The Grab Bag (Apr. 1, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

20 Mind-Bending Movies Guaranteed to Make You Feel Stupid

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Some movies, with their convoluted storylines or surrealistic imagery or intellectual subject matter, have the (probably?) unintended side effect of merely spotlighting our intellectual shortcomings. Here are a few other movies that made us feel just a little stupider.

Five Great Irish Movies

R. Kurt Osenlund @ SouthPhillyReview.com

Interviews

Ashley Bell Talks Playing a 1940s Superhero in ‘Sparks’

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Cheap Thrills director E.L. Katz discusses black comedy, audience complicity and being a leftie

Craig Skinner @ Film Divider

High School Hijinks: Darren Stein and Michael J Willett on the making of G.B.F.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Jason Bateman Talks his Directorial Debut, ‘Bad Words’

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Kim Mordaunt on working with non-actors, blending documentary and fiction in The Rocket

Craig Skinner @ Film Divider

Seeking Salavtion: Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia on Salvo

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Y. Economides: “When the boys in the Parliament forget their mics open and start to swear, my heroes blush”

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Having led the Greek invasion in Berlin, Yiannis Economides is ready to rush local theaters with Stratos, his archetypical noir of a hired gun trying to survive as a small fish in the piranha pool

Festivals: General Coverage

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Will End Things on a Light Note with the Comedy, “Begin Again,” Starring Keira Knightley And Mark Ruffalo

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Danish ADHD doc Four Letters Apart wins Thessaloniki

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Becoming an Actor takes home Greek section prize; French doc On the Edge of the World and local title Kalavryta win over FIPRESCI jury

James Brown and Björk Documentaries Added to Next Month’s Tribeca Film Festival Lineup (Plus, Ticket Information for Nas’ Time is Illmatic)

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival: Documents of indifference and uncertainty

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

Thessaloniki showcases impressive Docs in Progress selection

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Friday’s screening session saw nine films vying for funding and pre-sales attention, and the Doc Market’s post-production services award

Festivals: Individual Reviews

17th Annual European Union Film Festival @ The Gene Siskel Center

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Capsule reviews of The Strange Little Cat, The Human Scale, Tricked, The Excursionist, Cycling with Moliere, Clownwise, and Another One Opens.

Bastards

Michael Pattison @ EyeForFilm.co.uk

Dreaming of a Family

Michael Pattison @ EyeForFilm.co.uk

Emptying the Skies

Michael Pattison @ EyeForFilm.co.uk

Master of the Universe

Michael Pattison @ EyeForFilm.co.uk

The Missing Picture

Michael Pattison @ EyeForFilm.co.uk

On the Edge of the World

Michael Pattison @ EyeForFilm.co.uk

Putin’s Games

Michael Pattison @ EyeForFilm.co.uk

She Is Not My Husband

Michael Pattison @ EyeForFilm.co.uk

The Valley of the Jato

Michael Pattison @ EyeForFilm.co.uk

We Did It On a Song

Michael Pattison @ EyeForFilm.co.uk

The Years of Fierro

Michael Pattison @ EyeForFilm.co.uk

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 21-23, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the Oscar chances of “Muppets Most Wanted”

Television

Destroy All Monsters: A GIRLS Gotta Do What A GIRLS Gotta Do

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Essays

Adolfo suárez y el alzheimer del cine español

José M. Robado @ Cine Crítico [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Un texto sobre la escasez de títulos en el cine español sobre su la historia reciente del país y sus protagonistas.

Bureaucracy and Other Horrors in Cristi Puiu’s “Aurora” (2010)

Michael Pattison @ Fandor / Keyframe Daily

Cinema In Noir: Would Zoë Kravitz Have Made A Better Tris In Divergent?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Is Pixar Out of Ideas?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Their sheer scope and ambition seemed limitless — Pixar’s universe extended everywhere, from the furthest reaches of space to a Parisian kitchen to a child’s toy box. Now, that scope appears limited to where they’ve gone before.

The Noah Controversies: Questions and Answers

Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register

  • Excerpt: The punning headlines write themselves: “Noah Awash in Flood of Controversy.” “Deluge of Criticism Inundates Filmmakers.”

The Rise of the Faith Film

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

  • Excerpt: The Bible is suddenly the hottest book in Hollywood. Take that, Divergent!

What the ‘Veronica Mars’ Flixster Fail Tells Us About Big Media and the Web

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The 21st century is a complicated time for studios and conglomerates, and there’s no doubt that much of their future lies in web-based solutions. But they’ll keep accumulating massive PR fails if they continue pinning their hopes to technology that’s not yet ready for prime time.

Reviews of Short Films

Abrazo en un Terremoto

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

El Aviador y el Mariñero

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Cozinha Infernal

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Vinagre & Bombones

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Other Articles

Filmmakers and Their Cats: A Photo Gallery

Mike Everleth @ Underground Film Journal

The Morning After: Mar. 24, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Amarcord” and “Muppets Most Wanted”

Muppets Meet Musical Chairs

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast featuring Jane Carrus, producer of “Musical Chairs,” who talks about her involvement in this inspirational film about wheelchair ballroom dancing.

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