The Grab Bag (May 6, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

The Masterpieces Volume I: 1915-2008

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The following is a catalog of all the films made before 2009 that I think will rank among the greatest films ever made. I am only submitting films that I have formally reviewed…

The Masterpieces Volume II: 2009-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: There were only 41 films released since I began writing that I would put as Masterpieces, films that I thoroughly loved and which I think are as close to perfect as possible.

The Very, Very Good Films Volume I: 1915-2008

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Very, Very Good Films Volume II: 2009-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Interviews

Joanna Hogg (Exhibition)

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

The Machine Director Talks Secret Government Meetings, A.I. & Difficulties of Setting a Man on Fire

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Summer of Blood Actress Juliette Fairley Talks About Playing a Vampire in the Film

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: I got a chance to chat with Juliette about her role in the film, challenges she faces as a biracial actress in Hollywood, and her one woman show and film series–Mulatto Saga and Mulatto Diaries.

Vanishing Pearls Director Nailah Jefferson

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Beyond Clueless

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Come Worry with Us!

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Everything Will Be

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Far East Film Festival – Day 1

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Far East Film Festival – Day 2

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Far East Film Festival – Day 3

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Far East Film Festival – Day 4

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Far East Film Festival – Day 5

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Far East Film Festival – Day 6

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Far East Film Festival – Day Seven

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Guidelines and Jutra

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Journey to the West

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Joy of Man’s Desiring

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Misconception

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Out of Mind, Out of Sight

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

The Secret Trial 5 and Hotline

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Summer of Blood

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Super Duper Alice Cooper

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

To Be Takei

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Hot Docs

Tribeca: Bits and Pieces

Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience

  • Excerpt: Small reviews of ‘The One I Love’, ‘Venus in Fur’, ‘Dior & I’, ‘X/Y’ and ‘Beneath the Harvest Sky’

Tribeca: Eco-Thrills in ‘Night Moves’

Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience

  • Excerpt: Review of Kelly Reichardt’s new film starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning

Tribeca: Golden Bear, Black Coal, Thin Ice, Great Movie

Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience

  • Excerpt: Tribeca review of the Berlinale-winning Chinese noir ‘Black Coal, Thin Ice’

Tribeca: Holla for ‘Mala Mala’

Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience

  • Excerpt: Tribeca review of queer documentary ‘Mala Mala’

Tributes

Bob Hoskins

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Awards Coverage

86th Academy Awards: A Retrospective

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: In the end, the 86th Annual Academy Awards were pleasant, harmless, a little dull and above all predictable…right down to the speeches. Alright, Alright, Alright…

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 25-27, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Locke”

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1928

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: 1928 has a whole slew of great films, each regarded as a masterpiece…

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1929

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Academy did not handle the transition from silent to sound films well. In fact, the reaction was rather chaotic, a mixture of panic and ineptness.

Tuesdays With Oscar: An Introduction

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Tuesdays With Oscar: Special Edition

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The AMPAS believes Jonah Hill is as talented as Cary Grant and more talented than Myrna Loy or Fred Astaire. Discuss.

Television

The Americans: In Control

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: In Control, the fourth episode of The Americans, is one of the most thrilling hours of television that I have seen.

The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1

James Plath Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: Despite improved depth and detail, some episodes feature some pretty heavy grain and noise, though the majority of them are an upgrade from the DVDs.

Bates Motel: Caleb

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Vera Farmiga just should win the Emmy for her Norma Bates.

Bates Motel: Check-Out

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Bates Motel: Gone But Not Forgotten

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Gone but Not Forgotten is building up this season, and in that respect, it is good and bad.

Bates Motel: Plunge

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Plunge throws us into the mayhem that is the show’s forte, and at least now we have what we have never had: Norman Bates’ first confirmed kill.

Bates Motel: Shadow of a Doubt

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Still, despite its best efforts, Shadow of a Doubt seemed pretty weak, neither linking past stories or introducing new ones well.

Bates Motel: The Escape Artist

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The pleasures of the flesh are a dominant factor in The Escape Artist, where the off-screen death of a mutual obstacle to both Norma Bates and Nick Ford is the least bizarre moment.

Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gotham

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Elementary: Ears to You

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: In terms of the majority of the story, the acting (especially that of guest star Sean Pertwee), the twists and turns of the primary and secondary cases, and even nods to the Canon, Ears to You is one of the more clever and well-performed Elementary stories.

Elementary: The Hound of the Cancer Cells

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: We get a medical mystery, with some great twists and turns and that patented Elementary exploration into the characters lives and emotions thrown in. The Hound of the Cancer Cells is a strong mystery and a welcome return to our favorite Junior Detective.

Elementary: The One-Percent Solution

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The solving of the crime, the twists the story took, the performances from the guest stars, even the moments of comedy and drama, all melded to create a really fun and clever Elementary episode.

I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: The pilot (included here) was remastered from the original 35mm negative, and all of the episodes are a visual upgrade. Plus, the box takes up less space, you get two ways to watch the episodes, and there are some nice bonus features, the best of which is new to this edition: Lucy and Desi’s costume and make-up tests.

Phil Spector

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I found A Scandal in Belgravia to be shockingly bad. Not terrible, or irredeemable. Merely bad and wildly overrated…and shockingly predictable.

Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Essays

To Become Immortal…and Them Die. Actors’ Famous Last Scenes

Bob Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: Final screen moments of screen stars.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: The Problem with Chick Flicks Today

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

Reviews of Short Films

Amor de Picadeiro

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Brazilian Short Film Review

Bílis Negra

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Horror Film nominated to the MOTELx – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival award to the Best Portuguese Horror Film

Da Alegria, do Mar e de Outras Coisas

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Brazilian Short Film Review

Zombies4Kids

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Animated Short Film Review

Other Articles

Los Amigos Raros

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Five Years, 540 Films

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: My film reviewing philosophy has been to judge a film based on what it is trying to do, not whether I think it is great ‘art’.

Michael Caine Celebration

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast discussion of Michael Caine’s impressive film career.

The Morning After: Apr. 28, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “Breaking Away”

O Primeiro Verão

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Independent Feature Film

Poppy Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Diner

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

Viva la Libertà

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Young & Beautiful

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] For his latest filmic exploration François Ozon addresses a complex mix of sexual, personal, social, familial, gender-based, and technological issues, inexorably honing in on a striking synthesis of generational catharsis.

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