The Grab Bag (Jan. 6, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Movies of 2014

John Hanlon @

  • Excerpt: Looking back at the year in cinema in 2014, it’s easy to get excited about film-making. Although many argue that television is offering up some of the year’s best entertainment, movies can still be as exhilarating and exciting as they ever were.

10 Great Films You Might Have Missed in 2014

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: I take a look at 10 films released in 2014 that may have flew under people’s radars.

10 Weirdest Movies of 2014

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

The 20 Best Classic Films of 2014

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: A countdown of the 20 Best classic films I saw and reviewed in 2014.

2014’s 10… And More!

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

The Best Films of 2014

Alan Mattli @ The Zurich English Student

  • Excerpt: There goes another year filled to the brim with movies, good and bad, and it just wouldn’t feel like a Christmas week if I didn’t count down my favourite ones.

The Best Films of 2014

Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • Excerpt: There was gleaming gold to be found beneath the corroded surface of film in 2014.

My Favorite Films of 2014

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

My Top Films of 2014

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: In the interest of being concise, I did limit myself to 10. I did include some honorable mentions though, so sue me.

Take 5… Great Tim Burton Film Scenes

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: I take a look at the top 5 scenes from Tim Burton films, to celebrate the release of Big Eyes.

Top 10 Movies of 2014: The Mainstream Edition

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Top 10 Worst Films of 2014

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: I count down my top 10 worst films released in 2014.

Top 20 Films of 2014

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: I count down my top 20 films released in 2014.

The Top Ten Documentaries of 2014

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

The Top Ten Film Scores of 2014

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

Year in Review 2014 – Top 20 Films

Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 5

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Forecast of upcoming precursors.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 26-28, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Big Eyes”, “Into the Woods”, “Unbroken”, “American Sniper”, “Leviathan”, “Selma” and “Two Days, One Night”


Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ ‘The Interview’ Controversy, and Her Addiction to ‘The Knick’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Considering that she just put the finishing touches on the year’s best film, is busy preparing for its Christmas Day release, and is gearing up for an Oscar campaign, I’m a little stunned Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, has time to eat or sleep, much less put aside 20 minutes to talk about movies and geek out about TV. But the brilliant filmmaker — who started in the film business as a publicist before breaking out as a director with the marvelous 2012 indie Middle of Nowhere — carved out some time for this lively discussion of Selma, Ferguson, Dr. King, diversity in Hollywood, the holiday season’s other hot-topic political movie, and why she’s doing TV next.

Jack O’Connell – Unbroken

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Joel Edgerton – Exodus: Gods and Kings

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Matthew Baer – Unbroken

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Miyavi – Unbroken

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Ross Anderson and Luke Treadaway – Unbroken

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

Best of Fest – Docs: Citizenfour Wins Over Critics, While Dubai, Torino and EntreVues Wrap by Handing Out Awards (December 2014)

Jordan M. Smith @


Facing the Bitter Truth-Filmpreis 2014

Glenn Lovell @

  • Excerpt: 17 categories, 124 nominees.

Film Prof’s Advice to Witherspoon: Hit the Trail

Glenn Lovell @

  • Excerpt: With these kinds of students, one just stands back and lets it happen.”


The ‘Selma’ “Controversy” Isn’t About History; It’s About Oscars

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: A woman of color gets a chance to tell an important story about civil rights, and she’s critiqued by white sycophants, progressives, and Oscar bloggers for not giving enough credit to the white guy. But even if that were the case, such self-proclaimed truth seekers don’t even seem to get that they’re being used as tools to screw a great movie.

2014: The Year When Activist Documentaries Hit the Breaking Point

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Too many of today’s documentaries have become feature-length versions of TV newsmagazine segments, each a ’60 Minutes’ piece stretched out to two hours, two pounds of sugar in a five-pound bag.

Reviews of Short Films

Schadenfreude – De Morrer a Rir

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Critics Pick Top Ten Films of 2014

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: In this podcast, critics A.J. Hakari, Mack Bates and Richard Jack Smith reveal their 2014 Top Ten lists and their picks for most disappointing films of the year.

The Morning After: Dec. 29, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Into the Woods” and “Out to Kill”

Then and Now – Classic Christmas Film Child Stars

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: Whatever happened to those little Christmas movie child stars?

Welcoming 2015 with the Most Anticipated Films of the Year!

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The list of most anticipated films for 2015 includes ‘Pan’, ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’, ‘The Girl King’ and more!

What’s Up Doc?: Latest from Psihoyos & Ross Bros. Lead Sundance Charge (December 2014)

Jordan M. Smith @

  • Excerpt: The holidays are winding down and that means we at are gearing up for our annual pilgrimage to Park City where an A-list of documentaries is now set to premiere. Earlier this month Tabitha Jackson and the Sundance doc programming team let the cats out of the bag, unsurprisingly announcing much anticipated US Doc Competition titles such as the Ross Brothers’ Western, Louie Psihoyos’ Racing Extinction, Marc Silver’s 3 1/2 Minutes and Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe’s (T)ERROR, along with some surprises like Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel’s bizarro Kickstarted doc Finders Keepers.

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