The Grab Bag (Apr. 28, 2015)

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


Back to the Future co-writer and producer Bob Gale brings the classic into the present

Dan Lybarger @

  • Excerpt: This year’s Kansas City FilmFest is going back in time with the man who made time travel in a DeLorean conceivable.

Barbara Kopple talks about her Hot Type

Dan Lybarger @

  • Excerpt: It’s hard to make a magazine visual and alive, Barbara Kopple says. But if anyone could have made arresting cinema from the story of a 150-year-old newsstand provocateur, it was the director who won Oscars for her documentaries Harlan County USA (1976) and American Dream (1992).

Carol Morley – The Falling

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

David Cronenberg draws a map to his Maps to the Stars

Dan Lybarger @

  • Excerpt: Over his nearly five-decade career, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has given us surreal worlds populated by dangerous people, from the telepaths of Scanners to the drug-addled psychic landscape of William S. Burroughs in Naked Lunch.

Ex-punk musician identifies with film

Dan Lybarger @

  • Excerpt: I’d love to go Hollywood. I need to exercise more, focus on my center, work on my core. I need to get grounded, says former Beastie Boy Adam “King Ad-Rock” Horovitz. “You know what I’m saying?”

Full-time debunker started young

Dan Lybarger @

  • Excerpt: I have a specific expertise. It’s a strange expertise, how to fool people, but I know how it’s done, and I know how to avoid the effects of it, says former illusionist and now full-time debunker James “The Amazing” Randi. “I’ve been around, and for 86 years, I’ve been doing this kind of thing. I think I started at birth. I didn’t waste any time in between.”

Michael Winterbottom – The Emperor’s New Clothes

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

A quick lesson from the subject of Seymour: An Introduction

Dan Lybarger @

  • Excerpt: Classical pianist, composer and teacher Seymour Bernstein, 88, has inspired hundreds to make classical music their life and has introduced countless people to the work of old masters through his concerts in unusual venues (including war zones) and on his YouTube channel.

Rolling Papers exec producer Chad Troutwine talks legal pot

Dan Lybarger @

  • Excerpt: Recreational marijuana hasn’t been legal very long in Colorado, but it’s already a huge business, an example of how other states might look over the next decade — and an interesting challenge when it comes to journalistic coverage.

TCM Guest Programmer and Documentarian David Heeley

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Festivals: Individual Reviews

The Emperor’s New Clothes

MaryAnn Johanson @

  • Excerpt: Russell Brand’s angry-funny rant about the current system of widescale economic injustice is concise, comprehensible, and newly infuriating.

Hot Docs 2015: The Amina Profile

Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis

  • Excerpt: The internet makes it easier to connect with like minds. But personal relationships remain as complex as ever.

Hot Docs 2015: The Nightmare

Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis

  • Excerpt: a sleep-with-the-lights-on scary look at sleep paralysis.

Your Guide to the 2015 RiverRun International Film Festival

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

Video Essays, Reviews and More

Au Revoir Les Enfants

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] “Au Revoir Les Enfants” is a heartbreakingly confessional wartime film made all the more effective by the care with which the subjective story is told. Its sense of loss is profound.

Tokyo Story

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Yasujiro Ozu’s beloved masterpiece of postwar Japanese cinema speaks to audiences of all backgrounds thanks to the cross-generational familial truths that the prolific director/co-writer lovingly metes out.

Reviews of Short Films

Em Branco

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Swedish Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Belgian Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Old Moon

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Animated Short Film Review

One Way or Another (Reflections of a Psykokiller)

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese / South Korean Short Film Review

Only Always You

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Review

Other Articles

The Morning After: Apr. 20, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “Up Close and Personal”

A Porta 21

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Independent Portuguese Feature Film

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.