The Grab Bag (May 13, 2014)

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

Interviews

Frank Filmmaking: Lenny Abrahamson on Frank

Philip Concannon @ The Skinny

Yorgos Servetas: “Our lives depend more on the people on the streets, not the ones in the voting booth”

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: The director of the well-travelled neo-western Looking Aside Watching discusses his subversive sophomore feature and its distance from the guilt-ridden Weird Wave of Greek film

Festivals: General Coverage

The Best and Worst of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

Hot Docs 2014: Wrap-up and ‘Best of the Fest’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: ‘I am Big Bird: The Carrol Spinney Story’ tops this list of the 10 best films at Hot Docs 2014.

Me and a Meander (Thessaloniki Documentary Festival)

Michael Pattison @ Jigsaw Lounge

  • Excerpt: where general economic bankruptcy reigns, so too do the fizzing atoms of fascism’s potential solidification

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Actress

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Beyond Clueless

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: This ode to teen movies is the worst film I have ever seen at Hot Docs.

Far East Film Festival – Day Eight

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Far East Film Festival – Day Nine

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Gun Porn

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Happiness

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

An Honest Liar

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: an enchanting magic act with its web of lies, cheats, and reveals

Hot Docs Reviews: ‘Advanced Style’, ‘Keep on Keepin On’, ‘Bugarach’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

I am Big Bird: The Carrol Spinney Story

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: ‘I am Big Bird’ is not only one of the best films at Hot Docs, it’s one of the best films of the year.

IndieLisboa 2014

Michael Pattison @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: On Industrial Revolution, Same River Twice, The Second Game, Iranien

Kung Fu Elliot

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Marinoni

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Meet the Patels

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Obvious Child

Michael Pattison @ Grolsch Film Works

  • Excerpt: Like a cleverly noxious stand-up routine, Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child begins by deliberately alienating its audience with incessant toilet humour, and in doing so sets itself the apparently insurmountable challenge of winning its audience back.

The Overnighters

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

The Second Game

Michael Pattison @ Grolsch Film Works

  • Excerpt: As the tough but sporting on-pitch battle demonstrates, the corruption was backstage, at some remove from the front line: at a stretch, we might say Porumboiu the referee’s stubbornness was both conditioned by and a symbol of an imminent revolution.

See No Evil

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

To Be Takei

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

To Kill a Man

Michael Pattison @ Grolsch Film Works

  • Excerpt: A photographic showcase and an exercise in tone, the film is a prime example of what others might call a ‘style over substance’ aesthetic.

Zombie TV

Josh Hurtado @ Twitch Film

  • Excerpt: If you’re in the mood for a zombie sex manual, zombie boob grabbing, zombie musical numbers, and lots and lots of cheap looking gore, practical effects, and weirdness you’re probably in the right place. Zombie TV is not destined to be another milestone in Nishimura’s career, but his co-directors might have a future as long as Japanese splatter still has an audience, which may have stopped boiling over, but certainly continues to simmer.

Tributes

The Best of Bob Hoskins

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Bob Hoskins looked like everybody else. That was his appeal. He didn’t seem like a movie star but a guy who seems to have wandered in and just happened to be caught by the camera’s eye.

Is Tom Hardy Hollywood’s next big star?

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: He gets into fights with directors and co-stars, swears like a sailor, used to drink like one, looks like a hooligan and carries a history of drug abuse. Could it be though that a star with character is just what Hollywood needs?

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 2-4, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Belle”

Television

Happy Days: Season 5

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: While the show starts to get more uneven this season, there are still enough episodes to entertain.

The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes

James Plath Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: Older children will “get” The Honeymooners, but it won’t play as well with the whole family as I Love Lucy or The Andy Griffith Show—two other classic sitcoms new to Blu-ray.

Essays

15 Films My Mother Taught Me

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Cinema in Noir: “Asian Films are Still Being Whitewashed”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Exit Lines: The Musical

Bob Cashiil @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Reviews of the latest movies into musicals on Broadway

What If You’re Not a FanGirl/Boy?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Reviews of Short Films

PDL – LIS (Ponta Delgada – Lisboa)

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Film Review

Remissão Completa

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner – Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Destroy All Monsters: Ebertfest Marches On

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Destroy All Monsters: The Clothes Make The Spider-Man

Matt Brown @ Twitch

The Morning After: May 5, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Atlantic City” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Pecado Fatal

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Poppy Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: The Hunt for Red October

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

  • Excerpt: Reader Craig submits a Baldwin classic for consideration.

Summer Film Preview

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Nell Minow, AJ Hakari and Mack Bates preview the 2014 summer film schedule in this spririted podcast discussion.

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