The Grab Bag (Jan. 7, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

10 Best Films of 2013

Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas

10 Weirdest Movies of 2013

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

10 Worst Films of 2013

Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas

10-Best Movies: The Big Picture

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

15 Actors Deserving of Oscars Attention (But Probably Won’t Get It)

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

2013 in Review: The Best Performances of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Meryl Streep and James Gandolfini top the lists for the best lead and supporting performances of the year, respectively.

2013 in Review: The Top Ten Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The list of 2013’s best includes ’12 Years a Slave’, ‘Blue Jasmine’, and ‘Labor Day’

2013 Top Ten

Kenneth R. Morefield @ 1More Film Blog

The Best (and worst) Films of 2013

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Another year come and gone, and like the time and tide so go the movies. If my list contains a theme this year, it was love stories, a genre I’m usually not overly fond of.

The Best Films of 2013

Phil Concannon @ Phil on Film

The Best Films of 2013

Andrew Wyatt @ Look / Listen (St. Louis Magazine)

  • Excerpt: The gap between great films and the also-rans has become more conspicuous in 2013, which only reinforces the need for filmgoers to be dauntless and discriminating in their search for the diamonds in the rough.

The Best of 2013

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

  • Excerpt: Best films, directos, actors, and scripts of films releashed in Spain in 2013.

Blake Howard’s Top 10 Films of 2013

Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation

  • Excerpt: This list comprises the top ten films that I’ve seen this year at the cinema or at festivals despite the fact that some of these releases have already been released overseas or aren’t yet released in Australia.

Blake Howard’s Worst 10 Films of 2013

Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation

  • Excerpt: It’s really grating to relive the most infuriating cinematic experiences of the year. So I’ve decided that my warnings against these deplorable acts of cinema will be five words or less.

Brent McKnight’s Best Films Of 2013

Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood

Confessions of a Film Freak, 2013

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

Jeremy Kibler’s Best & Worst Films of 2013

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

Movies 2013: Is It Over Already?

Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

My Best of 2013

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

My Cinema Discoveries of 2013

Phil Concannon @ Phil on Film

My Favorite Films of 2013

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

My Top Films of 2013

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Halfway through every year, I wonder if I’m going to be able to compile a meaningful Top 10 list. Then by December I’m struggling to squeeze in all of the great films I saw.

The Ten Best Films of 2013

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Top 10 Movies of 2013: The Mainstream Edition

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Top 20 Films of 2013

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: 2013 was a great year for movies. Here is our top 20 list for the year.

The Top Ten Films of 2013

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

Worst Bollywood Movies of 2013

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Worst Films of 2013

Phil Concannon @ Phil on Film

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Production/Distribution film fest shows the business of creating consumables

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: The NW Film Center, along with Yale Union, has put together “Production/Distribution,” a 13-film festival focusing specifically on the manufacture and use of goods. Spanning time and the globe, these documentaries celebrate human ingenuity as well as the folly that sometimes goes with it.

StLIFF 2013: Farah Goes Bang

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: The conventions of the road movie and sex comedy are blended with dashes of multicultural wit and liberal politics in director Meera Menon’s sprightly debut feature.

StLIFF 2013: Michael Kohlhaas

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: Michael Kohlhaas is a remorselessly realistic and unromantic vision of the past: chilly, filthy, and brutal.

TIFF’s Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli: Whisper of the Heart

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Whisper of the Heart is a rare gem that lives in the real world while studying the hearts and souls of its inexperienced dreamers that look upon the world with daring and beautiful contrarian views.

Awards Coverage

CinEuphoria Annual Awards – International Competition

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Awards given annually by CinEuphoria blog.

CinEuphoria Annual Awards – nominees for the Portuguese Competition

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Awards given annually by CinEuphoria blog.

It Truly Is an Honor Just to Be Nominated

Erik Childress @ RogerEbert.com

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 5

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners & losers of Week 5 of Precursor Season

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 25-29, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “August: Osage County”, “The Invisible Woman” and “Lone Survivor”

Oscar Projections, 12/21/2013

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: As the critics organizations continue to chime in, 12 Years a Slave is fast emerging as this year’s – fairly overwhelming – critical champion.

The Oscar® Eye (2013 Awards Tally)

Erik Childress @ RogerEbert.com

Projection: Oscar – Back to Earth, But Still in the Clouds

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: Is it likely that such a large percentage of the Oscar categories will be owned by just two films? I’m not sure, and there are certainly strong contenders in each category that could knock off the perceived frontrunners.

Essays

2013 Cinema Gave Us The Year in Solitude

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Destroy All Monsters: Thinking Better of the Wolves

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Yes, It’s a Real Movie – Chatterbox

Mike McGranaghan @ Daily Grindhouse

Reviews of Short Films

The Magic Ferret

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: For youngsters and oldsters alike, ‘The Magic Ferret’ is an endearing and uplifting project that astutely tap dances on the soft side of youth-oriented alienation.

Other Articles

2013 Last Movie Standing

Jordan Hiller @ Bangitout.com

8 Trailers You May Have Missed in 2013

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Anticipated Films of 2014

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: From Meryl Streep to a crime-fighting werewolf, a list of films to look forward to in 2014

Destroy All Monsters: Unique In The Universe

Matt Brown @ Twitch

The Morning After: Dec. 30, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Seven Days in May” and “American Hustle”

My Favorite Films of 2013

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

The Ten Worst Films of 2013

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

A Woodchip Off the Old Hollywood Block

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: Loren Kantor is a skilled woodcutting artist with a catchy angle-he creates woodcut prints/images of old-time Hollywood stars.

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