The Grab Bag (Dec. 11, 2013)

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

Best of Lists

The Top 10 Australian Films of 2013

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

The Top 10 Foreign Language Films of 2013

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix


Mission Congo Director David Turner on Documentaries as In-depth Journalism

Jose Solis @ StageBuddy

Sini Anderson on Directing “The Punk Singer”

Jose Solis @ StageBuddy

Festivals: General Coverage

Class Enemy wins at Athens’ European Panorama fest

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: The multi-awarded Slovenian Oscar entry picked up the FIPRESCI award; Serbia’s Withering and Russia’s The Sea also awarded.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

StLIFF 2013: Tales from the Organ Trade

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: What truly impresses is Tales’ uncommon determination to eschew easy answers and to keep the numerous, contradictory aspects of its subject matter in full view.

TIFF’s From Within – The Films of David Cronenberg Review: Spider (2002)

Matthew Blevins @

TIFF’s The Hard Way – The Films of Bette Davis Review: The Great Lie (1941)

Matthew Blevins @

TIFF’s The Hard Way – The Films of Bette Davis: Beyond the Forest (1949)

Matthew Blevins @

  • Excerpt: Bette Davis, Joseph Cotton, and King Vidor combine to create a recipe for film that would surely leave an imprint on cinematic history, and Beyond the Forest accomplishes just that with the dark morality of Davis’ Rosa Moline, whose philandering and conniving ways mixed with her raven black hair and dark beauty creates a phenomenal film-noir anti-heroine.

TIFF’s Joel & Ethan Coen – Tall Tales Review: Blood Simple (1984)

Matthew Blevins @

  • Excerpt: Most people wouldn’t carry themselves with the cool collected demeanor of Humphrey Bogart in the face of inescapable disastrous situations, and the Coens show how real people who have lost their capacity for rationality would navigate through murder, adultery, and robbery in a unique film that launched the careers of two of cinema’s greatest filmmakers.

Awards Coverage

It’s Out There: TIFF Picks Canada’s Top Ten of 2013

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The Top Ten Canadian Films of 2013 include ‘Gabrielle’, ‘Tom at the Farm’, and ‘Rhymes for Young Ghouls’

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: The big winners & losers of the Oscar race from Week 1 of precursor season

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the Oscar chances of “Frozen” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Oscar Projections – 12/2/2013

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: Back in the saddle, at long last, now that the season has progressed – slowly but inexorably – towards the end of 2013…at which point the season’s speed and intensity might start to pick up.

Projection: Oscar – NBR Reactions

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: Well, I guess that does it for the American Hustle Precursor Sweep of 2013…

Projection: Oscar – The Great and Powerful NYFCC

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: From the moment it’s second trailer dropped, I thought American Hustle was a film that was positively preening or awards consideration. It appeared to be an unapologetic piece of Oscar bait, a brash swing-for-the-fences.

Projection: Oscar – The Slow Drip

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: Most of the contenders are well established and fully entrenched…yet we still have months to go before the culmination of the season. In the interim, it’s a long wait…and it feels much longer than usual.

Other Articles

Cult Pics and Trash Flicks: Three the Hard Way (1974)

Matthew Blevins @

  • Excerpt: So you’re a white minion part of an evil genocidal plan that uses genetic trickery to target every black person on the face of the earth, and you came here for a few tips on how to survive a blaxploitation film. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Deber Imposible

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Destroy All Monsters: The Awkward Moment When A Movie Star Stops Being One

Matt Brown @ Twitch

John Hines Radio Show

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: Talking with WCCO Minneapolis radio host John Hines about current releases.

The Morning After: Dec. 2, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “12 Years a Slave”, “The Wind Rises”, “Strangers on a Train”, “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Frozen”

Subversive Saturday: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1971)

Matthew Blevins @

  • Excerpt: The revolutionary filmmaker may be ineffectual at invoking social change, but it is only the revolutionary filmmaker that can define societal problems outside of the modes of conventional thought and capture their interpretation of these problems in a medium that lives and moves, illuminating the fallacies that are taken as fact and injustices that are accepted as law.

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