The Grab Bag (Dec. 9, 2014)

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

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Examining the winners and losers of the first week of precursor season.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 28-30, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Penguins of Madagascar” and “The Imitation Game”

TIFF Names Canada’a Top Ten Films of 2014

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Mommy’, ‘Maps to the Stars’ among the films named Canada’s best.

Interviews

Christophe Gans and Myriam Charleins

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Christopher Smith – Get Santa

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

James Buckley – The Pyramid

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jean-François Caissy

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Jean-Marc Vallée and Laura Dern

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: How Wild It Was to Let It Be.’ Jean-Marc Vallée and Laura Dern on adapting ‘Wild’ for the big screen.

Jude Law – Black Sea

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Judy Greer – Men, Women and Children

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Kevin Macdonald – Black Sea

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Luc Chamberland

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Michael Smiley and Ben Mendelsohn – Black Sea

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

A Most Violent Year: Oscar Isaac Describes a Trilogy

William Bibbiani @ Interviews

  • Excerpt: Oscar contender Oscar Isaac describes the backstory for his character and the early ideas for an ‘A Most Violent Year’ trilogy.

Rafe Spall and Kit Connor – Get Santa

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Robin Campillo – Eastern Boys

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Seth

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Wild: Jean-Marc Vallée on the ‘F***ing Beautiful Ending’

William Bibbiani @ Interviews

  • Excerpt: Director Jean-Marc Vallée reveals which real-life character Cheryl Strayed had him put back in the film based on her life story.

Zak Penn Does The B-Movies Podcast

William Bibbiani @ Interviews

  • Excerpt: Screenwriter Zak Penn talks about his new documentary and the screenplays for X-Men: The Last Stand, Elektra, The Incredible Hulk and Last Action Hero.

Festivals: General Coverage

Best of Fest – Docs: Laura Poitras Racks Up Noms For Citizenfour, IDFA Announces Awards (November 2014)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: With year end lists already flooding the interwebs a full month before the actual year’s end, its hard to ignore the fact that awards season is now in full swing. Tons of documentary awards have already been handed out, whether its for IDA (not Pawel Pawlikowski’s gorgeous new film) or for Cinema Eye Honors, there are plenty of worthy films getting their due recognition. Plus, several international festivals have handed out major awards this month, including IDFA, which hosted their awards ceremony just minutes ago.

Blood in the Snow 2014: Ejecta

Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis

Blood in the Snow 2014: Queen of Blood

Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis

Television

Doctor Who: Deep Breath

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: Deep Breath has about only one real positive in it, and that is Peter Capaldi. Deep Breath shows just how irrelevant the Doctor has become on Doctor Who.

Doctor Who: Into the Dalek

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: Is it me, or was Into the Dalek a bit of a hodgepodge of other stories?

Doctor Who: Listen

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: I cannot shake the feeling that Steven Moffat, penning yet another Doctor Who, is so besotted with his own ideas that basically what has come before (Classic and NuWho) is entirely irrelevant to him.

Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: Rushed, unoriginal, and downright idiotic, it was a waste of everyone’s time.

Doctor Who: Time Heist

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: A bank break-in should be tense and exciting, but here, it’s dull, rushed, and nonsensical. In other words, a typical Doctor Who story in the Moffat Era.

Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Essays

Destroy All Monsters: Wonder Women Can’t All Be Mockingjays

Matt Brown @ Twitch Film

Destroy All Monsters: You Can’t Make a Sequel to an Experience

Matt Brown @ Twitch Film

The Nerdist Is a Front, a Fraud, and a Farce

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: With Doctor Who quietly slumbering, I thought I’d make the rounds to my favorite whorehouse. I’m talking of course, about The Nerdist, my bete noire on almost all things Doctor Who.

On Casting a Female or Non-White Actor as The Doctor on Doctor Who

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: I fully support the casting of a non-white male as The Doctor. I oppose the casting of a woman as The Doctor.

On The Doctor’s ‘Hatred’ For Soldiers on Doctor Who

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: Steven Moffat’s rewriting of Canon to show that the Doctor has some hatred for soldiers is rewriting history, and he is blessed in having so many sheep-fans who parrot anything he wishes to go along with this.

Reviews of Short Films

Look Up

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: British Short Film Review

Mouse-X

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: British Short Film Review

Other Articles

Christmas movies of differing vintages return to Portland theaters: Indie & art house films

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: The holiday season is underway, so Christmas movies are coming out of storage.

The John Hines Show

Robert Cashill @ Robert Cashill

  • Excerpt: Talking new releases (The Hunger Games, etc.) with WCCO Minneapolis radio host John Hines at 12:10pm EST.

The Morning After: Dec. 1, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Birdman”, “Gone Girl”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Boxtrolls”

Vandal

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Vida Activa

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

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