The Grab Bag (Jul. 1, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

The Bad Movies Volume 1: 1914-2008

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Now, we close out our Review Retrospective with the bottom of the bottom, those simply dreadful films from yesteryear that I found hideous, evil, I daresay…Satanic.

The Bad Movies Volume 2: 2008-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The listing of the Worst Movies I have seen since I began writing about films.

The Best Films of 2014 (So Far)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Get into the Habit: The Top 10 Movie Nuns on the Big Screen

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Spirituality in cinema has been expressed in various ways where the feel-good aspect of faith-based films are put to great use for emotional manipulation.

She Works Hard for the Money: The Top 10 “Loose” Women in Film

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: One of the most explosive roles for women in motion pictures have been in the titillating realm of prostitution.

The Top 15 Hollywood Movies Shot in Prague

Jason Pirodsky @

  • Excerpt: After the fall of communism and the formation of the Czech Republic in 1992, Hollywood studios rushed into the country to take advantage of not only low production costs, but also the high level of talent available throughout the local industry.


Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet on THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS

Anton Bitel @ FlmDivider

Hidden in Plain Sight: Joanna Coates on Hide and Seek

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Kat Candler on “Hellion”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Festivals: Individual Reviews

The Anomaly

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Its reach may ultimately exceeds its grasp but there’s something to be said for a film that has a killer concept and just runs with it, wherever it may take it.

The Green Inferno

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: The film perhaps takes a little longer to get going than is probably needed – suffering from that most common of problems of 15-20 minutes that would have been best left in the editing room – but once it does it’s insanely and gleefully graphic, delivering the sort of exploitation thrills fans of Roth and hardcore horror films want and expect.


Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Very tough to watch indeed, unashamed and uncompromising in its portrayal of its criminal underworld and all that entails.

Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Let Us Prey

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: A silly and frustrating horror only kept somewhat watchable because of the interesting visual style and the ever-great Liam Cunningham.

Point and Shoot | 2014 AFI Docs Review

Jordan Smith @

  • Excerpt: After watching the Arab Spring rage on with camera in hand, VanDyke’s compulsion to be part of the action has resulted in a fascinating case of how personalities are being shaped by social media and our increasing need to document our own everyday experiences.


Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: It signs off on an intriguing note that makes you wish the whole movie had been about that rather than the utterly derivative military mission shenanigans that takes up most of it. Avoid.

We Are Monster

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: An admirably audacious and ambitious effort made by a passionate director and writer that, at the very least, is a real conversation starter.

Winter Sleep

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation


Carla Laemmle

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Carla Laemmle may never have been a big star, but I’ll remember her best for being a Goodwill Ambassador for silent and early sound films.

Eli Wallach

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Awards Coverage

Changes for 2015 Canadian Screen Awards

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announces appreciative changes included release requirements and doc prizes.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 20-22, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Jersey Boys” and “The Last Sentence”

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1938

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The 11th Academy Awards are also notable in that it was the last time a comedy won Best Picture for a very long time.

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1939

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: 1939 is the Greatest Year in Film History. With the winners, the nominees, even the non-nominees, there is simply too much to choose from.


Destroy All Monsters: Dance, Clones! It’s All Television Now

Matt Brown @ Twitch


The Day of the Doctor: Continuity Questions

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: The good thing for Steven Moffat is that his fans, most of whom know little to nothing of Doctor Who pre-Rose, will be impressed by anything he taps out, whether it contradicts Canon or even him previous work.

Elena and Her Men

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: With all due respect to the late great Times critic and professional curmudgeon Bosley Crowther, he was just plain wrong about Elena and Her Men.

Gary Oldman, Political Correctness, and the “Internet Outrage Machine”

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Unless he was slyly doing an “in character” interview as Shelly Runyon, his vile, sexist, bile-spewing Republican Congressman from The Contender, an actor going this far off the rails in an interview is kind of baffling. That character/actor disparity might be the key, though; the kind of straight-talking, no-fuck-giving tough guys that a (white, male, hetero) actor like Oldman plays so well tend to work better as fictional creations than as real people, defending anti-Semites and homophobes.

Hiring Rian Johnson Is the Best Thing That’s Happened to the ‘Star Wars’ Franchise in Decades

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Johnson is more a genre fan favorite than a proven entity at the box office. But the fact that Disney (which took over the franchise when it bought Lucasfilm back in 2012) places greater value on the former quality speaks well to where Star Wars is going on their watch.

Home Movies: Watching New York City Transform on Film

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It merely treats the subway cars as rolling showcases, as found art objects. And in many ways, it treats the city the same way — which is a genuine thrill for those of us who live in New York, love films, and have spent any time at all considering the difference between the city we live in now and that same city on the silver screen.

How ‘Batman’ Changed the Summer Blockbuster Forever

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s easy to see how Tim Burton’s Batman ended up being one of the most influential films of the modern era — not for what was on screen, which was hardly even relevant. What Batman changed was how the movie-going audience was prepared for summer blockbusters, and how Hollywood grew to depend on them.

Is Steven Moffat Afraid of Death?

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: Steven Moffat’s inability to kill off characters is a recurring theme/escape hatch for the knots he writes himself in. Fortunately, his fans don’t care.

Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center Honors: A Mild Reevaluation

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I still think Led Zeppelin shouldn’t have received a Kennedy Center Honor, but at least Heart’s rendition of Stairway to Heaven was brilliant.

A Million Ways to Say You’re Not a Fan of Seth MacFarlane

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Please Don’t Ask Hollywood to Reboot the Same Old Ideas; It’s Not What You Want Anyway

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Sherlock vs. Elementary Shippers

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I don’t understand why Sherlock fans despise the idea of Elementary’s Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes becoming romantically involved but are obsessed with having John Watson and Holmes (or Holmes and Moriarty) becoming lovers.

Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ Turns 25: Who’s Your Favorite Batman?

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: Rating Batmen.

When Is José Padilha’s RoboCop?

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

X-Men First Class: A Second Look

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: A reevaluation of the original review for X-Men: First Class.

Reviews of Short Films


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

What’s on Your Mind?

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Norwegian Short Film Review

The Whisper and the Night

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

7 Pecados Rurais

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Awards Circuit Book Nook for June 2014

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

  • Excerpt: What’s new in world of books adapted to movies

Christian de Rezendes: Acclaimed Filmmaker

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: This podcast features independent filmmaker Christian de Rezendes discussing his unique documentary and narrative movies.

The Morning After: Jun. 23, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Dangerous Liaisons”, “sex, lies and videotape” and “Primal Fear”

The Nance

Susan Granger @

  • Excerpt: Classy and timely, combining comedy and pathos, starring the incomparable Nathan Lane.

Santo the Obscene – first trailer

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: New film directed by Luizo Vega with a Bruce LaBruce screenplay.

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