The Grab Bag (Nov. 18, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

12 Seriously Underrated Christmas Episodes

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

12 Things We Learned from the ‘Desolation of Smaug’ Commentary

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

All 92 ‘Step Up’ Dance Sequences: Ranked

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

Take 5… Comedic Actors Who Went Serious

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: To celebrate the release of The Skeleton Twins, I take a look at 5 other comedy actors who have taken on more serious roles.

The Top 12 Nostalgic Christmas Commercials

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

Interviews

The Better Angels

Jordan Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Fred Willard Interview: ‘Planes’ and How to Be Funny

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Actor Fred Willard gives us comedy advice and tells stories about making ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue,’ ‘WALL-E,’ ‘Salem’s Lot’ and more.

Interstellar: Hans Zimmer on Love, Big Questions & EDM

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The composer tried to ‘consolidate the theory of quantum mechanics, time and gravity,’ and wound up writing a love theme.

Interview With Alexandre Desplat

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Matthew Beard and Allen Leech

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Morten Tyldum

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

National Gallery

Jordan Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Spoiler Interview: Ruben Östlund on ‘Force Majeure’

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The director of one of the most acclaimed films of the year reveals what the ending means, and which two YouTube videos inspired his movie.

Festivals: General Coverage

Dys-‘ and ‘The Cold Heart’ win Audience Awards at Cellar Door Film Festival

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The audience favourites at Ottawa’s Cellar Door Film Festival are the Canadian horror film ‘Dys-‘ from director Maude Michaud and the German animated fable ‘The Cold Heart’ directed by Hannes Rall.

Ottawa’s European Union Film Festival Runs Nov. 13-30

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Preview of Ottawa’s European Union Film Festival, an annual highlight.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

The Dark Side of Chew

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Planet in Focus

Destroy All Monsters: Narratives Of Normal At Rendezvous With Madness 2014

Matt Brown @ Twitch Film

Living on the Edge

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Planet in Focus

Monsoon

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from Planet in Focus

On the Trail of the Far Fur Country

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: This doc unearths a gem for Canadian film fans.

Starz Denver Film Festival 2014: Castanha

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Starz Denver Film Festival 2014: Killers

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Television

Being Don Draper

Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Breve presentación de las razones por las cuales “Mad men” es una de las mejores series de la nueva era dorada de la televisión.

Movie reviews: The John Hines Show (radio)

Bob Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: Reviews of Nightcrawler and more for CBS radio station; 10/31, broadcast 11:10am CST

Movie reviews: The John Hines Show (radio)

Bob Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: Reviews of Fury and more for CBS radio station; 10/17, broadcast 11:10am CST

Movie reviews: The John Hines Show (radio)

Bob Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: Reviews of Gone Girl and more for CBS radio station; 10/3, broadcast 11:10am CST

Movie reviews: The John Hines Show (radio)

Bob Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: Reviews of The Equalizer and more for CBS radio station; 9/26, broadcast 11:10am CST

Movie reviews: The John Hines Show (radio)

Bob Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: Reviews of Interstellar and more for CBS radio station; 11/7, broadcast 11:10am CST

The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Review: “Self Help” Drops Bombs And Mullet Jokes

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: After a misstep, “The Walking Dead” returned to its recent form this week with an introspective episode that highlights some oft-ignored characters and mullet jokes.

Essays

‘Tinseltown,’ ‘Classic Hollywood,’ and the Secret, Sexy History of Movie Scandals

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It seems a course correction is in the works, in the form of a sub-sub-genre of blogging, podcasting, and nonfiction writing that revisits the scandals of Hollywood’s early years with an eye toward scholarship rather than sensationalism.

Critiquing the Culture of Death: How dystopian fiction can point to a better world

Steven Greydanus @ Catholic Digest

  • Excerpt: Utopian and dystopian fiction often ask the same big questions: What makes for human happiness and well-being? What does it mean to be human?

The Curious Case of “The Gambler” – The Woes of Hollywood’s International Release Strategy

Dan Kelly @ Danland Movies

  • Excerpt: The scattered release calendar remains perplexing, in a sense it always has been. But with The Gambler I see no logic, just a careless loss of money and unintentional promotion of piracy.

The Curse of the Fourth Film: Why ‘Toy Story 4′ Is Probably Doomed

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Not only does the announcement further solidify Pixar’s metamorphosis into yet another sequel factory, but it’s a case of filmmakers muckin’ around with a series that had somehow come to an unquestionably satisfying conclusion. Plus, on top of all that, if you go looking for movie franchises that were still holding strong by installment four, the results aren’t exactly overwhelming.

Leaked Memo Details Michael Bay’s Benghazi Movie, Other Political Thrillers Based on Real Events!

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Thanks to a source deep inside Bay’s production company, Flavorwire has attained a secret memo detailing not only the Benghazi movie, but a whole slate of historical thrillers the director has in the works, in an attempt to drastically remake his image and filmography.

The Slow Erosion of the TV vs. Movie Actor Class System

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: As the specifications for what mainstream movies are willing to do (and can do well) narrow, it’s become clear that for actors interested in crafting characters and exploring ambiguities (rather than running in front of green screens), the medium of choice has shifted.

Who Put the Kibosh on the Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc ‘An Open Secret’?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If her film is sloppy, or reliant on the testimony of unreliable witnesses, then it should be held and, at the very least, revised. But if it is being suppressed out of fear and intimidation, then that’s just one more layer of the shameful story it tells.

Reviews of Short Films

Boy

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Pela Boca Morre o Peixe

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Permiso de Ausencia

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Sê Bem-Vindo a Esta Casa

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

The Overnighters

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

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