The Grab Bag (Dec. 23, 2014)

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

Awards Coverage

2014 Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Examining the winners and losers from the 3rd week of Precursor Season

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 12-14, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Exodus: Gods and Kings”, “Top Five” and “Inherent Vice”

Why Is the Weinstein Company Dooming Two of Its Best Oscar Prospects?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The modern Oscar campaign was perfected by Harvey Weinstein, the face of the Weinstein brothers, who turned Mirmax and the subsequent Weinstein Company into Oscar factories, via notoriously aggressive campaigning (and occasional alleged “dirty tricks” against opponents). And yet, as 2014 draws to a close, The Weinstein Company is all but burying two viable awards contenders — and the only plausible explanation is ego and spite.

Best of Lists

2014 in Review: The Best Canadian Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The 2014 highlights for Canadian film include ‘Mommy’, ‘Maps to the Stars’ and ‘The F Word’.

2014 in Review: The Worst Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The list of 2014 turkeys includes Frankenstein, vampires, Adam Sandler, Clint Eastwood, and more!


Ben Kingsley – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Dan Stevens – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

David Oyelowo on Playing Martin Luther King in “Selma”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

Jim Carrey – Dumb and Dumber To

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Natalia Tena want’s to be queen

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Game of Thrones wildling talks HBO-addiction, fronting her band Molotov Jukebox and sweeping the indies with Long Distance

Owen Wilson – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Pal Sverre Hagen – Kon-Tiki

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Peter Farrelly – Dumb and Dumber To

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Shawn Levy – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys


#SonyLeaks: Revenge of the internets

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

Destroy All Monsters: The Lessons of THE HOBBIT

Matt Brown @ Twitch Film

Hacked Sony Email Confirms What Chris Rock Told Us About Racism in Hollywood

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Sure, they’re joking around, but when two people with this much influence over the images of people of color in media think that even the most powerful black man in the world is only interested in these specific color-coded movies, well, sorry, that says something.

How the Death of Mid-Budget Cinema Left a Generation of Iconic Filmmakers MIA

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: While we weren’t looking, the mid-budget adult-oriented motion picture has all but disappeared. And the gifted directors behind them are in danger of disappearing as well.

In Defense of Seeing the Movie Before You Read the Book

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: There will be some foot-dragging, as it seems there always is when a film version of a high-profile bestseller hits the screen, by those who feel it’s their obligation to first consume the work in its original and vastly superior words-on-a-page form. After years of struggling with this arbitrary impulse/obligation, let’s just come out and say it: you don’t have to do that.

No Concessions: Cancelling “The Interview”

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Thoughts on a burial.

Presenting Thanhouser, the Greatest American Independent Studio of the 1910s

Sean Axmaker @ Keyframe

  • Excerpt: The story of Thanhouser is the story of American cinema in the turbulent teens.

Restorations, Revelations and Debuts of 2014

Sean Axmaker @ Keyframe

  • Excerpt: Film history discovered and rediscovered on Blu-ray, DVD and digital formats.

Ten Silent Movies to Make You a Silent Movie Fan

Sean Axmaker @ Keyframe

  • Excerpt: On the engaging films, genres, moods, sensibilities and styles to be discovered in the thirty-plus years of cinema before the introduction of sound.

Reviews of Short Films

24 Horas con Lucía

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Lights Out

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Swedish Short Film Review

Other Articles

The Shawshank Redemption 20th Anniversary Celebration

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A spirited podcast discussion about “The Shawshank Redemption” 20th Anniversary.

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