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UNDER CONSTRUCTION — BUILDING A NEW SITE!!!

Hello publicists, critics, loyal readers, and everyone else who can see this. At this time, the new Governing Committee are working with web designers to make a new, improved, better site for the Online Film Critics Society.

With that, we are putting a halt on weekly updates. If there is a critic you want to keep tabs on in the meantime, you can see all of our members here.

We are still very active on the site, just trying to make it more user-friendly, better for our members, and look fresh like it’s now a part of the 21st century.

Please reach out if you have any questions: gc@ofcs.org

Thanks a lot,

Online Film Critics Society Governing Committee
Kristen Lopez  |  Rob Daniel  |  Pablo Villaca

Awards Coverage: Oscar Special Edition 2014

This weekend, the 87th Academy Awards will be telecast around the world. Typically, we have an Awards Coverage section in our weekly Grab Bag Article. Today, we bring you all of those articles a whole five days early.

Awards Coverage

2014 Oscar Predictions: Final

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight’s contributors put down their final predictions for the 87th Academy Awards.

87th Oscars: Oscar Guy’s Final Thoughts

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Oscar Guy’s (Wesley Lovell’s) final fhoughts on the 87th Academy Awards.

87th Oscars: The Polls – Your Choices

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: You pick your favorite Oscar nominees in each category.

87th Oscars: The Polls – Your Predictions

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: You pick the achievements you think will win the Oscar in each category.

DVD Talk Feature: The 2015 Academy Awards

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

My (confidently accurate) Annual Oscar Predictions

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: It’s that time again, and this year has the spice of unpredictability. For once, the major categories are not all a foregone conclusion (some, not all). It’s been a strange year and this year has a very odd mixture.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 11

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the winners and loser from the 11th week of Precursor Season

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 12

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

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

Oscar Update: Memo to the Academy – For Your Consideration

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A case for Laura Dern, ‘Finding Vivian Maier’, and more!

OscarPicks ’15

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

Congratulations Mark Dujsik

The Los Angeles Press Club announced the nominees for the 4th Annual National Entertainment Awards.

The OFCS’ own Mark Dujsik was nominated for Best Online Entertainment Critic for his website “Mark Reviews Movies.”

Please find the official press release at the following link: http://lapressclub.org/hefner-to-be-interviewed-nej-finalists-announced/.

The Joplin Tornado 2011

At 5:30 p.m. on a typical Spring Sunday afternoon, the residents of Joplin, Missouri were sitting down to family dinners. They were browsing for their next home improvement project at Home Depot. They were buying their groceries at Wal-Mart. They were seeking routine medical treatment at St. John’s Hospital. High School students had just graduated, ready to meet their future head-on. Within fifteen minutes, their lives would be inexorably changed.

In the deadliest single tornado hit in the United States in nearly 60 years, over 117 unsuspecting people lost their lives and thousands lost their loved ones. It was the deadliest tornado on record in the U.S. since 1947. The numbers rise each day as brave men and women sift through the rubble of shattered lives hoping to find that one survivor.

My name is Wesley Lovell, a film critic based out of Springfield, Missouri, a mere 45 minutes northeast of this tragedy. I sympathize with the people of Joplin. I’ve been there more than a dozen times in my life. I’ve traveled down Range Line Road. I’ve eaten at the Taco Bell. I’ve shopped at local businesses. I may not personally know anyone directly affected by this tragic event, but it hits very close to home, almost too close. I have friends who know those that lost everything. I’ve read about people searching for loved ones who’ve gone missing and I’ve cried. I’ve seen the pictures of pets found who may never see their families again. I’ve seen pictures and videos and calls for help. I hope that they will not go unheeded.

In the days and weeks ahead, the residents of Joplin, Mo. will begin to clean up the wreckage and rebuild their homes and lives. Many will bury the men, women, children and pets taken from them too soon. Hundreds of relief efforts have begun. And while you may not live near there or gone through such an event, you can still help.

Here are a few links that may help you find out more about this terrible event:

City of Joplin Facebook Page
Red Cross Safe & Well Website to report yourself safe & well and search for loved ones.
Missouri State – Joplin Tornado Relief Effort Site
Relief Effort Donation Information
Joplin Humane Society
A handful of Before-and-After photos

Every little bit helps. If 1,000 people donated just $5 each, that’s $5,000 more than they have today.

Even if you cannot send money to help, your positive energy, thoughts and prayers are always appreciated.

the OFCS welcomes new member Mark H. Harris

The OFCS is delighted to announce that Mark H. Harris has been granted membership in the organization. Harris’s reviews appear at About.com: Horror & Suspense Movies and BlackHorrorMovies.com.

Harris says:

I shall strive to maintain the highest level of quality and professionalism possible — or at least as much as horror movies will allow. I’ve been critiquing horror movies for a couple of decades but only in the past few years have I discovered that I can make some semblance of a living off of what I would do for free. God bless the Internet! I hope that the OFCS will open doors for me and lend some respectability to the nonsense that I write.

The OFCS welcomes Harris as a member.

no grownup movies, and no stars… is it all interconnected?

CNN.com/EW.com asks, “What happened to movies made for grown-ups?”:

Give Robert Downey Jr. a glass of scotch and a suit made of metal, and lines will form around the block. But cast him as a newspaper columnist who befriends a cello-playing homeless man, and these days the only crowds gathering will be for the movie playing next door.

Anne Thompson at Variety.com asks, “Are Boomers Abandoning Movies?”:

The current climate of fear causes less risk-taking and variation, said Kennedy. “They’re all looking for the same thing. Tentpoles costing $150 to 200 million, formula pictures aimed at moviegoers 16 to 24, who are the movie-going demo. That’s what’s working. It’s frustrating as a filmmaker. I’ve been in the business 20 years. My taste changes, evolves. Yet the baby boom generation is not going to the movies anymore. Few movies work in that demographic. I realize if I’m going to stay active and get movies made, I have to focus on what the studios want. They don’t want movies that fall in the mid-range right now. They want big movies.”

Respected British actor James Nesbitt is being forced to turn to Hollywood to find work (according to U.K. outlet Broadcast):

James Nesbitt is being forced to look for Hollywood acting roles because of the funding crisis in British drama.

The Cold Feet and Muphy’s Law actor, who also stars in BBC1’s Occupation next week, told the Radio Times that the UK TV industry was in a “desperate state”, and that he was having to look to the US for work.

He said Hollywood did not naturally appeal to him – “the notion of waiting six months to play a baddie in a bad film just wasn’t my idea of career utopia” – but that he had now employed a US agent.

TheStar.com of Toronto asks, “Why 2009 is shaping up as the Year of No Stars”:

[M]ovies without A-list names above the marquee have been doing similar boffo business to The Hangover.

The recent reboot of Star Trek was considered risky for its dearth of boldface. Who had heard of Chris Pine (Capt. Kirk) or Zachary Quinto (Mr. Spock) before last month? But the film hit the ground running and it has big legs, being the first this year to cross the $200 million mark.

Most people have heard of Paul Blart: Mall Cop by now, and may even have seen it. But few could have named star Kevin James before the film’s January release; many would still have trouble picking him out of a police lineup of pudgy guys.

Ireland’s Liam Neeson was considered a solid B-list actor heading toward character roles and retirement. His rescue thriller Taken was deemed a dumper at the top of the year, since it had already been released outside of North America in 2008 and had been widely pirated on the Internet. But the film connected big-time with North American audiences, transforming Neeson into the most unlikely of A-list action stars.

(Never mind that anyone who watches TV — anyone who’s aware of the biggest hits on TV — know damn well whom Kevin James and Zachary Quinto are. And the idea that Liam Neeson is some sort of hot up-and-comer is truly bizarre. But this is how Hollywood and some of its watchers are thinking.)

Interconnected? Or coincidence? Discuss.

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