The Grab Bag (Sep. 30, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

11 Great Date Movies on Netflix

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

Top 10 Scottish Films

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Interviews

Anthony Stacchi & Graham Annable on The Boxtrolls

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The directors of The Boxtrolls explain the origin of the film’s most terrible pun.

Antoine Fuquar

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews The Equalizer director Antoine Fuquar.

Ben Miller

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews British comedy actor Ben Miller on What We Did On Our Holiday.

Charles Band on Full Moon Features

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Join Charles Band, the director of Trancers and producer of the hit Puppet Master franchise, as he gets grilled by hosts William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold in the hallowed halls of the Full Moon offices, right next to Los Angeles’s historic Skid Row. You can really hear the sirens!

Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews writers and directors Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton on What We Did On Our Holiday.

Isaac Hempstead Wright on The Boxtrolls

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The ‘Game of Thrones’ star explains particle physics and says working with Sir Ben Kingsley was terrifying.

Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Mike Cahill

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews director Mike Cahill on his sophomore feature, I Origins.

Rosamund Pike

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews Rosamund Pike on What We Did On Our Holiday, and Gone Girl.

Season of Mists: Markuus Blunder on Autumn Blood

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals: General Coverage

Award Winners for the 2014 Ottawa International Film Festival

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: OIAF 2014 winners include ‘Seth’s Dominion’ and ‘Hipoptamy’.

Composing Reality: Docs at the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: ‘Seth’s Dominion’ and ‘Truth has Fallen’ display innovative and unique approaches to composing truth through animation.

Drama Short Film Festival: Awards gala

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Indie short film Prayer by Thanasis Neofotistos won top honors at the Greek section

OIAF 2014: ‘Festival Wrap-up and ‘Best of the Fest’.”

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Top picks for the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival

Festivals: Individual Reviews

’71

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Ankhon Dekhi

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Dwarves Kingdom

J Hurtado @ Twitch Film

  • Excerpt: Dwarves Kingdom, in spite of its borderline lurid content, is a well-balanced, dare I say sweet documentary. Everyone is treated with respect, there are no “gotcha” moments, the park’s benefactor, while surely exploiting his employees, doesn’t seem to have any nefarious ulterior motives, and the dwarves themselves seem largely appreciative of the opportunity to have this community.

Eden

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: His journey from bedroom production to massive dance halls and back again is a bittersweet, highly enjoyable though slightly over long saga of love, loss and addiction bathed in euphoric beats and pulsing neon lights. Fittingly, the opening line from Daft Punk’s recent smash “Get Lucky” aptly summarizes Eden’s agreeably unresentful ethos – “Like the legend of the phoenix / All ends with beginnings”.

Heaven Knows What

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Heaven Knows What

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: In the Safdie’s smack-addled world of dependence and dereliction, love is as much an iconoclastic phenomenon as heroin use, both yielding cataclysmic results in the face of desperation. Taking inspiration from drug culture classics like Kids and The Panic in Needle Park while portraying something altogether perversely original in its depiction of corporate America as neglectful homeless shelter, the Safdie’s latest film embraces the consternation of living on the streets to portray these forgotten souls with an emotionally overwhelming sense of the real.

Hill of Freedom

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

I Am Here

J Hurtado @ Twitch Film

  • Excerpt: I Am Here may not be my favorite film of the year, but it’s certainly given me more to think about than most, and that’s a wonderful thing.

OIAF Review: ‘Aunt Hilda’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review of ‘Aunt Hilda’ (‘Tante Hilda’), which screened at the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival

OIAF Review: Disney’s ‘Feast’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: ‘Feast’, which screened at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, might be one of the best shorts that Disney Animation ever produced.

OIAF Review: ‘New Ghosts in the ‘Ol Haunt’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Special programme at the Ottawa International Animation Festival features David Lynch, foxes, and ghost burgers.

OIAF Review: Pixar’s Lava

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review of Pixar’s upcoming short film ‘Lava’, which screened at the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival

OIAF Review: Short Film Competition 1

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Highlights include 1000 Plateaus and ‘Monkey Love Experiment’

OIAF Review: Short Film Competition 2

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Highlights include ‘Pineapple Calamari’ and ‘Soif’

OIAF Review: Short Film Competition 3

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Highlights include ‘Lesley the Pony has an A+ Day’ and ‘We Can’t Live without Cosmos’

OIAF Review: Short Film Competition 4

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Highlights include ‘The Pride of Strathmoor’ and ‘Me and My Moulton’

OIAF Review: Short Film Competition 5

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Highlights include ‘The Obvious Child’

OIAF Review: ‘Until Sbornia do Us Part’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review of the wacky Brazilian animated film ‘Until Sbornia Do Us Part’

Wastelander Panda: Exile

J Hurtado @ Twitch Film

  • Excerpt: Victoria Cocks’ post-apocalyptic saga of an anthropomorphic panda trekking across a great barren wasteland in search of redemption is remarkably restrained in its treatment of this absurd concept.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 19-21, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “The Zero Theorem”

Television

Black-Ish

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: 5 Resonating Moments from Wednesday’s Series Premiere of BLACK-ISH – See more at: http://www.reeltalkonline.org/2014/09/5-resonating-moments-from-last-nights.html#sthash.2HWrkKzf.dpuf

Destroy All Monsters: GOTHAM and the Cult of “Before”

Matt Brown @ Twitch Film

Doctor Who – Time Heist

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: Continuing this season’s theme of dropping The Doctor and Clara into different genres and seeing how they fare, this is Doctor Who’s version of a heist movie, right down to the way the music at times resembles the cool yet vaguely nervy jazz that has become synonymous with sleek cinematic heists.

Father Brown

Steven Greydanus @ Crux

  • Excerpt: The English anti-Catholicism regularly satirized in Chesterton’s stories is essentially moot here. Rather than a good-will ambassador of Romanism to Anglican and modernist readers, this Father Brown is a genial representative of enlightened faith to secular postmodern viewers — no bad thing in itself.

Years of Living Dangerously: The Complete Series

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An Emmy Award-winning documentary series on the multifaceted consequences of climate change.

Essays

Stop-Motion Macabre

Steven Greydanus @ Catholic Digest

  • Excerpt: The illusion of life never entirely suppresses the awareness that we are watching objects moving by themselves: puppets, dolls, toys. Any genre filmmaker knows the potential of innocent childhood things for creepiness.

Reviews of Short Films

Dancing In Dulais

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Frei Luís de Sousa

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Fucking Tøs

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Danish Short Film Review

I Love Hooligans

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Dutch/Belgian Animated Short Film Review

The Jigsaw

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Matterhorn

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Dutch Feature Film

The Morning After: Sep. 22, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “The Maze Runner”

Tightwad Terror Tuesday for 9-23-14 – The Best Free Horror Movies on the Web

James Jay Edwards @ iHorror.com

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