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The Grab Bag (Feb. 24, 2015)

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

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


Berlinale: Who’s up for the Bear?

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Terrence Malick, Peter Greenaway, Werner Herzog and Jafar Panahi are the arthouse pillars of this year’s jam-packed festival featuring world-prems of 50 Shades of Grey and Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Alert the Kiddies! The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) is now front and center.

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Youngsters and oldsters alike…here is the reel deal: The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) will be making its presence known in the upcoming days.

Berlinale Review: “45 Years” and “Mr. Holmes”

Kenji Fujshima @ The House Next Door

Berlinale Review: “Cinderella”

Kenji Fujshima @ The House Next Door

Berlinale Review: “Counting”

Kenji Fujshima @ The House Next Door

Berlinale Review: “Jia Zhang-ke, a Guy from Fenyang” and “Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands”

Kenji Fujshima @ The House Next Door

Berlinale Review: “Knight of Cups”

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

Berlinale Review: “Queen of the Desert” and “Queen of Earth”

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

Berlinale Review: “Taxi”

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

Berlinale Review: “The Club”

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

Berlinale Review: “The Forbidden Room”

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

James Franco Super Star

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda [Greek]

  • Excerpt: An ode to James Franco, a man of many talents and three Berlinale films -now in 3D!

The Money Complex

Matthew McKernan @ http://filmwhinge.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Excerpt: It is hard to know what to think about a film like Der Geldkomplex, largely because it isn’t very clear.

Television

The Americans: EST Men

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Gotham: The Fearsome Dr. Crane

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Gotham: The Scarecrow

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Gotham: Welcome Back, Jim Gordon

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Gotham: What the Little Bird Told Him

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Video Essays, Reviews and More

Fifty Shades of Grey

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: My video review of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” I was bored, just bored with this movie.

Essays

2014: Some Odds and Bitter Ends

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: On the most overrated and unfairly trashed films, the biggest surprise and biggest disappointment of the year.

Are We Still Friends On Monday? – The Breakfast Club Turns 30

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

The Case for Reenactment in Documentary Cinema

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Re-enactments aren’t just a gimmick, or a cost-cutting measure. They become an arrow in the documentarian’s quiver, a storytelling tool that not only fills in gaps, but creates mood and tension.

Destroy All Monsters: Go Big, “Game of Thrones,” Before You Go Home

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

Exclusive: Alex Gibney on the Church of Scientology’s War on… Film Critics

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: But at that screening, and in the week of festival showings that followed, no protestors were seen and no scenes were caused. Instead, the Church is taking a less obvious (and perhaps more 21st-century) approach: social media outrage and emails to film critics, a campaign that director Gibney tells Flavorwire is “so ham-fisted and so predictable.”

Here’s a Crazy Idea: See the Movie Before You Critique It

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Sitting and watching a movie is neither very time-consuming (‘American Sniper’ and ‘Jupiter Ascending’ both clock in at under 2 ¼ hours) nor particularly strenuous. So the best we can do is chock it up to #hottake culture — that TNR‘s and Decider’s editors were simply so anxious to get these opinions out in the world (uniformed thought they maybe) that they simply couldn’t wait the extra day or two for the writers in question to actually put the movie in front of their eye-holes.

In Search of the Lost Gay Jesus Film

Phil Hall @ Film Threat

  • Excerpt: The mystery surrounding the disappearance of the 1974 gay porn film “Him”

Is David Oyelowo Right About Oscar’s Preference for “Subservient” Black Narratives?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The answer may surprise you! (It totally won’t surprise you).

Jon Stewart Picked the Perfect Moment to Leave ‘The Daily Show’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s no great stretch to imagine the reliably excellent ‘Last Week Tonight’ surpassing ‘The Daily Show’ in quality and influence (some claim it already has); a year from now, the story could have been that its other official and unofficial spin-offs had done the same. Instead, the story will be “Don’t go, Jon Stewart!”

‘Jupiter Ascending’ Is Not Eddie Redmayne’s ‘Norbit’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: There’s not a second of this painfully earnest turn that indicates the man is either making a joke or in on one. He’s just bad, irredeemably and irrevocably terrible, but that’s not much of a surprise because — incoming #hottake — Eddie Redmayne is not a very good actor.

Why I Don’t Like Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: There are two reasons: a technically efficient but cold performance, and a naked Oscar campaign that would have embarrased Chill Wills.

Reviews of Short Films

Coisa de Alguém

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Dirty Laundry

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Short Film Review

Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: This year’s nominees for the animated shorts category at the Academy Awards illustrate the genre’s ability to reflect and entertain.

Oscar-nominated Documentary Shorts

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: The five live action shorts nominated by the Academy Awards this year vary greatly from each other, but are all commendable in their distinctiveness.

Other Articles

Film Critics Predict Oscar Winners

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast discussion featuring Nell Minow, A.J. Hakari and James Colt Harrison.

Monday Memo: WNET Gets Blowback From Filmmakers, Sundance Coverage Continues To Filter In

Jordan M. Smith @ STFdocs.com

The Morning After: Feb. 16, 2015

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “The Theory of Everything”
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 2:48 pm

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