The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

The 10 most exciting spring films

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Who’s on Worst?: the Hits and Misses of Abbott and Costello

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: Much of what the pair made was either too harmless to praise or too forgettable to hate, but having spent the last few years perusing their filmography, I can confidently declare my picks for Bud and Lou’s five funniest and five lamest big-screen escapades.

Interviews

Haifaa Al-Mansour Rides Into New Territory With “Wadjda”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: The first female director to make a feature film in Saudi Arabia talks about the obstacles she faced in telling the story of a young girl coming of age.

In the Arena: ‘Bounty Killer’ Director Henry Saine

Travis Hopson @ Cinema Royale

  • Excerpt: ‘Bounty Killer’ Director Henry Saine stops by to chat about his grindhouse sci-fi flick starring Matthew Marsden and Christian Pitre.

Insidious: Chapter 2 – Producer Jason Blum

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Lion Man: Tim Phillips on filming the rescue of the Lion Ark animals

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Negin Farsad & Dean Obeidallah Lead with Laughs in “the Muslims Are Coming”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: The comedians of Middle Eastern descent talk about countering fear of their culture by spreading laughs and how their own preconceptions of America changed.

TIFF ’13 Interview: Sarah McCarthy on Exploring What Makes a Family in “the Dark Matter of Love”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: The “Sound of Mumbai” director talks about how adopted children form bonds to their parents and how Russia’s ban on US adoptions has left 300 kids in limbo.

Video Interview – Insidious: Chapter 2 – Patrick Wilson and Lin Shaye

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Festivals

TIFF Update – Day 3

Kenneth R. Morefield @ Christianity Today

  • Excerpt: Reviews of The Past, Young & Beautiful, Violette, and The Double

TIFF Update – Day 4

Kenneth R. Morefield @ Christianity Today

  • Excerpt: Reviews of Watermark, Can a Song Save Your Life?, and Belle

TIFF Update – Day 5

Kenneth R. Morefield @ Christianity Today

  • Excerpt: Reviews of Devil’s Knot, Night Moves, and The Dark Matter of Love

TIFF Update – Day 6

Kenneth R. Morefield @ Christianity Today

  • Excerpt: Reviews of Friends from France and Under the Skin

TIFF: Jason Reitman Live Read of ‘Boogie Nights’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review of the live read of ‘Boogie Nights’ starring Jesse Eisenberg as Dirk Diggler

TIFF: the Big Chill Reunion Screening

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Other Articles

10 Classic Hollywood Scandals That Would Make TMZ Blush

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

Badpakje 46

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Belgian Short Film Review

Balls Deep: Riddick’s flirtation with incivility

Anton Bitel @ Cinetalk.co.uk

  • Excerpt: Feature discussing whether Riddick is a neanderthal homophobe and misogynist, or a force for civilisation.

David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” Cast Is A Bit of A Head-Scratcher

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Economic Measures 1: Robert De Niro in Heat (1995)

Michael Pattison @ Permanent Plastic Helmet

Economic Measures 2: Neda Amir in One. Two. One (2011)

Michael Pattison @ Permanent Plastic Helmet

Economic Measures 3: A Native American in the New World (2005)

Michael Pattison @ Permanent Plastic Helmet

Economic Measures 4: Emer McCourt and Robert Carlyle in Riff-Raff (1991)

Michael Pattison @ Permanent Plastic Helmet

George Clooney Time

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Kimberly Potts talks about her biography of George Clooney.

Images of “Rush”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The INevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete Clip

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

La Leçon de Natation

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Animated Short Film Review

Let’s Ban Oscar Talk Until Thanksgiving

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Look, no one’s more excited about the kickoff of “good movie season,” and rest assured, when the end of the year comes and the nominations are announced, no one will be deeper immersed in the muck of Oscar season. But the fact that every single prestige release of the fall is being weighed purely on the basis of its ability to gather little gold statues is endemic of the hype problem that is wrecking the movie industry.

Magnolia: A Pair of Docs

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: …I wanted to spotlight a pair of Magnolia’s catalogue documentaries — of which one is traditional, rabble-rousing fare, while the other uniquely breaks down aspects of our world into numbers.

Mancha

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

The Morning After: Sep. 9, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Quick reviews of “Portrait of Jennie” and “Wish You Were Here”

My Old Hand Crank Camera

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Dutch Short Film Review

New releases Sept. 10

Phil Villarreal @ COED.com

O Sol Nasce Sempre do Mesmo Lado

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

The Pinto Edition

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Dutch Short Film Review

Pre-Code Obsession: Kay Francis

Stacia Kissick Jones @ ClassicFlix

Projecto V

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Succes

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Dutch Short Film Review

What Did Hollywood Learn From This Summer’s Box Office? the Wrong Thing, Probably

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Headline from The New York Times magazine, September 3, 2013: “Hollywood’s Tanking Business Model.” Headline from Box Office Mojo, September 3, 2013: “Summer 2013 Sets New Record with $4.76 Billion.” Compare, contrast, discuss.

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