The Grab Bag (Jun. 17, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

‘Kid Power, Kid Sour’: Top 10 Misguided Youngsters in Film

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Kid Power, Kid Sour: Top 10 Misguided Youngsters in Film looks to examine some of the young people involved in such disturbing dilemmas within various facets in cinema.

‘Too Cool for School’: Top 10 Random Films Making the Grade

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Hence, “Too Cool for School: Top 10 Random Films Making the Grade” will briefly examine a selection of higher education ditties that taught us something (or perhaps nothing) during our heyday of cramming for tests.

The Art of Being Shady and Shifty: The Top 10 Movie Weasels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Nevertheless, let’s check out the weasel-like wonders that movie audiences have learned to love or despise depending on the frame of mind in celebrating these shifty oddballs.

Been There, Done That: Top 10 Common Movie Cliches

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: So what do you consider a common movie cliche? It is not too difficult to pinpoint a movie cliche because almost anything that you have seen in films during your course of movie-going has the potential to be identified as such.

The Top 10 Iconic Movie Inanimate Objects

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: In The Top 10 Iconic Movie Objects let us take a look at some of the non-breathing items that made an impact in their perspective films and see what meaning these images brought to the table.

Whoops…Did I Do That?: Top 10 Film Bumblers and Stumblers

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: So let us take a look at a selection of klutzy candidates (both in seriousness and silliness) that inspire us to chuckle and root for in the column Whoops…Did I Do That?: Top 10 Film Bumblers and Stumblers

Interviews

Charles Pinion Interview: Part One

Mike Everleth @ Underground Film Journal

  • Excerpt: Charles Pinion exists at a unique transection of the modern underground film scene. This epic chat covers his full filmmaking career. (So far.)

Charles Pinion Interview: Part Two: Madball

Mike Everleth @ Underground Film Journal

Charles Pinion Interview: Part Three: Killbillies

Mike Everleth @ Underground Film Journal

Charles Pinion Interview: Part Four: Red Spirit Lake

Mike Everleth @ Underground Film Journal

Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Don McKellar of “The Grand Seduction”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Jenny Slate and Gillian Ropespierre of “Obvious Child”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Legion of Leia founder Jenna Busch

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Theo Alexander: “90% of Hollywood films are American propaganda”

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: True Blood’s Talbot will be telling Greek talent how to make it in Hollywood before going back to LA to kick off his mini-series Amazons and then coming back to Greece for his directorial debut on a vendetta set in Mani

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Calvary

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Dancing in the Room

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Frank

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Life Itself

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Locke

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

The Possibilities are Endless

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Timbuktu

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

  • Excerpt: Timbuktu is frightening and frustrating viewing. You’re watching the noose tighten over an entire town, and at times, it will cause you to gasp.

Touch

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

The Unknown Known

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Tributes

Jean Luc Godard: Michael Bay of the ’60s?

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Handheld camera, improv dialogues and an impeccable talent for form-deconstruction, the Pope of Nouvelle Vague made rock’n’roll out of European cinema much like Michael Bay did with the American tentpole a few decades later

Awards Coverage

Exit Lines: Talking Tonys

Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Previewing the star-laden Tony Awards

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 6-8, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Edge of Tomorrow”

Television

Orange Is the New Black, season 2

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Salem

Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

Essays

‘The Fly’: Man, Monster, Madness/Great Monsters of the Screen

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: The very idea of what constitutes a legitimate movie monster is certainly open to interpretation. The flexibility of defining a monster on the big screen has no restrictions whatsoever and why should it?

Destroy All Monsters: The Fault In Our Reading

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Godzilla & The Flaws of Tribal Film Criticism; or, Joe Brody is Godzilla

Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

  • Excerpt: Another example of the Tribalism that permeates modern film-going, in which the actual quality of the film is frequently less important than how well the film acts as a Tribal Identifier that helps Us define Ourselves as different from Them.

Reviews of Short Films

Anger of the Dead

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Italian Short Horror Film Review

Memories for Sale

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: One of the best short films I’ve ever seen!

Piove

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Italian Short Film Review

Sájara

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Secretos del Lado Oscuro

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Zar

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Polish Short Film Review

Other Articles

Angelina Jolie: Her Films and Fame

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast with A.J. Hockery and Betty Jo Tucker discussing Angelina Jolie’s movie career.

The Morning After: Jun. 9, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “Edge of Tomorrow”

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