The Grab Bag (Jul. 22, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

“I’ll Drink to That…”: Top 10 Alcoholic Movie Characters

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Alcoholism in the movies have been played for both dramatic and comical effect. In fact some of the binge drinking done on the big screen have garnered considerable praise and pathos resulting in many performers winning Oscars and Oscar nominations based on this very serious addiction.

Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: The old saying goes is that if you want to win an Academy Award then the best way is to undertake playing a disabled part or portraying a famous personality in a biopic. In some cases, actors have accomplished both themes and reached their Oscar-attaining goals

Lip Service: The Top 10 Movie Catchphrases

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: The obligatory movie catchphrase…memorable golden dialogue for the cinematic soul. What film fan does not enjoy reciting and repeating their favorite movie quotes?

Sound on Sight: Top 10 Random “Sound” and “Sight” Movie Titles

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Specifically, we can recognize Sound on Sight by acknowledging movie names that contain the words “sound” and “sight” in their titles.

Interviews

AFTERMATH Director Talks Production, Horror & Working with Edward Furlong

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

David Ichioka of “The Boxtrolls”

Nell Minow @ Rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: LAIKA’s films are made in stop-motion, “the antithesis of modern filmmaking.” Normal films are created by making still photos of a moving thing. Stop motion is posing and composing still pictures that are stationary but making it look like motion.

Divine Grace: Minks Stole Remembers the World’s Biggest Star

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Planes: Fire & Rescue’s Erik Estrada

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

The Purge: Anarchy Star Frank Grillo

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Richard Linklater of “Boyhood”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: “This is an odd movie, because it’s a period piece film, but we were filming it in the present tense,” he explained. “You don’t get that opportunity very often.” Knowing as you film that what you are shooting won’t be seen for another decade, “you kind of look at that differently. Film’s a powerful recorder of the present. If you look at a silent film, even if you don’t like the movie, it’s a great record of how people lived and what fashions were. I had no agenda, but I thought this would demarcate its era, just by its own existence.”

Festivals: General Coverage

Edinburgh Film Festival: In the Dark

Michael Pattison @ Fandor / Keyframe Daily

http://filmschoolrejects.com/features/jerusalem-film-festival-2014.php

Kevin Carr @ Film School Rejects

  • Excerpt: From my tiny vantage point in a cushioned chair with a film reel spinning, all I can say is that film is strong here, and there are many voices out there to be heard — Israeli, Palestinian, all of us — and that a movie theater can be much more than a place of escape.

The Inbetweener: Relatable Pictures at Edinburgh Film Festival

Michael Pattison @ idFilm

Out on the Laško

Michael Pattison @ Festivalists

Pecking Order: Michael Pattison Gets the Bird on Bergman’s Island

Michael Pattison @ Jigsaw Lounge

TIFF 2014: What Canadian Films Could Play Toronto

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A look at potential Canadian films for the TIFF line-up, including new films by Bruce McDonald, Carl Bessai, and Rafael Ouellet

Festivals: Individual Reviews

American Arab

Mike Everleth @ Underground Film Journal

Before We Go

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts 19th Annual French Film Festival – Age of Panic

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Writer/director Justine Triet leverages her documentary experience in her feature film debut to create a sense of escalating stress, a bubble about to burst in both the mobbed streets of Paris and Laetitia’s personal life.

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts 19th Annual French Film Festival – Les Apaches

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: De Peretti favors observation over plot-driven dialogue and packs a punch in a scant 82 minutes.

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts 19th Annual French Film Festival – Miss and the Doctors

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …heralds a new filmmaking voice, one who makes the familiar glow anew.

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Michael Pattison @ Grolsch Film Works

Greyhawk

Michael Pattison @ Grolsch Film Works

Home From Home: Chronicle of a Vision

Michael Pattison @ Grolsch Film Works

I Touched all of Your Stuff

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

I, Of Whom I Know Nothing

Michael Pattison @ Grolsch Film Works

Ming of Harlem: Twenty-One Storeys in the Air

Michael Pattison @ Grolsch Film Works

Set Fire to the Stars

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

Stella Cadente

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

Trading Cities

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

Violet

Michael Pattison @ Grolsch Film Works

Yximalloo

Michael Pattison @ Grolsch Film Works

Tributes

Horrible Histories: John McGrath

Michael Pattison @ Sight & Sound

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 11-13, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Boyhood”

Television

The Legend of Korra – Book Two: Spirits

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Korra’s challenges this go-around extend beyond the physical plane to the spiritual realm, and the animators meet this challenge with some pretty incredible designs. The action outshines the drama, which can kind of drag, but stick it out, the payoff is big.

Reviews of Short Films

Offline

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Fox bids for Time Warner

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Jack Reacher, The Paperboy and The Wolverine topped BBFC complaints list for 2013

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Life Itself

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] “Life Itself” has too much to do with Roger Ebert’s death and not enough to do with the man who trademarked a couple of thumbs pointed either up or down.

The Morning After: Jul. 14, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “Snowpiercer”

Seven Years of Movie Fun

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast celebrating Movie Addict HQ’s seven years on BlogTalkRadio.

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