The Grab Bag (Jun. 3, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

The Near-Disasters Volume I: 1914-2008

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: In the course of human events, I have found that there were some films that were really, really bad.

Festivals: General Coverage

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014 Programme Announced

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Read our preview of what’s scheduled to show at the 68th annual Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

3x3D

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

Alentejo, Alentejo

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

Andorre

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

Bambi

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

Costa da Morte

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

Inside Out: Masculinity/Femininity Review

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Masculinity/Femininity is daring in its aesthetic choices through its use of the dying medium of Super8 to parallel the death of misconceptions surrounding gender identity.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Review – Special TIFF Screening

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: George Miller’s The Road Warrior takes the basest elements of the genre films that forged the mythos of the American western and creates a post-apocalyptic universe where nameless anti-heroes breeze into town on their trusty metallic steeds and reluctantly help underdog settlers drive off oppressive forces of evil that would seek to rob them of the scant resources they guard with their lives.

Mr. Leos CaraX

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

Naomi Campbel

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

New Philippine (and Mongolian) cinema

Anton Bitel @ Sight & Sound online

  • Excerpt: Terracotta Far East Film Festival 2014

The White Roses

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

Whores’ Glory

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 23-25, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1936

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The 9th Academy Awards have a lot to answer for. Luise Rainer over Carole Lombard? Paul Muni over William Powell?

Television

Bates Motel: The Box

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: This has been the wildest and most intense Bates Motel in a while.

Bates Motel: The Immutable Truth

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Immutable Truth is logical but highly frightening.

Elementary: Paint it Black

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Paint It Black makes it clear to Elementary’s version of Holmes just how important Watson is to him.

Elementary: The Man With the Twisted Lip

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Sadly, The Man with the Twisted Lip doesn’t use elements from the original Arthur Conan Doyle story, but what it does well is tie in two unrelated stories that come to a shocking and effective cliffhanger.

For Mature Audiences Only: Treasured TV Oldsters of Yesteryear

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

The Normal Heart

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A riveting drama about three years in the early AIDS crisis and the struggle of a gay writer fighting the indifference of so many people to this epidemic in New York City.

True Blood: The Complete Sixth Season

M. Enois Duarte @ High-DefDigest.com

Essays

Blog: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane . . . It’s . . . mediocre?!?!

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: I have reason to believe that the superhero genre (at least, the one that has bloomed since Iron Man debuted eight years ago) has the potential for greatness. It has happened before and I hold out hope that in the near future it may happen again. Lately though, it seems to sort of wade in a sea of mediocrity.

Boyhood, Girlhood and the Overwhelming Fatigue and Beauty of Coming-of-Age Stories

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Destroy All Monsters: Superheroes Last All Summer Long

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Expendablles and the Problem with Bad Movie Titles

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Partners in Crime: The Sidekicks of Film Noir

Stacia Kissick Jones @ ClassicFlix

The White City, and the Dirt Where Noone Walks

Michael Pattison @ Jigsaw Lounge

  • Excerpt: On vegetarianism, bullrings, film criticism and why we should boycott Cannes…

Reviews of Short Films

Cristales

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

De Noche y de Pronto

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Goya Nominated Spanish Short Film Review

The Last Memory

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: German Animated Short Film Review

Meeting with Sarah Jessica

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

No Mires Ahí

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

The Only Man

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

La Otra Cena

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Potwór

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Polish Short Film Review

Timothy

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Other Articles

Criticwatch – Warner Bros. & The Blended Edge of Tomorrow

Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic

The Morning After: May 26, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

The Summer of Scream II

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: A three-month celebration of 80’s horror.

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