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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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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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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

Festivals: General Coverage

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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

Interviews

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Grab Bag (Apr. 29, 2014)

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Festivals: General Coverage

Far Eat Film Festival – The Day Before

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Brides

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Chicago Underground Film Festival: Selected Short Film Reviews

Mike Everleth @ Underground Film Journal

  • Excerpt: Quick reviews of four award-winning films: A Million Miiles Away, RECKONING 3, Red Luck and Ellie Lumme

Come Worry with Us!

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Extraterrestrial

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Gabriel

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Joy of Man’s Desiring

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

The One I Love

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

What I Love About Concrete & Shadow Zombie

Mike Everleth @ Underground Film Journal

  • Excerpt: The two most striking narrative features at the 21st annual Chicago Underground Film Festival couldn’t have been more different.

Zero Motivation

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Tributes

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The Grab Bag (Apr. 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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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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Published on: April 8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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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Published on: March 18, 2014

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

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

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

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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