The Grab Bag (Feb. 3, 2015)

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

Awards Coverage

Listen to the Canadian Screen Nominees for Original Song

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Audio of all five nominated songs at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Mommy’, ‘Tu Dors Nicole’ and Xavier Dolan Lead the Nominations for Quebec’s Prix Jutra

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Nominations honouring the best in Quebecois cinema.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from the ninth week of Precursor Season.

Best of Lists

List: Top Documentary Recommendations – Part Two

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: The second part of my on-going feature highlighting some of the best film documentaries around, across a range of categories.

Thanks for Noticing, Golden Guy: Top Ten Oscar-Nominated Actor Acknowledgements

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling: Top Ten Tragic Lovers in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Interviews

Brenton Thwaites – Son of a Gun

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Colin Firth – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Dan Heath, Composer of the “Big Eyes” Song

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

David Heyman, Producer of “Paddington”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

George Lopez and Carlos PenaVega of “Spare Parts”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

George Lopez and Carlos PenaVega of “Spare Parts

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Matthew Vaughn – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Meredith Anne Bull of “Strange Magic”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman on “Above and Beyond”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Sofia Boutella and Sophie Cookson – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Star, director of ‘Black or White’ come to Detroit, red carpet and interview

Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com

Taron Egerton – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

TURBO KID Directors Talk Influences, Working as a Hive Mind & Michael Ironside!

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Television

The Americans: ARPANET

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: ARPANET continues the solid The Americans tradition of simply strong, solid performances, and this time, it’s Annet Mahendru who is the star of the episode. ARPANET is Mahendru’s finest hour as Nina.

The Americans: Behind the Red Door

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Americans has given us violent moments, but in Behind the Red Door, we see violence not in a physical sense, but an emotional one. On a certain level, almost all the characters are tortured or torturing themselves, and work is no respite for what haunts them.

The Americans: Echo

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: In many respects, Echo is still the brilliant Americans episode we’ve come to expect from them. In others, I found it bizarre if not downright nonsensical.

The Americans: Martial Eagle

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: In Martial Eagle, I think Matthew Rhys has given the greatest performance in The Americans of the season, an already extraordinary accomplishment given just how good he’s been throughout all the series.

The Americans: New Car

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: New Car is one where we see the dynamic of this atypical marriage, and see that sometimes being a parent is actually harder than being a spy.

The Americans: Operation Chronicle

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Given how excellent and intense The Americans has been, I was a bit surprised to find Operation Chronicle a bit more quiet. However, given that the season finale is up next, perhaps this is the calm before the storm.

The Americans: Season Two Overview

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Americans is the most emotionally conflicting show on television.

The Americans: Stealth

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: We have a mix of the mundane and the murderous in Stealth, with the highlight being the intense face-off between Kate and Larrick. Stealth continues to show just how good The Americans is, a mixture of intense spy serial and domestic drama …

The Americans: The Deal

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Americans: Yousaf

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Parallels are a dominating theme in Yousaf, where we see the characters match their lives so inadvertently.

Franklin & Bash: Big Fish

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Big Fish shows that when the characters were allowed to have semi-functioning brains, Franklin & Bash could be both irreverent and reasonable. Would that the show kept that going rather than insist it was the lead’s combined stupidity rather than their friendship that was the big draw.

Franklin & Bash: Franklin vs. Bash

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Franklin vs. Bash might be a good idea, but it is so badly executed and has a subplot similarly stupid that it is the first real failure of the season. Granted, there would be more to come, but that is for the future.

Franklin & Bash: You Can’t Take It With You

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: You Can’t Take It With You has positives and negatives that show that Franklin & Bash could be good or bad depending on what road it took.

The Librarians: And the Fables of Doom

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: And the Fables of Doom went by a bit too quickly and I think resolved things too quickly, but we got to see another fun story that played with both magic and the characters. We also got a small but impressive turn by guest star Rene Auberjonois, whom I would like to make a return appearance, but more on that later.

The Librarians: And the Heart of Darkness

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: It’s nice to see the cast of The Librarians work so well together and keep things exciting and entertaining without being too frightening.

The Librarians: And the Rule of Three

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: And the Rule of Three is I think the best Librarians episode so far. What I really enjoyed about And the Power of Three was that it has wonderful moments of comedy, of action, and even of romance.

Sherlock: The Complete Third Season

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Somewhere along the line, Sherlock, a show that is hailed by Sherlockians and critics as this brilliant work of intellectual television, slipped into fantasy and farce. The three episodes of the third season…were uneven and in some case so wildly outlandish that only the most fierce Sherlockian would hold them as ‘the Citizen Kane of television’.

Essays

Carl Dreyer: Master of the Cinema House

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Reviews of Short Films

Lo Smalto Nero

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Italian Short Film Review

Other Articles

6 Big Reasons To Go See Big Hero 6

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: As Big Hero 6 finally hits UK cinemas, I take a look at 6 big reasons to go see the film.

Early Roles for This Year’s Oscar Nominees

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: With the Oscars fast approaching once more, I take a look at some of the earliest roles for this year’s Oscar nominees.

Kristen Recasts the Classics: Strangers on a Train

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: David Fincher and Ben Affleck are already attached, but I give a few alternative suggestions.

Monday Memo: Sundance in Full Swing, Scorsese’s Clinton Doc on Rocks, Realscreen Summit Near Start

Jordan M. Smith @ STFDocs.com

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