The Grab Bag (Jan. 13, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best (read Quirkiest) Films of 2014

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

The 10 Best Films of 2014

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

The 10 Worst Films of 2014

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

The Best Films of 2014

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

The Best Films of 2014

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Cynical, nasty but daring, angry and, yes, important.

The Best Films of 2014

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

The Best of 2014 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Best of 2014: Jordan M. Smith’s Top 20 (Picks 10-1)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Best of 2014: Jordan M. Smith’s Top 20 (Picks 20-11)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Lo mejor de 2014

Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Las mejores películas, actuaciones y guiones de 2014.

My Cinema Discoveries of 2014

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

My Favorite Films of 2014

Betty Jo Tucker @ Memosaic

My Favorite First-Time Viewings of 2014

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

Reeling’s Top 10’s for 2014

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

The Ten Best Movies Hardly Anyone Saw in 2014

Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

The Top 12 Films of 2014

Bill Clark @ From The Balcony

  • Excerpt: It’s been a great year in film and there are plenty of contenders for the honor of the year’s best. I hope you enjoy my list of the top 12 films of 2014.

Top 5 underrated horror films of 2014

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: While the major releases were a bit of a disappointment this year, there were original narratives about vampires, zombies and monsters just on the periphery.

Worst Bollywood Movies of 2014

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Worst of 2014 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 6

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from the sixth week of precursor season.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 2-4, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the Oscar chances of “A Most Violent Year”

Interviews

An interview with Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

James Corden – Into the Woods

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

James Marsh – The Theory of Everything

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox – The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Rob Marshall – Into the Woods

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Tom Harper – The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Tracey Ullman – Into the Woods

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Tributes

Luise Rainer

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I don’t think Luise Rainer was a particularly great actress. I do think Luise Rainer was a very fine lady.

Television

The Americans: A Little Night Music

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Americans: Cardinal

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Americans: Walk In

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Casablanca the Series: An Overview

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Now that school is out, I thought I’d devote a few hours to perhaps one of the most woefully ill-thought out ideas to enter American television, ranking up there with such efforts as My Mother the Car and Cop Rock. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Casablanca: The Series.

Casablanca the Series: Concluding Thoughts

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: What could possibly have gone wrong with a television series based on Casablanca?

Casablanca the Series: Divorce Casablanca Style

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Casablanca the Series: Jenny

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Casablanca the Series: Master Builder’s Woman

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Casablanca the Series: The Cashier and the Belly Dancer

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Casablanca the Series: Who Am I Killing?

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Claire Sinclair Show

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Franklin & Bash: Dance the Night Away

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Franklin & Bash: Deep Throat

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Franklin & Bash: Falcon’s Nest

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Franklin & Bash: Good Cop/Bad Cop

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Franklin & Bash: Honor Thy Mother

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Franklin & Bash: Love is the Drug

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Franklin & Bash: Red or Black

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Franklin & Bash: Spirits in the Material World

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Franklin & Bash: The Complete Fourth Season

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Here, let’s look at why Franklin & Bash so spectacularly crashed to where a formerly fun show grew to be a repulsive piece of trash.

Legend of Korra: Book Three – Change

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: The renewed vigor that appeared at the end of the second season of The Legend of Korra sticks around for Book Three: Change, which hits the ground running and rarely lets up, making it the most focused and action-packed cycle of the animated television show so far.

The Librarians: And Santa’s Midnight Run

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Librarians: And the Apple of Discord

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Librarians: And the Crown of King Arthur and Sword in the Stone

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Librarians: And the Horns of a Dilemma

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Sherlock: His Last Vow

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: THIS won seven Emmys? It’s what happens when people mistake British accents for talent.

Essays

The 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: With 94-year-old Maureen O’Hara, 84-year-old Gene Hackman, or 67-year-old Christopher Parkening around, did the Kennedy Center really have to honor 58-year-old Johnny Madrid (formerly known as Tom Hanks) now?

Destroy All Monsters: The 2-Hour Version of THE HOBBIT

Matt Brown @ Twitch Film

The Interview: Some Thoughts

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: For many years Hollywood insisted the greatest threat to American democracy came from crazed Christians. Now they’ve found themselves taken aback that those who thought Noah was insulting to their faith were remarkably tame compared to a despotic regime that starves its own people while the leaders drink cognac and caviar.

On Sherlock vs. Elementary Shipping Part II

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I thought the fixation with Johnlock by Sherlockians was bizarre. Little did I know of both Wincest or Holmescest.

Sherlock, Elementary, and Sherlock Holmes Film Series: Some Thoughts

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Now, what I think I will do is compare the three most recent versions of the Canon adaptations: the BBC television show Sherlock, the CBS television show Elementary, and the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes films to see how the all compare.

Why 2014 Wasn’t A Bad Year For Movies

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: If 2014 wasn’t such a poor year for movies, why do many critics insist on calling it one? A look at our skewed perception as moviegoers.

Reviews of Short Films

A Aldeia

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

À Beira do Abismo

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Dare

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Short Film Review

O Meu Avô

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Pestilência

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Vermelho Vivo

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

2014 Round-Up

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: It is a strange, flawed, risk-taking, endlessly intriguing film full of suffering and madness – and it is probably one of the most successful psychological Westerns yet made.

The Economics of Small Film Festivals

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Exit Lines: Come Look at the Freaks

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Bradley Cooper is The Elephant Man on Broadway.

The John Hines Show

Robert Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: 12/26 radio reviews including The Hobbit and Into the Woods

The Morning After: Jan. 5, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “The Imitation Game”

Top ten films to watch for in 2015

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

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