The Grab Bag (Oct. 7, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Faithful Shakespeare Adaptations on Film

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Polanski’s ‘Macbeth’ is a terrific movie; and noteworthy as being a Shakespeare adaptation that is mostly done “straight” — i.e., basically as written, rather than relocated to outer space or a high school or the mob underworld or anything crazy like that. In fact, it seems more difficult to just do the play, without all the bells and whistles.

The 10 Creepiest Kids in Movie History

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: With Halloween sneaking up like a well-dressed child with a knowing smirk, we take a look at some of cinema’s creepiest kids.

The 11 Creepiest Creepy Doll Movies

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Creepy dolls are creepy. These creepy doll movies are creepier.

Every Martin Scorsese Movie, Ranked

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Flavorwire presents the DEFINITIVE ranking of Martin Scorsese’s narrative and documentary features (stretching feature a bit to include long-ish documentaries and made-for-TV works), stacking up 36 films over nearly 50 years.

Interviews

Charles Dance

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews Charles Dance for Dracula Untold.

Cloud City: Jane Spencer on London, aristocrats, starving artists and The Ninth Cloud

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Creatures of the Night: Yann Gonzalez on sex, death, dreams and You And The Night

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Director Alex R. Johnson Talks About Making His New Thriller Two Step

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Gary Shore

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews Gary Shore for Dracula Untold.

Luke Evans

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews Luke Evans for Dracula Untold.

Sarah Gadon

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews Sarah Gadon for Dracula Untold.

VIFF Industry Interview with Bernie Su

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Festivals: General Coverage

12 Must-See Movies at This Year’s New York Film Festival

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Capsule reviews of ‘The Look of Silence,’ ‘Time Out of Mind,’ ‘Whiplash,’ “Jauja,’ ‘Two Days, One Night,’ and more.

NYFF 52 Video Preview

Cole Smithey @ colesmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Cole Smithey’s Video Preview of the 52nd New York Film Festival

Festivals: Individual Reviews

ABCs of Death 2

James Marsh @ Screendaily.com

Beautiful Youth

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Bloody Knuckles

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

The Editor

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Elephant Song

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Foxcatcher

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Free Fall

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Gone Girl

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: ‘Gone Girl’ may come advertised as a thriller, but that’s Fincher being a trickster—he’s gone and made the curtest, nastiest, most acidic black comedy about the marital accord since ‘The War of the Roses.’

I Am Trash

James Marsh @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: South Korean indie provocateur Lee Sang-woo returns with the third and final instalment in his thematic “bad family” trilogy, which follows three grown up brothers, reunited when their pedophile father is released from prison. Inspired by a series of real-life news stories and told with an unflinchingly honest eye, I Am Trash is guaranteed to upset and provoke in equal measure.

It Follows

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Japan’s Sun Rises Over The Raindance Film Festival

Anton Bitel @ filmlandempire.com

John Wick

James Marsh @ Screendaily.com

Maps to the Stars

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Early on, I found myself jotting down echoes and influences: ‘The Player,’ Douglas Sirk, ‘Mulholland Drive,’ Cronenberg’s own ‘Cosmopolis.’ At some point, I stopped playing connect-the-dots, because that’s missing the point: you can trace its genealogy all you want, but at the end of the day, ‘Maps’ is its own, utterly deranged thing.

Maps to the Stars

Kristy Puchko @ Cinema Blend

  • Excerpt: Maps to the Stars is mythic, macabre and merciless. And I loved every twisted minute of it.

October Gale

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Pasolini

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Director Abel Ferrara, no stranger to controversy himself, wisely chooses to simply focus on the final days leading up to Pasolini’s lurid murder. The resulting film is, like the director, a study of contradictions and not just a little perplexing.

Que Caramba Es La Vida

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Rosewater

Jordan Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Neither botched, nor especially urgent, Rosewater ends up being an attentive, well acted, yet fairly bland celebration of the spirit of great journalism that Stewart himself so guilelessly seems to appreciate. Strangely, it could have benefited greatly from a little more of that raw, fiery cynical spirit found nightly on The Daily Show.

Seymour: An Introduction

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Hawke shows real skill as a documentarian: He’s got a good eye and a crisp style, his archival footage is well-chosen and sparingly used, he moves between scenes and ideas gracefully and seamlessly, and there’s a real elegance to the film, one which seems to key off its subject.

Still Life

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Tommy

James Marsh @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: The latest in a string of stylish crime thrillers to emerge from Scandinavia, Tommy is the new film from Norwegian director Tarik Saleh, and offers a blistering change of pace to 2009’s animated sci-fi odyssey Metropia.

Violent

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Wild

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Awards Coverage

European Film Awards – European Achievement in World Cinema

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Steve McQueen winner of the European Achievement in World Cinema Award

Fénix – Premio Iberoamericano de Cine 2014: os nomeados

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: What Now? Remind Me, Portugal Submission to Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars with a nomination to Best Documentary Feature at the first edition of the Fenix Awards

Oscar Predictions: Round 1 – Let’s This Party Started!

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: First set of Oscar predictions for 2014 forecast earlybirds like Boyhood, party guests arriving on time like Gone Girl, and those late to the party, like Unbroken.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 26-28, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “The Boxtrolls”

Television

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Think of it as a FIREFLY take on characters populating the fringe of the STAR WARS universe and you’ll get an idea of what it feels like.

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion

Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot

  • Excerpt: Definitely aimed at kids, but never in the cheap, cloying way that George Lucas’ prequels were, kids are absolutely going to flip their wigs over this, but at the same time there’s more than enough in “Star Wars Rebels” to keep you interested and watching right along with them.

Essays

Destroy All Monsters: Expendable Equalizers Walk Among Tombstones

Matt Brown @ Twitch Film

Femmes Just Aren’t As Fatale As They Used to Be

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

  • Excerpt: With ‘Gone Girl’ releasing this week, are we seeing a resurgence in the femme fatale?

Who are Today’s Great Latina Filmmakers?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Why Does It Seem Like There’s More Sex in Horror Than in the Romance Genre?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Reviews of Short Films

Carreteras

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Mexican Short Film Review

Demência

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Godka Cirka

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Documentary Film Review

Maria

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Finnish Short Film Review

Other Articles

Aux Yeux des Vivants

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Der Samurai

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

GWTW 75th Anniversary Party

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast celebrating one of Hollywood’s greatest classics.

The Morning After: Sep. 29, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “Vera Drake”

Redux – Five Star Films #21: Apocalypse Now

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Ruas Riivais

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The TCM Top Ten for October 2014

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Tightwad Terror Tuesday for 9-30-14 – The Best Free Horror Movies on the Web

James Jay Edwards @ iHorror.com

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