The Grab Bag (Apr. 22, 2014)

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Published on: April 22, 2014

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Interviews

Joe and Anthony Russo of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

Junkie XL, Composer of the “Divergent” Score

Nell Minow @ Thecredits.org

Richard Shepard on “Dom Hemingway”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Festivals: General Coverage

Trailer and poster for Misconception

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Festivals: Individual Reviews

10 Must-See Movies at This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

After a troubled production, Xenia makes it to the Cannes line-up

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Panos H Koutras’ follow-up to festival sensation A Woman’s Way will screen in the UCR section, after having spent months in funding limbo

Awards Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Apr. 15, 2014)

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Best of Lists

Onscreen Bromances: 5 Best Bud Duos on Film

Bob Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: When two actors with a potent dose of dude chemistry find each other on film, it’s the perfect recipe for guy movie magic.

Interviews

Frank Pavich on “Jodorowsky’s Dune”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Henry Jackman, Composer of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Nell Minow @ Thecredits.org

Tributes

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The Grab Bag (Apr. 8, 2014)

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Festivals: Individual Reviews

Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven: Basic Instinct

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Basic Instinct combines the ambiguity, raw sexuality, and hyper-realistic violence of Verhoeven’s earlier with unmistakable Hitchcock influences to create something simultaneously familiar and boldly unique.

Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven: The Fourth Man

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: The Fourth Man is a thriller that juxtaposes the macabre and divine, dreams and reality, and truth and uncertainty to paint an ambiguous and intriguing narrative as seen through the eyes of a protagonist with either a loose grasp on reality or a firm grasp on the preternatural.

Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

Jonathan Richards @ jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: The idea for this series was born when Scorsese visited Poland in 2011, at the invitation of Wajda. “It was a trip I had wanted to make for years,” he says, and he seized on it to put together a slate of films that would bring these neglected Polish masterpieces to US audiences.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination: Accattone

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Pasolini uses the death rattles of a misogynistic culture to paint biblical saints from the thieves and street hustlers that colored the streets of Rome with antiheroes straddling a line between modern realism and worlds of mystery and ancient prophesies.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination: Arabian Nights

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Arabian Nights exhibits an unparalleled mastery of cinematic technique and creates astonishingly beautiful frames filled with intricate details that bring the mythical to life.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination: Oedipus Rex

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: With Oedipus Rex, Pasolini invents a strange mystical world filled with death and decay, alien landscapes bereft of the modern precepts of morality, but bearing uncomfortable parallels to realities spawned by tyrannical world leaders who attempted to shape a terrifying new world order and very nearly succeeded.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination: The Hawks and the Sparrows

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: The Hawks and the Sparrows may be dizzying at times, but its scathing satire and dissection of the absurdities of existence always bring us back to the road of life as we amble along aimlessly and try to understand our own lot in the mess.

TIFF’s Godard Forever: Far From Vietnam

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Far from Vietnam is as elusive as it is illuminating, blasting the viewer with unblinking images from the entire world as both audience and filmmakers share in the confusion, attempting to find meaning in the meaningless and ultimately come no closer to comfortable answers as the film rampages forward to its final frame.

TIFF’s Godard Forever: Weekend

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Weekend draws some bleak conclusions about the polemical disparity and fundamental disagreements between the “us” and “them”, but its satire finds Godard at the top of his game as he mixes the absurd with manic intellectualism to paint an apocalyptic nightmare of wrecked automobiles and cannibalistic revolutionaries.

Awards Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Apr. 1, 2014)

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Published on: April 1, 2014

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Best of Lists

20 Mind-Bending Movies Guaranteed to Make You Feel Stupid

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Some movies, with their convoluted storylines or surrealistic imagery or intellectual subject matter, have the (probably?) unintended side effect of merely spotlighting our intellectual shortcomings. Here are a few other movies that made us feel just a little stupider.

Five Great Irish Movies

R. Kurt Osenlund @ SouthPhillyReview.com

Interviews

Ashley Bell Talks Playing a 1940s Superhero in ‘Sparks’

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Cheap Thrills director E.L. Katz discusses black comedy, audience complicity and being a leftie

Craig Skinner @ Film Divider

High School Hijinks: Darren Stein and Michael J Willett on the making of G.B.F.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Jason Bateman Talks his Directorial Debut, ‘Bad Words’

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Kim Mordaunt on working with non-actors, blending documentary and fiction in The Rocket

Craig Skinner @ Film Divider

Seeking Salavtion: Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia on Salvo

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Y. Economides: “When the boys in the Parliament forget their mics open and start to swear, my heroes blush”

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Having led the Greek invasion in Berlin, Yiannis Economides is ready to rush local theaters with Stratos, his archetypical noir of a hired gun trying to survive as a small fish in the piranha pool

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 25, 2014)

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Published on: March 25, 2014

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Best of Lists

The Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen

Mark Harris @ About.com

Interviews

Jason Bateman of “Bad Words”

Nell Minow @ Rogerebert.com

Noah writer-director Darren Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel

Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register

  • Excerpt: My first-ever interview in which the first question came from the filmmaker asking me about my work.

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 18, 2014)

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Awards Coverage

Canadian Screen Awards Preview

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A preview of Canada’s film awards reveals a highly questionable set of nominations, especially Best Motion Picture contender ‘Maïna’, which fails to meet the eligibility criteria.

It’s the Oscars All Over Again: Thoughts on Last Night’s Canadian Screen Awards

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review and recap of the Canadian Screen Awards broadcast. Despite a well-deserved win by ‘Gabrielle’, Canada’s film awards struggle to shake the feeling they were a glorified ad campaign for unreleased films.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers: FINAL

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A last look at Oscar precursor season for 2013 and the guilds, critics and organizations that fared best at foreshadowing the Oscars.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 7-9, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Oscars 2013: And the Best Film Wins

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review and Recap of the Academy Awards broadcast. Highlights include the Best Picture win for ’12 Years a Slave’, Meryl Streep eating pizza, Meryl Streep joining in the selfie, and Meryl Streep dancing.

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 11, 2014)

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Published on: March 11, 2014

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Awards Coverage

2014 Academy Awards

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Cate, Matthew, Lupita, And Jared Might Have Taken Home Awards, But It Was Host Ellen DeGeneres Who Was The Biggest Oscar Winner

2014 Independent Spirit Awards

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: 12 YEARS A SLAVE And DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Are The Big Winners At The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards

The 86th Annual Academy Awards . . . not exactly over the rainbow

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

César du Cinéma 2014: winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: French Film Academy Award Winners

My 2014 Oscar Predictions

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

Oscar Aftermath: A Reel Treat Indeed

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

Oscar Aftermath: Where is the Sci-Fi Love?

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

Oscar Preview: Winners & Losers, Week 14

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the final week of precursors and Oscar winners & losers.

Oscar Results Roundtable

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Podcast featuring critics A.J. Hakari, Mack Bates and Diana Saenger ranting and raving about the 86th Annual Academy Awards show.

What we’ve learned from this year’s Oscars

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: First off, it’s worse to miss out on the pizza than the awards

Who’s going home with the Oscar gold for 2013?

Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: Best Picture is a genuine horse race this year. For the most part, all nine nominated pictures are credible candidates.

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 4, 2014)

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Published on: March 4, 2014

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Best of Lists

Planetary Shock: How About Some Sci-Fi Rock?

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: Frank Ochieng’s Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy Tunes

Interviews

Angels In Stardust: An Interview with Alicia Silverstone

Dustin Freeley @ MoviesAboutGladiators.com

Blair Erickson on Banshee ChapterIt’s a Scream:

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Christopher Lenneertz, Comedy Movie Composer

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Kit Harington of “Game of Thrones” and “Pompeii”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Patrick Creadon of “If You Build It”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Feb. 25, 2014)

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Best of Lists

No Concessions: Quality Time

Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: A Top Ten 2013 list and more.

Awards Coverage

The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Best Actor

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: The McRenaissance continues . . .

The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Best Animated Feature

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Disney hasn’t won in this category. That may change . . .

Alone Yet Not Alone’s Oscar Nomination Scandal

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: All that’s left for Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs is for her to say, “i’m shocked, SHOCKED, that campaigning is going on in here!” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is hypocritical and bigoted.

BAFTAs

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Black Reel Awards

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Et le César d’Honneur est pour…

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: French Film Academy Honorary Award

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 12

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the winners and losers from the 12th week of Oscar Precursor Season.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Feb. 14-16, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar potential for “RoboCop” and “Kids for Cash”

Oscar-by-the-Numbers picks this year’s Best Picture winner

James Plath Plath @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: Have a look at the scores and trailers for this year’s nominees . . . and the winner this simple system chose.

The Rundown 2013: Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Actor

The Rundown 2013: Actress

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Actress

The Rundown 2013: Animated & Live-Action Short Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Animated & Live-Action Short Films

The Rundown 2013: Animated Feature

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Animated Feature

The Rundown 2013: Director

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Director

The Rundown 2013: Documentary Feature & Short Subject

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Documentary Feature & Short Subject

The Rundown 2013: Foreign Language Film

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Foreign Language Film

The Rundown 2013: Original Score & Original Song

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Original Score & Original Song

The Rundown 2013: Supporting Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Supporting Actor

The Rundown 2013: Supporting Actress

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Supporting Actress

The Rundown 2013: Visual Effects & Makeup

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Visual Effects and Makeup

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Feb. 18, 2014)

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Best of Lists

Best of 2013

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Highlights of films reviewed in 2013

Awards Coverage

Ever Try to Make A Film Critic Smile During Awards Season?

Erik Childress @ RogerEbert.com

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 11

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from the 11th week of Precursor Season

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Feb. 7-9, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “The Lego Movie”

Oscar Update: Memo to the Academy

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: With 2 weeks of voting left, we ask voters to consider films like ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’, ‘Ernest and Celestine’, and performances like Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Feb. 11, 2014)

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Awards Coverage

The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Best Actress

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: It’s a sure thing for Blanchett . . . but not so fast.

The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Best Costume Design

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Period frocks may yeild to Polyester and Butterfly collars

The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Best Costume Design

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: An very wide range of styles, but the end result may land in the polyester vortex of “American Hustle”

The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: A first glance at the nominees would tell you that David O. Russell is going home with the award. The WGA indicates something different.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 10

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the big winners and losers of the tenth week of Oscar Precursor Season.

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Feb. 4, 2014)

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Best of Lists

Mockingjays, Stokers, and Old Friends: The Best of 2013

Thomas Spurlin @ ThomasSpurlin.com

Awards Coverage

The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Best Make-Up and Hairstyling

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Two old men trumped by a tranny.

‘Louis Cyr’, ‘Gabrielle’ Lead Quebec Jutra Nominations

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: ‘Louis Cyr’ and Canada’s Oscar pick ‘Gabrielle’ lead the nominations for the awards honouring the best in Quebecois cinema.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Examing the winners and losers of week 9 of Oscar’s precursor season

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 24-26, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

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

Zinegoak – Festival de Cine y Artes Escénicas GayLesboTrans de Bilbao 2014: the winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Another international award for What Now? Remind Me.

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Jan. 28, 2014)

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Best of Lists

SDG’s Top Films of 2013

Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register

  • Excerpt: 2013 was a year of cinematic trauma and stress, full of harrowing, at times also exhilarating, survival stories, many on the abyss of the sea or even the void of space.

A Year in Review: 20 Best Movies of 2013

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

A Year in Review: Worst Movies of 2013

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

Awards Coverage

Adele Exarchopoulos, ’12 Years a Slave’ and Director Alfonso Cuarón Earn Top Honors at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Best Visual Effects

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: This isn’t exactly a fair fight . . .

Do the Oscars Offer a Generous Wink at Science Fiction Cinema from 2013?

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

Evening at the 2014 20th Annual SAG Awards

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 8

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from week 8 of Precursor Season, including the 86th Oscar nominees

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 17-19, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”

Rita Moreno Proves She’s Still Better Than the Rest of Us at Saturday Night’s Wild Screen Actors Guild Awards

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Robert Redford: Cast Away

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: Why was Robert Redford in the performance of his career snubbed by Oscar? A few possible answers —

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Jan. 21, 2014)

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Best of Lists

The 10 most exciting films of 2014

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

The 25 Best Films of 2013

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Cinema Junkie Awards

Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie

  • Excerpt: There’s also a dissonance at the heart of my number two pick, “Only God Forgives” from Denmark’s Nicholas Winding Refn. Set in Bangkok, the film is a meditation on violence and revenge.

Slant Magazine’s Top 25 Films of 2013

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

Top Ten Shorts 2013

Michael Pattison @ Keyframe

Year In Review: InRO’s Top 20 Films of 2013, Part I

Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online

Year In Review: InRO’s Top 20 Films of 2013, Part II

Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Jan. 14, 2014)

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Best of Lists

2012: The Best Films So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

2012: The Worst So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

2013: The Best Films So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

2013: The Worst Films So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Best Bollywood Movies of 2013

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Danny Baldwin’s Top 10 Films of 2013

Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak

Favorite Documentaries of 2013

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: As with the last couple of years, 2013 was an incredibly strong year for non-fiction filmmaking, making it incredibly difficult to whittle my favorites down to a mere 15 films.

Favorite Narrative Films of 2013

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: This is a much longer list than I usually create, but I very strongly recommend seeking out every single title on this list.

Favorite Undistributed Films of 2013

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: With this year coming to a close, I want to highlight some of the best films that I saw in 2013 that — to the best of my knowledge — have yet to announce a U.S. distribution deal.

My Top Films of 2013

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

Tom Santilli’s 15 Best Movies of 2013

Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com

The Top 11 Films of 2013

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Jan. 7, 2014)

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Best of Lists

10 Best Films of 2013

Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas

10 Weirdest Movies of 2013

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

10 Worst Films of 2013

Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas

10-Best Movies: The Big Picture

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

15 Actors Deserving of Oscars Attention (But Probably Won’t Get It)

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

2013 in Review: The Best Performances of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Meryl Streep and James Gandolfini top the lists for the best lead and supporting performances of the year, respectively.

2013 in Review: The Top Ten Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The list of 2013′s best includes ’12 Years a Slave’, ‘Blue Jasmine’, and ‘Labor Day’

2013 Top Ten

Kenneth R. Morefield @ 1More Film Blog

The Best (and worst) Films of 2013

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Another year come and gone, and like the time and tide so go the movies. If my list contains a theme this year, it was love stories, a genre I’m usually not overly fond of.

The Best Films of 2013

Phil Concannon @ Phil on Film

The Best Films of 2013

Andrew Wyatt @ Look / Listen (St. Louis Magazine)

  • Excerpt: The gap between great films and the also-rans has become more conspicuous in 2013, which only reinforces the need for filmgoers to be dauntless and discriminating in their search for the diamonds in the rough.

The Best of 2013

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

  • Excerpt: Best films, directos, actors, and scripts of films releashed in Spain in 2013.

Blake Howard’s Top 10 Films of 2013

Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation

  • Excerpt: This list comprises the top ten films that I’ve seen this year at the cinema or at festivals despite the fact that some of these releases have already been released overseas or aren’t yet released in Australia.

Blake Howard’s Worst 10 Films of 2013

Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation

  • Excerpt: It’s really grating to relive the most infuriating cinematic experiences of the year. So I’ve decided that my warnings against these deplorable acts of cinema will be five words or less.

Brent McKnight’s Best Films Of 2013

Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood

Confessions of a Film Freak, 2013

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

Jeremy Kibler’s Best & Worst Films of 2013

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

Movies 2013: Is It Over Already?

Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

My Best of 2013

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

My Cinema Discoveries of 2013

Phil Concannon @ Phil on Film

My Favorite Films of 2013

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

My Top Films of 2013

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Halfway through every year, I wonder if I’m going to be able to compile a meaningful Top 10 list. Then by December I’m struggling to squeeze in all of the great films I saw.

The Ten Best Films of 2013

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Top 10 Movies of 2013: The Mainstream Edition

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Top 20 Films of 2013

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: 2013 was a great year for movies. Here is our top 20 list for the year.

The Top Ten Films of 2013

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

Worst Bollywood Movies of 2013

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Worst Films of 2013

Phil Concannon @ Phil on Film

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Production/Distribution film fest shows the business of creating consumables

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: The NW Film Center, along with Yale Union, has put together “Production/Distribution,” a 13-film festival focusing specifically on the manufacture and use of goods. Spanning time and the globe, these documentaries celebrate human ingenuity as well as the folly that sometimes goes with it.

StLIFF 2013: Farah Goes Bang

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: The conventions of the road movie and sex comedy are blended with dashes of multicultural wit and liberal politics in director Meera Menon’s sprightly debut feature.

StLIFF 2013: Michael Kohlhaas

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: Michael Kohlhaas is a remorselessly realistic and unromantic vision of the past: chilly, filthy, and brutal.

TIFF’s Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli: Whisper of the Heart

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Whisper of the Heart is a rare gem that lives in the real world while studying the hearts and souls of its inexperienced dreamers that look upon the world with daring and beautiful contrarian views.

Awards Coverage

CinEuphoria Annual Awards – International Competition

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Awards given annually by CinEuphoria blog.

CinEuphoria Annual Awards – nominees for the Portuguese Competition

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Awards given annually by CinEuphoria blog.

It Truly Is an Honor Just to Be Nominated

Erik Childress @ RogerEbert.com

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 5

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners & losers of Week 5 of Precursor Season

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 25-29, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “August: Osage County”, “The Invisible Woman” and “Lone Survivor”

Oscar Projections, 12/21/2013

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: As the critics organizations continue to chime in, 12 Years a Slave is fast emerging as this year’s – fairly overwhelming – critical champion.

The Oscar® Eye (2013 Awards Tally)

Erik Childress @ RogerEbert.com

Projection: Oscar – Back to Earth, But Still in the Clouds

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: Is it likely that such a large percentage of the Oscar categories will be owned by just two films? I’m not sure, and there are certainly strong contenders in each category that could knock off the perceived frontrunners.

Essays

2013 Cinema Gave Us The Year in Solitude

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Destroy All Monsters: Thinking Better of the Wolves

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Yes, It’s a Real Movie – Chatterbox

Mike McGranaghan @ Daily Grindhouse

Reviews of Short Films

The Magic Ferret

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: For youngsters and oldsters alike, ‘The Magic Ferret’ is an endearing and uplifting project that astutely tap dances on the soft side of youth-oriented alienation.

Other Articles

2013 Last Movie Standing

Jordan Hiller @ Bangitout.com

8 Trailers You May Have Missed in 2013

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Anticipated Films of 2014

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: From Meryl Streep to a crime-fighting werewolf, a list of films to look forward to in 2014

Destroy All Monsters: Unique In The Universe

Matt Brown @ Twitch

The Morning After: Dec. 30, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Seven Days in May” and “American Hustle”

My Favorite Films of 2013

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

The Ten Worst Films of 2013

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

A Woodchip Off the Old Hollywood Block

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: Loren Kantor is a skilled woodcutting artist with a catchy angle-he creates woodcut prints/images of old-time Hollywood stars.

The Grab Bag (Dec. 31, 2013)

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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 Films of 2013

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

10 Great Overlooked Films from 2013

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

100 Whos, 100 Reviews

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: The 100 Doctor Who stories reviewed ranked from 1 to 100.

15 Actresses Deserving of Oscars Attention (But Probably Won’t Get It)

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

The 20 Best Movie Posters of 2013

R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine

Best of 2013

Daniel Kelly @ Danland

The Eleven Best Doctor Who Stories Reviewed So Far

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: Sadly, The Unquiet Dead is the only NuWho story to make the list.

The Eleven Worst Doctor Who Stories Reviewed So Far

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: It’s hard to get any lower than The Doctor, once the figure of strength, courage, and intellectual prowess, jumping up and down screaming about his ‘Golden Ticket’.

The Hottest Leading Ladies of 2013

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Las 12 del 13: mi selección de las mejores películas del año

Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Las 12 mejores cintas que se estrenaron en las salas de cine colombianas durante el año

Reeling’s 2013 Top 10

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

Travis Hopson’s 15 Best Movies of 2013

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Worst Movies of 2013

R. Kurt Osenlund @ SouthPhillyReview.com

Interviews

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The Grab Bag (Dec. 23, 2013)

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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 Worst Films of 2013

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

2013 in Review: The Best Canadian Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: ‘Gabrielle’ leads the Top Ten Canadian films of 2013.

2013 in Review: The Worst Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: This year’s wall of shame includes Stephen Frears, Heather Graham, and not one but TWO Ryan Gosling and Bruce Willis films!

8 Films You Need to See Before the Year Is Over

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

8 Great Performances in Not So Great Movies this Year

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Best of 2013: The 12 Best Films of the Year

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Cinema In Noir’s Best Films Of 2013

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The Top 10 Films of 2013

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Interviews

Asghar Farhadi on “The Past”

Jose Solis @ PopMatters

Joanna Scanlan on “The Invisible Woman”

Jose Solis @ PopMatters

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Dec. 18, 2013)

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

Best of Lists

20 Great Shots from the Films of 2013

R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine

Best of 2013

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

Focus of New York Magazine’s Movie Critic Frank Ochieng’s Top Ten Best Films of 2013

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: Well FOCUS readers…another exciting movie season has come and gone. The year of 2013 had quite a few noteworthy gems to consider at your local movie theaters.

Focus of New York Magazine’s Movie Critic Frank Ochieng’s Top Ten Worst Films of 2013

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: Well FOCUS readers…another movie season has come and gone. However, the year of 2013 had quite a few forgettable duds to consider at your local movie theaters.

The Top 10 Female Performances of 2013

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

The Top 10 Male Performances of 2013

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Awards Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Dec. 11, 2013)

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

Best of Lists

The Top 10 Australian Films of 2013

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

The Top 10 Foreign Language Films of 2013

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Interviews

Mission Congo Director David Turner on Documentaries as In-depth Journalism

Jose Solis @ StageBuddy

Sini Anderson on Directing “The Punk Singer”

Jose Solis @ StageBuddy

Festivals: General Coverage

Class Enemy wins at Athens’ European Panorama fest

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: The multi-awarded Slovenian Oscar entry picked up the FIPRESCI award; Serbia’s Withering and Russia’s The Sea also awarded.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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The Grab Bag (Dec. 4, 2013)

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

Interviews

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje of “Thor”

Nell Minow @ The Credits

Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nelisse, Brian Percival and Markus Zusak on “The Book Thief”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Homefront Star Jason Statham

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

John Krokidas on “Kill Your Darlings”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Mark Henn of “Frozen”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Oscar Isaac of “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Nell Minow @ The Credits

Steve Coogan Explores his Serious Side in ‘Philomena’

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Steve Coogan of “Philomena

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Will Forte on “Nebraska”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: http://www.oneguysopinion.com/InterviewsResults.php?ID=520

Willow Shields Talks ‘Catching Fire’, Working with Jennifer Lawrence, and Prim’s Evolution

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Festivals

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The Grab Bag (Nov. 27, 2013)

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

Interviews

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Tributes Alan Ritchson And Stephanie Leigh Schlund

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Tributes

Bruce Dern: Breaking from the Pack

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: Dern, a shoo-in for a best-actor Oscar nomination, is in it for the long haul.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 15-17, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Nebraska”.

Other Articles

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The Grab Bag (Nov. 20, 2013)

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

Interviews

CCH Pounder of “Home Again”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

James McAvoy (Filth)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Making Kuma: Umut Dag on the Surprise Success of his First Feature

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals

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The Grab Bag (Nov. 13, 2013)

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

Interviews

Andrew Adamson

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Blackfish Director On Balancing Violence, SeaWorld’s Initial Participation, Finding the Title & More

Bill Graham @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Among the illuminating topics we covered was the fact that some might actually be turned off by the subject matter in advance of seeing the film, how she tried to keep the film from being gruesome yet still affecting, the ratio of male to female trainers, how she landed on the title of the documentary, and more.

Diablo Cody On ‘Paradise,’ Directorial Regrets, Never Reading Reviews & More

Bill Graham @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: I was curious about why this film at this particular time in her life, whether she reached out for help in preparation, what collaboration is like with the directors she’s worked with, her rewrites on Evil Dead and whether it had any pressure, whether she sees the opportunity of constructive criticism from reviews, how much she has been on set for her other films, the changes from script to screen, and much more.

Escape from Tomorrow Director Randy Moore Talks Editing After Sundance, Green Screen Criticism, Original Title, Tomorrowland & More

Bill Graham @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Among the highlights of my chat with Moore was the fact that he agrees with the criticism of the green screen use and explains what he was actually going for, how they nearly had a disaster from the first day of casting, what parts of the parks he wished could have made the theatrical cut, how different the Sundance cut and the finished version is, and much much more.

Keanu Reeves On How ‘The Matrix’ Led to His Directorial Debut ‘Man of Tai Chi’

Bill Graham @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Among the topics we discussed were the film’s language barriers for a first-time director, what kind of physical training Chen underwent to transform with the film, whether Keanu would be on this path now were it not for The Matrix, what reference points they went for during pre-production, and much more.

Festivals

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The Grab Bag (Nov. 6, 2013)

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

Interviews

Entrevista a Jesse Peyronel (NBC’s Dracula)

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

Festivals

European Film Academy Awards: the first winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

NYC Happenings: The Golden Age Of Spanish Horror At Anthology

Peter Gutierrez @ Twitch

Thessaloniki Film Festival

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

Thessaloniki reveals full line-up

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Jim Jarmusch to open the fest, Alexander Payne will close, while local films will be present with a poor harvest of only eight Greek titles

TIFF’s From Within – The Films of David Cronenberg: Naked Lunch

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

Oscar Coverage

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