The Grab Bag (Apr. 21, 2015)

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Published on: April 21, 2015

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

Interviews

Brett Morgen – Cobain: Montage of Heck

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

George MacKay – Bypass

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jack Reynor and Gerard Barrett – Glassland

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Keanu Reeves – John Wick

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Ryan Gosling – Lost River

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Simon Curtis – Woman in Gold

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Viggo Mortensen – Jauja

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: Individual Reviews

In Transit

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

Awards Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Apr. 14, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

8 Comedy Sequels You Didn’t Know Existed

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

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

Interviews

A Few Minutes with Betty Jo Tucker

Phil Hall @ Celebrity Banter

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

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

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Maika Monroe of It Follows

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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The Grab Bag (Apr. 7, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

Famous Pranksters in History

Robert Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: …including Alfred Hitchcock.

Unfinished Roles of Late Great Actors

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

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

Interviews

Bella Thorne – The Duff

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Cliff Curtis – The Dark Horse

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Noah Baumbach – While We’re Young

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Olga Kurylenko – The Water Diviner

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Russell Crowe – The Water Diviner

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 31, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

The Best Canadian Films of the Decade so Far

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

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

Same Title, Different Movie

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

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

Top 8 Unexpected Action Heroes

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

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

Interviews

Colleen Atwood on Designing Costumes for “Into the Woods”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Dan Fogelman of “Danny Collins”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Holliday Grainger – Cinderella

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Kenneth Branagh – Cinderella

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Michael Winterbottom – The Face of an Angel

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Robert Kenner of “Merchants of Doubt”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Sai Bennett and Genevieve Gaunt – The Face of an Angel

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Tom Berenger on “Lonesome Dove Church”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 24, 2015)

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Best of Lists

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

Robert Cashill @ Robert Cashill

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

Top 20 Films of 2014

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

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

Top TV Shows of 2014

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

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

Interviews

Gemma Arterton – The Voices

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jean-François Caissy

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Jim Parsons – Home

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Kazuo Hara

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Marjane Satrapi – The Voices

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – A Second Chance

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Popdose Interview: Andy Summers

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

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

Shailene Woodley – Insurgent

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Theo James – Insurgent

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Vincent Morisset

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Awards Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 17, 2015)

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Best of Lists

7 Big Animated Movies for 2015

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

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

No Sour Notes: Top Ten Fictional Bands in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

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

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Top 10 Time-Sensitive Movies

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

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

Interviews

Ludivine Sagnier – Lou!

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Rafe Spall and Asa Butterfield – X+Y

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Ryan Potter of Big Hero 6

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Sandrine Kiberlain – Elle L’Adore

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Tom McCarthy of The Cobbler

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

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

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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

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

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

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

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

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

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

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

Tributes

Leonard Nimoy

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Awards Coverage

2014 Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, FINAL

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

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

2015 Academy Awards

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

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

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

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

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

Television

The Americans: Baggage

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

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

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

Elementary: Enough Nemesis to Go Around

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Elementary: Just a Regular Irregular

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Elementary: The Five Orange Pipz

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Gotham: Everyone Has a Cobblepot

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Gotham: Red Hood

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

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

The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

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

Reviews of Short Films

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Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Review

Cabeça

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Miami

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

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

Jordan M. Smith @ STFdocs.com

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

The Morning After: Mar. 9, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

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

The Grab Bag (Mar. 10, 2015)

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All Bets Are Off: Top Ten Films About Las Vegas

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

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

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Interviews

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

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

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

Gerard Johnson – Hyena

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Hippolyte Girardot – Life of Riley

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Leonard Nimoy’s “Voyage Home”

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

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

Peter Ferdinando – Hyena

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Richard Dormer – Hyena

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 3, 2015)

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Best of Lists

Classroom Chaos: Top Ten High School Outsiders

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

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

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

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

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Interviews

Daniel Perlmutter and Ennis Esmer

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

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

David Robert Mitchell – It Follows

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Maika Monroe – It Follows

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Rinko Kikuchi – Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

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

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

TIFF 2014: Report on Docs

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

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

GFF 2015: Still Alice

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

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

GFF 2015: Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

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

GFF 2015: The Grump

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

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

GFF 2015: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

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

GFF 2015: While We’re Young

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

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

Awards Coverage

2015 Oscar Predictions: Contenders & Controversies

Sarah Ward @ ACMI

7 Best Moments from the Independent Spirit Awards

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

87th Oscars: Post-Game Analyses

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

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

Destroy All Monsters: Us, Them, And The Oscars

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

No Concessions: My Oscar Ballot, 2014 Edition

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: My picks for Sunday.

Essays

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

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

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

Where Are All the New Sci-Fi Movie Franchises?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

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

Reviews of Short Films

De Planeta

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: British Animated Short Film Review

Não são Favas, são Feijocas

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Review

Other Articles

Guess Who Came to Dinner

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

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

International Noir

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

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

Jordan M. Smith @ STFdocs.com

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

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

Jordan M. Smith @ STFdocs.com

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

The Grab Bag (Feb. 24, 2015)

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Published on: February 24, 2015

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Best of Lists

The 20 Most Seductive Scenes in Classic Film

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The 25 Best Films of 2014

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

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

Arresting Development: Top Ten Sheriffs in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

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

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Newsmakers and Media Shakers: Top Ten Reporters in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

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

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Reel Love: Romantic Movies Through the Decades

Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle

Interviews

Alfred Molina and Ira Sachs – Love is Strange

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

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

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

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

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

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

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Grab Bag (Feb. 10, 2015)

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Published on: February 10, 2015

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

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 10

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

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

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

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

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

The Rundown 2014: Animated Feature

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

The Rundown 2014: Best Documentary Feature & Short Subject

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

The Rundown 2014: Foreign Language Film

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

The Rundown 2014: Original Music (Score & Song)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

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

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

The Rundown 2014: Supporting Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

The Rundown 2014: Supporting Actress

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look at individual Oscar races.

Best of Lists

20 Things I Learned Watching the Backstreet Boys’ New Documentary

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

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

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Best of 2014: The 11 Best Films of the Year

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Our Favorite Sci-Fi Villains

Robert Cashill @ Biography.com

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

Interviews

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