The Grab Bag (May 19, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Max World

Robert Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: Fun facts about the Mad Max series.

Interviews

Alex Garland of “Ex Machina”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Bel Powley – A Royal Night Out

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Helen Hunt on “Ride”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

  • Excerpt: It’s not like some lightning in a bottle you catch to create on-screen relationships. You work on it.

Hidden history: Felipe Bustos Sierra on Nae Pasaran and the Scottish workers who helped thwart Pinochet

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Max Handelman – Pitch Perfect 2

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Monika Henreid

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: Monika Henreid talks about her classic film father and honoring his memory.

Olivier Assayas – Clouds of Sils Maria

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Rupert Everett – A Royal Night Out

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Sarah Gadon – A Royal Night Out

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

aNewDomain Presents Cole Smithey in Cannes 2015

Cole Smithey @ colesmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] The annual longing for Cannes is once again consummated. Let the screenings and festivities begin.

Television

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Robert Cashill @ http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/audio/the-john-hines-show/

  • Excerpt: May 1 radio review

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: And now it’s time for one last bow, like all your other selves. Prepare for death and rebirth.

Maggie

Robert Cashill @ http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/audio/the-john-hines-show/

  • Excerpt: May 8 radio reviews of Maggie, Far from the Madding Crowd, and Hot Pursuit

Video Essays, Reviews and More

aNewDomain Presents Cole Smithey in Cannes 2015: Day 1

Cole Smithey @ colesmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] The annual longing for Cannes is once again consummated. Let the screenings and festivities begin.

Essays

‘ Age of Ultron’ Opening Weekend: Insanely Huge, Quietly Disappointing, or Both?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s the second-biggest domestic opening in history, more money than most movies — hell, most moviemakers — will generate in their entire lifetime. But the trouble is, it’s second to the first film, and if box-office analysis is about seeing patterns, this bucks the pattern of “Phase Two” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Angst through Sex & Skype – It Follows & Unfriended

Dan Kelly @ Danland Movies

The Blockbuster Films You Didn’t Realise Owe Everything to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Sarah Ward @ Junkee

Destroy All Monsters: Why Everyone Thinks Piracy is OK

Matt Brown @ Twitch

How Orson Welles Almost Made His Film Debut With an Innovative ‘Heart of Darkness’ Adaptation

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The most fascinating of the Welles movies that never happened would’ve been his first feature: an ambitious film adaptation of Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness,’ potentially as groundbreaking as ‘Kane,’ the film he settled on when ‘Darkness’ fell apart.

Leaked Sony Email Confirms Marvel’s Just as Clueless About “Female Movies” as You Thought

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: These emails also provide a rare unguarded (and thus valuable) look at how the sausage is made; they’re a guide to exactly how Hollywood’s most powerful people view matters of race and the pay gap (and, in the latter case, said emails have provided artillery for demands of parity). And now, a bit of newly unearthed correspondence reveals just how dense the folks who make your comic book movies are about who wants to see them, and who they should be about.

Nothing Makes Sense: Dissecting the Worst Avengers: Age of Ultron Review in the World

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: This review compelled me to mount a defense of a film I wasn’t that enthusiastic about to begin with, a film marked by bad screenwriting, tiresome sexism, uninspired action, and so much executive monkeying that entire scenes seem to be missing. But, dammit, flawed filmmaking is no excuse for downright shitty criticism.

Reviews of Short Films

De Donde Viene el Viento

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Documentary Short Film Review

Deseo

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Garra Charrúa

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

GOW

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Mirame

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Pichangueros: Una Pasión de Barrio

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Chilean Short Documentary Review

Puño y Metal

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Documentary Short Film Review

Other Articles

Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

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