The Grab Bag (Jan. 20, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

10 Films Turning 10 in 2015

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: A list of 10 films that, believe it or not, were released 10 years ago this year. Prepare to feel just that little bit older…

10 Great Films Snubbed at the Oscars

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: There weer plenty of deserving films not nominated at the Oscars this year but it’s far from a new trend. Here’s 10 great films that the Academy snubbed in year’s past.

2015 Oscars Predictions

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: I take a look at the Oscar nominations for this year as well as making predictions on what/who will walk away with the big prizes.

List: Top Documentary Recommendations – Part One

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

Awards Coverage

Golden Globes 2015: Boyhood shines but will it grow up an Oscar winner?

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

Mommy Leads 2015 Canadian Screen Awards Nominations

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Xavier Dolan’s Mommy leads the nominations for the best in Caandian film. ‘Maps to the Stars’ also comes on strong.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 7

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Examining the winners and losers from Precursor Week 7

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 9-11, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Still Alice”


Alicia Vikander – Testament of Youth

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

James Kent – Testament of Youth

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jason Hall – American Sniper

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Kit Harington – Testament of Youth

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Taron Egerton – Testament of Youth

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys


Rod Taylor: King of the B’s (as in beefcake, brawler, boozer)

Glenn Lovell @


2014: The Year the Hollywood Blockbuster Got Its Groove Back

Edgar Chaput @ Sound on Sight

The Funniest MPAA Ratings Descriptions of All Time

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The MPAA ratings descriptions descriptions give the rest of us an opportunity to not only figure out exactly what was offensive to this super-secret group of oral sex-loathing penis-fearers, but to read their oh-so-delicate descriptions of said offenses, which often read like hilarious blank verse — or, in the case of this week’s “unusual behavior” notation on Fifty Shades of Grey’s R rating, like the hothouse declarations of a delicate flower in a lesser Tennesse Williams play (“I do decla-yuh, this is such unusual behav-yuh, oh Beulah, get me to the faintin’ couch!”)

Godard’s Best Picture Win: When a Critics Group Dares to Break With Critical Consensus

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: At the end of the day, the Awards-Industrial Complex is a lucrative game, with sites like Stone’s, Wells’, and Poland’s generating months of content by reading the Oscar tea leaves alongside banner ads trumpeting the very films they’re “considering.” This year, the NSFC sat it out, and good on them.

Moviegoing Hit a 20-Year Low in 2014. Is the Death of the Movie Theater Inevitable?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: When we hear that moviegoing has dropped to a two-decade low, there’s a tendency for entertainment journalists to wonder how this could possibly be. But it’s kind of a no-brainer, if you actually put yourself through the motions of going to the movies like a regular human being.

Noted Gender Expert Russell Crowe Explains Why Actresses Over 40 Complain About Hollywood’s Obsession With Youth

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: So when an arrogant gasbag like Mr. Crowe — and, presumably, the directors and executives and casting directors who share his views — complains that women in their 40s still want “to play the ingénue,” it’s not a matter of sad, withered-up old ladies who don’t know their age and place. It’s a matter of them wanting to play the only roles that are being written for them.

What David Cronenberg Doesn’t Get About Rotten Tomatoes (and Online Film Criticism)

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Rotten Tomatoes isn’t ruining film or film criticism, and neither are green writers; both are an entry point, after which the reader, the writer, and the filmmaker must do a bit more work of their own.

Other Articles

Debbie Reynolds: Lifetime Achievement Award

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: This podcast celebrates Debbie Reynolds and her SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.

Steve “Jobs” Wants You!

Glenn Lovell @

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