The Grab Bag (May 26, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

The 19 Best Actors-Turned-Directors

Kenji Fujishima @ Movie Mezzanine

Interviews

Brad Bird – Tomorrowland

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Britt Robertson – Tomorrowland

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Damon Lindelof – Tomorrowland

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

” I Don’t Know If I Believe in Evil”: Director Amy Berg on ‘Every Secret Thing’ and the Film Hollywood Wouldn’t Touch

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s a very good film, perhaps because it’s so well written (by Nicole Holofcener, adapting Laura Lippman’s novel), perhaps because it’s so sensitively acted (the ace cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, and Dakota Fanning). But Berg is also an adroit storyteller, and if the form is new, she’s still exploring the primary preoccupation of her films thus far: the nature of evil.

Raffey Cassidy – Tomorrowland

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Romain Duris – The New Girlfriend

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Sheila Vand – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 15-17, 2015

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Television

Welcome to Sweden: Season 1

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: A likable group of characters can go a long way toward making a series successful.

Essays

The ACLU’s Campaign for Gender Equality in Hollywood Is Bold — But Will It Work?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: What’s so striking about the ACLU’s action is how it’s being framed: not as an entertainment issue, but as a social and legal one. It’s not a matter of film fans wringing the hands, but a question of breaking the law.

From Cannes to Lifetime: A ‘Grace of Monaco’ Disaster Timeline

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: How did such a prestige project end up on a punchline network? Let’s roll the tape.

How ‘Mad Men’ Appropriated the Ethos — and an Icon — of ’70s Cinema

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: With its antihero characters, deliberate pacing, bizarre narrative detours (and, occasionally, dead ends), and general riskiness, Mad Men bucked the conventions of popular television in much the way that the films of the ‘70s whipped back against the dull, calculated safety of the studio boondoggles of the ‘60s.

How ‘Matlock’ Made Me an Optimist

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I think what stuck with me after all those years of watching a formulaic courtroom mystery meant for viewers two generations (minimum) older than me was its simplicity. There’s something unfathomably clean and efficient about shows like this, where someone’s life is entirely upended by a false accusation, yet within an hour of screen time, they are saved and justice is done and everything turns out fine.

How David Letterman Became Johnny Carson, and Everyone Else Became David Letterman

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s important to understand two things about the formation of Letterman’s style and persona: that it was a product of its time, and that it was a product of creative restrictions.

In the ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ vs. ‘Mad Max’ Box Office Battle, Everybody Won

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: In the wake of a weekend like this one, in which the astonishing success of Pitch Perfect 2 over second-place finisher Mad Max: Fury Road is being classified by industry rags and film bloggers alike as some kind of girl-power rebuke to testosterone-fueled action, such simplistic equivalency isn’t just ignorant, it’s counterproductive.

Meet the Reviled Movie Blogger Who Inspired Last Week’s ‘Amy Schumer’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Wells’ sneering letter-grade objectifications (“she’s not grade-A or even B-plus material, certainly by my standards as well as those of any moderately attractive, fair-minded youngish heterosexual dude”) are the stuff of the Nick DiPaolo or Paul Giamatti characters, cast from the beginning as the villains of the piece, whose shout-y misogyny is revealed, over the course of the half-hour, to mask their own shallowness and insecurities.

Reviews of Short Films

Cinzas e Brasas

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Dinner for Few

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Greek Animated Short Film Review

El Amor no es Ciego

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Lei da Gravidade

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

The Mass of Men

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: British Short Film Review

Moiré

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Namnala

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Programme Libre

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: French Short Film Review

Other Articles

Ar(t)menians

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Documentary Feature Review about Armenia and the genocide perpetrated in early 20th Century.

Great Dancing in the Movies

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A lively podcast discussion about great dancing on film.

The Morning After: May 18, 2015

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Pára-me de Repente o Pensamento

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Documentary Feature Review

Uma Rapariga da sua Idade

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Feature Film Review

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