The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

Nicole Kidman’s 5 best movies

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]

Interviews

Monique Dupree, owner/operator of Liz Boutique, New York City

Phil Hall @ Business-Superstar

  • Excerpt: Interview with actress-turned-entrepreneur Monique Dupree

Rewinding the Story of Home Video: Interview with Filmmaker Josh Johnson on Rewind This!

Matthew Sorrento @ Film International

Taissa Farmiga, star of ‘The Bling Ring’, ‘American Horror Story’

Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com

Tommy Lee Thomas, president of Restoration Pictures, Irving, Texas

Phil Hall @ Business-Superstar

  • Excerpt: Interview with filmmaker Tommy Lee Thomas

Festivals

99% — The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters

David di Donatello 2013: the winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Italian Film Academy Award Winners 2013

LA Film Fest part one

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

TIFF’s A Century of Chinese Cinema Review: A Touch of Zen (1971)

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

TIFF’s A Century of Chinese Cinema Review: Fist of Fury (1972)

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

Tributes

James Gandolfini

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Gandolfini was so good at delineating Anthony John Soprano, cold-blooded mob boss and caring family man, that it was easy to believe he was only playing some outsized version of himself.

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 14-16, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Examining the Oscar chances of “Man of Steel,” “20 Feet from Stardom,” “Berberian Sound Studio,” “The Bling Ring,” “Call Me Kuchu,” “In the Fog” and “Pandora’s Promise.”

Other Articles

(In)Sanidade

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

10 Beloved Summer Blockbusters the Critics Got Dead Wrong

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: There’s nothing wrong with a good, old-fashioned popcorn movie, and those that do it well deserve our praise. But in researching a recent roundup of favorite summer movies, your film editor was shocked to discover how many presumably beloved modern classics were not, in fact, universally acclaimed.

48 Grados

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

The 50 Greatest Movie Antiheroes of All Time

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

Alogicamente

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Criticwatch – You Will Believe Warner Bros. Will Use Junket Whores

Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic

The Excellence of Production Design: Apes Invades New Orleans

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Discussing production design from a “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” perspective.

The Hot Aone: Plague movies and the search for a cure in the chaos

Sean Axmaker @ MSN Movies

  • Excerpt: In the real world, the source of a contagious disease is essential to understanding the nature of the threat, before it has mutated through transmission, and to track its spread. In the movie world, such details lend a sense of urgency to the story and plenty of opportunities for dramatic obstacles and cinematic action.

If I Say I Don’t Hate ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’, Would You Revoke My Female Privileges?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Is Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby faithful to Fitzgerald’s?

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]

Is Netflix Having an Identity Crisis?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: In the early days, it was the one-stop shop, and it dominated the market. But its competitors seem to have realized that the way to take Netflix down is not by trying to steal its entire membership, but by instead targeting a particular sliver of the audience that’s being underserved, and carving it out.

It’s All About the Benjamins, Baby: The First Trailer for “The Wolf of Wall Street” Emerges

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Jack the Giant Slayer and other new home video releases

Phil Villarreal @ COEDMagazine.com

The Laughable Hypocrisy of Spielberg and Lucas’ Diatribe Against Blockbusters

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If the monster got out of these two Dr. Frankensteins’ control, it doesn’t mean that they’re blameless for its creation, so the idea of two billionaire purveyors of the blockbuster mentality whining about the pervasiveness of the blockbuster mentality looks, sounds, and smells like what it is: bullshit.

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Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Animated Short Film Review

Ron Burgundy Has Salon Quality Hair And Admits He Doesn’t Read Jet Magazine In The First Trailer For “Anchorman 2”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

See 10 New Images from “Despicable Me 2”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Social breakdown: When civil order crumbles and survival of the fittest takes over

Sean Axmaker @ MSN Movies

  • Excerpt: Here are some of the most interesting cinematic propositions for life in the face of social breakdown, where there are no more rules and survival of the fittest becomes a social competition.

Sonata

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

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