The Grab Bag (Sep. 2, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

My Eight Future Legends

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: These four men and four women, I believe, have great careers ahead of them.

My Five Best Bollywood/Tollywood Dance Numbers

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

My Five Worst Bollywood/Tollywood Dance Numbers

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

My Ten Best Comic Book Movie Castings

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Interviews

David Schechter of “Life of Crime”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Harley Sylvester

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Harley Sylvester discusses The Guvnors.

Ira Sachs of “Love is Strange”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Ivan Sen

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Ivan Sen discusses Mystery Road.

Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre discuss Obvious Child.

John Erick and Drew Dowdle

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: John Erick and Drew Dowdle discuss As Above, So Below.

Jon Hamm

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Jon Hamm discusses Million Dollar Arm.

Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Nikolaj Lie Kaas discusses The Keeper of Lost Causes.

Perdita Weeks and Ben Feldman

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Perdita Weeks and Ben Feldman discuss As Above, So Below.

Festivals: General Coverage

Plaza Classic Film Festival: Closing Day

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Safety Last! shows that the PCFF embraces silent films, and the organ accompanist adds to the delight of the film.

Plaza Classic Film Festival: Day Four Overview

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Two films about true comedic geniuses: Cantinflas and Chaplin.

Plaza Classic Film Festival: Day Seven Overview

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Only one film covered today: A Hard Day’s Night.

Plaza Classic Film Festival: Day Ten Overview

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Two films about the growing role of women in society: Salt of the Earth and A League of Their Own.

Plaza Classic Film Festival: Day Two Overview

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Today, two films featuring a cast made up of entirely of one gender: 12 Angry Men and The Women.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Plaza Classic Film Festival: Day Two Overview

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Today, two films featuring a cast made up of entirely of one gender: 12 Angry Men and The Women.

12 Angry Men

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Some of the best actors working then create a tense and fascinating drama about jury duty. Extraordinary.

HollyShorts 2014 – Canadian Showcase

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Variety is the spice of Canadian shorts

HollyShorts 2014 – Love and Romance

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Love found, lost, rekindled, destroyed and missed

HollyShorts 2014 – Opening Nighting

James Wegg @ JWR

HollyShorts 2014 – Washington Shorts

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Views from afar

The Women (1939)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: As sharp and witty and comically vicious as ever, The Women showcases brilliant performances by the cast.

Tributes

Lauren Bacall

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I won’t say that Lauren Bacall was ‘the last of her kind’. Lauren Bacall was thoroughly unique, perhaps ‘the Only One of her kind’. There will always be Movie Stars. There will always be Child Stars. There will never be another Lauren Bacall.

Richard Attenborough

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Robin Williams

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The joy he brought should be balanced against the tragedy of his final hours. We shouldn’t lose focus of one over the other.

Awards Coverage

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1942

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The exact length of Greer Garson’s acceptance speech is unknown, but some Oscar-winning performances were shorter than her ramblings.

Tuesdays With Oscar: The Love Affair With Biopics

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: If you want to win an Academy Award for acting, here’s my advise: play a real-life figure.

Essays

‘The Daily Show’, Fox News, and Ferguson: The Dangers of an Alternate News Reality

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: They’ve built a business model around the specter of the “liberal media” so successfully that we now just have multiple versions of the news, with no single trusted source. So when a story — like this one —paints a less-than-flattering portrait of trigger-happy white people, other trigger-happy white people can just find the version of the news that doesn’t make them uncomfortable.

Destroy All Monsters: My Television Cost Money; Kindly Fill All Of It

Matt Brown @ Twitchfilm

How Homophobic is ‘Love is Strange”s R Rating?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: So unless they’d made an unprecedented decision to take a stand on a social issue, Love is Strange’s R isn’t evidence (though other films are) that our rating system is homophobic. But it is evidence, as we’ve seen countless times before, that the MPAA is deeply, perhaps irrevocably, fucked.

Imagining the Quentin Tarantino-Directed ‘Natural Born Killers’ That Could Have Been

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: In other words, this looser, funkier Natural Born Killers is a Quentin Tarantino movie, and Quentin Tarantino (at least at this early point) makes hanging-out movies. Oliver Stone, to put it mildly, does not making hanging-out movies.

It’s Time to Take Back the Action Genre

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

James Foley, Ferguson, Gawker, ‘NY Post’: The Whiplash of Journalism at Its Best and Worst

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: We’re witnessing a week in which journalists are risking their own safety and well-being covering one of the year’s most important stories, a story where their very presence has done a traceable good — and then here comes the story of another journalist who lost his life while doing the same. But as quickly as that life is lost, the worst elements of the profession turn around and exploit it.

The Nerdist Is a Front and a Fraud

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Chris Hardwick and his minions are the equivalent of studio lackeys, pretending to be merely ‘super-fans’ but being in essense bought and paid for to promote the various films and television programs they insist they would love anyway.

‘The One I Love’s’ Big, Secret Plot Twist Is About the Marketing, Not the Movie

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Once you see the movie, all of the coy pre-release hand-wringing doesn’t make a helluva lot of sense. It’s not a film that somehow hinges on explosive surprises; the fact that it’s being marketed as such is less a protective measure for the picture’s delicate fabric, and more an uninspired marketing hook.

Personal Reflections on the Twilight Series (Excuse Me, SAGA)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: My personal theory is that the reason Twilight has become this phenomenon to teenage girls (and those who think like them) is due to audience identification. Bella is pathetically ordinary, but despite herself inspires erotic passions in every man who catches a mere glimpse of her, be they human, vampire, or werewolf.

Praise Jesus, Kirk Cameron Is ‘Saving Christmas’ From You Dirty Liberal Atheists

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Fear not, Cameron will take to movie screens to take down “those that want to replace ‘Merry Christmas’ with ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Seasons Greetings,’ whatever that means.” Because fuck you if you’re Jewish or Muslim or not a Christian according to the specific, narrow definition of a has-been ‘80s TV heartthrob, am I right?

The Strange, Frustrating Reason Why Matthew Weiner’s Feature Film Debut, ‘You Are Here,’ Was Retitled ‘Are You Here’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Are You Here is also debuting On Demand this week, and the new title’s placement is much more desirable on alphabetical VOD menus. And this kind of thing happens all the time.

Why Can’t TV’s Beloved “Difficult Men” Make Good Movies?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: ‘Are You Here’ is a bit of a mess. But there’s an odd and interesting trend at work here, where genuinely gifted television creators, with distinctive voices and unique styles, try their hand at filmmaking and whiff that transition completely.

Why the Hell Does ‘Modern Family’ Keep Winning the Best Comedy Emmy?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Why do we continue to be surprised — and annoyed — by Emmy voters giving the same recognition, year after year, to a sitcom that has long gone stale?

Reviews of Short Films

37º4 S

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: French Short Film Review

Abonrmal: The Sinema of Nick Zedd

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Adventurous cinephiles with strong stomachs may want to pick up this disc, if you can find it at a bargain price. But don’t break the bank looking for a pristine copy unless you’re a dedicated collector of nihilist punk cinema.

La Fugue

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: French Short Film Review

Ponto Morto

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Retrato

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

9 Mois Ferme

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

‘Deadwood’ Revival Still Possible?

Andy Crump @ Screen Rant

The Last of Robin Hood & The Calling

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast with writer/producer Scott Abramovitch discussing The Calling and film critic Mack Bates reviewing The Last of Robin Hood.

The Morning After: Aug. 25, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short Reviews of “Howards End”, “Gattaca” and “Ed Wood”

Neil Marshall Wants To Direct ‘Black Widow’ Movie

Andy Crump @ Screen Rant

Party Girl (1958), Or A Rumination On Auteurs and Mediocre Films

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Watching Party Girl, it is difficult not to think of Cahiers’ critics’ influential treatise, especially since you are probably watching Party Girl because of the cachet they bestowed on Ray’s cinema, amongst others.

Television

Doctor Who: Deep Breath

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: And dive right in…

Franklin & Bash: Curse of Hor-Aha

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: With The Curse of Hor-Aha, Kevin Falls and Bill Chais have performed a television miracle. They have made the season premiere of Franklin & Bash the worst episode of the season, because it’s hard to imagine anything being as horrible as this.

Franklin & Bash: Jennifer of Troy

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Seeing Jennifer of Troy again, it brought back positive feelings towards Franklin & Bash, when the show operated on logic rather than only gimmicks, when we were given odd cases but ones with heart.

Franklin & Bash: Kershaw v. Lincecum

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: To say that Kershaw v. Lincecum is an improvement over The Curse of Hor-Aha is like saying being diagnosed with syphillis is an improvement over being diagnosed with Ebola.

Houdini

Tony Dayoub @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: …HOUDINI comes across as a mere cataloguing of the magician’s exploits rather than an actual inquiry into the man.

The X-Files: 3

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Ascension

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Aubrey

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Blood

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Colony

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Die Hand Die Verletzt

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Død Kälm

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Duane Barry

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: End Game

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Excelsis Dei

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Fearful Symmetry

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Firewalker

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Fresh Bones

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Humbug

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Irresistible

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Little Green Men

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: One Breath

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Red Museum

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Sleepless

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: The Calusari

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: The Host

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

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