The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

Top 20 Films from FrightFests past

Anton Bitel @ Little White Lies

  • Excerpt: twenty of the best, most interesting or just most downright transgressive films to have screened at the past 13 annual FrightFests

Interviews

Cuba Gooding, Jr. of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

David Gordon Green on “Prince Avalanche”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

David Gordon Green’s “Prince Avalanche”: Back to Indie Basics

Sean Axmaker @ Fandor

  • Excerpt: Prince Avalanche, a modest, warm-hearted tale of two guys on a rural road crew on winding forest roads in 1988 Central Texas, gets Green back to the basics. The film has the quality of an American short story, easy-going, laconic, seeped in rural atmosphere, analog technology, and a slower way of life than the movies rushing through the multiplexes.

Joshua Michael Stern and Josh Gad on “Jobs”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Lee Daniels of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Lily Collins of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Shane Carruth (Upstream Color)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Steven Price, Composer of “The World’s End”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals

Gramado Film Festival 2013: the winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Brazilian and Latin Film Festival 2013 winners

Locarno International Film Festival 2013: winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Plaza Classic Film Festival: Ben-Hur

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: There is something extraordinary about watching such a monumental picture like Ben-Hur on the really big screen, the way it was originally presented.

Plaza Classic Film Festival: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a breathtaking, beautiful, and optimistic film.

Plaza Classic Film Festival: Closing Thoughts

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The 2013 Plaza Classic Film Festival is yet another glorious success to a most impressive annual event.

Plaza Classic Film Festival: Goodfellas

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Goodfellas is one of those films that can be studied for its craftsmanship and enjoyed as extraordinary entertainment.

Plaza Classic Film Festival: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: There are some films that will never lose their relevance, their potency, or their ability to move one emotionally regardless of how long ago it was made. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans is that type of film.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2013 Wrap

Sean Axmaker @ Fandor

  • Excerpt: I knew that San Francisco Silent Film Festival is the premiere silent fest in America, but I was elated to learn from Céline Ruivo, curator of the film collection at the Cinématèque Française and a special guest at this year’s festival, that in Europe, SFSFF has a reputation as one of the premiere silent film festivals in the world.

SFSFF 2013 Premieres: ‘The Half-Breed’ and ‘The Last Edition’

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: This year marks the latest and most exciting expansion of their mission: the world premiere of two new restorations undertaken by the SFSFF in collaboration with international film archives.

SFSFF 2013 Spotlights: The ‘Beauté’ of Louise, the ‘Safety’ of Lloyd, and those ‘Joyless’ Germans

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: G.W. Pabst’s The Joyless Street (1925), the Centerpiece screening on Saturday night, is a landmark drama of social commentary, a savage portrait of Germany after World War II, when rampant inflation and record unemployment plunged an entire class into poverty and widened the gulf between rich and poor into a veritable ocean. Decadence and desperation and degradation: this has it all…

Tributes

Legendary Writer Elmore Leonard Dies

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 16-18, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Other Articles

2013 Summer Action Films: Looking For Social Consciousness In All The Wrong Places?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The Bridge: An El Paso Perspective

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: As the only Online Film Critics Society representative stationed in El Paso, Texas, I believe I am uniquely qualified to judge the new FX series The Bridge.

Dick Van Dyke Escapes Freeway Fire

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Directrospective #11: Wong Kar-Wai’s Dreams and Desires

Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online

Divine Diva Rita Graham

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Jazz diva Rita Graham talks about her key role in the upcoming independent film “We Are Kings.”

Film Threat Podcast 88: Binary Solo

Don Lewis @ Film Threat

GLAAD Reveals How Studios Treat LGBT Characters: Intrduccing the Vito Test

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Nada

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

New releases roundup including Amour

Phil Villarreal @ COED.com

Nudes! Guns! Ghosts! The Sensational Films of Shintoho

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Those whose taste in Japanese cinema leans towards the more classical films might still be dismissive of the the films covered here. For myself, I can’t get enough Ghost Cats!

Nudes! Guns! Ghosts! The Sensational Films of Shintoho

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Those whose taste in Japanese cinema leans towards the more classical films might still be dismissive of the the films covered here. For myself, I can’t get enough Ghost Cats!

Potasio

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Rebel Without a Cause

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) is a pivotal film for many reasons — each as important as the next.

This Week on Blu-ray and DVD – August 20, 2013

James Plath @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: Here are select new releases for the week of August 20, 2013.

Tres en un Cuarto

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

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