The Grab Bag (Dec. 30, 2014)

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

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 19-21, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Annie”, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”, “Mr. Turner” and “Song of the Sea”

Oscar Preview: Winners & Losers, Week 4

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from Precursor week 4.

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Films of 2014

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

10 Great 2014 Movies You Can Stream (or Rent) Right Now

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

10 Great, Underrated Movies From 2014

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

2014 in Review: The Best Performances of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The lists of the best performances of 2014 include Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Keaton, and Anne Dorval – twice!

The Best Films of 2014

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

Brent’s Top Ten Movies Of 2014

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

Cinema Fearité Presents The Top-Ten Horror Movies Of 2014

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

The Not So Good Films of 2014

Dan Kelly @ Danland Movies

The Worst Films of 2014

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row


Ava DuVernay of Selma

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom


Aaron Sorkin Mansplained the Sony Hack for You

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: So that’s a pretty shocking gender-based pay gap — one that you might even call dishonorable or immoral, if you were prone to hyperbole. But self-appointed Moral Arbiter Aaron Sorkin doesn’t think it’s immoral; he thinks it’s immoral that you know about it, which is one more reason that Aaron Sorkin really must just shut the fuck up.

Like It Or Not, ‘The Interview’ Is a Battle Worth Fighting

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Even if the product is dubiously artistic, the battle for artistic freedom is everyone’s, and if you don’t defend it when it’s something that doesn’t matter to you, you can’t say much when it’s something that does.

Reviews of Short Films

Dead Hearts

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Canadian Short Film Review

Line Up

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish/US Short Film Review

Other Articles

Exit Lines: Leading Lights

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Reviews of new Broadway shows with Hugh Jackman and more stars.

The Morning After: Dec. 22, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

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