenomena behind the Found Footage Festival.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Jul. 22, 2014)

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“I’ll Drink to That…”: Top 10 Alcoholic Movie Characters

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Alcoholism in the movies have been played for both dramatic and comical effect. In fact some of the binge drinking done on the big screen have garnered considerable praise and pathos resulting in many performers winning Oscars and Oscar nominations based on this very serious addiction.

Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: The old saying goes is that if you want to win an Academy Award then the best way is to undertake playing a disabled part or portraying a famous personality in a biopic. In some cases, actors have accomplished both themes and reached their Oscar-attaining goals

Lip Service: The Top 10 Movie Catchphrases

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: The obligatory movie catchphrase…memorable golden dialogue for the cinematic soul. What film fan does not enjoy reciting and repeating their favorite movie quotes?

Sound on Sight: Top 10 Random “Sound” and “Sight” Movie Titles

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Specifically, we can recognize Sound on Sight by acknowledging movie names that contain the words “sound” and “sight” in their titles.

Interviews

AFTERMATH Director Talks Production, Horror & Working with Edward Furlong

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

David Ichioka of “The Boxtrolls”

Nell Minow @ Rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: LAIKA’s films are made in stop-motion, “the antithesis of modern filmmaking.” Normal films are created by making still photos of a moving thing. Stop motion is posing and composing still pictures that are stationary but making it look like motion.

Divine Grace: Minks Stole Remembers the World’s Biggest Star

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Planes: Fire & Rescue’s Erik Estrada

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

The Purge: Anarchy Star Frank Grillo

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Richard Linklater of “Boyhood”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: “This is an odd movie, because it’s a period piece film, but we were filming it in the present tense,” he explained. “You don’t get that opportunity very often.” Knowing as you film that what you are shooting won’t be seen for another decade, “you kind of look at that differently. Film’s a powerful recorder of the present. If you look at a silent film, even if you don’t like the movie, it’s a great record of how people lived and what fashions were. I had no agenda, but I thought this would demarcate its era, just by its own existence.”

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Jul. 15, 2014)

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“Haht” of Gold: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actors from Massachusetts

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry.

Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: We all from time to time enjoy a comfortable stay when vacationing anywhere in the world. So why should movie characters not appreciate a great place to stay as well?

Kid’s Corner: Top 10 Steven Spielberg-Directed Child-Centric Films

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Salt and Pepper: Top 10 Black and White Movie Tandems

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Whether amiable or adversarial the pairing of interracial tandems makes for an interesting sociological study in cinema where tension, togetherness, stereotypical profiling and mutual or reluctant acceptance makes for some captivating film fodder.

You’re in the Minority: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses of Color

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: An Oscar-winning actress is an exceptional artist no matter what shade, race or ethnicity she represents.

Interviews

Lucky 13: Daniel Stamm on developing, casting and directing 13 Sins

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Jul. 8, 2014)

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2014 in Review: The Best So Far

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Top picks for the best films and performances of 2014 include ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, Colin Firth, Anne Dorval, and more!

Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Interestingly, big screen hotels and motels almost play an important part as an extra movie character in addition to serving as a backdrop to the proceedings.

Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules?

Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules? Every now and then it can be quite therapeutic to have a bad apple shape our rigid outlook with a dosage of cynicism in cinema.

The Worst Movies I Have Seen So Far: 1914-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: These films are not just horrendous, these films are I think Satanic.

Year in Review – Halftime 2014

Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Jul. 1, 2014)

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The Bad Movies Volume 1: 1914-2008

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Now, we close out our Review Retrospective with the bottom of the bottom, those simply dreadful films from yesteryear that I found hideous, evil, I daresay…Satanic.

The Bad Movies Volume 2: 2008-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The listing of the Worst Movies I have seen since I began writing about films.

The Best Films of 2014 (So Far)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Get into the Habit: The Top 10 Movie Nuns on the Big Screen

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Spirituality in cinema has been expressed in various ways where the feel-good aspect of faith-based films are put to great use for emotional manipulation.

She Works Hard for the Money: The Top 10 “Loose” Women in Film

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: One of the most explosive roles for women in motion pictures have been in the titillating realm of prostitution.

The Top 15 Hollywood Movies Shot in Prague

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: After the fall of communism and the formation of the Czech Republic in 1992, Hollywood studios rushed into the country to take advantage of not only low production costs, but also the high level of talent available throughout the local industry.

Interviews

Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet on THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS

Anton Bitel @ FlmDivider

Hidden in Plain Sight: Joanna Coates on Hide and Seek

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Kat Candler on “Hellion”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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The Grab Bag (Jun. 24, 2014)

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“Relative”-ly Speaking: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Family Combinations

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Who says that movie-making talent cannot run within the same family?

The Healthy Helpers: The Top 10 Movie Nurses

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Now what would the medical profession be like without the dependable skills of nursing in cinema?

It’s About the Message: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Socially Aware Films

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: In It’s About the Message: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Socially Aware Films we will take a look at Academy Award-winning movies that dared to examine the spirit about being socially aware–through inspiration and insidiousness (or both simultaneously)–and put them under a meaningful microscope for noteworthy consideration of their impacting messaging.

It’s the Music That Makes the Man: Top 10 Movie Themes for Action-Packed Guys in Film

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Every movie has to have its signature song and that certainly goes for the action-oriented males in film that are fortunate to have these finger-snapping tunes represent them on the big screen.

Sibling Rivalry: The Top 10 Fictional Siblings in Film

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Whatever the combination–brother and sister, brother and brother, sister and sister–the big screen has always produced some of the most compelling siblings to entertain or shock us as the lights go dim at the local cinemaplex.

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Jun. 17, 2014)

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‘Kid Power, Kid Sour’: Top 10 Misguided Youngsters in Film

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Kid Power, Kid Sour: Top 10 Misguided Youngsters in Film looks to examine some of the young people involved in such disturbing dilemmas within various facets in cinema.

‘Too Cool for School’: Top 10 Random Films Making the Grade

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Hence, “Too Cool for School: Top 10 Random Films Making the Grade” will briefly examine a selection of higher education ditties that taught us something (or perhaps nothing) during our heyday of cramming for tests.

The Art of Being Shady and Shifty: The Top 10 Movie Weasels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Nevertheless, let’s check out the weasel-like wonders that movie audiences have learned to love or despise depending on the frame of mind in celebrating these shifty oddballs.

Been There, Done That: Top 10 Common Movie Cliches

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: So what do you consider a common movie cliche? It is not too difficult to pinpoint a movie cliche because almost anything that you have seen in films during your course of movie-going has the potential to be identified as such.

The Top 10 Iconic Movie Inanimate Objects

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: In The Top 10 Iconic Movie Objects let us take a look at some of the non-breathing items that made an impact in their perspective films and see what meaning these images brought to the table.

Whoops…Did I Do That?: Top 10 Film Bumblers and Stumblers

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: So let us take a look at a selection of klutzy candidates (both in seriousness and silliness) that inspire us to chuckle and root for in the column Whoops…Did I Do That?: Top 10 Film Bumblers and Stumblers

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The Grab Bag (Jun. 10, 2014)

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2014 So Far: Midterm Top 5

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: The very best thing about my selections for 2014’s best so far is that most are still running/airing at this time. By all means, seek them out for yourself and see if you find them as superb as I do.

The Near-Disasters Volume II: 2009-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Sadly, we’ve reached a point in our series where we simply have too many bad movies to go over.

The Top Ten Bald Baddies of the Big Screen

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: It is always fun recalling the hair-raising scheming of bald bad guys in cinema. These hairless hooligans make for entertaining film fiends that take being naughty on the big screen to a whole new level of devilish delight.

Interviews

Interview with John Green, Shailene Woodley and Nat Wolff on “The Fault in Our Stars”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Interview: Fred Schepisi of “Words and Pictures”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Interview: John Ottman, Editor and Composer of “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Merely making Xenia is a political act says director Panos H Koutras

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: UCR contending director discusses film-making in a country of endless traps and hurdles

Zhang Ziyi embarks on the Chinese Titanic

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Based on the true story of the Taiping, the Chinese river boat that sank mid-travel during the 1949 Civil War, The Crossing aims to be a spectacular 3D epic by John Woo

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Jun. 3, 2014)

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Published on: June 3, 2014

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

Best of Lists

The Near-Disasters Volume I: 1914-2008

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: In the course of human events, I have found that there were some films that were really, really bad.

Festivals: General Coverage

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014 Programme Announced

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Read our preview of what’s scheduled to show at the 68th annual Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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The Grab Bag (May 27, 2014)

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Published on: May 27, 2014

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

Best of Lists

The Below Average Films Volume I: 1914-2008

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: …these films might be worth a rental, but nothing more.

The Below Average Films Volume II: 2009-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: the following films were, to my mind, failures and thus, not good films, or at least good enough.

The Pretty Bad Films Volume I: 1914-2008

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: In short, while there might be something within them that could make them tolerable if someone else wants to show it to you, by and large these are films you should avoid.

The Pretty Bad Films Volume II: 2009-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Now, these films might have something worth admiring or respecting within them, but the flaws are simply too great to have whatever qualities they do possess lift them to average, let alone greatness.

Interviews

The Price of Change: Joanna Lipper on The Supreme Price and women’s rights in Nigeria.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Wallace Shawn Interview

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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The Grab Bag (May 20, 2014)

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Published on: May 20, 2014

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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

From the Bottom of the Lake

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Sacro GRA

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

What is Left?

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Television

Bates Motel

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: In resetting the origins of Norman Bates to the present and taking some liberties, there’s innate drama here above simply looking for ties to Hitchcock’s film. What’s fascinating is that in watching the second season finale this past week, I know what’s coming in season three, but yet I don’t know what’s coming. This series has done the impossible: created a great dramatic arch to a story we know all too well.

Essays

Destroy All Monsters: I Don’t Need Movies To Be Good

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Reviews of Short Films

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The Grab Bag (May 13, 2014)

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Published on: May 13, 2014

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

Interviews

Frank Filmmaking: Lenny Abrahamson on Frank

Philip Concannon @ The Skinny

Yorgos Servetas: “Our lives depend more on the people on the streets, not the ones in the voting booth”

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: The director of the well-travelled neo-western Looking Aside Watching discusses his subversive sophomore feature and its distance from the guilt-ridden Weird Wave of Greek film

Festivals: General Coverage

The Best and Worst of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

Hot Docs 2014: Wrap-up and ‘Best of the Fest’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: ‘I am Big Bird: The Carrol Spinney Story’ tops this list of the 10 best films at Hot Docs 2014.

Me and a Meander (Thessaloniki Documentary Festival)

Michael Pattison @ Jigsaw Lounge

  • Excerpt: where general economic bankruptcy reigns, so too do the fizzing atoms of fascism’s potential solidification

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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The Grab Bag (May 6, 2014)

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Published on: May 6, 2014

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

Best of Lists

The Masterpieces Volume I: 1915-2008

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The following is a catalog of all the films made before 2009 that I think will rank among the greatest films ever made. I am only submitting films that I have formally reviewed…

The Masterpieces Volume II: 2009-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: There were only 41 films released since I began writing that I would put as Masterpieces, films that I thoroughly loved and which I think are as close to perfect as possible.

The Very, Very Good Films Volume I: 1915-2008

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Very, Very Good Films Volume II: 2009-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Interviews

Joanna Hogg (Exhibition)

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

The Machine Director Talks Secret Government Meetings, A.I. & Difficulties of Setting a Man on Fire

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Summer of Blood Actress Juliette Fairley Talks About Playing a Vampire in the Film

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: I got a chance to chat with Juliette about her role in the film, challenges she faces as a biracial actress in Hollywood, and her one woman show and film series–Mulatto Saga and Mulatto Diaries.

Vanishing Pearls Director Nailah Jefferson

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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