The Grab Bag (Aug. 12, 2014)

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

Interviews

“Sharknado’s” Thunder Levin

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Filmmaker John Alan Simon

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Writer/director John Alan Simon, a Harvard-educated fan of Philip K. Dick’s work, has created the most insightful, thought-provoking, intelligent and faithful rendition of Dick’s work to date.

John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson of “Calvary”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Michel Gondry of “Mood Indigo”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Mike Cahill of “I Origins”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

2014 Plaza Classic Film Festival Preview

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I love going, I support it, but there rarely seems to be anyone I as a member of the press can contact to set things up.

TIFF Showcases New Talent with Canadian Line-up

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The Canadian front for TIFF’14 has an exciting thrill of discovery.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 1-3, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Get on Up” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Television

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fourth Season

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: And so with The Complete Fourth Season of Boardwalk Empire, the venerable show of gangsters and G-men eases into its penultimate cycle. This is an important fact to consider, as it is very much a transitional season, a set-up for the grand finale.

Franklin & Bash: She Came Upstairs to Kill Me

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: She Came Upstairs to Kill Me surprised me on the second viewing.

Essays

Destroy All Monsters: Can You Make A Movie About The Han Solo Character, Or Not?

Matt Brown @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: In which I do a thing about rogue characters, foils, Han Solo, Jack Sparrow, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

A Few Thoughts on Lupita Nyong’o’s Upcoming Project, the Film Adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Novel “Americanah”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Hollywood Laziness Strikes Again: BRIDESMAIDS Director to Helm a “GHOSTBUSTERS for Women”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Is CBS’ Madam Secretary a Veiled Political Ad?

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Between the suspicions of the right and the denials of the left lies the truth regarding political influences on television programming, between entertainment and indoctrination.

Is Gone With the Wind a “KKK recruitment film”?

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: AAA Baseball player Cody Decker took to Twitter to call Gone With the Wind a “KKK recruitment film”. I respond.

The Ten Worst Comic Book Movie Castings

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I have TWO Superman and one actor on this sad list twice.

Reviews of Short Films

A Grandíssima

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Film Review

Bam

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: South Corean Short Film Review

Big Game

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: South African Animated Short Film Review

Caça

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Cólera

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Iniciación a la Fotografía

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Push Up

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

The Wound

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Short Film Review

Other Articles

Exit Lines: King Lear

Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: John Lithgow as King Lear in Central Park.

Lucille Ball: Queen of Comedy

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast celebrating the show biz career of Lucille Ball.

The Morning After: Aug. 4, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Veronica Mars”

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