The Grab Bag (Jun. 24, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

“Relative”-ly Speaking: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Family Combinations

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Who says that movie-making talent cannot run within the same family?

The Healthy Helpers: The Top 10 Movie Nurses

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Now what would the medical profession be like without the dependable skills of nursing in cinema?

It’s About the Message: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Socially Aware Films

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: In It’s About the Message: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Socially Aware Films we will take a look at Academy Award-winning movies that dared to examine the spirit about being socially aware–through inspiration and insidiousness (or both simultaneously)–and put them under a meaningful microscope for noteworthy consideration of their impacting messaging.

It’s the Music That Makes the Man: Top 10 Movie Themes for Action-Packed Guys in Film

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Every movie has to have its signature song and that certainly goes for the action-oriented males in film that are fortunate to have these finger-snapping tunes represent them on the big screen.

Sibling Rivalry: The Top 10 Fictional Siblings in Film

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Whatever the combination–brother and sister, brother and brother, sister and sister–the big screen has always produced some of the most compelling siblings to entertain or shock us as the lights go dim at the local cinemaplex.

Interviews

Coherence

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

John Lloyd Young on Jersey Boys

Bob Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: An interview with the Jersey Boys star.

Sebastian Junger on “Korengal”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Festivals: General Coverage

Beer, wine, food and film — NIFF said`

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: The inaugural Niagara Integrated Film Festival pairs local wine and beer, and culinary pleasures with exceptional film programs screened throughout the region.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Black Coal, Thin Ice

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Fell

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

  • Excerpt: Electrifying.

LA Film Fest 2014 part one

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

LA Film Fest 2014 part two

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

Ruin

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

  • Excerpt: Stunning misery.

Tom at the Farm

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

  • Excerpt: Intoxicating.

Two Days, One Night

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

  • Excerpt: Masterful.

Willow Creek

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Winter Sleep

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

  • Excerpt: More like Palme b’Ore.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 13-15, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

Essays

Clara Bow: Life As the It Girl

Stacia Kissick Jones @ ClassicFlix

The End of an Era: Rest in Peace, Ruby Dee

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Maleficent, Rape and Sympathy for the Devil

Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register

News of a New Scooby-Doo Movie Has Reawakened My Annoyance Toward Fred (And Daphne)

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

No, Not Every Book is Better Than the Movie

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The Trouble With Angels: Heavenly Messengers According to Hollywood

Steven Greydanus @ Catholic Digest

Other Articles

Destroy All Monsters: How To Train Your Alpha

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Legendary DJ Casey Kasem Dies at 82

Bob Cashill @ Biography.com

The Morning After: Jun. 16, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “A Room with a View” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

Passing Notes…on Michael Glawogger’s “Workingman’s Death”

Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online
Carson Lund @ In Review Online

  • Excerpt: The first word that comes to mind for me when thinking about Michael Glawogger’s filmmaking is “expressive.”

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