The Grab Bag (Jan. 28, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

SDG’s Top Films of 2013

Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register

  • Excerpt: 2013 was a year of cinematic trauma and stress, full of harrowing, at times also exhilarating, survival stories, many on the abyss of the sea or even the void of space.

A Year in Review: 20 Best Movies of 2013

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

A Year in Review: Worst Movies of 2013

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

Awards Coverage

Adele Exarchopoulos, ’12 Years a Slave’ and Director Alfonso Cuarón Earn Top Honors at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Best Visual Effects

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: This isn’t exactly a fair fight . . .

Do the Oscars Offer a Generous Wink at Science Fiction Cinema from 2013?

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

Evening at the 2014 20th Annual SAG Awards

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 8

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from week 8 of Precursor Season, including the 86th Oscar nominees

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 17-19, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”

Rita Moreno Proves She’s Still Better Than the Rest of Us at Saturday Night’s Wild Screen Actors Guild Awards

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Robert Redford: Cast Away

Glenn Lovell @

  • Excerpt: Why was Robert Redford in the performance of his career snubbed by Oscar? A few possible answers —


Anthony Joseph Giunta, Writer-Director of Teen Bullying Film “Contest”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Vanessa Hudgens of “Gimme Shelter”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

14 of the Most Intriguing Films on the Sundance Roster

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Bright Nights Ahead for Ottawa Filmgoers

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Preview of the Canadian Film Institute’s Bright Night’s Baltic-Nordic Film Festival.

Everything for Sundance

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Gone Too Far!

MaryAnn Johanson @

  • Excerpt: Something like a Shakespearean comedy, full of highly amusing, sharply drawn characters and offering wicked insight into how identity is shaped by city living and immigrant culture clash.


MaryAnn Johanson @

  • Excerpt: It had me confounded, in the most delightful way, and left me with a big stupid grin on my face and tears in my eyes.

StLIFF 2013: How We Got Away With It

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: The film’s somewhat elliptical approach to what is otherwise a straightforward tale of bloodshed and lies is both How’s most distinctive narrative feature and its most confounding flaw.

StLIFF 2013: Sleeping With the Fishes

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: The humor of Sleeping With the Fishes relies to a great extent on the charm of lovable, over-the-top characters doing nothing more than showcasing their personalities.


Treme: The Complete Fourth Season

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Treme is perhaps the most organic drama to ever be put on television, concerned less with the machinations of plot and more with the way people evolve in the circumstances they are given.


Now Can We Finally Stop Calling Scarlett Johansson Overrated?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

See You On The Other Side: Her, The Fountain And The Beauty Of Mortality

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Trojan Horse Storytelling, Character Investment and 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Reviews of Short Films

Como Tu

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film

Generación Sin

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Nella Tasca del Cappotto

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Italian Short Film Review

Other Articles

Destroy All Monsters: Bromance On Baker Street

Matt Brown @ Twitch

The Morning After: Jan. 20, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Nebraska” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”

Subversive Saturday: Mr. Freedom (1969)

Matthew Blevins @

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