The Grab Bag (Feb. 25, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

No Concessions: Quality Time

Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: A Top Ten 2013 list and more.

Awards Coverage

The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Best Actor

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: The McRenaissance continues . . .

The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Best Animated Feature

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Disney hasn’t won in this category. That may change . . .

Alone Yet Not Alone’s Oscar Nomination Scandal

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: All that’s left for Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs is for her to say, “i’m shocked, SHOCKED, that campaigning is going on in here!” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is hypocritical and bigoted.

BAFTAs

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Black Reel Awards

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Et le César d’Honneur est pour…

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: French Film Academy Honorary Award

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 12

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the winners and losers from the 12th week of Oscar Precursor Season.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Feb. 14-16, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar potential for “RoboCop” and “Kids for Cash”

Oscar-by-the-Numbers picks this year’s Best Picture winner

James Plath Plath @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: Have a look at the scores and trailers for this year’s nominees . . . and the winner this simple system chose.

The Rundown 2013: Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Actor

The Rundown 2013: Actress

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Actress

The Rundown 2013: Animated & Live-Action Short Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Animated & Live-Action Short Films

The Rundown 2013: Animated Feature

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Animated Feature

The Rundown 2013: Director

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Director

The Rundown 2013: Documentary Feature & Short Subject

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Documentary Feature & Short Subject

The Rundown 2013: Foreign Language Film

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Foreign Language Film

The Rundown 2013: Original Score & Original Song

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Original Score & Original Song

The Rundown 2013: Supporting Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Supporting Actor

The Rundown 2013: Supporting Actress

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Supporting Actress

The Rundown 2013: Visual Effects & Makeup

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Cinema Sight looks at the 86th Oscars race for Visual Effects and Makeup

Interviews

Heretic: Two Greek producers travell the world

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: From Wasted Youth to Standing Aside, Watching, Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas have given birth to some of modern Greek cinemas most well-travelled films. How do they do it?

Yiannis Economides: “My characters were in crisis long before the Greek bubble even burst”

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Spearheading the Greek invasion at the Berlinale, Stratos director Yannis Economides discusses his divisive competition entry

Festivals: General Coverage

Berlinale: Beware of the Bear

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: The world’s best-attended film festival ready for its curtain call, with Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel set to open and an unfinished Scorsese closing the fest

Berlinale: It’s tough out there

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: The Berlinale welcomes press with amazing weather; wish we’d say the same about the films

Berlinale: Showered in stars, soaked in alcohol

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: George Clooney and Lars von Trier’s crews bring much needed glitz to the fest; the city’s bar-scene much-craved numbness

Berlinale: Vangelis Mourikis for the win

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Yiannis Economides’ Stratos sets his lead on path to awards, a random Tinder match sets me on path to the perfect currywurst

The Greeks storm Berlinale with five films in as many sections

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Standing Aside, Watching, At Home and Stratos ride the Greek wave into Berlin

Thessaloniki Doc Fest to honour Peter Wintonick and Nicolas Philibert

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: The audience award will be named after the late Canadian, while the French documentarian will attend an eclectic retrospective

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Berlinale: 40 Days of Silence tackles Uzbek women’s tribulations

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Metaphysical eeriness meets the practicalities of rural Uzbek life in a female-centred drama that demonstrates an acute social awareness

Berlinale: At Home offers an alternative viewpoint on the Greek crisis

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Karanikolas’ second consecutive Forum entry presents the Greek crisis through the eyes of an ailing immigrant worker

Berlinale: Standing Aside, Watching highlights the violence of inaction

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Yorgos Servetas’ Panorama entry blends Blue Velvet chills with western aesthetics in a tale of perilous homecoming

Stratos masterfully blends previous Economides with chilling, dark noir

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Yannis Economides’ first foray into genre cinema is a mesmerising gangster film with rich social undercurrents and an award-worthy lead

TIME IS ILLMATIC, The Documentary Based on Rapper Nas’ Iconic Album, Will Open the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Tributes

Shirley Temple

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: In the end, why does the death of Shirley Temple matter? It matters because Temple set the template for how to be a child star and how not to be swallowed up by it.

Television

The Americans: A Brief Introduction

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Doctor Who: Love & Monsters

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: How bad was Love & Monsters? It was so bad that I QUIT watching Doctor Who because of it. The ugliest, the worst episode in its 50 year history (and that’s saying a lot).

Elementary: Internal Audit

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Elementary: Tremors

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Following

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The Walking Dead Post-Game: Inmates

Brent m @ Giant Freakin’ Robot

Essays

Claire Underwood on “House of Cards”: Antihero, Villain or…Role Model?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Redemption Tomorrow for Sin Today: The Fallen Woman in Pre-Code Films

Stacia Kissick Jones @ ClassicFlix

Why Isn’t Naomie Harris In All the Movies?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Reviews of Short Films

Le Miroir

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Swiss Short Film Review

The Misbehaviour of Polly Paper Cut

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

O Método

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Talvez

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Everybody chill out about the ‘Noah’ movie

Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register

  • Excerpt: Is Russell Crowe’s Noah an environmentalist wacko? Is God a monster out to eradicate humanity entirely? Get a grip, people.

John Hines Show

Bob Cashill @ WCCO.com

  • Excerpt: Feb. 14 radio reviews

John Hines Show

Bob Cashill @ WCCO.com

  • Excerpt: Feb. 7 radio reviews

The Morning After: Feb. 17, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A Short Review for “The Day of the Jackal”

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