The Grab Bag (Jan. 14, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

2012: The Best Films So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

2012: The Worst So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

2013: The Best Films So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

2013: The Worst Films So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Best Bollywood Movies of 2013

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Danny Baldwin’s Top 10 Films of 2013

Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak

Favorite Documentaries of 2013

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: As with the last couple of years, 2013 was an incredibly strong year for non-fiction filmmaking, making it incredibly difficult to whittle my favorites down to a mere 15 films.

Favorite Narrative Films of 2013

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: This is a much longer list than I usually create, but I very strongly recommend seeking out every single title on this list.

Favorite Undistributed Films of 2013

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: With this year coming to a close, I want to highlight some of the best films that I saw in 2013 that — to the best of my knowledge — have yet to announce a U.S. distribution deal.

My Top Films of 2013

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

Tom Santilli’s 15 Best Movies of 2013

Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com

The Top 11 Films of 2013

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

Interviews

Loves Her Gun Interview

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: I sat down with writer-director Geoff Marslett and discussed Loves Her Gun over some burritos on the eve of the film’s first post-SXSW screenings in Austin.

Much Ado About Nothing Interview

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: In this SXSW 2013 video interview, we talk with Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg about their roles in Much Ado About Nothing as well as their perception of the Whedonverse as a whole.

Pit Stop Interview

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: This is one of those interviews that probably could have gone on for another hour or so, but Yen Tan had to get back upstairs to the screening of Pit Stop and I had to rush off to a screening at another SXSW venue.

Some Girl(s) Interview

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: In this SXSW 2013 video interview (shot and edited by Dave Campbell, moderated by Don Simpson), we talk with actor Adam Brody and director Daisy von Scherler Mayer about their attraction to the Some Girl(s) script and the screenwriting of Neil Labute.

Upstream Color Interview

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: We met up with Carruth at the Driskill Hotel, found a nice table decorated with a simple bowl of fruit and started chatting about Upstream Color…or at least that is what we thought we were talking about.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

My French Film Festival

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: The “My French Film Festival” is a three-day program gathering six smaller features from overseas. It’s equally split between comedy and drama, one each per day, with the better efforts skewing more serious.

StLIFF 2013: 9 Full Moons

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: Watching as happiness slips through the characters’ fingers carries an ache that resonates with the film’s evocative depiction of L.A.

StLIFF 2013: This Is Where We Live

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: A consistently surprising and carefully considered work, This Is Where We Live reveals that complex human drama is still out there, waiting to be discovered in the substrate of rural America.

Awards Coverage

Alternate Oscars for 1963

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: One of the worst years for American films yields on of the most effective horror films ever made.

Armchair Oscar choices for 1950

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: The Oscar was ‘All About Eve’ but mine rested on ‘Sunset Blvd’.

Armchair Oscar choices for 1971

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: In the year of The French Connection, I choose a film that is very American

Armchair Oscar choices for 1995

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: Mel Gibon’s battlefields weren’t half as interesting as Mike Figgis’ forsaken Vegas landscape

Armchair Oscar choices for 2003

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: In the year when the Oscar went to Middle Earth, mine went to Brazil.

Canadian Screen Awards 2014: Preview and Predictions

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: -A look at potential frontrunners for Canada’s film awards.

Guilds Trifecta Could Put the Final Stamp on the Oscars Race

Erik Childress @ RogerEbert.com

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 6

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers of the 6th week of Precursor Season

Television

Law & Order: SVU

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Is Law & Order: SVU’s Detective Olivia Benson the Newest Victim of Single-Shaming?

Rosemary’s Baby

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: http://www.reeltalkonline.org/2014/01/rosemarys-baby-and-curious-case-of-zoe.html

Sherlock: The Blind Banker

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Sherlock Holmes investigates a mystery that begins with ‘ancient Chinese secret’.

Essays

2013: Some Odds and Ends

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Most Unfairly Trashed Film? Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Most Unfairly Praised Film? Star Trek Into Darkness.

American Horror Stories: Why ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Should Be Drawing Comparisons to ’12 Years a Slave’

R. Kurt Osenlund @ Indewire

The Burning Questions of 2013

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Is Ryan Gosling Overrated? Has Johnny Depp’s Schtick Worn Out Its Welcome? How Many More Bombs Can Ryan Reynolds Make?

Destroy All Monsters: 2013, A Year that Film Will Take To Its Grave

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Reviews of Short Films

The Magic Ferret

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: he Magic Ferret is a lively feel-good movie about the power of the imagination.

Other Articles

Deadly explosion hits Iranian film crew

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Film Threat Podcast – Episode 91: Bob Birdnow’s Butter Biscuit Breakfast Buffet

Don Lewis @ Film Threat

Film Threat Podcast – Episode 92: I’m a Gary Coleman Shipper

Don Lewis @ Film Threat

Golden Globe/Oscar Roundtable

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast with Nell Minow, A.J. Hakari and Mack Bates discussing the Golden Globe nominations and upcoming Oscar nominees.

The Morning After: Jan. 6, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Wild Strawberries”, “G.B.F.” and “Adventureland”

Skyfall leads resurgence in UK video sales

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

UK box office hits of 2013

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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