The Grab Bag (Apr. 14, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

8 Comedy Sequels You Didn’t Know Existed

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: To celebrate the release of both Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – two sequels nobody really asked for or even saw coming – I look at 8 comedy sequels you (probably) didn’t even know existed.


A Few Minutes with Betty Jo Tucker

Phil Hall @ Celebrity Banter

  • Excerpt: Interview with the dynamic film critic and talk show host.

Hungry like the wolf: Till Kleinert spills the secrets of The Samurai

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Maika Monroe of It Follows

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Indian Film Fest LA 2015 Review: Haraamkhor, The Dangerous Distance Between Loving And Being Loved

J Hurtado @ TwitchFilm

  • Excerpt: Haraamkhor is not a film for everyone. I can imagine the tonal shifts and often wildly different styles clashing will alienate some viewers, but the rewards for the remaining ones will be great. Shlok Sharma has done a wonderful job creating a film that is entertaining without being exploitative, thought-provoking without being preachy, and explosive without blowing up in his face.

Awards Coverage

Awards Profile: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

  • Excerpt: Could this Sundance hit go the way of ‘Whiplash’ and ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’?

Ottawa Independent Video Awards Nominations

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Nominees for the inaugural Ottawa Independent Video Awards with links to films/clips


Atari: Game Over

Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby

The Book of Negroes

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: The Book of Negroes feels a bit like a fable, because Aminata is proof positive that knowledge—the ability to read, to write, and to speak more than one language—is, if not power, at least a ticket to opportunities and a life that demands respect. There isn’t a better poster child for education than Aminata Diallo.

Manhattan: Season 1

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: WGN isn’t just the home of Chicago sports; this miniseries is as good as anything HBO or the other networks have done.

Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic!

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: The thing about Wild Kratts is that there’s less live animal footage and interaction than there was in the brothers’ previous shows, with a greater emphasis placed on the fantastic cartoons.


Inside the Weird World of Twitter’s Celebrity-Impersonating “Parody” Accounts

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: In the past, if you wanted to be a celebrity impersonator, you had to bear a resemblance, invest in wigs and costumes and makeup, and put together an act. Nowadays, all you need is an email address.

Journey to the Bottom of the Box Office

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: With all this constant emphasis on what is number one at the box office, do you ever wondered what comes in last place?

What We — and the Church of Scientology — Learned From the ‘Going Clear’ Controversy

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Once upon a time, the Church of Scientology could operate under a veil of secrecy and celebrity worship. And if we learned anything from ‘Going Clear,’ as both a film and a media event, it’s that those days are long over.

When the Beatles Met Frankie Howerd

Phil Hall @ Celebrity Banter

  • Excerpt: An essay on the lost footage from “Help!” featuring the Fab Four and the droll English comic.

Reviews of Short Films


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Perímetro Protegido

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Other Articles

AmDocs 2015: The Mating of Documentary & Narrative Cinematography

James Wegg @ JWR

Cinderellathon Extravaganza

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast featuring Nell Minow, A.J. Hakari, and Mack Bates ranting and raving about Cinderella flims.

El Hombre de al Lado

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Morning After: Apr. 6, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “Pitch Perfect”

O Vendedor de Passados

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Brazilian Feature Review

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