The Grab Bag (Dec. 4, 2013)

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


Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje of “Thor”

Nell Minow @ The Credits

Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nelisse, Brian Percival and Markus Zusak on “The Book Thief”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Homefront Star Jason Statham

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

John Krokidas on “Kill Your Darlings”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Mark Henn of “Frozen”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Oscar Isaac of “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Nell Minow @ The Credits

Steve Coogan Explores his Serious Side in ‘Philomena’

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Steve Coogan of “Philomena

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Will Forte on “Nebraska”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt:

Willow Shields Talks ‘Catching Fire’, Working with Jennifer Lawrence, and Prim’s Evolution

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics


Economic Devastation Is Not the Only Fruit: Seville European Film Festival

Michael Pattison @ Jigsaw Lounge

  • Excerpt: Put another way, capitalism itself is radioactive, its harmful effects trans-generational if not immediately visible.

Films to Look Out For From Viennale 2013

Michael Pattison @ Dazed & Confused

Notes on Some Spanish Films at Seville European Film Festival

Michael Pattison @ Nobody Knows Anything

Permanent and Incomplete: Six Films By Nicolás Guillén Landrián

Michael Pattison @ The Notebook / Mubi

Planet in Focus: Have You Seen the Arana?

Matthew Blevins @

  • Excerpt: Have you Seen the Arana? offers rare glimpses of diverse families possessing differing beliefs and the same essential concerns and needs as inhabitants of the developed world.

StLIFF 2013: Cold Comes the Night

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: Tze Chun’s Cold Comes the Night—and what a deliciously Chandler-esque title that is—pursues some intriguing variations on noir conventions.

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

Matthew Blevins @

  • Excerpt: The Little Foxes borrows melodramatic qualities from its source material while remaining pointedly cinematic with an undercurrent of cutting-edge sophistication. An empowered Bette Davis exudes willful determinism that predates America feminist movements by decades, and some black background characters are allowed to exist in Foxes with fully formed solemnity rarely found in golden age Hollywood.

Viennale 2013: Three Landscapes of Labour

Michael Pattison @ Sight & Sound

  • Excerpt: Too often in filmmaking, landscape is mere backdrop – and nature something that exists as some kind of abstraction, in negation to men but seldom interrelating with them. What makes the Viennale important is that it gives voice to filmmakers like Sniadecki and Benicheti able and willing to present the world as the outcome of a more complicated dialectic.


James Franco = Leonardo Da Vinci + Martin Sheen

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: «?e????? f???? µe?a????? ?a? ???? ?a µe??? µ????. ??te, t? s???t?? µe t? ??ta µ??, ?a? µ?? ?pe???µ??e? ?t? e?µa? ? James Franco! ?? ?ste?a ???e???µe!»

Awards Coverage

No Concessions: The Contenders

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: Setting the table for awards season.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 22-24, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Philomena”

Other Articles


Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Destroy All Monsters: Katniss Everdeen’s Utopia

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Flattening History: Some Notes on the Films of Nicolas Rey

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Rey’s films are about key technological, industrial, political, and aesthetic developments in the 20th century—obliquely so in Differently, Molussia and directly so in Schuss!. His structuring principles, meanwhile, encourage the viewer to see everything as eternally relevant; they flatten the course of history into a dense whole in which the happenings of a seemingly distant past exist alongside and inflect or affect the movements of the present.

Harmony Lessons

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Short Film Review

Macklemore, Warped Queer Advocacy, and Why Dallas Buyers Club is One of the Year’s Worst Films

R. Kurt Osenlund @ The House Next Door

The Magic Ferret

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: Imaginative and amiable, Parker delivers an infectious narrative that gives hope, faith and adventure to children in search for emotional fulfillment. The Magic Ferret should be a delightfully bouncy fable for the crafty tykes out there filling their quiet despair with creativity.

The Morning After: Nov. 25, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Executive Suite”, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “The Croods” and “It’s a Disaster”

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