The Grab Bag (Apr. 22, 2014)

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


Joe and Anthony Russo of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

Junkie XL, Composer of the “Divergent” Score

Nell Minow @

Richard Shepard on “Dom Hemingway”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Festivals: General Coverage

Trailer and poster for Misconception

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Festivals: Individual Reviews

10 Must-See Movies at This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

After a troubled production, Xenia makes it to the Cannes line-up

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: Panos H Koutras’ follow-up to festival sensation A Woman’s Way will screen in the UCR section, after having spent months in funding limbo

Awards Coverage

Little England is the best movie you’ve seen all year

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: At least according to the Hellenic Film Academy, which handed it the top prize along with five more awards Monday night, though the film failed to land any of the major trophies

Little England wins big at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: The blockbuster period film was crowned Movie of the Year with six awards, while social drama The Enemy Within came second with three gongs

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 11-13, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscars chances of “Rio 2”


Mayberry R.F.D.: Season 1

James Plath Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: I don’t see this series having the same family night potential—though if you go into it expecting a lighter version of The Waltons or a less funny Andy Griffith Show, you’ll be okay.


‘Captain America’ Star Anthony Mackie Is Right: Kids Deserve More Diverse Superhero Movies

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Last year’s highest-grossing movie was about a tough young woman kicking ass and shooting people with arrows; the third-highest-grossing movie of 2013 was about a young woman with superpowers. They’re making female superhero movies; it’s just that the studios that make superhero movies aren’t smart enough to make them themselves.

Come On, Gen Xers: Let Your Favorite ’80s Movies Die

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: We give the millennials and their dopey ‘90s nostalgia a fair amount of grief, but here’s where ‘90s nostalgia beats ‘80s nostalgia: ‘90s kids aren’t old enough yet to run studios and green-light bullshit ‘90s nostalgia projects.

Emotionally Distant Dads Are Still Trending In TV And Film

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Hashtag Activism and the #CancelColbert Campaign

Jana J. Monji @

  • Excerpt: Suey Park’s hashtag campaign fizzles

I Hate That You Learned English From Pornography: Why VEEP’s Sue Wilson Throws The Best Shade

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

On ’47 Ronin,’ Samurai Hair and Other Cultural Confusions

Jana J. Monji @

  • Excerpt: What Universal was trying to sell was new wave Orientalism.

Stereotyping You By Your Favorite Jim Jarmusch Movie

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: All of his movies are, above all else, Jim Jarmusch Movies, which has sort of become a genre of its own. Yet the film that you pick as your favorite says a lot about you as a person.

Reviews of Short Films


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Cbo Verde Short Documentary Film Review

O Vazio Entre Nós

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Uma Curta de Amor

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Materia Oscura

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Italian Documentary Feature Review

Mickey Rooney Remembered

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast celebrating Mickey Rooney’s remarkable show biz career.

The Morning After: Apr. 14, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “The Mirror Has Two Faces” and “Marathon Man”

La Prima Neve

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

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