The Grab Bag (Jul. 8, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

2014 in Review: The Best So Far

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Top picks for the best films and performances of 2014 include ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, Colin Firth, Anne Dorval, and more!

Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Interestingly, big screen hotels and motels almost play an important part as an extra movie character in addition to serving as a backdrop to the proceedings.

Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules?

Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules? Every now and then it can be quite therapeutic to have a bad apple shape our rigid outlook with a dosage of cynicism in cinema.

The Worst Movies I Have Seen So Far: 1914-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: These films are not just horrendous, these films are I think Satanic.

Year in Review – Halftime 2014

Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online

Interviews

Better the Mick Taylor You Know: John Jarratt on Wolf Creek 2

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Carl Deal and Tia Lessin of “Citizen Koch

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Deliver Us From Evil Director Scott Derrickson

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Deliver Us From Evil’s Edgar Ramirez

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Felix Vasquez Jr., publisher and editor, Cinema Crazed, Bronx, N.Y.

Phil Hall @ Business-Superstar.com

  • Excerpt: Interview with OFCS writer Felix Vasquez Jr.

James Ward Byrkit of “Coherence”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

John Jarratt’s Five Star Film: Pulp Fiction

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Michael Ealy and Meagan Good of “Think Like a Man Too”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Robert May of “Kids of Cash”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Scott Derrickson

Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register

  • Excerpt: Scott Derrickson is a very nice guy who makes movies about things that aren’t very nice.

Scott Derrickson: The Epic Video Interview! Transformers! More!

Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register

  • Excerpt: The full Reel Faith video version of my interview with the director of Deliver Us From Evil … plus Reel Faith reviews of the new Transformers flick and the first-ever “abortion rom-com.”

Who’s Afraid of Misery: Not John Jarratt

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts 19th Annual French Film Festival – Abuse of Weakness

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The entire film has an underlying S&M theme that is more potent than Maud’s final interpretation of her own behavior.

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts 19th Annual French Film Festival – Grand Central

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: http://www.reelingreviews.com/grandcentral.htm

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

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: director Philippe Garrel (“Regular Lovers”) uses his uber-brooder son Louis as the pivot for a typically French carousel of morphing romantic relationships.

Palm Springs ShortFest 2014 – Closing Night

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Closing night awards and films plus One in Five

Palm Springs ShortFest 2014 – Cons & Consequences

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: From little white lies to incredible whoppers—what can anyone believe anymore?

Palm Springs ShortFest 2014 – For Art’s Sake

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Six films themed around art

Palm Springs ShortFest 2014 – Four Random Shorts

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Viewing outside the box

Palm Springs ShortFest 2014 – Games that People Play

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: With the six productions that comprise Games People Play, the effects of all utterances—digital or vocal—come under a variety of microscopes.

Palm Springs ShortFest 2014 – Opening Night

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Opening night films and The Palace that I Live in

Palm Springs ShortFest 2014 – When Cultures Collide

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Five films from various countries

Tributes

Paul Mazursky

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 27-29, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and “Snowpiercer”

Thylacine

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Short Film Review

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1940

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: 1939 is the Greatest Year in Film History. However, looking at 1940, it wasn’t that bad either.

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1941

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The 14th Annual Academy Awards have it all: retroactive Oscars, major snubbing, backstage politics, and even sibling rivalry (which not even death fully healed).

Television

The Americans: COMINT

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: In fact, COMINT really was Russell’s show from beginning to end…

The Americans: Trust Me

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Trust Me was one wild hour of The Americans, giving us more and more danger and thrills than most television series have.

Californication

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Essays

Are We Grading Certain Films on a Curve?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Second Screen Experience: Nail in coffin for serious film-goer?

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: Na’t CineMedia courts cell phone users — death knell for serious film-goers?

Yes, Hollywood Needs to #HireTheseWomen

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Reviews of Short Films

Catarina e os Outros

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Chaser

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Short Film Review

Velvet Road

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Short Film Review

Other Articles

Exit Lines: The Killer

Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Review of Michael Shannon Off Broadway.

The French Connection

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] William Friedkin’s 1971 crime drama is unlike any other.

The Graduate

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] The otherness that Ben feels points to the film’s most overlooked and underappreciated aspect; Ben is a Jew passing as an all-American WASP at a time in America when discrimination against Jews was prevalent.

Happy Canada Day: Recommendations for Canada Day Viewing

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Celebrating Canada Day with tips and short films.

Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Films of 1964: A-D

Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

  • Excerpt: First installment of a (hopefully) complete list.

The Legend of Drunken Master

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: VIDEO ESSAY] Jackie Chan’s gravity defying execution of drunken boxing finds his character endowed with super powers in relation to how much booze he drinks.

The Morning After: Jun. 30, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”

Nell Minow Rates Teachers on Film

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A spirited podcast discussion with critic Nell Minow about her upcoming book, “Must-See Movies: Teachers.”

The Vanishing

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] George Sluizer’s spellbinding adaptation of Tim Krabbé’s horror novella “The Golden Egg” is such an expertly layered suspense thriller than it serves as a textbook archetype of the genre.

Venus in Fur

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Roman Polanski’s 20th film is an exquisite deconstructionist articulation of a quicksilver sadomasochistic tug-of-war between a middle-aged theater director and an enigmatic actress auditioning for a role in his upcoming play

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