The Grab Bag (Sep. 9, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

Take 5… Movies Featuring Unexpected Guests

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: In honour of The Guest being released in UK cinemas this week, I take a look at 5 movies featuring unexpected guests.

Interviews

Ira Sachs on “Love Is Strange”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Maika Monroe

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Interview with Maika Monroe for The Guest

Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Interview with Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard for The Guest

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Company Man: The Best of Robert Altman: Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean is a film that captures the transitory value of nostalgia and the death of an America that only existed in films, magazines, music, and the imagination of its disciples.

Company Man: The Best of Robert Altman: Images Review

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Images is stylistic and intangible as Robert Altman creates a Polanski-esque world of paranoia and fragmented reality. It blurs the lines between fiction and reality with contextual and meta-contextual elements that heighten the mystery.

The Judge

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: David Dobkin’s hopelessly maudlin and glacially paced drama The Judge is one part John Grisham thriller and one part James L. Brooks melodrama, two great tastes that taste absolutely abysmal together. The Judge the kind of movie you want to reach out and strangle.

Mr. Turner

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: We learn of Mr. Turner’s character through his biggest dalliances and tiniest escapades, and although he contains a wealth of feeling, he can only express it with a squonk. Or maybe a harumph. Possibly a snort.

Short Cuts Canada 1

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review of Short Cuts Canada 1 from the Toronto International Film Festival

The Sun and Moon: Films of Satyajit Ray: Distant Thunder Review – NP Approved

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: In Distant Thunder, Satyajit Ray shows us the ways in which perception can have catastrophic effects on reality and how delicate the complex ecosystems that allow us to live a comfortable existence can be.

The Sun and Moon: Films of Satyajit Ray: Ghare-Baire Review – NP Approved

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Ghare-Baire is a superbly crafted chamber piece that only an experienced artist could successfully execute with its pared down narrative structure that deftly illuminates the political tumult in a period of Indian history.

The Sun and Moon: Films of Satyajit Ray: Kingdom of Diamonds Review

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Kingdom of Diamonds is a strange entry in Satyajit Ray’s illustrious and multifaceted oeuvre that takes the filmmaker’s precepts and upends them, opting for whimsical fantasy instead of the typical grounded austerity that permeates his work.

The Sun and Moon: Films of Satyajit Ray: Shakha Proshakha Review

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Shakha Proshakha would become Ray’s second to last film and its subject matter reveals a filmmaker preparing for the impending realities of his own mortality. We see the concerned father behind the filmmaker, hoping that his own children will push through to find their own sources of sunlight so that they may thrive and eventually become trunks that support their own branches after his inevitable death.

The Sun and Moon: Films of Satyajit Ray: Sonar Kella Review

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Despite the occasional bouts of narrative ambiguity, its easily accessible mysteries and casual whimsy make it a film for all ages, while its breathtaking visuals and cinematic astuteness ensure that it will forever hold a high place among the boundlessly diverse films of Satyajit Ray.

The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray: Nayak: The Hero Review – NP Approved

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Nayak is one of those rare gems that gives us a glimpse into the torture and banality found in the artists’ mind, reminding us that heroes are of our own creation and not necessarily an accurate representation of reality.

The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray: The Adversary Review – NP Approved

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Pratidwandi finds Satyajit Ray at his most directly politicized as he captures political turmoil amidst the seething decay of an overpopulated Calcutta as intelligent and qualified young men and women were forced into dehumanizing circumstances in the hopes of finding employment opportunities.

The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray: The Coward (1970) and The Holy Man (1965)

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Like two sides of the same coin, The Coward and The Holy Man are very different in tone and content but both explore man’s capacity for ignoble deeds and the silent forces that drive those decisions.

Waste Land

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Belgian thriller starring Jeremie Renier premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival

Tributes

RIP Joan Rivers

Bob Cashill @ Biography.com

Essays

Destroy All Monsters: Celebrity Boobs! Boobs! Boobs!

Matt Brown @ Twitch Film

Naked Ambition

Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine

Reviews of Short Films

Bruno O Super

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Lisboa Verde 3D

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

O Canto dos Cisnes

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Four Remarkable Filmmakers

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters [Podcast]

  • Excerpt: A podcast discussion with the filmmakers of “A Remarkable Life” and “The Last of Robin Hood.”

Kristen Recasts the Classics – Laura

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Last Year at Marienbad

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Alain Resnais’s transcendent filmic parlor game remains an innovative and exquisitely executed example of minimalist filmmaking, used to evoke mystery, romance, and a sprinkle social invective. Traces of Bauhaus, surrealism, and Dadaism abound, though they are wrapped in richly designed baroque filigree.

Love Is Strange

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Though it suffers from a glaring third act jump that makes you wonder where four or five ostensibly missing scenes went, “Love Is Strange” resonates as a heartfelt allegory about committed gay relationships in modern-day America.

Meet John Doe

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Wikipedia lists “Meet John Doe” as an “American comedy film.” How wrong they are. Frank Capra’s trenchant 1941 social satire of right-wing manipulation of American society, was released just prior to America’s involvement in World War II, at a time when the country’s anxious social climate was exacerbated by harsh economic circumstances following the Great Depression.

The Morning After: Sep. 1, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “A Simple Plan”

Os Gatos não têm Vertigens

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Tightwad Terror Tuesday for 9-2-14 – The Best Free Horror Films on the Web

James Jay Edwards @ iHorror.com

Weird Czech Movie Title Translations

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: These Czech translations of English-language movie titles are funny, crass, and just plain odd

Television

Doctor Who: Into the Dalek

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

Inspector Morse (Series 1, 1987)

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog Film Reviews

Inspector Morse (Series 2, 1987-1988)

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog Film Reviews

Inspector Morse (Series 3, 1989)

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog Film Reviews

Inspector Morse (Series 4, 1990)

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog Film Reviews

The Normal Heart

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters

  • Excerpt: Larry Kramer’s blistering cri de coeur about the early days of the AIDS plague gets a solidly respectful but flawed treatment from Ryan Murphy.

Sons of Anarchy: Season 7

Tony Dayoub @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: If the first few episodes of SONS OF ANARCHY’s final season are any indication, then the series is going down in the same manner it started: as a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions…

The X-Files: Anasazi

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: F. Emasculata

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Our Town

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Season 2

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

The X-Files: Soft Light

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

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