The Grab Bag (Dec. 23, 2013)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Worst Films of 2013

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

2013 in Review: The Best Canadian Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: ‘Gabrielle’ leads the Top Ten Canadian films of 2013.

2013 in Review: The Worst Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: This year’s wall of shame includes Stephen Frears, Heather Graham, and not one but TWO Ryan Gosling and Bruce Willis films!

8 Films You Need to See Before the Year Is Over

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

8 Great Performances in Not So Great Movies this Year

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Best of 2013: The 12 Best Films of the Year

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Cinema In Noir’s Best Films Of 2013

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The Top 10 Films of 2013

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix


Asghar Farhadi on “The Past”

Jose Solis @ PopMatters

Joanna Scanlan on “The Invisible Woman”

Jose Solis @ PopMatters

Festivals: General Coverage

StLIFF 2013: 7 Boxes

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: The occasional weirdness of 7 Boxes tends to enhance rather than detract from the film’s aura of uncanny menace.

TIFF’s Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Matthew Blevins @

  • Excerpt: Despite the bleakness of the desolate wastelands of Nausicaa, Miyazaki still harbors a tumultuous love affair with humanity and its unwitting sins as he shows our capacity for thoughtfulness, but that thoughtful virtuousness is at constant odds with the desperate actions forged from our innermost fears.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Dark Blood

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Devil’s Knot

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Down Here

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Empire of Dirt

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

The Husband

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Ice Soldiers

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Odd Thomas

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth


Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

The Station

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Stormy waves: the London Korean Film Festival 2013

Anton Bitel @ Sight & Sound

Stranger By the Lake

Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]


Joan Fontaine

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Her air of elegance and mystery, perpetuated by her frequently cocked left eyebrow and a sly half-smile, belied a feisty dame that could deliver sharp barbs wrapped in pillowy-soft compliments that preserved an immeasurable amount of class.

Peter O’Toole

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the winners and losers from the third week of Precursor Season.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 13-15, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, “American Hustle” and “Saving Mr. Banks”


Omnibus: Gene Kelly – Dancing, A Man’s Game

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

Other Articles

La Bête humaine: Unquiet Desperation

Matthew Sorrento @ Senses of Cinema

A Christmas Story Anniversary

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: This fun podcast celebrates the 30th Anniversary of “A Christmas Story.”

Los Demonios

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Exit Lines: Great Performances

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: Looking at the great actors currently onstage in New York, including Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

The Law and the Jungle: Law Enforcement in the Films of John Huston

Stacia Kissick Jones @ ClassicFlix

The Morning After: Dec. 16, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Berberian Sound Studio”, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Peter O’Toole Remembered

Betty Jo Tucker @ Authors Den

Video Valhallas: Scarecrow Video – The Home Video Palace at the End of the Yellow Brick Road

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: It’s been called the greatest video store in the country.

World Exchange Cinema Update: Bad News

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Is downtown Ottawa set to lose its remaining multiscreen cinema?

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