The Grab Bag (Dec. 18, 2013)

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

Best of Lists

20 Great Shots from the Films of 2013

R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine

Best of 2013

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

Focus of New York Magazine’s Movie Critic Frank Ochieng’s Top Ten Best Films of 2013

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: Well FOCUS readers…another exciting movie season has come and gone. The year of 2013 had quite a few noteworthy gems to consider at your local movie theaters.

Focus of New York Magazine’s Movie Critic Frank Ochieng’s Top Ten Worst Films of 2013

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: Well FOCUS readers…another movie season has come and gone. However, the year of 2013 had quite a few forgettable duds to consider at your local movie theaters.

The Top 10 Female Performances of 2013

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

The Top 10 Male Performances of 2013

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Awards Coverage

The 2014 Oscar Nods: Here’s to not possibly making the cut

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: Sadly, the Academy cannot consider all the worthy feature films, documentaries and stellar performances that are showcased in their distinctive excellence. After, some noteworthy fare is bound to be unfairly overlooked at some point.

Detroit Film Critics Society names ‘Her’ Best Film of 2013

Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 2

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Examining the winners and losers from the second week of Precursor Season

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 6-8, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for Inside Llewyn Davis

Team FYC: Cameron Diaz for Best Supporting Actress

Jose Solis @ The Film Experience

Team FYC: Stories We Tell for Best Editing

Jose Solis @ The Film Experience

Why Film Fans Should Worry About the Awards-Industrial Complex

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The hustle-bustle bullshit of the Awards-Industrial Complex has nothing to do with film and everything to do with business — the business of “awards blogging” (I’ve lost track of the sites that exist solely for the year-round purpose of predicting and odds-making) and film promotion (nothing like having a bunch of critics’ society laurels to spruce up the ads for your studio’s Christmas week release) and raising the profile of your awards-giving society. It’s all clatter; none of it actually matters, or has anything to do with an honest assessment of the year’s finest achievements in film.

Interviews

Bringing something new to the Party

Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: Ali Ahmadzadeh talks about depicting the upper-class youth of Iran, the death of hope and the risks of Persian filmmaking.

Fairytale Korea move

Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: Producers Nick Bonner and Anja Daelemans talk about their unique co-production Comrade Kim Goes Flying.

Festivals: General Coverage

Great Beauty takes Grand Prix at Tallinn

Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film

A postcard from Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film

Festivals: Individual Reviews

TIFF’s Joel & Ethan Coen – Tall Tales Review: Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Miller’s Crossing lives in worlds of quaint and old-fashioned corruption as its time-honored tale of treachery unfolds, but it is through the Coens’ filmic artistry and phenomenal writing that the old stories are given new life.

Other Articles

Cult Pics and Trash Flicks: The Doom Generation (1995)

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: The Doom Generation pulsates with the same hyper-kinetic energy of its over-caffeinated and overstimulated teenagers as they search for identity and thrills in an odd apocalyptic landscape of confusing patriarchal jingoism and dangerous rampaging sociopaths.

Destroy All Monsters: Wonder Gal

Matt Brown @ Twitch

For Your Consideration

Bob Cashill @ Cineaste

  • Excerpt: Winter Issue Editorial on Oscar blogging

The Morning After: Dec. 9, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “The Guns of Navarone”, “Enough Said” and “Last Vegas”

Special Effects Wizardry

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A podcast discussion featuring special effects experts Dragon Dronet and Chuck Skull.

Tesouras e Navalhas

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Review

Utterly Modern: The Charisma of Barbara Stanwyck

Nell Minow @ Rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: Among the stars of the 1930s and ’40s, Stanwyck stands out as one of the few who could walk onto a movie set today—or fifty years from today—and still seem utterly modern.

The Virgin Mary at the Movies

Steven Greydanus @ Catholic Digest

  • Excerpt: Recent cinematic portrayals of the Virgin Mary — and my favorites.

Will November’s Diverse Blockbusters Kill Hollywood’s Teenage Boy Obsession?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I’ll confess to surprise at ‘Best Man Holiday’’s stellar opening, not because it’s “race-themed” (it’s not), but because it’s a sequel to a genuinely terrible 14-year-old movie whose posters look like an outtake from a magazine ad for Old Navy scarves. But its success shouldn’t have been a surprise, because it’s a film marketed to adult African-American audiences, one of the many demographics that mainstream Hollywood filmmaking and marketing has stopped even pretending to care about or cater to.

Wind

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: German Animated Short Film Review

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